• I first wrote about House Flipper back in 2020 as a game I really enjoyed. It’s one that I’ve followed over the years, picking up the DLC as it’s come out, and I’m very much looking forward to the future Pets and Farming DLC. Not to mention, it’s been confirmed that House Flipper 2 is in the works!

    Pets will be releasing in May, so I decided I wanted to put some time into the content I already have – namely finishing up the main jobs for the HGTV and Luxury DLC. I also have a goal of making 100% on all jobs I do… and I’ve done well at this.

    I had to reinstall House Flipper last month, and when I did, there was a Steam cloud syncing issue that set me back a good number of jobs and a few houses in HGTV. I’d completed all of the mail jobs last year, but for some reason, Steam couldn’t find those and I didn’t have the original save files. So I had no choice but to redo those.

    Since I’d already done them once, it wasn’t too difficult to knock them out in a couple of play sessions, then I was on to new stuff. For the most part, I like to focus on the jobs where you have some guidance on what your clients want you to do with the place.

    Once you’ve completed that to their liking, you can then re-purchase the house, do it up to your personal pleasure, and then flip it again. This seems to take a lot longer, so while I’ve done some house flipping, most of my focus has been on getting through the job content first.

    When I got to the Luxury DLC, which is the newest content, I was pleasantly surprised at the changes to series. Not only did the game offer bigger houses, more variety in layout, and much more content to decorate with, but it had some quality of life that I gave it some polish.

    For one, your clients are now represented by lovely stylistic artwork and they are fully voice acted! I appreciated this so much as it helped to bring them to life and make their situation more realistic.

    We’d always gotten the backstory on each client – either through the mail or otherwise. So there was always a reason we were called to fix and renovate for the client. But I found myself a lot more motivated with this style of introduction for each job I needed to do.

    I also love the idea of the character artwork – it’s so, so much better than the serviceable but bland 3D rendered clients we’ve had up until this DLC. You can tell that they also went out of their way to be inclusive about various ethnicity, which is nice.

    Of course, since this is the luxury DLC, everything here is pretty upscale and the folks who are moving into Moonrise Bay have enough cash to make jobs feel very flexible. I’ve never run across a situation where I didn’t have the budget to finish a job 100%, but some of the requests here feel frivolous, which is fun!

    I also like the choice system in this DLC. The previous DLC introduced a choice system where you decided the theme of an entire room between two options. This was fun, but it also made me wonder about the choice I was not making.

    Not a luxury kitchen, but I liked this flip.

    The new choice system in Luxury just feels better. The client has been inspired by an aesthetic and has an idea of how they want the room decorated in a roundabout theme. They present the theme to you, which offers several different design choices to select from.

    For example, they may not know exactly what couch they want, but they have a theme in mind. You are given the choice from several couches that fit that theme, and of course the design options that the item presents. I find this fun and freeing without the overwhelming feeling of having to sort through ALL of the content hoping to match the client’s need.

    There’s also a new renovating feature for furniture. You can take an old piece that needs some love back to your workshop and make it shine again. Sadly, this isn’t used as much as I’d like it to be – but I suppose if every house had furniture renovation, it would get to be a bit redundant. I haven’t finished all the jobs in the neighborhood yet, so there might be enough of this to come.

    Overall, I think the direction House Flipper is going is exciting, especially with things like pets and farms coming. It’s slipped into the top 6 of my most-played Steam games this year, and I can see myself continuing to put time into it in the future. I have more luxury jobs to complete, after all!

    Have you ever tried House Flipper or a game similar to it? Is this kind of concept fun to you?

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  • It’s that time again! Patch notes time – here’s the preliminary FFXIV 6.1 patch notes for the release coming next week. And here’s what I think of what I’ve seen so far!

    Of course, I’m hopping over the basic things like story, raids and dungeons, as usual. We know those are coming and are exciting. Here’s me looking at the little stuff and QoL that I love so much. Let’s jump into it!

    Yay!

