Joined 01/23/2012

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Happy Tabletop Day, everyone! In honor of today, I want to hear about your favorite tabletop games!

I'll start. One of my favorite games lately has been Betrayal at the House on the Hill. You and your other players are a trapped inside a haunted house and have to find a way out by exploring the manor and finding items and weapons to help you survive. There's a twist though, at some point one of the players will betray the group! Who that is and why they turn are randomly decided based on the Omens you find during the first half of the game.

One thing that's great about the game is that the play is very simple to learn. Most of the complexity comes from the cards you draw which all explain what they are and how they work.

If you like horror stories and board games, I cannot recommend this game enough!

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Wait a minute. Did you hear that? That, that sound?
Boom boom Boom!
That didn't come from the troglodytes. No, that, that came from something else.
The Timogorgon!

So I've been wanting to change my Cheerful Ghost and twitter handle for some time now. Whiteboyslim is a name I've used for a very, very long time. But as I'm getting older it's making less and less sense, not to mention identifying as "Whiteboy" seemed to have a lot less baggage back in the late 90's, early 00's.

After binging Stranger Things season two this last week with my wife I finally came up with a name that's fun, easy to remember, not already taken on twitter, and doesn't send you to weird places when you google it!
(Seriously. Like... I tried so many different names. Everything is taken!)

So Whiteboyslim has disappeared into the upside-down and Timogorgon is here to stay!

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Rapper extraordinaire Mega Ran released this new video which mixes chip-tunes, hip-hop, and old school Gameboy graphics. If you haven't checked out Mega Ran before I highly recommend you look into his back catalog.

You can find more of his music on Spotify or on his website:

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There's a new update fresh off the farm! (Sorry not sorry for the pun.)

Earlier today ConcernedApe revealed that update 1.1 has entered beta to help clear out a few bugs before the full release. The change log looks pretty expansive with the big ticket items would be the new farm layouts themed after one of the in-game skills, two new marriage candidates, and a host of new buildings and warp items. The full change log as well as instructions on how to play the beta can be found here:

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I had no idea I needed this in my life until now.

I might be biased due to my love of all things Star Trek, but this looks absolutely amazing. Unfortunately you need several VR headsets and computers powerful enough to use them with in order to play this so I doubt I will be playing this anytime soon. Still, this is pretty bad ass!

More details about the game here:

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Experiment time!

With the recent Star Wars Humble Bundle Jon and I were discussing playing through The two Knights of the Old Republic games at the same time and discussing our play throughs as we go. Well, I got to thinking, what if I invited the rest of the CG community to participate too? Sort of like a book club, but for games! So here's the deal:

For the rest of the month of February I'm starting an event where we can all discuss our play-throughs in depth. If you've never played Kotor before you can pick it up on the cheap through right now. Anyone is welcome to join!

Join the event here:
Pick up the game on Steam OR at:
Want it DRM free? Pick it up from!

Edit: Just to clarify a few things:
1) In my post I mentioned boy Kotor 1 and 2, but for now the discussion is focused solely on Kotor 1. If people really like this and we decide to move onto Kotor 2 maybe we'll do that through March. :)
2) You don't have to be actively playing through the game to participate. If you've played the game before and just want to join the discussion please feel free!

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This was too awesome for me not to share. A friend of mine baked this cake to commemorate the re-release of Grim Fandango. Personally I think more game releases should be celebrated with baked goods!

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During the Game Awards, which is apparently a thing, Nintendo released some new footage from the upcoming Zelda game for the Wii U. We get a glimpse of how big this version of Hyrule will be as well as some improved horse riding mechanics.

Mr. Miyamoto also casually mentions that the next Star Fox will be released sometime before the new Zelda. Cool!

What do you think of the new Zelda footage? Do you look forward to a large, more open world Zelda?

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Eh-hem, sorry. Let me try and contain myself here. (WOOOOO!!)

It looks like two of the greatest Star Wars games ever made are finally getting a digitall re-release that'll run on modern PC's. Tie Fighter was one of my all time favorite games and I could not be more excited that I'll get to play through it again!

By the look of things there will be some additional Lucas Arts games will getting the digital re-release treatment as well. Original source here:

Additional details here:

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Today we--and many other sites and organizations-- stand up against cable company dickery. If cable companies get their way websites across the net (like Cheerful Ghost) could be slowed to a crawl unless they pay the cable companies arbitrary fees to to reach their users. Don’t let Team Cable destroy the internet! Stand with us in support of net neutrality!

Find out how you can help by going to

Not sure what net neutrality is? Here are some great videos to help explain things:
For an all around informative break down check out CGP Grey:
For a hilarious take on the issue see John Oliver:
To see how it could affect gaming check out Extra Credits:

And of course contact your elected officials! Remind them that they work for you and you want a free and open internet! Find out how to contact them at

Thank you!

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Don't worry, the car isn't mine.

Me and a buddy were messing around on GTA:O last night and decided to snap a picture after we had successfully robbed a couple convenience stores and then lost the cops.

