Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Force Reviewed

I finally got my chance to play a real copy of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed recently. Of course, I had planned on buying it for the Xbox 360 immediately after the release of the game, but as I reached into my pocket I discovered that I was poor. I ended up waiting for Juan to finish his Playstation 3 copy of the same game, of which I borrowed and enjoyed thoroughly...for the first hour at least. After that the game became a tedious mess of mixed graphics (Some of the characters are perfect enough for a low budget movie, while others look like they were slapped together from the leftovers of previous star wars games). The plot showed that Lucas has no remorse in taking a stack of Expanded Universe books and ripping them in half (Throwing them into a fire is not unlikely either). The gameplay, well that is fun at first, until you realize that hack and slash is just a lot easier than using any of the force powers. This is unfortunate because the whole appeal of the game was to...wait for it...unleash the force, in ways never before imagined at that.

And out of all the things that bother me the most, this is probably the MAIN complaint I have about the game...





That's right. In the parts where you weren't trying to figure out how Vader's cape worked, you try relentlessly to get the camera back into a reasonable position for killing Wookies and Stormtroopers alike.

That's not to say the game was SOOO horrible. It was actually a playable game, with a backstory to some of the events which everyone wanted to see on a screen of some sort.

:SUMMARY FOR THE LAZY PEOPLE:

-Gameplay-The combat is amusing and creative, if you are only planning on playing for about an hour or less at a time. If you can look past the camera controls, it isn't so bad. The Xbox version (I played the Demo on this one) felt a little more streamlined though compared to the PS3 imitation of a controller.

-Graphics-People are ugly, planets are BEAUTIFUL. Although they can get a bit repetitive, the artists went all out in designing the different worlds.

-Story-It is Star Wars. I love seeing the something new in the universe, but certain points of the game (I'll avoid spoilers for you OCD people out there) made me slap my forehead in disgust. Honestly, whoever wrote the script needs to be stringed upside down and slapped by a fish, or something equally as smelly. If you love the original Star Wars canon, don't spend money on this game. Borrow it.


-FINAL CONCLUSION-
There is ALWAYS something to love about Star Wars. The only problem here is that it is just another Star Wars game. There is nothing really special about it other than the new technology that allows force telekinesis and lightning.

Rent it, or buy it used or just borrow it. Don't spend you're hard earned money on this game unless you have nothing more important to spend it on...like food...or soap.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

COS: An Apology

I apologize for the lack of updates. I was going to do a report on gencon...about a month ago..lol, but I unfortunately didn't realize how much work would have to be done to put it into Webcomic form. Perhaps sometime soon though, if my plans continue, I will at least get a new comic or two up.

Once again...I'm sure everyone is devastated at the halted comics, but I'm sure you will all survive. :P


(I do this for free btw, hence why I get distracted by other things, like college and jobs. Don't hate me because I'm devoted to responsibility. Yeah, that's it....responsibility. lol)

And a note...I really SHOULD make sure I log out of my account before certain other people in the room decide to have fun when my back is turned. lol


Edit: I forgot to mention, as of now I am taking suggestions for generic D&D character names, personalities and other cool things involving the subject matter. This is not important at all, I swear. There is no plan for future comics at this time, move along people. ;)

But should you be paranoid and not believe that, feel free to email them to me at...

Rayzer730@aol.com


Also, I feel bad about the lack of a real Gencon report...so here is a spoiler of the eventual blog I will have to do on the convention. I promise, I'll have one done by next Gencon at the latest, which btw I will be attending.


Truly Epic


At one point, Kasey fulfilled her destiny and joined the dark side.




And just because they deserve a place in all of our hearts.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Project Gencon: Success

Gencon was definitely a success. Many many photos were taken, and I will make a series of reports on the con as soon as I am back to my normal schedule. For now...I rest.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Project Gencon

It is now 3:42 AM and the most awesome nerd gathering of the year is only 2 days, 20 hours and 18 minutes away.

Gencon


That's right, four days of every kind of nerd, gamer, cosplayer and rock-paper-scissors tournament champion in one city.

