Category Archives: Adventure

Sage Alexander: The Dark Realm

Short Films – The short (10:41) first episode of the series “Sage Alexander: The Dark Realm” was released July 14 on the TigerBeat TV YouTube channel. This six-episode video series is based on the Young Adult “Sage Alexander” series of books written by Steve Copling. I haven’t read any of the books in the series myself, but a granddaughter has and says it was very good. That seems to be a common consensus as the book is rated 5/5 on Amazon and nearly as well on Goodreads for both books in the series. The synopsis for the video series:

All of Sage Alexander’s training with his guardian angel Leah has lead to this moment, but is he actually ready to enter the Dark Realm on his own? Meanwhile, five more young warriors-in-training discover a portal into the Dark Realm… 200 years earlier. Will this truly be one last adventure?

The video series certainly looks promising. The few special effects shown in the first episode are reasonable. In addition to this just looking like a good story, I have the added incentive for it to be successful and picked up as a series – I know one of the young actors, Ashlea Rae.

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Trailer for “Tomb Raider”

Trailers – The second trailer for the reboot of the Lara Croft movies is out and the new “Tomb Raider” looks to provide the excitement and action we are used to in the franchise. The synopsis per IMDB:

Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.

I liked the two prior Lara Croft movies. I hope that this one does indeed live up to the taste we have been given in this trailer. We will be able to see it in the theaters in mid March.

macOS New App Release – Dungeons 3

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Product Announcements – Kalypso Media of Hamburg, Germany  has released the Gaming sequel Dungeons 3. It is out now worldwide on the Mac App Store.

The Dungeon Lord has returned once more, and this time is bringing all his dark forces together to offer gamers everywhere the biggest and best Dungeons experience yet. With a huge roster of units and rooms to build in your underground lair, co-op support for all game modes, re-worked overworld mechanics and a range of improvements to the multiplayer experience, Dungeons 3 has everything an evil heart could desire as Mac gamers begin ‘evilfying’ the sickeningly colourful and fluffy fantasy overworld.

To celebrate the release of Dungeons 3 and the Dungeon Lord’s inevitable victory over the forces of good, the busy Snots at Kalypso Media are pleased to reveal the game’s slap-happy launch trailer, fittingly dubbed “Classical Beats”, which they hope will encourage gamers everywhere to employ some casual violence towards their minions in their quest for infamy.

In Dungeons 3, the Dungeon Lord has successfully united the forces of evil and established the roots of his dark empire, leading him to the next step in his diabolical quest: expansion! Through enticing the dark elf priestess Thalya from the fluffy clutches of the surface world to become his chief lieutenant, the Dungeon Lord has found a way to direct his campaign of conquest from the confines of his underground lair. With Thalya on the front line, and the united forces of evil to support her, players will have to use every trick in the book to best those do-gooders of the overworld, once and for all!

Unleash your dark side by creating a unique underground dungeon from a huge array of rooms, traps and structures. Raise the most terrifying army the world has ever seen, by choosing from despicable creatures such as orcs, succubae, zombies and much, much more. Then, once you have built your forces, emerge from the darkness and guide your army to the light of the overworld, where you will corrupt the land and dispatch anything even vaguely heroic, cute or unicorn-shaped. And in a first for the Dungeons series, experience randomly generated levels, so that no two sessions are alike, never-ending fun for any evil conqueror!

Features:

  • The dungeon manager you’ve been waiting for: Dungeons 3 is the biggest, best, and evil-est dungeon sim yet, topped off with a fully reworked overworld RTS mode
  • Under new management: Command the united forces of evil under the guidance of new character Thalya and lead them to victory
  • Size does matter: Extensive single player campaign with 20 missions and more than 20 hours of playtime, randomly generated levels, a brand-new co-op mode for two players, more rooms, and more unique abilities
  • Speak no evil: The fan-favourite Dungeons narrator is back with his unmistakable voice, continuing the Dungeons legacy in the best way possible

Device Requirements:

  • OS X 10.11 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 3.63 GB

Dungeons 3 (1.1) is $39.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

Review of “Our Young Guardians: Seven & Two”

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Book Review – “Our Young Guardians: Seven & Two” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Rodi Szoke. This is Mr. Szoke’s first novel and the first in his planned “Our Young Guardians” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in a mythical land. We are reading the account of what happened set down in a first person ‘diary’ like tale. A young 13 year old boy, Jonek. is the primary character.

