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    1. xi.

      by , 07-29-2018 at 09:55 AM
      Non-dream stuff: Woke up and got up at about 9:20. Remembered a few segments from the last dream I was having.

      Sequence 1:

      I was looking at an interface for picking a map in a real-time strategy game, for some sort of Command&Conquer game. I remember my partner being next to me and as I generated a random map with a "continental" style, I thought it looked a bit different and too small compared to most, but my partner said "no, have a look at the preview, it will be fine", so I clicked on preview and then my vision went into the screen and the map thumbnail image; as it zoomed in, the map became detailed and I viewed it from above but my vision kept zooming in closer and then there were 3 player factions, one being mine, another being my partner's, and the last one being someone else or an AI. We all started with some vehicles specific to our factions and the cars were racing through beaches and roads, with my vision still zooming now on a car I had, which looked a bit like something out of 1940s Germany, with white/grey colours and chrome accents. The AI had some military trucks, including one with a mounted gun, and they were chasing me and gaining speed, but I overtook my partner's cars and they blocked the chasing trucks a bit.

      I remember now seeing in first person, and the car was stopped near a road tunnel that oddly enough was just after an intersection with a main road and a road that went around a bend behind a hill. I remember it was a clear sunny day and there were tropical forests.

      Sequence 2:

      Then I was at an area with pavement in a town, this was an open area on or near a quay and was reminiscent of my native country; there were subway entrances and this was all still part of the game somehow, I felt. In one of the subway entrances some gangsters were running up the stairs with sub-machine guns and I threw grenades and rockets at them, watching them not blow into pieces but fly around with wonky physics, just as one would expect with most games. Their "AI" was also poor; they ran against walls and corners sometimes and just idled even though I was being aggressive. Then I noticed I had a toolbar thing on my interface and picked a massive plywood plank item, and placed it over the entrance; for some reason it was steady standing on its own and was large enough that nobody could pass; I read a little tooltip on the interface saying I'd recently placed a blocking barrier and could not do so again for 15 minutes, but that I could upgrade any existing ones to increase their duration; this barrier I placed was going to last for 1 hour, apparently. The people that showed up the steps from behind the barrier, that I could still see just over the top, looked a lot less threatening, and in fact some were complaining like "hey I gotta get to work, come on!". I pretended to not care.

      The dream ended at some point soon.

      Some notes:
      • Although I separated both sequences into their own parts, they were part of the same dream, I just can't remember what went between them exactly; I don't remember a sudden transition from one to the other.
      • The RTS map interface looked a bit like C&C:Generals and Warcraft 3; I remember the players had assigned colours and numbers, like for teams.
      • The other generated maps were more representative of real Earth continents, picked at random, but the one I thought was odd just looked like a coastal section of a place.
      • The fact that the whole of the sequences took place in a game context makes it very difficult for me to remember to question reality. Even when I am playing games in waking life and remember to do reality checks, it is difficult for me to pick good moments, i.e. weird ones, because games are generally very predictable and the only "weird" things that ever happen are bugs, the frequency of which depend solely on the specific game.
      • The vehicles in the RTS were supposed to be base-starting vehicles, so in a way I should have remembered to do a RC over this, because in the dream context, the dream-awareness indicated something different from what actually happened.
    2. 30th July 2013 More video games

      by , 07-30-2013 at 11:26 PM (Scionox's Journal of Dreams)
      Dream 1:

      I was in some FPS video game that had used some elements from STALKER, like radiation and anomalies, but was happening in some desert. There was an enemy base i had to attack and some AI controlled character was following me and i had to defend him as well. I was trying to find best way around the base, including stealthing, ending up failing due to obstacles or something else and replaying the mission a few times, one time there was some anomaly that fired flares or something. Then decided to just go with direct assault. I've had some gun that fired high explosive bullets, though for some reason it was not effective versus enemy soldiers, they were taking damage from direct hits only, so i switched to some other weapons. Enemies came out of the base and i was shooting them while taking cover behind one of wrecked cars, then i ended up successfully clearing the base as well.

      Dream 2(fragments):

      I was in some video game and i was in some complex and there was something about dragons.

      Dream 3(fragments):

      I was playing some FPS, coop with SilentEternity. It looked somewhat similar to minecraft, except not that blocky, there were slopes and such. We were doing some mission where we assaulted some kind of complex underground, activated it's self-destruction sequence and had to escape, sliding on very long slope down and then finding portal of some kind at the very bottom.

      Dream 4:

      I was in some strategic game, controlling some base, ordering some researches and unit building. Then i opened global map, which don't looked like earth at all, there were much more separate continents for one. We controlled only small partion of the map and there were various other factions of different color that we had to fight, and that were fighting between themselves as well. Red faction controlled one of the continents fully and had two of strategic points here. Our faction was dark on the map and controlled one continent fully as well, but with only one strategic point. it was not the aim though since we were going for some other victory condition.
      Other than two fully controlled continents, most of other continents were controlled by various other factions partially, and we controlled parts of some as well. I then sent some air transports with forces to attack resource points of white faction, but though units didn't hold it for too long due to white faction having heavy bombers, it was enough. I've got enough resources for some endgame tech that apparently added some kind of spaceship unit and unlocked another research of some green beam weapon. I've needed more resources.

