Nine Great Songs: Apr 2018

Foreword: I listened to more new music in April than I did in March! Plus I did a better job of jotting down when I found a song worth writing about. As a result, I have a lot more new-to-me songs I want to write about now! Funny how a little effort can go a… Read more »

Heroes of Hammerwatch: When a Game is For Me

Heroes of Hammerwatch is a roguelite RPG that ably executes upon the expectations of the genre. It’s got a great set of interlocking systems and currencies to progress on in the meta game and every run gives a feeling of progression while maintaining tension over dying. I absolutely fucking love the game. It is exactly… Read more »

Four Great Songs: Mar 2018

Foreword: I know, I know. Only four songs this month. And March was such a long month! I simply didn’t hear a ton of new music I loved this month. Partially it was the mood I was in–I spent a solid week and a half exclusively listening to old favorites–and partially it was just a down… Read more »

Into the Breach: The Story of One Perfect Mechanic

At long last, Into the Breach is here. Though it wasn’t promoted without undue fanfare, it’s definitely a release to mark when the game in question is the second outing from Subset Games, developers of the inimitable FTL. (Which came out in 2012, so it’s safe to say it’s been a while.) I’ll not hesitate: Subset… Read more »

Six Great Songs: Feb 2018

Foreword: As promised, another entry in my “great songs” catalog. Here are 6 of my favorite songs from February, 2018~ awakebutstillinbed – “life” It was tough to narrow down to just one song from awakebutstillinbed’s album. The whole album is consistently great. Probably because the band’s style is what draws me in the most: the… Read more »

Slay the Spire

Given my nerdy proclivities, I got into the card game scene later than one would assume. I collected Pokemon cards, of course, but never got into MTG for one reason or another. Hearthstone was my first competitive card game. And I fell for it hard. I probably dropped $500 in that game across the three or… Read more »

Nine Great Songs: Jan 2018

These are 9 of the songs I kept coming back to in January of 2018. They’re in no particular order and most likely not released that month. This is a snapshot of the songs I liked in January that are worth listening to. Breakfast Muff – “R U A Feminist” Twee/indiepop was one of my… Read more »

The Soapy Pleasures of Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Trilogy

I recently finished reading through three of the soapiest books I think I’ve ever read: Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems. Each book I read in maybe three or four days, and they kept me engaged in a way few books can. It’s probably safe to say I devoured… Read more »

Incomplete Metroidvania Survey, Jan 2018

I’ve been getting a lot of usage out of my Steam controller lately (is C in that controller capitalized? or a ™?) and I find one of its best uses is in playing so-called “Metroidvania” games–basically, games that rely almost entirely on one direction stick and a 4-button A-B-X-Y layout. And I’m having a lot of… Read more »

7 games, 2017

Foreword: Of all my hobbies that I react to in this lil’ blog, gaming is the one I spent the most time on in 2017. I haven’t owned a console in years and didn’t get much mobile gaming done, so it’s mostly a focus on my PC experiences. Below are the games I most enjoyed… Read more »