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A (nother) Crazy Month

tetrisAs we close in on Halloween, I take a look at the remaining eight days and realize that I hardly have time to breathe.  My full calendar looks like a losing game of Tetris.  I really need more God in my day.  No, seriously.  Check out the video below.  If you feel you do not have enough time in your day, it’s a great pick me up.

As I mentioned on earlier blog entries, the increased responsibilities of my job have also made it nigh impossible to do anything extra, such as solid writing, podcasting or videos.  I hope to return to that sooner, rather than later.

With that said, I do manage to sneak a wee amount of time in for reading and gaming (though, not much).  Normally, I abhor flying.  However, recently I have looked forward to my time in the air as a way to disconnect a wee bit and dive into a bit of Vita play or listen to an audio book (or both!).

I actually read (the Kindle version of) Two Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Elf .  The short length lends itself well to reading through in a single flight.  Unlike many stories today, it features light hearted content, comedy and adventure, without a lot of sexual content.  I found the characters interestingly delightful.  And, according to my wife, they get even better in the future installments.  I hope to write something like this one day.

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I listened to the audio version of Ex-Heroes.  While significantly longer than the prior book, I knocked it out as I traveled, did chores,  and even while working.  Have I mentioned that I love audio books?  This title features the struggles of a ragtag band of superheros fighting to protect one of the last known groups of humanity against the hordes of zombies that have taken over most of America.  The idea seems a bit cliche (I believe most of us are ‘zombied’ out), but Peter Clines does an excellent job setting the stage and making me care about what happens to the cast.  Luckily for me, he wrote more books in the series, and I look forward to getting through them.

I also listened to The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  I have heard numerous pastors reference the writings of this author, and after listening to this story, I can see why.  This allegorical tales of an elder demon writing to his younger ‘tempter’ nephew not only entertains, but teaches or reminds us of numerous traps set up by the enemy to ensnare followers of the faith.

I found one point particularly interestingly, simply because I have long railed against traditions and the status quo.  In one of the chapters, the elder demon mentions that current day wedding/marriage ceremonies and whatnot are an invention of man.  In the Bible, the picture painted is that God’s design for marriage initiates when an unmarried man and woman come together as one (if one of them is already married to someone else, that would be adultery), not when they get married ‘in a church.’  I have long suspected this myself, but rarely speak of it, as our culture just takes that step so much for granted.  To hear one of the most well known Christian authors challenge traditions, where they do not line up with God’s Word, really encourages me.

dragon-quest-buildersOn the gaming side, I put a few hours into the recently released Dragon Quest Builders.  As a casual fan of Minecraft, I have found the gameplay in DQB to actually improve on the Minecraft formula.  Not only does it provide direction in the form of quests (I found the original Minecraft to be a bit too ‘open ended’ for my tastes), but I love some of the improvements, such as the ability to clear whole swaths of blocks at once with a charged hammer attack.  I also love the improved visuals and Dragon Quest soundtrack.  The third person camera angle and clunky combat system keep this title from perfection, but do not majorly detract from the fun of creativity and building.  This little delight makes flights go by quick!

When I finally do get some time at home, I continue to play Starcraft II, Diablo II and World of Warcraft: Legion.  I do not get enough time to get very far in any of them (my highest level character in WoW is 104), but if you enjoy these titles, look me up!  My handle is JCServant#1617.  I would love to adventure with you.

Oh…I almost forgot!  Onto the song I promised!  When you feel too busy, you don’t need more time… you need more life in your day!  WoooOOOo!!!

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JCServant Update

My apologies for not chatting on here (or most social media).  Work has been taking everything from me, and then some.  I’ve had to cancel just about all of my regularly scheduled social life stuff, as I’ve been working late nights, and six plus days/week.

legiWith that said, sometimes I do have an hour or so before bed.  I’ve been playing World of Warcraft’s newest expansion, Legion.  As you have undoubtedly heard through reviews, they’ve really tightened up a lot of things here, and put the emphasis back on story and working with other players.  And, as they always do, they implement some of the best ideas from other games and people.  So far, I’m having fun.  Of course, I don’t have a lot of time, so while most of my friends have hit the max level of 110, I’m still below 100.  Go figure.

Outside of that, I have not had hardly free time to do anything fun, creative, or even make headwind into my college work.  Also, I have not really had a chance to study much theology.

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John Piper – One of the most well known Christian Evangelical Pastors

Recently, I find myself thinking about John Piper’s sermon series that hit hard against the idea of retirement.  He preached that we should not really work hard towards retirement.  If you work with the thought of living your golden years fishing, golfing, and enjoying life, then you seek the wrong thing in life.  You should live to glorify God.  Therefore, you should not really think about wanting to enjoy life.  We should work to glorify God, not work to enjoy an earthly, fleshly retirement.

I understand that line of thinking.  Really, I do.  However, I do not believe that just because someone works hard for retirement, that it means they put earthly possessions and pleasures above God.

Work, especially in a career, takes a lot of time and energy that many people do not have as they age and deal with illnesses.  Others, like myself, dream of having the time and availability to not only enjoy some of the earthly blessings God has given us, but, more importantly, spend time studying His Word, doing more work that glorifies Him, and sharing myself more with those who need help, in Jesus name.

