Shadowrun: The Return

Forgive the general crapness of today’s blog post/diary entry. I’m forcing myself to write a little so I don’t allow myself to get… distracted.

I stayed up very late (i.e. about 4am) a few nights last week to watch the RNC, thinking I might write about them. I didn’t but that didn’t stop the late nights from catching up on me. Yesterday I crashed. I was exhausted so I went into full R&R mode and played Wasteland 3 (which appeared yesterday on Xbox Game Pass).

Thankfully, it was so bugged, I didn’t get too hooked and I can allow my Game Pass to lapse again (I allow myself to subscribe when I’ve had a long run of work and then usually only for a month).

When I came back to my PC, however, I had a big ad waiting for me from my Epic Store Game Launcher, which I have installed. Epic Games are giving away free games and have been for months. I can’t play any of them since my PC is so old, but I did open an account and grabbed the games ahead of my new PC… whenever that will be. It means I’ll be able to play the latest Civ game next year, alongside a few others such as the original Hitman (which I finished years ago but I know I’d enjoy again) and the new Total War game.

Yesterday, however, I noticed they were giving away the Shadowrun games which are similar to Wasteland 3. By that I mean they’re turn based strategy games (think little characters on a map you get to move before the PC moves their characters). There was one years ago called Jagged Alliance which I seem to recollect getting into. They’re very strange games in that I rarely think I’ll like them yet sometimes the writing is so good it’s impossible to stop.

(And I’m definitely not one of those snobs that put video gaming below other forms of media. I’ve done the literature route. I’ve read many of the classics so I don’t need prove anything. I love video games. There. I said it. Some of them exceed anything I find in contemporary fiction. There. I said that too…)

In the case of Shadowrun: The Return, it’s Cyberpunk which I’m always up for. Plus it’s great to play a game on the PC. I honestly prefer playing games this way but I’ve I rarely been able to afford to keep up. However, Shadowrun is a game that’s about seven years old and can easily run on my PC.

Predictably, I’ve got a little hooked. That’s okay for yesterday and perhaps today but we’re doing a podcast tomorrow and I’d like to be fully awake. I also can’t allow it to get in the way of my work next week.

Hence my blogging, however, pointless a blog today. Thankfully, I’m feeling brighter having slept a solid 10 hours – I really was exhausted yesterday. It means I could have done some drawing today, but I want a proper rest before the new month starts.

That might even involve watching the Charity Shield this afternoon beginning with me now going off to look at the team sheets…

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It’s a cool domain name and it was available. Yes, I know. Available. Crazy, isn’t it?


Yes. It also helps that it’s also my favourite satire written by Alexander Pope, one of the most metrically pure English poets who also knew his way around a crude insult or two. If you’ve not read it, you should give it a try.

So this is satire, right?

Can’t deny it. There will be some. But it’s also an experiment in writing and drawing, giving work away for free in order to see how many people are willing to support a writer doing his thing. It’s the weird stuff that I wouldn’t get published elsewhere in this word of diminishing demands and cookie-cutter tastes.