Trapped- Xsanie Art!

Follow Xsanie and her journey on Twitter @_Xsanie_

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Happy Tuesday! Here is another of Xsanie’s drawings. What are you currently working on? Have you felt trapped? Feel free to share your art in the comments. Let’s talk!

-Luna 🙂

Happy Bat Girl Art!

Today we are lauching Xsanie’s Art Corner! Xsanie is one of my best friends and she has finally built up the courage to show her work. Feel free to find her on Twitter to chat and show appreciation!

Twitter: @_Xsanie_

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Have you been working on any art? How do you unwind? Let’s talk art and creativity!

-Luna 🙂

Video Game 30 Day Challenge: Day 1- Gaming Heroes!

Happy Friday Players! Today is June 1st and the start of the GamersUnitedGG 30 Day Video Game Challenge! I’m super excited to answer the questions that I came up with and read the responses of anyone who wants to participate. You can join us and read the official rules by clicking here! Power up Players for Day 1 of the 30 Day Video Game challenge!

Day 1: Who is your childhood Video Game Hero?

My video game hero is Nancy Neil from Snowboard Kids and Snowboard Kids 2!

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Snowboard Kids is a snowboard racing game that debuted on Nintendo 64, where you select your character, costume and race through really cool maps. I’ve never been the best at speed, but I have always loved performing in the trick portion of the game. Nancy was always my choice and upon reading the Snowboard Kids Story, she became a character that I could relate too. While Nancy was really skilled at tricks, she was always the nice mediator of the group that everyone loved. Nancy was friends with one of the meanest characters in the game, a snob name Linda, but she was there to orchestrate and attend Linda’s birthday party.

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Snowboard Kids 2 was the very first game that was mine entirely (and not for me AND my brother) which holds a special place in my heart.  In Snowboard kids 2, an alien, evil child known as Damien appears. The kids have to race Damien in the story and while he is the antagonist, Nancy tries to extend the olive branch and invite Damien to the group. She’s such a great character and I have looked up to her for her tricks, personality and all that Nancy represents. To sum up her personality Nancy is fun, genuine and friendly, traits that I think my friends would now describe me as. Thank you Snowboard Kids and Snowboard Kids 2 for having such a positive impact!

There’s a more teenage version of Snowboards Kids called SBK where Nancy is completely the opposite. She is spoiled, stuck up and conceited. I’m super happy that I grew up admiring the 10 year old Nancy!

 

Tomorrow’s Question:

Which Video Game World Would You Like To Live In? Why?

 

Who’s your childhood video game hero? Have you ever played Snowboard Kids? Let’s talk Heroes!

-Luna 🙂

 

Luna’s Rankings: Favorite Overwatch Characters!

Happy Tuesday! It’s been 2 months of a break from blogging but I am getting back into the swing of things. If you recall, Tuesdays are the Rankings day for GamersUnitedGG. The Rankings posts are where I will provide my favorites in ascending order from 5th place to 1st providing my personal reasons for the rankings. This is a community discussion section so feel free to rank your favorites in the comments below and the following week I will tally the Community votes to provide a Community Ranking. Power up Players and welcome to Luna’s Rankings!

Today we are Ranking: Our Favorite Overwatch Characters!

 

#5- Pharah

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Pharah is an offensive character and the very first character that I tried when playing Overwatch. Pharah has boosters and a rocket which is all I needed to get hooked. I love being able to hover in the air, boost jump behind someone and fire my rockets. Pharah is such a fun character to play and when she uses her ultimate “Justice Rains From Above!” I’m not good with Pharah but I don’t care, she’s soooo fun to play with lol

 

#4 – Moira –

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Moira is a support character that provides heals and damage. What I like about Moira is that she reminds me of Hel from Smite. She has her hearing and damage state which is fun to play with. When I need to be a healer, I like selecting Moira because I can also through damage orbs at the enemy team to assist in the battle. Moira also has a crazy powerful ultimate where she shoots a hyper beam that damages enemies and heals allies. Moira is really fun and I don’t feel completely useless as a healer (in damage and attack that is lol)

 

#3- Sombra –

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Sombra is a fairly interesting character and she is classified as an Offensive hero. I started using Sombra in a custom match with friends where I was testing out different characters. Sombra is super cool and her hacking abilities can come in handy when you have annoying characters like Junkrat or Reinhardt. Her hack takes away options for the character hit and they can only use their basic attacks. A well timed hack can change the game for sure! Sombra’s other abilities are her invisibility and pistol. Not to mention a group hack Ultimate!

