Legions of Steel PC Game Review

The Past has hit the Present with an all new way to play the classic board game, Legions of Steel.

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For those wanting to get familiar with the old (okay it’s not old-old but it is from the early 1990’s) board game, check out my review from 2013 here:  Legions of Steel – Miniatures Game
Now.. what’s interesting about that post is.. you can take a look in the comments section and see where a loyal reader posted about a Kickstarter campaign to turn Legions of Steel into a iOS, Android, and PC title.  I threw a little cash that way but I guess the world was just not ready as the funding was not successful.
This is also a prime example of how wrong some people are as to how Kicksterter works.  Some assume that a product is complete and that a company only does a Kickstarter to simply get a little more cash and publicity out of the product.  Obviously, that didn’t happen.  I can’t say that does not ever happen, but it certainly didn’t in this instance.  I mean.. This attempt was done in October of 2013, and the game is just now coming out, almost two years later..!  Okay, I could probably write up an article about Kickstarter alone (and I probably will in the future) but for now, let’s talk some STEEL!
This game was released yesterday ( July, 16th, 2015) on the PC.  I heard about it last night, and instantly started doing research about it.  As mentioned before, I tried to help with the Kickstarter and after it didn’t go through, I was bummed.  Yes, I probably could have tried to keep up with the Legions of Steel news and watched it develop, but I didn’t.  Call me lazy, or busy, but for whatever reason it dropped off my radar.
Right now I’ve played about 5 hours of the game.
Holy crap is it fun!  I didn’t even bother to run the tutorial or the rules, I wanted to approach it with the rules I learned when playing the board game all those years ago.
Let me tell you, while it’s not identical to the board game, it’s really damn close!  I mean, it would be impossible to mimic every element of the board game, but to be honest, some of those rules were thick to understand to begin with.  This PC version takes the guesswork out of it and inject pure fun into your eyes.
The graphics are wicked cool, the music is haunting and exciting at the same time.
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The Setting:
The Future.  Okay, we just took the Past, mashed it with the Present, and now we are flinging it into the Future!  Whhheeeeeeeeee!!!!!
The League of Aliens and the United Nations of Earth (U.N.E.) have teamed up to keep at bay a new threat to the galaxy, The Machines.
GamePlay:
Legions of Steel is a tun based game.  Each unit has it’s own set of skills and characteristics.  Different weapons can be used and sometimes you have to use the map as a weapon itself!
You can also choose to play singleplayer missions or go against another player in multiplayer mode.
In the board game’s set up, players took turns setting up snap together cardboard tiles that created the scenario you were to play in.  As best as I can tell so far, you do not do that here, all of the maps are premade.
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Platforms:
Right now Legions of Steel is available for the PC and iOS.  At the time of this writing there is no release date yet for Android but I will update with one when I find out!
The Cost:
You can purchase it for a measly $18.00 from Steam or from the iTunes store!  EIGHTEEN bucks!  That’s dirt cheap for this wicked cool game!  Hell, the board game itself was about $60.00!
The Game In Action:
Wanna check out the game play?  I recorded my first mission (thank goodness I won otherwise I’d look silly!) and have posted it onto YouTube.  I also added some speed to some of the turns (it actually took me about 18 minutes to play the 1st mission so I wanted to speed that up for my viewers).  Check it out!

Bottom line..  GO GET THIS GAME!

Official Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Hoodie Revealed

So this is pretty cool…

Black hoodie will release in October alongside the game

Birmingham, UK, July 14th 2015, – Merchoid today revealed the first official Assassin’s Creed Syndicate hoodie, dubbed the Black Rook Hoodie. The (real-life – not in-game!) hoodie is black with copper highlights, a stitched AC Syndicate logo and a hood shaped like the game’s male protagonist, Jacob. Officially licensed by Ubisoft, the hoodie is due for release at Merchoid on October 23rd, in line with the global release date for the latest instalment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

Merchoid’s official Assassin’s Creed Collection has previously included hoodies for both Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Fans are able to preorder the new Syndicate hoodie now for £39.99/$54.99/€59.99 (which includes free shipping worldwide).

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Company Director Simon Ward says:

“The reaction to our previous Assassin’s Creed hoodies was incredible and we expect this latest one to be just as popular. With the game’s iconic stylish hoods, the Assassin’s Creed franchise works amazingly well as a hoodie, which is why fans love them so much.”

