Hand of Fate #3: Jack of Plague

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Finally got to play another round of Hand of Fate. No audio from my this time either. Microphone was plugged in, but something wasn’t cooperating somewhere.

First Failed Order From Amazon

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We love Amazon. Spend a lot of money ordering from Amazon. Never had an issue with an Amazon order – aside from my PS4 debacle that I’ve posted about before. Today has broken the chain of luck again. I’ll go ahead and throw out this warning: if you’re ordering a video game from Amazon and it’s listed as for sale by Whv Games, don’t buy it! Let me explain.

I picked up Marvel’s Lego Avenger’s for the Xbox One the other day from Amazon. Placed my order and paid. No problems. It didn’t have the seller listed at the time (because there were so many to choose from, I suppose, I normally don’t have to worry about that aspect). The game was marked as new and had the little icon indicating it was sold by Amazon, LLC and qualified for Prime shipping. That’s all I usually look for.

Sure enough, my package arrived 2 days later (today), and the address label has Amazon listed as the shipper. It took me going back to look at the digital receipt to see it came from this Whv Games – and no, that doesn’t stand for Warner Home Video Games. They actually spell their name out. This was capital W followed by two very lower cased h and v letters. Guess that’s suppose to make it look official if you go searching around.


The game did indeed come in the Xbox One packaging. Green case, outer slip in the plastic. Open it up and it even has the instruction booklet (a rare thing in games today.) But the disc, right off the bat, caught my eye. On the front of the disc, where the image should be, was some funky, poorly produced home printer image of the game logo. It’s the official image on the retail discs, but this was printed at home and slapped on the disc.

Insert the disc into my Xbox One. Nothing. Eject and insert again. Nothing. The Xbox One pops an error message up saying to make sure that it’s an Xbox One disc or Blu Ray disc and try again. It’s just not working. I look at the disc again and realize it doesn’t have the reflective stamping that most games have around that center ring. Xbox One games even say Xbox One on there. Nope.

I pop the disc into my laptop to see if it has anything on it at all. Good news! My laptop recognized it immediately! It even shouted for the world to see that I had inserted a BLANK AUDIO CD into the drive and was waiting for me to tell it what to do with it.

I immediately file a return claim with Amazon. I’m not sure what will become of it, but I expect something. I asked for a refund because I’ve been burned, I don’t want to take the chance of them burning me again. Will they give it to me? I don’t know. They did take back a $400 PS4 with no questions asked, so why not a $48 game? I half expect that they’ll try to accuse me of attempting to return a blank audio cd with a cheap print job label on it. Seriously, I’m expecting it to happen. I’ll take a replacement if that ends up being my only choice, but I’d rather just have my money.

So beware, folks. Pay attention to who Amazon is getting your product from. Whv Games isn’t legit. From their other listings on Amazon, they sell ripped games for all platforms. Wonder how many people get taken daily by their scam.

What I’m Playing This Week

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It’s 1AM on March 1st, 2016. I’ve gotten off work, come home, taken a shower and am sitting at my laptop with an ice-cold glass of Minute Maid Lemonade. I also have no idea what to blog about, despite having not blogged since last week. So! I’m going to do the good old fall back, what I’ve been playing blog post. And it’s actually some pretty current stuff for a change!

Far Cry: Primal is out and about on our Xbox One. I admit, I’ve never played any of the previous Far Cry games, so I’m coming into this one fresh as a new born babe. This takes place back in the days when fire was something new and magical and only a few knew how to wield it properly. I’ve only played up to the end of the first real mission, where the last thing you do is gather herbs to help your new female friend.


While I watched Twitch and Youtube videos before the games release, I wasn’t really impressed. Poking spears and aiming bow n’ arrows at people just looked ridiculous compared to the games we’re used to. You know, going in guns blazing, hi-tech gear all around you. I was pretty darn sure I wouldn’t be getting this game. Turns out, I did and I’m enjoying what I’ve played so far, which isn’t much, admittedly.


Another game I picked up on a whim, my son and I have discussed on and off over a year. Transformers Devastation is a fighting game that looks just like the old 1st Generation Transformers cartoon we enjoyed as kids. It’s beautiful to watch. Unfortunately, it’s also repetitive to play through. Still early into this game, but right off the bat I didn’t like the fact that you could only play as 5 characters – all Autobots on top of that. Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Bumblebee, Sideswipe, and Wheel Jack. Three of those are pretty cool, but the other two seem kinda out there and I’m curious why they were selected. Regardless, it’s fun just to watch the smooth cartoon animations at your control and to see where the story is leading you. Repetitive, but then again, so where all those old cartoons, basically, so maybe that was the vibe they were going for. The game retails for $50, but I picked it up used from GameStop for $30, give or take a few dollars for the Pro Rewards discount, if you’re a member.

I’ve been wanting to get back into Hand of Fate. I had started streaming this particular card/action-type game and have a total of two episodes on my Youtube Channel. Time hasn’t been on my side, though, and I’m behind in my episodes. That’s something I hope to remedy this coming weekend, if all goes well. So while I haven’t actually gotten any HoF playtime in, count on that to be coming soon, as well.

Sitting by the wayside because I just have too much of a backlog to handle it all, is Fallout 4, Lego Dimensions, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, and Gears of War Ultimate Edition. This isn’t even including all the Xbox 360 backward compatible games we’re getting every month for being Gold members. Ugh! I need more time!!

On the mobile front, I’m still – for some odd reason – playing Clicker Heroes, Marvel Future Fight, and a new game I found called Shop Heroes. In Shop Heroes, you play the NPC that runs a shop where adventurers come to gear up. You have to upgrade your equipment, level up your crafting skills and try to supply customers as they come in with (very repetitive) requests for staves, swords, daggers, etc. There’s also a city leveling aspect, which unlocks perks in your shop, as well as an Inn where you can send hired hands out on quests for rare materials. Check it out, if it sounds interesting!

That’s my gaming week. How’s yours?



Hand of Fate #2: Queen of Dust (Xbox One)

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In the second outing to the world of Hand of Fate, we seek to take down the Queen of Dust. First thing I noticed right off the bat is that the game can be pretty repetitive until you begin to grow your deck. Also, there’s audio from me this time!

Hand of Fate #1: Jack of Skulls (Xbox One)

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Thus begins my stream play of the February Games with Gold title, Hand of Fate. It’s something of a cross between a CCG with overhead Diablo-ish combat in some instances. Fun little game that can become repetitive early on until you build up your deck with more cards.

Episode 1 doesn’t not have audio from me because I didn’t have my headset set up right.