Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Open the Dungeon Gate #4: The Army That Marches

System Used: DnD 5e

Players: A as Ski(pronounced Sky), Jess as Nerida

As Ski, Nemeia, and Ea go to exit the Elder Forest, returning home to Garell and, more specifically, the walled city and capital of Noramere, they saw the moon, full and bright, lighting up the night sky in a way that illuminated the beautiful stonework of the capital. As they admired the sight that never grew old, they heard the Horn of Garell sound which boomed loudly in all directions alerting those in the city to find safety quickly and those outside of it to stay away.

Ea looked at them in a way to say, "be safe" and ran toward Noramere knowing that they would be okay and that her kingdom needed her assistance. 

As the sole entry, a giant wooden gate, closed she leaped in at an angle, barely making it in.

Professor Elias stepped out from the shadows to their sides with a panicked look on his face.

"Run", was all he got out as an arrow shot out from somewhere on the wall and landed in his back, killing him instantly.

Ski and Nemeia spotted their old hideaway, a small room they played in every day as kids, nearby to the east. Carved out of an old rock, with a small door, leading directly into a tiny spot, with a single set of stairs down. They bolted in the direction, dodging arrows as they ran.

Once through the door and down the stairs, the everburning torches that lit the room made it clear instantly that something was wrong. On one of the walls, a large hole was visible.

Their panicked, heavy breathing alerted a duo of orcs that were on the other side of the hole in a small carved out hole about half the size of the room keeping guard, causing them to jump out into the narrow, dug out tunnel and check out what was making the commotion. 

A series of blows between the four followed, with Nemeia taking a rather nasty gash to her left shoulder. The orc of the right was wounded badly and the other accidentally missed Nemeia and dealt it a death blow with its' mighty war axe before Ski finished the clumsy beast with a shot from her bow.

They peaked into the guard station area and noticed a rather frayed and tattered flag of Aidespir on the ground near a pile of half eaten rats and other discarded waste. They then continued down the dark, narrow tunnel to see where it went but soon heard steady sounds of drums and metal clanking.

It wasn't long before they noticed what could only be called an army of orcs marching forward, directly towards them which caused them to instantly bolt back up the the land above and toward the Elder Forest once more.

A gust of wind and flutter of feathers greeted them as they neared the trees. It was Nerida, who told them that orcs were attacking. She had frozen the door to the clinic that was taking care of her friend but, as she went to fly away from the city to find Ski and company she had luckily caught their sight.

While happy to have another join them, strength in numbers and all, they were unhappy to see that the pause this had caused allowed some of the orcs to spot their party. Already, dozens were marching toward the now closed gate, but three splintered off and began to chase them.

Through the forest they ran and ran for several minutes before coming up with a plan that they all agreed on, through quickened, half winded words.

Ski wanted to turn and fight.

Nemeia wanted to try to go to the waterfall cave and find safety.

Nerida wanted to trick the orcs and then make their way to the cave, which was the choice they went with.

Flying ahead, Nerida tied a rope around two trees. Once Ski and Nemeia closed in, Nerida created a magic fog that lowered vision. The Garell pair, now back with Nerida, bolted toward the cave, following the river. The orcs, on the other hand, were all tripped and by the time they collected themselves they had lost the group.

Through the waterfall, as heavy as the sound was, they could hear the three yelling in anger at each other not long after. While listening in in hopes that they'd give up and leave, the goblin boss that they had let go free previously walked up from the shadows, asking what was the matter.

They shushed him, explained as quickly and quietly as possible, and then, in a moment of heroic loyalty toward the girls that had spared him, he leaped to the other side and attacking the orcs quickly after and then lead them away.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Red's RBI #3 (10/18-10/24)

BASKETBALL

Italian club, Dinamo Sassari, had games on the 18th and 21st, with the prior being LBA action and the latter being part of the ongoing Champions League. They won both. Cardboard fans rejoice! The LBF side of things also picked up a W this week, which made for a pleasant week of basketball for I. Based off of what I've seen thus far, I think it's fair to suggest the LBA squad has a real shot this year. The LBF team would need to get lucky and find a way of closing up some of the holes but they could be a darkhorse.

If you've never watched Italian basketball, give it a look. With the NBA having just finished, I think it's a good time to jump in.

