Currently Playing: Games I’m Investing Time In Right Now

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It’s been awhile since I gave an update on what keeps me entertained. And since I’m in a state of “blah” this week due to heat, the upcoming holiday weekend, and just being “blah” in general, I thought now was a good time! So, what games are on my playlist currently? Well, let see …

Lego Jurassic World (PS4)

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (PS4)

Marvel Future Fight (iOS Mobile)

Jurassic World (iOS Mobile)

Fallout Shelter (iOS Mobile)

Marvel Puzzle Quest (iOS Mobile)

Clicker Heroes (Steam)

AdVenture Capitalist (Steam)

That’s pretty much it for me. Mostly I’m enjoying some quick pick-up-and-play mobile games while on my lunch break at work or lying in bed at night. I have to be careful with The Witcher III because it’s a very good game to get lost in. I started playing the other night just after midnight and the next thing I knew it was 5 hours later! Fallout Shelter is an interesting resource management game that I’ve posted a few starter tips on earlier this week, I’m still enjoying it. And the last one I’ll comment on real quick is Lego Jurassic World. Traveller’s Tale’s has done an excellent job on this game and I’ll be posting my review of it in a few days.

*Side note: I realize now that in a couple of previous posts, i attributed the Lego games to Tell Tale games. That’s what I get for mixing up companies that have two “T’s” as their initials!*

A Personal Thought

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I rarely, if ever, comment on current events in the media that relate to politics or religion. But I’m about to make a fool of myself and say something related to both of those. I’m a novice in my preaching, but that’ll be addressed in what I’m about to say, too.

So, today on Facebook, one of my friends posted a simple update: “Romans 1:18-22,” to which a couple of comments followed it up stating how that was a very deep chapter, but despite what it says folks just wouldn’t recognize it. I went and look it up and did a little research on it myself, and while that particular verse is the one we Christians like to thump at everyone often enough, I don’t think we understand the context that it’s presented in.

The tricky thing about Bible verses is, you have to read what comes before and after what you want to quote to make sure it means what you think it means. That Romans 1:18-22 that “we” like to quote is the foundation for what follows in 2:1-5.
Many of us just don’t understand The Bible as we should (I’m very guilty of this and what I’m about to say, sadly), which makes us look like fools when we try to quote it or rant on something we think we understand. Truth is, sometimes I think we just like to look important, like we’re really preaching it when in fact we need to listen more and speak less.

But read it for yourself and take what I wrote with a grain of salt because as I said, I need to learn to listen more than I speak.

Taken from The Bible (New International Version):

God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

God’s Righteous Judgment
2 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

New International Version (NIV)
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Fallout Shelter

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I’m a slow learner. This is why several dozen innocent imaginary digital civilians had to suffer at my inexperienced hands while I learned to play Fallout Shelter. For those that aren’t aware, Fallout Shelter is a new mobile/tablet gaming app from Bethesda, the makers of Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and the upcoming Fallout 4. They’ve made other games as well, mind you, like the upcoming Doom, Dishonored, Skyrim. But Fallout Shelter is – as far as I know – their first app.

In Fallout Shelter you are assigned as Overseer of a VaultTech underground Vault, a fallout shelter for the nuclear apocalypse that decimates the earth and mutates beasts, man and contaminates water and food supply of anything that didn’t seek shelter. Inside the Vault of your creation, you must build the rooms necessary to maintain life. Food, water, power, medical supplies. You can even send people out into the Wasteland to scavenge for supplies and money. It’s a sim game set in the Fallout universe, basically, complete with disasters that can sabotage your gameplay. There are instructions included with the game, but if you’re like me, you don’t like to waste valuable time reading them! You just want to dive in and have some fun, build up your tiny world and enjoy it. So, here’s a few tips I’ve learned though lots of trial and error – mostly error.

1) Water Supply Means Life and/or Death – The biggest problem when I started playing Fallout Shelter was radiation sickness. It didn’t seem to matter what I did, my Vault dweller’s eventually became irradiated and began losing health. Once that red bar appears on their health meter, it’s like a shot through the heart (to me anyways) because I didn’t know what was causing it. Turns out, it’s the water supply! If you don’t keep a steady, strong supply of water running through the Vault, the folks inside will begin to succumb to radiation poisoning. Having a water supply isn’t enough, you have to keep that sucker in the green at all times. Once it begins falling below the acceptable limit, that’s when your radiation problems begin. So keep it in the green at all times, folks.

2) The Best Population Comes From Within – If you’re like me, you’ll eventually hit a dry spell. No one will stumble across your Vault and knock on the front door seeking shelter. When this happens, it can be a long, dry spell before the next visitor shows up. That’s why you have to make use of what you have! When folks stop a knockin’ go straight to your closest, best resource – your Vault dwellers, and get two of them (male and female) in the living quarters alone. Nature will do the rest, and before you know it, little Vault dwellers will be running around in no time! Keep a stead supply going or you’ll find yourself waiting even longer while they grow up to become contributing adults.

3) Man That Door! – Raiders. I hate Raiders. Raiders seem to always come in groups of three and always seem to bust right through my 2nd level Vault door. So try to upgrade that door to the max level as soon as you can, and always, always keep 2 guards in the entrance way with pretty decent weapons. The more you can take out before they start swarming the inside of your Vault the better. As an aside, I actually blamed Raider attacks on my radiation problems. They always seemed to coincide. I’d have a Raider attack, then the next thing I knew, my people were coming down with radiation sickness. Took me a bit to catch on to the water trick, though.

4) Don’t Expand Too Fast – The worst thing you can do is go into the game and just start throwing rooms down. Take your time, grow slowly, and don’t deplete your resources. Every resource is extremely important. If you begin expanding your Vault by multiple floors and unnecessary rooms before you actually need them, you’re going to regret it in the long run. The more rooms you have the more your resources are going to be stretched. Especially your power. Take it easy, have patience and you’ll be rewarded with a happy, friendly Vault.

As I grow and learn more, I’ll share with you other tips I come across. Have fun and enjoy this little addition to the Fallout universe!

Thanks!

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WordPress sent me an alert yesterday announcing that I now had over 200 followers of my blog. That little number blows me away, honestly. Considering I am just your average guy (or so I like to consider myself) that writes a blog that is really about nothing at all. It’s amazing that many people would even consider following my rambling posts. 

Thank you! I appreciate that you took the time to click that little button and share a little bit of time with me on the days I actually publish something. 

Currently Reading: Breakers (Breakers #1) by Edward W. Robertson

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I’m not sure why I picked up this book, but it is also from the Kindle Unlimited library. Part of a series of books by the author, I’m already several chapters in and am enjoying the writing. It’s very, very good! I’ve already looked Robertson up on Goodreads and added more of his work to my “To Read” queue.

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