What I’m Playing:
Holy single player games, Batman, i’ve been busy. The holiday saw most of my gaming cohorts out spending time with family, getting engaged, etc, which left me with an excess of time to play with myself. Wait. Motion to have that last comment stricken from the record. GK EDIT: Motion denied.
I finally fired up Bastion to see what the fuss was about, and holy crap that was a good game. I beat it in about 12 hours, though I want to do a New Game +. Its a simple rpg that reminds me a little of Beyond Oasis from my Genesis days. It was gorgeous, and while I don’t normally remark on the music in games, this one deserves it. It has an excellent combat/level up/gear mechanic that works really well without being burdensome. Given that its like 15 bucks, it is definitely worth skipping a dinner at Chilis.
Over the holiday I also got all the Assassin’s Creed games. I had played the first, and enjoyed it, then fell behind as 2, Brotherhood, and Revelations came out. Being a completionist, I kind of wrote them off. Then AC3 came out, with its oh-so-sexy American Revolution theme, and I knew I was doomed. I’m a sucker for muskets. So now i’m playing catchup on the old games.
Also sitting at the end of of my entertainment center is Resident Evil 6 and Borderlands 2. Sigh. So much to do, so little Szafraniec.
What I’m Watching
Like most of you, when its family togetherness time, my family enjoys sitting in the dark and not talking.
First I saw the Hobbit, which I really enjoyed. I was a bit put off by the ‘silly’, but thats literally less than 10 minutes of an almost 3 hour movie. It was excellent, and precipitated an extended cut LOTR marathon.
Then I saw Lincoln, which I also loved. Its a very political movie, so don’t go in expecting war scenes. But if you’re a fan of good political drama, or just the awesomeness that is Abe Lincoln, its worth seeing, imo. He does NOT fight any vampires, though. Guess that should have been a spoiler alert.
On The Table
I’m still enamored with the concept of Tyranids, but I am holding off to see what Dark Angels bring to the game. However, I am still knocking around the idea of a small Necron force. I’d like to say its because they are competitive, but its not. Its because I have a conversion idea that I really want to make happen.
I am a HUGE fan of the Portal games. Slightly obsessed, some may say. Necrons, both in miniature and fluff, lend themselves so well to a GlaDOS takeover of their system. White Necrons, all with Deathmark heads (red eyes to simulate the turrets), then a mix of orange and blue rods (I have found blue, but not orange), and some Night Scythe portals to spruce things up a bit. Centerpiece would have to be a Triarch Stalker modified to have the GlaDOS style head hanging down, though I doubt i’d have a Stalker in my list. The circular Night Scythes would have Aperture Science along the top. My three custom objective markers would be a Companion Cube, Cake, and either a corrupted core or a turret. Too exciting!
What I’m Reading
Geez, my gaming buddies leave and I get downright productive, don’t I?
I’ve been a big fan of the Walking Dead tv series, but as a recovering comic book addict I’ve been secretly ashamed that I have not read the graphic novels first. Well, I am remedying that, and got the first two compendiums. Its awesome to see where all the ideas from the show came from, but I am also impressed at how different the comic is. You can enjoy both without massive spoilers. There have been some major differences that have me equally hooked into both. Hooked so much that I got the Walking Dead boardgame to foist upon my fellows.
When i’m feeling less sleepy and more literary, I have finally jumped into the H.P. Lovecraft works. I just started The Call of Cthulu a few days ago, and so far its pretty interesting. Definitely more of an investment than a comic book.
Then as a backdrop to all of that, I don’t go to an airport without Game of Thrones. Still near the end of the second book, but with some January trips coming up, i’m excited to get a good chance wrap that up.
And with that, I bid you all a Happy New Year! Be safe out there, and we’ll see you in 2013! We’d love to hear about what you’re reading this new years, and any 40k-related new years resolutions you’ve come up with.