 

#2 Junkrat

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Point blank period, Junkrat is fun! He’s fairly easy to use so I do recommend him to beginners. His basic attack is a noob tube (hahah Call of Duty lingo) which is a grenade launcher. He also has a bear trap, mines and a Rip Tire that you can control as his Ultimate. Junkrat is fun to play with and 90% of the games will have at least 1 junkrat somewhere. Plus, I have a special place in my heart for villains and Junkrat is definitely a villain or at least an evil scientist with his demented laughs! Oh yeah, Junkrat is a Defensive Hero!

#1 – Orisa –

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This selection is a surprise to me because Orisa is a Tank Hero and I’ve never really played with a tank in any game. She’s not a full tank character but Orisa has shields to protect the team, a gravitron ray and her Ultimate is the supercharger that buffs damage for your team. Throw down a shield and plop that Supercharger behind it for the best effect. Orisa is easily my favorite character and she is my most useful. I perform best as Orisa and being able to shield my teammates, lay down suppressing fire, use the Gravitron Ray(not sure of its real name lol) to throw enemies off balance or pull them back when they try to take cover and buff my teams damage is the perfect role for me. I still don’t fancy myself a Tank kind of girl, but in the case of Orisa, I’m her number 1 fan!

Those are my rankings for my favorite Overwatch Heroes, what are yours? Feel free to respond with your favorite characters in the comments and I will be sure to update the community Rankings on next Tuesday’s post! Are you currently playing Overwatch? Let’s talk Heroes!

-Luna 🙂

Shoppe Keep 2: First Impressions!

Happy Friday gamers and friends! It’s been awhile since I have posted a First Impressions game review so if you are new around here or need a refresher, here’s how these posts work! My First Impressions post is an overview of a new video game that I have started playing. I will provide my thoughts and hopes for the game after about a week of gameplay. Power Up Players for a First Impressions Video Game Review!

Title: Shoppe Keep 2

Developer: Strange Fire

Publisher: Excalibur Gamers

Release Date: May 3rd, 2018

Platforms: PC

Price: $12.99

Shoppe Keep 2 is a game where you are running a Medieval Shop and selling items to the townspeople. This game is currently in Early Access and surprisingly wayyyy more than a shopkeeper price gouging lol. In Shoppe Keep 2 you can receive quests from different townspeople and in return, they will allow you access to crafting or cooking goods to sell in your shop.

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Quests:

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Quests are a huge part of the game. You can unlock different items to purchase from the vendors in town. When you complete the required quests, your rewards are delivered instantly. Quests will require you to explore and collect items for the vendor or to hunt for specific items (as most animals encountered will have the chance of dropping 3 different items).

Realistic Features: I love the inclusions of realistic features such as shoplifters if you leave your store unattended and the taxes that must be paid to the town. That’s right, you can’t just sell your items and get rich! The more money you make off of patrons, the more you have to pay to the bank for taxes. Fear not, these taxes are not paid in vain, learn more on the Putting Your Money to Work section.

Running A Shop:

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You have complete Customization over your shop. You can choose different tables, pedestals and furniture in which to display items for your patrons. What’s great about the shop is that you can open and close it to customers at your leisure.

Putting Your Money To Work: A great feature of this game is using the taxes to upgrade the town. When you upgrade something in the town such as the Cook’s Shop or the Alchemist, the entire town upgrades as well. For example, we started in a town with dirt roads and wood buildings, after upgrading the Alchemist, the town now has decorations, a stone path and a giant statue.

