undead darlings kickstarter

Undead Darlings

So I am still a frequent visitor of the NIS America forums, and that’s where I found out about this project. A couple former NISA employees left to create their own game development/localization studio, called Mr. Tired Media (a literal translated of お疲れ様 “otsukare-sama,” a phrase meaning “good work” or “well done”), and this is their first game! Reading the description from the Kickstarter, this is a visual novel-style game with RPG/dungeon crawling elements. The battle system seems inspired by Wizardry and Phantasy Star IV, neither of which I have ever played, but it looks like that head-on style employed by Earthbound and Dragon Quest, games I have played :)

Here is the Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mrtired/undead-darlings-no-cure-for-love

The game looks pretty interesting, and I wanted to help spread the word to the 2 people who read this blog :) I think it’s good for the gaming industry to have more successful developers and more varied games, so I am definitely in support of this project. Hope it appeals to you too!

cube returning to diablo!

The patch 2.3 preview went up yesterday, and some great changes are coming to Diablo III: Reaper of Souls! The best one is the return of the Horadric Cube from Diablo II! The Horadric Cube was a really neat item that only got better as more patches and the Lord of Destruction expansion pack came out. Initially, it was just a curiosity, something with a limited number of alchemical tricks to create various potions or specific weapon stacks. You could also upgrade gems from one tier to the next. Of course, the most famous use for the Horadric Cube was to combine Wirt’s Leg, found in the ruins of Tristram, with a Tome of Town Portal to open a portal to the Cow Level.

Kanai's Cube

In Diablo III, we’re getting the “upgraded” cube, which apparently belonged to King Kanai. A new area, the Ruins of Sescheron, will contain the Tomb of King Kanai, where you can find this cube. Blizzard says that this cube will be able to transmute crafting materials from one type to another, and, more excitedly, break down legendary items and equip the passives on your character itself, outside of the skill passives! Since this will most certainly not include set bonuses, the most obvious choice will be the Ring of Royal Grandeur, whose legendary ability reduces the number of set items required to gain a set bonus. This will open up classes that rely on multiple sets to also gain the ridiculous benefits of the Focus/Restraint ring set, which provide a +100% damage bonus with a fairly low upkeep.

Other changes to look forward to include the removal of the Realm of Trials system (presumably you’ll be allowed to just automatically enter any Greater Rift rank up to the highest rank you’ve beaten), new Act-specific crafting materials, a Seasonal timeline and new rewards including portrait frames, and the additions of Torment levels 7-10! We’re currently in month 2 of the forecasted 3-4 month Season 3, so expect this patch to hit the PTR soon and come out as early as mid-August! As I have recently gotten back into Diablo III, this makes me all kinds of excited :)

See Blizzard’s official preview here.

incremental computer upgrades

So my current computer was built around January of 2011. Since I am not a hardcore PC gamer, it’s mostly lasted through the few games I have played through until now. There were some slight hiccups, though; summer 2013, when I was playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, my graphics card (MSI Hawk geForce GTX 460) would occasionally overheat and cause my computer to restart. Then, last summer, while I was into Guild Wars 2, my GPU start emitting a very high pitched whine after 5-10 minutes of play, and only then, which was both irritating and slightly alarming since it gave off the impression of potentially exploding if I let it go. I resolved this problem by picking up my friend’s leftover Radeon card (something probably a half year behind the GTX 460, but I can’t remember the model). Currently, I play Diablo 3, and the card is performing fine, though sometimes there is some video lag and the fan goes into overdrive while the game is running.

Since I’m not quite ready to upgrade my entire box, I decided to start with a new GPU and see how things are for now. I picked up an EVGA GTX 960 from NewEgg and also decided to splurge on a new monitor, which ended up being cheaper from Amazon.

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In talking to my friend briefly, he says the biggest near-future concern as far as GPUs go will be the advent of VR and 4k, but that won’t be coming for a few years at the earliest. I think I’ll be fine with whatever I decide to upgrade to, and just pay for more if the need arises. Honestly, if I do get more interested in video games, I will be more likely to pick up a Playstation 4 before I need to pimp out my PC.

spoils of war (a.k.a. i bought stuff)

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So this was a weekend of spending. On Saturday, I went to IKEA and got much-needed furniture for my apartment. I got a wire storage shelf that acts as a poor-man’s dresser for my closet since I don’t want to buy dozens of hangers again. I also bought a small table with hinged flaps that transform it into a medium table, along with a couple pine chairs. Next day, I spent the afternoon in Oregon doing shopping before heading to my friend’s house to hang out for the night. Above, you can see that I got Krispy Kreme (yum), stopped by Powell Books and got Ms. Marvel volume 2 on sale, which I had been meaning to get at some point anyway. At Kinokuniya, I happened upon Yozakura Quartet 2 at 50% off, so I obligingly went for another Yasuda Suzuhito purchase with a Durarara!! artbook I happened to notice. I then stopped by Rainy Day Games and got a bunch of stuff, a 2-player cooperative tower defense card game called Sylvion that’s quite fun and has nice art, a couple HABA games, and PFACG Skulls & Shackles Adventure Deck 2 (since my Paizo subscription for some reason skipped it).

