31 Dec 2014

2014 in Review - part 3 Board Games

This year has been a big boom in Table Top Board Games and I've been playing quite a few. Many of these are not new releases but they were games I spent some or lots of time playing and I would do so some more.

So here is my Top 3 Board Games (that Dozer liked playing)

Number 3 Net Runner

Net Runner is not a new game. Made by the mad game designer Dr. Richard Garfield, PhD (seriously), it was originally set in the Cyberpunk 2020 setting and is owned by Wizard's of the Coast. They rent out (lease) the IP to Fantasy Flight Games who decided to apply the game to their Android setting.

Not a bad go. The main box is brilliantly balanced and many a gamer in my neck of the woods say they will only play the balanced starter and nothing to do with any of the expansions. I've been picking up the expansions and I've not adjusted any of the starters but I'm always going back and looking up another way to work and enjoy this brilliant Living Card Game.

30 Dec 2014

2014 in Review - part 2 Video Games

Video Games is a tough one this year. It's the year I crossed over into the 8th generation with my XBox: One. Money was also tight until October and most of the games listed below came out after the summer.

Top 3 Games (that Dozer had fun playing)

Number 3 - South Park: The Stick of Truth

This is not the largest or longest RPG that came out this year. It was however, lots of fun. I played through it like a mad man and loved every moment of it even when the comedy had gone to far for my own personal tastes. I've been able to put down Dragon Age: Inquisition, more than once since I picked it up.

It's easy to play and fun to explore the town of South Park. Combat was simple but rewarding and only the fart mechanic was ignored until the end of the game - which in many RPG's there are lists of game systems and mechanics that I simply didn't use through the whole game. Sporting only one unused system is a feather in this games odd paper cap.

Honorable Mention: Dragon Age: Inquisition

29 Dec 2014

2014 in Review - part 1 Movies

This year the film scene has been very surprising. There were films that had tons of risk and in many cases they did well which is nice when you think about it. Voting with the almighty dollar (or whatever currentcy you use) has failed a few times in the past but I'm glad it won more than once this year.

Top 3 Films (that Dozer thinks you should watch)

Number 3 - The Hundred Foot Journey

Helen Mirran does a brilliant job and acts as the anchor for the rest of the cast who are all also brilliant in their roles. When I think of food and movies this will be at the top of that list that includes movies like Julia and Julia, Ratatouille, Tampopo, Ramen Girl, and Romantics Anonymous.

I love me foreign foods - Indian has a huge place in the Bear house. Lady Bear had been exposed to tons of non-American food and she ran with it. Now she's showing me around foods so we're exploring the worlds of taste together... wait this is about films. Back on Track.

Hundred Foot Journey could have easly fallen into the remose trap after the reason for the family's move to Europe is given. It could have been a love story between the two young and tallented chefs. It could have been a conflict of culture... it could have been lots of things but instead its all of those things. It's made like a perfect balanced meal of salty, sweet, and savoury.

Honorable Mention: Chef, and Trip to Italy

22 Dec 2014

Tis the season ... for a break

Some of my pre-loaded posts didn't make it out... some did... some got repleaced.

I was hoping to get a whole 'tis the season...' done as a holiday themed series. Until fell apart with everything else that came up.

Infinity (N3) 3rd Edition - currently reading through that and loving the direction, even if it's missing some big chunks out of one of my two favorite factions. I hope they release the updated profiles for all the Human Spehere and Campaign: Paradiso entries soon. My Terrain is getting done and my minis are up next on the block.

Video Games - Right now I've got Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquision, Assassin's Creed: Unity and Assassin's Creed: Rogue, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zero's, and Theif on the go. Not to mention my Mass Effect run - which is ready but you'll forgive it getting pushed back after what I was reading, and I want to finish up my Dishonoured DLC.

A new home - Today this afternoon me and Lady Bear will be signing the lease on a new place to rent. A new Den for us Bears and the first step to the dream ... we snaged it on a lucky find that Lady Bear found. We move in 1 Feb... so yeah... free time is now spent on packing and getting ready to move.

... on top of all those things we've had our crazy holiday schedual which will end this coming Sunday with the Axis and Allies Global Edition.


Oh an I need to post up here and somewhere else (which is done minus the images...) so this year is ending with a bit of a whimper on this blog but in the rest of this dreamer's life it be busy.


17 Dec 2014

Still My Dream

It was a bad year - because I stopped working on the things I wanted to work on.

Grey Matter my own RPG was one of those things that stopped.

I have a dream that I will be able to finish my own little project over the next year... that has been the dream for years now actually. Each year is another year where Grey Matter keeps ending up on the side lines.

When you're working solo on a game it can be hard.

I've got plenty of feedback from Charging Pun, Brother Bear, Pale Rider, Wolf and the odd duck here and there.

Today a week before this post comes online I saw this.

After a week of delays at the printer Corvus Belli the wee little game company (who had to seriously hire quite a few folks just to meet the demand for Operation: Ice Storm) is waiting for their product. The hard work and labour of hundreds of hours come to life in the form of a published copy. Because I've been trying to get published for a while now ... through comics, short stories, etc... this video really struck a cord with me.

So for all you folks working on something - don't stop. These folks didn't and they are finally getting the joy of seeing it done and ready for others to enjoy.

- Cheers.

12 Dec 2014

I'm sorry Tuğçe Albayrak - FU

Today I found something that upset me.

Want to make me mad? Show me this.

If you are unaware who Tuğçe Albayrak is allow me the honour.

She is a student teacher who heard cries for help from a McDonalds bathroom near Frankfurt, Germany. The two ladies (ages 13 and 16) were unable to escape the harassment by two men in the woman's washroom. She stopped the two young men and sent the men away.

Her reward was being confronted in the parking lot, where one man struck a blow to her head.

She hit the ground and entered into a coma.

Her parents took her off life support on her twenty-third birthday two weeks later.

On the frist of December this year she was laid to rest.

I hope she finds peace beyond the violence that claimed her.

... peace


10 Dec 2014

Alt-J "This is all Yours " Review - Media

This is my second album review I still feel like I'm making shit up. Music is all about how someone reacts to the mix of beat and tone and this is how I feel about this album. So if you didn't like the last one see you next post.

Alt-J is a band from the UK that started making music quietly in a dorm room. Named after the Mac shortcut command to type a Delta Sign. They came out of the nothing to build a silent addictive storm with their awesome first studio album "An Awesome Wave" that went on to win the Mercury Prize. I started to even write a review of the first album, but when you win a Mercury Prize, you don't need a review - you're good. Literally good.

Their second album was bought for me by Lady Bear and it was very hard at first to listen to. As I do most of my music listening in the car I get one or two songs in before I'm done driving. Also my wee Honda Fit is not the most musical of sound systems.

It's taken me quite some time to develop a full taste of the album.

