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    What is Happening in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Pre-Patch

    Blizzard is about to launch their seventh expansion, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth. The pre-patch leading up to the Battle for Azeroth launch has been interesting and detailing events of the past that is leading up to this epic faction war between the Horde and the Alliance. We have Jaina who is making deals that are unsettling. Saurfang is exhausted and ready to meet his maker while Sylvanas pushes for the win at the end of this battle. Either way, we have a lot of content to discover as the PvP based expansion comes into play. Who will win the battle?

    In the last month, we’ve had to endure the talent and class changes, the enabling of War Mode, and a HUGE stat squish. While the first week didn’t bring any content, it allowed players to discover what their class could and could not do. I will also mention that the artifact weapon was decommissioned, which was a little underwhelming. Where’s the fancy cinematic that shows what happens? You can also read what is coming in the next expansion, here at The Mommy Gamers.

    In week two, we were brought the first of three cinematics that details what happens with Jaina, Saurfang, and Sylvanas. Jaina has made decisions that even she may not happy about, lives and loved ones lost. Jaina has had to make some difficult decisions and it influences her future, which is interesting and potentially could be the reason why she got frustrated and left Khadgar, to begin with.

    As we headed into week three, many are feeling worn down and tired of war. Saurfang is no exclusion to this, especially after losing his son. He takes his gear off and just before the sun rises, hopes that someone will target him, ending the exhaustion. A troll is reluctant to see that not happen and keeps yapping away. Our new friend says something to Saurfang that gets him thinking. Nevertheless, it gets his butt back in gear. It was the more emotional pulling trailer out of the three, and it’s called “Old Soldier”.

    Last, but not least, we have Sylvanas. Over the years, Sylvanas has been pushed aside and told no so many times, but here she is, the Warchief and planning to take over. Step one was the burning of Teldrassil, step two could be to push the Alliance back into their corners and then unleash the Plague of Undeath to create more undead.

    But until the expansion officially launches August 14th around the world, we won’t know anything. But those in the United States can play World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Monday, August 13th at 3 pm PST.

    July 2018 KawaiiBox Unboxing: Summer Festival

    Kawaii Box July 2018 The Mommy Gamers YouTube

    We opened up the July Kawaii Box and are thrilled with yet another month of adorable kawaii items. The July Summer Festival Kawaii Box included Japanese candy, stickers, a cute DIY Whipped Cream Cupcake Kit and so much more. Check out everything inside by watching this month’s unboxing video here:

    Thanks for watching! Make sure to leave a comment on the video while you’re there. We always comment back! If you’re interested in checking out this fun monthly subscription box, here’s a handy dandy link. The boxes run just under $20 a month, and you get 8-10 thoughtfully curated cute kawaii items.

    Vampire The Masquerade 5th Edition – Review

    This may come to no shock to you all, but your humble narrator was once an angsty teen. I know, hard to imagine right? Like any angsty teen growing up in the late 80s and early 90s we have a plethora of material to fuel us. Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Blade, The Crow, The Lost Boys, Interview with The Vampire, The Craft… You get it.

    *Author’s Note – If you haven’t seen ANY of those movies I highly recommend you have a movie night soon.

    Back in 1991 the gang at White Wolf Publishing created the tabletop role-playing game: Vampire The Masquerade. Based on a Storytelling Engine, Vampire The Masquerade has one GM/DM, or Storyteller, guide players through the game as they struggle with being a vampire. Seduction, intrigue, politics, and feeding are just some of the things players will face as they venture from night to night. Vampire The Masquerade also introduces unique dice aspects such as Blood Dice and Hunger Dice. These dice represent how hungry a vampire is, or how much of their blood they can spend to do something extraordinary.

    Not only was this one of the first mainstream RPGs to feature vampires, it also introduced an entire World of Darkness where players can play as Werwolves, Wraiths, and more.

