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The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 79 – 20/03/22 – 166 Days, 19 Minutes and 59 Seconds to go…

23 March, 2022 by

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I didn’t expect a lot for Day 79, and that’s exactly what I got. Monty would be trapped in the room until almost midnight, so there wasn’t much time for anything other than setting my little buddy free…

Monty cut a pretty sympathetic figured when I returned to him; huddled in the fetal position, head cushioned on his arms and fast asleep, he looked every bit the innocent child he acted. He stirred as I entered and together we waited patiently for the clock to turn to 166:00:00:00, when I expected the door to appear…

Almost didn’t see you there, mate
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The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 78 – 19/03/22 – 167 Days, 17 Hours, 13 Minutes and 24 Seconds to go…

20 March, 2022 by

After a frustrating and fruitless two day search for the hidden door, I was running out of ideas on how to move forwards. I was all about to start retreading old ground (again) when a chance observation led me to exactly the clue I needed… now, could I unravel the mystery and get inside?

I came [home] and found that Monty had ploughed through 22,393 pages of the Neverending Notebook and had seemingly done so without turning into a psychopath… πŸ˜…Lucky me! Having set a fire before I left last night (which I realise I forgot to mention in my last write up πŸ˜…), and leaving Monty reading for a long while, I was amazed to see that nearly 40 days had fallen off the calendar! Holy crap! I better get a move on if I’m gonna find this door!

I may have forgotten to mention that we accidently ate a mushroom and dreamt of the overworld again… πŸ˜…
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The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 77 – 18/03/22 – 205 Days, 6 Hours, 40 Minutes and 36 Seconds to go…

19 March, 2022 by

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After falling asleep at the wheel and not achieving much yesterday, save crossing a few places off my hit list for the hidden door, Day 77 was much of the same. Monty and I began to scour the kingdom from top to toe in search of that pesky secret portal…

When I snatched up my Switch and met up with Monty, he was still working his way through the kingdom to wherever it was I asked him to go before passing out; he was currently down near the [crystal lake] and heading west. I said my hellos and had him head for higher ground and towards the [map of the kingdom] to further my latest (likely fruitless) idea concerning the door.

Amazing where you end up when you’re left unsupervised πŸ˜…
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The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 76 – 16/03/22 – 205 Days, 18 Hours, 54 Minutes and 32 Seconds to go…

18 March, 2022 by

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While I managed to get back on the horse and stay on it, I didn’t manage to check in on Monty until late and it wasn’t especially productive… in fact, I may have fallen asleep while we were searching for the hidden door…πŸ˜…

I rejoined Monty with him having long finished Nibelungenlied, and he didn’t especially offer me any review or insight to speak of upon my return πŸ˜’. We both knew what the agenda was for today, and every day until we were successful – find the hidden door that the [Face in the Wall] had told us about. While I didn’t think it was the most likely place for the door to be, I wanted to start out by checking the [crystal windows] – they weren’t far from [home] and it would be a quick one to check off the list.

What the hell is a blue fire, and what is it for?
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The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 75 – 15/03/22 – 219 Days, 19 Hours, 43 Minutes and 37 Seconds to go…

16 March, 2022 by

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Returning beneath the mountain with an agenda was refreshing – Monty and I had something to focus on and work towards rather than just ambling around without a clue. Little did we know that we’d make a huge discovery and it wouldn’t take us very long at all…

I came [home] and found Monty sitting idly in his chair, exactly where I’d left him – goofy grin and all. Right mate, let’s not mess about, eh? Get that fire going! Having lost a lot of time messing around over the last few days, I didn’t want to waste a minute more and so immediately asked Monty to sling some sulphur on the fire and see where it took us.

Legitimately looks like a home these days
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The Longing-ist Playthrough: Days 40-73 – 09/02/22 – 14/03/22

15 March, 2022 by

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Ok, people – it’s terrible admission time. It’s been about a month since I set eyes on Monty and, truth be told – I feel pretty guilty about it πŸ˜….

Between a flurry of PR reviews, a birthday and a whole lot of real life commitments, I didn’t have the time or energy to head down beneath the mountain, let alone chronicle the happenings. But I made a commitment to write about my time with Monty, and so I’ve dusted myself off and gotten back on the horse. I achieved very little between Days 40 and 73, so rather than plot a whole bunch of empty days, I’m going to clump everything into a single vague write up before jumping back on the daily stuff from now on – I promise.

Wakey , wakey, buddy
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Indie Spotlight: Random Potion / Ignis Universia: Awakening of the Erudite Empress

10 February, 2022 by

We’re excited to bring you the first in a new series of features aimed at highlighting the impressive work of indie developers and the amazing games that are being crafted by small teams all around the world – welcome to VGamingNews’ Indie Spotlight!

In our maiden feature we want to shine a deserving light on Random Potion, a small but talented team from Finland who are currently working to get funding for their stunning JRPG/visual novel, Ignis Universia: Awakening of the Erudite Empress!Β 

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The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 39 – 08/02/22 – 292 Days, 17 Hours, 15 Minutes and 37 Seconds to go…

9 February, 2022 by

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Following my little ‘oopsie-daisy’ with the time yesterday, I certainly hoped that Day 39 would give me the chance to wait beneath the well in the daytime, in case the old man came to draw water. Little did I know that a last minute case of nerves flipped the script entirely…

I found Monty sleeping just beneath the surface again but I’d managed to time it right this time, and I could see bright sunshine beaming down on the grass above. I couldn’t deny that I was excited; I knew I could be within minutes of having Monty meet another living being for the first time since the King fell to into his slumber over a hundred days ago.

Managed to get the right 12 hour period this time… πŸ˜…
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The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 38 – 07/02/22 – 293 Days, 9 Hours, 59 Minutes and 13 Seconds to go…

8 February, 2022 by

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Okay… it’s embarrassing admission time. Day 38 was a busy one in real life and I completely forgot that I needed to check in on Monty during his daytime hours… When I turned on my Switch at almost midnight in ‘Drew-time’, I found my little buddy asleep and the world above asleep with him.

The trip home and back was just too long to make so late at night, so I backed away quietly and left Monty to sleep through this time… We’ll give this another go tomorrow… πŸ˜…

Might as well keep sleeping pal – we’re not missing much…

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The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 37 – 06/02/22 – 294 Days, 13 Hours, 10 Minutes and 21 Seconds to go…

7 February, 2022 by

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Day 37 was to be an exciting day. To come within arms reach of the surface yesterday was exhilarating and I was itching to make it all the way outside this time, not to mention finally realising the long term goal of building a bed for Monty. With unfettered access to well and those living above, it was just a matter of patience until the next opportunity came… or so I thought…

Monty was up and about when I came [home], waiting at the desk for me to arrive. I glanced at the clock and was shocked to see that we’d broken the 300 day barrier – we were already over a quarter of the way there! 😲 With time clearly marching on, there was no time left to lose on our next endeavour… Let’s put the ‘bed’ in ‘bedrock’, baby! πŸ₯³ So without any further ado, I hurried Monty down into the bedchamber and asked him to start building the bed.

😱 A few hours?! Aww mannnn! πŸ˜’
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