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General Rambling: Car Thoughts, Work, LEGO

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Random, LEGO, Real Life Jan 28 2016 · 93 views

Hey, folks. It’s been a little while since I wrote an entry here, so I figured I should post another general update. Really not a lot has happened since my last entry.

I mean I hadn’t really made much progress looking at cars since the snow this month threw a wrench at that idea, so I have only looked at one car (2013 Ford Focus) so far. Hopefully now that snow is clearing up some, I should be able to check out some others this weekend. And well, maybe by the end of February, I might have a car of my own. Not sure what I will do with that “freedom” once I have it, besides going to work, home, and stores by myself. *shrugs*

I guess maybe go to a gym as I definitely need to do more physical activity in my day and I need to lose some weight. I am considering maybe joining the YMCA since it has indoor pool and well, I love to swim (I regret not swimming during my Virginia trip as it feel like forever since I have gone swimming.). Obviously it going to come down to the cost of membership and whether or not their pool is open for use during the night (and the winter), so I definitely have look a bit more into.

Besides that, I guess I could use my car to attend one of PennLUG meetings (Probably the one in April) as I am still part of the meeting newsletter for that. It might be interesting to meet some local LEGO fans there. Although they look like they are mostly Town & Train focus, so I am not sure how well I would fit in (Especially since I am not a great MOCer). *shrugs*

As for traveling out of state, I am not really at experience level to do that yet and I don’t have the time (Only get like two weeks of vacation a year, after all) to travel too far out of state. Really the only expectation to this would be going to Delaware as it’s really close (Like you don't even need to go on highway to get there.) and the stores there have no sale tax.

Alright, that’s enough rambling about possible car “adventures”. Let’s move on to how work been this month. I would say it been going pretty well this month, especially since last week I was given permission to get some overtime since apparently we had been enough engineering work this month to warrant it.

However while it has been a good work month, the snow from last weekend unfortunately caused a roof leak above my desk, so I been without my work computer since Tuesday. XD Thankfully though, it doesn’t seem like anything serious was damaged (Outside of some water damage on my desk and some trash documents being soaked.), although I am still waiting on news regarding my computer. Our IT guy seems to be of the opinion that my computer will be alright and should be back up on Monday, so only time will tell on its fate.

So yeah, I have been playing music chairs for past few days. It been a bit of a weird experience to say the least as every computer has their own quirks to them and are set up differently (Both desktop wise and physical as the monitors are different sizes and are facing different directions, ect.). It definitely making me miss having my work computer. XD

That’s about it on work stuff this month. I guess next I’ll talk about some LEGO stuff, although there’s not much news to share really. I got Rey & Captain Phasma Buildable figure sets at Target awhile back. To be exact, I got them on the day that I saw The Force Awakens for second time (It was just as good as first time. I would love to go see it again.). XD I also got a Star Wars book (Lost Stars, by Claudia Gray) based on Black Six's suggestion, which I need to finish reading that (I am on page 300). But anyway, Rey is my favorite build between the two sets.

Besides that, last weekend I start sorting through my old LEGO Bricks. I think I made decent progress with that, although I am far from done. My ultimate goal for this is set up a organized system, so I can try to maybe experiment with making non-Bionicle MOCs, ect. Not sure how well that will go, but I am going to give it a shot.

Alright, that's enough from me. I hope you all have a great day and thank you for taking the time to read this. Talk to you later, BZPers.

- JMJ 2015

P.S. I got a Lucas Amiibo yesterday! :)


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Update: I passed!

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Real Life, Random Jan 08 2016 · 241 views

So as title say, I have a driving test (First that I ever taken in the five or so years that I had a driving permit...) tomorrow...

And well, I must admit I am feeling rather nervous about it, even though I do seen have been doing good the past few days during practice.

Oh, man, I really hope I don't screw up tomorrow...

In less stressing out news, I discovered that we apparently had some free movie ticket passes lying around and well, my sister wants to see Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (She hasn't seen it yet), so I'll be check it out again with her this weekend. It should be fun, especially since I still in such a Star Wars mood lately. *excited* (Reminder: You can suggest Star Wars media for me to check out here)

Alright, that's enough of this random life update. Hopefully things go well with that test tomorrow... If not, at least there's Star Wars. XD

But anyway, thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you all have a great day today. I'll talk you later, BZPers.

- JMJ 2016


Update 01/08/2016: Well, this year is starting off good. I passed the driver's test today!!!

I am just awe-struck now... I can't believe it that I really passed the test. But well, I guess its about time since I had a learner's permit for like five or so years now. XD

I guess the next step is to look into possible cars now, which is probably going to take awhile since I have no idea what car to even look into getting at this point (Well, I think of maybe looking at some used Ford Fiesta, so I guess that's a start).

