Saturday, August 30, 2014

How I Geek Episode 23 - Yeah, We're Still Here

Just when you thought that we might be gone for good, we show up with a podcast so mediocre, you can't help but listen. This week we spend some time talking about Dave and John's romp through Gen Con, discuss the new Doctor (SPOILERS) and engage in some general geek talk in this over sized episode.

John and Dave tell us about this years Gen Con
Gen Con: Then and Now
Star Wars Imperial Assault
Dust Tactics
Sons of Anarchy
DC Deck Building Game
Legend of the Five Rings
Forge World
Robotech Tactics
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Shadows and Brimstone
Warhammer 40K
Dark Eldar
Sisters of Battle
Raging Heroes' Sisters of Eternal Mercy
Doctor Who Season Premiere (SPOILERS)
Comparing Doctors
Casting the Doctor
Companion Talk
Reboot: Underworld
Reboot: Greatest American Hero
Wesley Snipes and Blade
The Equalizer
The Rob Liefeld App
Agents of SHIELD
Warmachine Tactics
Kickstarter Spotlights - Mars Attacks, Designers & Dragons and Pariah Missouri Book 2
Geektrocities and more!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #3 (SPOILERS)

Issue three is here and so is my recap of the issue.

Like the previous issues we got a shot of the secluded cottage. This time we see a game of chess being played between two people. We are not told who they are, they are referred to as the Pale King and Dark King. Their faces are hidden in shadow but you can still make them out.

Angela has a flashback to when she first met Tony Stark and the Guardians. She remembers stark telling her about Earth and its inhabitants. The mutants, the super powered being, the monsters, but what of Asgardians?

We jump right into the fight between Angela and Thor with Angela in complete control. through the whole fight, Thor doesn't land a single blow. Although he is physically stronger, Angela's speed is too much for Thor to handle.

Meanwhile, Loki is having tea with the Queen of Angels. She reveals that she was appointed to be Earth's protector by Odin himself, to keep Asgardians from doing harm to the planet and it's people.
In the end she betrayed Odin. The queen was only concerned with rewards and payment; a mercenary that would sell out a client in an instant.

The Queen made deals with the enemies of Asgard, uniting them together. She offered Odin a chance to pay her off in order to betray those enemies. Odin of course refused. He recognised her as the honorless scum she was. The Queen had absolutely no concept of what honor was and meant to the Asgardians, she saw ans an empty concept that Odin used an empty reward for his people's work and sacrifices. And this is what brought about the war between Heven and Asgard.

Angela has Thor down and out, ready to slit his throat when she is stopped and ordered to take him captive. Chained up, Thor awakens surrounded by Angela, the Queen of Angels, several Angels and their newly appointed Mistress of Strategies, Lady Loki.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

World of Warcraft: 10 Years, 10 Questions

Over at Alt: erantive Chat there is a wildfire spreading amongst WoW bloggers, 10 Years, 10 Questions. I always up for WoW talk and decided to jump on the bandwagon.

1. Why did you start playing World of Warcraft?

In the past I had always been a console gamer. I had gotten a high end gaming laptop and decided to try my hand PC gaming, mmorpg's in particular because i had never played one.

I started with Guild Wars and through twelve levels I didn't find it much fun at all. When trying to get advice or help from people in game it was like trying to pull a tooth from a t-rex. I then looked to World of Warcraft.

I wasn't keen on having to pay for a game and then having a monthly subscription fee on top of that. I can't remember what finally made pull the trigger. I had already started listening to The Instance and World of Warcast, about two months before jumping into WoW, getting a feel for the game and the community. I started researching lore, read some of the novels and dabbled in Warcraft 3. I was getting hooked before having ever played the game.

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

Elwhyn, a female Night Elf warrior modeled and named after my first Dungeons & Dragons character from back in the mid 80's. I had seen the Night Elves in Warcraft 3 and thought they were cool and I'm a huge fan of female heroes like Red Sonja, so it was a no brainer from the start.

