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Weapon Master…

We have successfully moved and most of our stuff is in the new place. I have also been ill for the last three weeks – yes, my timing is impeccable. However, now that most things have settled, it is time to call for an end of our summer break and you’ll see me blogging here more often again. :)

Some time ago, I wrote about my favourite “profession” which is actually not a profession per se, but a weapon and a specific playstyle (especially in Guild Wars 2): The one-handed sword.

I’m very close to 10.000 achievement points and had a look at the various categories to see where I could get some more points when I found the weapon master tab. As I said in that post, I really love the sword, but I had no idea how much I love it, especially considering that I actually do have five professions at level 80 already!

GW2_Weapon Master

Flammkuchen

Flammkuchen_onions and baconUpdate April 10: I forgot to edit this post to say that this is, of course, just an April Fool’s Joke, but to be honest, I did not expect anybody to fall for it anyway. ;) I just remembered that last year, I had posted a nice recipe on April 1 already and wanted to continue with this tradition. The recipe is real, though! :oD

We had to wait 1,5 years for  ArenaNet to announce quite a lot of the  features coming on April 15 that the community has been asking for. Is it a coincidence that all of them are ready for release at the same date? I don’t think so. Instead, I am absolutely certain that they postponed all of them to shove that stupid Living Story down our throats. You may have noticed it, but the content here in this blog has become about so many other games recently and we hardly ever write about Guild Wars 2 anymore. It’s just not a game that I enjoy playing anymore. I’m sorry, but here it is. The truth is out. The decision was made even easier for me, since our guild has recently decided to move back to Guild Wars 1.

But what about our tiny little blog here? I had previously tried to add some more flavour to this blog by adding a baking recipe. The truth is, while I can bake cakes and muffins, I don’t do it often nor am I really that good. But I can cook! So, from now on, I will concentrate on other things that I enjoy more. For example, my new gaming addiction: Sim games. I’ve tried out a pig sim which was fun enough. Then I tried out a railroad sim and the last game I have gotten addicted to is a cooking sim which even lets you add your very own recipes! This is perfect and lets me combine my two hobbies! I will try out cooking recipes in this sim and if my sim people like it, I will present the recipes here. So don’t worry, I will still be writing about games here, but it will only be about the cooking sim from now on!

The Flammkuchen recipe will make the start. That’s tarte flambée in English – although I’d prefer calling it “flame cake” instead. ;)

Dough
250 gr flour
125 ml water
2 spoons of oil (vegetable oil preferably, nothing like olive oil as the taste is too strong)
a bit of salt
Sauce
100 gr sour cream
100 gr crème fraîche
salt and pepper
Toppings (can vary)
1 big onion (sliced in rings)
200 gr bacon (pieces)

Pre-heat the oven (250°C). Get the flour, add the salt and the oil and then carefully add the water. Try adding less than the amount mentioned above first. The resulting dough should not be sticky! Depending on your kind of flour, you may need less or more than the water mentioned above. Also, taste if there’s enough salt in your dough. It shouldn’t be too much, but the dough shouldn’t be „tasteless“ either. Then roll out the dough very thinly on baking parchment. It’s important that it’s thin. This is not a pizza! ;) You may find that the dough is actually enough for about 1,5 baking trays. That depends on how thin you actually manage to make it. Now mix the sour cream and the crème fraîche. Add as much salt and pepper as you like. Coat the dough with it. Add the onions and the bacon on top. Put everything in the oven (~ 7 minutes, 250°C). The amount of time it needs depends on your oven, so stay there and watch it! Take it out if it’s getting too brown.

Flammkuchen_rocket goat cheeseThe toppings can vary according to your taste. Get creative here! What I mentioned in the list above is the Alsacian tarte flambée, but really, you can add just about anything you like. Use e.g., tomatoes, mozzarella, rocket, mushrooms, leek, brie,… – even olives and feta work quite well! Just never overdo it with the cheese. As I said above, this isn’t a pizza. In the picture below, you see a variation made with rocket and goat cream cheese. An important tip: Keep the rocket off the dough until it is finished baking! I had a brainless moment once and had put the rocket into the oven. ;) Only put the goat cream cheese on it and when it’s finished baking and out of the oven, add the rocket. We also experimented a bit with the sauce. The Flammkuchen on the picture below was made with sour cream and low fat curd cheese which makes the whole Flammkuchen a lot lighter and thus, allows for things like goat cheese without feeling bad about all the calories in it. ;) It does taste a bit differently than the original recipe, but it was still really good!

Flammkuchen_rocket goat cheese 2

That’s it for today. Just remember: From now on, this blog will feature cooking recipes and my reviews of first person shooters. :D

Get ready for Healing Over Time!

In a bit less than two hours (at 10am GMT), Healing Over Time will start. This is a charity event, run by several guilds who will be playing and streaming multiple games for 24 hours! You can see who is participating on their official website.

You may have already heard of such gaming marathons. They are often pretty much the same: A person or a team of people plays for 24 hours, streams it, asks for donations and often hands out prizes should they get to certain donation milestones. HoT is a bit different from most that I’ve watched as they are not just “one group” but rather, Sam, the organizer of the event, managed to get 8 gaming communities to join. Seven of them will be streaming. Our guild, Dragon Season, had been invited, too, but unfortunately, nobody from us is able to stream for such a long time. Either because of technical reasons or as in my case, the inability to stay awake for 24 hours. As much as I would like to do that for charity, I’m just not capable. You will see Tilion, me and bookahnerk in the chats of MYST’s streams, though, and we may also join in for a few of the games. Where HoT does not differ is that they, too, will have some prizes to hand out (just have a look at the list of supporters!).

