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In Memoriam: My First No Man’s Sky Game

Early last week, I signed in to No Man’s Sky only to discover that my saved game wouldn’t open. It started a new game on a new planet in a new system! I was quite disappointed. I was originally on a very colourful world, and I was going to take screenshots of the scenery on all the planets I discovered.

Has this soured my enjoyment of this game? Not really. I just started over again. The problem was a bug in the game that has been addressed by a patch recently, so it shouldn’t happen again. The game has been getting a lot of hate recently because it isn’t what was advertised. So many things that were said to be in the game actually aren’t. But I have expectations that some will appear in future patches. It seems more like they were pressured to release the game, and they released it unfinished. But what we get, I’m really enjoying.

My initial expectation of this game was to be able to explore planets and discover interesting landscapes, plants, and animals. That’s what I got. If you take this as a straightforward exploration game, then you should be satisfied. That’s what I love about this game. And so, I’m enjoying it a lot.

So, I’d like to share with you the Ariadne system. It was the first system I arrived in and I renamed it to Ariadne. Unfortunately, I didn’t get screenshots of one of the planets before the game reset. However, I have images of the first and third planets I played on. So, here is the first planet, Ariadne II:

The view of Ariadne II from space. It looks like it has water, but I didn't actually get to see it. It was mostly a rocky world.
The view of Ariadne II from space. It looks like it has water, but I didn’t actually get to see it. It was mostly a rocky world.
A night time view.
A night time view.
The sun is coming up, bathing it in a pink hue.
The sun is coming up, bathing it in a pink hue.
One of the local animals. Interesting looking, isn't it?
One of the local animals. Interesting looking, isn’t it?
Ruins in the foreground, big mountain in the background.
Ruins in the foreground, big mountain in the background.

The second planet I went to was pretty barren, and it had no animals at all. I didn’t get any images of it. The third planet was totally different. Very colourful and had abundant plant and animal life. No forests, but a pink “grass.”

A view of the pink planet, Ariadne III, from space.
A view of the pink planet, Ariadne III, from space.
So brightly coloured. Look at all that pink!
So brightly coloured. Look at all that pink!
At a trading post on Ariadne III.
At a trading post on Ariadne III.
More colours on display, with a pink sky matching the pink landscape. Sunset.
More colours on display, with a pink sky matching the pink landscape. Sunset.
What's this? A dinosaur? Kind of.
What’s this? A dinosaur? Kind of.
I loved this planet. The colour was amazing, and it seemed so comfortable and inviting.
I loved this planet. The colour was amazing, and it seemed so comfortable and inviting.

These planets have been saved on No Man’s Sky’s server, so someone way stumble upon it sometime in the future, although that’s extremely unlikely. I wish I could’ve seen the other planet in the system.

Despite the problems and issues people have had with the game, I find it beautiful to look at, and very inspirational. I love going into the game to just explore. That’s all that matters to me. I can’t wait to discover more.

In the future, I’ll have more posts about the worlds I’ve discovered in the game. I’m not sure if I’ll be doing animals, but I will certainly do landscapes. If you’d like to see animals, then let me know. I can still show you animals from these two planets, as I have the images saved.

Let me know which planet you like the most. Also, if you’ve played the game, did you enjoy it?

Continuing My No Man’s Sky Adventure

I played a bit more No Man’s Sky today, and made some pretty good progress. But let me show you the third planet I visited.

That is so pink! The first two planets were much more subdued in colour, but this one was so brightly coloured. It’s like the fluorescent planet with pink grass.

From where I left off yesterday, I managed to get my hyperdrive and a warp cell, so I can travel to another system. However, I haven’t explored all the planets in my home system. I’ve made it to my third planet, and still have a fourth planet to explore.

So, starting at the second planet, I was able to get my hyperdrive installed, and I went searching around for fuel. I needed antimatter. I found an installation that had a door sealed with steel. I tried destroying that, but I was then attacked by a couple sentinel drones, which I destroyed. Then they sent elite sentinels after me! I don’t have a weapon yet! I only have the mining laser. I ran for my ship and took off, going straight up into space. I went to the space station, did some trading, and decided to head to the third planet. But before I went, I got a transmission from the second planet to come back to an outpost I visited before. I actually got some antimatter at that outpost earlier on, and now they were asking me to come back. I went down, and the alien there asked me for some titanium. I went out searching for it, came back, and he changed his mind. He wanted carbon! I gave him carbon, and in exchange he gave me… carbon? What was the point of that?