This is certainly going be interesting year now that I can actually drive myself to places now (once I have a car and insurance). Who knows maybe if I do go to BrickFair VA again, I could try to drive myself down, assuming of course that I feel comfortable enough on the highway to do so (I'll admit I doubt that I will comfortable do that by this summer, but maybe in the distant future. *shrugs*).

But anyway, that's enough day-dreaming about future possibilities. Thanks for all the well wishes on the test today and for taking the time to read this. I hope you all have a great day today.

Talk to you later, BZPers.

- JMJ 2016

PS - I can't wait to watch Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens tomorrow. *excited*


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Belated: Looks Like My Vacation Is...Over

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Real Life, Random Jan 04 2016 · 119 views

Hey, folk. Yesterday was last day of my work break, so I thought I should continue the tradition of recapping my break for you folks here.

Although to be honest, it was really unproductive break from work (Like there was a lot of organizing and cleaning that I want to do, but I never got around to.). Still it nice though, especially looking after a rabbit for few days (I must admit that I liked having Coco around. It was nice having company.).

Beside watching the rabbit during my break, I also watched through the entirety of Star Wars: The Clone Wars for mostly the first time (I should note that Season 1-3, I have seen before. Season 4-6 though were completely new to me though). And I liked it so much that I end up checking out Star Wars: Rebels for first time afterwards (I just finished doing that yesterday actually and I must say I am quite enjoying it.) and man, I can't wait for rest of Season 2 of Rebels.

So yeah, to summarized, I been in quite a Star Wars mood for most of my break (Not surprising since I had seen the Force Awakens on 18th, which was the week just before my break started.). XD

Really I am still in a Star Wars mood, so I love to hear suggestions from you folks about other Star Wars media (Comics, Books, Games, ect) that I should check out. Its doesn't necessary have be from the new "canon" stuff. You can certainly suggest something from the Legends canon, if you want. So far, I been suggested the following things to check out:

- Darth Maul - Son of Dathomir Comics (Which apparently is TCW story)
- Kanan - The Last Padawan Comics (Which is backstory for Kanan from Star Wars: Rebels)
- Lords of the Sith
- Lost Stars

Uh, outside of that, I did some practice for my driving test during the break as well. I must admit part of me doesn't feel very confidence about taking it this Friday (8th). But well, I did do pretty good yesterday, so I don't know. Maybe there's hope that I will pass it. Although if I do passed, I have literally no idea on what car I should look into getting in the first place, so I probably be searching for months on that. XD *shrugs*

Alright, one last thing before I go, I just want to apologize for not getting at least one gift for most of people on my Steam friend list this year. Steam was having some issues on the day that I trying to buy some stuff during the sale, so I kind of mostly avoided sales after that as it scared me. XD So I am sorry if I didn't get you a holiday gift this year, but I hope you folks had a good holiday.

That's pretty much everything happened during my break. Like I say earlier, I wasn't very productive. I would ramble more about stuff, but I don't want take anymore of your time.

So thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you all have a great day today. I'll talk you later, BZPers.

- JMJ 2016


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2015 - A Year in Review

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Real Life, Random Dec 31 2015 · 106 views

Hey, folks. Since its last day of 2015, I thought I should take opportunity today to basically look back on this year and give you folks my thoughts on it.

Like last year, I am going to summarized it in a pros and cons list since I think that was pretty good method of doing it. Before I start though, I thought I would share really quick what I got during the holidays last Friday. It's not much really, but I don't really need anything.

So yeah, here's what I got:
- Two Pairs of Sweatpants (Black, Dark Grey)
- Two Short Sleeve Shirts (Red, Blue)
- A Black Pair of Work Pants
- Two coffee mugs (From a co-worker, who is literally the nicest person I know as she had gifts for everyone at my workplace!)
- A bonus check from work
- A Target Gift Card from work (Which is 25 dollars...I have no idea what I am going to use it on.)
- Tom Nook and Mabel Amiibo (from my sister)
- Some cash from family
- Steam Games (from a real life friend): Tabletop Simulator, Gravity Ghost, Polarity, LEGO Jurassic World, Shelter 2, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, and The LEGO Movie - Video Game

That's pretty much everything I got during the holiday.

I mean I did end up buying later for myself, a second monitor (I been wanting to go dual monitor for awhile now. Mostly because of I really like that setup at work. So yeah, I got two monitors now.) and a TV for my brother (He brought himself a PS4 and well, I figured he probably wouldn't want me annoying him playing online shooters, so I brought TV as belated holiday gift.).

Besides that stuff, I had a good holiday with my family and I had fun looking after a rabbit for awhile.

