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Dandar Dexdrer, I Dresume?   1 comment

Can’t remember as much of it as I’d like, but I wanted to share this dream o’ mine.

I was looking for someone.  Dexdrer was his last name, eventually, but I can’t remember anything about the first name except it starter with D (Dander, as mentioned in the title, is as close to it as I remember.  I went to brush my teeth saying the name to myself so I wouldn’t forget it, but stopped saying it to myself somewhere along the way, so now I can’t recall.)  This person used to be in a military unit, and I was scouring over an old military base that, in dream fashion, had an interior comprised of some places I know (or reminiscent of them enough for a dream’s production values) in real life.  I had some people helping me to look for them, but rarely saw anyone else.

Everything around the base was grey and washed out, taking on the appearance of winter even though it wasn’t covered with snow.  Like, snow-covered greyness, but without the snow to justify it.  The clouds were grey enough, though, so maybe it was just overcast.  It was flat enough that I think it was in some sort of desert.

Here’s the odd part: I started playing two roles in the dream, one as an actor and one as an observer.  I knew in my head that members of this military unit secretly developed the ability to fly.  The “title” of the dream suggested that to me, though I couldn’t tell ya what the title was right now.  And then i found a long, black-feather in the dream that really puzzled actor me but seemed a little too obvious of a clue to observer me.  There was a room dedicated to a member of the military unit, with a little plaque set up saying that the room was dedicated to them.  It was suggested to observer me that this person was very overweight and that somehow this might have prevented him from flying with the rest of the group, or at least not as well.

I should’ve mentioned by now that this military base wasn’t in the United States, it was in another country.  I keep wanting to say Tunisia in my head, but that doesn’t work.  If Canada had a Tunisian/New Mexican desert, I think it would almost fit everything I saw and/or felt about this place.  Chilly salt flats surrounded the base.  Maybe Utah would be a better comparison than New Mexico.

Anyway, I received word from another person looking for this Dexdrer fellow saying that he thought he’d almost found him, and then I knew I had to hurry.  I made it to where he was and saw the person we were looking for cornering the person who’d radioed me, and holding his fingers to his mouth like it was supposed to be a secret.  Then he looked really annoyed that I’d found them and dropped the whole “cornering the person looking for him” thing.  I then said the line I put as the title, “Dandar(?) Dexdrer, I dresume?”  Then I apologized for messing up what I was saying, and said “presume” and things moved on.

(It’s worth noting that the two people here were people I know in real life.  Both people I mostly know from gaming, actually.  They definitely weren’t “themselves”, though, they were actors in the same sense that I wasn’t playing myself unless I was being the observer me.)

Then I followed the person I was looking for while he gruffly tried to ignore me or brush me off.  I kept accusing him of crimes that he could demonstrate weren’t actually crimes, like stealing his company’s… industrial vehicle? (sort of like a salt truck or something)… to get to the base, only to learn that he owned the vehicle anyway because the company was entirely paid for by him.  “Personal seed money” was close to a phrase he used.

Anyway… I woke up shortly after that.  In the dream, he hadn’t revealed that he could fly, that was still a revelation forthcoming from the narrative of the dream itself, even though I knew it was a thing.  I expected (I the observer, that is) for him to be calling all of his old army buddies out to take over/move into this abandoned military base so that they could… relive flying? I don’t know why they couldn’t just fly anywhere, but they were definitely going to try to recapture some element of the past, and the fact that they could secretly fly was probably involved.

I’m not entirely sure where this dream comes from.  The grey, washed-out aspect of the world outside might have come from my hatred of the ridiculous use of light in Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, and a conversation I had with a friend after the fact about lighting in movies.  The fact that the other two seen characters in the dream were “played” by friends in real life sorta reminded me of the games of Cosmic Patrol I’ve been playing lately, though only one of the two dream people is a real Cosmic Patrol player.

All in all, an interesting dream and I’d have liked to see how it turned out (isn’t that always the way?  Well, except for nightmares…), but all in all it wasn’t an “interesting” dream so much as it was a “weird” dream.

FTL Continuity Shift   Leave a comment

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A friend of mine, Kent, introduced me to FTL a few months ago, and I’ve been obsessing about it since then. The game does marvelous things with next to nothing. Its music is wonderful, its sparse story is engaging and the galaxy it randomly generates is enticing. There’s just enough information about everything to make you wonder and imagine. My friends who play the game have been surprised by the amount of stuff that I’ve found in the game. Either I’ve just played a lot more than they have in the short amount of time (which given my obsessive nature is possible), or I’ve had some ludicrous lucky streaks that showed me more things than they’ve seen (which given the nature of RNGs is also possible.)

Either way, I had a lot of fun talking to friends and asking if they’d seen things. “Have you seen a crystal or ice encrusted ship carrying a cryogenic pod yet?” “Did you see the Voltan who mastered time and space?” “So, the other day I found a hollow moon…” Generally, my friends just roll their eyes, but sometimes they also nod eagerly, knowing exactly what I’ve been talking about.

So, last week when my computer updated FTL so that the Advanced Edition became available for free to Steam users… well, some friends and I were very excited. We’ve already seen a lot of new, exciting things. A friend of ours who’d not gotten into the game before gave it another chance, and this time he actually really enjoyed it. However, there was an oddity… he apparently couldn’t upgrade his weapons system.

Confused, Kent and I invited him to log onto Steam with my laptop since I had FTL installed. He entered the game, it synchronized with his game data, and allowed him to play. So far he’d only unlocked the regular ship and the Engi ship (I know that doesn’t mean anything to non-players.) We looked at it, deduced that it was just a simple matter of him not quite understanding the different layout of the weapons system (he was quick to figure out what was going on once we asked to see a couple things) and called it a night.

That evening, I logged into FTL from home where I have no Internet access. It used his game data for me. I shrugged, decided to play it that way, and resolved to resynchronize my data with my online presence the next time I had an Internet access.

The next day, it didn’t work. Even on the Internet, I still had his game data, and not mine. I posted a question on the game forums, and the person who responded wasn’t sure, but imagined that my game data file had apparently been overwritten in the process.

The silver lining of all this? Last night, I decided to just remove my game data and start over. Since I’d already lost all my ships and achievements, it means I get to experience them all again. And where before I earned most of my achievements on Easy mode? This time I’m playing on Normal. I’m discovering that I have more Scrap in Normal than in Easy mode, even with Easy mode’s bonus scrap percentage (I wonder if enemy difficulty improves scrap acquisition beyond what the Easy mode bonus allows.)

I’m glad to say that last night I unlocked two ships (Engi and Voltan), and a few tricky achievements (Death By Asphyxiation). Hopefully my bizarre string of luck will continue into this new version of the game.