Well it's good. It just hard to wrap your head around. You have to listen to it and listen to it again - over and over to find all the flavor of hearing bliss locked away in each song. Lyric wise I've had to pull apart the words and found that each song is littered with awesome. From enchanting lyrics to soft washes of words to the music.

Hunger of the Pine is the first single and eighth song on the album. It builds from a beep and a warms to a soft voice. As the rest of the orchestra pipes in a soft jazz and low voice wraps around you. When the 'female rebel' is being decreed the beeps are gone and the jazz has taken over. Eventually the music once more transitions away from the jazz and into the more common feel of mixed sounds. It ramps ups to a melodic finish and a taste of melded sounds a the whole song comes rushing back as one whole entity right before the chant takes overs and ends the song.

Tied for my favorite song on the album is the one that has gotten the most play when I started listening to the album. The Gospel of John Hurt starts as a problem both in lyric and sound. The music is twisted and trying to unravel.When the calm echos of the vocals finally pull apart the song, it's laid out to the listener in a new tone and soft beat. The song puts itself back in place as the electornic highs and hard guitar lead the listener to a climactic end. It builds up slowly before a final push towards the silence at the cut.

Somewhere in a small closet Nara starts before the band breaks out and gives the listener a mix of soft guitar, piano, and drum. The beat mixes and changes step on you while the lyrics, if you listen closely to love poem, lead you away to a second song. Alt-J proves the its name by once more twisting the delta or change into a song and making it seem like it fits. The magic culminates over some roaring small bells, organ music, and choral support as Hallelujah repeats through to the end of the song.

Tied for my favorite song on the album is Every Other Freckle. A gentil follow up to Nara with a soft voice. The quiet is chased by the drums who quickly catch up to the sounds and forces the songs into a musical hunt. The lyrics are the target as the instrumental tries to cage the music. Soothingly the vocals are a source of freedom and escape. The game is one of cat and mouse emphasized by the bardic choral and pipes midway in the song providing a breather for both parties. The curtain parts when the guitar and the lyrics start to meld into a single predator leaping between sounds before pouncing on the listener with a repeating chorus that winds down for the final kill.

Alt-J brings it with its 70's rock inspired Left Hand Free bouncing from the guitar and mic. The crooning Pusher is a an odd mix of lyrics and quiet resolve. Bloodflood Pt II is a return of an old sound from the previous album reminding the audience that this is, no matter what, Alt-J.

Each song is a mix of loud and quiet with blends of colour that reaches into places that Alt-J has determined with their music to be good places. They lift you, or drag you, and sometimes they do both at the same time. The echos and languid vocals marry well with the electric sounds framed by guitars and drums.

Alt-J is here to stay.

Enjoty the ride.

- Cheers

PS. Here is the Male video (they made two - one boy, one girl) for Every Other Freckle.

8 Dec 2014

Tis the season... to gather

This holiday season, which pretty much is socially accepted as the entire month of December, is a busy one for me and the Lady Bear.

This weekend past I had work at my second job that took me out of town to Kingston Ontario while Lady Bear visited friends Bee and JRex, from my Thanksgiving post. Friends were needed and while I was going to be out of town from Friday evening on - Lady Bear left for Toronto.

Next weekend is also busy, I see a doctor about my face... no really, seriously my face. Afterwards Lady Bear and I will be off to the company fancy dancy Christmas party along side Ontos and his wife (Nickname pending sorry Ontos). Then on Sunday we have Pale Rider's event: Cooking and Playing where a few of us show the rest how to cook something, we make it, eat it and play games... start at breakfast repeat as needed until super.

Then it's followed by a family weekend: Christmas with Lady Bear's family and Vinyl Cafe with mine. Whew... wait is Christmas the next Thurs? Heck yeah it is! That means off to work for the morning while the food cooks (recipe to be posted later...), get home pack car, off to spend the eve with the Bear family. Leave the next day sometime after lunch.

That Saturday me and Lady Bear will probably be chilling open house style, playing it by ear and if folks come over hell they come over. Hot Chocolate and the Pot Belly (Our fake wood stove heater) will be on all day. That Sunday before Papa Bear leaves the following weekend will be joined by Brother Bear, Ontos, Pale Rider and myself for a massive game of Axis and Allies 'Global Edition', which is combining the second edition of Axis and Allies 1940 Europe and Axis and Allies 1940 Pacific. You get a second rule book in the Axis and Allies 1940 Europe which allows you to merge the two games together.
The combined boards of Axis and Allies 1940 Europe and Axis and Allies 1940 Pacific
close to 180cm (5.9ft) x 80cm (2.6ft)
by Wizards of the Coast 
Then we have New Years - which hopefully will be at Rocko's cottage in Quebec.

Yeah this season is for gatherings... but why am I trying to add more?

5 Dec 2014

Mass Effect 2 Journal - 06

Plot wise, Horizon is the last threshold before Mass Effect 2 is fully open to the player. All of the DLC is now open and all but one companion is available. Halfway through Act 2 (and the game) as it's referenced online, there is a sudden break before leading up to the start of Act 3 followed by the end game. This is where some of the bigger choices will start showing up as well as some of the results of choices made from the last game.


Illium Nos Astra Skyline
by Bioware
The Gateway between the Asari Republic and the Terminus Systems. Home to all manner of corporate traders, political agents, and travelers pausing between places.

Shepard has heard of Illium, two more dossiers have been dropped off at his desk: an Assassin and a Justicar can be found here. One is a killer - one of the best killers. The Justicar is the stranger dossier. Justicars are some sort of roving ancient agents of law for an old traditional Asari legal system. Shepard is hoping this Justicar, who is also a powerful Biotic, will be able to work with Cerberus or even provide a support when Cerberus turns on Shepard. Shepard is interested in filling the crew with members who will not owe loyalty to Cerberus and be willing to fight back against them once Cerberus is done with Shepard and his team.

He knows they will betray him. Two years ago he witnessed too many of the Cerberus projects that led to too many deaths. After Horizon, Shepard trusts the Illusive Man even less.

Illium also has something else...


Right now her picture is on Shepard's desk and she is always in his thoughts. She and Shepard grew up two years ago. Both were sheltered in their respective fields, unaware of the rest of the galaxy. Together they found dark places and saw the dirt that rested outside of view. They shared a bond that grew into something else... Liara was the one who understood Shepard. She stood beside him in fire and fury. She fought her mother beside him - she lost her mother beside him.

Liara was on Illium and Shepard has been gone for two years. For him it was only a blink of time for her it will have been much longer.

So the Normandy landed on Illuim and Shepard with the assault team was greated by an Asari.

Liara has waved the docking fees and rushed access to Illium for Shepard and asked to see Shepard when he was free.

3 Dec 2014

What fun I found Today #7 - Magic

By the time this post comes up Commander 2014 will have dropped over a month ago. At the moment of writing this post I'm brain deep in a Orzhov deck. My theme is linking and mixing Deathrouch and First Strike and/or Double Strike. Winning fights by getting first and final hits. With that in mind I've come across quite a few neat cards in my search.

