Welcome to September’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds up all the happenings here at Later Levels in case you missed anything. With the evenings getting darker and the autumn now upon us, let’s have a quick recap of recent events.
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Later Levels (@LaterLevels) September 15, 2020
Thank to everyone who attended the autumn 2020 blog party and helped share 22 of the best posts from the blogging community on social media! I’ve always enjoyed running these events because they’re my way of showing my appreciation for all the support I’ve had here over the past few years; but I can’t deny it takes a lot of effort to manage them and my day-job at the same time. Because of this, I might need to think of a better way to handle them or perhaps a different event altogether for 2021.
Speaking of events for next year, planning for GameBlast21 in February is now underway. This will be the seventh time I’ve taken part in the annual gaming marathon for SpecialEffect so we’re planning something big. Although I revealed a few details in Monday’s post, I don’t want to give too much away just yet – but what I will say is that the promise Pete made while live on Twitch, to wear a Pikachu costume if we hit our fundraising target, will be upheld. Keep your eyes peeled over the coming months for more details.
We’ve streaming more regularly and publishing a weekly schedule again to get us in the right frame of mind for GameBlast, but we’re going to try and mix things up a bit by not only playing video games. A round-up of the physical rewards I’ve received from Kickstarter projects made me realise just how many escape-rooms-in-boxes I’ve been backing on the platform lately. An additional camera purchased for our streaming set-up now means we can play these on Twitch too, so come join us in chat if you’d like to help us solve the mysteries!
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Later Levels (@LaterLevels) September 17, 2020
Thanks to COVID-19, the gaming events we’d bought tickets for this year have now all been cancelled (sob). Some of the organisers didn’t let that stop them though and instead turned their expos digital. Although PAX X EGX this month was a good experience – and caused me to add a few more games to my wishlsit – I can’t deny that I missed the physical show. A round-up of the games I’ve discovered at EGX in previous years and a weekend stream of some these eased the pain a little.
Finding was is perhaps my favourite title of 2020 helped too. I picked up The Painscreek Killings on a whim when it appeared in the Steam summer sale and ended up absolutely loving the way this detective story mimicked a real investigation. Continuing on the detective theme, I’ve not got my eye on Chicken Police too; if you haven’t yet seen this game or played the demo, I’d highly recommend doing so as soon as possible. I promise you won’t have seen anything else like it.
My game-swaps with other bloggers are continuing and I’m still working my way through Final Fantasy XIII at the time of writing. I’m not sure Ellen from Ace Asunder has persuaded me to like turn-based combat with this one, but it has taught me that different games speak to different people for unique and special reasons. As for Pete, he’s still trying to improve his factory in Satisfactory. It’s the first release which has managed to drag his attention away from The Division 2 so I’m not complaining!
Have you ever purchased an early-access game? If so, why did you buy it and has it now been fully released? 🤔—
Later Levels (@LaterLevels) September 25, 2020
Some big news this month that I’m very excited to reveal: we became Auntie Kim and Uncle Pete! We’ve wanted to shout about this for a few weeks now but have been keeping it quite until it became official. My brother and sister-in-law recently adopted a gorgeous little boy and we can’t be happier for them because they’re going to be awesome parents. He may only be a year old but just you wait: as soon as he’s big enough to hold a controller, we’ll be teaching him the ways of the gamer.
My stepson went back to school at the beginning of September after being on lockdown since March, and it’s a strange situation for all of us. On one hand it’s good to see him back with his friends and this has done wonders for his mental well-being; but on the other, we’re all rather worried about what’s going to happen. I hate to say it but it seems like it’s only a matter of time before we get the notification from the head about their being a case of the virus in his year. As Pete said the other day: what a weird world we live in nowadays.
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!