Multiplayer:

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You can play solo or play multiplayer where shop keepers will be working together. When playing in multiplayer, you will have joint money with the other pkayers in the game and you can run the shop. What’s cool is that you can send others to complete quests and go hunting while another person keeps the shop running.

 

Final Thoughts: The games has a few bugs and glitches but they have been getting fixed quickly over the past few days. I’m also finding that the developers are adding features and different places to to game each time I log in. This is a great multiplayer game to play with friends and a good way to pass the time if you are playing alone. My original thought was that the replayability is going to be low on the game, but with the new additions, quests and town upgrades I can see this game having great potential after the Early Access.

I give Shoppe Keep 2 3.5 out of 5 Power Ups!

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What do you think of the game? Have you played Shoppe Keep 2? What games are you currently playing? Do you recommend any games for me to play? Let’s talk video games and first impressions!

-Luna 🙂

 

Fables The Deluxe Edition Book 1, Chapter 1 Comic Review!

Fables is a comic book series that was recommended to me by my co-worker Erick. You may remember him from the Pokemon Battledome post where he composed a team that was built to hit hard! To sum up the theme of Fables, if you have ever watched ABC’s Once Upon A Time Series, the premise is similar; Fairy Tale characters are dropped into the modern world. But instead of the quiet, town of Storybrooke which outsiders can neither see nor visit, the characters are living amongst real people in New York City! They take on new identities and try to make their way in the world while concealing their true identities. Sit back and enjoy this multi-series review (Spoiler Free of Course) of Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book One!

Title: Fables

Author: Bill Willingham

Artists: Lan Medina, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha and Craig Hamilton

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Vertigo

Number of Pages: 248

Published Date: July 2002

Once Upon A Time… Imagine that all the characters from the world’s most beloved storybooks were real – real, and living among us, withall of their powers intact. How would they cope with life in our mundane, un-magical reality?

The answer can be found in Fables, Bill willingham’s celebrated re-imagining of the venerable fairy tale canon. From Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf to Goldilocks and Little Boy Blue, the folk tales of old are reborn here as exiles living in the magically camouflaged New York City neighborhood of Fablestown.

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Story# 1 – The Book One series consists of 10 stories that seem to all connect. The first story introduces us to a few characters that are assessing their problems. We join the detective B. Wolf on his investigation of a missing person’s report. Jack’s (from Jack and the Beanstalk) girlfriend is missing and he enlists the help of Detective Wolf. Along with the investigation, other members of the community show their cards and their assumed persona in this new world.

 

Graphics & Art: One of my biggest draws to the comic is the artwork. There are 4 different artists that contribute to drafting and creating the Fables world. The comic looks less like a comic and more like an art exhibit when you turn each page.

 

Quotes:

“But YOU try being married for almost a thousand years without a few ups and downs along the way.” -Belle

“Never Mention, The Dwarves!” – Little Boy Blue

“Nothing more to eat or drink miss. But we;ve shared such a nice flirtation this afternoon that I’m tempted to ask you for your phone number.” – Prince Charming

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Final Thoughts: What I love is that each character has a job and a role in their community of fairy tale creatures. I feel like the Big Bad Wolf is an excellent detective with his primal instincts. Think about it. In interrogations he can use his instincts and intimidation to get confessions and he is a bloodhound so sniffing out clues would be super easy. We also meet Snow White, Belle and the Beast in this first story, each having their own problems and concerns. What has happened to Jack’s Girlfriend? Who is behind the mysterious disappearance (if anyone)? What can we expect from series 2?

Play:

  • An exciting comic on fairy tale characters
  • If you enjoyed the Once Upon A Time series
  • Easy to follow and a quick read

Skip:

  • If you prefer the traditional personalities of the characters (altered and more modern)
  • If you like to have the backstory up front

 

Reviews:

Goodreads – 4.3 out of 5

Amazon – 4.7 out of 5

Barnes & Nobles – 4.6 out of 5

Since I am reviewing all 10 chapters, I will hold off my overall rating of the comic until the final chapter has been reviewed. Have you read the Fables collection? What comics are you currently reading? Let’s talk comics!

