Wednesday, March 26, 2014

$300 Paypal Giveaway, Schism: The Battle for Darracia

Note: I didn't write this article, nor is it my giveaway, although I did edit it a bit. I'm just happy to be a part of it, and to help promote it to all of you! :D

Welcome to the $300 Cash Giveaway!

Sponsored by Michael Phillip Cash.



                                                  


Schism was recently chosen as a BOTYA 2013 Finalist in Science Fiction. To celebrate, Michael Cash would like to offer a everyone a chance to win $300.

On the planet Darracia, an ever-widening social gap between its inhabitants is causing turmoil that is fracturing a once peaceful world. Struggling with his identity, nineteen year old Prince V'sair must harness the power of the elusive Fireblade, the secret to a warrior's heart, in order to overcome his uncle Staf Nuen's lust for supremacy. Will the energy of the Elements guide the young prince to his true destiny or will Staf Nuen conquer Darracia?



Dii, an Amazon reviewer said:
"Does intolerance of people’s differences go beyond our planet? What of jealousy and the quest for power? Is it thicker than blood? Schism by Michael Phillip Cash is a fascinating and intense dark fantasy/Sci-fi filled with everything that makes for excellent, magnetic reading! Prejudice, love, greed, trust, the lust for power, deceit, cruelty and bloodshed, it’s all here in the first book of what looks to be an amazing journey to another planet somewhere in the heavens.

The ever-widening gap between the different classes is causing unrest to the once peaceful plant of Darracia, the haves get more, the have-nots lose what little they have and are beginning to fight back. Considered inferior to those around him, young Prince V’sair struggles to be seen as warrior material, in spite of his smaller stature and different skin coloring. He is a half-breed, part Darracian, part Planta. Smart, filled with knowledge from books, he still longs to feel the power of the Elements in the Fireblade, a weapon that can only be wielded by one blessed with a warrior’s heart. Forbidden to risk his life in a quest to find the powerful weapon, V’sair chafes at being trapped between wanting to help his people and needing to obey the King and Queen. But there is more to the unrest among the classes than meets the eye. Someone nearby is a traitor and it may be up to V’sair to save his world, but how? Unprepared for what awaits him outside of his castle, V’sair finds strength in love, honor and in believing in himself as he stands against the odds and the evil betrayers around him.

No doubt about it, Michael Phillip Cash can build a world with depth and clarity and then populate it characters that one can see in their minds. Soar above the clouds on a flying horse-type creature, feel the tension, feel the fear and wonder of V’sair as he runs into danger, faces near death and the love of a girl whose skin is as red as his is blue. Mr. Cash introduces each character with ease and enables the reader to see who to watch for, who to root for and who to hiss at. He has created magic with his words that transport you into another world as good battle evil in the takeover of Darracia and a boy becomes a warrior with heart. As the foundation from which this series will build, Schism is a powerful testament to the power of the imagination when guided by a masterful storyteller."

Book 2, Collision: The Battle for Darracia (Book 2) (The Darracia Saga) is now available on Amazon.

After the success of his first three books (Brood X, Stillwell, and The Hanging Tree) Michael Phillip Cash is fulfilling a dream and creating his own epic fantasy world. The third book in the series is coming soon!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

$25 Visa Gift Card & 3 Coupon Giveaway

Note: I didn't write this article, nor is it my giveaway, although I did edit it a bit. I'm just happy to be a part of it, and to help promote it to all of you! :D

This giveaway is being hosted by Charlie's POV and Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More.

People have been making sandwiches since as long as probably there was sliced bread. Now there are all types of different breads to make that sandwich. By winning this giveaway, you can purchase all your ingredients to make the perfect sandwich!

Now on to the Giveaway……

This giveaway will be live from 3/20 and will end on 4/2, starting and ending at 7 p.m.

This is open to US only.

All entries will be verified

Winner will be chosen via Random.org

Winner will have 48 hours to respond.

Winner must be 18 of age or older

1 winner will receive a $25 VISA GIFT CARD AND 3 FREE COUPONS.

Enter below using the easy Giveaway Tools widget and Good Luck to you.

Disclosure: We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

Cedar's Foods Giveaway

Note: I didn't write this article, nor is it my giveaway, although I did edit it a bit. I'm just happy to be a part of it, and to help promote it to all of you! :D


Sponsored by: Cedar's Foods

Who doesn't love a little Hummus, Tzatziki Dip or Pita Chips?  Cedar's Foods brings you these delicious products plus more!  Check out Sweet Cheeks and Savings' review of Cedar's Foods HERE!

