The State of the Reader: 10/18/17

<–The State of the Reader: 10/11/17          The State of the Reader: 10/25/17–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads, and if you have an account there feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Instituting some updates/changes to this weekly update.  The way it’s currently done is too time consuming to sustain, so I’ll be removing and altering sections.  In terms of the former, the Sample section has been axed.  It’s redundant insofar as I include those books when I add them.  If I decide not to keep something per sample that will be noted; otherwise, assume if I add it to my TBR section that I’m planning to read it.


Books Purchased This Week: 3

Title: Ubik
Author: Philip K. Dick
Date Added: August 29, 2017
Date Purchased: October 13, 2017

Media: eBook/Kindle
Price: $2.99
Retailer: Amazon

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The State of the Gamer: 10/17/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 10/10/17         The State of the Gamer: 10/24/17–>

A weekly post updated every Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have an account at Grouvee, which is a site you can use to keep track of your backlog, so please feel free to friend me there!

Currently Playing: 2

Title: Final Fantasy Type-0
Series: Final Fantasy/Fabula Nova Crystallis
Genre: Action RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform: PlayStation 4
Release Date: October 27, 2011
Date Purchased: May 18, 2017
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Progress: Chapter 3 – Expert Mission – United Front

I just started Chapter 3 and was giving access to an eidolon (Shiva I think) in addition to an optional expert mission north of the Togoreth area.  I initially walked all the way up there anyway (well, I rode a chocobo all the way up there) for another mission only to find out the prerequisite for that is the United Front task.  I’m glad it’s easy to get back to Akademia, but I wish faster travel would open up already.  I did manage to breed some war chocobos, so there’s that.  Right now nothing is attacking me while I’m on the birds, but I suspect the roaming monsters in the Togoreth region might very well do so.

I called it quits because it was almost 9:00 and I have more to do, but I think after I complete the Expert Mission, I’m going to go back and redo some of the earlier ones in order to make more gil and harvest more phantoma.  Apparently, replaying earlier missions is the only real way to earn gil in the game, according to the Google.

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“The Final Fantasy Project” – Community Event

Hear hear! If you’re a lover of Final Fantasy like I am, this may be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for!

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“Come tuhgethaaaa… right naaahoooww…. over Final Fantasy.”

The crystals call, NPCs!

We’re currently looking for interested writers for a new community event centered around the Final Fantasy franchise. This is going to play out similarly to the recent Zelda project led by NekoJonez (check out the community hub for that). Here’s my contribution to that project for further comparison. The basic idea will be to write on every game in the FF franchise (within reason). Writers are claiming the specific titles that they want to write on. Their final articles can be reviews, opinion pieces, history lessons, memoirs, whatever, but the final posts will all go live simultaneously and link back to a central hub. The project is being headed up by OverThinker Y and myself, the former on administrative and the latter on PR responsibilities.

If you’re interested, we would be delighted to have you aboard! The games are…

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I’m Very Font of You

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve not only changed the template, but I’ve also upgraded my blog.  This is a step I’ve been planning for a while, and I know I’m going to enjoy the benefits a premium blog brings!

Right now though I’m stuck on a conundrum.  When I updated to the Hemingway Rewritten template and made the background black, the default font color was grey.  A few of you expressed difficulty in reading that against the dark background, so I’ve been manually switching the color to white right before I post.  This was a decent workaround prior to upgrade, but now that I can change the default color, I need your help.  The device of access seems to make a difference, as I was looking at my blog with my phone today, and the grey letters were easy to read.

Here are the colors I’m considering as compared to the default right below:

The Shameful Narcissist Speaks (default)

The Shameful Narcissist Speaks (white)

The Shameful Narcissist Speaks (plum)

The Shameful Narcissist Speaks (pale cyan)

The Shameful Narcissist Speaks (pale green)

The Shameful Narcissist Speaks (light sky blue)

The Shameful Narcissist Speaks (medium gray)

The Shameful Narcissist Speaks (custom color d9d9d9)

The Shameful Narcissist Speaks (custom color 6bf2be)

With that in mind, all you need do is answer two questions:

  1. What color works the best for you?
  2. How do you typically access WordPress (computer mobile device)?

Looking at the preview, I like custom color d9d9d9 (or a close variant).  It’s not blaringly white for a stark contrast between the black, but it’s not as dark as the default gray.

