I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. Of course well and safe have very different meanings in 2020 when there is still an ongoing pandemic, global recession, political turmoil, wildfires, and hurricanes happening all at once. Isn’t that fun? So….so…fun.. Anyway, let’s not focus on that. Instead let me tell you about the pieces I published this past week. Last Sunday I published a Weekly Blog about Being Kind To Yourself during all of this crazy stuff. Like I mentioned above, the world is literally and metaphorically on fire. If you are not doing fine during this, that’s fine. You aren’t supposed to be doing fine. Just be kind to yourself as you deal with all of this stuff because you don’t need to add more metaphorical gas to the fire. Next, on Wednesday, I published a Poem titled “Falling Leaves.” It’s a simple Haiku about watching the falling leaves and the beauty in the performance of leaves falling to the ground. Finally, on Friday, I published the latest chapter of my Dungeons and Dragons inspired series, “The Bloody Prince.” Last we (the audience) saw Riffen, he was tied up and captured by Krumb and his gang. Now it’s time to see what happened to Riffen between that moment and the moment Krumb’s hideout was raided by The City Guard. Also due to my own error, this piece was published late on Friday, so make sure you read it if you missed it.
Now that we got all of that out of the way, it’s time to talk about the multiplayer game that is blowing YouTube and Twitch: Fall Guys. Oh wait, not that one. The other one. Although, I did get a single crown in Fall Guys so that’s my entire personality now. Sorry, guys, no more writing. Only talking about my single win in Fall Guys. But seriously, I want to talk about the other multiplayer video game that everyone is really into right now: Among Us. Now if you don’t care about gaming or don’t watch that many Twitch Streams, you might not know about this game. Among Us is a hidden role game similar to Werewolf, Mafia, or Secret Hitler where there is a group of Crew Members which is the good team and a couple Impostors which is the evil team. Being a Crew Member in Among Us is about running around and completing tasks to win while having to survive. The impostors among the crew are tasked with sabotaging the mission and killing the crew members while pointing fingers at other. The Crew must either complete all of their tasks or find the impostors and send them to their deaths to win and the impostors must kill all the crew members to win. This game is a lot of fun and I think the fact that crew members have tasks to complete and a second way to win really sets it a part from other hidden role games.
I’ve had a blast playing Among Us with friends and I love the difference in thinking when it comes to playing as a Crew member versus playing an Impostor. Since there is a huge emphasis on completing tasks, playing as the crew means that I usually just focusing on doing my job while trying to not look suspicious. Even though I know I’m a good guy, the other crew members don’t, so if I look like a murderer, I could be wrongfully accused and the real impostors might just sit there and watch it happen. If you are killed or voted off, you will still be a ghost tasked with completing tasks but you won’t be able to speak during discussions. Staying alive and completing the job as fast as possible is the name of the game. However, playing as Impostor is different. As Impostor you don’t have to perform tasks. Your only goal is to kill and get away with it. It’s a good strategy for impostors to run around with everyone else standing near places tasks can be done, but really they are just biding their time until it’s time to strike and kill a crew mate. When impostors team up, they can easily kill two people and then quickly escape into the vents. If crew mates can catch them in the act or pick up on suspicious behavior, they’ll be able to vote them off, but if not they are at the mercy of the impostors.
I know as I played, I really enjoyed playing as Crew. I know a lot of YouTubers and Twitch Streamers like to play as Impostor, but I like being the good guy. This probably says a lot about me as a person, but I don’t like being bad. I don’t like running around and murdering my friends. I don’t like lying and I’m not very good at it. It makes my heart race and I get all sweaty. I just want to be a good little crew mate walking around completing my tasks, just enjoying life. Being an Impostor is so stressful. However, winning as Impostor is really fun. If you are able to kill everyone off and pin the crew against each other, it is extremely fun. Again, I don’t like to be bad, but I can’t deny that there is a rush when you win as the evil team.
Either way I’ve enjoyed playing the heck out of us Among Us and even though it can be stressful, it’s a game I can play over and over again. I’ve also watched quite a few YouTubers and Twitch Streamers play because it’s also a game that’s fun to watch. The crazy thing is that Among Us isn’t even a new game. It’s actually been out for a couple years now, but suddenly it has be launched into the spotlight. Maybe it has to do something with it’s art style and characters being similar to the popular game, Fall Guys, or maybe it’s just at the whim of streamers and influencers, but either way it’s exciting to see it thrive. It can teach the lesson that just because something isn’t successful on day one, that doesn’t mean it can’t find its audience later on. Just keep at it and one day you’ll find your stride. So don’t give up and maybe one day the stuff you work on will be so popular it is all over YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and Reddit.
Thank you so much for reading that Weekly Blog! I hope you enjoyed hearing about me and my anxiety surrounding playing an Impostor in Among Us. If you liked this Weekly Blog, feel free to give it a like. If you really enjoyed it, feel free to check out the other pieces on my website. There are over 500 published pieces including Weekly Blogs, Poetry, Writing Prompt Pieces, and more. You can also Follow Me here on WordPress if you want to be a part of this small community I’m growing here on WordPress. I’m trying to create a creative and positive space on the internet and I’d love if you were a part of that. This week I was almost overwhelmed by a huge wave of love and support so thank you to everyone old and new who reads my stuff and shows me their support. I want to send a virtual hug to all of you!
Thank you again and I hope you have a wonderful week!
Header Photo Credit to Among Us on Steam