I had a set of things, mainly revolving around the computer games that I play, that I hoped would happen this spring. Most of them didn’t and it’s time for some explanations.
Lets start with Farming Simulator. I have often thought about kicking this off again but just like back in December, Truck Simulator has been eating much of my playing time. There was also a lot of time spent on The Hunter – Call of the Wild when I wasn’t trucking. Then Giants Software announced the proposed release of Farming Simulator 2022 – sometime in the last quarter of 2021. At that point, I decided to wait for the new game which will include seasons and other improvements! I can’t promise a return to Boundary Farm to begin with though 🙂
So, if I’ve been hunting, why haven’t I been writing about that? Well, I did, sort of… There were 2 posts in January and I pressed on for a while after that progressing my new profile….
…But there never seemed a good time to write about it and then there was the ‘Dogs’ update. We were going to get Bloodhounds to aid our tracking and to be our companion in the field. It would have made for a good time to post about the game. Unfortunately, the dogs had ticks – or should I say, were bugged – causing a number of issues. I was lucky, because I was too busy in Euro truck at the time of the release, I didn’t get the chance to begin playing with a dog before the issues came to light. Expansive Worlds issued a hotfix to get around the most glaring of the problems but fell into the trap of ‘fix one bug – create two more’. I have stayed away from the game and will only return when the worst of the bugs have been eradicated. Expansive Worlds are a small team and I sometimes wonder if they should take a leaf out of the SCS Software playbook and do open beta’s for their changes – the player base is very loyal and would happily pitch in to catch bugs before the release of a new update.
In the background I have continued with Car Mechanic Simulator – a fun game that I play off and on. Here’s a recently restored Chevy Corvette…
…I have stopped playing that game now because… The 2021 version is due to be released soon – can’t wait 🙂
Warframe is dead – for me and my Son. Too many changes that seem to have no real gains for the player. We both stopped playing over a year ago – and there are a lot of other players who did likewise. But the game continues to prosper with new players joining to replace those who have given up on it. In many ways, Destiny 2 has become what we thought Warframe should have been and Alasdair is enjoying playing that.
The Fisherman – Fishing Planet. One of those games that sits there patiently waiting for you to come back. Pushed into the background by The Hunter, I went back earlier this week for the first time in several months and once again fell in love with the relaxed gameplay. There’s something special about waiting for that first bite in the cool mist of dawn…
…It took me a little while to remember what baits might work best for different fish and at different locations, but it’s all coming back. I found that I had a very unbalanced set of rods, floats and baits in my kit along with a plethora of lures that duplicated each other, so I’ve had a late spring clean 😉 Expect a ‘fishing’ related Birdshot post sometime soon!
And that brings me to Trucking… The less said the better as that’s really a subject for a Trucking Digest and you can expect one of those very soon 😉
So Cee wants Purple for this weeks Midweek Challenge?.. Tricksy colour to define! Probably best described in cloth / paint terms as a blend of red and blue. Mauve is a very specific colour based on the Mallow flower, so a bit lighter in shade. At least that’s what the internet tells me. Not sure that nature picks its colours from the paint makers swatch card though… 😉
Lets begin with a historic shot in more ways than one – taken in 2013, this is a Class 313 emu operated by First Capital Connect on the Great Northern inner suburban services. It carries the ‘Urban Lights’ livery which had a base colour of purple which faded into blue…
…The last of the Class 313’s were retired from service on this route in 30 September 2019.
Now a current purple, photographed last Friday – East Midlands Railway are rebranding their fleet. There are a couple of versions out there but this seems to be the one that will become the standard for their Midlands to London services…
…The Class 222’s are the current mainstay of the services to Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield from London. However, it is planned to electrify the line fully and currently that seems likely to complete in 2022 at which point these diesel trains will be replaced by electric ones.
As a footnote, last Saturday saw the final services operated by the venerable HST’s on the route as these have finally been phased out. One of the Class 43’s was repainted in the EMR colours, seen here last Friday on a run into St. Pancras…
…Both photos taken at West Hampstead Thameslink. And look what else I found on the station Cee!..
…Snap! as they say 😉
Catch up with Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge Here.