In this episode Paul talks about the increase in Pre-Order bonuses and the way they are affecting gaming habits.
There are a few thoughts on what would make these early adoption tactics more palatable as well as looking at long term reviews among other things.
As always thank you for listening and speak to you next week.
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Inside there is quite nice paper stock with quite small ruled lines. Although I do usually like a side rule, this is absent from this journal. It’s by no means a deal breaker but I do find that pen tends to wander unless I have something to be guided by. The front two pages are taken up by a lovely Image of the Iron throne and a lone helmet. The back two pages have a map of Westeros and a small almost hidden pocket. This is functional for small and slim objects but something I doubt I will be using very much if at all.
If you like the tactile feel of a writing book then this really is a lovely purchase it will not be for all but if like me you like to have something of substance then I can recommend the Insight Editions Game of Thrones series of journals. The choice becomes with which house will you swear your allegiance?
Gallery of Journals
If one of these takes your fancy then you can buy one here
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The other two stories are by no means weaker than the first Guardians of the Galaxy “Quotient” and The Amazing Spiderman “Friends on the Web” both could have been the first story and the book would have lost nothing except the name may not have worked as well.
There is however a non-superhero story at the end called Weird by Jeff Loveness, Gustavo Duarte and Lee Loughbridge. It’s a short story that has a great sentiment drawn in a lovely style. In many ways this is one of the most identifiable pieces of work (on a personal level) I have ever seen. I will not ruin the scene but if you ever feel like you are alone then this could be the comic for you.
The Comic is available in both print and digital from Marvel comics. Follow this link for more details.
From From Multiversal Reads: a BC journey through Marvel Unlimited
Rat Queens Special: Braga #1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Rat Queens is going through something of a transitional period with the announcement that Stjepan Sejic will be taking over as the series main artist. The why’s and wherefores of this alteration have been alluded to elsewhere but it remains to be seen if the change will serve the Queens as they move forward.
For this one shot writer Kurtis J Wiebe is joined by artist Tess Fowler for a story that is tonnes of fun if not a little confusing. The great move by the creation team is though this is a Rat Queens Story none of our awesome foursome make an appearance within the issue. For readers to see three interpretations of the Queens in three issues would have broken the visual narrative but by having this buffer in-between our palettes will be more cleansed for the arrival of Sejic. Although in its own right this is a great issue and should not be thought of solely as a stop gap issue.
Our main focus for this issue is Braga the Orc and how she came to be embroiled in the world of the Rat Queens (although this is only the start of that tale). The story has violence, family drama, violence, betrayal, violence and a spot of implied nookie. In all these regards Fowler has a strong grasp of the artwork her action is fluid and her quieter moments have a measure of intimacy that make the hulking Orc feel like a warm character you cannot help but warm to. This goes beyond the violent and wise cracking Braga we met in the first arc in the battle outside Pallisade although there is an odd twist in the story that will have you scratching your head to the end.
Above all though this shows Rat Queens is a series that is bigger than its four main stars. Wiebe has produced a script that utilises the character and given her legs for the future. I would love this one shot to become a secondary series although I realise that fatigue of a series could be an issue in the future. So for now I’m happy to wait for the relaunch of Rat Queens and look forward to meeting Braga again in another time and place hopefully with Tess Fowler again on board in the art department.
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1) 3 Issues/Episodes to hook me or I’m done
This by no means implies that I need a huge death or catastrophic incident, what I really look for is interesting characters and settings. A great example is The Wire one of the slowest building shows I have ever seen, but also has one of the most intriguing storylines and compelling casts in television. This is the reason I think 3 shows/issues is fair as by no means was I hooked by the first episode of the Wire but after spending three hours of the show I felt I had a grasp of what to expect. The same also applies to shows/comics that have lost their way. There will always be stinkers in creation of long running series but if the path is not found within three them I’m out. In a competitive marketplace I need creators to give me a reason to buy into their franchises.
2) Finish what you have started
The list here is ridiculous The Witcher 1/2 , Arkham Origins, Breaking Bad, The Shield, Saga and Hellboy are but a few of the things I have started but not yet finished. This is not going to include the games I have tried and not enjoyed as honestly those I will not bother going back until I reduce my list. At this point I have a desire to enjoy the best of the best from the past and will be commenting on whether these experiences live up to my expectations.
3) Analyze why I enjoy a franchise instead of just continuing to buy games.
I love Assassins Creed 2, Brotherhood and Revelations and this led me to purchase AC4: Black Flag. I played the game and I found it dull. The loss of the Italian Renaissance setting, the Assassin heritage and most of all Ezio changed the whole essence of the franchise. What I found out about the AC Franchise was the game is not enough I needed the entire package to make my experience worthwhile. Is a point I will now take into future purchase considerations, again it comes back to the point with so much out there I want to find new and enjoyable experiences.
4) Slow down and enjoy the experience
With limited time comes the tendency to try to get a story finished, in some games like COD this is no issue but for RPG’s the game is made harder by not completing side missions. This is just one example of why there are times where it is best to slow down and try to enjoy the experience. This in some way goes against the limited time aspect but if I do not have the time to play the game in full then I will stop trying to force it. The same goes with comic series I’ll try to experience tie ins and the like to get a fuller picture.
These are my resolutions, the question will be how many of them will I stick to? Only time will tell.
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The random chat is changing a little to be just as the title says. This is going to function as my place to chat about things that can come from anywhere, from TV to films to Sport to gaming. Most things are up for discussion even though I will avoid the key no no's like Religion, Politics and Macro Economics (Micro economics of the gaming/comics world though is still fair game) and of course the biggie whether the Spice Girls were the greatest musical group of all time or not. I hope to bring a taste of something different in these posts and please feel free to comment where you see fit.