Friday Fan-Work: Tragedy Begets Hope

Written By TheChoujinVirus

Sorry about the lack of responses this week, been a bit busy with setting things up and such as well as trying a new game that’ll be ready for a review next week. However, I do have something short for you all to enjoy while my review is being written. I had an interesting week that had tragedy but also some hope to it. Something everyone needs to hold in these dark times.




Tragedy Begets Hope

A week ago, my dog had to be put down….
The old girl was a long member of my life…
The pain of it still hits me hard
Like a piece of me pierced by a knife.

Then a week after that, my grandmother’s cat died
felled to due a raspatory infection
She took it hard due to now being alone.
alone with a growing sadness and depression.

Though suddenly, like a strange ghost
the sound of a kitten’s mews is heard
beckoning us to help her.
On one Saturday night, we answered her beckoning words

Little Arya is her name
and she became a beacon of hope.
as though some hand of God has intervened
and helped us out…

You can say that tragedy begat hope
and that Arya was the light in our darkest moment
and I would say this:
“yes..she did begat hope”

(Late) Friday Fan-Work: Observation

Written by TheChoujinVirus

Happy Saturday everyone, it’s ya boy Choujin here.

Sorry about the long no absences of fanwork, i’m sure everyone has missed that stuff. Good news is that I had a spur-the-moment piece of short fiction that gives a bit of a intermission between the events of a DnD Campaign that’s coming close to the end.

With that, sit back, relax and enjoy the short piece of work.

Through the conquest in Barovia, each blow against the dark powers was a weakening blow.  They felt their
powers wane as the final battle comes close, but another power felt their influence growing. In the plane of Muspelheim, the lord of the realm began to feel his influence growing in that darkened land. The fire giant Surtur sat on his throne as he began to anxiously wait for any news from his harbinger. Though as he waited patiently, another being entered the area. A human with a combed back ashen grey hair and robes resembled a cross between a clergyman’s robes made from raven feathers.

“Lord Surtur,” The being bowed, “I have returned with the job of fetching this…soul..”
The being pulls out a blue flamed spirit that danced in his hands eagerly like some rodent curious of its surroundings. Surtur turned his attention toward the being as he replies, “good….”

“Though pardon my questioning your authority, but you had me go to the site where Farina fought the revenants in the silver temple and the town of dogmen to find this soul?”

Surtur stared then stood up upon the being’s response as his voice boomed, “Soul?! This soul is something Farina requested me to take in. I don’t take requests from my beings lightly, nor do I trivially do such matters of mortality. However, if this creature is willing to accept my offer, then he will serve well under my banner.”

The being seems flustered but replies, “Very well, my lord. This soul shall be forged in your fires and brought a new body. Though I must warn you that Hel herself wouldn’t tolerate me violating what is rightfully hers in the end. “

“As I would care if she is cheated or not.” The fire giant boomed, “If Farina wants to do it, I have no qualms with her wish. Though she will know that whatever that soul becomes, it’s under her responsibility. Now deal with it as you see fit.”
The being bows as he leaves Surt to his forged chair. Throughout the campaign moments, he more or less watched and felt Farina’s weapon swinging and slamming into targets. Sometimes she would make smart moves, while others, she would make foolish ones. Though he found her resistance to the dark power’s offer of gifts to be something…impressive in his molten eyes. Though an unbuckling weapon is one thing, now he waits for the final moment..the blow against the dark forces in their puppet Strahd. Though Farina’s pact weapon is strong to burn and crush enemies, sooner or later, a sword would need to be tempered or improved, or complimented.
He reached into a nearby brazier near him and pulled out a fire. He slowly dances about formless before he clenched his hand over it. He moved from his throne toward a large hot forge in the room. Throwing the fire into it, he watched as the fire started to change shape as it began to change from crackling fire to the sound of a neighing animal taking shape.

“…and my Ebon Blade shall ride upon a nightmare..no a catastrophe that will herald my inevitable arrival..”

