Joined 01/23/2012

I'm an Engineer and built the video game community Cheerful Ghost and text based mini-MMO Tale of the White Wyvern.

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The Summer Games Done Quick 2019 charity speedrun that’s benefiting Doctors Without Borders is happening now. It will be running all week 24/7 with runners playing everything from Aero the Acrobat to Zelda!

Games Done Quick is a highlight of the year in gaming so if you have some time head over and check the schedule to watch a run. Also consider donating because Doctors Without Borders, a fantastic charity worthy of your support!


For me, the biggest game hype to come out of E3 was for the Link's Awakening remake. The Gaming Historian recently dropped a very well made historical retrospective on Link's Awakening due to the new interest in the game because of the remake. It's a very timely look back and if you are a fan of the original or want to know more about why this game is so well loved this is something you need to watch!

"Learn the complete history of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. What began as an after-hours passion project turned into one of the greatest Zelda games of all time. Learn how the development team at Nintendo went outside the box and created The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening!"

One thing I've heard pretty strongly from the people that played Link's Awakening at E3 was that the game is incredibly beautiful BUT they haven't quite got the game performance to deliver and the game lags a bit during certain scenes. Grezzo is the company that is creating this new version and they've ported/created some of the best Zelda titles around including the Ocarina of Time 3D, Majora's Mask 3D and Luigi's Mansion on 3DS. Clearly they have the ability to make the game fluid, hopefully that comes together in time for launch on September 20th of this year.

"John takes a look at the E3 demo of Link's Awakening on Switch - it's looking really good with a remarkable level of fidelity to the original, but there is some room for improvement on this early build."

Hey everyone. It's been a quick few weeks since we first dropped the first details of Tale of the White Wyvern and it was fun to see people in the community excited about playing it! As we put the finishing touches on the game for the upcoming beta I wanted to let you know a few more details a bit at a time to give you a taste of what to expect when the game launches.

How Player Leveling Works

In Tale of the White Wyvern you spend your daily turns per day fighting enemies in the forest to gain experience, gold and if you are lucky you may find some gems. Once you gain enough experience and feel you are powerful enough you can go to Tarbreth's Adventurer Training and spar with your Master to level up. Each level up grants you extra hit points, strength and defense as well as a level up in your class ability.

As you play the game you can find gems and use those gems to purchase permanent stat boosts(strength, defense or hitpoints) or gain a class level. How you spend your gems should line up with how you want to play the game so if you want to focus on damage dealing, sinking you gems into strength makes sense. If you want to focus on a defensive play style, spend your gems accordingly. If you want to level up your class for increased ability, you can do that too.

Tale Will Launch With Three Character Classes

Early on I had grand dreams of shipping Tale with six character classes but I decided to cut the games scope drastically so we could ship something people could play sooner and one of those things was shipping with three playable classes. I wanted to launch with classes that people could enjoy and also held a different approach per class depending on your play style.

Mage: I want to talk first about my favorite class in Tale of the White Wyvern, the Mage. The Mage is a magic user that on each level gain acquires another magic point & magic power point. As you level up you can unlock new spells and if you have enough magic points you can cast new spells.

* Magic Missile (1)
* Teleport (5)
* Healing (8)
* White (10)

The casting cost of each spell may change as we move into balancing the game more but right now that feels like the right cost for each spell. Magic Missile is a classic damage attack, Teleport quickly removes you from fights that you might not quite be ready for, Healing restores your HP during a fight and White is an ultra attack that does a massive amount of damage.


Rogue's are a sneaky defense based class for players that enjoy lurking in the shadows and striking their prey. Rogues have Stealth Points they can spend to perform sneaky attacks that deal massive amounts of damage.


Warrior's are masters of battle and specialize in dealing massive amounts of direct damage to foes. They are the perfect class choice for people that just want to deal as much damage as they can as quickly as possible. Warriors gain Battle Points as they level to spend on multiple critical attacks. The Warriors main power ability attack is Primal Scream that absolutely decimates enemies in your path.

Class Choice Effects Stat Boosts

As you fight in the forest you have a random chance to get a permanent stat boost and each class receives something a bit different that has the effect of making your class choice have a lasting effect on how you play the game.

* Random stat boosts in the Forest for Mages give them 3 extra hit points.
* Random stat boost in the Forest for Warriors give them 1 strength point.
* Random stat boost in the Forest for Rogues give them 1 defense point.

Depending on how you want to play the game, selecting the appropriate class will effect aspects of your ability.

Dual Class The Perfect Build

There is a secret place in the game where lucky adventurers can find to select a new class. So if you felt you have learned enough spells as a Mage you can switch over to be a Warrior and dual class. As the newly selected class the random stat boost encounters note your new class and grant you abilities accordingly.

