Thank you Nekocon!

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This past weekend we attended our 10th Nekocon, and it was as nice an experience as ever! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us at Alicia’s Anime, and extra thanks to everyone who picked up a copy of Feralia Revised Edition or stopped by to talk about the book and upcoming sequel! Lastly, thanks as always to the Nekocon staff for having us back and making exhibiting easy for us! Looking forward to next year’s con!

-Clint

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Feralia Revised Edition: more eBook formats released!

Today we’re happy to announce that we’ve released the eBook version of Feralia Revised Edition on the following stores/readers:

Barnes & Noble NOOK
Kobo
Tolino

Enjoy! Stay tuned for a much bigger announcement!

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Feralia Revised Edition now on iTunes/Apple Books!

Apple fans, it’s been a long time coming, but you can finally get a copy of Feralia Revised Edition on iTunes/Apple Books! Thanks for your patience!

Check it out HERE!
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eBook update! Apple, B&N, Kobo and more!

We’re happy to announce that we’re in the last stages of getting Feralia Revised Edition released on the following stores/readers:

Barnes & Noble
Apple Books
Kobo
Tolino

We’ll be posting links for each as they’re finalized!

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Feralia.net blog. episode 33: Fantasy Game Review: Ys: The Oath in Felghana

In my last entry (a review of Ys 1 & 2 Chronicles), I mentioned a Super NES game that got me started on the Ys series, Ys III: Wanderers from Ys. Today I wanted to take a look at the remake of that game, Ys: The Oath in Felghana. Since the original sort of holds a special place in my heart, I wanted to show a couple comparisons as well.
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Box art for the 1991 version which I first played
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Box art from the 2010 release.

Ys III originally came out in 1989. I didn’t play it, however, until the 1991 SNES port. The Oath in Felghana was released in 2005. Again, I played it later on the 2010 PSP release. (Technically I downloaded the PSP version on my PSVita through the PS Store, where it’s currently $14.99).

Like I & II Chronicles for PSP, the music has been redone and gives you the option to switch between the new music and classic versions at almost any point in the game. One of the few things that I wish would have been included is the SNES version of the music, which I played as a kid. The PC versions are great, but just don’t hold the same sentimental value for me personally. This really doesn’t detract from the game at all, though, and the music is great.

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The graphics have been updated nicely as well. And one big change from I & II Chronicles is the combat, which it back to a traditional hack and slash. All of the great RPG elements are retained as well. A major factor for me is that the combat was fun and fast paced, and never really got old.

In  I & II Chronicles, as I mentioned in my review, I had some pretty major issues with dungeons sections looking alike which lead to a LOT of getting lost. In Oath, the issue is still there at times, but not nearly as much. The different camera angle and more varied locations visually went a long way to address this. I did still use a guide a couple of times, but wasn’t tied to it like in the previous game.

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Another area where the game shined was the great story. I loved the fantasy setting and characters. The fully voiced cut scenes with great acting really lent a lot to the story as well.

This entry in the Ys series is another great one, which you can take on the go if you play it on the PSVita like I did. While I liked 1 & 2 Chronicles, I liked this one much better, especially for the nostalgia, story and gameplay. I’d definitely recommend it for fantasy and adventure fans!

-Clint

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Feralia.net blog. episode 32: Fantasy Game Review: Ys I & II Chronicles

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Back in the 90’s I played a game on my beloved Super NES called Ys III: Wanderers from Ys. It had a cool fantasy story, great music and was fun to play. Unfortunately it would be many years before I had the chance to research the Ys series and rediscover it. It wasn’t until a couple months ago, in fact, that I jumped back into the series. I decided to play them from the beginning, starting with Ys I & II Chronicles. I played the PSP version on my PSVita, but there are other editions as well, including Steam (PC). (The PSP/Vita version was just $14.99.) It’s a remake of the first 2 Ys games and includes remakes of Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished and Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished – The Final Chapter.

The first thing that stands out as far as the gameplay goes is the combat. Interestingly, there isn’t an attack button. I hadn’t played the original releases, so this was new to me. Instead of using a button to attack, you simply run into enemies. It sounds odd, but it was actually a lot of fun and made the combat super fast-paced. Your character (the red-haired Adol Christin) levels up quickly and there are a bunch of armor and weapons to buy or find, which boost his stats greatly. ys psp 2 B003U3WRY6.04.lg
The graphics have a nostalgic charm that fans of 16-bit games will love, and the anime style character drawings for dialogue and really nice as well. The music has a well deserved reputation for being really good, too. You can even switch between the default, newly remade music and older versions of the same songs, which was a really nice edition, especially for long time fans of the series.
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Another strong point is the story. I won’t get into any details for fear of spoilers, but I really enjoyed the fantasy story and think that other fantasy fans will, too.

The only negative I found personally with the game was that the dungeons are super easy to get lost in and often times look a lot alike as you traverse them. This combined with the top-down view and the fact that some areas are really, really big made many areas confusing, frustrating and tedious. This was easily helped with walkthroughs, but that also made it a bit of a chore at times.

But overall, Ys I & II Chronicles shines, especially for it’s graphics, music, story and charm. If you’re looking for a fun fantasy game with a handheld option, and are a fan of classic action JRPGs you’ll like this one.
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-Clint

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Feralia.net blog. episode 31: Featured Artist: Jason Powell/Killerkatt Artworks

One of my favorite things to blog about recently, something that I want to make a regular thing, is featuring my favorite creators, whether it be musicians, artists, fellow writers, or creators of any kind, really.

Today’s feature is an artist who has been one of my favorites for a long time, Jason Powell, also known as Killerkatt Artworks.
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“Self Portrait/Stand Alone Complex” © Jason Powell/Killerkatt Artworks
Jason is from the Washington DC area and has several very cool art styles. He’s done album covers for hardcore punk rock bands, posters and fliers for a ton of shows, building murals and a ton of awesome paintings and drawings on different media, just to name a few.
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“Kill Your Idols” © Jason Powell/Killerkatt Artworks
One of my favorite qualities of Jason’s work has always been a photo-realistic feel that his paintings have, capturing the energy of live performances. The styles vary, though, and include more abstract pieces, as well as some that are super fun, and others that are black and white and done with pencils and ink.
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“Robots” © Jason Powell/Killerkatt Artworks
Other pieces hint at a deeper influence of both philosophy and the workings of the human mind, which I’d like to get into more with an interview soon. I’m also a fan of the use of lighting and colors. Some are bleak and dark, while others are beautiful and dreamy.
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“Thrallstale” © Jason Powell/Killerkatt Artworks
The pictures show here are just a few of my favorites from Jason’s website. He also has a ton of work not yet pictured on the site, and has been hard at work on many more projects recently! I can’t wait to see more as he releases them!

-Clint

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