Playing & Reading: Week of 7/10/16 to 7/16/16


Alright you lovely folks, lets do this thing!


Getting more and more into creating Youtube content. So far, I have played a bit more Renown Explorers, to get the 2 part video series together for next week. I got Call of Duty BO3 MP Starter from Humble Bundle, so that’s cool. Gonna do a video on that. Played a bit of Kingdoms of Amalur and posted a video for that. Whats really crazy is the positive response I have been getting about KoA and the video. My reddit post about it is nearly 100 positive Karma, which is absurd, and I have over 500 views. So that’s really awesome. I also just did a video about the new Hearthstone Tavern Brawl.

I also had played some Megadimension Neptunia VII earlier in the week for my review of that. Christ that game. Its too much haha.

I am preparing myself for 7/28/16 and the release of CALL OF THE BEASTMEN! BRAY WITH ME BOYOS!


Really Sanderson, I need you to stop messing with my emotions. I finished off Bands of Mourning and his novella Secret History and I am just eyeing him and his shenanigans.

I started reading the first book in Tad Williams Otherland series, finally. I am also considering the Rangers Apprentice series as one of my coworkers keeps telling me I need to play that. Finally, I finished EVERY BOOK in the Cape High series. I need more. Right now.


Playing and Reading – Week of 6/26/16 to 7/2/16


Yes its a day late, but its the weekend, a 3 day weekend, and I am apparently still sick yay!

But hey, its still done at least.  Don’t judge me I don’t see any of YOU doing weekly status updates!


Not much honestly. I reinstalled Kingdoms of Amalur from Origin, and then uninstalled it. I am unsure if I am in the mood for it. I did play some Renowned Explorers: International Society though, which is still an amazing game. I plan today to play some Heroes of a Broken Land as well, for a video, and maybe work on Secrets of Grindea and Reverse Crawl as well.

I really just don’t know honestly what to play! Its rather infuriating.


Today I am going to write a bit about Super Hero fiction. I finished reading Wild Cards Book 3 earlier this week, and restarted the Cape High series, which is a fun indie series focused on a super high school.

Supers in fiction are kinda rare honestly. Sure you got comics, but I am not a huge fan of comics. I prefer reading because it lets me form the images in my head. A good writer describes things just enough for me to get a starter picture, and lets me fill in the gaps. The writers who explain everything in fine detail honestly bore me.

But finding good super fiction is rare. There is tons out there by indie authors, and not all of it is good. The best series out there to date is the Wild Cards series, which is a series written by a team of professional authors and edited by GRR Martin. There is something like 14 books in the series too, and most are QUITE long. Cape High is the other decent series I have found, which has I think 11 or 12 books now, but they are more like novella’s in length.

Just reached Book 2 of Cape High again. Hopefully I can work my way through it by the end of next week.


Not that anyone reads these things. Got any plans for the Fourth? I gotta write my review of “Guild of Dungeoneering”.

Playing & Reading – Week of 6/19/16 to 6/25/16


Another week has passed us by. Its been rather eventful. I spent most of it sick with a head cold, finally started feeling better on Friday and was able to sleep all Thursday night, thank god. Managed to pick up Thea: The Awakening for the Steam Sale and that will most likely be my only purchase, as I had steam credit from a refund and it was just enough to buy that.

Anyway, lets get right into the meat and potatoes, or the games and books of the week!



Its been another light week. Being sick made me not really want to play much of anything. I played a few hours of Guild of Dungeoneering, and I think I am going to review that for Vox Ludicus. I had preordered the game and have finally gotten around to playing it.

I also of course played about 2 straight hours of Thea on Thursday when I got home, and found it to be a very trippy game. The combat / conflict resolution system using cards is very intricate and takes some getting used to, and its one of the major RNG factors of the game. But the actual concept of the game, managing a single village while trying to regain your godly power and complete missions is fascinating and the way everything interlocks is really cool.

I also dabbled a bit with Steamworld Heist as I still need to review it. I just don’t enjoy the game as it is. Bleh.


Technically this is both a game AND a book, so I am putting it here. I read and played the Gamebook “Choice of Robots” by Choice of Games, and had a hugely fun time with it. I love interactive fiction as it combines my two great loves: Reading, and Gaming. I must have played the book about 5 times in a single day.

I also reread the first Wildcards book and am working on Book 2. That’s about it on the reading front!


No one answered last weeks question (BOO!) so I suppose you all barely read this. But why not ask another.

What is your favorite Youtube channel, personality, or series, and why?

For me its gotta be the Game Chasers. They are hilarious, fun, informative, and entertaining. Even if they are chodes as they put it.

Ok a 3rd Liebster Award Nomination


This was highly unexpected. First, you had my original nomination back when I did book reviews by The Aimless Review. Then about 5 days ago I got nominated again by ParticleBit, and now I am getting nominated a 3rd time by TheWellRedMages.

