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September 2014 LootCrate Galactic Unboxing and Review Galactic is the theme for September’s Loot Crate. If you like Star Wars, Star Trek, and Aliens, then this is the Loot Crate you have been waiting for. The Breakdown: Monthly Sub is $13.37 plus $6.00 for shipping. LootCrate states there will be $40.00 worth of goodies in […]
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I can remember sitting down to play my 1st game of Dungeons and Dragons. .. (overdubbed deep voice here) Previously on GameMasters.com… “back in 9th grade. That was around the year… 1988 I think. I was at a friends house, his brother was the Dungeon Master. This was back when Dungeons and Dragons was still […]
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August for LootCrate is all about Heroes. Today we have the unboxing of.. well.. the August LootCrate Heroes box. Check it out and beneath I’ll break it all down: Remember how we break this down for you; the Monthly Subscription is $13.37 plus $6.00 for shipping; LootCrate states there will be $40.00 worth of goodies […]
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As we say hello to 2014 I figured we would dedicate this YEAR to Time Travel. This will be a multi-part post that will span the year (as if that first line didn’t fully explain that). Without any further explanation, here you go: What is Time? Time is a concept we have created so that […]
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Kingdom of Drakkar Experience fantasy role-playing at its best in the Kingdom of Drakkar. Choose your character: paladin, mentalist, thief, among many others. Each has its own abilities and advantages. As the lands unfold, you must develop your skills and abilities, gain wealth and power, and acquire psionic disciplines that will enable you to withstand […]
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Last night the key was revealed to me on how to Teleport and to an extent on how to travel through Time. Allow me to preface this with the following: Back in 1991 a friend of mine and I were playing a game on the computer (possibly Bard’s Tale or Ultima 5) and our conversation […]
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The Forgotten Realms, the most popular setting in the D&D universe, is about to be completely reshaped by a year-long event – The Sundering – kicking-off today by Wizards of the Coast. Fans have the opportunity to impact the fate of the world through multiple expressions of the contemporary fantasy entertainment franchise, including tabletop RPG adventures, in-store play experiences, digital offerings including the first D&D free-to-play mobile game, 6 novels, digital reporting tools, comics, accessories and more. When the Sundering is complete, the results of these stunning events will have reshaped the Forgotten Realms forever, providing the landscape for future D&D stories.
The first Sundering novel, The Companions, The Sundering, Part I by R.A. Salvatore releases today.
Dungeons & Dragons Launches The Sundering;
Invites Fans of Fantasy Entertainment to Make Their Stories Legend
August 6, 2013 – RENTON, WA –The most popular setting in the Dungeons & Dragons universe, The Forgotten Realms, is about to be completely reshaped by an epic event announced today by Wizards of the Coast. The Sundering is an extensive story spanning multiple expressions of the contemporary fantasy entertainment franchise that offers fans the opportunity to impact the fate of the world along the way.
Key milestones in the year-long Sundering storyline will take place in iconic locations like Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter and Icewind Dale, to name a few. The changes to the Forgotten Realms can be experienced through a series of novels, in-store play experiences, digital offerings, comics, accessories and tabletop RPG adventures. Through these expressions, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fans will be able to engage and impact the fate of the Forgotten Realms forever.
The Sundering kicks off today with the release of The Companions, The Sundering, Book I by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore. His novel depicts the events of the Sundering as seen through the eyes of the world’s most well-known drow ranger, Drizzt Do’ Urden. Salvatore’s novel is part of collaboration with other New York Times bestselling authors who will each show the changes to the Realms from their heroes’ points of view.
“We are elated to begin this extremely exciting chapter in the history of D&D,” said Nathan Stewart, Dungeons & Dragons Brand Director at Wizards of the Coast. “Utilizing great digital entertainment, dramatic story-telling techniques and thrilling and immersive events, The Sundering ushers in a new era for the future of the franchise. We invite and encourage the legions of D&D adventurers to join us on this heroic adventure to change the canon of the Realms.”
When the Sundering is complete, the results of these stunning events will have reshaped the Forgotten Realms forever, providing the landscape for future D&D stories.
The Sundering includes:
– Play & Help Shape the Future
– Mobile Battles
– Realms-Shattering Novels
For more information on the Sundering, visit DungeonsandDragons.com/Sundering.
About Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. Wizards’ players and fans are members of a global community bound together by their love of both digital gaming and in-person play. The company brings to market a range of gaming experiences under powerful brand names such as MAGIC: THE GATHERING, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, and KAIJUDO. Wizards is also a publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information about our world renowned brands, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at www.wizards.com.
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Kingdom of Drakkar on the Ouya.
First off, what is the Ouya?
A little history: Ouya was crowfunded on Kickstarter. It was looking for a funding of $950,000.00 USD. It had that and then some within it’s 1st week. By the end of the campaign it had raised over $8 Million. They recently procured an additional $15 Million.
