DIVINITY – Dragon Commander

Divinity: Dragon Commander (2013)

In case you haven’t heard of the divinity games before, they’re the series of cruel and unusual challenges that all souls must endure before they can pass on into the ultimate reward of oblivion. But honestly that’s neither here nor there. Why the hell would you even want to know? Unrelatedly, if you’ve never heard of the divinity series of video-games before they’re a perfect example of how a fucking awesome premise can fall victim to weak game design. Because almost nobody’s heard of them you might be surprised to…

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MERLIN – PART II

merlin

The second part of Merlin is…well…different than the first. After showing the first part of the review to people the general consensus was that: A. The film held a certain nostalgia or at least good standing in people’s memory. B. Sam Neill really didn’t do anything after this of note except for the sequel to this mini series. MERLIN part I review here. Merlin part 2 is allowed to swing into full action with its 90 minutes running around playing with things established in part 1. If you remember, the…

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THE DYING EARTH by George Barr

George Barr – “The Dying Earth” [1976] — This was a paperback spread for the 1976 Underwood/Miller publication of Jack Vance’s 1950 science fantasy novel The Dying Earth. Vance was instrumental in creating the small subgenre which revolved around the depletion of life sustaining resources and a civilization at the end of time where the universe itself is in the throes of death. Barr was instrumental in, well, painting wizards that are doing cool ass shit. It does not take much to impress me.

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LEGEND OF DUNGEON

Legend of Dungeon

I thought “Legend of Dungeon” was a pretty weird name when I first picked it up. As the latest in my run of pixel art stabbing sim’s, I kinda got used to not having to look further than the title to tell me all I needed to know about the hero of the game. It’d be like calling Volgarr the Viking “Realm of the lizard king” or Tiny Barbarian “A Fucking temple? I guess?”. Tiny barbarian left me with a lot of questions. None of which I’ll be answering now.…

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REVAMP – Wild Card

REVAMP - Wild Card (2013)

ReVamps’s sophomore release, “Wild Card”, is a testament to the make-or-break quality of a vocalist. A powerful singer can take average music and make it exceptional and a poor singer, or even just the wrong singer, can ruin a good song. The latter situation is what probably sticks out most of people, but you simply cannot overstate the importance of the former. The band’s first album was more or less standard symphonic metal, but “Wild Card” moves in a different direction and aligns itself much more closely with what the…

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MERLIN – Part I

merlin

At points like this, I am reminded how much television has changed in the past two decades. The idea of a television event has changed. On one end, a miniseries and primetime events of the 1990’s were filled with excitement due to their freshness and sequential release dates. On the other hand, television miniseries were just a rung above direct to video releases and lacked the seriousness of movie productions. I guess Merlin falls somewhere in between. I really can’t tell because the state of television has changed so much.…

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RUNNING WILD – Resilient

Shiver me timbers! Running Wild is still around. This introduction comes not as a criticism on the members’ age but as a sort of amazement at the reliability of Rock-n-Roff and, well, only him. Started in the early 80’s, Running Wild played a pivotal role in the development of 80’s power metal with Gates to Purgatory in 1985 and Branded and Exiled in 1986. The band also, oddly, became known for their pirate themes with Under the Jolly Roger in 1987, Port Royal in 1988, and to some extent Death…

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RISEN

RISEN (2009)

When I said I’d review this game, it was because I a lot of my reviews are quite favourable, and don’t seem to review anything poorly. That’s why I chose Risen. I had played it before, slightly, so I knew it wasn’t great. But that was then. This is now. It still sucks ass. It got off to a bright start. It looked a lot better than I remembered. And it was an intriguing opening. You watch some guy with a crystal eye-patch throw magic at a giant monster. From…

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THORGAL

thorgal

Well. Holy shit. If there was a comic that could capture the essence of Hollywood Metal, I think I have found it. If there was a comic that could also capture the spirit of genre bending, I think I have also found it. Atlantean viking scifi historical fantasy activate. I know it is difficult to believe but the world outside of the United States has comics. Sometimes the most popular are ones you have never heard of. Enter Thorgal, a fantasy comic that has been dominating the French/Belgian market since…

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BEASTMASTER 2: Through the Portal of Time

Beastmaster 2 Through the Portal of Time

At points I feel criticizing and ribbing the sequel to the 1982 fantasy film Beastmaster is unfair. The franchise limped into the 90’s with all of their previous fanbase older and not interested in fantasy anymore. At times, I feel that this film has suffered enough slings and arrows of criticism that another one would just be useless. This, of course, would be true if Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time was a few degrees above one of the most ludicrous films ever made. Move out of the way,…

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THRUDVANGAR – Tiwaz

THRUDVANGAR - Tiwaz (2013)

Germany’s Thrudvangar gets their name from a compilation of Norse mythology called “Prose Edda” that was put together by Icelandic poet Snorri Sturluson in the 13th century. The word translates as “fields of strength” and refers to the homeland of the god Thor. The band certainly does their best to create a powerful, warlike sound on their fifth album, “Tiwaz.” For instance, the desolate acoustic guitars that open the first track seem to anticipate some great battle and when the heavy guitars finally kick in I can’t help but imagine…

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TINY BARBARIAN DX

TINY BARBARIAN DX (2013)

It seems I might have made a bit of a mistake last time. And no, I’m not referring to any one of the hundreds of times I was unceremoniously murdered by ferocious lizard men. I mean that I called attention to myself. It seems that by reviewing Volgarr, and praising that feeling I got when I was violently reminded of my own inadequacy, I brought on the attention of other bloodthirsty marauders. I might have even remarked at how rare these types of games are, and how much I appreciate…

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BLODSGARD – Monument

Wait. Are you sure I got the right album. This is black metal. I thought I was suppose to get the power metal / melodic death pack. No, I’m not complaining. Actually, this is wonderful. While the majority of albums reviewed on this site fall in line with the epic/melodic/power/symphonic crowd, there have been exceptions. Most were the product of blackmail and high ransom, but that is not the point. I mean, how did you think Paysage D’hiver got here. Though the concept of black metal is pretty far from…

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