Sunday, May 31, 2020

Virtual Tourist - Assassin's Creed - Origins 5/31/20

Morning!

Almost half the year is gone already. People seem to be losing their minds left and right. It's mind boggling.

Assassin's Creed - Origins

Speaking of losing one's mind... I somehow did 8 instead of the usual 10 pics last time... Hmmm.


Assassin's Creed - Origins - Senu

This is a super important character - Senu!  He is Bayek's companion. They have a psychic connection, so Bayek can see through Senu's eyes. This helps Bayek map enemy locations and levels. Isn't he pretty?

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Siwa

Siwa - Bayek's home town. The place where things went wrong. At the bottom, you can see the top of a pigeon tower. They were used for food, pets, and for delivering messages. I would imagine they also used them for fertilizer for crops? (Egyptians raise pigeons to this day!)

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Siwa

A view of the other side of Siwa. Steep cliffs protect the town from desert storms.

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Shiled

Look at all the detail! Isn't his shield gorgeous? 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Temple of Amun

Bayek just outside the walls of the Temple of Amun in Siwa. There are secrets here. Secrets those who destroyed Bayek's life wish to find. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Siwa

The other side of Siwa. On the left life, on the right, arid death.

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Desert

Desert as far as the eye can see.  

Assassin's Creed - Origins

A cave in the cliffs around Siwa.

Assassin's Creed - Origins

Nighttime view of the encroaching desert. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Siwa

View of Siwa from the nearby cliffs. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins

Night view of Siwa's lake area. 


As always, stay safe! Until next time! :P

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Virtual Tourist - Assassin's Creed - Origins 5/17/20

Morning!

Tomorrow, I go back into the office for the day job after working from home for over a month and a half. I've got mixed feelings about it since there's so much about Covid-19 we do not understand. It should be an adventure! :P

 Assassin's Creed - Origins

Assassin's Creed - Origins

They really did some amazing work on this first tomb. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins

Is that a possible way out? The torches have another use, they burn off spiderwebs. Such a neat touch!

Assassin's Creed - Origins

Freedom! Isn't the column work, gorgeous?


Assassin's Creed - Origins

Bayek runs into an old friend. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins

Take a note of the cool shields and weapons. They have a large variety to choose from as well as rare and legend categories.

Assassin's Creed - Origins

You start with a trusty steed - a camel! Harder to drive in town than in the desert. :P  I dubbed him 'Roach' - lol.  Look at all that sand!

Assassin's Creed - Origins

My first look at Bayek's home town - Siwa. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins

Dreadful things have happened in the village over the last year. Sinister dealings at the temple. Note the mysterious orb. (And that gorgeous tile work!) :P

Please take care out there. A lot of stuff has gone back to 'normal' but the disease is still going strong. If we relax too much too soon, the numbers will reach new daily highs. Stay strong and stay safe! 

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Virtual Tourist - Assassin's Creed - Origins 5/3/20

Morning!

I am running late, but with some luck, I will get this post done on time!

Support Small Businesses

Remember to support small businesses during this time of uncertainty. (Like my publishers!) We'd all really appreciate it! I think Zumaya will try to set up a promotion in the next week or two. Get ready for possible deals. :P

Assassin's Creed - Origins

Hubby and I played an interim game between the two Assassin's Creed games, but it ended up being just a preview. I may still share, as I enjoyed what we played, but this new (for us!) Assassin's Creed is too gorgeous not to share!  

So far, the mechanics work a lot smoother than Black Flag. They've also added a neat feature with the iconic eagle and gives the player an aerial view and other fun goodies!

Anyway, here we go!

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Logo

I loved how they merged the normal Assassin's Creed logo with the Egyptian hieroglyphs. Looks awesome! 

Assassin's Creed - Origins

A super cool combo of data streaming and hieroglyphics. Too cool! 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Dessert

Intro film - showing us the unforgiving desert. As with the other one I played, they dump you in the middle of things without context, which is slowly revealed during gameplay.

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Siwa village

The prosperous village of Siwa. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins

A royal visitor - and the moment things began to go wrong. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - buried temple

A year has passed since Bayek noticed the masked figures with the royal caravan. Bayek is a Medjay for the Siwa village before tragedy struck. A Medjay is a protector and policeman of sorts. (I kept thinking they were saying magi! DOH!)