The system: The Ouya was touted to be the next big home gaming console system. According to the makers it is going to replace the PlayStations and the Xboxes. What it offers is an Android based gaming system (much like your cell phones). It can attach to your television and let’s you play games.
Yeah, there is much more to it; and I’ll do an in depth post a bit later, but that above is the Ouya at it’s very basic. Now on to the point of this article…
Kingdom of Drakkar on the Ouya
Can it be done? YES!
You are not going to find the game on the Ouya’s app store. Well.. not yet. Right now this is considered a 3rd party app. Please read this article first before you go to the link I’m about to provide. I’ll step you through how it’s done and how to set it up to play.
The download can be found here:
Since the Android does not utilize flash all that well; the designer added the necessary component into the build itself.
One you have your Ouya set up and connected; navigate from the Home screen like this:
Home – Make > Software > Browser
Once at the browser hit the url I provided above.
It will begin to download automatically. This is the part that will make you think it’s not working, but trust me it is.. There is nothing that indicates a status bar that it’s actually downloading. When it begins to download it flashes up so fast that if you blink you will miss it.
However, you can go back to the Home screen and do this:
Home – Manage > System > Advanced toggle down to Storage and click on Downloads, it will be in Blue. Once in there you will see that the Drakkar apk is downloading. Walk away for a moment, go pee, grab a drink, whatever. When it’s done, click it and it will begin to unpack itself and install.
Once installed, just click Open.
Also, once it has been installed any time you want to play Kingdom of Drakkar you will need to navigate:
Home – Make > Software > Kingdom of Drakkar
Okay, now you have it installed, and you have started it up. It’s going to auto update new graphics and then you’ll be ready to log in, except the Ouya controller won’t work. I mean the controller works, but not with Drakkar (at least not yet that I can figure out). Well.. actually, that’s a lie. Sortav. The controller sortav works with Drakkar. The controller has a “scroll” area just below the lights that will allow you to scroll a mouse pointer around, but so far I’ve been unable to “trigger” the controller to bring up a keyboard box. That’s what I’ve opted to use a usb keyboard and mouse.
Grab your USB keyboard and plug it in. For existing players enter in your Username and Password, using the Tab key to move between fields. I could not get the enter button to actually get the Login button to go so..
Grab your USB mouse and unplug the keyboard and plug in the mouse (the Ouya only has 1 USB port – but I’m going to grab a multi USB port adapter and see if that works – I’ll update this once I’ve verified this either way). I also discovered that you can click a text field with the mouse and from there you can use the Ouya to enter text via the mini-keyboard that pops up. (as an aside, you can actually use your mouse to control almost every aspect of the Ouya). **EDIT** I grabbed a multi-usb (actually has 4 usb ports) and plugged in both the mouse and keyboard and they both work flawlessly.
Click Login and you should now find yourself in the lobby.
For new users it may be better initially to go to http://www.kingdomofdrakkar.com ; downloading the game onto your PC and creating a new account that way first.
Here’s the cool part of Kingdom of Drakkar: You can play the SAME account on both your PC as well as on your Android (in our case it’s the Ouya). Yes, the PC version has more features than the Android, but it still logs into the same servers with your same account and characters.
Okay, back to the lobby. Once there you can click on the text field (next to the SEND button) and a mini-keyboard will pop up allowing you to enter text in. I used the mouse to enter some test text, clicked Send and it showed up in the main lobby chat, no problem.
I then clicked on Play and created a new character (you can choose an existing character if you have one). Once the character is created just click it to enter the game and play.
The only issue I’ve found is that Drakkar seems to be just a touch larger than the screen itself displays. There could be a setting somewhere to toggle the screen size, but I’ve not found it yet.**SEE EDIT BELOW FOR SOLUTION**
That’s it, you should now be able to play Kingdom of Drakkar on your Ouya!
A couple of things explained:
I’ve found a couple of things help make Drakkar a bit easier to navigate.
On the login screen, click the box that says: Remember Password. That will make it so that you don’t have to enter your password in each and every time.
Once in the lobby open your Options button.
Click on the Auto Login box. This will make it so that when you click on the Drakkar icon in the Software tab, it will automatically log you into the lobby.
Run in Background is more used for the Android Phone; let’s say you are playing the game and you get a call; this would prevent the program from closing as it would, well, run in the background.
Small Creature Boxes simply makes the creature boxes in the game itself smaller.
Sound Enabled turns on sound. Some people like the sound effects and music, others don’t. I like it, so mine is one.
Note: You will need to click your selections and click Close then exit the game and log back in for these to take effect.
And that’s the basics folks on how to get your Ouya to run Kingdom of Drakkar.
**EDIT ON SCREEN SIZE SOLUTION** After doing some research, I discovered that it was the television itself that was causing the overscan. I had it set to a 16:9 ratio; and a quick change to Fit Screen in my menu settings (on the tv itself) made everything fit perfectly.
