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Haven Editorial: Raptus 2016 and cosplay

Haven Editorial: Raptus 2016

A halo marine, still alive and kicking somehow

The charming little comic expo in small a city Known as Bergen. It’s a place with a heavy focus on comic books and quite famous artists. Such as the ever present and enigmatic Mike Collins. He is quite known for various super hero comics and drawing Dr. Who. Naturally he is not the only guest. Though a lot of the them are from European countries. Due to the popularity of Belgofranco comics. Such as Spirou and the Italian made Donald Duck comics. In the grand scale of the world, it is a tiny convention, however it still attracts some lovely and colorful people. People flock to this place in order to meet their heroes and get things signed. After all who woulden’t like to have his prop knife signed by the walking dead creator? All in all it is a long running and very awesome.

This year as many that came before, a cosplay competition was held. Where anyone in a costume has a chance to win fame and fortune. In most cases it is a gift card for the local geek store known as Outland. Unlike previous years, I took a last minute job as the cosplay competition judge, along with another fellow and one of My little pony comic artist. A lovely lady in some very alternative clothing. Regardless I threw myself into action at the last minute, with poor planning and rough plotting. By now You’ve probably realized that this did not go as well as planned. Several mistakes was made, but they where not made again. Fortunately for me there where a competition on Sunday as well. I did indefinitely better and was a lot more prepared. I know some of those with fancy bought costumes felt unfairly judged when it came to the outfit. However I usually put stage presence very high. Very few can pull it off. Which is why either Deadpool, Harlequin or the Joker ones usually win.

Therefor I decided to make a list over things I should take into consideration:

First of all there is the performance and stage presence. A competition is a show. Keeping it entertaining is key. To become the character and own it. however going onto stage, then bolt after two seconds is boring and bad. If nothing else strike a pose and hold it for at least 4 seconds. Because that is how you get good pictures!

Naturally the next point is stage presence. Some costumes can be quite elaborate and some just leaves no lasting impact. However there are still several points to judge by. Such as the seam quality and craftsmanship. Even commercially made products can be crap. In the end I value the effort and thought process that went into a cosplay project.

Plans and planning

This is starting to sound a little too much like American idol, so maybe awarding should be a bit more creative and interesting. Tough Raptus is not the best proving ground around. As cosplay usually plays second fiddle, is rushed and have terrible backdrops.

Fight the horde!

Keep in mind, the second day at the outfit competition,everything went much,much smoother. Which is key, live, learn and improve.

Here is a gallery of picture taken during Raptus 2016, by Yngve Hegreberg


Njål Sand

Haven Review: Cross of the Dutchman

TitleFirst up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Cross of the Dutchman is an adventure role-playing game based around legendary Frisian hero Pier Gerlofs Donia (Pier the Great), who lived from 1480 to 1520. As Columbus was busy discovering the New World, Pier had problems of his own back home in The Netherlands (formerly Holland…formerly Frisia). His town was ransacked and razed by invading Saxons, and his beloved wife Rintsje was killed in the destruction. Vowing justice, Pier organized a group of humble farmers and townsfolk to fight off the Saxon warriors and rebuild the town!
Cross-of-the-Dutchman-3The game begins humbly enough, with only your fists for weapons. Movement and combat work the same as in many top-down RPGs and MOBAs. Fully explore each map, as hordes of gold coins are scattered generously about. If you see barrels or crates, smash them. If you see a chest, kick it open! Along your journey you’ll also encounter shopkeepers and traders, and you can use your coins to buy what you need.

SwordsThe most powerful items are accompanied by a gold medal, and are the most expensive. Items with a silver medal are of medium quality and price, while the copper medal ranks lowest in both respects. Healing potions are an exception to the medal rule, opting instead for “large, medium and small” vials.

Managing your weapon inventory couldn’t be simpler. You either use your fists or your sword. The equipped item is shown as the larger medal in the top left corner of the screen; the unequipped item being the smaller. The long red bar is your health and the shorter green bar is your stamina…easy and intuitive!
ToggleAs you probe the countryside, friendly NPCs will introduce themselves and join your effort. They assist in combat, as well as provide important information regarding the quest at hand. One of my favorites is a kind-hearted clergyman who feels no remorse in sending you out on dangerous missions, while he stays safe in his comfy cloister.

large-4-640x350Although important points in the story are marked by cut scenes, the game doesn’t “hide” behind them. These scenes are short, to the point and don’t monopolize the player’s time. This is much appreciated; many so-called “triple-A” titles are becoming more like playable movies these days! Overall, the game delivers a balance of exciting play and rich story-telling that’ll keep you riveted until its conclusion. After all, how can Pier single-handedly accomplish all this with only a skeleton crew for support? Well, legend says he was strong enough to lift and carry a horse…those Saxons have no idea what they’re in for!

So when deciding on your next action RPG, is Cross of the Dutchman worth it? A resounding “Yes” from me. With intuitive controls and stunning graphics, you’ll easily lose track of time as you assist Pier on his quest. There are also two-dozen Steam achievements to keep you coming back. But due to the linear nature of the story and game play, the achievements may be the only return attraction once the ending is reached. Nevertheless, the $9 (USD) price tag is reasonable for a thrilling pass through this highly cultural adventure.

Image317-585x300Incidentally, the town that Pier helped to rebuild still stands, and with this game we can all stand (and march) in the boots of one of western Europe’s “Great” sons.

CotDScale-Chris Roberts-

Haven Review: Fearless Fantasy

First up is our disclaimer.  We got this game because we wanted to review it, and as such
all views in this article our are own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

fearlessfantasyreviewFearless Fantasy is a quick combat game that moves at a fast pace unlike traditional role-playing games. In it the area’s are comprised of stages and you quickly battle thru each stage to get experience and money to buy better equipment.

Although there really isn’t a need to backtrack the game gets easier if you do saving up enough money to clear all the area’s quickly to finish the story even faster. The soundtrack to the game and the voice acting is quite superb as well and the main hero actually sounds like Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop.099102682_CreditsSketch2

Originally designed for the tablet the game got ported to PC and I am quite happy about it however one thing to note about the game is sense the game was meant originally for the touch screen a lot of the game is controlled by the mouse now. Although not hard to play the controls are extremely simple to learn and easy to master and I really enjoyed this game.

I recommend it to anyone interested in Role-playing games and hope they have a great time playing it even though its a fairly short game.

-Daniel Clatworthy-