Black Friday sales and me…

A couple of years ago, I had never even heard of “Black Friday”. Then I knew what it was because gaming websites reported about it. It also “helped” that the German Amazon website introduced their Cyber Monday week. This year, I even heard the term “Black Friday” on radio ads for regular local shops as well as bigger chains. I still think it’s weird, because we don’t have anything special during that week and I’m pretty sure that if you asked the general German out there, he/she would have no idea where “Black Friday” even came from. Anyway, being a gamer, I am now well aware of what those terms means and I know the terror my wallet must go through during those days. However, I was a good girl: I only bought a couple of games. :p

Double Dragon

I bought “Double Dragon” on GOG. I don’t even remember if it was part of the Black Friday deals. I just saw that name, saw that the trilogy was on sale and had to grab the game, no matter what! In this case, it’s not even that I want to play the game again. It is pure, 100 % nostalgia: I have an older brother, but to be honest, we never got along… except for a few “game” moments. One was when he taught me how to play table-tennis (I was never good, but good enough for him to play with sometimes). The other was when we built cars with legos and drove them against the door of our guest room (which we used for playing with our legos) as hard as we could (my mum hated that we did that because the lacquer on the door suffered – it was ooooold lacquer on an ooooold door, though – and it was loud. :p). If your car was the one sustaining the longest, you won. And then there was Double Dragon… I remember how we would play this game together and my mum would call us for lunch and we both just yelled: “Yes, in a miiiiinute!” – It took much longer. My mum was actually quite angry as lunch had gotten cold. At the same time, she was also quite happy, I think, because me and my brother had been playing along peacefully. In fact, he had even said how he enjoyed playing that game with me and how I was quite good! Since I’d been about… oh, I don’t know… 10 years old or so (him being 15 or 16 years old at the time), this was quite the compliment! :p

I bought the game now, tried to play it with my keyboard and quickly gave up. I either got REALLY bad in the last 15+ years or – probably more likely – I need to use my controller to play the game. ;)

Another game I got was Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink – Never heard of it before, but I currently like playing games that don’t require my constant and fast reaction, especially given how many times I’ve fallen asleep in front of the PC in the last few weeks. No, don’t tell me to go to bed earlier! I’m trying to keep my sleeping schedule. :p My body just needs to adjust to the lack of light outside. I haven’t played it much so far, but the few minutes of playtime that I did get, the game seemed to be cute and had quite nice voice-over.


Crookz – The Big Heist: I played the demo before the game got released and like that game’s genre. Having it set in the 70s is a nice twist. The last game like that which I played was Shadowrun. I like Science Fiction, but I just get “enough of it” after a while (unlike fantasy settings). I decided not to get the game for full price and definitely not before launch and before more reviews had gotten in, because I just wasn’t sure I would really like it. It has gotten a “Mostly Positive” on Steam which is good enough for me. I liked the demo (basically, the tutorial), I like the setting and I think I really can’t do anything wrong for 6,24 € here. I also still go by my “movie theatre”-rule: If I can get about 1.5 to 2 hours of entertainment per 7 € spent, I get as much entertainment as I would out of a movie.

And then there is Sherlock Homes: Crimes and Punishments. This game had not even been on my wishlist until a few days ago. Nor had I heard of it before. I don’t even remember where I’d seen it, but it had immediately caught my attention. Somebody was playing it on Twitch, I think. Solving crimes – or puzzles rather – is nice and I saw a comparison to L.A. Noire in some player’s review. While yes, the review said it “falls a bit short” compared to it, it was still nice to see that game’s name there, as I happen to love L.A. Noire! Unfortunately, I get simulation sickness in Sherlock Holmes, as I can’t move the camera further away from my character and it’s shaking a bit too much. But well, I’ll just slowly continue playing it and I think I will be fine.

Tropico 5 tourist area

And as a “last minute” shopping spree, I bought the last remaining DLCs for Tropico 5. 3 € per DLC is much too expensive if you ask me. 0,74 € is okayish… actually, considering that some development time went into the DLC (but not much, I would guess, considering the DLCs are very “light”), it’s a good deal. I just don’t know if I’ll even use the new buildings that came with the DLCs. Then again, it is now complete and I have everything. Also, I am at 103 hours played right now. So I am preeetty certain I got my money’s worth out of the game either way.

I don’t even want to think about Christmas which is coming closer… there will be more sales then, right? I know I won’t have the time to play the games I just bought until then… oh dear. But I’ll try! :)

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Wintersday Giveaways 2015: Week 1

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This is the first of four giveaways we will be hosting within the next four weeks. Here is what you can win this week:

Wildstar Fancypants JacketGuild Wars 2
For EU-players only: 1200 gems (sorry, the code is region-locked!)

