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Fairy tales are amazing. I love stories about the supernatural. I love stories about darkness and heroes overcoming obstacles. I also love sarcasm, dry humor, and bloodshed. For some reason, I have only recently found out about the Witcher franchise. I have started with Witcher 3 on Steam and I am so enamored. This game has everything I love, and so much that I wasn’t expecting out of a video game experience.

I have even begun my Ciri cosplay, including figuring out how to use makeup to look like scars and bruises, even though I am mostly clueless regarding all things makeup related. I am holding off on the hunt for the books that the franchise is based on, so I can enjoy the game for what it is. I may hold off on the books until after the Netflix series is completed.

I am a firm believer in not ruining the video by reading the books second. …That doesn’t make much sense. You get what I mean though, right? I mean, I read this one book about the feywild, a boy, and a star, and it was amazing. So many things about it worked because it was written like a fairy tale. In fairy tales, things happen a certain way. For instance, prophecies are made and then fulfilled. In the movie, and most movies based on stories like this one, there is a tendency to make things go a certain way to pacify the masses, or dumb stuff down so you don’t have to be paying full attention to all of the details. While this movie had its moments, I was saddened by it overall because it had ultimately taken out all of the fairy tale elements that I had so enjoyed in the reading of the book. Everyone who has seen a movie based on a book has had a similar experience. Reading creates the world inside the mind. Having that translate to the screen doesn’t always result in the same world for everyone. But, I digress. The point was that I will not spoil the experience by doing things out of order. This is not the Game of Thrones. That will be a different post entirely. For the GOT, I have read the books and watched the show. Each is good in its own right and I love them both. If more books could transition to the screen like that, it is possible that people would read more books. Or fewer, because they would be able to watch the stories unfold before them. Or more, to see what is different between the screen and print.

To get back on why I started writing this post at 11:30 at night, I am enjoying playing Witcher 3. It is very similar game play to Skyrim in that it is an open world and the actions that you take, the decisions you make, the way you interact with the people and environment around you, all have an effect on how the story progresses. The amount of detail in everything is staggering. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already. I don’t want to give away any spoilers. There is so much game, and I have only barely scratched the surface. It is a dark world, filled with shadows and monsters. I enjoy spending my time there. People are people. Monsters are monsters. People are monsters. Monsters are people. It is fantastic.

I hope this post makes sense. I think I might need sleep. I’m headed off to bed. Until next time.

Update: Here are some links that I should have included earlier. This is the Reddit post with the casting scripts for the 8 episode Netflix series coming soon – https://www.reddit.com/r/witcher/comments/8xhn79/netflix_here_are_the_casting_scripts_for_two_yen/

Here is the link with more info about the Netflix series – https://www.pcgamer.com/netflix-witcher-series-date//

Also, I found out today that there are 36 different endings to Witcher 3. It will be interesting to play through and see what actions cause the different outcomes.

 

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We have interviews from the 2016 Independent Creator’s Expo!

First up, we have Baron von Porkchop and Susie the DJ! The Baron is a horror host of the Terrifying Tales of the Macabre! Check him and his “ghoul” out at http://terrifyingtalesofthemacabre.com/ also check out Bloodline Video at http://bloodlinevideo.com/ and make sure to stop by Sparkle Comics at http://sparklecomics.com/

Next we have the awesomely talented artist Justin Wasson! He has worked on several comic titles and has a very unique art style that brings characters to life! Check out his artist Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/justinwassonart/

We also speak with published author Allison M. Dickson! She talks about how she got into writing, the editing process, and she also talks about her books! Check out her site at http://www.allisonmdickson.com/

Then, we speak to artist Nat Dickson! Her style of art reminds me a lot of the Captain Harlock style of anime and manga! The classic style that I absolutely love! Check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NataliesArtPage

Lastly, we speak to comic writer Jack Wal ace of Disposable Fiction Comics! He is a fantastic writer and has employed artists from all over the world to draw for this stories! Check out his site at http://www.disposablefictioncomics.com/

Listen below and Enjoy!

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As you all know, I love video games. I’ve been Playing video games for practically all my life.

Earlier this year after I started playing Elite: Dangerous, Mrs. Uncommon Geek pointed out that I was spending more time playing that game than doing much else. I do tend to throw myself into a new game.

And that got me thinking… What would happen if I didn’t play any games for a month?

So, I decided to do it. I wouldn’t play ANY video games at all during the month of May! (more…)

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Because given names are so last century. (more…)

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Today, I have no blog entry.

Honestly, I never made the time.

Sure, I had about 17 ideas to write about. Sure, some of those ideas I started a few months ago, and each draft of those few ended in writers block, but, for today’s entry, I just didn’t make the time. (more…)

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find your voice

Today marks the end of an era in not just the entertainment industry, but in our world at large. Today we’ve lost one of the greats, Robin Williams. His death is tragic, unexpected, and he will be missed by oh so many. But his legacies, his lessons, and his ideals will carry on with us as we move through our lives. The man spent his career making us laugh, cry, think, feel, and dare to dream and do things we’d never believe possible otherwise, all while touching the hearts of millions each and ever time. Robin Williams was a man who dared to be what so few people dare even to this day: unabridged, truly authenticate to himself down to his core, and it showed in every role he ever step foot in, in every interview he ever gave, and with every quote he ever spouted. (more…)

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Timemachinebook

For your consideration… an Uncommon Geek offers an exploration and analysis of one of the most enduring and beloved concepts in science fiction: Time Travel! (more…)

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