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What’s New — November 2017

I’m so happy it’s November, guys. November is always a great month for me. For one thing, it’s the beginning of fall — which comes a little late to the Bay Area where I live. It’s also when one of my favorite holidays occurs, since I love reconnecting with family and doing a little cooking for Thanksgiving. It’s also a tradition to start decorating for the holidays this month. And writing like crazy during NaNoWriMo. So, here’s what I’m up to these days…

Over the weekend I started playing Assassin’s Creed Origins. It’s easily my most-anticipated Assassin’s Creed game ever, because of the ancient Egypt setting. I was a huge ancient Egypt nerd when I was a kid. In fact, my mom recently moved to a new house, and in cleaning out and packing up my old bedroom, I found a heap of books on Egyptian history and King Tut. That’s why I couldn’t wait to explore this setting in such an immersive way.

So far, Origins is extremely fun and very pretty. I’ve barely scratched the surface, so it may be way too early to judge, but I feel that the story hasn’t grabbed me in the early hours the way most Assassin’s Creed games do. Fortunately, that’s balanced by the fact that this one is so open-world. Which can be both good and bad, for me. We’ll see how far I make it with this game — for now, I’m enjoying the exploration of this gorgeous place.

star trek discovery romance.jpgI’ve also been watching CBS’s new Star Trek series, Discovery. While the first episodes had me on the fence, I found it entertaining — just not quite Star Trek-y. Fortunately, the series has picked up, and last week’s episode — which involved the return of a very entertaining bad guy, a really cool time-loop, and lessons in getting outside your comfort zone — was the best one yet. It kept me invested and guessing the whole time. The deep-dives into both the main character’s emotional life and time travel were perfectly interwoven, too. Or maybe I’m just a sucker for a little romance. If you have to watch just one episode of Star Trek Discovery, make it this one!

Finally, this month is National Novel Writing Month, which I like to jump into every November. It’s just so crazy how fast it creeps up on me every year! I’ll admit I’ve been so busy with personal stuff, wedding stuff, my-mom-moving-to-a-new-house stuff, and Paris Games Week work stuff that I haven’t prepared for NaNoWriMo at all. But I’m excited to participate again all the same, so I guess I’ll just wing it this year and have fun.

What are all of you up to this month? I’m always interested to hear what games you’re playing, shows you’re watching, and anything else big in life. =)

— Ashley

What’s New — October 2017

Happy October, everybody!

September was a busy and memorable month for me. I wrote about some of it in a Life Update post a couple of weeks ago. I took a dream vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii, where I went parasailing, zip-lining, snorkeling, and volcano-hiking. I’m honestly not that adventurous a person most of the time, so it was pretty cool to spend so much time outdoors trying new things. I went with my boyfriend, who proposed on our anniversary while we were there. It was an awesome surprise.

21427180_10155640733451445_8145737233947251484_o.jpgNow that I’m engaged, I’ve been checking out wedding venues and starting a lot of wedding-related Pinterest boards. It’s all been really fun so far, and I’m so excited I found such a great guy to keep having adventures with. (Also to play video games with — that’s a big one for me!)

I love October because it marks the beginning of fall. I’ve decorated my apartment for Halloween and am trying to figure out what I’m going to do for the holiday and who/what I’ll dress up as, if I dress up. A couple of years ago I was Lara Croft, which was so much fun because she’s a character I really admire. It would be great to find a new character I like… maybe Catwoman, since I played  as her in Injustice 2 this year! We shall see…

And now to the nerdy stuff!

Star Trek: Discovery — I was really excited about the brand new Star Trek show airing on CBS All-Access. You can read my review of the premiere here. The third episode really took me by surprise, and even though the show isn’t quite what I expected, I’m definitely enjoying it so far.

maxresdefault.jpgCuphead — A couple of days ago I started playing the new game Cuphead, which has been on my most anticipated games list for quite awhile. It’s just as charming as I thought it would be. The retro cartoon art style, the throwback music, and even the story make the game feel totally unique. But if you’re expecting to play this game like you watch Saturday morning cartoons — feet up, relaxed, with your morning coffee in one hand — it’s just not going to happen. Cuphead is gaining a reputation of being hugely challenging. It’s all about memorizing levels and quick reflexes; I don’t have the patience for the first, and I kind of lack the second. I’m not sure it’s the game for me, but it’s been an interesting, totally original experience so far.

Destiny 2 — Now that I’ve finished the campaign, I may whip up a review of this one. It came out while I was still in Hawaii, so naturally the first thing I did when I got home from vacation was install it. I’m playing a Warlock who looks a lot like my last redheaded Warlock, and sinking back into the smooth shooting has been so satisfying. There’s just no other game that feels like Destiny.

The Walking Dead — October is the month we get to see the premiere of the new season of The Walking Dead! (MINOR SPOILERS TO FOLLOW, MAYBE?) This is a show I’ve had a love-hate relationship with over the years. I loved the first two or three seasons, stopped watching for awhile because I wasn’t crazy about the governor storyline — and then I picked it up again a couple of years ago with my fiancé. I used to enjoy the survival story aspect. I struggle more with the “war” aspect. I think it’s because I’m more of an optimist when it comes to survival stories; I think we’ll band together and help each other in that scenario, so seeing people with weapons ready to tear each other to pieces and steal from each other just doesn’t ring true to me. But Negan, the current “villain” of the show, is a disgustingly entertaining person to watch. So I’m getting back into it. I also love Maggie and watch every episode just to make sure she’s okay! I can’t wait to see how the characters I’ve grown to love manage to take Negan down.

What are you all doing and playing this month? Are you dressing up for Halloween or celebrating it some other way? I’m also in desperate need of some TV show recommendations, since I need something new to binge-watch! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. =)

— Ashley

Letting Go of Expectations with “Star Trek: Discovery”

If the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery has taught me anything, it’s that expectations do a lot more harm than good.

The new Star Trek series had its two-episode pilot (sort of a double feature) this past weekend, and I was dying to see it. I had high hopes that it would stay true to what I consider to be the spirit of the series, which dates back to the 1960’s and has been reinvented in half a dozen TV series since then. I love Star Trek. I haven’t watched every single iteration of it (my favorite is Deep Space Nine), but I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve seen so far. I even like the new J.J. Abrams movies, which take place in an alternative timeline and, in contrast to the thoughtful television series, are very blockbuster action-y. Despite enjoying them as popcorn flicks, I went into Star Trek: Discovery hoping it would be more like the TV series than the new movies.

(Minor Discovery spoilers to follow!)

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