Dark Souls 2 Scholar of the First Sin – First Impression and Warning

blueboardNI am a fan of the souls games (and for the record, I consider Bloodborne a souls game). I cannot claim to be an expert at them, but I enjoy them. Their difficulty is harsh but most of the time fair. It is a series that wears it’s challenge on it’s sleeve, but hides it’s lore and storyline nuances behind game play and item descriptions. It is a game series unlike anything else on the market, and this is why I like it.

Dark Souls 2 has to be the weakest in the series, in my opinion, although that isn’t much of a condemnation considering how good the series is as a whole. It has many enhancements over the original game as well as a number of ways your character is now weakened. Death now lessens your maximum health by a small amount each time until it reaches half. This means that death now has a punishment, and regaining your humanity it more important, making the item used to regain it in this game, human effigys, a lot more valuable.

However, we aren’t here to talk about Dark Souls 2, however much I can talk about it (and I may just write an article about how I love the series as a whole). Recently the game was re-released on current gen consoles and PC under the subtitle “scholar of the first sin”. You may be forgiven for thinking that this is merely a game of the year edition for it, but it is so much more, and whether that is a good thing or a bad thing remains to be seen.

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Our friend Dakana in the UK gives food reviewing a try, specifically an item intended to be “American” in nature form Mcdonalds

blueboardNOne of my old podcasting buddies (and hopefully he will be on with us on Nerdrahtio as well soon) gave a McDonalds American themed burger a try in the UK. This particular flavor was really more of an American attempt at Mexican, but it’s true we do that kinda thing in the U.S. (true story Taco Bell tried to break into Mexico by claiming to be American food!)

Check it out below: and give him  like!

-Sam

Would you be interested in a Sightline (Gary Goggles) Vinyl (and why you should be if you are not)

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Gary Goggles Head was a vital member of the community of Joe fans. His work in Declassified allowed us to see images, and learn info we most likely never would have seen. More than just getting it out there, he brought “old guard” prototype collectors together with so many other types of fans that the community really transitioned into something entirely different than it was before him. His life was cut tragically short when his heart gave out while shoveling sno, due to an unknown heart condition. He left behind 3 kids, their mother, and a whole lot of dear friends.  His legacy in the community was so prolific that Hasbro named a figure to be released this year, Sightline, after him.  (You can hear more about Gary in our tribute episode to him HERE)

Drew Gaska photoshopped the following for us, since it came up in our recent podcast interview with Jonathan Cathey, CEO of the Loyal Subjects (Click Here for that full article and the audio), who was very willing to talk about and consider doing more modern Characters rather than just 80’s Joe and took particular note of the fan response to Sightline when announced at Joe con (a standing ovation… and a few people with moist eyes… okay at least me shedding a tear or two but I won’t rat anyone else out.

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The first is more like the actual Sightline, figure (pictured below) but the second is has more character as a figure, and has Gary’s trademark arctic goggles.

If you would be interested in purchasing something like this in a future wave of Joe, PLEASE let The Loyal Subjects know on their facebook page or their official Facebook group. Jonathan assures me they have an ear out to their fans, and I believe him!

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Even if you didn’t click the tribute podcast link above, the impact should be obvious.  Gary made a giant impact, and I think this connection Hasbro made with the fans was wonderful and a nice tribute to Gary.  Of all the Joe figures I would want in alternate style to have just a desk version, this would be the one. It has a great story behind it. (I am of course buying tons of these things, I mean one I’d even set on my work desk etc.)  The look is also bit more kid friendly, while not intended for kids, I’ve enjoyed my TMNT’s wtih my son, and I plan to do the same with future Joes. This would be a great way for Gary’s kids, for  all the kids who knew Gary to have a little piece of him, and a neat way to pass a story down to our kids.  -Sam

The Loyal Subjects TMNT Blind Box pull video, Pull number 2 !

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Me and the kiddo are hooked! We had to go back to our nearest Barnes and Noble and find the last blind box.  My son and I did our second video which you can find below, and when time permits I still plan on doing a more serious review.  If you enjoy this give us a like and subscribe.

-Sam

Podcast interview with Jonathan Cathey CEO of The Loyal Subjects: Reveals, News and Discussion: Joe, TMNT, TF, MMPR, MOTU, Attack on Titan, How To train your Dragon and more!

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Jonathan Cathey Ceo/owner of the Loyal Subjects comes on to discuss how he got in to the business, the upcoming (and currently hot topic) G.I.Joe wave 2 and how that line has changed, as well as TF, streetfight, MOTU and more.

You can listen via the embedded player below, or use the drop down menu above to find us on Itunes, Stitcher, or directly on our audio host at podcastgarden. Be sure to look at the pics, info and links below! You will want to check them out, as additional images have been added since this was first posted, and links to full galleries with even more images are below. (If I put them all on here, this might never load!)

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Nerdrahtio (and Tom Brooks) Interviews Josh Blaylock about Operation Nemesis and some Joe talk and even more!

operationnemesisThe Legendary Tom Brooks from Reasonably Intelligent Ramblings joined us as we interviewed Devils Due founder Josh Blaylock. We first discuss his new book, Operation Nemesis, the most serious thing we have ever talked about Nerdrahtio. You could read me review HERE, but as a reminder, it’s about a real genocide, real revenge, real war, and real court room drama, with Nazi’s, religious conflict and more.

We then turn to Josh Blaylock’s time with G.I.Joe (after a short trip talking about weird for 15 minutes or so) and other upcoming and ongoing comics published by Devils Due.

Finally Tom Brooks, Tom Mathias and myself (Sam) chat comic tv news, followed by FSS and other G.I.Joe talk with our news desk.

You can listen via the embedded player below or use the drop down menu above to locate us on Stitcher, Itunes or directly at our audio host: Podcast Garden.

Several images follow in relation to our Joe Talk but I first want to plug Tom Brook’s blog, click his happy mug to head over and check it out. There you will find tons of images of the FSS figures we end up talking about.  I’d also love for you to help add some images!  If yo ucould provide us with an image of heartwrencher from the DDP comic, or white guy varient Alpine we could host here (or maybe something else you here us talk about), we would appreciate it. E-mail us at nerdrahtio@gmail.com

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Introduction and First Review

CapShield05Greetings! My name is Steve-O. You can just call me Steve-O. Most people do. I am probably one of the biggest Star Wars nerds you could find when it comes to knowing about the lore and characters of that universe. I am unique in that I am one of the fans who brazenly claims to love the Prequels and Special Editions no matter what kind of ire that gets me from the so called ‘purists’.

My other interests include the following universes: Marvel characters, DC characters, Firefly, Mass Effect, Assassin’s Creed, Battlestar Galactica, Tomb Raider, Game of Thrones, Star Wars the Clone Wars, Vikings, Arrow, Flash, Agents of SHIELD, Supernatural, Transformers, Terminator, TMNT, The Bourne series, Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, Kingdoms of Amalur, World of Warcraft, Star Wars the Old Republic, Guild Wars 2, The Matrix, and so on and so forth.

And now onto my very first review since its only been out a week and I see no one else has gotten to it on the website: Avengers Age of Ultron FULL SPOILER WARNING IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE STOP READING NOW

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Blind Box opening video: TMNT by the Loyal Subjects

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Check below for our first youtube blind box opening video ! The kiddo wasn’t going to let me edit podcasts like I would like to be doing, but it didn’t take much convincing to get him to open and look at a TMNT blind box by the Loyal Subjects. Keep your eyes peeled this week, should be able to drop multiple podcasts episodes! -Sam.