Month: February 2016

Fallout 4: Jamaica Plain

First off, my apologies for the lack of posting over the last couple of days. I just really had nothing interesting to write. Work has been busy, and life has been drama free.

In the meantime, I’ve been busy and created another settlement video for my channel. You can check it out here.

There is something very satisfying about building up the settlements in Fallout 4. I’ve been neglecting many of the main quests just because I’ve blown my gaming time on trying to get a shack base perfectly placed. Since it was time enjoyed though, I’m not really sure that it’s time wasted.

My ultimate aim is to get each and every settlement in the game fully refurbished. I’ll be posting up a new video once a week, so please do check it out!

I had my ears lowered.

I got my hair cut last week. I had a good 4 inches chopped off, so my hair is back above my chin. Given that my hair was previously past my shoulders, this could be seen as a drastic change.

I much prefer having short hair. Not because I necessarily think it suits me better, but more because I am kind of lazy. Having my hair cut so much shorter means that it no longer takes me 15 minutes to dry and straighten my hair. It’s now more like 3. Which amounts to 12 minutes of my life I can claim back every day. It may not seem much, but it soon adds up!

So there you have it. My fashion choices are dictated by my desire to not have to spend any longer than 5 minutes getting my hair under control.

I was asked ‘What if your boyfriend doesn’t like it?’

At the time, I responded with ‘tough’, but I decided to expand on this here.

If the bloke is with me only for past shoulder length hair, then I would have made a pretty poor choice in boyfriend. I’d like to think that he’s going out with me, and not my hair.

Well, I decided on a small reality check, and asked him what he thought of it. In typical bloke fashion, he just replied with a noncommittal ‘It’s different’. Then mentioned that it’s my hair to do what I want with when I asked him to explain.

Which in my mind settles it. I suspect that most blokes out there probably don’t even notice a hair cut one way or another, and certainly have little opinion on it. This is supported by my turning up for work today, and the only person who has commented on the change is the lady who served my latte this morning. All other encounters today have been with male colleagues.

To sum up: Odds are the blokes I work with haven’t actually noticed. Either that, or hair isn’t really on their list of things to mention. So really, all this panic over a hair cut is probably a lot of wasted energy. It’s certainly food for thought if next time you go to get your haircut you start worrying over what your other half will think. I’m betting it’s not high on his list of priorities.

A more local escape room!

Last week, I posted about how I’d visited an escape room in Warrington.

Well, my local news site today published an article about one opening up close by. From the article, it seems to follow more of a mystery theme:

The game focuses on the life of Brent Chadwick, who had a troubled childhood and retreated into the room following the death of his mother.

The only way to escape is to find the urn of Brent’s mother’s ashes – but you’d better do it before he returns…

I’m super excited about this, as it’s definitely closer than 150 miles away. Which is awesome. I’ve definitely gotten a taste for this kind of thing, so I’ll be giving it a go as soon as I can assemble a worthy team!

I am very glad that these are becoming more of a thing. It makes a very refreshing change from the usual go out to a pub, cinema, bowling kind of activity I’ve been doing for most of my adulthood so far.

Fallout 4: Taffington Boathouse. Also, my first gaming video.

My apologies for lack of posting yesterday – I was distracted by making a settlement look awesome in Fallout 4, and never got around to making a post. Ooops.

Anyway, today I finally figured out how to make record audio through my Playstation, and actually got around to making a video show casing one of my settlements in Fallout 4 – in this case, Taffington Boathouse.

Go easy on me – this is my first attempt at a youtube video. I have vague plans to try and make a bit of a channel that is associated with this blog, just to see where it goes.

Anyways – here’s the link to my first video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_hzzXITvKU. I hope you enjoy watching it, as it took me a couple of attempts. My first attempt, the audio was too low, so it got deleted right after the upload. Annoyingly, it had sounded alright played through my television, but the upload process seems to lower the volume significantly.

I will not admit to the amount of time it took for me to set up Taffington Boathouse in this way. I like to at least pretend I have a life.

Fallout 4: Shenanigans at The Shamrock Taphouse

I can imagine that living in a post apocalyptic wasteland is tough. That said, it is apparent that the residents still find time for drunken shenanigans:

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Just what you’ll find in any self respecting pub toilets, I imagine.

This amused me greatly. But can someone please explain the plastic flamingo thing to me? It’s not that big a thing on this side of the pond, but I often see them referenced in American media.

Everybody knows!

Who is this everybody, and why are they such a know it all?

Although I’ve been guilty of using this phrase myself, it kind of bugs me. If ‘everybody’ knows the thing, then you wouldn’t have to be told about it.

This stems from my mini adventure yesterday. I wanted to get my hair cut. The hairdressers is next door, but it turns out it is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Fair enough. I did mention it in conversation with my sister, and she uttered the phrase ‘Everybody knows hairdressers are closed on Mondays!’.

Well, I didn’t. So not everybody knows. So nyah.

Clue HQ – Escape!

This weekend, I ventured to Clue HQ in Warrington to have a go with some friends at one of their escape rooms.

The idea behind these rooms is that you are with a team of 2-6 people, locked in a room, and you have to solve the clues and riddles to escape.

We were there to be locked in The Vault.

From their website about this game:

You and your friends recently visited a casino owned by The National Bank of Money. Accusations have been made that their machines are fixed to give the house a higher advantage. They stole your money, and you’re going to get it back!

All of the casino’s chips are stored in the vault at The National Bank of Money. Your heist appears to be going smoothly until the security system comes back on! You’ve got 60 minutes to grab as much cash (in casino chips) as you can and escape!

So, the idea here is to escape, and grab as many casino chips as you can.

I’ve never done anything like this before, but it was an absolute blast. We were locked in a small room, with two rooms to get into – an office, and the vault itself. Before us were an array of clues, and many *many* locked cupboards. A computer screen (in this case monitored by a wonderful lady called Nikki) would occasionally pop up with additional clues for us if we looked stuck.

I won’t mention any specific puzzles, as I refuse to post spoilers for this. However, we didn’t fare too well – we managed to collect $4.5 million worth of chips, but we failed to escape after we overlooked a key in a cupboard we unlocked earlier. We did get into the office and vault though. Also, 60 minutes is no time at all when you’re having fun.

We’ll be going again, as we’re pretty sure we can both escape and get more loot. We’ll also be booking into one of their other games while we’re there – I want to do the Sacrifice game (where you’re pitted against your mates and get to decide if they’re worthy enough to survive), but my other team mates aren’t too up for that. Which makes me sad, as I wanted to make sure I was on the opposing team to my sister and sacrifice her ‘for the greater good*’.

Ah well. I’ll be looking forward to trying out all the escape rooms this company has on offer. I’d highly recommend this for a cheap hour of fun with friends if you’re after something a bit different!

* The greater good in this case being revenge for our childhood.