Hearthstone : YOU GET NOTHING! YOU LOSE! GOOD DAY

GameMasters sucks sometimes.

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List of Top 15 TV Shows I Watch (and why you should or shouldn’t watch too)

This is a list of 15 shows that I’ve been watching as of recent.  They are in no particular order.  I’ve also provided a small critique of each one, as a couple of them I have had to stop watching…
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Archie vs Predator – Comic Review

I’ve seen some odd crossovers but this may very well be the strangest yet…  This is a very unique combination of worlds in the geek and horror universe!

A Little History First:

The year 1990 saw the release of Predator 2 in the movie theater.  Read more »

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!

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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.

 

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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!

Warcraft : No Fly Zone

EDIT: Blizzard has reversed their No Fly decision – we have added a new article HERE to reflect this, but are leaving this one in tact for readers to read.

It looks like all of those flying mounts in World of Warcraft may soon be grounded.

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You will still be able to use them in the older areas, Burning Crusade, Cataclysm, and Lich King, but from Timeless Isle forward… They have had their wings clipped and it is quite likely a permanent clipping.

In a recent interview from Polygon, Warcraft’s lead designer, Ion Hazzikostas stated:

“The world feels larger, feels more dangerous,” he says. “There’s more room for exploration, for secrets, for discovery and overall immersion in the world. At this point, we feel that outdoor gameplay in World of Warcraft is ultimately better without flying. We’re not going to be reintroducing the ability to fly in Draenor, and that’s kind of where we’re at going forward.”

Do you see what he is getting at?  Yeah, no flying in future expansions either.

Bummer dude.

Yeah, he had more to say about the soon to be released patch 6.2, but this is what really caught my eye.  I love being able to fly, damnit.  I don’t want my wings clipped!  I DO enjoy being able to take flight and explore without running into something over-powered or a PVP situation.

I dunno…  I mean, I see his point from a development view, and he does provide a compelling argument that they may create an objective to rescue someone and pre-flight you would have to run up and fight your way through a crown to get to that someone, but with flight you can drop it, tag them, and fly off.  But you know what?  Sometimes I want to do that, sometimes I don’t want to spend 20 minutes fighting mindlessly just to complete a rescue quest.  It seems like a bad move to me.

What are your thoughts?

Dragon+ App Review (Dungeons and Dragons)

Wait.. how did this get by my radar??

For YEARS I read every issue of Dragon Magazine (and Dungeon Magazine) each month it (they) came out.  I was in grief when the mags were canned.

But this…  Holy Crap!  Dragon Magazine is back!  Sortav.

What is Dragon+ ?

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It’s an app (you know those little program things that go on your phones and tablets? yeah, those), that lets you download digital issues (new ones, not the older issues from yesteryear – though that might be cool if they did convert them to pdf format to allow to be downloaded) of new issues of ‘Dragon Magazine‘.

The issues will be interactive as most digital magazines are now and the best part… Issue 1 is FREE

At the time of writing this article, I am not sure yet if future issues will also be free, but I have reached out to my contact with Wizards of the Coast and as soon as I hear I will update and let you guys know!

Okay, more details about Dragon+ :

Dragon+ is an official WoTC app for all things related to Dungeons & Dragons.

Within you will find game strategies, D&D storyline details, interviews, sweet history of past D&D lore, world info about the different realms found in D&D, comics, fan submissions, videos, and more!

It also links up to their Facebook page, which allows for up to the minute updates about what is going on in your favorite fantasy world (no, not THAT fantasy world… you pervert…).

Dragon+ is available for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Want some screen shots?

These are from my very own Samsung Tablet (in other words the iTunes version may be a bit different, but I kindav doubt it):

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This is the cover, you can swipe to get to the next page (duh, like it says it right there at the bottom), or you can tap the screen to open a selective thumbnail menu so you can pick the article you want to check out.  The first one I jumped to was…

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Oddly enough, I was just talking to a friend yesterday about writing a massive article about the history of The Temple of Elemental Evil, so naturally this particular article jumped out at me…

 

Bottom line… If you play Dungeons & Dragons, or RPGs in general you will find this app chock full of good reads.  Grab it.  Enjoy it and Game On!

 

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime review

GameMasters reviews the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime :

Wherein GameMasters reviews the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime phone.
It runs a 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 Quad-core processor
Has an on board 8GM of memory, expandable up to 64GB (via microSD).
Runs 1 GB RAM (blah)
and more fun stuff shown in the video.

 

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Info & Screen Shots!

A little heads up..

Activision is doing something new with this release of Call of Duty: Black Ops III.  It’s going to come out on a Friday!  Friday, November 6th to be exact (well, at 12:01 AM).

That means no more taking off work on Tuesday and Wednesday to play it, now you can take a 3 day weekend and play non-stop!

There will be everything you have come to love about the game as well as ZOMBIES in the initial release.  That’s right, you won’t have to download a separate patch (cough cough – CoD Advanced Warfare – cough cough) just to get those walking dead in your game!  This go around will also feature an XP Progression System when going up against the undead.

The campaign in Black Ops III will drop players into a world set in the future in which bio-tech and cybernetics have formed a new Black Ops soldier.  New weapons, new abilities, new systems, all of these add up to new ways to play multiplayer.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III will be available for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.  So far there is no confirmation that it will be available for the Playstation 3 or for the Xbox 360.

Now.. on to the screen shots!

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Star Wars Episode VII Trailers

Star Wars.

What more is there to say?

Here you can find all of the trailers for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens as well as a little bit of a breakdown…

I present them in the order in which they are released.

