Sunday, June 26, 2011

Video Spotlight #26 Meet the Medic

Sharing videos I managed to find scattered across the internet.

Looks like I'm fashionably late with a video once again. I've been terribly busy and already this video is all over the entire reaches of the internet. Even the darkest corners where the sun doesn't shine and Unicorns don't even have horns or magic. Seriously. Shit is dark. If you are one of the few that hasn't seen this delicious cup of tea then I think you need to get to it. Meet the Medic is the embedded video below but since it's the newest video in the "Meet the..." series of Team Fortress 2 introductions, I decided to link to all of the others to catch you up to speed. You know I spoil you. Go on. Admit it.

"Meet them all" is a compilation video someone posted that includes:
Meet the Engineer
Meet the Soldier
Meet the Demoman
Meet the Heavy
Meet the Sandvich
Meet the Scout
Meet the Sniper
And you can find the link right behind door number 1:

Meet the Spy is one of my personal favorites and that would be behind door number 2:

And now! The newest and possibly best video in the series:

Did you catch that at the end? Team Fortress 2 is now Free! FOREVER! And possibly ever. Grab that shit on Steam and get in there. You know you want to.

This is Kylak signing out and wondering when "Meet the Pyro" will finally be released.

Friday, June 24, 2011

D&D Story Seeds #1

D&D story seeds and adventure hooks for you to steal.

1) A city inside of a golem that wanders a forgotten land.
2) A special fruit that can only be found in the heart of a living forest.
3) An abandoned floating castle that holds secrets that are best left alone.
4) An unknown tower trapped in a cyclone of flames.
5) A leviathan plagues a coastal town due to the loss of its child.
6) A playful imp annoys some townspeople in the hopes for attention.
7) A dragonborn queen hires the group to find her a suitable mate.
8) Villagers mysteriously go missing as if they simply walked out of town.
9) An insane dwarf built a maddening maze of stone and traps and hid his greatest treasure deep inside.
10) A jolly gnome brings news of a new continent to explore.

This is Kylak signing out so I can write down a thousand more ideas.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Jace 3.0 Magic 2012 Spoiler

Before anyone yells, "Fake!" Realize that this is a mock-up. This was posted on Gathering Magic and other sites today so you have them to thank for creating the mock-up. It will be replaced with the real version once WotC adds the real version to the M12 Image Spoiler.

Just like all of the other updates: I'm adding this to the Magic 2012 spoiler here:

Regardless, I felt like this deserved its own post. G4TV's Attack of the Show actually previewed this today. All of the speculation and rumors have turned out to be true (except for all of the fake versions people have come up with of course).

For those that can't see the image. Jace, Memory Adept costs 3UU and his abilities are:
+1 Draw a card. Target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
0 Target player puts the top ten cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
-7 Any number of target players each draw twenty cards.

This is Kylak signing out and glad that they finally balanced Jace.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Reverse Dungeoneering #4 How to Avoid Metagaming

Improving your D&D experience. For Dungeons and Dragons Players and DMs.

What is Metagaming?
Quite simply put: using out of character knowledge to make in-game decisions.

Some examples of metagaming for your reading pleasure:
1) Just because you've read the Monster Manual over 9,000 times *crushes scouter* and know the Beholder's stats like the back of your hand doesn't mean your character knows anything about Beholders. In fact, if you're "that guy" then the DM should make sure your character doesn't even know that they're called Beholders, much less that they shoot beams out of their eyes, and definitely not letting you know how they poop... Actually, does anyone know how that works?

2) An NPC and another character are talking alone somewhere and for the sake of discussion, we're going to say this player character is your bud Rufus. Rufus returns to the group to relay the message but he leaves a very important piece of information out. Your character shouldn't start pestering Rufus as if you're trying to squeeze more information out of him. As far as your character knows, that's all he heard. Deal with it.

3) If your DM tells the group, "A frail figure hobbles toward you. It appears to be an old man that requires a cane to walk." and suddenly the DM whips out a Monster Manual... That does NOT mean your characters should be drawing their weapons. Why would they? Even if the old man truly does turn out to be a shapeshifting creature comprised of pokey things and hellish mandibles, that does NOT mean your characters have any clue other than seeing a poor old man stumbling around. I recommend all DMs pull this test on their group once and see how your players react. The best part is, you could just be looking through the Monster Manual for fun and the old man really turns out to be nothing more than what he appears to be.

The biggest reason this term gets such a bad reputation is that it generally causes issues for the DM while also killing the immersion for the other players. So let's take a look at what can be done about it.

How do I avoid Metagaming?

