Dungeons & Dragons

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Dungeons & Dragons was always something that was at the back of my mind, but it wasn’t something that was popular — that I knew of — around where I lived. Most of my friends weren’t exactly into video games like Rachel and I were, so I didn’t have as much hope for D&D.

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Dungeons & Dragons has existed since 1974, which sounds wild considering how little I had heard of it growing up. Of course, the few times I had heard of it was due to how “nerdy” the game was, even compared to video games.

For years, Dungeons & Dragons wasn’t really a thought in my mind until I realized that it was fairly popular with a couple of YouTubers that Rachel and I watch. Rachel and I spend what little downtime we have trying to catch up with “Dice, Camera, Action!” while now trying to stay up-to-date with “Trapped in the Birdcage.” The players in both those groups are fantastic, as are the Dungeon Masters with their storytelling abilities and antics.

For my birthday, Rachel got me the D&D Starter Set and, while it’s brilliant, I’m not sure where to start. It’s fun to go through and imagine different scenarios with characters I’ve thought of but haven’t fully fleshed out with character sheets because I don’t fully understand the character sheets, and… yeah. The dice are a really pretty blue!

Rachel and I are hoping to, sometime soon, have enough time to each make a character or two and just have a practice session, if you will, between the two of us. We both love creating stories and D&D seems to be another fun, creative way to do so.

Then, of course, there are all sorts of D&D video games to check out…

What do you think Dungeons & Dragons? Have you ever played? Any advice for new players?

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Switch Smash Characters

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With the latest Nintendo Direct making the Internet go crazy with the Smash Bros announcement for the Nintendo Switch, there have been plenty of speculation about what characters will be featured in the fighting game. We can make out a few characters from the silhouettes about the characters that will return to the game, but I’m sure we’re going to get plenty of spoilers as new characters are slowly introduced before the game comes out.

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Then, of course, there are the characters we want to see in Super Smash Bros. Some are practical, some not so much. Still, it’s fun to dream and think about various characters trying to fight each other. Kris, who do you want to see in Smash this time around?

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Geno was always my number one character to see in this game. Hell, I’d love to see Geno in any other game considering how awesome he was in Super Mario RPG! I think his attacks are versatile enough for a fighting game and his Final Smash could have something to do with the stars, such as a meteor shower or something. Seeing as we’ve had Cloud from Square Enix, perhaps they could also add Geno…? What about you, Rachel?

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Geno would be awesome, of course. I want to see Phoenix Wright or Godot or any of the Ace Attorney characters. I know Phoenix is technically in his own fighting game, but that’s all the more reason to add him. He has experience.

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Phoenix would be fun, or Professor Layton, too! In cut scenes on a few of his games, we’ve definitely seen Layton defend himself well. I’d also like to see Chun Li in the series. Street Fighter was a series that was fun for playing once in a while to me, but I think Chun Li would be an awesome addition as a female brawler. Considering Ryu was put in the series, it shouldn’t be a stretch to add Chun Li.

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Oh, yeah. It’d definitely be nice to see another female thrown in. I think they’ve done a pretty good job keeping a balance though. Another character I would love to see is Professor E. Gadd from Luigi’s Mansion. He could certainly use the Poltergeist 3000 or 5000 (or whatever number he’s on) to his advantage. Similar to Kirby, he could suck his opponents up and spit them out without taking their powers. Some of the ghosts from the mansion can be used as assist trophies or items as well. Or the ghosts can be his final smash.

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He would certainly be an interesting addition! Does Luigi do anything with ghosts or the vacuum for his moves? I can’t remember. Speaking of assist trophies, I think it’d be great to see the Breath of the Wild Champions appear. Since the silhouette of Link in the direct seemed to be of his Breath of the Wild counterpart, having Urbosa show up with her lightning attack or Mipha doing a bit of healing to those who called on her would be a treat!

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I don’t believe he does. Having the champions thrown in would be amazing. That could be Link’s final smash. He could call all four of them and just destroy everyone on screen!
I would also love to see Toad. That is all.

What characters are you hoping for in Smash Bros for the Switch? Let us know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: BotW Side Characters

Double Jump Kris MiiThe Legend of Zelda series has always had memorable characters, and Breath of the Wild was no exception. I feel as if every character, no matter how minor their roles, in Breath of the Wild had their own lives outside of just being there to assist Link. Each character had their own name and routine, some of which may have deviated if they were part of a side or shrine quest. This week, I’m celebrating some of the more memorable ones, in my opinion.

