So this is my first of many posts here on Leisurely Geeks. I will start off with a quick introduction. My name is Phil Young. I currently work at a game store called The Game Preserve (www.gamepreserve.com) where I am “The Magic Guy” and also their Social Media Specialist.
I have a newer passion to gaming that was sparked by a fellow Leisurely Geek, Joe P. I had always liked video games, but it wasn’t until he introduced me to World of Warcraft, that I decided I actually was a “gamer” of sorts. It followed by a rough and very smashface tutorial to Magic the Gathering during the summer of 2008. After that, I decided that I need to become great at this game. I found out all these great things about Magic the Gathering: it was played every Friday, there were even bigger tournaments not even 4 hours from where I live, and most of all, it was addicting as hell. I went on a whirlwind attempt at “going pro” which ended with me becoming very tired and very frustrated with the state of the game and what it did to people. I took a break and decided to search for new and exciting card games. The first I stumbled across was Fluxx, and then Chrononauts, but all that was great, it was not satisfying the “High Fantasy” (something that I had loved about Magic the Gathering). I then found Ascension (http://www.ascensiongame.com/). My god this game was great. The art was stylized, the game play gave way to experienced TCG players as well as thecasual gamer. It was the rejuvenation and wake up call that I needed. Out with competitive play and in with enjoying my time with friends. This is just a little about me and my relatively short existence in the gaming world.
I would like to share something that has started only about a week ago. The makers of the game I give credit to for saving my gaming soul, Ascension, and Richard Garfield (Creator of Magic the Gathering) have come together to bring us a DIGITAL Trading Card Game! They are calling it, SOLFORGE! I would love if you all check out the Kickstarter.com for it and give feedback and share feeling on this Brave New Adventure these men and fellow gamer’s are going through.
Here is a video courtesy of IGN:
Posted by Michael P. | Posted in Humor, TV & Movies, Video Games | Posted on 11-06-2012
Idiocy, betrayal, selfishness. Yes those words all describe the actions taken by a player in World of Warcraft that let to the meme “Leeroy Jenkins“. At the CFC Worlwide Short Film Festival, A film using the source material recast as a heist film was made by Finn O’Hara. Interesting film that brings back memories of watching the original “Leeroy Jenkins”
And the original
Posted by Sarah | Posted in Video Games | Posted on 29-05-2012
Diablo III (Photo credit: Piro*)
I am not surprised at the success of Diablo 3′s sales. Blizzard did a great job hyping up the game, and waiting 12 years or so added a little to the excitement. I have recently read articles complaining about Blizzard and the products it makes, and for some reason it is hard for me to believe that ALL those who complained and attempted to boycott blizzard have not played Diablo 3. There was a lot of griping about only being able to play online, however, considering the success of the game, the few percent that are not playing and boycotting it are missing out on a great gaming experience. In my opinion.
Posted by Michael P. | Posted in Video Games | Posted on 15-05-2012
Initial Impressions (Mike, Joe, and Sarah)
Diablo 3. Wow, we have been waiting a long time. Is it amazing new gameplay? Is it an MMO since it has an auction house? Is it dumbed down? No, No, and ummm no. The game, Like Starcraft 2, is a refinement on a working core of an already great game. Not the usual game company sequal but rather the polish and work that Blizzard is known for. If you never liked the first two games, you likely won’t like this either. Multiplayer is easy to get going and even easier to play. Loot falls for only you (I definitely don’t miss dropping items on the ground to trade). I can see that crafting system is going to come in handy as well. I have been playing the wizard, who despite looking foppish, is quite powerful. This is especially true in multiplayer. The visuals and music of this game are amazing.
Posted by Sarah | Posted in The Geeks themselves | Posted on 10-05-2012
As Joe previously introduced me, I am Sarah, the fire mage. I enjoy numerous hobbies, including but not limited to:video games (RPG’s, MMO’s, FPS’s), Magic the Gathering, and I also dabble in tabletop RPG’s. I enjoy going to conventions, and hopefully I can start attending them more regularly. This is my first blog, and am very excited about it and I hope to bring a female perspective on the geeky things in life. More specific games I am currently playing are, Final Fantasy 13-2, World of Warcraft, Kingdoms of Amalur, and Tales of the Abyss. Also, I am very excited about Diablo 3.