||[Aug. 25th, 2005|09:20 am]
|||||Song I Don't Know the Name of, But Know Most of the Words||]|
I managed to get a decent amount of sleep last night, about nine hours. I've been running on eight, which, while sufficient, did not alleviate the sleep deficit I had accumulated. I feel a little better now, but I think I'm coming down with something.
I get the feeling my writing style changed since I started writing again. I feel like I am speaking more formally in general, dropping fewer words, using larger ones. But I also feel more clumsy with words. Part of this is that I've been having a hell of a time trying to make myself understood in nearly everything I do. Very frustrating.
I'm up to around halfway through May in Tristia. The game starts in March, and has approximately real length months, unlike most games. You really do have around 365 days to restore the town. This makes the game much longer than most of the adventure/novel games I've played. It also has more of a book feel. Actions are reflected in text, not in graphics. There's a lot of "...and at that time..." or "...and just then..." I'm not sure how much the invention/town restoration has to do with how the plot progresses; they could be entirely disconnected. I'm just playing it right now.
I had been mostly refraining from doing the 'reset until the random numbers like me' game, but I had to do it recently for the High Heat Stove. During invention, you get a random number between one and four lightbulbs to progress a given invention, during creation, you have a percentage chance to succeed or fail. The development of this stove required 10,000 belk per cycle, and I only had around 36,000 on hand. It was feasible for me to develop it, and with two resets, I did indeed succeed, but the materials were very expensive. I could only afford one shot at creating it. It sells for somewhere on the order of 40,000 belk (I think), so if I were successful I would certainly make my money back. Unfortunately, creation of the stove takes two days and you only have a 50% chance of success. Worse luck, it happened to coincide with several day specific events.
I did manage to develop it, though, and I have a buyer lined up, but after selling the first one to recoup my investment, I need one for myself. It's a requirement for creating several inventions.
I'm doing very well overall, I think. The end of month status reports have been highly positive.
Need to get started writing again, but life keeps getting in the way. Having a house is not just an investment of money, but also of time.