So, big news first, the internet where I live is finally being upgraded. Before this month, I was limited to 25 gigabytes of bandwidth/downloading for every month and at a slowish speed of 50 Kb/sec to 70 kb/sec. Now, I will have unlimited bandwidth and my download speed should be much better. I’m still on a wireless internet until the fiber optic service is rolled out here by the end of December but it should be much better and faster.
Okay, now that is out-of-the-way, I’m looking forward to the Legion expansion for World of Warcraft (so much so that I’m probably going to pre-order it soon and it will probably be the digital deluxe version for the cool things not WoW related, or more specifically the Illidan wings for Diablo 3.) The class changes have been interesting so far (except for Shamans, the most overlooked and underpowered class.) The Artifact weapons are a definite plus and I like that each spec of your class gets a specific weapon. And I’m interested to see how the Rogue changes work out as they have had the most interesting changes so far. Also, Demon Hunters are also a cool addition and I’m curious to see how they play. Death Knight’s were so OP at launch for Wrath of the Lich King but Monks were closer to meh. So I really want to see if Blizzard makes Demon Hunters fun and powerful.
I’m also looking forward to Overwatch next year, I’m interested in seeing how Blizzard will handle a FPS team based shooter. Will it be objective heavy? or Will it be more of a Team Death Match? I’m thinking it will be like Smite but with more emphasis on teamwork than individual play or score, like Heroes of the Storm is now.
With my internet situation on the up and up, I’m extremely looking forward to being able to watch on demand stuff from UFC Fight Pass (I want to watch all the old PRIDE events I missed watching) and getting Netflix to watch Jessica Jones and Daredevil. I’ve read and heard a lot of good things about both Netflix shows and I really want to be able to watch and enjoy them.
Also, the new internet situation here means I can finally update some of my games and get DLC I was holding off on. I’m referring to The Witcher 3 and its massive 10-15 gigabyte update a few months back and the Hearts of Stone DLC here mainly but I also want to be able to download (or update) and play: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Crysis 2, Starcraft 2, and Splinter Cell Blacklist.
I’m also wanting to check out Google play/Youtube RED, as getting one means having access to the other, and being able to watch or listen to what I ever I like.
Okay, back to more of specific thing, movies I’m looking forward to seeing on Blu ray or in the theatres (not as likely since I prefer watching movies at home now either on blu ray or on demand) are Captain America: Civil War, Sicario, Batman v Superman, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2, Crimson Peak, and The Last Witch Hunter.
This month for Blu rays I’ll be watching The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (I was going to hold off on getting it, then decided to pick it up right at the end of November) and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (it’s out on December 15th.) I’m also going to re-watch Blade Runner this month because Fallout 4 has kindled an interest in it as it has numerous elements and story nods to the movie (you basically are a Blade Runner.)
This month, as stated in a previous post, I will be listening to the audiobook of Thirteen by Richard K Morgan, and Firestarter by Stephen King. I’m going to start with Thirteen as it will sync up well when I finally get to download and play Crysis 2, which Morgan wrote the story for. It also plays well with Blade Runner, a movie I will be re-watching this month (due to Fallout 4) and the numerous cool westerns that I did not get around to watching in November (because of Fallout 4.) I picked up Firestarter as I’ve been thinking about broadening my Stephen King collection and I thought this would be a good pick up. I have yet to be disappointed with any King book so far and I liked the movie, so why the fuck not. It might also be a good lead in back to another re-listen of the Dark Tower audiobooks, as Charlie is basically a Breaker.
As sort of side note to the audiobooks, I’m very tempted to spend the 35$ to get 3 extra audible credits and start listening to the Harry Potter series. Stephen King, one of my favorite authors, writes and says good things about the series and I don’t want to dismiss it out of hand as “kids stuff” as I have for a lot things in the past (I’m looking at you Disney and Pixar movies.) I was impressed with the Hunger Games (I thought it was going to blah teenage angst twilight-y romantic young adult shit, and I was pleasantly proved wrong) and want to give the Harry Potter series a chance at least. On a similar note, Joe Abercrombie has a young adult fantasy series that might hook me in called the Shattered Sea series that I might check out. Wow, look at me wanting to check out and looking forward to Young Adult books.
