Diablo 3 / Season 11 Update

d3 s11 witch doctor

I started playing Season 11 of Diablo 3 over the last weekend, and as of Sunday night, I hit level 70. Monday night/Tuesday morning, I’ve reached Chapter 4 of the seasonal journey and Paragon level 20. I’ve received 4 pieces of the seasonal gear set, with the last 2 pieces, as well as the Season 11 portrait frame and pet coming if I can complete the tasks presented in Chapter 4.

If none of this makes since, then I’m sorry that you’ve never had the satisfaction of playing Diablo 3! While I assume most people probably launched into the season with the newly released Necromancer, I used the Rebirth option and took my old Witch Doctor into the Season as fresh as a newborn baby. That is his stats in the image at top, and for the record, the 74 hours and 50 minutes that show as his play time is the accumulative hours since I created him a couple of years ago.

I’ve played half way through a couple of seasons several years ago, but never felt the urge to complete one. Last season, though, I settled in and played all the way through with a Demon Hunter, and I had a blast! Each seasonal character starts fresh, at level one, with no gear, experience or gold. You go in as if you had just loaded up the game for the first time. There are a series of 10 tasks per chapter (there are 4 chapters) that you must complete in any order to progress and earn the rewards that are set forth at the beginning of the season. You can only earn these rewards on one character per season, yet you may run as many characters as you’d like through the seasonal journey – but only one will walk away with the prizes, which are usually a 6 piece armor set, a portrait frame and a cosmetic pet.

If you want to use a pre-existing character that you’ve already learned and played with, you can select Rebirth at the seasonal screen. No matter the level, gear, or money of this character, it will start back at level 1 empty handed. Fear not, though, all that gear, levels and gold will be waiting for you once the season is over. See, at the end of each season, the character you created/Rebirthed,  will be added back to your regular roster of characters, along with any money and items you’ve accumulated.

It really is fun! I know it may not sound like it, but Blizzard knows how to keep people coming back to the well for their games, and Seasons in Diablo 3 is no different. Even better, I hear they’ve added Seasons to the console versions, as well. Everyone can enjoy the gear grind no matter their platform (except mobile, of course. Sorry, folks.)

I’m hoping to complete Chapter 4’s quests by the end of the week, time permitting, and collect my final rewards. If I can, this will be my 2nd season completed, and I can’t wait for Season 12, already.


Lego Dimensions Ghostbusters (2016) Story Pack


I recently used up some left over Best Buy gift cards and bought a bunch of Lego Dimensions fun packs, level packs, and story packs. One of the story packs I picked up happened to be for the 2016 reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise – you know, the not very good one. Yeah, that one.

I watched the movie a few weeks ago, for free, on Xfinity’s On Demand service, and while it had a few funny moments, it was mostly just an awkward, jumbled mess. It was amazing mild considering the women who were starring in it and their raunchier work, such as Bridesmaids, also by the same director. It was, overall, a forgettable experience, and not one I’d purposely set out to watch again.
Enter the Lego Dimensions Ghostbusters (2016) Story Pack. Six complete levels, and an open world, that adds on to your basic starter pack of Lego Dimension figures. As with most Lego video games lately, they have taken to using dialogue lifted directly from the movies they’re based on. Ghostbusters is no different, though some of the voices do sound a bit off, but the lines are pretty much straight from the movie. What the Lego games do best, of course, is add to the material you have already seen in order to expand on their level designs and add a bit more action to the gameplay.
The Ghostbusters Story Pack is … and I’ll just go ahead and say it now … 10-times better than the film it’s based on. If you were torn between watching the live action film, or buying this game, I’d recommend you go ahead and skip the film and just play the Lego version of it. It’s that much better than the film, in my humble internet opinion.
I only have $29 for my box, which included the Abby Yates mini-fig, the jalopy Ecto mobile, a base build of the Chinese restaurant headquarters that replaces the Vorton build all starter packs come with, and of course the 6 levels and open world of the game you actually play through. It retails for $49, the price of a full game, and I feel you get your money’s worth – even paying the $49.
Excellent addition to the Lego Dimensions line, which I’m currently addicted to.

Lego Dimensions Still Fun!

This last weekend was full of Lego Dimension fun. I used a few remaining Best Buy Gift Cards, a Gamestop Gift Card, and $6 of my own money, to pick up several packs for the Lego Dimensions game on Xbox One. This game is still awesome, in my humble opinion, and as a Lego loving individual. Their latest addition to the Lego Dimensions universe are Story Packs. These are billed as complete games on their own and seem to run between $40-50 depending on where you pick them up. I grabbed the Ghostbusters story pack for the 2016 movie. The story packs also come with a replacement for the main creation on the base. Instead of the gateway that comes with the starter pack, for example, the Ghostbusters story pack comes with a replacement that features the Chinese restaurant that serves as the Ghostbuster’s base.

If you’re like me, though, you might have difficulty in finding storage space for these figures and vehicles. I finally had to break down and go searching for something. I wanted instant gratification, so I headed out on the town and visited a local craft store. Found immediately what I wanted, which was a 46-compartment, double sided container. Each side holds 23 items, and the only close calls are the vehicles, which I had to remove the bases on most of them. No problem for me, but some might find that annoying.

Here’s my storage solution:


If you really wanted to take advantage of this particular case, I could probably double up the mini-figs. The vehicles are already too tight a squeeze, and there were two that wouldn’t fit at all. Those two were the Jurassic World bubble vehicle, and a Ninjago dragon pet.

Lego Dimensions is my favorite toys to life game so far, and that’s even above Disney Infinity (which was discontinued by Disney for some odd reason). And I really like Infinity, just didn’t have much time to play when we first bought it. If you love the Tell Tale Lego series of games, you gotta pick this up. Not only is it a fun video game, but it’s a fun collectible hobby as well.

Decaffeinated Review Taco


If you get tired of hearing me drone on about everyday life, but still find a bit of humor (or even some enjoyment) out of reading my zany reviews of various media, might I recommend Decaffeinated Review Taco. This is a Tumblr page where I post nothing but my reviews of movies, books, tv shows, and video games.

I copy post the same reviews here, but if you just want the bare bones, quick and dirty reviews, feel free to head over there instead. No hard feelings, we’ll call it square. Just business.

Decaffeinated Review Taco on Tumblr

Gaming Backlog Update #1

Thankfully, this is NOT my pile of shame!

I’ve started myself on a mission about two weeks ago. My goal is to eventually work through the large backlog of video games I have built up over a couple of years. This includes games I have gotten for “free” from the Xbox Live Games with Gold program, as well as titles I purchased myself and played maybe a couple of hours and moved on. I’m not putting a goal date on any of these, I’m simply taking my time and playing through them as I can.

As of this first update, I’ve completed the following two games:

  • Minecraft Storymode
  • The Wolf Among Us

These are both TellTale Games titles, which are basically interactive stories you play through. Took me a bit to play through them, as I tried to get an episode in each night I was able. While Minecraft was a pretty cool game, I have to say that The Wolf Among Us is freaking awesome. My only regret is that I waited so long to play it! Highly recommend it, but it is not for kids as it contains repeated strong language, bloody violence, and some nudity.

Next up on my list:

  • Far Cry: Primal

Do you have a gaming backlog? Movie backlog? Any plans to knock them out?