Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Crashing the Party at E3: Crash Bandicoot Revealed as Guest Sensei in Skylanders Imaginators during Sony's Conference

Just like last year saw Bowser and Donkey Kong revealed as "Skymiibo" for Skylanders SuperChargers, this year's E3 delivered another ground-breaking reveal...the beloved, Crash Bandicoot is coming to Skylanders Imaginators!

Crashing the Skylanders Imaginators Party at E3: Crash Bandicoot Reveal!
Toy Images, Illustrations, Screenshots, and Gameplay!


Reports claiming he will only be available in PS3/PS4 Starter Packs or only be playable on PlayStations are FALSE.

Crash Bandicoot will be playable on both Xbox One and Xbox 360 as well as the Nintendo Wii U.

And while he will be available at launch exclusively in Special PS3/PS4 Starter Packs, he should be headed for a stand-alone release later on...

Also of note, the Crash Bandicoot Starter Packs will run you $99.99.  Regular ($74.99) Starter Packs will also be available for both PlayStation consoles.

As seen in the video, they have done a fantastic job integrating Crash as a Skylander and he looks right at home.  Just as Bowser and Donkey Kong had faithful movesets, the same applies to Crash Bandicoot.

Crash mega-fans will also be happy to hear that Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped are all slated for release in 2017 as HD remasters for PS4 Owners.  Those who fall into that camp are also likely to remember that this is the 20th Anniversary for Crash Bandicoot, so the timeline ties in quite well.

I have created two-new polls on the Skylander Club Forum:
-Crash Hype
-Crash vs Bowser & Donkey Kong

Anyone can vote in the polls, so please do and let your sentiments be known!

You can also learn more on the Skylander Club Forum:
http://www.skylanderclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=659

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Skylanders Imaginators: What You Need to Know

Well, June 1st, 2016...summer is fast approaching and we are a mere 4 months and change from Skylanders Six, or Skylanders Imaginators as we can now call it!  Imaginators features two big selling points: new Sensei Skylanders and Imaginite Creation Crystals that will store YOUR CUSTOM SKYLANDERS!  Check the video for more information:

Skylanders Imaginators: What You Need to Know

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KIDS CREATE THEIR ULTIMATE SKYLANDERS IN
SKYLANDERS IMAGINATORS

The Only Way to Bring a Gigantic Flaming Chipmunk-Headed Tornado Twisting Dino-Legged Turtle-Shelled Bowslinger with a Robot Voice and a Jet Pack to Life!

Fans to Submit their Skylander Designs for Chance to have
Creations Featured in Game at Launch!



Santa Monica, Calif. - June 1, 2016 - Since the launch of Skylanders®, kids around the world have sent Toys For Bob, the pioneers of the toys-to-life category, hand-drawn Skylanders with one special request - please bring my Skylander to life.This October, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) will make that wish a reality. For the first time,Skylanders® Imaginators will empower Portal Masters to unleash their imaginations by giving them the freedom to create their own Skylander.

"Since we launched the very first Skylanders game, we have received countless letters and drawings from kids all over the world sharing their vision for their own Skylanders. No matter how in touch with our 'inner kids' we might think we are as adults, nothing comes close to the endless creativity that springs from the mind of an inspired kid," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. "We've turned this year's game into the ultimate blank canvas for kids' imaginations so they can create and play their own Skylanders."

Skylanders Imaginators gives players immense possibilities -- including appearance, powers, abilities, names, catchphrases, musical themes and much more -- to create the wildest Skylanders imaginable. The amazing depth of the creation system could allow for more than a googol distinctive characters.

With the evil Kaos on a new quest to take over Skylands, it's up to Portal Masters everywhere to create their own Skylanders - known as Imaginators - using the new elementally-aligned toy type called the Creation Crystal. Creation Crystals allow players to transport their Imaginators to consoles at anytime, anywhere!
Skylanders Imaginators introduces Skylanders Senseis, all-new heroes who represent 10 powerful Battle Classes such as Knight, Sorcerer, Bowslinger, Brawler and more. Skylanders Senseis help train created Imaginators by offering a range of benefits including unlocking super-cool Imaginator weapons, providing access to special areas in the game, as well as bestowing Secret Techniques across the Battle Classes. Senseis also have their own unique benefits including the extraordinary ability to unleash Sky-Chi - the ultimate Battle Class super move. There are a total of 31 Senseis, which include some fan-favorite villains who have been reformed and now fight for good!