Assassin's Creed - Origins

Isn't this gorgeous? The detail is outstanding. You even burn cobwebs with the torch. Bayek has just dispatched the first of the five men responsible for corrupting the country and destroying all he held dear. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - buried temple statue

I loved that he apologized to the gods for infiltrating their temple and pilfering some treasures. It was also fascinating to hear him say 'ancients' when that is how we think of him in 48 BCE or so.

Assassin's Creed - Origins - wall carvings

Just look at the awesome wall paintings! The neat columns! Such gorgeous work!

Assassin's Creed - Origins - wall decor

Such intricate work. Though you can't take it with you, there are a ton of wonderful representations of actual items you'd see in the bigger tombs. Wait until I share the pic of the cat mummies! Squee!

 

I've put Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles and Inner Demons back for free at Smashwords if you need reading fodder. But if you can spare the cash, please support my still existing publishers! Much appreciated! 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Alien Redemption - Readers Favorite 5 Star Review!

After working 70+ hours this week for QE Close, I got a bit of good news!

Readers Favorite gave Alien Redemption a 5 Star Review! Woot!

Readers Favorite 5 Star Review for Alien Redemption

Here's the press release!

Alien Redemption by Gloria Oliver


Author's new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Fiction - Science Fiction book "Alien Redemption" by Gloria Oliver, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0855BBBJP.

Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

Reviewed By Scott Cahan for Readers' Favorite

Alien Redemption by Gloria Oliver is a science fiction novel about mankind’s discovery of an alien race. The story follows Claudia, a doctor who has been disgraced within her profession. In her efforts to escape her past, she ends up working on a merchant spaceship called the Holiday, under the nefarious Captain Bennet. They fly across the galaxy to a planet that is home to a previously undiscovered intelligent race of beings. Claudia is intrigued at the discovery, anxious to learn from them and protect them. Captain Bennet, on the other hand, has evil plans for the beings that have humanoid bodies along with wings and feathers. Claudia soon finds herself their sole caretaker and protector, even as the Captain kidnaps them and forces them into a despicable life of servitude.

I found Alien Redemption to be one of the most original science fiction novels I’ve ever read. The story is simple yet nearly perfect in its execution. Gloria Oliver’s style of writing is fluid and very natural. I was easily carried away within the story as I turned the pages. The characters are believable and real. Claudia is so well fleshed out that I found myself fully invested in her thoughts and dilemmas. Many of the other characters were equally effective, especially Captain Bennet and the First Mate, Stevens. The most stunning story element of Alien Redemption is the avians, the name most often used for the aliens. I won’t give away any story details here, but suffice it to say, they’re handled very differently than aliens are in most other sci-fi stories. Alien Redemption is a fresh and satisfying science fiction read that I am happy to recommend."

You can learn more about Gloria Oliver and "Alien Redemption" at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/alien-redemption where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Pancakes a la Oliver

Morning, all!

Being Shut-In is not easy. Luckily, we live in a rural area and taking a short walk with no one around helps keep the cabin fever in check. :P

Anyway, hubby made something yesterday that I made for myself this morning and thought I would share it! It might be fun to try with the kiddos! A new way to bling out breakfast. :)

Pancakes a la Oliver!

  Pancakes a la Oliver

1 - Grab one stack of your favorite frozen pancakes.

2 - Heat the pancakes per instructions, unstacked on a plate.  (I add a tiny bit of butter to melt on top.)

3 - Once done, add a slice of Colby and a slice of thin-sliced ham on each pancake.

4 - Put them back in the microwave for 30 sec.

5 - Remove from the microwave and add a drizzle (or more) of syrup and eat!
Pretty tasty! (It's like a pancake Montecristo!)

Speaking of Montecristo, I am thinking of trying some jam on top the next time. 🥰

I hope you guys are safe and virus-free! Stay safe!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Virtual Tourist - Assassin's Creed - Black Flag 3/22/20

Morning!

Let me get the mandatory stuff out of the way first!

Alien Redemption Trade Paperback

Alien Redemption is now available in trade paperback! You can find it both at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. B&N even has it on special at 10% off. Amazon will deliver it and B&N is offering curb side pickup for all online purchases.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag

Havana on a foggy night.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - Havana

Another part of Havana in daylight. Of all the places Edward has visited so far, this one is the most advanced. 

