Loot Crate Loot Anime Unboxing – February 2017 “Together”

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This month I’m checking out the newest Loot Anime box thanks to the fine people at Loot Crate. The theme this month is “Together” and features products from One Piece, The Boy and the Beast, Mr. Osamatsu, and Haikyu!!
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And next month’s Loot Anime looks awesome! The theme is Future and features the anime Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Kiznaiver, Psycho-Pass, and Clockwork Planet!

Video Game Poetry – Child of Light

More and more, video games become my source of entertainment and inspiration.

Particularly with the rise of Indie games and even large studios taking a chance on less “commercial” games. With the age of downloads, iTunes Stores, etc, companies seem far more willing to take a chance with more niche projects.

A game I recently learned about fitting this mold is Child of Light. It’s being produced by a smaller development team within Ubisoft called Ubi-Art.

I read somewhere (forgive me for not quoting, but I’ve lost the link) the developers wanted this game to be like playing through poetry. Check out the gameplay trailer below, and I think you’ll agree they succeeded.

 

Just watching this fills me with inspiration and makes me want to write fairy tales.

But don’t worry, Bleeding Worlds will be finished first 😉

This releases at the end of April. I’ll absolutely be buying it, and I’ll give you some thoughts.

What do you think? Look enticing, or not your thing?

Hyper Light Drifter – 8-bit Gaming with Modern Esthetics

Caught this video via IGN on YouTube. The game is called Hyper Light Drifter and evokes memories of the classic games on NES and SNES. I love the look of it and will fork over a couple of bucks to own it on my PS4.

It’s an Indie game that got its funding via KickStarter.

Check out the video below. If you’re a fan of anime, I think you’ll agree that the designers took some influence from the genre. I’m excited for this. I think it’s amazing that Indie games are starting to get the same freedom and wide availability that we Indie writers are enjoying.

You can currently pre-order the game for Mac/PC/Steam from their website

How Did Captain America Become the Most Pivotal Character in the Marvel Film Universe?

shield_of_captain_america-HDI’ve always been more of a Marvel fan.

In terms of Comics, Batman was the only DC character whose monthly issues I purchased regularly. On the other hand, I had numerous Marvel titles including the heavies, X-Men & Spiderman.

I never got into Captain America. To be honest, I always assumed he could never exist outside American patriotism. Since I wasn’t American, I wasn’t overly interested.

The first Captain American film was a surprise. An engaging every-man’s tale, it had all the things a movie needs to be decent; good directing, excellent casting, and a strong script. I admit it, I ate humble pie. Captain America’s tale was more than just American breast beating. It was a tale about a man who wanted to do the right thing, and when the opportunity came, he did the right thing.

Still, despite Marvel’s above average batting score on films, I had to wonder if Captain 1 had been a fluke.

Thor 2 dispelled some of those fears. After all, Thor seemed like even more of an unlikely film franchise, and I enjoyed both movies.

When the trailers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out, I was excited. It looked thrilling, an action feast.

What I didn’t expect was it would prove to be the biggest game changer for the entire Marvel Film Universe. What I didn’t expect was a strong script that featured some amazing character moments and even elevated secondary character, Black Widow, to feature character material.

I don’t want to spoil it, though I suppose most fans have seen it already, but now that I see how this played out, it’s so obvious Captain America was the only character on screen who could’ve told this story. Only Cap, with his patriotism, fight for the truth attitude, could possibly make this work. It also helps that of the current Marvel roster, Cap is the most human. He lives on the government dime, he’s stuck in his past while trying to figure out his future. He’s strong, fearless, and a master using a shield, but take that away, he’s very human. Stark without the suit is still brilliant and wealthy, Banner can’t exorcise the Hulk, and Thor is…well, a demigod. Captain America is a man with principles, and while his abilities allowed for some stunning action and fight sequences, he still bled, he still bruised, and he still felt every betrayal.

Some reviews have compared this film to the espionage films from the Seventies. They’re not wrong. Despite the action sequences, which were stunning, this movie had a lot of exposition, a lot of plot and twists. And funny enough, it actually did what many amazing Indie comics have, and continue to do, which is act as social commentary. Captain America has a message, and it’s timely. It made me think about our world and current society. It gave me pause, because its ideas weren’t all that implausible.

