Welcome to April’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds-up all the happenings here at Later Levels along with the games we’ve been playing. It’s been an exciting few weeks and there’s plenty to tell you about – so let’s find out what has been going on.
While at a friend’s wedding earlier this month, I pulled my phone out of my pocket to take a picture of the happy couple – and discovered several messages announcing that Later Levels had been picked for the ‘Highly Commended’ spot in the Gaming category of this year’s UK Blog Awards. I think I’m still recovering from the shock. Thank you so much to everyone who follows the site for all of your support; I honestly can’t tell you how humbled and appreciative I am, and how incredibly lucky I feel.
To celebrate, the other-half and I will be completing a 12-hour stream of The Elder Scrolls Online (PC version this time) at the end of May so let us know if you fancy joining us with a new character! We’ve started to upload all of our previous broadcasts to the Later Levels’ YouTube channel and actually start making some use of it because it has gone unloved for quite some time. There’ll hopefully be a few more impromptu streams over the coming month along with some planned events – take a look at the Side-quests page for details.
Later Levels (@LaterLevels) April 13, 2019
In the last editorial I said I was finally doing something about my long-term career and that ‘thing’ has finally happened: I’ve been offered a role as a Database Platforms Engineer. Although it’s still in IT, it’s completely different from the best practice work I do right now so I’m pretty excited. Much love to Ben, Chris from OverThinker Y and Tim from GeekOut South-West who kindly provided references to make me look awesome; and to Jonez from NekoJonez Gaming Blog, Kevin from The Mental Attic and Dan from nowisgames.com for all their SQL advice.
April is a month of birthdays in my family and with mine and Pete’s being on either side of a weekend recently, we decided to get everyone together for an escape room. The Pirate’s Plunder experience at Escape Live in Southend was excellent – even my stepson and mother-in-law, who were both a little apprehensive going in, came away having really enjoyed it. This was my third one and with more rooms booked for May and June, there’ll be a round-up post coming in the near future.
Later Levels (@LaterLevels) April 05, 2019
In the past EGX Rezzed has always been my favourite gaming event in the calendar but unfortunately it was a little disappointing this year. There weren’t as many attendees, Gang Beasts was there yet again and the food situation totally sucked. I did however manage to find a few titles that stood out for me: wordy adventure Nanotale – Typing Chronicles, first-person platformer Metamorphosis and hacking game Wardialler. The panels were also good, with The psychology of gaming addiction and The future of adventure games being very interesting.
The highlight of my gaming life this month was Eastshade, a release about a painter who travels to the island to create artwork for their mother’s final wish. If you find yourself growing tired of epic stories and huge battles, and just want to hide away in a beautiful game that provides a calming experience, I’d highly recommended checking this one out. Over the next few weeks I’m going to try and finish Hacknet (if my typing skills will allow) and I’ve also lined up Rainswept after purchasing a key from the developer at Rezzed.
And now over to you guys: what have you been up to lately, and what have you got planned for the coming month? Is there anything the community can help with or get involved in? Let everybody know in the comments below so we can show our support. Thanks for reading!
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.