My name is Max, part-time EFL teacher, full time nerd. I like writing about books, games, and the educational aspects of both.
The Black Library Samplers (Part 3)
Yes that's right! We're still reading through the Black Library Sampler! If you'll remember, I first intended to do one article detailing all of my thoughts on the little free tasters that Games Workshop give you to get you hooked.
The Black Library Samplers (Part 2)
I'd originally wanted to just write one article about the Games Workshop Black Library Samplers that they give you for free to get you hooked on literature. However, I realised I had a little more to say than I thought I did about the 2021 Black Library Celebration book.
Why I Quit Warframe
According to my Steam Library my top 3 most played games are Halo: The Master Chief Collection with 136 hours, Dragon Age: Origins with 196 hours and Warframe with 3,632 hours. With the help of a calculator and a Year 3 Maths textbook I figured out that running that time together comes out as just over 151 days. Hell, I've written two articles about in-game events, and even a Valkyr themed D&D subclass on this very website. By all appearances, Warframe is my favourite game.
Too Many Thoughts
There's a very recent video by Jimquisition about comments comparing The Last Of Us: Part Two to Schindler's List. The short version? Jim Stanton argues that triple AAA games quite simply aren't as well written as the vast majority of big budget movies, they're created to be a product. And comments saying that such-and-such new release is "The Citizen Kane" of video gaming is absolutely incredulous and reading too much into something that's just ... fine.
9 Hours To Beat?
I've mentioned before that Howlongtobeat has been one of my go-to sources when I start a new game. Some people will be saying it takes the fun out of the game, I know how long it takes. Say if I'm playing a six hour long game, and three hours in it seems like the big climax, then I might know that this isn't it.
Primal Path: The Tormented
I play a lot of D&D (arguably too much.) I also play a lot of Warframe (definitely too much.) Now Warframe already has some pretty obvious D&D influences (and that's just Chroma!) so I felt that a good way to get back into homebrewing would be to combine two of my favourite things together.
One. Big. Playlist.
There's two reasons I've not entered the Quarantine Playlist challenge. One is that I don't have a Vocal Plus account, for reasons that I'm half-tempted to write down just to see if this article would still get published. (That's an experiment for another time).
Come Back Safe
I have a few friends working in the NHS. And I'm getting scared for them now. Like actually, properly scared. I'm not going to pretend I know everything about COVID-19, but I do know that it's thrown everything through a loop, given me an extra week for some of my assignments (the only good thing to come out of it) has forced all my meetings, classes and plans to take place over Zoom (a program I'm almost 100% sure didn't exist until this whole thing started and people realised Skype is a garbage fire).
Scarlet Spear is Scarlet Here
I'm stuck in the house, nothing to do, slowly going mad from essays when Warframe's first major event of 2020 arrives! The New War begins as the Sentient launch fleet upon fleet of Murex warships towards the Earth! And it's up to us (and Little Duck, apparently?) to fight them off before the Sentient attack the Earth! It's Operation: Scarlet Spear!