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  • Journal of a Mechwarrior Part 6

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    Steadily I have been getting better at this. Before missions with a Difficulty Rating of two or higher were invitations to death and bankruptcy, now they are manageable. My trip to Sacromonte was not worth mention; another milk run, but when I picked... More
  • Journal of a Mechwarrior Part 5

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    As I sat in orbit around Linhauiguan, taking stock of all the damage, I realized it was worse than I thought. My repair schedule was sitting at 47 days and even though I had four auxiliary Mechs ready to go they were mostly Light Class and I was down... More
  • Journal of a Mechwarrior Part 4

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    Disaster struck Queen Kamea's Revenge. Enticed to Untran via a combination of overconfidence and the powerful lure of money I accepted a contract to intercept and destroy a convoy, which happens to be my least favorite mission. The money was too good... More
  • Journal of a Mechwarrior Part 3



    By the time I got back to Bellerophon and my mysterious benefactor I pretty much knew what was going on.  I had done a handful of very successful missions and I had developed strategies, based on what kind of mission I was engaging in, to limit damage to my Mechs or to my team.  Destroy the base missions were some of my favorites.  I could just post up somewhere far out of range and send Dekker in the Locust ahead just enough to get a Sensor Lock then unload mounds of LRMs (Long Range Missiles) until it was safe to approach.  But I could also use variants of that strategy in Destroy the Enemy Lance missions or just about any mission where I was the aggressor.  Escort missions or Defend missions were a little more complicated but nothing was really super dangerous for me except for Destroy the Convoy missions, which has an unpredictability to them that often led to costly repairs.  Anyway, after following a job back to Bellrophon I finally decided to check out this Benefactor mission.  Enter Lady Centrella, one of the ruling family members of the Magistracy of Canopus.  Important woman, rich woman.  She was offering an obscene amount of money for, basically, the impossible.  Travel to a pirate-infested moon and get a 200 year old derelict ship working again.

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    By the time I got back to Bellerophon and my mysterious benefactor I pretty much knew what was going on. I had done a handful of very successful missions and I had developed strategies, based on what kind of mission I was engaging in, to limit damage... More
  • Journal of a Mechwarrior Part 2

     

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    "We are already in orbit around Bellerophon!" Darius protested. "I know but the Detroit job has travel pay included !" Riana countered. "So?" "So does our mysterious benefactor on Bellerophon!" "We are already... More
  • Journal of a Mechwarrior

    Failing my first campaign taught me a lot.  My first character was Kenshiro "Secondlight" Uesugi, a noble (every character starts with this background) with roots in the Draconis Combine, a Japanese c

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    Failing my first campaign taught me a lot. My first character was Kenshiro "Secondlight" Uesugi, a noble (every character starts with this background) with roots in the Draconis Combine, a Japanese culture-dominated state known for its militarism... More
  • The Biblical Origins of Dormin and the Curse of the Horns

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    Time for me to talk (alot) about one of my favorite topics again: the modern fable known as Shadow of the Colossus.  Potentially massive spoilers ahead so if you've never played it... GTFO.


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    I've talked at length before about my theories on what is actually happening in SotC.  Ueda beautifully left so many questions unanswered that practically anyone can invent their own story line but I feel like mine is pretty solid: Wander and Mono were in love (pretty much the only reason why he would sacrifice so much just to bring her back) and Mono was sacrificed by Emon, the village spiritual leader, for having an amorphous "cursed fate." (more on that later.)  Wander and Emon were connected; I believe Wander was clearly a warrior from a spiritual order, that's why his tabard bore the mystical symbol (the same that sealed Dormin's power inside the colossi) and why he knew the legend.  Also remember Emon said "So it was you after all.  Have you any idea what you've done?! Not only did you steal the sword and trespass upon this cursed land, you used the forbidden spell as well..."

    So I have it pretty well nailed down about who Wander, Emon, and Mono were and what transpired that set this self-fulfilling prophecy in motion.  But who was Dormin and what was his relation to Emon's people?  Dormin, when He confronted Emon, said "Thou severed Our body into sixteen segments for an eternity in order to seal away Our power. We, Dormin, have arisen anew."  Clearly Dormin was a being of immense spiritual power, arguably an evil power, but definitely one of colossal strength.  Dormin is identified by and associated with the following: 


    1) Horns  

    2) Gigantic size  

    3) Great power  

    4) That immense tower   

    5) Male/Female dichotomy

    6) Being divided into 16 parts

    7) Death and Rebirth


    Okay, classic primordial evil god/spirit stuff, right?  Sure, it fits the (ugh) trope.  It also matches someone else pretty conveniently.  Someone in theBible.

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    Time for me to talk (alot) about one of my favorite topics again: the modern fable known as Shadow of the Colossus . Potentially massive spoilers ahead so if you've never played it... GTFO . Still here? Good. I've talked at length before about... More
  • Vote on My Backlog

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    So back in 2015 my steady gaming pace (I had always been able to stay current with the game-du-jour) came to a screeching halt with Helldivers; quite possibly the best co-op multi-player game I've ever encountered. Just about the time my addiction... More
  • A Stormcloak Manifesto

    (Originally posted March 1st, 2012... but still true today)

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    (Originally posted March 1st, 2012... but still true today) Many accusations have been leveled against the Stormcloak Rebellion by the adventurers in Skyrim; chief amongst them that they are led by a racist, power-hungry, ingrate. While I will not attempt... More
  • The Backlog: Where old Gamers Go to Die

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    From 2009 to 2014 I pretty much kept up with the latest releases. Not every one, of course, but most every major Playstation release (except COD) I preordered, picked up day 1, and blogged about. Then in early 2015 my backlog exploded. Suddenly I was... More
  • Tabletop Review - Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem

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    Full disclosure: I love Gale Force Nine. They are the creators of my two favorite board games; Firefly the Game and Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery . The latter is my favorite game of all time. So when I saw that Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem... More
  • Memories Replaced by Ens and Naught

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    (This is a repost of a blog series from 2011 I posted originally on Gamespot.  There are minor spoilers and speculation on plot devices left up to the gamer.)

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    (This is a repost of a blog series from 2011 I posted originally on Gamespot. There are minor spoilers and speculation on plot devices left up to the gamer.) What have I done? My whole life I've followed commands. My whole life I've served; my... More
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