It's a simple question you can always ask yourself in any situation where you can't make up your mind. What would my character do? If you instead thought I meant "what would Macaulay Caulkin do?" then you're beyond help. If you've created even a remotely fleshed out roleplaying character or even just a basic personality then you can typically figure out what your character would do in any given circumstance.

Knowledge Checks
These are already built into the game but not enough people seem to use them. Whenever a beastie shows up, the adventurers are allowed to roll a Knowledge Check to see how much their characters know about whatever strange abomination they get to face at that given moment. Knowledge Checks are cool and they save the environment.

Tweak Stats
Some players just can't help but remember that a certain Monster is the same level they are and that everything is going to be A-okay if they face off against it. If this occurs then you should tweak your monsters more often. Change their level, their HP, their damage output, or just go the extra mile and give them abilities they normally wouldn't have. Maybe even make some of your own creatures that they've never even heard of and really throw them for a loop. The less the players know about the monsters they're facing, the less likely they'll be thinking about numbers since they can't metagame even by accident.

Stay in Character
The more often everyone stays in character, the more likely everyone is going to think in-character rather than out-of-character. I think this one is pretty self-explanatory.

Change the Pacing
Too often the line of thought is: "If the creature exists in front of my character then the DM obviously thinks we can handle it." You have to break that mode of thought. This isn't a video game where all the enemies are tailored to your level and they just happen to scale up nonsensically for your benefit. Every once in awhile, just throw an Elder Dragon at them or some other horrifying thing that they can't help but realize it's futile. You can even give them a common sense check with a +50 to their roll that signals to their character: "This won't end well. Why aren't you running already?" Now, don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying to kill the poor bastards. I'm just saying that you need to make them afraid to rush into every situation or else they'll think they can overcome anything and not only will that kill the immersion but it manages to ruin the scope of the game and downplay any sense of bravery from roleplaying as they'll just keep the mindset of going "by the numbers".

Hide Numbers
Speaking of doing things by the numbers... attempt to get rid of as many numbers as possible. The less math that's constantly displayed the better. This particular bit of advice can get a bit tricky in D&D due to character sheets and other issues so I'm going to save this topic for another day as it probably deserves its own post.

Some groups just need that extra bit of help. If two characters are talking alone, then maybe they really should go somewhere else to have their discussion. As always, this is a case by case kind of scenario but it might be handy every once in awhile. Passing notes to the DM may also be helpful to hide character thoughts or ask if something is acceptable. Players can't accidentally metagame if they've never heard the conversation spoken between two characters.

If a particular player has a bad case of the metagame-flu then a simple solution is to discuss it with them separately. Open communication helps solve a LOT of issues and this is no different. Let them know how you feel, ask them what they think, and try to generally solve the issue together.

Before I end this article, I'd like to mention something I believe doesn't get enough attention. Metagaming doesn't need to have a negative connotation. Metagaming can be a bad thing but it can also be helpful or even necessary. Don't treat metagaming like a curse word and remember that it's a spectrum.

This is Kylak signing out and using out of character knowledge to make on-site posts.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Critical Playtesting #7 The Ranger

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

Tevye requested this article specifically and I'm here to deliver.
The Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition Ranger is quite the popular class of choice and it's easy to see why. Being a Ranger not only means you're the king of the damage dealing department but you're also a swift hunter that can hold your own in a fight. Rangers get to choose from a variety of styles of ass-kicking to take on anyone that becomes their quarry.

1) King of damage - You're the one everyone else looks up to when trying to min/max to kill things more quickly. You're swift and efficient without leaving any kind of mess. Between Hunter's Quarry, Prime Shot (which can be modified for melee combat instead of ranged), plenty of powers that let you attack twice, powers that let you attack as interrupts, and numerous damage bonus feats, it's very difficult for you to not kill things.

2) Mobility - You're a hunter at heart and you're able to ambush with the best of them. Being a Striker, mobility is one of the key things you're known for.

3) Weapon proficiencies - You get to match the Fighter when it comes to the sheer number of weapon proficiencies you get out of the gate. Not many can hold that title. All simple and all military for melee and ranged weapons are at your disposal.

4) Wide range of styles - Maybe you prefer dual wielding like Roxas from Kingdom Hearts? Perhaps firing arrows like Hawkeye from Marvel Comics? What about an animal companion like Kirara from Inuyasha? There are five styles in total (at least as I'm writing this) and each offers many paths to take with their respective theme.

