Friday, May 5, 2017

ODIN NEVER ASKED FOR THIS

I apologize in advance for the lack of photos and a wall of text, I got a lot going on in my head, and I just can't be bothered at the moment to find things that illustrate my angst towards this game. So I leave you with some suspicious breakfast cereal:

So...how suspicious we talkin'? Like, "unidentifiable fruit flavor" suspicious, or "the wheat was blended with a select choice of orphan blood" suspicious?
Ahhh, Deus Ex, how I love thee. Chop up my limbs and glue me to a particle accelerator, then inject my veins with tiny microscopic robots. My body is ready.

So I have finished the most recent extension to the Deux Ex universe: Mankind Divided. And, it was a good game. Which is my problem with it. Good game. Period. Not an excellent game. Or even a solid game.

Let's start with the things I liked about the game so I limit the amount of rabid foam exhuding from my mouth.

Gameplay. Gameplay was awesome. They put a lot of thought into the concept of Jensen 2.0. The old augments were there, as well as others that fit in with a nice piece of lore. That lore however....I'll get to you soon...

My fingers and my brain have a real tough time talking to each other. It takes me hours to get used to the information being fed to me, and by the time the game is over, I would have finally got comfortable with my controller. So when I played the previous installment right before MD, Human Revolution, my brain was already hard-wired to the control scheme of it. I was quite pleased when they had a "Human Revolution" mode put in for me, but didn't exactly appreciate the glove slap of normal mode being "the way the game should be played." I don't barge in on you mid-coitus and tell you that you're stroking it wrong, fuckoff with that.

The UI was terrible in both appearance and functionality. Quick menus looked like hacked together buttons *I* made in MS Powerpoint. And my weapons were HUGE. I was glad to be doing a ghost run so I didn't have a bigass gun taking up literally a third of my screen. Holy shit. I wish I could zoom out of myself. Changing resolution and FOV was not helpful at all. Everything was just HUGE.

Like with the other Deus Ex games, there is not one single solution for every situation. If you don't like the obvious path, there sure as hell are alternatives. Maybe four. You just gotta do some digging, and talk to the right people.

Nonlethal options have been expanded, and the level design is well thought out. It isn't hard to locate multiple paths through a scene, but it isn't highlighted like a damned neon strip either.

On the subject of level design, the world did feel pretty self-contained, despite having open world mechanics. And I found it rather hard to locate landmarks. I did like the occasional move from location to location (Utelek, Hong Kong, etc) but it felt sort of jarring to transition to them.

Overall, it was an enjoyable game to play, but there were shortcomings.

Like, you know, the STORY. Pretty much the WHOLE REASON you play Deus Ex.

Now without getting into spoiler territory, the general arc was basically a bitchslap of WE WANT TO MILK THIS FRANCHISE FOR EVERYTHING IT'S WORTH.

And it's a trend that annoys the shit out of me. The industry is fickle, and stories must have SOME form of conclusion, because it is not guaranteed the next installment can/will be produced.

My biggest issues are with the ending, and the side quests.

The side quests are the biggest FUCK YOU to the player. They go over questions you may have (really, REALLY vital pressing questions, mind you), and all of them have the same answer:

¯\_(ツ)_/¯


SO. GODDAMNED. IRRITATING.

Without getting into detail, the boss was basically a minion, leaving you with more questions you never asked for. Also, you get ONE boss fight. That's it.

That being said, the last mission leading up to it was quite enjoyable, and well put together.

it's just....the climax was....anticlimactic.

Then you get a reel of LET'S SEE WHAT THEY'VE WON JOHNNY! after making (or not making) decisions around the game. Kind of like Dishonored, but even more lackluster. It just tells the player STAY TUNED :D!!!! And it's that kind of cop-out that has been trending too much in storytelling.

What makes this worse, is that the marketing team had a field day with third party apps and side games (what exactly the fuck is Breach, and did we need it? Spoilers: No.)

