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.


Nimgimli · August 1, 2023 at 7:42 am

I would be up for The Division 3 or even just a nice fat expansion with a new location!

    Naithin · August 1, 2023 at 8:39 am

    Me too! I’m more confident again that we will one day see a Division 3 now, than I was back when they pulled the future content plans for Div 2, but Massive (the dev studio behind it) has a lot else on their plate right now!

    Maybe after both Avatar and the open world Star Wars game. That would be brilliant. :)

William · August 2, 2023 at 9:28 am

Funny you talk about The Division 2 – my friend and I just got the game for the first time and are hoping it will be our new chilled-out co-op game! Glad to hear you’re enjoying it :)

    Naithin · August 2, 2023 at 8:17 pm

    Oh nice!

    It can definitely make for a pretty chill co-op game. The leveling experience is pretty cruisy, and even the end game can be if you choose to make it so.

    Equally, it can cater to some pretty hard out play if that ends up being your thing at the end!

    No gear score/levels any more though, which I think is a fantastic change. The only thing increasing difficulty really does is weight the stats toward the upper bound, but those rolls are not otherwise constrained even at the lower difficulties. :)

Jaedia · August 2, 2023 at 2:58 pm

You know, I really enjoyed what I played of Division 2 and sometimes get the hankering to peep back in. So glad you’re still going, however frequently that may or may not be. <3

    Naithin · August 2, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    Oh very much ‘not frequently’, at least, not until recently! Last time played was yonks ago, and my friend group all thought it was a dead game. Because… they said it was a dead game. (OK, not quite, but, you know- reading between the lines and all. xD)

    But very much NOT dead game, and still a great deal of fun. If you enjoyed it before, definitely worth another peek in, imo!

Gryph · August 5, 2023 at 11:31 am

Omg, Diamond is so cute!!! :D

    Naithin · August 6, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    Yeah! She has definitely taken over the hearts and minds of everyone in the household. :) Even my wife seems to like her, just… from afar. xD

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