Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Video Walkthrough Plans

Here are my video walkthrough plans for the next few weeks.

April 29-May 3: Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones
May 4: Tomb of the Lost Queen
May 5: The Deadly Device
May 6-8: Phoenix Wright 5: Case 3
May 9: Review for Nancy Drew: The E-mail Mystery
May 10: ?
May 11: Ghost of Thornton Hall
May 12: The Silent Spy
May 13: Nancy Drew #30: The Shattered Medallion is released!!!!

May 10 was going to be for a book review, but now I kind of want to try an Everything Wrong With video instead. I'll leave this question with you readers: if I try that project, which game should I go with?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Giving Assent to Marriage

Here are some more things that make marriage impossible, according to Catholic law. These all deal with a person incorrectly giving assent.
  • One partner doesn't want to get married.
  • One partner is forced into marriage, especially due to violence or fear.
  • One partner has no idea that sex is a part of married life.
  • One partner tricks the other partner into marriage.
  • The marriage is subject to a condition about the future.
  • One partner has insufficient reason or is unable to make sound judgments, due to a disability or some other reason.
  • There is a mistake, when someone files to be married by proxy.
  • The marriage is done through an untrustworthy interpreter.
80% of all the annulments in the United States of America are due to one of the above reasons (or one of the laws that I left out of my recap). 14% of the annulments are due to a defect of form (Source). "Defect of form" means there is a problem with the way the marriage ceremony is conducted. For example, the priest is acting outside his jurisdiction or the couple uses the wrong vows.

Law 1095 §3 says that a marriage doesn't take place if one partner is "not able to assume the essential obligations of marriage for causes of a psychic nature." I have no idea what this means.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Nancy Drew #24 and #25

Here are the videos from this week's Mega Marathon:





Next week, we're recording here.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Everything Wrong With

Have you readers seen the "Everything Wrong With" series?



I'd love to do this for Nancy Drew games, but that is WAY BEYOND my editing levels. Like...subtitles, a running timer AND a number counter? I can only do subtitles. Sometimes.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Frozen 2

The other day, I made a joke tweet about Frozen 2: Fire and Ice, where Anna gets fire powers and stuff. Apparently, several hundred other people had this idea before I did. Now I'm starting to think the idea is not so good.

"Anna gets exciting weather powers" seems like a decent premise, but there's not much you can do with it. After all, the list of "weather powers Elsa can't control" is pretty short. Basically, the only weather powers left over are fire and dirt. Nobody wants to see Anna build a dirtman, so the Internet chose fire as Anna's magic power. It works, because fire and ice are kind of opposites.

Only I'm hard-pressed to think of a way to make that work, without it being a rehash of the first movie. "A princess gets weather powers, which makes a wedge between her and her sister." Yeah...that's the premise of Frozen. Giving Anna weather powers in a second movie is just repeating the premise.

But hey, there's some cool artwork of Fire Anna.


Art by CamiiW.

Friday, April 25, 2014

National Popular Vote

In the news last week, the state of New York signed the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. I haven't heard about this before; it's an attempt to change how our country elects the President of the United States.

The proposed new system follows the "winner takes all" rule. The candidate that gets the most votes becomes President. Votes are not split up by state, like they are now.

I like this system because it's simpler, and because I dislike how the current system makes 70% of the country irrelevant during Presidential elections. Other people like the proposed system, because it avoids a situation like the one that occurred in 2000, where George Bush became President, even though more people voted for Al Gore.

In order for the new system to go into effect, they need 270 state votes in the electoral college. They are currently at 165. So there's still quite a way to go.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Infertility

Q: Does Catholicism ban infertile men and women from getting married?

A: No. Infertile people can be married in the Catholic Church. Yesterday, I said infertility could affect a person's ability to get married, but 99.9% of the time, it does not.

Here's the one exception that I know about. Law #1098 says that a marriage is invalid, if Partner A deliberately deceives Partner B, by hiding some information that "can gravely disturb" the marriage.