I need to add this to my awards section over to the side I think hehe

Alright this time I was nominated by the retro loving nerds over at WellRedMage. Lets see what they wanna know.

1. DC or Marvel? (first and foremost) – Marvel. Its what I grew up on. Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, ect.

2. Favorite console? – PC. Sorry folks. Consoles are fine but this is what I grew up on.

3. Favorite video game? – This is like asking me to pick my favorite child. If I had to pick one…it would be Betrayal at Krondor.

4. Favorite character or franchise that needs a comeback? – No earthly clue.

5. Favorite film? – Big Trouble in Little China. Its all in the reflexes.

6. Favorite book? – Whats with you and asking me to pick favorites?! The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings.

7. Favorite non-gaming pasttime? – Reading.

8. Favorite thing about blogging and your blogging goals? (two for the price o’ one!) – I just like writing. I dont really have goals. I cant do ads or anything so I cant support myself from it. I dont really know. I just do it cause I can do it I suppose.

9. Favorite thing you find most inspiring in life? – Truthfully? NO idea.

10. What can The Well-Red Mage blog do to improve? (shameless, hehe) – Just keep up the good consistent work.

11. What’s a game you think I should review? – Crystalis. No one ever gives that game its due damnit!

As normal I am not going to nominate folks because frankly I simply dont know who to do.  All the people I watch and read are awesome and I hate having to try to pick and choose.  If you see this, you are nominated, so just answer the questions below.

  1. Your system of Choice?
  2. Favorite food?
  3. What book do you think I should read?
  4. Favorite form of gaming?
  5. Biggest Gaming Regret?
  6. Favorite Youtube Channel?
  7. Favorite Author?
  8. Favorite Genre of Games?
  9. Favorite Genre of Books?
  10. Do you play Tabletop RPGs?  Which ones?
  11. What should I do to improve?  If anything!

Playing & Reading – week of 6/12/16 to 6/18/16 (Now with a Weekly Question!)


Alrighty, I know I know late again, but I was sick and still am. So sue me. GOD! But hey, at least I am trying to add something this time! :P


I actually haven’t been playing much. Played a bit of Stories to make a video. Played some Chronicle: Runescape Legends which I am loving. Seriously its much more strategic then Hearthstone, and has a very nice style. I know nothing, literally nothing, about Runescape and don’t feel like I am missing much.

I also got a hold of Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns and am dabbling with that a bit. Used my level 80 boost on a Necromancer (Asura) and am doing the personal story stuff. Also have a little bitty Ranger. I also reinstalled Fallout 4 but haven’t done very much yet besides install two radio mods (Jet Fuel Radio and Old World Radio).

I also dabbled with Secrets of Grindea, which is another game I have to review. I also messed around a bit with Neverwinter Nights 2 but realized I really hate the control scheme.

Not much else has been done gaming wise.


However, I went on a reading binge this past week. I finished the rest of the Alex Verus series and that was amazing. The finale was something I did not see coming and makes me salivate for the next book. I also started and finished Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley which was also awesome. It felt like it dragged on at times, but overall was a solid read.

I am trying to figure out what to read now. I started re-reading the Wild Cards Book 1, which is a collection of short stories about super heroes that was original written back in the 80s. There is a whole series now on it.


I decided to add a weekly question to this post, to try to engage some of you folks. I have over 100 followers now (which is kinda frightening honestly) and I wanted to maybe get to know you folks a bit better, maybe start some dialog, hell maybe get you to steal this thing and turn it into one of those Tag Posts that makes it way around the blogging world :D

So my WEEKLY QUESTION today is this: What game, if any, do you miss? It could be one that you had and sold off or lost, it could be a game that has closed down. It could be a game you just haven’t played in forever and keep meaning to revisit.

For me, at least as of late, its Hellgate London. There is nothing like it honestly. For those unaware, Hellgate London (and later, Hellgate Global) was a First Person Sci-Fi Diablo Clone. It used randomized dungeons with lots of loot, RPG Skill Trees, 6 classes, and a Sci Fi / Supernatural storyline. There is no game like it. Borderlands is close, but Borderlands has large open worlds instead of tight randomized dungeons, for example. And I miss the story and the goofiness of fighting demons from hell in the London Subway systems and things.  In fact, I have considered trying to teach myself Unity 3D for the express purpose of creating a game like Hellgate London.  There has to be a market right?

How bout you guys?

Playing & Reading – Week of 5/8/16 to 5/14/16


I know I know its a few days late. I want to try to post these on Saturday or Sunday but to be honest, if you missed it, May 13th was my birthday and I had a busy busy weekend. But that did not slow down my Playing of Games or Reading of Books!

Lets get right into it!


