Am I ded? Ye..err no.
So I basically went two whole weeks without doing anything. Of course, typical me. Why did I think something as dumb as a journal would motivate me to do something with my life?
(Warning: Text wall of my failures trying to get a shell mod on a controller. At least I didn't break a $300 dollar console.)
So let's start with the Misc. part of this update. I did find another small project to take on, putting sweet custom shells
on my Switch Joycons.They're a nice translucent purple, reminiscent of the translucent controller for the N64 and PS2. They even replace the dumb 4 buttons for a d-pad that the Joycons normally have with a nice, solid single piece d-pad for a even better feeling controller than the Joycons already are. So I bought 'em, and when I got 'em, I went straight to work murdering (literally) my Joycons for some swag points. So I start with the left Joycon, so I can get that sweet sweet d-pad right away. Well, I start tearing it down, and at first I didn't realize it, but I'm already breaking things. There is one ribbon cable port that I broke because I was trying to open the flip cover that was on the other side than I thought it was, and broke the top on it. Whoo! Don't matter, I can get that in there, it'll be just fine. I continue with the tear down, and all is going great. Get down to the base of it, and start moving stuff over the new shell, and I lose the darn spring for the ZL button. Ugh. I still manage to get it all together though, through a little bit of hardship and some stripped screws, even that ribbon cable that I broke the port to got back in there. Test it all out, and it turns on, connects, and every button was working! This was too good to be my first attempt! Well, of course it was. So I slide it onto the Switch to make sure it still went into handheld mode, and I didn't hear that good old *snap*
that it normally makes. Uh oh. I slide it on and off and on and off and nothing. I look in the corner, and it still says its connected wirelessly. ****. Well I tear it apart to find the issue and, wouldn't you know it? The ribbon cable I broke the port for was the culprit. Great. It worked, but I couldn't use it in handheld mode (a deal breaker for it's portability), and I couldn't charge it! And all because I tryed to open a flap that was on the other side. That lesson cost me $95 (for a new set of Joycons for a new left one, still got an extra right Joycon, and for a new shell for the left one, since I did manage to break it in the process). Ok, welp, I've done it once, can't fuck it up the next time, right? I move onto the right ones while I wait for the new set to ship. This one I did tear down and swap just fine, *almost*. When I went to put the back on and close it up, I was having an issue. Turns out, the case was *slightly* wrong. One little "wall" of plastic was keeping it from snapping shut right. I managed to cut it down with my tweezers and the dirt thingy on a pair of nail clippers. Ok, but it still won't go on. WTH. Turns out, it was another part all together. The part the kept the triggers from falling too far into the case was too big. Get my Dad to get his Dremel Drill out, and we shaved it off altogether. It finally went back together, with a little struggle holding it together while I tighten up the screws. Tested it out, and it did finally work, completely. All buttons, handheld mode, and charging. I knew I could do it! Get the new set in from the mail, and I set out on doing the left one *correctly*. This one went with no real issue, being my third one, but I finally figured out why it was so hard keeping the case together on the last one: I had one of the ribbon cable smushed between the battery and the outside of the shell when I was supposed to shimmy it into a different hole. Oh well, I already got the other one together.
TL;DR: I tried putting custom shells on my Joycons, and broken my left one, costing me $95 because of it, but I got a sweet set of translucent purple Joycons now, with a sweet single piece d-pad.
There is also my Smash tournament I left out to "stew". It happened this last Friday. It was the bracket I had the most people sign up before the day it happened so far, with a whopping 12 people signed up before Friday! To bad it turned out to be a false herring, because it turns out, I planned my bracket to happen the same day as two others (should have figured, weekends are popular times), two hours after both of them. I only ended up with 13 entrants in total because of this, with all those last minute entrants that normally fill my bracket right up being lost to the other tourneys that happened. I'm probably going to have to find a different timeslot now, and make sure I don't interfere with another weekly or anything. A few things also went horribly wrong. First, Challonge decided it didn't want to start check-ins at the right time. Great. Cue me trying to fix it before bracket starts with enough time for people to actually check in. Wasn't able to fix it, and ended up doing them manually on the server. Well, I guess a few people were able to check in, and didn't look at the server. I ended up removing them unfairly, and had to restart bracket to add back in those people I wrongly removed. Then everyone else got mad at me for restarting a bracket that already started because I nulled their round 1 one matches. Ugh, should have figured. As compensation, I garenteed a cash prize for 1st (where there previosly wasn't because there wasn't enough entrants to for it), and even bumped it up to $15 from $10. Then, right after we get restarted, Discord *goes out*, and my server gets hit by hit. No one could reach the server for a couple minutes, and nearly gives us all a heart attack. Thankfully, it didn't last long, and we we're able to just keep going. There wasn't much issues after that, but it was easily the second worst bracket I've ran so far. I can do better than that! Especially for my first bracket of a new series!
And with that out of the way, the last thing in Misc. is that I have a spending problem. Getting a good income with few bills is supposed to be a gift, but it's a curse. I bought a Rainbow Dash Beanie
, even though I'm not normally a hat kind of person, because I found it and told myself I totally need this. *sigh*. Thankfully(?), that's got to be the odd one out. I usually spend on games, and electronic stuff on Amazon, music, and sometimes a switch, so this is just kinda out of place. I guess the Feburary will bring an actual budget, finally, after 7 months. I knew I should have set one up from the get-go, but I was too lazy. Still looking for that lazyness cure.
Also, did you know the correct spelling is laziness? Oh well, I'm sticking with lazyness. Enlgish be damned!
And so, finally onto World Domination, where I unfortunately have little to report. Some other day (I forget when), I did "start" on those rules, but all I really did was the darn cover page. Wow-wee! Tonight I actually put something resembling *actual* content in there, but all I really did was stuff I had done the last time I tried to write up my own rules. I wrote out the requirements for the game (in-depthish), how to make the map, and started on how to start the game (choosing starting locations). Whoo! So much progress!
I guess I need to change my signature to something about a cure for lazyness
EDIT: And I forgot to mention where to find what I did finish
It's nothing yet, but it'll grow, *eventually*. I'm going to keep my progress posted on the Discord server I made for it (with all of two other people in it!) which can still be found here
for the random passer-byer. Yay shameless plugs no one will take the bait for!