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

I was already predetermined to play a character modeled after my first D & D character. Also, I had been playing fantasy rpg's since 1986, killing orcs, trolls, undead and minotaurs (close enough to tauren) by the hundreds if not thousands. I found absolutely nothing in those races and their lore to interest me enough to try them so I went Alliance.

That doesn't mean I didn't try the Horde side. To this day, i still cannot find anything even remotely interesting on the Horde side of the game to keep me playing a Horde toon. I've tried neraly every race/class combination and can never get one past level 42. I even factioned changed one of my 90's and soon as I could change her back, I did.

The Horde is boring and they stink so bad that you can smell them through your computer.

4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?

Two things. I died to some satyr in Teldrassil and when looking for my corpse I fell off of the tree.
My first romp through Warsong Gulch. I had no idea what to do or what I was doing. I got in mid-battle and running through Silverwing Hold and cames across an orc and a troll. We just stood there looking at other. i waved. they waved back. We started dancing then we all seemed to remember at the same time that we were supposed to be killing each other.

5. What is your favorite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?

Exploration. From that first time I logged in, I've been comepletely enamored with exploring the world and finding things I've not seen before or just looked over too quickly. I loved it to a fault, because I was constantly wandering into areas way past my level, aggroing everything in site. this hasn't changed and the only thing coming even remotely close is transmogging.

6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?

Teldrassil, Darkshore and Ashenvale. I'm still heart broken over the changes to Darkshore and Ashenvale. Also, on a moutain outside of Stormwind there is a cottage with a bunch a sheep. I can't help but blast the mechanical one that makes the gnome run outside and yell at you.

7. How long have you /played and has it been continuous?

About 250 days spread out over twenty some charcaters.. My play time has not been continuous. I take breaks and have fits of boredom with the game from time to time.

8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?

Only the first time unless it is a classic/epic questline like the Darrowshire stuff back in classic WoW.

9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?

I have a few. Early on I fell into the addiction trap. I have an addictive personality to begin with and even though I did everything I could to avoid it, what time I spent in game was never enough and so I started making time by taking it away from the people that were much more important. Luckily I snapped out of it. I now play only 30 to 60 minutes a day unless I manage to get into a raid. I can go several days without playing and have gone three months or so without logging in at all. However, when I go a long time without playing I still get the urge to binge play.

Not getting into raiding sooner and still being super nervous and scared of raiding. Not trying to tank more. I love melee classes. I love charging right up on a mob or boss and punching it in the crotch, making fun of its mama. I have the mindset for a tank, I'm just scared to death of the responsibility.

10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside of the game?

Having friends in game that have become real life friends. It contributed to my desire to become a blogger and podcaster. It gave me a new way to in which to vent and work things out in my daily life. When I have a bad day or just need to work things out in my head, I log into WoW and hit some battlegrounds and run some dungeons.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I'm running out of time...

With the release date for Warlords of Draenor coming soon, I'm now in a frantic rush to get things done before the expansion drops. Granted, I don't have to get this stuff done, but I would really like to and I feel that I'm in a race to beat the clock.

In no particular order:

Get the Kor'kron Dark Shaman transmog set
Kill Garrosh on normal, heroic would nice but normal is mandatory.
Get two fist weapons off the Protectors at normal or heroic level. I have the Talon/Claw of the Phoenix which are going to waste. I farmed those for transmog and I would like use them.
Finish Loremaster. I still have four zones Outland and three in Nothrend to finish.
Finish farming the Skayshatter mail set for transmog.
Finish farming the Cyclone mail set for transmog.
Finish farming the Ten Storms recolor mail set for transmog.
Farm the White Tiger plate set for transmog.
Finish farming the Ymirjar Lord plate set for transmog.
Finish Outland reputation grinds.
Make more gold. Just because I want to.
Do the Cata raids. I still have not done any of the raids from Cataclysm.

