April 25, 2015

Tales from the d20: Tabletop Dialoguing 101

Source: Wikimedia

It was since Boris joined the party that our characters gained voices. Boris' player sat down at the end of the table, Diet Coke in hand and drawing paper positioned between his hands. We all sat in wait, wondering exactly how he'd manage his character...From the moment he opened his mouth, Boris was filled with life. A rich accent topped a complex set of personality traits, and I was immediately introduced to the rough-and-tumble of the roleplaying portion of the game.

April 16, 2015

I Really Suck at Bioshock Infinite (And What That's Taught Me)

No one can book Booker.

"Booker, don't die!" 

The first time I took too many shots in Bioshock Infinite with Elizabeth on my side, I was surprised to have an extra helping hand in the fight. Then again, I was told that Elizabeth wouldn't be just another escort mission. Not at all.

Of course, the extra lifeline was to no avail as I parked myself in the middle of the square and accidentally shifted my hand to the wrong movement controls and stalled, dying almost instantly. So...that went well. Sometimes, I wonder why I even tried to play...

April 11, 2015

Pirates With Plumes: Overcoming Obstacles in Creative Writing (Link)

Hey, everyone! Lately, KingsIsle Entertainment - creators of Wizard101 and Pirate101 as well as a line of browser-based minigames - recently celebrated Encourage a Young Writer Day by asking me to write a short article on the process of creative writing itself!

Writing for KingsIsle was such a huge honor ad vital experience to my blogging journey, and I want to reach out and thank Tom Purdue, the community manager, for proposing such an opportunity. Without further ado, you can read the post at the following link:

April 8, 2015

Inventory: Equipping the XBox 360 Controller for PC


Guys, look.

It's shiny.

For the past few months, I've been increasingly aware of Xbox controllers being used for Steam games. It was especially a topic of interest whenever I'd try to play Castle Crashers, a game more inclined towards controller usage as I fumbled my way through trying to take out even the lowest-leveled monsters. I collected my gift cards, though, and I found a way to get a nice 360 controller for a low price via Target, and it came in the mail over the weekend...