A Milestone Forged of Five Hundred

Greetings folks and welcome again.

I know it has been a little while since I came to you with my fictions of fantasy and musings born of causality, pens and papers all cluttered amongst the candlelight, ready to forge my reverie anew. But like a wondering wave in the ocean water, I’ll always come back ashore, eventually.

Bloody hell, that ended up being a little more melodramatic than I intended. Oh well, sod it! I think you can tell I’ve had a few days away. My inner muse is getting it all out of our system in a great, big splurge of creative word slush. Truthfully, I’ve been a little under the weather lately. I’ve still managed to get to work and back but the process has left me a little drained to do much else. Its nothing too problematic though. Last I checked I still had all of my appendages intact, I think. Hold on a second…..

*Wanders off to the bathroom to make sure nothing fell off during the night!*

All good. Just a few beard hairs gone astray. It looks like some of those growing on the left side of my face are desperately trying to escape, the ungrateful, gravity defying buggers. Anyway, my faculties are returning to some degree of normality now, if ‘normality’ is or has ever been the right term to describe my faculties, and I would like to address something rather good that happened recently.

Whilst sifting through the many wonderful works made by you good people in our community I happened to notice that a new milestone has been surpassed here at the Forge. I know the numbers relating to our statistics are relatively unimportant in the grand scheme of it all but every so often, they do tell their own tale. As of the last couple of weeks, WordPress follower number 500 granted me the privilege of allowing me to attain that little notification, the one that offered some semblance of acknowledgement and congratulations.  An appreciation inspiring acknowledgement that, little by little, you good folks are joining me as I continue with my writing and my work toward my overarching projects.

To all of you who have joined me over the last year and some, whether from the beginning or just recently, I offer you my heartfelt gratitude once again. I doubt I’ll ever reach monumental numbers of followers in the tens of thousands but I am not too fussed about it if I’m honest. I’ve achieved something I already consider to be significant by gaining the recognition and support that many of you have offered up to this point and if I ever come to feel that isn’t good enough, then I hope I one day come to possess the ability to reach forward in time from this hour to give future me a mighty slap in the face. Or the groin if he pisses me off enough!

One of the last times I reached a milestone, a few months back now, I commemorated the event by doing my first Q & A post where you guys submitted some questions to me that I could answer to the best of my ability. And I did so as you can find out below.

Letters Forged from Curious Thoughts

Well, I thought we’d give it another go, only this time with a bit of twist to the context of it all. Since that day I have offered various excerpts and segments of my work relating to my world of fantasy that is Ayl’gard, and many of you have been good enough to read, absorb and engage me in conversation about what I written here and brought to the Forge. There is a fair amount available so far but there is also so much written down and rattling around in my mind that I have yet to bring out of the shadows and into the candlelight.

So to celebrate this little achievement, I would humbly ask you to join me in conversation once again as I aim to do my second Q & A for the Forge. If any of you have any questions or have ever wanted to know a particular something, anything about the world of Ayl’gard and all that it entails, then this is your opportunity. If this is the case, please post your questions in the comments below, or send me a message if you wish, and I shall endeavour to respond to each of them in next posting I provide. Feel free to ask me whatever you like and as many questions as you like. For those of you finding me and my realms of fantasy fiction for the first time and would like to know what in the bloody hollow (reference!) I am prattling on about, then you can discover for yourself on the following page.

The Realms of Ayl’gard

Cheers and thank you again kind folks and followers for joining me here this day and in days past. I shall raise my glass to you all. Well, mug. I’m drinking tea right now. HURRAH!

Forged From Reverie.

Post Unum Centum

Apologies to the linguists amongst (← say those two words five times really fast!) you that excel in the use of Latin if I have thoroughly bodged up the appearance of my title, I just wanted to add a bit of pomp to these proceedings to celebrate the creation of post number 100 here at the Forge. To add to that notion we have a bit of a triple celebration going on as we have achieved the completion of a trio of milestones.

Since the inception of this site I have now managed to produce copious quantities of word waffle as well as prattle on for a century of pages dedicated to all of the wonderful subjects that sit on the shelves of this archive forged from my reverie. More amazingly, I have gained the attention of many of you fine folks who have ventured here to have a gander at the words and writings that I have to offer. To sum it up and boil it down to pure numbers (and who doesn’t like statistics, right?), here are the milestones that have all converged together at roughly the same time.

  • During the latter days of March 2016, from that sunny afternoon that the fires of the Forge were first set alight, I have completed and published a grand total of 100 posts.
  • Very recently, from the swathe of talented creators and writers that make up our community, just over 300 of you have chosen to follow these pages.
  • Combining all of your recognition together from the lands of Facebook, Twitter and WordPress, there are now over 1000 fantastic folks that I can humbly acknowledge as followers of Forged From Reverie.

Thank you to all of you for choosing to acknowledge and appreciate what I have done, for taking the time to read my words, for commenting to add to the conversation, for sharing my posts as well as your own works with me and for just being all around top notch people, so much in fact that I would gladly shake the hand of each and every one of you.

