Legend of the Five Rings Role Playing Game Open beta First Impressions
an ongoing series of articles highlighting the GM side of the FFG Legend of the Five Rings Fifth edition beta. For a player perspective check out Feldia’s articles.
After a few weeks of anxious anticipation and checking to make sure that my email had indeed been submitted I have finally been able to rip into the hefty beta document. I have participated in a few RPG betas before (Modiphius Star Trek, D&D Next) this one really surprised me by the scope of the content we were getting access to. Overall I like Fantasy Flight and their RPGs, played a few years of the Star Wars proprietary dice system and have come to really admire the things that system does well. I’m using several other games as touchstones here among them L5R 4e, the earlier version of the game by Alderac Entertainment before Fantasy Flight purchased the L5R property. Fourth Edition L5R is an astounding game to me, it stands head and shoulders above many of its contemporaries by encouraging character drama and interpersonal conflict without derailing its own intentions. It is the delicate interplay of the fatalistic world and the particular type of tangible samurai drama that creates a really fun play space for all involved. After many rumours about this game using the FFG Genesys/Star Wars dice system I was cautiously optimistic, below in a kind of slapdash order are my thoughts on the beta.
Continue reading “Clear Choices L5R beta Impressions”
This is a couple months late. It has been sitting on my laptop as I was super busy with school. I will be posting a followup to this soon.
Around two weeks ago the first edition of the Legend of the Five Rings 5th edition beta was released. Legend of the Five Rings is a super Asian inspired setting that is basically Japanese and Chinese history and mythology on steroids.
This beta is my first experience with LoTFR and so far as a group we have made our characters and given the pdf a full read. My first impressions have been very positive. The system uses a modified Fantasy Flight Star Wars rpg system with the special dice which I love the idea of but I hate how expensive they are. To explain instead of using a d20 system they use dice with different symbols, you roll based on your stats and each affects the roll in ways that are different from just success or fail. I want to see it in action before making a firmer judgment. Continue reading “Legend of the Five Rings First Impressions”
NA LCS Power Rankings
As a fun exercise, I’m going to try to predict the placings for the newly franchised teams for the spring split of the NA LCS. The ratings will only be for the regular season, since we won’t see any games until January 20th it’s too hard to predict how teams will perform in playoffs. Especially with the change from Best of Three to Best of One, this season could be a lot more volatile in the standings before playoffs, so the rankings will mostly be based off of how strong I feel the roster looks. Continue reading “North American League of Legends Championship Series Power Rankings”
This year instead of a top 10 I’m going to break down my favourite picks from a few different genres. I’ll give a short review for why I have an album in each spot, and why it’s rated higher or lower than others on the list. Keep in mind this is my opinion, so it’s based more on how much I enjoyed the album rather than critically assessing the artistic merit of the music.
Continue reading “Best Albums of 2017”
I recently played through Resident Evil 4 on my pc. It had been a couple years since I had played it last in the Wii and I was really craving the survival action. Here is my opinion on it; Resident Evil 4 is the perfect survival horror action game. Continue reading “Legacy in Review: Resident Evil 4”
About a month and a half ago I bought Nier Automata when it was on sale. I had heard goods, I loved the look of the characters, the visuals, and with Platinum involved I knew the gameplay would be good. It got across the board glowing reviews. So I pulled the trigger and got it. One of the best decisions I have made, as of right now I have put 41 hours into the game and am on track to 100% it. Continue reading “Nier: Automata Brief Thoughts”
I love listening to video game music and in the interest of sharing some of these lesser known songs I have put together a list of eleven songs in no particular order that I love. All these songs are from games that are not known for their soundtracks, are a different version of the song, were a bonus release, or have been overshadowed by other songs on the soundtrack. I have no musical training so all of this is based off of what sounds pleasing to my ear. Continue reading “11 Lesser Known Songs from Video Games”
About three weeks ago I finished my play through of Fire Emblem Birthright on the 3ds. I am going to be writing my thoughts not just about Birthright but about Fates as a whole using what I know about Conquest and Revelations from reading plot synopsis and forums. Going into Fates I had knowledge of the several controversies that hovered around the game at the time of release such as the accusations of gay conversion in regards to one character, the problems with the localization, and the removal of head patting mini game. The overall consensus online being that FE Fates was trash. So with that context out of the way I will continue.
Heavy spoilers ahead Continue reading “Fire Emblem Fates Thoughts and Impressions”
I recently finished playing Fire Emblem Awakening so now I am going to write about my experience with it. Turn based tactical strategy RPGs are a rare breed. When they are done they tend to be good. Joan of Arc, Final Fantasy Tactics, Fire Emblem series, Tactics Ogre; all of these series that are renowned but in comparison to other genres there are not nearly as many series or games. Continue reading “Fire Emblem Awakening Impressions”
From Mars to Sirius by Gojira (2005)
“Why do they call me there
How can I fly…”
Champions of bone-crushing riffs and powerful growled vocal preformances, Gojira’s unrelenting focus on grooving, heavy guitars and precision drumming will have me tuned in for years to come. From Mars to Sirius is the result of Gojira’s sound developing into their own unique brand of metal after their first two efforts. Where Terra Incognita (2001) and The Link (2003) borrowed from death and groove metal, Gojira would establish their own sound on this album, demonstrating their new chops in full form. Continue reading “From Mars to Sirius by Gojira (2005)”