-Luna 🙂

Evolution of Black Characters in Gaming!

Happy Thursday! This post is delayed because I had submitted it to another blog for their Black History posts. They never used it or communicated anything else with me so I politely wrote them back and declined my interest telling them to not use my article. Now (after February smh) I will post the 3 part series over the next 3 weeks.

Reflecting back to a time where video games were beginning to focus heavily on a story mode and adding characters that the gamer cares about, there was something missing for gamers of color. We loved playing as Sora in Kingdom Hearts, teaming up with our brother Luigi to fix a problem in the Mushroom Kingdom and even helping Leon to unmasked the horrors inside of Raccoon City. These are awesome games and the characters will always be role models to gamers across the world, but where was the role model for a kid of color? A dark skinned, hero that would save the day and possessed the values of truth, honor and humility? In honor of Black History Month, we will take a look at the Evolution of Gaming and how a once dominated field is becoming more diverse. Power up Players for the Evolution of Black Characters in Gaming!

 

Before we get too far into this post, I want to say that I am aware of how controversial diversity and inclusion can be. My goal is to shine light on how far we have come in video games and not to whine, complain or force my views on anyone. As bloggers we have opinions that we share daily and while this one isn’t as light as I normally like to be, there’s real value in speaking out for the causes that you believe in. What you will be reading is a well-researched, honest review of just how far the gaming industry has come. Today’s post will talk about early gaming (from my experience) in the early 90s and each week I will post another era of gaming.

 

When we take a look at my early years in gaming, Fighting games were one of the more predominant genres. On Super Nintendo Street Fighter II was my very first experience with fighting games. Looking to identify, I would always select a female character and Chun-Li was my absolute favorite. I noticed from an early age that finding a character that’s more closely associated with my race (and even gender) wasn’t something in popular demand. I will say, that the character of Balrog (English name) was a step in the right direction for having more diversity and inclusion. Balrog is an American Boxer who is modeled off of Mike Tyson.  Balrog  His features were exaggerated and his I.Q and back story fit into a stereotype that I was not fond of. Balrog was a highschool dropout, mean, intimidating and an obsessive rule breaker. He was the brawn and for a time, many “Balrog” character types  would flood the market in the 90s.

 

T.J. Combo from Killer Instinct is another example of a character taking on an ‘stereotypical’ role for a character of color.  tj combo T.J. appeared in the inaugural Killer Instinct game in 1994 and progressed as a person in the storyline. T.J. is not a morally “good guy” but he is far from Balrog. T.J. has similar traits like being an American Boxer and being super pumped ,but he takes a different turn. TJ starts as an arrogant, fighter desperately reaching for fame and glory at any costs. He loses his way and reaches rock bottom before realizing that he needed to make a change. Now TJ fights to save the world and save his corrupted soul.

His moral compass doesn’t always point north, but TJ is trying his best to atone for his past mistakes the only way he knows how: Punching things. Hard.

— TJ’s story mode description

T.J’s portrayal is satisfying and we are starting to get away from the earlier stereotypes of the 90s. At least we are starting to.

 

We meet a character named Marvin Branagh in Resident Evil II when he is bloody and on his last life.  Marvin The police officer was attacked by the zombies in Raccoon City and Marvin is one of the people that you will encounter as you play through as Leon. What I love about this instance is that Marvin, even though he plays a small role, plays a vital role in the Resident Evil storyline. Marvin is the source of information that sets the story in motion for Leon. He exhibits traits of a hero by being a police officer and he also displays nobility by providing Leon with a ID keycard to save the survivors. Marvin, even though you can skip this scene, is portrayed brilliantly in his final minutes and he is given the respect he deserves…. Until you have to kill him, what did you expect? He was bit lol.

