Survive Order 66 in Star Wars Episode 3,5

Having been disappointed by many Star Wars games in recent years, I was very hesitant to buy Star wars: Jedi Fallen Order. So with the holidays upon us and having some time off, I saw that the game was available through EA Origin Access Premier (wow, that’s a mouth full) for only 15 bucks a month. Got myself a subscription and immediately cancelled it, knowing that I’d probably never play the game again after one play through. After a hefty installation of over 60 GB I got playing and…

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Merry Christmas Batman

Last night I finished the 3rd Batman game in the Arkham series, Batman Arkham Origins. Though people might not see it as part of the series – the series being Asylum, City and Knight – playing this Batman felt exactly like the others and the origin story fits in nicely with the two previous ones.

Reason why I pushed this game up my backlog list was due to the setting. I read somewhere it all plays out on Christmas Eve and after finishing it – a couple of days before Christmas 2019 – I was not disappointed. Throughout the story you are reminded that Christmas is upon the cape crusader and even the villains refer to it. Best part for me was of course them singing along the various carols with their own improvised lyrics. Without giving away too much of the plot, I myself find this Batman game one of the best so far, looking at the city, the enemies and the divers bosses. The only minor point I found was the upgrade system of your character, which is a little bit different compared to the previous games. There really is only one way to upgrade your character, so this takes away some personalization.

Back to the Future – Part IV

Ever wondered what happened after Doc. Brown went away in Back to the Future – Part III? Well apparently I had a game in my backlog called Back to the Future: The Game by Telltale Games which does exactly that. It picks up after Part III and continues the adventures of Marty and Doc.

I’ve played it using the extra hints turned on, since I just wanted to experience it as a nice movie like game, sipping some juice and taking the story in. Completing the 5 episodes will take you around 2 hours each, so a full day of gaming (or perhaps a weekend) and you can experience what is essentially Back to the Future – Part IV.

The game uses many of the original actors and locations, but not Michael J. Fox, whose role was filled by A.J. Locascio who – in my opinion – did an excellent job. However when I finally finished the last episode, it did put a smile on my face seeing that Michael was part of the final episode.

So if you are looking for a nice interactive like movie game and really want to know what happens after Part III, this game is really worth your time.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Only a few centuries ago, a mere second in cosmic time, we knew nothing of where or when we were. Oblivious to the rest of the cosmos, we inhabited a kind of prison, a tiny universe bounded by a nutshell.

How did we escape from the prison? It was the work of generations of searchers who took five simple rules to heart.

(1) Question authority. No idea is true just because someone says so, including me.

(2) Think for yourself. Question yourself. Don’t believe anything just because you want to. Believing something doesn’t make it so.

(3) Test ideas by the evidence gained from observation and experiment. If a favorite idea fails a well-designed test, it’s wrong. Get over it.

(4) Follow the evidence wherever it leads. If you have no evidence, reserve judgment.

And perhaps the most important rule of all…

(5) Remember: you could be wrong. Even the best scientists have been wrong about some things. Newton, Einstein, and every other great scientist in history — they all made mistakes. Of course they did. They were human.

Science is a way to keep from fooling ourselves, and each other.

A quote from the final episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey which was very humbling and inspirational.

A quest written for Expedition: A roleplaying card game

For a while I’ve been looking at a card based RPG game and stumbled upon Expedition: a roleplaying card game. Sadly I missed the Kickstarter, but they organized a contest to write a quest for the game. The winners would either receive $50 or two copies of the game.

So I thought, why not? You can always try right? So I locked myself up for a long weekend and started writing / programming.

As I’m also a Dungeon Master and hosted a couple of campaigns, my main goal was to re-write one of them for the game, though since the deadline I had to commit myself to only a few (starting) quests. I was very pleased with the result I achieved in such a short time and the judges agreed, since I’ve won the contest!

Now I’m already pondering on what campaign to re-write next… what to write next…

Mark Twain

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.

This is how I feel lately when it comes to people I’m working with. Trying to convince them things aren’t the way they think it is and they have to prepare to be more agile / flexible, so they can adapt to the ever changing situation that is life, work, etc. Instead of trying to think of every possible outcome and making a plan for it. Above quote reflects it nicely.