Let me know what you think, and if you have any other color suggestions, I’d like to hear them.  Afterwards, I’ll have to figure out the exact way to actually change the font color, but that’s a story for another day.

The Great Blog Update

Greetings loyal followers!

No, I’m not implying that I’m updating a great blog in the title; I’m not that narcissistic, but I didn’t want to just change things unremarked.  Like any great undertaking this is a work in progress, and I only hope it will progress in good time.  I’m unsure if some of the changes will require me to have a paid site, which I’m planning on doing anyway, but I’d like certain things to be available for my loyal followers before I go forward with that.

Please let me know if any of the posts are difficult to read.  Since it’s now a black background with grey, and I can’t seem to change the default font without updating the CSS, I want to make sure it’s still easily readable.  I can change it in new posts, but to fix older ones, I’d have to do it one by one, and there are over 700.

I…think that’s actually the only major thing.  I’m able to read it fairly easily with my awful eyesight, but please let me know if you’re having any problems.

I love and appreciate you all!

TSN

Final Fantasy Friday: Light Motifs

Final Fantasy Friday

We’ve been without a music question for far too long, and since it’s a bit too late for me to do another character assessment (alas!).  Those take a momentous amount of time.  I think I did the last (and first) one in around three hours.  I’ll probably do quite a few in the weeks to come since I’ll be on vacation, so you should leave your suggestions for whom I should do next in the comments!  I was planning on going through every character one game at at time starting with IV, but you all should know by now, my position can be swayed, and I try to keep my minions followers happy 😉

What’s your favorite character theme?


Now, I could say Sephiroth, since “One Winged Angel” could be considered his leitmotif, but he technically has another song associated with him, “Those Chosen By the Planet,” which is the one you first hear in the basement of the mansion with the bells and the drums that sound like a beating heart (a common feature in VII’s music for an eerie but obvious reason).  Then the bass drops, and what’s been appropriately dubbed “the music of evil” comes through on an organ with strings in the background.  Give a listen to this version here.  The organ is replaced by sepulchral voices, but this in no way diminishes the effect (in fact it’s possible the organ in the original game is supposed to represent such voices).

OWA became his leitmotif as the song most associated with him, but since I can use Sephiroth and his song as an answer for favorite final boss music, I can give another answer here (I just couldn’t resist talking about him for a little bit :p)

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The State of the Gamer: 8/8/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 8/1/17          The State of the Gamer: 8/15/17–>

A weekly post updated every Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have quite a backlog of games to either play or watch, and I’m hoping a weekly article will assist with my progress as my other accountable posts have done with reading and writing.  I have an account at Grouvee, which is a essentially Goodreads for gamers, so please feel free to friend me there!

Currently Playing: 4

Title: Final Fantasy Type-0
Series: Final Fantasy/Fabula Nova Crystallis
Genre: Action RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform: PlayStation 4
Release Date: October 27, 2011
Date Purchased: May 18, 2017
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Progress: Chapter 2 – Leaving on first official mission

I finally got some play time in this week.  I explored the entirety of the school and figured out how to switch characters.  I’m still not completely comfortable with the battle system, but since the very next thing I’m doing is fighting, I suppose I’ll get more practice in.  I’m assuming after this first official mission, I’ll have access to the Coliseum where I can do CBA’s leveling trick.

Title: Final Fantasy V
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square
Platform: PlayStation
Release Date: December 6, 1992
Date Purchased: Unknown
Date Started: June 17, 2017

Progress: Outside Walz Castle – Grinding

I did not play this at all last week, but I’ve decided I’m just going to move onto Walz Tower instead of trying to grind up enough levels to defeat Shiva.  I’ll come back later.

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