     

    As with any tabletop RPG, rules change over time and Vampire The Masquerade has gone through a couple of iterations. Coming in August 2018, the  5th Edition of Vampire The Masquerade will be hitting digital and physical bookshelves and I, dear readers, got an advance digital copy to look over.

    If you have been following along with the metaplot of Vampire and World of Darkness, (if you haven’t, don’t worry), then you know that there was an event (Gehenna) that basically wiped out the vampires (or Kindred). 5th Edition, or V5 as we’ll call it from here on out, isn’t a reboot of the world, but rather  new way for the Kindred to deal with the events of the past. There promises to be overarching plotlines that storytellers can use to create chronicles for their players.

    I haven’t played Vampire The Masquerade since 1991 so I wasn’t around for the rules changes nor can I tell you how much is different from the original version. For me, Vampire was all about the lore. I owned multiple clanbooks and ancillary products because I loved the idea behind the World of Darkness, I just never played in it. I say this because it is important to understand that I went into V5 as a new player to the game, but not new to lore and ideology of Vampire The Masquerade.

    Within the first few pages of the core rulebook you will be instantly flooded with page after page of just pure setting. Letters from other vampires, transcripts of secret conversations, notes from an examination that have been marked up. It’s a wonderful introduction to the world and coupled with the art and photos, helps puts the player in the perfect mindset in minutes. Immediately following the lore, the intro and rules set in, and there are A LOT of rules. The core rulebook is no light read. It’s over 400 pages of rules, lore, and more rules.

    I thought to myself, “There’s only one way to properly review this.” and I started sending emails and text messages. Within minutes I had my crew and I was set. I am lucky enough to know some amazing actresses and outgoing people who all agreed that they would take part in some sessions so that I can review the core rulebook.

    I have very few negative things to say about Vampire The Masquerade V5. In fact my biggest complaint has nothing to do with the actual rules, but rather the lack of a physical book. Having to manually scroll through page after page on my laptop, iPad, or phone was incredibly time consuming. I had to make notes about what pages players needed so I could easily get back to them. I know books are big and bulky but there’s just something about hearing the crack of the spine on that first open. It’s much easier for me to flip a ton of pages at once than it was to scroll through a digital copy. As an old school RPG player a lot of my rulebooks have sticky notes and tabs for easy access and with a digital copy I just can’t have that. My players also had a tough time endlessly scrolling trying to find the pages they needed.

    I had asked my crew to do a little bit of prep (I linked them all to older editions of the clan descriptions) and OH WOW did they get into it. Don’t believe me? Take a look

    Vampire The Masquerade Mike Robles The Mommy Gamers

    Yup, that’s my wife and her friends vamping it up and taking this way more seriously than I thought they would. What happened next was the most intense Session Zero* I have ever experienced.

    *Session Zero refers to the session where players create their characters. In a game like Vampire The Masquerade this is often best to be done in person so that they can all build off each other and determine their relationships as well as how they all came to know one another in this chronicle.

    Together my players and I spent about 6 hours total going over every detail we can find and creating characters. My wife had gotten a head start and did some research on the older versions of the game. She was able to create an entire backstory the night before and was able to help the other players. This is where my note from before came into play. With so many rules scattered across so many pages there was a lot of confusion. It took us about 2 hours before we were at a point where we could easily move on. If I’m being completely honest, I think this would have gone smoother with a physical copy of the book.

    After getting every set we ended up with two Malkavians, a Tremere, and a Thin-Blooded. While this might not make sense to you mortals, it makes for a very interesting dynamic. After about 6 hours of character creation, we were ready to dive in.

    Vampire The Masquerade is, at it’s core, a storytelling game. While yes, there are saves vs X and players can check for traps and roll some dice, Vampire is different. Players use a d10 for all die rolls and instead of adding up numbers, you’re just trying to get higher than a 5 for a “success”. A natural 10 is a critical success and counts as two successes. I’m not going to get into each mechanic of the game but I will tell you that Vampires have A LOT of powers. So dice rolling will happen a lot. Like any good RPG, Vampire makes sure that story overrules dice rolls.

