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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?

No Man’s Sky and Worldbuilding – Part 2

I already talked a bit about No Man’s Sky and worldbuilding in a previous blog post, but I decided to talk about it on video, as well. However, I go into far more detail in the video. You can watch it right here.

I mentioned that I’ll be putting up images from the game here on this blog. Consider it inspiration for worldbuilding. There are some fantastic landscapes and very interesting animals to see. Expect some posts about that soon!

Let me know what you thought of the video in the comments below. It really has me thinking a lot about what to do with developing the landscapes, animals, and plants of Ariadne.

Worldbuilding and No Man’s Sky

As you may know, I’ve been playing No Man’s Sky. Every planet in the game is unique. And it’s actually quite inspirational for me. You see, it’s giving me ideas for worldbuilding.

However, we’ve had a bit of a bumpy road getting the game to work yesterday. It’s no fault of the game. It’s Steam that was being idiotic. Watch this video and you’ll find out.

I played the game today, and there was no problem. I’m loving the game. I spent the entire time today exploring this one planet, looking for resources, technology upgrades, and trying to learn more of the language. And the thing that struck me was how beautiful this world was. What you saw in the video above is that world.

The landscapes, ruins, plants, and animals inspire me. They’re giving me ideas for worldbuilding on Ariadne. And as I explore other worlds, I get even more ideas. This world is so colourful. I’d love to show you pictures, but I couldn’t actually take any screencaps of the game today. I’ll have to take photos instead. I want to show you the landscapes, the whole planet, and the animals. I’ll be making a feature on this blog about No Man’s Sky, and I’ll catalogue all the planets and animals I discover.

I probably won’t be playing the game for a few days, though. At least not until next week. But when I do, I’ll take pictures. I’m going to go through all the worlds I’ve been to, as I search for more things. I want to discover all animal species, which gives the player a big reward. Once I’ve done that, I’ll move on to the next star system.

On the topic of worldbuilding, it’s making me think about sketching landscapes and creating the animals for Ariadne. I’m really looking forward to that.

43 Days to Canada – Amazing Landscapes

It’s now February 16th. Only forty-three days until we leave Japan. The time is so near that it’s feeling real. Still a lot to do, though.

One thing I’m going to start doing is making frequent videos about our move, talking about things we’ve done, things we need to do, and my thoughts of the moment. They’ll be pretty brief, but you’ll get an idea about what’s going on in my mind, as well as find out what the whole process is like.

But for now, I’ll just share with you an article that features some incredibly beautiful, but lesser-known places in Canada. Huffington Post published this a couple years ago. Here’s what you can see:

  • Mount Thor – Wow. The mountains in Nunavut look amazing
  • Abraham Lake – Incredible in winter. This is in my home province of Alberta.
  • Manicouagan Crater – This is probably one of the most famous craters in the world. It looks amazing from space.
  • Pingualuit Crater – This is a relatively fresh crater in Quebec. Looks quite recent.
  • Pingos in the Northwest Territories – Very interesting hills that add to the unique tundra landscape.
  • The Sleeping Giant – That’s a massive hunk of rock rising above the surrounding land in Ontario.
  • The Bay of Fundy – Highest tides in the world. Would love to see that.
  • Nahanni National Park in Northwest Territories – This place looks incredible.
  • Spotted Lake in British Columbia – I’d love to see this in person. It looks like nothing I’ve ever seen before.
  • The sky in Saskatchewan – The clouds on the prairies are amazing. It’s similar in Edmonton.
  • Gros Morne National Park – Wow. That looks like an amazing view reminiscent of Iceland.
  • Ice Caves – Plenty of these, including one in Jasper! That’s not far from Edmonton.

What would you like to see?

Appreciating Your Country’s Nature

I was looking around on YouTube earlier, and I found a video that showcases Canada’s nature very well.  Please ignore the cheesy music.

Canada is huge.  There are so many places to see, such a large variety of landscapes, I don’t think I’ll ever see it all.  I’d love the freedom to just explore.  But that’s rare.  I’ll be rooted in one place and occasionally see these places.

Here in Japan, I get to see a variety of landscapes, as well.  But it’s mostly urban in this area.  I can see mountains, sometimes Mt. Fuji, the ocean, some farmland, rivers, and lots of hills and valleys.  What I don’t get to see is really big mountains, flat plains, badlands, massive river valleys, huge fields of crops, and vast forests.  Japan does have some of those, but they’re just not near where I live.  I can see the biggest mountain in Japan, and it is impressive.  But there’s bigger in Canada.  There are flat plains to the north of Tokyo, but I don’t go there often.  No badlands at all.  The massive river valleys don’t exist like they do in Canada, unless you mean valleys in the mountains.  Huge fields of crops don’t really exist except in Hokkaido.  Mostly rice around here, and those are small fields.  There are vast forests in Japan, but they have a very different feel than the ones in Canada.  Japan is a humid country with lots of rainforests, while Canada has the boreal and temperate forests like what I got to grow up around.

The smells are different, too.  I think I miss the smell of a temperate mixed deciduous and coniferous forest in the fall.  Nice smell.

So, what landscapes do you like to see in your country?