"Skylanders consistently delivers on innovative gameplay experiences. With customization a dominant trend in the consumer market, the fact that Skylanders Imaginators will allow kids to bring their own creations to life is a game changer and one our customers will enjoy," said Richard Barry, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys"R"Us, Inc. "We are proud to continue to serve as a marquee Skylanders destination, and look forward to fans' excitement when the new Skylanders Imaginators game arrives this holiday season."

To celebrate imaginations coming to life, Activision is kicking off the 
"Skylanders Art-to-Life Contest." Starting today, Portal Masters are invited to submit drawings of their own created Skylanders for a chance to have their characters represented in the Skylanders Imaginators game at launch! To participate, fans simply draw their imagined Skylander and submit it via Instagram or Twitter with the dedicated hashtag#SkylandersArtContest, or to us directly at SkylandersCommunity@Activision.com

The judging panel will include Toys For Bob who will determine a grand prize winner. For more information, including rules, visit: Skylanders.com/SkylanderArtContest. 
Starting today, fans can pre-order Skylanders Imaginators Starter Packs which include two new Skylanders characters, a Creation Crystal, Portal of Power®and the full AAA game. Skylanders Imaginators will be available on Xbox 360™ and Xbox One™video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment systems and Nintendo's Wii U™ system.

Developed by Toys For Bob, Skylanders Imaginators supports all 300+ Skylanders toys from previous games. The game will be available on October 16 in North America for the suggested retail price of $74.99. For more information, fans can check out the debut of the Skylanders Snapchat channel or watch the story unfold here and here.

Master King Pen: Figure, Illustration, and Screenshots

Golden Queen: Figure, Illustration, and Screenshot


Tri-Tip: Figure, Illustration, and Screenshot

Fire Element Imaginite Creation Crystal
Custom Fire Skylander Screenshots











What I Would Like to See in Skylanders 6

So...heavily requested video and a MASSIVE time constraint.  Basically we will have official news on the real Skylanders 6 here in a few hours.  Do I know some things already?  Yes.  Have I seen some things that people weren't supposed to see yet? Yes.  Can you find that same info on the net...most certainly.  However, out of respect to the people behind the game I won't be posting or discussing any of that here...These are my legitimate "wants" for Skylanders 6.

That said...check back later today as I'll likely have a slew of info up on the next installment! You can also check my site here AND the Skylander Club Forum (http://www.skylanderclub.com) for more info throughout the day (keep in mind I work a real job and this is a side-hobby).

Anyway here is the video...

What I Would Like to See in Skylanders 6


Is it long...yeah, but what did you expect?  I have to crank this stuff out late at night (4 AM now) and I am working with a really badly stubbed toe (good news, I don't think I broke it, haha).

So here are some bullet points, obviously the video will expand on these:

SSA Format 
-Elemental Areas are Meaningful
-Elemental Levels
-Central Focus on Levels and Boss Battles
-Save Points
-Maintain Training Ground
--Enemy Spawn Button/Simulator

Character Release
-Include Battlecat Card
-1 of Whatever Required available AT LAUNCH
-All Undead Characters available BEFORE Halloween
-Modest Line-up (16-24 maximum)
-Series 2 for Core Skylanders
--Warnado, Dino-Rang, Sunburn, Ghost Roaster/Chopper, Blades, Scorp, Star Strike etc.
-SuperCharger Treatment for any Returning Character
--Ie if we get another Spyro, give him a whole new move set etc.
-If Triple Packs really exist, make them just as available as Singles to help folks save money
-Hidden Chase Variants-Up End Consumer's Chance of Landing Specials
-Legendary, Nitro, Dark, etc all need Stat Boosts
-$9.99 target price, $12.99 max for "Gimmick-Landers"
-Maintain Eon's Elite $19.99 with frequent sales
-LightCore WITH full upgrade tree AND user activated flash bomb

Complete Set Bonus (Not in Video--See, Another Perk to Reading!)
-If you have ALL of a certain character, you should get an accolade, special hat, or stat boost...just a nice token of appreciation.  So S1 Terrafin, S2 Terrafin, S3 Terrafin, and SuperCharged Terrafin = Accolades.
--I think this could also apply to full sets of Legendary or Dark Skylanders.

