Christmas is always the best time for catching up on all the games I missed, and one such game that I was able to obtain thanks to Christmas of 2018 was Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. Though I was a big fan of the first game on the PS3, I’ll admit I was rather doubtful as to how the newest entry in the series would turn out. As far as I could tell, none of the first game’s original cast of characters was returning, leading me to believe from the start that this game would be a bit…different. Continue reading Ni no Kuni II: A Review
As I continue my quest to improve my drawing skills, I decided it would be fun to draw a new and revised picture of Gretchen, an original character I created some years back. She looks a heck of a lot better, as do my attempts at coloring hair and eyes. Below is the character description I included on Deviant Art. Continue reading Drawing Gretchen 10 Years Later
The night of 3/4/19, the Duck had a dream that caused me stress even after I had woken up…until I finally realized that it had all just been, in fact, inside my fluffy duck head all along. Phew. In this dream, I was going to a community college, and I kept visiting the college’s server. I thought it was quite cool indeed getting to use such a fancy-pants computer (though I am rather unsure how it was so easy to gain access to it). Continue reading Dream Time: The Duck Uses the Wrong Computer
In the near past, I had been working through my second playthrough of the amazing Final Fantasy VII, a PS1 classic that surely needs no introduction. While I adore this game and am happy to say it is one of the few games I went into with high expectations, and was not disappointed, I gotta say I hate the final boss. The first part, Jenova-Synthesis, is fine. Bizarro Sephiroth is really…bizarre, but not that bad once I started fighting this monstrosity properly. But the weirdly-named Safer Sephiroth (what makes him so safe?) is pure agony because of the super boring, super long, Supernova attack. Continue reading Knights of the Round is Overpowered (and I’m Glad)
Many years ago, in the late 90’s, when I was just a duckling, I would watch with fascination a certain stretch of road. We didn’t come this way very often. When we did, it was usually to visit the pet store or some other such place that wasn’t close to home. And if I was paying attention, I would spot a certain king atop a sign, pointing the way to a little white castle nestled at the edge of the woods. Nearby, the words “Enchanted Forest” were written plainly upon a large sign shaped to look like a big, red book. Continue reading The Enchanted Forest: Several Years Too Late
When I play video games, I usually enjoy focusing on the main game first and foremost. Anything outside that, more often than not, feels like a waste of my time. And yet, when I give said diversions a chance, they often turn out to be much more fun than I would have expected. A recent example was Final Fantasy VIII’s Triple Triad, a deceptively simple card game that ended up being way more addicting than I ever could have imagined. The newest story I have to tell pertains to the Chocobo breeding in Final Fantasy VII. Continue reading Fun with FF7’s Chocobo Breeding
G’day, folks! Just thought I’d share with you all a new t-shirt design I added over on my Spreadshirt Marketplace. I actually haven’t added any designs in over a year or so, but I finally had some inspiration. And it all started with a little piece of fan art I did… Continue reading New Eiffel Tower T-Shirt Design!
The night of 4/16/19, the Duck had a spooky dream courtesy of a PC game called SCP: Containment Breach. If you’re not familiar, the SCP Foundation is a fictional group that basically collects and studies anomalous creatures and objects. Kind of like the TV series, Warehouse 13. But scarier. This particular dream featured SCP-173, a statue that moves at incredible speeds as long as you aren’t looking at it. (If you’re thinking that they stole the idea from Dr. Who’s Weeping Angels, well, SCP-173 was actually created first, so…) Continue reading The Duck Dreams of SCP-173
In the past, I discussed a creative writing class I took in high school where we were only allowed to write essays and creativity was, in fact, discouraged. Fortunately, I had a very different experience when I tried my hand at creative writing once more in college. Because this time, we were actually allowed to be creative with our work and spent every class writing fictional works rather than stuffy essays. Oh, and our teacher was great. I’ll be sure to recount his funniest story later. Continue reading Can I Be Creative Now?
I had mentioned in the past that I enjoy watching a Youtube channel called Kitten Academy. They foster kitties, and in addition to regular videos about their current adoptable kitties and non-adoptable “faculty”, they also have a 24/7 live stream where you can watch kittens play to your heart’s content. Lately, however, something special has been happening that I simply must tell you all about. Continue reading Tempest and Teacup