10th of April: Birthday Stream!

Good news everyone!
On the 10th of April I’m planning a birthday stream.
Until then I want to reach 100 followers on my Twitch account. A slow steady growth.

I do variety game streaming (and my patrons help me choose game each month). Currently I’m playing Fable, StarCraft 2 and Lone Survivor, previously I’ve played Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, Day of the Tentacle, and Scribblenauts.

So mark it down in your calendar, and give me a follow on Twitch!

( I wrote this about two weeks ago, but it got lost in “draft”, sorry!)

Mastodon (New Twitter?!) 101

It is now prime time “to join a kinder, nicer, decentralized open source version of Twitter.”

What is Mastodon? 


Mastodon is a free, open-source social network, and it’s a decentralized alternative to commercial platforms. Have you ever wished for a social network without ads everywhere? Yeah! Let’s sign up!!

Oh no! Sign-ups are closed!!

What do we do now? Well, if you click on the picture or follow this link you it takes you to a lost of instances which talk to each other.

What do you mean talk to each other? Well, have you ever used hotmail, or gmail?
It’s the same thing! Just in a micro-blogging setting. Even the “micro” is relative. mastodon.social has in particular offers 500 characters, others are unlimited.

Mastodon usernames work kind of like email addresses. There are several hosts (“instances”) available, so it’s completely up to you which you want to be known on!
To explain further, just like how, say, microsoft@outlook.com can send emails to google@gmail.com, so can users send each other messages, and follow each other across different instances!

In my case I’m maloki@mastodon.social.

What’s an instance?  Server instances can go under several names such as, server, domain, node, or instance. It is just another server place offering a home for mastodons to graze on.

So, mastodon.social isn’t the only option?
No! Let me introduce you to a few options:

witches.town
“Witches Town is made to provide a nice place on Mastodon for queer, feminists, anarchists and stuff. We are mostly french people but you are welcome even if you speak another language.”

memetastic.space
It is a social media experiment where the main aim is to share and discuss dank memes and awful jokes. We aim to bring together the meme communities of Twitter and beyond to form one website filled with the latest trends and jokes.

social.targaryen.house
One among the several mastodon instances in the fediverse. It aims to be an alternative choice, and it’ll federate with other instances. Fire and Blood!

social.tchncs.de
This might be one of the best pieces of software for microblogging you can get right now. We here at tchncs.de are proud to be one of the first instances of Mastodon! Quick updates ensured. Mastodon is compatible and connected to the GNUsocial network.

social.bytesexual.net
A Mastodon instance run by the merry men of bytesexual.net. All fun and no SLA since 2012. Managed by @q3k, follow for service updates.

masto.themimitoof.fr
Français: Bienvenue sur l’instance Mastodon appartenant à themimitoof.fr. L’objectif est de faire durer et faire vivre cette instance le plus longtemps possible. L’instance est régulièrement mise à jour pour bénéficier des récents correctifs et améliorations. Rejoignez-nous !
English: Welcome on Mastodon instance owned by themimitoof.fr . The goal is to make this instance to live as long as possible. The instance is updated to get recent patches and improvements. Join us!

fern.surgeplay.com
A Minecraft-focused Mastodon instance run by SurgePlay. You’re free to talk about anything else, as long as it’s not overly offensive or obnoxious. Please put a warning on any content that others may not want to see. TL;DR: Have fun and don’t be a jerk!

pouet.it
Instance anarchostalinienne et allié·e·s membre de la fédération OStatus (GNU social, Mastodon). Tout enfant abandonné sera détruit.

Full list of instances is available here.

(( If you want to be featured on this list (I’ll try to update it when people provide me info) please send me the url and a blurb to this account: @maloki@mastodon.social ))

But if I move I use all my Twitter people?
Yes, but there’s a help. You can try out this rudimentary bridge to help you connect with your friends from Twitter.
Or you can choose to not to connect, and get a fresh start.
Also, check out hashtags like #introduction and #introductions and #welcome on your server, to see what you find, and why not introduce yourself while you’re at it?

I’ve personally posted a few good-to-know posts under #welcome

So what is this thing anyways?
As introduced at the top of the post, decentralized social network. This particular one is using Mastodon, which is “an alternative implementation of the GNU social project. Based on ActivityStreams, Webfinger, PubsubHubbub and Salmon.

Focus of the project on a clean REST API and a good user interface. Ruby on Rails is used for the back-end, while React.js and Redux are used for the dynamic front-end. A static front-end for public resources (profiles and statuses) is also provided.” (github)

So, now what? 

Now we find a home that fits us, introduce our friends to it!
Also we try to talk to bigger communities which we’d want to be able to connect to people on. And ask them to implement this open-source alternative to let their users connect to the rest of the world. This is the way forward.
You want to “email” to other servers, right?