Additional Game Modes

Battle Mode
--Must Have It.  If not "in game" than stand alone entry
---Update Character Roster and add new arenas
----Seasonal Updates
--Single Player vs AI, Local, and Online
---Expanding past 2 Skylanders would be a future goal
---Imagine an online 4v4, or pitting the SSA Life vs SSA Undead..EPICNESS!!!!

Heroics or Quests
--Expand on Character's Lore
--Allow users to spend time and train/upgrade (statistically enhance) their favorite Skylanders

Adventure Packs
-Would Love to Play the Levels Again!  What a surprise it would be! HD Darklight Crypt!!

Worries
-Traps and Vehicles...Any function?
-Removing established features...never makes people happy

Future Expansion

Battle Mode
--Ultimate Replay Value...Incentive for older characters
---Frequent Updates and DLC for new characters and arenas 

Battlecast
--If the game takes off, it needs to be updated regularly by adding in new characters
---It would be okay to do so slowly as to not overwhelm players/collectors

PC Presence
--Battlecast needs to be on PC; tons of kids online (see Minecraft servers)
--Skylanders: Spyro's Universe
---I would love to see this, or something similar relaunched.  Endless possibilities.  It was a TON of FUN for anyone who missed out...and I had a killer Skylands if you wondered ;)

Conclusion
I could seriously go on...for hours.  This is kind of a rushed video despite having been thinking about it for a while now...I added a few points of interest here that were not covered in the video.  That said, let me know your thoughts and I will catch you back for insights on the REAL Skylanders 6!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Skylanders Battlecast Quick Start Guide & What You Need to Know



So, this just showed up at work this afternoon:


Yup...Skylanders Battlecast is here!  Technically, it was out a day early in the app store, but the cards hit retailers today, Tuesday, May 24th, 2016.  If Battlecast sounds familiar, it should...each Starter Pack for Skylanders SuperChargers included (2) Battlecast Cards, Spitfire and Stealth Elf.

You probably remember the cards now, but might still be wondering just what Battlecast is...hopefully this will help you!

Skylanders Battlecast is a free-to-play mobile game that you can download from Amazon, the Google Play Store, or the App Store for Apple people.  Unlike recent entries that are full games on-par with the consoles, this is different.  That said, it isn't like Battle Grounds, Cloud Patrol, or Lost Islands either.  Skylanders Battlecast is a stand-alone card battling game...yeah, like the super popular entries you watch on Twitch, but with your favorite Skylanders and similarly themed attributes!  Got your attention now?  Good!

Let's keep this simple and run down the basics...you know, the stuff other people overlook that makes you continually rely on me to provide you with the pertinent and thorough details you crave...

Battlecast: The Game

Q: Where Do I Get Skylanders Battlecast?  
A: Amazon (Fire Tablets etc.), Android=Google Play Store, Apple=App Store.

Q: What does Skylanders Battlecast cost?
A: It is free to download and free-to-play, but will offer in-app and external purchases.

Q: Okay, I want the cards...what do the cards cost?
A: While I am unsure of in-app pricing, I can tell you retail pricing...we will cover that soon!

Q: Battlecast is a mobile game...so I can play online with my friend, right?
A: You bet!  Let's take a look at the game modes.

Battlecast: Game Modes

Solo
-Player vs CPU in a Single Player Campaign

Multiplayer
-Casual PvP: Just for fun...play your friends, test decks, hone your skills...no loss in rank points.
-Friends List: Same as above, but ranked play...bring your best deck and A-Game!

Battlecast Cards

So, you are a completionist...a Portal Master supreme...a collector of the rare and exotic...a person with more Skylanders than square footage.  You might be asking yourself, "Well, I've never played a card battling game...might not like it, but the cards are cool and I want to collect them...is there a point?"  Why yes there is!  Similarly, you should give the game a shot too, but let's break down the cards.

There are Four Card Groups

-Character Cards
There are currently 24 Character Cards (Spitfire, Stealth Elf, etc.), that include an assortment of characters from all the games installments.  I have no info on if the game will expand to gradually include more (ie everyone), but I certainly hope so.

Current Roster: 
Air: Stormblade, Jet-Vac, and Whirlwind
Earth: Smash Hit, Crusher, and Flashwing
Fire: Spitfire, Hot Head, and Eruptor
Life: Stealth Elf, Food Fight, and Tree Rex
Magic: Spyro, Pop Fizz, and Ninjini
Tech: Trigger Happy, Jawbreaker, and Countdown
Undead: Hex, Roller Brawl, and Krypt King
Water: Snap Shot, Rip Tide, and Wash Buckler

-Spell Cards
Cast spells, attack enemies, heal, and more.

