Mage and Minions – A Review

Mage and Minions – A Review

The Short Review:

Mage and Minions has great graphics, fun playability, and you need to download it.


The Main Review:

I love RPGs. I’ve been known to play an MMO every now and again, but my 1st game of choice will always be a fun RPG. My 1st venture into the PC game world was Zork. Yeah, the place where if you ventured into the dark you would most likely be eaten by a grue.

Fast forward a couple of years and Ultima would be my next non-stop game. Following that was Bard’s Tale. All classics. In the late 80’s I got heavy into the TSR Dungeons and Dragons games, Pool of Radiance, Heroes of the Lance, Curse of the Azure Bonds, and Secret of the Silver Blades just to name a few. There was also the various Dragon Warrior games, oh, and Legend of Zelda!

Getting into the late 90’s we of course had Diablo. Man oh man what a game changer that was…

Okay, enough with the nostalgia, I’m simply trying to establish for you a game style that I really enjoyed playing.

Fast forward to now. 2015. Yeah, I guess I kindav put an age on myself. Oh well, us old guys pioneered what games are today, so if you think I’m an old fogie, just consider that in a few years, you will be where I am.

Oh, I went off on a tangent… Sorry about that, us old guys tend to do that…

Okay, 2015. I got myself a new fangled tablet to goof around with. A Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4” to be exact. This sucker is perhaps among the top of the top as far as tablets go. But now I needed games.

I have a tendency to download games, play em for an hour, then delete them if I don’t like them.

Well.. I grabbed Mage and Minions from the Google Play store (You can also get it from the Apple App Store too).

Let me tell you… This is quite possibly among the best games I’ve tried for this tablet (and I’ve tried a lot!).

It’s a game that is still seeing developments and new updates, which is always a good thing, but I know you guys wanna know the details… so… here you go:

Mage and Minions developed by Making Fun and Snow Globe Games.


It’s a.. hack and slash (sortav) RPG game. You can chose to be either a male for female, and you have two classes to pick from, warrior or mage. Keep in mind that this may change as the game is further developed.

The warrior likes to get up close and personal while the mage tends to hang back and shoot things.

Combat is beyond awesome. When you get an enemy on screen, you simply click them and combat goes into auto mode. What I mean is, once you select a target and begin attacking you will continue to attack the other targets until all in that area are dead (or you die). You can break that combat any time by clicking anywhere else on the screen. You can heal yourself or eat an apple to restore health when in combat too. Yes, there is a cooldown, so if you find yourself in a fairly sticky spot, don’t smack both the apple and the healing potion down at the same time.

When you kill things they usually drop stuff. Gold, apples, healing pots, healing orbs, gems, and gear. Okay, so the REALLY cool part? You don’t have to go through and pick up everything that drops. I mean you can (and to do so you simply walk over the dropped thing and it sweeps into your backpack), but you don’t have to. When you complete the level, don’t jump to click End Level. All your loot will fly to you regardless of where it is on the screen. WE LOVE THIS!

Okay, you also have skills and abilities. These will grow as you upgrade them. For example, the mage has a basic fireball. As you gain gold you can upgrade that fireball, eventually getting it so powerful that it can call down a meteor to smash up your enemies.

To perform certain abilities you draw a specific type gesture onto the screen, for example, I have mine set so that when I draw a V onto the screen it drops a ring of fire on top of my enemies.

You can also recruit some NPCs to help you and for the most part they automatically attack, however they do have one ability that is at your command, the healer, for example, when you draw an O on the screen it will “vortex” the enemies to that location, kindav like shooting fish in a barrel.



There is all kinds of cool gear to find and craft. Yes, I said craft. To craft something you need 3 other pieces of gear. Click a button, pick what gear slot you want to create (like a ring, a weapon, a helm, etc), chose which 3 you no longer want, and click Create.  Wait a little bit of time (or use your red gems to speed up the process) and voila! You have new gear!

Like other tablet type games, Mage and Minions is also in the business to make money. Several elements of the game can be upgraded with red gems and gold. Those in turn can be purchased with real world cash. Now, like other games, you do not have to ever spend a dime on this one to get gold and gems. There is a great balance of daily quests and daily rewards just for logging in, in which you can get gems. Hell, even completing levels multiple times will get you gems. Give em some of your hard earned cash if you want to support them. I have. Just know that you don’t have to.

If you get lost on the map and you are unsure of what to do next, you can always follow the Green Arrow. I suggest you go off grid, so to speak, as there are hidden chests all over the place, all full of goodies!


