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Wreck-It-Ralph

Hello again, my dear readers.

I know I’ve been away for a while. Well, not really away, but not writing anything. It has a really easy explanation. I didn’t know what to write. Apart from some papers for school. But that was necessary and not fun at all!

But now I’m back with a post.

I don’t really know how far back it was that I saw the movie for the first time, but I don’t think it was more than a month. The movie I’m talking about, is Wreck-It-Ralph. It is an animated Disney movie that depicts what videogame characters do after the arcade is closed. The main focus is on the bad guy from the game Fix-It Felix jr. The character is named Ralph and is a professional wrecker.

And what he breaks, Felix fixes.

But the problem is, that Ralph is fed up with being the bad guy. He wants to be one of the good guys, or nicelanders, as they are called inside his game. So he barges in when the nicelanders and Felix are having an aniversary party. Of course, it doesn’t work the way he would have wanted, but the nicelanders told him that if he got a medal, he could live with them in the penthouse.

So Ralph sets out on an adventure to get him a medal. And after meeting a soldier from the Hero’s duty game, he decides that it would be easy to get the medal from that game.

But abandoning your own game means going turbo, like a character from a game from a long time ago, that decided to take over another game when it became more popular than his own. But this action put both the games out of order.

And therefore, while Ralph is getting his medal, his own game is put out of order. At least temporarly.

Ralph manages to get his medal, but then he crashes a shuttle craft in another game. This one called Suger Rush, which is a pink filled go cart game.

His medal ends up on one of the candy trees and while trying to get it, he meets a little girl. The girls is named Vanellope and she manages to get to the medal before him. And then she uses it to enter her name into a race because she wants to be a real racer. At first, Ralph is mad at her, but then they decide to team up to get her a real racing cart.

This friendship gets temporarly undone when king Candy, the ruler of Sugar Rush, gives Ralph the medal back for smashing Vanellope’s cart.

And in the meantime, the shuttle that Ralph crashed, contained a cybug, which is a kind of virus from Hero’s Duty, that know only eat, kill and multiply. The female captain from Hero’s Duty knows this and decides to follow it to SR to kill it before it can lay it’s eggs. She is acompanied by Felix himself who is trying to find Ralph in order to save their game.

Then, Felix falls for the captainess, gets thrown into a dungeon, Ralph gets him out, Felix fixes the go cart for Vanellope, the race happens, it is unveiled that king Candy is in fact Turbo and that the bug multiplied.

Suger Rush is almost destroyed, but Ralph manages to save the day by creating a make-shift beacon which is the only way to get rid of the bugs. Suger Rush is saved when Vanellope crosses the finish line and it is then revveiled that she is the rightful ruler of Suger Rush and that Turbo tried to delete her code and thus forcing her to be a glitch.

But in the end, all is well, Ralph is liked by the nicelanders, Felix marries the female captain and Vanellope recreates Suger Rush to be a constitutional democracy and becomes the president.

The movie is really good and I really love the animation. Also, it shows that nothing is black and white and that even good guys can be bad, like Turbo, who started as a good guy. And that a bad guy can actually save the day.

I know the movie is targeted to younger audience, but I really think that it’s not bad and worth giving it a try. But that’s just me because lately, I found myself watching a lot of different animated disney movies.

What do you think? Have you seen the movie? If yes, what do you think about it? If not, did I spoil it for you too much? Please, forgive me, if so.

~AnnElfwind

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Star Stable Online

Okay, first of all, the abreviation (SSO) is really similar to SAO and it is very confusing.

Now, what is Star Stable Online? Well, it’s just the best horse game available. Sure, it is not free (only up to level 5), but I think the money you pay is well worth it.

The game is a sort-of direct continuation of Starshine Legacy games. Those are kinda old and while not bad, story vise, the gameplay was not the best.

After that there were Starstable for PC and I played those too.

And then, several years after I stumbled on SSO. First, I didn’t play it because I was discouraged by the paying, but then I got curious and decided to install it and if I like it, I would pay for the full version. So, I did install it. I played for a little while and then I went to see how to unlock the full version, the so called Star Rider status. Well, there was this offer back in February. For 15 days of Star Rider status only an insignifant amount of money so I went for it and then I decided that yes, the game is super cool and that I will pay for the lifetime membership, which in the end is cheaper. So long as you play for more than a year. Which I’m defeinitely planning to do.