-Gear Cards
Boost stats or add effects.

-Relic Cards
Can change battle dynamics

Now some of you are thinking, "Cool!" and other are more on the lines of, "Hmm, idk...I really wish there were super rare cards I could try to track down."  Well you are in luck!

Rare, Collectible Cards

You had be expecting this, right?  Well here is what I know so far...

There are Four types of cards

-Common
-Rare
-Epic
-Ultimate

As best I can tell, these are identified by a colored key on the card:
Common=Gray, Rare=Blue, Epic=Purple, and Ultimate=Gold

This likely also corresponds to the Gold and Silver Foil Variants.  I will update as I learn which is which.

Skylanders Battlecast Retail Cards and Pricing

This takes us back to an early question...here is what I can tell you.  The common way to acquire cards will be as follows:

Battle Packs $9.99 
-Two versions are available and each contains 22 cards, including 3 specific character cards
--Battle Pack 1: Spyro, Stormblade, and Snap Shot
--Battle Pack 2: Trigger Happy, Hex, and Smash Hit
---These are can't miss...you literally see a box that has Spyro, or Trigger Happy front and center.  The (3) Skylanders featured are given...the rest of the cards will be random.

Each Battle Pack will include:
-A Deck Box
-22 Cards
-A Trading Shield
-Collection Poster & Beginner's Guide

Battle Pack-Spyro

Battle Pack-Trigger Happy


Once you have made your selection, or OP Battlecastered (is that a word?  It is now!) and acquired both Battle Packs, you can expand your deck by way of Booster Packs.

Booster Packs $4.99-$5.99

Each Booster Pack will contain (8) random cards and a chance to collect the Rare Gold and Silver Foil Variants you will likely seek.  Right now, I only know of (3) different character fronts: Jet-Vac, Eruptor, and Pop Fizz.



Other Options

So, both Battle Packs and Booster Packs aren't enough to satisfy your completionist side?  Here are some other options I have found online:

Ultimate Starter Pack $59.99

The Ultimate Stater Pack is actually a pretty sweet deal if you plan to go all-in on collecting, or get addicted to the gameplay...or both.

Aside from my ultra swanky, hand signed screen-grab, here is a text run down of what you get:
-(2) Battle Packs (Spyro and Trigger Happy)
-(9) Booster Packs
-(1) Sweet Carrying Case

Doing the math you'd have $9.99x2 for the Battle Packs and $4.99 for the Booster Packs.  Simple rounding and quick math dictates these items wound run you $20+$45=$65, so you save around $5 by getting it as a package deal AND you get the sweet carrying case!

Master Box $169.99

So, you sprung for the Ultimate Starter Pack, but you want more...more Booster Packs, more foils, more Spell, Gear, and Relic cards...what is a Portal Master to do?  Well, you could spring for the "Master Box" that consists of 36 Booster Packs!

Simple math of $5x36=$180 so you're saving about $10 right off the bat...and building a ridiculous collection to slaughter your opponents and trade for more!




Initial Impressions

Concept and Packaging

I have to say, I love the packaging!  It is simple, sleek, and enticing.  The prices really aren't that bad either given the fact that the game is free and any add-ons are optional.  I think this hits a nice niche in the Skylanders community that ties in a new game mode that will expose young players and other series veterans to the card based battling games that are quite popular and catchy AND allow those with zero interest in the card game side to collect something else that is easy to display.

Gameplay

Unlike some YouTube personalities, I work a day job totally unrelated to gaming...and this is the busy season.  As such, I have yet to play the game.  I'm seriously typing out this review at 2:15 AM...for me it is more a labor of love than anything.  I will, however, say that I am very excited to give Battlecast a go!  I have never really played the online card battling games and always wanted to see what the buzz was about...this makes that very easy.

Hopes for the Future of Battlecast

I know, it just came out...and I haven't played it...or unboxed anything, but I feel my sentiments will be shared by the hardcore Skylander fans.

