New Equations, Old Names, and of course, The Games

20 02 2012

Jay Severin is without doubt a brilliant radio host and perhaps in the political field, the one with the most practical experience, with over 30 years in the political field, from supporting to advising roles.  As many say, he may very well be right that Mitt Romney may be the best, and for awhile, at least to me and I may VERY well be mistaken (and please Jay, if you actually READ this article, correct me if I’m wrong), inferred that Romney is the best hope for us.  He is firmly in the Mitt Romney camp, and I can say that with confidence.

The equation for victory I think is more elusive than he thinks.  If we had Ronald Reagan Version 2.0 in this election (whom Jay may feel Romney is), it would not be a problem.  But we do not, and we won’t.  I feel that too many more possibilities are in play.  From what I have heard today, I think from Jay, the earliest anyone can win the Delegate count, assuming nobody drops out, and all concurrent delegate-bearing contests are won by the same person, is June.

Unless people with delegates drop out and start supporting others, it’s going to be a long primary season.  The only ones I feasibly see even having a possibility of dropping out are Rick Santorum (very slim chance), and Newt Gingrich (even slimmer).  For Gingrich, money is coming in spurts, but it may be that Sheldon Adelson may be more receptive, in the form of another $10 million.  He might be in for a bit longer.  Rick Santorum has made some money, but not much, so he needs to rely on more victories and continued good performances, especially the Debate on Wednesday night.

Mitt Romney is in trouble, though only a bit.  A major blow would not be continuing to be down in the national polls (there is no “National Primary” nor “National Election”).  He will be hit VERY hard if he loses Michigan, his home state.

Of the four candidates, I feel a brokered convention to be in the favor of Ron Paul.  Ron Paul will not win the delegate count any other way.  With all delegates released there are (at last count) 117 Republican “Superdelegates” who are seated first (usually state RNC chairs and two sub committee members).  Not all states have superdelegates, but are bound by the state vote.  Bound delegates however only need to vote for their bound delegate for the “first ballot”.  If it gets to a brokered convention, this will be very interesting.

Now for the Games.  An early look at my early impressions of Bethesda’s “Elder Scrolls: Skyrim”, and Studio 38’s along with EA, “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning”.

Right now, it seems Skyrim is taking it by far overall, for one small reason, I wanted to see more of Skyrim in a different way, and in other ways, Skyrim is drawing me back in that Reckoning, while a very solid game in it’s on right, just isn’t.  And I’m putting this in what will be a future article.

Addiction Factor – Edge: Skyrim – 10 to 4 over Reckoning, a double knockdown and almost TKO on it’s own.

More on the games in a future article.

As The Year comes to a Close

31 12 2011

And I battle the annual winter cough, my eternal nemesis a few last Quick Hits for 2011…

So many things have happened this year, and Skyrim is merely one of them.  Usama bin Laden, meeting his makers and his 72-year-old virgin, is top among them.

Many Democrats are retiring from Congress, as is being mentioned now on my friend’s radio show,DaTechGuy On DaRadio.  Barney Frank top among them in our state.

A major loss in very liberal, but brilliant men Steve Jobs of Apple and unapologetic atheist Chris Hitchens.  Another, more aesthetically pleasing loss in North Korean Evil Dictator, Kim Jong Il.

Occupods, the illegitimate children of Georgie Soros.  Make your own connections.

On a good note, I had no losses in my family this year.  Three from last year, was three too many.  Uncle Peter, Cousin Megan, and Mom, you are all greatly missed.

Mounting debt, and 1.2T more coming up for Obama’s foibles in the next couple of decades, ummm… years… no, wait… months.  Yeah, that’s it.

The Bruins win the 2011 Stanley Cup.  I should be rejoicing, being a fan of Boston’s sports, but for some reason it doesn’t excite me.

Diablo 3 and being selected for the Beta.  That excited me.  Looks to be good so far.

Elder Scrolls 5, Skyrim.  Only had it for a few days, but it looks good so far.  Still an amazing amount of content.

Peter’s show going to two hours.  And the upcoming new years festivities in Fitchburg and Tewksbury.

As Journey says in their song “Don’t stop Believing”, but prepared for the hard work to come!  Happy New Year!

DC Universe Online via Gamespy

17 01 2011

It’s usually a very bad sign when one of the biggest reviewing and news sites for gaming, namely Gamespy, gives a horrid first impression of a game, especially one as heavily touted as DC Universe Online by Sony Entertainment. When you get comments like the following it’s an even worse sign:

Ryan Scott: Everything about this game is so unbelievably bad that I do not know where to begin.”

To be fair, I have yet to play even a demo of it myself, so YMMV.

Quick Shots – Upcoming and current games

17 09 2010

I know I don’t blog much at all, even more infrequently due subject of the previous post, I’m going to make a few quick shots at some games that are coming up.

Fable 3 (Upcoming) – First Fable 2 is unavailable for PC and now Fable 3 is now delayed for the PC, but available for the XBOX 360.  I actually enjoyed Fable: The Lost Chapters for the PC, and am disappointed by this development.

