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Welcome to the page for "rabb1t's ramblings", my podcast. This page will house all of the links and feed for my podcast. It may also include any show notes, details not on the podcast itself, and external links. Check in whenever there is a podcast if you want to see the sekret infos! Hope you enjoy them!

rabb1t's ramblings is a podcast of gaming and geekery. Discussion about pen and paper gaming, video gaming, gaming hardware, and sometimes movie or TV shows.

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Archive 4 - podcasts 151-200

Podcast 200: Special number, unspecial podcast
February 21, 2015 - 13:14

- Rambling about buying games (0:24)

(0:24) I ramble a bit about buying games which you don't plan on playing for a while.

Show notes

Games;
none

Games to watch for;
The Order: 1886 (PS4)

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Podcast 199: Play date
February 14, 2015 - 12:35

- Playing all the things (0:25)

(0:25) Not a whole lot new this time, as I have no new games. I ramble a bit more about things I've discovered in Darkest Dungeon, and a few further thoughts in Dying Light. And I'm still occasionally playing Destiny and Hearthstone.

Show notes

Games;
Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)
Dying Light (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Darkest Dungeon (PC, Mac, Linux, PS4/PSVita)
Hearthstone (PC, Mac, iPad, Android)

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Podcast 198: Zombies in the Dungeon
February 7, 2015 - 27:22

- Dying Light (PC, PS4, Xbox One) (0:22)
- Darkest Dungeon (PC, Mac, Linux, PS4/PSVita) (16:44)

(0:22) I have some more thoughts about Dying Light. I really like how combat ramps up as you get better, as well as the difference in play style and combat between day and night. Perks and skill trees seem a bit more limited than I originally thought, so that seems disappointing. And while I'm still not thrilled with the inventory system I found some things which make it a bit easier to navigate. I have figured out some ways to navigate better, so getting to and from quests is quick and easy now. I do find the lack of conversation options and character customization disappointing, but overall if you enjoyed the Dead Island games you should definitely pick up Dying Light.

(16:44) I got my early access for Darkest Dungeon, though it seems it's released now. It is difficult to describe, but I suppose you could call it a graphic novel art style which is a roster based hero management game which focuses on keeping your heroes alive both physically and mentally. During their dungeon exploration and battles they will suffer both physical damage, as well as mental fatigue. In town you can recover, but recovering and managing these afflictions is where the real challenge takes place. It's really unique and different for many reasons, and I highly recommend it.

Show notes

Games;
Dying Light (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Darkest Dungeon (PC, Mac, Linux, PS4/PSVita)

Movies to watch for;
Jupiter Ascending (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 197: Do not go gentle
January 31, 2015 - 13:49

- Dying Light (PC, PS4, Xbox One) (0:25)

(0:25) I have some early thoughts about Dying Light. I really like the skill leveling progression system, and so far I really like everything about the game.

Show notes

Games;
Dying Light (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Games to watch for;
none

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Podcast 196: Free for a weekend
January 24, 2015 - 11:17

- Saints Row IV (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One) (0:24)

(0:24) I ramble a bit about Saints Row IV, which was free for a weekend. I also ramble briefly about what else I've been playing lately.

Show notes

Games;
Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)
Massive Chalice (PC) - Massive Chalice; Steam early access link
Saints Row IV (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

Games to watch for;
Dying Light (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

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Podcast 195: A chalice that's massive
January 17, 2015 - 15:08

- Massive Chalice (PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One) (0:30)

(0:30) I ramble a bit about an early entry game, Massive Chalice. It's a turn based strategy / resource management game similar in style to the new XCOM. There's a lot to like about the game and it shows a lot of promise, but being early access it's not feature complete, and there is currently a game stopping bug.

Show notes

Games;
Massive Chalice (PC) - Massive Chalice; Steam early access link

Games to watch for;
Dying Light (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

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Podcast 194: Dark reflection
January 10, 2015 - 9:14

- Black Mirror (2011+) (0:22)

(0:22) I ramble a little bit about a dark classic science fiction show I found recently called Black Mirror. It's a bit like Twilight Zone or the Outer Limits, but with a focus on modern social media and what it may evolve, or devolve, into in the future.

Show notes

Games;
none

Show;
Black Mirror (2011+) IMDB

Games to watch for;
Dying Light (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

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Podcast 193: Late night triple feature picture show
January 3, 2015 - 17:48

- Knights of Badassdom (2013) (0:51)
- I, Frankenstein (2014) (5:08)
- Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) (8:14)

I ramble about some of the movies I've been waiting to see. Knights of Badassdom (0:51) was as awesome as it looked in trailers. I still can't understand why it was held back for two years. I, Frankenstein (5:08) was meh. And Sharknado 2 (8:14) was a pretty big disappointment. It just seemed to mimic what made the first one good, but did so in a 'me too' kind of way that just felt too predictable that made it feel like it was trying way too hard.

