Irene and How-Your-Social-Life-Can-Survives-a-New-Game Guide

This is why I love Halolz.com.

This is why I love Halolz.com.

So D.C. took another round of natural disasters with Irene. Granted, Irene was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm after making landfall, but she still inflicted some damage on homes and infrastructure. It was worse than the quake, but we’ll make do.

While the storm hit, I spent the weekend at a friend’s place for a hurricane party. We brewed pumpkin pie ale and enjoyed pizza, guacamole and good beer while chatting and playing a card game of Would You Rather…

Games like that are always interesting, because on one hand you want to say what you would do and on the other hand you have to think in the shoes of the person who asked the question. There’s no real win or lose either, and such games like Apples to Apples are meant to curb any competition for a social aspect. You don’t have to speak to one another for chess. But Would You Rather… is all about conversation.

Cool thing though was that at the party, I got to know a gent I had met before. As it turns out, he and I had a lot in common, including both being Team Fortress 2 advocates as well as Warhammer enthusiasts. If you haven’t got Team Fortress 2, get it. It’s free on Steam and upgrading your account is a one time cost of $1 if you find yourself liking it. Anyway, this guy collected a Warhammer Fantasy army of Dwarves. I’ve considered a Fantasy army, but would want something I can use in the 40k universe as well. You can use feral Orcs or crazed Marauders in 40k in some capacity, but not Astartes in the fantasy setting.

Moving along, Space Marine is due out in 7 days. On one hand, I might want to make a crew of the Bolthole gang. On the other, my buddy will probably want to do an Angry Marines clan. I’ll figure out which soon enough. Now, if you want your social life to survive a new game that you will probably have to make for some preparations.

  1. Clean your house. Because you’re not going to be doing this for a while.
  2. Pay your bills. Too easy to forget to do this, so do not procrastinate.
  3. Stock up on quick meals. If you’re like me, you may want to consider some healthy food options if you’re watching your waist. But quick meals save time, and save money that would otherwise be blown on expensive pizza deliveries.
  4. Hang out with the friends who don’t play. You’re going to disappear for one, possibly two weeks. So hit the happy hours, buy them a round, laugh, smile. Be a good wing man. Make the most of it.
  5. Treat the girlfriend nice. Make or take her to dinner, be romantic. Do something wonderful. Or she won’t be around when you get back.
  6. Work out like a champ. Alright, your body is going to suffer from a wee bit of atrophy from sitting there for a few days. To prevent this, you may want to work out hard core so your body actually needs you to rest. What’s that, body of mine? You want me to take it easy? I can do that…
  7. Get a list of who is playing. Find your friends, get them together. At least they know where you’ve been, because they’ve been playing themselves.
  8. Figure out your time off. You would have had to prepare for this ahead of time, but a day or two can really make a weekend rock. If you have flexible hours, consider taking a few hours off a day for a week, so 6 hours work days for a week while using 10 hours of time off. Play it right and you can beat traffic home, giving you even more free time to play. However, I do not advocate working from home because you wouldn’t actually be working.

This is probably the most eclectic batch of tags I have ever posted.

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Zombieslayer

When it's your brains or his, you chop.

When it's your brains or his, you chop.

Why? Why one may ask?

Why bother with a review of Gotrek and Felix’s latest adventure and the 12th book of the series, Zombieslayer? The fans are going to buy it anyway, while the initiates will need to catch up reading the first three omnibuses. Nathan Long has proven himself a worthy writing successor to William King, who started the series.

Well, all true. Still, I guess someone has to be vigilante for any loses in quality in the series. And now as then,  it’s as good as ever.

If anything, Zombieslayer seems even better than some of the earlier books. Most of the books have been open and closed affairs, but Zombieslayer takes place immediately following Shamanslayer after a cliffhanger ending. If you haven’t read Shamanslayer and are worried about a few minor plot spoilers, best turn away from here on.

The Gotrek, Felix, Snorri and the rest of the gang find themselves in trouble. Having killed the shaman who threatened to transform an entire army into beastmen, the crew are threatened by an evil necromancer whose power was no longer held in check. With Snorri missing a leg and memory damaged, Gotrek is determined to have him escape and releases Felix from his vow to do so. But before they have a chance, a misunderstanding leads to their arrest and incarceration, transporting them to castle Reikland.

There, they are eventually freed, but they are trapped in a long and lasting siege against a horde of no less than 10,000 strong and well, dead. Matters get worse when a powerful wight lord, whom the dwarves recognize from their book of grudges, appears with the allure of a glorious doom to the slayers. Meanwhile, not one but two mysteries grows when a traitor works to sabotage the defenders.

Zombieslayer is a top notch page turner. The siege is sharply written, the mystery kept you going right to the end. The characters are an intriguing lot. And questions about Gotrek’s fate are raised within the book, suggesting where the series is going. For any fan of Gotrek and Felix, or zombies in general, you’re going to get a kick out of this book.