Monthly Archives: June 2016

Ever Get Pelted with something? That word, and it’s meaning is ancient.

If you follow my blog you know I have a love of words. And I particularly love those words that have their roots in something deep from the past. The meaning of which now has changed or been lost altogether.

Well, I have a new word for you. Have you ever been pelted by something?  For us it typically means to get a bunch of small, and irritating things thrown at you.

And it is a good definition that comes to us from ancient warfare. Yes, thousands of years ago is where this word originates.

You see during the times of ALexander the great, they had these soldiers that would skirmish around the battlefield in no particular formation. They would carry a small shield called a Pelte. (Thus the name)

But the unique thing about this type of soldier was that he carried several small spears or maybe even a sling and stones.

And they would go in and out of battle quickly, pelting the enemy with the spears and stones. IT was a harrassment of sorts.

And thus we still use the word, in a very similar fashion. Just without the actual warfare. More for fun . The picture here shows a Peltast.

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Review of Witcher 3 Blood and Wine

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I have been spending some time playing the newly released Witcher 3 expansion “Blood and Wine”. And All I can say is that I am absolutely astonished.

I am pretty sure I have played every single medieval themed video game. Some are great and some are only so-so. But this whole Witcher 3 game, including the extra releases Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine are absolutely spectacular.

Best game I have ever played. Yes, even better than Skyrim. And that is saying a lot because Skyrim is spectacular.

I absolutely love the game. It is a solid 5 stars.

I won’t really write about the Witcher 3 game in this blog post. I will pretty much give you my thoughts on the expansion Blood and Wine. It has been around for a while and there is lots of stuff written about it.

The company who created it has stated that this is the last of the Witcher Games and they kept this in mind when they created this final piece of the game.

The expansion opens up a whole new game region part of the world called Toussaint which is French. And everything in it is very much like the southern french country side. And it is remarkably beautiful.

And during his adventures Geralt gets a French vineyard, complete with grape vines, an herb garden and a beautiful chateau with a fully stocked wine cellar.

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If I were to retire to anywhere in the world it would probably be the South of France. Years ago I even wrote an article about it.  It is a very special place in the world where the pace is slow and the feeling of life is different.

And it is here in this beautiful little piece of the Witcher world that Geralt finishes things up.

Couple of things to Note:

1. The game is absolutely beautiful. They used a newly upgraded game engine and it really shows. The level of detail is amazing and the love they put into everything really shows from the landscape and far off views to the buildings and cobblestones in the cities, towns and villages.

2. The Story – Like you probably do, with most games I generally click through a lot of the dialogue and cut scenes. Not a whole lot of interest in them. But I didn’t do this with this game. I watched every video and listened to every dialogue. I just had to. I didn’t want to miss anything. Everything was so compelling.  There was one point, nearing the end game where I just sat back in my chair and watched in amazement. And the thought came to me that I was watching a really engrossing movie. It was good. No desire to click through it.

Summary.

Well, it is clear that I loved the game. And I find myself a bit saddened that it is all over. I will keep an eye on CD Projekt Red to see what they come up with next. But I am not hopeful. Something like the Witcher 3  is inspired. And that doesn’t happen a lot.

You can get the base game on amazon here: Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

If you already have the Witcher 3 you can get the Blood and WIne Expansion here