    New to V5 is a revamped Hunger mechanic. This, to me, is the most interesting aspect of running a chronicle. Each time a vampire has to use certain powers they have to quell their hunger. Get too hungry and a The Beast takes over and a vampire can think of nothing more but to eat and only eat. Represented by a different color (usually red) these hunger dice will replace a vampire’s regular dice pool the hungrier they get. Making challenges much harder.

    In addition to all the rules, there is the lore and “The Masquerade”. Vampires hide in the shadows to protect themselves and their lineage. Combing secrecy, intrigue, politics, and managing hunger makes for some excellent legs for your chronicle to stand on. The core rulebook gives you so much information that it’s overwhelming. So my advice would be to take your time and learn as you go.

    White Wolf has taken great care to give players a new, revamped edition of Vampire The Masquerade with V5 and I am beyond honored that I got a chance to sneak a peek at the core rulebook. I have spent countless nights reading and rereading sections trying to come up with stories to draw my players in. After we finished our second session I thanked my players and told them that I had enough experience to write my review. Every single one of them agreed that they were way to invested and having way too much fun to stop. We all gathered around and scheduled our next session, so I guess I am now running an ongoing chronicle… and I couldn’t be happier about it.

    Vampire The Masquerade V5 launches later this year and White Wolf wants me to go broke. There’s this amazing collectors edition with the core rulebook, two extra supplemental books, and the most beautiful vampire dice. I want it. I want it bad. If you want to pre-order the book now we’ll attach a link below for you to do so.

    Like most vampires, Vampire The Masquerade has awoken from it’s slumber and is ready to take the world by storm. I, for one, am happy to be along for the ride. Pre-order here.

    The author was given a watermarked pdf of the core rulebook for review purposes.

    Come at Me Summer Steam Sale!

    Steam Summer Sale 2018

    Okay, I will confess, I have always been a gamer and mainly on Xbox consoles over the years. I’ve also picked up a Wii and a Nintendo 3DS within that time. When the PlayStation 4 launched, I picked it up on a dare and love it. But behold! I was introduced to PC by several friends and have been told over the years, that PC is the way to go. Boy, did I doubt them? I never had the most amazing rig, but it ran a few games, World of Warcraft being numero uno in Casa de Haddock. I picked up Guild Wars and played that for some time, moved over to another MMO that I can’t think of since it was a 10-minute hit.

    But if we fast forward and save you all from the tragic story of a beloved school and work laptop crashing, I needed a PC. I set myself up with an HP Omen 870-244 rig and purchased the dual monitors via Amazon. Okay, sorry, but I still spared you a long story and the other logistics.

    House Flipper The DivisionNow to the focus of this piece. The Summer Steam Sale.  PC gaming has been in my life a mere 6-months if that! Low and behold, the Summer Steam Sale is here, and I have already made some impressive scores.

    The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut and Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition for a combined total of $4.87. That’s less than five dollars!

    Before the sale, I picked up Borderlands and Borderlands 2 elsewhere for a little easier on the wallet but picked up all the DLC content that I missed for a measly couple dollars. Tomb Raider was a favorite upon the launch of the PlayStation 4 and would love to have a chance to play this on PC with graphics as high as this thing will allow. Oh yeah, I paid $3.25 for that.

    Summer Steam Sale 2018 Under Ten Dollars
    Life is Strange is in there since I would like to try another episodic series. I also grabbed the Bioshock trilogy for a few bucks. Granted I tossed the email with the receipt; it had to of been no more than ten dollars.

    Now that I’ve addressed the goodies I have already grabbed in the sale, how about what I hope to grab in the coming weeks, because of video games.