Hm...I must say that I miss having Coco (the rabbit) around (She went to my brother's girlfriend's house yesterday.). It was well, nice having the company. But anyway, that's enough about how my holiday went. Let's actually get to talking about 2015 as a whole.

So without further ado, here's my review of 2015:

Pros

- Like last year, I still have my job, which is something that I am grateful for. Especially since it been a tough year for my company since as mention before, our overtime hours were cut since we weren't getting enough work. Things thankfully do seem to be getting a little better though, so here's hoping 2016 is better year for my company.

- I celebrated my 10th anniversary of BZPower and I got to share a pretty cool piece of Bionicle history from the 2000s.

- I somehow managed to attend the convention days of BrickFair VA, which honestly I still can't believe that happen this year. I never thought I would get to see what things were like at BrickFair VA. I am thankful that my friend was willing drive me there and hang out with me for like almost a week.

It was interesting experience to say the least. I got to high five DeeVee (Which was pretty cool), I got a painting of Lucina from Nuyaka, and I met quite a few BZPers (Lady K, Makuta Luroka, AT, Aanchir, Lyichir, ect).

- I got to checked out the Zelda Symphony again, which was a fun evening in my opinion (Although we did end up leaving a bit early near the end since my friend wanted to avoid exit traffic).

- I started to use my Netflix account a bit more and I am now into quite a few Sci-Fi shows (Star Trek, Firefly, Farscape, the X-Files, ect.) XD

- Like last year, my family and I are still in good health mostly (We did briefly have a cancer scare with my mother, but it turned out benign thankfully.).

- While not as in-depth as I would like (I would like to have seen a bit more world building.), I would say BIONICLE 2015 story did a good job with what it had and the story animations in general were pretty good.

Beside story elements, I like what I have seen in the sets that I have (Pohatu, four Protectors, and Mask of Creation Titian set). It's nice to have gear functions back.

- I managed to host another little giveaway here back in August and I think it went pretty well. I was actually considering doing one for BIONICLE Chapter Book #2, but I didn't really have time to set that up sadly.

- I got to see Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, which is my personal movie of the year.

- Like previous years, I still have my one real life friend, so I hadn't completely been engulf with feelings of loneliness (Although I will admitted I did have a few moments of this at vary points in the year. But eh, that's life of someone that is terrible with people.).

- Lastly, I have continued to make donations to vary charities and stuff throughout the year.

Cons

- As mention above, it hasn't been a great year for my work and I hadn't had much of any luck in finding other employment (Most jobs in my field are like an hour or so away from my location, which isn't an easy commute for someone that can't drive.).

- Like previous years, I still don't have driver's license. However unlike previous years, I have actually scheduled for the test now, so that might just change next week if I am successful. So there's hope that I might be starting off the new year with a license.

- BrickFair VA wise, I don't think I was as sociable as I could been and I feel kind of bad, not getting to say good bye to some people. *shrugs* I also tripped and scrapped up my arm and have vary of stomach issues. So while it was fun time, there definitely was some pitfall to the trip.

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Overall, I guess you could say that 2015 was mostly positive year for me. I mean certainly it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows, but it could been worst.

I guess next I'll talk about "goals" for 2016. Here are my goals for new year (They are pretty similar to last year's. XD):

- Get into better shape / Lose Weight
- Try to get my driver's license (Assuming it doesn't go well next Friday)
- Get some MOCs ready to ship out to some of LEGO conventions
- Maybe visit BrickFair VA again (To be honest, I am kind of fence about though as it is pretty expensive trip... That and well, chances are I might be doing it alone, so that's kind of scary. And well, I am pretty terrible with people...)

That's about it for my goals. But anyway, I have kept you folks here long enough. I hope you all have a great new year and thank you for taking the time to read this. Talk to you later, BZPers.

Oh, and Happy New Year, BZPower!

- JMJ 2015


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General Rambling: On Holiday Break...

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Real Life, Video Games, Random Dec 24 2015 · 112 views

Hey, folks. It's that time of year again, when I am off from work for about a week.

Really there isn't much to report life wise since my last entry.

I guess I'll talk briefly about work, although there is not much to report as things are still kind of slow there (as mention in this entry). So yeah, it hasn't been a great year for my company.

I would say things seem to be improving though. I mean I had plenty of work to do this month (I currently have like three ongoing assembly projects going.), so I can't complain.

That and well, I hadn't had much luck in job hunting front. Actually I guess that's not entirely true as I did have a company that was interest in possibly interviewing me. I have to turn it down though since it was a bit too far out for me (About an hour or so drive) and well, I don't have driver license.

Even if I did have license, I don't think I am ready to move out on my own like that at this point. As well, I find the thought of being on my own like that kind of terrifying, to be honest...

So yeah, that's how work related stuff been lately. I guess since I mention driving, I might as well mention that I have scheduled a driving test for January 8th. I must admit I am rather nervous about that...

