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#487776 What Are You Currently Playing?

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 15 July 2018 - 04:45 PM

So, my main gaming PC died recently, which spurred me to finally sit down and finish Mass Effect: Andromeda on my PS4. I had been warned that the ending was a letdown, especially since it hints at sequels that will almost certainly never happen now. The warnings were right. After the requisite "allies you have gathered" show up, the final boss fight is just "shoot down waves of robots and hack 3 computers" while the Big Badguy spouts the most generic villain lines of all time. I am not exaggerating - they are so cliché it feels like parody. The Big Bad looks extremely stupid too. He's probably the least serious & intimidating Big Bad of all time. He makes Lord Helmet seem like Jon Irenicus.


Anyway, once you hack all 3 computers, he just sort of falls down and dies. You don't even have to fight the Architect he's controlling. Architects are the biggest robots in the game and by far the hardest enemies to fight... but all of them are optional, and the main story is a cakewalk even on the hardest difficulty. The only time I died in the final fight was when the game crashed. Finally, we're treated to a surprisingly short cutscene, after which we get all these emotional ending conversations with the crew, and then "it's off to the next adventure!"... or not. There are hints of an even bigger big-bad out there, and a search for the Quarian Ark - DLC and sequels that we'll have to leave to our imaginations.


There's not much else I can say that I haven't already... It was a lame soft reboot of the Mass Effect universe that didn't try to do anything very new or interesting, but taken on its own, it wasn't THAT bad - not nearly as bad as its critics made it out to be. I don't feel like I totally wasted my time or my ten bucks. Honestly, I enjoyed it quite a bit more than Dragon Age 3 from the main Bioware studio. *shrug* Shame EA killed it so quickly.


EDIT: Oh! I forgot to mention the results of my choices... There weren't many. The allies I gathered showed up, a few characters were different than they might have been (you get to choose the pathfinders of the other races, and who rules Kedara), etc. - but unless I'm mistaken, I don't think anything I did affected the final outcome of the main story. There were hints of dissent in the enemy ranks that made me wonder if I could drop some truth bombs on the Big Bad and talk him down rather than shoot him down (remember how you could talk Saren into killing himself in ME1? great stuff), but those led nowhere. Disappointing.

#487774 WG Weekly Comic (and other updates)

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 15 July 2018 - 07:02 AM

I had a recent backup, and I was able to remove the hard drives and access them, but I had the comic and some decal designs open at the moment it crashed... and I don't save often enough. :P


But, anyway!:



#487758 Official Scorp's Minifigs Topic

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 10 July 2018 - 09:16 AM

I'm curious. Does that mean that everybody gets the same minifigure in the Pateron Loot-bag, or do they get their own minifigure?


Everyone gets the same figure each month (plus random weapons & accessories, a pile of new stickers, and a trading card, and sometimes other stuff), but the $100 tier ALSO gets their own commissioned minifig or artwork each month.


And if there's a particular 'fig someone wants one month, I'm willing to swap the regular loot bag 'fig for that one. I only have 3 patrons right now, so it's not too hard to keep up with. :P

#487752 Official Scorp's Minifigs Topic

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 09 July 2018 - 10:25 AM

Yep, the hood is painted, and the cape is - like most of my capes - just cut by hand from bias tape (quilt binding). But before you buy anything for an Adrianya 'fig, you may want to wait for your Loot Bag to arrive. ;) It should come today.


I've been looking into getting a laser machine and using it to cut capes to sell on my site, like those other guys.

#487743 Wulfgard LEGO

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 08 July 2018 - 03:10 PM


Princess Adrianya Skiera in Gothic Plate Armor by Justin Stebbins, on Flickr

#487742 Official Scorp's Minifigs Topic

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 08 July 2018 - 03:10 PM


Princess Adrianya Skiera in Gothic Plate Armor by Justin Stebbins, on Flickr

#487740 WG Weekly Comic (and other updates)

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 08 July 2018 - 06:48 AM

Unfortunately, my main computer suffered a sudden fatal hardware attack and died yesterday, so I lost most of my work on the new comic page. But there’s at least one advantage to drawing the pencils & inks traditionally: a piece of paper doesn’t unexpectedly crash and lose your data. I still have everything except the colors and lettering, so I will be posting the sketch and inks on Patreon for my supporters there, as I work on re-doing the rest of it. In the meantime, here is the cover design for chapter 5! I’m planning to upload the full issue to Comixology soon. Have you tried Into the North on the Comixology reader? The panel-by-panel reading mode is great!



