In the run up to the launch of the new expansion, due to launch on October 27th, I decided to return and make use of the 12x XP for class story missions.

While they have run this event several times before, it’s the first time that I’ve seen it run for this long, almost 5months; usually it runs for a week or so at most. What this told me was that they are putting all their hopes on this expansion, trying to get as many people unto it’s level requirement as soon as possible. Read the rest…

I left SWtOR a few months after the last expansion came out, with a lot of satisfaction. The one thing that BioWare have always been good at telling stories, and that’s what they did. Old Republic was an amazing single player game, but a lacklustre multiplayer game.

I’d pretty much moved on from the game and was not planning on returning, until I saw the new trailer (below). Watching that, and reading the info provided on the game got my urging to play again. Then when I saw the perks for subscribing in the few months to the launch, I immediately re-upped!

As you can see BioWare really did an awesome trailer, this has me drooling so much over the upcoming expansion!

So let’s take a peek at what’s happening, starting with the perks.

1) From now to launch you can get 12x EXP from story missions. This means you can level up all the way to max level just following the story. You don’t have to do side missions flashpoints or operations. Personally I both love and hate it, but it’s an amazing way to quickly level up to be ready to play the new content.

2) You get a different ‘reward’ for each month you’re subscribed between July 31st and August 31st, they are:

a. July 31st Nico Okarr companion

b. August 31st Nico Okarr blaster set

c. September 30th Nico Okarr duster coat

d. October 19th Swoop bike

e. For those that maintain their subscription between July 31st to October 19th get a bonus prize, early access to the expansion.

3) The story looks huge, with 16 chapters in all. I’m looking forward to seeing how the story unfolds.

For the first time in a long while I’m eagerly looking forward to playing an MMO again! Something I’ve not been for a long time!

All good things…

Posted on June 20th, 2015 by Ryu Sheng |

So, as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end, my time with Button Smashers Podcast has come to an end. I joined BSP almost from its start and have seen most of the original guys go, in fact as far as I can recall only me and Q are left these days.

When I first joined I came from my own site Ryu’s Dreams and ended up moving over to BSP full time.However, I had to leave for a while due to work, life, and just a general burn out. When I returned I found the site had gone through significant changes, including a change in direction, which I wasn’t comfortable with.

As time has gone by this unease I had has grown and this tied with a number of ‘incidents’ with other members of the new BSP have left me with a feeling of it’s time to return to my own home.

I don’t like the way the site is headed, but I’m not saying the direction is wrong, it’s just not right in my mind. So, rather than causing conflict here trying to argue for my own view I’ll take it back to my own little home.

I still consider Q to be a good friend, and my curry bro and wish everyone here the best


Ryu’s Musings – Fallen: A2P Protocol

Posted on June 20th, 2015 by Ryu Sheng |

fallenTitle: Fallen: A2P Protocol
Developer: Red Katana
Publisher: Red Katana
Format: Steam
Genre: Action, SCIFI, CyberPunk


A post-apocalyptic, turn based, tactical combat and strategy game where you lead your caravan on a quest for revenge.

In a World saved and destroyed by a new energy source, a quest for revenge will unveil the deepest secret on how it all began to fall apart.

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Ryu’s Bite’s: The Witcher 3

Posted on May 19th, 2015 by Ryu Sheng |

boxTitle: Witcher 3 – The Wild Hunt
Developer: CD Red Project
Publisher: CD Red Project
Format: Steam/Physical/GOG/PS4/XBox
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Medieval


The Witcher: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game set in a visually stunning fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher you play as the professional monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia, tasked with finding a child of prophecy in a vast open world rich with merchant cities, viking pirate islands, dangerous mountain passes, and forgotten caverns to explore.

Trained from early childhood and mutated to gain superhuman skills, strength and reflexes, witchers are a distrusted counterbalance to the monster-infested world in which they live.

  • Gruesomely destroy foes as a professional monster hunter armed with a range of upgradeable weapons, mutating potions and combat magic.
  • Hunt down a wide range of exotic monsters from savage beasts prowling the mountain passes to cunning supernatural predators lurking in the shadows of densely populated towns.
  • Invest your rewards to upgrade your weaponry and buy custom armour, or spend them away in horse races, card games, fist fighting, and other pleasures the night brings.

Built for endless adventure, the massive open world of The  Witcher sets new standards in terms of size, depth and complexity.

  • Traverse a fantastical open world: explore forgotten ruins, caves and shipwrecks, trade with merchants and dwarven smiths in cities, and hunt across the open plains, mountains and seas.
  • Deal with treasonous generals, devious witches and corrupt royalty to provide dark and dangerous services.
  • Make choices that go beyond good & evil, and face their far-reaching consequences.

Take on the most important contract to track down the child of prophecy, a key to save or destroy this world.

  • In times of war, chase down the child of prophecy, a living weapon of power, foretold by ancient elven legends.
  • Struggle against ferocious rulers, spirits of the wilds and even a threat from beyond the veil – all hell-bent on controlling this world.
  • Define your destiny in a world that may not be worth saving.

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What’s in the box!

Posted on May 18th, 2015 by Ryu Sheng |

So, a few weeks ago was my Birthday (April 29th) when i was asked what i wanted i replied with a simple, surprise me. Which she did by getting me nothing Open-mouthed smile However this Friday and Saturday gone, several parcels arrived from america with some rather amazing contents.


So what’s in the box! Not everything sadly, there was a few volumes missing that should be arriving in the next day or so. Though Yen Press have broken my heart, the Log Horizon and No Game No Life novels won’t be coming as they’re out of stock. So now i’ve got to try and recover the funds from america, so i can buy them here in the UK. Need to sit down with the missus and explain she should only buy from america under certain circumstances, and never for new releases.

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