Dream Diaries – #5, 6, and 7

So it’s been quite awhile since I’ve done any Dream Diaries, so I’ve had some of my dreams just adding up to the to do list. I figured now would be a good time to blog about it.

To read my previous Dream Diaries, see here: https://jonathansacceptation.blogspot.ca/

Dream Diary #5 – Ongoing Journey

I recall the location I was at. It was at my family’s farm in the back barn, specifically right by the hydraulic control system for our alleyway scraper (it moves manure towards the manure pit). I know the location well: There’s two gates for either alley, headlock gates on one side where the cows and heifers can eat, stalls where they can rest or sleep on the other side, two garage doors behind the gates, etc.

When I was there, I noticed there was many valuable items, valuable to me that is, sitting in front of me between the two gates in a place that would be out of reach for the heifers that would’ve been within the gated area. For some reason, there was no heifers around, not much of anything really. It was just me, these valuable items, and my surroundings. I didn’t do anything with these valuable items, I just saw them sitting there scattered around.

Then my dream flashed to a sort of cabin way off in the woods. It was a modest cabin and it felt comfortable to be in, it set me at ease. I flashed back to the barn, but I found myself on the farm’s Polaris Ranger (a 4×4 utility vehicle we’d use for work). I started driving back through the fields to reach that cabin I had seen, but I knew that I wasn’t getting any closer to it. I was just travelling, getting nowhere.

Then I woke up.

Dream Diary #6 – House With Many Doors

With this dream I saw a beautiful house on a one or two acre lot. There was a gravel road that ran up the right side of the house from the road. I didn’t notice until other people had pointed it out within my dream that there was many doors on the outside, an excessive amount. I went inside and saw even more interior doors, some that were normal sized, small sized, and even large sized. I didn’t go through the large ones.

I was exploring the house and looking within the rooms, usually they’d be empty and would have more doors within them. I specifically remember crouching down and opening a small door. I looked inside and saw another small door that was open where my Mom and brother was looking right back at me. They proclaimed something along the lines of “oh look! It’s Jonny!”

At this point I was trying to lock all of the exterior doors to prevent people from coming in without my knowledge, but no matter my efforts someone would find a door that was unlocked and would come in.

Then I woke up.

Dream Diary #7 – The Monster Within

This one is a particularly strange dream. I was told that I would be getting into a relationship with a girl in some kind of tribal setting. There was a catch: I couldn’t show any emotion otherwise she would turn into a monster. Of course, when I was around her I had shown emotion and she then transformed into a monster and proceeded to destroy everything around her. I recall being grabbed then tossed far away to a point of safety where I could watch the destruction.

I wanted to be around this person when she wasn’t a monster, but it was difficult to do when I knew I couldn’t show emotions without risking another catastrophe. This process repeated with me approaching the girl again and showing my emotions to which the inner monster would be unleashed once more.

Then I woke up.

Dream Diaries – #5, 6, and 7

Refining Rule, Day 402 – A Kingdom Has Risen

Controlled Territory, Day 402

Alas, we start again! I’ve decided to blog about this playthrough later into the game so that I don’t end up repeating myself.

For simplicity sake I’ve numbered areas on the map by districts. So the lower the number, the longer I’ve held that land. I plan to divide the districts up by towns and their surrounding area.

prologue

When I started this game I journeyed far and wide trying to get as much money as possible until I could start creating my own businesses. Once I gathered enough money I set out to create dyeworks in as many towns as possible so that I could get enough passive income to support my army (it was mostly comprised of Swadian troops).

Once I formed enough power I took Maras Castle (owned by the Kingdom of Rhodoks, aka the green guys) and formed the Kingdom of Arjello. From there it was a slow climb in capturing surrounding castles, and then I finally took Yalen. Once I had Yalen, my power was solidified.

I made peace where possible until my economy improved and my forces grew. From there I went north (to the left in the picture of the map seen above) and exploited Swadia’s constant wars. The Kingdom of Swadia was largely distracted by ongoing wars with other kingdoms so it was quite easy to take the closest castles and of course Praven.

Ongoing Battles

Battle against the Kingdom of Swadia

As of now there’s constant fighting between my own kingdom and the Kingdom of Swadia. I’ve tried to make peace after taking Praven and its surrounding areas, but King Harlaus is unwilling so I push forward into his lands. This is the reason I control Vyincourd Castle now, and soon Uxkhal.

The enemy’s opponents in the battle against the Kingdom of Swadia

The continued invasion of Swadia isn’t without its benefits. Having captured more land I’m able to give more fiefs to my Lords. It has given me the means of getting on Lord Clais’ good side so that I could arrange a marriage with Lady Tibal to further solidify my right to rule.

I expect the war with the Kingdom of Swadia to end soon.