#487733 WG Weekly Comic (and other updates)

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 01 July 2018 - 05:26 AM


#487732 Official Scorp's Minifigs Topic

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 30 June 2018 - 11:33 AM

Not actually mine, but it uses my stickers and looks awesome (love the painted helmet):




Minifig-a-Day #219: Tulak Hord by Timcan2904, on Flickr

#487705 WG Weekly Comic (and other updates)

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 27 June 2018 - 12:15 PM

Forgot to post Sunday's new page in here:



#487692 Gwent, Hearthstone, and other silly card games

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 22 June 2018 - 07:31 PM



I know you've all been waiting with bated breath for my next deckpost, so here's THE BEST DECK in Hearthstone right now:




Card list:
2x Acherus Veteran

2x Argent Squire

2x Blessing of Might

2x Fire Fly

2x Glacial Shard

2x Lost in the Jungle

2x Righteous Protector

1x Divine Favor

2x Ironbeak Owl

2x Stonehill Defender

2x Tar Creeper  <-- Swap these out for 2x Level Up once you can. I still need to craft them.

2x Unidentified Maul

2x Fungalmancer

1x Prince Liam (Greymane)

1x Stormwind Champion

1x Vinecleaver

1x Baku the Mooneater

1x Ysera



Trade out any high-cost cards in your opening hand. Keep the 1-costs and maybe a 3-cost, and keep Prince Liam if you draw him.



Just remember my motto, "If you want to win the race, never trade, just HIT THE FACE!" This is a faceroll deck. Just keep pounding the enemy's health down and keep him on the defensive as much as possible. Only kill his minions if you absolutely must.


Since you have Baku the Mooneater in this deck, you can only run cards with an odd mana cost. If you do, then Baku upgrades your hero power at the start of the game to summon 2 recruits instead of 1, for the same amount of mana. Spam this hero power as much as possible, on virtually every turn. Save your cards and keep spawning & buffing your recruits!


This is a super popular netdeck in the current meta, but few of versions of it run Prince Liam, and I can't understand why not! He's a fantastic card for making sure you can survive in the late game. Since this is an aggressive swarm deck, an opponent with sufficient control can wipe you out in the early game and leave you floundering, drawing a useless 1-cost card each turn into an otherwise empty hand. But if you play Liam, all those pathetic 1-cost peons in your deck turn into random Legendaries! Sure, some of the legendaries suck on their own, but they're still better than a freakin' Argent Squire standing out there on its lonesome. I managed to beat a board-clearing Priest who kept healing himself and destroying all my cards, purely with the power of Prince Liam. The Priest survived my early low-cost onslaught and even gave himself 40 health with the quest card, and probably thought he had victory in the bag... until my endless waves of legendaries came into play! Which is why I say keep Prince Liam in your opening hand and play him as soon as you hit 5 mana.

#487683 WG Weekly Comic (and other updates)

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 21 June 2018 - 06:17 PM

Wulfgard: Into the North is now available through Comixology too!:




I plan to publish each issue through Comixology now, as I complete them. I'm getting Chapter 5 ready to send to them soon.

#487673 Official Scorp's Minifigs Topic

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 20 June 2018 - 01:34 PM

Thanks! Simple can be better sometimes. This one is a little crazier though:



Destiny: Hive Armor by Justin Stebbins, on Flickr

#487661 WG Weekly Comic (and other updates)

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 16 June 2018 - 08:27 PM


#487655 Elemental Contest #3: EARTH

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 16 June 2018 - 08:03 AM



Elemental Contest #3: EARTH

This is a series of contests themed around a set of fantastical "elements". The first theme was Water. Next, we did FireThe current theme is EARTH. Your entry can be set in any time period or based on any universe. LEGO entries are encouraged, but we also accept other types of artwork!


The only requirement is that the element of EARTH must feature prominently in your entry. By "earth", I primarily mean rocks, dirt, sand, crystals, minerals, caves - even poisonous clouds of gas. NOT PLANTS. Your entry can feature plants, but we'd prefer it to focus on rocks. Plants will probably going to be a separate contest called "life" or something. Also, the earth in your contest should be more than just a background - it should be a central element of the entry. Build a LEGO vignette of people exploring a cave or dodging a rockslide! Or something more creative - it's up to you!




Unlike the other 2 contests, this contest will be judged by a public poll! So, presentation is key - make your entry look as cool as possible in a single image if you can!
There will be 3 winners. Each winner will get a code they can use to take a certain amount of money off one order from my shop (it also subtracts from shipping, so your order can be completely free!) and a medal icon added to their account here on the forums.


1st Place Prize = $24 shop code & gold medal

2nd Place Price = $16 shop code & silver medal

3rd Place Prize = $10 shop code & bronze medal


There may be some "admin's choice" winners too, if we really like an entry that didn't win - and we'll give bonus prizes for entries set in Wulfgard or Nova Refuge too!



Just link to your entry in a reply to this topic! Yes, you must have a forum account to enter, and I encourage you to post your entry as a topic in the appropriate board here, like the Construction Zone or Artwork boards. It's not required, but we'd love to have some new members hanging around! You can even host your images in our own Gallery here, which now has a LEGO section anyone can use! But if you prefer, you can still host your images on another website and simply link to them here.
As stated previously, LEGO entries are encouraged, but you can also enter another type of artwork You may submit up to 2 entries. The current deadline is July 31st.



If you have a question about the contest, please ask in a reply! I will paste important questions/answers here.