So I have been using the DIY Lapdesk off and on for a few weeks now. I actually have grown to really like the thing. I did not spent to much time gaming the past little while, but i have played a few mouse and keyboard heavy games from my sofa.
The main issue was storing the thing.. I would have stored it Vertical if I didn’t always feel like moving the keyboard around. I did think to Velcro the keyboard down, but decided against it.
Feels like I move it around depending on which game a fair amount.
I am normally not a fan of shelves and stuff being out, but I had no other option to store this thing, where it was handy and out of the way.
It’s built from plywood, Some Yoga Blocks and an Anti Slip Mat from the $tore. I already had a bunch of sticky Velcro strips, so the investment in this was pretty cheap (Under $30 CAD).
I added a old hub I picked up at a local Thrift Ship for $2. I plug the keyboard and mouse into it. Then twist tie up the cables nice, and add a single longer cable to run to my TV center.
Could have gone wireless, but for cost and not having to deal with batteries I like the wired option.
I picked up the cheapest Logitech keyboard the LCS (Local Computer Shop) had in stock. It feels cheap, but not nearly as cheap as I expected. Will prob look to replace these in the future.
The Anti Slip Mat from the $tore was for inside drawers. It worked amazingly well. I used a ton of white glue to stick it down, put a board on top, and piled some paint cans on top for the night.
The finished thing actually feels pretty nice. I can see where I could improve a Model 2 version of this.. So maybe soon I will make an update.
I can’t take all the credit for this amazingly great creation of fun. I fist saw something close to this via DIY DAVE on YouTube. I ended up using the yoga block idea, but think I might try to make folding legs to store it away better on the next model.
Time to get back to some Borderlands 2. Been starting to play this in co-op with a buddy. Also been working on finishing off some single player fps games.
I have not completed Monster Hunter World at this point, but that’s how my gaming life goes these days. Play something for a while, burn out on it around 20 hours, and hopefully come back later.
Monster Hunter games I usually get a boost to finish the last off when the next one releases. I can feel that itch starting to grow with the September release of Iceborne DLC on the consoles. I play on Steam, so its release will be a few months after that I think.
My Favorite Features From Developer Diary 1:
The ‘View Mode’ thing is pretty sweet as someone who loves to post images of new armor sets.
The New Gathering Hub looks great!
The Squad Card system looks good, but a little more “into it” than I would ever be.
The PlayStation Home type room looks interesting, but not something I would see myself using.
If you are like me and spend most of your gaming time on the sofa in Steam Big Picture Mode, then you have probably noticed how annoying it is to accidentally hit your controllers LB or RB button and quick loaded the Chat and Web ‘Tabs’.
You can disable this either or both of these from within Big Picture Mode.
To change this goto The Settings (Gear Icon) -> Base Configurations -> Big Picture Mode configuration -> Select each Trigger and Set its value to ‘None’.
Now you can pick up the controller and not always end up in the Web Browser.
I told myself I would not get anything on the steam summer sale… Then I played inside at a friends house on his Xbox One. It seems like a solid 4 hour type game. With my limited private game time I really enjoy playing fun short games, I can finish in a few nights.
Glass Masquerade has been on my wishlist for a little while. Its hard not to just throw a wishlist game in the cart when its on sale for less than $2.
Trent and I finished Lego Batman 3 The Video Game a long while back. He decided today, he had to do this level with 2 players as the flash. For some reason he really wanted to see both characters as the Flash driving away in the car.
When I was in high school I remember this thing coming out called Magic the Gathering. A few kids at school would play this in the cafeteria on breaks and lunch. At one point someone tried to explain the game to me, cause I thought it looked interesting. I don’t think I put in much effort into learning it or they where bad at explaining it.. Something never clicked with it and I lost interest before they could finish. I have since avoid playing Magic the Gathering ever since….. till last night.
For some reason I picked up a mystery bag of old Magic cards at one of the local thrift shops. They where only $3 (It ended up being 200+ cards). I didn’t expect to find any expensive super rare cards, but the art has always fascinated me with them. I felt like I just wanted to look them over. Like this gem from my bag of mystery cards. The image, flavor text, and silliness of this card.
I was thinking of collecting a M13 core set purely as a 249 card set (Akroma’s Memorial is the expensive one at about $20 CAD). The rest drop off pretty cheap and quick. Be fun to just buy a bag every now and then to see if I could complete it, and pick up most the harder stuff as singles over time.
The bag had mostly M13 Core Set commons and uncommon with a mix of others from M11, Zendikar, Avacyn Restored, Gatecrash, and more from around that time. Nothing to exciting.. It’s got more than enough to make a very bad M13 era deck I am sure.
Fast forward to a few hours later when The Dude has gone to bed…
I decide that the best way to see how magic is played was by playing the 2012 release Magic Duels. Its been changed to a free to play on steam and has “Many Bugs!”*
At one point I could not complete a tutorial because the game didn’t give me the card I need to complete it. I backed out of the tutorial and start it again getting the correct card the 2nd time. Another time it would instantly kill me and restart the tutorial. Outside of the tutorials it seems to be a much more stable game. The tutorials also seem very tacked on to a game that at the core I think might have been good.
In any case, I have been using it to learn how the game is played and have some AI to go against. After an hour I can beat the easy AI with out to much damage. I am using a default deck it auto built for me called Magical Armor. Thinking of switching to the default flying Airborne Armor, I really like attacking when I get a few flying. I don’t know enough of the cards to just build my own, so I think it best to just play a default deck and slowly try changing things one at a time.
To go back to the story of the high school cafeteria Magic session. I kinda wish I had payed a little more attention to it. Its actually a interesting game. Some of the cards seem a little complex, but I only have a few hours in to the game at this point. I can see how building a deck or tweaking one could be a very interesting thing to do. I don’t see myself dumping large amounts of money into cards. For now I will stick to AI in the game, and maybe just try to get all the M13 core set for fun.
A little while back I posted about having to many sites and not feeling all that motivated to keep them all going. I was mostly referring to monsterhunternews.com.
After running the site since 2011, I finally decided to closed it down. All that remains is a splash page, and a tweet letting people know that it’s gone. I’m against using the domain for something if the Monster Hunter Community has a use?
It’s sad to see the site go.. But I also feel relieved that I no longer have to make updates to it.
Its hard to maintain a site on something when you get burnt out on that thing. I love Monster Hunter and always will, but its nice to have a break from a game for a while. When you run a site about a specific game or topic , it makes it very hard to take a break from that thing.
Will I miss it.. Time will tell, but for now I think I made the right choice.