Normally, this post would be my time to reflect back on my Blaugust experience. How did I find it? What did I learn? That kind of thing. But… I’ve already done that. There was an achievement, you see. So… I had to. Which is amusing in some respects. I’m very much not a completionist, and I even said (at least to myself, if not actually in a post… although I’m near certain I did, despite not being able to find it now) that I wasn’t going to go after the achievements and just see where I landed.

The problem came when I realised at some point, that I had pretty much got them all. Not finishing then would just be crazy. *cough*

Blaugchievements 2022

I still have mixed feelings about the inclusion of these, despite the fact I hit them all. Once this post is over and done with, I expect them to fade largely into the background. Unlike the Blaugust general participation badges (at the time of writing this post, down at the bottom, in the left-side footer), I don’t expect I’ll display them.

Got ’em all!

Now, I’m not going to run through every single achievement and how I got it. Just where I think extra detail is either helpful, interesting in some way, or clarifying how I consider any of the trickier ones to have actually been achieved.

If there are any questions on any I don’t cover, happy to answer! If you’re interested in the description text for each achievement, it’s linked in the title above.

Getting Started Blaugchieves

  • Reading the Manual
  • Joining the Cause
  • Recruit a Friend
  • Spreading the Madness
UnwiseOwl of Leaflocker

At the start of all this, I was so sure I wasn’t going after the achievements that I had a bit of a chuckle over UnwiseOwl’s Discord comment but largely forgot about it.

To such an extent that after I did a mental u-turn and started to look at how I might finish, I thought it was ‘Recruit a Friend’ that was going to break it for me. Then… Somewhere, the memory of this exchange tickled the lightbulbs of memory, and I went to check if I was recalling rightly or hopefully.

Yay, rightly!

Discord Blaugchieves

  • Friend of Wumpus
  • Sharing is Caring
  • Forum of Friends
  • The Pet Tax
  • Friend Like Me
The image I shared. Obviously, not my pet. But turns out, that was allowed!

In this category of achievements, I thought it was going to be The Pet Tax that broke my run. It calls for participants to share an image of their bestest animal buddies in the #stuff-and-things channel.

Much to my ongoing sadness, I do not have a pet. We’re not home enough to make good dog owners, and my wife is terrified of cats. No interest in fish, amphibians, or even birds really. So that’s us. Belghast is a smart man though, and prepared for this contingency, with the allowance of sharing other cute animal pics should one of our own not be available.

Ta da! –>

Social Blaugchieves

  • Getting Inspired
  • Pickup Group

Leap-frogging post ideas from my fellow bloggers is one of my favourite approaches to blogging anyway, so no encouragement needed there!

A few of the other-blogger inspired posts are:

Pickup Group was the other I thought I would end up missing out on. My timezone isn’t exactly conducive to playing realtime with my fellow bloggers. The odd time I’ve joined in for a round of Among Us or similar, it has entailed waking up far earlier than is natural to do so.

But then I realised… Nothing in the achievement description text said it had to be synchronous play.

Kluwes, UnwiseOwl and I all played out turns of our XCOM 2 Succession Game during Blaugust, and shared a gaming experience together, albeit one shared across time.

Post Blaugchieves

Trying to find some of these posts again caused a couple moments of panic! I forgot which ones I’d done from the prompt list, and then confused my in-week Creative Appreciation post with the prompt one, and just generally started to worry I’d missed a trick that was going to cost me platinum after all.

But nope! Got all my ducks in a row after all; fortunately, I was not mistaken in my earlier run-through of checking off the achieves.

My post on CGP Grey was inspired by the prompt: Tell us about some of your favorite creatives (writers/artists/bloggers/streamers/etc) and explain why/provide examples, which if I’d been smarter and timed it better, could’ve served as double duty for Creative Appreciation.

Platinum!

So with all those done, there we go! I can, I believe, claim Platinum! Not something I expected going into this, but I’m no less pleased for having done so now at this end of things.

I was going to append some discussion on the new blogs I encountered this Blaugust in this post — but the Blaugchievement portion ended up being longer than I imagined, so that’ll have to await another day.


Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

6 Comments

Wilhelm Arcturus · September 3, 2022 at 4:43 pm

I actually didn’t realize the “pet tax” thing was for an achievement until I read through them at the end of the event. I just always follow along when people start posting pics of their pets in chat.

    Naithin · September 3, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    Haha, had I a pet of my own — I imagine I would be the same in following that particular trend whenever it cropped up. :)

Bhagpuss · September 3, 2022 at 6:30 pm

This post is the closest I’ve come to looking at the Blaugchievements at all. When Bel announced them I kind of glazed over, not having even the remotest interest in any achievement that doesn’t come with a tangible reward and every time anyone’s mentioned them since I’ve just skipped over that part of their post.

I don’t even pay atention to the badges. I can see these things have some meaning and provide some motivation to others but it’s like a foreign language to me. The only thing that I pay any attention to in Blaugust is the post count. It doesn’t help that I find the symbols for all these kinds of badges and awards aesthetically unpleasing – not specifically the Blaugust ones but every one I’ve ever seen for any other event, too. I like a really clean, minimal look to a blog page so they just read as clutter when I see them.

    Naithin · September 3, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    100% honestly? I’m not convinced the achievements were a positive addition to the experience, but with how optional and to the side they were, it didn’t matter too much.

    But I saw more than a few comments — and I felt this myself, too — on the ‘Lesson’s Learned’ posts that the preference would’ve been to do them after the whole event was over, but with the achievement there to do it within that specific week… There was some (albeit minimal) pressure to do it ‘early’, especially if you were otherwise so close to completing them all.

    As for the general Blaugust badges, I don’t mind them. This year’s one sort of breaks theme a little, but in the long run that can work out if we continue to get some variety.

    Do agree they can be a bit cluttery though, which is the main reason I got them right down in the footer, and also the reason I don’t bother with any other group affiliation or award type buttons. xD

UnwiseOwl · September 3, 2022 at 11:08 pm

Glad to see I could help you out with some many of these! :p
Only appropriate given how many times I find myself saying “So Naithin said…” this Blaugust.

I’m also on team “I don’t care at all about Blaugust Achievements”, but I enjoyed going through them as part of my debrief post, so that’s something, I suppose.

    Naithin · September 3, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Haha, you really did feature quite heavily in this set! Thank-you!

    Looking forward to our next Humble Choice endeavour! … Well; I’m hoping it’ll be a good bundle at least! xD

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