5) Survivability - You can rest assured that you can hold your own in the thick of combat. You've got a variety of ways to gain extra HP and AC bonuses on top of your interrupts to negate enemy attacks. Beastmaster Rangers even give up some of the damage perks for an extra HP source. Let's not forget that you can easily switch to a bow and arrow to keep your distance at any point. You're a solid striker and your Father isn't a glass maker.

6) Skills - You not only get more skills than many of the other classes but you get some of the best to choose from in the game. That means you're handy in and out of combat. You lucky dog.

This is Kylak signing out and dual wielding cheeseburgers which isn't quite the same thing as being a Ranger.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Magic The Gathering Commander Deck Product Review and Guide

No matter how you slice it, you're getting more than your money's worth. If you've never played the Commander format before then you'll want to buy this product as you're getting a great starting deck that you can immediately play out of the box. If you're a longtime fan of the Commander format then you'll also notice there are plenty of new cards that have never been printed before, new powerful Commanders, and reprints of notable cards that are considered staples of the format. Each deck comes with 100 regular-sized cards which includes the three Commanders you can choose from. There are also three additional over-sized cards of each of those Commanders. Below is a description for each decklist just in case you aren't sure which deck suits your taste.

Heavenly Inferno
Heavenly Inferno is all about casting ferocious Dragons, graceful Angels, and terrifying Demons. There's a plethora of creature destruction and mass removal to keep other creatures out of your hair while you set up your army of flying powerhouses. Kaalia of the Vast is able to summon these winged-beasts to the field to take down your opponents without even a need for a stretch break. Dragons, and Angels, and Demons! Oh my!

Mirror Mastery
Mirror Master includes ways to copy all of your best spells to have twice the amount of fun. The main deck is composed of mana-ramping strategies to play massive beasts with many of those having the option to be evoked. Riku of Two Reflections prefers to copy (and paste) every creature and spell you cast since his philosophy is: one is the loneliest number that you'll ever do.

Counterpunch prefers a token swarm strategy to overwhelm your opponents. The rest of the deck focuses on defense, including deathtouch creatures with flying or reach, while you crank out more tokens. Ghave, Guru of Spores is a master manipulator of both tokens and counters since he can create tokens himself or sacrifice creatures to give counters to other creatures. He's also a fun-guy that will grow on you (it's a fungi joke that only Ghave can truly appreciate).

Political Puppets
Political Puppets lets you donate different permanents over to your opponents to further your goals and get on everyone's good side. There's plenty of defenders and defensive spells to make it pointless to attack you on top of the fact that everyone will love all the gifts you're sharing. Zedruu the Greathearted gives you additional cards and life every turn for the number of cards you've donated to other players which essentially makes her a gender-swapped minotaur version of Santa Claus.

Devour for Power
Devour for Power plays with not only your graveyard but the graveyards of other players. Whether by destroying creatures, forcing discard, milling all players, or whatever other means you deem necessary, you can fill graveyards to give you more options to utilize. The Mimeoplasm especially loves stealing the best qualities of different creatures and will grow into a behemoth of a weapon because of it. Graveyards are your buffet options and The Mimeoplasm and others get to omn nom nom anything you'll give them.

This is Kylak signing out and realizing the easier decision is to just buy all five flavors of awesome.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Leak Sauce #18 New Planeswalker: Ral Zarek

Leaking info to you and bringing the discussion.

A huge thanks goes out to Nitz in the forums for playing around with the files in Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 to find this. Basically, this guy doesn't appear to exist in the game "yet" nor have we ever heard of him in any storyline but his artwork and decklist are files in the game itself. There's a chance that he may be future DLC and everyone's hoping that he'll be printed as a real card.

His name is Ral Zarek and he's a Blue/Red mage. You may also notice that his clothing and steam punk devices fit the style guide for the Izzet League from Ravnica perfectly. Keen eyes can also compare the different Plains from Ravnica to Ral's background. The Plains of Ravnica also show a massive cityscape, (since Ravnica is one giant city that stretches across the entire Plane) gothic architecture (Orzhov), and floating castles.

In the current storylines, Ravnica is no longer a city of guilds and it's not closed off from the other Planes anymore. Jace and Gideon have both been known to visit there for different reasons (I'm not going to waste time explaining that right now) and there is chance that the Plane itself might be revisited in a future set.

It's also important to note that just because this artwork and character are obviously of Ravnica origin doesn't mean that he'll show up in a Ravnica set. The original five Planeswalkers were printed in Lorwyn even though they've never been there and Sorin Markov most likely isn't shown on Zendikar in his card art. If we're lucky then Ral Zarek might be printed in Innistrad and his backstory will simply include that he was born on Ravnica or perhaps visited there at the very least. Planeswalkers are not tied to any individual Plane thanks to the very thing they're known for: Planeswalking.