Also I've started to draft more - wtf is drafting?

Drafting as per Wikipedia: "In a booster draft, several players (usually eight) are seated around a table and each player is given three booster packs.[1] Each player opens a pack, selects a card from it and passes the remaining cards to his or her left. Each player then selects one of the 14 remaining cards from the pack that was just passed to him or her, and passes the remaining cards to the left again. This continues until all of the cards are depleted. The process is repeated with the second and third packs, except that the cards are passed to the right in the second pack.[1] Players then build decks out of any cards that they selected during the drafting and add as many basic lands as they choose. Each deck built this way must have a minimum of 40 cards, including basic lands."

As such I hope to be ripping open my Conspiracy box for a friendly draft and start building a Cube. A Cube is when you take you collection of cards and organize them to be drafted. You take one of each card in your collection (via a few simple formulas) put them together and mix them all up to create home made 15 card sets (like a booster pack). You then draft these packs as you would a normal draft and enjoy the night. It's a great way to put those cards of yours back into play and it gives your collection a bit of extra life.

Anyways more cards after the break -

1 Dec 2014

Tis the season...for gifts?

Today starts the season of giving - a term of which I disagree yet I've for once fallen into for the first time in a long time.

You see when I get gifts for folks I do it all year round. I find something they like and I give it to them. i.e. Julia of the Weather Vane Sisterhood is a writer and she running over the last year in a effort to become more physically healthy and happy. After reading this post I sent her a copy of Murakami's book, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. He is a favorite author of mine and I've read his stuff in both English and (albeit only short stuff) in Japanese (which I'm very bad at - damn lack of practice).

I think if we find stuff we should pick it up and give it to folks when we feel the time is right. I picked up a book for CP aka Ben (Julia's Husband) a while back... over fifteen months ago. It's a gift that I hope he will like. I've yet to give it to him... it's in a postage box that I never sent. I want to give it to wanker in person and as such I've held on to it for over a year.

Second Sargeant anotehr mate of mine got me a random gift a Johnson HOT SHOT Laser Mouse - Laser Level. It's great for table top games where Line of Sight (Line of Fire) is important. I asked him about it since he is one of three tool experts I call on for tool advice (Ferrus Manus and Brother Bear are the other two). He simply bought it for me - I help him out with Computer issues, Electrical Work, AV stuff so he picked it up for me on a whim.

That's how I do buisness, I don't need a 'season'.

The Holiday season is a excuse for gifts and I don't like it.

28 Nov 2014

I am a Nerd

I've always been a Nerd. I've been called a nerd since I was a wee Dozer jumping around the world with my parents. Before I was in grade three I had already finsihed my dad's copy of the first three Grailquest chose your own adventure books. I was eyes deep in Fighting Fantasy series having worked out the Portal of Evil before we moved to Thornhill (a Toronto suburb) in grade four. Speaking of forth grade, I was writing simple programs from my Apple 2c from my 321 Contact magazine and I was an avid fan of Mathnet. Once grade five hit I was fully emersed with Mykit System 7 playing and making simple circuits. 

I am not a Geek -

What's the difference?

I like what this says about the issue, see you after the break

26 Nov 2014

What fun I found Today #6 - Magic

Big things story wise for Magic is the release of the Lithomancer identity. Sorin Markov is my favorite Planeswalker with Gideon Jura right behind him followed by Ajani. I play blue but none of the Blue planeswalkers interest me. I hate Chandra or I wish she did something more than simply freak out at everything. I think I hate the wasted possibility of her character almost as much. The rest just don't interest me. The rest of them are pretty bleh or they simply have yet to steal my interest - until Teferi came out.

The Lithomancer is one of the three Planeswalkers that imprisoned the Eldrazi with Sorin Markov and Ugin. She's been a unknown for quite some time and being able to finally know who she is, I think will be a big push story wise in the Magic meta.

24 Nov 2014

the Eight Generation - Media

When someone says 8th generation game consoles they are speaking about XBox One and PlayStation 4. Wii U counts as an Eigth generation game but rarely when you say 8th generation. I've been trying to write a post on the 8th generation for a while. I've also been trying to figure out which if the two 8th generation consoles, in this case between XBox One and PlayStation 4, I was going to pick up.

Nintendo has not wow'ed me since the N64. It hasn't met my likes or wants since the SNES. Unless there is a killer Mario, Link or Metroid game Nintendo has nothing for me. That's sad considering they were my childhood. It's as if I grew up and they stayed in Never-never land. Metal Marines, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy 3 (6 by the Japanes numbers), UN Squadron, and Arcana.

The SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) is a classic. It's got Super Metroid and Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Yet it's a fourth generation system and we just busted into the eight generation. I even think that the seventh generation may be in fact the greatest console generation we've ever had, surpasing the superiority of the fourth generation.

Back on track - I wanted to play these new games. Far Cry 4, Shadows of Mordor, Assassin's Creed: Unity, the new Mass Effect... the list goes one. When Brother Bear became a dad I decided to get a new eigth generation system so we could play Assassin's Creed: Unity for the multiplayer.

So I picked up an XBox One.

Now Why?

21 Nov 2014

Mass Effect 2 Journal - 05

Purgatory Station
by Bioware
After Kaiden and Horizon Shepard decided to take the time to reflect on the last two dossier missions that had happened before Horizon - Both of these missions were quick and dirty. I didn't even think about them much until after Horizon so Shepard is also going back to reminisce about those two missions before going to Illium.  

The first was Jack - a violent and powerful human biotic imprisoned on Purgatory. Purgatory was a for-profit prison space ship located in the Osun system of the Hourglass Nebula.

Her dossier had listed her with a long list of capital crimes. Violence and destruction seemed to litter her file. Jack was called 'the powerful human biotic', high praise from Cerberus.

Little did Shepard know.

Purgatory was a Arc Ship lost during the Human-Turian war that became a for-profit jail protected and run by the Blue Suns mercenary group. It was currently being run by Warden Kuril a Turian who had given up life as a law officer on Palaven due to disillusionment in catching criminals.

Jack being woken from stasis
by Bioware
He greeted Shepard and the rest of the assault team. Kuril explained that Cerberus had paid for Jack's release and she would be waiting for Shepard at outprocessing.

When Shepard arrived - Kuril sent in his guards to put down the team. Over the intercom he explained that Shepard had a bounty on his head.

Garrus was the first to shoot dropping a guard coming through the doorway to subdue the team. Shepard was less than a second behind the round striking the Blue Suns merc following up with a Biotic Charge on the second guard. The fighting ended with another shimmer of light as Kasumi uncloaked and cut down the last of the guards.

Then the stations shook - Jack was loose. She was tearing her way through the whole ship. Guards were scrambling and prisoners were escaping.

