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shane plays podcast title 12-31-2016

Rogue One! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 82

shane plays podcast title 12-31-2016

Podcast for the Shane Plays radio show from 12/31/2016:
Rogue One!

Highlights: Carrie Fisher tribute; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story deep dive with Michael Brown and Stephen Chenault including likes, dislikes and easter eggs.

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1:05 PM Central on 96.5 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://965fmtheanswer.com and on the Tune In Radio app and iHeart Radio apps. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music and Stitcher (and other fine podcast directories) after the live show.

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SHOW NOTES

NEWS ITEMS

Carrie Fisher, ‘Star Wars” Princess Leia, dies at 60 | CNN
http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/27/entertainment/carrie-fisher-obit-star-wars/

‘Rogue One’ Set to Close Out 2016 With Third Straight Weekend at #1 | Box Office Mojo
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=4254&p=.htm

Lucasfilm Responds to Rogue One CG Character Backlash | Movieweb.com
http://movieweb.com/rogue-one-tarkin-leia-cg-character-backlash-lucasfilm/

27 Secrets You Probably Didn’t Catch In “Rogue One” | BuzzFeed
https://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/rogue-one-easter-eggs?utm_term=.lkd9yBZAP#.dm74MmvVG

 TOPIC: ROGUE ONE

Deep dive into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story including spoilers, easter eggs and likes and dislikes.

Recurring guests Michael Brown of Brain Trust with Michael Brown and Stephen Chenault of Troll Lord Games join.

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NEXT WEEK: PIXELMETAL

PixelMetal is a strong, independent videogame company
located somewhere in New York City.
http://site.pixelmetal.com/

Gritty Gets Pretty in Spaghetti Western Sombrero | The Escapist
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/video-games/editorials/binging-indie/14811-Pixelmetal-Sombrero-Indie-Local-Multi-Western#&gid=gallery_4885&pid=1

Sombrero: Spaghetti Western Mayhem on Steam

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Stellar Tactics alpha impressions title

Stellar Tactics Alpha #2 – Impressions & Let’s Play

Continuing first look and impressions of Stellar Tactics, a new Sci-Fi RPG from Maverick Games. Stellar Tactics is now available on Steam Early Access.

This video features more combat and a hacking example.

From the developer:
Bringing back the nostalgia, excitement and wonder of classic RPG’s, Stellar Tactics will thrill you with a compelling narrative, deep strategic turn based ground combat system and rewarding open world space exploration. Build your team, equip your ship, explore the universe!

Stellar Tactics alpha impressions title

Stellar Tactics alpha version – Impressions & Let’s Play

First look and impressions of Stellar Tactics, a new Sci-Fi RPG from Maverick Games. Stellar Tactics will be available soon via Steam Early Access.

This video features beginning game play and a combat sequence.

From the developer:
Bringing back the nostalgia, excitement and wonder of classic RPG’s, Stellar Tactics will thrill you with a compelling narrative, deep strategic turn based ground combat system and rewarding open world space exploration. Build your team, equip your ship, explore the universe!

Star Wars The Force Awakens poster wide

Spoiler Free – Star Wars: The Force Awakens First Reaction Review

Star Wars The Force Awakens poster wide

This review is spoiler free.

I’ve been out of the theater for about two hours now. All that build up, all that waiting, all that wondering… will it be good? Is it Star Wars? Can we dare hope?

Rest easy. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens is good, even great at times. Han Solo says “we’re home” in the trailer, and I think for the most part that’s correct.

Does it reach the Joseph Campbell mythic journey heights of the original trilogy? Will it smash in to pop culture the way that A New Hope did? Only time well tell, although my first reaction is it doesn’t quite hit that point.

