This Genshin Impact crossover is an Elden Ring mod that swaps out character models to produce unexpectedly funny – and terrifying – results. The swap has the player using Mona Megistus from Genshin Impact in place of the Tarnished, fighting against a monstrous Mitachurl enemy that’s swapped in for Godfrey, the first Elden Lord. Mitachurls aren’t the most fearsome enemies in the anime game, but the mod provides a bit of a surprise in phase two of the boss fight.
After playing a bunch of the demos at LudoNarraCon earlier this month, the best one I played, with zero hesitation, was Cryptmaster. Its smart text-based puzzle design fused with stylish dungeon crawling had me completely spellbound, to the point where it’s now become one of my most anticipated indie games for 2024. It’s honestly unlike anything I’ve played.
Developed by Paul Hart and Lee Williams, Cryptmaster is a dark fantasy dungeon crawler where you need to type (or speak) commands to help get your undead amnesiac party members out of a strange underground kingdom. Your band of forgetful adventurers aren’t completely at the mercy of the dungeon, as a devilish-looking necromancer is there to give a helping hand. An ominous figure who acts as both guide and a quest giver, the horned necromancer helps you navigate the strange rules of this underground world where words and letters are a resource for survival.
MAURICIO POCHETTINO is set to return to the Premier League with Chelsea and will bring his bizarre methods of success with him.
The former Tottenham boss has agreed terms to take over at Stamford Bridge with an announcement expected to follow.
Mauricio Pochettino is set to become Chelsea’s next manager[/caption]
Pochettino will replace Frank Lampard next month after the club legend took interim charge following Graham Potter’s sacking.
The Argentine has six years worth of Premier League experience following his time with Southampton and then Spurs.
But it was in North London where Pochettino really made his name and his methods known.
So here, SunSport runs exactly how the former centre-back got the best out of his players.
Pochettino keeps a tray of lemons in his office, after a friend told him the sour fruit absorbs negative energy.
He told talkSPORT in 2019: “They are there to get rid of bad energy.
“Some people arrive with bad energy and that goes into the lemons. It’s like a barrier, a sponge.
“They take away all the negativity and you can see — it’s unbelievable!
“I change the lemons maybe every ten days but sometimes every three or four days because the lemons become bad, ugly.”
Pochettino believes lemons take away negativity[/caption]
Mauricio Pochettino with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy in 2016[/caption]
Sense of aura
Pochettino is no different when it comes to using new-school data and analytics to judge players – but he also uses the old-fashioned eye test.
Writing in his book, Brave New World, he said: “I need data and tests, but what most influences my decisions is my ability to see if the right energy is flowing.
“I can foresee things that are going to happen and the associated consequences, or which path each player is going to take.
“I can see it in their auras.”
Mauricio Pochettino has a strong sense for players’ auras[/caption]
During his five years with Spurs, Pochettino’s greatest success was leading the club to the Champions League final in 2019.
They were beaten by Liverpool in a result that must have burned – having prepared for it by walking over hot coals.
Pochettino said at the time: “All of them were unbelievably involved. They enjoyed it a lot.
“They were all very brave. And the staff who did it too. Your mind is powerful and only you set your limits.”
He also used the task during his time with Southampton.
Mauricio Pochettino walks over hot coals during Southampton’s 2013 pre-season[/caption]
Pochettino shows his team how it is done[/caption]
Snap out of it
The daring tasks did not stop there as Pochettino also had his players snapping arrows against their throats before the European final.
He explained: “When you see the arrow, you think ‘it’s impossible, how am I going to break the arrow against my throat?’
“You say: ‘No, come on, I am going to kill myself.’ You put it with the sharp tip against your throat but then, bang, you come forward and break the arrow.
“The most important thing is to learn how you can prepare your mind. To be focused. To be proactive. This is the key in football.”
Not all of Pochettino’s methods are madness, others and tried and tested, including relying on fitness.
The manager has been known to favour lots of running in training, using a gruelling intermittent shuttle run called the Gacon test.
Pochettino revealed in his book: “To start with, the players have 45 seconds to cover 150 metres, with 15 seconds to rest.
“In each subsequent 45-second rep, they have to run 6.25 metres further, with the intensity steadily increasing.”
Daz the way to do it
Chelsea stars ought to be careful when weaving amongst the supermarket aisles… Poch is watching.