20 Nov 2014

The Burner

Last week, I took a week off due to Remeberance Day. Seems all the schedule'd posts got mixed up - I may have set them up at some dark morning hour evening. Also I got behind with everything going on in November: Remeberance Day (and the work up to the day), the birthdays of Meat Mechanic, Pale Rider, Dawn Seeker, Dutch Pirate, Lady in Red, and more...

Seriously this is simply madness... but don't forget our sudden drop in weather with all that new snow. Swapping out all-season tires for winter tires, leaving early because the first snows make people scared (as if this dson't happen every year... this being WINTER!), and all those new video games.

So this post is simple - this is what's on the burner.

The Family
Well Papa Bear is somewhere in Bangledesh. Brother and Sister Bear are dealing with the brand new Baby Bear. I'm making sure to spend time with Mama Bear who is waiting for Papa to get back mid December (who left Mid October)... also there is this Holiday season coming up...

We have this season a game of 1940's Axis and Allies (Europe and Pacific) being planned once Papa Bear gets back. You can take both games (second edition) and play them as one HUGE game. We have a origional MB copy of the game that Papa Picked up when I was in the 3rd grade. Me, Him and four others will be locked in the stratagies of WWII.

I also get to cook Christmas dinner (as we celebrate Christmas) once agian - a duty I've done since 2005 with great joy. I may hate this Holiday but I don't wana grump it up for everyone else. I've gotten the family to stop doing gift exchange and with me cooking I'm locked away and no longer poluting the family's fun holiday spirit.

Also my gift list just doubled. I have Lady Bear and now Baby Bear to buy for. Which is easy since he is getting LEGO every year until he can buy his own and a book. His birthday is only LEGO. I will drown Brother Bear's house in LEGO which will be easy since Sister Bear is a fan of the toy brick system.

18 Nov 2014

What's Up Dozer?

Seems the Kittens jammed up all my tubes and this is coming out late, sorry for the mid morning post folks. - Dozer

My new job is to write and teach.

Not sexy things like novels, screen plays, and comic books. Nope I write and teach course material.

What the fuck does that mean?

I write the lessons, aid memoirs, and text books (my largest will be close to 600 pages). I can then teach others to take the above course material and go forth to teach as needed. I'm both an educator and a writer.

Both (writing and teaching) have been dreams of mine but in another way.

I wanted to teach in highschool - not adult learners who sometimes think they know better or more than me. I hate having to prove to my students that I know what I'm talking about. I dislike having to deal with supposed 'adults' who are acting worse than a child simply because the material I'm teaching challenges their view of *blank*. They always come around but their preconception and previous experience sometimes can really get in the way rather than be part of a faster and efficient transition of information...

I wanted to write the sexy things listed above. I've been working on my own Role Playing Game on and off for a few years now. Over the years with input from Brother Bear and CP aka Husband to Julia of the Weather Vane Sisterhood, I've thrown down enough to play. I add new rules and clean up things every so often but I let it fall aside far too long and far too often. I'm still not writing what I want ...

Now I love my new job.

It pays well and I'm not living on the otherside of the day. I'm using my education and previous work experience (almost all of which was needed to get this job) as if this position was tailored for me. I have great hours, plenty of room to breath, and freedom to come and go as needed within the restrictions of the material. It has plenty of room for me to advance - if I want to. I can continue in this carrier path for quite some time if my reputation continues in the direction I'm going.

I have plenty of hobbies, they take up most of this very blog. So I've decided to write every lunch break (30mins) on a project a month.

This comming December I will be working on my RPG - Grey Matter. Every lunch break I take, I will open my file and kick back into Grey Matter. At the end of month of December, I'll announce my Janurary project.

Now that I got my life back it's time I start living it.

Part of that is working towards my dreams no matter if I reach them or not.

17 Nov 2014

Fast and the Furious 7 - Media

Folks no new post this Monday but then this dropped last night (back when I wrote this)



10 Nov 2014

Remembrance Day

Folks as I've mentioned in a previous post Remembrance Day, 11 November, is a special day in my home. 

It's special because Papa Bear and Brother Bear have both worn the uniform. 

I've far too many friends that have worn the uniform and some that have taken it off.

I've far too many friends that have died wearing their uniform. 

One minute of silence -  
On the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. 

Give sixty of your seconds. 

11:11, 11 November

See you next week. 

7 Nov 2014

Mass Effect 2 Journal - 04

Shepard had his team started but his assault team was ready for some real missions. Kasumi was the only possible loose end but her reliability and independence would mean Shepard and Garrus could trust her to watch their backs.

Escaping the MSV Estevanico
by Bioware
Shepard followed up with a few smaller missions that had popped up while he collected his people. The Professor was next on the list but the Salarian was deep in the bowls of Omega in the middle of a plague. Shepard needed to get Garrus out on a mission and work out the kinks in the new team dynamics so he decided to follow some smaller leads.

He plotted course to a crash site - the MSV Estevanico had gone missing a year ago. Shepard landed and explored the precarious wreckage looking for why the ship crashed over a year ago. Shepard picked up the data and left the ship quickly before it fell apart.

5 Nov 2014

What fun I found today #5 - Magic

Well the work on my new Mill deck continues.

Right now my current mill deck has Consuming Aberration, Wights of Precinct Six, and Phenax as my corner stones with as much efficient milling as possible. Once the graveyards get big and fat due to the milling - walk over with super fat bombs. Best case scenario - Cast Traumatize, with a Consuming Aberration and Phenax in play. Tap the Consuming Aberration and vola all the cards are gone - deck milled.

Turn seven perfect.

Now I'm working on a faster smoother ride to mill town. I'll have a post on my build and the lessons learned once it's done.

Last week we had a bit of fun with the You Tube but lets back to looking at fancy new cards I found.

4 Nov 2014

John Wick

John Wick is a furious paced film that keeps the attention of the audience by showing a level dose of frantic believable action. Brilliant choreographed fight scenes of clear (easy to follow) hitting and shotting litter this well crafted action film.

John Wick
Movie Poster
All of this comes from the pair of stunt men turned directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski. Both have quite the stuntman CV with lots of big blockbuster films. Leitch is known for being a stunt double for actors like Brad Pit in movies like Troy, Mr and Mrs Smith, and Fight Club to name a few. He's also worked with Hugo Weaving doing his stunts for V for Vendetta. Stahelski had been the stunt double for the John Wick's star Keanu Reeves in his Matrix films and Brandon Lee during his final film The Crow.

Recently both of these stuntmen had been taking on more second unit director positions and stunt coordinator roles. Over the last couple of years they have been behind the camera with some sucessful major budget films. John Wick is their first run in the big chair and they do a bang up job.

The screenplay comes to us from Derek Kolstad, who's IMBD listed body of work is pretty thin and has a level of humor in the film that's just stark enough to release some of the tension that the film uses as fuel to ramp up to the fantastic action scenes.