    New housing and everything that comes with it – the lotto system, etc. Also interesting to have wards just for FC and just for individuals. While I’m happy with the house I have, I know there’s a lot of people excited for the new Ishgard area!

    Love this! Love this! Love this!

    I have a couple of low level alts that will be taking advantage of these changes as they come out across the expansions. Very happy for the Duty Support System!

    While I’m not absolutely thrilled for this feature as I am others in this section, I think it’s a great one and is much needed, which is why I’m putting it top tier.

    While I don’t care at all for that armor set, I am interested in the possible other rewards you can get from the new PVP series. I like that the series lasts a full patch, too, to give me time to work on it across more than one character if I feel the rewards are good enough.

    Please give me a node mount that doesn’t require 200 wins!

    More flexible glamour is always exciting! Especially the Ishgardian Thighboots and the Boulevardier’s set (for me).

    YEAAAAAH!!

    Add this to expanding the glamour toilet (soon) and I’m a happy camper!

    I am so, so stoked for this feature and where it’s going to go in the future. I’m also excited to collect plate customization elements – I saw some in the PVP rewards, I believe.

    I’m also very excited about this feature. I was just thinking about it not long ago, actually, because Everquest 2 has a feature where you can see what gear looks like before you buy it, and it’s super useful. I know Yoshi-P is hesitant to break immersion by adding cash shop stuff in game (I appreciate that), but this is a good move.

    Yes! This was so annoying. Glad this is being fixed.

    I have needed this feature for so, so long…

    Nice!

    It’s been a while since FCs got new toys. Having new symbols is nice – check out that fat cat!

    I was wondering if we’d see more updates to subs. I guess this answers my question!

    Cute mount and available for MGP as long as you finished the raids. Will be picking this one up.

    Always happy for new Viera hairstyles. But why do buns keep their ears and Hrothgar do not?

    Good change. I need to work on some of these logs, but jump puzzles in this game just don’t work for me most the time.

    FINALLY.

    I got most of what I wanted from GARO back in the day, but happy this is returning for those who weren’t here to participate the first time.

    Keep on bringing fashion accessories – I like em!

    This is very, very nice!

    Interesting changes – especially the adding a comment to a retainer. I mostly have all of mine memorized, but I’ll still be using this to remind myself which one has my housing stuff and which one is my mats storage.

    Customizing the currency tab is not something I thought about before, but now that the idea is here, I really like it!

    Thank you! It’s so annoying to have popups during a cutscene when I just want to be snapping screenshots!

    More explorer mode is always good!

    Hm…

    Er… I usually get excited for the new housing exteriors but this one takes the cake. Sorry, couldn’t resist. It’s cute but not something I’d want to see next door.

    This is more of a curious “Hmmm?” The list of changes to the older dungeons is interesting! I’ll have to unsync through them to explore a bit!

    This is a curious change. I wonder why..?

    Meh…

    I hate to be the one downvoting hairstyles for Hrothgar because they need them. But no ears just doesn’t work for me. Also, I can’t tell if hairstyle changes are still locked behind Fantasia – from the sounds of it, this is the case. Do not like.

    But, have they finally unlocked hair from faces? I guess I’ll have to look into it. If so, that’s a good thing.


    And there we have it! My personal highlights for the early patch notes of 6.1. There’s a lot coming to be excited about and you can be I’ll be there for it!

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  • First, I want to send a short apology!

    Last night, I was updating some old content (mostly just changing categories), and for some reason WordPress decided to notify followers as if I were publishing them as new posts. I was completely unaware of that until my sister let me know she was getting emails for merely updating old posts!

    Incredibly sorry for any notifications – have no idea why WordPress does that or if there’s a way to stop it from doing that when you update old posts. Suffice to say, I’m done moving things around, and I rarely do that, so hopefully that will be the end of it.

    Lilting Fiddle

    As some may know, I had pulled fiddle content into this blog a while back. Earlier this year, I decided I wanted to explore hosting it somewhere else again and trying out a new site editor I was messing with.