As is usual with such marathons, the participants do get breaks, of course. ;) You can see the schedule as well as a list of the games that are going to be played here. Relics of Orr, Subterfuge and Viking Nation are going to start 3 hours later (at 10am EST) than the rest since they are US-based. Of course, they will also be playing and streaming for 24 hours once they have started!

Now on to the most important part: Why are they doing that?

For charity! But to be more specific, their goal is to raise $5000 for Child’s Play, an organization that provides children in hospitals and in domestic abuse shelters with gaming equipment, so they can play, have a little bit of fun and forget about their worries at least for a little while. If you want to know more, you can read all about their goals here.

I’m proud to participate and help out in such an event!

One month of daily blog posts

I know, I know, I still have one more day to go. However, I have a certain blog post I want to post tomorrow, so I decided to have the “end of November” blog post with a recap today instead. ;)

Fireworks_2nd anniversary_2

I participated in November’s NaBloPoMo as a substitute to NaNoWriMo. I have to say, comparing both, that NaNoWriMo is definitely harder. While you can skip a day of writing and just write more the day afterwards, a novel with 50,000 words altogether is still an awful lot! On the other hand, blogging every day meant that I could not skip a day. But I could just make a very short post with only a picture in it. I think I did this twice this month. Actually, only once: “A charr and her swords” which really did not need many words. The other one was my invitation to our guild’s Christmas party, which does have more than just a picture in it.

With having to publish something every day came some pressure. A blog is usually in a public space unlike a novel that you can write just for yourself far away from other people’s eyes. Readers stop by every day and they can see what I produced and nod or shake their head at it. I was a bit afraid, the quality of my posts would suffer. Not that I claim to write any high-quality posts, but I don’t think they’re low-quality either. ;)

In sum, I put up three posts I did not like that much (“Too many games…”, “Shopping spree in Rift” and “The online game you’ve been playing the longest”). I had feared I would publish more posts that I’d end up not liking, but three seems like a good amount for a whole month with limited time. The last of those three is also the only post I had pre-scheduled. We had friends visiting on that day and there was just no time to write a blog post on top of that and friends were more important. All other posts were published on the day I had finished writing them. My favourite post is “Jumping Puzzles: Challenging or frustrating?”. It’s also one that sparked the most discussions/conversations, even if not all of them took place here on the blog. However, I also just realized that I owe a comment to two of you in that post.

This month also made me write two posts that I’d been trying to write for some days/weeks: “Blogging in a foreign language” and “My favourite profession in Guild Wars 2″.

Throughout the month, we also got several new followers: Welcome! If you’re also a fan of Guild Wars 2, you may be interested in tomorrow’s post. ;)

My favourite part altogether was definitely the increased amount of conversations here on the blog and outside of the blog. This is one of the reasons I started blogging, after all.

Last and probably least: I also realized that I’m really bad with finding good, fitting, maybe even witty subject lines for my blog posts.

Here’s to many more months of blogging – just with a slightly decreased amount of posts each month!

You’re invited to our Christmas Party!

Christmas is actually not that far off anymore. We watched “Love Actually” yesterday which starts 5 weeks before Christmas and everybody already seems to be in a Christmas mood. Look at the calendar, count the weeks. Yup.

Our guild, Dragon Season, is having its Christmas Party on December 6, 9.30pm GMT +2 (or look here for your time zone). It’s organized by me, just like our last guild party. :)

DS Christmas Party invitation

As is usual for us, we do not restrict the party to guild members. If you want to tag along, feel free to do so. Everybody is invited! We will have games, prizes (we’re still taking donations, by the way :p) and lots of fun. The meeting point will be the Biergarten in Hoelbrak and I assume you’ll find us somewhere around that place throughout the evening.

We’re still on EU Aurora Glade, which sadly means that those who cannot guest to EU servers can’t party with us. :( I still really hate this restriction!

My precioussss… and drop luck

GW2_Ascended_Wupwup blade_smallMy last few days in one picture. I finally got my engineer’s weaponsmith crafting to 500 which left me almost broke. Then I could craft the Wupwup blade today. If you want to tell me that a berserker’s sword would have been the better choice: Shush! I love those colours. I wanted such a weapon before the patch even hit, when I’d first seen the screenshot with the rifle. I do not care about maximizing my stats and being the best of the best of the best. I want to look nice while not being completely useless for my group and I guess I accomplish this goal with this weapon. ;)

On top of that, I’d completed the Fields of Ruin map and got a black lion key as a reward. And out of the locked black lion chest hopped a mini Caithe. I think my luck for this week is complete. ;)

Additionally, on Tuesday evening we went to do Twilight Arbor with its new path and managed to complete it in just under three hours. I have done the living story on the first evening. It’s such a great and relieving feeling to not worry about doing achievements within a given time frame. I’ve got two weeks of just playing the game and enjoying it the way I want to without feeling like I’m missing out on something. I wish it was like that more often.