Hm... I guess I'll share my brief thoughts on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens next since I saw it last Friday. Obviously I won't be sharing any spoiler related stuff since I don't want to spoil it for anyone. But basically I love it and I can't wait for Episode VIII. Honestly I wish I could go and see it again. XD

Uh, beside that stuff, apparently I have to watch a rabbit for my brother until 28th since he got one for his girlfriend (She had a rabbit before), so that's going to be adventure. I also relate to her (the rabbit) on spiritual level about being nervous about new environments (She was pretty nervous on Tuesday. She getting used things though.). I was clearly a rabbit in a previous life. =P

Oh, her name is Coco. Also I must admit I like having her company, so I'll probably be sad to see her go on 28th.

That's about it really. I am not sure what I'll be doing with my free time this holiday break. I guess watching the rabbit, practicing driving mostly, and maybe playing a video game or two.

Speaking of video games, I actually just finished a game called Aviary Attorney recently. I quite enjoyed it. It is pretty similar to Ace Attorney series, but a bit more involved in terms of investigation (Like you can actually miss stuff, especially in Case 3). I would say more, but I am reserving my full thoughts until they release third alternate ending (Act 4C). Please let me know if you guys want me to share my full thoughts on it here when that happens.

Another video game worth mention is LEGO Dimensions. I got that last weekend (I hadn't had the chance to play with it yet.) among a few of the packs since it was on sale (That and the Best Buy Gamers Club 20% off thing apparently apply to it and figures, even though it was on sale already.). So I should probably check that out during my break.

And well, obviously I am going to be playing Xenoblade Chronicles X during my break since I been itching to do that.

Alright, well, that's all I really have to say here. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you all have a great day today. I'll talk you later, BZPers.

Oh, and Happy Holidays to those that are celebrating a holiday this week.

- JMJ 2015


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General Rambling: Star Wars, Xenoblade Chronicles X, ect

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Real Life, Random Dec 17 2015 · 124 views

Hey, folks. It’s been awhile since my last blog entry here, so I thought I pop in and give a little recap on what been happening with me lately. Really not much of anything. XD

Just usual stuff; go to work, go home, do something with my free time (Video Games or Netflix generally), go to bed, repeat.

That being said, this week I been on a bit of Star Wars kick for obvious reasons (I am so excited about watching Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens tomorrow at 3:50 PM EST), so I have been doing a marathon of the films since last Saturday (12/12).

I actually just finished watching Return of the Jedi now, so the circle is almost complete.

I guess since I am talking about Star Wars, I might as well share how I rank the films from favorite to least:
- Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
- Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
- Episode IV: A New Hope
- Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- Episode I: The Phantom Menance

I should probably note that while Prequel Trilogy is lower on the list, that's not because I don't like them. On the contrary, I quite enjoyed them and I like how they expanded the Star Wars universe. However I do think they could been written better, which is why they are lower down the list for me.

But anyway, that's enough rambling about Star Wars. I don't want to annoy you folk by talking about it too much. Basically summary is I am excited to see the new film tomorrow.

In other news, I got Xenoblade Chronicles X a couple of weeks back. I am not very far (I am on like Chapter 3.), but I enjoyed what I played of it so far. Really I would probably be further in it, if I didn't get distracted by Star Wars last weekend. But oh, well, the game isn't going anywhere.

That's all the noteworthy stuff that I been going on with me lately. I mean I could ramble about some other stuff, but I doubt it will be interesting to read.

I guess I mention before I go though, I am considering maybe getting LEGO Dimensions since it seem like there is a "deal" for it now at Toys'R'Us. What do you folks think is the game worth picking up? I appreciated hearing any thoughts you folks might have.

Alright, that's enough from me. I hope you all have a great day and thank you for taking the time to read this. Talk to you later, BZPers.

- JMJ 2015


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General Rambling: Life, Video Games, ect

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Random, Video Games, Real Life Oct 06 2015 · 179 views

Hey, folks. It’s been awhile since my last blog entry here, so I thought pop in and give a little recap on last month or so. Really there’s not a lot to talk about since for most part, last month was rather uneventful.

I mean I did go to Zelda Symphony last month and had a great time. But I don’t really have much to share about the event though, outside of a couple minor things (I didn’t throw up like at Pokemon Symphony 2014 or BrickFair VA 2015, so that’s good. And I burnt my tongue on some fries that day, so that wasn’t great as my tongue felt all weird for entire of symphony and I didn’t realize why till later. XD)

Outside of that though, I just have been back on the normal work routine, which thankfully has start to pick up last month. I don’t know if I mention this here, but work has been dreadfully slow during July & August after we made the change to the new work schedule (Due our chief customer [Boeing] not giving us as much production orders, we had overtime hours cut, so our employer wouldn’t have to laid anyone off.).

