A recently turned 30 going on 13 year old just trying to make my way in an increasingly confusing world.
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I bought the Crimson Shroud on a whim, having played some Level 5 stuff before and because it was on offer (and still is at time of writing) on the Nintendo 3DS e-shop.
I'm a fan of the RPG genre, but have never really delved into the world of tabletop gaming before, apart from a little flurry with Munchin Quest. The Crimson Shroud is a return to the very traditional idea of turn based, dice rolling role playing games in the style of a video game. And I feel it does rather well.
The game plonks your character figurines, Giauque, Lippi and Frea in a gorgeous palace ruin. The first few battles serve as tutorials, showing the turn based basics and how actual dice rolls, which are done with the stylus, have effects throughout the battle.
Furthermore, rather than characters levelling up, the game focusses on improving your existing gear, which you pick up from defeated enemies and then can meld together to improve further. The only downside to this I can see is that if you struggle on a particular enemy in the game, grinding doesn't guarantee you improve, as you can only meld weapons of the same type together to improve them. You could be waiting a long time to pick up an item that you need.
That being said, this wasn't a massive issue, and I actually quite enjoyed going back to some earlier battles to collect things.
The presentation of the game is flawless, and has been compared to playing through a graphic novel. The environments, characters and enemies are stunning to behold, and I felt it refreshing to read through the story in such a way as I imagine you would playing Dungeons and Dragons. There is little animation, apart from the odd figurine wobble upon giving and receiving attacks, but this just adds to the tabletop aesthetic.
The story is intricately crafted as well, with genuinely tense moments and a surprising and inventive conclusion.
The play through wasn't massively long, my first play through has just clocked in at over 9 hours. For the money I think that's a good length really, though in my run I did have to backtrack for quite some time just picking up and melding gear.
It's refreshing to play a shorter RPG, as now I'm regrettably growing up and acquiring more responsibilities, it's definitely harder to find the time to invest in most RPGs, yet I still long for the style and story work that Crimson Shroud offers by the bucket load.
Crimson Shroud is quite a specialist game, so if you're not into RPG's and aren't averse to a bit of reading in your video games, then it's a hugely enjoyable experience that is worth the money.
Jedi Trial tells the story of the mission that finally grants Anakin the
position of full-fledged Jedi Knight.
Whilst Obi-Wan is off in the galaxy on other missions, Anakin is appointed to
assist Jedi Master Nejaa Halcyon as he takes what limited resources are
available in this time of war to go and defend the planet of Praesitlyn. The planet
is home to the key republic intergalactic communications center and is under
attack by an excellently portrayed villain and minion of Count Dooku, Poors
Tonith - a ruthless and calculating ex-banking clan turned
military commander Muun with a love of a narcotic tea that leaves a black
stain over his mouth and makes him seem all the more evil...
Currently, the planet's only defense is a rebel faction, led by Commander Zozrider Slayke,
who puts me in mind a little of Saw Gerrera from the Rogue One film as a
battered and bruised militant, who Halcyon must begrudgingly assist - Slayke
had once stolen a starship under the command of Halcyon out…
R.A.Salvatore has done an excellent job of telling the story of the film Attack Of The Clones in his Star Wars novel. I have a hard time not enjoying novels from the Star Wars universe, but I really was hard pressed to put this one down.
As in the film, the story tells of how the republic, struggling as more and more systems succeed to the separatist movement, grant supreme chancellor Palpatine emergency powers in the Senate who then immediately sanctions the use of an army of the republic; utlizing a clone army conveniently commissioned in secret for the republic by an old Jedi master 10 years dead...
Prior to this, Senator Amidala is leading the debate against the creation of an army for the republic. Her life is in immediate danger by those who would see the motion carried, and the task dutifully falls upon Obi-Wan and his padowan Anakin Skywalker.
Anakin, in this novel was so well portrayed; much better than in the movie. I actually find myself empathizing with him instead of jus…
Difficulties Installing WSUS on Server 2008 R2 – Fails at
Configuring Database – Error 1722 Running Server 2008 R2 and trying to install WSUS 3.0
service pack 2, I found I consistently got an error upon trying to add the
role, whether it be from using a dedicated installer from Microsoft or just by
adding the feature from within Server Manager.
Lots of Googling suggested lots of different fixes, and I’ve
tried a lot. I put it down to the old install of WSUS which had been working successfully
but removed for a time, had left some files behind that were corrupting the new
install. But I trawled through the server and ran powershell scripts to remove
files all to no avail. The error is really unhelpful, and the install would always
fail at the ‘Configuring Database’ stage, displaying error 1722 and saying: There
is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program run as part of the
setup did not finish as expected. Contact your support personnel or package
vendor. I’d seen some …