I suspect this law is deliberately vague, so it can cover a wide variety of situations. Use your imagination to think of secrets that can ruin a marriage. Drug addictions, gambling, a history of violence, etc. Surely, there are situations where infertility falls under this law.

According to canon 1084 §3, sterility doesn't fall under this law. ...I think. I'm not a lawyer, and I'm uncertain about the legalese used here since one law cross-references another law.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What Makes Marriage Impossible

People are wondering about Catholic laws on marriage. Here's a summary on the laws on what makes marriage impossible. I'm including references to the laws themselves, which are numbered.
  1. One person is too young (1083)
  2. One person is impotent, or it is otherwise impossible for the two to have intercourse (1084)
  3. One person is still under the terms of a previous marriage (1085)
  4. One person is baptized and the other isn't, leading to irreconcilable disparity of cult (1086)
  5. One person is a priest (1087)
  6. One person is under a perpetual vow of chastity (1088)
  7. The woman has been abducted. (1089)
  8. One person killed a former spouse, for the purposes of ending the marriage (1090)
  9. The two partners are directly related by blood, marriage or adoption (1091-4)
#2 is the one which prohibits gay marriage, as a gay couple cannot have intercourse with each other, since "intercourse" is here defined as "sex which can result in pregnancy". This law is directed towards the impotent, but it can affect sterile and infertile people, as well as those couples who always use contraceptives.

The local Bishop is able to waive any of these requirements, except for #5, 6, 8 and 9. Only the Vatican has the ability to waive those requirements, but they never waive the "marriage partners cannot be related" requirement in the direct line or in the second degree of the collateral line (1078).

Could it be possible for a Bishop to waive Rule #2, in order to allow for gay marriage? I'm not a lawyer, but I would guess that the answer is "no". That one isn't an isolated law; it's directly connected to several other laws, making it more difficult to change. There are also laws (i.e. not just this one) that state that two spouses must be of different genders.

Of course, there are many other laws and situations which prevent marriage from occurring; this is just a list of specific situations that make it impossible to contract a marriage in the first place.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Worst of Blackmoor Manor, Chapter 28

Here is Chapter 28 of my parody story, Nancy Drew: Worst of Blackmoor Manor. Today, Nancy writes a letter to Ned.

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Dear Ned,

I know I should be happy that I solved the mystery, but for some reason, I'm not. To be honest, it feels like my life is going in circles. I mean, this is the tenth time that I solved a series of puzzles that someone set up a hundred years ago, in order to protect a fabulous treasure. It's getting a little boring at this point.

I'd like to take a break and go on vacation, except whenever I do that, I stumble across another mystery.

Hugh eventually returned to Blackmoor Manor. He, Linda and Jane have pledged to work through their problems as a family. I'm not sure how they'll do that, seeing as the problem is "Jane almost killed her stepmother", but I wish them the best of luck.

Nigel's history book about the Penvellyns was a huge failure, mostly because he spent three whole chapters describing the Mercury statue. On the other hand, Nigel's autobiography sold surprisingly well! The British Institute for Insomniacs has ordered over 5,000 copies.

As for the other people I met, I'm told that Mrs. Drake and Ethel are teaming up to make a rap album, entitled Potting and Plotting. It sounds...interesting.

I'm proud to report that I have also solved the mystery of how I'll get home, when I don't have enough money for a flight. A nice man named Sherlock Holmes hired me as his part-time assistant! We solved four cases together, and he gave me a bonus which covered the airfare home. He said it was a reward for my work, but I think he wanted to get rid of me as soon as possible, because he's jealous of my mystery-solving skills.

See you soon!

Love,
Nancy

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Worst of Blackmoor Manor, Chapter 27

Here is Chapter 27 of my parody story, Nancy Drew: Worst of Blackmoor Manor. Today, Nancy talks with Linda for the final time.