You can also invite Facebook friends in to play and you can get red gems for that as well. By the way.. my code is: BISU SEKU YOSU 3098

Right now there are 2 Acts.

Act 1, The Broken Dragon, takes place across fields, through an orchard, up a mountain, and into a volcano. The main monster to fight at the end is.. well.. a dragon.

Act 2, Far Side of the Moon, takes place.. well… on the far side of the moon. I am currently on Chapter 18, which is only 4 spots in on Act 2, so I am not able to delve into too much detail there.

What I can say is that once you complete Act 2, you can go back into a harder difficulty mode which in turn gives you better gear.

What’s next?

Rumors abound about what comes next. One can assume that Act 2 will be followed by an Act 3 and I’ve heard whispers that the design team is working on a dungeons feature. Who knows where the next adventure will take us, but I for one am gearing up and ready to have fun!

The music is great, the artwork is outstanding, the levels are fun to run though, and the playability simply kicks ass.

This is what I want you to do; there is usually a team of people who develop these games that get very little thanks; do this: Download the game, play it for a bit, then click on your Menu button and on the right click the More… button. A new menu will open, go ahead and click that first one called Credits. Give those guys are good thanks, they have done one hell of a job.

Remember you can download Mage and Minions on the Apple App Store and on the Google Play Store, as well as in the Amazon App Store.

You can also visit their website here: Mage and Minions.


Sean T. Page’s Alien Invasion Owner’s Resistance Manual – a review

Here… We… Go…

A New Year!

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is behind me and I’ve been able to finally catch up on some reading. Me catching up reading also means me being able to type out some reviews, so let us jump right into it! Enjoy 2015 folks!

Many years ago I was visited by something. “You are describing some kind of alien.” is what some have said. For me, they have become family.

It started with a bolt of lightning moving through my window while I was listening to a Spiderman record on my record player…

Over the years they would visit and teach me things. The most recent visit took me into their ship in which they showed me some of the methods involved in teleportation and time-travel. Yes, these are the good guys. But I digress…

My point is, these guys are among us, they are out there, and not all of them are the good guys.

I will also state that my ‘outer-world family’ are not exactly represented in Sean T. Page’s Alien Invasion Owner’s Resistance Manual. Published by Haynes (yep, the same Haynes company that does all those vehicle manuals – so you know this book means business!) this manual details various Slins out there.

What’s a Slin? I’ll get to that in a moment. ..


The important thing here is; grab this manual, you will need it. Grab it before those that be make it disappear.

That said…

This manual contains redacted entries. I literally spent a few weeks with a black light and a couple of top secret chemicals (okay, it was lemon and whiskey) just to read what those that be are trying to hide.

In my visits with my ‘outer-world family’ I was told about what they call Slins (told you I’d get back to em). Slins is their word for the other alien races out there that are intent to cause the Human Race harm.

When you read this manual you will never see mention of the word Slins. THIS is what makes the manual all the more credible, in my opinion. I know of that word, the one my ‘outer-world family’ uses as reference, and I know how Sean’s manual describes them. They are the exact same, and when you have two totally unrelated instances describing the same thing, well, it just adds up and leads to a more credible source.

It details many of the other types of aliens out there, the Greys being the most commons (think X-Files and Whitley Strieber’s Communion), although my ‘outer-world family’ are of similar physique and build they are not intent on invading us, no, they actually are more interested in helping us to grow very much like the Asgard as portrayed in the popular tv show Star Gate from a few years back(in fact, they even claim that that’s where the writers received inspiration for their show – from my ‘outer-world family’!). But… again… I digress.

Sean’s manual also goes into detail about the Little Green Men, Reptilians, Insectoids, and Nordics.

There is some frightening stuff in here, don’t allow my quick breeze over these topics fool you.

I think the copies of this manual that are out there may not be meant for the general population. I say that because many of the pages within have personal writings upon them. Almost as if some government official has expressed their own opinion about this potential invasion.

I suspect there is some guy behind a desk at the Ministry of Alien Defense that may very well be sweating his balls off over this manual having been published. There is some seriously sensitive information among these pages! I again urge you to grab a copy before it gets purged from the System!

Ministry of Alien Defense? What is that?

Well.. The explanation is in the name itself. Simply put, M.A.D. was put together to help defend against any Extraterrestrial threat. They even have some of my ‘outer-world family’ on the pay-roll. Think… Men in Black, only the European branch. Actually.. scratch that, the Ministry of Alien Defense has been around a lot longer than the MIBs. A LOT longer. They have secrets upon secrets. And… damn it, there I go digressing again… Sorry ‘bout that.