As Tale of the White Wyvern launches I'd love to hear more about what you think of the classes and what dual class builds you plan to experiment with!

Nintendo just Tweeted out some more details of their upcoming free to play mobile game, Dr. Mario World that's coming to Android and iOS July 10th! It looks like a modern take on the classic gameplay made to work well for phones. Since it's free to play, it will be a day one thing I'll play. That said, the gameplay in the video looks fairly slow paced and its not obvious that the "upside down" gameplay of sorts will be fun. Makes sense they are doing it that way with touch controls but it looks like something I'll have to try to know for sure. For me, Dr. Mario is one of the best puzzle games somewhat in same league as Tetris so they have some of that to live up to.

Enter the Gungeon is a bullet hell rogue-like dungeon crawler where you pick from an assortment of different characters on your search for a gun that can kill the past. It's a campy premise and uses a chunky pixel art style that seems to be a mix of Secret of Mana and the more recent Nuclear Throne. If you haven't picked it up yet(like me) it's free on The Epic Game store until June 20th!

I've played a few rounds today and so far I really enjoy it. It's like a less frantic Nuclear Throne but it's pacing, art and style seem quite different. If you are looking for a new game to play, head over to Epic and get it for free right now.


I'm not going to get every E3 Nintendo news bit so if you have something you thought was noteworthy, drop it in the comments. That said, Nintendo did drop some really interesting bits and I'm going to dance over the stuff I'm most excited about starting with...

The Link's Awakening HD Remake

So.... this looks incredible and if you haven't yet I seriously recommend you watch the embedded video of the Link's Awakening Treehouse gameplay footage above. The core gameplay looks just like what you'd expect and they've gone to pretty great lengths to keep the feel of the original Gameboy title intact. That said, Nintendo is brining quite a bit more to this remake than just the core gameplay remade in that Link's Awakening is including a Zelda Dungeon Maker.

The core idea for the Zelda Dungeon maker is pretty simple, as you complete dungeons you unlock dungeon tiles that allow you to use them to build your own Dungeons. You can share these Dungeons with your friends and take turns challenging each other to who can do the dungeon the fastest.

I've thought for some time that a Zelda Maker in the same style as Mario Maker would be incredible and it seems Nintendo is testing the waters with Link's Awakening. I hope it's successful because getting a proper Zelda Maker would be incredible.

Link's Awakening is one of the best Zelda games and one of my favorite and because of that I pre-ordered the Dreamer Edition. It comes with the base game cart and artbook.


Collection of Mana

If you missed Mana on Gameboy, Super Nintendo and didn't download the fan translation ROM of Trials of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 3) you can pick up the digital download pack right now on the Nintendo eShop.


Oh and Square is remaking Trials of Mana in HD if that's something you are interested in.


Super Mario Maker 2 Continues To Look Incredible

Super Mario Maker 2 is a game that keeps looking better and better and during the Nintendo Treehouse they showed off even more Gameplay.


Elder Scrolls Blades Coming to Switch

Bethesda is brining Elder Scrolls Blades to Switch... for free. I've played it on phone and it's fine but hopefully the Switch version makes use of the thumbsticks so it feels a bit more like a proper Elder Scrolls game.


Travis and I have both been playing Rage 2 and loving it. It's a fun shooter and as such want to drop every news bit or interesting review I've seen of it here. DF Retro has an all new video comparing each of the console versions of the game so if you've been thinking of picking it up on PS4 or XBox One this video should help you decide.

We never got a Ghostbusters 3 but back in 2009 the original cast got together to lend their voice talent to Ghostbusters: The Video Game that some consider to be the best follow up to the original films to date. I skipped playing the full game on the PS3 instead opting to play the demo, which was incredibly fun. In the game the Ghostbusters refer to you as the new guy and you act as a silent character as the Ghostbusters antics and story envelop you. It's exciting that this game is getting a HD remaster and coming to Nintendo Switch! As a huge Ghostbusters fan it's always been something I've been interested in playing and now I'll be able to.


Occasionally the official Mystery Science Theater 3000 YouTube drops a new film to watch for free and the recent one, The Mole People is something you should see if you haven't yet. The Mole People was season eight which was deep into the Mike as MST host years and was the first season to see Bill Corbett as the new voice of Crow. I'm a huge MST3K fan and enjoy taking these moment to initiate new folk into the incredible wonder of the show. If the old 4x3 movie riffing isn't your thing, there are two new seasons of MST3K on Netflix and the latest, The Gauntlet is well worth watching.

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