So it feels like a good sign that things did start to pick up last month. Mind you, we are still on the “No Overtime” schedule and honestly I doubt that’s going to change anytime soon. Additionally I will admit I have been sending my resume out to places since I don’t want to be caught off guard, if they do have laid people off.

So yeah, that’s my work situation at the moment. I could probably ramble more about work here (Such as one of my co-workers being like the Saint of Food Giving… Honestly that co-worker might just be most generous person I have ever met.), but I doubt my ramblings about work will interest you folks.

Let’s move on to something else. Hm… What else did I do last month? Well, I played the awesome indie game, Undertale (So far I only got one of the neutral endings since I hadn’t done a second run yet.). Honestly I could gush over how much I like this game, but I am sure you folks have all heard that already from others here and elsewhere on the internet, so I’ll spare you.

I will say this though that I highly recommend checking it out (If you on the fence about it, you should give the demo a look.) and well, if anyone on my Steam’s friends list wants the game, be sure to let me know and I might just sent you a copy of the game.

Besides playing Undertale, I also started playing Mass Effect 1 (for first time) since by some stroke of luck; my computer “magically” is able to run after I had finished my first playthrough of Undertale.

Just to clarified, my previous attempts to play Mass Effect 1 always result in the game minimizing itself, so I don’t think my computer really couldn’t run it per say. But I certainly don’t know why it did that before or why it works now. (I have a similar issue with Knights of the Old Republic game, which kind of why I still hadn't beat that game. That and well, I am not a fan of the combat in that game. *shrugs*) It’s a mystery.

But anyway, my Mass Effect character is named Jamie Shepard (I named her after my Undertale character).

She’s an Engineer class soldier and her backstory is spacer and war hero. Although in hindsight, I think I should made her a “Lone Survivor” since I am pretty terrible at the controls in this game (I wish this game had controller support. XD), so occasionally my squad member dies and I have to reload my last save (This game definitely has got me in the habit of saving often like I do in Pokemon games. XD).

Garrus and Wrex are so far my favorite squad members (I have brought Wrex with me on almost 100% of side missions that I have done so far).

I am currently at the point where you are give free roam of galaxy for first time. So yeah, I am not too far really.

I mostly just been doing side quests since well, I want to explore the galaxy before I continue the main story stuff. And man, there are a lot of side quests and so many stories to collect about planets and stuff (I really love world building in this game.).

Oh, and here are my Shepard’s current stats and stuff.

XD Yeah, I know I am probably investing my points in all the wrong things. Like I probably should put more points into First Aid and Pistols (Especially since that’s only gun that I am trained in since I am an Engineer class.).

Alright, I rambled enough about last month. I am sure there are things that I forgot to mention in this entry, but I feel like I have kept you folks here long enough.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you all have a good day. Talk to you later, BZPers.

- JMJ 2015

PS - Just remember I forgot to mention something here... I started watching Gravity Falls & Steven Universe last month as well. I must say I see why people like these shows as I am now pretty hooked on seeing what happens next in both of them. XD


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Belated: Look like my vacation is…over

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Random, Video Games, Real Life Jul 08 2015 · 165 views

Hey, folks. It been awhile since I wrote an entry here, so I thought I pop in today and give you all an update.

As the title states though, I actually meant to post this sooner, but I kind of got sidetracked with other stuff on Sunday. That was mostly because I was reorganizing the basement as we got a new shelving unit on Saturday…

I would take some pictures to show you how it looks, but basement is still a bit of a mess as I didn’t have a whole lot time to look through some old junk, ect.

But anyway, I think I am getting a bit ahead of myself here. I mean that was the end of my vacation week, after all. Let’s rewind a bit.

First though, I think I’ll explain why I was off last week. So this week and last week are what my employer calls shutdown weeks, which are basically their recommended time to take your vacation time and they serve as maintenance weeks since they do a lot of cleaning in the shop during these weeks.

Most people at my work are entitled to at least two weeks vacation (You also don’t have to take your vacation time during shutdown weeks.). Although it varies depending on how long you have been there. For me personally, I am only entitled to two weeks vacation (And well, I won’t be getting three weeks until four years from now.).

Now usually I only take one week off (And it is usually the first shutdown week, which is the week of July 4th) as it means my second week check is basically a bonus check as I basically get paid twice for a single week, which it is kind of nice.

Of course, I am kind of breaking that tradition as I will be taking that second week to go down to BrickFair VA, so no bonus week paycheck this year. But well, hopefully BrickFair will be worth giving up that extra check.

Alright, that’s enough explaining. Let’s get back on topic, shall we? As you already know, I was off from work last week, so the question now is: What did I do during my week break?

