10 Video Games that Focus on Magic

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Most fantasy-themed video games include magic as part of the offensive arsenal, but it is rarely the focus of the story. These ten games, however, will let you explore the wonders of the different magic systems.

Mages of Mystralia (2017)

The story follows a mage who was exiled by her townspeople and found a purpose in stopping a war in Mystralia. The objectives of the game is to design spells, learn the spell crafting system, and o solve various puzzles to help with Zia’s quest.

Avencast: Rise of the Mage (2007)

Hungry for a variety of spells? This game boasts of at least 50 spells and thrice more items that can be used for your adventures. You will be playing as a mage’s apprentice who is suddenly pitted against demons threatening a magic arts academy.

Dragon’s Dogma (2012)

Although the player can choose various classes, this game is known to have a solid magic system that can even break the world. If you are new to the role-playing genre, this is a good title to start your adventure.

Magicka 2 (2015)

This sequel follows up on the story from the first game and features different wizarding schools in Midgard. But the competition between the schools soon turned into a war that threatened the entire world. A prophesy tells of a child who is destined to save the world, but only if the child can win against another threat.

Master of Magic (1994)

Ever wondered what it’s like to play in a strategy game with magic as its focus? In this game, the wizard has full control of cities, armies, and resources for an empire.

Arx Fatalis (2002)

The world in which the game is set is sustained by a dying sun, resulting in the emergence of dark malevolent creatures. The goal is to learn how to use and draw the runes and how they can be combined to make new spells.

In Verbis Virtus (2014)

The player is trapped in a dungeon with no items at the beginning of the game. It will force players to learn magic using the inscriptions in the caverns and to find formulas that can be used to cast spells.

Lichdom: Battlemage (2014)

What makes this game unique from the others on this list is that the character the player creates has a different origin story from the others. Dragon, the protagonist, is given three sigils that can be used for casting. Other sigils can be unlocked later in the game as the player progresses. These are used along with the three patterns that determine how the spells are used.

Book of Spells (2012)

Ever wondered what it’s like to be truly immersed in magic? This augmented reality game is your answer. Players get to cast spells by drawing with their hands as if they’re holding a wand, reminiscent of the spell-casting rules in the Harry Potter series.

Tyranny (2016)

If you are a fan of Pillars of Eternity, this game is for you. The player controls the character named Fatebinder, who must help solve a dispute and repel a siege. But like any hero’s tale, the task isn’t always as simple as that.

4 Things to Think About When Buying Your First Waffle Maker

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Waffles require specific settings to make sure that they have crispy exteriors and fluffy insides, and anything less will result in ones that are soggy or dense.

The best waffles all start with the right waffle maker that’s specifically designed for waffles and don’t double as something else. For starters, a nonstick or cast-iron waffle maker makes for a good choice, regardless of whether it allows you to flip the waffle or not.

Here are the three things you need to consider when getting your first waffle maker to ensure that you make the best mouth-watering waffles every time:

Shapes and Sizes

There are plenty of shapes to choose from to achieve the shapes that you want, whether it’s hearts or animals, or even sticks. However, keep in mind that each size and shape of waffle maker is for cooking a different type of waffle.

Cooking Time

Most models are usually only capable of making one waffle at a time. However, depending on how many waffles you want to make (for instance, if a stack of waffles is something you want to have for breakfast), an iron with a high waffle-per-hour count could be something you would want in your kitchen.

Be sure to double-check the label for a specification on how long it takes for the iron to cook one, though most waffle makers will take between three and four minutes to cook a waffle.

Special Features

While almost all waffle makers are non-stick, certain features, such as adjustable browning and temperature settings (which can adjust the cooking time or the crispiness of the waffle exterior), may not always be present in every available model.

A weighted lid can also save you some trouble later on. This may be a small detail to keep in mind, but the waffle batter being cooked will expand and lift the lid a little, which can impact the cooking process in a bad way if you don’t secure it.

Dripping batter can easily be solved by a waffle iron with a no-drip feature, which catches escaping batter before it starts to pool around the countertop. There are even models that come with interchangeable plates for when you want to make either waffles or sandwiches.

Ease of Cleaning

Cleaning the bits of cooked waffle batter in the iron can also be a problem for a lot of waffle makers, which is why it’s important to check the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean it.

A damp washcloth can be a good start to cleaning it out. To absorb the leftover grease in the iron, wrap a chopstick in a paper towel and run it between the grates. Finally, a waffle brush, or even a simple pastry brush, can also work wonders in clearing out any leftover crumbs.

4 Fun Ways to Pass the Time on a Long Flight

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Rushing to the boarding gates when your electronic devices are running low on power is not a great start to a long flight that could last more than ten hours. And when you don’t find any outlet to plug in your phone or laptop, things can be quite inconvenient and boring.

Because technology is now widely available, it can be easy to take them for granted and their value is only really appreciated once they’re no longer easily accessible.            

However, you don’t have to sweat out several hours of flight time in your seat being bored without your phone or laptop to keep you entertained or be able to work. There are still a lot of ways to pass the time on a long trip, such as the following:

1. Read something.

This is the time when you’re thankful you packed a book or two for the trip. (Hint: always pack more than one.)

Boredom is the best vehicle for your imagination to start soaring in the skies, after all, and this should always be a back-up in case your entertainment systems fail or aren’t available. If you’re lucky, you can even finish it in one sitting.

2. Write/draw/color.

Putting your thoughts to paper can be incredibly time-consuming. Luckily, “doing something that consumes time” is just what you need to get through this flight, so doodle/write/color away!

It also helps for you to recollect your thoughts if you haven’t had the chance to lately, and if you have the window seat, you can find yourself with some pretty interesting introspections on life.

3. Strike up a conversation with a fellow passenger.

If you’re not afraid to socialize, engaging in small talk with the person next to you can be a good way to pass the time.

If you’re afraid of socializing, however, this is all the more reason to get over your fears and practice your social skills. Some of the most amazing interactions you can have with other people can be had on the plane – you might even disembark with a new friend who can show you around.

4. Sleep off the boredom.

Why not catch up on some shut-eye while the plane makes its course? With nothing to do but sit and wait, you might as well take the chance to get some rest after a long day of planning your trips, budgeting, and packing.

This is a case where bringing in a neck pillow might actually be a wise investment – for something as low as fifteen dollars, you can save yourself from a stiff neck or neck pain while dreaming away the ten-hour flight.