There is also an exceptional selection of you that deserve even more than that, alas the borders and distances of our world continue to stifle our personal connectivity, impeding our potential for some splendid finger fondling (still referring to the handshake). Instead please accept my utmost gratitude and know that I will continue to be fervently grateful for who you are and what you do, no matter how inconsequential you consider it to be.

If any of you would like to connect with me elsewhere in the domains of the internet then you can do so at the following:

Facebook – If you have a Page of your own I would be happy to oblige.

Twitter – Feel free to follow the Forge and I shall do so in kind.

Google+ – Any and all support is welcome.

Once again, gratitude to all of you and I look forward to connecting with you all in whatever way you choose.

Forged From Reverie.

 

Fallout 4: The Psychopath

If you have ever played a Borderlands game you will be familiar with the ‘Psycho’ enemies that will charge at you relentlessly with arms aloft, ready to swing their axes into your skull and revel in your death as your lifeless corpse plummets to the ground. Well that mind-set is basically what you will require with this character build for Fallout 4, to have a mindless bloodlust that will have you charging and cleaving your way through the Commonwealth with nary a care for the wellbeing of yourself or any other.

 

SPECIAL Stats

From the get go you will need to put a lot of points into your Strength, Endurance and Agility stats. A high level of Strength will allow you to do a lot of damage with either melee weapons or your own fists if you would prefer to mimic a football hooligan to get the job done. More Endurance means more health points which equates to taking a lot of damage, shrugging it off like you would a tiny Chihuahua gnawing on your toes and getting back to the slaughter. Your Agility will allow you access to some pretty nifty perks that will make the death of your foes come much more quickly.

Preferential Perks

So straight away and whenever the chance arises you will need to put your points into the Big Leagues (Strength 2) perk if you will be using melee weapons or the Iron Fist (Strength 1) perk if you prefer unarmed combat. You will be hitting things a lot and you will want to make sure that when you do it hurts a little more than a mere bee sting would. Next up is and early on I would recommend taking the Life Giver perk (Endurance 3). Each new point will give you an extra 20 health and the final rank grants you some moderate health regeneration which is never a bad thing. Since you will be engaging your enemies up close you need to think about minimising the damage ranged enemies may be doing to you whilst you are stampeding your way toward them, which is where the Moving Target (Agility 6) perk comes into play. Ranks 1 and 2 will increase your damage and energy resistance whilst sprinting and rank 3 reduces your AP cost whilst you’re in ‘I’m coming for you Bro’ momentum, which of course means more sprinting.

Other Important Perks – Blacksmith (Strength 4), Toughness (Endurance 1), Chem Resistant (Endurance 4) * I’ll explain why shortly*, Medic (Intelligence 2), Blitz (Agility 9), Bloody Mess (Luck 3).

Weapons to Wield

Swords, sledgehammers, baseball bats, wrenches, lead pipes, even a bloody rolling pin for your angry chef types! The Commonwealth is littered with options for would be wasteland warriors for which to dispose of your foes in the most brutally barbaric manner possible. If you would prefer to punch your way in or out of trouble then I would suggest seeking out a Power Fist or a Deathclaw Gauntlet for yourself and watch gleefully as you pummel or slice your enemies into a bloody red paste of dead. For weapon wielders I highly recommend you search for a blade known as Kremvh’s Tooth (yes I did spell that correctly) which is located at the Dunwich Borers (be prepared to be creeped out). It has the Serrated and Sacrificial Blade effects which means that anyone unlucky enough to be struck with this hellish creation which be poisoned and bleed out profusely, A LOT, until all that remains is a lifeless puddle of goo where once stood a raider with dreams of looting your corpse. If you think that everyone’s head is actually supposed to wobble like a bobble head then you will need the Furious Power Fist from Swan’s Pond, just take some Stimpacks with you and be ready for a fight.

Armour Acquirement

Ideally you will need armour pieces that can take some hefty knocks because you will be getting battered from all angles. Coating yourself in Metal armour pieces is a sensible choice. Pop in to Goodneighbor to see KL-E-O to purchase the Devastators chest piece and right greave which have damage reflecting and time slowing when your health falls below 20% abilities when you have the chance.

Preferential Companion

There is really only one strong choice here and funnily enough his name is actually Strong! Like you this Super Mutant has no interest in sneaking around like a timid little mouse and is right at home when he is knee deep in blood and bodies in the middle of a battlefield. He has more health than most and can carry more of your loot than any other companion. The only real downside to travelling with this brute is that you need to be a real bastard to gain his approval but when you do you will gain the Berserk perk which increases your melee damage by 20% if your own health falls below the 25% threshold.

Battle Tactics

This character does not flee from a fight and will at all times seek to be right at the centre of the fray, dishing out damage, death and probably some dubious profanities as they furiously frenzy their way to victory and  glory. It is essential that you load your character with plenty of Stimpacks to cure your ever need to replenish your constantly bombarded health meter. Your best friend however will be the Pyscho chem which when taken will increase your damage output and your own damage resistance by 25% each. If you take the Chem Resistant perk ranks 1 and 2 like I mentioned earlier then you will be able to utilise this regularly without worrying about the consequences of addiction and withdrawal. It is one of the most fitting tools for a psychopath of your creation to use in the wasteland.