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Doomfist has arrived

The latest character to join Overwatch’s offensive roster. Doomfist is a melee based toon who likes to take out tanks in a close fight.

His skills are as follows:

PASSIVE – THE BEST DEFENSE

Doomfist will generate a temporary shield when he deals ability damage

PRIMARY WEAPON – HAND CANNON

This is burst fire from his fist. It is short range and ammunition regenerates over time.

ROCKET PUNCH

Doomfist will charge his weapon then lunch forward knocking any enemies back. Extra damage is dealt if the enemy hits a wall.

RISING UPPERCUT

Doomfist will uppercut enemies in front of him, punching them into the air.

SEISMIC SLAM

Doomfist will leap forward and smash into the ground causing any enemies to be knocked towards him.

ULTIMATE – METEOR STRIKE

Doomfist will leap into the sky, then crash to the ground dealing damage.

 

Included in this patch is the changes to loot boxes which reduces the number of duplicates you get. To make things even better we will get more credits from boxes!

WoW 7.2.5 Patch Notes

The latest patch has arrived in preparation for the opening of the Tomb of Sargeras next week. Mythic keystones have been changed. Class reworks are now up, including the buff of Arms warriors over Fury and Resto druids seeing a slight nerf across the board.

Also included in this patch:

  • Timewalking in the Black Temple is here. Go back and raid with between 10-30 players in Outland.
  • New story scenario with Chromie
  • New events including transmog competitions, dance offs, a moonkin festival and the Great Gnomeregan Race – the gnomes are running.
  • A new pet battle dungeon has been introduced – Deadmines
  • Legendary items have been updated
  • Increased chances to get the rank 3 questline for professions
  • Nomi Snacks are bring introduced to speed up Nomi recipe times
  • Cross realm Mythic available in Trials of Valor and Nighthold.

For the full patch notes go to:

http://www.wowhead.com/news=265638/world-of-warcraft-official-7-2-5-patch-notes

Or visit the battle net forums.

E3 Ubisoft Conference 2017

Here’s the lineup we saw this evening at the Ubisoft E3 conference.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Who knew we needed a cuddlier XCOM in our lives? Because after seeing this we really do. Not sure on the Rabbid Princess Peach though.

Assassins Creed Origins. It already made an appearance in Microsoft’s conference earlier this E3 but we are so excited to keep seeing more of this game and it’s magical guided arrows.

The Crew 2 now bringing you airplanes and boats as well as off road and street racing. Pick your vehicle and win your race.

South Park Superheroes. And SuperTraitors too. South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be released October 17 this year.

Transference – Daniel Radcliffe is here… wait no. We’re sure it’s a hobbit not a wizard. Anyway this seems like the creepy VR we’re too scared to play.

Skull and Bones – this E3 is all about the pirates and we are loving it. Looking to be Assassins Creed Black Flag without the Assassins. We’re hoping this is more of that great sea game play with prettier ships and interesting story.

Starlink Battle for Atlas – Skylanders meets No Man’s Sky (preferably with more content?)

Far Cry 5 was shown in more detail. We felt chills at the intro and now we all want a good doggo to be our fangs for hire.

Beyond Good and Evil 2 has finally arrived. After a 15 year hiatus from our lives and gamer hearts, BGE is back and looking AMAZING.

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

Set in South London in 1837, this is the story of Sarah Gale, a seamstress, a prostitute and a mother, sentenced to hang for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown, a laundress and a rival in love. The idealistic young lawyer Edmund Fleetwood is appointed, at the recommendation of his father, to probe into Sarah’s case and prove her innocence. Yet Sarah refuses to help him, neither lying nor adding anything to the evidence gathered in court. It is up to Edmund to discover just what she’s hiding and why she doesn’t value her life enough to save herself. In the process, Sarah is able to tease out what lies beneath Edmund’s own insecurities and naivety, and that the two of them have more in common than is first perceived.

Her expression closed. The vulnerable Sarah had disappeared; the defences were back in place.

Edmund pressed his lips together. “I see.”

Sarah looked at him straight in the eye. “I’m telling you the truth.”

He nodded slowly. He had thought he was getting somewhere.

The Unseeing is the debut novel of Anna Mazzola, who uses her knowledge as a criminal justice solicitor to provide a detailed and believable story of Edmund’s investigation into the murder of Hannah Brown.

Not a book to be read lightly, Mazzola had created a piece full of suspense, questions and few answers. Why is Edmund so attached to Sarah? Who killed Hannah Brown? Why does Greenacre protect Sarah and why does she stay silent? As readers we are so full of questions as we try to piece together little puzzles and riddles in order to see the big picture. This in itself is made challenging by twists in the story. Relationships between characters are never as they appear and all the answer seem to be behind locked doors and closed minds. With all this to think on, whether Sarah is innocent or not is no longer the most interesting thing.

Mazzola’s background in law allows a clear insight into the processes necessary to Edmund’s investigation but is written with very little jargon to distract the reader from the events unfolding. In many cases, what little legalities are shown are merely a tool to help Sarah continue her telling of her past and how she ended up with Greenacre. More importantly it allows us to discover the similarities between Sarah’s and Edmund’s lives and the intricate lies they tell to themselves in order to keep functioning.

The books incorporates many of the pressing issues from that era – the reliance of women on men in order to survive, the brutishness of the prison system particularly in how it ripped mothers from their children when they were deported, and also the corruption of the legal system – evidence went missing, suspects were considered guilty without clear evidence etc.

