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Summarize This Month

Righty. Lots of good and bad things happened. I’m thinking I’ll make either weekly or monthly posts summarizing, unless something demanding a whole post happens. This, obviously is month-post, so let’s get on with it.

My memory is definitely got even shittier than it was. I’m tired constantly, feeling sleepy, mostly pulling through my day on sugar and/or caffeine rushes. Which are cracking me down, but as long as I make things happen – that’s good. So where do I start, making this happen? Good or Bad? Let’s start with the Good and hope for the least amount of Bad.

The Good: At the beginning of the month a friend of mine planned to come over for a brief visit, a walk maybe. But rain was also in our plans, so she suggested I hop in with her, and we take a walk in the bigger city instead. Me, trying to take everything life offers me, grabbed the opportunity. We took a nice long walk across all the Old Town part, some near the river, admired local kittens, had lunch in the park, and headed home in the evening, with sky so beautiful, full of fluffy rainy clouds.

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I watched all of the Misfits someone kindly put on Netflix. Lithuanian Netflix is a little bit thin, but it seems to be getting exactly the series I wanted to watch for forever. I caught up on a lot of pop-media. And Misfits being among it made me realize I love that actor who plays Ramsay Bolton. And therefor can’t get myself back into hating the bastard. I know I should, but here I am.

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I got a few video games as presents, among them such gems as AC: Unity and Factorio. Unity is poorly made, but really fun. Friend also lent me her Syndicate, which is much better made, and I love it even more. Factorio on the other hand, satisfies a whole different need in me. A want for seeing results after a day of work. It’s amazing, and I love it a lot too.

I have painted a lot of beautiful paintings, and made a lot of beautiful jewelry. Ross Everett and Matt Lieberman from SourfeFed group surprised me with their serious kindness by sharing my fundraiser, which led me to this great person who ordered a commission of their portrait. Usually I wouldn’t mention this, but this was first irl-person portrait I was paid for (people prefer paying for their favorite characters, family members), and the person smiled so wonderfully in their picture, it just left me so happy for the time. We spoke a bit, and I was told they like the painting a lot, words every artist hopes to hear.

Then, after mentally deciding I need to say goodbye to most if not all of my books, since we’re going to get evicted unless a miracle happens, I got up to an email from local publishers I never even considered asking anything from, with an offer of a review copy.

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A friend from Poland has sent me HUGE movie posters of Star Wars, Crimson Peak, and even Witcher (Blood and Wine dlc themed), and they’re just so amazing! But best of all was the pin she added:

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Point Break (2015) is great, keeps my spirits up.

Penny Dreaful season 3 has Dracula in it. Same actor who played a very epic role in Dexter’s first season. Which I finally forced my friend to watch, since she reminded me a lot of someone there.

And now the bad: While my mother’s cancer treatment bills are all prepaid, and all she needs to do is come in for treatment or surgery (depending on whether the treatment works or not) – we had to sell the car, since we couldn’t afford to fix it, and we can’t afford a better working old car either. She has anxiety issues to the point where she is not ready to go alone on bus. And going together is far more expensive than a ride with a car.

Bills and debts have piled up, and so court letters began. My parents, as sick as they are, are facing debtors jail. Collectors will get their asses here too. And then there’s eviction because we can’t afford living.

Paypal apparently has limitations, I used to use my friend to pass me my money, but she’s slowly but surely reaching the limit of what she can do. And I don’t have a proper card to get my paypal working with it, and to that, I don’t even know what are my own limits in it.

I’m feeling very sick. Constant aches in muscles, bones, joints. Fuzzy mind, hard to concentrate, hard to remember things, I can’t recall what happened through this month. I’m sleepy all the time, and can’t fall asleep (2.17am now).

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David Gaider – The Calling [Dragon Age #2]

6940494Ah, finally, I had the chance to indulge in the second Dragon Age book, a closer prequel to Origins game, “The Calling” by David Gaider (ISBN 0765324091; 444p.; Goodreads). While simple these stories are a great source of background to those who play, and just a light fantasy read to those who don’t. Yes, reading them does seem perfectly enough to get to know Dragon Age world, in case you’re not a gamer, or those games are not your style.