    While I was able to do that using this site editor, I wasn’t 100% happy with the results. Mostly because the blogging side of the site editor is lacking in a number of features I need to make a robust blog. While the software is continuously being updated, I’ve been watching what they’ve been focused on, and none of it seems to be around the features I need.

    Along comes the full site block editing for WP where I’m now able to create templates to make parts of my blog look like a completely separate website. I did this for my Uke content, and I knew I wanted to try it for my fiddle stuff, too.

    The one design snag that was keeping me from doing so was that I couldn’t figure out how to put a background image on a template page. I don’t know why, but my fiddle blogs HAVE to have this woodgrain background image just because that’s the vibe I want them to have.

    This past week, I finally figured out how to make that happen (you use a Cover element as the container – that can have media as a background). So, I knew that once my concerns about WP plans were eased, I’d be moving my fiddle content back to this blog.

    I say moving, but I really didn’t have to do much in the way of moving. The posts were all still here, just set to private. I did change some categories around… so again, apologies if WP notified you of things it shouldn’t have!

    Mostly, I needed to construct templates for the main fiddle page, side fiddle pages and post pages for fiddle content. I’m getting a lot more proficient at making block templates, so this went far more smoothly than previous template construction, and I was able to get the content all up and running last night as the Lilting Fiddle section!

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  • See the Official WP Announcement.

    Thanks to Jason for bringing to my attention that WP.com has finally made an official announcement about their new plans. And what I’m seeing there appears to be a vast improvement of what they were originally planning.

    I’m not sure if they actually took our feedback to heart, but they sure seemed to be listening about the major things I had issues with.

    Though they are set on only having two plans – Free and Pro – they are improving both plans by removing the proposed traffic limit on both. Thank you!

    They also bumped up the storage for new Free accounts from 500mb to 1gig. This is still low, but better – 1gig is the least I’d expect from a blogging account. Interestingly, it’s exactly what I suggested in my feedback to them.

    It seems that they are going to leave those of us on legacy plans as is. At least, that’s the impression I get.

    For those of us hobby bloggers who feel $15 a month is too steep for something we’re just doing for fun, WP says they will be adding options a la carte (such as storage). We don’t know what those are just yet, but I’m assuming they will take the place of the mid-tier plan on down the line.

    In the end, doing a la carte might even be more cost effective for hobby bloggers. We just need to know what they’re offering and for what price.

    For example, I’m considering dropping the ads on my blog because as of late, WordAds have been performing terribly. I don’t know if this is because of the new layout or if it’s just a bad time for WordAds (it fluctuates). I have still have a year’s worth of pre-paid hosting left, and by then, WP should have worked out what all these as-you-need-them features will be. At that point, I’ll determine what I need and what the cost is.

    I still feel like this should have been done before the plans were put in place. Maybe they should have announced it somewhere – “This is what we’re proposing, we’d like feedback” – then opened a thread to feedback, or just took comments on their blog post – and then announce the final plans based on tweaks.

    I know I would have been a lot less frazzled by all this if that had been the method they took. However, though this was implemented poorly for the small group of us who knew what was going on, I will give them credit for seemingly taking into consideration what we had to say on the matter and making positive improvements.

    Hopefully they’ll make these a la carte changes more widely known at an earlier time and have learned from this experience of making “stealth” changes. We told them we wanted communication about these changes, and they gave communication to us the next day with many of the changes we requested.

    So. Credit where it’s due. It seems like WP is on a better track than it was last week. Whether that’s because bloggers spoke up, I don’t know. But I’d like to hope so.

    Thanks to everyone who took some time to drop them feedback. ❤

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  • Just a small follow up to the previous post about WP.com’s change to pricing and plans. There’s still no formal announcement, but the support forum has opened up a pinned post with staff seeking user feedback.

    It has a little bit of information clarifying some questions – not all of them. But I encourage you to hop into the thread and speak your mind, even if you’re saying something similar to what’s been already posted there.

    You can find the thread located here.

    I know I’m going to draft up a reply.

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