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Then, today, one of my RightStuf orders came in, the “in stock and available” sale purchase I made last week. Continuing my collections of Nisekoi, SAO Progressive manga, and DanMachi, and starting out with Trinity Seven, Hataraku Maou-sama, and SAO Progressive proper. I’m actually quite excited to read SAO:P, since Aincrad is what defined SAO but, in the grand scheme, it was merely a prelude in the main series. I look forward to Kawahara giving it more attention this time around!

spider-gwen galore!

So I have been very delinquent in providing blog updates. What’s gone on in the last 2 months? Mainly, I cleaned my old apartment and moved to a new one that’s closer to work, which took place over most of the month of April. Shortly after getting settled in, I flew out to Madison to hang out with my old friends and go see Age of Ultron. Very enjoyable movie, though, when given time to compare it to previous Marvel features, it’s probably not near the top, unfortunately.

After that, I’ve been sick for the last week now, which is super frustrating. It’s finally starting to really go away today, though, so hopefully I’ll be at full strength for the work week.

Anyway, since I decided I needed more things to throw money at, I’ve started collecting Spider-Gwen variant covers. I’m at least restricting myself to only the ones I like instead of going for them all, but it’s still pretty expensive :X I just got an order from Midtown Comics today, so here is my current collection. This includes the Spider-Verse trades that I ordered:

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So, in the first picture is the Edge of the Spider-verse #2 where we are first introduced to Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman. This is the issue I picked up from Other Worlds Games in Beaverton, and it happens to be a first edition, which is currently at about $100 on Midtown Comics. In other words, I could probably get $40-50 easy if I tried to resell it; not bad for a $4 investment! The other books in the picture are the Edge of the Spider-verse and Spider-verse Prelude trade paperbacks.

The second picture displays Spider-Gwen #1 and variant covers I’ve currently obtained. The top-left is the standard cover. Top-right is the Kirs Anka 1:25 variant, which means 1 copy was printed for every 25 copies of the standard cover. Bottom-left is the Skottie Young variant, and bottom-right is the J Scott Campbell Midtown Comics-exclusive variant.

The third picture is all Spider-Gwen #2 variants. Top-left is the standard cover, second printing because I was lazy and didn’t make it out to a comic book store for a while. Top-right is the Jerome Opena Dynamic Forces variant cover, of which only 3000 copies were printed. Bottom-left is the Sara Pichelli 1:25 variant, and bottom-right is the Mike Deodato Midtown Comics-exclusive variant.

Last, we have the standard covers for Spider-Gwen #3 and 4, as well as the NYC Themed variant of #4. I didn’t really want any of the #3 variants :X My #4 standard has a weird blot/printing error on the right side of her skirt, not sure if I care enough to get a cleaner copy… I’ll probably just not care, though at $4 it’s probably cheap enough to get just another copy. We’ll see.

Up next, issue #5 releases on June 3rd, and I’m thinking of picking up the Books-a-Million variant. I still want to hunt down some #1 variants, too, primarily the Jerome Opena variant, the Jason Latour Heroes variant, the Newbury Comics exclusive, the Hastings exclusive, and the La Mole Comic Convention exclusive. I’ve been using Ellie Egleton’s blog to track what variants are available.

new march books – part 1

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Got these last week but never got around to taking a picture. I was attempting to hold off until there was a RightStuf sale, but I realized there was probably a really low chance of Seven Seas getting a sale so I decided to just go ahead and buy them. I also decided I couldn’t wait for a VIZ sale so I got Shokugeki no Souma 4 in this shipment… then obviously VIZ went on sale like 2 days later -.- So that’s the other half of this month’s manga purchases, which include Nisekoi 8, 5 more volumes of Skip Beat, and a preorder for Shokugeki no Souma that releases on April 7.

Funny story: apparently Seven Seas had to take down the picture of Monster Musume 6 from Facebook because it was considered too lewd :O