Show notes

Games;
none

Movies;
I, Frankenstein (2014) IMDB / Trailer
Knights of Badassdom (2013) IMDB / Trailer
Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) IMDB / Trailer

Games to watch for;
Dying Light (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

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Podcast 192: Not an Xmas special
December 27, 2014 - 8:07

- Xmas time ramblings (0:33)

(0:33) I ramble about a few things I've done lately during these times of few new games.

Show notes

Games;
Destiny: The Dark Below (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)
Dodo Master (iOS)
The Sleeping Prince (Android, iOS)

Games to watch for;
Dying Light (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

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Podcast 191: Going below
December 20, 2014 - 20:43

- Destiny: The Dark Below (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One) (0:39)

(0:39) I finally got to experience Destiny's Dark Below expansion. In this podcast I talk about how it compares to a more traditional MMO expansion, and how and why such comparisons may be confusing when applied to a shooter.

Show notes

Games;
Destiny: The Dark Below (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

Games to watch for;
none

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Podcast 190: Transmutations and explosions
December 13, 2014 - 12:30

- Hearthstone: Goblins vs. Gnomes (PC, Mac, iOS) (0:41)

(0:41) I talk a bit about the new Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion for Hearthstone. It enhances some of the things classes were currently lacking, as well as adding many new cards to specifically counter some of the more prevalent current meta. It also adds a new minion type, 'mech', which allows for some new synergies and deck styles.

Show notes

Games;
Hearthstone: Goblins vs. Gnomes (PC, Mac, iOS)

Games to watch for;
none

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Podcast 189: Inquisition's inquest
December 6, 2014 - 15:03

- Dragon Age: Inquisition (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One) (0:18)

(0:18) I talk a bit more about the things which bother me about Dragon Age: Inquisition in relation to what I recall the first game was.

Show notes

Games;
Dragon Age: Inquisition (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

Games to watch for;
Hearthstone: Goblins vs. Gnomes (PC, Mac, iOS)
Destiny: The Dark Below (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

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Podcast 188: The Inquisition continues
November 26, 2014 - 15:01

- Dragon Age: Inquisition (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One) (0:25)

(0:25) I talk about a few of the things which bother me about Dragon Age: Inquisition. I find levels of enemies sometimes hidden, which can be quite frustrating as you can easily bump into an enemy which is higher level than you which kills you. I discuss some of the good aspects of collision detection, but there seem to be more bad points about it than good. After having played about a dozen matches I have some thoughts about multiplayer.

Show notes

Games;
Dragon Age: Inquisition (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

Games to watch for;
Hearthstone: Goblins vs. Gnomes (PC, Mac, iOS)
Destiny: The Dark Below (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

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Podcast 187: The Inquisition of dragons
November 22, 2014 - 15:01

- Dragon Age: Inquisition (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One) (0:35)

(0:35) I have started playing Dragon Age: Inquisition. I haven't had too much time to play so far, but I talk about early impressions of the game overall, the character creation system, the graphics, the flow of combat, and the size of the world.

Show notes

Games;
Dragon Age: Inquisition (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

Games to watch for;
Hearthstone: Goblins vs. Gnomes (PC, Mac, iOS)
Destiny: The Dark Below (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

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Podcast 186: Warriors and BlizzCon previews
November 15, 2014 - 24:01

- World of Warriors (iOS) (0:26)
- Hearthstone; Goblins vs. Gnomes (PC, Mac, iOS) (8:05)
- Overwatch (10:51)

(0:26) I talk about a free to play team based battle game called World of Warriors. It has cool quicktime combat, but also collection based game elements. It seems like it could be a lot of fun, but may be too much for my iphone.

(8:05) BlizzCon announced Hearthstone's first expansion; Goblins vs. Gnomes. And in a surprise announcement they talked about a brand new game called Overwatch.

Show notes

Games;
World of Warriors (iOS)

Games to watch for;
Dragon Age: Inquisition (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)
Far Cry 4 (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)
Hearthstone: Goblins vs. Gnomes (PC, Mac, iOS)
Overwatch (?)
Little Big Planet 3 (PS3/PS4)

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Podcast 185: Puzzles and a sack peep
November 8, 2014 - 17:50

- Puzzle to the Center of the Earth (iOS) (0:31)
- Run Sackboy! Run! (iOS) (9:16)

(0:31) I talk about Puzzle to the Center of the Earth. It's an interesting match game for iOS, but also incorporates jumping puzzle features of a platforming game. It can be played for free, and the first section will last you a few hours. When you get to the second section the difficulty will ramp up considerably and you may have a harder time playing without spending real world money due to it's time restricted nature on life respawn times.

