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Thursday
Mar232017

Thursday Night Hangout 03/16/2017

Charlie and Zealeus have a super special guest in the form of the one and only James Simpson. In this show we talk quite a bit about James' soon to be released game Snarf Quest Tales as well as many other subjects and topics based off of what James has done in the past, what he's worked on, and of course how much of a Unity Guru he truly is.

 

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Charlie and Zealeus have a super special guest in the form of the one and only James Simpson. In this show we talk quite a bit about James' soon to be released game Snarf Quest Tales as well as many other subjects and topics based off of what James has done in the past, what he's worked on, and of course how much of a Unity Guru he truly is.
Tuesday
Mar212017

Interview: Spellslingers' Vincent Baker

 

Charlie gets the chance to once again interview the very talented Vincent Baker as he discusses his project Spellslingers. A fast paced card game that only takes a single deck, and is easy to pick up.

He is currently kickstarting this project: Spellslingers
Also check out his RPG, Otherworlds RPG 

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Tuesday
Mar212017

Adam Wolfe Season 1 Review

Delve into the underbelly of San Francisco, where what you thought you knew might not really be all that the world has or is hiding. In Adam Wolfe you will be put into the shoes of Adam Wolfe, a private investigator of the paranormal variety. It is through this first season, or four chapters of the game, that you'll take on cases, all of which will get you one step closer to finding your sister that mysteriously vanished. The thing is that the path is fraught with danger, and one wrong step, or one moment of letting your guard down could mean the end of you, and perhaps many others.

This is an interesting game that mixes the point click adventure genre with puzzles, hidden objects, and replaying crime scenes through the manipulation of time. You will of course be taking on different pieces of an over-arching quest to find your sister, but in each chapter there is a new aspect, a new roadblock that will be put in front of you. The interesting thing, is that yes, it is frustrating to see these obstacles, but they feel natural in the flow of the game. Too many games put the obstacles to try to make the player spend more time in the game, but this game the obstacles seem logical, they seem to fit right into the story and allow the player to stay immersed in the game.

There are a couple of things about this game that really work for me. The first, of course, is the voice acting, there's nothing quite like actually getting to hear the voices and being pulled further into the game because of it. There is a lot of dialogue and text going on, and it is refreshing to actually have the characters speak so as to allow for the player to not have to read, and possibly re-read for context. The other AMAZING thing is that you can pick up items when you are in an area, EVEN if you don't need them at the current place and time. Sure, there might be items added to a location later in a chapter or the game, but for the most part you might have something that has no significance, but later on you don't have ton continuously backtrack to find what you need. This once again enhances the player's ability to continue to be immersed and get lost in the flow of the game.

As stated previously there are 4 chapters, and at the end there HAS to be more to come. At the end of each of these chapters you are left with a cliffhanger which make you want to just dive right into the next game. This is a well crafted game/series. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in puzzles, mystery, and adventure. This game gets an 9.0 out of 10.

Wednesday
Mar152017

Lead a Band of Mercenary Brothers to Victory

Battle Brothers takes you into a medieval fantasy world where you will be tasked with leading a band of mercenaries (up to 20 members) across a dynamically generated map to take on contracts, treasure hunt, and of course defeat any that stand in your way. It is through these battles that they will gain experience that will allow you to improve their skills, learn new abilities, and of course learn new strategies to better defeat all that stand in your way.

The battle mechanics will have you in a turn-based  tactical map where your diversity of skills, favored terrain, and more will play a huge role as you take on AI that at times can be merciless. There is one other thing about the battles and that is if a member of your party dies, that's it, they are gone, permadeath. To avoid such a state there are tons of equipment you can add to each of your party members, skills that you can level up, and there's no class restrictions in the game. There is one final twist to the game and that is that there will be three late game crises that will gain your attention.

  1. A war between noble houses
  2. A greenskin invasion
  3. An undead scourge

 

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Wednesday
Mar152017

The Return of AndoCon 

As many of you know Altered Confusion has been hard in part when it comes to the reviews of past AndoCons, and that is because we LOVE this convention so much that we want to REALLY point out what we think could make this convention EVEN BETTER. Sadly this year we are without the Ando and his Con. Now here's the thing, do not feel sad, do not fear to never again experience this convention, I have been told from the man himself, ANDO, that there shall be an ANDOCON 2018.

Now the date isn't completely locked in stone, but he's aiming for sometime in March 2018. If you are a board game nerd, a pencil and paper nerd, someone who is willing to try new and exciting games, hell you might even get to beta test some games that no one else has even seen before, you HAVE to come to this event next year. I can already tell you, without a shadow of a doubt that Altered Confusion will not only be there, but we will be bringing panels, love, and the desire to make sure that this convention doesn't take another hiatus.

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