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - Nassau

In comparison, Nassau has a long way to go. This is the main pirate port.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - Pirate Captains

Three pirate captains! Edward is in the middle, and Black Beard is on the right.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - Dry Tortuga

They do such awesome things with the water in this game! It's like being in the Caribbean for real. Edwards just took over on the forts dotting the area. 

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - Captain Kidd

Captain Kidd talking over a plan he's concocted. He's an enigma and makes Edward consider things he wouldn't normally think about. (He has secrets!)

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - ruins

Ruins in one of the many islands in the area. 

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - waterfalls

Gorgeous waterfalls. They even have a hint of a rainbow! 

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - the real world

The real world - view from the office.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - artwork

Gorgeous artwork on the way to the boss's office.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - Boss's Office

Boss's office. There's good money in DNA extracted pasts used for entertainment.

Stay safe and clear of the virus. Support your local small businesses so they can financially survive past this challenge. We've never experienced something like this. It will bring out many feelings, but let's not take them out on people who had nothing to do with it. We can make it through as long as we stay calm and together!


Till next time! 

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Virtual Tourist - Assassin's Creed - Black Flag 2/16/20

Morning, all!

I haven't done one of these in a while. Between YE chaos, added work chaos, and the coming release chaos, somethings I've had to let slide. (Though it's over a year since the gall bladder surgery, I'm still not back to normal.) :(\

Anyway! Here goes!

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag

This is the first time I've tried playing one of the games in the franchise since the first one. Back then, I had to stop because even though I could close my eyes during synchronization, the baud rate in the white room of the prisoner in modern times was so low that even though nothing was moving, it gave me horrible motion sickness.

I am happy to say that this addition to the franchise does not have the same problem. I can even enjoy the beauty of the synchronizations as they got slowed down a bit. (Just don't have Edward drink alcohol. Talk about side effects. I won't do that again!) Lol.

The vistas are gorgeous, and the longer you play, the more options of stuff to do or equipment you can use open up. But some of the mechanics are clunky or get in the way. A decent tutorial on combat would have been nice - I still have trouble. :P (The same goes for ship combat!) But overall, hubby and I are enjoying it.

Our time vessel is Edward Kenway - a man desperate to gain fame and fortune. He wants to prove to his estranged wife and her family that he did not make the wrong decision by striking out on his own. Now that being a privateer has been outlawed, he's going to become an outright pirate.

Assassins Creed - BlackFlag

Eventual intro! Pictured here is the Port of Havana.

Assassins Creed - BlackFlag

Edward and a mysterious man have survived the destruction of the ship they were on. Things turn a little weird here. The strange man is injured, and he asks Edward to help him get to Havana. The mysterious man has clothing fitting the Assassins Creed members, but seemingly he is a traitor and is working with the Templars. Somehow these two end up not coming to an understanding, and the wounded man speeds off like a gazelle, and Edward has to catch him. (I did say it got weird.)

Assassins Creed - BlackFlag

From what I understand, the game has no way to remove the UI for pics. A pity, because as you can see, the visuals are lovely. :)

Assassins Creed - BlackFlag

After catching up to the assassin, Edward takes his coat, message, and goods for himself. (No hidden blades yet, so cutlasses are for us arrh!) I loved the rainbow with the waterfall!

Assassins Creed - BlackFlag

Edward does a lot of swimming. In a heavy coat to boot! :P Even his crew will make fun of him for it. Lol. There's also an achievement. :P

Assassins Creed - BlackFlag - Havana

Havana without the logo. So nice!

Assassins Creed - BlackFlag

The ever-present hawk leads us to the synchronization spot. Havana has multiple of these as it is a large city. 

Assassins Creed - BlackFlag

There are cats, dogs, and parrots you can pet in the game! There's even an achievement for petting dogs. Too cute!

Assassins Creed - BlackFlag

While some items are repetitive in their look, there's plenty of excellent detail. Shafts of soft light from small fortress windows - how nice!

Assassins Creed - BlackFlag

Here is a lovely view of several ships leaving the harbor. Look at the gorgeous water! Isn't it amazing?

I hope you have a great week!

Obligatory Promo Section!

Yep, I gotta have this since a book is pending release. I am hoping to share the cover soon!

Don't forget the Kindle and Nook versions are currently on pre-order at a discounted price.

You can find sample chapters here.

Don't forget the free ebooks to help celebrate the release and to thank you for your help in getting the word out, doing reviews, whatever you feel like - Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles and Inner Demons.

Thanks again!!!!!!
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