    Witcher 3 and the DLC content with it is half price, bringing it to $20. Then there is Dragon Age: Origins for its gorgeous deal of $4.99. Shall I mention all the LEGO games that made a list? Shall I also mention that Elder Scrolls, upon the writing of this article, has also gone on sale for 30-50% off? Since Tomb Raider was on my must play list, it is also on the sale list for 70-89% off their original prices.

    I will also mention that the Steam Link, which connects Steam to television is cost effective at this moment and is $2.50 last I heard.

    There are so many other great games out there that I am sure we need to pick up and add to our Steam collection. So tell us, what are you eyeballing, or what have you picked up from the Summer Steam Sale? Remember, this sale only goes through until July 5, 2018!

    Alex & Me Blu-ray DVD Giveaway ~ The Mommy Gamers

    Alex & Me Giveaway The Mommy Gamers

    **Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.**

    Soccer superstar Alex Morgan scores her movie debut with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in the full-length feature film Alex & Me on Blu-ray™ & DVD June 19, 2018. And we’ve got a copy of the movie to giveaway to one lucky fan of The Mommy Gamers!  Also featuring Nickelodeon star Siena Agudong (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn and the upcoming Star Falls), the film follows the uplifting story of a young female athlete who learns how you need passion, determination and self-worth to make all your dreams come true.

    About Alex & Me

    Teenager Reagan Willis (Agudong) has one dream -to play soccer like her hero, Alex Morgan. Her bedroom is a shrine to all things Alex, including a life-size poster of the Olympic gold medalist. Yet in the Willis house, Reagan lives in the shadow of her prep football superstar brother. Logan. When Reagan fails to make the cut of the premiere local soccer club team and is humiliated by her rival Claire, she’s certain her ship has sailed. But after accidentally hitting her head, Reagan’s poster of Alex Morgan suddenly comes to life and everything changes!

    Enter to Win a copy of Alex & Me

    Alex & Me Blu-Ray DVD Movie Giveaway - The Mommy Gamers

    About Alex

    An Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion with a penchant for goal scoring, Alex Morgan is one of the top soccer players on the planet, currently playing forward for the United States Women’s National Team and the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League. Away from the field, Morgan is also an accomplished author of “The Kicks” series, a collection of chapter books filled with wonderful messages of empowerment for young girls. The first The Kicks book, “Saving the Team,” debuted at No. 7 on the New York Times Best Seller list.
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    Make your own Soccer Emoji from the new hit film!

     


    Eric Champnella (Thunderstruck, Mr. 3000, Eddie) wrote the Alex & Me screenplay and is also making his full-length feature debut as the film’s director. Alex Morgan serves as co-producer. Producers are Mike Karz (Blended) and William Bindley (Mother’s Day). Todd Williams (The Illusionist) is the executive producer.

    Other Cool People in This Movie

    Jerry Trainor (iCarly) also stars as Nigel, a less-than-reliable youth soccer coach, alongside Matt Cornett (Bella and the Bulldogs) as Reagan’s brother, Logan; Colin Critchley (Legends of the Hidden Temple) as Reagan’s soccer-playing pal, Ben; Chuiti Tiu (Nashville) as Reagan’s mother, Ann Wills; and Jim Klock (True Detective, Scream Queens) as Reagan’s father (and biggest fan), Joe Wills. Jessica Treska (HBO’s upcoming Sharp Objects) plays Reagan’s arch-rival, Claire.

    Fine Print

    *Each household is only eligible to win Alex & Me Blu-ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

    **The assets included in this message were delivered to The Mommy Gamers to promote WB Home Entertainment. The Mommy Gamers are working with WB Home Entertainment to bring you fun giveaways and info on some amazing family movies you will all love.

     

     

    Daphne & Velma Blu-Ray DVD Movie Giveaway – The Mommy Gamers

    **Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.**

    Daphne and Velma is out on Blu-ray from Warner Bros Home Entertainment as well as Digital and DVD! If news of the smart and resourceful women of the iconic Scooby-Doo franchise coming to life in an all-new mystery isn’t exciting enough, we’ve also got a Digital, DVD and Blu-Ray combo copy to give away.