The Chant of Light speaks of Tevinter mages, Magistres by their mighty ranks, who entered The Fade, world of dreams and spirits, in flesh. They walked the halls of Golden City, arrogance of man corrupting all it touched, and when they reached the Maker’s throne – they found it empty. Once Golden City, heavenly dream to reach upon, became tainted Black City, a place where we fear entering even in our worst nightmares. Magistres were struck down, far down, deep below any Deeproads, where their taint, their corruption spread, creating darkness, and creatures just as they are. Their will gone with their minds, at the sight of empty throne, and at the horror they created, they are now led by one instinct alone: find the light, find the source of the timeless Song. A song sung by the Old Gods, sleeping deep underground. Maybe it’s their only hope. Or maybe it’s the final punishment Maker has put upon the world. For when Darkspawn find the old gods they cannot resist the instinct to touch it, and corrupt it, turn it the way they are. And then, when such tainted god awakens: Blight happens.

When there are no Blights – Grey Wardens, via rituals put in between humans and darkspawn, end up living long enough for the taint to start taking them over. From merely sensing the darkspawn, they start hearing the song too, and that song compels them to come. Yet, instead of giving in, and ending up like darkspawn, Grey Wardens walk out into the Deep Roads, and fight till death, trying their best to take as many of those cursed creatures with them, as they possibly can. This is The Calling.

Genevieve’s brother has been underground too long, and yet she can still sense him. Visions enter her mind, corruption spreads all wrong. Something’s happening underground, and she, if nothing else, is afraid. For her brother had a rare gift some Grey Wardens possessed: he knew where the Old Gods rested. And while darkspawn aren’t known to take prisoners – things might change if there was such a mighty reward at the end of the line. The only problem is not even how to convince other Grey Wardens to come with her, and help her find her brother, for she is their commander, and worst case scenario – they will do as she will command them. The problem is getting them into the right tunnels without getting lost and dying beforehand. For there are only two people who know the way. Loghain Mac Tir, not a pleasant fella, General to Ferelden Armies and very lacking in trust to Orlesians, Wardens or no. And King of Ferelden himself, Maric Theirin…

The book is slow, I won’t deny it. There’s a lot of walking in the dark, and getting to know each other. Action too often reminded me of a mush from Origins, Deep Roads quest and Circle of Magi combined. But hey, there was a fight with a dragon, and we got to know Alistair’s mother better, not to mention a closer look to Architect. I give this book 4 out of 5, can’t give it more, but refuse to give it any less either.

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2015, Thank You

So! Better late than never, they say. So let me be late and thank 2015 for the bad and the good. Well, just for the good, for talking about the bad would take forever, and would be a bit pointless, I think. If you don’t know, I’m struggling with manic depression. As a result there are times when I neither write, nor do anything, truly. But as I’m here today, willed into life by friends, I figured I’ll thank for the good stuff, for there was good stuff!

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First of all, my favorite last year crafts. In the pictures, currently, only the second row middle is sold, to a Boss out there, I hope you’re kicking ass wearing these! Anyways, let’s start from the start. I waited forever for a chance to order some bat spacers-pendants, and those cabochons. And when I received them, I found myself unsure what to do with the beauties. In the end, I painted a lovingly smiling skull that I called Beloved, for it might as well be a lover immortal. Get it? Also, it’s not related to Skulduggery Pleasant on purpose, at that moment I didn’t yet know of such a fantastic character. Next, top in second row is a bracelet called Alice Hearts, my tribute to Alice in Wonderland. Always wanted to make one of those. Then there’s Saints Row tribute, one of my all time favorite games. I just had to give it its due therefor. And the last is Midas Gold earrings, all set in gold colors. To be honest, when I was making them, I was wondering if Varric (Dragon Age) wouldn’t be willing to get a pair (matching his own chain) for Bianca. The rest can be found [here]

And don’t you get me wrong. This year I have made many beautiful things. I sold a lot of them too, and people gave me kind reviews for each one. It was one of the most artistically rich and muse smile filled years for me. May this year be no less in this department.2_paintings

Starting with arts, let’s continue to where I started in the first place. I painted a great ton this year. I learned a lot about painting too. And putting together this little collage taught me I draw extremely similar faces, so I guess I have plenty to improve yet.  Anyway, there’s my own characters there, there’s Grav3yardgirl, Floki from Vikings, a comic book version of me, and quite a few postcards. I learned I loved making those, for I work best when I see full picture at once. I also just now realized I didn’t enter Vikings as my top hit of 2015, so letting you know right now – wow, loved it, wow! The rest of the paintings are [here]3_bestmoments

