Sunday, October 14, 2018

Virtual Tourist - Witcher 3 10/14/18

Morning!
Between quarter end at work and all the rain, I have no brain cells to rub together. Wheee!

Mini Movie Reviews

Venom

Venom - the film is a bit slow as they set up the pieces, but once Venom connects with Eddie Brock, the wild and fun ride begins. Full of snark and adorable bits, it plays down on the horrific elements of what Carlton Drake and the symbiotes have done and are trying to do. Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)


Virtual Tourist - Witcher 3

Witcher 3 - view from a dream

Still, inside a dream, this is the view from Yennefer's apartment.

Witcher 3 - Kaer Mohren in the dream

A view of Kaer Mohren in the dream.

Witcher 3 - Arrival of the Wild Hunt

The dream turns into a nightmare. The Wild Hunt is here, breaking the dimensional barrier to come into our realm.

Witcher 3 - Geralt wakes from the nightmare

Geralt wakes from his nightmare to frustrating reality. He's been trying to chase down Yennefer for over six months now that his memories have returned.

Witcher 3 - dawn on the first day of the game

Look at that gorgeous sky!!!!!!

Witcher 3 - tavern

Loved the little details in the first tavern we visit. Beautiful colored flowers painted in the walls. A bit of color to push away the dreary existence in the middle of a war-torn area.

Wichter 3 - tavern

More of the tavern and a view of my mentor.

Witcher 3 - Nilfgaard  outpost in White Orchard

Nilfgaard outpost in White Orchard. The conquering side. Locals are not thrilled at their presence. 


Witcher 3 - Nilfgaardian captain

Captain at the Nilfgaardian outpost. He's trying hard to be patient with the locals, but that patience is being tested.

Witcher 3 - a new day

A new day? Could be the end of one as well. Lol. I can't remember. But a lovely view either way!

Obligatory Promotion Section!

If you've not seen it yet, please take a look at the first book trailer for Alien Redemption!



If you like what you see, please consider"liking" the video. Sharing it would be even better! I need to start getting the word out, despite the book release being months away. Promotion is the hardest part of being an author. So any help would be much welcomed! Thank you!

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Virtual Tourist - Witcher 3 9/30/18

Morning, all!
Let's do this!

Mini Movie Reviews

Smallfoot

Smallfoot - an unexpectedly deep film. They tackle some tough subjects. The animation was great. There are loads of cute and amusing moments. Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby's rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)



The House With A Clock in its Walls

The House with a Clock in its Walls - The film has some great special effects. The story is told from Lewis' point of view, (the boy) so there is a lot we see coming that he doesn't. In that respect, it made the movie somewhat predictable. Still, it was a nice bit of fun. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)


Virtual Tourist - Witcher 3

Hubby had Witcher 2 and 3 from sometime back. I tried doing Witcher 2 but the dizzying factor was too high, and no means to tone it down in the options. I moved on to Witcher 3, and have had little problems in that respect. YAY!

Witcher 3 - The Beginning 

The beginning sequence is done in a 3D coming book style. Worked very well! Dark times are upon the land as old evil has come through the veil.

Witcher 3 - beginnings

They mention the origin of Witchers. Children mutated through magic to make a breed more suited to fight against ghosts and monsters.

Withcer 3 - The Wild Hunt

The Wild Hunt has come through the veil. The land is in the midst of war, so the Wild Hunt is roaming the countryside for their nefarious purposes unchecked.

Witcher 3 - Start Screen

Start screen for the game. Hubby bought a season pass with the game when he brought it, so it shows two add-ons at the bottom there. The image moves. Also, whenever you hit escape to save a game or pause it, it keeps a picture of where you are at the time. I thought that was a nice touch!

Witcher 3 - Geralt

This is Geralt - he's the Witcher who is the focus of the games. 

Witcher 3 - war

War is everywhere. Things that have happened in the previous games have led to the current bad situation.

Witcher 3 - Yenefer

Geralt's lover Yennefer. This is a dream he's having while searching for her. He'd lost his memories at the end of the original Witcher game and had forgotten all about her. Some mild nudity shows up here and there.

Witcher 3 - Yennefer

Yennefer - she is a sorceress. Geralt and his teacher have been looking for her for the last six months.

Witcher 3 - room

Lots of lovely details! You can also see the minimap and active quest on the right.

Let the games begin!

Hope you have an awesome week!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Alien Redemption - Coming in 2019 - Book Trailer

Greetings, all!