NCsoft (Wildstar and Blade & Soul)
– 1 blue Blade & Soul t-shirt in size XXL and 1 rowsdower keychains
– Two Wildstar gamescom (EU) 2015 codes (2 winners who will each win 1 of those codes)

One word about the Wildstar codes: They will give you the Fancypants Jacket (seen on the right). The code card says it only works for EU accounts, but they have since re-launched and you can play on EU as well as US servers. We also asked and the reply we got was that they should not be region-locked. If you win this code and have an originally US-account, please let us know whether you can use the fancypants jacket with your US characters or only with characters on the EU servers!

As always, there can’t be a giveaway without some rules. So read on to see what you have to do to enter and to which rules you apply by entering. You can enter both, the Guild Wars 2 as well as the NCsoft giveaway!

1a. In order to enter the Guild Wars 2 giveaway, please leave a comment with the following: Tell us what you would do with 1200 gems.

1b. In order to enter the NCsoft giveaway, answer the following question in your comment: What’s your favourite class in Wildstar?

2. Leave a valid email address when commenting. It will only be used by us for contacting the winners and nothing else! Enter said email address into the “email” field, do not add it to the comment field as that one is public!

3. The winners will be contacted by email. Do NOT leave the email address in the comment field! If you have won one of the t-shirts: Please reply within 14 days and give us your address, so we can send the prizes. If you do not reply within 14 days, we may choose another winner.

4. No debating about the outcome! We will randomly choose the winners.

5. This giveaway will run from today until 8. December (9pm our time).

6. One entry per person! Please be fair.

7. The physical goodies will be sent via regular mail (obviously… :p). As always: Everything we sent to winners has arrived so far, but you never know! We cannot guarantee you will receive your prize. We may also wait until after the holidays to ensure that your parcel will not get lost in the annual holiday mail chaos. Either way, we will send you an email to inform you once your parcel is on its way to you.

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Dies ist das erste von vier Giveaways, die wir bis Weihnachten hier veranstalten werden. Heute gibt es die folgenden Gewinne:

Wildstar Fancypants JacketGuild Wars 2
Nur für EU-Spieler: 1200 Edelsteine (Der Code ist leider nur für EU-Spieler, wobei das für die meisten deutschsprachigen Spieler ja kein Problem sein dürfte :))

NCsoft (Wildstar und Blade & Soul)
– 1 blaues Blade & Soul T-Shirt in Größe XXL and 1 Rowsdower Schlüsselanhänger
– Zweimal je 1 Wildstar gamescom 2015 Code

Ein Hinweis zu den Wildstar Codes: Auf den Karten steht, dass sie nur für EU-Accounts gelten. Wir hatten nachgefragt und sie sollten auch für US-Accounts einlösbar sein. Sollte das dennoch nicht der Fall sein, wäre es schön, wenn ihr uns Bescheid geben könntet, damit wir das in den nächsten Giveaways entsprechend kommunizieren können.

Wie immer kann es natürlich kein Giveaway ohne Regeln geben. Bitte lest euch die Regeln durch, denen ihr durch Teilnahme am Giveaway zustimmt. Ihr könnt übrigens bei beiden Giveaways (GW2 und NCsoft) teilnehmen!

1a. Um am Guild Wars 2 Giveaway teilzunehmen, schreibt bitte in euren Kommentar, was ihr mit 1200 Edelsteinen machen würdet.

1b. Um am NCsoft Giveaway teilzunehmen, schreibt bitte in euren Kommentar, was eure Lieblingsklasse in Wildstar ist.

2. Fügt eine gültige E-Mail-Adresse ein. Diese E-Mail-Adresse werden wir nur dazu benutzen, um euch zu kontaktieren, wenn ihr gewonnen haben solltet. Ansonsten machen wir nichts damit. Achtet bitte darauf, dass die E-Mail-Adresse oben im entsprechenden Feld angegeben ist und nicht im Textfeld des Kommentars, da sie sonst öffentlich sichtbar ist.

3. Die Gewinner werden per E-Mail kontaktiert werden. Noch einmal: Hinterlasst die E-Mail-Adresse nicht im Textfeld des Kommentars. Wenn ihr ein T-Shirt gewonnen habt, benötigen wir eure Adresse, damit wir euch das Shirt zusenden können. Antwortet bitte innerhalb von 14 Tagen. Wenn ihr nicht innerhalb der 14 Tage antwortet, kann es sein, dass wir einen anderen Gewinner auswählen.