The mobile app is the part that irks me the most. It's this scanner code hunt from the mid 2000s that offer "insight" to the lore. And by insight, I mean SPOILERS. So you have be extra careful and take the extra effort to look it up on online forums before you scan it, if that thing is important to you. And supposedly you get Praxis kits as rewards, but I never got the damned thing to work on my ancient device.

But it wasn't really necessary. Praxis is plentiful, and early-mid game, you would have set in stone your play style and not really need anymore than what the game gives you.

I never asked for this. How many times can we squeeze that joke in?

Breach was a thing? I guess. I haven't looked too deep into because I was so unfulfilled that I really didn't think it could satiate my need for this beautiful world.

What is most infuriating is that if only they took the man hours and resources that it took to create these "extras" and actually put it towards the STORY, it might have felt like a polished product. But nope.

On a more positive note, the dialogue and character interactions were fantastic and well written. Characters were acceptably varied, especially considering the setting. Costumes and  textures were just amazing, they made the world come alive. Human representation was pretty good too, not perfect, but very well done.

In conclusion, I really don't fucking know. Eidos, I am watching you, and don't think for one second I have let you off the hook for what you did to Thief....

Monday, January 30, 2017

ODIN STEALS BACK THE EMPIRE

Hunker down and grab a snack, kiddies. This one's gonna be a long one. And I will be talking about a mature rated video game, so if you're here from my beading and jewelry videos....well, you might want to skip this one. (I post more jewelry and nice things on Tuesdays on my YouTube channel...)

So over the winter break, I had the experience of playing this little gem right here:




Not shown - the grin plastered across my face stretching from ear to ear

This game....where do I even begin? I KNOW! I WILL GRAB MY NOTES!





...well, shit. nvm.


Since this rant is so long, I may or may not unintentionally disclose spoilers of some form (depending on how sensitive your definition of  spoilers is) So you may want to skip it if you want to have a whole first impression of the game without anyone else's influence.

TL;DR version: BUY THIS FUCKING GAME. 

The rest of you still here? Good.

Alright, I think that I should start by saying: This is the FIRST TIME I have felt badass playing a woman in a game. Bethesda: beautifully done.

The way she was designed, the way she talked, her gameplay mechanics. Emily was written so well, her movements were so fluid and the combat programmed beautifully. I was able to be immersed in her character. (Mind you, she was pretty badass as a kid in the first game too)

Now, she is not PERFECT, there are a few little nit picky things that I would have liked to see differently or addressed:

1. She is still quite pretty, which is not necessarily a bad thing. However, she's supposedly "hiding her face" the entire time she's on a mission. But from the pictures of her, and the cutscene animations, the only effort she seems to be doing is flipping a bandana over her face, leaving her eyes (and perfectly blended smokey eye makeup) visible.

video
"Nyeh nyeh nyehhhh the Grand Guard's not gonna like it" The Grand Guard can suck my Royal ass.


Now it may not have been intentional, but I have this issue with the portrayal of women and the idea of "Sure, honey, you can do whatever you want, as long as you look pretty/sexy doing it!" AGAIN, this might not have been intentional, but couldn't I have just borrowed Corvo's mask while escaping Dunwall Tower through the safe room? It seemed to snap to the size of whoever was wearing it. Or better yet, have something equally intimidating to cover her face?

IT'S RIGHT THERE....


Oh wait, no it's not.....   >;[


I did also enjoy the fact that there was no romance involved in the story...

Wait......dafuq is this?


Hmmmmm.....


Oh...joy...."he" replied.....

Have this screencap from the Dishonored Wiki because I was too lazy to find it in game again

Eeeeexcept these two letters.....Seriously, who's this asshole? "should be angry with me?" Dafuq? I'm the Goddamned Empress of Dunwall. Was this really necessary to put in?

I did love that there were SO. MANY. WOMEN. in this game. I LOVE IT. The NPCs were half women. There were guard women, Elite Guard Women, random civilian women. Women committing crimes, woman being HUMAN, not pretty sexy decorations around the streets.

video


Did......did that woman just make a poop comment? The audacity! SCANDALOUS.

