Friday, May 24, 2013

Featured Read: The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Featured Read: May 2013
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Publisher: Tor Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 378 (Hardcover)
Series: The Rithmatist #1
ISBN-13: 9780765320322
Genre: Epic Fantasy

New York Times Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson has taken his first foray into teen literature with The Rithmatist. Known for his great world building and being chosen by Robert Jordan to finish the Wheel of Time series, Sanderson has created a world of magic and intrigue where new creatures rule in a fantasized American setting.
More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings — merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles. 

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing — kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery — one that will change Rithmatics — and their world — forever.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dragon's Prophet Opens Beta

Sony Online Entertainment is working on a new free to play MMORPG: Dragon's Prophet. Recently they did a huge wave of invites offering beta invitations through avenues likes Raptr and Guild Launch. As a member of Guild Launch, I was excited enough to get the key but the NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) meant there was not much I could tell you about it.

Tuesday, Senior Producer Todd Carson, announced that the NDA was over and that as of May 30, the beta will open. You can gain early access to the open beta with special features from vanity armor sets, an exclusive dragon, and more by purchasing a founder package similar to the exclusive packages offered in Kickstarter programs.

SOE has put out games like Everquest II, Runes of Magic, and DC Universe Online. Their Free to Play Your Way motto grants an easy to use and easy to play for free interface that gives you a variety of options of things to purchase with Station Cash or open access to the game with a monthly subscription.

As a long time player of MMORPG, at least 7 years might be considered long, I am pretty excited to be giving it a try. My surface ideas are that it is a rolled up Everquest, Skyrim, Eragon mashup. Or...maybe I really just want to tame a dragon.

Check out the trailer and leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Microsoft Announcement: XBOX One

Gamers have been waiting for the big XBOX reveal that Microsoft had promised for a while. The rumor mill was on fire with names for what the new system could be, like XBOX 720, XBOX Durango or Infinity. When Microsoft announced that they would do a revealing event, speculation as to what could be expected was then tossed around, too.

Things that were expected in the announcement were the console physical reveal, the name, the controller, operating system, games, and the reveal date.

This major event didn't blow anything out of the water in terms of a wealth of information. It lacked a lot of solid details and kept waving the E3 flag.

The sleek reveal of the components seems to come with welcome arms that the product will come with a new yet entirely similar control as well as Kinect being included. The name, XBOX One, is a little counter-intuitive if you think about the timeline of things but it is pretty slick.

It is set to run with an 500GB hard-drive, HDMI, 8 Core CPU, 3.0 USB, an update wireless adapters. XBOX One is designed to change the way you live in your living room. They hope to make "your television screen the most important screen" by not only changing the way you game but the way you watch everything and communicate. With Skype communication capabilities and more options than your cable box, your living room will assimilate.

The one negative that was rumored to come with this evolution of console was an "Always On" requirement. Always On would mean that for even single player games that you just want to enjoy in your downtime after purchase still require you to be online. Diablo III is an example for PC gamers. Regardless of play-mode and unlike its previous game, you must be online to play. This style of connectivity could change gaming habits forever and it was an ill received idea.

XBOX revealed that while its suggests you be online and requires it for Microsoft Live and multi-player modes it will not be going to an always on!

In addition to the hardware, XBOX announced that within the first year of the new release, they plan to release 15 games for the system, 8 of which will be a brand new franchise (i.e. Quantum Break). The staple of Microsoft gaming, Halo is going to be taken to the next step with XBOX One; while no new game was announced, it was revealed that Halo will be featured as a new live action television show from Steven Spielberg and 343. This step was taken after the success that was found with Halo's web series Forward Unto Dawn.
At the close, Acitivision received a nice portion of the event to reveal graphic details for Call of Duty Ghosts, but after the initial 17 minutes of game play have been online for several weeks, this wasn't much on the news front.

The biggest let down of the event was the lack of a release time. Not issuing a solid date is to be expected, but the only thing they left us with was "Later this year". What exactly does that translate into?

For the hopes of the gamers on edge, perhaps they will reveal more details rather than broad ideas when they hit up E3 in June.

What do you think about the XBOX One? Planning on buying it at release?


Saturday, May 18, 2013

This Cake is Not a Lie

Geek /gēk/
1. A person with an eccentric devotion to a particular interest

Try as I might, I may never find a better word that could be used to define me. I obsess over many things and swoon over fictional heartthrobs. I live in fantasy worlds and sometimes pretend I'm a phoenix....or a superhero... But when it comes down to the nitty gritty, I am a girl. I'm a girl who likes geeky things and loves to blog.

I have had two relatively successful blogs that I have steered away from in the past. I was the blood elf behind A Healadin's Tear in 2010. I decided I could no longer contribute consistently to a World of Warcraft blog when I no longer played the game consistently through Cataclysm. That blog was popular and thrust me into a loving and wonderful community; it also brought to life a new side of my own creativity.

When I left that blog in 2011, I later that year started a new trek in my life. I had finally broken my addiction to World of Warcraft and I reconnected with my love of reading and so I started a book blog. Though I struggled with it, my reviews were well received and the blog started to gain momentum but a blog like that required my reading schedule to be heavy and even more heavily mandated and that wasn't something I was looking for in a creative outlet.

By now, most people would be thinking I am going to love 'em and leave 'em again but geek life is my life. It is something I read, watch, play, and live every single day and that is what makes this blog different. Passion. I plan to love this blog; love it, and pet it, and squeeze it, and call it George.

When it comes to this blog, I am terrified. It is like having a dream where I am facing the world standing on a stage in nothing but my underwear. My interests and my geek identity are to be laid bare. But there comes a time when you just have to jump in.

And in the words of The Doctor...