Let’s also keep in mind that no movie, no matter how great, can match the hype and expectation that The Force Awakens has had heaped on it. The original Star Wars: A New Hope couldn’t live up to the hype. No movie could. It’s already blown away ticket sales records before it even opened for goodness sake! Having said that…

The shoulders of The Force Awakens are strong, far stronger than The Phantom Menace. It carries the weight of the Star Wars universe effortlessly and there’s no forcing yourself to accept it as Star Wars because you’re a fan. It’s Star Wars right out of the gate, right from the text of the opening crawl.

It looks like Star Wars. It sounds like Star Wars. It feels like Star Wars. It’s fun like Star Wars.

The actors, and therefore the characters, have chemistry. For me this is a really important point. It’s something that the prequels lacked in spades, only seeming to find it in Revenge of the Sith, and even then Anakin and Padme still lacked it.

It’s also exciting and refreshing to see beloved characters and Star Wars icons such as stormtroopers, TIE fighters and X-Wings even if they might be slightly updated (or older, in the case of the characters). To be honest it actually made more of a difference than I would have thought, as I went in thinking that The Force Awakens would live or die by the story and the chemistry alone. But no, so great to see marching troopers, dog fighting fighters and that fantastic sleek black and red Imperial interior design.

For the story itself, it didn’t play out the way I had put together in my head from the trailers (this, in Shane’s world, is a good thing). It flowed well and I only have a true beef with one main plot point (a really big one) that I won’t get into here but may revisit later once it’s cool to get into spoilers. The beef is along the lines of “again?” but… that’s as far as I go at this point. In general there were many intense moments, great action scenes, some laughs and all around decent writing and dialogue.

Rhythm-wise, it had a very strong first act, a second act that was good but that bogged down just a bit, a tad mind you for maybe 10 minutes, and a third act that kicked back up again quite nicely thank you very much.

Other non-spoilery things:

I really, really liked BB-8. I feel like they 100% created a great new Star Wars character. It’s hard to have a droid folks will like as much as R2-D2 but they did it.

As mentioned above, several great action scenes plus that signature Star Wars humor.

The Millennium Falcon is in the house. Like, way up in the house.

My friend who watched The Force Awakens with me didn’t really like Kylo Ren. I rather did, felt Kylo was a good villain and not just a Vader clone. And that lightsaber, hoo boy it’s pretty cool. You’re also going to be treated to some force moves you definitely haven’t seen before.

Luke Skywalker. What’s the deal with Luke? Is he even in the movie? Muah ha ha ha ha, I know and I ain’t tellin’!

Get ready for at least one “oh, no they did not” moment.

Family again plays a very important role, as it should in Star Wars.

The actor for one major, returning character seemed to give a bit of a phone it in performance. Felt just a bit off.

I felt like we didn’t really get good insight into the structure of the galaxy’s culture and political makeup for a payoff of the ending of Return of the Jedi. That’s one area The Force Awakens seemed a bit uncertain of itself.

As recent headlines have announced, there is no mid-credits or post-credits bonus scene. I sat through them anyway because, you know, it’s Star Wars. I was the last dork out of the theater, literally. No bonus scene. Trust me.

There. No spoilers. As promised. It’s good. Very good. Out of 4 stars? 3.75 probably. Go see it. I know I will more than once while it’s in theaters. Set coordinates and make the jump.

One last observation: it feels kind of weird to see a new Star Wars movie in December instead of May. Star Wars has always kind of had an association of air conditioning on a hot day in some part of my mind.

Fallout 4 Opening Cinematic & Character Appearance Customization

This video shows the opening cinematic / movie and character appearance customization options for Fallout 4.

Thanks for watching!
Shane

From Wikipedia:

Fallout 4 is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series, and was released worldwide on November 10, 2015 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

200 years after a nuclear war, Fallout 4 is set in a post-apocalyptic Boston, in which the player character emerges from an underground bunker known as a Vault. Gameplay is similar to Fallout 3. Completing quests and acquiring experience levels up the character, allowing for new abilities. With an optional first- or third-person view, players can explore Fallout 4‍ ’​s open world setting at will, allowing nonlinear gameplay. Additional party members can accompany the player, who are able to assist them in battles. Players have the ability to construct and deconstruct buildings and items, and use them to build a settlement, which can attract and be inhabited by non-playable characters.

