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Minecraft: Dungeons

Submitted by aaron.axvig on Sat, 07/18/2020 - 07:20

This is basically the first dungeon crawler that I have played, except Gauntlet: Legends a long time ago at a friends house in Fortuna, ND on his N64.  The genre doesn't seem to really suck me in anymore as I usually play two levels of Dungeons and then call it quits for the night.  Still, I have made it through the first two difficulty tiers and am just a couple levels into the Apocalypse tier now.

Overall it is decent fun, adequately polished, good value at $30, etc.


Submitted by aaron.axvig on Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:45

I first played Minecraft ten years ago, while I lived in my apartment in south Fargo.  I lived there from January 2010 until mid-2011 so I'm going with 10 years...close enough!

It was loads of fun back then as I played on a server with a group of people that I knew at Microsoft.  A few years after that I played for a couple months on a server that I ran, with my brother and a few of his friends joining in.  And a couple months ago I decided to give it another try, with the goal of hunting down some achievements (hence Bedrock edition on PC) and beating "the end".

Microsoft Solitaire

Submitted by aaron.axvig on Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:32

I have played this a lot!  The Star Challenges are what appeal to me the most--I have 1026 stars currently.  For some of the themes I have trouble distinguishing between whatever two colors they choose to swap for red and black; usually I can fix that by playing with the Android color-blindness compensation settings.  I think I have all the achievements too, except for the Daily Challenge ones.

Microsoft Sudoku

Submitted by aaron.axvig on Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:27

While I have long been familiar with Sudoku puzzles, this is my first experience doing them at a rate of more than one per several years.  I cannot imagine a more helpful UI that wouldn't feel like plain cheating.  Which is to say that the UI is very helpful but I am still convinced that I am really good at solving.  Doing puzzles on paper would surely be a slow and frustrating experience for me.

NYT Crossword

Submitted by aaron.axvig on Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:16

Anna plays the new puzzles as they come out and I play from the archives.  I have completed May and April 2019 and almost completed March 2019.

For Monday and Tuesday I can usually finish the puzzle after revealing 1 to 5 squares that stump me.  For all the other weekdays I play with autocheck on, which helps a lot because I can guess.  Then I still usually have to reveal ~5 squares, and often more on harder Friday puzzles.  I often play in the evening when I have had a few drinks or in bed while falling asleep so not when my mind is the sharpest.