FOOTBALL

The Jets...what a fucking train wreck. This is historical levels of bad. In ten years, folks will see this as one of the worst teams ever. As a diehard, long time fan it has been a Shakespeare tragedy. I mean, the teams lined up on the wrong side for the coin toss. It started off bad and kept running poorly. What else is there to say? 

The college side saw Syracuse in action as well as the first game of Ohio State.

Ohio State showed that they deserve their spot in the rankings in a dominating blast against Nebraska which hopefully serves as a prelude to the rest of the season and it's worth noting that Fields certainly has a chance to win the Heisman this year. Penn State is up next.

Syracuse, on the other hand, raced ACC's titan and the #1 team in the nation, Clemson, and were squashed to get their 5th L of the season. I wasn't expecting a win, for whatever it's worth. I'm not disillusion and I'll take 21 points over 0. The Orange face Wake Forest on Halloween and will look to rebound. 

MOTOR

The NASCAR Cup Playoffs continued in Kansas with the first race in the Round of 8 and the biggest story was Logano's win being attacked from a decent load of fans, though it's largely from the pitchforkers. The fact is he earned the victory and did nothing wrong. Blocked! Harvick came in second. For the fellow #2 supporters, know that he still has a strong shot but I honestly think he's going to need to take more chances to get there.

SOCCER

AS Roma beat Benevento big and, if not for a very close offside call, it would have been even bigger. Their 5-2 victory puts them in 9th place in Serie A and climbing. In the Europa, they beat the Young Boys thanks to a spark in the second and a late go ahead goal. It was perhaps closer than it should have been, but a win is a win.

New York Red Bulls tied in the last moments in their first game of the week. Their second saw a circus act goal put them down by one against Chicago until a circus act goal of their own in stoppage time repeated for them, creating a high tension theme to close out the seven days.

RB Liepzig won their Champions League game 2-0 and then, on Saturday, beat Hertha Berlin to ensure them a first place spot on the Bundesliga table thanks to a 4-1-0 record. I am not saying this as a fan of the club but as a fan of the sport, but I think they could honestly win both the Champions League and walk out Bundesliga champs, too.

Club America couldn't get it done in the Thunderdome against Leon, going into the half tied before crumbling in the second instead of stepping up. On Saturday, they had a chance to rebound against Atlas and managed to step up in a 1-0 victory in a fairly exciting game. They are third on the table, behind Cruz Azul and those rogues, Leon.

Manchester City had a Premier League and Champions League game this week and, if you can't tell, I had a lot of soccer to watch these past few days. The first game I mentioned was against FC Porto and they came to play early, nailing a goal in the 13th minute. I honestly think the Blues thought they were going to have an easy night before that but it did seem to wake them up a bit. The Portuguese club made a major mistake a few minutes after and set up a penalty shot that evened it up and, after that, the Premiere League squad never allowed Porto to regain the lead. The final whistle saw the Sky Blues walk away 3-1 and you could tell they felt good with the end results.

Their EPL game on Saturday, they wore their black kits against West Ham which is always a fun sight. In the 51st, they evened things up and it stayed there for split points. They are still 13th on the table, after a rough start, but there's time to go. Don't rule them out yet. The Man Blue Lloyd Boys have some spirit yet, but really will need to step up each and every game to come.

RUGBY

Benneton Treviso and the Scarlets competed in a Pro 14 match that sadly kept the Italians in the basement of their conference as they are winless in three. The Jets aren't the only green team that sucks this year.

The World Tens Series will be covered in issue #4.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Open the Dungeon Gate #3: Goblins Under the Waterfall

System Used: DnD 5e
Players: A playing as Ski, Jess as Nerida

It's been a few days since Princess Ski, her best friend, Nemeia, and Nemeia's older sister, Ea, arrived in Aidespir. The festivities went by largely without issue, as tensions were clear but also helped ensure that no one stepped out of line. The duties of a diplomat essentially complete, Ski and her group went to enjoy a meal at one of the local eateries.

Inside, a bartender with long blonde hair served food and drinks to the patrons, which currently consisted of your own party and one other. After about thirty minutes, a female fae walked in and asked the bartender something before heading to the back near the restroom. When she entered, she glanced quickly at Ski, a move that Ea took note of. The bartender rolled her eyes.

