Nioh Sub-Mission – The Red Oni of Li (Montage)


A Hack N' Slash Worth Your Time?“Nioh” has a beloved place in my heart.  I cannot quite quantify why it stands out to me in the current pantheon of Soulsborne titles, but…it does…

I am a huge fan of “Demon’s Souls,” which was further compounded by Sony announcing a “Demon’s Souls” remaster via Bluepoint Games during their PlayStation 5 reveal event. However, I never latched onto the “Dark Souls” trilogy or “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” (yet), but I do quite enjoy “Bloodborne.” The only ‘x-factor’ that I can determine contributing towards my affinity for “Nioh,” “Demon’s Souls,” and “Bloodborne” is that they are more action and offensive-based, rather than the more defensive and parry-based combat presented in the others.

I digress– one of my main goals for this year (gaming-wise) was to finally finish the first “Nioh” in its entirety. I have played through the first region or two an innumerable amount of times now, but never quite got a round to finishing it.  However, just a few weeks before writing this I accomplished my goal! I finished “Nioh,” dived headlong into the DLC, and quickly purchased the collector’s edition of “Nioh 2.”

ii-naomasaThis video encompasses some of the footage that I gathered, while finishing my run of the original “Nioh.” Later in the campaign, the training room, otherwise known as the ‘Dojo,’ advancing and includes duels that you can partake in with NPCs to help unlock new skills to learn. Essentially, your player-character proves his worth and thus gains new abilities to better equip yourself for the future onslaught of difficult enemy types and bosses.

This is one such battle. I montaged my failed attempts with my successful one to help showcase a small vertical slice of my editing skills as well as how “Nioh” plays and some of the more difficult duels that are present throughout the game.

The combat really lends itself to these encounters, and I think helps accentuate the game’s stellar mechanics, visually.

Enjoy the ride, and hopefully you get a good laugh at my failed attempts and maybe a couple ‘wow’ moments as particular moves are pulled off or the fluidity of the combat in a three-year old game.

Now onto the montage!

Weird Tales Magazine & Gallery


Weird Tales Magazine is a fantastic, aged publication that harkens back to the glory days of Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy.  They’re longstanding and incredibly poignant today, just as much as they were yesterday.

I follow them on Facebook (which you can find here), and one of the standout qualities of their page is the weirdly captivating covers that they post from old books and comics to artwork and illustrations by talented artists from all decades.

Here is a snippet of the last twenty-or-so images that they’ve posted (to get an idea of the kind of content that Weird Tales Magazine publishes), and if-so inclined, I highly recommend that you follow them on Facebook and other social networking sites as well as getting ahold of the publication itself.

And, now for your viewing pleasure:

Joseph Nassise’s “By the Blood of the Heroes: The Great Undead War: Book I”


Joseph Nassise is written a slew of supernatural, dark fantasy thrillers that have all hit my Kindle at one time or another.  My mother turned me on to him several years back and I remember vividly reading the Templar Chronicles–which if you haven’t read them I would highly recommend picking up a copy.  It is a high-octane thriller that takes the supernatural genre and puts a great new lens on it.

When I started professionally writing I emailed several of my favorite artists and authors for advice, and Nassise was one of the few authors who emailed me back.  He was more than willing to chat with me about his work.  That alone kicked him up a notch in my book—punned intended.

Earlier this month I attended a virtual launch party for Joseph Nassise’s newest novel, “By the Blood of the Heroes: The Great Undead War: Book 1”  A company by the name of Shindig hosted the event, and basically it worked like a traditional launch party except from the comfort of your own home.  Mr. Nassise’s video feed was front and center, and he began by reading the first chapter-and-a-half of his novel, and then as people joined the event a smaller video would pop up onto the screen down below in the ‘audience’ section.  The whole event was placed over a snazzy a library background and run by a Shindig moderator who ‘pop’ in every once in a while to provide information and direction.

After Joseph Nassise finished his reading, he did a brief Q&A, and then ‘mingled’ with the crowd in private chat sessions.  Overall, I was quite impressed.  I can definitely picture Shindig’s virtual launch parties taking off.  It cuts down on the overhead costs of a traditional book tours and provides people who normally wouldn’t be able to go to a launch party a chance to attend one.

If you get a chance to pick up Nassise’s new novel, or any of his others, definitely snap it up.  “The Great Undead War” replaces the invention of Mustard Gas during WWI with the fictional Corpse Gas, and centers around a ‘what-if’ scenario involving zombies.  It has already released and is available on Amazon for a scant $10.00.  Check it out!

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