Game Reviews: Gauntlet (2014)


What’s old is new once more!  The new Gauntlet game is truly a blast of nostalgia, while being a new title all on its own.  For being only $20, it provides quite a bit of entertainment value.  But, is it a faithful Gauntlet game?  And is it that good of a  game in general?

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Game Review: D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual

Monster Manual

I bet you’re getting tired of the Monster Manual image, right? Luckily for you, this will be the last time I use it! (Well, until I do another rambling about monsters that is!) In fact, this is the last entry for my “D&D Month.” While I’ll always jabber about RPGs every now and then, this month was something special for me. I can happily say I truly got back into RPGs this month. Sure, I on/off playtested D&D Next, did a couple Savage Worlds one-shots, played some Call of Cthulhu once every couple months, and ran Encounters for D&D, but I really want to actively play again. Maybe 5e inspired that in me or something else, I don’t know.

But, enough rambling, we’re here for a Bestiary of truly scary Beasties! I’m talking about the D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual of course! This book details all sorts of monster both very familiar and somewhat obscure. You’ll see some old favorites and some oddballs that exist in scattered parts of the multiverse. But, since it’s just a book about monsters, why should the fans care so much about the Monster Manual?
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From the Vaults: We Love The Krampus

This was a blast to write!  The Krampus is awesome and deserves much more attention here in the States!  Anyway, here’s my look back at The Krampus from last Christmas.

Here in the United States, the celebration of Christmas is a joyous time of spending time with family, giving gifts to one another, and gross over commercialism.  When it comes to Christmas, we use the icon of Santa Claus as the master of ceremonies (and sometimes that other dude too, depending on your religious beliefs.)  However, in eastern European folklore, Father Christmas was accompanied by more friends than just plucky elves and flying reindeer.  On the contrary, he recruited the efforts of a demonic bodyguard to punish all the naughty children.  Look at this way, our yuletide saint can dedicate more time to blessing all the good children of the world!  However, Ol’ Saint Nick ain’t the focus today, for his cohort Krampus deserves much attention!
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From the Vaults: Call of Cthulhu

I’ll admit, I’m not a patient film goer. Most of the time, I struggle to finish silent movies. But, something about this one is different!

Greetings, faithful followers! This time it’s a return to dark cosmic mythos with the HPLHS film project, “The Call of Cthulhu.” This film is an intentional homage to both the original story and the silent cinema of the era. So, how good does this film do at adapting one of H.P. Lovecraft’s most famous tales? Let’s find out!
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The Doc Speaks: D&D Monsters II – Electric Boogaloo

 

Thinking about it, I should have saved the title for when I talked about Outsiders (i.e. alien beings and elementals) and Constructs (i.e. robots). Oh well, wasted play on words. But, I really enjoyed jabbering about D&D Monsters this week. Also, I haven’t gotten my copy of the Monster Manual in the mail (as of 9/21/2014) and I don’t want to delay any longer. So, I think it’s time for a different set of nasty beasties this time around. Less planars, more scary things. While I talked about the aforementioned monster types last time, this time I want to hone in on a couple more monsters that are more appropriate for the encroaching Halloween season! Muhahahaha *cue lightning and some poor sap in heavy armor failing their dexterity saving throw* Hmmm, did I do that? No matter, let’s jump right into the fun.
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From the Vaults: Cast a Deadlly Spell


“Magic. Gives me the shakes what you can buy in this town.”

Cast A Deadly Spell is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek urban fantasy with a late 1940s Film Noir backdrop.  This alternate history of LA features a city gone mad after magic becomes just as common practice as sports night at the pub.  Occultists and mobsters seek far and wide for diabolic tomes and eldritch artifacts.  Even our main character shares his office with a witch.  So, welcome to Las Angeles; where you won’t just need a gun, but a book of spells too!

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From the Vaults: Legion of Shadows by Nox Arcana

I’ve been a huge fan of Nox Arcana for ages!  In a sense, I’m a part of their Legion of Shadows!  But, this album has tons of appeal beyond the fandom itself.  Don’t believe me?  Check it out!

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Your favorite mad doctor returns to cover one of his favorite bands of the “Dark Ambient” genre, Nox Arcana.

The terror continues this Halloween with Nox Arcana’s latest release, “Legion of Shadows.” This album commemorates 10 years of fantastic frightening music from the band. It has been dedicated to Nox Arcana’s fanbase, who are known by the same title as the record.

What makes this album special is that many of its concepts take inspiration from fan submissions and creations from all around the world. Legion of Shadows is indeed an eponymous gift to the fans, but does it offer enough for the rest of us creepy creatures to enjoy?
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The Doc Speaks: D&D Monsters are AWESOME!

Halloween always comes early with the Doc! On top of that, one of my favorite pass times is the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. (Stop your laughing, I HEARD you!) Now, I might be invading other peoples’ turf, but I’ve always wanted to talk about D&D monsters. Now, folks like headinjurytheatre and bogleech have probably said enough, but I figure I’d chip in my own 2 cents! Specifically, I’m here to talk about some of my favorites, whether or not they jump into the batshit insane.  While some could call it cheating, I’ll might be expanding into various d20 stuffs like Paizo Pathfinder for future installments, since I love the “Golarion” setting so (and it was published under D20 before Pathfinder existed.) So, let’s crack open that monster manual and get reading!
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Game Review: Baldur’s Gate II Enhanced Edition

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With Beamdog declaring that Icewind Dale will now get the EE treatment, let’s have a look back at the Baldur’s Gate sequel. As many remember, I enjoyed the Enhanced remake of the first Baldur’s Gate. It looked quite a bit nicer, the new characters were interesting, and it was the fun experience I remembered and then some. In fact, the new content felt less intrusive than the Tales of the Sword Coast pack from the original game! But, we’re here too look at Beamdog’s follow up effort. If I were to review Baldur’s Gate II itself, I’d probably shower it with praise. Even though it’s a very old game that hasn’t aged well outside of mods, it’s one of the best computer based roleplaying games of all time. And as much as I’d love to review Baldur’s Gate II, I’m going to focus on the changes, updates, and ‘enhanced’ aspects of this one. So, how does it fare compared to the previous one? Quest forward to find out!
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