In all, not a bad list but still quite a lot to do before October which is the common prediction for Warlords. Killing Garrosh and getting my dark shaman transmog set are the highest priority. It's getting to the point where I am considering buying a kill run. So if any raid team out there could use a fill in 567 enhancement shaman, give me a shout.

Friday, August 8, 2014

How I Geek Episode 22 - Back In My Day

Explicit Language Warning. We triumphantly return from our unintended week off with talk on our top five classic video games, Guardians of the Galaxy and DBZ: Battle of Gods. Spoilers and hometown ranting ahead!

Our Week in Geek (Game of Thrones, Quest, World of Warcraft, Guardians of the Galaxy, Zombicide, Dungeons & Dragons, Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods
Batman vs Superman bows out to Cap 3
Fantasy Casting: Chris Pratt as Indiana Jones
Guardians of the Galaxy breaks $200 Million
World of Warcraft's 10th Anniversary
Warlords of Draenor
Our Top Five Classic Video Games
Honorable Mentions
The Great Ship & Shore Rant of 2014
Hometown Reminiscing

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Galactic Guardians and Gods of Destruction (SPOILERS)

Over the past few days I've been able to see Gaurdians of the Galaxy twice and cath the limited screening of Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods. Both were incredibly fun to watch and and I'd happily dish out the money to see them again.

There isn't too much to nitpick about either movie.

The biggest things in Guardians that stood out to me was the lack of developing Gamora and Drax being more powered down than I thought he would be. Drax at one point could go punch for punch with Thor, had flight and could shoot energy blasts. Drax's power and skill set has been altered a few times throughout his history. Although I like the more powerful Drax, the changes the character has seen have been fine and fit the stories being told. I was just really hoping to see the throwdown between Drax and Ronan to be at least somewhat even. Outside of that Dave Bautista did a wonderful job playing the character.

In regards to Gamora, they really didn't do anything to get you into the character. She's tired of killing, she's tired of being around Thanos and wants to get away from it all. There is absolutely nothing there to show you the character's plight and so you have no attachement to the character in any way. Zoe Saldana played the character well, but there was nothing there storywise to give her any depth.

Battle of Gods is the first orginal DBZ film in about seventeen years. It takes place during the ten years of peace before Goku leaves to train Uub. Lord Beerus, the God of Destruction is awakened. The Kai's make Beerus out to be this horrible evil villain a thousand times worse than Freiza, Cell and Buu combined. However, you get no real sense that Beerus is in fact evil. Beerus is a deity, and like all deities he throws a tantrum when he doesn't get what he wants and so destroys whatever planets are in his way. It's how deities are portrayed in many stories. Like Goku, Beerus lives for finding opponents to challenge his fighting capabilities. You end up liking the guy right away.

Goku, always training to bring himself to the next level, finally encounters an opponent that he cannot beat and concedes. Beerus and Goku part having a great deal of respect for each other and opens the door for Beerus to be a new ally and friend that Goku can call upon if needed.

The movie was great, the comedy was well placed and organic, the action was solid and although some of the voice acting has been altered since DBZ was airing regularly on Cartoon Network, it was fine. Can't wait to get this on Blu-Ray.

Big thank you to my co-hosts. my long time friends and brothers, John and Dave who treated me to these fine films.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Going on a Hiatus

When life hands you lemons, you can't always make lemonade.

Unfortunately I have no choice but to put the podcast on hiatus because of some blows dealt by life which has caused some financial hardship. I'll not have any internet services at home probably through the entire month of August. I can at least access my blog at a place that will remain unnamed but I will have no use of the things I need in order to record with the guys, no upkeep on the show's facebook page, and nothing else that the internet brings.

Disconnecting is not all bad though. they say technology brings us closer together, that it's making the world smaller. That is true, but only up to a certain point is that a good thing. We let technology run our lives too much. We've let it become something that distracts us, interrupts us and it takes our attention and time away from people and things that are much more important.

I just wanted to get something out there to let you all know. We're not pod fading. We're not breaking up. It's just life throwing me a curve ball.