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LOTRO: 2 Liebster again!

5 Aug

liebster2

Haffle from Level Up Haffle (formally the Malaysian Gamer blog) has liebered me …it’s no hassle so I’ll hustle some answers!

Tsuhelm/TsuEveCreative, quirky, fun and entertaining with everything Lotro and Eve, Tsu’s brilliant mind will be suited for this!’

WOW if I ever write a book I want that on the cover! THX 🙂

The Questions

How did you get into blogging?

I had tried to blog at its height when I was out travelling: 2 years Spain, Europe tour and then South America. But I was uninspired and soon stopped. After settling down in Argentina, bored at work, I had just started to get into LOTRO big time, I decided to start a gaming blog, this time I simply couldn’t get the dammed top back on and my madness has been pouring out ever since… surely a mismanagement of time at work but I do not regret a single word blogged!

Describe yourself using a song…

FIRESTARTER – Prodigy…all punky and spiky on the outside but inside am just a big old soft pop kinda guy!

Favourite video game character and why.

Oh this is gonna be a tough one, historically would be Sonic cos it was the first ever gaming character that caught my imagination in game and without!

What was the first video game you played?

Probably space invaders…

My top 15 games, chronologically ordered: https://tsuhelm.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/lotro-how-the-hell-did-i-get-here/

Favorite snack while gaming?

Beer…or whiskey… not really a snacker more of a glugger!

If there was one video game out there that you’d like to see made into a movie (that isn’t already a movie or in production), what would it be and why?

Vagrant Story cos I just want to see more of the twisted world of Valendia, and if they made a movie they may even make another game!!!

Describe your perfect holiday.

Beach, waves, surf, beer, frisbee, happy kids n wife, good food, good weather (but not so good that it removes the waves!) and friends. FUN! Maybe a good book or some portable gaming. Throw in a great pub and a pool table, a swimming pool and I am pretty much in heaven.

Beer, wine, liquor or alcohol free?

Beer (although I have cut back to only on special occasions), so nowadays its wine, wine, and wine. I do have rather good taste in cocktails too… I find nothing wrong in drinking a well-crafted cosmopolitan! Oh and a nice single malt is a luxury I rather like from time to time, the closest I can afford in Argentina is a glass of JD every so often!

If you could work at a game company/developer of your choice, which would it be and why?

SEGA or SQUARE … cos I am not WORTHY! I would be a willing door mat for them!

What was in your opinion, the worst video game you’ve ever played?

Too many to list, way too many!

Kindle or books?

BOOKS! Pages were invented for turning…My fav books post

Ikeas Bookbook: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOXQo7nURs0

The wrap…

If you think you are suffering from deja-vu you are not:

https://tsuhelm.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/leibster-lippy-libby-liberal-leaning-liberated-lotroers-licked-libation/

OK Haffle I am not gonna pass around the liebstick but as you are now going to be blogging about your other gaming interests as well, how about sharing your TOP ALL-TIME 15 GAMES… I wonder if it resurrects this old doozy!

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LOTRO BLOG VACATION: DAY 4, München

19 Feb

Tsuhelm is on his hols 🙂

He is not but would like to be in München!

oktoberfestmunchen

‘Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria, on the banks of River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, with a population of around 1.49 million. The Munich Metropolitan Region is home to 5.6 million people.’

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich

München is Munich to us English speakers! Once had a business trip to Münster and got confused and nearly got a train to München although I am sure I would have had a much better time if I hadn’t realized the error!

OKTOBERFEST

‘Oktoberfest is the world’s largest funfair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.’

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest

I was here once visiting friends made in Cádiz, yes I am proud to say that I have German friends, in deed they are consistently the friendliest and nicest people I have met since I started travelling in 2007 and they are more so when they are home in Germany.

Joined by the ex-landlord of Woodstock, Cádiz who traversed the whole of Germany to join in Oktoberfest celebrations. So we wandered around from tent to tent from huge beer to huge beer, we joined in haphazardly with other tables and entered many a strange conversation. Drunken and worse for wear, crashed out in the central station… never did find my German friends that night!

