Sunday, June 8, 2014

History of Swick's RPG Extravaganza (part 6)

Dynasty Warriors (and a super-sweet Christmas present from my parents- a motion-sensor katana controller!) introduced me to this bad boy of a series....

Aw yeah, Onimusha. My first official 'M' for mature game when I was a teen (like fifteen-ish?) but all about feudal Japan and ghost/demon-slaying glory (what can I say? I was am into anime and samurai!) The Onimusha series is the dark fantasy equivalent to the popular survival-horror series Resident Evil/Biohazard .... and was my first step into the survival-horror genre. Survival-horror, I think most people would agree, is a subgenre of RPG gaming... where your protagonist is normally solving a paranormal/supernatural mystery and trying to stay alive! My sister M and I were immediately drawn to these types of games in thanks to our mother who has a huge love of Halloween and all sorts of things that go bump in the night. We were surrounded by ghosts and ghoulies before we could even walk. This didn't make us numb to horror's effects though. We still got chills and thrills, but enjoyed them. We didn't get to play very many of them because of the 'M' for mature rating, but the ones we did play we enjoyed immensely....

This is technically the fifth installment in the Silent Hill series, but was my sister M's and my first official Silent Hill game. 

The closest we could get was through dark-fantasy PC games with horror undertones....

.... neither game, I think we appreciated because they were both very much d20 games. I have only recently come to appreciate pen-and-paper RPGs and the art of the d20. Sadly, I never finished any of these RPGs, but wish that I had.

............. to be continued in PART 7

Thursday, June 5, 2014

He's ALL GROWN UP! ; u;



...and so happy for him.

Seriously, I have the coolest cutest baby brother anyone could ask for.

It seems like only yesterday that I was having my own highschool graduation; hell, my own undergraduate graduation! ..... all the pomp and circumstance, and that little swell of pride that you get as you walk across the stage. You feel like all the pain and suffering and essays you went through have finally been worth it, and magically you're a higher form of human being. That feel of accomplishment as you shake the dean or principal's hand to the ever-repeating "Pomp and Circumstance"

..... yeah, my brother will probably feel none of those things, lol. He is so done with highschool; it's not even funny.

But when he graduates from college, he will understand.

He will understand.

All those essays.

I nearly died.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tanka Tuesday (part 3)

For those of you unfamiliar, 'tanka' is a form of poetry. Like a haiku, the lines don't have to rhyme but must have a set number of syllables : 5/7/5/7/7

i just can't explain
how the soft feel of black fur
and purr in my ear
and the rough tongue that licks me
carries all the sad away.