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Inhabiting a Character: My Favorite RPG Leads

Role-playing video games are how I got into games in the first place. The ability to create a character is a liberating experience. It’s starts with how the character looks, then goes on to how the character acts in their world through my in-game decisions.

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Favorite Quests #2: A Haunted Island in “The Witcher 3”

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a game of stories. They unravel as you explore the vast open world as Geralt, a witcher who hunts monsters with magic and a special sword. What I love about this game is how well-crafted each side quest is, until it doesn’t feel like a “side” quest but just another adventure Geralt has, with real characters and meaning.

That’s why, in this second post about my favorite quests in video games, I’m featuring one of these stories. (*Quest spoilers to follow!)

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The Future is Weird in J.D. Robb’s “In Death” Series

Lately I’ve been listening to the audiobooks of J.D. Robb’s In Death series. (That’s Nora Roberts, in fact.) It’s a science fiction romance series that’s actually more murder mystery than anything. The main character is Eve Dallas, a homicide detective who falls in love with a billionaire industrialist (or something like that) named Roarke. He also happens to be Irish.

While I wouldn’t recommend this series to just anyone — you need to enjoy romance, and expect entertainment rather than a windstorm of stellar writing — there are quite a few things that are keeping me hooked on it. It’s the perfect series to keep my mind occupied (yet unburdened!) while I’m on my commute every day. And I finish about a book a week; the last one I listened to was the fourth in the series.

The most charming aspect of the series is its depiction of the near future: the 2050’s. These books were written back in the 1990’s, so we’re already a lot closer to this future. But the author’s predictions can sometimes be fascinating — or totally off-the-mark. It makes for an interesting world, anyway!

Here are a few of the author’s predictions…

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Gaming Confession: How I Won Over Alistair in “Dragon Age: Origins”

Happy Friday! Today’s video is all about those Dragon Age: Origins romances and how I managed to win over Alistair the first time I played the game. It’s not easy to get the full confession of love from these characters! You do what you gotta do.

Here’s the video. Thanks for watching! =)

— Ashley