What to do, what to do… oh

Original date: May 14, 2018

I have finally resumed playing Zelda after a break of a couple of months due to Life Happening <tm>. My birthday I indulged in several hours of playing, and I also played a few hours over the weekend. Picking it back up after a hiatus, I realized I should finish the project I was on: to find all of the Towers so that I could fully map out the world. I did complete that.

And then I wondered…. now what? All of my time had been spent on this exploration! I now have this wonderful map to work on! What to do now?

Oh, right, I also acquired a list of quests while I was at it right? Also, someone told me about another rune that gives me an in-game camera for taking pictures and it came with some… let’s look at that.

Oh, hey. It’s the quest that is meant to inspire me to explore the world, clearly. Well, at least I already know where all of these are and can just teleport to them right away. Fine, fine.

Also, I figured I was pretty close to having found all of the shrines, given how much of the world I explored finding those Towers. So I’m talking to¬†Mao Invictus, the most expertiest expert of Zelda playing I know, and she mentions that she’s only six shy of finding all of the shrines. So I went home and looked at my shrine count.

I SMS her: I have 33 shrines. 33.
She responded: Only 87 more to go!

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Oh what a wonderful day to be climbing in the rain!

Original date: March 18, 2018

There’s a mechanic in the game that if it is raining out, climbing becomes exceedingly more difficult, and you end up sliding down more than climbing up. So, here are some excerpts from my personal thought-narrative last night.

Hey, the tower I need to reach is at the top of this cliff, so I just need to climb up it. It’s sunny at the moment, so I’ll just run over this short distance and start to climb. Got there, starting to…. oh damn, now it’s raining.

Oh hey, I’m hang-gliding off the tower now, and want to get to that shrine on the side of that cliff. I won’t quite make it at that level, so will need to climb a bit, but fortunately it’s nice and sunny out! OK, gliding over… got to it… oh damn, now it’s raining.

Oh, getting across this river with my hang-glider will be easy! I just need to drift over and climb the last bit back up this cliff! And, it’s totally sunny and it’s a VERY SHORT distance so it won’t be raining by the time I get across! Right? Damn, no, I was wrong.

Switch need food badly

Original date: March 16, 2018

It has been a while since I have been able to play. I had a few weeks where memorizing my lines took much higher precedence over video games. But now that I am safely past that crunch, and am even at a gaming con for a relaxing weekend, I figured it is time to play again.

And that is how I discovered that the Switch runs out of juice, even when not in use.

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Milk.

Original post: February 12, 2018

I looked up recipes online and found that milk is a thing. Apparenty it’s possible to get milk at the first village you’re supposed to go to when off the Plateau (which, if you remember, I didn’t.)

OK, let’s go get some milk!

I teleport over to the nearest shrine, which isn’t so near, but not so far either. This is high enough up that I paraglide off towards the village, then climb about on some rocks a bit and am close to the villag..

Wait, why is the “There is a shrine nearby” noise going off?

OK, well, it’d be good to have a closer shrine to this place for teleportation reasons! Plus SQUIRREL, a shrine for more stamina!!!

So I hunt around and find the shrine, step into it…

It’s the shrine that teaches me how to fight.

I mean, I’ve been running around the wilderness trying to figure out how to fight, occasionally finding something new, but mostly running from monsters for how long now?

I found the shrine that teaches me how to fight.

OK, well, OK. At least this means now I get an easy quarter-stamina.

Once I’m done with my newfound fighting skills, I head into the village to get that milk… and find the dude who tells me to find the shrine to learn how to fight.

I never did get that milk.