John Wick is a blend of the brutal realistic action from Taken films and the paced and glib humour of the Boondock Saints movies. The first major fight scene in John's house is blend of dark shadows hunting each other until exploding into brutal close gunplay. It ends with a pair of funny interactions between John and a cop, followed shortly by a clean up crew he calls. It's a great first example of what to expect through the entire film.

3 Nov 2014

Games Season 2014 - Media

This year is the year of the 8th generation consoles (PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One) as they show us the games we've been waiting for.

Here is my list of games that are on my radar this fall/winter/spring season.

Assassin's Creed: Rogue (Xbox 360)

The last installment of the Kenway trilogy but without a Kenway to be the main protagonist. It is also designed to bridge the gap between Assassin's Creed 3 and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. While putting pieces in place to support the release of Assassin's Creed: Unity.

It will have improved ship/sea combat and you'll be playing a Templar in this installment while running into supporting characters from AC3 and AC4:BF. This game looks like just as much fun as Assassin's Creed 4, which is my favorite single entry of the whole IP. The Ezio trilogy is my favorite story arc of a single character but that's because I loved playing Ezio as he grew from punk hot headed rookie to full fledged member of the order, to master assassin and rebuilder of the order, and finally into legendary old man assassin - part yoda, part punisher. Brilliant character arc and the games were a blast.

The strange thing with AC: Rogue is it feels like the last game from my current 360. When I think about it, there is nothing left I want for my 360. This is the last game - fitting since I picked up my 360 when Assassin's Creed came out and I've been buying every major release since.

More games after the break 

31 Oct 2014

You Tube Week - Day 5 'LoadingReadyRun'

Loading Ready Run is a comedy group that has been around for a while.

Enjoy - Next week we're back to normal.

30 Oct 2014

You Tube Week - Day 4 'Bo'

This guy is brilliant.

Bo Burnham became famous with a wee video. He's a brilliant young lad who's got some real talent.


29 Oct 2014

BREAKING NEWS! Phase 3 - Media

I've no time to edit this so please forgive the typos and spelling errors - this is BIG news for the nerd in me. The rest of the week will continue with You Tube videos.

Wow so last night that would be... 28 Oct 2014. I got home from my second job and I was bombarded with a slew of info on the new Marvel movies for Phase 3.

The Future of Marvel Movies

Ant Man will be the last flick of Phase 2 rather than the first movie of Phase 3. Ending with Ant Man will give us the viewers of lots of background insight to the world post Ultron unless they make it before the second Avengers film. Ant Man has always been a hard character to put into the Marvel universe but recently when they included Ant Man they've been doing it well.

Phase Three will start on 6 May 2016 with Capitan America: Civil War. Tony Stark has been announced to be the antagonist of the film. His role will probably be the primary supporter of the government in taking control of super powered folks through a Superhuman Registration Act. I'd like to have it teased in the background during the Ant Man movie. The fear of the coming act is the reason why folks like Hank Pym (Michael Douglass) never put on a costume. I expect Captain America to loose and/or give up as he did in the comics. I hope to see Falcon come back for the whole film while Winter Solider aka Bucky Barnes deciding to show up, even convince Capt to run away and not give up, take it to the shadows only to watch as Steve Rogers (aka Cap) gets hauled away. I see Bucky holding the Shield (aka the Torch) while Cap in gone. Also for Captain America: Civil War will be a introduction for Black Panther - but I'll get to him later.

You Tube Week - Day 3 'Mc Chris'

I watched this when it first came out and it's still funny today. 

Here is an old Classic - enjoy

28 Oct 2014

You Tube Week - Day 2 'The Machine'

Sounds like the university education I was looking for. Welcome to one of the funniest stories I've ever heard.

Welcome the Machine

27 Oct 2014

You Tube Week - Day 1 'Bacon Pancakes'

This week will be filled with awesome Youtube videos that make people smile and maybe even laugh. Last week was less than pleasant so I decided to find some old vids on the good old you tube to share with folks.

Sometimes the world needs a giggle.

24 Oct 2014

No Post today -

Sorry folks there will be no post today - well not the expect post.

You see this week has been pretty busy for Lady Bear and myself. It's been busy for lots of folks where we both work. We live and work in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon from the Chronicle Herald Oct. 23
(Bruce MacKinnon/Halifax Chronicle Herald) - used without permission
Wednesday was a bit harrowing. You see I was sitting down with a co-worker, talking about work when some lady barreled in the cubicle and said: 'A soldier got shot at the War Memorial'. It was 0959 hours.

Fuck - this was now officially a bad day.

I left them, got back to my computer and googled the news. First headline showing up was that the shooter had entered into Parliament.

Fuck - this was now a really bad day.

I e-mailed Lady Bear and waited until she got back to me. She last spoke with me at 0930 hours. She had two meetings that morning. There was a real possibility that she had one at center block. Had one of her two meetings been on the Hill she would have been there - in person. Ontos who works with me, came up to my desk and asked if Lady Bear was ok.

When Lady Bear got back to me (aprox 1030 hrs) she said she was safe and she had just heard about the shootings. During our talk as the events unfolded she said: 'I would be freaking out if you had gotten that job on the hill.' History lesson: A few months back I was up for two jobs. One is the current one I have the other was security at Parliament Hill.

It could have been worse.

The shooter could have stayed at the memorial and kept shooting everyone in sight instead of making a final run into Parliament. He could have killed Parliament staff or security personmel before going down. He could have killed a second person...

It could have been better.

Cpl Cirillo could have lived. Nathan could be still be expected to join his family for the Winter Holidays. The shooter could have missed. The shooter could have simply not done...

On Monday WO Vincent was killed. Patrice could have lived. The driver could have missed the two soldiers. The driver could have simply decided to not...

It could have been something else.

In the Royal Navy there are toasts for every day of the week. For Wednesday it's written (before the political correct changes) and said by sailors as such: 'Ourselves (as no one else is likely to be concerned for us!).

This past Wednesday - that toast was in error. Everyone was concerned.

Rememberance Day is fast approaching. In the Bear house, it is the most revered day of the year. It is never missed. Lady Bear didn't even blink when I told her: 'I could miss every birthday and holiday but I never miss November 11th.' Rememberance Day is about all those who will forever miss birthdays and holidays.

Lady Bear has always supported this. She a wonderful woman and brilliant person. No matter which side won, who passed away, or who was right... someone is gone. Forever. It happens and it's sad.

In 18 days there will be one more to the list of names. At least one more person will have a vested interest, a personal connection to Rememberance Day.

The folks and media will say and do all sorts of things. Everything that's need to be done has been done minus one thing:

Taking one single minute of silence when it's... expected, no... due?

The words are missing right now. The fallen do not expect, they are not here anymore. It's not due to them, as they did not charge us for their deaths... the words are not here because they are hard to find.

The words are lost but the deed is still... needed?