PC and Console Presence

First off, and this might be more of a personal desire...I really wish Battlecast was on console and PC, especially PC.  I would love to play it with keyboard and mouse and would not at all mind entering a code, or scanning a card in thru a Portal, or other alternate means.  I get the target audience and the desire to have something mobile, but I'm a bit old school and think that Battlecast on the monitor I'm working from right now would be killer.
Plus, I have no space on my iPad for Battlecast right now...and I will have to update the software.  I will reference this that I am far more of an Android person, but I my tablet is an iPad.  The easiest remedy here would be if Apple wasn't bent on proprietary grounds and would allow for expandable storage.  Case in point, if I had an Android tablet I'd be streaming Battlecast right now.  My phone is maxed out as well, but my reason for not installing there is that I have a new S7 sitting in the box...it has been there like 3 weeks now...as mentioned, work is busy.  The other side of the phone vs tablet is that I have big hands and prefer a tablet, although a smart phone will be ideal for younger hands.

Expanded Roster

Keep in mind, I've yet to open the cards, or play the game, but as I understand it from the Battlecast website there are 24 Skylanders available.  I would really like to see the full roster (past, present, and future games) brought in...even if it is slowly.  An expansion here and there would be awesome and keep the buzz rolling...These updates can also be strategically positioned to help Portal Masters deal with the infamous summer lull between completing last fall's game and waiting for the next main installment.

Frequent Updates

This ties in with the roster expansion, but I feel like a steady stream of updates, even if they are just simple bug fixes, or the like would go a long way towards making the player base feel well taken care of...Small things like throwing in a 4th of July themed battle, or loading message is a nice touch.

Including Cards with Skylanders

This kind of boggled my mind a bit with SuperChagers.  The Starter Packs had Spitfire and Stealth Elf cards...nothing else.  If you bought Smash Hit, no card.  Sky Race Action pack, no card.  And it wasn't just no Battlecast card, but rather no stat card like fans grew accustomed to...

Again, maybe it is more my audience of hardcore players and collectors, but this was a big disappointment...to have a staple, and something people archived in binders and made their own card games to utilize was disheartening.

My hope moving forward is that new Skylanders (ie Single Pack Air Element New Character for Skylanders 6) have cards back...but as Battlecast Cards!  This just makes sense.  Players get their beloved card back with the figure AND have more incentive to download Battlecast and give it a go...You could even put the old fashioned stats on the Battlecast Cards.  It is, in my opinion, a practical choice to further advance Battlecast and satisfy veterans of the series and collectors.

Conclusion

I am VERY excited to open the cards up and play Skylanders Battlecast!  Any videos I do will likely be streamed on Twitch and then exported over to YouTube.  It is my way of getting around having to render out a recording from the iPad...those file sizes are MASSIVE.  Plus, this will let y'all check the game out, see it first hand, provide real time feedback, and to be honest...games like Hearthstone just seem better when they are streamed...I hope Battlecast takes off and becomes a year round staple for the franchise...stay tuned for more coverage!



Update: Unboxing Breakdown

Battle Pack #1 (Spyro)
-Spyro, Snap Shot, and Stormblade (Face up and in-order)
-1 Additional Character Card: Smash Hit
-4 Gear Cards: Ampli-flier, Chromatic Bauble, Magma Core, and Ten Gallon Hat
-1 Relic Card: Noxious Firebrand
-14 Spell Cards: About to Blow, Abra-Kaboom, Beam Barrage, Eon's Might, Growth Spurt, Hoot Shot, Jinxed, Leafy Greens, Melt Down, Rock Roll'd, Snow Blind, Tidal Wave, Trial by Fire
--16 Commons
--4 Rares: Ten Gallon Hat, About to Blow, Melt Down, Tidal Wave
--2 Epics: Growth Spurt, Rock Roll'd
--0 Ultimate
--0 Foils

Booster Pack #1 (Jet-Vac External Art, Eruptor on the Pack)
-4 Character Cards: Food Fight, Jet-Vac, Smash Hit, and Stealth Elf
-1 Relic Card: Ageless Bonsai
-3 Spell Cards: Buurrrp!, Raise Your Hands, Snow Blind
--5 Commons
--2 Rare (Blue): Food Fight and Jet-Vac
--1 Epic (Purple): Relic-Ageless Bonsai
--0 Ultimate
--0 Foils