Now that we've told you about the product... Let's get on with the giveaway!!  

The Giveaway:
How to Enter: Please use the Giveaway Tool below!
Prize: Winner will receive 5 coupons for FREE Cedar's Foods Products.
Dates: Starts March 20, 2014 12:00 am EST.  Winner will be chosen April 3, 2014  11:59 pm EST.
**Special Note: Open to US only.

Disclosure:  Sweet Cheeks and Savings teamed up with Cedar's Foods for this giveaway. Other participating bloggers are not responsible for choosing the winner or shipment of product. They have not receive any compensation for this post.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Almondia Cookie Giveaway

Note: I didn't write this article, nor is it my giveaway, although I did edit it a bit. I'm just happy to be a part of it, and to help promote it to all of you! :D

Almondina GIVEAWAY
Welcome to The Perfect Cookie Giveaway! Sponsored by: Almondina Hosted by: A Small Village

Almondina will send one lucky winner an 8 pack sampler box! Read A Small Village's Review on her sampler pack here.

Giveaway is open from March 17 - 24, 2014

Good Luck to everyone who enters!


Zulema Tomlinson, blogger at A Small Village received this product to review and giveaway a sampler pack to one of her readers. All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Monday, March 17, 2014

$100 Target Gift Card Giveaway from BabyClip

Note: I didn't write this article, nor is it my giveaway, although I did edit it a bit. I'm just happy to be a part of it, and to help promote it to all of you! :D

A new way to discover all things for Baby and Kids using BabyClip. Join us as we celebrate our incredible users with a $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

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Pssssst: Target actually has a really awesome video game section!

BabyClip is a unique website helping parents navigate through the world of baby and kid products. Users love the familiar "Pinterest Style" interface but what they truly enjoy is the focus of the site is just for kids. Whether you're a new parent looking to get advice on what products are best for your new baby, an expert parent wanting to provide feedback and recommendations on products, or maybe you're looking for fun food or party planning ideas; BabyClip has you covered! At BabyClip, not only are you getting to see what items mom’s recommend, you can see which products most Mom’s have, what they think of the product, and which products they want. You can easily search their site's categories to narrow down which items you specifically want expert mom feedback on. Be sure to peek in on the most popular products to see what moms are raving about! You will find an amazing amount of information on products and clothes while being able to enjoy crafts, organizing tips, and DIY projects galore. We hope to see you join the rest of the Babyclippers in the fun! Enter the giveaway on the Rafflecopter below.

Contest is open to US only, 3/16-3/31.

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Dippin Chips Giveaway - Three Winners!


Sponsored by: Dippin' Chips


Dippin' Chips are the perfect chip to load up with your favorite dip!  Three sides of the chip are curled up to help hold in that yummy goodness!   Dippin' Chips are delicious!

To check out the original review by Sweet Cheeks and Savings, go HERE!

The Giveaway:
How to Enter: Please use the Rafflecopter Form below!
Prize: THREE WINNERS!!!  Each winner will receive 5 bags of Dippin' Chips!
Dates: Starts March 17, 2014 12:00 am EST.  Winner will be chosen March 31, 2014  11:59 pm EST.
**Special Note: Open to US residents only.


Disclosure:  Sweet Cheeks and Savings teamed up with Dippin' Chips for this giveaway. Other participating bloggers are not responsible for choosing the winner or shipment of product. They have not receive any compensation for this post.

Note: I didn't write this article, nor is it my giveaway. I'm just happy to be a part of it, and to help promote it to all of you! :D

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Launching A Newsletter for Awesomeness in Your Inbox With a Giveaway!

In my adventures in the internet, I come across a lot of really cool stuff. Unfortunately, there just isn't enough time to write about all of it, and just as often someone else has already done a great job of writing about it themselves. That's what this newsletter is about - I'll inform you when I write new articles and about my giveaways, sure, but I'll also share the funny, cool, interesting and awesome stuff that I come across as well. I'm not sure how often this will get sent out, but it certainly won't be a daily thing, and anyone who subscribes is always welcome to unsubscribe any time, and I swear I won't do anything uncool like selling your info (or giving it out for free either!)

To celebrate, (and in all honesty, to get some people to actually see what I'm sending out!), I'm gonna give away five copies of Siege of Turtle Enclave on Desura AND everyone who subscribes by the end of the giveaway will get a free copy of When Asteroids Attack (my game!).