 

The evolution of minority characters in gaming received a major lift when Mortal Kombat made a great, heroic character named Jax.  jax Major Jackson Briggs has been appearing in MK canon as early as Mortal Kombat II and he is a staple of the franchise. Jax is a United States Special Forces agent and the superior to Lieutenant Sonya Blade. Jax adorns bionic, metal arms that makes him a tough opponent in a brawl and coupled with his Special Forces training, he is a worthy opponent for anyone. His own spin off as the main protagonist.

 

The early years of gaming has its flaws, but there’s also something good that can born in the ashes. Someone has to be a villain and someone has to be a hero. Can you blame the developers for catering to a specific demographic and playing into the stereotypical roles of that generation? In modern gaming, we see larger strides for diversity and inclusion for all races and that’s something to be proud of. For the first time, we have African American headliners like in the game Crackdown and 50 Cents Blood on the Sand, but we also now have another controversial issue to look at: The language and portrayal of the characters. Yes ,we are no longer hidden behind low IQs and a poor upbringing, but now we are loud, proud and sometimes a little foul-mouthed.  Tune in next week where I talk about modern video game characters having an impact.

 

-Luna

Guest Blog Challenge!

Hiya Novas! I have loved participating in Daily Prompts and different writing prompts lately and I wanted to start my own weekly writing prompt! I also want to highlight bloggers on the site so the winner will be able to Guest Blog on the site! Everyone’s welcome to participate!

Game Guide ( Rules)

  • Each week there will be a theme revealed for the challenge (these themes can be anything from pop culture, to movies, to of course video games and more)
  • You will submit your blog post of no more than 500 words relating to the theme
  • Link back to the themed post and paste your link in the comments
  • Each theme will go up on Monday and all posts are due by Sunday Night
  • Each week the winner will be able to choose the next week’s theme, and receive a Guest Blog Post of their choosing on GamersUnitedGG !

This week’s theme will be Halloween!

Prompt: You are transported into a video game where you are inside of a Haunted Mansion. You hear a strange noise and open the door to find what?

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Complete the sentence and write your Halloween Themed post of 500 words or less! Once you are completed, post your link in the comics for everyone to read! The posts are due by Sunday Night October 8th and the Winner will be announced Monday October 9th!

Have fun with the challenge and I can’t wait to read everyone’s stories! Have a great week!

-Luna 🙂

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More Than Dicks

Hey all! It’s Maria, and I’m quite sorry about not posting on here in a while. Things have been a mix of work, GMAT studying, and also scouting out new and exciting things on Netflix!

With that being said, I’m here to introduce all of you to a very new show on Netflix itself, and one I was unexpectedly connected to last weekend (mostly because I really didn’t feel like watching Hawaii Five-0 or anything else). Everyone, please say hello to…

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I’m going to be honest here: I was aware of American Vandal before I caught glimpse of it on Netflix, all because of Facebook. The leading actor in the show, Jimmy Tatro, has an official fan page on there, and that’s how I got wind of it. And if that name sounds familiar to some of you, it would be because he got big on YouTube (starting with Total Frat Move videos). That’s how I originally discovered him.

But anyway, onto the plot line of American Vandal. Oceanside High School senior Dylan Maxwell, who is the class clown of his graduating class, is accused of spray painting dicks (yes, dicks) on all of the cars in the faculty parking lot as a prank during one weekend. The show, in a nutshell, follows two sophomores, Peter Maldonado and  Sam Ecklund, as they launch and forge through an investigation to uncover if Dylan was really the one behind the crime, and if he wasn’t, who was really responsible for it in the first place. From episode to episode, I was strongly reminded of Riverdale and the nail-biting, intense investigation into who killed Jason Blossom, only here there was no Riverdale and Jason Blossom.

Not going to leave any spoilers here about who was responsible for drawing the dicks, but if you ever decide to watch the show, as a heads up you will be in for one crazy and wild ride because it is that crazy when it comes to finding out who did. Also, at the end of the season (first season is eight episodes long), you will be questioning life itself. I found myself getting angry and depressed because there really are people like Dylan who aren’t given chances to prove themselves because others won’t let them. Either way, you will not regret viewing this.