Battle Pack #2 (Trigger Happy)
Trigger Happy, Hex, and Smash Hit
-0 Additional Character Cards
-2 Gear Cards: Ampli-Flier and Titan's Hilt
-1 Relic Card: Prophetic Pick
-16 Spell Cards: Abra-Kaboom, All You Can Eat, Back to Your Roots, Beam Barrage, Bloom, Boo!, Concussion, Flame Wave, Impending Doom, Jellyfish Squall, Rummage, Slice of Life, Too Hot to Handle, Torchnado, Whirl and Swirl, and Wishful Thinking
--16 Commons
--4 Rare (Blue): Titan's Hilt, Prophetic Pick, All You Can Eat, and Whirl and Swirl
--2 Epic (Purple): Back to Your Roots and Slice of Life
--0 Ultimate
--0 Foils

Booster Pack #2: (Pop Fizz External Art, Eruptor on the Pack)
-1 Character Card: Jawbreaker
-1 Gear Card: Ampli-Flier
-0 Relic Cards
-6 Spell Cards: Chuggernaut, Fireball, Fire Hose, Fuel for the Fire, Rock Solid, and Wishful Thinking
--5 Commons
--2 Rare (Blue): Jawbreaker and Chuggernaut
--1 Epic (Purple): Fire Hose
--0 Ultimate
--0 Foils





Sunday, May 8, 2016

Minecon 2016 & Mother's Day

Well, we did it...Mother's Day Weekend 2016 and we have tickets to Minecon!



This has been somewhat of a family goal for a few years now.  My Nephew, thewalkthruking, became obsessed with the game shortly after we sorted out how to actually play Pocket Edition.  Since those early days he moved on to Minecraft Console Edition via Xbox One, and then wound up with a custom, gaming computer to play PC.  

Instrumental in his addiction was the PvP side of the game...he can quote off Mindcrack UHC stats better than a Wiki, or Reddit and in the downtime came across other SMPs with their own UHCs like The Cube.  Ever longing for more, he got into Reddit UHC, Badlion, and more.

We not only live streamed our own Pocket Edition UHCs in those early days, but PvP Matches, Build-Offs, and our custom, now traditional, "Bare Fist Beatdowns" became staples for any family gathering. Minecraft usurped Mario Kart Wii and became King.
A few short years later I set up the Minelogox server for a Christmas gift...I don't know that I'll ever top it.  With our new gaming computers, we are pushing that ground while also enjoying Realms based Minigames via a Realm he got from his Nana for this past birthday (and as a cover in case we couldn't score Minecon tickets).

Minecon will finally give him the chance to meet some of his favorite YouTubers and the people behind the game!  We have wanted to do this for awhile and Minecon kind of combines a whole host of smaller, regional conventions where a few folks would be at and expands it 20 fold with a straight up focus on the block game.

For his Birthday this year, my Mom (see also TWK's Nana), said she would get him Minecon tickets.  We tried Friday night and couldn't checkout...they were sold out, we must have just missed it.  Saturday we were on the road and all of us busted out or cell phones and frantically hit refresh more than we'd cumulatively used the button in the phone's lifetime..the carhop at Sonic probably thought we were crazy when the car shook with the elated roar following my sister's, "I'm in...we got them!"

We tried to stay calme as we figured we could still get booted...the final submit was hit and then we had successive notification chimes of confirmation e-mails.  Freakin' sweet!!!  We are going to Minecon!  The pure tremor of joy we all saw from TWK made the effort worthwhile.  The game that has dominated his, and our, life for these last few years is going to be accessible at a new, more personable level...and that is VERY exciting.

The only downside is that my Mom and Sister were a little disappointed when they learned the "capes" we kept talking about were virtual, or in-game only and NOT something tangible, in real life...maybe Mojang could make them 2 for Mother's Day...

Happy Mother's Day to all the great Mom's out there!  The day is intended to honor moms with gifts and praise, and while this technically happened Saturday, not Sunday, the effort in scoring the tickets is  reflective of the 24/7, year-round efforts mothers put forth to raise their children right and do what they can to bring joy into their lives...Maybe TWK and I can get them IRL Minecon capes, their current capes are hard to see ;)

Hope to see some of you out in Cali and at Minecon for a great time!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Channel Update - April 2016: Skylanders, Minecraft, Stardew Valley, Vlogging, and Joining Minelogix

April 2016 Channel Update


Skylanders SuperChargers

Currently Recording 
-SC Racing Side of the Game
--Sea Complete, Ready for Air
Figures
-Still need Soda Skimmer and Buzz Wing
--Waiting for sales and release
Upgrades
-Have a few SuperCharged Challenges left
Quests
-Tessa, Hugo, and Pandergast
--Do You Want to See Them?  Streamed?
SkylanderClub.com
-Join the Forum!
--Slacking because of time being put into recordings
--Will soon release Attack Damage Numbers Spreadsheets

Minecraft


Wiisdom Plays Minecraft (PC)
-New Series, Click for Playlist
--1.9 Solo Survival
--Cool Stuff Planned
--Griefer Free Zone
--Interaction with Subscribers...stay tuned for more info!