Or should that be “smelling”?
Pochettino chooses the exact washing powder he wants to be used to wash the first-team kit.
Apparently, he thinks the smell is important for game-day.
Pochettino is very fussy about what washing powder to use[/caption]
Smile for the camera
Danny Rose revealed his former boss recorded everything from training to individual highlights, tracking and tracing his stars.
Per The Telegraph, Rose said: “He’s very thorough, very precise, he’s a disciplinarian. He records training.
“He was the first manager I came across who records training, records gym sessions. There’s no hiding places.
“There was one game, we played Crystal Palace, and I thought I had a good game.
“He called me into his office the next day to analyse the game. I thought there were going to be some good clips.
“He had 26 bad clips of what I did wrong. That’s how he is as a manager.”
Mauricio Pochettino likes to study footage[/caption]
Fine by me
Pochettino is lenient when it comes to penalising his squad and chooses not to impose harsh fines on his squad.
But respect is imperative and players will be expected to address co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali with a “hello” or handshake.
Pochettino said in 2016: “In the beginning, there were more rules but today not so many because they share the value.
“Today, we share the rules, on and off the pitch. And the rules become a habit.
“One example: Every morning, we all shake hands with each other to show respect, to show you feel for your team-mates and that you are interested in the people with whom you shake hands.
“This is a small thing which means a lot to create a real team. A lot of things like this are important to settle in the team and show in the team. To be ready to fight for each other.”
Mauricio Pochettino would insist on ‘respect’ within his club[/caption]
Mech Punk is taking the piss, and I like it. Deliberately opaque games are one thing. Artsy games making a point (that seldom grab me, I shouldn’t admit) are another. But Mech Punk is something else altogether, and an incredibly rare game that actually earns the “punk” in its title.
Does that mean it’s good? Well, umm. Yes, it’s good at what I think it sets out to do. Being an irreverent mess is a valid artistic approach, but still means your game is exactly that. It’s not a good game in the traditional sense, though. Do I recommend you buy it? If you can spare £20 to pat an artist on the back, maybe. What kind of artist? Put it this way: on release, its developer changed all their Steam page credits to “Alan Smithee”. I don’t think they’re disowning it.
AN ENTREPENEUR has told how he makes £75 an HOUR in a bizarre job you’ve probably never heard of.
Trevor Hooton is a professional cuddler and runs Embrace Connections which offers punters hour-long hugging sessions.
Trevor Hooton has made a name for himself in the cuddling world[/caption]
One popular option is referred to as a cuddle puddle[/caption]
Trevor – who refers to himself as Treasure – said he’s seen a boom in business for his cuddle therapy.
Trevor told The Mirror: “I built a business based on my passions for building human connections.
“Many people struggle to make those and that’s where I step in. It’s more than just cuddling – it’s giving people the things they need, whatever that might be.
“The parties have been great, and I think it’s a really great way to provide value to lots of people at once. I want it to have a really big impact on the world.
“I’ve done four parties so far and each one has been unique and special in its own way.
“We have a very mixed group – some people are single and unfamiliar of touch but want to develop comfort.”
Trevor offers an array of services, ranging from cuddle parties to connection coaching.
He also offers cuddle therapy, which is a one-on-one cuddle session.
Trevor said: “I’m challenging the unspoken rules of society and think by challenging the rules we can reach something better for ourselves.”
One attendee of Trevor’s sessions said it made him feel more honest with his feelings.
He said: “Stress can be hard to deal with without the support of another human being – so I wanted to try something a bit more intimate.
“It was personal issues, family issues and stress from study. Having someone to listen to you is nice.
“It’s hard to be open about my problems unless I have that trust with a person but cuddle therapy really helped to build that trust and made me feel more comfortable to talk about my issues.”
Another woman told how she charges £190 per hour to cuddle clients craving human touch.
With many of her clients having suffered trauma or abuse, Shoup cuddles, spoons and comforts her customers in platonic displays of affection to help combat symptoms of depression, loneliness and anxiety.
“Cuddle therapists are professionals that give access to platonic touch through boundaries of consent education for the purposes of comfort, validation, and alleviating loneliness,” Shoup, the Director of Development at Cuddlist, explained to The US Sun.
“We give access to platonic touch, but that doesn’t mean it’s mandated or expected. It’s just the access to it.