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Hestu

This giant Korok is so damn entertaining with his dances and maracas! Whenever he helpfully expands your weapon, bow, or shield stashes, you can’t skip his song and dance! That, and he has an amusing quote if you start talking to him when Link is wearing nothing but his underwear.

Bolson

Speaking of amusing quotes, Bolson is full of them. Having a character furnish a house for Link was an interesting idea, allowing you a place to call “home,” and Bolson was always up for the job. He was even greatly supportive of one of his former employees getting married!

Hudson

Hudson was Bolson’s former employee, and his long side quest was completely satisfying to finish. Going around the world to find others that shared his vision (and complied with the name rules) to help build a town from the ground up with a plethora of different races was awesome to see! The wedding at the end of the side quest was beautiful.

Kass

The Rito race is one of my favorites in the Legend of Zelda games, even if they haven’t been featured in many — actually, besides Breath of the Wild, I believe they’re only in the Wind Waker, so it was great seeing them again! Kass was a traveling musician and it was always fun to hear his music drifting through the air whenever he happened to be nearby. He helped with quite a few shrine quests and proving to be knowledgeable about the world, crediting his late teacher for many of the tidbits. I have a headcanon that his late teacher was someone like Kaepora Gaebora, the wise (and talkative) old owl from Ocarina of Time!

Who are some of your favorite side characters in Breath of the Wild?

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Friday Favorites: Fire Emblem Warriors Wish List

Double Jump Kris MiiHow has everyone been this week?

With more and more information being shown for Fire Emblem Warriors lately, I’ve been thinking about what kind of characters I would like to see in the game. I’m aware that the game is focusing mostly on fan favorites from Fates and Awakening, it seems, but I can always hope, right?

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Shinon from Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn

I loved this grumpy, sarcastic sniper when I played through the game. His character development through Path of Radiance was also really interesting to me — not dealing well with his commander’s death, deflecting to the enemy, finding his way back to the right side while also trying to figure out himself — and his sniper skills weren’t bad at all.

Mae or Boey from Shadows of Valentia

Mae and Boey were both a couple of my favorites from Shadows of Valentia, and I think both of them would be interesting additions to Warriors. Their personalities and skills would fit right in, and I would love to see their reactions to some of the other characters in the Warriors world!

Tiki from Archanea/Awakening

I want to be able to stomp around as a dragon in Warriors! The Corrins may have that ability in the game, or perhaps gain it during the story mode, but I would still love the idea of being Tiki and changing into a dragon to destroy your enemies.

Matthew from The Blazing Blade

Rather, any thief/ninja character would be fine with me, but Matthew was always cool. In the Warriors game, I imagine thief characters would be some of the faster ones, with swift combos and, perhaps, one-hit kill special attacks. I would love to see thief mechanics in the Warriors game!

What are some of your Fire Emblem Warriors hopefuls?

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Friday Favorites: Rivals

Double Jump Kris MiiHello, everyone!

The Pokemon games boast adventure for your little character as you explore and grow with your team of Pokemon. Battling is a sure way for your Pokemon to grow, and what’s better than having someone — friend or not — always be lurking around the corner to compare your teams’ strength? This week, I’m detailing my favorite rival characters from the games!

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Alright, so technically Calem/Serena are supposed to be your main rivals, but I really enjoyed the group effort when it came to the Kalos games. Instead of just having that one rival that is always one step ahead (even if you always kick their ass in battle), you have this little group of friends who are all pursuing their Pokemon-related dreams. I just remember marveling at the Santalune Forest part at the beginning of the game, seeing everyone scatter about as they explore and engage in battles with you as you make your way through. That sense of community and friendship is something that the entire franchise is about.

Gary

The original rival in the games, this guy was an arrogant kid who always talked down to you even after you beat his team in a battle. He was rather clear-cut when it came to rivals with his simple motivation to just be better than you. While I did feel a little bad defeating him after he had been Champion for a mere two minutes, it was due to his pushes, to his name always being on the gym leaders’ pedestals before mine, that made my kid-self want to carefully grow and nurture my team.

Barry

This kid was ridiculous. His energetic mannerisms amused the hell out of me when I started playing the fourth generation of Pokemon games. Really, I think he just reminded me of Rachel, haha! Nevertheless, it was refreshing to have such a bouncy friend for your character considering many rivals tend to be a bit stoic when it comes to reaching their goals.

