Monday, January 22, 2018

Multiverse Desperado: A JumpChain Fiction Chapter 23

Chapter 23: End of the Shadow Broker

The shuttle swerved, ducked and weaved through the arcology towers of Thessia before taking a plunge into the hostile heat below, environmental shields kicking on to prevent us from being boiled alive. Liara and I were all but taped to the interior by crash webbing, both of us bracing for Jack's evasive piloting while recovering from the initial shellshock.

Monday, January 15, 2018

State of the Tavern 2018

Hello everyone, it's been 2018 for about two weeks now and I just realized I've had a terrible habit of not addressing anniversaries here at the Cybertavern. So before I upload the next chapter of Multiverse Desperado let's do some kitchen details while looking back at what I believe I have personally accomplished through writing on this blog.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Remembering The 12th Doctor and the End of Moffat Era

My fellow cybertavern patrons, Christmas is finally over and the end of 2017 is finally upon us. We shall celebrate with booze and burning a symbol of the year to the ground while cheering like howler monkeys!! Or in my case watching a giant strawberry slowly go down a building coordinated to a fireworks display. Different strokes and all that.

Of course my Christmas was pleasantly low key. Gifts were exchanged, dinner was had with loving family, and once all of that was taken care of I returned home and watched the Doctor Who Christmas Special and finally witnessed the end of the current incarnation of The Doctor played by the brilliant Peter Capaldi and the final episode by the current showrunner, executive producer, and fandom punching bag Steven Moffat.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Multiverse Desperado: A JumpChain Fiction Chapter 22

Chapter 22: Trail to the Shadow Broker

The asari world of Illium isn't exactly the kind of place you go to for a vacation. Due to the high intensity heat on the surface, many of the colonies are established in arcology skyscrapers to make it livable, so good luck relaxing and going to the beach. In fact, the planet's greater significance in the galaxy is as an entrepol between the lawless chaos of the Terminus Systems and the Asari Republics. It's also a place meant for asari elites, complete with palatial estates full of luxury and some of the best surveillance around. Their prime commerce is either biotic-oriented pharmaceuticals, or information brokering for high-end corporate maneuvering.

Monday, December 18, 2017

My Thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The New Trilogy, and Star Wars Fandom

My fellow cybertavern patrons, a many Happy Holidays to you, and thank goodness things are starting to wind down. Multiverse Desperado is chugging along just fine, Animation Deviation...needs to come out more often, and as I said before I've begun parlaying my deep dive thoughts on game industry current events into more professional columns at a certain website.

In fact I wrote a pretty extensive op ed on the Loot Box controversy surrounding the reception of EA's Star Wars Battlefront II recently.

Which brings us to what amounts to my rapidfire thoughts on the release of a certain blockbuster film recently, Rian Johnson's Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Multiverse Desperado: A Jumpchain Fiction Chapter 21

Chapter 21: Grudge of the Shadow Broker


“It's okay... breathe.” Sha'ira said calmly, holding my hands as they tensed up. So I did. In through the nose, counted to seven, then exhaled for an eight count. It was after the third deep breath I was finally able to relax.

“So now you know...” I replied, the words coming out more bitter than I wanted. My entire body released itself of tension as I closed my eyes, feeling only the warmth of her lap on the back of my head and her hand in mine, the sound cancellation of her pod making it feel as if there was only me and this other asari in the entire universe. Of course I wound up telling her everything. My nature as a Jumper, the stress of Shepard's mission, what Morinth had done to me, and my most recent brush with death with Kasumi.