The Fae race was a fairly diverse group made up of many forms of beings. Some were small and pixie sized. Some were subspecies of monsters, such as the two-foot fae dragon that was encountered recently in the forest. In this case, this fae was about the same size as most humanoids and looked almost elvish if not for the large wings that came behind her. It is worth noting that there is a lot of racism in the land of Mern and that fae are typically one of the most commonly targeted minorities of the land.

Soon, the fae exited the restroom, said something briefly to the bartender which saw no reply. She then directed herself towards the exit before stopping, hesitating slightly. Ea's hand reached for her sword just in case. In her defense, the fae did indeed turn toward the group in a look of nervousness.

"Why....hel..hello...are you....are you the Princess from Garell?"

"She is, what of it?", Ea replied quickly, though not out of bigotry but of caution.

Ski smiled, "how can we help you, dear?"

The nervousness lifted a bit with the warmness of Ski's words.

The fae then told them that two days ago her dear friend, Marwena, had gone missing. She had tried to speak with anyone that would listen but that was a rather small pool and most just assured her that her friend likely was fine while essentially brushing her off. The best lead she had so far was that there were rumors of goblins in the forest near and, well, goblins were known for bad habits. After a slight bit of rambling she finally remembered to introduce herself as Nerida. 

After a brief chat with the Garell group, Ski stood up and walked over to the table that seated the other union of patrons and asked if they had any ideas on the subject, largely because they kept glaring over at the fae. While the one that she asked directly was annoyed and tried to shoo her off, the elf in a green cloak that accompanied them chimed in quickly, silencing the rude eye patched girl to tell them that he had heard a few people claim they had seen goblins acting suspiciously around the outskirts of the festival of late. The third member of the group, a large half-orc, added that when he had been hunting last night he had seen what he presumed to be a goblin lookout near a waterfall north east from here, and to follow the river.

Ski thanked them and returned to Nemeia, Ea, and Nerida.

"Seems like I have a lead", she smiled. "We're going to come with."

Ea tried to debate the princess to no avail, and Nerida was admittedly shocked by the news, having no real expectations heading in other than faint hope.

They paid up for their meals and went straight towards the trees, quickly locating the river within a short walk. As suggested by the half-orc earlier, they saw a small goblin near a bush seemingly keeping guard, though he currently had his back turned to them.

Nerida used a spell to pull water up from the lake and froze it at the ground, freezing one of the goblin's feet in place while the others ran in to attack. The little green beast quickly went from shock to terror and begged for its' life which caused

Ski stopped Nemeia and Ea from attacking and asked it to confirm where the base was, if they had a captive, and what to expect before sending it loose with the promise that it must never come back.

They then followed the river to the waterfall and entered through, all swimming outside of Nerida, but were attacked immediately by a set of goblins. Luckily for them, they were poor shots.

The first shot an arrow out through to the other side of the waterfall and the other broke his bow while trying to shoot it. The party put them away with relative ease and pocketed a bit of gold that they had. They then went about exploring the small cavern. Heading down an alley, they quickly spotted a tiny cell. A gasp of relief exited Nerida as she caught the image of her friend, the sole captive, behind the bars. She looked hurt and unconscious. From behind them, a goblin attacked from the shadows along with another that had been guarding the prisoner but was awoken by the battlecry of his ally. Making matters worse, the goblin boss and his goblin dog that he had leashed joined from the west.

Ea and Nemeia took the battle to the boss and canine. Ski to the goblin that attacked from behind, and Nerida worked with the guard.

Metal clanked loud, echoing throughout the chamber and the few tunnels to an almost deafening level.

Nemeia thought herself in trouble when she saw Ea miss a shot with her morningstar and it catching into the rock wall but she managed to dodge an attack and pull her sword evening things back out. Once Ski and Nerida had finished with their enemies, they joined in against the boss and goblin dog. Like the fae dragon before and the goblin earlier that evening, Ski insisted on releasing the beasts when they pleaded for their lives. Ea, increasingly reluctant, followed orders.

"He has no forces. He's nothing now. Show mercy, Ea. It's the right thing."

They used the key the boss gave them before fleeing to get Nerida's faeish friend out of the cell. Nerida thanked them sincerely for helping and told them she would fly Marwena to get medical help.

