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.

Blog life

  • WordPress and email:   1,230
  • Twitter:   547
  • Facebook:   62
  • Instagram:   179
  • Twitch:   78
  • Posts:

  • Total published:   14 posts
  • Most popular:   The kindness of bloggers
  • Most liked:   The kindness of bloggers
  • Most discussed:   Pour decisions: wine with video games
  • My favourite:   Beginner’s guide to indie (2019)
  • Traffic:

  • Views:   1,293
  • Visitors:   850
  • Likes:   312
  • Comments:   137
  • Best day:   13 November 2019
  • Other posts worth checking out:

  • Indie Games To Play With Kids by Michelle from A Geek Girl’s Guide
  • Comfort Food Games by Nathan from Gaming Omnivore
  • GameBlast20: helping those in need by Gao Li Occasionally Reviews
  • Extra Life 2019 Campaign Post-Mortem by Jett from In Third Person
  • Drinks in Video Games: Grog from Monkey Island by RNG
  • 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!

    Gaming life
    Games played:

  • Shadowhand (videos)
  • The Moment of Silence (videos)
  • The Outer Worlds (review)
  • Backed on Kickstarter:

  • Book of Travels (preview)
  • 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.

    Real life

    Later Levels, Instagram, wine-tastingSo 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.

    Coming up

  • 01 December: Point-and-Click Puzzle Pinnacle
  • 09 December: The reality of virtual reality
  • 16 December: winter 2019 blog party
  • 25 December: Secret Blogging Santa
  • Take a look at the Side-quests page for more!
  • Posts planned:

  • Self-care ideas from games for this busy period
  • GameBlast20 update before the 50-day challenge
  • Big video game series I’ve given a miss
  • Bad stereotypes in The Moment of Silence
  • A blogging review of 2019
  • 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!

    Save point: November 2019

    7 thoughts on “Save point: November 2019

    1. I managed to get 8 posts published (though 3 of them were the same week, so it was a bit sparse the rest of the time) including 2 reviews, so I was happy about that.

      I have at least two reviews coming up in December as well as my monthly “new to me” board games post.

      No matter how down on myself I get about not writing new stuff, I am immensely proud that I’ve been doing a monthly “new to me” post for the entirety of the blog (March 2017).

      Personally, going to my first orchestra concert tomorrow night! Really jazzed for that one.

      Sounds like you’ve had a pretty good month!


      • How do you find the time to do reviews so regularly? I’m lucky if I manage to do even one a month! I’d like to do more of them because I enjoy writing them, but I struggle with fitting them in around actually playing the games.

        You’ll have to let us know how the concert goes! I’ve gone a ballet, opera, etc but never an orchestra – I’d be interested to hear what it’s like. 🙂

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        • Wow, I thought I was actually failing by only doing 2 in a month (I do sometimes not even hit that mark).

          I would think it would be harder to do it regularly with video games. It doesn’t take 20-30 hours (if not more) to fully vet a board game. 🙂

          I love orchestral music but have never gone. We felt it was time to change that, so we have 7 concerts in the next 6 months. Can’t wait!

          I will let you know how it goes. 🙂

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          • That’s impressive… you’ve got a busy 2020 coming up ha ha! I found out yesterday that a small orchestral concert of video game music will be happening in London next spring, so I’m going to see if I can get tickets. You inspired me. 😉

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            • I think there’s one here too, though I’m not sure all what it covers (I know Portal’s one of the games). I was so disappointed, though. I had tickets to the Assassin’s Creed one that had music from all of the games, and they had to cancel it for some reason.

              I was really bummed. 😦

              Hope you enjoy them!

              The one last night was stellar. 2 hours of pure orchestral bliss with a cello virtuoso for part of it.

              We had front row seats, which I don’t totally recommend because we couldn’t see the wind and horn instruments in the back. But it was neat being that close.

              I did misspeak, though. We only have 5 in the next six months. Not 7. But still a good variety!


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