Honestly not a whole lot really. I did managed to do at least some of my goals for the week such as renew my photo ID (It was going expired at the end of the month), get a hair cut, and confirmed my reservation at Holiday Inn (Although admittedly I kind have a nagging feeling that they create a new reservation rather than update the one that BrickFair VA website place… I am going to have see about calling them back this weekend.).

The only goals that I didn’t meet last week were my BZPower related ones really, which were getting my MOCs ready to ship, checking out Bionicle Generation 2 story, and working on a secret project.

Well, in the case of the secret project, I have confirmed that one of things involved with it can’t be done, so that’s stinks. I’ll just have to make due with what I have. Hopefully you folks will like it when you see it.

As for MOCs goal, I think I might need your folks’ advice on what to send. Here are some pictures of MOCs that I am considering sending. Although I should note that I will probably will make some changes to a few of MOCs as some of them still have WIP elements.

I am curious though to hear any of your thoughts on them. So if you have any thoughts, feel free to share them. Thanks in advance, if you do.

Beside that stuff, I managed to completed a couple of video games from my Steam library last week. Those games were Her Story & Batman: Arkham Asylum. I thought they both were pretty interesting, especially Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Like once I started playing it, I just couldn't stop. I spent a good amount of three days exploring the Asylum and trying to find everything I could in the game (I managed to get all Riddler trophies.).

So yeah, I rather liked the game and I look forward to checking out Batman: Arkham City at some point. Hopefully it will be just as fun as Arkham Asylum was (Although I imagine finding all Riddler trophies will be quite a task in it considering City looks more open world and stuff.).

Uh... That's about it for my vacation last week. Oh, wait... I didn't mention that I checked out my first gaming convention on June 27th. Really I would go on about that here, but I already ramble enough about it on my Tumblr, so I'll spare you the details as I doubt you will want to read the wall of text recap that I wrote there.

But yeah, I had a fun day at that convention with some friends (It is called, "Too Many Games" Con for those wondering.) and I got to see Jurassic World later (I ended up seeing it twice during my vacation since my sister wanted to see it too.). Personally I liked Jurassic World for what it was. I won't say it was a perfect film, but it certainly was entertaining and had its moments. *shrugs*

Alright, that's enough from me for today. I hope you all have a great day and thank you for taking the time to read this. Talk to you later, BZPers.

- JMJ 2015


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E3 Rambling

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Video Games, Random Jun 18 2015 · 74 views

Hey, folks. I thought I would take the opportunity today to share some of my thoughts on this year’s E3.

Bethesda - Overview

So first up is Bethesda since they were the first conference, I saw this year.

Now I got to be honest I am not really that familiar with Bethesda. I mean I hadn’t play any of their games before (Although I do “own” Dishonored & Skyrim on Steam. I just hadn’t gotten around to playing either of those game.), so I am not sure really how to judge their conference as I had no expectations for it.

Therefore, I would probably take my thoughts here as a grain of salt really. Not that I really had a problem with conference. I actually thought they did pretty well in terms of coverage for the games.

Although personally I can’t say I care for some of their games (Such as Doom & The Elder Scrolls: Legends). Really the only games from the event that interested me were Dishonored 2 and Fallout 4.

I care about Dishonored 2 mostly because while I have not play the first game yet, I am familiar with the game since I did watch a Let’s Play of it (By Youtuber, Jesse Cox, for those wondering.), so I am glad to hear there will be another game in that universe. And well, the trailer was pretty awesome and shown off Emily as a playable character.

As for Fallout 4, I mostly care abut it due to high levels customization shown off in the trailer and because it looks like it could be fun. *shrugs* I admit I am not completely sold it since it does feel kind weird jumping into a series at fourth installment. Hopefully it will be easy to get into, if I do consider getting it in the future.

Alright, that's all I have say on Bethesda conference. Oh, and feel free to suggest some Bethesda PC games to me since like I say I hadn't play any games from them before, so I am interested to hear if there are any that I should check out. Thanks in advance.

Microsoft - Overview

Next up is Microsoft conference and I'll admit I am not fan of Microsoft really. It mostly because they kind of "killed" Rare Studios. So with that biased in mind, I would say their conference was alright.

They actually showcase some interesting indie stuff. But outside of that, I was kind bored with their presentation, especially when they were talking about Halo or that car game. XD

Uh, the games that interested me (if I had an Xbox One) were the following:
- ReCore
- Beyond Eyes (Hoping for PC release)
- Tacoma (Again, hoping for PC release)
- Cuphead
- Rare Replay
- Sea of Thieves

Outside of that, the HoloLens presentation was kind cool. I am interested to see what might come from that technology.

