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16th November 2014

4:47pm: Miniature: Junkion tank
Finally finished painting that "Greenskin Runt Tank" I got a few weeks ago, in Junkion colors.

Click to embiggen. Unpainted.

9th November 2014

5:15pm: Kitbash: Dechromed Jetfire
I don't like random chrome. Fortunately, I now have the tools to remove it, rather than having to spend double the cost to import a version without chrome.
Less-shiny Jetfire behind cut.Collapse )

8th November 2014

5:34pm: Kitbash: Caprock the Badger
So, the mascot of Amarillo College is a badger, named Billy. I considered naming this kitbash Billy, or even Blaster to be really obscure, but I settled on Caprock, which is a regional geographical name thing (there's a Caprock high school, for instance). Base figure is Snarl from Beast Wars, with the ears bobbed. I had to rehabilitate the tail, which someone had chewed on (and which explained why this was so cheap online). I tried to make the paint job emulate how an actual toy might look, including abrupt color transitions between pieces. ;)

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2nd November 2014

12:18pm: A Game Review
So, I can see why they gave up and enforced totally random chargen in this MMO. I mean, if you look at the stats for even a second, you'll wonder why anyone would ever select any starting class other than Aristocrat...sure, the combat stats aren't great, but the built-in class advantages stay with you even if you multiclass right away, and it's almost like a cheat code. And no, you can't multiclass into Aristocrat, you have to get it at chargen or not at all (I hear if you hit the currency cap, you can buy a trait that gives some of the Aristocrat class benefits, but I don't know anyone who managed it). Similarly, the races aren't even remotely balanced. Heck, they didn't even make it gender-blind like most games do these days. Women are totally nerfed compared to men, I guess they're counting on the "I like to look at butts" factor to soften the blow. I hear there's a quest you can go on to get your gender switched, but rumor has it that everyone who completes it in the female-to-male direction fails to get any of the game benefits, plus NPCs start treating them badly. And male-to-female? Ugh, might as well quit the game if you run that particular quest.

On the plus side, the graphics are excellent, particularly during some of the seasonal events, and the physics is deep and fascinating. You can have as many costume slots as your currency will buy, and the game even lets you buy outside your usual race and gender (although, again, NPCs will treat you badly if you do that). Player death is permanent, but fortunately gameplay makes death unlikely unless you actually want to die. Oh, a tiny cumulative chance over time, but that's only to be expected. BTW, don't die on purpose, the MMO community frowns on ragequit.

It's almost as if there were two different teams working on this game. The engine and parts of the world are great, but chargen and NPCs were clearly put together by some royal jerkholes.

Overall, though, unless you're one of the lucky one percent or so in chargen, it's just a grind for rewards that often seem invisibly small. Some players claim that there's minigames that make it worthwhile, but when the only fun to be had in a game is the game within the game...why not just have the option to play the minigame without putting up with the slogging and grinding of the main game?

I give "Real Life" a 3/10. It's just too broken to recommend, unless you have no other choice.

ETA: Oh, and most players claim there's a sequel game called "Afterlife" that's in closed beta, if you make the right play choices in "Real Life" you can get an invite. So...if I grind away and don't make any mistakes (not that anyone knows for sure what the right choices are) I might get into another game that's supposed to be a lot more fun? Yeesh.

29th October 2014

9:38pm: Comics for October, 2014
October 29, 2014: Flash (TV), Tesladyne Industries Field Guide *, Sanctuary #8, Ms. Marvel No Normal TPB plus issues #6-9, Strong Female Protagonist Book One *, Gold Digger #214, Spider-Man 2099 #4-5, Deadpool's Art of War #1, Astro City #16, Q2: the Return of Quantum & Woody #1, Atomic Robo: Knights of the Golden Circle #5 (of 5), Ragnarok #2, Transformers: Primacy #3 (of 4), Transformers: Robots in Disguise #34, Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #34, My Little Pony Friends Forever #10, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #24 *.

23rd October 2014

8:45pm: Fenris was peckish

12th October 2014

3:19pm: ASH: Coherent Super Stories #36 - Time Critical Mission
Coherent Super Stories #36 - "Time Critical Mission": Written for High Concept Challenge #49, "Slice of Life". Set during the height of the Godmarket...sort of. And featuring Paladin, who never actually existed...sort of.

29th September 2014

5:27pm: Ben10 Headcanon
Everything after the original series (all the live action and CG stuff, Alien Force, Omniverse, etc) is actually in-universe fiction. As part of building the massive organization seen in Ben10K, Ben started licensing out his story, on the condition that certain details were changed (i.e. his parents portrayed entirely differently so that the real people could live in relative normalcy). He's too busy to keep a close eye on things, but every so often he checks in, hates what he sees, and yanks the license. He was okay with the Alien Force one, but it had poor ratings and his business managed convinced him to go with another reboot. The reason why the continuity is such a mess is that it's not allowed to be 100% true to history, and different licensors find different ways around that.

(And yes, that makes the episodes about authorized or unauthorized Ben10 shows or games on the shows a case of the creators getting all hip and meta.)

25th September 2014

12:50pm: Comics for September 2014
September 25, 2014: Gotham (Pilot), Meteor Men #3-5 (of 5), Spider-Man 2099 #3, Astro City #15, Transformers: Primacy #2 (of 3), Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #33 *, Transformers: Robots in Disguise #33 *, My Little Pony Friends Forever #9, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #23, My Little Pony Annual 2014.

19th September 2014

8:51pm: City of Titans: Anthem PPG v2
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