Tracing April – Out of Bounds

There are 5 Echoes that relate to April Kelleher. That got my fairly excited that there’s a mission within the game that will uncover where April is now. I say now because the events she has transcribed within the pages of the book, New York Collapse, date back to a time to the early stages of the pandemic. We are talking from December to January – nice that there’s no year tagged onto this. This gives it the feel of a cautionary tale and not far-flung fiction.

Boundaries

There are also 20-odd pages of the book to discover within the game(the physical book runs to 173 pages). Am keen to discover as much as I can of the backstory of the collapse of New York but as only a third of the Manhattan map has been introduced to players at launch,  the area that April describes(around the SOHO district) is not currently open to players. Kinda fudged my plans just a touch. Still I’ll be reading the book and making notes within my spreadsheet, prepared for when(I hope) it counts.

Tracing April

With the release of Tom Clancy’s The Division, I picked up a copy of New York Collapse. A survival guide from the game world in physical form with markings and extra content from the fictional April Kelleher. Supposedly a separate experience from playing the game, this guide tells April’s travels around Manhattan after the collapse. What makes it interesting for me is the chance to retrace April via the notes she leaves in the guide. Okay, there may not be any tie-ins from book to game but already the first few pages have mention of a placed April stayed(Grand and Wooster).

It’s likely that I’ll be posting a few more entries regarding the discoveries that may crop up. Mainly just to keep these recorded somewhere, so if it’s likely that you are sensitive to possible spoilers then I’d avoid anything with the prefix of ‘Tracing April’ in the title of future entries. This is all likely to be a wild goose chase but am in for the experience. Maybe you are too?

Loop

With February keeping me busy with a variety of activities(that have been both mental and physical), I’ve been thankfully that my energy levels have been at a good level. The only thing that has slipped is my reading. That’s not from a lack of enthusiasm but more that something had to give while I’ve been working on some house projects. A big difference to having a low mood/no energy which rips my enjoyment from the hobbies I have.

This is the time where I begin to believe that thinking too hard about something that has yet to happen, only polarises my will to engage. Thinking too hard about something can block the natural movement of energy and can turn me away from something that could well be a positive. Over-thinking so that the process becomes a loop, leads the way to negative thought-land. Something I have to be very mindful of that because, for me, it can feel such a natural state to be in.

Having the balance between work, rest and play is far more than a tagline from a famous advertising campaign. It really does help keep my energy levels just where I need them. Having to give too much(or even too little) energy over to just one of these without a redress has caused problems for me in the past. I can just imagine how being unemployed would upset this balance.