Teaser Trailer #1:

All seems quiet at first.  A hushed whisper tells us that there has been an awakening… Have you felt it?

Then we are thrust into chaos with Finn (John Boyega) in StormTrooper suit presumably on the planet Jakku.
What’s cool is the dirt!  Yes, I said ‘dirt’!  Remember Episodes I, II, and III?  How CGI they looked?  Now consider
Episodes IV, V, and VI.  Remember how used and work everything looked?  Yeah.  That’s what this stormtrooper suit reminds me of.
It’s got dirt on it.
Chaos builds as we see a new droid type, looks like an R2 head on a beach ball.  This little guy is called BB8.
Oooh man, next we see lots of StormTroopers in a horror type setting.  It really reminds me of the book Death Troopers (a zombie tale set in the Star Wars universe), written by Joe Shreiber.  Of course the StormTroopers here visually look different (and that’s okay – this new movie takes place 30 years after Jedi after all!).
Next up we see Rey (Daisy Ridley) ride away into the desert on some kind of large speeder.  She appears to be in a hurry…
X-Wings across a lake!
A new bad guy!  Wait.. does his lightsaber have a crossguard?  That will never work..
The Falcon!  YAAAA HOOOOOO!
and a faint sound of a lightsaber…

Watch the Teaser Trailer here:

 

Teaser Trailer #2:
Released on April 16th we are given a fair amount more to work with.
We open upon a desert planet (again we suspect it is the planet Jakku).  A speeder is moving across in the distance (is that Rey from the 1st teaser?).  It passes a crashed X-Wing and a crashed.. oh holy crap… that’s a crashed Star Destroyer!
LUKE!
Vader’s Melted Mask!  Okay, so does this part take place shortly after the funeral pyre at the end of Jedi?  Oh man, I can’t wait until December!
More x-Wing fun across the lake.
More bad guy with strange hilted lightsaber.
More Rey, Finn (no longer in stormtrooper outfit), and BB8.
More Stormtroopers.
What’s this?  Who is that?
Wait!  A TIE Fighter is attacking it’s own?
Chrome Trooper!  AAHH!!
Okay, the Falcon just flew INTO that crashed Star Destroyer!
“Chewy, we’re home.”  I cried.
Okay, wow.. Chewy hasn’t aged a day, but Han?

Watch Teaser #2 here:

Star Wars Battlefront Trailer

EA (Electronic Arts) and LucasFilms released today the new trailer for Star Wars Battlefront.

Releasing on November 17, 2015, it will be available for Playstation 4, XBOX ONE, and on Origin for PC.

You will be able to helm speederbikes, snowspeeders, and command AT-ATs.

You can pilot X-Wings, TIE Fighters, and the Falcon (well.. and more)

You will be able to PLAY as Darth Vader and Boba Fett (well.. and more)

There is multiplayer online play, or you can fight offline for the Empire or Republic.

The cool part?  If you preorder now ( http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlefront/news/jakku-pre-order-offer ) you can be among the first to battle on the Planet of Jaaku (one of the new planets in Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens.

Yep, you will get a chance to check out the Battle of Jakku!  As stated on the official website:

“the pivotal moment when the New Republic confronted key Imperial holdouts on a remote desert planet in the Outer Rim. Taking place in the aftermath of the Rebel victory in the Battle of Endor, players will experience the events that created the massive, battle-scarred landscape of Jakku shown in Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™.  Players who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront can fight the battle one week early.  All other players will get access to this content on December 8th, 2015.”

Check out the trailer below:

 

Hand Made Vampire Stakes by ZombieMall.com

Some of you know that I also run ZombieMall.com.  It’s a sister site to this one, only it’s geared more towards horror and less towards games; otherwise the two sites are very similar.  Occasionally some posts fall into categories that allow me to cross post them.  This is one such post.

Over at ZombieMall, not only do we know zombies but we also know vampires!

I started crafting hand made vampire stakes several years ago, using them mostly for cos-play and never really considered making them for anyone other than myself.

That thought process is done and I’ve made several for others.  In fact, they have become such a hit I’ve made several for whomever wants them.

You can find them over on my Etsy page:

GameMasters.com 2014 Wrap-Up

GameMasters.com 2014 Wrap-Up and a little exploring into what can be expected in 2015.

We started off last year dedicating it to Time Travel.

But what happened?  We really only posted a couple of articles on Time Travel.  Don’t worry.. from time to time we’ll go back and check out more on that subject.  I still need to show you guys how the RibonWave Generator works.  More on that in a future post.

2014 was certainly a busy year!  We had many reviews from various Dungeons and Dragons ( or #dnd for those hashing this), a few from Loot Crate ( #lootcrate ) and several movies and books.  We oh so love movies and books!

Peppered in were several phone and tablet apps, and we enjoyed toying with each of them!

GameMasters.com is still a bit of small potatoes when it comes to the world wide web, we saw just under 2 million unique hits over the past year, and that’s not too bad, but I’d love to increase that significantly this year.

All of our reviews are caught up, and so I need to reach out…

Do you have something that you want reviewed? A book that you have written, perhaps? Or a movie that you have made? Shoot me a message and let me know the details, I’d be more than happy to give it a whirl!

Contact me via email ( manager@gamemasters.com ) or via our Facebook page: GameMasters Facebook

I have two sites that I do my reviews on, and in some instances, where they fit, I cross post them. GameMasters.com hosts pretty much everything from games to movies to books to electronics. ZombieMall.com hosts pretty much everything horror related.

-GameMasters

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.

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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.

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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.

Gear:

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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!

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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. ..

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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

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.

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The Goodies:

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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The Goodies:

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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).

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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