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@_ReElise #IndieGame @Kickstarter Project Blends #Anime, #HipHop, #Christianity & Hope – SUPER DOPE!

Posted by Yogizilla on August 25, 2016

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you may have caught some of the buzz about one of the most ambitious Kickstarter indie game projects this year: ReElise (pronounced “release”).  This game is nothing short of SUPER DOPE.  But don’t take our word for it..  Peep our gameplay video and YouTube exclusive SNEAK PEEK:

This game is high-concept yet super fun to play.  It combines…

  • Moving hip-hop beats and original OST
  • Old-school/retro turn-based JRPG game mechanics
  • Deep combat system and phat loot
  • Emotional story with tons of feels
  • Dynamic characters that aren’t made out of cardboard
  • Christian themes and practical life advice, hope, and inspiration

On the latter note, some folks may be turned off by the Christian aspect.  The knee-jerk reaction may be that it’s going to be preachy or that a hidden agenda will take priority over good gameplay.  None of those things are true.

If you worry about religious themes, most of anime and video games won’t even exist!  Just look at Neon Genesis Evangelion, arguably one of the greatest anime series of all time.  It’s been redone, revisited, and talked about for over a decade yet the entire mythos is rooted in Christian themes.  Most are oblivious to this, even with the out-right references to angels and resurrection, yet the story still has a massive impact.

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That’s exactly the sort of legacy Justin Fox wishes to create with ReElise.  If we help him succeed, he’ll be the first Christian-developed video game that doesn’t hide the fact that there are Christian themes.  This is crazy considering that games like Citizens Of Earth and Five Nights At Freddy’s are developed by Christians yet you’d never know it.  Justin has made bold decisions and is truly making a game that he himself wants to play.  If you ask us, these are the sorts of indie projects we need to support wholeheartedly.

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The ReElise story revolves around a girl named Elise and her struggles with inner demons.  For over 7 years she was the victim of human trafficking and now she is on a war path.  This powerful premise is but one aspect of what makes this game so compelling.

ReElise is positioned to discuss the truths and topics that others are too scared to tap into.  We not only have a strong female protagonist but also a minority game developer.  In an industry where diversity and innovation are often swept under the rug for the sake of pandering and profit, this is a breath of fresh air.  Let’s rally to support this, friends!

Ready to be part of the movement driving ReElise?  Support ReElise on Kickstarter and share with friends.

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Learn more about our awesome community of geeks and creatives on the latest GeekyAntics Community Round-Up!  Even if you can’t support the ReElise indie game project, please comment, share, and tell your friends!

 

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Games Yogizilla And NoF Are Playing: Shadow Era And League Of Legends

Posted by Yogizilla on October 29, 2012

Greetings duelists, strategists, geeks, and gamers – LTNS!

UPDATE:  Shadow Era still has double XP going.  May be a glitch but better rank up now.  Don’t miss the gold giveaways on Meltdown matchups!

It’s been several months since our last major update here on DPO.  I attribute it to my diligent work for Social Prize, where you can score free stuff and awesome deals, and a few choice games on the PC (Steam FTW), Android, and XBox 360.  I haven’t had as much time for gaming between projects, work and family but there are a few go-to games I can share with you.  There’s League of Legends, Shadow Era, Bad Blood, Air Mech, Hero Academy, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and Minecraft, just to name a few.

Today, we’ll briefly discuss the foremost: League of Legends and Shadow Era.  These are two games that I feel will provide tons of replay value without ending your marriage, getting you fired from work, or anything of the sort.  And if you like strategic gaming, these games both have plenty of depth yet they are easy to get into (Shadow Era more than LoL, though).

Morgana the Wicked (and Sexy) Witch from League of Legends

If you haven’t tried out League of Legends yet, this may entice you.

League Of Legends: A Less Elitist MOBA For Newbies And DotA Veterans Alike

I won’t go too deep into LoL right now because this game has become more popular than World of Warcraft – so you’ve probably heard of it!  Studies show that more people are playing LoL now than Warcrack/WoW.  This is the new form of digital crack for gamers on the PC (and I think Mac – get a PC).  It’s action-packed and can be enjoyed in long marathon sessions or small doses.  That’s enough to sell me on any game…  And it’s FREE.

League of Legends is one of the newer MOBA out there but it recently hit it’s stride in the past year or so.  This is a game of the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre.  If you are unfamiliar with RTS, RPG, or Hero Combat game mechanics, I would best describe a MOBA as a game where you control one champion or character while leading computer-controlled armies (creeps) into battle.