4. Es gibt keine Diskussion über den Ausgang des Giveaways. Die Gewinner werden zufällig ausgewählt.

5. Das Giveaway läuft ab jetzt bis zum 8. Dezember (21 Uhr deutscher Zeit).

6. Bitte nur eine Teilnahme pro Person. Bleibt bitte fair. :)

7. Zum Schluss noch ein Hinweis: Bis jetzt kam alles, was wir per Post versendet haben, bei den Gewinnern an. Aber man weiß ja nie und so ganz vertrauen kann man der Post natürlich nicht. Wir werden auch eventuell warten, bis die Feiertage vorbei sind und dann erst die Sachen losschicken, damit es nicht im Weihnachtschaos untergeht. Ihr werdet aber von uns per E-Mail informiert werden, wenn wir es losgeschickt haben.

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Wintersday Giveaways 2015: Overview

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It is this time of the year again: Welcome to a new round of Wintersday Giveaways in our blog! Since some will overlap with the time they are active, I prepared this post here from where you can see when which giveaway will start, when they will end and so on. Please note that the links will not be active before the date the giveaway will run. So just bookmark this post and check back here once a week.

Wintersday Giveaways 2015

We prepared a little teaser image, so you can see what we will be giving away over the next few weeks. Not pictured is the Heart of Thorns Ultimate Edition code, though. A big thanks to ArenaNet for providing us the items and codes to give to you!

As you can also see, this is not only Guild Wars 2 related. We do have two “Blade & Soul” t-shirts as well as 10 Wildstar codes from gamescom 2015, 2 Wildstar t-shirts and 5 rowsdower keychains. All thanks to NCsoft and their German community manager who were so awesome to provide us with the items! :D

As to when we will give away which prizes… well, you’ll have to wait and see… :p Here is the schedule of the giveaways. The first link in each row will take you to the giveaway once it’s active. The second link will show you the end time of the giveaway in your local time.

Week 1: 29. November – 8. December

Week 2: 6. December – 15. December

Week 3: 13. December – 22. December

Week 4: 17. December – 25. December (midnight our time!)

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Es ist wieder soweit: Willkommen zu unseren Wintertag-Giveaways! Da die einzelnen Giveaways teilweise zeitlich überlappen, habe ich diesen Beitrag hier erstellt, damit ihr nur einen Link braucht, um den Überblick zu behalten. Von hier aus könnt ihr immer auf die aktuell offenen Giveaways klicken. Die entsprechenden Links werden aktiv, sobald die entsprechenden Giveaways gestartet sind.

Wintersday Giveaways 2015

Auf dem kleinen Teaserbild könnt ihr sehen, welche Gewinne euch erwarten werden. Nicht zu sehen ist allerdings die “Heart of Thorns”-Ultimate Edition. Noch einmal vielen Dank an ArenaNet, dass sie uns die Gewinne zur Verfügung gestellt haben!

Wie ihr auf dem Bild aber auch sehen könnt, ist das hier kein reines Guild Wars 2-Giveaway. Wir haben auch noch 2 “Blade & Soul” T-Shirts sowie 10 Wildstar Codes von der gamescom 2015, 2 Wildstar T-Shirts und 5 Rowsdower (haben die einen deutschen Namen? Ich spiele es nur auf englisch…) Schlüsselanhänger. Hierfür ein großes Dankeschön an NCsoft und vor allem an den deutschen Community Manager, Jan, für das Bereitstellen der Preise! :D

Was wann zu gewinnen sein wird, werden wir euch hier aber noch nicht verraten… :p Hier ist aber schon mal der “Terminplan” für die Giveaways. Der jeweils erste Link wird euch zu dem Giveaway führen, sobald es aktiv ist. Der zweite Link führt euch zur jeweiligen Endzeit der Giveaways.

Woche 1: 29. November – 8. Dezember

Woche 2: 6. Dezember – 15. Dezember

Woche 3: 13. Dezember – 22. Dezember

Woche 4: 17. Dezember – 25. Dezember (Mitternacht unserer Zeit)

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Personal highlights of Heart of Thorns

Heart of Thorns has been released for several weeks now and the shiny “newness” is wearing off. Instead of writing a full review – which I know I would start and never finish – I will just list a few of my personal highlights of this expansion.

First of all, it managed to suck me back into the game and even got to pull me away from Wildstar for a week. I also switched mains as my mesmer in combination with the chronomancer skills is so much fun again! The engineer finally got a hammer, so my charr advanced to “second main” which was previously covered by my asura warrior. The highlight here is that the elite specializations made some professions more fun for me.

Other than that, the guilds finally got some features that were sorely needed. I can read both my guilds’ chats simultaneously now which means that I can follow my German guild much better. Additionally, the message of the day is broadcast right into your chat tab when you log in which makes notifying your guild members of whatever is happening in the guild so much easier. Last but not least, the guild halls seem to be a great addition to the game as well.

