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UnEpic (PS4)

unepiccoverHooray! Another indie-gem drops on my PS4!

In UnEpic I get to join Daniel on a quest. During a nice night of D&D with friends, he’s suddenly transported into his own RPG. Daniel encounters all of the D&D stereotypes and even gets possessed (albeit only half) by an evil doom-talking spirit.

Just as the title says, UnEpic is… well… unepic. The main character does not wear armor made of dragonscales, doesn’t speak Elvish and can’t fight like Conan. He’s your average nerd, who’s slowly discovering that the new environment he’s currently  in, is not just fantasy.

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RPG’s always tickle my fancy. There’s just something about them that appeals to me. Crawling through dark dungeons, collecting loot and XP, the urge to level up. Just lovely.  Except: most RPG’s don’t stay fresh for long. After the umpteenth quest from a “mysterious stranger”, I usually give up. Not so with UnEpic. I just keep on playing, because I can relate to Daniel. He’s a nerd, same as me, I enjoy the occasional bout of D&D, just like him. Heck, I could be the lead character here!

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I also enjoy platforming, something UnEpic manages brilliantly to fuse with RPGing. Daniel runs and jumps around like a well known plumber and fighting happens with the simplest touch of buttons. Na complicated “to hit” rolls here, no static fighting. Just straight-on action. Yet another strong point.

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I could compare UnEpic to those Castlevania’s for DS. The main character also plays as if it were from an action game, but the leveling and the inventory are straight from an RPG. Daniel even quips one oneliner after another, poking fun at other franchises. And yes, Castlevania is among the many references to other games throughout UnEpic.

I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed UnEpic. It’s available right now, so I suggest you buy it and get dungeoncrawling! Go! Moveth thine behindeth!

Jan

We’re here!

We’re back!

Three weeks ago, my wife gave birth to our son Niel.  We’re both extremely excited and happy with our little padawan, but he kinda threw a spanner in the cogs of regular updates. But now we’re back!

We may be up to our elbows in dirty diapers, but we’re back!

Expect regular updates to resume soon.

Jan

Star Wars photo-op!

Remember when I talked at length about that Star Wars promo thing going on at Carrefour supermarkets?

Well, it’s still going strong, and I stopped by last week for one of their in-store events. The site advertised that Star Wars characters would be on point for photo-ops.

As I rolled into the parking lot, I immediately noticed a truck with familiar characters.

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The Disney promoteam is here! This is bound to be good.

Once inside, I was greeted by this sight.

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A slightly oversized stormtrooper statue, surrounded by technical equipment. Apparently, I was a bit early. The team was still setting up shop and told me to return in 15 minutes. So what did I do? Like a good boy, I idled around. I admired the promo team’s attire: Star wars caps, coats, hoodies and shirts. I could tell they started getting creeped out by the giant manchild ogling their clothing. So I took my idling to a different spot. Since the photobooth was located behind the registers, I could check which customers bought Star Wars stuff. So I did just that. Which soon started getting me weird looks from the cashiers, which in turn caught the attention of security. So again, I took my idling elsewhere.

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Luckily, there was a Rebels banner set up as well. Closer inspection revealed it held free posters, so I took one to help me pass the time.

Man, setting up a simple photobooth seemed to take up an eternity. I was running out of spots for idling. Luckily, an overstressed mom with three children appeared. All three kids wanted a photo, so I took a spot behind them. Thus forming a line and eliminating all weird stares.

When all three anklebiters had their photo taken, it was my turn. I was handed a lightsaber, someone threw a brown cape over my head and snapped away. I was then ushered towards two giant piles of papers, which turned out to be consent forms that I needed to sign, and someone promised me the photo would appear on Facebook the day after.

And that was it.

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I look like a dork.

Jan

Star Wars takes over my local supermarket

Star Wars fan in the corners of Europe, rejoice! It seems that with Disney’s takeover of the franchise, we’re finally out of the dry spell. I was over the battle station (“that’s no moon!”) when I wandered over to my local Carrefour store last week. I needed to shop for some groceries and the most awesome sight greeted me.

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There it was, smack bang in the middle of the store’s promotional billboard. Kylo Ren, backed by a First Order trooper. Was I dreaming? Had I died and gone to Geek heaven? An angry old woman in a Volkswagen honked me out of my reverie. Still awestruck I wandered inside.

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Only to be greeted by more Star Wars awesomeness!

First Order troopers were scattered everywhere.  Between and on the shelves, on promotional banners throughout the store. Truly this was the stuff of dreams. I had always been envious of American department stores that got a Star Wars makeover, and now it was happening to Carrefour, the supermarket chain in my own back yard.

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As it turns out, the store is host to a six week contest. People can enter some sort of random prizedraw. Prizes are given away bi-weekly, and a grand prize is given away at the end of the promotion. I spotted tickets to the new movie, encyclopedias and trips to Disneyland amongst the goodies. The grand prize is a trip to London for the family, including tickets to the Star Wars exhibit at Madame Tussaud’s. Need I say I’ll be shopping here exclusively for the next two months?

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Further into the store, there was a special aisle for Star Wars merch. Toys, plates, alarm clocks, pillows, cutlery, ballpoints, comics, books,… A heavenly choir sounded in my head. Truly, the dark days are over. Our lord and savior Disney is here to bring us the much needed merchandise. We thank thee, oh great Mouse-eared one.

On the way out, arms laden with merch (And no groceries – One has to know ones priorities!) I was told the store will be hosting to more events. A day with Star Wars characters and photo-ops and another day with ‘instore animation’.  Expect to see more of these in coming Tusken Tuesday installments.

Jan

Tusken Tuesdays!

1125_star_wars-prevI am a huge Star Wars nerd.  That fact alone already makes it strange I have yet to write anything about the phenomenon (Yes, I am calling it a phenomenon.  Because it is.  And because I really wanted to use the word phenomenon for once.  It’s such an underappreciated word.  I mean, can you recall the last time you said, let alone typed out phenomenon?  Exactly.)

So starting next week, I’m declaring tuesday to be Tusken Tuesday on this site.  Yes, every tuesday  I will go out and try to find something for the collection and report my findings here.

It’ll be fun, I promise!

Jan

Disclaimer: author cannot be held responsible for tardiness, and as such, Tusken Tuesdays could alternatively be called Watto Wednesdays, Threepio Thursdays, Fierfek Fridays, Sith Saturdays, Sebulba Sundays or even Mon Mothma Mondays.

Halloween – The Binge Part II – The 48hr Infection

Well butterballs!

I just hate it when I plan a feature for the site, and then something unexpected shows up and spoils all the fun.

I had you all nice and excited for the Halloween feature, but then stomache flu reared it’s ugly head and said:

Nope!”

I had twelvehundred word essays on the taste of pumpkin/blood orange juice ready for you.  Papers on the importance of jack-o-lantern shaped chocolates that came in a glow in the dark box you can make a mask out of.  Step by step photoreports of bloodcookies getting made.

But no. I was in bed and on the toilet.  For forty-eight hours.

I’ll leave you with that image as compensation for the missed Halloween feature.

That should scare you properly.

Jan