There were a lot of small moments that got to me too, although for the lack of pictures, some couldn’t end up in here. In spring I saw a woodpecker peck wood. I saw a ton of squirrels playing about. In summer my friends took me out to watch Inside Out and gave me a haircut upgrade, a very nice bleached undercut. We played Cards Against Humanity and had a blast therefor. And while my bookshelves were broken apart: this year was the year we put on a metal brace on it, and now it holds! I got a ton of presents for birthday, so many postcards from all over the world, so many tea packets, sweets, and kind words, I never ever got this much before. One of the many top hits is that Moriarty tie you see in one of the pictures. Loved how the envelope said “man’s tie” and the postcard pointed out Tarquin Blackwood was a chic guy, so I should be too.

Then there’s those moments I couldn’t mention, forgot, or just had no pictures of. Like getting review requests from publishers (yes, that equals free books). Authors contacting me, just to talk, or even them leaving me a comment or two somewhere. I’ve received a phone just because, had a pleasure of trying a lot of different energy drinks, including Monster: The Doctor, which is currently my favorite Monster flavor. Then there were other wins, like Grav3yardGirl liking and reblogging my painting of hers [here], Mortisia reblogging some of my stuff, Katers17, now known as KateInRealLife replying me to actually all of my messages. I re-opened my personal art Facebook Page and became part of Crowley Emporium project for crafts and jewelry, made by me and two of my friends.

And best of all, I realized what a bunch of amazing friends I have. Some found me brooding over the darkest moments in my life and helped me back up. Others just got there for a word or two, or an exchange of music that they heard and “thought of me”. I guess in this department I’m just lucky like that. I’ve people who go an extra mile to help if they’re means to do so. I hope they know that I love them all. 4_books

Then, as this blog demands, there’s the book wins. I admit, this year was indeed unyielding in time and will to read, and yet never the less I have something to rejoice about. For one it’d be me finding myself a new series to read and love, which are Skulduggery Pleasant books by Derek Landy. That skeleton mister just has the most perfect vibe about him. Got a lot of unusual, unique, and otherwise different reads this year too, those being Into the river by Ted Dawe, apparently a banned book following the story of this Maori boy in all-boys boarding school. Yakuza by Gabriel Loidolt, which I’d call “Irezumi” instead, a pretty damn nice book, very short, with very slight Murakami vibe to it. Very slight, mostly by the whole go-around. The Radleys by Matt Haig was a serious surprise. So simple, so mundane, and yet not at all, because every seen-a-hundred-times thing that family did was done by vampires, for they’re all vampires! And, of course, my own pick for the book club, Neuromancer by WIlliam Gibson. I wanted to read that one for so long! This blog of mine is mainly meant for horror, suspense, fantasy, and books alike, while I do realize I don’t follow the pattern. That is why I have made the Nosferatu Shelf category, to have those books put in a list. But this year I hope to fill it in a little more with Cyberpunk too. After all, we do await Cyberpunk 2077, don’t we?5_games

Speaking of games, here’s my nine hits. They’re not the releases of 2015 per se, but something I discovered, got to the end of, and loved last year. First was definitely Bastion. It somehow reminded me I like games, and that I should actually finish them now and then, and not just spend hundreds of hours doing anything but main quests, as so many games these days allow you to. While not the second one, still, Transistor, being a creation of same developers, is a beauty to behold. Mind you, not for the weak of mind. It’s heart-breaking at more than one point.

Saints Row was in my inventory forever, and so one day I got around to playing it, on co-op non the less. Can’t play first one, second one gives me motion sickness, so I started at the third one and merely read the wiki’s for the first two. Must say, there’s rare a game that makes me so happy inside as these games do. Definitely my favorite co-op of all times, and probably my favorite gangster games too.

Eye Divine Cybermancy fits the theme of me seeking out Cyberpunk stuff. My friend wanted a first person shooter we could play together and have fun doing so (some fps co-ops are lame, just that). She spoke of Cybermancy and I just thought I’ll go see how much is it on Steam, since it was Summer Sale and there it was, for 2.49eur. We took it and we had  a blast.