....I love it, give me more.

A WOMAN was the captain of the royal guard. And Megan Foster was your ship Captain giving you transport for almost the entire adventure:


Note, I said Captain. Not love interest. A normal HUMAN BEING. Doing NORMAL HUMAN THINGS. Like HUMANS.


Now that being said, there was definitely more room for diversity, especially with the witches and other NPCs, but this is a big start. Different sexualities were even addressed. This game just seemed...more human. (Again, it's not perfect, there was certainly more room for inclusion, but it is better than a lot of recent games)

On another note altogether, I really love how this game is a total nod (or something more obvious like a chest bump) towards the Thief franchise, which was definitely an influencer to Dishonored (see The Flooded District from the first game. You know what I'm talking about.)

(low-key though, I thought it fucking HILARIOUS that they got Stephen Russell to voice Corvo after the train wreck of the Thief "reboot" that Eidos pushed out (read - GUTTED) and didn't want him to play Garrett. The irony is just delightful.)

There are some other examples that made this game a blend of the original game plus Thief 3:

  • The black markets where you can buy extra "tips" that help you on your mission
  • The semi open world feeling and transitions between each level
  • The "drawing" art style that happened in pre-mission cutscenes
It's just....aghhh it's a beautiful transition between the first game into the second. They created the sequel to be more of the same, but the GOOD parts of the same, and added much more to make it a new experience. It was well executed, and I love it so much.

Let's talk about level design!


BEAUTIFULLY STRUCTURED. STUNNING. It's so immersive, and gorgeous. And there are a few levels in particular that are just so well fabricated. (Clockwork Mansion, and Dust District/A Crack in the Slab. That's all I'm saying.)

However, and this could have been a limitation in the engine, but I wish there was some diversity in the environment lighting as well as color saturation differences in the textures. Everything still had the same appearance to me and sort of blended together, which could just be me. There were some very unique environments that sort of melded together in my head because the city streets of one map looked the same as the streets of another area altogether. Same with any mansion interiors. Everything was lit in the same color (where there was lighting anyways) and it didn't highlight the artistry of the level designer's work.



Is this the same Level? YOU WILL NEVER KNOW!!!


And there are a lot of technical issues with the game that attributed to poor reviews at the start of its release. Again, don't release a game that hasn't been tested on many mainstream systems. AMD users always get the shit end of the stick that they will scream about it. Patching it later does not counteract the damage that will be done to reputation the very first week of release.

The biggest factor that may have led to its performance issues is the use of the VOID engine. The first game used Unreal 4, and they most likely wanted to break away from (and use ID???) I don't know, IMO I don't think an IP like this should have been used as a flagship title for a new engine. The performance was HORRID. I had upgraded my machine SPECIFICALLY for this game, and I still could barely run it past "Low" quality settings. That says something when I can run ULTRA on the previous game now.

The first patch made it run a little smoother, but it also increased the loading screen time between areas, which I'm not sure is a great tradeoff.

There were some design choices that could have also been altered to save a few polygons methinks. For one, the skybox was TOO. DAMN. LARGE. A lot of the levels were based on what was essentially a deserted island, and a lot of the outer details just didn't need to be there since no one would really notice them (Yes, *I* noticed them, fair point, but I was annoyed at them, so it doesn't count)

A lot of the background objects were modeled and slapped with high quality textures as well, and they were in places that the player could not even interact with anyways.

SMH. Starin' at this place for twenty minutes looking for an out...

This level confused the fuck out of me when I first arrived. The detail on the rooftops in the area where you emerge was so....detailed, that I thought there was a path to go to. Especially since the ACTUAL game path was in front of three patrols with no obvious getaway.


Now onto some mechanics!!!!


There were some absolutely fantastic choices made that addressed some issues of the previous game, as well as simply added on to the experience of the sequel.


There was a nonlethal solution for EVERYTHING. Aerial takedowns? You got it. A bitch turns around at the last minute ans spots you? PUNCH THAT ASSHOLE IN THE FACE THEN GRAB HIM. Good times, great times.

