Jun
14
2016
1

The Gwent card game beta is up.

Am I the sort of person who blogs about such things now? …Why, it would appear that I am.  Also, the cover art here is subtly hysterical. Look at it for a second and you’ll realize why.

Moe Lane

PS: Gwent is a collectible card game found first in Witcher: Wild Hunt that is nigh-worshiped by the Witcher community. Sufficiently so that they’re now trying to sell it as a standalone.

Jun
08
2016
11

CD Projekt Red will be releasing a Gwent card game.

This is cool . Via HeartbreakRidge:

 

For those who are unfamiliar, gwent is the in-game collectible card game for Witcher: Wild Hunt.  It was and is addictive; it was also genuinely clever as a CCG. Basically, you get dealt ten cards. You have to win two out of three matches against your opponent, with only those cards; and cards used during a match are discarded going forward*. It’s a perfectly valid strategy to lose one of the three matches, if you think that you can get your opponent to waste his best cards; there’s definite strategic thinking, there.  Plus, since you had to build the deck actually finding all the good** gwent cards meant that you had to explore the entire map and talk to all of the important NPCs, which was a good way to encourage people to progress in the story. (more…)

Mar
03
2016
2

….I’ma gonna go play some Witcher now.

With a light heart, and a tranquil mind.  There seems to be plenty of stuff in the first DLC to go look at.  Now, if I can only remember the keyboard commands…

Aug
17
2015
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New Witcher, Dragon Age Inquisition DLC.

Neither being the big ones, but Game Plus and The Descent might prove of interest. To be honest, I’m not in a rush to get either. Issue 12 of The Secret World is about to drop and I’m getting along in Elder Scrolls Online*: and when those are done I’ve got a bit of a backlog. I can always revisit The Witcher: Wild Hunt and Dragon Age Inquisition later.  There’s really not much of a rush, honestly.

Moe Lane

*It’s fun, once you actually get to play it (after downloading the double-digit gigabytes’ worth of patches).

Jul
06
2015
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I admit to having a complicated working relationship with Roach.

As noted here, there can be a lack of coordination between you and your horse Roach when it comes to summoning him.  Like Tycho, I admit to bossing my horse around all the time in The Witcher: Wild Hunt; also, to be honest about it? It’s not always Roach’s fault.  I will insist on summoning my horse and then running away from him, because I want to get to the objective and I’m caught up in the moment of the chase.  Roach will still follow me; which shows some dedication and professionalism on his part. I should be more grateful for that.

…Look, it’s an immersive game, OK?

Jun
24
2015
4

I gotta admit: I like the way Projekt Red does DLC.

Telling you ahead of time and with some specificity that there’s going to be a bunch of free DLC, then releasing it regularly, seems to work pretty well.  It’s not earth-shattering stuff (armor sets and new missions and some cosmetic stuff), but it makes you feel like the company’s paying attention to the game, and isn’t sourly wishing that you’d stop playing it and buy one of their new games.  I also don’t mind the prospect of paying for meatier DLC later, this way. Mostly because I’m more likely to believe that it will be meatier.

So, hey, good job there, Projekt Red. Hey, look! Free advertising, too!

Jun
12
2015
1

My post on Witcher Wild Hunt is up at PJ Lifestyle.

It’s called “The Witcher: Wild Hunt: An Exercise in Brutality, Fatherhood, and Gwent,” and can be found here. As you can see, it’s about… brutality, fatherhood, and Gwent. Go figure, huh?

Jun
12
2015
4

So, yeah, MY readers buy me Gwent decks.

Because MY readers are awesome.

gwent

Please note, by the way, that the only way you can get these decks is from the Witcher Wild Hunt Xbox One Collector’s Edition.  Just the decks are going for triple digits on Amazon, which means that my readers are far more awesome than I deserve.

Moe Lane

PS: As for the decks themselves: these are obviously Nilfgaardian / Northern Realm decks, with enough cards to play but none of the Universal Hero cards that you can get in game (I think).  Still, it’s a viable card game that you’re seeing there; I think that somebody could make some money off of this.

May
22
2015
5

No video tonight: I’m bleary-eyed.

Witcher: Wild Hunt is a vicious time-suck.  It just eats ALL the time.  You have been warned.

May
20
2015
4

Well, The Witcher: Wild Hunt is going well.

The machine that I bought specifically for The Witcher: Wild Hunt is working fine and the game play is nice and smooth. I still need to get a handle on crafting, and of course relearning the keyboard commands is always awkward. I figure that once I do I can crank the difficulty above Pathetically needs his hand held.  So: so far, I’m enjoying the game.

Moe Lane

PS: Some people apparently hate the keyboard bindings and/or think that it’s a console game imperfectly adapted for a keyboard.  I have no idea if those are legitimate gripes, or just people complaining like people do on the Internet. :shrug: I’m having fun, at least.

 

May
19
2015
4

At last: The Witcher Wild Hunt.

Here we go.

witcher3

Mind you, gotta install it first.

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May
08
2015
1

Just a reminder: Wticher 3 will be taking over my brain in two weeks.

At least for a while.  Fortunately – and again, thanks largely to my readers – I have a computer now that can handle what’s below.  Thanks, people.

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