So, how does it work?

You create your account, for which you need an email or your facebook account. Which obviously needs email too.

Then, you download the client (previously you could play in your browser) and start it. You log in and let the thing download all the updates. Then you start the game and create your character. You get to pick from a bunch of looks that can be later on changed in-game.

The bad thing is that you can only pick your name from predetermined selection. You can combine it anyway you like, but only so long that there isn’t anyone else using the same combination.

After that you customize your starter horse. But don’t worry if you don’t like him. If you’re a starrider, you’ll eventually have enough star money to buy the dream horse you want. After you customized the nag, you can pick it’s name, it is the same principal as the character name.

Then, it’s off to Moorland stable.

There you will be walked through the basics, like driving your horse, parking it, caring for it and all that.

For those of you who know the games I mentioned at the begining, this might be a bit boring, but when you get through it, the interesting quests will come. Some of them are weird, but most of them are really interesting.

However, there are only limited amount of quests available to non Star Riders. As well as only two locations being available. That’s why it’s better to spend the money on being a Star Rider. You have the whole game unlocked and if you’re high enough level, also all the so far available locations. There are some, that are not accesible yet, but I’m sure they will be soon.

You will meet some of the characters from previous games, including Herman, Fripp aka the white squirrel and the Soul riders. Also, the bad guys will make their appearance.

So be ready to sneak into their hideout and discover their neffarious plans and perhaps stop them before they can finish them.

What I think of the game? Well, apart from the fact that new quests are only added every Wednesday and not more often, I love it. Like, really love it. So far, it’s the best online game I’ve played so far. Simply because I don’t count some of the games as online games. But if you want to get technical, it’s the best MMORPG I’ve ever played.

I’ve managed to acumulate quite a number of horses and I’m still planning to buy more. Though I hope that by the time, they all reached their max level, the max level will be more than the current 15. Because seriously…

I also hope that the new animations that are so far only on the American Quarter Horse will be implemented for all the horses soon. Can’t wait to see my black Arab with this new anims.

It will look great!

And if you didn’t figure it by now, that black Arab is my prized horse. My bestest most favourite horse ever!

Okay. Now a bit of a question for you.

Do you have experience with the game? If yes, do you like it? If no, are you going to try it? And most importantly, do you even like horses? Because if you don’t then I would really like to know why you even bothered to read this.

Oh, and if you know of any similar games, I would be delighted to know about them, so please share. :) Kay?

~AnnElfwind

Legend of Grimrock II

Long time no see! Right?

Well, I’m back and I hope I will be able to post more often. I just didn’t have much idea as to what to write. The only thing that has been updated recently, is my english stories site, that I believe has a link in the side menu.

The site is actually linked to what I want to write about. I want to write about the game called Legend of Grimrock II. I had the first game for about two years now. The actuall game, not a pirated version. And then I read that a second installment will be released. That happened in October 2014. And I got it the same year for Christmas.

Though, to be honest, I bought it earlier and just got the money for Christmas.

So I was playing the game, at that time, there were not enough mods, but I made due. I even started on the original game, though I don’t like to play the original unles it has been transformed into a mod. So I’m hoping that Komag or someone will come through like Komag did with LoG 1’s main map.

However, the character system has been revamped to almost perfection. Why almost? Well… They still have to add the choice of elven race to pick from.

I mean, sure, I can just pick human and make my own portrait for them, but that’s not elves…

On the other hand, it’s now easier to play with only one character. Because regardless if you’re a mage or a warrior, you have the same skillset. My recommendation for single cahracter playing is to pick a war mage or whatever it’s called.

Another thing, that has been ravamped, is the alchemy system. You no longer need flasks but on the other hand, you need to have at least one point in the alchemy skill in order to actually do alchemy. Also, if you have the correct ingredients, it let’s you brew potions that permanently raise your strength, stamina, vitality and so on. In Legend of Grimrock 1, this was only possible through mods, for example the mod called Forbidden Halls, which is perfect and if you play Grimrock, I think you should give it a try.

