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Up until a couple of weeks ago, the only way one could enter the Karazhan Catacombs was to die and glitch into them. What you did was mount up close to Karazhan, fly up up and up, then dismount and drop to your death. Then you could walk into a small underground area, resurrect, and […]
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice This article contains my review of the movie. I ramble. I am verbose. I go off on tangents with this review. Spoilers do exist. If you don’t want to know anything about the movie, turn back now. I will spoil the beginning, the middle, and the end. If you […]
February 2016 Loot Crate Dead Unboxing and Review Dead is the theme for February’s Loot Crate. It’s all about Deadpool and The Walking Dead. You guys will note that my last Loot Crate review was back in October of 2014. I got a bit dismayed with the program and killed my subscription, but I had […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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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.
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.
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.
Do you like to play WoW? That’s World of Warcraft (just in case you’re a gamer that’s been trapped in a dragon’s lair for the past several years).
Did you enjoy the hell out of NeverWinter Nights or it’s sequel? I for one spent countless hours in their tool creations making up all kinds of quests.
Well.. Today Wizards of the Coast has released NeverWinter the MMORPG. The graphics are AMAZING and the game play is phenomenal! The best part… it’s totally FREE to play! Yep, FR to the quadruple EEEE! FREEEEEEEEEEE!
You can register for an account here: NeverWinter MMORPG . There is a video you can watch (it’s not very cinematic, but it does show off the graphics).
In other D&D News…
Wizards of the Coast also released earlier this week, for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC a download for Dungeons and Dragons called Chronicles of Mystara. It’s from Capcom and allows up to four players to battle against various denizens from the Dungeons and Dragons universe.
The Press release is listed here:
Wizards of the Coast is celebrating two new digital releases this week: Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara, which released on June 18th, and today’s launch of the critically-acclaimed Neverwinter MMORPG. These releases are just two of several exciting Dungeons & Dragons digital games scheduled for release in 2013.
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara from Capcom features up to four players battling against mythical beasts from the D&D universe with a mix of melee, range and magic attacks. The game is available as a digital download on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC.
Neverwinter is an action RPG set in an immersive massively multiplayer world that lets players explore and defend one of the most beloved cities in the Forgotten Realms. The MMORPG is free-to-play and can be downloaded at http://nw.perfectworld.com/.
The release of Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara and Neverwinter join many other partnerships and digital releases in the works, establishing D&D as a major force in the digital space. Other upcoming releases include Arena of War, a mobile game for Android, iPhone and iPad devices from DeNA available later this year; Shadowfell Conspiracy, the second expansion pack to the Dungeons & Dragons Online MMORPG releasing on August 19; the upcoming release of Baldur’s Gate on Android followed by Baldur’s Gate II Enhanced Edition; and a yet-to-be-announced game from Playdek.
Be on the lookout for additional announcements highlighting D&D’s expressions across the digital space!
Does Man of Steel really need a review? Nah, so I’m not going to bore you with how good it is; just go see it.
Instead, I want to blather on for a moment about Hope, I want to share with you a couple of my private thoughts (if you care).
I would think that most boys hope to grow up to be strong men, I know I had those hopes.
I would think that most men hope to be strong leaders, I know I continue to strive for that quality.
I would also like to think that most men hope to be a hero to at least one person.
For me, when growing up, Superman was always my favorite comic-book hero. As I went from kid to adult, as childish as it may sound, I always wanted to be Superman. I’ve owned the familiar blue shirt with the ‘S’ logo on it in since I was small. While the shirt never altered my physical form, when I put it on it did change (if ever so slight) how I view things. I wanted to be the bigger person, I wanted to be the one that could save the day.
As a father, I always had hope that my son would see me as his Superman.
But that hope has been misplaced and I only realize that now for the first time. Instead of my desire for my son to see me as his Superman, I hold hope that he will become his own Superman. It is my job to provide to him that hope, to encourage him, to lift him up so he can indeed be a super man.
That is the meat of what I took from watching Man of Steel. It’s about fathers doing what they can to provide for their children. It’s about the sacrifice a father MUST make in order to provide strength to their children. It’s about providing hope.
The movie touched me on a very personal level. Sure you might could see me as a weak person for getting all gushy about a silly movie, but sometimes we all need reminders of who we are and what we are here to do. Sometimes it takes something like a silly movie to remind us.
I could nit-pick a few elements of this movie; but I won’t. I had a fun time watching it. I had a great time absorbing the personal message that I got out of it.
This Father’s Day weekend, let your kids know that they are your super hero. Hug them, love them, and provide to them hope.
First off… This is an ADULT film with ADULT humor (and most of it is vulgar). It’s not one for the kids regardless of how many times they say that Hiccup is in it. It’s not one for those easily offended. This Is The End features an all-star comedy cast; James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, among others. The unique angle is that they all play themselves.
