Sunday, June 28, 2020

Virtual Tourist - Assassin's Creed Origins 6/28/20

Good morning!

News!

Last year I finished my first ever cozy mystery - Black Jade. (Set in Dallas in 1930 with a funky cast of characters.) This week I finished the second round of edits. So now begins the shopping phase! Hopefully, I can find an agent and once more try to shop something to the large publishing houses.

They say it is never too early to start getting the word out. 

Might this be the one that makes it? Only time will tell. Already gathering info for a second book in the Daiyu Wu Mysteries. Bwahahahahaha!

You can see pics and bits of the research over in the Black Jade Pinterest board.

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Assassin's Creed Origins - Desert and pyramids

Out in the desert after leaving Siwa on the way to Alexandria. Behind Bayek, you can see pyramids! 

Assassin's Creed Origins - Desert and rock

The unforgiving desert sun. You stay out here long enough, and Bayek will start seeing minor hallucinations. (The weirdest one so far was of a fish flopping in the sand, then diving out of sight.)

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One of the small farming villages near a lake. I love the attention to detail. I would guess these are drying circles for making bundles of fodder to feed the farm animals.

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The lush plants along the lake, and some dangerous elements. Crocodiles are rampant in different areas. They are not shy about attacking anyone. Some of these guys are HUGE!

Assassin's Creed Origins - Lost Crypt

A lost crypt by the water. 

Assassin's Creed Origins - sweeping view of ruins

Sweeping view of the lake, the pyramids, and some ancient ruins. (Forgot to lighten the pics - sorry!) You can even see one of the unique ships of the time.

Assassin's Creed Origins - Temple of Sekhmet

The Temple of Sekhmet in Yami. Impressive, no? The view is from the roof of a house across the street. Note the carpets and resting places. 

Assassin's Creed Origins - Hypostyle Hall 

Is this place grand or what? Hypostyle Hall. The years and manpower it must have taken to build it is mind-boggling. 

Assassin's Creed Origins - Greek Villa

A lakeside villa - notice the Greek and Roman influences. At this period, the Ptolemy line had been rulers of Egypt for close to 300 years. The Ptolemys were not Egyptian but Greek (Egypt was given to General Ptolemy by Alexander the Great - he was not Egyptian.) 

Assassin's Creed Origins - View of Alexandria

View of Alexandria! A center of learning and trade. At that time, the largest city in the world or second only to Rome.

Have a great week! Stay safe out there!

 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Virtual Tourist - Assassin's Creed - Origins 6/14/20

Morning!

I hope you are all doing well. Life is getting more back to normal, yet it's too early to drop all precautions. The numbers are still climbing for COVID-19. Stay safe!

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Assassin's Creed Origins - Mountain of the Dead

One of the rooms in the Mountain of the Dead near Siwa. Canopic jars and all sorts of treasures for the afterlife. 

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Cat mummies! The Mountain of the Dead has a room just for cat mummies! Cats figure heavily into the game. They love Bayek. I think I've had five gather around and follow him. No pet command in this game, but if you get the angle right when you crouch, he will pet them. Still, a room of cat mummies! I was so surprised. Lol. 

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Two essential things in this picture. First is the tablet. It will show up over and over in different tombs you explore. Each will give you an ability point. So it's well worth searching for them. (The exploration itself is fun, too. Though not always easy! They get tricky!) The second thing is the boy next to Bayek. He's got the old-style bare head with a ponytail! Heh heh.

Assassin's Creed Origins - starsThere's a quest for Bayek that he is doing for his son. There are 12 constellations that have been recreated on the ground. It was his son's wish to visit all of them with his father. Here is the first. 

Assassin's Creed OriginsOnce you find one, you will see the corresponding stars and then the image of what/who they represent. On the first one, you have a flashback of Bayek and his son talking about the constellations. It's a very touching sequence. 

Assassin's Creed Origins - Temple of Amun EntranceWhile there are a lot of ruins and crumbling statuary, others are still in perfect condition. Say hello to Wanderer (aka Roach) Bayek's camel. Camels, horses, chariots, boats, there is a myriad of items you can use for transportation. Using them in town can be a little hazardous. You will destroy property like fences, jars, etc. (DOH!) Much to my surprise; you can get an achievement for it. (Double DOH!)

Assassin's Creed OriginsOutside view of the temple we started from at the beginning of the game. It lies some miles outside of Siwa. Since we had to follow Bayek's old friend out from there, I didn't get a look at the front! :P

Assassin's Creed Origins - first temple interiorSuch lovely detail! I didn't recognize I'd been here until I got this far in. :P 

Assassin's Creed Origins - Temple of AmunThis is the object that has brought such misery to Siwa. It is what lies beyond this door that has brought the calamity upon Bayek's life. Yet, though it has been a year, his enemies still have not figured out the secret to getting it to open. I'm sure I will have to return here for that very thing later on.

Assassin's Creed Origins - Temple of Amun - upper areaTemple of Amun - upper temple area. Gorgeous! But also a place of tragedy and pain for Bayek. You can see the masked evil-doer right at the bottom. 