There were other things that were improved, an entire race was added and new portraits were made, which really doesn’t concern me, as I play almost strictly with custom portraits. Especially now, that I figured out how to put them in Grimrock 2. In order to put custom portraits in Grimrock 2, you have to name them in a speciall way. The name of the portrait needs to be: race_gender_something.tga

If named in any other way, the portraits won’t work. I think.

Okay, I checked my own portraits folder for LoG2 and yes, this is correct. You have to name them in that way or it won’t work.

Fun fact: Most of the custom portraits I’m using, are male. I think there are only two females. Maybe, but that’s a big maybe, there are three, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

Well, changes or no changes, the game is amazing and if you’re into RPG, fantasy or dungeon crawlers, you just have to try it. Be it the first one or the second one. I think that the second one is better actually, but there’s one thing missing. Apart from the elven race, but there’s not much that I can do about that.

However, there’s a mod missing in the Log2. And that would be the Forbidden halls for LoG2, but since the creator of the Forbidden Halls is no longer active and probably decided to go and crawl into some hole or something, let’s just say, that that will probably not be happening.

Oh well… I’ll just have to find a mod that’s even better than that.

Bye.

~AnnElfwind

Zodiac (2007)

(Written on 16. 9. 2014)

So I’m watching the movie Zodiac from 2007 where one of the main cast is Robert Downey Jr.

(Continued on 17. 9. 2014)

Well, seems like I stopped after just one sentence. Well, I guess the movie was way too captivating for me not to watch. I did finish watching it though. And I have to say that the second part was not really that interesting. Yeah, that morron was running here and there trying to find out who Zodiac was, but hey, I was watching it because of RDJ and in the second half, he has one flimsy appearance… Not cool at all!

But still, I did enjoy the movie. All the cyphers and codes and the hunt for the killer. And one more thing, Mark Ruffalo (is that how it’s spelled?), the guy who played Bruce Banner in Avengers, was playing in this movie. That’s another good thing. well, he’s one of those in whose movies i haven’t yet looked, but I will.

So, if you like crime and mysteries, I think you would enjoy the movie. It was not amazing, but it was pretty good, that’s for sure.

However, I can’t say I like the females that were in the movie. I mean, I can understand the guys had wifes, but seriously, I don’t much like women… There are exceptions – mainly from Marvel. But that’s another thing entirely.

Okay, I should probably stop, as I’m writing complete bulshit.

~AnnElfwind

How to train your dragon 2

About two days ago, I managed to force myself to watch the second How to train your dragon movie. And man, it was awesome! Okay, I admit I didn’t like Hiccup’s helmet, but other than that, it was amazing. And there were some really funny scenes too!

The gist of the plotline is that Hiccup is flying around and stumbles upon a dragon trapping band. Then, a bunch of dragons take him and Toothless to a frozen spiky kind of a dragon cliff and he meets an interesting dragon “master”. It turns out it is his mother and she’s been living in the cliff with the alpha dragon there for 20 years straight.

The dragon trappers are connected to this evil overlord that comands another alpha dragon and the two alphas clash. During that, Hiccup’s father is killed and the bloody bastard goes and attacks Burk (is that the correct spelling?). However, since the “evil” alpha defeted the other one, it also took control of the dragons, so they have to improvise to get to Berk.

Thankfully, there are still the baby dragons, which will not be controled by anyone. Not alpha and not really by a human either.

So they get to Berk and Hiccup regains control over Toothless – through their friendship.

After that, Toothless challenges the “evil” alpha and wins, thus kinda becoming the new alpha for all the present dragons.

The movie was amazing and I loved it very much. Mainly all the aerial tricks. As well as the battle of Toothless vs. the Alpha. It was simply great!

After this, I did a bit of a research and found out there will be a third movie, which I just can’t wait to see, seeing as Hiccup become the village leader and I want to see how that will turn out. I’m also interested in what new tricks on dragons there will be.

Can’t wait.

Uh…. Is it just me, or am I really bad at writing reviews? I think I’m not really that great at it, but I love writing it. It’s just… Apart from the storyline and a few sentences about my thoughts, I don’t really have anything to write…

Okay, but seriously, if you’re into animated movies, I think you should watch this one. It will blow you away!

