Halo Wars 2 Review [Pixelkin]

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It’s been seven years since the original Halo Wars helped prove that not only can you make a non-first person shooter Halo game, you can also bring the Real-Time Strategy genre onto consoles.

Despite the large time gap Halo Wars 2 is very much a sequel, improving upon the original while offering fun new competitive and cooperative game modes.

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D&D 5E “Princes of the Apocalypse” Session 54 Recap

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Previously on “Princes of the Apocalypse”

Apologies for the technical hiccups in the video. We live streamed this session for the first time in a year and I clearly still have some settings to tweak. Work in progress! 

In coming down to our final of four elemental-themed dungeons, I really wanted to crank up the tension. The story and plot derail a bit at the end of “Princes of the Apocalypse”, boiling down to a series of Zelda-like dungeons complete with boss fights and magic items that defeat them.

I had each dungeon tell more of a story to make them more engaging, even as my players stomp their way through them with barely a sweat. The aboleth guarding the water node, the complete collapse of the earth dungeon, and Miri briefly turning on the party to act as a temporary air prophet in the Howling Caves.

It was the latter that gave me the idea to properly introduce Vannifer, the tiefling prophet of fire. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Princes of the Apocalypse” Session 54 Recap”

D&D Live Stream Tonight!

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Those of who you have been watching our weekly D&D adventures may recall that we used to live stream, first on Twitch then directly to YouTube.

We stopped and switched to offline recording for two main reasons – my internet connection was crap for live streaming, and our schedules rarely let us start on time – often up to 30 minutes late.

Both of those factors have improved over the last few months. I moved into a new neighborhood with much improved internet and we’ve been able to get together at a much more consistent basis. Continue reading “D&D Live Stream Tonight!”

The Walking Dead S7 Episode 11 Recap [Polygon]

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After a string of decent-to-good episodes, The Walking Dead is back to its nasty old habits of zeroing in on a single minor character in a situation we don’t care much about. This time it’s Eugene, the latest captive of Negan and the Saviors.

Unlike previous Savior-visitors Daryl and Carl, Eugene thrives under Negan. He’s given a nice room and a fridge stocked with fresh veggies. He’s allowed to walk around, and immediately impresses Negan by channeling his Super Science Talk — the same talk that convinced Sgt. Abraham Ford to take him to Washington several seasons ago.

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D&D 5E “Princes of the Apocalypse” Session 53 Recap

We return to the Howling Caves, where the party has to stop one of their own from completing the elemental ritual!

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Previously on “Princes of the Apocalypse”

Sometimes you step out of your comfort zone and enter uncharted waters within a role-playing space. This week we attempted to spice up the story of elemental evil by having one of the PCs become corrupted by the elemental weapon she’d been wielding, ultimately acting as the Prophet of Air while the other three raced to stop her.

It was a neat idea but the execution left the rest of the party bewildered and hurt rather than excited at the prospect. They thought Miri was just straight-up betraying them.

I had previously established that the elemental prophet weapons were semi-sentient and definitely capable of having negative effects on those who wielded them. Miri had previously used and ultimately rejected Drown. But she was heedless with Windvane, having used it for quite some time. I had mostly forgotten about it, occasionally teasing the gossamer wings she’d grown and her haughty (haughtier) attitude.

But being so close to the wind node and having attuned to the weapon for so long compelled her to separate from the party about halfway through the dungeon. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Princes of the Apocalypse” Session 53 Recap”

The Walking Dead S7 E10 Recap [Polygon]

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Our hopes were dashed last week after both the Hilltop and the Kingdom refused an alliance with our group. This week hope, and potential new allies, are found in the most unlikeliest of places: a junkyard full of near-feral survivors and spike-armored zombies.

But first, let’s talk about Carol.

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D&D 5E “Princes of the Apocalypse” Session 52 Recap

We journey back into the Black Geode and confront the Prophet of Earth in the Earth Node.

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Previously on “Princes of the Apocalypse”

Those of you that have been following our campaign for awhile know we’ve had our share of technical difficulties. Unfortunately we had a nasty one crop up in our session last night – complete power failure from a thunderstorm. This resulted in the loss of the first 2/3 (almost 2 hours) of our session.

Crap!

As you’ll see in the video I attempted to salvage our session by recording a few minutes this morning and describing what happened before syncing up with the final 30 minutes. I’m devastated that we lost some great footage, and apparently I need to switch to recording via .flv instead of .mp4. So it goes.

Last week our heroes had sealed the water node and returned to rest in the Fane of the Eye. They set out this week to delve back into The Black Geode, battle the prophet of elemental earth and seal the earth node. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Princes of the Apocalypse” Session 52 Recap”