(9:16) Run Sackboy! Run! is an iOS game based on the super cute Little Big Planet universe. Run Sackboy! Run! has all the look and feel of any full Little Big Planet game. It's fun, charming, and super cute. It's free to play though micro transaction purchases will allow you to unlock costumes or boosts faster than you would get with free in-app money.

Show notes

Games;
Puzzle to the Center of the Earth (iOS)
Run Sackboy! Run! (iOS)

Games to watch for;
Dragon Age: Inquisition (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)
Far Cry 4 (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)
Little Big Planet 3 (PS3/PS4)

Movies to watch for;
Interstellar (2014) IMDB / Trailer

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Podcast 184: Not quite a Halloween special
October 31, 2014 - 11:08

- Gotham (TV) (0:32)

(0:31) I talk a bit about what makes Gotham a great comic based TV series.

Show notes

Media;
Gotham (TV) Hulu link

Game to watch for;
Dragon Age: Inquisition (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

Movie to watch for;
Interstellar (2014) IMDB / IMDB

Locations;
USS Hornet
Winchester Mystery House

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Podcast 183: Still on the phone
October 25, 2014 - 15:18

- Boulder Dash: 30th Anniversary (iOS, Android) (0:26)
- The Bot Squad (iOS, Android) (4:33)

(0:26) I have played Boulder Dash: 30th Anniversary briefly. It seems a pretty faithful recreation of the original in a modern format and is pretty fun. It's free to play, but the in game currency seems to be unnecessary. I dislike the virtual control stick, but for this game that is kind of unavoidable. If you liked the original you should definitely give this a look.

(4:33) The Bot Squad is an interesting mix of tower defense and a puzzle game, leaning more towards the puzzle side. It has interesting aspects from both categories, and as a free to play game it's worth a look if you think you might enjoy that. The only down side is that there are real world time based elements and an energy system, so it's one of those games which more often tells you when to play, than you tell the game you want to play.

Show notes

Games;
Boulder Dash: 30th Anniversary (iOS, Android)
The Bot Squad (iOS, Android)

Game to watch for;
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (PC, Mac, Linux, PS3, Xbox 360)
Legend of Grimrock 2 (PC)

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Podcast 182: On the phone
October 18, 2014 - 18:18

- Adventure Xpress (iOS) (0:18)
- Zombie Highway 2 (iOS) (7:21)

(0:18) I picked up an interesting iOS match thee type game called Adventure Xpress. It has a few differences from the traditional match three game, and it's free to play.

(7:21) While I never picked up Zombie Highway 1, I noticed Zombie Highway 2 was out and it is free to play. I decided to give it a try.

Show notes

Games;
Adventure Xpress (iOS)
Zombie Highway 2 (iOS)

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Podcast 181: Rambly ramblings
October 11, 2014 - 18:03

- Rambling (0:37)

(0:37) I don't have anything really to focus on this week, so I ramble about various things. I ramble about a recent Facebook game I played; Prime World: Defenders. I talk about how I'd like to play, but can't afford, Shadows of Mordor and Alien: Isolation. And I talk a bit about what I can and can't do with Destiny due to lack of money and other resources normal people have who play.

Show notes

Games;
Alien: Isolation (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)
Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)
Prime World: Defenders (Facebook, iOS, Google, Steam)
Shadow of Mordor (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

Game to watch for;
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (PC, Mac, Linux, PS3, Xbox 360)

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Podcast 180: Queen's loot
October 4, 2014 - 13:18

- Destiny; Queen's Wrath event and new loot system (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One) (0:48)

(0:48) I talk a bit more about Destiny's Queen's Wrath event, specifically the rewards and loot. And I got to briefly preview the new loot system before this recording, so I have some early thoughts about how good the changes look.

Show notes

Game; Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

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Podcast 179: Subtraction and Addition
September 27, 2014 - 22:30

- Blizzard cancels 'project Titan' (0:34)
- Spacebase DF-9 called feature complete (4:44)
- Destiny; Queen's Wrath event (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One) (7:42)

(0:34) Blizzard has officially canceled its next MMO, which previously had the working codename 'project Titan'. It's had a rocky road with it's recent third redesign and predicted 2016 launch, but for several reasons Blizzard has now officially decided to halt production and cancel the project. While this may be good news for World of Warcraft fans, I state why this news is disappointing to me.