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Derrick the Deathfin Review

Derrick the Deathfin was one of those games that I just had to play the very second I saw a glimpse of it. The game is "the world's very first underwater papercraft videogame", and aside from games like Paper Mario that are made to look like paper, it's the first true papercraft video game I've ever seen at all! Seriously, watch the launch trailer below and avoid drooling before it's majesty, I dare you!


The sheer amount of papercraft, from Derrick himself to the cardboard numbers (and world!!!), animals, humans, explosions, life meter... It's just overwhelmingly awesome! Heck, the developer even has D.I.Y. paper kits on the webpage for you to freely download and create! You don't even have to buy the game to enjoy that awesomeness!

The game itself is all about speed. And carnage. And avenging the death of your parents. And the destruction, pollution and evilness of us humans. And collecting gems. And launching into the air to get through fiery rubber tires. So I guess it's all about a lot of things, but speed is definitely #1. It's like an underwater Sonic the Hedgehog meets Ecco the Dolphin's swimming abilities (and not dying 3 seconds after going underwater...). Speed comes from both the way you move through the water and the speed at which your life meter drops - you are a VERY hungry shark, so you need to munch on other critters quite frequently to survive through the end of the level. There are also timed levels, where you have to get through the level in a certain amount of time, those are extra speedy!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Interview with Patrick Casey, Developer of Voyage to Farland

I sat down (at my laptop) to speak with Patrick Casey, sole developer with Peculiar Games and developer of Voyage to Farland (a cute-but-hardcore, addicting roguelike that I reviewed).

I often see you refer to Mystery Dungeon or Shiren when you talk about Voyage to Farland. Were there any other inspirations for Voyage to Farland?

I probably mention Shiren TOO much when talking about Voyage to Farland! I guess I'm hoping to snag a few Shiren fans or at least get them interested in my game. Shiren was indeed the main inspiration. I'd seen Rogue, Nethack and so on, but nothing that brought those older ASCII games into the present with a modern graphical treatment. And Chunsoft does such a fantastic job with the design - they didn't just take a couple of ideas from Rogue and make a so-so game to generate a few bucks. Shiren's design is TIGHT - especially the revamped 2006 DS release (2008 for the English version).

I'd been playing Earthbound before I picked up Shiren, and I think a few elements (or at least atmosphere) worked their way into Voyage to Farland as well, more subconsciously than by design. Since I started working on Voyage when I lived in Japan, there's a Japanese cultural influence also with a few of the monsters: Oba (from Obatarian - the way Japanese people describe "battalions" of pushy middle-aged women), Oni (the Japanese word for demon), and the Maskboy monster which is influenced by the bouncing heads and the masked "No-Face" character in Miyazaki's film, "Spirited Away".

HE MENTIONED EARTHBOUND!!!! YES!!! Auto-awesomeness in my book.

Some of the weapons also reference actual blades manufactured in Seki, Japan (in Gifu Prefecture). But it's a very obscure & convoluted shout-out!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Clobbr for Android/iOS - "Precious, Adorable Mild Violence"

Doesn't this just SCREAM "Precious, adorable mild violence"???

I was informed about an intriguing little title called Clobbr that the developer very cleverly calls "precious, adorable mild violence." I'll admit, that little tagline alone had me intrigued!

Note: Since I have no device that can play the game, I couldn't test this out myself. I have only the developer's information, images and videos to go by.

That kitty is gonna get it!

Like any good puzzle game, the concept is incredibly simple: slide each row right or left to line up the symbols, then clobber the ball into the ground, watching it follow the path you've created. Your goal is to get the rock to hit the kitty, saving the mice, and you've got a limited amount of time to line it all up. At first, it looks like it's just arrows, but then there are trampolines, ice blocks, portals, bowling balls, mouse traps... Craziness galore! To quote the developer: "The game includes 100 levels across 5 worlds, each introducing a new type of block - trampolines, catapults, ice cubes, portals and bowling balls, with new worlds and blocks planned in the near future."

Available For: iOS ($1.99), Android ($1.99)
Developed By: Czarcade

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The String Arcade - [AWESOME] Video Game Music Arranged for String Quartet

Note: I received a free review album, but the fact that it was free absolutely didn't affect my opinion. All the words below are my true thoughts, and this game music lover couldn't be happier to be sharing such awesomeness!


