Jul 11, 2019
In This Episode:
We discuss a bunch of the games
and movies that are finally releasing this summer! We cover
things like Mario Maker 2, Spider-Man Far From Home, FFXIV
Shadowbringers, Magic The Gathering Arena Core Set 2020,
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Stranger Things Season 3, and
more. Plus we sneak in some bonus geekery near the end of the
show and Beej gets a new furry friend.
- Things are finally releasing again! The
late spring / early summer slump looks like it’s over.
- Mario Maker 2
- BJ -
Making levels is a lot more fun than I thought it would
- Bloodstained: Ritual of the
forgot that he never really liked the PS1 era of Castlevania games.
He is having a decent time
with it but thinks he had more fun with the 8-bit version, Curse of the Moon.
feels like a modern iteration of the PS1 era of Castlevania games,
so if you really enjoyed Symphony of the Night and want a modern
version of that, then you really can't go wrong
- Magic: The
Gathering Arena - Core Set 2020
cards and concepts that relaunch for the year
only use evergreen keywords
made to be much more approachable for new players
as strong of a theme, which made more of an impact on Void than
hethought. He didn’t realize
how much the theme worked for him in the last few sets until he saw
this core set that is basically theme-less.
- Mastery pass is like a season pass for the
mastery tree and gives you bonus rewards
is a bit less excited now that he sees what the Core Set 2020
was most excited for premade decks because he loves piloting a good
earn stuff at every level if you have the season pass
free tier gets you things every few levels
unlocking premade decks
a new way to unlock card packs and cosmetics by leveling
- XP is
capped per day
- This replaces the 3 packs per week you could win before…(boo,
actual mastery orb tree is an offshoot of the leveling ideas… but
it only unlocks cosmetic card looks
core of the system isn’t the mastery tree, it’s just the
Fornite-like level up system
more collection resets even though it’s still technically
- Historic is any card currently in MTGA. Think
Type 1 for physical cards.
- Character stories are as strong as ever.
Expansion by expansion they keep
getting better and better at writing really good emotional moments
- Political stories are less interesting than
normal since this is set on a new world that we are not nearly as
- Threads don’t get dropped, though.
They’re paying off things they set
up years and years ago in previous expansions.
- Villains are much much sympathetic and
understandable (for the most part).World consumed by light and they need to bring
have legends about the warrior of darkness
doing a great job of tying into past events and characters while
still being a completely new setting
of the Outland of FFXIV in a way… but executed a lot better.
They mostly get away from the
politics we know and it lets them tell more compelling character
- Duties (dungeons) pull no punches, even right
from the beginning. Everyone
who has gotten to this point has made it through so many
complicated mechanics in past duties that they know they can
times are short because of the new tank class, Gunbreaker, which
people are super excited to play.
- Stranger Things
Spoilers, but many feels and better than Season 2
story is tying up to where the final season (Season 4) should be
pretty satisfying unless they really drop the ball.
- Hopper is awesome this season.
- Eleven is Eleven, which is great.
actually felt for Will this time around, which made him
Dustin and Steve's relationship continues to be the most delightful
part of the show.
- Spider-Man: Far From
loved this movie, and he thinks it is better than Homecoming, and part of the
reason is that it’s so character centered.
villain(s) don’t matter so much as the relationships and how they
impact the characters
good discussions on Slack
- Spoilers in the cast for this one that we
couldn't put in the notes.
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