EdenStarGazer
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:campfireTLD: :coffeeTLD: "All men dream - but not equally. Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity... But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did." Quoted in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception from T. E. Lawrence's "Seven Pillars of Wisdom"

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Background is 'Araenu City Skyline' from
Cosmic Star Heroine. Profile avatar is my Eden avatar from The Sims 4. It does seem to capture my personality quite a bit.
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I enjoy mostly gritty realistic survival games like The Long Dark, turn-based strategy like Civ, & economic/ trading simulation style games, including anything with a historical or exploration element. But, space exploration/ colonization games & simple strat games with aliens like XCOM, are the ultimate.
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More About Me
Though I am really a competitive person by nature with games, (I’m a port from the card & board game generation) I tend to play video games for the game itself. If I play & lose interest, it doesn't hurt me to leave those achievies incomplete & walk away from the game like that. :lol: But, if I like a game, I may play for months, replaying elements until I've experienced every detail, leaving no side route untaken. So, don't judge me for my time to completion or game completion ratio. I'm having fun, or else I'm idling for card drops & moving on.

If I don't respond right away to your messages, be patient. I try to turn on the "Busy" notice when I'm online writing, as I tend to get absorbed in whatever I'm doing. An "Away" message means I'm probably idling for card drops while afk. "Online" means anything goes. "In Game" means no I do not want to play CSGO, as I don't even have it in my library :lol: I do like to play games that I actually have in mp, so ask anytime.

Besides games, I read sporadically. Be sure to checkout my Gamer's Bookshelf in my Custom Info Showcase for some neat titles. I also consider myself a writer. Whether anyone else sees me as a writer remains to be seen.

I'm an older gamer, a wife, mother, & grandmother. I delete people who start acting 'creepy' after I accept the request, or who want to hammer politics here in my video game world. And, I delete people who spam CSGO requests, after I’ve asked them to stop. I’ve only deleted a handful, so don’t worry I’m actually a friendly gamer.

I trade cards & collectables. My inventory is public. I consider counter-offers. I accept friend requests from humans with view-able profiles.

I am also on PS3 & 4 where I play XCOM fanatically, Uncharted, & Minecraft on either console, & now Horizon: Zero Dawn.
:doggie: :bladedog: :timalinois: :tipitbull: :walt: :doggy: :Dog_thief:
Warning: Do NOT pet the dogs (above!) They may look friendly one moment and virtually bite you the next. (*cough, cough)
Currently In-Game
Cities: Skylines
Screenshot Showcase
Using a combination of flood wall & canals, this district survived the tsunami to see another sunrise when they leave the shelters.
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Artwork Showcase
Cristo Redentor in the Jungles of Brazil
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Favorite Guide
Created by - EdenStarGazer
Don't play well with other AI civs? Wondering why Pedro suddenly goes bananas, or Cleopatra hisses like an Egyptian she-snake as she randomly decs a war on you? Outraged that Peter the Great has all his troops all over your border, but demands you move you
Achievement Showcase
8,973
Achievements
97
Perfect Games
49%
Avg. Game Completion Rate
Items Up For Trade
2,393
Items Owned
167
Trades Made
17,331
Market Transactions
I do trade from time to time. Just ask.
Favorite Game
301
Hours played
18
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:HangingController:See my game stats across platforms at
Exophase. [www.exophase.com]
Completionist.me Stats [completionist.me]
AStats [astats.astats.nl]
:longhaul: World of Trucks [www.worldoftrucks.com]

:phoenixstar:Stellar Games I Highly Recommend:
ABZÛ
Submerged
This War of Mine
Opus: The Day We Found Earth
Herald: An Interactive Period Drama

:HangingController:Games I'm Anticipating:
Frostpunk looks incredible:exclamation: I am excited about that atm.