He reached his hand into the forge and pulled out a shape. No longer a fire, but more of a steed of war. Forged from fire and infused with war. A horse with eyes burning flickering with conquest. Hooves that when it struck, sounded like loud metal hitting hard rock. Its skin, though it may look like a demon, infused and flickered with the powers of its birthplace. The Fire Giant looks at the creation and only says the words
“Catastros, you shall be the steed for my champion and carry her conquest across all the lands!”
The horse reared up on its legs as it neighed triumphantly in response to the Fire Lord’s booming voice.

While somewhere within Surtur’s home, the raven-robed being was at work with his “forge.” His forge resembled various things of forged armors and cages that seemed to be shaped like humanoid bodies. Surtur allowed the follower of Hel to find those worthy in his eyes and give them a second chance. Though the choice matters in the soul, for should the Soul fail..it will experience true death. The being places the soul inside one of the humanoid cages and preps it by placing a hook. With the sound of grinding and creaking, the hook hoists the cage and moves it near a large pool of molten slag. Slowly it descends, dipping the caged soul into the hot pool. The being began to ponder to himself. He, an envoy of Hel and aids Surt with his connection to the undead, was doing small errands like this. At the same time, one of his harbingers galivant across Barovia. His attention turns toward the submerged cage as he figures out it has stewed long enough. He makes the machine pull the cage up. He smiled as he saw that the cell didn’t melt but now looked like it wasn’t melted. It, too, seemed changed and altered. The hook drops this amalgamation onto the ground. The being looks at the work as he sees the molten slag now sliding off the being. What was once steel and wire was now flesh and bone..and what was once a blue soul was a living being..a Dragonborn reborn. Though he would be unconscious but altered from his last trip.
The being smiled as he strokes the top crest of the unconscious Dragonborn

“Welcome back to the living..now, let’s see what Surtur will need for a Dragonborn thief like yourself….”

(Late) Tuesday Mumbles: Tuesday Mumbles: Commercialization of Civil Rights.

Written by TheChoujinVirus

Note: The following topic may contain some things that might upset people. These are based on my opinions and not intended to be offensive.



In memory of my dog, Razelle.


Rest well, old girl.

Happy Tuesday everyone, it’s ya boy Choujin here.

Pride Month is over, and now as we enter July, I’ve noticed one thing that I find disturbing. No, I’m not talking about the anti-LGBT+ comments that treat the community like something but something worse. I’m talking about those pushing a financial thing on the month.


Pride Month was an exciting month that let me learn more about the community and give those a voice when needed. However, one thing that gets me miffed is that you don’t need to tell me to buy rainbow socks to support them. Now I’m not arguing against Pride Month, I just don’t feel like slapping a dollar sign on it does any good.

I’m tired of when we have days where social-political movements end up becoming some kind of sick aspect of selling products. I can understand the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and even Christmas when it comes to sales day. Still, when some people use Black History Month or Pride Month, it kinda rubs me the wrong way when you try and push money onto it.

It also cheapens the ordeal when you turn something about people’s plights as an excuse to line your pocket. Since as you see right now, sales and promotion of Pride Month have already stopped and now behave like any other thing. Like just one moment and nothing, back to square one. It also gives a false sense of accomplishment by teaching people you’re helping the LGBT community by buying the said item and not doing anything. In short, it promotes slactivism and makes the whole thing as trivial as buying a cup of coffee to “save the whales.”


As I began to talk, another friend of mine reminded me that though it may feel wrong, there is some good in this. He explained that it can bring awareness, even if it means selling rainbow socks or a lot of understanding. Like my grandmother told me, some people need to be enticed with products and various items to be aware of the situation.

I still scratch my head about that, but…if results show..maybe they do have a point.

Though in my opinion, maybe educating people on what the month is while they purchase to make a more informed person. That way, you can make people fewer slacktivists and more activists. Explain to people what Pride Month is or what Black History Month really is.
Show them that it’s more than just buying something and saying you’re doing your part.