When I first took a look at the songs in The String Arcade, I was a bit perplexed. Normally an album of game music covers the same typical stuff - some Final Fantasy, some Zelda, maybe a little Mega Man or Duck Tales or Contra and possibly a lesser-known game here or there just to mix things up. The String Arcade, on the other hand, has more eclectic pieces of music from games even I've never heard of than ones I have, and I've been playing games since before the days of the NES! There are some classics (a TRON Arcade Medley and the Legend of Zelda Title Theme, for example) that are really fantastic, but I was even more amazed that even the songs from games I'd never even heard before were really amazing. Typically unknown game themes lack the heart that come with actually playing the games, so no matter how good the music may be it's dull and not worth listening to. That's certainly not the case here!


Grasswalk, from Plants Vs. Zombies, starts the album off and really starts things on a great foot. It's a playful melody that, for some reason, makes me imagine Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock, that is) sitting and toying with his violin. It's also easily one of my favorites on the album.

On the other end of the album sits The Legend of Zelda Title Theme. It was the first one I played, as it's very often covered by people and gives a great idea of what to expect out of a cover artist... Will it be a simple, uncreative-yet-skillful copy of the theme but with a string quartet, or will it be something unique, something new? Luckily, it was the latter... In fact, the song is the best kind of temptress, luring you in with the idea of something familiar, then weaving around those notes and many others before really bringing it home, giving you the theme you came to hear but so much more as well! It's always wonderful to find a group with as much skill composing as actually playing the music.

The 13 tracks between (15 if you're willing to spend the extra $2 to get the physical CD that comes with the Altered Beast theme and TRON Arcade Medley - SO worth it, but I'll go into that more later) are great as well. I'm sure some of you will recognize some of the games better than I did, but like I said, even though I didn't recognize the music (or even half of the game titles), the music is fantastic. It bounces from playful to peaceful to dramatic like a great platformer keeps your hands JUST the right amount sweaty. Of those Particularly of note is Dance of the Space Bugs from Galaga, which even after several listens reminds me of getting my butt kicked but loving every moment of it at the arcade as a child.

Ah yes, and then there's the TRON Arcade Medley for those who buy the physical CD... Yes, I remember promising to come back to that. That one alone easily makes up the $2 price difference. Heck, aside from the fact that 100% of the sales from this recording go to the Alameda Music Project (AMP - alamedamusicproject.org) and that the rest of the CD is great too, between it, the Legend of Zelda theme and Grasswalk, it sells the CD! TRON had a beautiful enough soundtrack, putting it into these talented musicians' hands is almost too much awesomeness, if such a thing were possible.

Homepage: http://www.thestringarcade.com/
Price: $10 for Digital, $11.99 for physical CD (plus two bonus songs, ONE OF WHICH IS THE TRON MEDLEY!!!! DO IT!)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Wordspionage - Scrabble for Sneaky, Tricky Spies!

Note: I don't have any of the platforms this game is available for, so this information and excitement is taken purely from the game's app pages and the developer.




Wordspionage is Scrabble with special operations, special words and craziness aplenty. Boom, post done in one sentence! Have a great rest of your day everyone! :D

Seriously though, and don't get me wrong, I do like Scrabble... But there's only so much of coming up with random two letter words and trying to figure out what to do with a Q when there are no Us anywhere to be found. Since I've only recently gotten back into writing, my vocabulary has all but fallen apart, so looking at seven random letters typically leads me to coming up with words like "cow" or "hat" or other 3-letter words that children learn before second grade. Wordspionage, on the other hand, adds some much needed strategy for those who aren't masters of the dictionary.

FEEL THE WRATH OF MY Q!!!

Best of all, the game is free for iOS and Android, so get on it! And make sure you give Sterling and Madeline - the code names of the husband and wife development team - a challenge once you do!

Available For: iOS (FREE!), Android (FREE!)
Developed By: Napland Games
Game Homepage: www.Wordspionage.com

Monday, March 3, 2014

F.I.T. Quest on Kickstarter - Perform the Actions of Heroes to Get in Shape!

Gamification of exercise is one of the areas that, while it sounds easy, actually isn't. Fitocracy is a pretty cool site, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't fully capture the game as much as I'd hoped. F.I.T. Quest, on the other hand, sounds like it just might! I'm all for mimicking the actions of an epic RPG/Adventure hero to advance my quests, earn gold and experience and become more fit at the same time!


The game consists of two separate portions - an optional offline version with real cards and a map, as well as the online one. What makes it really awesome, though, is that (according to the creator) you can even print out card versions of yourself as you progress, losing weight, becoming more fit, etc. What could be cooler than having numerous PHYSICAL cards of yourself as you grow more fit? That's some awesome motivation in my book!

Estimated Completion: May 2014