I decided to get an early start on promoting my SF novel Alien Redemption. The current publications date is set for sometime in 2019. The book will be published by Zumaya Publications through their Otherworlds Imprint.

So to get you excited about the project, I've created a "Coming in 2019" book trailer!

Enjoy!



Let me know how you like it!

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Mind Sieve on a Sunday!

Morning, ya'll!

I figured I'd go for something a little different this week. Give life some variety and what not. :) So this week is:

Mind Sieve on a Sunday!

Mini Movie Review

KIN

KIN - This is a family drama with super cool effects and science fiction elements. Eli's adopted mom has died. He and his father are trying to cope. Then his brother Jimmy is released from jail. He's been gone six years. To compound the problem, we find Jimmy owes a lot of money for protection in prison. Eli, who's been stripping wire from old buildings, comes across a bloodbath in one of them. He also finds a strange weapon.

Matters escalate quickly on multiple fronts, and it's just a question of when the train wreck will happen.

Gorgeous cinematography, great effects, great acting, and mystery bits leading us towards the finale. It's about family, belonging, getting past the things that pull you down. Definitely open for a sequel! Rating: 4 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

Bag Man - Sci-Fi Short Film - This 10+ minute short film is what the movie KIN is based on. Several elements made it from here to the movie. (The owl!) A little abrupt and with 0 explanations, but it was fun seeing the correlations.



Cool new song (to me!) I thought I'd share. Would be a lovely fit with the boys from Supernatural. :)

No Roots by Alice Merton. Super catchy!



Prepare to be Disturbed!!!!  Guardians Inferno from Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2. (Most of the cast is in this! You just might not recognize them! lol!) Talk about an 80's flashback. lol.




2Cellos - Thunderstruck - love the set up for this one. These guys rock!





Okay, got to go. Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Virtual Tourist - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 8/26/18

Morning all!

Mini Movie Reviews

Alpha

Alpha - There is a lot of gorgeous cinematography in this film. They start out us out with the crisis point then go back a week earlier. It's a gimmick they could have left out and made a better film due to it. It was nice to see some of the culture of the tribe, though the whole beating of the kids was not explained and didn't make much sense, especially the night before a long excursion. Several instances of anachronism, which were odd. Several cases where the boy had a chance to make things better for himself and didn't. (Hunter tent, sabertooth tiger pelt.) Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

Continuing the dog theme...

A-X-L

A-X-L - Adorable premise, blossoming AI escapes and gets adopted by a boy after getting bested by him. (Alpha dominance also showed in Alpha.) But a lot of problems with doing things for convenience and plot manipulation. Example: We see AXL use intelligence in evading pursuers and not being found, yet later he doesn't move back even though we see in his sensors he is aware of the weapon the person is pointing and the pool for gasoline at his feet. He claws things, but we never see the claws. Lots of little things that added up to take away from the film. Rating: 3 out of 5 Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission.

One funny thing was that in A-X-L they show pics of man and dog over the years and of course had one for ancient man and dog. Tying it back to Alpha. Heh heh. Oh, and today is National Dog Day! So you have doggie movies you can see to celebrate. :)

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - GARM

Left for dead, Jensen has made his way inside the GARM facility where the trap was spring. 


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Inside GARM 

View of the inside of GARM.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - GARM bridge 

Moving from building 1 to building 2 of the GARm facility. It looks so cold out there!


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Waterfalls at GARM 

There be waterfalls at GARM. Used for power generation?

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Slowly working my way to possible escape from this place.


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Helipad view

View of GARM from the helipad.


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - GARM from a distance

View of the whole compound as I make my escape. Impressive looking, no?


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Good to be back.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Crime waits for no one. 

 On the book trailer news - I've picked three possibles for the music for the trailer. As I've done in the past, I look to Kevin MacLeod for excellent royalty free tracks. Will I use Black Vortex, Phantom from Space, or Voltaic? Too soon to tell. :P

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The MEG and Starting on a Book Trailer for Alien Redemption

Morning, all!

I am going to go in a different direction this week. Since my SF novel "Alien Redemption" will be getting published in 2019, I need to start now in getting the word out and doing things to promote it. (With my lack of time, this will be tough! They always say you should start at least nine months in advance. Oi!)