Ultimately, the game is fantastically customizable so you can tailor how you like to play the game. Run 'n gun? Fuckyeah....well you'll hurt quite a bit but FUCKYEAH. Sneaky sneak? That's awesome too. And with the recent addition of the Custom Difficulty setting, you can add as much or as little challenge as you would like.

It is also super easy to speedrun if you're not interested in all the fluff, and just wanna get through the game.

Encounters were fantastic! Varied and interesting. LOVE the clockwork soldiers, they added an extra element of difficulty with their two view perspectives. And they didn't have them in just one level. You were introduced to them, then you encountered more every so often in the game. More might have been added, but I think there was enough present in the game to remind the player that they still existed in the world.

LOOKIT THESE ANNOYING ASSHOLES....PIECES OF SHIT >:[

It's all about perspective(s)


For those of you who are familiar with the achievements of the first game, there was one in particular that caused me so much angst that I just couldn't for a while....just couldn't.

I am talking about the one named "Mostly Flesh and Steel" Here is verbatim what the achievement entails:

You may notice, that it is still greyed out, denoting uncompleted, to this date....and also my rage towards the vague wording of the achievement.


But I think a much better phrasing would have been "Spend no Runes." Period. Because what did my stupid ass do? Go "Huh, that's easy! I don't use any other powers anyway!" And dropped a Rune to upgrade Blink the second I got it.

When did my stupid ass Google that shit and realize that would immediately disqualify me? Chapter 8.

.....

I was not. A happy camper. Especially since I was multitasking and doing a ghost/nokill run.

BUT

This was addressed in the sequel by simply providing a "No Magic Mode" right at the beginning of the game.



By this asshole right here. Now you would, without a shadow of a doubt, be able to do get that e-peen achievement no problem.

I also like that Emily's powers were unique from Corvo's, so you got to try something new and go about in the level in your own way. EXCEPT for one, and more on that later...

And the newly introduced New Game+ gives you powers from both characters at the same time, so you can fuck with people till your corrupted heart's content.

And they recently (and by recent I mean literally LAST WEEK) they finally released Chapter Select like they had in the old game. So now I can actually start from a chapter if I royally fuckup instead of the ENTIRE FUCKING GAME. Or try and reserve precious limited save slots for the start of each chapter, doing it the manual way.

UPDATE: So apparently you can't enable mission select until you run through a campaign ALL OVER AGAIN. which means, if you've already played it: Guess what? you're doin' it again. Oh well. Seems kinda shitty to the people who bought it early, but I can understand it from a programming/memory perspective.

Besides, this game makes it REALLY easy to speedrun if you know exactly what you're doing.

Then there were also some not-so-great mechanics and gameplay features.


TOO. MANY. FUCKING. RUNES. EVERYWHERE. OH MY FUCKING GOD.
I did thoroughly enjoy the charm and rune crafting mechanic and I thought it added something extra to the gameplay. BUT GOOD FUCKING CHRIST. I spent more time scouring the map for those pieces of shit then playing the actual game, and that's WITH the heart telling me exactly where the fuck to go. It got to the point where the magic of the level wore off so fast, and it turned into a chore list instead.

I HATE FAR REACH SO FUCKING MUCH. This was Emily's physics-based answer to Corvo's Blink (which I was SO RELIEVED to have back when I played through again.) Mind you, I did enjoy the telekinesis aspect, where you started chucking bottles and bodies around.

But *I* do not like to be chucked around. And I have spent so many times re-loading my game from a ghost run because it launched me into oblivion and back, right at the feet of a guard, instead of the ACTUAL place I was aiming for.

Instead of a semi-teleport system, like Blink was, Far Reach was more like a demonic grappling hook. That hates you and all you love. And the SNAPPING was so irritating. There were certain things you could teleport to that were FURTHER AWAY than the places you ACTUALLY wanted to go to, and it would somehow never touch the objects closer to you that were intentionally placed in a path for you to take. It was infuriating.

....and some WTF features.




