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Avengers: Endgame Review

Avengers: Endgame Review
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One episode can’t really contain wrapping up 11 years and 22 films worth of Marvel intensity, so we bring you a nearly two hour episode covering Avengers: Endgame. We provide some box office numbers and spoiler-free thoughts before we take a short break and then it’s on to spoilers as we discuss plot points, characters, and the aftermath of the Endgame.

Did you catch our MCU Retrospective? No? You’re going to want to read this: http://heroespodcasts.com/reaching-endgame-mcu-retrospective

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Avengers: Endgame Review

Not So Sweet Sorrow

Greg and Derreck are back together to break down the two-part Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 finale, “Such Sweet Sorrow”. We talk news first, including Picard show details, more on Michelle Yeoh’s Section 31 show, and where Discovery actually starts Season 3. Then it’s off to the in-depth spoiler-filled discussion on the Disco Season 2 finale.

We’ll be back next week to wrap-up Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 as a whole and talk about what we want and do not want from season 3.

What did you think of “Such Sweet Sorrow”?

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Hellboy (2019) Review

Endgame is around the corner, so it’s time to talk spoiler etiquette! Plus, the state of the DC Universe streaming platform including a new app, the status of Swamp Thing, and more! Then it’s off to the main topic, our review of the new 2019 Hellboy movie… we have opinions!

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Hellboy (2019) Review

SteamWorld Quest: A Review

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is the fifth game in the SteamWorld universe starting back with 2010’s SteamWorld Tower Defense for the 3DS. Since then, we’ve seen two digging platformers in the form of SteamWorld Dig (2013) and SteamWorld Dig 2 (2017), as well as a turn-based RPG in SteamWorld Heist (2015). You can click on the hyperlinks to see my thoughts on some of those games. With that said, SteamWorld Quest is a almost completely different beast. My review here will be primarily spoiler-free but I will note some points and share some images and video from the first 4 chapters of the game.

So let’s begin. SteamWorld Quest is an RPG, that much can be sure. Per Image & Form Games’s press information:

SteamWorld Quest is the roleplaying card game you’ve been waiting for! Lead a party of aspiring heroes through a beautiful hand-drawn world and intense battles using only your wits and a handful of cards. Take on whatever threat comes your way by crafting your own deck choosing from over 100 unique punch-cards!

What awaits you is a luscious treasure chest filled with gold, dragons, vivid worlds, magic, knights in shining armor as well as XP, turn-based battles and all that good RPG stuff! The game’s humorous mix of traditional fantasy and steampunk robots makes for an unforgettable experience with lots of laughs.

Now, let’s shake some of this out. The game is a straight up fantasy RPG with a steampunk style. The steampunk style is in line with the previous SteamWorld games and has come to be one of my favorite video game aesthetics. The animation is lively, bright, unique, and a joy to view. Our three main characters, Armilly, Copernica, and Galleo each fill a relatively standard RPG role. Armilly is our hero though. She is cliche but in a tongue-in-cheek nature.

In fact, the whole game is very self-aware of RPG cliche and that’s just fine. Armilly is essentially our fighter warrior. She has a sword and can increase her strength in battle. Copernica, on the other hand, is our magic barer. She can cast spells of ice, fire, shielding, and more. Finally, Galleo is our tank but reminds me a bit of Overwatch’s Brigitte in that he can provide additional armor and healing while being able to soak up damage.SteamWorld Quest Journey 1

The battle mechanics are really where the game finds its footing, however. As the description says, the battles are turn-based and card-based. Now, when this was initially announced during a Nintendo Direct, I was concerned. Recently, card-based games where you can collect and craft cards have seemed like money pits, pay to win, freemium games. Hearthstone, for example, while a joy to play and really well done, it’s pretty difficult to be competitive without spending a lot of money or playing literally every day. So I was worried this would be similar. Would we be buying individual cards? Blind card packs? Purchasing some kind of dust or in-game currency to craft?

Actually, we don’t do any of that. Not one bit. There aren’t any microtransactions to date. I was shocked but in the best way possible.

