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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰

I gaze upon the moon
Try to count the myriad of stars
And wonder…

Do clones share their thoughts?
Were you individual
Once separated post-vitro

Did you fight loyally
With no thought of death
Serving those who grew you

How many battles, how many foes
Lay shredded by your heavy gun
Before fate drew us together

Our battle – A sealed test-tube moment
Highlighted instants of life
In the midst of death

Now you lie broken before me
A rag doll, soon to decay
And be forgotten

Poem – Martin Addison; images from Warframe by Digital Extremes.

Some of you will recall the days when your computer had twin floppy-disc drives. You put a floppy containing the game code in one drive and you saved your progress to a different floppy in the other drive. How times have moved on in the past 35 years! Anyway, it seemed like a good title for my occasional posts about other games that I play instead of the regular Trucking Digest. Today I’m going to look at Warframe and I apologise if this post is lacking in the form of detail I’ve often built into my Digest posts. In truth I was struggling to think of how best to describe this game and cover its gameplay – so bear with me if this post is more screenshots than detailed substance.

Warframe is a free-to-play third-person shooter set in a Solar System of the very distant future. The game centres around missions with specific objectives and provides rewards that allow the player to improve their equipment. It offers a mix of play choices including Solo, With Friends and public. At lower levels you can do most missions solo but as you progress it will become more likely that cooperating with other players is a good choice. Released in 2013, the Developers originally offered the concept to several large games publishing houses but were turned away. They decided to go it alone and here we are six years down the road with a loyal fan base, a significantly expanded game with regular new content being delivered, and imitations of the game now being produced by those major publishers to varying degrees of success – Anthem comes to mind as I type this.

I’ll try a bit of game-lore here but I recommend a look on YouTube to get more in-depth and accurate details. There have been periods of control by two races called the Sentients and the Orokin. You are Tenno – a group of warriors who were created by the Orokin and provided with Warframes (armoured suits) during their war with the Sentients. Both are now destroyed and the Tenno played a part in the destruction of the Orokin when they turned against them. The first antagonists that you meet in game are the Grineer – these are remnants of Humans that rely on cloning to survive and are very militaristic. The other main antagonists are The Corpus – also human but more technology based.

Your first experience in game will be to escape from the clutches of the Grineer with help and guidance from The Lotus – a character who will be consistently with you to warn of dangers. In guiding you through the first missions, The Lotus acts as a form of tutorial. However, you’ll very quickly find that you are on your own and you will have to find your own way and make your choices about what you are going to do in game each day and that is the biggest issue that Warframe has – that jump from beginner to experienced player. When The Lotus lets go of the reigns, there’s no clear guidance as to what to do next. It was a failing that resulted in me ceasing to play in 2014 after around 6 months. I came back tentatively around Christmas last year and was impressed with the changes that had been made. I’ve found myself really enjoying the game again. My Son, by the way, has played throughout the period from 2013 until the present day although with some short breaks.

Here’s the Login screen on which you can see my ‘Excalibur’ Warframe in a suitably ninja-like pose. You choose your Warframe from three options offered at the start of the game. There are many more Warframes in the game and you can build or buy them (though you will need to use real money to do the latter)…
This is the view out of the window of my ship somewhere above Earth with two Grineer vessels……You’ll note that I can change the colours of my Warframe. Unfortunately, the ship is just a home between missions – you don’t get to fly it. In the first missions of the game you get to choose a main and secondary weapon along with a melee weapon. As you progress in the game more weapons become available. I’ve moved on a bit so here you see me in the ship’s armoury with the Boltor which is currently one of my favourite primary weapons…
An early quest (group of missions) will require you to obtain a Kubrow’s egg and hatch one. What is a Kubrow? Think Klingon Targ and you’ll be close. This will be a companion to help in your battles (although you can also get robotic companions too). Mine is called Leena. Here we are on ship……like all pets, Leena needs a bit of ‘me time’…

That’s a little introduction to Warframe. All you need is a mouse and keyboard to play on PC and there are versions on consoles too. You can check out the Digital Extremes Warframe site Here. I’ll try and show some of the worlds of the game in a future post πŸ™‚