Monday, January 27, 2014

Privateer Press Is Going Audible

I saw this when it was posted but didn't think to mention it here. Privateer Press released news last week that their novels and novellas will soon be availble at Audible starting in February and book one of the Warlock Sagas has been available for pre-order for a few weeks now.

From Privateer Press: "Privateer Press is pleased to announce that Audible will soon be releasing a selection of audiobooks from Skull Island eXpeditions’ library of fiction based on the award-winning Iron Kingdoms setting. The first two audiobooks, Into the Storm and Instruments of War from New York Times bestselling author Larry Correia, will be released February 4th on audible.com. These audiobooks feature professional narration and are compatible with a wide array of devices, including phones, tablets, eBook readers, and computers."



Thursday, January 23, 2014

WoW - New Models for Human Females

Blizzard has released pics of the new models for human females in World of Warcraft.





A big improvement and looks gorgeous. Can't wait to see my paladin when Warlords of Draenor gets here.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Warcaster Chronicles: The Way of Caine

The Warcaster Chronicles: Volume One, The Way of Caine
Written by Miles Holmes
Cover by Phroilan Gardner
Illustrated by Nikolay Mikhailovich


The Way Caine takes you on a journey through the life of warcaster/gun mage, Allister Caine. From his days as a thief to his first solo command of Cygnaran forces while on a black ops style of mission. I was never fond of the character from what lore was available prior to this book, but the guy has a way of growing on you. I couldn't get enough of this, Caine is a well balanced mix of all the well know action heroes and it ended too soon.

Although I felt the book was moving a bit slow at the start, it quickly got on pace once Caine enlisted and it as almost non-stop fun and action from there, I would recommend this one to not only fans of the Iron Kingdoms but to anybody that enjoys a good action book. Of the three Iron Kingdoms books I've read so far, it's the best one and has set the par for all the other books I have yet to read.

The Way of Caine can be found at skullislandxAmazon and Barnes & Noble.



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My Current Life In WoW

I've come to the conclusion that I really have little to no desire to play any of current alts or make news ones. Once it becomes a chore it loses its fun and that's what has happened. I'm concentrating on my main toon Morvahnna and only touching my level 90 alts any farming I need and crafting needs.

I'm still raiding on flex mode in Siege, trying to go the last few drops I need, tier helm and chest, a ring and a trinket. Outside of that I've been working on the Loremaster achievements and farming mounts. I finished up Eastern Kingdoms last week, have four zones to finish up in Kalimdor, four in Outlands and three or four zones in Northrend.

That's about it. Hopefully I have something from WoW that's more fun and interesting for you soon.





Saturday, January 18, 2014

Dark Convergence

Dark Convergence
Written by Dave Gross
Cover Art by Matthias Kollros



Dark Convergence is the fifth of Privateer Press' line of novels set in the Iron Kingdoms and pits Cygnar against the rising threat of the Convergence of Cyriss.

Artificer General Sebastian Nemo must liberate the village of Calbeck from a Convergence occupying force led by the prodigy warcaster, Aurora, Numen of Aerogenisis. The Convergence has taken a unique interest in Calbeck forcing Nemo to free the villagers and put a stop to whatever machinations the Convergence has put into place. 

Each chapter is divided with one half dedicated to Nemo and Aurora respectively which was done pretty well. David Gross does well in getting the characterizations across even with the supporting cast. Despite the situation the Cygnaran forces are in, Gross gives the story some upbeat moments with the type of humor seen in the likes of the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings films, but where some of the humor seems truly organic there are a few instances in which it felt forced and didn't set well for me given what was going on in the story at the time and that is the only negative I really have about the novel. 

Unlike the previous book I read, Dark Convergence did not have the few pages of who's who and what's what at the front of the book. It did however have an index like Through the Darkness. That said, Dark Convergence is an all around well written story; from the characters, the combat, the humor and to the sense of dread you get once the real fighting starts. Having had to face far more Cygnar players than I care to back in my days of playing Warmachine, David Gross had me wanting to start up a Cygnar army. 

Dark Convergence can be found at skullislandxAmazon and Barnes & Noble

You can learn more about Warmachine and the Iron Kingdoms at Privateer Press.




Tuesday, January 14, 2014

My Young Rock 'n' Roller



I mentioned somewhere, maybe not here, but somewhere, that my son Jason (now thirteen) started taking some in classic rock. It started as the kids and I were going through That 70's Show on Netflix.

Jason had already taken some liking to AC/DC thanks to the Iron Man movies and Highway To Hell being used in the first Percy Jackson film, but that was really it. Classic rock in general was just old music not worthy of his earholes.