They nodded in return, Ski smiling in the belief that all would be fine now, and let them leave; but not before catching Nerida at the last second to ask a question:

"Why did you come and ask us, by the way, for help?"

She replied back,"Because of what you did for the dragon, of course."

Open the Dungeon Gate #2.5: The World of Xarv'inX

This edition of Open the Dungeon Gate is more a world building post, detailing the world of Xarv'inX for those that might be interested in reading more up on my setting.

GENERAL
The Continent of Mern is the main spot for my current games and is made up of four kingdoms.

The first, and biggest, is the Kingdom of Cyr. This is the biggest melting pot in the world, with a population make up consisting of a bit of every race throughout the large territory. That said, their current elected leader, Tornilius Cercum, an elf, has promoted bigotry largely directed at dwarves and mixed races and has promoted an atmosphere that has created strong unease across not just Cyr, but Mern as well. Long ago, Cyr was ran by a king but that has since changed despite the name suggesting otherwise. Of course, Cercum would love to return to that format. The land has four states within it, each featuring its own elected official that represents the people in the Cyrian Government Council, or simply, The Council. One of the biggest non-political stories of Cyr is that a group of travelers that are seen as super heroes and call themselves The Prestige live there. They've largely stayed out of public political stances.

Second, is Remark. This neighbors Cyr though people passing through the much smaller territory would like presume it to largely be vacant land seeing as much of it is underground. Something most don't know, even many that live in Remark, is that there are tunnels that actually go far beyond the territory lines of their own kingdom. This includes into many sections of Mern in general and perhaps under the sea and into other places, too. The main citizens of Remark are dwarves, tieflings, and drow.

Next, Aidespir, the home of most of Xarv'inX's human race citizens though there are an assortment of other races that call it home, too. That includes some half-elves, halflings, gnomes, and others to a lesser degree. 

Lastly, we have Garell. While Cyr might be the largest melting pot of Mern, Garell is a worth that title as well. In this small, western land, many races have made their homes. Fishing is a major business of Garell and trade with Gontery as well as their closest neighbor, Aidespir, is the largest part of the kingdom's economy. The king, King Garell VI, a half elf has one daughter, Ski, whom he adopted when she was very young. The lands of Garell are fairly simple and there isn't much in the way of drama. Simple people just trying to get by.

Separating Garrell and Aidespir, the quickest path between the two at least, is the Elder Forest. Due to the respectful nature of the two kingdoms, they long ago positioned their capitols next to that forest. Within the forest, bandits, goblins, and other wicked things wait in hopes of praying on those that travel between. While the capitols themselves are largely safe, the forest is seen as a risk depending on when you are traveling and how large and menacing the group appears.

Moving on, we have a few other continents and lands. North of Mern is a set of moderately sized islands, each with different rulers which include Aktahs, Drocese, Morod Isle, and New Oraleri.

The Aktahs is the land of giants. Goliaths are the main inhabitants, living in small groups spread out in a few tribes. There is no central government nor leader, though the tribes are largely peaceful now after a long history of violence between them. They are willing to trade with anyone that they deem worthy, but can be on edge and aggressive just the same. They have had recent relations with the dragon kind which has been a situation of major discussion for those that pay attention to global politics.

Drocese is the land of the elementals. They have sectioned off the land into parts; fire, water, air, earth. Four territories. They are at peace together and always have been. They are welcoming of outsiders but do not allow any to stay permanently and no elemental has ever made another land their home.

The Morod Isle is a heavily forested island where elves call home. They are an elitist group that looks down on elves that live elsewhere. In fact, Cercum is from Morod, ironically enough, and his stances are heavily influenced by the nature of his heritage. Few other races live here and certainly none of them thrive.

To the east, the Oraleri Empire! Dragon Kind have been the main race to call this territory home and have spread their way throughout the world by force. This continent has has taken two other large sections of the globe. The first is now known as New Oraleri, and was formerly known as Felinia. The previous race that had called this area home, a cat humanoid race named for the land, are now an endangered race due to genocide tactics and what few still live largely serve as slaves to the Oraleri. As mentioned above, New Oraleri is one of the islands to the north.