For those of you curious about another new Planeswalker that doesn't have a card currently then I suggest you take a look at this older link here:
Kiora Atua is also from Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 and she also shares a color with Ral since she's a Blue/Green mage. She commands leviathans, krakens, and other creatures of the deep as well as the tides themselves.

This is Kylak signing out and hoping Ral and Kiora get printed ASAP!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

My thoughts on E3 2011

It's rather obvious that E3 has come and gone. Congratulations, jokes, and complaints were made online and things have calmed down. I didn't make an E3 post immediately since I wanted things to settle before analyzing the show as a whole. So here are my thoughts on E3 2011.

Pre E3
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection & Zone of Enders HD Collection

Before E3 even began I was already jumping out of my seat in excitement. This is the kind of announcement I've been hoping they would make for a few years now. Initially I had planned to give this announcement its own separate post all to itself (and it honestly deserves that) but I was foolish and decided to wait until E3 was over to add it to the massive list of everything else going on. It's probably for the best since the only positive aspect would have been me sharing the information immediately while the negative aspect would have been you having to endure my fanboy antics. Regardless, you'll want to pick both of these up and they'll be released for PS3 and Xbox 360 so you really have no excuse not to play them.

Main sell:
Wii U

Only the demo version was shown of the console as it's still in development but it seems like Nintendo has plenty of things in store for when they finally release this beast from its cage.

Wii titles:
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Biggest complaint:
There's already controversy because Nintendo admitted that there was never an intention in there being more than one Wii U tablet controller per console. You can already imagine the nightmare that can cause. Nintendo's current response is that everyone else can use Wii motes but I imagine that will never fly.

Main sell:

I doubt I need to repeat everything that's been stated about this but to put it simply: Microsoft is attempting to show us that the Kinect is something worthwhile to own. There were a few big titles announced and some added support to other major titles that will be released in 2012 and forward.

Xbox360 titles:
Gears of War 3
Halo 4 announced

Biggest complaint:
There was a bit too much focus on the Kinect and I'm still not convinced that it's worth my money.

Main sell:

Sony hit this one out of the park. In the handheld gaming market there is currently only one competitor: Nintendo 3DS. Both the 3DS and the Vita are the same price of $250 so that's already several steps in the right direction (many were worried that it would be too expensive but that fear was laid to rest). Then the titles: Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Super Stardust Delta, Little Big Planet Vita, Sound Shapes, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II Plus, and even a new exclusive Bioshock title. These are all big titles from major companies and all of these were playable at E3 (except for the Bioshock title) so they aren't just "in development". The best part? They aren't just copies of games on the PS3. They're original titles. That's not even considering the future list of games that will be released from third party developers or any of the other Sony exclusives.

PS3 titles:
Uncharted 3
Resistance 3
Twisted Metal
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

Biggest complaint:
The Last Gaurdian, Final Fantasy Versus, Agent, and a few other notables didn't even get mentioned let alone make an appearance.

Everything Else
In no particular order:
Mass Effect 3
Bioshock Infinite
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Batman: Arkham City
Dark Souls
Tomb Raider
Hitman: Absolution
Assassin's Creed Revelations
X-Men: Destiny
Ninja Gaiden 3
and plenty of other games that we've already known about got their chance to show off and make us drool for more.

E3 2011 as a whole
The biggest change to E3 this year was the primary focus. Prior E3s have always been about the future of gaming. This year was definitely grounded in the present. The games that got to shine were actually games we've known about for more than a year. It's actually a dramatic change and there's no telling if the trend will continue. What did you enjoy most about E3? Shout out in the comments below.

This is Kylak signing out and already preparing a grave for my wallet.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Trigun: Badlands Rumble U.S. Theater Dates!

*Warning - Heavy references throughout this post because Kylak is a total fanboy.*

Listen up everyone! The humanoid typhoon is hitting theaters in the U.S.! If you're a fan of the show or just Anime in general then you seriously need to throw down some double dollars and grab a ticket.

Why you must see it:
Yasuhiro Nightow and Satoshi Nishimura pretty much made this for us. It's actually thanks to the U.S. fanbase that this project was ever created. Who knows? If enough support is shown, more good things might come of this. I'm asking for all hunters of peace to do your part.

About the movie:
- The movie itself doesn't occur at the end of the main story. It's basically a "what-if" storyline that easily fits somewhere in the middle of the original series.
- New characters are introduced that are just as lovable as any from the series.
- Needle noggin and our favorite priest make their triumphant return.

