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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Too many cut scenes @_@ on: June 18, 2016, 12:51:17 AM
The game I had like that was Tears to Tiara II.  It was 1 part tactical game, 72 parts cutscene.

47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Void Pyramid, free post-apocalyptic RPG, spread the word if you like it. on: June 17, 2016, 07:31:21 PM
So here's the deal - we don't review free games as a general rule on RPGFan (please don't hunt down exceptions - I'm sure you could find some if you tried).  But I played a game this developer made before, and it was kind of cool and unique and worth my time.  So I thought I'd pass along an email he sent me this week in case other folks would like to play it. :)

Void Pyramid is a post-apocalyptic RPG set in the space-faring Egyptian empire. In trap-filled halls of a deep space dungeon, you will cross vibro-blades with uplifted animals and Egyptian gods come to life.

Void Pyramid is available for free on PC, Mac, and Android. It is a complete game that is between 5-10 hours in length. It has been actively developed for 2 years, and is polished, balanced, and free of bugs.

You can view a video trailer here. Or you can see screenshots and download the game on itch.io or Google Play.

To summarize the story: "In the far future, the maniacal Prime Pharaoh rules the wastelands of Earth. Any who oppose him are exiled to the Void Pyramid. This outer space prison is populated by criminals, beasts, and mutants. No one has ever escaped, but you must try."
Void Pyramid is console-style RPG where the hero controls a single character through a dangerous dungeon environment. It has unique mechanics and a very original (and weird) setting. Below are some of the features I'm most proud of:

*Choose to be a soldier, slave, or scribe. Overcome challenges with your unique skills.

*Explore the intricately designed pyramid. Each chamber is packed with foes, puzzles, traps, treasures, and other interesting stuff.

*Develop your character however you want with an unusual but intuitive advancement system.

*Use your brawn, wits, and agility stats to kick down doors, bend bars, hack computers, haggle with merchants, dodge traps, scale walls, and more.

*Find numerous solutions to every problem. Explore multiple paths through the pyramid. Experience alternate endings. Fight optional bosses. Discover hidden treasures.

*Experience a unique vision of the future. In the space-faring future, the Egyptian empire has risen again. The Prime Pharaoh’s mutant armies oppress mankind.

I hope you will take the time to play Void Pyramid and review it (and even enjoy it). Thank you so much for your consideration.
48  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 14, 2016, 10:49:48 AM
I've actually been watching the Young Indy series recently, and I can say that its extreme non-canonicity makes it hard to even look them up in IMDB.  (Because IMDB appears to have the TV credits, but Amazon has the versions that were edited into made-for-TV movies.
49  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 14, 2016, 10:37:21 AM
Seems lame but if the product is badass female warriors then that is cool in the context of the book.

Unfortunately, it is not.  The product is "grr, we're so mean and we're going to show you that pain is sexy."  Then the hero is like "but I'm so nice."  And his torturer is like "oh, maybe I love you now."
50  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 14, 2016, 12:11:49 AM
Yeah, one of the important factions in the series is a group called the "Mord Sith."  Their main weapon is "a magical rod that causes constant pain to anyone who touches it."

From the wiki:
Candidates to become Mord-Sith are selected from the gentlest and kindest girls in D'Hara, regardless of rank, wealth or any other factors. The kindest girls always make the best Mord-Sith because they have the farthest to fall. Mord-Sith must have no siblings. They are kidnapped along with their parents and trained from a young age on three levels. Each time, she must be "broken."

The first breaking is a time during which she is tortured to the point of obedience so strong that she would do absolutely anything her master/mistress tells her, without question or hesitation. This part of the training breaks her of her sense of self and personal desires.

During the second breaking, she is forced to watch as her teacher slowly and brutally tortures her mother to the point of being broken, and eventually, death. This is to rid her of compassion.

The third, and arguably the most difficult, breaking is when she is given the instrument of torture and must inflict pain and suffering upon her own father until he breaks as well, and then she must kill him. When she has completed this task, she is a full Mord-Sith.

Just stupid.
51  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 13, 2016, 10:43:18 AM
I should also recommend the book "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal."

It is interesting and humorous, and I really think it finds a happy place between "not religious" and "not sacrilegious."  It doesn't try to convince you to believe or to not believe.
52  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 13, 2016, 10:37:45 AM
Yeah, I don't like the Sword of Truth series either.  It got a little too S&M and a little too politically preachy for me pretty quickly.
53  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 12, 2016, 10:41:42 PM
I feel that I must take this opportunity to say that if you haven't seen the movie Hamlet 2, it's worth seeing.  If you've seen it, you know why.  If you haven't, suffice it to say that it includes the song "Rock Me Sexy Jesus."
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that All Children Should Play on: June 10, 2016, 10:43:57 PM
This game is simple and clean.

55  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 02, 2016, 01:12:23 PM
Everybody has a part to play in the process - a good actor can only do so much to overcome a poor script or bad directing.  And likewise the other ways around.
56  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 27, 2016, 04:55:46 PM
It's moving there.
57  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 25, 2016, 09:29:30 PM
I don't know Abaddon's Gate, but both of the others are books I really like.

I randomly picked up The Necromancer's House at a local bookstore a few days ago, and it was great.  The owner let me pick a free "blind date" book, and it's also good, but unusual for me.  It was a book wrapped in brown paper with only the first paragraph taped to the outside of the paper.  Turned out to be Dashiell Hammett's The Glass Key.  I've always meant to read one of his, and I'm enjoying it, but it's a slow read because it's all dialogue, and he leaves out some stuff that would be assumed by someone reading it back when it was written (1931).

Oh, and I read Cold Days, the next-to-currently-last book in The Dresden Files, enjoyed it like I've enjoyed the others.  And I started on Stephen King's recent collection of short stories, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.  The first story is dumb, but I will soldier on. :)
58  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 23, 2016, 02:36:58 PM
Bravo, sir.
59  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 16, 2016, 03:07:15 PM
Well, it helps that I pick them up at thrift shops for under a buck. :)
60  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 16, 2016, 01:35:02 PM
You should - it's outstanding.  I love the movie, and I actually think the book is even better.  It's one of the books that I keep a few copies of to just give away to people who love the movie and haven't read it.  You get more backstory on people, and the descent into the pit of despair to rescue the man in black is one of my favorite scenes in any book.  Again, movie is awesome.  But definitely read the book - if you have an ebook reader, you can probably check it out from your local library right this instant online and download it!
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