Environmentalists use this method so it doesn’t leave people buying kale, and that’s it.


Hopefully, next year in 2022, we may be better informed and not clueless. Otherwise, we may be getting used to seeing commercials advertising about “special deals” on Pride Month. Crap will trivialize LGBT+ issues all for a 50% off on furniture or special items on sale…..

But nothing about the awareness of LGBT+ issues or what the problems they have to deal with, all trivialized so someone can buy a pride flag and call it a day. That all the support they get being gone, like the one moment of token good faith you see in some during holidays like Christmas or Thanksgiving.

Do you feel that some months or days made to promote awareness of things be commercialized like other things? If so or no, why do you think that way?

Thursday Media Review: Stellaris

Written By TheChoujinVirus

Note: The following review may contain spoilers to the game itself.









Space: the final frontier; These are the geopolitical and expansionistic voyages of the Not Imperium of Man. Its ongoing mission, to purge dangerous Xenos, to seek out all threats in the name of the God-Emperor, to boldly Exterminatus like no one has done before…

No, it’s not a poorly written Star Wars and 40k Crossover; it’s a popular Paradox game called Stellaris. Released on May 9th, 2016, and released in 2019 for the consoles, lastly on the Xbox Series X/S in 2021. It’s a 4x Strategy game similar to those like the Civilization series. (it was inspired by games like Master of Orion 2 and Star Control 2, according to Director Henrik Fahraeus). So does this game stack up to those kinds of games? Well, that’s what ya boy’s here to do: Let’s jump into light speed and get into Stellaris.



Gameplay

Stellaris isn’t a game with a default story, as YOU get to make the story in the gameplay. You have a choice of several premade empires to play. However, suppose you’re adventurous, a role-player, or someone who loves other sci-fi races. In that case, you can build your own alien races from the various stocks. Regardless of what you do with your empire, the objective of the game is simple: Become the supreme power in the galaxy while surviving the various threats the game will throw at you, such as dreaded leviathans, rival empires, vengeful fallen empires, catastrophes, space pirates, and even marauders led by great kahns. Luckily, your empire (built or created) has unique abilities to help you out. Maybe your species are very hearty at gathering resources, your government’s ethics giving you better upkeeps. Perhaps your origin providing you with an edge like having your own personal gateway in your system, Or maybe you’re just a space version of Skynet wanting to purge meat bags. In Stellaris, there’s more to the game than colonizing worlds, expanding your empire, and crushing your enemies. There is a galactic political aspect to the game too. You’ll have to please your empire’s political parties or galactic neighbors—things like how you treat pre-spacefaring civilizations, planetary refugees, or liberating slaves. So be careful if you’re the kind who runs xeno-slave rings or just an outright douchebag. Cuz it can lead you to be blocked off through border closing or even having a war at your doorstep. You have resource management as well, as your empire needs to be happy. Resources like Ammenties are required to ensure your workers can afford to work. You need jobs to ensure things like consumer goods or law enforcement to ensure crime can’t thrive. By the near end of the game, you’ll deal with a mechanic called a Crisis, which is something that’ll wipe everyone out if no one is careful or prepared. Depending on the whole galaxy is your plaything or battleground, you can make it a utopia or constant warfare.