Minelogix SMP
-Season 1 ended due to griefer; Click for Playlist
-Season 2 will start being recorded Saturday night
--Looking for good, quality members to join
---Apply Here!!  Click this Link!

Stardew Valley

-Relatively new series
-Loving the game
-Do you want to see it more frequently?
-Click for the Playlist
Upload Schedule

-Currently 10 AM and 4 PM
-Would you prefer different time slots?
--9 AM and 3 PM, 8 AM and 5 PM etc.
---All times CST
Nintendo

Nintendo NX
-Announced Release for March 2017
-Zelda "Wii U" to be focus of E3
-I got one of the first replies to the tweet...and pushed #Waluigi

Sunday Smash
-TWK and I likely to continue Sunday live stream

What Do You Want to See Most?
-Mario Kart 8
-Animal Crossing amiibo Festival
-Animal Crossing City Folk
-Yoshi's Wooly World

3DS Action
-Still mainly ACNL
--Soleil moved out, Sterling moved in
--Dream Address: 5200-3152-5724
-Want to get back on Professor Layton and A Link to the Past

New Playthru Planned
-Heavily requested
--Will reveal just before it begins

Recent Equipment Upgrades

Computer
-Custom Built by Yours Truly...runs great! Click for Playlist!
-Astro A50s...heavily used, love them!  Click for Blog Post!
-Blue Yeti Whiteout...using it now.  Click for Blog Post!
-Updated Blog and Twitch

What's Going on Wisdom?

Currently Playing
-Skylanders, Minecraft, Stardew Valley, Smash Bros., ACNL on 3DS

Currently Listening
-Audioslave, Pearl Jam, The Wallflowers

Currently Watching
-NBA Playoffs
--Dream Finals (would have been) Mavs vs Hornets, Mavs winning in 6 Games
-NFL Draft TONIGHT
--Cowboys #4 Pick!

Currently Eating
-Switched from Digornio's to Frechetta
--Brick Oven Crust; Finally found Thin Crust, will try it tonight for draft!
--Does anyone care?

Vlogging?

Frequently Requested
-Would be "non-traditional"
-Likely more of a conversation style video you could listen to while doing other things

Conclusion

-As always thanks for watching
-Like/Comment/Subscribe
--Non-MCN Partnered Channel, fighting the battle daily
-Please let me know your thoughts on:
--Skylanders Quests, Upload Times, More Nintendo Content, and "vlogging"
---For those of you actually reading this, Thank You...The stuff I want your input on is highlighted in light blue!

Social Media Links

-YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/1ofWiisdom
-Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/1ofWiisdom
-Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/1ofWiisdom
-Skylander Club Forum: http://www.skylanderclub.com
-Minelogix Website: http://www.minelogix.net

Time Stamps

-Skylanders: 0:00-3:21
-Minecraft: 3:22-15:23
--Wiisdom Plays: 3:22-5:49
--Minelogix: 5:50-13:09
-Stardew Valley: 13:10-14:13
-Upload Schedule: 14:14-15:28
-Nintendo: 15:29-19:23
-Equipment Upgrades: 19:24-21:20
-What's Up Wiisdom?: 21:21-24:50
-Vlogging: 24:51-26:13
-Conclusion: 26:14-End

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Nintendo NX Announced for March 2017, New Legend of Zelda Game to be E3 Focus

Well, sometimes being up at 2 AM has its perks...while in between Sea Cups in Skylanders SuperChargers, I checked Twitter to see this little gem that was tweet a mere 28 seconds prior...


I was also one of the first to 2-3 to reply to the tweet...as you can see, I got a plug in for Waluigi.

So what are your thoughts...excited, neutral, disappointed?

The NX will put Big N Fans in a familiar spot as "Zelda Wii U" is to launch with the NX alongside its Wii U release.  I had kind of predicted this with the delay...very similar to previous end/start cycles with other consoles.

That said, the new installment is to be Nintendo's big focus at E3 this year!  The info had an odd release time in part due to the investor's meeting in Japan.  That said, works well for night owls like myself...many folks will be waking up happy in a few hours!