It’s great that this manual has fallen into the hands of civilians. While a large section of it instructs the military on how to respond to such an alien invasion, there is also loads of tips for everyone else on how to prepare and stay safe.

Sometimes the World Government thinks that the best way to keep us safe is to keep us in the dark, and perhaps in certain instances that may work, but with the information contained upon the pages of Sean’s manual, well… it may just save your life.

This manual can be ordered on Amazon here: Alien Invasion Owner’s Resistance Manual

You can also listen to my in depth interview with Sean T. Page on our sister site here: Author Sean T. Page Interview 10-10-14

The Rise of Tiamat D&D Review

We started our Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition adventure off with Hoard of the Dragon Queen.  Within that book are several adventures based within a campaign setting called The Tyranny of Dragons.  It was designed to take your character from level 1 to level 7.  It is also designed to give you a crash course into the Forgotten Realms.

Here’s the deal though, while you don’t have to know the history of Tiamat to enjoy this campaign, it sure does make it that much more fun.  It’s kindav like watching a Marvel Movie and seeing Easter Eggs within.  If you DO know the history, you are in for a wild ride!

Next in line is The Rise of Tiamat.


It is the 2nd half of that campaign setting and is designed to lift your characters up to level 15 (possibly a little higher is your DM throws in a few extra encounters).  I’m still not quote keen on these auto level ups at the end of each adventure, I still like to dish out experience points to my players, but that’s what’s cool about 5th edition, you can run it (and play it) however you see fit.

It is in this book that even more Easter Eggs from the past iterations of Forgotten Realms can be found.  The title alone kindav gives away how the campaign is going to end, but hey, this go around your characters get to form a new history of what will ultimately shape the new face of the Forgotten Realms.

Let’s jump into The Rise of Tiamat.

Okay, Dragons.  Tiamat.  She’s the mama dragon.  5 heads.  Lots of nasty breath weapons, you know her history.  Tiamat is trapped in the Nine Hells and the Red Wizards of Thay are trying to rip open a portal to bring the dreaded Dragon Queen back into the Forgotten Realms.

Listen, Dungeons and Dragons is nothing without Dragons.  I mean, hell, it’s the very name of game!  This campaign only makes sense to be presented as an introductory setting for 5th Edition.  I’ve read through both books now and have tailored my own campaign to incorporate this one into it.

I’ve always based my games in the forgotten Realms setting.  Well.. mostly… There is our yearly expedition into Ravenloft beginning on the last weekend of September and running the entire month of October and November – but even then it’s more of a “pocket universe” within Forgotten Realms.  I still have a Spelljammer ship or two hidden around for special occasions too.  but I digress.

Dragons are an important part of the game.  The Rise of Tiamat is more than a second half of a campaign.   It’s a total game changer.  I’m trying hard not to give too much about it away, but rest assured by the end the Forgotten Realms will have changed.  Will dragons rule the face of the Realms or will your characters fight back the forces of metallic dragons, evil wizards, and Tiamat herself?

I think that’s what I like best about this two book campaign setting, by the end of it, you have been given so much rich content that regardless of your game’s outcome, you are going to have loads of new avenues to explore in future games.

The price tag on each book is $30.00.  Total is $60.00.  That seems like a lot for two books; but consider this;  The books provide plenty of information so the DM really has very little to have to prepare for; just open the book and start.  The books also contain several adventures (they call them episodes I’ll call them modules) each.  Hoard of the Dragon Queen contains 8, and The Rise of Tiamat contains 7.  That’s 15 modules each.  Break it down and that’s $4.00 each.  Now.. I will admit that these are somewhat smaller modules, something akin to what you would find in the old issues of Dragon magazine or Dungeon Magazine, but still.. $4.00 is still a fairly good deal (in my opinion).

All in all, I like this Tyranny of Dragons setting.  I know that with a little bit of extra “oophff”  I’m going to really wow my players with it.

Hoard of the Dragon Queen is already out and The Rise of Tiamat releases on November 4th.



Loot Crate October 2014: FEAR review

Loot Crate October 2014 “FEAR” Review


Do you like scary? We sure do. We love October, and Halloween. I gotta be honest though, I’m not much impressed with this month’s Loot Crate. I really wanted more zombies, but I do realize that they don’t cater the box’s content to my specific wants. I am also going to add a new feature to this monthly review, What I Might Pay (WIMP). I’ll explain that when we get down to that section.

With that said.. let’s jump in and check it out.