Anyway, that’s when I decided to get off the planet and head to the third planet. I haven’t explored it much, but I did check out a beautiful cave filled with colourful minerals.

Some other things that happened included going swimming in a small pond on the second planet, which is about 30% water. I discovered many kinds of plants, animals, and minerals. I also renamed all the animals and planets. I haven’t done the plants yet, though. You see, when you discover something, you have the right to name them whatever you want (but don’t bypass censors), and you get money! And if you discover all animals on a planet, you get a lot of money. My first and third planets have eight or nine species to discover, but the second planet is totally devoid of animals. Only plants.

The first planet is considered balmy, but it’s actually quite hot, requiring me to use thermal shielding in my suit. Also, it has active volcanic vents. The second planet is also balmy, but it’s far more comfortable, and quite earth-like, except it has less water and only plants. The third planet is humid, nice temperature, and very colourful.

I’m thinking of keeping track of all the planets and showing you a picture of what I see. I’m not playing this game on my own computer, so no screenshots. Only photos. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Mad Libs

There’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing, and that’s mad libs. Here are a few:

The blue Dragon is the sleepiest Dragon of all. It has crusty kidneys, and a nose shaped like a computer. It loves to eat pelicans, although it will feast on nearly anything. It is sloppy and fresh. You must be endless around it, or you may end up as it`s meal!

That was from here.

Here’s another one, taken from here.

Darth Jay Dee looked at his master while his tall breathing filled the room. He was told to go to swim everything on the planet of wiigii. He got in his sofa and jumped to hyperspace. Soon before he reached the planet, he dropped out of hyperspace and was attacked by Rebel Ford Pintos. He sliced them off and continued to the planet`s surface. He landed and confronted more opposition, slicing it down with his paperclip. He used the Facebook to choke another Rebel, then friended him aside. He finished off all life on the planet with a/an seared laugh.

You see, not all of these are great, but there are some good ones to be found. So, here’s the Flintstones theme.

Flintlasers, meet the Flintlasers,
They`re a modern sleepy family.
From the town of Des Moines,
They`re a phone booth right out of history.

Let`s slip, with the family down the saxophone,
Through the courtesy of Jay Dee`s 42 feet.
When you`re with the Flintlasers,
Have a smoink nghyol doo coffin — A nghyol doo coffin,
You`ll have a twisted old coffin!

You can find many on that website. Post your best ones in the comments. Let’s have a little fun.

Ingress, the Augmented Reality RPG

I’ve always enjoyed role-playing games.  When I was a kid and teenager, I’d play them on Sega Game Gear and traditional paper and dice.  When I was in university, I played on a MUD.  When I was single in Japan, I played an MMORPG.  But now, we have a totally new kind of RPG, augmented reality.

These days, I don’t have time to play games that involve a lot of time and effort to play.  When I discovered Ingress, I thought that the concept was quite interesting.  There are two factions, the Enlightened and the Resistance.  The Enlightened are fighting to support the aliens who want to help us go further in our evolution.  The Resistance believe they just want to control our minds.  There are portals everywhere.  Portals are usually landmarks, public art, and so on.  There are more around densely populated areas or busy areas, and not so many in less busy areas.  Where I live, there aren’t many portals, but we can submit locations to open new ones.  Anyway, you want to make sure portals are on your side so you can link them together and create a kind of coverage area that collects Mind Units.  These Mind Units are what are used to keep score.  Here’s a screenshot of my area with a single Enlightened portal.

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The circled arrow is my position, while the portal is toward the top.  As you can see, there are streets marked out.  This game was created by Google, and they obviously use a kind of overlay with Google Maps.  All the roads are already there, so the map is already made for the game.  This game is played worldwide

I’m only level 1, but I’ll be getting up to level 2 very soon.  I’m not sure how long I’ll play this, but I’ll see.  I have a lot of work to do.  I joined the Enlightened, and there’s one portal nearby.  However, there are several Resistance portals in my area, and they completely cover the Shonandai station area.  I guess I’ll have to try create some local portals.  I also need to advance in levels to have any hope of switching over any existing portals.  We’ll see how it goes.

Anyone else play it?