Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Critical Playtesting #6 The Runepriest




Playtesting different classes and races so you'll give them a shot.

Sultrador asked if I could write an article about the Runepriest. This was the result.

Clerical Comparison
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It's easy to mistake the Runepriest for a melee Cleric at first glance. They're both Divine Leaders that heal, smash face, and give bonuses to your allies. This article is here to help you distinguish between the two.

Take Two and Call me in the Morning
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Two runes are at your disposal to alter your powers and benefit your allies in different ways: The Rune of Destruction and Rune of Protection. Almost every single one of your powers has a rider effect depending on which Rune state you're in (for offense or defense). To top it off, allies adjacent to you get an additional bonus depending on your Rune state thanks to your class feature: Rune Master. Even your healing class feature Rune Mending has rider effects.

The obvious benefit of this is your versatility under any situation as a Leader class. The tide of battle can turn quickly and not only can you turn with it but you might be the cause of it. While other Leaders are stuck with the powers they chose, your powers change every time you cast them.

Side Effects May Include
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1) Amazing armor proficiency -
You've literally got the best armor proficiencies of any Leader class: Scale and Light shields right out of the gate. Your AC is going to be beastly and match that of most Defender classes.

2) Being a Secondary Defender -
With a high AC, a frontline disposition, and even the ability to mark with certain powers, you can team up with your Defender and punish foes twice as much. Many of your powers can even put your Defender's AC or defense into astronomical levels. Hilarity ensues once the enemy realizes it's futile to attack you or your Defender buddy.

3) Dishing Out Striker-level Damage -
Runic Artistry pretty much translates to a Striker class feature bonus for damage whenever an enemy dare attack you (based on a miss or a hit depending on which Artistry you pick). You get to lead from the front and punish foes if they strike at you which translates to a win/win situation. It's almost like being the opposite of a Defender in this regard. Runic Artistry combined with Rune of Destruction means you and your allies will be taking out headache-inducing enemies faster than you can say, "Tylenol".

4) Bonuses All Around the Table -
Another interesting trait that most Leader classes can't claim is that you give yourself just as many bonuses as you give your allies. Many of your Runes give bonuses to the entire team and you've got plenty of bonuses to share as you'll be throwing them out left and right.

This is Kylak signing out and reminding you to check all of the warning labels.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Flash Game Reviews #2 K.O.L.M.



Flash Game Reviews.

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/556643

STORY:
You're a beat-up, broken down, busted, pile of trash for a robot. You can't even see properly or walk. You won't let that stop you though. You have to please Mother. If you find all of your missing pieces, she'll truly love you.

GAMEPLAY:
As you traverse the industrial landscape, you seek out your broken parts and travel further into territories previously unreachable. Each part is an upgrade that can give you a new ability. Puzzle-platforming and exploration abound.

GRAPHICS:
Simple blocky textures. It suits the robot theme and it makes the protagonist look rather adorable but it doesn't do justice to the boundless enemies as they come off as hastily made and typically are only made up of one or two shapes.

MUSIC:
Astounding work. Very few online flash games can come close to touching this. A couple of the themes leave a taste reminiscent of Metroid and Kingdom Hearts. Thank you Tommy Robin.

LASTING APPEAL:
Getting 100% completion rate extends the game a little bit beyond a single playthrough but that's about it.

OVERALL:
The story may be simple but it's rather compelling and mysterious from start to finish. There are things to be discovered about the characters that drives you to complete your objectives and the music draws an emotional response as you attempt to gain your mother's affection. Boss fights need a lot of revamping as they're rather dull.

Final Score: 8 out of 10

This is Kylak signing out and thinking this is kind of like Metroid (It's a good thing I assure you).

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Video Spotlight #19 Llamas with Hats 4



Sharing videos I managed to find scattered across the internet.

The only excuse you could possibly have for missing the first three videos is the fact that Carl has already eaten your face. For those of you that somehow missed the first three and still have faces (thus being an exception, congrats!) then you should click this link.

It's a birthday celebration and Carl is celebrating the only way he knows how. Humanity is in trouble.

This is Kylak signing out to find a spectacular hat.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Leak Sauce #8 An Overwhelming Stampede of Magic the Gathering Spoilers!



Leaking info to you and bringing the discussion.

Magic the Gathering has a TON of info and products leaked and I felt like giving the gift that keeps on giving: SPOILERS! Get ready to be slapped in the face with a ton of pictures and info! You know you love it.

EDH = Commander
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This is the biggest news of the year in my opinion. The multiplayer format that everyone and their mom apparently plays is finally getting some extra love from the mothership. The best thing about this news is that Wizards of the Coast (WotC) has stated they will NOT be intervening with the game itself. It will remain a player maintained format. Hallelujah!

The big news:
-51 new cards only legal in Vintage and Legacy that are specifically designed for EDH
-New Commanders
-New Preconstructed 100 card EDH Decks for MSRP of $29.99
-Release Date: June 17th, 2011
You can read the full details over here:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/119k

And take a look below at the previewed "commander":



Duel Decks: Knights VS Dragons
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WotC already spoiled this one on their website awhile back. The next Duel Deck series will involve Goblins, Dragons, and Knights... oh my! Chris Millar and Zac Hill or on the design team for this so I'm expecting good things even though Knights and Dragons aren't my "thing" (Chris and Zac were on the design team for the Duel Decks: Elspeth VS Tezzeret to give you an example of their awesomeness). Prepare for Valor and Pointy Objects to clash with Rage and Really Bad Breath on April 1st, 2011.



Duel Decks: Ajani VS Nicol Bolas
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The only information known is the title thanks to a trademark that someone kindly pointed out. The Alara storyline would suggest that this will be Ajani Vengeant and not Goldmane. That's my guess but only time will tell...


Ultra Pro Products
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New delicious sleeves, deck boxes, and binders have already been previewed for January! Is it just me or do the Phyrexian products look like more effort was put into them?









New Tezzeret Art
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This picture has been running around the internet for some time now but I finally decided to share it here now that the main discussion is out of the way. Tezzy has some new artwork leaked and everyone is pretty much hoping it's the art for his new Planeswalker card that should be coming out in the Scars of Mirrodin block (Mirrodin Besieged or later). As you can clearly tell from the picture, he has the power to give the scariest high fives imaginable.



This is Kylak signing out and saving up.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wicked Anime Reviews #7: Nabari no Ou



Anime reviews delivered directly to the face!

A boy with a fearsome hidden power trapped inside of him that a particular group of ninja are after? Check. A rivalry between siblings that sparked because the elder sibling mass murdered their entire clan? Check. Forbidden techniques possessed by almost every other character? Check. Believe it or not, I'm not talking about Naruto.

Nabari no Ou may start off suspiciously similar but it's actually a classy ride in another direction. The story takes place in modern day Japan where Ninja keep their Ninja-life to their Ninja-selves. Your History teacher could be a Ninja and you'd never know... until it was too late.

The actual story revolves around an apathetic boy who's forced to make decisions that will alter the lives of everyone around him as separate ninja villages attempt to recruit him and gain the power locked away inside of him. Get ready for ninja battles, plot twists, and pink haired samurai.

For those of you craving a different taste of Ninja entertainment, Nabari no Ou might just be exactly what you were looking for. At the very least, it's much easier to digest with 26 episodes in comparison to Naruto's 400 (Naruto 220 + Shippuden 184) and counting.

This is Kylak signing out before you even realize I was here to begin with. *poof*

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