Earlier this month, Merchoid showed off their upcoming range of official Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate T-shirts, also set for release in October. The T-shirt collection features imagery from the game’s twin protagonists and the London based Industrial Revolution setting. Simon also adds that the new London based game has them excited:

“We can’t wait to play the final game. As a UK based company, we’re especially interested to find out the accuracy of the cockney rhyming slang!”.

The t-shirts are available to preorder now for £14.99/$22.99/€21,99 at Merchoid.

 

Jurassic World – A Roaring Review

Jurassic World – A Roaring Review

As the tag line states, “The Park Is Open“, however, I am still a little unsure why they are calling this one ‘World’ (but we will get to that much later in the review).

I recall back in 1991, being a guy the age of 18, I sat down to read Michael Crichton’s book, Jurassic Park.  A little over 2 years later I was parked on opening night in a crowded theater watching the movie version of said book.  It was beyond exciting, yes it was different than the book and I didn’t care.  I was blown away by the visual.

It took me back to being 8 years old and playing with tiny plastic dinosaurs (really, what 8 year old didn’t like the idea of dinosaurs roaming around?) and imagining what it would be like if they existed today.  I was captivated and loved every moment of Jurassic Park.

1997 rolled around and again I found myself planted in a movie theater on opening day to see The Lost World: Jurassic Park.  I can’t say I was totally blown away this time.  The story was okay, it just lacked the same feel as the first movie did.

In 2001, when Jurassic Park III came out, I waited a week before I went to go see it.  Nothing really stood out on this one either, I mean, it was a fun movie, but it did have some slow moments.

Okay, enough reminiscing about the past, let’s talk about Jurassic World!

Based on the previews, this movie looked exciting!  Based on that I knew I had to see this one as soon as I could.  June 13th was the day!

As of this writing, Jurassic World has already broken records at the box office, bringing in just over $500 million worldwide.

Put aside your scientific mind and ignore elements of “but dinosaurs are extinct half of these shown never existed together and the way they present their DNA explanations is just not realistic therefore this could never happen” and just sit back with your overpriced soda and popcorn and enjoy the movie for what it is; a fun thrill ride.

Spoilers ahead?  Possibly. But I’ll do my best to keep the secrets in the dark.

Jurassic World takes place about 20 years after the events that took place in Jurassic Park.  Only two from the original cast appear in this one; the T-Rex and Doctor Henry Wu (well.. and a statue of Hammond.. and a book that features Ian Molcolm – but those don’t count do they?).

The park has been in operation for about 10 years without incident. The events that took place in The Lost World and in Jurassic Park 3 still happened (but remember they took place on Isla Sorna – a secret test island and Jurassic Park and Jurassic World take place on Isla Nublar), however it appears that the dinos have been contained and bigger and better buildings have been built.  Not much was mentioned about Isla Sorna, but they do show in screen a brief mention about the Northern tip of Isla Nublar still being a wild zone – but nothing was ever spoken about it again, as in, it did nothing to the plot.

Due to declining visitor metrics to the park, Doctor Henry Wu has been tasked by InGen (Hammond’s scientific group) to engineer a “bigger, faster, louder, better” attraction (dinosaur) and creates the Indominus Rex (Latin for ‘fierce or untamable king’).

The story follows two boys, Gray (played by Ty Simpkins) and Zach (played by Nick Robinson) as they visit their aunt Clair (Bryce Dallas Howard) who run the park itself.

They check out various attractions, including a Sea World (ish) exhibit of a Mosasaurus jumping out of a massive water tank to chomp down upon a Great White Shark (had to be an easter egg paying homage to Spielberg’s Jaws) and splashing water upon everyone watching.  Question though… How did they get the DNA for THIS one???

We are introduced to Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) who is training Velociraptors.

Okay, that sounds a little hokey, I’ll admit, but in the confines of the movie it makes sense.  Owne explains that velociraptors are pack animals (much like a dog).  He imprints upon them when they are born and they see him as the Alpha (dog).  While they are still wild, they will, more or less, look to him for “commands”.

Hoskins (played by Vinccent D’Onofrio) is head of InGen and see only dollar signs and wants to weaponize the velociraptors that Owen has been training.  This is a small subplot that plays out during the course of the movie.

The Indominus Rex finds an escape and thus begins a chaotic journey through Isla Nublar to hunt her down.

I’m trying hard to leave out any spoilers (or reveal too many easter eggs), but I did mention up top about the name of Jurassic World.  I have to give this one away because it’s just bugging me…  I really expected this to show us dinosaurs somehow getting off the island and reaching the main lands.  Why else call it World ?  That never happened (unless some ptersaurs made it that they didn’t show on film).  The only thing I can think of is that the ones running the park (the characters within the movie) wanted to rebrand the park to detach themselves from what happened roughly 20 years prior..

