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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

2020 Decade in Achievements

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 For the second year in a row, Microsoft didn't do an achievements year-in-review (boo😜), so I got an updated Decade In Review from TrueAchievements. It looks similar to what I posted last year (in fact I don't see anything for 2020... Looking at my TA for 2020 I see a lot of skewing toward older games (completed before 2020) and a big skew in January when I joined TA and all of my achievements were imported.  So, lots of junk data... Oh well, maybe 2021 will have better data ;-)



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Some more STO accolades

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I've been saving this post and keeping track of accolades I earned since the last time I posted about my accolade hunt in Star Trek Online.  Since a few of them are now collected - here is what I've earned. These are in the order I got them (2019-2020).


Time Bandit
This was one of the few Red Alert accolades I was missing.  To earn this one you need to save the entire cargo fleet from being destroyed by the Na'kuhl time travelers in the Na'kuhl Alert. I didn't play the Na'Kuhl red alert a lot when they first launched.  Then they were retired with new seasons coming out, and then red alerts went away altogether...so...I waited patiently for a red alert weekend to earn this one (around 2019 sometime).

Ice Ice Baby
This was a while back.  On Prior's World,  after you first enter the cave, activate a [Subspace Party Amplifier] just before you "Check on Lorca.".  Seeing as I never use the Party Amplifier (I never buy them, never have them, never use them), this seemed rather obscure.  I discovered this accolade in a list somewhere, so I tried it out.

Gingerbuddy
As you can tell, this is back from the Winter event around Christmas time.  To earn this you need to help 50 gingerbread people on the Winter Invasion map.  After 4 years I finally helped 50 gingerbread folk (and even now it took a lot of replays!)

A good day to rectify
This was part of the annual STO event a while back. To earn this you needed to show that your belief of "Good" aligns primarily with the Klingon Empire in mission Measure of Morality (Part 1)

Prime Selective
This was part of the annual STO event a while back. To earn this you needed to show that your belief of "Good" aligns primarily with the Federation in mission Measure of Morality (Part 1)

The Best Onfence
This was part of the annual STO event a while back. To earn this you needed to show that your belief of "Good" aligns primarily with neither the Federation nor the Klingon Empire in Measure of Morality (Part 1). This was the first one I got from this trio of accolades


Four score and seven kills ago
This was part of the annual STO event a while back. To get this accolade you needed to defeat 87 enemies alongside Abraham Lincoln in mission Measure of Morality (Part 2) - which took around 4-5 replays.

Atmospheric
In the Rhi Atmosphere shuttle mission there is a cave that you have to flu through to get this accolade.  While this TFO has been around since the introduction of the Romulan faction I never ventured far beyond the walkers that  I needed to take care of...so... now (with fewer people playing shuttle missions) it took a long time to queue up for this TFO to get this.  I guess it's better to get things when missions are fresh and many people play them.

Rebellious Elements

This accolade was a total surprise.  You earn it by taking out 100 "rebel" Klingons (I guess Klingons that don't align with the KDF). However, unlike other big bads in this game, there is ONLY GROUND ONE REBEL in the entire game...so you'd have to play the mission 100 times to get them.  Back when there was a foundry, the rebels weren't an option for creators to add to their missions, so you couldn't even farm them there!  Luckily, the Arena of Sompek gives you 7-10 rebels sometimes, and during the "No win scenario" period a few weeks ago there was also no cooldown, so on an off chance I got this accolade.  Only 900 more rebels to go in order to earn the top tier of this accolade...

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Xbox decade in review

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Well, I guess that there was one "x in review" that I missed.  TrueAchivements did the Decade in Review if you have an account with them.  The Rarest achievements were a bit of a surprise for me (especially for Defiance and Zombi, which were sort of palate cleanser games for me).  The most-played series was not a surprise, even though there are some errors in it (I've actually played 3 out of 4 Mass Effect games), but it's overall accurate.  What's counted here (I think) is achievements earned and not necessarily overall playtime.   I do find the breakdown of year/month for playtime quite interesting :-)


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Crackdown 2 | Done

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Back in December of 2018, another game that I tried to play through on my 360 before I packed it away was Crackdown 2 (funny thing is that after I completed it it became backward compatible...)  So here is a brief review of Crackdown 2 on the xbox 360:

As you can see from my gamerscore, I didn't really go after all of the achievements. Part of the reason is that the achievements were (like in the first game) about collecting orbs, which really didn't do much for me.  I was playing the game mostly for the story (and for the salty commentary from the game announcer).