Shipwrecked is in a sense merely a DLC for Don’t Starve, but there it is. I got it, I loved it, can’t wait for it to become part of Don’t Starve Together. By the way, one of the highlights was getting that game free for myself and my friend, since they took me into the beta testing group!

Payday 2 was a nice surprise, I’m still playing it and loving it. Satisfies a whole different need of bold nihilistic sense of freedom and courage (not bravado). Wicked jokes, fun characters, and caring Developers just make my dark little heart happy.

Dragon Age Inquisition… Ah well, I don’t even have DLC’s yet, got it for my b-day in 2014, still playing, still loving, still happy to see Dorian throw a fit over lack of books in my library…

The Wolf Among Us was a discovery of the year, I believe. I really disliked the graphics from what I saw when my friends played it. But then I watched Drive with Ryan Gosling and that vibe got me. Now I can say it’s an amazing game and I am extremely sad there’s no more of it. I guess I’ll just have to indulge in the comics…

And, of course The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Unlike some, I’ve no disappointments to express over the length of it. Unlike many, I didn’t grind, because I explored and leveled up naturally doing so, by sheer need to beat off a Leshen off a chest I wanted. The only disappointment I did get was the shortness of the Hearts of Stone. Truth is, CDPR gave such ‘expansion packs’ free back in the day, audio and all, free for all with a registered game. The quality and length seemed quite alike to me, so I’m glad I got it free as a gift, for I’d be a lot more disappointed if I paid 10 bux for it! Other than that – yes, it’s very good!

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And the last are the things I watched. First of all, let me just mention Vikings. Loved it so very much, it was a far better season than the previous one, and the music is just mad good. Truly a blasphemy that I forgot to include it here. And I guess I can also add I loved American Horror Story: Hotel a lot too, although I haven’t finished it yet!

Let’s start with the movies now then. First is the Legend, a story of brother Krays. Strange in so many senses it was a perfect little fun-drama-bang piece after such disappointment as Black Mass was. I’m a bit sad I’ve no books on these guys, but I’ll have to fix that I guess! Any publishing houses who want to provide me with those?

I somehow rediscovered Dracula (1931) [here], and crafted my four favorite pairs of black and white gothic earrings. For once I appreciated how beautiful this movie is, and what a wonderful actor Bela Lugosi was.

Mr Holmes was a happy little piece for me too. I’m a great fan of Sherlock, and Sir Ian just fills in those shoes so well! It’s just great, go watch it.

Drive and Gangster Squad were on my Ryan Gosling marathon that I required to have all of a sudden. Now I can say I really enjoy that actor and the often superbly weird things he stars in. Gangster Squad is full of those good goofy, naughty, and otherwise good jokes you might also find in Saints Row. And Drive is just an amazing original movie. Never have I watched anything like this, but I do hope to watch something like this again, someday. When first 5 minutes you spend staring at a character who doesn’t even say a word (not a mute tho), and your face is glued to a screen in suspense…

I watched quite a few series too. Orange is the new Black got me by a mention in Supernatural. Was the last drop, more or less. It’s good in it’s own way, really. Mad men was more or less an old recommendation. Was mentioned in Orange is the new Black, so of course it was a natural chain… Banzai was a Lithuanian show, six episodes total, of these two Lithuanian men, educated people with sense of humor, traveling. This year they went for Japan. One of them, being tall and big man, had the funniest troubles concerning shoes! And the one zombie show I liked: In The Flesh. I liked the different approach to it, to zombies. I liked the Englishness of it all. I loved the strange-fam thing of “let’s pretend there’s nothing wrong”, and misleading prophecies everywhere. And I loved how protagonist was gay and no one bat an eye at it.

So all in all, as you see, I had a rich year spiritually, if I may say so. And I do believe many things I didn’t mention here for I merely forgot about it all, having so much. Those big and small things don’t let me say it was a bad year. No, it wasn’t. It just wasn’t good either. But that’s not a bad thing.

Stay happy and survive. 

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[Games] Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked

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I must say, I was never a fan of Robinson Crusoe, but I did enjoy Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and the blue waters washing over gold sands. And I do love Don’t Starve, especially since the new multiplayer/co-op was presented to it (back in the day I received a beta-testing copy, woopee for me), so when chance came to get this DLC or Expansion pack, whatever it is, I went for it. And I was not disappointed. So here it is. Shipwrecked.

