PAX Adjacent: The Seattle Indies Expo

Friday, August 28, 2015

Once again, PAX Prime is upon us. Every year, the expo fills the Washington State Convention center, drawing thousands of fans, and tons of games from AAA video games to indie boardgames. It is an event we wait for all year, but it is notoriously difficult to get tickets for, usually selling out within an hour. If you're still in the area though, there is another way to fill your weekend with games.

Play it Again, Steve: A Tale of Lost Things

Thursday, August 20, 2015

This week there was an incident involving our PS4. While watching Netflix, the power flickered and when we attempted to turn the PS4 on again, it refused to boot properly. In the moment it lost power some of the system files were corrupted and it would not load the dashboard. What followed was an arduous journey that we hope to never repeat.

REDUX: Fable 2 Thoughts

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A very small trickle of information about the latest Fable title has been winding its way through the news sites lately, and it got me thinking about the series overall. As much as I want to say I love the series, I have had a number of ups and downs with it. Fable 3 felt like quite a letdown, with an incredibly short campaign and largely meaningless side-quests. Looking back through some older articles, I came across this piece about Fable 2. Reading it again after all these years I came across one of the things I think was missing from the last game; something I hope can be revitalized in Legends.

Goodbye, World: Fallout Shelter Released for Android

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The only low point of Todd Howard's E3 presentation was having to wait for Fallout Shelter to be released for Android devices. Now that the wait is over, I'm happily lording over my vault dwellers; assigning them jobs, dressing them in various outfits and sending them out into the wasteland. As invested as I've been in the Fallout universe, I'm always curious about any new approach to it. Fallout Shelter blends the RPG with elements of The Sims and Sim Tower (that's right, I went way back).

Hello There Chaps, The Return of Salad Fingers

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Giant Elephant Games (with the go ahead of  creator David Firth) has resurrected Salad Fingers, that unsettling mid-aught staple of the internet. The new Salad Fingers: Where's May Gone is a point and click adventure, whose first of three acts is currently available for free.

5th Edition for the Family Part 2: Consider the Mule

Thursday, August 6, 2015

When we left our band of adventurers, they were desperately trying to catch up with the hill giant Fangrinth and his cohort of orcs and goblins. The group suffered some early hardships, from losing the artifact to attracting the attention of a few giant spiders. Fangrinth was well ahead of them and didn't seem to be slowing down at all.

Senthon, the High Elf ranger played by my brother knew the forest very well. Despite low rolls for tracking their foes, Senthon was able to keep the rest of the party abreast of the situation, keeping track of how many orcs and goblins remained with the giant, making particular note of the orcs (his favored enemy). After dispatching the giant spiders, the group elected to keep moving at double time to make up for lost time. 

5th Edition for the Family Part 1: Fangrinth and the Feindish Focus

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Fifth edition has surprised me. What I expected to be a dumbed down version of the iconic tabletop RPG has supplanted Pathfinder as our regular game. I am so thankful that the latest D&D iteration has allowed me to bring my daughters into the fold. They have taken such joy in their characters' adventures, talking with their friends and grandparents about their latest encounters and the treasures they have now berated from their foes. While my brother visited with his family, he asked if I could run a short adventure for the whole family to try.