Best 2016 Korean Drama

I'm a sucker for dramas based on mythologies, ancient eras, time-travelling & unique concept.

1) Goblin


Star-studded cast, captivating cinematography, mesmerizing music. Movie-like quality. Grim Reaper & Goblin living in the same house. Goblin looking for his bride. My number 1 for 2016 and a must watch! Hero from My Girl & Coffee Prince and supporting heroine from Queen In-hyun's Man.

2) Legend of the Blue Sea


Spiritual successor to My Love from the Star. Mermaids story with some twist. Would be my number 1 for 2016 if not for Goblin.

3) W Two Worlds


Unique concept - webtoon. Haven't started watching it yet but at least unique than others.

4) Love in the Moonlight


Pretty much similar to other K-dramas featuring girls disguised as boys.

5) Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo


Similar to other time-travelling dramas.

6) Doctors


Another medical korean drama. Watch this for Park Shin Hye.

7) Descendants of the Sun


Soldiers, doctors. Watched this till finish because it's popular and the combination of hero & heroine.

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them: Theories & Speculations

I've watched this movie 3 times since its premiere on 16th November so here's some of my theories and speculations.

1) The real reason Newt came to New York is because Albus personally asked him to find Grindewald and maybe to study the Obscurus-linked incidents.
  • The Minister of Magic asked Newt if his reason coming to New York is really to get an Appaloosa Puffskein. Newt also told Jacob that the reason he came to America is to release Frank the Thunderbird in Arizona.



2) Albus gonna asked Newt to Obliviate him using Swooping Evil potion 
  • Obliviate seems to be the central theme of the movie and it even introduce Swooping Evil as the source for powerful Obliviate potion. I think Albus gonna asked Newt to Obliviate him using that potion so that he would forget the death of Ariana and the betrayal of Grindewald and that's also the reason why Albus always talked in riddles during HP period.



2) Newt is studying Obscurus because Albus asked him. Ariana is likely an Obscurus. Obscurus might also be the key to the origin of Voldemort and how he split his soul into 7 parts.
  • We didn't see what happen to Modesty or Chastity, Credence's foster siblings, either of them is likely to be the candidate to host the stolen Obscurus. Grindewald is hiding the Obscurus that Newt got from Sudan. Dunno if Credence really die in the end. Grindewald said "Will we die just a little?"



3) Queenie, a Legillimens is likely to be connected to Salazar Slytherin and Voldemort.
  • Or maybe Luna Lovegood because she acts like one.



5) The Niffler might be hiding important Horcrux candidate in his cute nest.
  • Because he's into shiny things!



6) Douglas the Demiguise might led us to the revelation of Invisibility Cloak.
  • According to the textbook, Demiguise pelts maybe spun to Invisibility Cloaks. Demiguise has invisibility and some sort of divination and probably gonna have some important roles in the next movie. 



7) Other observations:
  • The symbol that Grindewald gave to Credence is the symbol of the Deathly Hallows - Elder Wand, Sorcerer's Stone and Invisibility Cloak.


  • Some foreshadowing stuff that will puzzled the audience when they first watch the movie that only the screenplay writer know such as why would Newt asked Jacob and Queenie not to be predictable when trying to catch Douglas (because he can has some sort of prediction sighting), why Newt's wand permit application was not processed (because it turned into origami rat & fight with other origami rat), when Jacob opened Newt's suitcase the people on the street saw a hippopotamus (it's the Erumpent), why Newt asked Jacob to wear headgear and vest (Erumpent again), why Newt doesn't realized one of the Occamy missing (because one hatched during the bank scene). the Giggle Water was introduced in the opening scene after Grindewald attack.

  • We're gonna meet young Albus, Aberforth & Ariana in the next movie.

  • The sultry jazz song "Blind Pig" during the scene with Gnarlak is penned by JK Rowling herself. I love it!

Let's discuss!

Scythe 7th Solo Session Report

This is my 7th time playing solo variant of Scythe. I enjoy the solo variant more than I anticipated. The Automa cards randomize the AI actions thus more unpredictability which gives the solo variant an extra edge compares to other games. And it took less than an hour to finish a solo session.

Tonight I played as Engineering Rusviet. Rusviet because I lost terribly playing the faction before. Engineering is the random player mat I got, which gives more benefits in building structures. The Automa played as Polania. It was East against the West tonight.



I was lucky to get the secret objective that goes well with my faction ability, that is to have a Factory card and 0 upgrades (Technological Breakthrough). But first I need to build the mech that allows me to move between village that I controlled and the Factory (Township). My favourite first action is to produce, with a village and a mountain adjacent to my homebase, I got another worker and iron. Then I moved all workers to the mountain and my character, Olga to the village. Next production gave me 3 more irons to be used to deploy the mech on next turn.With the Township ability unlocked, I moved my character to the Factory and the mech brought all the workers to the desert nearby to drill some oil. 1 achievement star on board and another lucky strike at the Factory when I got the extra action to pay 2 different resources to either deploy a mech or build a structure. The next few turns were focusing on producing resources & moving around for the top-row actions while also doing upgrades, deploy some mechs & build structures. My next 3 stars came from those 3 actions: upgrades, mechs & structures. It was among the best engine I've ever built in the game.