The game is “early access” since a lot of things are still being done and made. It’s not yet available for the Don’t Starve Together either, but that’s just a chance for you to get around and learn things, to avoid making a fool of yourself when playing with friends (admit it, some are unforgiving).

So, first thing you notice there is rubble around you. You, literally, shipwrecked. There’s boat pieces and junk, on a beach, with little heaps of sand for digging, pretty shells buried  in it, palm trees and some other kinds, bamboo, tangly somethings, snakes, crabs, dogfishes, seaweeds, waves AND tides, so don’t do the mistake I have made by putting my bonfire on the very edge of the shore. There goes the mood!

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I got around a bit, made myself an axe, landed a tree or four, and then I noticed it. A machete. Took me no time (well, a bit of time) to realize this is not a sword for fighting (while as effective as an axe, if not better), but rather a tool to get bamboo and those tangly somethings. The two main pieces for a decent raft, which will be your main way of getting around and even collecting things.

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First the fear had the better of me. I picked some weeds, murdered a jellyfish or five and ate them raw, found another poor soul wrecked, picked up the floating spear gun, killed a dogfish, which I will never willingly do again, it was so sad! Well, I might do it again if I need it for something other than food, but food has alternatives, like coconuts, seaweed, barnacles, sweet potatoes, and probably other things I have not found yet. Then I saw the waves… They move and look all menacing, coming at ya (actually just going in their own pattern). Images of another wreckage and end of the game filled my head. But then I did hit one and… Well, I got wet, I’ll tell you that. But that was about that. Boat wears itself up eitherway, so I’m not sure how much damage did it cause, but it definitely is survivable. And even more so, one can navigate through them easily, which I later did.

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I swam across it to find trees and things growing in the shallow water. You can chop some wood directly off your carriage. Then I found a coral reef, which looked pretty, but I couldn’t figure out how to get some coral, probably needed pickaxe, which at the moment I didn’t have. And finally I landed on an island black… Magma covered place, with a thick forest deeper in. Here I decided to settle, since my need for a shovel grew and grew. Found some pigs, a bit hairy, a bit dirty. Found a dead man with two bottles. One had a note in it, and what do you think? Treasure map. I admit, I didn’t yet get around of digging it out, but I intend to. Going further, I came into some snakes and then a monkey just WHOOSHED past me and started killing it! And then more monkeys came and started killing more snakes! Then they followed me home and stole everything dropped on the floor… Otherwise they’re friendly. But finding food around them is tough.

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So all in all, some things are the same, so don’t worry. There’s still altars to revive yourself, there’s still a need to find a good spot for a permanent camp. Simply instead of invading swamps and going from one type of forest to a different type of forest, you get to explore islands and ocean. So far I give it 4/5, just cuz I really want to play it with my friend instead of going about alone. Also if there’s a spellunker thing in this too – might be even harder to find one.

This post will be updated. Original date is 2015-12-05 [yy-mm-dd]

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[Game] The Wolf Among Us

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I’m the kind of a person who can listen to any type of music, watch any type of a movie, read any type of a book, and thus play any type of a game too. I believe that gems can be found in every genre, and thus don’t stick to one particular, unless in the mood in that current moment. But here I am tonight, telling you how this is the first telltale game I have ever played. And yes, I do dare presuming it’s a genre of its own, since unlike other point-and-click’s that I have indeed played, this was… This was better than even Syberia. There’s just something very different about it! Oh, and I probably do indeed know what.

The game I’m talking about is called “The Wolf Among Us”. I saw it many times in screenshots my gamer friends shared (one of the most known being Gamers Intuition), yet looking at the odd artwork I wasn’t much interested. How often does that happen to gamers? Or comic book / graphic novel readers? I secretly believe that it is way too common. And that we’re making huge mistakes by doing so. Like I nearly did.

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The game starts with these wicked warm and neon colors, beautiful background, and artwork that reminded me of those proper street-gang-mafia movies from the 90s, with flashy night life, smoke clouds, and a complex bad-guy hero. And I wasn’t much wrong in this. It’s just that the bad guy is actually THE Big Bad Wolf from the fairy tales. They call him Bigby, which, by the sound of it, suits him well. And the company he keeps, including the company that tolerates him, even if barely, are people from fables too. Heck, they’re even called that – Fables. We’re Mundies. He lives there, in the smallest apartment in this nice house, with his roommate, who just happens to be the last of the three pigs from THAT tale. The only one Big B didn’t eat.

