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Field Notes, Batman: Arkham City, Page 2

This is the second entry on my play through of Batman: Arkham City. Be ye warned that there will be spoilers for as far as I’ve played and please avoid spoilers for me if you have any comments concerning future segments of the game

Environmental Proceedings

The more I play the game the more the environment draws me in; the ambient sounds and moody visuals all add up to an experience that continues to draw me further in with each moment.

A list of some of these:

  • The snow fall and the way it sticks to Batman’s cape
  • Criminal walkie-talkie chatter
  • Intermittent police sirens
  • Lighting and position of the moon
  • TYGER helicopter giving a play-by-play of me beating up street thugs and other guard chatter

Each of these examples, while not a main point in the story, all enhance the story even if I’m not consciously aware of them at the time.

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Rise of Iron: Bell’s Thoughts Pre-Launch

Tomorrow (9/20/16) “Rise of Iron” – Destiny’s latest expansion – drops and I was able to sit down with the Queen of the Hunters, CurrerBell, and get some pre-release thoughts.

I’ve paraphrased her words (with her approval) below. Enjoy!

What are you looking forward to most?

I’m looking forward to all the new things – armor, guns, maps, etc. More than that being able to play with my gaming group again. An expansion like this pulls everyone back from the other games they’ve been playing, and it’s going to be great to have the band back together.

And, of course, I love me some Crucible.

What are your concerns for the expansion?

The addition of getting back into it – real life repsonsibilities tends to get in the way of my gaming. Also, the frustration of armor/guns that you worked hard for being downgraded.

Do you care about the raid (Wrath of the Machine)?

I would love to care about the raid. Finding the time for it and getting the group together can be a challenge though.


This is my hammer. These are my wolves. Prepare to die.

What class are you most excited to get in there with?

I absolutely adore my Hunter, so she’s my first choice. I just started the path of the Sunbreaker for my Titan, so she’ll make an appearance as well.

What other thoughts do you have on Rise of Iron?

I’m excited for wolves; is it too much to ask to have a wolf pup to follow you around?

I’d also like the story to go a little deeper – the Iron Lords are legend, and I want to be excited to be legend with them. A well-told story can make that happen.

Really excited about the Gjallarhorn being back, however you have to get it.


The new “plague” enemy – and this release in general – doesn’t seem as recycled as the others, and that’s a good thing.


“Rise of Iron” is almost here – good luck Guardians!



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Field Notes, Batman: Arkham City, Page 1

This is the first entry on my play through of Batman: Arkham City. Be ye warned that there will be spoilers for as far as I’ve played and please avoid spoilers for me if you have any comments concerning future segments of the game

Hearing that Batman: Arkham City is one of the greatest video games of all time, not only from critics but from a good friend (the latter carrying more weight), I’ve been looking forward to it.

This expectation of awesome can also be a burden, and I felt it during my first impression of the game. The player (as Bruce Wayne) is thrown into Arkham City without any explanation (or tutorial) and this first segment was off-putting to me initially.

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More Fun Than You Can Possibly Imagine

Playing board/card/any tabletop game with the girls is fun, but now that they’re getting older they’re beginning to move up on the complexity.

Enter Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game – I went a round with each of them, and we had a blast.

Having the ships, cards, dice, dials, firing sticks and everything else out in front of them was a lot to take in but I tried to keep it light and they really seemed to enjoy it.


The might of the Empire

This past year has been a big year for Star Wars in our family, and I was glad to add something else to our list that lets them explore that galaxy far, far away.

We played X-Wing Miniatures Game for the first time together on March 21, 2015

Aboard the Experto Crede: Freedom Cry

Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag: Freedom Cry was great because it was more AC4.


More sailing, more shanties and more story – that’s DLC I can get behind.

Sailing with Adéwalé and crew was a worthwhile adventure; finding the Jackdaw and the intensity of freeing your brothers on the slaving ships were two moments that still stay with me.

I finished Freedom Cry on March 20, 2015


Sailing the Experto Crede


First Steps into Narnia

One of things I enjoy most about being a father is sharing the stories that mean so much to me with my children because they come to mean even more when I’m able to pass them on.

We took our first steps as a family into the world of Narnia in C.S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew and are currently about a third of the way through The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy and Prince Caspian in between of course).


“In those days Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street … “

It’s a dream fulfilled to enjoy these stories with them and hear them ask for one more page before bed.

Narnia and the North!

We began The Magician’s Nephew on March 9, 2015


Cardboard LAN

LANs are great, be they video or board game.

The former is what took place on February 20-21 of last year (2015) and we had a fantastic time – games played:

  • Pandemic
  • On the Brink (Pandemic Expansion)
  • In the Lab (Pandemic Expansion) – first time played with either of these expansions, but I was glad I had someone else looking at the rule book. There was a lot more to keep track of
  • King of Tokyo
  • Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation – this game is always so good. Even when you lose, it’s always so close and goes back and forth so many times. Having said that I still wish I would have won!
  • Coup – we played eight games of this and I did really well, mostly because unlike The Resistance you can use the truth more to your advantage I think
  • Hanabi – first time playing this and really enjoyed it; the goal for us was to try to be perfect rather than just win
  • Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
  • Avalon

First Step into a Larger World

Star Wars

A little over a year ago I was able to do something that I’d been looking forward to for a long time – share Star Wars with my children.

If you’re a parent you know you only have a few precious years to teach your kids that what you think is cool is cool, so you’ve got to get on it. If you’re not a parent, consider this a head’s up!

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Pushing Buttons: Jack Taylor, Series 1

How come, no matter how long since you’ve seen the family, nor how much distance you’ve put between you, they can always push your buttons? Answer: because they installed them

I enjoy Jack Taylor (Series 1) for lines like the one above – introspective PI’s go a long way with me.

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This is the Podcast You’re Looking For

Star Wars is a big place, and with the upcoming The Force Awakens it’s getting even bigger.

The amount of media out there that covers all the happenings from “Star” to “Wars” can be overwhelming, even intimidating if (like me) you don’t have the kind of time needed to read/listen/watch everything that’s happening in a galaxy far, far away.

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