To the south, the Oraleri Icelands where once considered too harsh a land to make permanent towns on. Despite that, there are a few scattered locations on the frozen land deep below that the Oraleri have established. They've made the land part of their own largely because they are conquerors, which was easy because, as suggested, no one else wanted or was willing to. The largest spot of life here is at a large prison system where the Oraleri send people as they see fit. There are rumors the Oraleri are digging deep into the ice for some unknown reason and the gossip around the act has grown in size, scale, and creativity. 

Over on the west, Azgaria and smaller country, Gontery below it.

Azgaria is one of the more secretive locations in all of the world. There is a large, spiraling tree that reaches high into the clouds near the middle of Azgaria and much of the population is either on the tree or around it. They have shut themselves off from the world for the most part and prefer solitude. Biridu, a race of bird-like beings are the largest population.

Gontery is far more friendly, serving as a central partner of Garell. Similar to Garell, the people, pace, and tone of Gontery is a simple one where everyone is doing what they can to get by, few are sincerely struggling, and general peace is essentially a given.

RACES OF XARV'INX
  • Biridu
  • Centaur
  • Changling
  • Cyclops
  • Dragon Kind
  • Dwarf
  • Elemental
  • Elf
  • Fae
  • Felinia
  • Gnome
  • Goblin
  • Goliath
  • Halfling
  • Human
  • Kobold
  • Mermaid
  • Minotaur
  • Orc
  • Tiefling
  • Troll
RELIGION
The Almighty One is the god largely worshiped in Xarv'inX, with the religious book known as The Tomes of Truth being the holy book of those that worship the being. The reason why this is the main god of the land is due largely because of how vocal The Prophets of The Almighty have been for decades as well as how convincing. While there are other religions on the globe, they pale in comparison. Note that the religion is one of peace, promoting clearly that no blood shall be shed in the name of The Almighty One. Also, like real life religions, there is no sign nor proof of said god in this world. Just faith.

Why You Should Be Watching The Multiverse of Matt Hardy

We are two episodes in on Matt's new YouTube series, known appropriately as The Multiverse of Matt Hardy. It's a combination theme show, each episode being quick and easy to watch, and explores both the personal side of Matt as well as the creative side.

Throughout each so far, we've had footage of the elder Hardy having fun with his kids mixed alongside his assorted characters making cameos. It's personal, entertaining, and crazy. I recommend this for fans not just of Matt, but as an accompany series to BTE. Check out episode two above and prepare the battlefield for...DELETION!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

We are STARDOM!! #35 Review

Matches:

1.Goddesses of STARDOM Titles: TCS vs Queen's Quest ***1/2

2.Wonder of STARDOM Title: Giulia vs Tam ***3/4

Thoughts:

This is the last episode featuring July coverage, thus putting me into August finally. That said, the prior sentence should not be seen as writing off the episode at hand, though. In fact, this installment is another must-see edition of We are STARDOM!! that saw two vacancies filled.

Up first, Tokyo Cyber Squad members Jungle and Konami showed that, without Hana, the squad might be more weak than expected. I take it as a sign of respect to the late Hana in the way they booked it. Maybe I am reading into it wrongly, but either way this was a pretty good tag match to start the episode.

The main event saw Tam and Giulia for the Wonder of STARDOM strap. It felt like a true big match and I like the outcome here. Tam would have been an easy, feel good choice but Giulia's rise is too much to ignore. Besides, they have Mayu with the World belt. The finish was menacing and sets up this reign perfectly, too. Great stuff.

Simply puy, watch this!

Overall Rating: 85/100%

We are STARDOM!! #34 Review

Matches:

1.Artist of STARDOM Titles: DDM(c) vs Oedo Tai ***1/2

2.World of STARDOM Title: Mayu(c) vs Jungle ****1/4

Thoughts:

In this episode, we start with the continuation of the Donna del Mondo versus Oedo Tai rivalry with the highlight being Saki and Giulia's section as expected. Following Saki's victory over the DDM leader, Giulia was looking to return the favor heading into her title match against Tam and she did just that thanks to the Glorious Driver. I'd be okay with these girls holding the Artist belts for a very long time at this rate. Match-wise, this was pretty good and a strong start. 