Another cool thing that they announced the Xbox One will now be backward compatibility (It feel a bit late) with Xbox 360. I mean it doesn't interest me personally as I own neither system, but it was a nice thing for Microsoft to do.

Alright, that's all I have say about Microsoft.

Electronic Art & Ubisoft - Overview

I hadn't watched either of these two, so I can't really comment on how they did or if there was any games that I was interested in. Uh, I don't feel like watching either of them right now. XD

So I guess that sums up my thoughts on them pretty well. Uh, I might update this later with some thoughts. In the meantime, you are welcome to share what you thought was great about those conferences here.

Sony - Overview

Okay, it is time for thoughts on Sony conference. Now unlike Microsoft, I like Sony. Mostly because they seem to have a lot more variety when it comes to games (That and well, the Kingdom Hearts series is primarily on their systems. XD).

Although I should note that I don't own a PS4 and I have no intention of getting one till at Kingdom Hearts III has been released, assuming it actually end up on PS4. =P

But anyway, enough about my bias, personally I thought Sony did the best out of these E3 conferences. Like I really felt like they hit it out of park with these cool titles: The Last Guardian, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and No Man's Sky.

They also announce stuff like a remake for FFVII and a sequel to an old Sega game, Shenmue III. Personally I am not too excited about those as I am not too familiar with either series, but it was still a cool announcement and I am sure the fans of both series are happy.

They shown some footage from Batman: Arkham Knight, which reminds me that I should check that series out sometime. I mean it has my favorite Batman (Kevin Conroy) in it and looks interesting. So yeah, I might have check that out sometime.

I actually got Batman: Arkham City from a friend recently on Steam (Thanks again, Makuta Luroka.). Although I should probably play the series in order, so I'll have to see about getting Arkham Asylum.

One last thing of interest from Sony Conference was Uncharted 4. I am not really familiar with the series, but it looks might be kind interesting.

Hm...Speaking of Uncharted series, is the series worth checking out? I do have PS3, so if the previous games are on there, I guess I could play them sometime in the future, maybe.

That's all I have say about Sony Conference.

Nintendo - Overview

Its Nintendo time!

I don't think I need to explain my bias for Nintendo since I think it is pretty obvious that they are my favorite of three major console companies. And well, I have played Nintendo products for majority of my life. So yeah, I definitely I am bias about them.

That being said, I thought this year's E3 announcements were kind lackluster and to be honest, I was kind expecting that after they announced that Zelda U has been delayed and wouldn't be show off at E3 this year (I understood the reason for delay and all, but it would been nice to have seen more of development at least.).

I mean not that I am saying they needed a Zelda title to make this E3 awesome or something. I just mean that based on previous Directs from this year, it didn’t feel like they had a lot going on when it comes major titles, outside of Xenoblade Chronicles X and Star Fox (I didn’t include Yarn Yoshi in this list because I don’t think it will be system seller for Wii U.). *shrugs*

Still though, for what it is worth, they had one of most entertaining conferences since that Muppet opening was pretty great (I would love to see those Muppets again in the future.).

But anyway, since this is Nintendo, I am going share all my thoughts on what they announced today:

- Earthbound Beginnings (Or as it is originally known, Mother 1): I’ll admit I probably would prefer to have gotten news that a remake was being made of Mother 1 rather than an updated port as Mother 1 is the most dated (Especially in terms of sprite graphics.) of the trilogy.

Of course, as soon as I heard the news, I instantly went to the eShop and brought it because I wanted to show my support for the Mother series. Furthermore, I am curious to see how it compares to its sequel, Earthbound.

That and well, I am hoping this might convince Nintendo down the line to release Mother 3 here too.

- Super Mario Maker: While I hadn’t really seen any of Treehouse stuff for it yet, it looks like it will be pretty cool, based on what I seen from the Digital Event. I am looking forward to its release. I might even try to attempt the Best Buy thing this weekend for it. XD

- Star Fox Zero: I must say this title looks like it should be fun. But man, I wish they could had this as a demo at Best Buy. XD

Also Wonderful 101 Director, Hideki Kamiya, loves you.

- The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes: I am not sure what think of this game really. I am tempted by it due to multiplayer element, even though I doubt anyone would want to play online with me. XD

- Hyrule Warriors Legends: I already own the Wii U version (And I am nowhere near done it), so I don't see much a reason to get it as it is pretty much the same game, but with some bonus Wind Waker characters. *shrugs*

- Metroid Prime: Federation Force: Uh, I can't say I care for this one way or the other. Although I do think that it might been a better idea to make a new 2D Metroid game rather than a spinoff. But well, maybe it will surprise me.

- Fire Emblem: Fates: I am pretty hype for this game, although I hope they don't make me have to buy the game three times to get the whole experience.