The story takes place 10 years after order was restored in the city, after the events of the first Crackdown. The agency was corrupt (IMO), they hired a scientist who performed illegal genetic manipulations (who was ultimately fired, and labelled a terrorist), and now a new agent (you) is called upon to clean up the city from the "freaks" (genetically mutated humans - sort of remind me of the flood in Halo) that have taken over the city.  To do this you need to clear areas of these mutants and keeping them away by activating specific beacons throughout the city.

The game is rather fun, and it does provide a mechanic to allow others to enter your own world's instance - presumably to have a nice co-op game.  I opened up my own instance - hoping that others would help me clear my world (instead of having to grind a lot).  And this worked - to an extent.  I did basically clear most of the world within a few days and not a lot of grinding for XP, but there was at least one jerk who played hacky sack with my character.  Whenever there were no enemies around this idiot would use some sort of pulsewave weapon to blast me across the map.  This didn't make for a fun experience.  I ended up stopping the game, taking a break, and coming back when the jerk wasn't around.  I also did not want to create a new private instance because I'd lose all my progress.

Overall the game was fun.  The story as it progresses gives you the party line - brave police officer falls in the line of duty - but the "real" story is told through audio recordings found throughout the game.  I did find a few, but again - hunting for hidden (optional) things is not my cup of tea.

Overall I'd give it a 8/10

Gamerscore: 390/1500
Achievements: 17/70
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Dark for the 360 | Attempted

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Back in November of 2018 I tried out a game called "Dark" on my xbox 360. I had been going on a binge of games that are not backwards compatible to the xbox one, so I thought I'd give this a try.

The reviews for this game were bad...quite bad! (Metacritic score of 38%).  But the price was right (next to free...) and the concept seemed like an interesting concept: The game follows the story of Eric Bane , a newly turned vampire suffering from amnesia. He learns that his transformation is not complete and that, if he does not drink the blood of his sire, he will mutate into a mindless ghoul. In order to avoid being such a foul creature, he receives missions to drink ancient vampires' blood. However, an angel in Eric's view appears to guide him to the righteous path, and ease intolerable pain that comes from not drinking appropriate blood as it disappears. With a question of this vision, he tries to recover his deleted memories and his true self. (plot from wikipedia, accessed on 8/20/19).

Unfortunately the interesting plot, the interesting visual style, and the interesting gameplay concepts that it tried to implement didn't really come through (as most reviews said!). Sometimes I don't see eye to eye with reviewers but this game was rather bad. I am not sure if I am ever going back to try to slog through and finish this game, but I do think that it deserves a reboot.

Achievements: 3/21
Gamerscore: 120/1000


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OK, maybe a few more accolades...

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Well,  summer 'vacation' on Risa is upon us in Star Trek Online, and has been for a while.  This gave me a bit of an opportunity to claim a few more accolades that are Summer Event accolades (as well as go back for a few more Breen ones that seemed 'easy' to get)


Unauthorized beach party - Basically come back to one of the beach-front spots after dark to join a fire-side party.  Ever since the developers changed the lighting effects in the game, Risa no longer has a day-night cycle, so you just parked the character at the spot and left them there until the accolade unlocked.
Tepid, Balmy, and Sizzling - titles for finishing the biathlon in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  This was a fun mini-game.  Definitely one of my summer event favorites
In a geological sense - uncovered all the temporal artifacts on Risa through the artifact mini-game.  The pain in the butt here was that you only got one artifact per run, and what you got was randomized, so it took a while to collect them all

Shadow Hugger - On the Solenae space station, basically don't get burned.  I had unlocked this on a secondary character, but since the path branching is random, it took a lot of repeat plays to unlock that path and complete the accolade.
Efficient Exterminator - Also on the Solenae space station - basically complete a swarmer task in under a minute.  This wasn't possible (power/ability wise) when I played through this content originally, but being an overpowered fleet admiral does have its perks.