Silver

While Kanto was the first region my game-self had explored, it was Johto that really made me fall in love with the Pokemon franchise. Having Silver as a rival added to the depth of the story, especially when I got older and read the stories of him being Giovanni’s father. He was a rival whose main goal wasn’t just to beat you — he was trying to find his own place in the world himself. Even if he did steal his first Pokemon, he was really just looking for someone to be his friend for himself. I’m a sap for those kind of character development stories!

Who are some of your favorite Pokemon rivals?

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Friday Favorites: Starter Pokemon

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

One of the most important decisions you make as a character at the beginning of a main Pokemon game is your starter Pokemon. Your first partner helps to determine the rest of your team and how difficult the beginning of your journey will be. While I tend to always pick the Grass-type starters for at least one of the games in a generation, there are definitely a few exceptions I’ll make.

Pikachu

Pokemon Yellow was my first Pokemon game, and eight-year-old me was delighted to be able to have Pikachu as my first partner. Watching Pikachu slowly start to trust me more while also being able to collect the rest of the Kanto starters like Ash did in the anime was really special to me.

Cyndaquil

I’m in the minority in that I honestly don’t pick the Fire-type starters at all. However, I always found Johto’s Cyndaquil to be a fun partner. The evolution line’s designs were both simple and functional in showing the Pokemon’s powers, and I was able to get a taste as to why Fire-types are one of Rachel’s favorites.

Rowlett

The Alola starter Pokemon were all great designs, in my opinion, but the little owl was utterly adorable. Combining two of my favorites types into one — Grass and Flying — only to later gain the rarer pairing of Grass and Ghost, Rowlett’s line certainly did not disappoint on my journey through the newest region.

Froakie

I loved all three of the starter Pokemon in the Kalos region. Having the final three evolutions be based off traditional RPG classes — Chesnaught the Warrior, Delphox the Mage, and Greninja the Ninja — touched my inner nerd. Of course I naturally gravitated toward the ninja-like final evolution, and I wasn’t disappointed when choosing Froakie for my second Kalos run-through.

Treecko

The Treecko line was always one of my favorites. There’s no real rhyme or reason — I believe I just preferred the design of the Pokemon in the line, as well as finding Ash’s Treecko’s “tough guy” persona in the few episodes of the Hoenn anime I watched. The Treecko I’ve raised always had great Speed stats, something that was doubled with its Hidden Ability.

What are some of your favorite Starter Pokemon?

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Friday Favorites: Fire Emblem Echoes Characters

Double Jump Kris MiiYa gotta love Fridays!

One of the games that I’ve been playing through recently is the newest Fire Emblem game to hit the Nintendo 3DS is Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. I’m really enjoying it, finding it rather refreshing after having the trio games of Fates. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite characters that I’ve encountered in the game.

mathilda_echoes_portrait5. Mathilda

Most Fire Emblem games tend to have female characters that are devoted to their loves or badass warriors on the battlefield. Mathilda is the best combination of both. She’s not shy about how strong she is as a knight, and her supports with her fiance are both adorable and amusing.

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From the first time this kid opened his mouth, I knew he was going to be a favorite. He seems totally laid-back, but his devotion to his friends on the battlefield and during the war itself won me over. That and he can be deliciously sarcastic.

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Mae is a practical, always ready to fight for her side kind of character, and I love it. She’s unapologetic with her words and actions, and I love her interactions with the other characters. I really enjoy her voice acting as well, finding that her performance is one of my favorites.

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Archers and Snipers are one of my favorite classes in Fire Emblem games, so I tend to have a soft spot for characters that favor bows and arrows as weapons. Leon’s skills and personality definitely made him a favorite early on, as well as the fact that he gives the game a little more diversity in terms of sexuality. It’s obvious his preference is for men, and it wasn’t played off as a joke in the game. It’s serious and taken in stride by the other characters, including the man who is the object of Leon’s affections. I think it’s a nice touch to have more canon sexual diversity in the games.

saber_portrait_echoes1. Saber

Here’s this random guy who takes payment in the form of a dagger from a young woman to escort herself and her friends across the sea to a temple. Instead of ducking out of the adventure as soon as Celica and friends reach Mila’s Temple, Saber sticks around for the rest of the war. He’s a little bit of the “mercenary with a heart of gold” cliche, in that he probably figured out that these kids would end up getting themselves killed if he didn’t continue to give them a helping hand. I find it amusing and endearing that there wasn’t too much talk of him staying past his original contract. That, and he’s fantastic on the battlefield, especially when you promote him to Dread Fighter!

What are some of your favorite characters from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia?

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