Please Don't Tell...

I'm a sucker for superhero books.  Not, like, DC or Marvel, mind, but the kind of weird superhero book of oddball characters.  Like, say, girls who animate plushies, or a supervillain who can't get it right, or even the considerably darker Soon I Will Be Invincible.  Hell, the pulp noir of Larry Correia's Grimnoir Chronicles scratches the same itch.

I've found that books like these are wellsprings of creativity.  In Velveteen, McGuire was able to explore the idea of what would happen to society if super powers existed (and the political ramifications thereof) while having fun creating ridiculous power sets.  Bernheimer's D-List series is a little less serious and has more fun with power sets, but it still deals with how the government would react, especially in the third book.  Grossman's Invincible was far more cynical in its dissection of the superheroing world.  Regardless, I love all these books for different reasons and in different ways.  Needless to say, when Curiosity Quills sent me a notification that Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Super Villain was available for free on Kindle, I all but tripped over myself making sure I snagged a copy.

And then I bought and read Please Don't Tell My Parents I Blew Up The Moon and Please Don't Tell My Parents I Have Henchmen.  Yes, I can be a little obsessed with this weird little genre.


Welcome, Tenno

Having let my Final Fantasy 14 subscription lapse, and seeing as how I've got about 3 months of Pool of Radiance videos left to be posted, I've been whiling away my life playing Digital Extremes' free to play MMO Warframe.  You may not have heard of Digital Extremes, but they're responsible for one of the forgotten gems of gaming: the ridiculously fantastic Dark Sector.  While I'm at it, Dark Sector is also available on Steam, and you should probably buy it.  It's an over-the-shoulder shooter type game.  You can upgrade weapons and kill horrible mutants in it.  I haven't played my copy in a long time, but it's a really fun game.  Oh, and there's another reason you should play Dark Sector: your primary weapon is a glaive.  Just like Corwin in Krull.  Except that, unlike Corwin, you actually use the damn thing.  Sure, it's slowly killing you and turning you into some kind of horrible mutant, but still.  Come on man.  Glaive.

Anyway, we're not here for my rambling, I'm here to talk about Warframe.

Warframe takes place some time in the far future.  There's plenty of lore that you can unlock and learn as you progress, and it's interesting, but I've only a passing familiarity with it.  What comes across right at the outset is that you're a race known as the Tenno.  Essentially, you're a space ninja.  You're even wearing split toe shoes.  You can even flip out and kill people with a sword.  The game trucks along nicely, giving you plenty of options for gather materials and experience (er, "affinity") while also giving you a questline to follow that unlocks more stuff for you to see and do.  There's a nice balance between faffing about and nose-to-the-grindstone quest work.