My character was able to take 7 encounters while moving around the land! The 1st was to build my first structure on the desert in my peninsula, 2nd enlisting the recruit (the bear!) that give me power everytime I upgrade while also taking 2 combat cards as the 1-time bonus as the combat cards that I started with has low numbers, 3rd deploying another mech, 4th gaining 2 popularity because I already have al 4 mechs by the time my character took that encounter with the cow and mech, 5th enlisting my 2nd recruit and I increased my popularity with people of the land during the last 2 encounters. Only 2 encounters left by the end of the game, while the other 2 encounters were taken by the Automa.



However, the Automa's combat units were moving too close to my homebase in the middle of the game. In the only combat during the game, I used up all my power and my highest combat card (5) to protect the mountain with monument. Luckily the Automa only used 7 power and no combat card. I got my 5th star, tied with the Automa. Another lucky moment when I drew the Automa card and it didn't advance on that round, giving me an extra turn to put my final star on board! I usually ended the game by moving my mechs while dropping off the workers to spread all over the map and control more territories, but since I already did that before the last Automa's turn, I chose to produce the last worker from 1 of the village I controlled, which also cost me 1 power and 1 popularity. Thank God I already increased my popularity to the second tier before.



The game ends with me - 86 and the Automa - 77, thanks to the extra points from structure bonus. Here's some more pictures of the state of the board by the end of the game! It really was an awesome journey throughout the land, and looking back at the board after the game feels so amazing!

  
 


My Top 10 Steam Filler Games

Most of the Steam games that I downloaded and played are survival-type of games in different settings. I love unique games!

1. RIMWORLD


RimWorld, another game that reminds me of FTL: Faster Than Light, Stardew Valley and This War Of Mine that's gonna cost me my waking hours. Inspired by Dwarf Fortress, your colonists crashlanded on a planet full of threats and have to survive to escape the planet. One of my character died because of heart attack and another one died after being attacked by wild animal. There's a lot of trials and errors trying to learn how to do stuff in the game like building rooms, mining efficiently, zoning stockpile and agriculture area, getting electricity running, hunting animals, burying corpses, researching for advanced technologies. Be careful not to open a walled hidden room because it contains advanced enemies. It's a cool game and certainly has potential but the map feels too limited and tutorial are done badly. It certainly has that The Sims and Minecraft charm.
 
2.  STARDEW VALLEY



Stardew Valley is dangerously addictive! I've been playing it for several days and only seen a very tiny little bit of the game. The best amalgamation of Harvest Moon + Animal Crossing + Terraria + Minecraft!

3. FTL: FASTER THAN LIGHT


Played this casually few times before, now playing it more seriously and got to unlock the Torus, an Engi spaceship after jumping to the fifth sector yeay! It has drones system installed. The human's Kestrel is too big and the systems are far apart from each other.

4. THIS WAR OF MINE



Feels like The Sims in post-war setting. Need to feed them, put them to sleep, build beds and stove and workshop for them, repair their house, clean up their house, help them scavenging, trade with others. Each character have special ability, the 3 characters I got are good cook, skilled scavenger (extra bag slots) and fast runner.

5. PAPER, PLEASE


You're an immigration officer trying to survive by working as fast as you can, checking people's passports. Never knew checking passport is so fun!

6. GONE HOME



Done playing Gone Home, one of the best game of 2013. The note told me not to switch on all the lights but i did, was so scared if suddenly something appeared from the front/back but nothing as such. This game is like a playable movie. A story about the player named Katie, upon arriving home from travelling all over Europe (scattering postcards) in the middle of a raging storm (some sort of horror setting), found the house is empty. And after exploring the house, found out that her parents went to couple counselling (her father's book flopped while her mother got promotion) and her sister Sam in love with another girl Lonnie. From basement to secret rooms and finally, to the attic. Love the many cassettes laying around waiting to be played - alternative songs. 5 out of 5! 

7. REDSHIRT


Third's time the charm! Finally nailed Redshirt Game. First game was a mess and I died in the second game during an away mission. Fulfilling career requirements to get job promotions to Rank 6and  mastering them were exhausting but very worthy indeed. Balancing the need for happiness and health, while socializing with Spacebook friends and gaining the compulsory 30000 karmacreds to buy the shuttle ticket. Invite only the yellow-colored invitees for an event. Never invite the same invitee more than once for the same event in a day. Never accept a relationship request because maintaining a relationship proved to be very difficult. The limited actions together with the mandatory sleep doesn't make it any easier. So is the aftermath after an away mission that will always resulted with the death of fellow colleagues. Make sure to set holodoctor and away mission on low frequency before starting the game. Basically The Sims in space. A game to remember... 

8. SHOVEL KNIGHT




Playing Shovel Knight, the latest and hottest game in town! Yeay, successfully defeated the first boss, Black Knight by using jumping attack. Jumping between trenches is a bit tricky though. 

9. RYMDKAPSEL



Rymdkapsel - my new addiction! Darwinia + Tetris! My first attempt and I failed to build the last and very-needed extractor to pave the corridor to the final monolith! Balancing the ever-decreasing resources, prioritizing what to build, hiring more staff, segregating tasks between staff and enough weapons to defense yourself from rival. Perfect for a perfectionist like me! Simple, elegant and flavorful game design.

10. BRAID


I love the puzzles in Braid!


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