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.

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…

Learning Python (from scratch)

Got some spare time during the day and thought I’d work on one of my first amibtions and that is learning Python. Why you may ask? Well I work in the world of data and the next set of skills I need to develop / work on, are R (for statistics) and Python. Once I’ve mastered these on an intermediate level (I think?) I can begin with Machine Learning and move on from there.

To start learning, I’ve acquired the book Automate the boring stuff with Python by Al Sweigart.

Will update you lot as things progress!