You may have noticed a distinct lack of updates regarding Bastion. I’m here to set the record straight: I have not abandoned the blog but I am VERY distracted by Wizardry 6. I’ve gotten one of those sudden itches to play a very difficult game with very tough mechanics and it just really fits the bill. Although I’ve finished it before, I lost my save game and want to complete this one so that I can bring my newer, fresher, and objectively better party into Wizardry 7 when it comes up for the blog. Thanks to Dropbox I can just put my save games in the cloud indefinitely. My Ultima 4 character is STILL in there waiting to be dug out and dusted off when Ultima 5 comes around.
What’s really holding me back from playing Bastion is that I feel like I need to square off forty minutes to an hour to really sit down, play, absorb, and take notes. The truth is I can’t afford this amount of time investment right now. With my anniversary just having passed, parties for friends coming up, and day to day life I’ve only been able to snatch twenty to thirty minutes per day divided over several sessions. This is no good for Bastion. But it is an excellent environment for Wizardry, especially since I can exchange my save game from home to the office and vice versa. I find myself playing a little at lunch or while waiting for my wife to get to the train station. It feels nice to just fight a few battles or map a few squares knowing I can quit any time and end up exactly where I stopped. And not to toot my own horn but I have effectively broken the game with class switching. All my characters can hide and most can cast mid-range spells with no difficulty. It’s pretty funny when the entire party disappears into the shadows and the monsters just sit there waiting.
I have not lost sight of my goal, but have been sidetracked by life as we all are from time to time. I promise to be better in the next week or so, but, for now, I’m about half way through Wizardry and am about to hit the River Styx so wish me luck.