Tag Archives: Star Realms

Ranneko Plays XCOM 2: War of the Chosen – Channel Update 2017-09-01

The Ransistance has returned, ready to kick the Advent and their new allies off the earth or to die trying. At the time of writing this, I have recorded the first 7 episodes and it is remarkable just how many changes have been made. Firaxis have ensured that anyone who starts up War of the Chosen will encounter new content immediately. From a new cutscene that takes place before the previous opener, to more variations on gatecrasher, to many more changes on the strategic layer. I am having a blast playing it and probably would have recorded more were it not for a bout of illness followed by travel.

Firaxis has released a free demo that consists entirely of the photobooth, which means there is now a free tool anyone can use to create soldiers that can be imported into XCOM 2. This means I have revised the recruitment form. I have stripped out the overly long second page, if you want to be added you can either just specify a name and optionally a few other basic details. If you want a fully specified soldier, now you can create it yourself and then send me the file.

This week’s releases were:

Saturday: Syfro Saturdays – Ranneko and Syfro Play Thimbleweed Park
Sundays: Curious Ranpedition
MondayLet’s Dissect A Couple of Games of Star Realms
Tuesday and Thursday: Torment: Tides of Ranmenera
Wednesday, Friday: The Ransistance: War of the Chosen

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!

Ranneko Plays With Timing – Channel Update 2017-08-25

The Star Realms analysis videos continue, though feedback is, as usual, unfortunately limited. I got the typical dozen or so views I get for the first episode of a new series but the first episode this week has thus far received no traction. We will see how it does long term.

Currently, I release videos every day at midday, with the theory being that people who live in the same timezone as me can watch them at work, but I am considering trying a later release time to see if I can catch more people at a time where they might want to watch. My current thinking is to try shifting video releases by an hour, waiting a couple of weeks, comparing and repeating. So if a video seems to be out at an unusual time, that is probably why.

As a reminder, the Ransistance will return once War of the Chosen releases on the 29th of August. Firaxis has released a free demo that consists entirely of the photobooth, which means there is now a free tool anyone can use to create soldiers that can be imported into XCOM 2. This means I have revised the recruitment form. I have stripped out the overly long second page, if you want to be added you can either just specify a name and optionally a few other basic details. If you want a fully specified soldier, now you can create it yourself and then send me the file.

The current schedule is:

Saturday: Syfro Saturdays – Ranneko and Syfro Play Thimbleweed Park
Sundays: Curious Ranpedition
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Let’s Dissect A Couple of Games of Star Realms
Tuesday and Thursday: Torment: Tides of Ranmenera

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!

Ranneko Plays With Star Realms – Channel Update 2017-08-18

This week we finished up Massive Chalice. I had a great time with the game but it turns out it was a little shorter than I needed right now. The plan was to go from Massive Chalice to XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, but that doesn’t come out until the 29th.

Until then in the Mon/Wed/Fri slot, we are going to do something a little different. We are going to talk about Star Realms. Specifically, we are going to look at replays of Star Realms games and try to work out where the pivotal moments were. Where the initial mistakes were made that resulted in later victory or defeat. It is a little bit different from the other coverage of Star Realms on my channel and I hope people like it.

The Ransistance will return once War of the Chosen releases on the 29th of August. Firaxis has released a free demo that consists entirely of the photobooth, which means there is now a free tool anyone can use to create soldiers that can be imported into XCOM 2. This means I have revised the recruitment form. I have stripped out the overly long second page, if you want to be added you can either just specify a name and optionally a few other basic details. If you want a fully specified soldier, now you can create it yourself and then send me the file.

The current schedule is:

Saturday: Syfro Saturdays – Ranneko and Syfro Play Thimbleweed Park
Sundays: Curious Ranpedition
Monday, Wednesday: Ranneko Plays Massive Chalice
Tuesday and Thursday: Torment: Tides of Ranmenera
Friday: Let’s Dissect A Couple of Games of Star Realms

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!

The Star Realms Diaries 4 – Ranneko vs RebelliousUno

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It has been too long since Star Realms graced the face of this site. You would think Jarenth and I would talk about it more given that we are still consistently playing each other and others (if you want to send me a Challenge go ahead, as may be pretty clear from the video I am Ranneko on there). I meant to do another one of these videos just after the previous expansion arrived, but unfortunately there were some problems during the recording step.

In the opponent seat today is RebelliousUno, all around cool guy and occasional twitch streamer, you may also recognize him from the LoadingReadyRun Minecraft Agrarian Skies LRRPlay series. He is one of the stable of players I regularly play against and due to his streaming I knew he was able to easily record his half of the game without a time consuming configuration process.

The game itself… could have gone better. I really need to try to deny my opponents access to too many Star Empire cards because discard is extremely powerful in this game and the number of cards that enable it has only increased as the expansions have come out. Having to discard one or even two cards is often only an inconvenience but any instance of forcing 3+ discards is pretty crippling to your opponent’s next turn and there isn’t any way to block discard effects beyond card denial. I have only ever been able to force my opponent to discard their entire hand a couple of times, but I am always tempted to push it and see how far I can go only the knowledge I am dealing with a human on the other end stops me.

With respect to the addition of the new expansions I am pretty happy with both events and bases and battleships. I like the new bases and ships, they don’t fundamentally alter the game or anything but they do continue to increase the variety in the trade row which is always nice in a game that I have literally played hundreds of times. My feelings on events are a little more mixed, they can really swing a game and they can’t be directly planned for but the effects are mostly symmetrical and what I really like is that they force you to treat every turn carefully. It is almost always better to trigger an event at the start of your turn than at the end and it leads to me holding cards in my hand until I want to use them rather than just hitting play all and then making decisions. On the other hand the more expansions we get the rarer events will become which will probably bring the Play All button back intro prominence.

The Star Realms Diaries: Jarenth Vs. Ranneko 3: Jarenth Vs. Ranneko With A Vengeance

Another day, another Star Realms diaries. Am I right, fellas? The fellas know what I’m talking about.

To celebrate the ‘recent’ release of online Star Realms’ first expansion, Gambits, Ranneko and I once again stuck our heads together to bring you this video. Not only is it more of the Star Realms goodness that you’ve come to know and love, but we also highlight the new elements of the aforementioned expansion. So if you’ve been wondering what Gambits is like, if it’s worth all four bucks of its asking price, this latest Star Realms Diaries may put you on the right path.

The right path is ‘yes’, of course. Gambits is rad. If you like Star Realms at all, you should get it.

The Star Realms Diaries: Jarenth Vs. Ranneko 2: Jarenth Vs. Ranneko Harder

That’s right, everyone! More Star Realms for the masses. Ranneko and I both enjoyed doing the first Star Realms Diary, so we decided to record a second game. We hoped it’d be different from the first, and interesting to talk about and watch in its own way. We got two out of three, so that’s not bad.

Again, additional comments are behind the break. If you’re just here for the video, knock yourself out!

The Star Realms Diaries: Jarenth Vs. Ranneko

Hey, look, everyone! A video about Star Realms! And it has me in it, and Ranneko!

I could explain what this video’s about… or you could start it up right now, and have Ranneko’s smooth, dulcet tones explain the idea to you. I know which version I’d prefer, I’ll tell you what.

After the break: But if you do want to read more about it, you know where to go. It’s… it’s here.