Enough said. I’m now gonna go and rewatch the first Iron Man movie.

~AnnElfwind

The Saddle Club

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Yesterday, I saw the last episode of the series Saddle club. I’ve been watching it on and off for a while now. I’m not sure which season I like the most… I mean, all have some better and some worse episodes. Though if I really had to choose, I’d probably pick the part where Dorothee is. Which means the first part of season 2. But I prefer the actors from season 3. At least for the saddle club girls. And I like Simon. He livened things up. 

On the other hand, I was kinda missing Red and Kristie from the last season. Though Trouble the donkey more than made up for them. And Jack wasn’t bad either. 

So, what is the series about anyway? 

It is about three girls who love horses and form a club together. During the series they encounter different problems, be it Veronika, the annoying rich girls or some problems between them. 

Each season has a strong ending, and most of the episodes are pretty interesting. If I remember correctly, I only skipped one episode. And that was because that one didn’t interest me. 

Sure the show is ment for kids, but it is pretty decent. It’s definitely watchable even if you’re not a kid. On the other hand, the books it is based on, are pretty terrible. I gave up after not even a full chlapter. If I were to say what it was like, I’ll qoute my mom: “It’s a badly written horse-riding guide.”

And I agree with that.

The books are not worth it, but the series ain’t bad. 

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So, the main characters are Carrole, Stevie and Lisa. The main antagonist (who sometimes does the right thing) is Veronica and then there are some of the more minor characters. In the first series it’s Red, Kristie, Melanie and Ashley as well as Phill (NOT COULSON :D). In second series, we gain Dorothee for the first half and some other characters make repeated appearance. 

And finally, in the last season, apart from the cast being completely new, we have no Ashley, but gain Jenn as well as Trouble the donkey. We also switch Red for Jack and gain Dezi during the season. 

Oh, and for Thor maniacs, in one of the episodes (I think it’s in the second season), young Chris Hemsworth plays a new vet. Well, young… Younger. But it’s interesting. You can recognize him for his eyes and lips, but other than that, he looks completely different. And has short hair!

So, if you’re into horses, this is a pretty decent thing, even though it has girls as pretty much every important character. I’m not much for things where main characters are girls, but this one is not that bad. Though if they did a version where the main characters are guys… Or out right a gay version, I’d be watching it in a heartbeat!

See ya!

~AnnElfwind

BBC’s Sherlock: The Blind Banker

(Written on 30. 7. 2014)

I just finished the second episode of this epic TV Series. And while it may be a bit hard to describe, I really did enjoy it. That is, apart from the “circus” scene, which was a bit boring. 

So, the gist of it is that Sherlock is hired to check some bank security or something as there was a message left in yellow paint. This leads to three serial murders in which the first two look like suicides – at first. But only to the detective inspector, who in this episode isn’t Lestrade and whose name I didn’t catch. So Sherlock sees through it and declares it murderes and then tries to decode the messages, which leads them to the circus and some weird chinese organization – Black lotus or something, that smugle things and sell them. 

This organization lost one of their items and are trying to get it back. In the end, they kidnap John thinking he’s Sherlock. And Sherlock decodes the message with the usage of the right book and then goes to save John’s but, who in turn saves the life of the girl being held hostage with him. 

And it all ends with them finding the item in question and revealing it’s value to the girl who it has been given to by one of the people who were murdered. 

Lastly there is this scene with the boss of the organization who is on video chat with – obviously – Moriarty, even though it’s not explicitly said or anything. She says she will not reveil his identity and he agrees she wont and then she’s shot – probably by a sniper of some kind.

 

And that’s the end of the episode. 

I have to say I enjoyed it, even though the first one was better. Somehow lighter and funnier. I’m gonna be watching the rest soon, but probably not right now, I like to have a bit of time between the episodes, and in the meantime watch SHIELD or something similar. 

As for SHIELD, I will probably not write about it. Or, if I will, it will not be detailing every single episode, as I’m already on episode 12 or something like that. I might write something about it when I’m donen with it, but I’m not making any promises. 

 

Well, there is one promise I will make, annd that’s that I will post here more often. And if I have nothing to write, I will at least post some of the photos I have in my folder that are yet to be published. 

See ya soon!

 

~AnnElfwind