Total War: Warhammer After Action Report Part 1: The Raid of the Pillars of Grugni

So, I booted up Total War: Warhammer and was greeted by what I found to be a quite pleasant introduction animation. Given (in my limited knowledge of Warhammer) the grimdark nature of the world, I was honestly surprised to find a lack of viscera and gore, even in the introduction segment. Brutality is something that I inextricably associated with Warhammer, but there is none of that here, except maybe in the flavor text. Still, at least it seems to be suitably overwrought. I do a quick review of the available races (if you order during the first week it is out you get Chaos for free, it is going to be pay DLC after that): Humans, Dwarves, Greenskins, and Vampire Counts. I would have very much liked a Skaven option, but at least they are all superficially very different. Each of the races lists its difficulty, as well as which of the others that it can attack. I flip through each one and end up choosing the Dwarves, although not on purpose. I intended to play humans first, assuming that they would be the least diverse. But we’re Dwarves (Who are, as an aside, listed as ‘Easy’) now, so we run with it.

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27. May 2016 by Michael
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Preacher Episode 1, Quadroplis, Punch Club, Bravely Default, and Total War Warhammer

So, the first episode of AMC’s adaptation of Garth Ennis’ Preacher series (I’ve read some of the comics, so there may be spoilers here if you want to skip that) has come and gone and I’m interested in hearing what everyone thought of it. For me, a person that has read a couple of the trades but was never really grabbed by the series (always on the backburner to revisit another time), I thought it was somewhere between ‘good’ and ‘quite good’, but not really up to ‘great’. Still, it’s a series with a lot to set up. AMC can’t presume that everyone has even a passing familiarity with (spoilers, presumably, from the comics) the story of a Texan preacher possessed by a half-angel-half-demon called Genesis, so they have to ease the audience into things. It was and, I expect, will largely continue to be a very exposition heavy episode that was intent on making sure we knew who the main characters (Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy) were and that the Preacher was and would be a bad man mixed with some pretty visceral violence. And, man, compound fractures sure get me every time. Honestly, after the first episode we don’t know much. Someone is hunting down Genesis (assuming that is still what it is and what it is called), they eat tea bags, and that is going to bring them squarely to the doorstep of the possessed Preacher and his friends. It’s a good set up and I’ll keep watching, but that’s all we have for now.

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24. May 2016 by Michael
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Updated My Journal: Bravely Default, Punch Club and Dark Souls 3

Man, I stopped playing Bravely Default a long way back (when I totally misplaced my 3DS), but it sure feels like a game that doesn’t want me to finish it. So, I feel like I should be at the end of the game. Each of my characters is basically a minor deity, level 85 with a bunch of maxed out Jobs and as cheesy as anything. So, if you don’t know, (spoilers ahead, obvs) as you play through Bravely Default you find yourself beating these four elemental bosses over and over again. They get a little tougher each time (I guess if you aren’t powerful enough you have to go grind) but, otherwise, nothing of note happens. And I know it’s a part of the story. But I’m not really sure I care. I have like 40 hours in this game, and I really want to close it out. To complete that mental circuit in my mind, but that’s all it feels like I’m doing at this point. I have Bravely Second in my queue right now and I hope that it rectifies this stuff. The interesting part of the game is min-maxing your characters and I’m done with that. Maybe I should just leave it behind, but it won’t take me that long to demolish these same four stupid bosses again. Still, I can’t help but feeling I’ve caught myself in some sort of weird mental feedback loop.

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19. May 2016 by Michael
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