Galactic Wonders: What makes the Game good

Stellaris has many impressive features that folks will enjoy. One such thing that the gameplay is variable but can be customizable to fit whatever you or other players will like. Maybe you don’t want marauders in this galaxy or make things harder with fewer hyperlanes or other items. Sure, you can’t get achievements if you play it this way, but it’s something impressive. The second thing that the game has a TON of content. Some of the newest content provides new gameplay and even new empires. For example, Synthetic Dawn introduces Mechanical empires into the mix, and Lithoids give you Rock aliens to play. Megacorp introduces the ability to play Megacorporation Empire, which lets you build branch offices (or criminal undergrounds) in some empires. Lastly, Nemesis’s latest expansion not only introduces espionage but allows you to BE the endgame crisis. The final and personal favorite thing in this is that the game has a thriving modding community. Usually, ya boy isn’t fond of needing mods to experience a game, but Stellaris makes having mods enjoyable. Some of them are cosmetic or add a feature into the game. One such mod I could suggest is NSC2. It’s a mod that provides a TON of quality of life features, new ships, buildings, and other cool features that makes playing a bit easier and less tedious. Another mod that makes things enjoyable (and realistic) is Planetary Diversity. It’s a mod that fills your galaxy with various planetary biomes like Tidal-locked worlds, primal worlds, and even the strange luminous worlds. Whatever you want in your Stellaris game, there’s a mod for it.


Black Holes: What the game lacks

Though the game is good, some problems can be a buzzkill while playing. One such is that though the game is fun, it’s very complicated due to all the various things to manage. Things like managing Empire Sprawl, so you don’t go over, ensuring your empire upkeep doesn’t produce deficits. Ordering your envoys for empires and even keeping an eye out on planet populations. Those things can lead to people feel intimidated when playing the game for the first time. Another problem with Stellaris is that the multiplayer setup can be a pain. Sure, you can play against AI empires; it’s the player empires that work. The issue is that the constant content and DLC in the game means that some people will have to get the content and DLC needed. Meaning if someone doesn’t have any content, they won’t be able to join the session. The last thing that can be a pain and a turn-off is this: The game has a TON of content. Sure it’s nice and all, but sometimes it can be overwhelming to experience the entire game itself. So picking and choosing each DLC can be a pain in the wallet if you want ALL The content. Luckily, the developers have made some packs available in bundles.



Star surprises

Some may not have noticed, but Stellaris has several easter eggs found throughout the game. One example is Warhammer 40k, as you have things like the Gene Seed Purification technology and the Devouring Swarm government for hiveminds. You even have references from the likes of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the galaxy and some references from Sid Meir’s Alpha Centauri. There are so many things linked, but the link here will explain the whole thing here.

Galactic ambition: Should you get this game?

In conclusion to my review of Stellaris, I’d say that it’s a game that’s not your mother’s Civilization or Red Alert. Suppose you like to play games that involve heavy micromanagement with a sci-fi twist, or you’re just a 40k Fanboy who wants to be the God-Emperor of your own Imperium. In that case, I’d suggest you get this game and enjoy it. Ya Boy enjoys this game and uses it to help with worldbuilding his empires for his stories.

Links used

Tuesday Mumbles: Vaccine Briberies

Written By TheChoujinVirus

Note: The following is based on my own opinion. So do not take it too personally if you dislike them.








Happy Tuesday everyone, it’s ya boy Choujin here.
Everybody’s been getting shots so far some have both and some have their first. Though what gets ya boy curious is how some are still refusing to get these shots.
So what do states do to get these people to get their shots? Well..as I shown here, some of them are going the rout of essentially bribing folks.


How are states doing this? Well..you have your classical things like payments, even weird things like lottery ticket drawings for a million dollars to things like free beer once we reach to normalcy. Free donuts or even hotwings for those that get their vaccine.


Now, ya boy is someone who doesn’t mind a free beer or food for those who get their first/second shot, that’s something okay. Doctors give kids a lollipop or toy for being good. However, high monetary value?! Eeeh, that’s something that’s an extremely dangerous game that ya boy thinks is very sus.

If you have to bribe people with money to get a shot…that’s going to lead to people only doing it to get free handouts and some may try to scam stuff to get extra money. Folks can become real world Warios the moment they could grease their hands with money. What makes it worse is that some folks can get scammed as they chase this little pocket of gold.

