Tuesday, 31 January 2017

My General Fatigue With Gaming

I don't know what it is these days, but I can't get myself to play anything. On Friday, after almost a yearlong dry spell I reinstalled Heroes of the Storm thinking it will be fun to have some competitive edge. As soon as I finished my first game, I was dispelled of that notion. All the reasons why I uninstalled it in the first place were obvious once again. I'd like to say it's not me, it's the game but I know that would be unfair. Because over that same weekend I tried couple of other games with which I used to have plenty of fun.

Thinking it would be great to go down the memory lane, on Satturday I installed Knights of the Old Republic. As soon as I was given the control over the droid I found myself uninstalling the game. I don't know what I was looking for, but KotOR was not scratching that itch in the least. Then I started playing with the idea that Dragon Age: Origins was always a great game, but the end result was the same. On Sunday I first lost half an hour creating a city elf that I deleted as soon as tutorial started, and then lost another half an hour creating a human noble, that I deleted as soon as the attack on the castle started.

At that point I just gave up. I deleted the game and resigned myself to a couple of mindless games of Hearthstone. These days, the only game I still open every other day, and even that only to clear the quests all at once in order to get the gold. I'm already saving for the next expansion or adventure that wasn't even announced yet. What else is there to do? I'm not about to waste money on cards I don't need, or Arena runs I can't reasonably profit from.

Truth is, my computer is old. It's been old for long, but the duration of previous console generation kept it in the loop. So now, eight years after the release of Wrath of the Lich King it feels ancient. I got games in my Steam library collecting dust on them, brand new games I would very much love to play, but it is just not a possibility. Not for some time still. Nothing I can do there.

But then again, maybe I'm just blaming it on my computer. Right now I feel the itch for some Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. I replayed Sands of Time and The Two Thrones some time ago, but I did not dare to replay Warrior Within. That one is an all-time favourite. And no matter what I want to avoid what happened with Unreal II: The Awakening. When I was a kid, the game was awesome, now it doesn't look that good, and I'm not talking about the graphics either. Maybe it's just nostalgia, or maybe it's just Dahaka is demanding his due...

Monday, 23 January 2017

Power of Transmog: Dread Knight

Icy winds of Northrend, crisp whispering filling your head, demons surrounding you at every turn, and above all the indomitable will to save your people from the clutches of undeath. What was once true for Arthas, holds true now for all his Death Knights. And no matter where they tread, they always inspire fear and dread. But here, we have a transmog set, that will aside from Death Knights, allow Paladins and Warriors as well to feel what it is like to be the bad boy of the bunch.

Here is the itemlist:
  • Dreadnaught Helmet
  • Dreadnaught Pauldrons
  • Chestplate of the Risen Soldier
  • Sentinel's Winter Cloak
  • Greatheart Pants
  • Stompers of Brazen Terror
  • Jandvik Girdle
  • Sylish Black Shirt
  • Gauntlets of Derision
  • Frostbitten Greatsword
If you prefer sword and shield, or even dual-wielding, here are some alternatives:
  • The Facelifter
  • Wrathful Gladiator's Barrier
  • Heart-Lesion Greatsword
  • Demonslayer
  • Blades of the Fallen Prince

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Power of Transmog: Deathwing's Bane

Dragons. Since I was little those flying lizards fascinated me, in large part because my city has a big dragon in its coat of arms. In no small part because of all the tales I read of heroes slaying evil, and protecting the week. And while Deathwing might pale in comparison to these winged monsters in other mythoi, such as Tolkien's Ancalagon the Black, he is still a mighty beast to behold. And to think of it back now, the adventurers in World of Warcraft did not just behold, but also slay that nasty wyrm. So to this end, I put together a transmog that would celebrate such heroic deed. As always, it can be used by all the platewearers; Paladins, Death Knights, and Warriors alike.

Here is the itemlist:
  • Crown of Anasterian
  • Shoulderguard of the Eclipse
  • Titanskin Cloak
  • Chestplate of Vicious Potency
  • Flamefury Gauntlets
  • Abandoned Zandalari Goreplate
  • Fused Alloy Legplates
  • Iron Bellow Sabatons
  • Endbringer
Warriors might be tempted to experiment with Warbringer Shoulderguards, or even Vindictive Gladiator's Plate Shoulders (840 ilevel edition) if you're Horde. The second option is my favourite.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Apocalypse World: Meet the Protagonists

The other day I was playing around with the character creator in Brink, and discovered it is downright perfect to recreate all the characters my tabletop group played during our First Campaign set in the Apocalypse World, and now our Second one as well. What is best, is that creating those characters in the game, helped me imagine them a lot better than I previously did, It also helped set a certain tone that was previously rather missing or was erratic in entirety. So here is the team:

1st Campaign: Icy Winds of Gretzky

While the Apocalypse was devastating, and a new ice age dawned on the continent that used to be North America (or what remained of it), a small town managed to pull through. Maybe it was because its inhabitants were sturdy and accustomed to cold. Maybe it was their love of hockey gods. Your guess is as good as mine. What remains a fact, is that the town of Gretzky prospered in the harsh conditions where others fell to oblivion. Situated near the great ruins of otnoroT it's scavengers never lacked for work, or strange enemies.