(4:44) In very sad news for me, Double Fine has effectively given up on Spacebase DF-9. I'm not sure what will be put in before the game is called released, but they had lots of features planned which will never be implemented and it won't be the game they set out to make.

(7:42) Destiny is currently having its first special event; Queen's Wrath. It will run until October 6th and there are some fun and interesting bounty quests and special mode story quests you can do to get gear and build up Queen's Wrath faction.

Show notes

Game; Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One), Spacebase DF-9 (PC, Mac, Linux)

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Podcast 178: More Destiny
September 20, 2014 - 20:17

- Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One) (0:47)
- Counterpoints to Destiny reviews (13:07)

(0:47) In this week's podcast I have some more thoughts about the release client for Destiny. I've now reached nearly level 26, with somewhere around 75 played hours. I discuss how I felt about the story, how I feel about grouping, and how I feel about level design.

(13:07) I've seen a lot of poo pooing of Destiny in many reviews, and in the second part of the podcast I offer some counter points to consider. I discuss how the story is not only just a start, but how story telling in Destiny is different because you aren't 'the one' in the same way the main character is in nearly every other game. I point out that many reviewers are ignoring the fact that Destiny will be updated over time. And I discuss how hitting max and being finished is not the point of Destiny.

Show notes

Game; Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

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Podcast 177: A taste of Destiny
September 13, 2014 - 20:17

- Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One) (0:28)

(0:28) In this week's podcast I have some early thoughts about the release client for Destiny. At the point of this recording I'd played roughly 10 hours and was level 12. (At the time of this writing I'm now at about 20 played hours and almost level 21.) I talk about some of the changes to aim assist, differences in drop rate compared to the beta, and have some early thoughts on the story.

Show notes

Game; Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

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Podcast 176: More TV time
September 6, 2014 - 18:15

- Hemlock Grove (2013) (1:00)
- From Dusk Till Dawn (2014) (5:11)
- Lost Girl (2010) (7:27)

(1:00) I don't have much going on with gaming at the moment, and with no games, no job, and no classes right now I've got a lot of time to kill. I've recently picked up three series people might be interested in. The first, Hemlock Grove, starts extremely strong in its first season, but kind of falls down for the second. It starts off as an interesting mix of Twin Peaks, Supernatural, and True Blood, but in the second season things get a bit weird and off track.

(5:11) The second series I talk about is From Dusk Till Dawn. About half of the first season introduces us to the characters an their background, a quarter loosely follows the events of the first movie of the same name, and the last quarter expands on the lore the series has added going above and beyond the first movie. I'm interested to see where its second season goes.

(7:27) The third show I talk about is Lost Girl, which I like quite a bit. I've only seen most of the first season, with four seasons available and a fifth (and final) season airing supposedly in December. The show basically revolves around two characters who are basically private eyes. One is a succubus and the other a regular human. They frequently need help, and a few other characters commonly make an appearance, making the show more of a cop buddy show or sort of a crime drama. It's an interesting mix, and there's a lot of cool Fae lore on top of it all.

Show notes

Shows; From Dusk Till Dawn (IMDB) / Trailer (2014), Hemlock Grove (IMDB) / Trailer (TV MA) (2013), Lost Girl (IMDB) (2010)

Game to watch for; Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

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Podcast 175: First look-ish; Shadow Realms and HUNT
August 30, 2014 - 28:48

- Shadow Realms (PC) (0:24)
- HUNT: Horrors of the Gilded Age (PC, PS4, Xbox One) (10:54)

(0:24) Shadow Realms is a 4v1 actiony 3rd person dungeon crawl type game. Characters are chosen from a set class, but will reportedly have enough flexibility to build how they like. Games will supposedly be pretty quick, with your character having persistent growth, as well as an evolving story. The game will be free to play, but nothing was stated on what kind of monetization model the game would have.

(10:54) HUNT looks like an interesting take on a 4 person co-op shooter. It will be a slower paced 3rd person shooter focusing more on tactics and careful planning. Characters are reportedly completely skill based, but I'm assuming there must be some kind of skill tree progression, otherwise players would just take a mish mosh of everything and everyone would be the same. Nothing has been revealed on character skill choice or progression. The game will be free to play, but nothing was stated on any kind of monetization.