Now for things like food, beer or something that isn’t cash or value can be something of a good incentive to help people out. I could maybe suggest things like discounts on groceries or even a big mac would be something that could be. However, even I suspect that could be abused. It almost feels like ya boy doesn’t know what he’s talking about or even know any true answer.

Though some folks, including ya boy’s grandmother, said that it may be a good incentive to get people to get the shot (even if it means paying people.)

I do respect her wish, but it just doesn’t feel right to pay someone just to get a shot. Feels a bit mercenary. As I said, I would rather stick to either free food or discounts for things like that or groceries could be something of a bit more of value that doesn’t feel wrong.

Though, in my honest opinion, having to use any incentive for something like a shot shouldn’t be be something to get a shot to begin with.

Does ya boy know what the right answer is? I don’t know, but as my grandmother told me, “If it gets folks their shot and gets us back to normal? Then Let them.”

Monster Hunter Rise Armor Review: Starting Armor

Written by TheChoujinVirus

Happy Friday everyone, it’s ya boy Choujin here and got ourselves a new armor set for Monster Hunter Rise. However this time, it’s an armor set that was found online and was something ya boy played while he played the game for the first time. This armor was created by Youtuber DuncanCantDie, and can be viewed right below here.




The armor set it simple set for both rookies and advances which gives you some good attack and critical strike chances which gets some good power itself. A lot of the parts can be found from some of the easiest monsters are made from like the Great Izuchi, Great Baggi and Jaggi monsters to build your armor set. Duncan also mentioned that the set can benefit from the Kulu-Ya-Ku chestpiece which gives Horn Maestro for you Hunting Horn mains who want to get power for being a bard. However, ya boy also can recommend that the set benefits immensely from weapons with good affinity and can boost the damage output of any weapon too. This makes the armor set very flexible with whatever you feel comfortable with and can help new players figure out their mains. However, though the set can help you out early on, it has one problem when it comes to the set. It can only carry you so far once you get to High Rank, then you’re basically having to search for a new armor. So don’t go too crazy with sinking orbs if you’re expecting to be carries by this set for. Also, the set lacks any defense so don’t get too crazy when it comes to offensive fighting.

So let’s do a brief recap of the set in general.





Pro

  • Parts can be built from early monsters found in Village/Low Rank quests
  • Set is very friendly with any weapon choices whatsoever thanks to the high attack and affinity.
  • Flexible with Hunting Horn Mains with the Kulu Chest piece
  • Can carry the user up to High Rank.

Cons

  • Armor is useless beyond High Rank
  • Set lacks any defensive boosts





Links Used

DuncanCantDie

Tuesday Mumbles: Lolicons

Written by TheChoujinVirus

Note: The following is based on my own opinions and not made to be offensive to anyone. So don’t take it personal if I take a jab at you.

Happy Tuesday everyone, it’s Ya boy Choujin here.

Let’s be truthful, everyone likes anime and some people have tastes. However there’s something that gets ya boy going “WTF Bruv.”

and that, is something called Lolicon.









Some are looking at me and going, “What do you have against Lolicons” or some are going “What is Lolicon”

To summarize it (as you can go to Wikipedia here) it’s basically a genere of anime involving pre-pubescent girls (there’s a boy version called Shotacon). To be explanation, there’s no problem with anime involving children but ya boy draws the line when they start doing crap like sexualizing this crap. Ya you heard me, ya boy isn’t into that crap. I don’t mind certain animes that involve adults, but not children. I don’t give a bloody crap if she’s some 2000 year old dragon, some android, demon or some paranormal creature. If it looks like a kid or something, I’m going the other way and probably gonna be torching it!


By now, there may be someone who will go out of their way to play some apologist crap like “You just hate sex” or “But I play violent games and it doesn’t make me into a murderer, so why do you hate Lolicon or assume that I’m into kids” thing. There’s also my personal favorite defense “But they’re not real, so it’s okay for me to have a body pillow of that.”

Oh, so ya boy’s going to let you be normal and just let you be to your weird crap that would get Chris Hansen at your door?