Crimson (The Battlebabe):
He was a man driven by his own ambition and a harsh sense of justice. He wanted a better life for his townspeople, but the methods he used to get there were always brutal and unforgiving. Forget eye for an eye, tooth for tooth. With Crimson it was an eye for two eyes, a tooth for a mouthful. Unforgiving, unrelenting, and uncompromising. He was the ice age incarnate. After he suffered a devastating betrayal at the hands of Lars, one of his supposed allies in the war against the evil sheriff, he pushed on to save the town on his own. The price to pay was terrible, as his gang, as well as the town ended up in ruins. Soon afterward Crimson perished as well, vowing to save a special place in hell beside him just for Lars. Knowing Crimson, he probably did it as well, even if he had to fight an army of devils for it.

Lars (The Chopper):
A big man with a soft heart. All Lars ever wanted, was to have a small garden where he could tend to his carrots, beets and potatoes. But as the leader of a motorcycle gang for hire he was most often seen led by the gang instead of him leading that same gang. What he wanted was very simple, and yet impossible at the same time. He wanted everyone to be happy. This usually translated into him agreeing with whoever presented their plan to him last. They say road to hell is paved with good intentions, and Lars for one never cared about anything else, always believing if only he means well, everything will end well. His main goal was to survive, and ensure the survival of his gang. Everything else, his reputation, his honour, or the way how anybody else could perceive his actions, never mattered to him, and he was not ashamed to admit it.

Pallor (The Brainer):
A mystery to himself as much as to others, Pallor was a strange fellow. Always in the centre of all the action, even though he never wanted to be anywhere near it. He didn't care about power, or wealth, or even fame for that reason. What he understood was how to make himself most useful to the most powerful players in Gretzky vying for power. Hiding in plain sight, where all saw him as weak and impotent, Pallor was the one pulling the strings where no one dared. What he cared about was so esoteric and unexplainable, that he never even tried. The Maelstorm called to him though, and he listened to that syrene call in hopes to learn something, something that would help him understand. Understand what? That is something not even he ever truly grasped. Maybe it had to do something with his upbringing inside of a mental asylum? Might just turn out that the one raised around lunatics is the most adjusted of all the people.

2nd Campaign: Law of the Jungle

Colonel Tranh
Never truly a town, Outpost developed from a military base that found itself in dire need of reshuffeling its priorities after the Apocalypse struck. No more fighting bloody wars, now just fighting for survival. Jungle hides many things; beasts, monsters, ancient ruins, or ambitious men can all be equally dangerous threat. Yet the iron spirit of military still lingers even 50 years after the cataclysmic event that pushed Outpost in oblivion deep in the jungles of Africa. The new commander has a vision to make Outpost great again. It is far from over, it only just began.

Colonel Tranh (The Hardholder):
They say there is a fine line between greatness and madness. Colonel Tranh is a living testament to that. A man with a vision so preposterous, crazy, or indeed ingenious, he had to put down a coup as soon as he came into power. While the details of his succession to the position of the Commander of Outpost might be murky at best, one thing is certain, he will not give away his power to anyone. Colonel Tranh is a cautious and patient man, he hates violence if it can be avoided, and yet if pressed he will make a bloodbath that will ensure that no enemy of his will be left to oppose him. His vision, to fly high in the sky. His plan to achieve it, relegating all the resources into rebuilding a helicopter.

Warwick (The Chopper):
A man of short temper and shorter fuse, but a soldier through and through, Warwick is the kind of commander who takes care of his men first and foremost. His elevation to the commander of the last remnants of the 1st Regiment Cavalry was a field promotion, after their last one died in a skirmish against savages. In order to exact revenge for the death of their last commander, Warwick led his men through some of the harshest battles mankind got to experience after the Fall. Those who heard the tales of the survivors dubbed them Dark Angels, a name Warwick's unit takes a certain level of pride in. While in the past they worked as mercenaries for hire, fighting for whoever could guarantee them more food and petrol, this changed when they came to Outpost. Although Colonel and Warwick do not see eye to eye on everything, Warwick has a deep sense of respect for the man running the show.

Batty Butch (The Gunlugger):
A bodyguard, an assassin, a gun-for-hire, Batty Butch is one-of-a-kind ace-in-a-hole type of man. In a cruel world where might makes right, Butch was one of the fortunate ones to grow up in a safe environment surrounded by family and friends who above all believed in Kantian moral imperative. Even when he was young, that made no sense to Butch. He thought this was invitation to be exploited, and it did not long for him to run away from the safe haven the group of scientists created while working day and night to perfect the cure. There is very little that ever mattered to Buch in his life, but to be on the right side of the gun barrel was one of them. The world is mad, and so are the people, but only way to stay alive and prosper, is to be even crazier then all of them.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Power of Transmog: Viking Warlord

And so the the white snowy Winter finally arrived. What that means, is that it's time for a colder looking transmog set, and what screams cold and bloody murder louder than a viking warlord? This set is fit for all Paladins, Warriors, and Death Knights alike. Although I would hazard a guess it will look best on humans, and surprisingly enough dwarves -it's the beard.

Here is the itemlist:
  • Shardback Helm
  • Ornate Saronite Pauldrons
  • Master's Cloak
  • Ravenskar Breastplate
  • Ornate Saronite Gauntlets
  • Shardback Girdle
  • Ravenskar Legplates
  • Shardback Sabatons
  • Gigantic War Axe

Review: Legionnaire (Galaxy's Edge Book 1)

When Nick Cole, and Jason Anspach started their endeavour of making "Making Star Wars Great Again", over at Galactic Outlaws . I...