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And this is where I understood how this game works. You speak and it matters. Not as much as you may think at first, but quite a bit to want to reload sometimes, which I did. My roommate guilt-trips me for a drink and I chose to give him one, and the game tells me: he will remember that.

You walk around, slow and nice, using your regular walking keys, and move the camera about with the mouse. At this point you only see this 2D drawn comic panel at a time, but if you ever read a comic – you will love it far more for the depth in the art, than you would the sometimes lifeless 3D blurs and blooms, believe me. As you move your mouse around, you notice dots here and there, don’t worry, they’re easy to spot. You hover over them and there you have some choices. Sometimes you can scroll through your inventory, pick an item and have another option appear. I know I missed MANY of those, but that didn’t stop me from calling in a lie rightly, or connecting the evidence ends together.

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Mostly you listen and you talk. I learned early in the game that you probably want to cheat and pause the game by pressing space just to read your answer options. Otherwise game chooses for you. And I intend to stream all five chapters (if legal to stream) and try to choose all silent answers someday soon.

But hey, don’t worry, the game couldn’t be further away from being boring. So you seek clues and stuff, sometimes you make decisions on how you’ll do things too, and then, sometimes they result in need of quick action. There are times when you’ll be hurled into action no matter what, so BE QUICK. Dodge a hit! Run after! Choose WHO will you run after!

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The game is a wonderful story. So much, in fact, that I am very much considering getting the comic books, since the story is either continued in those, or otherwise has more in them. I loved all the fables, for having all those interesting traits, and how they handle the modern world, even if they’re failing miserably. I tried my best to be a good guy where it took it, and then tore into flesh without hesitation when I felt more like it. I regret nothing but one thing: the game having mere 5 chapters. I could play it for a week, I could.

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Have a 5 out of 5, deserved. I played the game on PC, but I know it runs on tablet-type devices too, so I presume no one will really have much problems with it. On top of it, some time in chapter 3 I watched movie “Drive” with Ryan Gosling, must say it set the mood right.

Mind you, the game is not for kids. But you be the judge, play it, see it, you won’t regret it: [GOG]; [Steam]; [HumbleBundle]; [Wiki] – oh and please, if you’re not bought, listen to the music at the very bottom of this.

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Hour of the Wolf and The Howler

Little did I know about this game, The Howler: The Game of Touch and Scream, but now I do. The game is based on / inspired by Lithuanian Steampunk book “Hour of the Wolf” by Andrius B. Tapinas. The book is translated into English and can be obtained via Amazon, and you can get informed about it on Goodreads too. It is a saga, but I know nothing on whether there’ll be more games, yet what’s important right about now, is that this game on Steam currently costs only 0,19 euro cents!

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[Game] Terraria [1.3]

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The June 30th update on Terraria

First things first. I’m no expert at all. I’m an amateur normal-gamer. BUT. I have 211 hours on Terraria on record on Steam. I, with my friends, have killed probably 95% of all the bosses. Definitely found all the NPC’s, built them homes and defended them from invasions. Neither pirates nor goblins could stand against us. And so while we were playing calmly yesterday, my friend noticed there’s an update news… An update that was half a hour away. And today I can tell you – after Minecraft’s patch “the patch that changed the world” – this is the best thing in these types of games. And let me tell you why…