Show notes

Games; HUNT: Horrors of the Gilded Age (PC, PS4, Xbox One), Shadow Realms (PC)

Game to watch for; Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

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Podcast 174: Invisible super heroes
August 23, 2014 - 28:51

- inFAMOUS Second Son (PS4) (0:24)
- Invisible, Inc. (PC) (15:26)

(0:24) I had a chance to play inFAMOUS Second Son. It's a smaller open world 3rd person over the shoulder type game where you play someone who's recently acquired superhero-like powers. The story follows the main character's discovery of his powers, the others who have these powers, and the people hunting them. While I thought the super powers were pretty fun to play with, the various sets felt a bit too similar for my tastes. And, like many other games, I wondered if the morality system actually made a difference in how the game plays out. The graphics and character animations are really great, voice acting is solid, and although short at a reported 10-15 hour completion time, it seems a very solid game worth picking up if you are into that kind of game.

(15:26) Invisible, Inc. is a turn based stealth game made by a smaller studio. It just recently came out on early access and I have some rambly thoughts of my gameplay time so far.

Show notes

Games; inFAMOUS Second Son (PS4), Invisible, Inc. (PC)

Game to watch for; Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

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Podcast 173: No games
August 16, 2014 - 12:26

- Sad thoughts (0:30)

(0:30) For a number of reasons I haven't been doing a lot of gaming lately. It seems my life is going nowhere and if even given the chance to do my happy gaming life full time I may still not be supported by anyone. I have some sad thoughts about how my life is seemingly unchanging, and a reminder to those out there who do have entertainers they enjoy that they need your support.

Show notes

Games; Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

Game to watch for; Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

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Podcast 172: Guardians
August 9, 2014 - 23:17

- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) (0:39)
- Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One); thoughts about early reviews (6:33)

(0:39) Non-spoilery thoughts about how awesome Guardians of the Galaxy is.

(6:33) Further thoughts on Destiny, and what you may be seeing from early reviewers, and why I think some of those early reviewers aren't being fair in their analysis.

Show notes

Games; Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

Movie; Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 171: To the Moon
August 2, 2014 - 18:24

- Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One) (0:17)

(0:17) Further thoughts on Destiny, including the preview of the first Moon mission.

Show notes

Games; Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

Dungeons and Dragons: Basic Rules; Dungeons and Dragons: Basic Rules

Movies to watch for; Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 170: Becoming legend
July 26, 2014 - 33:23

- Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One) (0:25)

(0:25) I decided to take a peek at the Destiny beta since it looks like I'll be able to keep my pre-order. I got to max level for the beta, and had lots of fun continuing to play beyond that in order to unlock more perks, see different things, and unlock better items. This rambling took place after about 10 hours played and covers the PvE content, general gameplay systems, perk systems, and general thoughts about the game. From what I've seen so far it should deliver on everything it promised, though it may have less PvE content than people might expect. But if you are into sci-fi shooters, this looks like it's an absolute must have.

Show notes

Games; Destiny (PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

Patreon donation site; Patreon site

Games to watch for; Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas (PC, Mac, iPad)

Movies to watch for; Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

Pirate's Treasure; Sam H.

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Podcast 169: Haunted times
July 19, 2014 - 13:06

- Haunted House (iOS) (0:36)

(0:36) I have a new iOS game (iPhone, iPod, iPad) to talk about this time; Atari's Haunted House. However, this is not the old-school console game that came out once upon a time. This is a silhouetted side scrolling endless runner which is pretty cute and fun. If you are into that kind of iOS game you may want to give it a look, as it's free to play.

Show notes

Games; Haunted House (iOS; iPhone, iPod, iPad), Haunted House (original Atari version)

Patreon donation site; Patreon site

Games to watch for; Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas (PC, Mac, iPad)

Movies to watch for; Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 168: Sad island
July 12, 2014 - 24:04

- Retro review: Dead Island: Riptide; near final thoughts (PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360) (0:47)
- Fired from my job (10:59)

(0:47) I have some near final thoughts for Dead Island: Riptide in terms of how it compares to the play experience of Dead Island.

(10:59) After six years of working at my job I was fired for basically no reason. I discuss how that will affect my gaming life, and what changes may affect future rabb1t's ramblings podcasts and my other rabb1t activities.

Show notes

Games; Dead Island (PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360), Dead Island: Riptide (PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360)

Patreon donation site; Patreon site

Games to watch for; Dying Light (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

Movies to watch for; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Jupiter Ascending (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 167: Another Island of the Dead
July 5, 2014 - 33:26

- Retro review: Dead Island: Riptide (PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360) (0:20)

(0:20) In this retro review I cover Dead Island: Riptide. Dead Island: Riptide is effectively a full sequel to Dead Island. The game picks up right where the first one left off and our heroes are right back in the midst of everything. A few minor tech improvements are in the game, making the game look and play a touch better. Some inventory improvements make comparing items much easier. And there is a new skill system which gives you perks as you use a specific weapon type more and more. If you enjoyed the first Dead Island game, you'll like this one even more.

