End of an Odyssey

April 7th, 2008 by Shalewind

Checking in. Sort of a busy week coming up. My work on the secure ASP page for work continues to move smoothly. I think I have everything down but the SSL now. Also doing some major prep for the end of Fallen Sun this coming weekend. So it’s a fairly concentration intensive week.

I finished Lost Odyssey and got my full 1000 points from it. Final time was 72 hours and my party was level 54-71. This game is most definitely the best RPG on the 360 and I’m fairly certain it ranks in my all time favorites. All the characters were wonderful, the story was great, and the ending was touching and well worth the play through. This is also one of the first games I have played through where I didn’t need to spend time leveling once. I basically just played through it straight. Superb design credit there.

June approaches as does the release of the 4th Edition D20 core books. I’m deciding if I want to pre-order them and have them shipped to me or go pick them up on release. Enworld has compiled an excellent Lite edition booklet with all of the known material for 4E in one place. It’s pretty cool and it’s updated daily.

We went with DJ to the last regular session Stars game yesterday for his birthday. There were over six fights in the first period alone – 95 penalty minutes the whole game. It was insane. The stars pulled out the victory too, 4-2. Pretty amazing game to catch.

Seems the Olympic Torch relay is being mobbed. I think the relay is a cool idea, even if the torch does go out a lot. And I can understand wanting to protest China from a human rights stance. Don’t mob the athlete that’s running the relay. It isn’t his or her fault. And certainly don’t mob some poor dude in a wheelchair! What is wrong with some of these people!

Not much else to report right now. Just know the Jeremy Soule kicks ass. I worship at the altar of his orchestral music.


  Current Mood: Concentrating   
  
Listening To: Do What You Want – JASEfos

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Robert Jordan has passed…

September 17th, 2007 by Shalewind

Yesterday we lost a great to the fantasy fiction world. Robert Jordan has passed away from heart complications caused by amyloidosis. Jordan was in the middle of writing his final book in the Wheel of Time series: Memory of Light. While in the hospital and still in fair condition he is quoted as saying “I’m getting out notes, so if the worst actually happens, someone could finish A Memory of Light and have it end the way I want it to end.” The decision whether to posthumously complete the book has been left to his wife Harriet and Tor Books president Tom Doherty. I hope your legacy is completed in a fitting manner, RJ. Rest in peace.

News: If you haven’t heard, France has said Europe needs to prepare for war. Let me repeat that… France as said that European Union countries need to prepare for War. Why? Well the new French president, Nicolas Sarkozy has a much more hard-line stance towards Iran and the possession of nuclear arms. The exact statement was that if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, there will be war. Political analysts are saying that due to Sarkozy’s stances that US relations could improve. Go figure.

Halo 3: There may be clan support by Halo 3 launch yet. Some rumors have been leaked over some semi-legit sources. It’s possible a September 25th dashboard update might include the Clan Support menu that is XBOX Live wide. This would also include the plug in support that Halo 3 would need for clans. In a word: awesome… if true. The good news is we should here more soon when the dashboard update is officially announced. More details here.

Video Games: I await Eternal Sonata, it looks very pretty and fun to play – plus it might be fun for a wee bit before the Halo emerges from its dread cocoon of life sucking goodness. I have been watching some Mass Effect trailers. Now, part of me feels like my best buddy – I don’t want to get too hyped up because of previous failures. After watching some of this though, it is very difficult to not get excited. Some of my favorites here:

·        New Character Creation seems to indicate that you can also play a female character. This is very important for getting wide demographic sales.

·        Some of the prettiest stuff in the game may be galaxy exploration. The map is fantastic!

·        This is one of my favorites, and negotiation and interrogation… sort of. Be sure to watch to the end. Dave, your option is finally here.

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Here comes 28…

September 9th, 2007 by Shalewind

Video Games: Well I finished up Bioshock last weekend and the game delivered in its entirety. There is a protection mission, but there is not penalty for failure. I did take this as a challenge though and made sure not one splicer got their bloody little hands on my ward – not one hit. I also got my 1,000 points in one play through – around 25 hours. This was sixty bucks well spent. The game has a 60 second ending but may be one of the most touching I’ve ever seen (yes, I got the “good” ending). Overall, Bioshock is one of the best games I’ve played on a modern platform, hands down.

News: Well in case no one has heard, Steve Fossett is missing. Fossett is the millionaire that’s been involved in breaking most of the aviator and world speed records through his 60 some years. My favorite feat though is the round the world trip in a hot air balloon. He’s lost in a downed airplane somewhere in Nevada. I hope they find him alive. Half of me still thinks he might turn up at a gas station some 1000 miles away and use a payphone to say – “Here I am!”  

Halo 3: Gearing up for the event. Plan is the have the dangerous four person commando team take on the prophets on Friday September 28th – starting in the morning. Yes, I have taken the day off work. Pray to whatever power you hold dear that this 4 person co-op thing works! If so – it will be the coolest thing ever! Regardless, this game is going to break every sales record.

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