Assassin's Creed Origins - Bayek's TombModern Time - this is Bayek's mummy, and that is Layla, the one using his DNA to look into the past. She's built a portable Animus. Looking at all her files, they do some nice tie ins to the movie and some of the other Assassin's Creed games. She's fearless and a little crazy. Lol.

Assassin's Creed Origins - Bayek and Senu

Senu and Bayek. Aren't they cute? :)

Stay calm, stay safe, stay optimistic!  Until next time!

 

 

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Virtual Tourist - Assassin's Creed - Origins 5/31/20

Morning!

Almost half the year is gone already. People seem to be losing their minds left and right. It's mind boggling.

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Speaking of losing one's mind... I somehow did 8 instead of the usual 10 pics last time... Hmmm.


Assassin's Creed - Origins - Senu

This is a super important character - Senu!  He is Bayek's companion. They have a psychic connection, so Bayek can see through Senu's eyes. This helps Bayek map enemy locations and levels. Isn't he pretty?

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Siwa

Siwa - Bayek's home town. The place where things went wrong. At the bottom, you can see the top of a pigeon tower. They were used for food, pets, and for delivering messages. I would imagine they also used them for fertilizer for crops? (Egyptians raise pigeons to this day!)

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Siwa

A view of the other side of Siwa. Steep cliffs protect the town from desert storms.

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Shiled

Look at all the detail! Isn't his shield gorgeous? 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Temple of Amun

Bayek just outside the walls of the Temple of Amun in Siwa. There are secrets here. Secrets those who destroyed Bayek's life wish to find. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Siwa

The other side of Siwa. On the left life, on the right, arid death.

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Desert

Desert as far as the eye can see.  

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A cave in the cliffs around Siwa.

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Nighttime view of the encroaching desert. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Siwa

View of Siwa from the nearby cliffs. 

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Night view of Siwa's lake area. 


As always, stay safe! Until next time! :P

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Virtual Tourist - Assassin's Creed - Origins 5/17/20

Morning!

Tomorrow, I go back into the office for the day job after working from home for over a month and a half. I've got mixed feelings about it since there's so much about Covid-19 we do not understand. It should be an adventure! :P

 Assassin's Creed - Origins

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They really did some amazing work on this first tomb. 

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Is that a possible way out? The torches have another use, they burn off spiderwebs. Such a neat touch!

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Freedom! Isn't the column work, gorgeous?


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Bayek runs into an old friend. 

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Take a note of the cool shields and weapons. They have a large variety to choose from as well as rare and legend categories.

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You start with a trusty steed - a camel! Harder to drive in town than in the desert. :P  I dubbed him 'Roach' - lol.  Look at all that sand!

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My first look at Bayek's home town - Siwa. 

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Dreadful things have happened in the village over the last year. Sinister dealings at the temple. Note the mysterious orb. (And that gorgeous tile work!) :P

Please take care out there. A lot of stuff has gone back to 'normal' but the disease is still going strong. If we relax too much too soon, the numbers will reach new daily highs. Stay strong and stay safe! 

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Virtual Tourist - Assassin's Creed - Origins 5/3/20

Morning!

I am running late, but with some luck, I will get this post done on time!

Support Small Businesses

Remember to support small businesses during this time of uncertainty. (Like my publishers!) We'd all really appreciate it! I think Zumaya will try to set up a promotion in the next week or two. Get ready for possible deals. :P

Assassin's Creed - Origins

Hubby and I played an interim game between the two Assassin's Creed games, but it ended up being just a preview. I may still share, as I enjoyed what we played, but this new (for us!) Assassin's Creed is too gorgeous not to share!  

So far, the mechanics work a lot smoother than Black Flag. They've also added a neat feature with the iconic eagle and gives the player an aerial view and other fun goodies!

Anyway, here we go!

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Logo

I loved how they merged the normal Assassin's Creed logo with the Egyptian hieroglyphs. Looks awesome! 

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A super cool combo of data streaming and hieroglyphics. Too cool! 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Dessert

Intro film - showing us the unforgiving desert. As with the other one I played, they dump you in the middle of things without context, which is slowly revealed during gameplay.

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Siwa village

The prosperous village of Siwa. 

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A royal visitor - and the moment things began to go wrong. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - buried temple

A year has passed since Bayek noticed the masked figures with the royal caravan. Bayek is a Medjay for the Siwa village before tragedy struck. A Medjay is a protector and policeman of sorts. (I kept thinking they were saying magi! DOH!)

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Isn't this gorgeous? The detail is outstanding. You even burn cobwebs with the torch. Bayek has just dispatched the first of the five men responsible for corrupting the country and destroying all he held dear. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - buried temple statue

I loved that he apologized to the gods for infiltrating their temple and pilfering some treasures. It was also fascinating to hear him say 'ancients' when that is how we think of him in 48 BCE or so.

Assassin's Creed - Origins - wall carvings

Just look at the awesome wall paintings! The neat columns! Such gorgeous work!

Assassin's Creed - Origins - wall decor

Such intricate work. Though you can't take it with you, there are a ton of wonderful representations of actual items you'd see in the bigger tombs. Wait until I share the pic of the cat mummies! Squee!

 

I've put Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles and Inner Demons back for free at Smashwords if you need reading fodder. But if you can spare the cash, please support my still existing publishers! Much appreciated! 

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