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Nancy dropped the Penvellyn meteorite on the bed. "Here."

"What is that?" Linda asked.

"The Penvellyn Family Treasure," Nancy said. "The source of all their evil powers, which has been protected for centuries."

"...It's a rock," Linda said.

"Exactly!" Nancy said. "I've been running around for three days, solving a ridiculous series of British puzzles, just to get a rock! So if you don't get out of bed this instant, I am going to scream."

"I can't be seen, Nancy. I've been cursed!"

"There's no curse, Linda! The Penvellyns don't have magic powers! All they have is a rock! And if you don't leave your bed right now, I'm throwing it at you."

"Okay, okay! I'm leaving!" Linda said. She pulled back the curtains and got out of bed.

"Thank you," Nancy said. "Oh, and by the way, Jane confessed to everything."

"What?"

"The weird feelings you've been having? It's because Jane's been slipping Mrs. Drake's allergy pills into your food. I don't know how she did that, seeing as all the food here is made and delivered by the Boar's Head Pub, but whatever. She's lucky you didn't die from what you did."

"I've been getting allergy pills?" Linda asked. "I guess that would explain why my body feels off, but what about all the hair growing on my arms?"

"Jane put hair restorer in your hand lotion. She also put that curse in your room," Nancy said.

"Why?" Linda asked. "Why would Jane go to such great lengths to harm me?"

"She thinks you're a bad stepmother, and she wants to be with her real mom," Nancy said. "Also, I suspect that anyone who lives in the manor for a long period of time goes a little crazy. You should have seen some of the stuff they set up to protect their treasure."

Nigel poked his head through the door. "Did I hear someone mention treasure? Have you discovered the Penvellyn Family Secret? You must tell me, so I can put it in my book!"

"Sorry, Nigel," Nancy said. "It turns out that the Penvellyns are just puzzle-loving recluses. There's no such thing as magic."

Nancy then picked up her purse, which holds over 500 different items, and left the room.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Worst of Blackmoor Manor, Chapter 26

Here is Chapter 26 of my parody story, Nancy Drew: Worst of Blackmoor Manor. Today, Nancy solves the final puzzle.

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Nancy tried pulling the box handles again, but to no use. She wasn't strong enough to lift a heavy metal box.

"There's no air in here! I can't breathe!" Jane pleaded.

"I'm trying!" Nancy grunted. She dumped her purse upside-down on the ground, in hopes that it would have something useful. She had two keys, the pillar pieces, a slice of butter, a glowing rock, a paper from Nigel and a container of hot pink nail polish. There was nothing that would help save Jane.

Nancy tried using her phone to call for help, but there was no reception. She kicked the box and received a stubbed toe as a result.

"I can't lift it! This thing is too heavy!" Nancy said, almost crying with frustration. "Stupid, stupid Penvellyns! Why did they set up so many death traps in their puzzle manor?"

Nancy's grip on reality started to slacken, as she began ranting about the Penvellyns. "Do the Penvellyns all hate their grandchildren? Is that why they built this torture manor? Half the puzzles depend on nothing in the manor being changed or moved, while the other half depend on dumb coincidences! ARRRGH! Loulou the Parrot has more personality and charm than all 200 of the Penvellyns put together, and she can't even move her mouth when she talks!

"Hugh says he's in Rome on a business trip, but I know the truth! He took the first excuse possible to get the heck out of here! Why would anyone want to live with the world's most boring historian and a creepy old woman who talks to plants more often than she talks to people?! I'd run away, but I can't because there's a cloaked figure and a werewolf, waiting to kill anyone who sets foot outside the manor!"

"That was me, actually," Jane said. "I dressed up in the cloak, so I would look like Elinor. I thought it would scare Linda. And those glowing eyes you saw work on a remote switch."

"Why would you set up glowing eyes to scare someone you don't know?!" Nancy yelled.

"It seemed like a good idea at the time," Jane said.