I SHOT YOU IN THE BACK, WHY DID YOUR LEGS POP OFF?!?!


Needless to say, the gratuitous violence is rather comical....and OTT. I mean, I get it, they wanted it to be horrifically gruesome so that your cold-hearted ass might actually FEEL a thing or two, and that butchering innocent bystanders or random assholes just doing their jobs is generally frowned upon by the average populace.

But seriously...body parts just flyin' erreywhere. I'm pretty sure humans only have TWO arms.

On the note of killing random living creatures, there are a couple (again, nit-picky) moral choices presented that impacts your "Chaos" level that I scratch my head at.

First off, the Nest Keepers. These are essentially the Weeper equivalent from the first game. But they are Weeper+. Essentially, the Nest Keepers are created by bloodflies and have been practically converted to the point where they are literally nothing but skin and bone with a hive sticking out of their abdomen. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEIR ORGANS AND BRAINS HAVE BEEN HOLLOWED OUT.

But are you allowed to kill them? NOPE. That will put a black mark on your "no-kill" runs and you might as well start from your last save.

I mean, there is ABSOLUTELY no coming back from conversion with these things unless you somehow had six million dollars to spare.

Wanna know what you CAN kill without remorse?




user whyisthisevenathing on imgur.com

That's right, these faithful and trusting bundles of joy can be decimated by your blade with no ill-consequences to your chaos or kill count. :D

Then finally, there's a few story elements in there that didn't settle with me, but then again, who am I? I'm just a loudmouthed, rabid fan with certain predispositions towards a stealth franchise.

DIALOGUE. SO. MUCH. DIALOG. They spent so much time on it. I have run through the game three times and I'm still hearing new shit from the characters.

That being said, the characters talk A. LOT. There is sooooooo much internal dialog, and it kind of gets in the way. I don't notice it as much when playing Emily, her writing is done very well and her banter makes sense. She reminisces about her childhood days and reacts to her environment, it blends seamlessly as you are playing. She doesn't come off as talking for the fuck of it.

My issue is with Corvo's writing. It seems wayyyy too OTT. And I think that impression comes with the fact that Corvo was a silent character in the first game, and you kind of had to fill in the gaps about what his character was about. To me anyway, he seemed more like the strong, silent type that intimidated people with his appearance, and spoke only when it was required of him.

But sequel Corvo talks A. LOT. Constantly internalizing with himself that HES GOTTA GET HIS DAUGHTER BACK!!! The almost foaming-from-the-mouth mantra sounding like a broken record before the second mission even started. I have to play nonlethal with his character, but I did notice that his quips got angrier and more violent as the game progressed, and the delivery of it was kinda cringey.

Honestly, Corvo doesn't need to be there, he felt shoehorned in and didn't really have a purpose. His story didn't exactly make sense. It is NOT his story. Now don't get me wrong, I love Stephen Russell's voice acting and that dude could read a dictionary and still make it sound amazing.

That being said, I do understand and appreciate why he is there. He is there for the demographic that "can't relate to playing a woman" or absolutely refuse to do so due to personal bias. And I really appreciate the devs for taking the effort to bridge that gap and make many people happy. This game is amazing.

(Also, in the tutorial, I really REALLY wanted Corvo to catch me taking the coin purse from him, snatch my hand, and say "That's not for you." (Where my Thief peeps at?))

That being said, I really don't like what they did to the Outsider. I loved the blasé tone the first voice actor had. He was generally unimpressed with everything, chronically bored, and having a little amusement toying with the likes of mortals. Corvo leaves a trail of blood and bodies everywhere, and his expression is like "Huh. Neat. Welp. You tried. Good job anyway." -golf clap-

The new version sounds more like a TV announcer or car salesman rather than an unbiased trickster deity. His dialog also shifted, and they way it was written made it sound like there WAS a right or wrong answer. And you should be ashamed for killing everyone, which I don't think is in the Outsider's interests at all.

His backstory was also touched on. And by touched I mean like they gave one sentence to say how he came about and never mentioned it again. Ehhhhhh.....