    About Daphne & Velma

    Jinkies! Film stars Sarah Jeffery (Disney’s Descendants: Wicked World) and Sarah Gilman (ABC’s Last Man Standing) team up to follow the first mystery-solving adventures of Scooby-Doo’s leading ladies. As a long time lover of everything Scooby-Doo I will admit to never being able to get enough of the characters. I have also always been curious about some of their backstories. Especially Daphne and Velma.

    Daphne & Velma start out as best friends who have only ever interacted online. They become best friends in spite of the fact that they have wildly different personalities. The way they met online speaks personally to the online introvert in me, and helps fuel my argument that online friendships ARE absolutely real valid friendships.

    Fate eventually tosses the two girls together in real life and that’s when all the mysterious fun begins. I am not going to spoil the story-line for you, but it definitely has the same mysterious feel of some of the previous Scooby-Doo movies.

    Daphne & Velma is a heartwarming movie that feels just like a straight to DVD film should. Cheesy and entertaining. But if you love these characters you are going to absolutely enjoy this movie. I very much enjoyed seeing how they portrayed Daphne and Velma and hope there are more of these featuring the rest of Mystery, Inc. Gang coming soon.

    Daphne & Velma need your help!

    Help Daphne & Velma solve their latest case by helping them decrypt the footage! Dial the knob and meters to just the right position to unlock the footage and move to the next challenge. You’ll trigger fun & spooky sounds right from the movie in this fun soundboard:

     

    Enter the Giveaway Here:

    Daphne & Velma Blu-Ray DVD Movie Giveaway - The Mommy Gamers

    Learn How to Make Daphne & Velma Slime at Home!

     

    *The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Winner must provide their address within 48 hours of being contacted or prize goes to the next randomly selected winner. AKA keep an eye on your email on 6/8/2018 when the contest ends.  Assets included within this giveaway were delivered to The Mommy Gamers to promote Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The Mommy Gamers are working with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to bring you fun giveaways!

     

    Influenster Cherish Voxbox Unboxing ~ The Mommy Gamers

    Influenster sent me their Cherish VoxBox, a new box with full sized products and coupons for awesome stuff. I opened it up live because unboxings are fun and people seem to like watching them. I infrequently get these boxes of goodies in exchange for my honest review. This particular box had items in it for the whole family. The dog, the kids, myself, and my imaginary boyfriend.



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    *I received all of these products from Influenster for free in exchange for my honest review. The Mommy Gamers are not employees of Influenster, we just love getting awesome things for free and sharing our thoughts about them with you!

    Elgato Collapsible Green Screen Unboxing

    The Elgato collapsible green screen has been on my ultimate Twitch streaming wish list for a while now. My birthday is coming up and I was absolutely surprised to see the mail carrier dragging this up to the front door. So of course I did an overly excited unboxing instantly!

    Old Green Screen:

     My previous green screen was part of this kit I got on Amazon. It worked great, but took up a lot of space. It wasn’t the easiest thing to set up and take down so I got in the habit of leaving it up.

    The frame for my old Limo Studio kit was wobbly, and with kids coming in and out of my space regularly I had some concerns about it possibly falling over. Did it do the job for my Twitch stream? Absolutely, and the price is fabulous for someone just getting started out playing around with chroma key for their stream or videos.

    As you can see in my unboxing video, the Elgato is a million times easier to set up. My youngest daughter could have done it herself, if she were just a little taller. Now I can within seconds have my green screen stowed away, giving me more of my office/bedroom space back. I tried it out today for the first time and aside from having to figure out where exactly to angle the green screen to work within my webcam frame, it was completely easy to use.

    The price is a little steep at $157, but worth the splurge if you can afford it. The Elgato green screen is frequently out of stock and hard to find. If you find it available and you’re ready to upgrade, definitely grab one.

    Link (if you can find it in stock) Elgato Green Screen (Amazon)
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