“I have lots of clients who are working through various stages of grief or trauma and actually touching isn’t something that we can do for quite a while until we work together for a long time,” she added.
According to Shoup, hugs increase the production of the love hormone oxytocin, which is known to help keep feelings of loneliness at bay.
He offers one on one services[/caption]
He helps those with PTSD, depression and anxiety[/caption]
The sessions will cost you £75 a pop[/caption]
A Santa Cruz, California woman notices several strange and unknown humanoids in the neighbor’s trees and property. The descriptions and characteristics are so out-of-the-norm.
I recently received the following account:
“On that day, July 17, 2017, I was relaxing at home in Santa Cruz, California, when I noticed some movement across the street from my kitchen window. It’s a small side street with lots of large trees. It was hard to tell what I was seeing at first because they appeared to have some sort of camouflage, but they looked like black SWAT uniforms with small yellow lettering, once I was able to get a better view. They were up in a tree, very well hidden by the leaves, and I was only really able to see them when they moved. It was apparent when they moved as opposed to the wind because only a small section of a branch would vibrate. I was startled and anxious because they were looking toward my house, and I first thought they had me under surveillance or something and couldn’t understand what was going on. I watched them in the tree for at least 5-10 minutes, and I was crouched low looking through a cut out in my fence. They seemed to spot me at some point and some kind of faint beeping sound started, like an alarm on a radio, or walkie-talkie. They then began trying to slowly and secretly climb down ropes that I could see being controlled by a man high in the tree wearing a blue jacket. They dropped out of sight behind the neighbor across the street’s fence. So this was all weird enough, but what happened next was absolutely mind-blowing.
I was trying to see where they went behind the fence and noticed something very tall at the back of the driveway of their next-door neighbor. Their driveway extends behind their house into the backyard. I realized I was looking at an unbelievably tall woman with very blonde, long hair. She had a sort of grey and white jumpsuit on, with a strange-looking oval back covering that went around the top of her head and all the way down to her feet. It was only solid in the back and was whitish in color with a patterned border around the edge. It didn’t really look like fabric but I couldn’t tell what it was. Her eyes were extremely large. She stood very still but moved slightly, and there seemed to be a shorter humanoid shape wearing the same color jumpsuit moving around rather wildly at her feet. But the shadow of the fence made it hard to see that part. The sunlight was good and bright, and the only obstruction was some sparse shadowing from tree leaves. Not really sure what I was looking at, I looked back to where the black-wearing tree climbers had been and saw that suddenly there was now a short, skin-colored something standing behind their fence. The fence is a lattice pattern so there are a good many holes you can see through. It was too short to be seen over the top of the fence, but I could see a very large face with a deeply wrinkled forehead and eyes that almost looked like they were made of some kind of glitter. They were very large, and somewhat rounder than what people usually describe as “alien eyes.” I could see that it was looking right at me, so not knowing what else to do, I waved at it. It then reached a hand with very long bony fingers through the fence lattice and waved back. It waved a couple more times, stopping in between waves. I was so stunned that I had to look away and shake my head to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating. When I looked back it had stopped waving and was a little farther back from the fence. It seemed like a good entity, whatever it was. Even though I was seeing from across the street through 2 fences, I could see it quite well.
Things somehow got even weirder after that. I decided to lie down for a minute, glancing back to where the massive woman had been, but there didn’t seem to be anyone there anymore. I went up into my little loft, which has several skylights under a giant live oak tree. I stared at the tree trying to process what I had just witnessed, when I noticed a couple of branches quivering like the ones the covert ops guys had been shaking. I expected to see more of those creepy agents but instead strained to see a much smaller creature climbing expertly up into the high branches. It was difficult to see it clearly because it seemed to be a dusty grey-green color, much like the bark and leaves of the tree. It seemed to have textured skin, possibly scaly, and it had an angular face with teeny tiny little projections like little horns or possibly short antennae. it has a small mouth that looked full of sharp teeth. Its eyes were quite large and dark. It had a humanoid build but was short. I stared at this for many minutes, wondering what the Hell was going on. Then I caught sight of some slight movement on other branches and saw two more of the same creatures climbing easily up the tall tree. They reached a high-up branch that was big enough to lie on. The light, once they stopped moving much, was not ideal and it was hard to see them when they were sitting still. in the shade of the branches it looked like an even smaller, dark green creature was working on the gray-colored ones’ back somehow, it looked like a massage to me. I watched until my neck was too painful from looking up to continue. When I looked back a little later, the branches were empty.