Not a story for simply passing the time away, Mazzola’s piece forces you to think about every little nuance in the tales being spun. How is the latest information going to change the lives of those involved. How and why do all these things connect and just why was Edmund chosen to investigate the matter once it had been decided upon. Every tidbit brings forth another two questions to be answered, more dots to connect before the bigger picture is shown. It is one to keep you guessing, and nothing is quite how is seems but in a refreshingly non-cliche manner.

 

 

 

From the Black Library: Sarah Cawkwell

Sarah is a freelance author hailing originally from the South of England, but who, after not taking a left turn at Albuquerque, now finds herself in the North East. Her first sci-fi novel, ‘The Gildar Rift’ was published by the Black Library in December 2011 and her first fantasy novel ‘Valkia the Bloody’ in July 2012. She appeared in the first Fox Spirit anthology ‘Tales of the Nun & Dragon’ with a story about a hero so inept that he makes the British Government look competent.

Her first independent historical-fantasy novel, ‘Heirs of the Demon King: Uprising‘ was published by Abaddon Books and since then, she has written another novel for the Black Library (‘Silver Skulls: Portents‘) along with a number of other short stories.

Sarah finds talking about herself in the third person incredibly hard to manage and so generally prefers to spend her ‘free’ time reading, watching films, playing computer games, running round in fields with swords and hitting people… and playing her music ear-bleedingly in the car.

When did you start writing?

I’ve always enjoyed writing stories. Even as a small child I remember making up tales that would get a smile out of my teacher. And reading… I read for England. I would read anything and everything. Things are still the same. There are a billion stories in my head – although some are much slower to get out.

Why Warhammer?

I love the Warhammer universes. There’s something so tempting about 40K, a universe where there’s no such thing as a happy ending. I started reading them some years ago and when the opportunity arise to turn my hand to writing from the perspective of a Space Marine, I didn’t so much jump as leap enthusiastically.

How did you get the opportunity to write for the Black Library?

I submitted a piece during an open submissions window and Lady Luck was on my side. My first short story was published in the first issue of ‘Hammer & Bolter’ and I was invited to submit further idea.

How do you write for a universe someone else has built? Does it lead to changing of ideas/plot as things wouldn’t fit into original lore? Has it changed the way you write?

When you are writing within an established universe, there are very definite guidelines. At times, these can be quite restrictive as you can’t just charge ‘off piste’ as it were and clash with the lore. There’s a respect that needs to exist between writer and lore. On the other hand, the guidelines could be incredibly useful to rein characters back in again. Has it changed the way I write? Yes, in a way. It requires tight planning and chapter breakdowns and that’s something I now apply to anything I write.

What is/was your process in learning all the necessary lore for the books?

Reading them! (Such a hardship). Also, reading the codices, slouching about in the local GW and listening to people talking about the lore – and asking my husband (who is a veritable encyclopaedia of knowledge on the subject).

Did you choose to write about the Space Marines or were they chosen for you?

I chose. I had read a short (literally – two paragraphs) piece in the Space Marine codex about the Silver Skulls and said ‘oh, hey, this sounds like it’s a story in the making’. My then-editor said ‘well, submit a proposal and we’ll take it from there.’ And thus, the Gildar Rift was born.

What other races would you like to write about?

Any of them. I love the 40K world. I particularly like Tau, though.

Do you play the game?

I haven’t played in a while, but I do have a Silver Skulls army upstairs waiting to be brushed off and used again.

Other then no happy endings, what excites you about the 40k universe?

The sheer size and scope. The richness of the back story (the whole Heresy situation) and the sheer, grim darkness of it all. In a world where there isn’t really any hope, what does the average citizen even exist for? Fantastic stuff.

Is there another Black Library author you really admire?

I’m a huge, huge fan of both Graham McNeill and James Swallow – their particular styles appeal to me the most.

How/where do you write? (Do you have to be in a specific place/mindset etc.)

I do have to be in the mood. Writing when you’re not in the right mood means you start to resent it and it stops being fun. Whilst writing my Warhammer stuff, I was under pretty tight deadlines and I set myself the target of a minimum 2,000 words a day. I didn’t once miss that target. I’d come home from work, make a cup of tea and just get on with it. I always like to have music on in the background (music rather than songs: song lyrics have a habit of working their way into a manuscript!)

What inspires your stories? 

Everything. The world is an amazing place and there are some crazy, crazy things out there.

What do you like to read? 

As said before, everything and anything. I largely read (surprise, surprise) fantasy and sci-fi, but I also enjoy breaking out. I love historical fiction – Conn Iggledon’s stuff is outstanding, as is Bernard Cornwell’s. I grew up with Alexander Kent books in the house and that gave me a lifelong love of seafaring fiction. It heavily influenced some of my big space battle scenes, now I come to think of it!

What advice would you give to new writers?

* Write! Sounds facetious, but it’s true. Write at least 1,000 words a day, whether it be whilst working on a story, or writing a blog.

* Plan your story carefully: freeform has its place, but when your characters get out of hand, it can be hard going to get them back on track.

* If you have a story, write it. Don’t edit as you go along. Get the words down on paper and jiggle them about afterwards.

* Enjoy it. If it becomes a chore, it’s not fun. And it should always be fun.

Are you working on anything at the moment?

I’m writing a lot less at the moment. It’s a tough job to juggle a full time job and writing to deadlines at the same time, so something had to give in order for me not to have a complete meltdown! Having said that, I have a couple of short stories in the pipeline, one to be released shortly as part of an anthology from Fox Spirit, one which has been submitted to a new anthology and a few that are sitting on my hard drive. In fact, last night I had a faint idea for a story that wants to be written and I might just make a start on that later.

 

 

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