Good links: 
On the github page there’s also a FAQ.
Someone also wrote this useful guide.
List of mastodon instances
Bridge for Twitter-Mastodon.social (as I’m writing it’s being updated to function for all instances)
Great introduction to some functionalities which I have not brought up here.

Android Apps:

Tusky
TootyFruity

iOS Apps:

Amaroq

More apps can be found here


You can help support me via Patreon, as I may end up spending way too much time and spoons on Mastodon in the near future. <3

Played in February

I made a resolution, and I have begun working on it.

For January I never really updated which games I got through, so I will just bundle them into this post.

We began by completing Day of the Tentacle – Remastered, a puzzle game. This was challenging for me, mostly because I haven’t been playing puzzle games for years, or barely at all. It was time to get into a new genre.

In the end of January I launched my Patreon, and at the $5+/month tiers you would get to help me choose what to play, a few different games were voted on, and we ended up with Edna & Harvey – the breakout, Lone Survivor, and Scribblenauts. And we actually played them all during February.

First, we played Scribblenauts, as a bit of comic relief. After the inauguration we all needed a break and something to laugh about. I wish the story was more prevalent throughout the game, but unfortunately it was mostly just in the beginning and while returning to the sister of Maximilian you don’t really get reminded of the story much. So, since I had already begun the game in an early stream (last spring), we all kinda missed that part of the story. The game was finished, at least the normal story bit, and there is still a lot of achievements to get, which I may return to in times of need.

Second, we began playing Edna & Harvey: the breakout. Which is another puzzle game. While playing through this one I did feel like I got more understanding of how puzzle games are laid out, and I could get through them a bit easier. Or Edna & Harvey is just easier towards the end, I did kinda feel like the puzzles towards the end of the game were a bit too simple and short, when they weren’t incredibly stupid and kinda incomplete. (Speaking of incomplete, if you play through the game in English you will encounter a bug at a semi-late point in the game, which can be fixed with this bug fix)

Last, we came to Lone Survivor, which is a beautiful, psychological, horror (?) game. we haven’t completed it yet, and one play session my boyfriend (LoaGames on Twitter) played instead of me. Unfortunately because I am not at full capacity yet, I will have days when I’m incredibly uncomfortable in my own skin and those are not good days to play scary games on.

All in all, we’ve had a good month and I’ve enjoyed playing through a few different games.

On the side, off stream, I’ve also been testing a Sole Survivor challenge for RimWorld, which is something I am considering making a stream-series off, maybe on “off days” when my energies are low. Just to keep consistent with streaming. We’ll see.

Anyways, 2 months almost done, and we’ve gotten through 3-4 games. It’s a good start. Going to be interesting to see how long the journey is going to be.
March is almost upon us, and it is time to vote for where we’re going next. I have a straw poll up which I will take results from tonight, and add to the final vote for my Patrons.

Year of Experiences: A Resolution

During the fall I found myself in a situation where I was gaming a lot, but not really experiencing a lot. I would be playing games which were more leaning towards sandbox games, and having no real end, unless you made yourself one. Examples of this is Guild Wars 2, RimWorld, and Sims 3. Don’t get me wrong, I love all these games, but I felt stuck, and like I wasn’t getting anywhere.

So, I began a new journey. Slowly, and as a process, I would ween off the sandbox games and venture into entirely new experiences. I played through Seasons After Fall, which is a magical game. I even ended up finishing all the achievements in my first run. I played Drop Alive, after it was mentioned in new releases on the Co-optional Podcast, a short platformer game. And I spent a good while playing the Banner Saga, after a recommendation from djWHEAT.

As I was getting closer to the new year, I wanted to expand on this a little bit. I am not only an avid gamer, but I also read a lot (2015, 44 books; 2016, 33 books). Loving games and books, I end up buying way too much especially if it’s on sale. Or if it’s in the local thrift shop, which also happens to be across the street (come home with a stack for books, 5-6, and only having spent $2.50 was a great deal I just couldn’t resist, over and over). One day I came home with a book it turned out I already owned. It was time to stop.

Having piled up some games, and books, it is time to actually experience them. So my resolution for 2017 is to play through as many games as I can, do achievements as I feel I want to/have energy for, and not spend any more money on games. I already own a steam controller, and I have a library of 176 games (33 are in my live-in boyfriends library). I am completely set for this year!

They say that the best resolutions are when you have some kind of accountability, in my case it will be the following tweets,

which were also brought up during the Twitch Weekly broadcast yesterday.

But to expand on this, I will be streaming my journey and update the blog on a monthly basis with which games I’ve been playing through. Do you want to join me?
and if you are interested in the progress with reading books, you can follow my other blog.