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Card Hunter becomes Loot & Legends and now available for iPad

I’ve been play­ing this cool D&D-like game on the PC for a while now, and am quite happy to see it on the iPad.

Card Hunter Loot & Legends has a very old-school feel to it, includ­ing some ‘unusual’ com­ment­ary from the Dun­geon Master.

It’s a free app, with in-app pur­chases for addi­tional char­ac­ters, etc. Worth the down­load.

When the Stars Align

Today was a pretty nor­mal day for the most part. Took Selena in for a quick checkup vet visit. Went to work and audited an advanced Excel class (that I’ll be teach­ing soon).

Reg­u­lar, nor­mal stuff.

Except when you apply a ‘space’ layer to the day.

Driv­ing home from the clinic with Selena, I heard Go! — a very cool music / archival audio mashup by Pub­lic Sys­tem from their new The Race For Space album. Video below.

Then also noted that Sid Meier’s Star­ships is due out for iOS. Yes, video below. iTunes link when it’s live on iTunes.

And finally also noted that Buzz Aldrin’s Space Pro­gram Man­ager is ALSO out tonight for iOS. Yes, video ALSO below.

Of course, it’s a silly thing to think that I’d not be pick­ing up all three. Only prob­lem is that this will cut in to my Kerbal Space Pro­gram time 😉



A Classic Dungeon Crawling Silent Auction — for charity!

Thanks to the kind friends at Beam­dog I’m able to up the ante for incent­ives to my spon­sors of my 24hr game-a-thon par­ti­cip­a­tion in Play4Paws2 — sup­port­ing CaliCan Res­cue Found­a­tion.

Butt Kick­ing, for Goodness!

Baldur’s Gate. Baldur’s Gate II: Shad­ows of Amn, Icewind Dale. These games hold a spe­cial place in my heart. I was at the Edmon­ton Baldur’s Gate launch party when I was cov­er­ing it for local TV news. Then later, when I worked for BioWare, I con­trib­uted to the mar­ket­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tions efforts of these games and the Infin­ity Engine that they’re built on.

At the time, there was abso­lutely noth­ing else that could bring the true D&D exper­i­ence, the party-dungeon-crawling-holy-crap-is-that-a-Beholder exper­i­ence to the com­puter as these games did.

So, through the help of Beam­dog, I’ve got cop­ies of the Enhanced Edi­tion ver­sions of these games. And Vir­ginia, they are enhanced — for example, the Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition:

Run­ning on an upgraded and improved ver­sion of the Infin­ity Engine, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edi­tion includes the entire Baldur’s Gate adven­ture, the Tales of the Sword Coast expan­sion pack, and never-before-seen con­tent includ­ing a new adven­ture and three new party mem­bers: the Cal­ishite monk Rasaad yn Bashir, Neera the wild mage, and Dorn Il-Khan, the evil blackguard.

I want my BGII and so do you!

Here’s how you can sup­port my fun­drais­ing efforts through a silent auc­tion and get one of these amaz­ingly enga­ging and chal­len­ging Dun­geons & Dragons world games, specifically:

The silent auc­tion is over at a Face­book event page. The rules of the auc­tion are pretty simple:

  • The auc­tion will be live until I’m done my 24hr game-a-thon at 7pm on Feb­ru­ary 28th.
  • I’ve cre­ated one post per item available.
  • Bid by pla­cing a com­ment in the item you want to bid on.
  • Highest bid at the time I fin­ish gam­ing on the 28th claims the auc­tion item.
  • I’ll inform auc­tion win­ners via FB mes­sage and/or reply in the rel­ev­ant auction.
  • After you’ve been noti­fied, place your con­tri­bu­tion at the Play4Paws2 dona­tion page at —
  • I’ll for­ward the winner’s details on to Beam­dog — they’ll con­tact you regard­ing claim­ing your game through Beamdog.

Simple no? So why are you still here and not over there bidding!

Thanks for your sup­port, and see you online on the 27-28th. I’ll need your sup­port and encour­age­ment then too, either through Face­book, Twit­ter, or maybe even through a livestream… stay tuned!


Tempting — Battlelore: Command

Yeah, this little gem looks pretty cool. Yes, it comes in a bit  pricy at under $10, but then again, it looks like there’s some ser­i­ous game­play value.

The fine folks at Pock­etTactics pulled together a rather pos­it­ive review:

I’m start­ing to feel a bit spoiled. Ser­i­ously, what was the last major board game release that ended up a dud? It sure as hell isn’t Battle­L­ore: Com­mand, the latest release from Fantasy Flight Games, which, des­pite a major omis­sion, is still a strong con­tender for digital board game of the year.

If you’re a fan of board games or just strategy games in gen­eral, Battle­L­ore: Com­mand is going to trip all your triggers.

Any landing you can walk away from…

Many of you will know that in my (admit­tedly rare) massively mul­ti­player com­puter gam­ing time, I’ve moved away from World of Tanks to WarThunder.

Sim­ilar concept except instead of driv­ing tanks, you’re driv­ing planes. Cool thing is they’ve got three levels of soph­ist­ic­a­tion (Arcade, Real­istic, Sim­u­lator). Also cool, that Arcade is actu­ally quite tough.

WarThun­der an evol­u­tion of the Wings of Prey / IL Storm­ivik style of com­bat flight sims. Access­ible, detailed and sophisticated.

Also fun. Here’s a little action from a few nights ago where I had my clown car out for a ride, was soundly bounced, yet man­aged to land along a dirt road in the bush. Go figure 😀

Better than Flappy Bird. Because Orbits!

Yeah, Flappy Bird got old quick, but this little gem has me trapped in its grav­ity well (see what I did there?).

Flappy Space Pro­gram, just like Flappy Bird, is simple. Click to launch your bird. Now, keep tap­ping to over­come grav­ity and launch your bird into orbit. Simple no?

Ok, now add another bird. Then another. Oh, they collided.

It’s Fri­day. You’re welcome 😉

Of Shields and Spears

Lately I’ve been play­ing a highly access­ible puzzle-rogue-like game called Hoplite.

Simple graph­ics and ever-increasing dif­fi­culty make this a quick and easy game to learn, but a very dif­fi­cult one to master.

You play the role of an adven­tur­ous Hoplite — a cit­izen war­rior of ancient Greece city-states. You’re quest­ing in ever-deeper dun­geons look­ing for the Fleece of Yendor whilst avoid­ing doom at the hands of vari­ous dun­geon inhabitants.

Each level is a smallish hex map with lava obstacles, oppon­ents, a temple and an exit to the next level down. Defeat the oppon­ents, heal or receive a boon at the temple and jour­ney onward. Simple right?

Well, yes, and no. Depend­ing on the num­ber of enemies and your strategy, your jour­ney could end on the first level, or you could retrieve the Fleece and win, or hang on to the fleece and quest even further.

I find myself com­ing back to Hoplite daily, for at least one or two rounds. As you can tell by the shot at the top, I’ve man­aged to recover the Fleece once (yay me!), but am won­der­ing what lies beyond…

Hoplite is avail­able for Android and iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch).

Enjoy this fine game­play video.