So I figured I would occasionally share what I'm doing to prep for that. Before that though, let's do our weekly Mini Movie Review! :P

Mini Movie Review

The Meg

The MEG - The beginning of the film was really well done. They set up the hero, give us a glimpse into what has scarred him and then we start five years later. The Mana One and the mini-subs and our descent below the frost level are fantastic. Seeing the first view of this hidden underwater world was great! The whole section there, including the rescue, etc. was well worth it. It's only once that's over that it goes into what you initially expected, contrived situations to get people in the water. :P Meiying (Sophia Cai) was super adorable! She also adds much to the film. There are loads of familiar faces. Red herrings, weirdness, and more abound. It also has loads of JAWS in-jokes/homage. A million times better than Sharknado. :P

Rating: 3 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

Alien Redemption - Getting pieces for the Book Trailer pt 1

(And realizing I have not made a page at the website for this one yet. DOH! Something else for the To-Do List! :P)

So the first thing you have to do is try to find photos that somewhat resemble your vision. This could mean hours trolling through the different photo sites to locate those you can purchase rights on to use. I got pretty lucky yesterday and found a lot of what I needed at Adobe Stock.

I will need to do a lot of work on the pics I found, but it's one step closer to getting the book trailer done. :)

Here's the original I decided to use for the Holiday (Captain Ricardo Bennet's ship - and the location where many things happen in the first half of the book).

spaceship

I was looking for something that looked like a merchant class ship, and this one filled the need famously.

I needed to add stars and the name of the ship to the photo. Luckily I was able to find a tutorial for how to add a starry sky! Yay!

The Holiday - merchant class

You can't see the stars on this one. Too shrunk down. You should be able to click on it to get a bigger view. Let me get a different cut as well.

Side Cut of the Holiday

You can see the name and the stars.  It was bizarre how the artist had tapes with H's on different areas of the hull. Almost like this was destined. No? :P

Next is Turbic Station:

space station

Not the exact vision in the book, but close is good! It will give you an idea of the place. Turbic Station is at the edge of the Dominion in what is called the Fringes. The last bastion of civilized/charted space. They know it too, and you pay for the privilege. :P

Currently, I've only added stars to the background. May add some neon for the upper area where the exclusive part of the station serves rich clientele wanting to get away from all the restrictions of the civilized worlds.

Turbic Station at the Fringes

Lovely, no? :)

I have a ways to go! Had hoped to have a gif ready of the Holiday dashing across the screen, but I need to work on the angles. Maybe next time. :P

Next week ChibiChains and I will be at Animefest! If you are there, please come to the Dealers Room and say "Hi!".

Have a great week!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Virtual Tourist - Wolfenstein II 7/29/18

Morning!

Mini Movie Review

Mission Impossible: Fallout

Mission Impossible: Fallout - the film is a rollercoaster of non-stop action. They also throw in nostalgic bits which were excellent. Loved the mission recorder, which was a mix of super new tech (DNA matching) and original TV show (tape wheels and smoke!). Twists and red herrings abound. They also added things going wrong, annoyances to the protagonist, and other bits making this feel more like real life. Many things come back full circle. Rating: 4 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Paying Full Price to See Again.)

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus

Yeppers, finally playing the third installment. Hubby finished it way back, but I'd not gotten to play. I bit more dizzying than the previous two, which is why I stayed away for a bit.


Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Blazkowicz Mom

Blazkowicz's Mom - he's having a dream/nightmare. Not a good family life as it turns out.


Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Save Blazkowicz

The game picks up moments after the end of Wolfenstein The New Order. Blazkowicz is messed up. It's a miracle he's alive at all!

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Resistance Leader

Our ragtag team's leader. The suit allows her to walk and fight. 

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - doctor

Blaskowicz wakes up fully when the stolen ship gets boarded. Finally finds one of the others. B has mad skills with his wheelchair. Lol. This boat is not made for the disabled.

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus

The Doc has set up some nasty traps for the soldiers. Very nasty traps. :P

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - posters

They always have such lovely details! B pics up bits of info about Nazi America as he wheels himself through the sub.

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Anya

A bittersweet reunion with Anya! 

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus

B isn't doing good. Half hitpoints are the best he gets! But he's still tougher than anything out there. :P

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Anya 2

She has so much faith in him. Got to cling to what you can. 

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Kissing

Love in the midst of carnage. :) Pregnant she still kicks buns! Heh heh.


Hope your weekend has been fab! Next week I will be at ArmadilloCon! Hope to see you there. :)
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