      Dream 5(fragments):

      I was playing Front Mission 3, but it was different. There was some mission in some underground complex, there i've had to fight four enemy wanzers with four of my wanzers, they were all roughly in weapon range from starting point and additionally the spawn positions could be selected more widely. One of my wanzers had some claw-like weapons and massive shoulder mounted cannons and looked really cool with dark blue color scheme, but it had lowest hp. Then also i've had wanzer with some shotgun-like weapon that activated some skill right as i placed him before first turn even, and auto-attacked nearest enemy. Then during the turn, the low hp wanzer took alot of damage, but then i've attacked enemies with my wanzers and dealt with them quite quickly. Another one of my wanzers had some kind of plasma/energy shotgun weapon that dealt very high damage. Soon enemies were destroyed but mission didn't ended. My wanzers automatically progressed through complex into another area, where there were four more enemies, one of which had flamethrower.

      Dream 6(fragments):

      I was browsing some forum about forum games and there was some discussion about dragons.
    3. 3rd Apr 2013 Playing RTS, Distracted in the bathroom

      by , 04-03-2013 at 06:59 PM (Scionox's Journal of Dreams)
      Dream 1(fragment):

      I recall an indoors area.

      Dream 2(fragment):

      I recall some kind of jungle area. And i was having fun in it.

      Dream 3:

      I was playing some kind of RTS that buildings from C&C: Red Alert and KKND2: Krossfire, units from Starcraft and also a global map. Also there was a way to completely automate builders and set them to expand the base indefinitely. I selected a sector on global map and then i was playing versus some other player and he built base through whole map while i had only a few buildings. I then figured out that workers can almost instantly capture buildings if there's no enemy units near them, so i captured bunch of his factories and started amassing goliaths. Then i just steamrolled rest of the base with them, and won in the end. I was about to select the next sector to fight for but then i had to go off PC.
      I went to the bathroom, but family was distracting me alot from the thing and i accidentally dropped some of my clothes into the toilet... then dream ended shortly.
    4. 22nd Feb 2013 Some strategy game

      by , 02-22-2013 at 07:39 PM (Scionox's Journal of Dreams)
      Pretty much downhill recall, mostly because i was having hard time sleeping for some reason, but hey, i still managed to recall something at least.

      I was playing some military strategy game, i think i was playing vs another player and there were few AI controlled players as well. There were some problems with that AI and also i had some problems figuring out proper units to counter enemy units. I built air force and was pretty much ready to mass produce some sort of super weapon.
      Later in the dream i was in some sort of tower building racing to the top.
    5. 6th Feb 2013 Sports and Some volcanic place

      by , 02-06-2013 at 08:40 PM (Scionox's Journal of Dreams)
      Dream 1:

      I was watching some sport videos(something that i don't usually do IWL), there was some hockey then boxing, at the end of the match the winner is very tired, like it takes him full 10 minutes to recover, during which some dude near me starts saying that at the school he was in he had to use alot of money to participate in sports. He opens some sort of wiki and we see very complex list of how much everything costs. Some options include something like 'match vs computer' and 'match vs friends in good mood', and there are also lot of settings such as weather and number of enemies(?). We finish reading and switch back to sport video, dream ends shortly.

      Dream 2:

      I was playing some video game where i controlled some character from top down in some grey volcanic area. There were ridiculous amount of enemies so we voted to tone down difficulty(game was multiplayer apparently). We end up switching it too low and the game becomes ridiculously easy, there's at least 10x less enemies now. I find out that character had ability to walk through solid objects for a while and use it for a few shortcuts. Dream skips.
      Now the game turned into some sort of turn based strategy, it's still in grey volcanic area. I had full map for some reason and only a few units around in the part of area with spikes. Apparently i had to move them through spikes, which were damaging them as they passed them. I scroll the map towards north only to find out that enemy has huge army. Dream skips.
      Suddenly i was in some sort of HQ and i was controlling everything like RTS from here. The base was located in the south part of the map, which was still in the grey volcanic area. There were some areas with lava and there was river(of water, for a change) to the north. I had no idea what to do for a while so base ended up being attacked. Some units barely hold off against the enemy, and enemy was mostly using two types of units: some sort of crude boats than could also move on the ground and some sort of flying units that looked similar to mutalisks from Starcraft.
      Someone suggest me to use towers, so i order some to be built all around the place, mostly near river. What i ordered though were apparently some crude bunkers, which still were decent vs boats but could not attack air, i ordered proper towers shortly. Soon they were finished and started killing enemies with their machine guns. I haven't got all the place covered with them though, because resources were low, so there were still a few places were enemies could sneak through, i ended up ordering some group of units around to between those places to not let enemy through.
      Soon the towers were built all over near the river so enemy had some hard time, then i noticed there were upgrade options for towers. One added second machine gun, other one added missile launchers and third one added some sort of artillery cannon. After upgrading some towers i noticed further upgrade options on twin machinegun tower, one added two more machineguns, second one added some weird gun on top of tower that fired bullets with crazy rate but had low accuracy, third one added twin missile launchers.
      Haven't got to look at upgrades of the other tower lines because HQ got attacked by swarm of bugs which looked very similar to this one. Dream ended shortly.