What Andy’s Playing: Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm characters

I’ve played a number of different types of games, and the one that’s taking my time right now is Heroes of the Storm, a game that’s a bit odd in some ways but very satisfying in others. Where else can you see an impish fish-creature-thing fighting against a fury-filled barbarian, as a sci-fi marine rides to the rescue? I’ve been playing this game for about two years now, and I still find new aspects of it. I’ve mentioned it before, in my article “What is Competitive Gaming?”, and now I’m going to take the time to talk about it exclusively.

Heroes of the Storm is a multiplayer game in the “MOBA” genre, which I’ll discuss further down. Teams of five players compete against one another in a game that mixes strategy, videogame action, and RPG-inspired character-building. Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Awards

A lot of attention has come to the state of awards in the field of science fiction and fantasy in the last few years, thanks to increasing problems with and arguments over the Hugo Awards. If you’re unaware of why, the Hugos were (note the past tense) considered the premiere measurement of excellence in SF&F for decades; but over the last couple, they’ve stopped reflecting overall fan appreciation and shown an increasing bias for the tastes of a particular (and vastly smaller) group that would rather celebrate rapists, racists, and child molesters as long as they said the right things.

Can you guess why there might be some tension? The Hugos were like the Academy Awards for SF&F, except they were actually voted on by the fans, not a cabal of elites patting each other on the back. Now there’s no difference . . . except that millions of people still care about Oscar, and most people don’t care about Hugo. There are other awards, but few of them try to be comprehensive.

Well, you can read about it from my perspective, or read our own Declan Finn’s recap from last year at Liberty Island. All I wanted was to lay out why it’s so important that two new comprehensive-category awards are debuting this year: the Dragons and the Manticores.

And yes, the mythological coincidence is just that: coincidental.

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CW’s DCTV Bring the Guest Stars

Walk with me through the amount of guests we’re going to have all over the DC universe on CW this season.

First … 

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Enter Sharon Leal as M’gann M’orzz, “Miss Martian,” from Geoff Johns’s run on Teen Titans, as well as the animated Young Justice. Johns also happens to be popular among the Berlantiverse, having written a few episodes.

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Book Review: The Mermaid & The Unicorn

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There’s a lot of “urban fantasy” out there, and I’ve only experienced small handfuls of it. I’ve devoured The Dresden Files, caught a few episodes of Buffy, delved into the lore of World of Darkness, and even gotten into Monster Hunter International. So when I got asked if I wanted to be a beta reader for a book about supernatural shenanigans in Paris, I was already onboard.

In the interest of full disclosure, I was provided with an advanced review copy of the book.

Author’s Note: I previously made reference to a “foreword” in the story. I have been informed that this was removed from the final version of the book, but the details are present in an Author’s Note at the end of the book. I would also like to note that this book also saw our very own Matt Bowman playing a pivotal role as an initial co-author and a huge factor in the development of the plot. Continue reading

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Flashpoint Impact

If you’ve seen the end of The Flash season 2, you know that Barry Allen went back in time to save his mother from being murdered.

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If you haven’t seen it, too late.

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A Flight of Dragon Awards

DragonCon is a convention that takes place every year over the Labor Day weekend in downtown Atlanta, GA. It is, by all accounts, the largest sci-fi and fantasy convention on the planet Earth. If you don’t believe me, their minimum attendance every year is 60,000. It has been suggested that their attendance is over the six-figure mark, but they don’t say as much because they’re afraid that the fire marshal will shut them down. Every year, the DragonCon parade brings in about 100,000 people, who come in and watch the parade march down Peachtree Avenue.

This year is the first time that DragonCon has decided to have their own award, the Dragon. I keep calling it the Flight of Awards, but I fear that no one gets that particular reference.

The timing of this particular award is interesting, in that the award itself was only announced in April of this year. This was the month after WorldCon’s Hugo awards were voted on. The deadline for voting on the Hugo nominations was March 31, and the Dragons were announced about a week later.

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New Luke Cage Trailer

I apparently have timing. I finally review Daredevil Season 2, and then the new Luke Cage Trailer comes out.

Pardon me, but I have to say this….

Ahem….

I AM POWER MAN! [Cue Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man”]

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