Lego Star Wars A-Wing Build

Posted: February 24, 2014 in Lego

Here is my progress in building the 2013 Lego Star Wars A-Wing set:

The box:














The Contents:











The Process – I realized I had one engine brick backwards throughout the build. I fixed it after finishing
the set.




























































































































The A-Wing with all the mini figs and the engine piece fixed:












Ease of Build – **** Fairly easy build. I’m not a fan of decals though. The A-Wing looks great though and didn’t take a long time to build.

Mini Figs – ***** Three great mini figs and two popular characters with Admiral Akbar and Han Solo. A-Wing pilot is also great and has printing on both sides of his head and a nice helmet accessory.

Durability – ***** Very durable model and feels very solid. No loose pieces or pieces that feel like they’ll be likely to fall off.

Overall – **** 1/2 Overall a great set. The decals are my the only downside for me.

I was really looking forward to Aliens-Colonial Marines until I read some terrible reviews on the game. I had the game on my Gamefly queue for several months. They didn’t send it to me and the availability was at “Low” so after reading several reviews I removed the game from my queue and decided to install a classic from 2001, Alien VS Predator 2. I get the game installed only to find out that back in 2008 Sierra shut down the master servers for multiplayer. I did some research and came across Project “Savior” which is a mod/patch that allows multiplayer to be played. This patch unfortunately only works with the main Alien V Predator 2 game. The Primal Hunt expansion can’t be played using these methods. Also the game does require you to have disc 1 in the drive to play. There are probably patches that will sallow you to get around this if you don’t want to keep te disc in your drive. Below are step-by-step instructions on how to get your retail copy of Alien VS Predator 2 to allow you to get into multiplayer games.

Step 1 – Install Alien VS Predator 2 from your retail CDs.

Step 2 – Get all the latest updates from FileFront. You’ll need the main update file AvP2 Update (English), Multiplayer Map Update #1, and Single-Player Map Update #1, run and install all of these to your Alien VS Predator 2 directory which by default should be C:\Program Files\Fox\Aliens vs. Predator 2 for 32-bit Operating systems or C:\Program Files (x86)\Fox\Aliens vs. Predator 2 for 64-bit operating systems.

Step 3 – Download the Project “Savior” patches from here. Scroll down until you see “AvP2 Savior Mod 1.2.2 – 1.2.3” and download the patch. For me the full install version didn’t work and crashed when updating the game. Just download the patch only, which is option #1. Run and install the patch, the patch should by default already point to you Alien VS Predator 2 directory.

Step 4 – Next scroll up until you see “AvP2 Savior Mod 1.3” and download it and install to your game directory.

Step 5 – Scroll up to the top and you’ll see “AvP2 Savior Mod 1.5.1” and get the full install version. For some reason even though it said full install for me I still had to install the previous version.Like the other patches run and install this one as well.

Step 6 – You’re almost there. Now you just need to tell the game to run with some advanced options. If you created a desktop shortcut double click it. You then should get this menu screen:


Next click the “Options” button, it might give you a disclaimer warning about messing with these options, go ahead and say OK. To be able to get access to multiplayer you need to run this command line “rez AVP2P5.REZ” without the quotes and the file name needs to be in all caps. Also have the button checked for “Always specify these command-line parameters.” I also check the option to disable logos for the developers/publishers of the game because it gets annoying having to skip them every time you run the game. Your settings should look like this:


Click “OK” and then “Play” on the main menu.

Step 7 – When the game loads click on “Multiplayer Internet” you might get a message saying you need to update the game. This is what it looks like:


What you need to do here is just click “OK” if you click “Cancel” both the find and host games options will be greyed out and unacessable. Clicking “OK” will allow you to find multiplayer servers. Your screen should look like this after clicking the “OK” button.


Click find games and you should be presented with this:


Step 8 – Play the game and get some kills!




Garbage Live At The Ogden

Posted: October 11, 2012 in Music

Last Saturday I had the privilege of going to my first Garbage concert at the Ogden Theater in Denver, Colorado. I have been a huge fan of Garbage since 1995 when they first debuted. The concert was amazing. I was maybe ten feet from the stage and was right in front of guitarist Steve Marker. I’m still kind of riding the high from this awesome evening. Here is a picture of me from the video of the show:

Also here is the full video of the concert for those who are interested:

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD Review

Posted: August 3, 2012 in Games

I recently downloaded the trial version of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD for the Xbox 360. Here are my thoughts on what I played. First off the game is overpriced in my opinion. it costs 1,200 Microsoft points which comes out to be about $15. I think a better price point would have been 800 points, or $8. I don’t feel you really get $15 worth of value out of the game. Granted I didn’t buy the full version but from what it includes I don’t feel its worth $15. You only get seven levels to play. These are levels from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2. They should have included a few more levels.

Also there is no create a skater or create a park mode included in this game. You have to choose from one of the real life skaters included. There also have been some skaters that don’t show up. Probably some kind of licensing issue. However not including the ability to create a skater is a huge negative.

The music has also been cut down quite considerably. There is a very small set of songs from both the original games that make it into this remake. Again probably licensing issues with the music.

There is included online multiplayer modes. However with only playing the trial I couldn’t try them out. There will be future DLC packs with other levels coming in the future according to the publisher.

Overall I can’t recommend getting this game. For the high price point, lack of levels and lack of a create a skater mode. If you have the originals I’d recommend just playing them. Granted the visuals are dated but you get the entire experience with those games and not a cobbled together mess.

Finished Diablo 3

Posted: July 16, 2012 in Games

I finally got around to finishing Diablo 3 on normal difficulty. I of course stayed up way too late Friday night/Saturday morning finishing up act three and act four.  I loved every second of my experience with this game. I’m now going back through the game on Nightmare difficulty with my barbarian who is currently level 34.

Diablo 3 Real Money Auction House

Posted: July 10, 2012 in Games

I recently started posting items in the Diablo 3 real money auction house. To my surprise three items sold. One for $1.50, and another two for $4.00 each. These prices reflect what I actually got after Blizzard took their $1.00 transaction fee. These items went to my Balance. I’ve listed a few items using PayPal but haven’t sold any of them yet. This really adds a lot of replay value to Diablo 3. I’m having a blast finding and crafting items in the game and then selling them in either the real money auction house or the gold based auction house.

Free Game Friday 12-30-11

Posted: December 31, 2011 in Free Game Friday, Games

sorry there was no Free Game last week. Work has been really busy over the past couple weeks. Anyway today’s free game is Movie Trivia. There are many movie trivia games to choose from ranging from Clint Eastwood trivia to trivia about movies with bombs in them. Give some of them a shot.

Free Game Friday 12-16-11

Posted: December 17, 2011 in Free Game Friday, Games

Today’s free game is Pac-Man. This is a Flash re-creation of the arcade classic. Give it a try.

Free Game Friday 12-9-11

Posted: December 11, 2011 in Free Game Friday, Games

Today’s free game is TIE Fighter Shooter. This is an arcade like game where you are flying down what looks to be the Death Star trench and you try to shoot as many TIE Fighters as you can. Give it a shot.

Free Game Friday 12-2-11

Posted: December 3, 2011 in Free Game Friday, Games

Today’s free game is Aero Fighters. This is a port of the arcade top-down shooter from 1992. You pick a jet fighter and play through various levels. You can collect power-ups for your fighter as well. Give it a try.