Those who follow me know that I’ve had a rough month so far. AC in the house died; hot water heater blew up, car died, cable went out, all kinds of bad things have been going on. You could say I’ve been having a bad day. I really needed to hit my local movie theater, Carmike Oaks 7 in Batesville, Arkansas, and watch a good comedy to lighten my mood. This Is The End most certainly delivered. The short of it; I loved it, go see it. The long of it; read on…
As the tale unfolds we learn that Jay and Seth have been long time friends since childhood and grew up in Canada. Seth moved to the States and made it big in Hollywood and made lots of Hollywood friends. He and Jay tried to keep in touch over the years, but each got busy with their own careers. This is actually not far from the truth as Seth explained to SiriusXM Radio Host Howard Stern this past Monday.
Jay arrives in Hollywood, hangs out with Seth, and head over to James Franco’s house to really party. The Party features even more actors and comedians playing themselves (yes, yes, we all understand that they are all playing a character of themselves, over-the-top if you will). Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Michael Cera, and several others all seem to be in the good graces of James Franco.
Then all Hell breaks loose, literally. I don’t want to spill any spoilers about what is to come, but suffice it to say this is perhaps one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in the past few years.
As I mentioned this movie is full of adult content. Sexual jokes, brief nudity, lots of drug use and reference, it’s just not something I would take a kid to go see. That aside, I loved it. I think most readers of this site would find it right up their alley as well.
This week we also have Man of Steel due out. You may be hesitant to spend your hard earned cash on two movies. I would say… Indulge yourself. On this day give yourself a little present and go catch a double feature. This Is The End is by far super funny and is very much well worth it. I would almost venture to say that if it had come out on any other given weekend, it very well could have been the top selling movie.
I might just go see it again, it was that entertaining. I would recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of fun.
I give it 4 out of 5.
Who knew the Apocalypse could be so funny?
Get ready to traverse the Dalelands for an artifact with the power to unlock the mysteries of an ancient elven civilization in Search for the Diamond Staff, the newest season of D&D Encounters beginning June 12.
The Diamond Staff of Chomylla, an artifact with the power to unlock the mysteries of an ancient elven civilization, has at long last been found. When orcs steal the staff, though, it’s up to a group of heroes to stop them. Why orcs should want the staff is anyone’s guess, and the quest to find the truth might well lead the adventurers across the Dalelands and into the depths of the lost library-vaults of Uvaeren.
Search for the Diamond Staff takes characters from levels 4-6. This season also includes an optional online component, which allows players and Dungeon Masters to convert the adventure to the D&D Next playtest.
Adventurers will also have the opportunity to play in a multi-table roleplaying event during Vault of the Dracolich Game Day on June 15. This annual event, which takes place at Wizards Play Network locations in over 40 countries, is a celebration of Dungeons & Dragons and a way for local communities to get together and play one of the latest releases.
D&D Encounters is an exciting, weekly campaign that plays out one epic encounter at a time. As you defeat enemies, solve puzzles, finish quests, and perform heroic deeds, you’ll earn Renown Points that you can use to get exclusive rewards. Each session only takes 1-2 hours to play, so it’s easy to fit your game in after school or work. And each week there’s a new and exciting challenge. Jump in anytime!
I find myself sitting in my local movie theater and tonight’s movie is The Purge.
You’ve seen the preview. Crime and unemployment are at an all-time low. The government has sanctioned an annual 12 hour time frame called ‘The Purge’ in which any crime is legal and will go unpunished.
While the concept is extreme, sometimes you simply have to go into a movie with an extreme suspension of disbelief. Think about the first time you saw Ghostbusters, Joe Verses the Volcano, or Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? Could the elements in those movies actually happen? Have they ever actually happened? Probably not and No. They all require a fair amount of suspension of disbelief.
The Purge is such a film. Could we really ever live in a world that was 99% crimeless and where 99% of us were employed? Of course not. Would we really ever get to a point where we all could bottle up our anger and save it for just one small 12 hour period? I very much doubt that (and by me saying that I am in no way admitting to any crimes – just so you understand that).
SO.. Let’s go ahead and get that out of the way now. If you are avoiding this movie because of its concept, let go of that thought. Sometimes you do have to let go, take a chance, roll the dice, and just have fun.
What’s fun about a film that depicts a night where any crime goes? Yes, yes, the actions themselves are horrible to ponder, but leave that; this is just a movie. Keep that thought in mind but also try to relate with the main characters. That’s where this movie shines.
Put yourself into the shoes of the family in their home. They don’t want to hurt anyone let alone kill anyone. But what would happen when someone seeming innocent needs help? Would you turn your head and let them suffer, knowing you could have tried to save them? Or would you help them?
The fun is in letting your mind go for a while and consider what you would do in that situation. I approach most zombie flicks in the same way; and much in that way The Purge reminded me of that. It’s a movie about survival. Who will be your enemies, who will be your allies?
The concept within the movie has been around for literal years; The Lottery by Shirley Jackson comes to mind as does an episode of Star Trek (The Return of the Archons). That’s not to say that The Purge is unoriginal, it absolutely is original; I’m just explaining that the theme is one that may not be as far-fetched as it appears.
If I haven’t stressed this enough, just go watch the movie with the mindset of simple enjoyment. Avoid trying to explain why it could or could not happen and just enjoy it.
We give it 3 out of 5.