Unlike  Thor 2 and Iron Man 3, this film didn’t feel like a stopover while waiting for Avengers 2. It felt vital and refreshing. It left the Marvel films, and especially the TV show Agents of SHIELD, in a different, and thrilling, place.

Comic Book movies have often fell into a paint-by-numbers rut. Hero meets girl, girl (and world) get in trouble, hero saves both, teaser for the next film, The End.

Captain American didn’t do that. It broke a few of those conventions. And I’m going to spoil this… MINOR SPOILER… Cap doesn’t end up with Black Widow. Which I thought for sure they would angle for. I mean, every DC movie would have. But Winter Soldier manages to avoid it plausibly.

Yes, I loved this movie. Because it was everything I would want a movie to be, comic book based or not.

The Marvel Universe has been greatly altered, and it all hinged on Captain America. It’s awesome.

And my humble pie continues to be delicious.

JR

Harbinger Free During Read an Ebook Week @ Smashwords

RAEWbanner1Ebook retailer/distributor Smashwords is holding their annual Read an Ebook Week from March 2-8, 2014.

I’m joining in the celebration this year by offering Harbinger for FREE and Suture at 50% Off.

They’re both available in Epub format, but should be easily convertible with a number of free programs as they are DRM free.

You can see my books on my Smashwords Author page.

In order to receive the discounts, you need to enter the applicable coupon code during checkout.

To receive Harbinger for free, enter coupon code RW100.

To receive the 50% discount for Suture, enter coupon code REW50.

Remember, these codes are only good from 12:01am March 2nd to 11:59pm March 8th. After that, the codes expire and the books will be full price once again. I admit, I don’t often offer discounts on my books, so this is a great time to pick them up if you’ve been on the fence about purchasing them.

And hey, since you love to read, be sure to check out Smashwords’ special category for Read an Ebook Week which lists all the books that are available at a discount. The full catalogue can be browsed at https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/

So hit Smashwords the first week of March and get a year’s worth of reading for an amazing price.

And as always, if you pick up the books from The Bleeding Worlds, let me know what you thought either via social media, or by filling in the contact form on this website.

All the best,

JR

And happy reading!

Create Your Own Minifigure

I was one of those kids that loved playing with action figures. To be honest, sitting here in my office, I just have to look at two shelves to see a Figma Black Rock Shooter and a Soul of Chogokin Evangelion-01. Some habits die hard.

I recall my frustration as a child buying a die-cast vehicle and being angry because the figures inside were glued in, with no hope of removing them. It made no sense to me why figures would be included without being playable.

Fast forward to now, and I’ve come across an amazing Kickstarter campaign for a company called Hero Forge.

This company is currently aimed at the tabletop RPG gamers. They have created a web based system where a person can select from a variety of pre-programmed races, poses, armor sets, and weapons, to create a custom minifigure. This figure is then printed using a 3D printer and shipped to the customer who can leave it plain, or go about painting it.

I’m not a tabletop gamer, but the idea that a custom figure could be produced for a relatively low cost (they figure $12-$15) is very exciting. Imagine the possibilities for an indie author. Writing a story with a striking character, you could  hire someone to do the 3D model then have it printed. The printer allows for more detail and less cost than the traditional mode of injection mold and sculpting. They also say since it’s all based on a 3D render, the size of the figure can be changed without issue.

This could lead to exciting possibilities for promotions, or just to fill my shelf with my own original characters 😉

As of this morning the campaign is fully funded (but there’s still 32 days to go if you want to contribute). Watch this company, I think they’re going to do some very exciting things!

Revelation Game Free Now Until September 25th

Revelation Game CoverMy novella Revelation Game is free on Amazon starting today and until September 25th. After that it reverts back to its normal price of $0.99.

If you grab it for free, I’d love to hear what you thought. Post your reviews to Amazon, Goodreads, or drop me an email.

I wrote a new book blurb for it, one that gives a better idea of the story;

Tyler Drake uses video games as an escape. His latest obsession is the MMORPG Revelations, that lets players choose the side of Heaven or Hell in a war for the hearts and souls of humanity.

When events from the game appear to bleed into the real world, Tyler begins to question his gameplay decisions.

Because if the game is real, he has committed terrible evil.

And Hell owns his soul.

Hope you get a chance to pick it up and that you enjoy!

All the best,

JR