Dokapon Kingdom – Chapter 1 Event

Where did we leave off from last time?

Cash poisoned donutRight. Some…MONSTER gave a poor dog a poisoned donut! We were trying to find the antidote to save the dog’s life!

And get a deed to a castle. This is Dokapon, after all, and altruism is but a figment of our imaginations. The King directed us to go find Granny, who had made an antidote for Cash.

GrannyShe was chilling out in the southeast section of Asiana. All four players raced to get to her. Luis got within three spaces, landing on the item spot.

3 CrystalHer luck was paying off, and she would be able to reach Granny next turn. Ashby knew that he needed to do what he could to not make that happen. He dashed past Luis, rifling through her pockets as he walked by… Continue reading

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Extra Life: Let’s Play Dokapon Kingdom – Weeks 3 and 4

View last weeks update here, and see the general overview of this playthrough here.

Welcome to Weeks 3 and 4(ish) of the Dokapon Kingdom playthrough! Now that we’re into the bulk of the game, updates will cover larger stretches of time, showing only the highlights (As they were). If someone isn’t mentioned, assume that they’re either dead, dying, or putzing around picking up items at item spaces.

Highlights of this update:

– Meet the other two shopkeeps!

– Watch Sam uppercut a fish and show how you actually win the game!

– Michael finds the most important item in the game (So far).

– This:

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MVP of this update: The Killer Fish. How can an enemy unit be the most valuable player? Read on to find out!

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Extra Life: Let’s Play Dokapon Kingdom – Week 1

(Due to this post being quite image-heavy, I’ve hidden a chunk of it behind the “Read More” tag. This will be the case for all Dokapon Kingdom updates, don’t want to unintentionally blow up anyone’s browser!)

As part of Extra Life (charity gaming fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals), I wrangled up three other people to play a game with me over part of winter break. That game?

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Dokapon Kingom – a RPG/board game hybrid for the PS2 and the Wii. Believed to be more rage inducing than most Mario games, the four of us decided to give it a shot and see whether we could maintain our friendship after marathoning this game. 2.5 days and 180GB of video saved later, we realized that the game hadn’t made us want to murder each other too much (with one notable exception). Not too shabby!

So, how will updates work? Updates will be done at some time on Saturdays (going to try and get a buffer going to get a semi-regular update time). Updates will contain 1-4 weeks of gameplay, depending on how riveting events are for that block of time and whether there needs to be substantial explanation. In addition, there will be occasional posts using a dummy party that I have right now, to show off things that we missed (such as dungeons, other classes, etc). If there is a particularly interesting thing that happens, a post will be dedicated to that event specifically!

Not all events will be screencapped, just ones that are interesting/actually contribute something to the game. If I don’t tell you what someone did on a particular day, assume it was something lame, like picking a fight with a kobold or landing on an item/magic space.

What about the other people? For the first two updates, I’ll be solely handling the writing, because there is a lot of info to cover early on. After that, the other three can jump in with whatever commentary they have. Commentary will be denoted by that character’s headshot.

Without any ado, let’s get started!

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Thanks, and info on holiday updates

With the holiday season upon us, I wanted to say thank you all for following my blog over the last five months (give or take). I wasn’t expecting the blog to really go anywhere, but it’s been fun posting and seeing people read and reply to my posts! I wanted to give a few shoutouts:

Thanks to my 27 followers, you guys are awesome! Double thanks to those who have commented on my posts.

Thanks to MSP Games, for giving me the opportunity to review their games over the past month or two, it’s really helped with visibility for the blog!

Thanks to my friends and family, for supporting this endeavor.

Now, for the holiday season I will be trying to work on a buffer of short stories and other posts, so that I have some leeway in the coming months. I will also be updating the About page and adding another page or two for particular categories. Updates will be Holiday Throwbacks to short stories that I’ve written in the past, ripped from my old Fictionpress account.

Finally, I and three other people will be doing a marathon gaming stream this Saturday/Sunday for an organization called Extra Life, a charity dedicated to helping defray medical costs for children. If you are interested in learning more (or making a small donation), click HERE. I’ll post on Saturday when the stream starts, feel free to drop by and say hi!

Again, thank you all for your support over the past few months, it’s been a blast writing this blog for you all!

Extra Life Highlights: Binding of Isaac Rebirth – Guppy Mode Shenanigans

What’s with the title? Isn’t today a story update day? It was supposed to be, but as I sat down to think about writing the Western/Supernatural Story, I was struck with a severe feeling of Apathy Syndrome. After facing myself and gaining my Persona (yes, I’m mixing games and theories. No, I don’t care one iota about it), I realized that I just didn’t care about the characters or the plot enough to go forward with that story. I might come back to it at a later time, but for now, I’m putting it on the back burner and focusing on the ARC (Science Fiction) series of short stories. But, I wasn’t mentally prepared for them either, so I decided to do something completely non-short story related.

Enter The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, a game that I played for Saturday’s Count Down to Dokapon Stream.

What did I just watch?

In the Binding of Isaac, there were five items associated with a cat named Guppy (Guppy’s Head, Guppy’s Paw, Guppy’s Tail, Dead Cat, and Guppy’s Hairball). Rebirth added another Guppy item called Guppy’s Collar. If you collected any three of these items (minus the hairball), you would activate what is called Guppy Mode. This mode gave you a cat-like appearance (tail, ears, etc.) as well as two effects. First, you gained flight if you didn’t already have it, improving your mobility greatly and allowing you to ignore pits and rock formations. Second, you gained an improved version of the Mulligan item. The Mulligan works as follows: when you hit an enemy with one of your tears, there is a small chance that a Kamikaze fly (the blue flies) will spawn and attack your enemy, or circle around you if there are no targets. In Guppy Mode, the chances of a Kamikaze Fly spawning is much, much higher (near 100%). As a result, you can get a small army of Kamikaze Flies circling you, darting out to decimate anything that comes near. It trivializes the game, as was seen at the end, when I beat Mom’s Heart in a matter of seconds. Some people might think it broken, but to them I say – you’re playing The Binding of Isaac. Take what you can get!

The funny part? I didn’t even need Guppy Mode, my setup was already really good. I had Polyphemus (One large tear fired at a slowish fire rate), Cancer (a trinket that ramps up your fire rate), Mutant Spider (converting my Polyphemus shot to a quad shot [!!!]), and Lost Contact, which gave my tears a shield effect that allowed for them to block enemy shots. Guppy Mode was just icing on the cake. Continue reading

Extra Life 2014 Highlights – Desert Bus!

So, as one of the challenges for Extra Life this year, I decided to play Desert Bus. I managed to drive the thing for 2.5 hours before an issue cropped up (misplaced fingers) that caused the game to reset…but, here are some of the highlights from that drive!

If you are particularly masochistic, you can watch the drive in full at my UStream Channel.

For those of you that don’t know what Extra Life is, it’s a 24-hour gaming marathon in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This year, I’m playing for CMNH in Oakland (can never remember the name of the hospital). If you’re interested in learning more or donating, feel free to check out their website or my donation page.

Desert Bus!