"That's what I mean!" Nancy said. "All the Penvellyns are not-so-secretly crazy! It's probably because they've been taught by the weirdo Bossiny Family for the past 400 years! Ethel is the worst, creepiest tutor I've ever met, and I'm not talking about her out-of-proportion body parts!"

The door to the room opened, revealing an angry Ethel Bossiny. "What did you say?!" she asked.

A wave of relief washed over Nancy. Ethel's creepy ability to appear out of nowhere had finally become useful for once!"

"Ethel!" Nancy said. "I need your help! Jane is in danger!"

Together, Ethel and Nancy lifted the metal box off the ground about an inch, to let fresh air inside. Ethel ran to get Mrs. Drake, and all three women were able to tip the box over and save Jane.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Worst of Blackmoor Manor, Chapter 25

Here is Chapter 25 of my parody story, Nancy Drew: Worst of Blackmoor Manor. Today, Nancy discovers who the culprit is.

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Nancy's long string of curses was interrupted by the appearance of Jane. "Whatever you just found, it's mine!" Jane said. "I'm the Penvellyn, not you, and besides, I would have found it first if I didn't have to learn all that other garbage!"

"Uh, what?" Nancy asked. The twelve-year-old was the culprit?

"Our family treasure is a rock? No way!" Jane said. "There must be something under it."

Jane grabbed the rock, which was connected to a trip wire. Nancy dived out of the way, as a large iron box fell down from the ceiling and trapped Jane.

"Nancy! Help! Get me out of here!" Jane cried. "I'm sorry for what I did! I'm sorry for everything!"

"You should apologize for making me do all those games," Nancy said.

"No, I mean, I'm sorry for what I did to Linda! She's not really turning into a werewolf! I just fed her pills and hair restorer to make her sleepy and hairy! I want her to go away, so it can be just me and Mummy! My real mummy!"

"Another mystery solved!" Nancy complimented herself.

Nancy figured she could rescue Jane, by using the large Aelous statue. She pressed the buttons to make it move, but it stayed in place.

"Huh? Why isn't this working? It was fine just a few minutes ago!" Nancy said.

The statue looked down at her. "I'm not going to help you, Nancy," it said.

"WHAT?" Nancy cried.

"You've been cheating your way through all of the puzzles here!" the statue reprimanded. "You broke the Mercury statue, you got water all over the conservatory, and you lied to Ethel. Why, I don't think you did one puzzle legitimately!"

"Hey, it's not my fault!" Nancy said. "These puzzles are really hard!"

"Well, I'm not going to let you cheat on the final puzzle," the statue said. "You have to figure out a way to free Jane, without my help."

"But I'm not smart enough to do that!"

"Then I guess Jane is going to die," the statue said. "She only has five minutes of air left. Can you solve the puzzle in time?"

"NOOOOO!" Nancy cried. "SECOND CHANCE! SECOND CHANCE! WHERE'S THE SECOND CHANCE BUTTON?"

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Vacation

I'm going on vacation from blog writing, for Easter. You can enjoy the ending to my Blackmoor Manor fanfic in the meantime, which I'll set up to be posted automatically. See you readers later!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nancy Drew #30 - Trailer

They have released the trailer for Nancy Drew #30! Pre-orders are available now!



I have made my response to the video.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mystery at Tornado Alley

The Nancy Drew Mega Marathon videos are having audio issues again. Silly Mega Marathon...

Anyway, this week I'll be playing Trail of the Twister and Shadow at the Water's Edge, with my girlfriend, Katie. Why don't you prepare by watching my review of the tornado Nancy Drew book?


Monday, April 14, 2014

Nancy Drew Play

Apparently, there have been some Nancy Drew plays made over the years. Here's one they held in Chicago two years ago, and here's an upcoming play in North Carolina.