SteamWorld Quest Punch-card Tutorial 1

So how does the card-based battle system work? It’s actually pretty interesting and intuitive. You see, at the beginning of a battle, you draw cards. Cards are associated with a specific hero. Strike and Upgrade cards build up Steam Pressure. Steam Pressure is required for Skill cards. For example, if you watch the video below, it shows a single turn. You can see that I play a Strike card but it does not give me enough SP to play by Skill card, Brave Buster, so I play a second Strike card which adds enough SP for me to play the Skill card.

You can play three cards on a turn and eventually you can chain cards together if you play all three from a single hero. In the video below, you’ll see that I was able to use three cards for Armilly. This chaining action adds a fourth card that has an effect, in this case, dealing more damage, but that will vary based on the hero being chained.

As noted before, you will earn new cards throughout the game as you come across treasure chests and level up. Additionally, you can craft cards for your heroes. Crafting cards is fairly simple and is done from the Deck screen. Shaded cards are card types you could craft but have not done so yet. Each card requires specific resources in order to craft it. “To Victory”, for example, requires 250 gold pieces, 5 lustrous fibers, and 10 smoldering ember. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough lustrous fiber, so I cannot craft this card yet.

The story brings our heroes across many different villains ranging from fairly basic characters to those with unique and complicated move sets, including boss level characters like Captain Canary, shown below. Battles range as far as the number of opponents you’ll confront, but the number of heroes you bring into the battle will depend on how many are you in party and how many are still conscious. Tómba, for example, are essentially bomb beetles. While they don’t appear to do much early on, they pack a very serious and deadly punch once they build up enough SP. Confronting these little steambots changed my whole strategy going into battle. I even crafted some cards and altered by decks just to beat them.

SteamWorld Quest Captain Canary

I think that’s all I want to reveal at this time. Overall, SteamWorld Quest is a solid and pleasantly surprising addition to the universe. The card battle system is unique and compelling, challenging and interesting. The characters are a bit corny but that’s clearly on purpose. The art is again, unique. It’s lively, joyful, bright, and appealing hour after hour. The music is bouncy and fun, never feeling repetitive even though I know it repeats. The cheesy characters and story might not be for you, but it hits me strong and I find it a bright spot to my day when I’m able to play. While I do prefer the platformer genre of SteamWorld Dig 1 & 2, SteamWorld Quest has increased by interest in turn-based RPGs. And I think that in itself is a big positive.

If you’ve enjoyed the previous games in this series, especially SteamWorld Heist, I would definitely recommend this new entry in the franchise. If you are looking for a new Indie game and enjoy RPGs with turn-based battle system, I would also recommend this game due to the unique nature of the card battles.

SteamWorld Quest releases April 25th, 2019 on Nintendo Switch for $24.99 USD (€24.99 /£22.49).

You can find additional information on the game through their official website: www.imageform.se/game/steamworld-quest

Game was played 100% in handheld mode on Nintendo Switch.

A review copy of this game was provided by Image & Form.

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Music:

  • District Four Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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  • SteamWorld Quest theme loop recorded in-game on Nintendo Switch

SteamWorld Quest: A Review

Disney Plus Ultra!

It’s an all-news episode this week as we talk about the latest from the DC Universe including Titans casting Bruce Wayne, the upcoming Swamp Thing series, and Stargirl. Then we move on to the bigger fish, Disney. We talk Disney+, the cost, format, and content. We also talk about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s first trailer, The Mandelorian series, and of course, all of the Marvel announcements including new MCU series coming to Disney+!

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Rae Stewart
Derreck Mayer
Ryan Couture

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Disney Plus Ultra!

Shazam! Review

ShazamGate has finally brought us to this, the review of Shazam! The latest DC film is out and it’s our main topic for this week! We also talk news including Disney+ shows from Marvel and Pixar, new DC Universe content in the form of Swamp Thing, and more from the worlds of superheroes!

Don’t forget to celebrate ShazamGate with a brand new shirt design available right now on our TeePublic store. Get you Screen Heroes swag right now! Want a discount? Check out our Patreon today.

What did you think of Shazam!? Do you want to see a sequel? Which Disney+ shows are you excited about or want to see? We want to know! Comment below or hit us up @ScreenHeroesPod on Twitter!