I of course will be attending...as will Kasey, Jared and Juan. I plan to explore for a bit, but mainly I plan on entering a lot of Warlord tournaments.

Preparations are almost complete, and only a few more plans have to be finalized. My brilliant steps in what I am calling "Project Gencon" will involve many hijinks, several situations where shenanigans are called, a whole lot of WTFs and shit load of medieval weaponry.


And as of now, I am proud to announce that Phase I is complete.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Warlord 4E

Well, it is close to Gencon (Expect news on this soon...I have plans. Ones involving Oreos and lots of Fabreeze) and the CCG I thoroughly enjoyed for several years now is making a return.

Warlord:Saga of the Storm

The fansite "Temple of Lore"
This site has some of the greatest members and a VERY involved community that has supported the game for years without fail. I highly suggest checking it out.

I am a gamer at heart. I have tried different types of games: video, tabletop, board and many card games. Out of them all, Warlord has supplied me with the longest running amount of fun. You get an army, great art and even a bit of a backstory with occasional fiction (It is official people, not fan-fic). The game recently switched rights to another called Pheonix Interactive, and as of July 31 the first set of the new edition (Coinciding with the release of D&D's 4E) is released.

In celebration of this new edition, I am putting up two old mini-comics I made as an inside joke for the community supporting the game. These comics are based on property of AEG/PI (I'm not sure who to credit now) and I'm sure on some level Wizards of the Coast. Those guys own a bit of everything.






Now go! Go and order as much of the product as you can!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Fine Print

It has been over a month...but I finally found time to work on a comic. I miss the old days when I could wake up and actually sit around drawing. New job, responsibilities...all that junk seems to be getting in the way of my artistic abilities! I swear, I really thought that summer vacation would bring more time, but it did nothing more than make me realize how valuable my spare time is.

ANYWAY...for those of you who still have not finished Halo 3 after all this time, I would suggest turning away. OH NOES! SPOILERZ!





I am convinced this is how it happened. I dare you to convince me otherwise.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Dude...

...I got a Dell.

::shoots self in face for saying that::

No, but really...at long last I got my new laptop and I am currently enjoying the ability to open run multiple programs at onces without the computer bursting into a ball of fire and crashing. It feels great to not have that problem anymore.

This calls for a celebration I say!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

A True Hero

Well it has been a while since my last blog comic. Unfortunately for the comic I have been busier than usual and, while I know I say this ALL THE TIME, a lot of junk has happened recently to keep me occupied otherwise. I am not finished making comics, but I might have to make them a bit slower at least until the end of this semester (A month or so left so not that much of a wait). I am sure I can get a few on the site before then, but it won't be like the time when two could go up a week. Oh well, c'est la vie. Or as Jared has said on a past occasion "Ces't-lor Moon".




It seems that after almost a year of playing that damn game the effects still linger...

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Not dead.

No I'm not dead...but I felt like it all last week so I kind of ended up a bit behind on my comic. Finding out I might be allergic to penicillin was so much fun. Really, tons of fun all week long. At least the fevers stopped a few days ago. Now I should be able to work on the actual comic again...once I'm done catching up on school work and all that. Oh well...back to my homework.

Wish me luck!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Alex and Lisa

Congrats to the first two people to actually buy shirts from me! Both will soon have in their possession (because my delivery person *coughJuancough* did not pick the shirts up today) a shirt with their comic alter ego and their very own quotes. Now before my blog becomes any more grammatically incorrect...here they are!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Science

I am a nerd. What a shock. Now as a nerd, I am required to fulfill my nerd duties and visit a local game store at least once a week. Over the past six or so years I have spent a large portion of my life around games and the people who play them.
Of course, every game store has its share of eccentric uber-nerds that seem to draw the rest of the crowd in. Usually it is because their years of dedication to the cause of gaming, sometimes because they supply plenty of amusing conversations. However, with our local gaming store I believe we have truly found one of the best examples of this....and more. His name happens to be Frank.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Jared




Thank you Jared for your incredibly caring attitude and supportive nature. You are a friend to all.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Midterms!