Jonek’s life has been as normal as one might expect growing up in a small village. He is suddenly thrust into the role of protector of both his family and strangers he encountered on the way home. This propels him into an epic quest where he faces many opponents with both sword and magic.

I enjoyed the 10 hours I spent reading this 329 page Young Adult Fantasy. While the challenges encountered on the quest are not unusual, some of the characters encountered and allies made are. This novel did arrive at a conclusion of sorts, but the way is prepared for sequels, which I look forward to reading. I think the cover art chosen could have been better. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Trailer #2 for “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

Trailers – I always liked the original Jumanji with Robin Williams. This one is . . . well it is different, though it still looks like it might be enjoyable. It will be interesting to see what the film is really like when it opens December 20. The synopsis is:

Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they choose.

An interesting twist in this version is that of the four teens (two guys and two girls) one of the girls becomes a guy in the game played by Jack Black. This could be a good sequel to the original.

 

Trailer for “Tomb Raider”

Trailers – This reboot of the Tomb Raider movies looks interesting, though I think that I like Angelina Jolie instead of Alecia Vikander as Laura Croft. That may change after the movie is out. It is hard to really tell from a 2:13 trailer.

This new Tomb Raider movie is supposed to be more in line with the rebooted game released in 2013. We have a while to wait as it isn’t currently scheduled for release until March 16, 2018. From this brief look the movie has real possibilities.

Review of “Journey to the Flame”

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Book Reviews – “Journey to the Flame” eBook was published in 2016 (original paper edition published in 1985) and was written by Richard Monaco. Mr. Monaco has published 9 books.

I received an free copy of this novel through Amazon while it was being promoted by the publisher. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story takes place at the beginning of World War I. The primary character is American pilot Woody Shea.

Shea, his uncle and a few others get involved with an adventure to Africa in search of the lost city of Kor and King Soloman’s mines. It is a race between the British with Shea, and German agents.

As they get closer to the fabled Kor, most of the party begins to be affected. They are possessed from time to time by personalities from an early age.

So I suffered through 7.5 hours to finish this 261 page Fantasy Adventure. I say suffered because I thought the story was chaotic and difficult to read. I liked the overall plot, but the constant switching of personalities, and philosophizing made enjoying the novel difficult. The cover art is OK, but I think it could have been more closely tied to the story. I give this novel a 2.5 (rounded up to a 3) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Trailer for “Dark Tower”

Trailers – The first trailer for the big screen adaptation of Stephen King‘s eight volume Dark Tower novel series is out. This story is the typical King blend of Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The premise (according to Wikipedia) is:

Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is an 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World. Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to Mid-World where he encounters a Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), who is on a quest to reach the “Dark Tower” that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save all existence from extinction. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer named Walter Padick (Matthew McConaughey) hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete.

I have not read much of Steven King as I am not a Horror fan, but this does look interesting. I have read and enjoyed his “The Green Mile” and “The Stand“.

Trailer for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

Trailers – I enjoyed the first of these movies “Kingman: The Secret Service” and I’m glad to see that there will soon be a sequel on the big screen. I have always liked these “James Bond” type thrillers since I was a kid in Junior High and read the first Ian Fleming novels.

This looks to be another great tale of spies, gadgets and special affects. The official synopsis of the movie is:

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced the world to Kingsman — an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the U.S. called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

Unfortunately we won’t get to see it in the theaters until September 22. It looks like it may well be worth the wait for this fun adventure.

Trailer for “Enter the Warriors Gate”

Trailers – This film, “Enter the Warrior’s Gate” opened in China last year and will be seen here in the US next week. The official synopsis is:

Epic fantasy-adventure meets martial arts action in this thrilling film written by Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen. After a mysterious chest opens a gateway through time, teen gamer Jack (Uriah Shelton) is transported to an ancient empire terrorized by a cruel barbarian king (former WWE superstar Dave Bautista). Jack will need all of his gaming skills as he battles to defeat the barbarian, protect a beautiful princess, and somehow find his way back home.

So, this looks like a pure tongue-in-cheek, fun adventure movie. It is hard to say from this 2:05 trailer if it will be any good. I am sure most of the younger teenage gamer boys will want to see it.