This was all preceded by an unnerving experience late the night before. I got up to get water and glanced at the driveway neighbor’s window. Inside I saw an unnaturally gangly figure that was bluish-light grey. It was staring out of their window directly at me which caught me off guard and I let out a little shriek. I walked from the kitchen into the bathroom and looked again, seeing that its eyes followed where I was. I called my boyfriend in fear and told him what I was seeing. He was just excited while I was scared. I thought that would be the end of it when I went to bed, but the next day was even crazier! I wish I had a way to find out what was going on!
There was also a very small orb darting about the branches of the oak tree and any time it would graze a twig it would give a little shake. I’ve never seen a bird or bug or other flying life form move in that manner.
I attest that this is all true and I described it to the best of my knowledge. I have never seen anything like this before and really would like to know what was going on, and if it is real why so many different kinds of extraterrestrials were in my neighborhood.” G
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Diablo 4 will have a lot of mounts trotting around Sanctuary, as Blizzard has very quickly revealed a handful of the steeds for the RPG game. While we still don’t know everything about Diablo 4 mounts, getting a good look at them in action, along with the skins we can put on them, is sure to pump you up for the Diablo 4 release date.
Grand Theft Auto IV is celebrating its 15-year anniversary today, April 29, 2023. Below, we look back at the series’ flawed but compelling attempt to break free from its glamorous kingpin empowerment fantasies.
At the time of its release, Grand Theft Auto IV’s faithful recreation of New York City was unlike anything that gaming had ever seen. Its grim aesthetics and grounded presentation signaled a new era for video game verisimilitude, where developers could make players feel as though they were really living in a virtual world.
Today, however, GTA IV is perhaps best-known for a more distinct sort of ambition: a sense that Rockstar was making a different take on the open-world crime game, one that questioned the very foundations of the genre. Though it didn’t fully succeed at that aim, it’s now a reminder that even blockbusters can challenge their players in a variety of ways, a lesson that today’s game developers would do well to remember.
WHILE Katie Price isn’t exactly known for her culinary skills, she has been impressing fans with her top tip for making a spag bol.
The reality star whipped up the popular dish with her own twist, which included putting the cheese on the pasta before adding the sauce.
She ladled a huge pile of spaghetti onto a plate, which she then sprinkled with a generous layer of pre-grated cheese from the bag.
After adding her first helping of cheese, Katie added the bolognese which she then covered with more cheese.
“Cheese first…!!?? Gonna try that!!” one fan wrote.
“I will absolutely be trying cheese on the spaghetti before the bolognese,” another wrote.
“Never seen cheese first, beauts idea tho,” a third added.
“Cheese on first I’ve got to try that, genius,” a fourth echoed.
Wearing a green t-shirt with “Health” written on the front, Katie amused fans with her food presentation.
Once she’d finished layering her cheese and pasta, she proudly held the dish up to the camera, letting one strand of spaghetti dangle.
“The spaghetti hanging off the plate,” one person wrote with a laughing-crying emoji.
“love this. Actually reminds me of serving dinner I’m glad it’s not just me who slaps everything on a plate and with a sprinkle of cheese,” chimed a second.
Katie pulled her chocolate brown locks up into a messy ponytail and kept her make up to a minimum.
Her impressive kitchen was mostly white, with splashes of pink decor.
Her cutlery and chairs were pink and there was sign in the same colour that spelled her name on the wall.
Katie also shared a snap of their daughter Bunny wearing sky high heels.
Katie wrote: “Bunny loves putting on my shoes,” followed by heart emojis.
Glamour model Katie shares Bunny, eight and Jett, nine with Kieran.
Katie previously shared snaps of Bunny having her hair done during their recent holiday to Thailand.
The eight-year-old beamed as she modelled her full head of braids that fell right down past her knees.
The youngster looked over the moon with her extravagant new style, with blonde extensions to match her own natural colour.
However, Kieran demanded that her braids be removed before she goes back to school.
A source told The Sun: “He’s horrified at Bunny’s new hair and has told Katie he wants the braids taken out before she goes back to school. It’s not practical.”
Katie is a mum of five and recently shared a video of her youngest wearing heels[/caption]
She came under fire from her ex recently after letting Bunny get hair extensions[/caption]