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— December 2008 Archive —

So I’ve looked back on the past year, now its time to look forward. I really am using the word “resolutions” just to tie in with the New Year, but mostly these are plans, and we know how easy it is for plans to go awry. In 2009 I want […]

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So lest you think all this Valkyria Chronicles talk means I’ve given up MMOs… The other day I logged into Warhammer and *gasp!* found a group, finished a few quests, and gained a level. That said, I think I’m done. I have to work too hard to find the fun […]

Finally we get to the core gameplay mechanic of Valkyria Chronicles: combat. As you flip through the panels of the Book mode, you’ll come to missions that must be undertaken. You’ll also unlock skirmishes as you move through the game: these can be played over and over in order to […]

Let’s get this depressing topic out of the way. Without further ado, my top 5 (gaming related) disappointments for 2008: 5: XBox 360 #2 rolled over and died on me. I’m on my 3rd 360 now, but that’s not so bad since I have friends who are on #5. #3 […]

So it’s about time to put 2008 to bed, and I thought I’d take a few moments to sum up my year in gaming terms. From an MMO point of view, its been a year of disappointments: Pirates of the Burning Seas didn’t sit at all well with me after […]

Today I want to talk about the somewhat unusual RPG aspects of Valkyria Chronicles for the PS3. Full disclosure: I’m now about 11 hours into the game and some aspects of it still haven’t “opened up” yet. Individual characters in VC don’t gain experience or have inventories. Instead, characters (each […]

As mentioned, I received Valkyria Chronicles for the PS3 as a Christmas present this year. So far I’ve put 4-5 hours into it, and my initial reaction is very favorable indeed. This game is probably classified as a Strategy-RPG but I’m going to coin a new genre here: Storybook Strategy. […]

Giantslayer is the last Gotrek & Felix book written by William King before he handed off the series to Nathan Long. Reports are that Long really stumbles with our mighty duo of Gotrek the Dwarf Slayer and Felix the Warrior-Scholar, but sadly I found that King did some stumbling of […]

As if homemade pumpkin pie and fresh-baked cookies weren’t enough, apparently there’s some gift-giving tradition associated with Christmas. Didja get any gaming-related gifts? I did. I got Valkyria Chronicles for the PS3 and Persona 4 for the PS2. Also a bunch of Warhammer books (Heldenhammer, Vampire Wars & Nagash the […]