Overall I have to say that this is a MUST see, especially if you have watched the original Jurassic Park movie.  If you haven’t, go rent it or buy it and watch it, then go watch Jurassic World.

Warcraft : NO No Fly Zone!

In a strange reversal, it seems that Blizzard is adding flying to Draenor after all!

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In a previous post ( Warcraft : No Fly Zone ) we announced that Ion Hazzikostas stated that flying would not be a part of Draenor, nor would it be in any future expansions.

Yesterday, June 10th, on Blizzard’s website, Ion Hazzikostas gave us this reversal of that flying decision:

In an upcoming Public Test Realm build, we will be introducing a new meta-achievement called Draenor Pathfinder. You’ll earn this achievement in Patch 6.2 by mastering the outdoor environment of Draenor—exploring Draenor’s zones, collecting 100 treasures in Draenor, completing the Draenor Loremaster and Securing Draenor achievements, and raising the three new Tanaan Jungle reputations to Revered. Initially, this achievement will award a rylak mount: the Soaring Skyterror, one of the native beasts that roam Draenor’s skies. Players will remain ground-bound on Draenor until a small follow-up patch (6.2.x), when all players who have earned Draenor Pathfinder on at least one character will unlock the ability to fly in Draenor on all their level 90+ characters.

You can read the full story here at the Developer’s Watercooler.

The reasoning is that they still want players to fully explore everything in Draenor (well.. mostly fully explore) and by putting this achievement in place, they feel that that will accomplish that.

Get your mounts polished up and get your grinding done… because… check this out… you can start working on the achievement now!  All of your grinding is retroactive and will be added to the follow-up patch.

To see how far along you already are, check out WowHead’s nifty tool: WowHead Dreanor Flying Tool

To read more about the Draenor Pathfinder achievement, check out this post (also on WowHead): Draenor Pathfinder Achievement

Fly On!

 

 

Tourist! Year 1 – by artist T. Kyle Gentry

Tourist! Year 1 – by T. Kyle Gentry.

What is it and do you want something cool and free?

It’s going to be a hardcover book in which this famous artist has crafted his skill to present some of the wacky and downright bizarre nature of random tourists that dwell within the various Orlando area theme parks.

Sounds like one of those guys that does those caricatures, and what’s this thing about cool and free?

No! caricatures are generally a likeness of a specific person.  How better can I put this.. hmm…

OH! Okay, when an animation company makes a movie (think of any of the various Disney, Pixar, Warner Brothers, etc companies that have compelling animated characters), they draw on inspiration from real people.  THAT is what Kyle has done here.  He has captured and created characters, in the form of tourists, and plugged them into this soon to be printed book. As for the cool and the free… I’ll explain that in a moment…

Here, let him tell you exactly what Tourist! Year 1 is:

 

Yes, this is a Kickstarter campaign!  GameMasters LOVES Kickstarter, and we certainly LOVE this particular campaign.

A looong time ago, I ask Kyle to do some artwork for me for this very site, Bob the Dragon was born.  If you search around this website, you may very well run into him (Bob that is).  Kyle has also done some illustrations for a couple of my zombie websites too.  He and I go waay back.. to about the 10th grade..  all the way back to the late 80’s if my math is correct.

Basically it breaks down like this:

Go check out his Kickstarter Campaign for Tourst! Year 1 and help make it a success.  I mean c’mon, with a title like that, you know he is going to have ideas for Year 2 and Year 3 and so on!

Cool and Free:

Okay, here it is, here is my contribution…

The Cool:

Back in highschool, Kyle and I, had several adventures.  Want to know some of those details?  I’ll share a couple but only AFTER his Kickstarter Campaign of Tourist! Year 1 is a success.  I’ll add those adventures to the comments of this post.  Trust me.. not even a handfull of people know what I know…(don’t kill me Kyle!)

The Free:

I have a signed copy of Aliens & Outlaws (Kyle’s first book) that will be given away to one of people who have liked our GameMasters Facebook Page or to one of my GameMasters Google+ Page followers or to one of my GameMasters Twitter followers.  So you have 3 chances to get this book for free (well.. more if you go and help Kyle on his Kickstarter of Tourist! Year 1).  As with The Cool from above, this book will be given away AFTER his Kickstarter Campaign of Tourist! Year 1 is a success.

Check it out and pledge what you can!  I am!

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