I’m a little late on this one. But! I did get a little gaming done. Or perhaps a lot? Really, it depends on how you measure it. The number of hours played? Very little. Less than last month even. The number of games played? Quite a bit! Well… Maybe still less than ‘normal’ but it was pretty nice getting that variety in and taste-testing a few different things in amongst the drama of life.

Of which, there has certainly been no shortage.

Mum is home from the hospital and definitely doing better than before her stay. I remain unconvinced that she should be at home alone during the day but I must say, she has done a heck of a lot better than I thought would be the case. So we’ll see how that goes over the next little while. In the meantime, my siblings and I are back to where things started for the most part, taking one night in three helping Mum in the evenings. At the very least though, the fact the pain is a bit better managed and there is some mobility equipment in the house has made a difference.

Monster Hunter Rise: This boss had way too much energy for my liking.

Then… THEN! Work decided it was time for a restructure with a headcount reduction attached within our chapter. So there has been a lot of time spent settling the nerves of my team as much as is possible when it is made clear and certain some of them will shortly no longer be employed.

So certainly another one of those months where gaming is a most welcome escape when I have the energy to do it!

Looking Back

One Year Ago

Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition — I’ve still not seen anything as technically and artistically amazing done with RTX since.

Two Years Ago

To the Moon
  • Discord is without a doubt my preferred social tool. But it isn’t without issues, namely; it can easily become overwhelming and feel like it’s more trouble than it’s worth to engage with. So! I wrote a guide to managing that. Advice I still follow myself to this day.
  • I kicked off the ‘Too the Moon’ Play-Along — the kick-off taking the form of two posts. One here, the other over here. I loved playing this game with everyone and the discussions that resulted. I had at one stage planned on following this up with a play-along of the sequel (Finding Paradise) but ended up letting it slide. Perhaps one day I’ll dust off the idea. :)

Gaming Goals


I didn’t set myself any last month, nor do I intend to this month.

Games Played May 2022

RankGameHours% Gaming Time
1Elden Ring4.421.8%
2Winkeltje – The Little Shop3.316.3%
3V Rising2.914.3%
5My Time at Sandrock1.99.4%
7Train Valley 21.67.9%
8Monster Sanctuary1.57.5%

This month’s selection was quite the mix! Some I bought quite a while ago, some from recent Humble Choice bundles, others still I bought specifically to scratch that itch for something new.

There were other things — such as the release of Hardspace: Shipbreaker out of early access. It’s one I’ve pottered around in the past during early access and always wanted to come back when it was further along.

Then, next month1, we get the expansion for Outriders! Any other time of my life, I’d almost assuredly spend a great portion of time in this one. … … That probably won’t be the case now, but I’m still going to get it and see what I can do. :)

20.1 hours of gaming this month. Lowest. Ever. Ever. Or at least ‘ever’ for the past three years since I’ve started tracking these stats.

Look, here’s a more full version! Been a while since I pulled this one up.

The gaming / non-gaming percentages were essentially impossible to read, so I took them out of this version.

Books Read May 2022

The Girl and the Moon (Book of the Ice #3) deserves more of a review than I’m going to give it. The series as a whole does too, really. Mark Lawrence has, after in my opinion a rather shaky start with his first series, clambered rapidly up my list of favourite fantasy authors. In fact, simply classifying his works as ‘fantasy’ is likely to do him a fairly severe disservice. Although to say more? Possibly something of a spoiler!

I don’t know what Lawrence’s next series will be or where it will be set — but I’m there for it. The ending of this series and the way it entwined with the other series set in the same world was beyond belief in how good it was. For better or worse a whole new bar has been set in my mind for how a series should be finished.

Since finishing The Girl and the Moon, I’ve jumped back into Salvation (Salvation Sequence #1) by Peter F. Hamilton; one I’d put aside after not quite getting on with it initially. I’m perhaps 50% of the way through now and it has certainly picked up. That said — assuming it continues at about this level of engagement — I’ll still probably jump ship toward another series after I’m done with this book… Probably. I don’t really like abandoning series before I’m done with them. Buuuut… I do also have the recommendation from Hannah of Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen #1) by John Gwynne to check out.

The Blog

I mean… The blog is still here. It is maintaining a rather slow heartbeat at the moment with another 2 posts published over the course of the month. I feel like this is probably the new normal for the foreseeable future. It would be nice to think I might still be able to do Blaugust if that goes ahead again this year — but I’m not certain that’ll be the case yet.