We saw some clips from the set of shows detailing other happenings before moving to the main event which saw Mayu defending the World of STARDOM Championship against Jungle Kyona. I had huge expectations for the match and it delivered! The champ was resilient as ever, pulling out all of the stops and Jungle took her to the limit before falling. The drama was spectacular and the action was top shelf quality. Not only was this truly fantastic, it was also one of my favorite matches of the year in general and a borderline MOTYC level contest.

This episode rocked! Watch it ASAP.

Overall Rating: 90/100%

My PS4 Game Library


This is an alphabetical list of games I own for the Playstation 4, largely being posted for my own personal use and for documentation reasons. I am considering adding reviews for each in the future, though.

DIGITAL

  • 5 Star Wrestling: ReGenesis
  • ABSOLVER
  • ABZU
  • Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations
  • America's Army: Proving Grounds
  • Amnesia Collection
  • Amplitude
  • Another World 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Assassin's Creed Freedom Cry
  • Batman: The Telltale Series
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Beyond Two Souls
  • Bioshock Collection
  • Bioshock Infinite Complete
  • Blacklight Retribution
  • Blood Bowl 2
  • Bloodborne
  • Borderlands Handsome Collection
  • Bulletstorm Full Clip
  • Burly Men at Sea
  • Call of Duty Black Ops III
  • Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered
  • Claire
  • Crossout
  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition
  • Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition
  • Darksiders III
  • DC Universe Online
  • Destiny
  • Destiny 2
  • Detroit Become Human Digital Deluxe
  • Deus Ex Mankind Divided
  • Divinity Original Sin Enhanced
  • Doom
  • Dragon Ball Zenoverse
  • Dragon Fin Soup
  • Dungeon Punks
  • EA Rory McIlroy PGA Tour
  • Erica
  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
  • Extreme Exorcism
  • Fallen Legion Flames of Rebellion
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Final Fantasy X/X2 HD
  • Fire Pro World
  • Firewall Zero Hour
  • For Honor
  • forma.8
  • Fornite
  • Friday the 13th
  • Game of Thrones Telltale
  • Goat Simulator
  • God of War III Remastered
  • Gone Home
  • Grand Kingdom
  • Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
  • Grim Fandango
  • H1Z1 Battle Royale
  • Hardware Rivals
  • Heavy Rain
  • Helldivers
  • Hitman
  • Horizon Chase Turbo
  • Iconoclasts
  • Idle Champions
  • inFAMOUS Second Son
  • Injustice Ultimate Edition
  • Just Cause 3
  • Killing Floor 2
  • King Oddball
  • King's Quest
  • KNACK
  • Laser League
  • Life is Strange
  • LittleBigPlanet3
  • Mad Max
  • Madden 19
  • Marvel Heroes Omega
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Mass Effect Andromeda
  • Maximum Football 2018
  • Metal Gear Solid V Phantom Pain
  • Mighty no. 9
  • MLB The Show 19
  • Monopoly Plys
  • Monster Energy Supercross
  • Murdered Soul Suspect
  • Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy
  • NBA 2K16
  • NBA 2K20
  • NBA Live 14
  • NBA Live 16
  • NBA Live 19
  • Neon Crime
  • Neverwinter
  • Ni no Kuni II
  • Nioh
  • Nom Nom Galaxy
  • ONRUSH
  • Outlast
  • Outlast 2
  • Overcooked
  • Persona 5
  • Portal Knights
  • PES 2018 Lite
  • Psycho Pass Mandatory Happiness
  • Rainbow Moon
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Rayman Legends
  • Resident Evil 0
  • Resident Evil
  • Resident Evil Revelations
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2
  • RIGS
  • RiME
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Rogue Aces
  • Roundabout
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Sniper Elite 4
  • SOMA
  • Sonic Forces
  • Sonic Mania
  • Space Overlords
  • Star Trek Online
  • Star Wars Bounty Hunter
  • Starwards Battlefront Ultimate
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars Racer Revenge
  • Steep
  • Strike Vector EX
  • Super Star Wars
  • Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment
  • Sword Coast Legends
  • Table Top Racing World Tour
  • Tales from the Borderlands
  • The Banner Saga
  • The Bridge
  • The Deadly Tower of Monsters
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • The Sims 4
  • The Walking Dead Season 2
  • The Witness
  • Thief
  • Titanfall 2
  • Trackmania Turbo
  • Trials Fusion
  • Tropico 5
  • Uncanny Valley
  • Uncharted Nathan Drake Collection
  • Until Dawn
  • Until Dawn Rush of Blood
  • War Thunder
  • Warframe
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Wipeout Omega Collection
  • Witcher 3
  • Worms Battlegrounds
  • WWE 2K16
  • WWE 2K17
  • WWE 2K18
  • WWE 2K19
  • XCOM 2
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • ZOMBI

