It's been a while since I did a non-fanfic compilation post, hasn't it? I used to put these up every now and again when I didn't have a review ready to go... not that I don't have a review ready to go! It's, uh, right over here. No, you can't see it. Right now it's sleeping. Maybe on Monday.
However, I do have a few links for you to peruse as you idle away your weekend (what are weekends for, if not idling?). Click down below the break for some pony gameage, blogage, and me-age to keep you busy.
Gameage: The Pony Roguelike
I'm not much for the more complicated (or at least, more involved) roguelikes*, like Nethax or (god forbid) Dwarf Fortress. I do enjoy some of the simpler, more straightforward iterations of the genre though--Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup is one I've played more than a bit of.
PonyRL is a very short, very simple roguelike. The controls are intuitive and everything you need to know is clearly spelled out in the tutorial, individual levels generally take 10 minutes or less to complete, and despite being in beta, there are already four races, four classes, and fourteen achievements to unlock. For fans of the game style who are looking for something easy to dip into, this game shows a lot of promise.
Also, I finally unlocked the "Almost a Princess" achievement a few days ago, so I'm still pretty pumped about that. Anyway, check this one out if you're looking for a low-graphics, high-strategy, high-variance game that's easy to pick up and put down.
Blogage: Ask the Equestria Games Inspector
Ask blogs are, on the whole, one of those things I just don't "get." So many of them seem to be either one joke endlessly repeated, comics which have been co-opted by a misguided desire for interactivity, or both. But every now and then, you find one which uses the question-response format in a way conducive to story telling, rather than treating it as an impediment (or forgoing storytelling altogether). And every once in a great while, I find one such blog that happens to actually appeal to me, personally.
Well, here it is.
Ask the Equestria Games Inspector is written by Skywriter, and uses the International Equestria Games Committee's attempts to provide an "avenue for transparency" to showcase Miss Harshwhinny, aka the (real) games inspector from Games Ponies Play. The whole blog is full of wonderful tidbits of worldbuilding humor, delicious snark, and other lovely things. Plus, it's got a button you can click to read the posts in chronological order! I don't know why so many tumblr sites are aggressively hostile to archive-bingeing, but whatever; this one isn't (aggressively hostile to archive-bingeing, that is). Read it from the start, and enjoy.
Me-age: The latest blog post on my FiMFic page
If you really can't get through the weekend without some Chris-y goodness, head over there. There's a thing going around FiMFic these days, in the vein of "quote a passage from one of my stories at me, and I'll give you author commentary about it." Self-aggrandizing, I know, but if that's the sort of thing you'd be interested in seeing, or if there's a passage from one of my stories you want to know more about, feel free to head over there.
Anyway, I hope that at least one of those three holds some interest to you!
*Roguelike: games in the style of Rogue. Key features include ASCII graphics or simple tilesets, random game layouts, high replayability due to the same, and permanent character death