Additionally I also gotten word that marriage will be thing again, but it doesn't look like same-sex marriages were included, which is extremely disappointing... *sigh*

- Genei Ibun Roku X FE: Honestly I don't know what to think of this game. I should probably watch some Treehouse stuff on it as this trailer really tells me nothing. XD

- Xenoblade Chronicles X: THE HYPE IS ON FIRE!

Yeah, I am mega hype for this game. I am so glad we finally got a release date.

- Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer: I am kind of interest in this. Mostly because I am curious about the gameplay element and how Amiibo cards work.

- Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival: I'll be honest I am only interested in this for the Amiibo figures. XD The game itself, I don't think I would have anyone to play it with.

- Yoshi’s Wolly World: I loved Yoshi's Island as a kid, so naturally I am pretty excited about this new Yoshi game and I look forward to play it.

Also I must have those special Yoshi amiibo! XD

- Yo-Kai Watch: Eh... I don't really care either way about this. I got enough games to deal with as it is. XD

- Fatal Frame: Madien of Black Water: I am bit disappointed that they kept this out of Digital Event, although I understand the reasoning. As for my thoughts on it, I am actually interested in it. I watched someone play one of older games in the series before, so I think I will give this game a try.

- Chibi-Robo: Zip-Lash: Like Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival, the Amiibo packed with this is mostly what I care about.

- Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam: Okay, I am not familiar with Paper Mario series. But I do enjoy Mario & Luigi series, so I am interested what will come from this. I don't know if I will buy it at release though.

- Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash: Eh... Yeah, I can't even pretend to care about this game.

And those were my thoughts on the Nintendo conference. Obviously I didn't hate it or something, but it definitely wasn't the ideal E3 event with announcements on big secret projects that making me go, "Take my money, Nintendo."

Square Enix - Overview

Honestly there wasn't a whole lot of interesting things going on at Square's presentation. Really the only noteworthy things from it were Kingdom Hearts III trailer and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided trailer, which generated major hype for me.

I was especially hyped by the Kingdom Hearts III trailer, even though the game won't be coming out until like 2017 or later. XD

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And that's all my thoughts on this year's E3. Feel free to share your own here, if you want.

Alright, that's enough from me for today. I hope you are having a great week and thanks for taking the time to read this. Talk to you later, BZPers.

- JMJ 2015


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General Rambling: Splatoon & Thinking of Summer

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Random, Video Games, Real Life Jun 08 2015 · 110 views

Hey, folks. Its been awhile since I have done one of these entries, so I thought I pop in and let you know how things are going. Really there is not a whole lot to say. Things mostly been same old same here (Wake up, go to work, go home, use free time in some way, go to bed...Repeat).

So nothing exciting really (I mean I would talk about work stuff, but I imagine that would bored most of you greatly.).

Uh... I got Splatoon recently, for those that might be wondering (Although my status message here probably gave it away quite clearly.). Personally I am enjoying it.

Although I will admit in its current state, it is overpriced, especially if you added the Amiibo for it into the equation. So yeah, I can't blame some people for waiting to get it as it does feel like it could used some more content. Another game mode or two for online would been nice to have. Bosses in single play mode (Excluding Final Boss, whom I am currently struggling to beat.) could use some more difficult as well (Like third boss, I beat super quick. There was little challenge to that one at all.).

So yeah, its far from perfect. But I am enjoying it and there is promise of future free updates (Which they have already introduced a new map and some weapons), so I feel at least somewhat justified in my purchase of it. That and well, I guess it is my "vote with my wallet" that Nintendo trying new things is a good thing. *shrugs*

But anyway, I wouldn't say I am saying I am that good at Splatoon. I mean I am kind of afraid to try Ranked Mode since I became level 10, not too long ago. XD

I don't really have a weapon that I am particularly good at really. Although I like using N-Zap '85 and Splattershot Jr, so I guess you could say those.

Oh, and I have yet to use the Amiibo, so I can't really comment on those features.

I don't really know how with friends thing for Splatoon works exactly. But if you want to play Splatoon with me, feel free (My Nintendo ID is BZPJMJ64.). I am sure you will crush me. XD

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In other news, I been discussing with my friend about BrickFair VA trip lately and well, trying nail down a bit of schedule for us since its good to be prepare and stuff. And well, I thought maybe I should ask you folks for some advice since a lot of you are veterans of this kind of thing and I am kind of noob with this traveling stuff. So yeah, I appreciate any advice.

I guess write some general questions for you folks to answer, if you want.

1) Is there any particular event at BrickFair VA that we should check out while we are there (Outside well, the MOCs and the people)?

2) Is there anything outside of the con that we should check out (Museums, ect)?

Alright, that's enough from me for today. I hope you all have a great day and thank you for taking the time to read this. Talk to you later, BZPers.

- JMJ 2015






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