  1. Auto-Stack. – Yeah, I mean, Quick Stacking is not that hard. But not that fun either. You go from chest to chest, click the button and may your gods have mercy on you if you click Deposit All instead. Fret no longer. You open your inventory and there it is, at the bottom right corner of your, YOUR inventory. No need to open the chest anymore, just auto-stack everything by running PAST the chests. That’s it. That’s just it.
  2. Restock. – So you came back after a gruesome battle with 2 Health Potions left, barely any Mana Potions and so on. You open your chest, that you probably named “Restoration Potions” or something alike and there it is. From 5 to 15 types of potions. Now find the one you want, go on. OR DON’T! Click “Restock” at the corner of the chest (around the area where Quick Stack and Deposit All is) and you’re good to go and fight another flying pair of eyeballs!
  3. Craft directly from the chest. – Oh yes. This is the most important thing. Imagine you want to craft yourself a bunch of things, a whole damn bunch. So you took this and that. You come to the anvil or crafting table, or anything else really and… You forgot to pick up some seeds, or spores, or iron! And surely you had some chain pre-made, why would you waste your good metals? Well, don’t! What we did and what you can do too – we placed all our tables on the floor and propped a bunch of shelves above. Filled them in with chests for materials for crafting and there you have it. Why? Well because now you can craft directly from the chest. You open the chest, stand by the table you require and there, you can craft it!
  4. Put all dem things on the Cloud. – Steam Cloud is a great, great thing. But Terraria wasn’t very friendly with it. A friend of mine played Terraria from her PC and from her Laptop, making her do all sorts of chores for it: transfer character via email / usb drive, make a second character and deposit all every time you log out, just because you don’t know where will you log back in from again. Well, fret no longer. All your maps and characters can now be uploaded to the cloud! You can play from wherever the heck you want!
  5. Teleport to your friend. – How many times you died while digging with your friend, or raiding that damn dungeon? And they had to wait forever till you found your way back, which isn’t always easy, and in hardmode jungle caves – often barely possible. NEWS! A teleportation potion. What you do is you choose a team color, you and your friends, yes, you all can be one team. Then you open the big map, usually key-mapped as letter “M”, and click on their head. Done. You’re reunited and whatever killed you is now regretting it!
  6. New biomes, improved biomes. – that’s just that. New mini biomes, like granite and marble (so far the only ones I found underground), and whole new desert cave systems, they’re more unique, more like snow biome, not just underground biome with sand it in. Plenty of new monster down there too, mind ya…

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So these here are my favorites. But there are many more, such as +800 new items, new events, new NPC’s, new ways the things work (for instance, information equippables can now stay in inventory and work from there, like depth measurer, compass), new places to place things (an extra little inventory for your grappling hook, pet, light source, etc.), new bosses even, and so on. I will provide a link below to where you can see all the updates. And yes, there are some bugs: money don’t stack in a chest (we share money among us), some items annoyingly stack up elsewhere, etc. But I’m sure a hotfix will soon patch things up.

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Humble Bundle 15th to 23rd

HumbleBundle truly made my day today:

And for more than average you’ll get four more games + whatever they unlock later (the “average” changes a lot, so look at it before buying, don’t miss out on good games, they don’t come any cheaper legally) :

Origin / Steam are platforms via which you can retrieve your games, using the code HumbleBundle will give you. You can give the codes of games you own or games you don’t want to your friends. Games are fully legal, the site is tried and tested, and used a lot by me. The purchase information is stored there forever, so whatever you buy – you own forever and can redownload as much as you need (since I bought comics and books before too, it’s very relevant).
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[Game] Bastion

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Caeldonia stands in ruins as Calamity is bringing it to a complete end. The only relatively safe place now is the Bastion. A little island free of the spreading disease that seems to be creating destruction as well as merely making the world different, too hard to live upon for your mere people. But that’s why we have the Kid and his trustworthy fists, a sword or two and maybe an ally behind him. Kid doesn’t give up. He falls, he fails. Then he gets back up and goes on again, fighting wild creatures in Calamity overtaken regions of what was previously his home. And best of all: he’s not alone.
Word “Calamity” truly fits what is happening out there. Cities and towns, once beautiful and great are now in ruins, overtaken by shrubs, poisonous plants, giant things, wild things. Worst of all, lots of things break. And you are encouraged to break things, everyone understands you need to went, you need to put your anger and sadness out as you go on forth to get the crystals and their shards – the only things with enough power to keep the Bastion safe, floating. And maybe, just maybe, bring back the order of the previous world into this chaos. On your journey, of course, you meet friends. But are all of those who survived, those very few, your friends?
The story of Kid is being told by an old man. He tells you of things you find. He tells the player of things Kid does. How he fights, how he is in general. There’s dark humor under it and just this marvelous sensation at all times. A sensation so great that I can barely contain myself from not constantly praising this game. From the music, to the graphics, mechanics, marvelous story, amazing effects…
bastion1  Bastion is an indie game (Super Giant Games), as I understood it, believe it or not, made by same developers who have made Transistor. Isometric, 2D and slightly platformerish – beautiful and just oh so very beautiful. The game has all a good game needs – good story line with choices that make you toss and turn at night; gorgeous visuals; plot twist; fantastic music; easy to grasp mechanics; plenty of choices in what to use to reach your goals.
bastion2  So in short, 5 out of 5, just try it. It’s not childish. It’s fantasy rock’n’roll from your old old west with a katana in hand to kill a djinni of sorts, where you have to save the urban order world from primordial chaos world. OR NOT. JUST SAYING. TRY IT.