And now that I've mentioned it, here are the pictures of the Chicago play. You can find bigger versions of the pictures on the website I linked to:





Sunday, April 13, 2014

Letter of Peter to James

My latest Greek translation project was The Letter of Peter to James, which starts off the Clementine Homilies. The letter itself is a forgery; it's basically a religious fanfiction of what Saint Peter might have written to Saint James at one point.

Paragraph 2 (of 3) was the most interesting one. Peter complains that certain people are purposely twisting his words, to make it seem like he's trying to destroy church laws. It reminded me of Pope Francis, actually. A lot of people have been purposely misrepresenting the things he says, to make it seem like he supports their specific agendas. Here is my translation:

If it is not done in this way, our word of truth will be divided among many opinions. I know this, not because I am a prophet, but because I already see the beginning of this evil. For some of the Gentiles rejected the ordinances proclaimed by me, clinging to some lawless and foolish teaching of the enemy of man. And some attempt to do this while I am still around; with subtle changes they transform my words to destroy the law, as if I intended to erase laws but was not free to say so. I wish whoever does this would give up! For such a thing is contrary to the eternal and everlasting law of God, proclaimed to Moses and confirmed by our Lord, who says "Heaven and Earth will pass away, but not a single stroke or dot from the law will pass away." (This is a combination of Matthew 24:35 and Matthew 5:17-18). And he said this "in order that all things may come into being".
I do not know how, but these men falsely proclaim my thoughts, which they heard from my words; when I say something, they attempt to interpret it in a more positive fashion, saying to their catechumens that I believe something which I was not conscious of. And if they have the boldness to tell such lies against me, while I am still alive, indeed, how much more will they attack my successors, after I die?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Worst of Blackmoor Manor, Chapter 24

Here is Chapter 24 of my parody story, Nancy Drew: Worst of Blackmoor Manor. Today, Nancy finds the treasure!

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Nancy went all the way through the hidden passageways, including the dreaded maze puzzle, for what she hoped was the last time. The pipes were in place and the forge was lit. Now all she had to do was forge something.

It didn't take too long for Nancy to realize she made a mistake somewhere. The forge was lit, but there was no air going to it.

"ARGH!" Nancy cried. "Who builds a huge metal forge underneath their house, anyway? Didn't anyone realize this is a fire hazard?!"

Fortunately, getting air to the forge would not require Nancy to go very far. In one of the corners of the room was a raised area with a puzzle. The puzzle allowed Nancy to move an Aelous character in various directions, in order to capture winds.

The puzzle was directly connected to a real-life statue of Aelous, inside the forge. Nancy thought this was unnecessarily complicated. The puzzle was a bit complicated, too; whenever Nancy moved Aelous, the winds changed positions, making it hard for her to capture them. In order to get around this, she pressed the wind tiles against the board, so they couldn't move. She quickly got all the winds in place after that.

"Okay, now the forge is working," Nancy said. She took a final look at the book, which told her that she had to make a key with the forge, in order to unlock the area with the Penvellyn family treasure. The key had to be made in a very special formation, which was based on the book and Jane's room and the various Penvellyn coats of arms.

Instead of doing the puzzle properly, Nancy scoffed. "The goal of all these puzzles was to make a key? What a waste! I'm a master lockpicker!"

Nancy took out her lockpicking kit and fiddled with the lock on the wall. The lock sprung open, and Nancy was able to look inside the small alcove to see the famous Penvellyn treasure. This was it! She had been working for days, trying to get this treasure, so she could sell it online and make enough money to afford a plane ticket back home. The treasure, protected for over 600 years, was finally going to be revealed!

...It was a rock.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Nancy Drew Book Reviews

On the docket for Nancy Drew book reviews, I have these books:

Nancy Drew 155: The Mystery In Tornado Alley
Nancy Drew 2: The Hidden Staircase (1930)
Nancy Drew 143: Mystery on Maui
Nancy Drew Notebooks 23: Alien in the Classroom


There will be a special bonus video, after The Hidden Staircase. I know I promised to review that book a few months ago, but it took me a while to get around to it. Why? It's the racist Nancy Drew book, and I've been reluctant to describe its treatment of blacks and Jews.