The object of the game is to establish land control or lane dominance, while collecting resources by killing enemy and neutral creeps and champions.  These resources allow you to buy items that give you more of an edge in solo or team battles (or help you escae from ambushes and base raids).  A team wins by destroying the enemy base/Nexus (Classic rules) or holding the most capture point (Domination.  Either way, controlling lanes ad keep areas is a sure-fire way to win.

League of Legends is a freemium game, which means it is free to play but, really, to get the full experiene you must purchase premium items (with Riot Points) or earn enough points to use in-game currency (Influence Points) to get champions you are better-suited for.  If you’d like to join me, sign up on the North American or EU-West servers, then look up Alizher or Yogizilla, respectively.  You can use my referral links below to earn us both some extra goodies:

http://signup.leagueoflegends.com/?ref=4fe0cabfb54fe161808978

I will warn you: LoL is a highly-competitive game so expect plenty of trolling and trash-talking.  It’s not for the faint of heart.

Once you get past the elitism, poor sportsmanship, lack of peer support, and flaming, the game is really fun.  I highly recommend using the “/ignore” command link liberally.  It also helps to play some private or AI/bot games before you jump into random pubs (public games).  Some players would say just jump right into real matches but it’s hard to learn the core mechanics, recipes, items, and champions of the game when you’re in 5v5 matches.  There’s just too much going on!

Katarina the Assassin from League of Legends

Katarina is one of my personal favorite champions.. She is as deadly as she is sexy, IMHO.

Shadow Era: A Fresh-New TCG Alternative For Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, And Other Strategists

Shadow Era is a free TCG (tradeable card game) for the Android platform. It’s also on the PC but I haven’t played it there ye.  I’m sure there is an iOS version too (the Shadow Era web site says it’s available for iPhone)  but who REALLY games on an Apple platform?  Just saying.

This game offers a refreshing, unique experience for Magic The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and new TCG players alike.  Being a card game, decks are built around a unique champion and a minimum of 39 supporting cards.  There seems to be no deck limit but I recommend staying under 60 cards as a beginner.  Veteran players can build deck between 70 and 100 cards if they balance and tune their decks properly (though be ready for players to offer you advice about trimming down your deck LOL).  Remember: the more cards you have, the harder it becomes to predict your draws and establish strategies/combos that will help you win consistently.  This holds true for Yu-Gi-Oh!, MTG, Naruto, and just about any TCG.

In my opinion, this game is balanced very well because there are no over-powered or “broken” deck builds, though there are certainly some favorites.  Each turn, you are limited on what you can play by the amount of available resources you have.  Like Magic the Gathering and other TCGs, your resources are like mana or stamina, so they help keep the pace steady with little possibility of early wins or OTKs (one-turn kills).  Resources are stocked by discarding one card each turn so you have to choose carefully and think several moves ahead (yes, just like in chess).

The beauty of Shadow Era is that you heroes have special abilities powered by Shadow Energy.  Each turn, you earn one point of Shadow Energy, unless there is a special card in play modifying Shadow Energy build-up.  Saving your abilities for the right times is a critical skill you will develop.

My main hero is a female human mage.  I call her the frost mage because she can freeze and damage enemy allies.  She’s not as popular as it seems most are going human hunter or wolf anything right now.   I have noticed more frost mages lately, though, so she may be earning some respect now – w00t!

This game is around a year old and has a physical-card counterpart.  I recommend starting with the video game first to get a feel for what you like most.  You have the option of playing against AI or human opponents, both of which earn you experience points and gold (if you win).

I highly-recommend you download this game today.  There is an event running that gives you double XP and gold through Halloween.  This is the perfect opportunity to power level and earn enough cash to buy your favorite cards.  Speaking of which, one of the most brilliant features of the game is the merchant.  This marketplace allows players to sell cards they don’t need or want (you can only have four of each card in a deck) and buy the ones you DO want.  If you want to fast-track your deck-building and win more games early on, you can also buy theme decks and booster packs for Crystal Points.  Yes, like League of Legends and any freemium game, real money can be converted into non-refundable, play money. LOL

Now, there’s tons that I love about Shadow Era, especially after the recent October 2012 update (which was very much needed). There is now a friends list so be sure to add me – Alizher – I may change my name to Yogizilla there, if possible.. People keep thinking I’m German. ROFL

Here’s what I DON’T like about Shadow Era.  First and foremost, the game has terrible session management.  Sync issues can get so bad that you’ll lose half of your games just because you got disconnected.  Sometimes, you’ll click on cards and you’re not able to attack or anything.  I’ve lost most of my matches this way but there are also some REALLY good players out there, to be fair to them.