Refining Rule, Day 402 – A Kingdom Has Risen

Digging Up Relics – Life As A HL2:RP Player

So I was digging around my old projects I did back in high school and found my guide for HL2RP named “Life As A HL2:RP Player”… *shiver*

Needless to say it was quite enjoyable to look at having thought I accidentally deleted it and leaving it to the void of my memory. I had an interesting view of the HL2RP gamemode (made using a framework called Clockwork that was made for Garry’s mod). For those that know of HL2RP, it will be easy to understand that I thought the Combine was some random police force that had a major hate-boner for random Citizens and got increasingly hateful the higher ranked they were.

The actual guide is made with Adobe Flex Builder (something I worked with in Grade 10 and 11). It was a useful tool for some things I worked on back then, but since then I’ve moved on to using other tools.

I’ll end my commentary here and let you check out the rest here: http://hl2rp.jonathandroogh.com/guide/

Digging Up Relics – Life As A HL2:RP Player

Seeing Games Again

For a time I hadn’t been so consumed with video games, probably a solid year by now. Recently I’ve rediscovered the joy of playing video games, a joy I thought I’d never find again.

For a time I felt nothing when trying to play a game, if I even decided on which game to play. I would spend time scrolling through a list of games I could play lamenting about all the fun I had playing that particular game, wondering if I’d ever have as much fun like that again.

There was a wall in front of me, and when I’d look for a way around I’d only see the wall again. I can tell you now that there’s no longer a wall. What there was was more so a handicap of the sort preventing speedy passage. You could say I was trying to run through water, I the beholder of what once was, the water the games. I should’ve been in a boat with a paddle, doing things the right and fast way to get across.


I was supposed to post this awhile ago but didn’t get around to it. As of late I’ve just been enjoying games and what not, such fun!

Seeing Games Again

How I Got My Actual Name Back For Twitter

A strange thing happened today.

I was reading (as I tend to do) on how to go about claiming a Twitter username that is your own actual name. The account I looked up (specifically named JonathanDroogh) had been suspended and so I went about a method I found online on how to claim it.

As I was in the process of putting in the claim the username became available again, and now my Twitter username is @JonathanDroogh respectively.

Huzzah!

How I Got My Actual Name Back For Twitter

First Beginnings, Day 216 – Victory & Defeat

victory-defeat

It appears I’ve lost.

I had conquered two castles since my last post and was on my way to securing Swadia’s West end (near the mountains). I had control over one of the castles in the mountain passes and was about to take a castle more inwards to Swadia that was taken by an enemy previously.

I failed, and everything began to crumble. My castles went under siege, my town (Ayikke) has remained looted up ’til this day. Having no soldiers in reserve and little money to my name, I felt now would be a good time to end this play through.

The timing is actually quite nice by ending this play through at the end of the month. I think I’ll start a new play through on this game every month to see how far I can get, and who knows? Maybe I’ll switch up the games every month too.

 

New Game:

For my next game I think I’ll take a more nomadic approach. I’ll be focusing on getting around quickly, building up my economy, and then starting my own kingdom.

First Beginnings, Day 216 – Victory & Defeat

First Beginnings, Day 106 – War & Vassalage

    We ride unto Curaw.We ride unto Curaw.

Current day as of writing this: Day 106

After many defeats we finally went on the offense. First we took Reyvadin (town just behind me in the picture above), now Curaw. These two victories led to my good standing with King Harlaus and let me become a Vassal to him.

 

First fief bestowed unto Count RJ.
First fief bestowed unto Count RJ.

I was given the fief for Ayyike and it was a sorry sight. It was raided just as I was given it and so I couldn’t do anything but wait. I will say this, its location may be close to the enemy, but at least its very close to a town which should limit the amount of bandit attacks.

First Beginnings, Day 106 – War & Vassalage

First Beginnings, Day 69 – Kingdom Under Siege

kingdom-under-siege
Pillars of smoke come from settlements that have been raided.

Current day as of writing this: Day 69 (hue)

As you can probably guess, being at war with every kingdom isn’t always the best thing. The Kingdom of Swadia has been getting hit pretty hard and our economy is near collapse (even my owner businesses are taking a hit). While we may have powerful armies, we’re slow to adapt to changing tides, and even slower to organize our armies to fend off attacks.

Peace is what Swadians need, however war is what pushes us forward.

First Beginnings, Day 69 – Kingdom Under Siege

Mount & Blade: Warband – A New Series

Mount & Blade: Warband

So I’ve been getting into the game Mount & Blade: Warband and I thought I’d start a new series with my blog on how things go. This isn’t a fresh start from when I’m writing this post.

To preface things, I’m on day 53, I spawned under the Kingdom of Swadia (which is currently at war with every faction except Khergit Khanate and Sarranid Sultanate), and I’m a mercenary for the Kingdom of Swadia.

Mount & Blade: Warband – A New Series