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Haven Editorial: Conan Exiles

Haven Editorial: Adventures is Exile

Conan exiles takes place in the magical world of Conan the barbarian. Which the Norwegian game company Funcom made another game in. Unlike Age of Conan, this is an open sandbox, with crafting, survival elements and full frontal nudity. Both genders can chose to be completely naked within the game settings. The same options can be set by the server host as well.

I started my adventure on a sour note, being accused of crimes I never committed. Some quite unsavory people knocked me out cold and left me dry and hanging. I mean honestly, who the devil crucify someone alive in the middle of a god forsaken wilderness? honorless dogs that is who. After a mighty struggle I managed to pry myself off the cross and found a note next to me, along with a waterskin. Something I consider a quite fitting contribution to my glorious conquest of these savage lands. All around me is a barren wasteland of a desert, sparsely populated with black ruins and a cobble stone road to traverse. Further down the path I ran into a flying fiend of sorts, that snarled at me before it flew into the distance. Eventually I found an oasis, with lush vegetation and a whole lot of water all over the place. As I was admiring the lovely scenery several vicious scaly beast ganged up on me and I died brutally. Eventually I re-spawned at the cross again. Death is apparently a slap on the wrist as long as I can reclaim my corpse and the loot I carry.

Long story short, Conan Exiles is an open sandbox survival game on Steam, that launched as an early access title. Which leaves rooms for a lot of patching. Despite some minor bugs and annoyances, the game is fairly addictive and a decent proof of concept. However there are some very nasty bugs and horrible loading time around the time this article is being written. Make no mistake, Conan Exiles is fun, especially with friends and comes with both PVP and PVE modes. Where people can host their own servers and modify the game mechanics. Such as day and night cycles and the experience gain. It’s also totally possible to play it solo and access the admin panel, which can create any object of desire within the game. AT one point I decided to summon an avatar of Yog. A 50 meter tall tentacled monstrosity, with the ability to penetrate the earth. Unfortunately it only last for a minute.

Crafting is fairly fast and straight forward. Gather the needed resource, go into the menu and click on the desired recipe. Each level unlock several new recipes. However they are best to divide between several players to maximize the effectiveness. One should focus on building fancy things, while the other player should work on making weapons. Eventually I learned how to make a lesser wheel of pain, rope and a blackjack. Three lovely items that allows me to knock someone out, string them up and drag them back to base. Nothing is more satisfying than to employ several highly trained athletic slaves. Knocking someone unconscious can lead to some rather gruesome mutilations. The game is bloody, brutal and uncompromising. Limbs will fly and blood will soak the sand. The sandbox of Conan Exiles is composed of 90% sand, which is quite an oxymoron indeed.

The wilderness is populated by various camps, vicious monsters and swarms of hyenas and toxic spiders. I can’s count the number of times I ran out of stamina, got crippled and was brutally murdered by fanged fiends. All in all a very fun, if a bit flawed game, which can only get better with time. Since long loading and optimization leaves a lot to be desired,





Njål Sand

Otaku Review: Neo Genesis Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン)

Neon_Genesis_Evangelion_LogoNeo Genesis Evangelion

Hello everyone my name is  Njål and this week I am bringing you a review of Evangelion!

A boy with black hair has just arrived at the station to Tokyo 3, when the army is about to lunch an offensive against a towering behemoth with a bird like skull. As the line of artillery and tanks opens up fire, it does not even leave a dent.

Suddenly the entity returns fire with a giant cross-shaped blast, exterminating the armed forces. Meanwhile a blue car skids to a halt in front of Shinji and a nuclear bomb is dropped onto the thing known as an angel. From there out, things goes south quickly as Shinji realizes that his father has called on him to pilot a giant mecha without prior training. To make matters worse, this is the only time his father has made contact since the death of Shinji’s mother.

“If my dad looked like this, I would also have issues.”

Studio Gainax decided to make a mecha show where they combined Judeo-Christian elements, psychology and a lot of psychosis into a dramatized, action-packed show. Keep in mind that the original ending was a result of poor budget handling. This meant that the last two episodes were very cheaply made. Later they made a movie to serve as the story’s ending; though End of Evangelion is a real mind screw of biblical proportions.

The main protagonist, Shinji Ikari is a teenager full of angst with no self esteem and has abandonment issues. This has forced him into a situation that is way over his head. His catchphrase is pretty much: “I mustn’t run away.”

Then there is the blue-haired Rei, who has a very cold, inhumane personality.

Later we are introduced to Asuka Langley Soryu, a fiery, hot tempered redhead who just can’t stand the idea of being second best. She exhibits the token tsundere (ツンデレ) candor, hence the red color theme.


Aside from the supporting cast, there is also Gendo Ikari, the self-centered and cold father of Shinji, who only cares about his own ultimate goal. Meanwhile his superiors are also plotting big plans for the future of mankind.

Angels are big, hulking alien creatures who keep attacking and adapting as they lay siege to Tokyo 3. What their goal is and why they want to get to Nerv (as Gendo’s organization is called), no one knows. But the angels’ relentless assault is regardless a fact.

By now any readers who have kept up probably realize that Gainax just had to take a lot of worlds and concepts from the Old Testament in order to spice up Neo Genesis Evangelion and confuse the hell out of the audience. Another striking feature is the awesome theme song which is more upbeat and uplifting than it has any right to be. What really baffled my mind was the choice for the ending credits.

Neon_Genesis_EvangelionI’m still not sure what Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” has to do with a post-apocalyptic future with giant death machines. Probably something to do with love.

Since this is an old series, there is a very definite limit to the number of objects moving on the screen at once. In most cases the focus is on two objects in any given scene.

The show is quite violent at times and not recommended for children or for those who are deeply depressed. Aside from being a good show, it’s also a very important part of anime history.

Neo Genesis Evangelion can be found on Amazon, eBay and other retailers. Expect it to be a bit pricey.

-Njål Sand-