Another thing I don’t like is that the new Meltdown mode is mostly unplayable.  It’s a great concept and winners can earn part of weekly jackpots, which is awesome, but the mechanics need to be worked out a bit.  My biggest gripe is that you are not given nearly enough time to build you deck before matches so you essentially risk 200 gold with little odds of winning.

On a similar note, there’s currently no way of saving recipes.  Recipes would be a great way to build decks on-the-fly, especially when facing up against familiar foes in password-protected private games or doing the “sealed booster pack” duels in Meltdown.  If you’re one of the developers reading this, check out what Yu-Gi-Oh! has done in their 5D’s games on the DS and XBox 360: very clean an easy-to-use.

I also find that messaging is either lacking or really buggy. In general, interaction is minimal and I think the folks behind Shadow Era would be smart to integrate social media in some way, creating new opportunities to earn in-game currencies via referrals, reviews, sweepstakes, and contests.

With all this in mind, I still wholeheartedly recommend this game to anyone, even if you are not much for TCGs.  I’ve been trying to get my best friend Andy to get over his disdain for TCG and supposed lack of “real action” and animation.  I get that but there’s something to be said for simplicity and a greater focus on gameplay over fluff like visuals and sounds.

Shadow Era has tons of replay value and the game rewards their most active players with the promise of more events and the risk of losing your ratings thanks to the new decay game mechanic.  I applaud their coding work on matchmaking as you’ll rarely face up against someone much better than you.  This makes Shadow Era VERY newbie-friendly.

One last wishlist item: fixing sync/lag/drop is an absolute MUST but I know many of us Shadow Era aficionados are hoping for new support items and allies, especially ones to counter wolf/wulven decks.  While I stand by the fact that the game is very well-balanced, there’s no doubt that wolf packs are preferred and there’s less incentive to try out new deck builds.

UPDATE:  Another thing that really gets me is that, when playing on Android, the game goes to sleep or will even close when you quickly tab to another app.  This results in instant losses and severe rating dings.  I once dropped from close to a 200 rating to a 67 rating.  WTF??

I find that Lone Wolf builds are so effective, that one in four matches (and that’s generous) will pit you against one.  There are many unique deck builds out there but most of what we see is tried-and-true, hard-to-counter stuff. Some food for thought there!

Here are some screenshots, though they do not really communicate how awesome this game is:

Aldon The Brave from Shadow Era

Aldon The Brave increases the attack of all friendly allies by 1, which can be really effective when swarming.. Sucks to be on the receiving end.

Jasmine Rosecult from Shadow Era

Jasmine Rosecult rocks.. She charms enemy allies and keeps them from attacking.. And she has a nice arse.

Download Shadow Era For PC/Mac, Android, or iOS Herehttp://www.shadowera.com/download.php

As the developers, Wulven Game Studios, describe the game…

Shadow Era is a free to play, online collectible trading card game. It features deep strategy, easy gameplay, and gorgeous card art. Create your account now to play on the web right in your browser, or on the iPhone, iPad or Android devices and take your progress with you wherever you go!

It’s a pretty spot-on assessment!

My favorite thing here is that cross-platform really means you can access the same account on any device that is supported!

Help Me Out By Supporting Social Prize, My New Site And Startup

Social Prize is a new kind of site that combines social networking, game mechanics, and sweepstakes/contests to give our community a place to have fun, save money, and WIN!  If you like winning free stuff, discovering new products and brands, and saving money, come check us out:

http://socialprize.com/sweepstakes

Right now, our focus is on #sweepstakes but we have plans for minigames, contests, easter egg hunts, and more fun activities.  Let us know what you think and connect with us on Twitter!

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Can I Has Cheezburger? Yu-Gi-Oh Championship 2007?? We hit 25K hits!!