The silence is still there.

If your family has yet to be touched by these losses, please respect those around you when they do decide (could that be the word...respect... maybe?) to pay the cost of a minute of silence.

I'd like to close as I describe my favorite War Memorial scuplted by Walter Allward (1876-1955) found in the center of Stratford, Ontario. It is not his most famous cenotaph but I find it to be my favorite of his work.

There are two robed men with their backs to each other. Walking away from the other, one is bent and broken. He drags a broken sword seemingly to large to him to swing. His robes are worn and his head is hooded. The other man stands upright, his chin jutted forward looking upwards to some invisible and distant horizon. Yet he is tired, his face a mask of exhaustion. He is done but he still stands strong.

23 Oct 2014

Where am I - Comics

Comics have been one of the great loves.

I've been playing chose your own adventure games since I was in the third grade. I've been reading comics since the fourth grade - the same year Papa Bear and Mama Bear put me through my first game of D&D.

Comixology was the cheep way for me to get my comics - as I made fuck all in moneys, so the digital option fit the bill. Recently over the past year, Lady Bear has been reading comics instead of me. She picks up Trade Paper Backs (TPB), while I browse through the issues on the stands and look at the TPB's I want to add to my collection.

I'm not a monthly subscriber anymore - it's too much of a pain in the ass, I prefer the pace and full story arcs found in TPBs. Storing all those individual issues is no longer part of the fun. I've grown up and time in the day is now limited. Also I prefer to read on the go, which single issues tend to not survive.

Some of my favorite characters are not getting good stories - that or the last couple of time have been a bit on the poor showing side of things and the clean up may not be that much better. Example Nightwing a favorite of mine had some pretty good story arcs - they moved the character out with a new creative team before killing Dick Grayson off and making him now a super spy. Reboot seems a bit harsh, it only had just over two years of play. I guess they didnt know what to write - it's not like there is close to 75 years of stories that need to get a modern twist since the 'new 52' is everything old is new... yeah- fuck it, reboot!

22 Oct 2014

What fun I found today #4 - Magic

This week has been pretty heavy with some Magic playing. Plenty of game playing, deck testing, and as per the game money spending. Lady Bear has her first card that is worth money that was not pulled from a booster pack.

Pale Rider and Wolf both decided to double sleeve with their respective Commander decks. Wolf goblin deck was pretty slick.

Oh and I got milled! Alter of the Brood, Midnight Guard, Onithopter and a bounce card led to unlimited milling in standard! Crazy fun.

These are some neat things this week for you to look at.

- Cheers

21 Oct 2014

Marvel Movies - Comics

Civil War - Issue #7
by Marvel Comics
Captain America 3 will be based on the Marvel Comic story arc, cross-over event Civil War. Iron Man has been announced as an antagonist for the film.

What is Civil War and what does this mean for the film universe that has made Marvel comics the leader in Superhero flicks?

Intro -

Marvel has been the leader of having their heroes not only fight the villains but also each other. From the infighting within the various teams: Cyclops versus Angel (followed later on, with the more famous conflict with Wolverine), Hulk versus well everyone, and the Fantastic Four with Johnny Storm (the Human Torch) vs Ben Grimm (the Thing).

Marvel has been pitting their heroic characters against each other for ages. Avengers fighting X-Men was not a new thing that started out a few years back. In the 1980's when Magneto replaced Xavier (yeah that happened), the Avengers were called in to bring in the X-Men. Hell even the Avengers have had fights since before Civil War. The Avengers West Coast and the East Coast Avengers have always been rivals in some form and another.

Comic fans through the ages have always argued over who would win in a fight between the fans various super heroes. My favorite character of all time is Marc Slayton aka Backlash of the now defunct Wildstorm comics and it's unique semi-shared universe with the rest of the origional Image comics lineup. While Rocko's favorite character is Cole Cash aka Grifter (absorbed as part of DC Comics 'new 52') who's former Team 7 (now also absorbed and changed into the 'new 52') teammate and main 'heroic' rival was Backlash. We got our match up between the two characters in the first volume of Kindred - that was interupted by the main villans... Backlash would have won I tells ya!

Anyways... Marvel has loved pitting their heroes against each other through their whole publishing history. This habbit has also paid off and drawn in many a reader to stay loyal to the publisher. There best example of this hero vs hero conflict was their major event cross over in 2006-2007, Civil War.

Civil War was about super heroes being forced to register themselves and become agents of the government as part of a series of ideas put forward by the smart heroes: Hank Pym (Ant Man), Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Tony Stark (Iron Man). Capitan America who has already been a direct hero agent for the government and experienced the faults of such a forced relationship - rebels. So the Heroes of marvel Comics entered into a Civil War. There were some interesting moments, Spider Man telling the world who he was, the Punisher coming back to the main continuity and getting beat up by Cap, the split of the Fantastic Four, the mad clone of Thor. It sure was a show. Sometimes with too much flash and too much noise, but the story held itself up. Cap looses by giving up the fight and a few years back the issues of the government controlling every super person becomes evident with the rise of Harry Osborn who takes over SHIELD.

So what does this mean to the movies? Is this even possible?

17 Oct 2014

Mass Effect 2 Journal - 03

Omega - the dark mirror image of the Citadel. Found in Terminus space a hive and center point for all scum and villany. Somewhere here lies three of Shepard's candidates: The Veteran, The Professor and Archangel.
by Bioware

Upon arrving EDI the Normandy's AI - updates him that a quarentine is in effect in the lower hab levels. The Professor is running a triage clinic in the area fighting the plague that's come up. With that good news up front Shepard, Jacob, and Kasumi get off the gangway and enter Omega.

Shepard's team is greeted by a Baterian Thug who works for Aria, the one who runs Omega. Shepard ignores the request and sends the thug off. Reapers scare Shepard not gang bosses. They also stumble onto Zaeed Massani the Veteran before they enter the main level. Luck would have it that Shepard would not have to hunt down the expert Merc. Instead Shepard stumbleds on Zaeed getting his last job completed.

Zaeed is tough and no non-sense. He also dosn't care about Cerberus. It clear right from the start - he has a job he needs done and Cerberus is paying him lots of money. Those two things are the only reasons he is accepting Shepard's job offer to go through the Omega - 4 relay (aka the suicide mission).

Shepard once more finding a Cerberus free individual, sends Jacob back to the Normandy. Shepard hopes to keep Cerberus loyal crew only as close as needed to get the job done. He steps into Omega's trade zones and picks up supplies and sorts out a slave issue between and Hannar and a Quarian. Only the outbreak and some rumours of the three main Merc forces - Eclipse, Bloodpack, and Blue Suns are in a stand off on another level below. Everytime Shepard tries to get somewhere - he's cut off. Someone has limited his access within the station.

Fine time to see the host.