I don’t play that crap, I don’t want to do with lolicon and in your own opinion, whoever thought it would be great to “lewd” them should be burned with a flamethrower like a Xenomorph nest!


Now again, I have no problem with children characters or cute things. However, ya boy draws the line when it comes to sexualizing that crap. And to those who play apologist to this through every defense you play? Well then…


Note: Youtube Clips used belong to their rightful owners and credit to the uploaders

  • In Living Color
  • Team Fortress 2

Friday Fan-Work: Don’t try this at Home+ Twitch Channel announcement

Written by TheChoujinVirus

Hi everyone, Happy Friday and it’s ya boy again.

First off, we got ourselves a bit of announcement: We got ourselves a twitch stream and channel set-up. If you’re curious of the schedule. Here’s the schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday starting at 5pm. And on Friday starting at 8pm (both PST.) So if you’re curious in seeing ya boy doing some gaming, go right ahead and take a peek.

And another thing, today’s writing a piece of work I’ve had to do for my English Writing class. Something that tells a bit of my actual childhood. So with that, sit back, relax and enjoy this piece of work.

Don’t this at home,” these sage words have always been something everyone has heard throughout their entire lives. It’s to ensure that nobody does something stupid just because they saw something on T.V. How did this happen to me? Did I copy a stunt that got me hurt? Did it see something that resulted in damage to the house? Well then, let’s start this whole story from the start.

            In 1994, when I was just a wee little tyke of five years old, I used to watch a child’s show called Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, a show that I’m sure you’re familiar with and doesn’t need any introduction. I used to watch it with my mother and bought small diecast models of the characters and cars. I remembered playing on the floor with those toys, doing some reenactments of the episodes I’ve seen. Sometimes it would be inside the house and sometimes outside. As a child, everywhere was a potential story, and I loved it that way so. However, one day, I watched an episode of the show, and it gave me an idea that, looking back, made me wonder why I thought it was a good idea.

            I just watched an episode of Thomas. The titular protagonist finds himself crashing into a snowdrift and cannot escape because of it. A tractor named Terrence rescues Thomas from the snowdrift, and the both of them have a happy ending and a moral lesson. I thought it was a fun episode that I wanted to reenact for a while with my toys. The issue was that it was hard for me to find something close to snow. A five-year-old’s imagination can only go so far with sand, rocks, and even lego blocks. None of which fit that snowy look that I was looking for. Then in one sudden moment, I remembered one thing that was even remotely close to snow: flour.

            My child-like imagination clicked that last part one morning as I walked into the kitchen and carried off with a large container of flour to my play area. It was heavy for me, as I had to find a way to hold it, but I somehow managed to move and carry it off. The next part was then pouring it into a pile, and the rest played on its own. I could reenact the entire scene as I crash my diecast toys into it, as though the flour pile was a real snowdrift the trains were stuck in. It was oh so fun, and I had the best playtime of my life until my mother and grandmother walked into the room. I remembered hearing one of them yelling,  “WHY IS THERE FLOUR ON THE FLOOR?”

When a child hears their full name said all at once, that means one fudged up big time and that they’re going to get a whupping; however, I resorted to saying these words that any child would say when caught in this kind of situation:

“But I saw it on Thomas the Tank Engine.”

Those particular words that came out of my mouth did something different that I never anticipated. Instead of receiving a spanking, my mother began to laugh as this revelation was the funniest thing she’s ever heard before. I took the flour and spilled it on the floor so I could be able to reenact that one scene I saw on Thomas. However, my grandmother wasn’t too fond of it as she had to clean up the mess that I created. Not only that but I basically wasted the entire supply of flour so she had to buy new flour to replace that. Like the character in my show, I learned a valuable lesson that day about wanting to copy what I see.