Posted by Yogizilla on May 3, 2007

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Does the image show my excitement? I would hope so! I figured we were due for a nice little update. First and foremost, we hit and exceeded the 25K hits mark last month on this blog, thanks to you guys. I appreciate all your recent comments and support. We’re still looking for reliable vendors to help us keep steady supply chains going and serve our customers as we always have: in a timely, down-to-earth manner! With the added exposure, we’re beginning to develop new affiliations and partnerships, which is always fun stuff! I think our next milestone will be trying to double that.

If you would like me to guest blog on your site, drop me a line. I am big on the geek underground, cult gaming, indy projects, consumer advocacy, and all sorts of random stuff, as you can see by visiting my work at The Smooth DJ and my personal blog, right here on WordPress. We’ll gladly cross-promote sites that have natural segways with our happy little Yu-Gi-Oh community.

So, who here has played the new Nintendo DS Yu-Gi-Oh game? I got a chance to play and, I tell you, the only reason I have not purchased a copy for myself is because it is quite addicting and I think Yu-Gi-Oh! Online is enough for me right now. The features are definitely worth buying it. The game has 3D graphics, full character/avatar customization, and over 1600 new cards, including your favorite GX Series cards! Yu-Gi-Oh World Championship 2007 is probably the most complete and worthwhile installment for those of you out there that, like me, have purchased every Yu-Gi-Oh game under the sun, including the “stand-alone” PC versions.

If not for any other reason, you should get the new Yu-Gi-Oh! for Nintendo DS for the Wi-Fi play, allowing you to duel anyone in the world for FREE. The dynamics of the DS game versus Yu-Gi-Oh! Online are definitely different so it’s worth it playing both side-by-side, especially if you consider yourself a hardcore duelists and true fan. If you guys get the game, reply to this thread with your friend codes. I will probably get a Nintendo DS Friend Code List page going too for other games so let me know if that interests you guys!

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Toonami’s Anniversary and Anime Fun – Miyazaki Returns!!

Posted by Yogizilla on March 18, 2007

I have a fun little piece on Toonami’s 10-year Anniversary on my personal blog. I know that many of you out there are Anime and Manga fans so you may want to check out the re-airing of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away on Cartoon Network, which is part of the anniversary celebration. Saturday, March 31st, is the day that you want to mark on your calendar if anything Anime appeals to you. Disney saw the mass appeal in this film and even started to sell it through their vast distribution network. It’s definitely worthwhile. The animation is beautiful and the characters really grab you.

StompTokyo.com - Spirited Away Screenshot

I look at a lot of Miyazaki‘s work as a mental adventure. His stories have a sort of fable-like feel to them and are often surrealistic. It reminds me of the many great iterations of classics like Alice in Wonderland or Hansel & Gretel. The viewing experience is very immersive, a joy to the senses. You can almost smell the scents of every story and feel the unique textures of his artificial-yet-pervasive worlds.

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Cross Promotion: Oreo Cookies FTW!

Posted by Yogizilla on March 16, 2007

If you like oreo cookies or just want to help us draw more traffic, thus making Yu-Gi-Oh! online even more popular, please read on to find out how you can help with our 25K Click Campaign and a NEW Oreo Promotion. Here is the info straight from http://yogizilla.wordpress.com:

Vote for my bro, Antonio (a.k.a ToNy4MVP) of St. John’s University, at (or after) 3:00pm EST at http://www.cwtv.com/thecw/oreo – he is one of 15 finalist out of thousands upon thousands of entries. Very excited for him… Los Oreo’s SON MUY DELICIOSOS!!!!

Now for the perks, the stuff that’s in it for YOU. Those that take an active role in promoting this can send me their stories to be featured on my personal blog. If you’d like, I’ll also duel you and/or give you some Yu-Gi-Oh! training – FREE of charge! If that is no enough, you will receive a sort of spotlight in my duelist journal, where I will shout out all participants and show the world just how active our community is.

VROOM VROOM - Vote for your favorite Oreo - Oreo FTW!!!

This is a chance to show people that Yu-Gi-Oh! players and gamers as a whole are very much generous, aware of world issues, and involved in things that really matter. Why do I say this? Well, the grand prize winner of this promo has the option of donating $30,000 to the charity of his choice. Currently, my brother is in the lead and we are thinking of donating it to a major cancer charity since many of our own family members have died or suffered due to cancer (R.I.P. Buddy).

Back to happy news, please help out. I’d appreciate it greatly, all silliness aside, and it really is a good effort to get involved in. The more limelight this contest sees, the more they can do things like this in the future and give back to the community. That is how I look at it. Whether or not my brother wins, at least we are helping a good cause! ^_^

This promotion ends March 20th at 3:00pm EST so get in your votes now and re-vote as many times as you want – spread the w3rd!