The only bad news:
- Johnny Yong Bosch is the only returning voice actor for the English dub cast. It's a shame that Jeff Nimoy wasn't able to return as Wolfwood but I'm reserving judgment of the new voice until after I see the dub version (I've only seen the sub version of the Film so far).

When and where will it be showing?
-FUNimation actually wants to show this movie in more areas. All you have to do is go to the link below and demand it to play in your area. If there is enough demand then there might be a local release near you.

Here's the list of current release dates on FUNimation's official blog:

This is Kylak signing out and promoting LOVE AND PEACE!

Friday, June 10, 2011

More Updates Than Your Body Has Room For!

- All Geeks Rejoice has gone mobile! This is all thanks to Google/Blogger implementing a mobile template. So make sure to test this out and bookmark All Geeks Rejoice on your mobile devices as well.

- If you'll look at the top right (where it states in the most subtle of ways: SHARE THIS PAGE) you'll notice the shiny new share buttons that desperately want your clicks and attention. You can now share any page of this site to just about any form of social media or social bookmarking website thanks to the giant orange + button and its healthy list of options in the drop down menu. Not only does it spread the word that this site exists but it makes you that much more awesome of a human being (or other species, entity, or whatever you might be... I can't leave out entities since Cthulhu reads this site and he would be so peeved if I forgot about him).

- The Google +1 Button exists now (you'll notice on the left that I have affectionately given it the title of the 1UP button). You can also find a duplicate +1 Button at the bottom of every post. How does it work you ask? Basically, it works just like any other +1 button (examples: Facebook has the Like button, Digg has the thumbs up, etc.). Once you click it, it tells others, "Hey! This is some super keen stuff right here." If you have any particular favorite articles on this site then please do +1 those separately as well. I appreciate any help that you can give.

- All Geeks Rejoice has a Facebook Page!
Here's the link:
Liking the All Geeks Rejoice Facebook Page is the easiest thing you can do since everyone and their mom already has a Facebook of their own. It's a simple click and you can share it with everyone else on your Facebook page and spread the word! There are a couple of discussion posts going on right now where you can share your thoughts and opinions and I'm looking forward to what you have to say.

- Still updating older posts (hence the lack of updates lately).

Exciting things to come:
-The EDH/Commander decklist reviews.
-My thoughts on E3 2011.
-Working on several D&D posts as we speak with more DM and player advice.
-Also several Anime reviews.
-A new type of article about video games.
-More MTG decklists, tips, and vorthos articles coming soon.

Need advice for D&D or MTG? Is there an Anime you aren't sure about watching and want me to do a review by request? Is there a hilarious video you found on Youtube that you want to share?
Email me with your question or video and it might appear in an article on the site (with your permission of course).

This is Kylak signing out and leaving this post up for a few days so no one accidentally misses what's going on. The forecast seems to be a downpour of articles to follow shortly after these next few days of clear skies.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Video Spotlight #25 Nutrigrain Ad - I FEEL GREAT!

Sharing videos I managed to find scattered across the internet.

Advertising at its finest. This ancient video is so brilliant (and borderline scary) and its one of the hundreds on my backlog list that I've wanted to share. I even threw in an extra with the Naruto version below.

What's your favorite advertisement/commercial? I might just add it as a video spotlight.

This is Kylak signing out and I feel GREEAAT!

Leak Sauce #17 DC Comics Reboot

Leaking info to you and bringing the discussion.

DC Comics is hitting the massive red reset button. Not to be confused with the panic button since this has been well planned and thought out. In September, there will be 52 new #1's written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Jim Lee (both are legendary and this is their first time collaborating). Redesigns and a younger continuity for "today's audience" are what's in store.

The major bonus is that they'll be releasing the print version simultaneously with the digital version. Now you have every option available whether you prefer the real comic in your hands or if you prefer the immediacy of a single click.

Why are they doing this? For the obvious reason of drawing in new readers. With the entire universe being reset, anyone can get into these comics. This is your biggest chance to dive into the DC Universe and not feel that it's a daunting task to keep up with what's going on.

About the only bad news to come of this is the mixed feelings of how certain characters have grown over all these years. Since the first issues aren't out yet, I'm not passing judgment until I see what direction they're taking with this. I imagine they have a very legitimate reason for what they're doing and they surely have thought this through so let's wait and see.

I recommend this to anyone who's ever been curious about comic books and the DC Universe (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Booster Gold, Black Canary, Hawkgirl, Question, Huntress, Doctor Fate, Power Girl, Captain Marvel, The Teen Titans, and a hundred others I can't be bothered to list).

This is Kylak signing out and spreading the word.


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