Looking back at it now, I had to admit it was a funny but stupid moment of my life. Though I also take it easy on myself since I was a child and I didn’t know any better. Years afterward, I never copied that stunt ever again, and over time, I outgrew that part of my childhood. I still have the diecasts as mementos of my childhood. Also, they’re pretty rare as most of them are now just plastics or wooden stuff so I couldn’t bear to donate them today. I do recollect that moment of her laughing at my stunt; both my grandmother and I reminisce with that, one of the better memories of my mother as she’s no longer here. However, on the subject of what happened to my mother? Well, that’s a story for another time.

Monster Hunter Rise Armor Review: Blaster Master

Written by TheChoujinVirus


Happy Friday everyone. It’s ya boy Choujin here with an interesting new set he created. Usually, I’ve always been a person who prefers some explosive damage and that’s why ya boy loved weapons with explosive damage like the Gunlance, Switch Axe and Charge Blade. However, ya boy needs something that provides some explosive damage but also some surviability so I don’t get myself cudgled just because I want to give them the old Explosive Stake to the Monster’s prostate. Hence the introduction of the set: The Blaster Master as I call it.

Any Gunlance (Though ya boy finds that Normal or Wide to being a bit better)
Basarios Helm S
Rhenoplos Mail S
Rhenoplos Bracers S
Uroktor Coil S
Basarios Greaves S
Fortitude Petalace III
Talisman With Defense Boost and Speed Sharpening.

Recommended Decorations: Medicine Jewel 2 x3
Grinder Jewel x2

The core aspect of the set is to take advantage of two basis: Artillery and Load Shells. Artillery helps boost the damage of not just Gunlance Shells but also Phial damage of the Charge Blade so you got yourself a two for one deal of damage. Load Shells helps by boosting your shell and phial capacity so you always have one more shell than usual. For example, a Normal Shell Gunlance has six artillery shells that can be used. Load Shells boosts that to a whopping 7. That’s seven shells that’ll rip through monster hides. Also, Artillery helps boost the power of the Wyvern Fire, a signature move of the Gunlance. It also reduces its cooldown greatly, allowing multiple usage of it in a short timespan.

The Set also provides slots to provide versatility on what you’re looking for. Ya boy suggests that you put some Grinder and Medicine decorations to give yourself Speed Sharpening (your Gunlance will lose sharpness using those shells) and/or Recovery Up (more health recovered from healing items). Alongside the Fortitude Petalace, you’ll have more protection when dealing with monsters and trust me, you’ll need to get up close to blast them in the head. In some hunts, you need survival to keep yourself from being hurt badly.

Though as the set provides some basis for Gunlance and Charge Blades, it does have alot of problems that may make it not a good set. One thing is that the set is ONLY made for those two weapons. If Gunlances and Charge Blades are not your thing, you’ll find yourself with a set that won’t benefit other weapons. The second is that the materials to get them do require you to have to fight and hunt high ranked monsters, so sadly you can’t get them from the village or low rank. Lastly, you need a talisman with at minimum, a lvl 1 Defense Boost. The set does need that fortitude to survive in order to outlast tougher enemies and get that Elemental Resistance as well that is needed. Also, though you could use any gunlance, Normal or Wide are kind of what the set needs.

To summarize the set’s strengths and weaknesses
Pros:

  • Increases the Damage and Capacity of Gunlances and Charge Blades
  • Decoration Slots allow tailoring if needed
  • Defense Boost and Recovery Up allow survivability against tough enemies
  • Speed Sharpening helps with keeping sharpness up on Gunlances
  • increases the damage and reduces the cooldown on Wyvern Fire

    Cons:
  • Requires High Rank monster materials
  • Set doesn’t compliment other weapons.
  • Requires specific talisman.
  • May requires specific Gunlances to be used at a full efficiency

The set is a fun little thing if you want to put the boom in your literal boomstick or wanting your pizza slicer of a Charge Blade to cut a pizza slice out of a Diablos. If you’re into that, then the Blaster Master is one thing you’ll enjoy immensely.