Operation Backlog Completion 2017
Jul 242017
 

Ever since I got into the Professor Layton series, new Professor Layton games have been immediate pre-orders for me.

However, I decided to wait for the 3DS version of Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy in October. Since the iOS and Android version came out last week, that means there will be a few months here before I can play the newest Layton game.

It’s frustrating to know there’s a new Layton game out there that I’m not playing, but it also lets me see other fans’ reactions to it… and so far, those reactions have been pretty good.

I was excited for the game when it was announced as Lady Layton, and the eventual screenshots that showed the traditional gameplay encouraged me, but there were still concerns. It’s the start of a new series. It has a new protagonist. It has a different tone.

Could Layton’s Mystery Journey meet the standard set by the previous games?

So far, the reviews have been pretty positive. I’ve seen a few criticisms of the story not being as exciting (and some complaints that it’s too expensive for a mobile game, but come on) but so far people seem to really love Layton’s Mystery Journey.

I hope I’ll feel the same when I play it in October. What about you? If you’re a Layton fan, have you started the new game right away, or are you holding out for the 3DS release?

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Jul 212017
 

You might think that having four plushies of Hatoful Boyfriend characters would be enough. However, you would be mistaken.

My shipment from the second Hatoful Boyfriend plush project Kickstarter has arrived, and now I have seven more Hatoful Boyfriend plushies to add to my collection:

  • Rabu
  • Azami Koshiba
  • Tohri Nishikikouji
  • Ryuuji Kawara
  • The King
  • Kazuaki-kun
  • Hitori Uzune

Several of these characters can’t be explained properly without spoilers, so I’ll leave it at that.

Finding space for seven more bird plushies wasn’t easy, but now they’re all nicely arranged with the others. Getting a plushie of Ryuuji made me feel a little guilty that I never got Ryouta… but at least Shuu can be happy.

And maybe someday I’ll complete my collection by getting the birds I skipped over. Who knows? For now, though, I’m delighted with my eleven Hatoful plushies.

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Jul 192017
 

A few months ago, I announced that my horror story “Nightmare Stalker” had been accepted for publication by The Book Smugglers.

It’s been renamed to It Came Back, and today I’d like to share the awesome cover art from Tomislav Jagnjic.

It Came Back follows a young woman named Luna who returns to her childhood home, only to discover a dark secret in her family’s past and a curse that lingers on.

It will be available from The Book Smugglers, and if you want an ebook copy, you’ll also be able to buy it from:

You can also add It Came Back on Goodreads.

In the official announcement from The Book Smugglers, you can learn a little more about the story and how they selected it as part of their Gods & Monsters line.

A classic horror story, set in the 1980s, featuring an estranged daughter, a partial epistolary narrative, an otherworldly artifact, and a family secret, It Came Back hit all of the right horror tropes–even better, it manages to do all these things and still be truly scary. We couldn’t have dreamed up a more terrifying specter to kick off the monster portion of Gods and Monsters… we hope you’re as taken with Samantha Lienhard’s nightmare stalker as we are.”

Excited? You’ll be able to read It Came Back on July 25, and pre-orders for the ebook are available now!

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