Late last summer though, Jason came to me and asked to listen to some Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones and Styx. This was all due to the t-shirts that Hyde typically wore, but I'll take it. We went trhough a few other bands but nothing really seemed to click with him. What really made me shake my head in confusion is that when going through Van Halen, Jason said that they were too heavy. This is a boy who's constantly jamming to the likes of Papa Roach and Three Days Grace, but Van Halen is too heavy.

A couple nights ago, Jason came back asking to listen to some Cars. I figured that The Cars wouldn't be his cup of tea and sure enough he ended up adding only one song to his ipod. We moved on to Aerosmith after that and he added a few songs there.

It's not much, but it's a start. It wasn't until I was fifteen or sixteen that I started to really appreciate all the music that I grew up hearing when I was younger than that, but not paying much attention to. I imagine it'll about the same with Jason. What's really cool is that he's not only taking interest in the bands and their music, but he also asks about the people in the bands and their history. He even sat down and watched the Sound City documentary with me. The kids doing it right, and better than I was at his age.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Return of Peter Parker



We all knew that Peter Parker would be coming back and thank the comic book and superhero pantheons that it’s finally happening. But, as happy as I am to hear Peter is getting his body back from Otto, I’m not sold on the upcoming ASM #1. I still have a very hard time liking the art style of Humberto Ramos and I’ve grown bored with Dan Slott’s writing of Spidey, I just don’t get the same enjoyment level that I used to. Dan has told some great stories and has had a good run, but it’s time to let somebody else take the helm. As happy as I am that the real Spider-Man is coming back and as much as I love the character, I’m not sure I can jump on board as long as either one of these guys continue to be on the Spidey creative team.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Through The Darkness: The Story of Machinations



Through the Darkness: The Story of Machinations is a collection of the monthly fiction that was released during the year long Machinations league for Wamachine which introduced the new playable faction, the Convergence of Cyriss.

The heroes of the story are Rutger Shaw and Taryn di la Rovissi who start out escorting a group of Llaelese resistance fighters to the town of Dunlyf  which lies empty of all residents which seemed to have vanished without a trace.

Rutger and Taryn are joined by Harlan Versh as they investigate the disappearances. The soon run across an ancient evil known as the cephalyx and must make an uneasy alliance with the forces of Cyriss.

There are two things that I really like about this book. First, there is a short history of the Iron Kingdoms. It's just a few pages just giving the reader a quick run down of who's who and what's what. Unlike other books that have several chapters dedicated to this, before the story even gets started, these few pages get the job quick and easy for those unfamiliar with the Iron Kingdoms.

Next, like other books there is a glossary at the end of the book for reference and for those who want to know more about the Iron Kingdoms setting.

The book is a quick read, and has pretty good balance of combat, action/adventure, mystery, terror and even had some laughs in there. A good read for all fans of the Iron Kingdoms and not a bad read for anybody on the outside looking in. If you fancy fantasy, steampunk or gritty warfare, give this one a try.

You can find Through The Darkness at skullislandx and at  Amazon

Monday, January 6, 2014

Some Goals For The New Year

I'm not one for making new year resolutions, but there are some things that I have to do.

Getting healthy is always on people's list. I'm not going on a diet and exercise binge, it never seems to work. Going with small goals. Eating more fruits and vegetables instead of just meat seems like a good start. Drinking more water might be a good idea. Exercise, meh, that it is going to have to built up to.

Taking care of projects on the home front all by myself unless I'm in over my head. I've always counted too much on other people to help me with that stuff and it's time for a change. We have a ninety year old house, there is a lot of work to be done and it'd make for a great hobby.

Doing more stuff as a family. Going to more conventions, hitting up water parks, go camping or (and I like this one) pack the family into the car on a Friday, pick a direction and just drive and not come home until Sunday night. Take more pictures and record more videos of the family, not just of the kids.

Blog at least once a week. Doesn't have to be about comics, games or whatever geek thing has me hyped up. Just write once a week and get it posted. This one counts.

Learn how to use Audacity, get the equipment and start a podcast. Been holding back on this one big time. I'm intimidated by software like Audacity and even when I started a twitch channel for live streaming I felt uncomfortable and out of my element. I also hate the sound of my voice. I really want to see this one through.

Less World of Warcraft. Gasp. Yes. I made the mistake of doing the /played. I look at all of that played and can't help but think how much of that is wasted time. There is a good portion that wasn't wasted time. WoW has become something more than just a game. It's how work stuff out in my head. Nothing helps clearing the mind and working stuff out like killing Horde scum and I do have good friends that I'm thankful for. However, I'm contemplating concentrating one one character and once character only from here on out.

I think that's it for now. There are some other things I'd like to do but they can wait. The stuff above has to come first.