Other highlights include:
Successfully stealing a commercial jet and landing it in downtown Los Santos, only to bump into a tree which inexplicably caused the jet to blow up, killing us both.

A high speed car chase that took us around the entire outside of the map. Good thing it was a lot of fun, because the pay out for this mission was terrible. :P

Failing miserably trying to break into the military base. Turns out they really don't want you getting in there.

Trying our first survival mission. We only made it to wave 4, but it was a lot of fun!

So far I'm having a lot of fun in GTA online. It's everything I wanted from a multiplayer GTA experience!

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I've been playing a lot of GTA lately, so I decided it was time to set up an official Cheerful Ghost crew! All players of all skill levels are welcome. So come join our crew and let's run some missions, races, and all other sorts of mayhem all across San Andreas!

Our crew page on the Rock Star Social club site:

Here's how to join:
If you're already signed up for the Rock Star Social club*, you can message me your email address and I can invite you through the site.
You can also send me a friend request through PSN (my PSN handle is Taion333) and I'll invite you to the crew. Just mention Cheerful Ghost somewhere in your message so I know you're from the site.
You can also contact @Travis as he has permission to invite others to the crew as well.

Currently we're an "invite only" crew but I will be promoting everyone who joins to representative status so they can invite their friends or anyone else they want to. I just set us as an Invite only crew to keep out random strangers and trolls. :)

*I know signing up for another website with another password to try and remember is a pain, but if you link your RS social club to your character you get some nice perks in the game, like access to a sawed off shotgun for free and a free car once you have a garage. Plus you can access our Crew page.

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Back this on Kickstarter!
"Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians is the spiritual successor in a storied line of epic tactical RPGs designed by Yasumi Matsuno. Playdek is excited to be partnering with one of the most legendary game designers, as well as you the fans, to bring out a refreshing, immersive new take on the tactics genre.

In the hands of the veteran tactical RPG master himself, Unsung Story will re-imagine a classic game genre, as Yasumi Matsuno weaves together one of the complex and rich game worlds that he is known for, with inspiring class based tactics game play."

When I heard that the man behind Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, FFXII and Vagrant Story was working on a new Tactical RPG I might have grabbed my wallet and started throwing money at the screen. Maybe.

Once my initial fanboy reaction faded I realized that there's really not that much information about the game other than some very nice looking concept art and a list of features they plan to put in the game. The other people making the game (other than Matsuno) is a company called Playdek, which I haven't heard of before.

Currently the game is slated for a DRM-free release on PC, Mac, Linux, and Windows Tablets, with stretch goals for PS Vita and 3DS. Playdek is asking for $600,000 and with 28 days left they're already half way to their goal, so it looks like this is probably going to get funded with no trouble.

Is this something you guys and gals are excited about? Sound off in the comments.

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So one of the things I got for Christmas was this shiny new 2DS. I've spend about a dozen hours with the thing and wanted to share my thoughts on it. I also need to start getting some games for it and would like the input of my fellow CG users!

First up, my review.

When the 2DS was first announced many of us thought it looked big, ugly, and a little unwieldy (you can see the original discussion here: I'm happy to report that, although it's still a little ugly, it is much easier to hold to and play than I had originally thought. Having used an iPad before I would say I have a much easier time with the 2DS than I do the iPad. It definitely has a certain heft to it, but it's not too bad. The longest stretch of time I've gotten with it was between 1 and a half to two hours and I didn't really get tired of holding it. I don't own a 3DS, so I can't show you a comparison between the two. Here are a couple photos showing the 2DS next to a DS though:

Next to the DS (w/DS open):
Next to the DS (w/DS closed):

As you can see, it's slightly smaller than the DS when open, but considerably larger than the DS when closed.
(On a side note, that is my daughter's gameboy, thus the bedazzled Princess Peach and blue crayon mark on the screen.)

My only real complaint about the system is that it is just slightly too big to really be that portable. I can't fit it into my pocket, which makes my chances of bumping into the people via Street pass pretty low. The one time I did take it out with me I stuck it in my wife's purse. :P

The buttons feel good and the control stick is light-years ahead of the one my PSP has even thought they're roughly the same design. And I say this as someone who actually really loved the PSP. Where the PSP control stick felt stiff the 2DS is nice and smooth but still snaps back into the neutral position when you want it to. It is also slightly textured and your thumb sticks to it nicely.

It's hard to comment on the screen because I only have one 3DS game so far (Pokemon Y) and the graphics on it are pretty cartoony. But for what it's worth Pokemon looks really, really good.

Over all I really enjoy my 2DS. It's turned out to be a much better system than I was originally expecting and I'm looking forward to expanding my game library and spending more time with it.

Speaking of which... I need some suggestions on what games to get! As I mentioned before I currently have Pokemon Y and I've ordered Fire Emblem Awakening on Amazon but have yet to receive it. Leave your suggestions in the comments! (I'm mostly interested in 3DS games but feel free to suggest some stellar DS games too!)

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