Shane Plays Shadowrun Returns Dragonfall

Let’s Play Shadowrun Returns Dragonfall #14 (Droning on and on)

In this episode: We storm some corp’s offices and do some physical and cyber damage. Cuz that’s what runners do! Oh yeah, there’s a lot of drones.

NOTE: This is NOT Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall Director’s Cut. This is the original Dragonfall.

Thanks for watching!
Shane

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Shadowrun Returns is a CRPG based on the tabletop Shadowrun RPG first introduced in 1989. Shadowrun Returns was funded via Kickstarter and is available for PC, Mac, iPad and Android tablets.

GOG.com (Good Old Games)
Base Game: http://www.gog.com/game/shadowrun_returns?6a3236f5f213960de5c415fd15c6d1cb5a46d04e
Dragonfall DLC: http://www.gog.com/game/shadowrun_dragonfall?6a3236f5f213960de5c415fd15c6d1cb5a46d04e

Steam:
Base Game: http://store.steampowered.com/app/234650/
Dragonfall DLC: http://store.steampowered.com/app/272030/

GOG:
Base Game: http://www.gog.com/game/shadowrun_returns
Dragonfall DLC: http://www.gog.com/game/shadowrun_dragonfall

Apple:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shadowrun-returns/id667026182?ls=1&mt=8
*Dragonfall is not out for iOS at this time but will be soon according to developer. Base game available

Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.harebrainedschemes.shadowrun

Star Trek New Voyages: Mind-Sifter

There are a lot of fan-made Star Trek series and movies out there. They’re of varying quality, of course, but I tend to like them all on a certain level because they’re labors of love.

Two of the better efforts are Star Trek: New Voyages (now becoming Star Trek: Phase II) and Star Trek Continues. I recommend checking either of them out if you are a Star Trek nerd, especially if you really like The Original Series with Kirk and Co.

Star Trek New Voyages just released a new episode called “Mind-Sifter,” a joyful little romp through amnesia, torture and time travel that further spotlights Kirk and Spock’s relationship.

It’s interesting to note that this episode is based on a piece of fan fiction from 1975 (read more) that was later officially published by Bantam Books.

Let’s Play Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall 12 (How Dark Was My Ambush)

In part twelve we get ambushed in the U-Bahn (German Subway), get some ominous details from an encrypted datapad, spend some quality time with the team, watch another DVD (yep, really… that’s what you do in the future) and get ready to head out for our next meeting which should hopefully lead to another fun, exciting and downright educational shadowrun.

Thanks for watching!
Shane

Subscribe to the Shane Plays YouTube Channel! You know you want to!

Shadowrun Returns is a CRPG based on the tabletop Shadowrun RPG first introduced in 1989. Shadowrun Returns was funded via Kickstarter and is available for PC, Mac, iPad and Android tablets.

GOG.com (Good Old Games)
Base Game: http://www.gog.com/game/shadowrun_returns?6a3236f5f213960de5c415fd15c6d1cb5a46d04e
Dragonfall DLC: http://www.gog.com/game/shadowrun_dragonfall?6a3236f5f213960de5c415fd15c6d1cb5a46d04e

Steam:
Base Game: http://store.steampowered.com/app/234650/
Dragonfall DLC: http://store.steampowered.com/app/272030/

GOG:
Base Game: http://www.gog.com/game/shadowrun_returns
Dragonfall DLC: http://www.gog.com/game/shadowrun_dragonfall

Apple:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shadowrun-returns/id667026182?ls=1&mt=8
*Dragonfall is not out for iOS at this time but will be soon according to developer. Base game available

Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.harebrainedschemes.shadowrun
*Dragonfall not available on Google Play yet, base game available