I give it a 5/5.

I will be back tomorrow with another review on another show…not saying what it is but you won’t be disappointed. I hope you liked this review, and I hope you all have a good night! 🙂

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Creative Writing Pt 4: The Revelation!

Happy Wednesday Novas! I have finally received the last picture in my 4 picture challenge that I started with a friend a few months ago. It’s time to find out what happens to Kyrie and why all of the creepy things were happening at Bancroft Manor! Want to catch up? Check out Creative Writing Pt.1, Creative Writing Pt.2 : The Curse and Creatiev Writing Pt. 3: The Discovery now!  Below is the picture for the remainder of the story.

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Kyrie had uncovered the newspaper that was dated December 15th, 1915 sitting neatly on the dresser. The front page picture was of a women being murdered! She was found on a piano in Bancrof Manor and the killer was never caught. Police had questioned witnesses that seem to think the suspect vanished and disappeard out of thin air.  There was a police sketch of the last person seen with the woman and the face was that of Kyrie! Kyrie tries to catch his breath and grabs the papper to read more about the story. Witnesses say that the women

Witnesses say that the women was Sara Granville and a well known apothecry for the town. When you couldn’t find a cure at the doctor’s office, you would call Sara for her herbal remedies. The children all thought that she was a witch and the suspect named Kyrie Dayton was a new teenager in town. acquaintances of Dayton say that they dared him to go to Bancroft Manor and talk with the witch. That was the last time they saw him.

Kyrie overhears footsteps while he is reading the story. “What is wrong with you, no one’s here.” hey says and continues reading. Next he hears the creak of the door opening. When Kyrie looks towards the door it shuts rapidly causing more dust to fly up in the air. Kyrie sneezes. “Ouch” he says as he rubs his head, it’s still hurting from when he collapsed earlier. The air chills and the light on the candle blows out. Kyrie can hear foosteps approaching again until the knock on the door turns him pale.  The door blasts open and Kyrie sees the face of the old woman that he gave a sandwich to, the same face of teh woman who was dead on the piano and in this old Newspaper clipping. Yet, she was no longer human, she was a demon.

“Beware of strangers.” the snarling demon laughs. “You are the last time shifter left and you can’t escapeme this time.” she continues. All of Kyrie’s memories are returned. Yes, he did kill the old woman in 1915, he knew that she was praticing withcraft and planning to call demons up to the Earth. Kyrie found out because she poisoned him when he asked her for an herbal remedy to help his fever. Kyrie didn’t die, but he started exhibiting strange behaviors. He killed her and somehow ended up a century away.

“Are you going to kill me?” Kyrie asks. He feels himself losing control of his own thoughts.

The demon laughs. “Kill you? My dear, you’re already dead!” she responds.

Kyrie’s body is now immobile. He cannot move to get away from this hideous woman. Kyrie realizes why he is never afraid, why he welcomes death. He did die from the poison given to him all of those years ago. He died and came back with supernatural abilities. He realizes that he is now  trapped with the demon and under her control.

She walks over to Kyrie and places a mark on the palm of his hand. Now you can never run away again. The little girl that warned him that he could never leave enters the room behind her and sits on the bed.

“What do you have to do with this, child?” he questions.

She giggles and points to the outside of the window.

“Kyrie, we have work to do!” she answers. The laughter intensifies.

There’s that eerie feeling again. Kyrie turns to look out of the window and what he sees scares him. Hundreds of demons falling from the sky and the light of the flames. shining off of the city. Kyrie tries to fight, he tries to scream but he cannot resist. He snarls with his eyes turning crimson red. He fights for the last of his humanity, but he no longer has it. Kyrie leaps out of the window, yelling “It’s time to Play!”

What did you think of the ending? Are you working on any creative wrting projects at the moment? Is this the outcome that you would expect? Let’s talk writing!

-Luna 🙂