For December’s audible credits, I plan to pick up The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, both from the Witcher series. I’ve also noticed that Audible has added listings (but nothing of note yet) for books 4 and 5, The Swallow’s Tower and Lady of the Lake. Definitely looking forward to being able to listen to the series again. Hopefully book The Swallow’s Tower and Lady of the Lake come out sooner rather than later but I’ll be happy to listen whenever they are released.
For Graphic Novels (and Books) this month, I’m still making my way slowly through a Knight in the Seven Kingdoms and a World of Ice and Fire as I want to keep my interest in the A Song of Ice and Fire series so I don’t feel the need to be looking up spoilers for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. So far, this strategy is working out on multiple fronts.
I also have Batman: Killing Joke to read, something I want to take my time with and with no distractions. Extremely looking forward to reading it as I’ve heard that there might be an animated movie coming soon based on it that will have Mark Hamill voicing the Joker. Hopefully, they also get Kevin Conroy (who voiced Batman in the Animated series) as well.
I ordered and received the next 2 books in the Fables series, Arabian Nights and Wolves, and I’m going to start on them soon. The Fables series has been great so far and I can see why shows like Supernatural and Once Upon a Time have taken elements or concepts from the series. I haven’t watched or taken an interest in those shows (and probably won’t watch) but the Fables series is compelling and interesting to me. I look forward to my 2-3 Fables books per month pace until I get to the end of the series.
There is some good MMA on this month: The Ultimate Fighter Finale, UFC 194, and UFC on Fox Dos Anjos vs Cerrone. Solid cards for all from the main card down to the prelims.
On the Gaming front (saving the best for last here, I usually open up with gaming) I’m still going to be playing Fallout 4, this time more of a charismatic gunslinger type, a sort of cross between Malcolm Reynolds (I totally used that name for my character in Fallout 4 as it is one of the spoken names, my last character/playthrough was Zoe, Firefly fuck yeah!) and Roland of Gilead.
I will also pick up Legacy of the Void for Starcraft 2, I’ve enjoyed the story so far and would like to see how it plays out.
Crysis 2 is also on deck because I’ll finally be able to download and play it, I’ve heard that it’s mostly generic FPS fare but I want to play through the story as it was mainly written by one of my favorite authors, Richard K Morgan.
Spoilers ahead for the Witcher 3, you’ve had plenty of time to play it and see it. Still a warning for those that care about spoilers.
Also, I can finally update and play the DLC Hearts of Stone for the Witcher 3. I had a playthrough that I intended to try out the Yennefer romance (having read the first 3 books, I have a better appreciation for) and having Ciri become a Witcher (the last playthrough I did Ciri became the Empress, which is what the Lodge of Sorceresses wanted in the books, it worked well as a bittersweet ending.) Of all the games I plan to play this month, I’m looking forward to playing The Witcher 3 the most. I can say that Andrzej Sapkowski Witcher series is the reason for it.
I also have the Long Dark to scratch my itch for a survival game, something Fallout 4 sadly lacks though I’m sure there will be mod that adds basic survival needs soons.
I’m also still playing WoW occasionally, mostly PVPing but I still need a about 13 fragments to complete the legendary ring for my Rogue. I jump into when I have friends playing or as something when I need play something that isn’t Fallout 4. Diablo 3 hasn’t started a new season yet, so I haven’t played it at all this month, however I may load it up some time to see if my internet is truly better. I’ve had numerous problems with high latency and disconnects when playing Diablo 3 in the afternoon and I think it will be good indicator if my net is truly better.
Pretty long post here so lemme see if I got this spotify playlist linking thing right so you can get an idea of what I kinds of music I listen to, What I’m Listening to. You may need to sign up for an account to listen, but thems the breaks. It’s not an exhaustive list, but it’ll give you an idea of what I like in a general sense.