:challengeicon:Game Giveaways
If I have current game giveaways they can be found at SteamGifts [www.steamgifts.com]

:books:Gamer’s Bookshelf
:FullBookshelf:1. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card [www.goodreads.com]
:FullBookshelf:2. The Eternaut by Hector German Oesterheld [www.goodreads.com]
:FullBookshelf:3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins [www.goodreads.com]
:FullBookshelf:4. Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald [www.goodreads.com]
:FullBookshelf:5. Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky [www.goodreads.com]
:FullBookshelf:6. Don Quijote de la Mancha I by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra [www.goodreads.com]
:FullBookshelf:7. Eragon by Christopher Paolini [www.goodreads.com]
:FullBookshelf:8. Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis [www.goodreads.com]
:FullBookshelf:9. Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle [www.goodreads.com]
:FullBookshelf:10. John Carter: A Princess of Mars by Roger Langridge [www.goodreads.com]
:FullBookshelf:11. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis [www.goodreads.com]
:FullBookshelf:12. R.U.R.: Rossum's Universal Robots by Karel Čapek [www.goodreads.com]
:FullBookshelf:13. The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges [www.goodreads.com]
:FullBookshelf:14. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [www.goodreads.com]
:FullBookshelf:15. Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel by Michio Kaku [www.goodreads.com]
Guide Showcase
Building the Trans-Siberian Railroad as Russia
By EdenStarGazer
Path to the Werecoyote
By EdenStarGazer
Not War & Peace... Just Two Digits
By EdenStarGazer
A Paint by the Numbers Story of This War of Mine
By EdenStarGazer
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Review Showcase
Where IRL meets fantasy gaming
Really, the outdoors experience in this open world sand box hunting sim is so like being in the great outdoors that most sessions I forget I’m gaming. I often even forget the fact that I’m looking for achievements in the game. And, for a gamer who enjoys the thrill of capturing every single achievie, that’s a big deal. It is the total world immersion that makes the experience of COTW so impressive. I’ve only been playing for 3 weeks, but at the time of writing the review I have 60% of the achievements and almost 200 hours in game. I am already the ‘Hero of Hirschfelden’ and ‘Lord of the Lakes’ because I’ve explored the total area of both maps. (*Mumbles to self in monologue-ing voice: “I like that. Yes I like that very much.”) The missions are challenging enough that it will be awhile before I finish them all. So, time in game is almost unlimited. I can’t see a stopping point yet.

UPDATE: Edited to remove problem with using 2nd monitor, since the latest patch 1.11.2 this works just fine. Thanks EW for the frequent updates & for listening to the community needs.

Story Lore/ Music & Sound:
I often think of the game as a mountain climbing sim with hunting opportunities. Of course, that’s because I’ve often wished for a sim for climbing mountains. And, the challenge of discovering all the sights modeled after real-life geographical landforms: archipelago, butte, canyon, gorge, volcano, and much more, is all very alluring. But, many natural points of interest are integrated into the maps, providing a history or lore to these fictional maps that matches their real-life counterparts. You are able to climb every mountain in the game. You can explore totem memorials and abandoned ruins and collect artifacts. The sound effects immerse you in the outdoor world, and the music is lovely. Every area of the map is crafted with painstaking detail that provides eye-catching splendor to each sunrise and sunset.

Gameplay:
Much of the fun gameplay comes in with tracking the animals, for hunting and for photography with the cinematic camera in the controls. The controls are all very simple, and can be keymapped for ease of use. I like the run toggle so you don’t have to hold down W. I changed the E use key to mouse 5, so that when I’m tracking I can run toggle and use the mouse to navigate and click to read the tracks as I’m running. The overlay provides mapping and a codex that stores all your accumulated knowledge of the world you’ve discovered.

The day/night cycle is 4 times the speed of in real life. So you have 3 real time hours of darkness to immerse in the nightlife of the woods, as well as those daytime hours. Many outposts are scattered throughout the maps, and provide access to your storage, the in-game store, and a sleep point. Sleeping allows you to move time ahead in hours. Setting it to 18:00 for example, would make it sundown if you want to hunt at night. But, each time you sleep costs in-game money, making it a bit more of a challenge.

Your character and your atv can take damage. Creatures stampede and can hurt you. But, ‘death’ only resets your character at a sleep point & you lose nothing. Atvs are unlimited. Abandoning one at the foot of a mountain is nothing. You can retrieve it at the next outpost, or even pitch a tent, and summon one up. Tents have a limit that seems to be about 7 or so on each reserve. With fast travel, you are able to move from tent to tent if you wanted to be in another location to hunt at dark. I like to explore in the daytime, and hunt at sunset, sunrise, and nighttime.