GW2 Gilded Hollow Dragon Season

My favourite map so far is Verdant Brink. This may be because I have spent the most time there as for me, the meta event is much more intuitive than the other maps and their events are. I do not like the confusing levels of the map, though, with just some parts that are further up and some other areas down below that can be accessed with other areas that let your character die because you left the “playable area”. But overall, I enjoy playing on that map. The one thing I love about all the new maps – just as I do with the rest of the game – is once again the way the world looks! If only I could stop and take screenshots more often without being attacked by veterans or even champions. But other than that, it’s simply gorgeous to look at!

A smaller thing I like is the addition of the jumping pads from the bank to the Trading Post in Lion’s Arch. My huge charr looks a bit weird being a furry ball swirling through the air, but the asura are adorable! Asura-ball comes to my mind there. Anyway, it saves a few seconds of having to move your character, so it’s a fun thing that supports being lazy. Perfect. :)

GW2 Charr Furball

Being able to see the crafting professions on the login screen is another small feature that got added, but that makes my life so much easier! No longer do I have to try to memorize which character has which profession. Of course, I will memorize it automatically sooner or later, but eh, I still won’t complain about added convenience (same as with the jumping pads above).

And as the last point, one of the things that I expected to be a highlight but that turned out to be a disappointment, is Rata Novus. Once I heard that we can go there, I got so ridiculously excited and was imagining this great ancient asuran city (in ruins, of course, as I never even for a second imagined it to be filled with living asura) through which I could stroll for hours that may even look a bit like Rata Sum was supposed to look originally before they redesigned it.

You can see a few images of the original Rata Sum in the video.

Now, the way Rata Novus looks makes sense given the lore around it, but that still doesn’t help much. I am not going to write more about Rata Novus at this point, though, as I know there are still people out there who haven’t played that much yet and I don’t want to accidentally spoil anybody here (except for mentioning Rata Novus itself, of course ^^).

GW2 Rata Novus Fighting

This isn’t a complete list and it surely is very subjective. It’s just some of the bigger and smaller things that I have been enjoying in the last few weeks. :)

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Winterfest Event in Wildstar

Now that Halloween is gone, it’s time to look forward to the Wintersday festitivities. As much as I like Halloween (orange and green belong to my favourite colours, after all), I usually enjoy the Wintersday events more – mostly the one in Guild Wars 2 with its choir bell and yes, even the jumping puzzle! The one event puzzle I am actually able to complete on a regular basis! The colours and the music are also amazing and I just really like how peaceful everything looks as soon as you add a little snow (please note that I said “a little”).

Wildstar PTR Winterfest Thayd

However, this year Wildstar may actually become my favourite wintersday event. They have not had events in their first year after release. As far as I know, this was because they focused on polishing the game first. Now that they have done so and relaunched as a “free to play” title, they are also adding seasonal events. The Halloween one was their first and the atmosphere they created was amazing. They have recently put the Winterfest on their Public Test Realm, so I went there to check it out. Wildstar being Wildstar, I was expecting them to combine it with some irony and I am happy to report that I didn’t get disappointed at all. Of course, the Protostar Corporation is using this opportunity to spread the charm that we all know, the one called Consumerism, obviously. In fact, you even get to distract some pesky Aurin who insist on adding some spiritual nonsense to this perfect business opportunity. How dare they!

You can hear several of the Winterfest songs in this video.

Wildstar winterfest Rowsdower slippersOn the other hand, when it comes to the actual gameplay, I am not sure yet how much fun Wildstar’s events will be. I did the daily quests and while they were enjoyable, I am certain they will get boring once you have done them a couple of times. However, after looking at the rewards you can buy with the new in-game Winterfest currency, I also know that I will want to do the dailies! I need those slippers! Except for the hat (what is it with MMOs and bad hat design?), I like all the pieces of the respective outfit, especially on my Granok, but the slippers are simply awesome!  Rowsdowers are the murlocks and the quaggans of Wildstar, apparently. I wonder if I could furnish my complete house in Wildstar with Rowsdower items only… Hmm… Tempting.

But back to the gameplay. There is an instance with a public event, but I only entered it to watch the cinematic that plays – and then re-entered to replay the cinematic, so bookahnerk could see it, too. So the long-term fun kind of depends on how that event plays out. The Public Test Realm is down right now, so I can’t go check the event. Then again, I do actually want to keep something to explore for when it releases on the live client. But the atmosphere, the decorations and the music are amazing already, so I know that the spirit will be there, at least. Well, filled to the brim with consumerism, as mentioned above, but then it just fits perfectly that I really want and need to buy those shoes, right? ;) And in case the event and the dailies are boring, there will always be the Guild Wars 2 choir bell…


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