Most Viewed Posts

  1. Transport Fever: Things I Wish I Knew When I Started
  2. The Variable Difficulty of Lost Ark Abyss Dungeons
  3. Book Review: King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist
  4. Deep Rock Galactic: The Solo Experience
  5. Time to Loot Journal: April 2022

I was initially surprised by King of Ashes popping up as one of the top viewed this month, until I realised that we weren’t very far off Master of Furies, the third book in the series, releasing. We get it July 5th! So if by then, I’m still grinding my way through Salvation, I might jump ship to this.


  1. Well… This month now.


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.


MagiWasTaken · June 5, 2022 at 3:10 am

Nait, I’m glad to hear that the situation has gotten at least a little bit better. I mean, the pain being better managed and there being some equipment in the house as well as you and your siblings having a clear schedule is pretty great. The job situation sounds incredibly rough but I’m sure you’ll do your best with that as well. You got this! Lots of hugs!

As for the rest: Can’t believe that the To The Moon playthrough has been a year ago already! Also, I’m looking forward to playing Monster Hunter Rise myself eventually… I gotta find out what that screenshot is supposed to show! :D Lovely post as always!

    Naithin · June 5, 2022 at 9:45 am

    TWO Years ago since To the Moon. It’s crazy indeed! And yes, can recommend Monster Hunter Rise. I think ultimately I preferred World. Rise took the arcadeyness to a whole new level but it worked in the moment. … Where ‘moment’ = 100+ hours, with no doubt more to come for the expansion.

    Which is this month too! Although I might have to try that one a little later on too.

Kluwes · June 5, 2022 at 4:01 am

I read Salvation a few months ago. Not sure what it was about it but the writing in that book felt off to me. Still some interesting ideas in there. I started the second book a few days ago. I feel like the writing is better but not sure I’m sold on finishing this series out either.

    Naithin · June 5, 2022 at 9:47 am

    Out of curiosity, had you read and liked any of Peter F. Hamilton’s prior works? I had, so was quite surprised by not getting on with this one.

    But I think you’re right, the writing struck me as off almost immediately and it is only the combination of liking his prior work and the ideas which have pulled me through even this far.

      Kluwes · June 5, 2022 at 12:58 pm

      I had not, I picked this one up on a whim from the library. Sounds like there may be some better introductions to his work. Anything you’d recommend ?

        Naithin · June 5, 2022 at 1:12 pm

        The Night’s Dawn Trilogy (starting with The Reality Dysfunction) is probably what I would consider to be ‘classic’ Peter F. Hamilton, despite not being his earliest work by a fairly long shot.

        It’s also not exactly a small reading committment, but then few of Hamilton’s works are. Still- even by his standards, this is a chunky series.

        I think I’d probably recommend starting with his Commonwealth Saga (which is again, fairly chunky, the first two books form a volume for the complete standalone story — then if you like them, there is plenty more to go onto within the Commonwealth universe). The Commonwealth Saga consists of Pandora’s Star and Judas Unchained, then from there, if you’re keen, jump into The Void Trilogy, which starts as The Dreaming Void.

        I really liked the continuity of this universe, and the Void Trilogy in particular I found to be really strong.

        Circling back to Night’s Dawn series though — if a long read doesn’t bother you, I did quite enjoy this one. The ending was perhaps not the best ever, but boy was it a journey. I actually do wish Hamilton came back and revisited some of this universe later on even.

Paeroka · June 5, 2022 at 4:31 am

I love Dorfromantik! :D And I also love how gaming can get me through stressful times by letting me escape for a little bit.

    Naithin · June 5, 2022 at 9:57 am

    Dorfromantik really hit those ‘chill vibes’, relax and play feelings that were much needed at the time yes. Although even with that, still had a fair bit of thinking/planning involved to improve your scores.

    I loved it too! Probably not something I’d dig up and play all the time, but I was glad to have bought it over this period. :)

Nimgimli · June 7, 2022 at 3:02 am

Happy to hear your mom is doing a little better and hoping that trend continues!!!

Sorry about the work stuff. I am constantly assuming I’ll be let go at any moment so I can commiserate with your team. It really wears you down.

    Naithin · June 7, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks Pete, and sorry to hear about your work position feeling so tenuous too. One of my team is brand new the process only having come onboard with us, as his first corporate job, in the past year or so. So he’s definitely feeling it fairly keenly too!

    We’re looking to wrap the process up ASAP to give everyone some certainty back for those we are retaining, but still. sigh.

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