The Breakdown:

Monthly Sub is $13.37 plus $6.00 for shipping. LootCrate states there will be $40.00 worth of goodies in each box.  I’m going to list the contents and their respective prices so we can add them up and see if this month’s Loot Crate was worth it.


The Goodies:


Death By Cats T-Shirt: It’s a black t-shirt with cats on it in the form of a skull. It’s made by Super 7 and is supposed to be a Loot Crate Exclusive shirt, however, you can grab one directly from Super7’s website… for $30.00. Now.. In the past I’ve based these prices on what I’ve found them to be direct from the manufacturer’s site. But as Macklemore might say, Yo, that’s thirty dollars for a t-shirt. I might pay something like $10.00 for it. That’s what they are going for on eBay. Even at that price, it’s too much.


Loot Crate Temporary Tattoos: I guess these are kindav cool. Five temporary tattoos: zombie bites, vampire bite, werewolf bite, a scratch and a zombie mouth. Who knows a retail price on these, but I’d guesstimate it to be about $1.50.

DeadRising 3 Pen: This is somewhat neat. It’s a pen in the shape of a sledgehammer-buzzsaw weapon. It makes a great scratcher too. I’ve been in the promotional business in the past and I have a fairly good grasp on the cost of this pen. The sad part is, the box and custom packing foam it came in probably cost more than the pen did (not the design of the pen but the actual cost of molding the pen). I’d wager that these would retail for close to $10.00.


Blue Raspberry Toxic Waste Sour Candy: It’s candy. It’s sour. It’s $0.10.


Walking Dead Oh Brother Art Card: It’s neat and all, I just can’t see spending actual money on it. Maybe if I was at a convention and the artist was selling them I might buy it. It is by artist JSalvador of Super Emo Friends fame. I might pay $5.00 for it, but probably not. It’s just not really my cup of tea (sorry JSalvador!). However, for sake of this review I’ll stick to the actual price found online. JSalvador sells similar sized printed on an Etsy account for $15.00 so we will price it as that.


Battleground of the Gods Smite Exclusive Skin: It’s a download code for a game called Battleground of the Gods Smite. You can unlock Thanatos and an exclusive Jack the Reaper skin. From the research I’ve done, all I can tell is that the game is free to play, but they may have an in-game purchase of items or abilities. I dunno what to price this out at, $5.00?


3-D Glasses: Old school red and blue 3-d glasses. I’ll price them out at $0.50. They are no frills, no special design, just plain red, white, and blue 3-d glasses, made of card stock and plastic film.

Issue 15 Loot Crate Magazine: This month is all about FEAR! The scary part, they even put on the cover of this, $0.10. It does have an exclusive Robert Kirkman interview within, but c’mon, ten cents for this Loot Crate? $0.10 it is I guess.


How to Survive a Sharknado Book: This may be rather neat. I may do a separate review of it, I just gotta go eat something and poo first. That’s when I do my best reading. Amazon has it listed at $10.00.


Walking Dead issue #132: This is the comic with an exclusive Loot Crate cover. I’m going to keep it enclosed in it’s plastic and sell it for millions in a few years. For now, however, the non-exclusive cover can be picked up for $3.00 (okay, it’s actually $2.99 but I like to round my numbers for these reviews).


Loot Crate Button: it’s this month’s theme FEAR on a button. No price.

The Crate Box itself: Fun artwork, looks like zombies pushing in, has Wrench o’ Rama logo (from Dead Rising), as well as various weapons.

Was It Worth It?

Cats T-Shirt: $30.00

Temporary Tattoos: $1.50

Dead Rising Pen: $10.00

Toxic Waste Candy: $0.10

Walking Dead Emo Art: $15.00

Smite Game Skin: $5.00

3-D Glasses: $0.50

LC Mag: $0.10

Sharknado Book: $10.00

Walking Dead Comic: $3.00

Total: $75.20.

Yeah.. Well, based on my criteria that’s what it adds up to; it is certainly over the $40.00 that they claim it to be…  however.. However… Let’s be realistic here.. I’m going to do something I’ve not done before.. I’m going to give a list of What I Might Pay. In other words, what I think it’s worth – ‘cause ain’t no way I’m gonna pay $30.00 for a t-shirt of cats, or ten cents for a catalog that I would not normally be getting if I did not have this subscription, or five bucks for a download code to a game I don’t play, or.. or.. or…

What I Might Pay:

Cats T-Shirt: $10.00 (and that’s even too much)

Temp Tatts: $0.00 yep, that’s right, zero.