Show notes

Games; Dead Island: Riptide (PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360)

Video link; ShowDown Throwdown 2 coerage

Games to watch for; Dying Light (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

Movies to watch for; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Jupiter Ascending (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 166: An Island of the Dead
June 28, 2014 - 16:28

- Retro review: Dead Island (PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360) (0:27)

(0:27) In this retro review I cover Dead Island. Dead Island is a first person 'shooter' game set on an island where an outbreak has occurred which has turned people into zombies. There is a quest hub system as well as random loot drop. (It can most easily be described as a Borderlands like game.) I like Dead Island a lot, and I'm very excited to see what the developers do with Dying Light coming in about 8 months.

Show notes

Games; Dead Island (PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360)

Watch for; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Dying Light (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One), Jupiter Ascending (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 165: Space Dragon
June 21, 2014 - 17:29

- Space Run (PC) (0:23)
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) (9:08)

(0:23) At its core Space Run is a tower defense game. You go through different missions carrying cargo and building up your ship along the way to defend yourself from attacks. It is a bit different than normal tower defense games in that you unlock and upgrade towers outside of the missions themselves. After playing for 6-7 hours I'd say it's definitely worth your time if you enjoy tower defense games, but I'm not sure how much long-term appeal it may have.

(9:08) How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the story of what happened to the village after the first movie. The dragons have become a big part of the city, and this movie explores just how much of the world dragons are a part of. If you enjoyed the first movie you should definitely go see this one.

Show notes

Games; Watch Dogs (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One, Wii U)

Movie; How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

Watch for; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Jupiter Ascending (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 164: A dog, a fairy, and tomorrow
June 14, 2014 - 31:28

- Watch Dogs; near final impressions (1:14)
- Edge of Tomorrow (2014) (19:20)
- Maleficent (2014) (23:02)

(1:14) I have almost finished Watch Dogs and in this final thought section I go over some of the things which I dislike and some of the things I liked. I disliked a lot of the camera choices in the game. The forced zooming or changing position can really mess you up at times, causing you to fail a mission. The campaign seems to fight against the open world nature, as it's implied you should do some of the campaign before doing open world, yet once you do you don't really care as much about the seemingly small problems in the open world challenges. Reputation doesn't seem to really matter, outside of maybe which special side missions you are offered. Overall the game seems to fulfill its promises on a basic level, but that's really it. It's worth it if you are looking for a modern day inner city open world kind of game, but if you aren't thrilled by those ideas the game just seems kind of meh.

(19:20) The Edge of Tomorrow is a solid mainstream sci-fi action movie. Nothing terribly new is presented, but it's a solid movie and decent fun.

(23:02) Maleficent is a great re-imagining for a character we don't know much about. A lot of the visual styles and cinematic shots from the original are reproduced, and overall it feels like a very faithful reproduction of the original work in terms of overall style. However, the movie does present some deeper issues which I think younger viewers may have difficulty understanding. I'd say while it is rated for younger viewers, this really isn't something which can truly be understood by someone who is a pre-teen.

Show notes

Games; Watch Dogs (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One, Wii U)

Movie; Edge of Tomorrow (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Maleficent (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

Watch for; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 163: X-Men Watch Dogs
May 31, 2014 - 24:44

- X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) (0:31)
- Watch Dogs; early impressions (5:41)
- Wolfenstein: The New Order; final thoughts (16:23)

(0:31) X-Men: Days of Future Past is based on two comics which cover the same story originally written in 1981. The events primarily follow the events which happen in First Class. In the future there is a war between humanity and the mutants, bringing mutants to the edge of extinction. The X-Men send Wolverine's consciousness back to his younger self in the hopes to change the events of history. I think this is one of the best superhero movies I've seen, and it's a must see for any X-Men fan.

(5:41) Watch Dogs seems to deliver on its promises on a basic level. However, I would probably disagree that it really feels like anything amazingly new. Hacking seems just like locational power use, which other games have done before. Combat seems overly difficult in terms of balance and odds against you, and seems like an additional game smooshed on top of this other game. I would recommend caution to those considering a purchase and recommend that you may want to rent it instead.

(16:23) Wolfenstein: The New Order did not disappoint. It continued to be as excellent as it seemed in my earlier impressions. There is good shooting elements balanced with solid characters and a good story. No one part of shooting or story seems overly long or like it's intruding into the space of the other. Levels and story flow naturally, and the story overall progresses at a good pace. Difficulty scales well, with the boss fights not being overly difficult as they can be in other games. In fact, the only problem I can see with the game is the minor graphical issues I encountered. Wolfenstein: The New Order is the first game I've played during my podcast series which I feel is basically a perfect game.