16 Oct 2014

After the Storm - Table Top

So I now have my copy of Operation: Icestorm. The crew is looking at running Campaign: Paradiso starting November. I have two factions to play with (and a few minis to paint); Japanese Sectoral Army and Nomads.

I have enough minis for each faction by Paradiso has a slew of objectives that require lots of support units and specialist. Also Paradiso is played at 300 point and my average size of game has been between 200-250 so my forces we bought and built for that range of points and SWC (Special Weapon Cost).

So I know I need to pick up a few more minis for each faction - but due to the campaign I'd like to only spend the money on the minis for the faction I'll be using.

Let's go over some needs.

15 Oct 2014

What Fun I found today #3 - Magic

Another episode of findings of strange cards for Magic the Gathering. I have to admit that missed out on a lot of MtG. I started September of 1994 and left after Unglued. I had instead left for a in my opinion a better game, but not as accessible/simple, Babylon 5.

Getting back into the game last October showed me a huge gap of history with the game. Yet thanks to tools like Gatherer I looked back. I'm still way behind in card knowledge but I've been learning about the various sets and stories.

So far my favorite block that I've been around to play during its release has been Theros block. It had a brilliant mix of supporting mono coloured decks alongside the various dual-colour decks that cam out of Return to Ravnica block. I love the bestow, devotion, heroic, and scry mechanics. I thought monstrous was a brilliant ability but my favorite was tribute. I want more of the tribute mechanic - I wish it would have been more prevalent in the block.

My favorite block that I missed upon its release was the Time Spiral block. Considered nostalgic and loaded with references from the older sets I grew up, Time Spire cards are some of my favorites every time I flip through gatherer.

But enough of that lest see what I found this week...

13 Oct 2014

Thanksgiving - Late

Sorry Folks I was out in the woods. Post got out a wee bit late.

Packed in all the fun
Me, Moby and Lady Bear left the city of Ottawa and drove south to a Cabin three hours away. We also joined two close friends - JRex and Bee there and had ourselves a decompress and relax.

So me and the Mrs grabbed some comics, some novels, and a slew of games. We packed up food and the pooch and hit the road.

Lady Bear brought all her Batwoman TPBs, Fables vol 1 and 6 (her current TPB to read), League of Extraordinary Gentlemen omnibus (Vol 1&2), plus Wonder Woman vol 5, and a copy of Stardust.

Games selection included Pandemic Second Edition (a gift for JRex), the Mrs. copy of Takanoko (it's hers because it was gift from me to her), and a copy of the award winning Ticket to Ride (seriously it won a slew of awards). Throw in my current selection of Netrunner, Love Letter, and my well loved copy of Citadels to round out the games.

I also brought some Magic the Gathering.

Seriously - this was going to be fun.

No Bite, why I chaged Clans - Magic

I'm a Blue player but there is a dangerous trap that I need to avoid.

Doing nothing.

Seriously I can have so much fun building decks that simply fuck with my opponents that I lose focus and I am unable to build a deck that wins. When I first built my mono Blue Commander deck it was ok but it started to slow down as I found more things to put in it. The deck started to shape up as something that did nothing - it did nothing at all but it was fun to play.

When the pre-release for Khans of Tarkir I picked the Jeskai Way as my go to clan. They were a Blue clan with some White and Red. It seems that each colour in Khans is around being Agile, Fast, Strong, Deadly, and Tough. Jeskai is agile, Ffast, and strangly resilient. Yet they have no edge. I found it very hard to play with them as most of the time I felt like I was playing around for the sole sake of playing around. Adding a level of bit to the clan was hard when I was constructing my decks and after a week or so of playing with the set I realised - Jeskai Way is not my clan.

I am of the Sultai Brood - I am a 'ruthless' Magic player.

10 Oct 2014

Mass Effect 2 Journal - 02

Shepard was back in command of the new Normandy SR-2. He has a mission and he's said good bye to those that have been lost since he landed on Eden Prime. Dr Chakwas had followed Joker and Shepard was happy so see the old friendly face. Their presence evened his reaction to the new faces. He took a breath and went out to meet his crew. He learned what they needed and how loyal they were to Cerberus.

They all wore the Cerberus uniform - Shepard did not. It was not the proper act of a commander to cut himself off from his subordinates but many only followed him because of the Illusive Man - they followed Shepard but they had yet to trust him.

Shepard finally entered his quarters - they rested along the spine of the ship directly above the CIC (Combat Information Center) where Shepard commanded the ship. They had a picture of Liara. He missed her but she was on Illium and he had a job. Once more his duty took him farther away from her.

He settled at the desk and went over the dossiers for the specialist team he'd need. The Illusive Man had gathered quite of bit of intel and had picked a good range of people that would flesh out Shepard's new assault team.

9 Oct 2014

Review: Operation: Icestorm - Table Top

One week ago from this post I was called up by the fine folks at Les Freres de Bataille aka Boutique FdB that my order for Infinity's Operation: Icestorm had arrived with pre-order miniature. Lets say I made a big deal about how happy I was and made myself to look like an idiot over the phone and in two languages to Lady Bear's witnessed amusement.

source: Boutique FDB

For those not in the know, Operation: Icestorm is the new Two Player Battle Pack for Infinity that also has the first printed look at N3 (Infinity 3rd edition rules). Rumors are floating around that in a years time, this pack will be replaced with another Two Player Battle Pack with different factions and this will happen over the next coming years as Infinity deploys N3.

So is this product worth it? That's a bit of a loaded question as it can target three groups;

A. New Table Top Players - Folks who've not yet picked up any game. This all inclusive two player starter would be a target for folks looking to jump into the hobby with a buddy due to look of the miniatures, two full starters (Nomads and Pan-O), low model count (compared so other games), and price.

B. New Infinity Players - Folks who've traveled in the dark future where the is only war, those who battle all over the iron kingdoms, and those who clash in neon arena's with alien sports teams... there is a list of possible first time games. Lets just say that those who are looking for a second (or third, etc...) game for their hobby will find the contents attractive and may pick it up.

C. Current/Former Infinity Players - Folks who've been playing Infinity and who want the new minis, the exclusive minis, a taste of N3, or who just want more Infinity factions to have. (Ontos picked this up and is now has a force in for every army minus the Tohaa).

Lets go over the product section by section (with scores) after the break.

8 Oct 2014

What Fun I found today #2 - Magic

I'm trying another search for random Magic cards that have crossed my path in my search for new fancy cards. Some may have crossed my path when they took me to town and ruined my day.

Don't matter hope you enjoy this weeks selection after the break.

- Dozer

6 Oct 2014

Iron Kingdoms RPG (Full Metal Fantasy) Year in Review

With the start up of a new Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy RPG (IKRPG) campaign about to start up with one of my groups with new and old players I started going over the pros and cons of the game system that has captured my attention.