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[Game] Blade Kitten

Blade_kitten  The game takes place on an artificial alien planetoid known as Hollow Wish. Kit Ballard, our protagonist, goes there on a lead of some local trouble maker with a great bounty on her head (Kit is a bounty hunter). Yet as soon as she sets a foot on that planet – disaster follows. A rival bounty hunter Justice Kreel destroys her ship and steals her breaker key that contains all the required information on capturing Terra-Li, the troublemaker. So for the first one third of the game – that’s your priority. Catch Justice, get your key back, kill the red guys.

Welcome to Hollow Wish… On the surface, it’s your typical lawless frontier. Yet this mysterious shell planetoid is filled with dark secrets and cloaked figures. It’s here Kit Ballard, aka Blade Kitten, works as one of the best bounty hunters in the business. Don’t let her pink hair fool you, Kit is part cat, part girl, and wholly lethal. She is one of the last of her species, having fled her homeland after the genocide of her people at the hands of the ancient and mystical race known as the Darques.” – Quote from Steam page

Got the key back? good, good. Because some monsters are waking up and you’re about to get eaten. While running, would you mind setting some people free? Funny how some seem to be willing to be taken away somewhere and only a few truly understand the situation and the danger those guys in red impose. And just like that you jump from a chapter to a chapter, one enemy to another and even get a plot twist or two. Or the implied plot twists that in truth were an absolute meaningless zero, actually…Kitten_blade_1_blackwood

The game is very much tongue-and-cheek from start to end, so there’s plenty of joking about, sarcasm and all that jazz. Some of it is even good. Yet in my opinion this strange little story that was sadly only partially interesting and only partially unique. And the worst part was the Mass-Effect effect. Two chapters in the greatest plot twists happens and your character moves on with a newly found ally, it seems. And that’s it. You get a prompting screen to go buy the next chapter for 4.99. And while everyone seems to still be spilling backlash on Mass Effect for selling off important fragments of the game as dlc’s – no one seems to mind buying the second chapter of an indie game. I understand the need to support an independent artist, especially with a decent game, no matter what I said before, but after the story was broken off like that – I feel a little… Disappointed. It wasn’t good enough for me to want the next chapter, that’s one, and now that I didn’t get the ending – I’m sorry, but unless there’s Steam Summer Sale – I probably won’t bother. It were good few hours of running, fighting, climbing on walls, collecting hex, luring monsters into destroying walls for me and fighting beasts in places where I shouldn’t have went, places where the only exit literally was dying, re-spawning and turning the other way. But that’s about it. A little loose story and mere running that you can do while half-asleep, since it takes a while for anyone to start talking again and no thinking is required to reach things or unlock doors.

Don’t get me wrong, I did like the game. I liked the mechanics, the fairly wide 2.5D world, beautiful anime style, a not-irritating soundtrack and all that. But it was streched a little more than just a little. In the end the mobs were just spawning non-stop to seemingly slow you down and my not-real-game-ocd nearly strangled me when I couldn’t bear any more to run forth and then back just to collect all the hex, since some were on the floor and some were on the ceiling. But that’s that, that’s all I can praise of this game. See how I told little to nothing of the story? It’s exactly that. Go there, do that. What for? Forget about it, go there, do that instead. Story is a bit messy, some parts seem pointless, others don’t connect together, end abruptly and completely and you are left with only a hope and a new monster to fight.

I can spare the game 2 out of 5, and 3 out of 5 for game mechanics. Pardon me, but I don’t intend on getting the next chapter. I might read the comic thou, since that one might have a more smooth story than this. And now, for the finals, have all the appropriate links if you still care to know more of this game. And sure, if you got nothing better to do, go on and wait for some sale and buy it. You’ll be done in a couple of hours and then you can come back and tell me what you thought of it yourself. Links under the trailer.

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