Conquest: Aurora Oldwalls

Cloudless days traveling under the incessant sun of the Stone Sea did little to improve our mood as we made our way to the great northwestern Spire. By the time we reached the entrance to the oldwalls, our lips cracked and bleeding from the heat...

Legendary 55Hp Monks

One of the reasons I'm not generally a fan of board games is that I get too highly invested in the outcome (read: competitive). I'm less competitive with video games—I routinely play with people who are better than I could ever be—but still I...

Conquest: A Bloody Tribe

The Beastmen had lain traps on the path to their camp – surprisingly ingenious ones, at that. Cleverly-hidden, well-made, and certainly catastrophic for any who ran across them, it spoke volume about the intelligence of the local tribe. As we hiked...

Concerted Madness

In previous entries about creating characters I've talked at length about the need for character quirks to not define the character. Someone who "has a limp" or "only opens doors with their left hand" as a primary characteristic doesn't usually...

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Immutable (Runner Concept)

Angela wasn't supposed to learn about the truth behind her father's position at the company, but sometimes rebellious teenagers can surprise even the most well-prepared of parents. She had been raised as a normal, average daughter of a mid-level wageslave, a...

Conquest: Into the Gorge

Though we didn't anticipate any great difficulty in our travels through the Stone Sea, aside from the near-constant earthquakes and aftershocks, we avoided returning to Halfgate all the same. We had stood idly by as Disfavored baited and killed Scarlet Chorus soldiers...

AFK: Piles of Diamonds

Of the many forms of currency available in AFK Arena—gold coins, hero's essence, soulstones, and so forth—none is arguably more valuable than Diamonds. Primarily obtained through real-money purchases and account achievements (such as completing a difficult campaign...

VMware Lockups

Recently I wrote a relatively non-technical review of some of the woes I've recently faced with my in-home server. Unfortunately, after another week of dead-ends and false-starts, I'm nowhere closer to figuring out what could be the cause of my server's problem. This...

AFK: An Unlikely Superstar

In most hero-collecting games, the more highly-rated or rare a hero is tends to mean they are objectively better than more common or lower-rated heroes. This is not necessarily so in AFK Arena, where today I explore the truly game-shattering character that is Saveas,...

Dark was the Night (Movie Review)

When I come across movies on streaming services that are teasingly interesting, I tend to do a cursory internet search to get an idea of what may be in store for me. Recently I was introduced to a low-budget (by Hollywood standards) supernatural thriller called Dark...

NW: Peace of Mind

I know of no race in, on, or beyond Toril that is wholly without strife. War, hunger, jealousy, and ego come to a head in all civilizations and in all walks of life, and while strife is a common thread that unites us all, in the best of times it is known only in...

Conquest: Riposte

Entering the Jagged Maw Shrine, we came across a peculiar sight – the Scarlet Chorus and DIsfavored were almost equal in number, each bristling with violence. Whereas the Chorus usually preferred to harass their prey to the point of exhaustion, it seems they may have...

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