The ending....was rather lackluster. Without getting into details, I really didn't feel like I accomplished anything at the end. I felt so awesome crawling through this beautiful world, but at the end, the pace changed, and it felt like nothing more than flipping through a Goosebumps Choose-Your-Own-Scare book just to find all the endings and not actually getting any of the story.

It was almost mathematical, as if you were just putting in parts of an equation. "You did X and Y therefore, You Get result Z." I felt like I was playing a super violent Cosmo Quiz.

It wasn't too dissimilar to the ending of the first game, I just didn't feel it as much, like anything really concluded I guess. I suppose there was more to get attached to. I can't describe what it is, but there was some fundamental element missing from these endings.

Overall, the replay value is fantastic. I would recommend at least three playthroughs, two if you're really efficient. One to play nekkid and experience the story naturally, then one to go full nonlethal, grabbing the cheevos and extra dialog, then full chaos, and seeing how great a difference there was.

But generally BUY THIS GAME. Do not let the release bugs chuck this game into the pile of "Ohhh look, women protags just don't sell well, so we just shouldn't make anymore." Buy it. And buy it for your friends if you can't force them to. Buy it for your grandma as well.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

ODIN GETS BLINDED BY THE HOLO

Random real quick blob because I needed to share these beauties. As of late I haven't had the time nor motivation to do my nails, and all I had the energy to do was oggle and drool over all the shiny holo polishes that are way out of my price range.

BUT during the holiday season, Live, Love, Polish did a promo where they gave away a free exclusive polish for a certain number of days (prolly 12 but whatever) and I really couldn't pass that up. These bitches get upwards of 12-15$ a pop. I can deal with a theoretical 6$ bottle of nail polish x2. LOGIC.

I restrained myself and only bought one.

BUT WHAT A ONE THAT WAS:



None other than A-England's St. George. Which I have been lusting after for many a month. And it was ALWAYS sold out whenever I got the courage to put it into my cart.

This thing is PACKED with super tiny micro holo glitter, so much that it collects in little pockets of rainbows. 

The color is a deep teal green that is reminiscent of my Urban Decay Zodiac polish (that I got on clearance a billion years ago.)

Then onto the freebie:


This is "Ho Ho H2O" from Starily, which was apparently made exclusively for Live, Love, Polish in their "Reason's Greetings" Collection


It's a rich cobalt blue with tons of blue glitter, larger than the A-England one


And can we talk about how fucking cute the box it came in was:


Yeah I'm keeping that bitch.

That is all I will leave you with, and possibly a link to Live, Love, Polish as well because I am an enabling asshole.

And now I must go because I have to spend hours deciding which one of the two I should paint my nails first. I may or may not update this post with finished nail photos, provided that I can actually get a good photo of my hands. Not real good at that to be perfectly honest.

UNTIL NEXT TIME!


UPDATE....because I am a weak feeble loser that cannot control impulse:


OH MY FUCKING GOD.


Rich wine holo???????


So this is Cirque Colors Ambrosia, which is supposedly limited edition for Holiday 2016.....so you may wanna get on that if you need it in your life.




Tuesday, December 20, 2016

ODIN SHOWS YOU THE GOODS

So it has been requested by members of the group that I should do a stash tour of all my jewelry making garbage. So here is said garbage tour. The lighting in my house is crap and dark, so the quality is rather horrid. But you should get the general idea.

ALSO you should TOTALLY JOIN OUR GROUP. Because it is awesome. And Fun.


So to start off, we have this pegboard of garbage. Mostly dedicated to tools, wire, threads, and cords that I use in garbage making. Along with some safety equipment that is gathering dust. I should probably use that more often. And a few pegs are dedicated to finished pieces that I wear frequently.


On the shelf above that is a tote full of crap that has no home and probably will never have a home since I am too lazy to be bothered with it. Generally holds adhesives, and a giant mass of interfacing that I bought for Shibori a billion years ago. Next to it is also my Kumihimo mess.