I've been into Warmachine and Hordes for almost as long as I've known my wife - Lady Bear. When they announced IKRPG I was hoping I'd be able to use my slew of miniatures for role-playing as much as I could use it to fight on the pitch. Warhammer Fantasy RPG was a let down in this department even though its still one of my most favorite dark and grim fantasy settings. Also what would be really neat is that they leverage the rules from the awesome table top game...

Then they did that very thing.

Drop the mic - see you after the break.

3 Oct 2014

Mass Effect 2 Journal - 01

Commander Virgil Shepard - SSV Normandy SR1 CO

After Action Report

It's been months since the Citadel, now Shepard and the crew are patrolling the Amada system in the Omega Nebula. While near Alchera searching for the source of missing vessels - or a possible Geth raider an unknown vessel was discovered. Once discovered the ship moved in to intercept the Normandy ignoring the ships state of the art stealth systems and started firing.

One shot the of the unknown ships beam weapons drops the Normandy's barrier and weapons. The second shot did worse. Joker watched Navigator Pressly die on the flight deck of the Normandy - along with a dozen or so others across the whole ship.

Liara in full armour suited up and ran to collect Shepard. There were holes in the hull. Bodies were everywhere floating in Normandy, the artificial gravity had been lost since the second shot. Shepard ordered Liara to grab as many of the crew as possible. Joker was left at the conn and Shepard would not let Joker die when Joker had saved their lives countless times before. Liara was in shock - Shepard was ignoring the fear and the death, he had to. He had become cold simply because doing otherwise would only slow him down. Liara concided and with a final longing look back ran to save those she could.

Shepard now alone walked through the Normady as she quickly became a tomb.

Stay alive - find out what and why later. Just live.

Shepard broke Joker's arm lifting the stubborn pilot out of his chair and helped him to the last escape pod. He seated Joker down when another beam from the enemy vessel's weapon cut into the hull separating Shepard from the pod.

Shepard grabbed the wall, looked back at Joker and launched the pod. Within seconds the Normandy's hull finaly ruptured from the damage and slowly broke apart in Alchera's orbit. Debris struck Shepard's armour and oxygen from his armour started to vent out. Shepard struggled with his armour uselessly as he started to enter Alchera's atmosphere. He fought with every last breath as he fell towards the surface of Alchera.

Shepard was dead.

2 Oct 2014

pNemo - Table Top

Ahh Nemo - the old guy. That guy who made all that cool Cygnarian toys that I love so much and my opponents hate so much more. 
by Privateer Press
In May last year I posted about my big three ‘casters for my Cygnar force and how they would work with my Stormwall.  So far my current list of go to ‘casters is Kraye, Siege, pNemo, Sloan and the new guy Sturgis. Recently Privateer Press did a number on me by showing off a new character Warjack all done up with a bow for Nemo (all three versions of him).

Ladies and Gents: The Dynamo.

It’s looking pretty sexy no?

I have to say since I’ve been able to jump back onto the table, I’ve put Nemo back down yet. I don’t have eNemo or his most recent version N3mo (or 3mo pronounced – IPA: θri mo, SAMPA: Tri moe) but I still do play pNemo. He unlike his other versions tends to be more of a toolbox 'caster - a 'caster with lots of options for many situations, instead of a directed 'caster who shows up to do a job and they do it well.

So why do I still play the old guy?


1 Oct 2014

What Fun I found today #1 - Magic

I've been thinking about throwing down a post every so often about cards that have really taken my attention. I also would like to make sure each post is not just about some fancy blue card (or blue/black) I picked up, or was introduced to. So I will try to put down at least six new cards one of each colour - I'll try.

Please note I'll be sporting the same cost codes you'd find across the internet: G=Green, B=Black, U=Blue, W=White, R=Red.

Example: Cancel - 1UU (costs; 1 colourless and 2 blue)
Example: Deflecting Palm - RW (costs; 1 red and 1 white)

So lets try and look at some fancy cards.

29 Sep 2014

Love of Commander

I’ve mentioned in older posts my love of the Commander (originally known as EDH or Elder Dragon Highlander) play format for Magic the Gathering.
Commander 2014 symbol
by Wizards of the Coast

For those not in the know, EDH are decks of 100 cards from any set with a limited banned list. Each deck has only one of each card unless it’s a Basic – Land (i.e. Islands, Swamp, Plains, Mountain, and Forest) and one of the cards is removed from the deck to act as the ‘Commander’. Games tend to be a bit longer as each player has forty life points to start.

The commander is where the focus of the is centered. The commander must be a Legendary Creature. The commander can be cast from the Commander Zone to enter play. If the Commander is removed from play and sent anywhere but their owners hand, they return to the Commander Zone to be once more cast but with an additional cost of two colourless mana per incident. The commander also limits the type of mana a player can generate. The colour types in the cost of the commander are the only coloured mana generated, any other coloured mana is made into colourless mana. Last but not least if commander does 21 or more damage to a single player that player is killed no matter their life total.

You can play with most of the cards ever printed and the single copy of each card prevents any type of overused spam or broken legacy combos. It promotes lots of rare cards that don’t get used because of the cost to pick them up. Lucky for players of EDH, you’ll only ever see one copy – making it much more easy to swallow pocket book wise for players who are not wanting to dump buckets of cash into Magic the Gathering.

Wizards of the Cost jumped on the format and has since released three products for Commander; 2011 they made up five pre-built three colour decks, 2012 they published Commander’s Arsenal a limited set that came with every card In that set, and in 2013 Wizards released another set of five pre-built three coloured decks.
Commander's Arsenal by Wizards of the Coast
Also sells between 300-500 dollars - US dollars!
Now we wait for November’s release of the five pre-built mono coloured Commander decks.

26 Sep 2014

Mass Effect Journal - 09

It's been nine weeks of fighting. Nine weeks of entering into the world of Virgil Shepard.

Nine weeks leading to this -

The end of Mass Effect and the start of the greatest video game role-playing game trilogy of all time.

Ilos has been found. Saren is moving towards his end game. Virgil Shepard is near the end of his quest to stop Saren, the Geth, and Sovereign the Reaper here to kill us all.

As the SSV Normandy SR-1, sped towards Ilos the team had some time to deal with the very possible one way trip.

Shepard decided to share a few moments with his crew, his team, and someone who had become close to him since the start of this adventure.

Liara is special to Shepard.

She has been searching for clues of the past all her life. She turned on her mother to help save the galaxy and in those actions, lost her only family. She like Shepard is alone. Together they have trained and become an effective team. Her biotic abilities are hard to beat and she support Shepard in the fight better than anyone else he's gone into a fight with.

They have shared those feelings with each other and through those shared experiences they have come to appreciate each other and have come to care for each other.

She has changed his world. She has shown Shepard to keep that open mind. She has gone into his mind time after time and seen only the inner most thoughts and feelings that no one else can experience.

Shepard is a guarded man and no one has been able to stand next to him in his self-imposed martyrdom.

Liara has and she's stuck with him.