Playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons

I got Animal Crossing, since a lot of friends were raving about it being good for being holed up for the time being. My first reaction to it? From the slack channel dedicated to this game:

gwenix uhm… so I’m an indentured servant?

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gwenix OK, I am no longer an indentured servant and am now a good little capitalist consumer.

No one else was as amused by this as I was.

My introduction to the Savoy Theater!

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the shows, because it’s been a while since I’ve been in one! But I’m back in a production, with the Savoy Theater in Philadelphia, and we’re doing Ruddigore in May and June. I am in the ensemble (I auditioned for that alone since I’m still warming back into performing and concentrating on work.)

I am used to 2 months of constant rehearsals from the groups I worked with on the other side of the state, but this troupe does things more elongated — just two rehearsals a week, but for almost 6 months. This is going to take some getting used to.

Regardless, our first rehearsals have been these past couple of weeks and I am already incredibly impressed. The leads are magnificent, top level singers and actors. Should I want to do a lead later, I’m going to have to step up my game. The ensemble is more a mix of amateur and professional, but still amazing and very well balanced, and very good at blending together. And THE MEN. There’s an actual full section of men, including tenors! And they sound SO GOOD. When I first heard them, I gasped.

I’ll post more about it as it comes up, but in the meantime I am already impressed.

I’ll also be performing a solo with them for Philly Theater Week on February 15th. The show is sold out at this time, but I’m looking forward to helping with their fundraising that week. Hooray!

Ingress: Recursion, Level 8. Back to normal.

IMG_0993I made it! The most exciting thing about this past level is that I made the top-most badge of the Umbra Deploy Challenge in literally the last minute. Seriously, 12:59pm (when it ended at 1pm), and I got it. That was exciting.

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Other than that, next time I do a self-challenge for anything to do with fielding, I allow for glyphing. Trying to get the appropriate amount of keys without glyphing was insane, and I went through almost my entire supply of heat sinks. But the fielding itself was super profitable, and it was an easy 600,000 AP to get as a result. Here’s a small sample of some of the microfielding I was doing:

 

At this point I return to normal play. I have learned a lot about AP gain through this process though — my normal M.O. is to just go out and kill all green because it’s most satisfying to me to see the waves of boom go out. But if you have been following the blog and are in a position to notice such things — not a single one of the challenges involved taking out any green. So that was a very good learning process for me, and I will do more construction in my normal play in the future as a result.

But I really did miss booming all the things, and the first thing I did when I leveled was take out a bunch of green (SorryNotSorry MewTwosTrainer!) I really really missed that. Also, derping all the things. I love to derp. Derp derp derp derp. Please let me use up all the keys I don’t need by throwing all those derp links.

Thanks for following along on my Ingress Journey back to Level 8!