Welcome to November’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds-up all the happenings here at Later Levels in case you missed anything. With the past month being full of planning for both Christmas and GameBlast20, let’s have a quick recap recent events.
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Later Levels (@LaterLevels) November 13, 2019
I’ve had the pleasure of working with several blogger friends on collaborations this month and our efforts will be shared with the world shortly! First up, the results of The Point-and-Click Puzzle Pinnacle will be revealed by Quietschisto over on RNG on Saturday. Then in the following weeks you can expect my Charming and Open response for Ian from Adventure Rules along with a little project about virtual reality with Harry from Escape Reality Through Games. And finally, look out for Secret Blogging Santa on Christmas day as Ellen from Livid Lightning and I spread some festive cheer.
After a conversation with Dan from nowisgames.com recently and with much reluctance, I gave WordPress’s block editor a go recently with a view to updating the Later Levels’ pages. It’s been a painful process as I much prefer working directly with the HTML but I wanted to get everything looking sparkly before the start of our GameBlast20 charity streams in early January. There’s even a new page for the event where you can find details about our schedule and how to make a donation to the awesome SpecialEffect – go check it out!
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I’m a huge of the adventure genre so I was extremely excited to attend my first ever AdventureX conference in November. It may not have been what I was expecting but I had an excellent time and in some ways, I enjoyed it more than the expos we usually go to. Highlights included a talk by Dave Gilbert from Wadjet Eye Games that explained the importance of not giving up even when things don’t go to plan; and another by Ed Fear from Mediatonic Games that challenged the way I think about stereotypes. I can’t wait to go again next year.
As for video games themselves though, I haven’t had much luck this month. The Outer Worlds didn’t grab me at all; I actually ended up falling asleep while my other-half was playing and I’m not keen on its lack of lockpicking mini-games, although I know many bloggers who like that they’ve been removed. Thankfully I came across the Kickstarter campaign for Book of Travels by Might and Delight however. This ‘serene online RPG’ looks like it’s going to be much more my kind of thing because I’m getting some serious Eastshade-vibes from its description.
So remember in my last editorial I said I’d be quiet this month as I’d been called for jury service? Well, after rescheduling around work and family commitments to make it happen, I received a phone call to tell me I’d been excused as too many jurors had been selected! It’s annoying that then had to rearrange the arrangements I’d already rearranged but in truth, it worked out for the best. It meant I could concentrate on training courses and, after a career change back in July, there’s still a lot I’ve got to learn.
My other-half and I went to our first wine-tasting event a few weeks ago and we had a really good time. Yes, we left the venue rather tipsy after purchasing a crate of sparkling red vino that’s going to go down a treat over Christmas – but no regrets! While nursing a fuzzy head the following morning, I got to thinking about the video games that would go best with the wine we’d sampled and this resulted in an article about my pour decisions. We’d love to go to another event in the future so expect another pairing post if that happens.
And now over to you guys: what have you been up to lately, and what have you got planned for the coming month? Is there anything the community can help with or get involved in? Let everybody know in the comments below so we can show our support. Thanks for reading!