… No, I’m not playing again. I dredged them up after some twitter activity:
So, uh… from August 1st, 201o, here are my completion stats from DQ9:
Pepsi: Level 38 Sage (main character)
Jakob: Level 43 Armamentalist
Janet: Level 27 Paladin
Patricia: Level 42 Paladin
Battle Victories: 1775
Times Alchemy Performed: 76
Accolades Earnt: 82
Quests Completed: 42
Grottos Completed: 7
Guests Canvassed: 47
Defeated Monster Completion: 73%
Wardrobe Completion: 21%
Item List Completion: 50%
Alchenomicon Completion: 5%
Total time adventured: 78 hrs 16 mins
Time spent in multiplayer: 6 hrs 49 mins
Gold carried: 8416G
Gold banked: 383000G
Mini medals plundered: 44
I powered through the last several boss fights with Oomph, Fource, Falcon Sword + Falcon Slash, and one character constantly performing the Hustle Dance. I didn’t even have to go back to town to recharge. :D
So awesome. And yay, now I can go after the post-game content!
… And then I sunk another five hundred hours into it, I think. And bought a second copy to start a new game. I might’ve had a problem for a while, there.
Just a quick update. I’ve been meaning to write more, if only so I can have a record of this strange time in my life, but honestly things have been fairly quiet.
As was Christmas. It was all very pretty, especially the lights and decorations on the high streets. But as Christmas proper arrived, everything shut down — even the convenience stores. On St. Stephen’s Day (the 26th) a few stores opened up for sales, but otherwise the city was still closed, with the exception of the pubs. Things only got back to normal after New Years.
And New Years was fun, tho quiet. I met an Australian woman who’d just arrived in Dublin, and we watched a parade, then went to O’Neils for dinner. Then I went to see some fellow expats at a pub north of the Liffey, but it was loud and crowded and I ended up leaving early. I waited for midnight with a small crowd of people at Stephen’s Green near the luas; we had our own little countdown, then it was 2014. There was another Canadian there who started singing the national anthem, so I wandered over and joined in, and it was beautiful.
Since then I’ve mostly just worked. I’m finally renting an apartment (it’s a long story that I won’t go into). My bank account is set up and I should be paid in euros imminently. That’s my news; yeah, my life it pretty quiet.
Part of the reason I agreed to come here in the first place was for the opportunity to travel. I still want to do that, but I’m not fussed about exploring the continent while it’s winter. In late February I’m going back to Venice again (!!), but aside from that I haven’t really planned any adventures.
It’s time to plan some adventures.
Before Christmas I tried doing 12 pubs with a bunch of other people here on working holiday visas. I found my copy of the rules while cleaning up today. FYI, I bailed at pub #8. For the record:
||Drink with left hand
||No first names
||No toilet breaks
||The Living Room
||No cursing / swearing
||Drink with right hand only
||The Long Stone
||Can’t hold own drink
||No jumper — down a pint
||Link arms with a friend
||Must speak with fake accent
||No singing, except Jingle Bells
||The Turks Head
||Just try to stay upright!
Putting together this entry made me realize, again, that I really should post more. Or at least have a private document somewhere to keep track of this stuff.
Also, I started writing this in TextEdit, but it hung indefinitely. I blame iCloud. Seriously, how is it ever excusable that a text editor / word processor freeze indefinitely? At least it recovered the document after I killed it.
Travel and events:
My plan this year was to save my vacation time for a big trip in the fall. I guess that worked out, just not as expected.
- February: Went to Gottacon. It was awesome.
- May: VanCAF.
- June: Raine got married!
- June: Day trip to Victoria. Spent most of my time in transit (buses, ferries) than in Victoria. It was nevertheless awesome.
- June, later: Went up to Prince George for a baptism.
- Late July: Mission Folk Fest. First time going. Three days of sun and music.
- Late August: Calgary for my sister’s wedding. Huzzah!
- October: Went to one last VCon.
- November: Visited the ruined monastery at Glendalough
- December: Visited Northern Ireland and Giant’s Causeway.
I probably went to a few more, but this is all I can remember.
- “Now You See Me”.
- “Rifftrax Live: Starship Troopers”.
- “Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special”.
- “Hobbit 2″.
- Cirque du Soleil, “Amaluna”.
- Attended a live production of “Les Miserables”.
- Bard on the Beach. I forget which play, sadly.
- Plumes Ensemble at Raw Canvas.
- “Avenue Q”.
- “Critical Hit”, several times. I even got to participate once!
- Deltron 3030.
- I finally went to Wreck Beach!
- I finally did the Grouse Grind!
- I went to the best overnight Minecraft LAN party of all time — OF ALL TIME.
- I moved to Ireland!