Whatever This Is – Episodes 1 and 2

Figured I’d post these here, because why not? I get to pretend that I actually run a website! \o/

Listen to the first two episodes here.

Because I posted these stupidly on Archive.org and I don’t feel like changing it, the timestamps for the first two (apparently SoundCloud as banished all remnants of the first episode to the NetherSphere, so timestamp is lost to eternity) second episode is below: Continue reading Whatever This Is – Episodes 1 and 2

Fate: Amnesia – Introduction and Setting

AmnesiaThis is the start of hopefully many* recountings of the Fate campaign I am currently running. I hesitate to use the word ‘narrative’ because at this point the first session was a couple months ago and I don’t take very strict notes (or any, really), so I don’t have any way of going back and telling you what characters said in the moment or remembering the most intricate details. I hope that this will prove to be marginally entertaining nonetheless.

The idea behind this campaign was: “What would a RPG version of Amnesia be like?” As such, the main hook of the game is that all of the characters were to have amnesia (shock!), and slowly recall their memories over the course of the game. I can tell you right now that what followed that thought was game that is absolutely nothing like Amnesia, because RPGs are crazy, hectic experiences (this is to be encouraged) and having five characters wander through a dark corridor without saying anything to each other would be really boring (this is to be discouraged).

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Game of Thrones: The Game pt. 1 – Constraints and Contradictions

GoT SplashGame of Thrones: The Game (I don’t know why the “A” was dropped from the title when the series became a multi-media franchise, but I will suffer the awkward phrasing silently) is a roleplaying game released for PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 in May of 2012 by Cyanide Studios. Despite the popularity of its much more famous cousins in the stacked paper and talky-pictures media, if you’ve never heard of this game, you’re probably not alone. It was released to generally negative feedback (a 58 on Metacritic, which is about as low as scores get in Video Game Reviewer Land) and was quickly forgotten. Being a fan of roleplaying games, video games, and (A) Game of Thrones, I have taken it upon myself to play this game and let all of you (my adoring readers) know how excellent this game is!

… Which is to say, not very excellent. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. It turns out I have a lot to say about this not-very-good-game, so we’re going to start at the beginning and go from there. I’ll be splitting this up into parts because no one wants to read that many words at one time, and I don’t want to write it! I would also like to say that this is not meant to be taken as a review. I am not going to end this by giving you an arbitrary score or telling you whether you should buy/play this game or not. (You probably shouldn’t.) (Oops.)  Everything written on this blog is entirely subjective, and you are free to disagree with me, though I’ll be happier if you do it politely.

Additionally, these posts will discuss not only this game, but also the series it is based on, A Song of Ice and Fire. As such, it will be unapologetically filled with spoilers (though this post specifically is pretty mild as far as spoilers go) and details that you probably won’t understand if you’re unfamiliar with the setting. If you haven’t read the first book or watched the first season, you probably shouldn’t continue. With that out of the way, let’s begin:

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Obligatory Introductory Post

Hello! Welcome! Hi!

I’m Eleion/Sadbench. Welcome (oh no, I already said that, oh no) to my little corner of the internet. There are a few things that will be going on here in the very near future.  In general, this site is going to be a collection of impressively nerdy thoughts, from video game reviews to narrations of the current FATE campaign I’m running. Take a second to look at the tag line up there at the time of the page (if I change it in the future this sentence will no longer make sense, ohohoho!), if you’re not interested in any of those things, this isn’t the site for you (well that’s awfully negative isn’t it) if you’re interested in any of those things, then this is the site for you!

Big ol’ disclaimer: everything on this site is my opinion. I have no interest in telling others what to think and I have no interest in being objective. Feel free to disagree with me as long as you do it politely.

Oh, and a big thank you to Julie (no internet persona or website for her!) for making my writing marginally less crappy. (She didn’t edit this post, that’s why it’s such a mess.)