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Playing Your Class at PAX East 2017

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:23:58 +0000

PAX, and conventions more, er, conventionally, are like MOBAs. They’re big, loud, full of a lot of people and generally more enjoyable as a group. You go there with a role to play, and you better play it or you’re not going to have much fun.

So consider this a character guide to going to a big convention. It’s not a comprehensive guide, because a guide to all the characters you can play at a convention (Cosplayer, TableTopper, Purel-ist, etc.) would run wildly outside my knowledge set, but it covers the three main classes and should get you on your way.




March 27 – April 2

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:21:38 +0000

The last sports game I bought was Madden 10, which I bought about a year ago for sixty-nine cents. I traded it in recently, because my time with it only served to remind me that I haven’t followed football in nearly twenty years and that I have no concept of strategy. That lack of strategic knowledge made grokking the controls virtually insurmountable.

I’ve always been more of an NFL Blitz/NBA Jam sort of guy, anyway: fast action, quick controls, and virtually no rules but to put points on the board. Fortunately V7 Entertainment has my back. Old Time Hockey takes the Arch Rivals approach to penalty keeping, which is to say there are no penalties, and applies it to hockey. You might say it’s thinking outside the (penalty) box.

Yes, I know There’s Poop in my Soup 2 is out this week. That one’s a foregone conclusion, not a pick of the week. For a real pick, I have to go with the Hanson brothers, and I don’t mean "MMMBop." So let’s put on the foil, dust off those slot cars and make that bus look mean with the cement heads of Old Time Hockey.




Too Long; Didn't Play: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:00:48 +0000

Take one copy of the original Legend of Zelda. Add one cup of crushed Far Cry 2 and blend until smooth. Season with Monster Hunter to taste. Serve immediately.




GWJ Conference Call Episode 545

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:34:56 +0000

GWJ presence at Pax East, Zelda: Breath of The Wild, Nintendo Switch, Tales of Berseria, Ladykiller in a Bind, Dragon Quest Builders, we weigh in on East vs West: Video Games, Your Emails and More!




March 20 – March 26

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 02:44:01 +0000

When I look at the list of games to be released this week, one in particular stands out. No one will be surprised to read that I'm an unabashed fan girl of the Mass Effect franchise. I've been hooked ever since the first installment, eagerly awaiting every game that followed, every piece of DLC. Mass Effect: Andromeda is no different.

Many have voiced concerns during development – and now some select few have the opportunity to get a glimpse thanks to Origin Access. The forum thread here at GWJ has grown significantly. I, however, pre-ordered Mass Effect: Andromeda months ago, with no qualms whatsoever. After all, it's a Mass Effect game: I was Shepard. The Normandy had become my home away from home, and I'm curious, to see what Andromeda will bring.

Ultimately, there's something very appealing, almost magical in the premise of Andromeda: We're leaving the Milky Way behind, getting to know our new protagonist, Ryder. This taps into an undefinable yearning for the stars, for exploration. To seek out new life in galaxies far, far away. Oh and tossing singularities at enemy aliens too. Not to mention exploring new worlds while making my squadmates uncontrollably car-sick in the Nomad. Besides, it's more Mass Effect, so I'm bound to be a happy camper.




Too Long; Didn't Play: There's Poop in my Soup!

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:13:51 +0000

I can’t put it any better than my son did, and I quote:

“Angry birds? More like Angry Turds!”

#proudfather




GWJ Conference Call Episode 544

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:17:44 +0000

GWJ presence at Pax East, Zelda: Breath of The Wild, Nintendo Switch, Stardew Valley, Path of Exile, Black Wake, Worldbuilding, Your Emails and More!




March 13 – March 19

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:30:57 +0000

I write this as I stand in line to get into the Expo hall at PAX East, and I wonder what I should pick. Breath of the Wild is currently eating my brain and ruining my relationships, so heaven knows I don't need another monkey for my back right now.

Since Nier is coming to the PC this week, and I loves me some sweet, sweet technical-combo multiplier action, I think I'll choose that one this week.

Of course, at this rate I won't get to play it until 2018, but when have I let that stop me from making a pick?




Orbital Decay – Episode 6

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:26:10 +0000

Welcome to Orbital Decay, an episodic collaborative storytelling RPG made possible by our Patreon subscribers! Join Game Master Michael Zenke as he takes Sean Sands, Shawn Andrich, Karla Andrich and Rob Daviau into a mysterious sci-fi adventure where our heroes don't know who they are, where they are or why they've emerged from their damaged cryo pods in the first place. This week Pipe, Eighty Eight, Cat and Jin begin to reassemble their past selves.




Orbital Decay – Episode 5

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:17:05 +0000

Welcome to Orbital Decay, an episodic collaborative storytelling RPG made possible by our Patreon subscribers! Join Game Master Michael Zenke as he takes Sean Sands, Shawn Andrich, Karla Andrich and Rob Daviau into a mysterious sci-fi adventure where our heroes don't know who they are, where they are or why they've emerged from their damaged cryo pods in the first place. This week Pipe, Eighty Eight, Cat and Jin ascend the hydroponics tower to find some answers.