Time to Loot Journal: July 2023

Tomorrow (by New Zealand’s reckoning of time), Blaugust begins. Am I ready for it? Weeeell… Not exactly. Granted, I’ve always been a bit of a ‘pantser’ when it comes to such things. Plans? They sound an awful lot like work. Uh-uh, no thank-you, not on this blog.


By this stage of the game, I’ve generally at least given some thought to what I might cover over the course of Blaugust. This will be my fifth year at it, and by far the year I feel least prepared to tackle. At least when viewed against the lens of posting every day. I haven’t quite committed to doing (or even attempting) that feat this time around… But I have every other year, so perhaps it goes without saying?

I suppose I had more or less assumed so. I guess… I guess I’ll give it one more go. See if can manage to shoot for the full thirty-one days. But, as is my usual, I’m also going to give myself the ‘out’ of letting the challenge slide if it becomes a bit too much! So I suppose we’ll find out together as the month goes by. :)

In terms of July though by far the biggest news was the loss of one and the addition of another furry-family member. Diamond is an absolute bundle of exuberant energy, the kind only a kitten can possess, and the kind I had seemingly forgotten in the 20+ years since I’ve had one of my own.

Asides from that, some gaming happened too! Still not a huge amount, but some!

Games Played July 2023

RankGameHours% Gaming Time
1The Division 217.236.4%
2Final Fantasy XVI (PS5)15.031.7%
3Diablo IV8.518.0%
4Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 23.88.0%
5Halls of Torment2.24.7%

Returning to The Division 2 was a bit of a random one. The last time I played was back in March 2020 apparently. The word at the time being that the future content releases for The Division 2 had been essentially axed.

Well, somewhere along the way after a year of season re-runs, Ubisoft turned that decision around and there has been a fairly steady release of new content and seasons to play through.

Year 5, Season 1 is running at the moment so of course my friend and I decided to– uh, ignore it almost completely and create brand new characters!

Owning the expansion, you can choose to skip the original campaign and start at level 30 for just the expansion content. But we didn’t do that, and now we’re level 13 or so, working through the original game again.

And I have to say, The Division 2 holds up really well. It is an exceptionally well-crafted game in many respects. Time will tell whether we go all the way to the end game and gear these guys up like our previous mains — but it’s certainly possible. :)


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.

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