Tuesday, 30 July 2013

New Mushroom Kingdom.

Click the image to make up for my crappy formatting.

Hello all,

So, first thing's first, has everyone played Last of Us yet? No, you up the back? You haven't?
That's ok. Neither did I. I had the Earl of PJs play it for my entertainment as I was busy doing King stuff, like writing lots of laws or whatever.

I don't think I could say much about the game that hasn't already been said. It has been covered to death after all (then it turned into a fungus zombie). I'll just say how impressed I am with how much games have evolved as a storytelling medium. A lot of thought went into that game, and the attention to detail is amazing. I mean that literally. I was amazed.

I though it was very good, basically. I liked it.
I would recommend this game, in an official Kingly fashion, to a person.

Man, can you believe that this was made by the same company that made Crash Bandicoot?
Actually, I can. Crash Bandicoot was rad.
Who knows. They probably take place in the same universe.

In other news, I'm still riding something of a mild motivated high after the encouraging experience that was PAX, so hopefully that will translate into more comics!
Those of you in the front three rows will want to make use of the splash guards.

The Royal Monkeys stole my pants again, but that is what I bought them for after all,
~King Longburns.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Games of Thrones

Greetings fellow kings and queens,

I hope you're all well. I'm doing pretty well myself.
I am having a small problem with assassins though lately. Fortunately they're all clown assassins so it's all rubber daggers and blow-pipes with a little "bang" flag inside. It's still annoying though.


I like me a bit of Game of Thrones. It's a gripping series, at least I think so, and holy shit, how's those production values? Ay? Amiright? Seriously though, they've always managed to make the world look old and lived in, which I imagine is quite a feat, especially in a TV series. Especially one that moves around a lot.

I haven't read the books, so I'm just following the show and being flabbergasted at the same time as everyone else. The latest season got pretty full on towards the end, at least for everyone on the Westeros side of the world. Which only made the Daenarys Targaryen storyline more impressive, as she just rolls Katamari style across the countryside.


In other news, PAX Australia was on over the weekend, and I totally went and it was really cool. We even managed to get into almost all of the talks that we wanted to so that was cool. If you ever get a chance to see the live comic drawing I highly recommend it.

I was impressed by how much of a community feel PAX had. It felt a lot less like a big commercial sell that charges admission, and more like a labour of love by people who enjoy and value gaming in all its forms. There was a big focus on indie games in the expo hall. There was also a huge space set up for general game playing, with old consoles, new consoles, board games, card games, tabletop miniature wargames. There was an area where you could borrow old board games to play.
There were a lot of people reading rules. It was cool.

I also met Jerry Holkins out on the floor at one point, and by "met" I mean "said 'hi' to and then loomed behind" while my friend took a photo.
Here is the photo, for the records.

Jerry is the talented and successful writer on the left. I'm the one pulling a face.