Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stone of Graves - Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines - Session 9

It's an Oklahoma blizzard outside — which is to say, there's a couple inches of snow on the ground. I tried to find some imagery that skilfully combined this concept with vampires, but I couldn't find much. Even 30 Days of Night didn't offer any good pictures (great concept, disappointing movie, btw).

Regardless, this unusual phenomenon will not prevent us from being a crazy vampire in Los Angeles.

Join us tonight at 9pm ET as we continue Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday Throne - Romancing SaGa - Session 2

The adventurer Gray (or, as we named him, Graeye, because why not) set out to explore Ligau Isle with his companions Galahad and Myriam. The way the game is structured, that's really about all the story that's come about so far. But this game is about exploration, and there has been plenty of that.

Between sessions, I thought I'd grind a little bit, set us up for an easier time on the next stream, and I managed to find where to go to progress the story. So I made my way back out of there and saved, and now I actually know precisely what I need to do to proceed. So that's where we'll be beginning this week!

Join us tonight at 9pm ET as we continue Romancing SaGa!

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Quest for the Throne - King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride

Last time on Quest for the Throne, we completed King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow, which left us a scant 15 minutes or so of time at the end of the we went ahead and began King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride. The story so far: Princess Rosella is uninterested in any of her suitors. While on a walk through the woods of Daventry, her mother, Queen Valanice, tries to convince her how important it is for her to find a husband. Having none of it, Rosella finds a portal in a pond, and jumps in, seeking adventure. Worried for her daughter, Valanice jumps in after her...just in time to see Rosella abducted by some brute. Valanice falls out the other end of the portal, finding herself in a desert. Rosella is nowhere to be seen.

King's Quest VII is the first game in the series where you get to play as Valanice (who hadn't really played much of a role in the series since the second game). It also takes a major turn in art direction, opting for a more cartoony, Don Bluth-inspired style...but they don't quite hit the mark. The sprite animations mostly look quite good, but the cutscenes look sloppy. The technology could be in part to blame for that, though. One of the studio's later games, Torin's Passage, retains the style, but does a much better job with it. If I can get it working on this computer, that may be a game we have to visit sometime on here...

Tune in tonight at 9pm ET to catch the (almost) beginning of King's Quest VII!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thursday Throne - Kentucky Route Zero - Session 2

Kentucky Route Zero

This game is surreal. We played through the first two acts last week, and we adored it. Tonight, we finish it. That probably won't take the whole session, so we'll probably do something else for the rest of the night. Maybe go back to Romancing SaGa.

Tune in tonight at 9pm ET for the conclusion of Kentucky Route Zero!

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thursday Throne - Kentucky Route Zero

So, I know barely anything about this game. But TJ's back for the week, so we wanted to do something different on here. Hope y'all enjoy it!

Thursday Throne begins at 9pm ET tonight.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Quest for the Throne - King's Quest VI - Session 2

We embark on our quest again this week as we return to King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow!

Washed ashore, Alexander wandered about to find his bearings. Soon, he learned he had landed at the very place he aimed for -- the Land of the Green Isles. He made for the castle, and met with Vizier Alhazred, who informed him that Cassima was sequestered in mourning for her parents, the late king and queen, who had passed on during her imprisonment, and that he would be marrying her soon. Heartbroken, but determined to make the most of his trip, Alexander resolved to take in the Isles' sights, in spite of warnings that the other islands were less than hospitable of late, and that there was no means of travel between them, anyway, the only ferry having been out of service for some time.

We gained a magic map for travel, fooled the guards of the Isle of Wonder and resolved a dispute between its queens, solved the Cliffs of Logic and defeated the Minotaur in the labyrinth on the Isle of the Sacred Mountain, uncovered the Isle of Mist, and in our travels, learned of the nature of the dispute between the islands: each has lost an item of great import, and believes another island's rulers are to blame. Our repeated run-ins with a teleporting, shape-shifting genie give us a good idea of what's actually happened, though a solution has not yet become apparent...

The quest continues tonight at 9pm ET!

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thursday Throne - Romancing SaGa - Session 1

Those who gaze ahead through their endless tears
Through a vicious season barren and cold
The wilderness forsaken hides darkest fears
What quest shall the future behold?

A thousand years ago, war raged among the gods of Mardias. Losing the conflict, Death and Schirach were stripped of their powers, and Saruin was imprisoned, sealed by the ten Fatestones. The Fatestones were scattered to the winds, and all fell into myth and legend. This is the world our eight heroes live in — each has their own story in this world, their own dreams and fears, their own friends and struggles, but their winding paths intersect, and they experience and shape the same events from different angles.

Join us tonight at 9pm ET as we begin Romancing Saga: Minstrel's Song on Thursday Throne!

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