Books 155 and 143 are the original versions of Trail of the Twister and Creature of Kapu Cave, respectively. To be honest, Mystery on Maui has almost nothing in common with Creature of Kapu Cave. They both take place in Hawaii, and they both have surfers in them. Those are all the similarities they have with each other.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Three Things Thursday

1. Bowling has ended for the year. My team ended up in third place (of six) overall, which is pretty good considering we only had two members for the majority of the season.

2. Here's an old article by author Kekla Magoon, on how it is unrealistic for authors to write a book a year (or more). This is hilarious ironic, because she became the Nancy Drew author, not long after this. Good luck writing four books a year, Kekla!

3. I looked into Passionfruit Games, the company made up of employees that got fired from Her Interactive when the Nancy Drew Dossier series got cancelled. They made two romance games, and they were purchased by a different company in 2011. The last time anyone heard from them was 2012, when their games were ported to the iPad.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Worst of Blackmoor Manor, Chapter 23

Here is Chapter 23 of my parody story, Nancy Drew: Worst of Blackmoor Manor. Today, Nancy lights the forge.

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Nancy put the crank in Penny's machine and wound it up. Before the game started, Nancy had the opportunity to select symbols.

"Hey, those are the symbols I saw on the wall in Brigitte's room!" Nancy said. "That puzzle wasn't a huge waste of time after all!"

Nancy pressed the symbols in the proper order. A small patch on the top of the machine flipped over, revealing a key.

"Ah, I know what this is," Nancy said. "I need to win this game of Go Fish, in order to get the key from her!"

The machine moved rather slowly, to the point that it would probably take three minutes, minimum, to play a complete game. Nancy decided that was too long for her, so she reached over and grabbed the key.

"That's the last one!" she said. "Now for the pillars."

The six keys opened up the six pillars in the Great Hall. Each pillar had a movable pipe inside. Nancy correctly guessed that she needed to rotate the pipes, so they all connected. The book said that this would allow the passage of oil to the forge.

Really, couldn't I have taken some oil down to the forge myself? That would have been SOOO much simpler than this, Nancy thought.

But of course, getting the pipes in place wasn't the end of the puzzle. Corbin Penvellyn set up a puzzle, which decreed that you had to tap all three gargoyles on the forehead with Mercury's wand, then tap the forge to light it.

Nancy had to search for the three gargoyles. One was downstairs, near the hidden slide. Another one was inside the room with the burping dragon. The final gargoyle was guarding the entrance to the secret passageway by Linda's room. Whenever Nancy tapped the wand to a gargoyle, its eyes glowed. She tapped all three gargoyles, and nothing happened.

"Shoot. It's a timed challenge," Nancy said.

She then started sprinting all over the manor, in hopes of touching all three gargoyles within the ten second limit. Seeing as the route required her to run up a flight of stairs and down again, this was basically impossible. She collapsed with exhaustion after the twelfth attempt. "Curse...you...Corbin...Penvellyn..."

It never occurred to Nancy that she should try going to the gargoyles by another route.

Eventually, when she was all rested, Nancy went down to the Great Hall and stopped at the pipe in the floor. She lit a match and dropped it down the pipe.

"There, now the forge is lit," she said.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Testing Testing 1-2-3

This week's episode of My Little Pony was called Testing Testing 1-2-3, and it was awful.

The premise is that Rainbow Dash has a big test she needs to pass. Her friends volunteer to help her study. Rainbow ends up being a horrible student, who goofs around instead of paying attention. She doesn't even try to learn anything. Just the opposite; she deliberately goes out of her way to avoid learning. The entire time, she blames her friends for being teachers.

I wanted to slap Rainbow Dash, for most of the episode. I know a lot of students blame the teacher (or the material) for their inability to learn, but this was clearly a case of Rainbow being a self-centered jerk who fails classes because she can't care less. Hey, Rainbow, your friends don't have to help you study, you know! Stop blaming them for your problems.

