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Haven Editorial – Regncon 2017

Bergen is a great town at the west coast of Norway, with lovely people and some cozy conventions, such as Regncon 2017. Which on its own is a very fitting pun for a convention taking place is a very wet country. The convention takes place during autumn and host a slew of wholesome geek activities. Its the one place to go in order to try out odd board games. Since people bring a bulk of them, which can be lent then and there.
Table top RPG’s, my personal favorite. Essentially a game master cook up a scenario in a setting, then people sign up to partake in that story.

I had one hell of a time playing Paranoia, a fantastic game about conspiracy, secret organizations and clones gone wrong. 

Now I should also mention the various card games such as Yu-Gi-Oh! Pokemon, Cardfight Vanguard and many others. Including a Norwegian favorite  Magic The Gathering. Often followed by a tournament of said game. It’s a good place to find players. Daniel (Rose) found someone to play Yu-Gi-Oh with, a rarity in Norway.


I did also held a chill and impartial cosplay competition. Due to few costumed people actually showing up, I just gave them prices accordingly to my specifications. Which weren’t three handcrafted Necronomicon’s.

There was also very nice workshop for learning how to paint table top figurines, held by an organist which specialize in miniature gaming. Which was also a wholesome activity to participate in. 

Regncon also invested in beads. Those hollow plastic cylinders you put on top of a spiked board. Then fuse then together with an hot clothing iron.

Someone even brought a button making machine. It’s a fascinating contraption to behold.

At least two video game completions where held as well. One revolved around Tekken, that combo heavy fighting game with quirky characters, beating the snot out of each other.

Same holds true for the more fast and fluid brawler Smash Bros.

Personal thoughts from Daniel, I enjoyed the convention. I won a bag of Smash a Norwegian chocolate in a smash brothers tournament. Because why the fudge not, the old Yugi player I played against is a old friend, he ran glad beasts and my Blue-Eyes feasted upon him and his soul and it was absolutely a wonderful time in competitive and casual gaming then I spend the rest of the day taking these photos you see here and painting a miniature, I ultimately really enjoyed Regncon 2017 and hope everyone gets to visit Regncon in the future.

Njål Sand

 

Haven Reviews: Pokemon Reborn

Haven Reviews: Pokemon Reborn

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My less than glamorous Pokemon journey started with a blast; Some insane terrorist decided to blow up the train I was riding on. The nerve of some people. The call of adventure lured med into the region of Reborn. Little did I know that this place is a rundown carphole. A depressive and run down place. Where nature has run wild and the once tranquil Azure lake has turned into a toxic mire. There are more Muck in there than Magicarp, which is saying a lot.

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If you are reading this, then you are probably quite familiar with Pokemon already. Never the less here is a rundown.

Reborn is a fangame, which is in no way affiliated with Nintendo. However if this was an official release it would certainly bring the franchise to a new level. Story wise it follows the exact same set up. A trainer starts his journey with one Pokemon, which he use to capture more creatures. Which are used to fight gym leaders and a nefarious gang of thugs with an agenda. However unlike the mainstream games, this one is hardcore. It enforces the rules I seldom had think of and forced me to play outside my normal comfort zone. 16-11.png

The silver lining is that I could pick any starter. Amongst these rules I never payed much attention to, is the level cap on the badges. If I have only kicked the grass of one gym leader, then I can’t get a high level Pokemon to obey me in battle. Normally the camp is quite high, but with twice the number of gym leaders it become very tricky. If I have two badges, the level limit is 35. While Three is 40. This means that I can’t power level my way through them at all. Not only that but the move set and the Pokemons they use, is pulled straight out of competitive it seems. Besides that there is not that many Pokemon to find early on, that is not poison or normal type. Though I did get an appreciation for the toxic spike ability and the ways of using Trubbish in combat. All the special Pokemons are found all over the place, be it an abandoned building, grass or random events. They are all over the place. I feed my team with common candies to decrease their level, in order to have them obey me. A fun challenge but hard.

Though that being said, the most interesting feature is the field effects, which boost certain types. Within a forest, grass type will be strong, until I set the field on fire. This interaction holds true for all the other types as well in Pokemon.

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In most Pokemon games the music is a mixed bag, cant say I really like the music most of them. However the Reborn music is just up my alley, oh so catchy and cool. To me that is. Where the game fails a bit, is the inconsistency of the environment sprites. Some of them does not match the esthetics and are clearly out of place. Though it did not deter me from playing, It is highly recommended for any fan. But be warned the story is much, much more darker and serious. With some people dying amongst other things. Since it is made with RPG Maker, it runs fine on PC and can be found with a quick search.

Njål Sand

Haven Editorial: ByLAN 2016

Haven Editorial: ByLAN 2016

Bylan is a cozy local, reoccurring  lanparty situated in the city of Bergen. Within the country known as Norway, I’m not sure if you’ve heard about it? If not, I’m here to enlighten you. People like me play game and unlock the common misconception, gamers are social and does indeed leave the house. Especially when it is PC gaming related. Which is why lanparties is a big and decently popular thing. Aside from just sitting around playing competitive multilayer games, there are also a lot of competitions held and several fun guests that visit.

There was several competitions being held this time around. On of them was Pokemon stadium on the Nintendo 64. It’s was okay, the monsters spent most of the time sleeping. A Street fighter competition. The ever so popular CS go, not really my cup of tea, but damn addictive if you like the game. Some time during the evening they manage to arrange a lazy mans wheel race, but I was not there to witness it. And several others as well.

The most popular games had a fairly big pot of money as the first price. Plus chocolate medallions.

One of the most interesting highlights of the event, was the serious number of old computers and consoles being put on display. I did not expect to see a working Amiga 500+ any time this decade. Or one of the good old pinball machines. For uneducated readers. It is a game machine, where a pin is pulled back to propel a ball through an arena. Where there are only two goals, get a highscore and prevent the ball from falling into the hole at the bottom.

The most awesome thing I encountered was a home made arcade machine table, with a huge selection of games. I’ve encountered this one before, but it is still very cool. These nifty machines have two arcade sticks and a money slot on the side. The one that was being displayed at ByLAN was apparently home made, based on some very good instructions found online and a cheap Chinese model.

Despite ByLANs attempts at informing people what was going to happen. The poor sound configuration made the speaker voice almost impossible to hear within the hall.

On the flip side, the wire solution between the pc tables was fantastic, with the way the power cord was arranged. The general attitude of the folks there was also chill and relaxed, with many friendly faces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken by Yngve Hegreberg

http://www.photo.yngvehegreberg.com/Archive/Misc-Events/ByLan-2016/

Njål H Sand