Honestly I didn’t play many games this week. I dabbled in Hearthstone a bit and got angry at RNG. I played a bit of Lord of the Rings Online, and actually started playing with my wife! We have a pair of Elves from Mirkwood (we made em separately, and ended up looking like siblings so thats what we are RPing) with her being a Lore Master (BEARS!) and me a Hunter. Only annoying this is that either she will have to sub OR when we finish the Lone Lands I will have to spend $40 to get her the full quest pack. Unless the supposedly Steam Summer Sale hits in a few weeks and the Lotro stuff goes on sale. I did get her the Samwise starter though. Gotta love the extra bag space and mount. I doubt we will play much this week as she works Monday through Thursday. Guess I will work on my Captain who is level 15.

My wife is mostly excited about the housing.  Her elf might end up living in the Shire.  I am using my Captain to save money and maybe do some basic armor crafting for my Hunter (he is an Armorsmith).  I just wish I could find a good guide to how housing works.  I assume you can put walls up in the rooms cause the video I found made the rooms look HUGE.

I also started playing Game Dev Tycoon again. I forgot how good I am at that thing, its more relaxation then challenge. Beyond that, I played very little. I am saving my time for next week, May 24th. TOTAL WAR WARHAMMER BABY!


I have actually managed to read a lot more then play.  I finished the Jennifer Morgue and the Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross, which is more of the Laundry book series.  I am in love with these books, they are amazing.  I then was able to get my hands on the Aeronauts Windlass by Jim Butcher.

I am iffy with Butcher.  I love his Dresden Files, but cannot stand his Codex Alera.  So I felt I was taking a chance with Aeronauts Windlass, but I am rather enjoying it.  The cats are the best part of the book I swear.

Playing & Reading – Week of 5/1/16 to 5/7/16


I lied earlier! I am gonna do it today. Its my blog and I DO WHAT I WANT

Seeing as how this will be the inaugural “Playing & Reading” I am not exactly sure how I want to format it. If you want to do these meme/post thing then I encourage you to do so. Perhaps I can make this a thing. That would be cool. But don’t be stealing my logo mate! I will rek you I swear on me mum!



Firstly, I have been on a Hearthstone kick with the release of the Old Gods expansion. With Standard being a format I can get behind, I am having an ok time…generally. This game has reminded me however of why I hate RNG games at times: My horrid luck. Last night, for example, I had MULTIPLE instances of failing to draw any of my answers and losing games just due to poor draw luck. Or doing the current tavern brawl and getting crap beasts that are unusable. THE SALT WAS REAL LAST NIGHT HOLY CRAP!

I am also getting back into Fallout 4. Part of this is to reacquaint myself as I want to start doing some basic modding, maybe level designs and dungeons. Part of this is to prepare for Far Harbor which releases 5/19/16. The trailer was awesome, the new monsters look scary as hell, and hey, new zone with new settlements? Sign me up! I still haven’t really done either Wasteland Workshop (The Cages, Arena System, and new Building Options look amazing) nor have I gone very far in Automatron beyond getting access to robots on an old save. I started over, male SS, who is going to hang with Hancock and Curie

Still working on Dragon Age Inquisition as well, 40 hours into my current character. Dwarf Assassin Rogue who romanced Sera. So damn cute. I need to finish this. So many games, so little time ya know?

I am also debating getting back to Star Wars the Old Republic so I can finally get Vette back on my Sith Warrior in Knights of the Fallen Empire. I am going to discuss that with my wife as she usually plays with me, but given how Solo Focused KOTFE is…it will prolly not matter. And I know she aint that interested in SWTOR anymore hehe.


Since getting my library card back a few weeks ago I have been hitting the digital books HARD. I finished a couple of books this week.

Yesterday I completed Killing Pretty by Richard Kadrey. It is the latest Sandman Slim novel and I honestly enjoyed it quite a bit. If you like Urban Fantasy you should check out the Sandman Slim series, but be prepared for some violence, horror, and a generally unpleasant ride. But its damn well written, tight and focused and it gets the point across.

I also reread Truth of Valor by Tayna Huff so I could remember where Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr was going before I move onto the Peacekeeper series that just started. If you want some solid sci fi military action with a damn fine female protagonist you should check out the Valor series. Gunnery Sergeant Kerr is phenomenal. Honestly though I feel Truth of Valor is the weakest of the bunch as the romance between Kerr and the other MC (not gonna say his name) is the driving point for most of the novel…and I don’t like that.

Finally I read the Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross. Think Lovecraft meets IT with a dash of James Bond and you have the right idea. Its a very interesting book, more a collection of two shorter stories with the same characters and universe. I enjoyed it and honestly hope there is more out there, but you have to like these sorts of stories to enjoy it. If you liked The Rook by Daniel O’Malley you will probably like this. Its funny to see the idea that Math is basically magic and if you get complicated enough you can summon Horrors From Beyond the Stars. It makes me giggle…And of course there are sequels! Time to see if my library has em.

And that’s it for this week so far! I don’t see much changing but who knows! I might get interested in the Overwatch Beta for all I know!

Thanks for reading!