PYSICAL

  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate
  • Balder's Gate 1 & 2 Enhanced Edition Collection
  • Banner Saga Trilogy Bonus Edition
  • Batman Telltale Series
  • Battlefield Hardline
  • Bloodborne
  • Crash Bandicoot N' Sane Trilogy
  • Digimon Cybersleuth
  • Dragon Quest XI
  • ESO Tamriel Unlimited
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  • Evil Within
  • Fifa 16
  • Harvest Moon Light of Hope
  • Icewind Dale/Planescape Torment Enhanced Edition Collection
  • Kingdom Hearts The Story So Far
  • Lego Avengers
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • NASCAR Heat 3
  • Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition
  • Pillars of Eternity
  • NHL 17
  • Ni no Kuni II
  • Resident Evil Biohazard
  • Rugby 15
  • Skylanders Imaginators
  • South Park Fractured But Whole
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera
  • UFC
  • Uncharted 4
  • Wasteland 2 Director's Cut
  • WWE 2K19

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

We are STARDOM!! #33 Review

Matches:

1.Future of STARDOM Title: Maika vs Iida vs Kamitani ***1/4

2.High Speed Title: Riho(c) vs Starlight Kid vs AZM ***1/2

Thoughts:

This time we start with the Future of STARDOM Championship on the line, which is a belt that was vacated early in the year by Utami. They used an interesting gimmick here which saw a revolving set of singles matches between the three talents and to win you needed to pick up two victories in a row. I've only seen this used a few times, but I find it to be a decent concept and in this case it actually worked well to showcase these ladies all things considered. Truly, I think this proved that they all three are going to be bright aspects of STARDOM's future. 

The main event this week saw more gold on the line with Riho defending the High Speed Championship against Starlight Kid and AZM. Keeping with the theme, this was high speed, full of energy, and briskly paced with all three putting in for a mostly smooth spotfest that ended when AZM put away Starlight with the Azumi Sushi. This was the  

In all, this week's episode looked more at low and mid card belts being defended but was still enjoyable enough to recommend checking out as a whole once again.

A new edition of Open the Dungeon Gate along with a side story detailing more world building should be up soon, I am launching Red Rose Monthly soon, the next set of results from the TRUE tournament, more STARDOM, and much more in general is coming. Stay tuned as always and thanks for reading.

Overall Rating: 75/100%

Monday, October 19, 2020

We are STARDOM!! #32 Review

Matches:

1.Giulia vs Konami ***1/2

2.Tam vs Tora ***1/2

Thoughts:

This episode focuses on the Explode in Summer show, which saw a tournament to crown a new Wonder of STARDOM Champ after the retirement of Arisa during the pandemic break. With the loses of her along with the passing of Hana during that same window and adding in the inability to use gajin talents on the show, STARDOM was looking a bit different than they were pre-pandemic, but they are such a stacked joshi fed that they were more than able to step up and keep pumping out fun content.

RIP Hana.

Up first, Giulia and Konami kicked things off with a good match and the right person winning. Admittedly I was expecting a tad more, but it's a minor nitpick as they still worked hard and I think the biggest thing was just that they worked a format that was a bit different than I expected. Note it was still worth seeing for sure, so don't mistake that as anything majorly negative.

Next, Tam and Tora competed in the other tournament match. Tora attacked early, hitting the babyface with a chair while Saki and Starlight battled ringside. The early weapon usage and general heel tactics provided Tam for a chance to showoff her comeback from behind skills which is always fun when done right. And Tam does most things right, so obviously that worked out well. I would have preferred a better finish, but it was fine for what it was. Post, Tora and Oedo Tai attacked out of frustration and then Giulia and Tam shared a moment building up their title match.

Once again, this episode served as a strong and highly entertaining watch. STARDOM is wrestling done right and We are STARDOM!! is peak wrestling television.

Overall Rating: 80/100%