Gah! Midterms season is in full bloom and I have had almost no time for my comic. I have bits and pieces drawn and scripted, but I don't seem to get them finished. Hopefully by this weekend my schedule will go back to normal. For now though...I shall just upload an image of a new one panel template I was working on. I plan on introducing some new people soon that have inspired several of my comics, but that is for another day. For now I will just upload Juan and his favorite quote in all its glory.



(He is now wearing this image around on a t-shirt since I discovered iron-on printing paper)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Another 20

As mentioned in the last blog, some people seems to have strange luck with rolling dice. Some have better luck than others...as Jared reminds me of on a daily basis.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Anything But A One

Many gamers believe in their own form of kharma or luck. A single force that pushed them in a direction within the realms of their game, and if you attempt to do something against the will of this force bad things will happen.
Sometimes it is the ability to draw the right card combo in the game being played, or perhaps being lucky enough to pull an amazing card in a pack. With others like me, the force seems to just flat out say "NO".

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Now, as many people who read this blog know (Because I seem to talk about it non-stop to my friends and ::whoever else::) I play a CCG (Collectible Card Game for those who are game illiterate) called Warlord: Saga of the Storm. This game has been around for 7 or so years now, and has gone up and down in popularity since its release. HOWEVER, recently the game has begun anew as it was passed into the hands (Well...rights to the game anyway) of a new company Phoenix Interactive.
Now this game is a bit different from most card games out there. Besides the unique Rank-And-File card arrangement that the game uses, it also requires the player roll one d20 (A die with 20 sides for the even less game adept) to determine whether or not they can hit their target.
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ANYWAY....the point of this long winded explanation is that I cannot roll for shit. Honestly...even in situations where the odds of missing are 1 out of 20, I still cannot manage it. I am convinced that the universe just wishes for me to fail at this game so I may rot in a pit of my own self pity (Forgive me if that makes little sense, but it is 3:20 A.M.). Nothing can describe what I feel except for this completely true and realistic portrayal of my average Warlord game...


Anything But A One


I'm sure someone out there can relate.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Webcomic?



I chose not to shade everything this time, gotta try some variety in my drawings and all that junk. And hey, I can make bookcases now! Huzzah!

kik.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Needs More Gun



What ever happened to the days of good anime? I mean back when you wouldn't have a seizure every time you looked at the bright colors and ridiculous animation. Until that abomination known as Gundam Seed it was a fairly amazing series. Too bad...it seems that everything now revolves around new gen effects and infinite supplies of bullets.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Don't Sue Me

I could have sworn I had more than a months worth of comics up. Oh well, at least I still have ideas...

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Guitar Rage

Every now and then a new game is brought into existence that is so amazingly fun that it becomes an instant classic. When Guitar Hero came out I laughed as people would click those colorful buttons to match the notes with their fingers. I laughed as some took it so seriously that they lost hours of their days to it's catchy music and bright lights. I laughed, but then I bought it.

Now since the half a year I've had this game I have never gotten sick of it, and to this day I pledge to finish "Through the Fire and Flames" by Dragonforce on the hardest difficulty so I can claim my rightful place as Uber-GuitarHero Nerd of Bayonne. I am beginning to worry that day may never come...



If you do not own this game, buy it now. If you claim you are not hooked on it after playing, this does NOT make you cool. Conform dammit! You do not get points for being different on this one.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Inspiration




There you have it. The source of my amazing ideas and creations. Now...how 'bout that Super Bowl? Such an incredible and epic game with twists and turns that led into severe depression and insane rage, of which eventually changed to pure glory which was shared by all worshipers of the Giants. Too bad I don't care about football enough for this to matter. Really, I almost got my head ripped off for that. Crazy Giants fans....

At least the commercials were good this year. People began to cheer at the events of some.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Chronicles of Something

Sometimes I just come up with plans so amazing that I can't help but stop and appreciate my own brilliance. The goal of my most recent one...to chronicle the more random events of my life, and friend's lives, and the lives of some fictional characters that exist only because I have too much time on my hands.

These are the Chronicles of Something. Enjoy.



*Note-This happened.

Thursday, January 24, 2008