Then a general packaging materials storage area as well as pouches for holding potential WIPs


Next is my spooky shelf. Which is quite spooky and delightful. It also holds my earrings with a kumihimo rope that was given to me by a friend.


Then there's this drawer thingy that contains my awkwardly sized tools and my rivolis, semi-sorted by size.


See:


Underneath that drawer thingy is THIS drawer thingy that holds a lot of random crap.


Bottom drawer: super fancy blown glass chocolate beads from CatalinaGlass on Etsy I have yet to repair this bracelet. It got washed because I am a smart person.


Next drawer: My D20s that always roll 1's. They get punished by having holes drilled in them. 
This drawer also now holds my handmade Resin cabochons (WHICH YOU SHOULD TOTALLY CHECK OUT BECAUSE THEY ARE GLORIOUS)


Next up, random semi-precious cabochons and flatbacks that I never use because time.


And the top drawer is my random metal charms and bits. Lots of bats because fuck yeah bats.


Next to that set of drawers is my WIP pile, my thread and needle bin, resin crap bin and only TWO of my many pen jars


Then we have this amazing Pandora's Box replica that I got from buying the super edition of God of War III (Which I didn't particularly like the game, but love the shit out of this box)


And it contains my lesser used tools, trays, or bits that collect things and polishes things. THINGS.


Then there is my super cute spoopy decoden box that I made last year in a YouTube video


Which ironically contains the spare deco parts from said deco box


A busted ass display tray that contains shit I have no idea what to do with yet,or has a home but I can't be buggered to put away yet.


Then there's this tray that holds my weird Swarovski shapes.


And a container full of bicones. I did a video on my Swarovski collection, so I am not going into detail over this.


Then there's this shelf thing that holds my pen shit and my cute shit:


...and an ungodly mess underneath.


Which contains:

A box of my precious precious spikes. 


A box of random findings and bells....?


A box of almost-as-preicous-as-spikes crescents


Thre boxes of chainmaille supplies, semi-organized and labeled by size because I got fed up guessing what things were.


 One of TWO of these bags that contains nothing but superduos:


All those trays in there? SUPERDUOS. Even the pockets are filled with tubes of superduos.
Some miniduos and twins are in there...somewhere


Bag 2 contains my random Czech shapes. Such as DIAMONDUOS! and some Kheops. And some spikes that were too large to fit in the other containers so they live in here.


Honeycombs, rountrios, O-s, bricks, and a random 2 hole cabochon


Two hole triangles


4Ceeds and dragonscales, probably my other loves


A bin of True2mms


 A metric fuckton of daggers


And other random shit that I couldn't categorize, like Tilas and pips


Mmmmm, lookit them all in there


Then a box of random bits like pearls and off-brand crystals


My bins with tubes of delicas and random shapes that I don't have enough of to justify a separate container for.


Lookit them all there haphazardly thrown together like a bejeweled orgy.


A small bin with my Swarovski pearls


A clear shoebox full of 15/0s


(More copulating analogies)


TWO bins of 11/0s because reasons.


Yup. I just chucked em all in there.


OH THE HUMANITY


A small thing of freshwater pearls and a random set of quartz that I like but have nowhere else to put it.


A bin of fire polish beads that I had at one point the mindset to use as teaching kits but lost interest or something idfk.


Ooo, lookit this box, it's got some nice shit in there.


LOOKIT IT


This is the Shibori box. It has my Shbori stuff.


SEE:


A random binder thing with random bits that I always forget about.


Yup that's what it looks like.


Other random containers with off brand crystals and a box of death that has my (now sorted) finished jewelry inside.


Huh....I should use some of these one of these days...


Huh....shiny.


And another metric fuckton of opaque orange 11/0s.


....I'm not a fan of opaque orange 11/0's

Then this tower of crap here contains my other crafting shit like resin, paints, glitter, and pigments. Oh, and nail polish.


And mah POWER TOOLS. MMmmmm dremels



Yep that's about it for now. I will probably get a bunch of other crap sometime and completely throw my highly scientific organization skills out the window.

UNTIL NEXT TIME!