A reason to make the trip is the national dress prominently on show during the Oktoberfest, Dirndl dress for the ladies (upfront and in your face!) and lederhosen for the chaps…well er … if I ever return I have promised to don a pair!

I also really enjoyed the amazing art nouveau swimming pool, Müller´sches Volksbad, never had I swum in such an amazing pool!

I really wanted to but didn’t dare try to bodysurf the WAVE, true German ingenuity has created a surfable constant 12m long wave on the Eisbach River, located centrally!

From Munich I headed off to Berlin and Cologne, other than losing my frisbee in the Rhine… I had a thoroughly great time in Germany, I will be back!

LOTRO is also BIG in Germany, 6 SERVERS: Anduin, Belegaer, Gwaihir, Maiar, Morthond and Vanyar.

 

LOTRO BLOG VACATION: DAY 3, Cádiz

18 Feb

Tsuhelm is on his hols 🙂

He is not but would like to be in Cádiz!

cadiz

Cádiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. It is the capital of Cádiz province, one of eight which make up the autonomous community of Andalusia. Cádiz, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in western Europe, has been a principal home port of the Spanish Navy since the accession of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century. The city is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network. It is also the site of the University of Cádiz.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A1diz

(Relaxed so much I failed to post this before but hey will post it now anyway!)

My dream home, and the place I spent 6 months while I ‘studied’ Spanish…well I spoke better Spanish then than I do now after living over 5 years in Argentina!

I spent most of my time on one place, in all weather conditions, and it wasn’t a bar, or tapas spot of which there are many (more later) and it wasn’t my bed in which I spent many an hour recovering from the excesses derived in the latter…but it was simply the La Playa de Santa María del Mar.

Where I learnt to bodysurf, I spent as much time as possible here in the waves, in fact when the sea was still I got melancholic! I also did quite a bit of throwing frisbee, beer drinking & socializing. I did very little Spanish practice…

My day would begin hungover (recaca), I would have my first coffee and tortilla in the bus station cafe before catching the bus around the peninsula to La Playa de Santa María, craning my neck around to the first views of the Atlantic to see if the sea was going to provide waves today! I would continue either way, I could always throw my Frisbee into the wind and surely at some point find company there. But with waves crashing my excitement would build until I had shod-off my clothing and was ‘fluorescent’ short attired again and plunging into the waves, dodging (board) surfers and again trying to collect the waves that would propel me onto the beach again…hopefully missing the submerged rocks…came a cropper a few times…nothing major. But the addiction of ‘water flying’ had bitten deeply and as soon as one wave was ridden I would be out again. I swam for hours… I would pause to rest, grab some water, check my belongings on the beach, or see if any friends had turned up, we had a small group of casual body surfers that gathered in the same spot most days…although I think I was the most stupid that was undettered by bigger waves even in bad weather!

After a long day swimming (and frisbeeing) I would generally end up in the small bar on the road above the beach for an ice cold Heineken, a break from the delicious Cruz-campo which is the local beer, watching the sun set. Then back to flat to rest, grab some food and head out again. At the time Woodstock was my fallback drinking den, I knew the staff and the locals, indeed when no waves I would normally commiserate here by doodling the day away… Nahu, Bar Cuba and/or any bar/tapas joint open depending on who was out and about that night. I rag tag loose group of expats, students and locals… flamenco, good eats and fun all readily available… mix in Football games (Spain won the European Championships that year) and Cádiz CF are probably the ‘pro’ team I have seen play live more than any other…

Best tapas place: Casa Manteca

Best food: I recommend getting the little ferry (you can also take a train!) to El Puerto de Santa Maria and just in front of the ferry is a split fried fish restaurant, one side is for shellfish and the other for fish fish! All are simply delicious, washed down with beer or wine and for the full ‘fish & chips’ effect get some papas fritas!

You can also get over to Sevilla quite easily, more than worth a couple of days.

Overall an amazing place to vacation, pity I am not there…because its CARNAVAL NOW!