My Cup Overfloweth – The Real Neat Versatile Blogger Award

So I am aware of three explicit tags for some combination of the Real Neat and/or Versatile blogger award:

Bhagpuss – Ah! Recognition!

Tessa – The Versatile Blogger Award

Solarayo – Real Neat Blogger Award Thingy

Naithin – The Real Neat Versatile Blogger Award

I do rather appreciate the nomination. They make for quite useful prompts when I have more time than inspiration. So thank you, all three of you! If I’ve missed anyone along the way I apologize.

The (Rather Flexible) Rules:

      1. Thank the person or people who’ve nominated you.
      2. Answer the 7 questions from your nominator.
        1. I’ll actually be doing 14, 7 from Naithin and 7 from Solarayo
      3. Tell everyone 7 things about yourself.
      4. Write another 7 questions for people you tag or inspire.
      5. Tag up to 7 other people. (I won’t be doing this one.)
  • Nathin’s Questions

    • If you were to start another blog, or branch off your current blog into a whole new direction, what would it be about?
      • I would probably try to separate the more economic and research related content into its own thing. While there is some cross-over because I’m studying MMOs, they are not exactly intended for the same audience.
    • What mix of mechanics or genres would form your absolute dream game?
      • Mostly SWG with some touches of FFXIV crafting, gathering, and story and a fully open API similar to EVE. That last one is something that really helps out researchers. You could easily set up a public API to collect data without identifying specific characters or players.
    • What thing (game, book, movie, anything) have you experienced recently, thinking it should be right up your alley — only to find it very much was not?
      • It’s been a minute, but as much I enjoyed and spent time playing XCOM: EU, I have very little time in XCOM 2. Just… never got into it I guess.
    • The opposite! Have you been convinced to try anything you thought you wouldn’t enjoy, only to discover you very much loved it after all? What was it?
      • My Intro to Geology class has been surprisingly interesting. I took it mostly because I didn’t want to take Chem Principles 2 and my other “science” options were very limited.
    • What new thing do you most want to achieve with your blog this year?
      • The bar is low. I would like to change my banner.
    • What’s on your wishlist that you most want to buy, but for whatever reason you haven’t yet pulled the trigger on purchasing yet?
      • At this exact moment, Deep Rock Galactic, because Naithin. Been on my wishlist for about two years and one week and for reasons I can’t entirely explain never got bought.
    • When this whole lockdown thing is over; and the shops/services currently closed reopen, what is the first thing you’ll visit/do?
      • So, nothing that I’ve wanted or needed to go to is closed. So probably go to work, which I’m also still doing.
  • Solarayo’s Questions

    • Do you ever listen to video game soundtracks outside of gaming sessions? If so, which ones?
      • Yes. Most of them are FF and/or other SNES era RPGs, but I have a particular fondness for the Lufia II soundtrack among others. Maybe I’ll consider a more exhaustive listing in another post.
    • What’s a game that you loved growing up, but find it harder to enjoy now whether due to a change in tastes or now outdated mechanics and graphics?
      • FFVII, especially the Steam port. I could learn to live with the rather ancient character art, but I was rather thoroughly plagued by what I called the O-face glitch. All non-party characters looked like this and I couldn’t even.
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    • Which game console do you feel has the greatest library of titles to choose from?
      • Probably PS1. It had a wonderful mix of games across a wide variety of genres. This would be very closely followed by the SNES, which had an absolute plethora of RPGs that I adore.
    • Name a video game character that has made a positive impact in your life?
      • Not sure I really have an answer for this one, though there probably have been some.
    • If you could sit down to a conversation with any fictional character(book, movie, or game) who would it be and where would this conversation occur?
      • Havelock Vetinari. Patrician’s Palace, Ankh Morpork. I would probably not survive, but hey, why not?
    • If you could travel to any video game location for a hard-earned vacation, where would you go?
      • The End of Time from Chrono Trigger. Seems like the perfect place to lay down and sleep until I’m sick of solitude.
    • Quarantine Question: What’s your go-to movie or tv show?
      • I don’t really watch a lot of movies or TV shows. The one piece of media I make a concerted effort to consume each week is the Massively OP podcast.


  • Things About Me
    1. I am an intensely private person and actively suspicious of others, especially in the “real world.” My only real friends are my brother and my former co-worker. I take a slightly different approach with the blog and Blaugust discord, which constitute most of my online interaction.
    2. While I hail from and live in the rural US South, I’m actually not the least bit religious. I’m not really anti-religion either, I just believe that the notion of one group being correct and all others being wrong is preposterous. I say, let everyone make whatever choice makes sense for their life, insofar as the basic human rights of others remains intact.
    3. I drink almost exclusively diet soft drinks. The primary purpose is to serve as a vehicle for caffeine while containing no calories. Artificial sweeteners don’t have any strange taste or aftertaste, so I’ve embraced them whole-heartedly.
    4. I also tend to use the same few character names in MMOs. Most of them were randomly generated in EverQuest and I just kept using them. I could write a post explaining my naming conventions and you could probably find me in just about any MMO. There is one exception, Instin. It is used much less frequently than the others, but it hails from an old fantasy story I tried to write a couple of decades ago.
    5. I have mistyped blogger as blooger entirely too many times while working on this post.

Okay, that’s enough. I’ve reached the point where I’m beginning to wish I was doing something else, which means it’s time to stop. I’m not tagging anybody. I think we’ve had enough of these for a while so we’ll let them all wrap up and settle down.

Y’all take care.


blapril-2020-200Hey, it’s Blapril time! The goal is to simply promote and stimulate the blogging community by encouraging people of all skill levels and backgrounds to post. The official post can be found here and it’s never too late to start.

3 thoughts on “My Cup Overfloweth – The Real Neat Versatile Blogger Award

  1. I tagged you back on April 3rd for one of these but I’m not surprised you missed it or forgot. I’ve been tagged again for the other one but I can;t now remember by whom without looking it up. And i haven’t done the post yet, either.

    I used to drink a lot of Diet Coke. I always strongly preferred it to the regular variety. Eventually i decided that it couldn’t be good for me, though, so now the only cold drink I have is carbonated water. Which tastes better than anything when it’s really cold.

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    1. Ah, sorry about that. I added you to the list.

      If you manage to drink straight carbonated water you’re a stronger soul than I. That stuff is… rough. At least what I’ve tried in the past.

      I do go through a sort of “reset” cycle every once in a while where I’ll cut back for a week or two and let my “normal” level of caffeine reset. Usually not a fun time, but is a necessary evil.


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