The Secret World Reboot

So I downloaded and installed the new Secret World mmorpg over the weekend, I say over the weekend because I started attempting to get the thing installed Saturday and after I left it to slowly update and freeze overnight it was playable Sunday.

The wonky installer aside I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the changes to characters, no longer was my jaw slightly disconnected, prone to looking somewhat zombiefied, the other options for character creation were all improved.


The game continues its great questing content (nothing new unfortunately aside from the tutorial (which was new to me at least)) which must make restarting for those who were invested in the original game kinda tough.

I did notice a lot of the quests were improved, a few steps removed or some of the challenge dropped down a notch, which for me was welcome. A bit of the zombie trash in the first zone seemed to removed which again made fora  better flow and the mobs themselves had their damage reduced somewhat from what I could tell (or players buffed a lot, I’m not sure which.)

Anyway its worth giving it a try if the graphics were the major sticking point or if you haven’t had a chance to give it a shot before its a great time to leap on in and see what the game has to offer.

Other than The Secret World I took a brief look at MasterXMaster which was a new multiplayer battle game which felt like League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm got together to create a game.

The game itself wasn’t bad although I found nothing that would keep me from playing it. I guess for now i’ll keep it installed but unless a major chunk of my real life gaming friends leap into it (they play dota2 so not a lot of a chance of them swapping) I doubt that I would play it much.


Art wise I ran out of canvas and wont have the cash to pick up more supplies till next pay day in a week or so. Until then I’m pottering away on landscapes using charcoal – its always nice to have a change every-so-often.

Quick Sketch




and unrelated but it always makes me laugh


Back on to Blog

Hey all, it has been an unexpected and extended break from blogging so apologies for those following. Real life caught me and combined with winter blues my energy to write dissipated.

On my break I finished off the swampland and did a couple of quick ink paintings. With the darkness here its really hard to get sufficient light to do the detailing I want on a full painting so I’m going to spend the time working on other things. I ran out of canvas so started doing a charcoal sketch too.

Gaming wise I am playing Everquest on the new timelocked server and going to split my limited game time between that and the new timelocked Everquest2 server that is opening soon.

My book is mid edits, the editor making good progress so that is positive for book 1. Book 2 is a little less great, despite backing up all the time to the web when my computer crashed I managed to lose a chunk of work, its not major just a pain. So instead of trying to just re-write that I am using it as motivation to re-write the book (which is what I do once I’ve finished the first write.)

Anyway some bits of work:

Swampland finished.



“Old trees” (ink on canvas)


“strata” (ink on canvas)






Swamp Progress

Finally over the last few days I have managed to begin painting again. A combination of my own head space clearing and a long weekend has kicked started my creativity.  I’ve finished the left side of my swampland painting now and moved onto the right side.

Hopefully I will get a chance to finish this over the next week as work is fairly quiet with most people on holiday.

Aside from painting I have been working hard on my own roleplaying game, writing up the world and rules from what I had scribbled out during last years Nanowrimo.




Ive not had any time to do art as I have been on a course all week, doing 9-10hour days is leaving me somewhat wrecked.

will try continue painting in the weekend.

hugs to all


Swampland Continued

This week I am attending a hackfest held by Microsoft so my painting time will be very limited. One day down of a week event and its been a heck of a lot of fun so far.

What progress I did make is below. I am trying a different technique to draw more details into my landscapes so its taking a lot more time but its worth it I feel.


Swampland and Mountain Stages

I started the blocking in for a new painting, this one is a swampland scene and finished my spring mountain painting. Overall I have been watching a lot of videos once again and found a bit of a boost in my skill level for some finer detailed works. Lots and lots to learn, every time I think i have a basic set I see how far I have to go!

Still that is the fun of the journey, as I have often said.



and the finished Mountain in Spring, from blocking details to finish.

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Working Along

I have been pottering about with my painting, spending a lot of time online watching skillful people produce amazing work and trying to learn, not get despondent over their place on the journey compared to mine 😀

I am taking a lot longer to finish this but the theme is coming together nicely now.  I hope to produce a lot more over the week as the weekend did not turn out the best for painting.

My old brushes were wearing out a bit so I managed to pick up a new larger round and a fine detailed one so I am very excited to get a chance to use these soon!