Welcome to the newest Fandible feature – Fandible Picks of the Month! Every month, members of the Fandible crew will tell you about the newest and coolest things we’ve discovered, sharing the wealth with you. Keep reading for new games, websites and music to look out for.
Fandible Picks of the Month October 2015
Ask A Manager
If I have one guilty pleasure in the world, it’s advice columns. The little peeks into other people’s lives – and often scandalous, salacious peaks at that – are like candy without the risk of cavities. I was recently on the job hunt (now concluded!) and came across Ask a Manager while looking for interview strategies. It is my new favorite advice column, as Allison’s no-nonsense advice is for both job seekers and those dealing with workplace issues big and small. The archives are vast, so if you’re having a work or job search dilemma, there’s probably a pertinent post about it, and if it hasn’t been addressed yet, Allison seems to move through her submissions fairly quickly. This is also a blog where I can say that reading the comments is actually safe, as readers from all over the world chime in with additional suggestions. – Angela
Darkest Dungeon is a game I Kickstarted a year ago because it had the right mix of eldritch horror, gothic sensibilities, and madness inducing monstrosities to keep me ever so delighted. Mix that in with interesting party management mechanics and I was sold. Now that I have finally had a chance to play it on early access, I can say it didn’t disappoint. The game has you hire a group of adventurers to dive into the depths of an old mansion to discover the treasures beneath. Of course, these aren’t your typical adventurers. Replace warrior with leper and cleric with plague doctor and you get a general idea of the stylistic direction into which your trip into madness will eventually go. Speaking of madness, there is an insanity mechanic that will constantly keep you on your toes. Stay in a dungeon too long or forget to give your party a minute to rest and risk a plethora of psychoses that can cripple your mission. Its hard to complete a quest when your dog catcher suddenly refuses medical aid because his sudden bout of paranoia convinces him the healer is trying to kill him.
If you want a hard game where horrors from beyond try to destroy your parties mind as you dive into the depths of darkness, give it a try – Jesus
I love unique music. It doesn’t matter if the music is rock, metal, classical, or polka! If a song has a unique feel to it, I’ll probably end up putting it in my iPod to jam with on the subway. As you might of heard from one of my earlier monthly picks, I had been obsessed with Postmodern Jukebox – and I still am! However there is a new group that has been tickling my eardrums, and they are known as Weird Owl. Do you like listening to music that feels like an LSD and space shuttle smoothie because that’s the best way to describe this group. They play psychedelic rock, and I recommend them for your listening pleasure. Warning – their music might give you the case of munchies with a chance of wanting to call out sick to work.
So far, my favorite songs are Interstellar Caterpillar and Neon Lucifer. However they have plenty of songs that I think you’ll enjoy. The more I listen to them, the more I’m convinced I want to give Numenera another try.
The MMO I affectionately call ‘WoW in space’, Wildstar, just went Free To Play this past week, and despite stumbling a bit with a sudden influx of demand, the game is a fun romp through alien vistas where you can be a cyber-cowboy blasting your way across hundreds of deadly alien threats with a pair of magic pistols. If you’re not already downloading the game after reading that, then I don’t know what’s wrong with you. In any case, the game is fun, has a lot of personality, and straightforward MMO mechanics. You’ve got your standard two-faction war between the Exiles and the Dominion, and a deep and growing mystery about the planet Nexus where it all takes place and the mysterious Eldan race that left advanced magical and technological ruins plastered all over the surface (and deep, deep below it). The graphics are pretty and cartoonish, combat is quick and rewards both quick timing and planning of attacks and abilities, as well as agility and the ability to move around while staying on top of the situation (standing in one place mashing a single attack button won’t get you far, especially with some of the tougher enemies). The community also appears pretty friendly and helpful, and the in-game purchase mechanics do not appear to be particularly onerous, I’ve played 20 or so hours of it so far and haven’t felt the need to purchase anything even once. If you’ve got time to kill, think the setting sounds interesting, and don’t want to have to plunk down monthly cash on a subscription, check the game out! – Daniel
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