Show notes

Games; Watch Dogs (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One, Wii U), Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

Movie; X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

Watch for; Edge of Tomorrow (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Maleficent (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, WildStar (PC)

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Podcast 162: Panzerkaiju
May 23, 2014 - 23:26

- Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One) (0:34)
- Godzilla (2014) (15:05)

(0:34) Wolfenstein: The New Order is an incredible continuation of the original Wolfenstein games. The game takes place primarily in an alternate 1960s timeline where Germany won World War 2 and has since expanded to take over the world. Because of that the game seems like a restart. While I'm only a small bit through the game it's got some very interesting mechanics in terms of game design, with a great story to back it up. If you are a fan of the original Wolfenstein games, particularly the first few games, or you are a non-realistic shooter fan, I highly recommend it.

(15:05) Godzilla is a restart to the franchise. However, it's an incredible movie on its own, yet at the same time, there are tons of old-school original series elements in this newest version. I really hope they continue and make more, and highly recommend any Godzilla fan go see this while it's in theaters.

Show notes

Games; Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One)

Movie; Godzilla (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

Watch for Edge of Tomorrow (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Maleficent (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Watch Dogs (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One, Wii U), WildStar (PC), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 161: Phantoms
May 17, 2014 - 23:37

- 47 Ronin (2013) (0:43)
- Dark Souls 2; online components (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) (4:47)

(0:34) I saw 47 Ronin. Apparently this is an old Japanese story which is told quite often. While it was probably a great faithful reproduction, I can see why it didn't get high ratings from reviewers. The trailer comes off as a high-action movie with a lot of magic, yet the movie is almost completely devoid of that. Almost all of the magic and action was shown in the trailer, leaving little new for the actual movie.

(4:47) I have probably spent 50-60 hours in Dark Souls 2 now, and this time I have some thoughts about the forced PvP nature when online, as well as give Dark Souls 2 a score based on my experience.

Show notes

Games; Dark Souls 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Movie; 47 Ronin (2013) IMDB / YouTube trailer

Watch for; Godzilla (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Watch Dogs (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One, Wii U), Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 160: Amazing spider soul
May 10, 2014 - 25:15

- The Amazing Spider-man 2 (2014) (0:21)
- Dark Souls 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) (8:26)

(0:21) I saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It was really good and develops the character and back story of Peter Parker. While the movie primarily focuses on the origin of Electro, it also introduces the origin of Harry Osborn's Green Goblin, and briefly touches on Rhino. It's a great action film with lots of character development. It's probably a must see for anyone who is a Spider-Man fan.

(8:26) I have probably spent 25-30 hours in Dark Souls 2 and have some continuing thoughts about not being successful at passing the second boss. (Just after this recording I have managed to pass him and continued on.)

Show notes

Games; Dark Souls 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Movie; The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

Watch for; Godzilla (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Watch Dogs (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One, Wii U), Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 159: Dark Souls Fireside
May 3, 2014 - 22:19

- Dark Souls 2 (PC) (0:36)
- Hearthsone Fireside gathering (11:00)

(0:36) I decided to pick up Dark Souls 2 based on so many people loving it. It seems to be a mix of Myst and Die by the Sword. (It is also somewhat similar to the Infinity Blade series.) The controls on PC are pretty terrible, and several elements of the game are both frustrating and seem a poor choice for game design. The game seems to punish players for seemingly no reasons at times. This is one well loved item I regret picking up.

(11:00) I went to a live gathering for people to play Hearthstone and had a pretty fun time, despite needing to yell all night to be heard and only really meeting a few of the people who went.

Show notes

Games; Dark Souls 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360), Hearthstone (PC, Mac, iPad)

Event; The Folsom Street Foundry, Hearthstone fireside gathering facebook page for that night

Watch for; Godzilla (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 158: Heroes and a mouse
April 26, 2014 - 22:12

- Heroes of the Storm (0:36)
- Logitech G502 (8:09)

(0:36) I have some further thoughts on Heroes of the Storm. I'm now level 12 and go over the various things which happen as you get to level 10, and have some thoughts on gold earning and hero unlocks.

(8:09) I got the brand new Logitech G502 'Proteus Core' gaming mouse. I totally love it.

Show notes

Games; Heroes of the Storm (PC, Mac)

Hardware; Logitech G502

Watch for; Godzilla (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 157: A storm is coming
April 19, 2014 - 27:32

- Heroes of the Storm (0:34)

(0:34) I was invited to Heroes of the Storm's technical alpha and have some early thoughts. I discuss how the game works in general, and bring up some specific points as to why you may want to play Heroes compared to other MOBAs.