Tracking and missions
Throughout the world you come across animal need zones and tracks. These can be ‘read’ to give information about when the animal species was last there and often how many animals were in that location. Returning to that spot at the same time will allow you to encounter that species, whether for hunting or photography. Multiple arcs of missions are imbedded in the single player to allow the option of structured gameplay, for those who want more than just simple run and gun type game play. Of course, even the most hobbit-like adventurers like me, who love to wander around the countryside seeing all the sites and animals, love to find a cozy spot on a rock overlooking a canyon and accumulate a few carcasses down below before climbing down to harvest them all.

The Shooter Experience:
COTW has a range of weapons that you feel sufficiently motivated to collect for hunting every species. Of course, more is always better, when it comes to weapons in game. More would be even better. It also has lures, ammo, and other gear for hunting. Scattered around the countryside are woodpiles for building permanent ground blinds using in-game currency. These provide more experience points for the skills & perk trees as well. The skill & perk trees provide a good range of skills to work toward increased hunting experience for the current 60 max of levels. These add abilities such as gauging the weather, and improved tracking skills.

DLC expansions added ATV’s and tents and ground blinds. I’m not sure, but it looks as if these can be purchased eventually with in-game funds as an alternative, though it would take a lot of time. Either way, 4 bucks is the cheapest expansion dlc I’ve seen. And, the ATVs are an awesome part of the hunting and exploration. And, the tents allow portable base access; functioning like the permanent outposts throughout the maps. Personally, I’d love to see the addition of boats and fishing. But, that is just a wishlist item. I see no cons to this game.

The Diversity of Animal Life:
The game is inspired by the book, Call of the Wild by Jack London. Like the book, the game reveals much about the lives and behaviors of animals, and the great outdoors. Many species are integrated into the world of the current two reserves in Germany and America: Black Bears, Roosevelt Elks, Red Foxes, Coyotes, European Bison, Wild Boar, Moose, Red Deer, Fallow Deer, Roe Deer, Whitetail Deer, and Blacktail Deer. Besides the typical colors, several rare & albino furs appear randomly. The upcoming dlc expansion will add a third reserve in Siberia: Medved, with snow and an anticipated new selection of animals such as the already revealed Lynx.

Multiplayer
I was in Scouting myself at an early age, and later an Explorer’s Post as a young adult. I’ve enjoyed the fun of group campouts with my sons in the cub scouts over the course of a decade & the numerous camping trips with families & friends over the years, and even group & solitary hiking & camping experiences. But, I’ve never been hunting myself. As great of an experience as solitary hiking & camping can be, friendship is a huge part of the outdoors. COTW provides a smooth multiplayer experience, where you can either create your own server game, or jump in with already created servers. All outposts & locations unlocked in singleplayer are also available for quick travel on the multiplayer maps. You can join your buddies for group cooperative hunts or compete in challenges.

Graphics:
I get 60fps steady & can play mp with crappy internet. No problems at all. Second monitor & the Steam overlay works great with COTW. You can even open vids in the overlay and listen while you shift/tab back into the game, which is really nice while sitting in a hunting stand in the dark waiting on the animal herd to arrive.

Call of the Wild is a truly spectacular real world experience that takes all the quality of life improvements of computer video gaming and makes the outdoor life even better.
I highly recommend the game for animal lovers, fans of shooters, open sandbox, and sims. The devs at Expansive Worlds have made a high quality game for everyone to love.
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The Steam home for fans of twitch.tv/slinned!
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Achievement Showcase
8,973
Achievements
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Perfect Games
49%
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Workshop Showcase
Adds some background songs suitable to the atmosphere of This War of Mine.

Here's exactly what I have done (numbers in brackets go for the quantity of songs added in last update):

- Changes end log tunes (both positive and negative), added some divercit
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Created by - toomanynights

Recent Activity

97 hrs on record
Currently In-Game
270 hrs on record
last played on Apr 21
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Xeati Apr 19 @ 10:20pm 
Friendly, I love u bro <3
9otters Apr 17 @ 4:24pm 
Never underestimate the value of a good guy.

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