Battlerite: My Early Impressions

Battlerite Gameplay

When I started getting into MOBAs like Heroes of the Storm, which I reviewed recently, I ran into mention of an older game called “Bloodline Champions“. Like in MOBAs, you had characters with a diverse set of abilities–but instead of that fighting being distributed over the course of a lengthier strategic macro-game, the entire point of the game was to constantly teamfight! It was rooted in the use of abilities, as though it were a topdown fighting game…and it also had an incredibly small player population by the time that I heard of it, which is a very big problem for an online game.

Battlerite is the revival of that game. With years of experience, the same studio is launching it as a new game, reworking heroes, adapting a current business model, and reworking the core game to focus on a more intense experience. What does that all mean, specifically? Continue reading

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Review: Bane’s Eyes

After last week’s fisk on the use of violence, I realized that the same argument I made in that post applies to what I thought of Bane’s Eyes.  It’s the fourth book in the I Am Margaret book series by Corinna Turner.  Remember last time, when I said I was starting to fall off the bandwagon?  Well . . . I didn’t just fall off; I jumped off and went running the other direction.


If you started reading the series, you should go ahead and finish it.  But those cracks in the fourth wall I mentioned in my last review widened and broke the fourth wall completely.  Correction, the fourth wall didn’t just break; it was blown right into orbit.  And I can’t tell you why without some major spoilers.

I’ve already mentioned that the author and I part ways in our interpretation of the appropriate means of fighting a tyrannical government in a fictional world with non-lethal weapons available.  I’ve already made that argument, so I won’t re-hash it in its entirety here, but it is still relevant to the plot.  It goes from being an annoying quirk in the previous books that can be excused or ignored (because it’s a dystopian novel; it’s internally consistent; the fact that the nonLees exist make it a legitimate plot point, etc.) to being a major worldbuilding problem that simply won’t go away.

You already know me and my fisks; this is not a fisk, and I’m not going to go out of my way to be snarky, but I am going to tell you my opinion of the work.  If you disagree, that’s perfectly fine; after all, de gustibus non est disputandum.  I’m simply going to tell you what I saw when I read it.

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Widow’s Walk – Reenter the House on the Hill!


In 2003, one of the most iconic board games of all time hit the market. It earned a 2nd edition in 2010, but other than that, the world of Betrayal at House on the Hill has never been revisited. Until now! Thirteen years after players first set foot in the dreaded (and bizarrely-constructed!) house, the evil within has reawakened, beckoning us to face the horrors of the Widow’s Walk. Just in time for Halloween…

*Note: this expansion review assumes that you are familiar with the original game. If you are not, you should be! You can find information from the game developer, Avalon Hill, here, BoardGameGeek reviews here, and watch a TableTop play-through here.*

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How To Make Catholics Look Stupid: A Lethal Force Fisk

I love fisks; writing them and reading them.  Most of the time, I like to fisk people who are being dopey about a particular fandom, or on writing, or something like that.  But every now and then, there’s a Catholic idea being circulated that’s just begging for the wrath of Lori the Geek Organist to be visited upon it.

Yes, folks.  A lot of times, some Catholics get it wrong.  Normally, I’d just move past it (it’s hard to argue politics and religion, after all), but when the aforementioned idea is posted on the internet out there for the whole world to see and people actually believe that garbage, I just have to smack it down.


So, today’s episode of Fisk It From Orbit is brought to you by Rebecca Bratten Weiss (someone who apparently dislikes capitalization) with her opinion on “the difficult and uncomfortable non-negotiables of the gospel teaching.”

Given the title (once you manage to piece together what that strange, uncapitalized title even means), you’d think this whole post was a “duh” moment.  Nobody (except, on occasion, our separated Protestant brethren, of course) thinks that only part of the Scriptures apply, or that what Christ said was optional.  I mean, come on.  We’re Catholics, right?

Well, according to Miss Bratten Weiss, that’s not correct.

Now . . . I’m going to try really REALLY hard not to be too nasty in this fisk; we’re all Catholics here, right?

As usual, the original post is in italics, and my commentary is in bold.


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It’s the October CLFA Booknado!

Welcome to a collection of books that support basic rights. These include new releases and $.99 deals. You might want to take a look. You might find something you’d like.

Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance

Right about now, who couldn’t use the age-old reliable escapism that can only be found in a good book? Just in time to address Silly Season malaise, the CLFA is proud to present our October Booknado. Shop through the listings below to discover conservative, libertarian, and alt right-friendly New Releases and books priced at $1.99 or less (even some Freebies). Click on any book picture to read more details and shop. Enjoy!

New Releases

Rachel and the Many-Splendored Dreamland (The Books of Unexpected Enlightenment Book 3) by L. Jagi Lamplighter
Third Book of Unexpected Enlightenment: It’s Halloween at the Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts, and Rachel Griffin is stirring up the dead! (See “$1.99 or Less” category below to get Book 1 – currently FREE.)

Dragonblood: A Collection of Short Stories by Sarah A. Hoyt
From the trenches of WWI where the Red Baron just can’t help turning into a dragon, to the desert sands of…

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Fally 2016 Review: Lethal Weapon

Whose bright idea was it to bring back Lethal Weapon? As a TV show. I’ve tried the original films lately, but I couldn’t make it. In retrospect, they are amazingly shallow. Yes, granted, it created a lot of the tropes for buddy cop movies today, but the characters feel very two dimensional, the plots feel contrived, the fights are poorly .choreographed, and their decision making process is poorly thought out.

In shrot, the original moves are very dated, and not in the “Let’s watch Commando because it’s an insane 80s action film” sort of way. I still watch Commando.  It’s a fun, insane, 80s action film.
So, a TV show? What were they thinking?

They were thinking that they could do better.

And they have.

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Fall 2016 TV Review: Bull

This is going to be a quick review, because I’m not entirely certain what to make of this yet.

Dr. Jason Bull (played by NCIS‘ Michael Weatherly) is a jury consultant. Supposedly, he’s based off of the life of Doctor Phil.

The basic idea is that Bull breaks down how juries think, profiling the jurors, and even creating a mirror jury to experiment with. His fashion consultant dresses the clients (the character is, of course, a gay former football running back who you can’t TELL is gay), and he has a former prosecutor who runs the mock juries (and occasionally defends clients). There is also an obligatory hacker.

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