Dead Rising Pen: $4.00 (that assumes that I’d buy it in the first place)

Toxic Candy: $0.10

Walking Dead Art: $5.00 (and that’s only at a convention, I’m just not that impressed by it’s small size)

Smite Game Skin: $0.00 I don’t play the game, so I’d never buy it.

3-D glasses: $0.00 I’ve got several already.

LC Mag: $0.00 I’m not going to pay for something that is more or less your catalog.

Sharknado Book: $10.00 I probably would not buy this to begin with, but if I did, I guess ten bucks is what I’d pay.

Walking Dead Comic: $3.00 yeah, I’d buy it for three bucks.

WIMP Total: $32.10 That seems to be a more realistic price on this month’s Loot Crate. I’m not 100% impressed with it, but as I mentioned earlier, I know it’s not catered specific to my wants. I’m sure there are others out there that are ecstatic for this month’s goodies, I’m just not among them.


LootCrate Galactic September 2014 Unbox & Review

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 each box.  I’m going to list the contents and their respective prices so we can add them up and see if this month’s Loot Crate was worth it.


The Goodies:


Science Fiction Vinyl Figure: This is a LootCrate exclusive made by Funko. All the LCE Mystery Boxes are the same and inside is Mal from Firefly. These go for about $6.00.


Reaction Figure The Alien: It’s also a Funko item. This is by far the coolest item in the box. The little mouth inside pops in and out and his ‘brains’ glow in the dark! I first saw one of these in my local Hastings about a year ago. Over there it retailed for just under $17.00 but Hastings has always been overpriced on it’s stuff like this. I’ve recently started to see these at Wal-Mart for $8.00 so I’m going to stick with that price for this add up.


Firefly Bank Robbery Money: Yeah, the band on these states 10,000 scrips, but it’s actually just 12 bills. You get six 500 Alliance scrips and six 100 Alliance scrips. Sorry, the face value is not 10,000 it’s just 3,600 (frowny face). And even less, these sell over online for about $10.00 (and actually come with a map – the LootCrate version does not).


Star Trek Tribble: This tribble, according to the package,” was bred exclusively for Loot Crate.” That makes him pretty special I suppose. I also think this one was genetically modified so it won’t multiply when it eats. Either that or it’s dead. Non-LCE versions of this guy sell for $10.00 direct from Quantum Mechanix (the company that makes em).


Star Wars Asteroids Magnet: This is a small magnet, measures 3.5” wide by 4” tall. Take a closer look and it’s actually REALLY cool; lots of “easter eggs” are displayed, how many can you spot? I can’t find this for sale online outside of eBay, but if I had to place a price on it, I’d say about $1.00


Halo Escalation Digital Loot: Another LCE; this contains a download code on the back to get a free Dark Horse Halo Digital Comic for your mobile device. Price: The Dark Horse Digital Comics for the Halo series run right at $2.00 each.


Pop Rocks and LC Button: Green Apple pop rocks. They pop and fizzzz when you eat them. Don’t drink a cola after you eat these or your guts will blow up. Oh wait.. that’s a myth… Mikey is alive and well. You also get the September Loot Crate Galactic Button. You can get a 3 pack of pop-rocks at the dollar store for, well, a dollar. So one would be right at $0.33.


LC Magazine issue #14 and Catalog: Issue 14 of LC’s Magazine talks mostly about Firefly and also lists the contents of this month’s Loot Crate. It also shows what the Mega Crate contains. The Fall Into Savings catalog just shows you some “deals” that being a Loot Crate member can save you. Nothing noteworthy here. No price being attributed to these.


Han Solo Carbonite Mini Poster: This is kindav cool. It measures 9” wide by about 27” long. It’s just a little poster of Han Solo frozen in Carbonite (I wonder if you can take his identity?). I can’t really attribute a price to this, I’ve seen plenty of things like this included free in magazines.

The Crate Box itself: This is another neat diorama setting. Looks like the inside of a space ship docking bay. Has R2-D2 hiding in the corner and a Weyland Yutani Corporation cargo box in another corner. No price attributed to this.

Pretty cool goodies I gotta admit! BUT does it add up to $40.00 worth? Let’s check:

Sci-Fi Vinyl Figure: $6.00

Alien Figure: $8.00

Firefly Money: $10.00

Tribble: $10.00

Star Wars Magnet: $1.00

Halo Digital Comic: $2.00

Pop Rocks: $0.33

Total: $37.33 Uh oh! That’s $2.67 short!!! Loot Crate oh noes! That’s okay, I tend to round things anyways, so we can call it an even $40.00 I guess. I think I may do a contest somewhere down the road and give some of this stuff away.. But let me know that you are interested, leave comments below!

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