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Rae Stewart
Derreck Mayer
Ryan Couture

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Derreck Mayer

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Pike’s Kobayashi Maru

I am joined by returning guest, Rae, to review two Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 episodes, “Perpetual Infinity” and “Through the Valley of Shadows”! With a double episode, there’s no time for news, so it’s spoilers abound for the last two weeks of Discovery! We focus on the Red Angel, Culber\Statements, Spock\Burnham, and Pike’s own Kobayashi Maru.

We’ll be back next week to review “Such Sweet Sorrow”.

What did you think of these two episodes? Were we off base?

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Greg Bosko
Derreck Mayer

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Rae Stewart

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Pike’s Kobayashi Maru

Ultimate Star Trek Crew at Planet Comicon

We’ve got a special episode for you this week as Derreck & Greg are LIVE from Planet Comicon! Check out this live panel as our hosts build the Ultimate Star Trek Crew with the Planet Comicon audience! We cover characters from all 6 live action TV series (TOS, TNG, DS9, VGR, ENT, DSC).

We’ll be back next week with a Disco Double Feature to review Discovery Episode 11 “Perpetual Infinity” & Episode 12 “Through the Valley of Shadows”!

What did you think of our Ultimate crew? Did the Planet Comicon audience do a solid job? Who would you put on your crew?

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Greg Bosko
Derreck Mayer

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Derreck Mayer

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Ultimate Star Trek Crew at Planet Comicon

The Red Angel is not Picard

Without news to cover this week, we jump right into our new segment, random Memory Alpha article before diving into the main topic this week, a discussion of Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 10 “The Red Angel”! There’s spoilers abound in this week’s episode, so make sure you are caught up on Discovery before jumping into our discussion on Airiam’s funeral, the Red Angel’s identity, Section 31, and more!

We’ll be back next week to review Discovery Episode 11 “Perpetual Infinity”!

What did you think of “The Red Angel”? Are you sad to see Airiam go? How do you feel about the big reveal? Did you enjoy our new Memory Alpha segment?

Comment below or hit us up @RedshirtsPod on Twitter!

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Greg Bosko
Derreck Mayer

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Derreck Mayer

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The Red Angel is not Picard

Planet Comicon 2019 Panel Schedule

Hello nerds, geeks, and the like! It’s time for Kansas City’s largest comic convention, Planet Comicon!

On the 20th anniversary of the convention, our network is putting on 4 panels this weekend, one for each of our podcast series.

Catch the schedule below and be sure to join us to meet the hosts and talk nerdy topics with us!

There might even be a give away or two over the course of the weekend.

Details here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/heroespodcasts/events/

HPN Planet Comicon 2019 Panel Schedule

Planet Comicon 2019 Panel Schedule

Predicting the Fates of the MCU

In the wake of Captain Marvel, with Avengers: Endgame closing in fast, we sit down to predict the fates of over 40 different players in the MCU, the good, the bad, the anti-hero, the friendly villain. There’s lots of speculation about Endgame and beyond with some spoilers from previous MCU films, especially Infinity War. Before that, we talk movie news including this week’s box office, the return of James Gunn to Disney, the first Toy Story 4 full length trailer, Warner Bros. CEO stepping down, ShazamGate, and more!

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What did you think of our predictions? Who do you think will still be alive after Endgame? We want to know! Comment below or hit us up @ScreenHeroesPod on Twitter!

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Rae Stewart
Derreck Mayer
Ryan Couture

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Derreck Mayer

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Airiam, Secret Bases, Mines, and AI

Without news to cover this week, we jump right into our new segment, random Memory Alpha article before diving into the main topic this week, a discussion of Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 9 “Project Daedalus”! There’s spoilers abound in this week’s episode, so make sure you are caught up on Discovery before jumping into our Airiam heavy discussion.

We’ll be back next week to review Discovery Episode 10 “The Red Angel”!

What did you think of “Project Daedalus”? Are you sad to see Airiam go? What are you feelings on Section 31’s HQ and Control? Did you enjoy our new Memory Alpha segment?

Comment below or hit us up @RedshirtsPod on Twitter!

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Greg Bosko
Derreck Mayer

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Derreck Mayer

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Flying Killer Robots

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Airiam, Secret Bases, Mines, and AI