Show notes

Games; Heroes of the Storm (PC, Mac)

Watch for; Godzilla (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 156: Movie night
April 12, 2014 - 21:44

- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) (0:29)
- My most anticipated movies coming in spring and summer. (5:42)

(0:29) I saw Captain America 2 and it was pretty awesome. I think it's possibly one of the top 10 best movies I've seen. There are a few new characters, character development for all, a great story, and crazy good action.

(5:42) I didn't know what to talk about as a second section, so I ramble about some movies I'm looking forward to which are coming out for spring and summer.

Show notes

Movie; Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

Watch for; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Edge of Tomorrow (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Godzilla (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Jupiter Ascending (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Maleficent (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 155: WildStar weekend 2
April 5, 2014 - 21:44

- WildStar beta weekend (PC) (0:33)

I got to play in another WildStar beta weekend. This time I talk about housing, an adventure, and an attempt at a dungeon.

Show notes

Games; WildStar (PC)

Watch for; Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

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Podcast 154: Weekend on the WildStar
March 29, 2014 - 28:01

- WildStar beta weekend (PC) (0:36)

I got to play in the first pre-order beta weekend for WildStar. It was super fun. These thoughts cover early gameplay, from level 1-14, as a Stalker.

Show notes

Games; WildStar (PC), World of Warcraft (PC, Mac)

Shows; Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-1981), Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969-1972), Space Ghost (1966-1968), Speed Racer (1967-1968), Star Trek (1966-1969), Thundarr the Barbarian (1980-1984), Thunder Cats (1985), The Transformers (1984-1987)

Watch for; BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea, episode 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls (PC, Mac, PS4), Heroes of the Storm (PC, Mac), inFAMOUS Second Son (PS4)

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Podcast 153: I got nothin'
March 22, 2014 - 21:54

- Rambling about what I'm playing (0:47)
- Rambling about what I'm looking forward to (9:07)

Due to a general business in my life I haven't had much time to do much gaming, nor to ponder what to talk about this week. So, in the first part I ramble a bit about what I'm currently playing, and in the second part I ramble about what I'm looking forward to.

Show notes

Games; Dishonored (PC, PS3, Xbox 360), Hearthstone (PC, Mac), Spacebase DF-9 (PC, Mac, Linux), Thief (PC/Mac, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One), Titanfall (PC, Xbox 360/One), WildStar (PC)

Watch for; Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls (PC, Mac, PS4), Heroes of the Storm (PC, Mac), inFAMOUS Second Son (PS4)

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Podcast 152: Elder 300
March 15, 2014 - 23:01

- Elder Scrolls Online (beta thoughts) (PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One) (0:27)
- 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) (13:13)

(0:27) Back when I spent a while in the Elder Scrolls Online beta I noted some thoughts. I'm finally able to put them in the podcast. ESO offers a lot of character customization by unlocking most of the talent lines for any character. While this opens up a lot of freedom in character design, I feel it may lead to a lot of players building very similarly. While ESO is a multiplayer game, it rarely feels like one. Everyone is the chosen one, and everyone is doing everything separately. While this makes you constantly aware of the fact that you are in a shared space there's really no reason for you to be one. ESO uses a very familiar feeling design in terms of combat and questing, and while this is sometimes a good thing, I think due to the cost model this will actually greatly hinder the game. Considering there will be a box fee, a monthly subscription, and a micro-transaction store, I feel most people will not be interested in picking this up.

(13:13) I saw 300: Rise of an Empire, which sort of runs parallel in time to 300. I think it's a great follow up, and if you enjoyed 300 you'll have a lot of fun with this one as well.

Show notes

Games; Elder Scrolls Online (PC), EverQuest Next (PC), Guild Wars 2 (PC), Neverwinter (PC), Rift (PC), The Secret World (PC), Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC)

Movie; 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer

Watch for; Dark Souls 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360), Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls (PC, Mac, PS4), Hearthstone (PC, Mac), inFAMOUS Second Son (PS4)

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Podcast 151: Pawns and Kings
March 8, 2014 - 28:58

- Hearthstone: Pawns and Kings (PC, Mac) (0:42)

(0:42) I don't have anything new to talk about this week, so I ramble about a Paladin deck, which in the past has done ok for me.

Show notes

Games; Hearthstone (PC, Mac)

Watch for; 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) IMDB / YouTube trailer, Dark Souls 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360), inFAMOUS Second Son (PS4), Southpark Stick of Truth (PC, PS3, Xbox 360), Titanfall (PC, Xbox 360/One), The Walking Dead (PC, Mac, PSN, PSVita, Xbox Live, iOS)

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