Welcome to January’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds up all the happenings here at Later Levels in case you missed anything. With a whole new year of gaming ahead, let’s have a quick recap of recent events.
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Later Levels (@LaterLevels) January 02, 2020
Last month I tried something I’ve never done before for Later Levels: an end-of-year review. It allowed me to figure out both what works and what I enjoy about blogging, and was really helpful when it came to deciding on a new direction for 2020. I’ve realised there’s more I want to do around collaborations, bringing new people into the community and helping bloggers learn from each other – and to reach those goals, I need to change the focus of joint projects and stop worrying so much about social media.
Two new initiatives have been revealed so far, the first being #BloggerTalk. This event takes place on Twitter at 21:00 GMT on Thursdays and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has joined in so far! The next new idea for 2020 is The Support Role, and Luke from Hundstrasse and I are hoping this Discord server becomes a place where bloggers can collaborate and share their experiences. And finally, let’s not forget about the #BloggersWhoStream collaboration this month: if you’re looking to get started streaming, check out these posts.
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Later Levels (@LaterLevels) January 11, 2020
After months of planning, our 50-day challenge for GameBlast20 started earlier this month! You can catch us live on Twitch every day for at least an hour up until Saturday, 22 February 2020, when we’ll be starting a 24-hour marathon stream at 08:00 GMT. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and helped us hit over 22% of our fundraising target for SpecialEffect so far: this money goes directly to the charity so they can continue helping people with physical disabilities play video games. Watch out for a full update on Monday!
I’ve started thinking about the games I’d like to play once the GameBlast event is over and there are plenty of upcoming indie titles waiting on my wishlist. The chances of them happening may be slim but I’d also love to see Fable IV released in 2020, along with the rights to the Monkey Island series being given back to Ron Gilbert! In the meantime, I’ve kept myself busy with a replay of The Room series and am eager for the fourth game to make it to PC. I also managed to restart Life is Strange during our 50-day challenge and I think I’m actually going to finish it this time.
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Later Levels (@LaterLevels) January 12, 2020
A miracle has happened: I’m pleased to announce that Pete has managed to survive a whole year of marriage. We celebrated our first anniversary earlier this month in the restaurant we wed and will continue to game our way into year two, and I was inspired to look at weddings in video games. In other family news, it recently became clear that my stepson isn’t a little kid any more. He got his first ‘proper’ hairstyle, has started to use ‘products’ and went to his first real party recently. It won’t be long before we start having to vet girlfriends – but don’t worry, I’ve already warned him that they have to be gamers.
A recent treasure hunt as part of a team-building event has reignited my love for escape rooms and the like, so I’ve been on the look-out for other experiences. We’ve bought ourselves what’s described as a ‘PC adventure game in a box’ by Kosmos Games along with an ‘escape puzzle’ by Ravensburger (thanks to Katie from Musings of a nitpicking girl for letting me know about these). Hopefully we’ll get stuck into these very soon and there may even be some reviews in February if we manage to finish them.
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.