Friday, July 7, 2017

Monthly Update: July 2017

When I list things out, June 2017 was a pretty busy and semi-productive month.

In the world of board games, Conklederp and I acquired the first physical expansion to Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition, Beyond the Threshold, as well as the Suppressed Memories expansion which has the pieces and tiles from the first edition Call of the Wild.  All of which now means that we have everything to play all of the stories for MoM2E, although we do not have the one digital expansion.  And wouldn't you know it!?  There is a new physical expansion titled Streets of Arkham that will be released by the end of the year!  Hopefully there will be more digital expansions in the meantime.

And speaking of later this year, Wizards of the Coast announced that they are developing a Dungeons & Dragons themed variation of Betrayal at House on the Hill titled Betrayal at Baldur's Gate, which I am excited about, partly because I love Dungeons & Dragons, but also because I really like the mechanics in BaHotH and since we do not already own it, why not buy this edition then?

And speaking of announcements, E3 this year was a mixed bag, but I already covered what interested me from that week long exposition.  But for me, the highlights were easily Metroid: Samus Returns on the 3DS, and the Lovecraft first person perspective horror game Call of Cthulhu.  I am sure there are other things/games/events/cronches that I could mention (as noted above in my E3 post), but the aforementioned two games are what I immediately think about from 2017.

The other gaming event of the summer that I have taken part in is Steam's 2017 Summer Sale, of which I purchased Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara, partly because Dr. Potts had purchased it a while back, but also because we both spent many a rolls of quarters at Woodhaven Lanes playing this arcade game.  I have not looked into it, but I think it would be awesome to have a combination local and online multiplayer, so that Conklederp could play off of my computer while having Dr. Potts join in from an online connexion, and Jane could join in too if that is her thing.  I also partook of Humble's Monthly Bundle and acquired Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, which I had been wanting to play for a while (stay tuned for my First Impressions article on Monday).

And speaking of games that I am still working my way through, there is Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, which I still feel a bit paranoid that I am going to miss or forget something that was or seemed intuitive back when I first played in 2000.  In the GOG Galaxy-verse, I am working my way through Dark Fall: The Journal, although I am moving slower than I would have liked, probably due to the fact that I want to have Conklederp watch and he have been unable to find time amongst trying to catch up with a lot of TV shows that we are behind on watching.  On the 3DS, I am about 34 hours into Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia and am loving every minute of it, except when my characters die and I have to use Mila's Turnwheel (it's not cheating if it's a built in game mechanic, but at times it still feels kind of cheap).

And speaking of not cheap, there was the announcement of the Super Nintendo Classic, which I am begrudgingly not ready to accept the very real possibility that I will never see or be able to play one of these beautiful official emulators due to ass-hats buying out the supply then hocking them on eBay and Amazon for 5x the MSRP of $79.99 once it is launched on September 29th of this year.

Moving away from video games and onto movies (eh!?), I think the only film Conklederp and I saw in the theatres in June was It Comes At Night, and I have already talked about how much I enjoyed that film.  I also purchased the Alien Quadrilogy on Blu-ray because it was dirt-cheap, Emilie hadn't seen Aliens or any of the other Alien films, but also because I had not seen the extended cut of Alien3 and I have never seen Alien Resurrection, so I figured why not?  I think sometime in July I will put out a rundown of the four Alien films, similar to what Dr. Potts did for the DC Universe films.

In the land of podcasts, Conklederp and I were able to go to Lore Live 2017 when Mr. Aaron Mahnke did his West Coast Tour during the middle of June.

Lastly, book-wise, I had been reading The Wastelands: The Dark Tower III and was about 75% of the way through before I forgot the book down in Nor*Cal when I helped The Kid move a few weeks back, but I have other digital books that I am working my way through.  Most recently being the 1865 work, The Book of Were-Wolves by Sabine Baring-Gould, which has turned out to be a great assessment of lycanthropitic disease throughout history, including mainly European history, but also including Indian, Native American, and Scandinavian sources.

And as for July, buh-jeezsus, I do not even know.  I mean, I kind of do, what with finishing up season five of Orange is the New Black, and starting the new Castlevania series, both of which are on Netflix.  Getting around to watching The Handmaid's Tale, then HarmonQuest Season 2 starts on July 27th!  And whenever the Twin Peaks revival happens, Conklederp and I will be binge watching that during the week long free trial of Showtime.  And then there's the fact that I recently started Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, and Grand Theft Auto III due to difficulties with DSII:SotDS as well as whatever additional games come in Humble's July Monthly Bundle (which I am 98% sure I am going to cancel as I do not have a need to expand my already queue of games to play).

A Hasty Blink

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