I haven’t done a lot of writing lately. I started #JuNoWriMo with an idea for a scifi that is super fun and I was really excited to get to writing it, but soon I realized that it’s nowhere near ready. That’s fine. But I didn’t have anything else ready to work on either.
So, I decided to do a bit of gaming. I had two new games that I hadn’t yet had the chance to indulge in.
FTL: Faster Than Light is a fun game.
It’s also extremely difficult, infuriating, and addictive! The farthest I’ve gotten is five sectors in before I’m completely decimated by rebels. I’ve never wanted to play a game I know I will fail at so badly! I admit, I went looking for cheats. I found a few tutorials on YouTube, but they all required the download of a cheat program that I’m just not comfortable with. So, I play knowing that I will probably fail, and yet still determined to try different strategies for a win.
This is a turn-based game much in the vein of Civilization and Alpha Centauri. The difference is, instead of colonizing a world, you’re colonizing a galaxy. I’ve always enjoyed these kinds of games. You can do so much by tweaking a few things, playing different factions, and utilizing different strategies. I’m still learning the ins and outs of this one though, so I’ve only won a single game so far. I’ll get to the point of winning every game eventually though.
One thing that I’ve noticed about these games is how easily ideas come to me while I’m playing them. Something happens in game that I either planned for or was a happy (or not so happy) accident and it starts an avalanche of ideas. Some are for the scifi I set aside for now, and others are for different stories I’ve had floating around in my head.
It’s a nice change of pace to sit back and play games. I’ve not done that in a long time and my creative well had begun to dry up. Games aren’t the only way I fill my well, but they do help moisten the walls at least=)
And that is what will be the topic of my next newsletter (the Creative Well) at the end of July, so don’t forget to sign up on the right side bar! I’ll be doing a giveaway soon, and you don’t want to miss your chance to win super secret (for now) prizes=)
I hope everyone is having a great week!