Monthly Archives: March 2014

Elder Scrolls Online – First Impressions

Elder Scrolls Online Launcher ScreenshotSo, the Elder Scrolls Online preorder early-access started yesterday, and we’ve played enough to each create a character. I’ve also gotten out of the starting area. So while this is not a lot of content to talk about yet, there are some basic questions about flow, interaction, and the way the game will work that we’ve seen a glimpse into.

Before we hit our A to Z Challenge starting tomorrow, I thought I would get these thoughts out. We’ll be playing more and seeing how we like the game throughout April, so we’ll probably have some follow up after that and some thoughts on continuing to play or not. But for now, first thoughts!

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Cersei Lannister, the Lioness with No Teeth

The new seasons of Game of Thrones is about to start, so I thought it might be a good idea to look at another character that we love to hate, Cersei; only daughter of Tywin Lannister, wife to Robert Baratheon, and mother to Joffery. She is such an interesting character because she craves power, but as a woman in this world does not really have it. The other problem is that she thinks she knows how to play the game, but she really ends up a pawn pretending to be a Queen. This means that Cersei often finds herself in situations that she did not expect or really anticipate. She underestimates way too many people and then overestimates others. It is kind of a tragedy how miserably she usually fails because she thinks she sees everything, when she really doesn’t. (Spoilers for Game of Thrones the book and movie after the jump.) Continue reading

Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award

Thanks to Natacha Guyot over at Science Fiction, Transmedia, and Fandom, for nominating us for “The Versatile Blogger Award”. It has been great to be able to connect in some ways with other bloggers and see what other people have to say. We appreciate knowing that people like to read our stuff and we enjoy making it.

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Comics Review – Amazing X-Men and the Return of Nightcrawler

I have been holding off on reviewing this comic until they completed their first story-arc, now ranging the first five issues. This comic was one of the first in the new lineup of Marvel titles, which they’re calling All New Marvel Now. And as all my titles changed over, this is the one I’ve stuck with.

The other comic I was reading still was Wolverine and the X-Men. However, this came to an end and they rebooted this title as well back at issue #1. Which partially means, a writer change. I was noticing that they had the same writer for the whole run of Wolverine and the X-Men… Jason Aaron. The new writer for Amazing X-Men.

Amazing X-Men #1!

Amazing X-Men #1!

So I think I have my replacement comic. Because this plot rolled out of one that had started in Wolverine and the X-Men from the very first issue. The story of the Bamfs, who looked so strangely like Nightcrawler… This comic picks up the plots, humor, and fun that I was loving in Wolverine and the X-Men! So let me review a couple of the aspects around it!

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What in the World Happened to Indexes?

I’ve been saying for a while now that I need to write this post, and so the time is now. Because we’ve hit yet another example. Because one by one, the Indexes are going away.

Where are the Indexes going?

400 page strategy guide. Want to guess whether it has an Index?

400 page strategy guide. Want to guess whether it has an Index?

By which I mean, the Index section of books. What I’ve been running into has been with gaming materials. So, disappearing from the end of board game rules. Disappearing from the end of strategy guides. When you’re going to take the time to produce a large, written document like this, for people to turn to as a reference, you need an Index! You’re competing with the Internet, and if you make your products hard to use, you will lose people. And they will turn to free alternatives online.

So I’ve seen a few examples, so let me talk you through them, and why it annoys me so!

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