I’m on a weird kick of late. Case in point, I wanted to go bowling.
I come from a low income background, and bowling was a relatively cheap activity that could be done all year round. I make no allusions – my perception of bowling relates to those days and the neighborhood I was in. It feels regressive. But it’s also a fun activity.
Interestingly, a good friend of mine also likes bowling. Our families were able to get a lane for 10 pins, with 3 adults and 4 small kids (5,5,7,7). We also went to a local pizza joint that’s pretty famous in our town. (Side note, pizza does not agree with my stomach. It does agree with my mouth.)
There’s something to be said of 4 squirts rolling a giant ball at slower-than-walking pace down a lane – and ending up with a spare. The entire place was super dingy, but that really is part of the charm I guess. Just like the pizza place, there’s something to be said about nostalgia and taking a small step back. It hit the right notes, but I am also aware that trying the same activity again in a week or a month won’t have the same effect. I guess I’ll wait a year or two before trying again.
Summer is Over
Seriously. The whole North East seems to be getting a late snow kicking. We missed the snowfall and instead received a quarter inch of freezing rain. Fun enough to roll down the windows and punch out the ice… but oh so painful to be scraping it off the windshield. If I recall, Toronto had >1200 accidents on the weekend alone.
Climate isn’t weather though. We had an extremely mild February, and an ice cold March. I am a bit curious as to how the late spring / early summer will work out given this overall lack of trends.
Then again, I’m glad I don’t live in Wisconsin. That is some messed up weather.
Perhaps that’s the draw for AC:O. Egypt on a projection screen gives a certain illusion of warmth. Sure looks more comfortable than here!
I think I figured the dip in progress. The early game (say level 6 to 15) is a mess due to lack of options to level. Once you find Aya, a large portion of the game opens up and experience is found everywhere. That and the patrolling uber-guards that can take you out in a few swings, with little effort.
The next post will talk about the game’s itemization and combat mechanics. Still trying to get a good handle on it.