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Renomus, The Solitary Farmer

On 08/01/2020 at 09:12 PM by KnightDriver

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Renomus spent long years casting spells and doing magic for questing parties. He made a lot of dough, and wanted a rest. So he bought himself a small farm and sold corn and apples out on the highway. With his magic, he may have influenced a few deals, but by and large he was an honest farmer, and satisfied. Then one day a forest gnome brought him a curious message. . .

Microsoft Solitaire Collection

 I finished the daily challenges today because I had to go do wash at a laundromat, which gave me time to do it. I didn't get an achievement for it like I thought I would. I started the Events section but only did one challenge. I think you get a big XP boost if you do all the challenges there. Yes, there is XP, or is it just a coins meter, I'm not sure. I don't pay attention to that stuff mostly, just strategy in the different game types. Like in Spider, it seems wise to get the kings to the top and then build down from that. It's tricky. You have to adapt as new cards come into play. I'm enjoying all the solitaire variations in this game. 

Summoner (PS2)

This is the oldest PS2 game I have. It was a launch title from 2000 by Volition, the developer behind the Red Faction and Saints Row.series. It's an action RPG. You have an isometric view but you can move the camera about so it's behind your shoulder as in a third-person shooter. The camera works pretty well. Fighting is sort of automatic, you just choose to attack an enemy and your character fights on his own, except, you can apply chains to your attack with the d-pad as the battle happens. You have to time your button presses with an icon that shows up above the character's head. I found it better to watch my character's movements because you have to tap the button just as or before the icon appears. It wasn't always effective because the character moves differently with each attack, changing the timing. I found it a bit frustrating after a while. I almost made it to the big city before being killed by a random enounter. I think I'll move on from here.  

Farm Together

I managed to earn enough diamonds to open another track of land. I chose it for its large flat areas. I built a field for a farm hand right away, a 13x13 grid, teleporter in the corner. I built a larger fruit stand and started the next level of my farm house. I also filled up my stone house with furniture, lighting, flooring and wallpaper. I have so many tickets from making food, that I can pay my farm hands and furnish my house at the same time I took a break from it though to focus on diamonds so I could unlock a new land. A typical day on the farm. 



Matt Snee Staff Writer

08/02/2020 at 07:54 AM

I hope you're paying your farmhands enough!


08/02/2020 at 04:37 PM

I pay them in advance their whole week's wages. I hope I'm not spoiling them. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

08/02/2020 at 06:05 PM

They probably spend it all on Friday night. Laughing


08/03/2020 at 09:13 PM

Just don't come to work drunk. That's all I ask. 

Cary Woodham

08/02/2020 at 08:29 AM

The year 2000 was my last full good year at The Dallas Morning News.  I reviewed big name games like Banjo-Tooie and Kirby 64.  I even got a front page tagline for Kirby that I wrote: "Think Pink."  One of the best E3's I went to as well.  I think that model dancer dressed as the Space Channel 5 lady liked me. :)  Not going to tell that story, though, unless you want me to.  Web sites were asking ME to write for THEM!  In fact, I even brought business cards with me to E3 from a place called, who specialized in game reviews for kids.  Sound familiar?

I also was done with college, so even though I hadn't found a job yet, I actually had more money to spend than I did when I was in college!  So I was able to catch up on a lot of games I missed, especially ones like Mega Man Legends and The Misadventures of Tron Bonne.  Got a lot of Dreamcast games, too.  The Game Boy Advance also came out that year and I got to review it and a bunch of games.  Really good year overall.  It went downhill the next year, though.


08/02/2020 at 04:41 PM

Ulala. Do tell. 

I have some music for Kirby 64 I'm going to listen to that I got from the disc that came with Kirby's Dream Collection. 

Sounds like a great year for you. 

Cary Woodham

08/02/2020 at 08:44 PM

I can send you a PM if you want to hear the incredibly flirty Ulala story.  It's embarrassing. :)


08/03/2020 at 09:22 PM

It's alright, I don't really need to hear it. I have a crush on Gal Gadot. 

Cary Woodham

08/03/2020 at 09:45 PM

Well I sent you a PM with the story anyway.

I don't know if I have any celebrity crushes.  I'm horrible at remembering celebrity names.


08/03/2020 at 09:54 PM

They really went all out to please the press, didn't they. 

Cary Woodham

08/03/2020 at 09:56 PM

Yes, espeically since I was writing for a major metropolitan newspaper.

But even so, a small part of me wants to think she liked me.   Is that so wrong? :)


08/04/2020 at 06:52 PM

Nope. Memories are golden. 


08/03/2020 at 12:43 PM

Hey that's the Solitaire game I found on my laptop. I might give it a spin during lunch because I had no idea it was on my laptop.

I want to say that I own Summoner or S2 because at one point I think there was some hype to buy them and I found one of them at a thrift store. PS2 is easily my favorite console so iff I ever run into games I will buy them. 


08/03/2020 at 09:40 PM

It's real good. I have to stop myself from keep playing it. 

I always look at any games I see at Goodwill. Saw some Nascar games today. 

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