It’s easy to get caught up in the emotion of his message.  He preaches convincingly, and stabs directly at the center of American consumerism which dominates our culture.  However, by painting with broad strokes, we may end up missing the true point of living the Christian life.  Whether work consumes our days, or we enjoy God’s blessing of a peaceful retirement, we should seek to glorify God in everything we do.

baddie.jpgUntil we are called to His side, feel free to add me as a friend on battlenet, where I’m JCServant#1617 .  Help me take down this big, bad, ugly guy who is *clearly* evil!

For the HORDE!!!

-JCS

 

Random Thoughts

As we head into the final stretch of the year, I realized I had not posted anything here, in a while.  Rest assured, I have not died!  As I mentioned on an earlier blog post, I recently started college back up, which takes the lion’s share of my free time.  With that said, I do have a few things I plug away at.   (more…)

RPG Trek: Random Ramblings

Salutations!

The fact that others follow my gaming activities never ceases to amaze me.  I feel honored and wish to personal thank you for taking the time to follow along and encourage me to write.  While I have done a few posts recently, I wanted to give an overall status update and news about a slight change in direction I plan to take here. (more…)

Tales of Phantasia Part 1

BoxartjpnWhile my brother and I take a break from our pursuit of completing the entire Dragon Quest series, we continue to press forward playing old RPGs and sharing those experiences with you!  Today your favorite Utahn Polygameist (that’s me!) dishes out another chapter of witty chattery!  And, this time, we fight the good fight with Tales of Phantasia!  Originally released on the SNES in Japan, and later on the GBA over here, this game features a completely different battle system completely different than our beloved turn based franchise, Dragon Quest.  But, does a faster battle system with more action necessarily make a better RPG?  Read on and judge for yourself as we take you every step of the way on RPGTrek! (more…)

RPG Trek: Random Ramblings

I announced earlier that my brother and I have moved to a new RPG series, the “Tales of” games, in order to take a break from the formulaic, traditional JRPG approach of the Dragon Quest series.  Normally, every weekend, I write an RPGTrek entry describing the progress of my characters from these games.  Unfortunately, I have not yet put enough time into the game to write a proper entry, as I had a ton of other activity going on this week.  So, I decided to write about some of those experiences here. (more…)

200th Blog Post – Look Behind and Forward

goalsSalutations!

As we stand on the cusp of a new year, I hit a major milestone on this blog.  With this post, I reach 200 blog posts covering everything from video games, to theology, to personal stories and challenges.

In my first post, I stated that I wished to create this blog to journal my efforts into the areas of fictional writing, specifically, for my webcomic, Wildlight.  Ironically enough, my path took some twists and turns along the way.  A company asked me to run gaming events for the entire northern Utah region, which I did for about a year.  Before, during and after, I dove into deeper studies about theologies, sharing many of my discoveries and thoughts right here.  Eventually, I did manage to write up a number of short, fictional stories.  Though it all, I focused on improving the craft of writing.  I feel that I have made significant progress along those line, and hope you agree with me.

I write primarily for myself.  Aside from practicing writing itself, I also find value in keeping a journal on my thoughts, studies, etc has intrinsic value in and of itself.  I could reach both of those goals with a private Word document or the such.  However, I also hoped by sharing online that someone may also find value in my rough drafts, rants and studies.  Along those lines, I do receive comments on a somewhat regular basis.  While I have no assurance, I do hope that these writings and discussions bless someone out there and bring them closer to God.

goals2This brings us to my 200th post, on the cusp of a new year, which makes it a perfect opportunity to talk about future plans and goals.  I did this last year, with limited success…hopefully, I will do better this year.  So, in no particular order….

First, one of the more popular sections/topics of my blog, RPGTrek, shall continue.  I originally started this as a way to remember details about my exploits through classic RPGs I worked through.  I thought about quitting once I realized that the work involved consumed so much of my free time.  However, my readers surprised me with tons of positive feedback… more than any other writing exercise I have done here.  They have convinced me to make this a permanent, ongoing part of my blogging activities.   I cannot promise that I will keep up the pace that I did last year, where I knocked out an average of a 1,000 word article each and every week.  However, rest assured I shall keep on reporting on the progress of my characters, entertaining you as I go along.

Second, as mentioned in a previous article, I will reduce the amount of theological writings I engage in.  I feel that in our post modern society, people value logical, well thought out arguments less and less.  And, while I do enjoy studying and writing along those lines, I feel that I need to shift my focus into areas which will produce more fruit.  Jesus calls us to be fishers of men… and while the Bible extols the virtues of studying God’s Word and arguing for the faith, we have a higher calling to reach out to others.  I will not quit writing about theology and Bible studies, but simply reduce the amount I do.

wildlight1So, you may wonder, if I plan to reduce my RPGTrek blogging, as well as my theological writings, will I knock out fewer blog entries?  Far from it! (Lord willing).  I plan to fill in the gaps with more fictional writing.  Specifically, I plan to priorities working on Wildlight’s next story.  I last worked on the comic nearly six years ago, so I have a lot of writing to do, and I plan to share a lot of it here, including specific information on backgrounds, organizations, setting, etc.  Admittedly, most of this will bore the average blog reader, but I hope, by sharing some of that here, a few of the fans will help me by sharing opinions, thoughts and even editorial corrections as needed.  (I have made dastardly mistakes in the past, such as changing the names of characters in the middle of the story!)

If any of you would like to see me write about anything else in particular, please feel free to drop me a line.  I penned some of my blog entries in 2014 as a response to requests, questions and comments from my friends and readers.  Regardless, thank you very much for accompanying me through 200 blog entries!