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Duel School: How To Play Yu-Gi-Oh!

Posted by Yogizilla on March 15, 2007

It took a little while longer than I had hoped but I finally completed the Duel School page, which will be a great resource for new (yes, learn how to play Yu-Gi-Oh! on this new page) and casual duelists alike. Heck, this approach to dueling may give even old school Yu-Gi-Oh! players a fresh, new perspective. I personally hope it helps debunk some of the myths of the game while showing people that the game is easy to learn, fun to play, and good for anyone that likes TCG’s or strategic games in general. I always say this: Yu-Gi-Oh! is a game that can be easily learned yet offers enough complexity for even the most advanced gaming strategists.

I enjoyed putting together this information though, I must admit, WordPress was being very naughty. I almost lost all my work somehow and then the formatting was stripped out of everything. I will be polishing up the page a bit and hopefully citing more external resources to help you with your homework. Speaking of homework, I will also be finding ways to tie in the Duel Challenges page to give all of you out there a fresh new way to learn and re-learn the game. I think everyone could stand to learn more by returning to the basics, really!

As part of the launch of this major new section, I am asking folks in the gaming community to guest blog for us, help us collect Yu-Gi-Oh! resources, and share any feedback you may have. Promoting our efforts definitely goes a long way! Perhaps if we all work a little bit here and there, on a consistent basis, we can hit the 25K mark by the end of this month and set a more aggressive goal for next month. At this rate, I think we can very well do it.

All I know is that all this fun stuff has caught my partner-in-crime’s eye so hopefully Ugocean will grace us with his presence. He’s been terribly busy with back-end stuff and some other projects we have going on. We’ve pretty much decided that anything that is PR, customer service, or content-related is my department. He’s enjoying his time with servers, analytics, PHP, and a guy named Jobi. We love you Ugocean!

Thanks to all of you that have sent me e-mail messages and comments here on WordPress, MySpace, and other places. Some of you have requested training so I hope our duel school gives you a good place to start. If you want to set up an online meetup, your best bet is e-mailing me or using our challenges area. Don’t be shy: I love receiving and responding to messages, so long as they are nice and not mere spam! I am looking forward to your response on this initiative and the other goodies we are working on. Good times, good times… =o)

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The 25K Campaign: Now You Can Make Yu-Gi-Oh! More Popular

Posted by Yogizilla on March 14, 2007

The other day I decided it had been a while since I ran some extensive web analytics and I must say that I am pleased to see that sites I maintain, contribute to, and support all dominate the top of the search results.  Looking at the numbers and seeing the interest in the game grow right before my eyes (the truth is in the pudding, after all) really inspired me. Aside from making me want to duel more, it makes me want to continue my work as a sort of Yu-Gi-Oh! Online evangelist. Spread the good news of Yu-Gi-Oh, my brothers and sisters – spread it far and wide!

I know this sounds like a journal entry and, for the most part it is, but it is also a call to duty. Your call to duty is this: spread the word about this blog to everyone you know and everyone they know. Our blog does not have ads and is completely pure (the way a blog should be, IMHO). The only profit we stand to make is just making the Yu-Gi-Oh! community that much stronger. Sure, it’ll help if people click through to partner sites but sales conversions over blogs is hardly a viable strategy. I can sincerely say that we are campaigning for the good of Yu-Gi-Oh! here, not mere personal profit; the more traffic we get, the more exposure the game gets.  A major portion of our traffic comes from keyword searches that aren’t even specific to Yu-Gi-Oh! sometimes.  As a result, I am adding more tags here as we speak!

It’s funny but, when we first started this blog, it was meant to be a sales support channel for DPO then, when YDP and DPO merged, it evolved naturally. People started to give us great response about our unique perspective on the game and they liked our friendly approach to things. If you go to sites like TCGplayer.com, they have more of the typical elitist writers. If you aren’t winning well-known tournaments, you can’t even be their friends (good luck getting an e-mail response from them too). We’re trying to keep the snobbery out of the game and making the Yu-Gi-Oh! community more inviting because, to the non-dueling world, we are mostly disgruntled, anti-social nerds yet it is VERY much about the social interaction, the gathering, to us at YDP-DPO and many people we know!

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