Civilization V (Coming Soon!)- The hexagonal grid is going to be interesting as it comes out later this month.  Civ has been an addiction for a very long time, especially as it comes out later this month!

Dragon Age 2 (Upcoming) – Mature themed game not for the kiddies, just like it’s predecessor.  The game-play of the original impressed me greatly, especially how the story is tied in: a BIG thing for me and RPG games.

Starcraft 2 (Available now) – A lot of hubbub about how the network play has changed in this storied RTS.  Granted, as I don’t do LAN games that much, it hasn’t affected me.  Seems a fairly good balance, but I still can’t get that far even against a moderate AI.  So much for my strategic “genius”.  I like how they tied it in the campaign, which was of a good length in my opinion.

World of Warcraft Cataclysm (Upcoming) – Hmmm, I’ve gotten over how things didn’t seem to be part of the story, as I read further into it.  Blizzard is usually top notch when it comes to tying things into the story, especially with a series as storied as Warcraft.  A guilty pleasure I may try to go 30 days into again if it comes out.  Lich King had some really good story elements, so we’ll see if things continue in this expansion.

Diablo 3 (Upcoming) – Still waiting for it.  A huge change in game-play mechanics from Diablo 2 concerns me a bit, but risks sometimes pay off.  From what I’ve heard of Halo:Reach, it paid off big time.  Loved Diablo 2 but sad that it became so incompatible with Vista/Win 7.

Disciples 3: Renaissance (Available Now) – Disciples 2 was a huge thing for me some time ago.  Disciples 3 has some good elements via the demo, but the voiceovers (as it was originally Russian) is sorely lacking in quality.  I’m tempted if I do get the game to turn it off.

Possible Game to look into: Bioware’s Mass Effect 2.

An old addiction resurfaces – Something about the ummmm… Zerg

4 08 2010

Yep, Starcraft 2, 12 years after the release of the original and over a decade past the expansion Starcraft: Brood War, this is the first of three parts of the game, “Wings of Liberty”. James Raynor, ex-Marshall of Mar Sara, current revolutionary against the Dominion, he begins a revolt against “Emperor” Arcturus Mengsk. There’s too much story to go into this and right now, I’m only in the preview stage of this game but now, I’m very impressed with the result, even if my machine is barely enough to keep the game going.

I’m tempted to start building a new machine, but I’ll have to wait a bit, getting the new machine piece by piece. Regardless, this is one very good game, an old school RTS (Real-Time Strategy). Not really DaTechGuy’s style, but hey, we can’t agree on everything.

More to come.

Board Game First Impression – World of Warcraft the Board Game

19 05 2009

Finally something that my friend DaTechGuy can sink his teeth into:

This game has been in my closet for over a year, all but untouched, and finally got christened this past Saturday at my bi-weekly gaming session with my fellow gaming crew who I’ve been gaming with since we met around 2000 or so during the UMass Lowell Graduate Student experiment.  Well, I never got more than a couple classes under me, but I did find some new friends there.  In any case, the game in question is based upon the MMORPG World of Warcraft from Blizzard Entertainment.

It took quite awhile for all of us to get used to the game, and a very long time to set it up.  We didn’t finish the game, but at the end of the night, once we got into it, we all had the same opinion:  “Damn, that was fun!”

It’ll take a few hours to get into the game and get used to the mechanics of it, but it is first and foremost a TEAM game.  Faction vs. Faction (Alliance vs. Horde), and it is best suited for 2, 4 or 6 players, but is quite playable with 3 or 5 players too (though a bit harder).  You control one of eight classes, two of them faction specific (The Alliance’s Paladin and The Horde’s Shaman), but once someone plays a class, it becomes unavailable for the opponent (ie two warriors can’t play, since the character sheet has the alliance on one side and the horde counterpart on the other).  It takes a bit of decision making on what you will play, and how it’ll complement your teammate(s).

It’ll take awhile to setup, it took us about 90 minutes since we were going between setup and rule reading.  I think next time will be faster, and we may be able to get a full game done next time.

It does take a bit of strategy and a decision must be made, you have 30 turns to defeat an overlord (which you select at the beginning of the adventure), or if 30 turns pass, on turn 31, a Faction vs Faction fight takes place, where one faction must survive, or possibly, both factions fall at the same time.  A draw is ENTIRELY possible in this game.

One playthrough is not enough to make a rating out of it.  A second playthrough will be required, and it will take place the saturday after next, instead of the normal D&D adventure.  The DM and players needed a break. 😀

When we last left our Heroes – Second February Session

27 02 2009

This is the report of the second February session of my Bi-weekly dungeons and dragons session.  As to not bore our other viewers, a nifty link below will reveal the entire article to only those interested!  Click at your peril!  Additional warning, some graphic and disturbing content is listed within.

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When we last left our heroes… an introduction

22 02 2009

This is a bit of a feature that I try to publish every two weeks, pretty much the exploits of my Dungeons and Dragons campaign during the Saturday Session.  This will be the only one for the Month of February and sadly it’s in the middle of the campaign, as this is a pretty new site.  To those who aren’t interested, don’t read any further.  Anyone who is interested, click the link below.

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