Breen Capitol Punishment - This is in the mission "aid the Deferi" Basically you need to take out 3 Breen capitol ships, which randomly spawn.  So, lots of warping in and out until the darned things spawned.  Interesting note: we've never gotten this ship as a winter event ship!  Tier-6 Capitol ship for 2019???


Deferi Satellite Technician - Do a mission for 10 days (time gate), fix 4 satellites at a time, get accolade...
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Got some more accolades (STO)

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It's been a while since I played Star Trek Online with the intent to be on the accolade hunt.  I actually I thought I had most of them, but then I came across a list created by one of the game's other players and saw that I was missing a considerable amount.  After clearing out the retired accolades (ones that you can't get any longer), and the ones that you can in theory get, but you need to either be a different class of character (I am a tactical captain, so I ignored the Engineering and Science accolades), and the accolades that you can technically get if some shares a retired mission with you.  Once I got my list, I was off!  Here's what I've accumulated over the past couple of months


Ace
This one is from the episode Delta Flight.  The description is "Proved your piloting skills with Delta Flight" which didn't give a lot to go on. I got this by going through all the rings/checkpoints in the mission.  There are a few more accolades in Delta Flight that I have no idea (yet) how to get.

Belongs in a Museum
This is one is from the mission Vorgon Conclusions, where the player has to find all of the artifacts in the Starbase after the Undine assault.  This was a pain, especially near the end, because there are 3 possible slots with around 20ish potential items (random number generator driven?)  Getting all of the items was a slow process.  I've been working on this since the episode was introduced.

A bit of a fixer upper & It's a trap
Two accolades, same image. These are from the mission Surface Tension.  Things that could easily be missed such as "View damage at the far Force Field, after parting ways with Ensign R'raak" or require a replay, such as "Help Injured Officers and replay mission – or beam out and back in before reaching Quinn – for 5 accumulated kills."

Cease & Decist
From the mission "Romulan Mystery", to get this you needed to "You tried to arrest Obisek during the weekly episode Frozen" - since I tend to be a good guy in my game play, I had never attempted this.

Clean up their mess
From the Researcher Rescue mission, "Scan the dead body in the middle of the room of where the boss is"
History of New Romulus (Lore)
I totally missed the Lore component of New Romulus when it came out - or found it, and summarily forgot about it since it required a lot of repetition. I just spent EC on the exchange to get the data chips for this one.  Expensive, but worth it.

In Memoriam (Lore)
One more Lore related accolade that I had completely missed, from the mission Shadow Play.  I think I had scanned most artifacts originally, but had missed a few.
Incarcerator
From the mission Frozen - just needed to replay a couple of times to arrest some Remans after the end of the mission

Last Days of the Dewans (Lore)
One more Lore accolade on New Romulus. No data chips for this one.  Just lots of dropping and adding on one of the missions so that the right artifacts could pop up in one of the Dewan caves...

Magnificent Five
Basically choosing the Hard Option on Kobali Prime (do the mission on your own without allies)

Name the Stakes
Another Researcher Rescue mission - "Scan the planet at the beginning of the mission" which is easily missed...
Saurophobe
An accolade for destroying all of the Voth capital ships (which conveniently spawn in the same area!)

The Impossible
From the Undine mission "Assimilation" and the way to get the accolade was to Scan the Undine on the examination tables.  Optional thing to do, not even an optional objective, so easy to miss.
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Star Trek Online 9 years

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It's been a while since the actual anniversary date of STO, but it's been busy, so this draft has been sitting in my...drafts...for a while.  This year Cryptic broke up the pieces of the infographic and released them a piece at a time on twitter, before putting the entire thing up on their website at the end.  I am not surprised that Tactical captains are first in the list, and I am also not surprised that the federation faction is first amongst players.  After all, there is no Star Trek: Romulan Republic.  I think the Romulan faction is my favorite, and I do like the aesthetic of the Romulan ships, but the feds get all the new ships and uniforms...so I tend to stick to my own first character for most play: the andorian, fed, tactical captain.