Realistically, Rainbow should have failed her exam, and then lost the job she was applying for. That would have been a good ending, albeit a bit harsh. Rainbow could learn that her actions have consequences; she could learn how destructive her refusal to pay attention in school is.

But no. Rainbow's friends came up with an overly-complicated gimmick, which tricks her into learning material without knowing it. She passes with 100%, and we got a moral about how some students need alternate learning techniques, but that doesn't mean they are stupid.

I can certainly appreciate how the show attempted to teach a lesson about students with legitimate learning disorders, but the entire thing was a failure, because Rainbow's learning disorder is "lazy and selfish". She did not deserve to be rewarded for her refusal to learn anything. I also question the episode's implied moral, which is "learning is boring, so the only way to teach students is through trickery".

The transitions and animation were good, though, so overall I'm giving this episode a 2 out of 10.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Worst of Blackmoor Manor, Chapter 22

Here is Chapter 23 of my parody story, Nancy Drew: Worst of Blackmoor Manor. Today, Nancy solves Mrs. Drake's plant puzzle.

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Nancy only had one more pillar key to find! The book said that Penny hid it inside her machine. The book failed to mention where this machine was, though, which made the clue extremely unhelpful.

"What if they got rid of it, years ago? That would make the entire puzzle impossible to solve!" Nancy said.

After a lot of wandering around and wondering why she came to England but never went outside, Nancy found a creepy crank-operated machine in the corner of the Great Hall. The machine featured a mechanical woman who flipped cards. There was a label which said "Penny", so Nancy guessed this was the machine she needed.

Nancy tried to start it, but the mechanical woman started randomly wigging out. Nancy groaned, then went to Mrs. Drake.

"Hey, Ms. Old British Lady," Nancy said, "the mechanical card game in the Great Hall is broken."

"It's not broken. I removed its crank, as it was proving to be too much of a distraction for Jane," Mrs. Drake said. "How did you know I had it?"

"When I think of 'crank', I think of you," Nancy said. "Can you let me borrow it?"

"Tell you what. I have a series of seedlings that need to go into the box there. While you put them into place, I will go up to my room and retrieve the crank. That way, we will both be happy, if you get my meaning."

Nancy blanched. She disliked "put a bunch of items into a small spot" puzzles almost as much as doing other people's chores. Putting plants in a box seemed very much like doing Mrs. Drake's chores, now that Nancy thought about it, but before she could protest, Mrs. Drake left the room, saying "Remember, they must all fit into that box!"

Nancy tried her hand at the puzzle. She could get most of the seedlings into place, but the two final ones refused to fit. Nancy thought long and hard about what to do, then she grabbed the seedlings and threw them into the giant monster plant by the side of the table.

"Now there aren't any seedlings left over," Nancy said confidently. But just in case, she took the crank away from Mrs. Drake before the older woman got a chance to look at the plants.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Nancy Drew Mega Marathon Plans

Yesterday, people messed up my plans for the Nancy Drew Mega Marathon, by asking me to play Warnings at Waverly Academy in place of Dossier #1.


So here are options for next week...


1. Dossier Games 1 and 2
2. Trail of the Twister and Shadow at the Water's Edge


But where will Secrets Can Kill Remastered fit into the lineup? If I skip that and the Dossier games, I can be done in four weeks. Both Dossier games will add a week.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

New Recordings

I'm unsure which games I'll record next. Here are some options for y'all to vote on.
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS)
  • Whatever the Nancy Drew DS games are called
  • Living Legends: Frozen Beauty
  • Midnight Mysteries: Witches of Abraham Lincoln
  • Enigmatis: The Mists of Ravenwood
  • Case 3 of Phoenix Wright 5
And then, we have the sequels.
  • Nightmares from the Deep 3 (newly released)
  • Awakening 4
  • Professor Layton 6
  • Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull or Fate's Carnival
  • Twilight Phenomena 2
  • Haunted Halls 4

Friday, April 4, 2014

Soaps

This week, Days of our Lives became the first soap opera to feature a gay marriage. I've been watching Days of our Lives and General Hospital for over a year at this point; both shows have been running a few gay plotlines.