Check out the photos:
Photo above shows the lobby at full screen. Everything is crisp and sharp. Look at those players, now forever embedded in this photo!
This one shows an in game screen-shot. Just like the lobby, this one is fitting in the screen and everything is sharp and crisp.
Another shot of the lobby; this time with the character select panel open. The newest problem is that it appears that the bottom of the text is cut off a little. I don’t think this is an issue of the Ouya itself; it may be how the actual text is displayed for mobile devices (and let’s face it.. that is what the Ouya is). I have a feeling it’s a simple fix on the developer end; perhaps just nudging the text up by about 7 pixels or so.
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Magic. That’s not exactly what this movie is all about, but yet, it is. It’s all about misdirection. It’s a mystery; a real whodunit.
I realize that Now You See Me has been out for a couple of week, but it’s one that I’ve been meaning to watch. I went to visit my friends up at my local movie box and plopped down to be entertained.
Another part of why it took me so long to get in to see it was the basic question that I had about it. Was it “real magic” (like what you would see in a Harry Potter movie) or was it “sleight of hand / illusion magic” (like what you would see at a Las Vegas show).
I’ll go ahead and spoil that for you now; it’s sleight of hand and illusion. Oh hey, don’t get me wrong, I love watching magic shows just like the next guy. I’m the kind of person who likes to figure out how they do those tricks. But yeah, that’s why I hesitated to see Now You See Me. I just didn’t know what kind of movie to expect. Sounds strange I know.
Overall I did have fun watching it. It was clever, witty, fun, and didn’t leave me walking out feeling like I just wasted my time. I am convinced that I should have seen this one when it first came out.
The only element that I could complain about was the use of CGI in the magic tricks. I understand why they did; but it would have given the movie a much more real feel (not to mention it would have made the magic that much more impactful) if the special effects were shot practically. I’m going to spoil one scene where this is a prime example; they flip a large purple sheet and it swirls all around the stage as if it is whipping in the wind, then it drops and a large stage prop appears under where the sheet was swirling. The sheet was entirely CGI. They really could have executed that better by using a real sheet with real movements. Stuff like that; the CGI wasn’t over-used by any means, but when it was, I just felt they could have shot it practically to pull off a more convincing spot of magic.
The prevailing theme is; The closer you look, the less you see. And that certainly rings true. As I mentioned above, this is a whodunit film. It’s a great mystery movie on its own merit. They harder you try to figure it out, the harder it will be for you to see what’s actually going on.
Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Michael Kelly top off this all star cast; and it delivers fun, mystery, and more fun. Go see it this weekend on the big screen. You’ll be glad you did.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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Hi. My name is Brian and I like zombies.
I also run some of the biggest zombie websites in the world. Well, okay, maybe not the biggest, but they do have their place on the web. You may have heard of a couple of them; www.ZombieMall.com and www.ZombieUniversity.net ? No? Well.. crap. That’s okay, I’m still trying to work on infecting the world with their presence. I digress..
When a movie about zombies hits the theaters, it is simply my obligation to go watch.
World War Z is based on the Max Brooks book of the same name. Yeah, I’ve read that too. When I first heard that the book was being turned into a movie, my first thought was “huh? how??!”
Those that have read the book know that it is more of an interview, a diary or journal if you will, of people who have survived the zombie apocalypse and are getting their story set down (for the record).
The movie was going to star Brad Pitt. The book didn’t really have a main character, and Pitt is such a big name. He reportedly paid $1million to Brooks for the rights to make it into a movie. Pitt was also a producer of the movie, and of course is the main star as well. So yeah, he’s kindav a big deal. Surely he is not going to limit himself to just one segment?
Ahhh.. I was starting to be one of the “Oh Ye of Little Faith”.
The movie changes things up a fair amount from the book. And that’s where a lot of reviews are going to get all negative. I’m not. I’m not even going to throw a fit like others have about Damon Lindelof being brought in to “fix” the ending. I still can’t believe that people continue to give him grief over Prometheus (I for one loved it, but I digress). He had a hand in the script for Star Trek Into Darkness as well. Though I will certainly admit that there is a very coherent change of pace about 2/3rds of the way into the film. It is action, action, slow-down. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. It allows for the story to catch up with itself. Let’s also not forget that Drew Goddard also helped with this movie’s script.
While World War Z moves a good ways away from the book, there are several Easter Eggs from the book for you to find, but blink and you will certainly miss some of them.
The zombies are actually referred to as.. well.. “zombies”. I think that awesome! So many zombie flicks shy away from that word, but this one embraces it. Though I will admit that it did not appear that too many people had much zombie training. Many people get munched, mountains of undead are made and they run fast. Wait, let me rephrase.. they are Speed Demons!
Their origin ……. Oh, no, I’m not going to spoil that for you (that’s the McGuffin of the film).
The reviews on this movie are VERY mixed. I’m among the ones that liked it. It was fun, and if anything it certainly satisfied my itch for zombies until The Walking Dead returns this October.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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