Along with the 8th anniversary I finally cleared some of the accolades that have been on my list:


First up, the Vorn Distinguished Service Medal, which one earns by completing the Cure queues 100 times.  Not fun, considering the space queue can FAIL if you don't protect the Klingon ship from Borg ships.  Finally done, and I don't have to bother with that queue again ;-) Unless it pops up in a random TFO.

Wrecking Ball - the accolade for destroying 200 sphere-builder ships.  It's been a while for this one since I really didn't want to play the Battle for Procyon V queue that much.  Since there were no Foundry missions to farm the sphere-builder ships, I sucked it up and did the Procyon queue a few times to get done with this one.

The Grand Aquisitor - this one was for getting all mini-accolades in the mission Quark's Lucky Seven.  The last two that I was missing were "Rule of Acquisition Number 9" for Crack the Security Computer with 5 attempts during Quark's Lucky Seven (Opportunity plus instinct equals profit). The other one was "Rule of Acquisition Number 48" and to get that one I needed to Take no damage as Leck during Quark's Lucky Seven (The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife).  Leck wasn't bad - I just needed to be more stealth and hide a lot.  The computer cracking mini game was a "Mastermind" clone, so I needed to remind myself what some of the rules were since the last time I played that game was when I was 10.

Along with these, I also got the "Doomed to Die" accolade for the featured TFO on Pahvos (taking out all of Captain Killy's lieutenants).

At this point I am down to about two dozen accolades left (some are bugged though).  I really wish the Undine would spawn in the Federation starbase protection TFO, and that people would want to play some Defera Battlezone missions.  It's hard to get people there...

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Loaded with Latinum!

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Man...after close to 6 years of play this accolade is finally complete!  The other day I had the Dabo table going at DS9 on STO while having my iPad read back articles to me (some supplemental readings for the dissertation).  It's pretty mindless to click and bet on Dabo, so while reading I just kept hitting 'play'.  Well - finally I hit the 1,000,000 mark!  I've won 1,000,000 bars of gold-pressed latinum at the dabo tables! Not that big of a deal of an accolade - but this grind is now done! :-)


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Incredible adventures of van helsing III | done

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A game I was playing concurrently with Zombi was another freebie from the free with Gold program.  This game was the Incredible Adventures of van Helsing III.  I am not sure if it was integral to the game for me to play parts I and II (I didn't), but even if it were, this game stood pretty good on its own.

The game takes place in the fictional eastern european city of Borgovia, and the main character of the game is a descendant of the vampire slayer.  Dracula is still around, and he's on your side (he's reformed, I guess) but he's an NPC.  The main thing about this third installment is that you try to save Borgovia from an evil Ink (yes, the thing that pens and squids have) that's eating up this reality.  The end-game evil guy is some guy I don't recognize (maybe parts I and II were important after all). The game is basically a D&D game, which reminded me a lot of the Diablo series.  Since the game is quite steampunk in nature I ended up picking a character in a mech-suit who had a built-in flame-thrower, mines, and missiles (that was an interesting combination of paranormal, steampunk, and modern worlds).

I don't really know if there is much to say about the story of the game.  You're there, the world is in peril, you go kick butt, you save the world.  Done.  Your character is accompanied by the ghost of Lady Katarina who's been bonded to the van helsing family to help them with their quest of riding the world of evil.  Having this NPC around does provide for a lot of witty banter during missions, and you do find out a little about her if you explore the world, but a lot of this seems to revolve around side missions. I liked the NPC, I liked the banter, nothing really stood out except for the "buddy cop" feeling I was getting between the two.

Overall this was a fun game (even though I don't remember anything about the story). I;d give it a 8/10.   Here are some game stats:
  • 375/1000 points earned
  • 23 trophies earned
  • 5656 monsters killed
  • 446,248 gold collected
  • 359,672 gold spent
  • 46,472 gold spend on resurrection
  • 10,010 rage points spent (still don't know what this is)
  • 6 hours 35 minutes playtime



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