At times, the writers have tried to create drama/tension about being gay. Usually, this means they have a big confrontation between a gay character and a non-gay character. The problem is that the writers have no idea how to correctly write a scene like that. That's mainly because soap opera confrontation scenes are over-the-top, in general. When you apply it to gay drama, you end up with scenes where the gay characters hate all straight people, and the straight characters hate all gay people. Nobody looks good in those scenes, where both sides are spewing hatred against each other.

In particular, I'm thinking of Lucas' second scene, on General Hospital. Lucas is a full-grown man, and he met his father for the first time. Derek asked for some time to get used to the idea, and Lucas started yelling and screaming at him, for being a gay-hating demon.

Dude, Lucas, calm down. Derek has never met you before, remember? Frankly, I would be shocked if someone didn't need time, after learning they have a previously-unknown full-grown son. Maybe you should bring up the gay issue in your second conversation with him, not your first.

Anyway, good luck to our first married gay soap opera couple. I hope someone warned them that they're on a soap opera, so their marriage isn't going to last that long. The record for most soap opera marriages is around 14, depending on whether or not you count repeat marriages (i.e. marrying the same person multiple times).

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Nancy Drew Marathon Plans

Q: By the way, I have a random question for you: Will you be playing Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill Remastered next weekend? It originally released on August 2010, right in between Trail of the Twister (June 2010) and Shadow at the Waters Edge (October 2010) and I was just wondering on that weekend, are you going to play those 3 games on Saturday? I want to mark my calender for that day.

A: Since Nancy Drew Dossier #1 has two release dates (one for the online download, one for the physical copy), I got to play around a bit with the lineup. Here's the final schedule:

April 5: Nancy Drew #20, Dossier #1

April 12: Nancy Drew #21, Dossier #2

April 19: Nancy Drew #22

April 26: Nancy Drew #23, Secrets Can Kill Remastered

May 3: Nancy Drew #24, Nancy Drew #25

I'm only doing one game on April 19, because that's Holy Saturday, and I'm technically on vacation. Also, I don't want to play Shadow at the Water's Edge and Captive Curse back-to-back, since I did that last year. My girlfriend will be around for the playthrough on April 19, though, so you can look forward to seeing us play the game together!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lazy Blog Post

What was the best April Fools Day joke you saw this year?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Nancy Drew News

Today we had a ton of Nancy Drew news!

First off, we got the full list of characters who will appear in next month's Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion! Some of the characters we already knew about, such as Soony Joon, Nancy, Bess, and George. The list of international competitors is brand new, though! The Canadian team will feature Justin Bieber and Toronto mayor Rob Ford. The Asian team will feature Jackie Chan and Kim Jong-Un. The European team will feature Harry Potter and Pope Francis.

Second, Carolyn Keene is in talks with NBC to make a Nancy Drew TV series. They're making a number of changes to the books, in order to make them better-suited for television audiences. For example, Nancy's friends Bess and George will be replaced by a pair of wisecracking seven-year-olds. Ned will sing more musical numbers, and the Hardy Boys will always appear topless.

Carolyn Keene also announced vague plans for Nancy Drew crossover books in the future, including Nancy Drew Enters the Hunger Games, Nancy Drew Fights the Walking Dead, and Nancy Drew: 16 and Pregnant.

Finally, Her Interactive announced that they are working on a Hardy Boys game, after recently purchasing the rights to the PC series. Plot details are still under wraps, but rumor has it that Frank and Joe will have to go undercover as a gay couple, in order to stop a homophobic high school bully. The Hardy Boys Come Out of the Closet has a tentative release date of 2016.