Next Castle

Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle…

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Making Money in “Red Dead” and Other Religious Experiences

I’ve completed some of Bonnie’s and some of the Marshal’s missions, but I haven’t tried to advance the story much yet. I’m having too much fun hunting, killing people and looting their bodies, and gambling. Sadly, I only manage to win $5 in my first game of poker, and I lose at my first game of Five Finger Fillet, but then I get the hang of it and whoo! I cleared the table and won $50 in my second game of poker.

Making money in this game is FUN!

You can accept bounties to earn money, too. Before I got the lasso from Bonnie, I wished for a way to take my bounties back alive (and double my money), but then I got the lasso and I kept accidentally killing the bounties along with all their buddies. Oh well. Bounties don’t really seem worth it, anyways, because I have to travel a long way to get to them and then I’m attacked by eternally respawning enemies who I assume want to steal my proof of the bounty before I can get back to the Marshal’s office and collect. It’s quite annoying.

Hunting, though… that’s fun. And the animals move so realistically. I’ve killed cougars and wolves and armadillo and longhorn and cows and horses and jackrabbits, and then I sell their pelts and meat and various accoutrements for money. I’ve got close to $1000 already, which comes in handy when the heat comes down on me. Funny story about that…

So I run across the young girl who was talking to the priest during the opening credits, and she’s out in the desert on some sort of religious experience. She doesn’t want my help, even though she’s dying from thirst or heat or whatever, but I give her some medicine because that’s what the game’s telling me to do. I don’t think she takes it–she just keeps flopping around going on about salvation. So, silly me, I decide that I’ll just lasso the girl, hogtie her, throw her on my horse, and take her to the nearest town so she doesn’t die. But now I’ve got the law after me for kidnapping! You try to help someone out and this is what happens. Of course, some lawman is shooting at me and he hits the girl where she’s tied up on the back of my horse. And she DIES. Dang it! Then I’m all pissed off because now I’m going down for murder, but I finally get out of range of the lawman and when I go to put her body down, she come alive. It’s a miracle! A real life miracle! Well… either that, or she’s an essential character. Ha!


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Red Dead’s John Marsten

The voice of John Marsten sounds cool–like a real cowboy. Also, strangely like a hoarse Bill Paxton. Of course, all my illusions are shattered when I look up the voice actor on IMDB.

John Marsten aka Rob Wiethoff:

Are there no real cowboys anymore?

I remember visiting friends of my mothers’ when I was young. They lived in the Texas panhandle and had a ranch–complete with horses and a pig sty. The husband always wore cowboy boots, pressed blue jeans, a starched, button-down shirt, and a Stetson cowboy hat. He was a real cowboy.

They still have the ranch, but since his second heart attack, they’re both on a raw food diet. It’s a strange world we live in…

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Start of Red Dead Redemption

The introduction is well done. Like Grand Theft Auto IV, I get a movie-style intro. Instead of starting on a boat, however, we start on a train. It gives me an idea of the game’s setting and I hear about current events from the people sitting around me on the train. Apparently, Indians are lucky that we’ve taken their land because we’ve given them religion in return…

When I arrive at my destination, I get a quick lesson on horseback riding from an interesting character named Jake as we head out to a fort. Again, I’m reminded of GTA IV. You know the scene with Roman where you drive the taxi from the docks? And then there’s another cutscene that gives me some backstory about my character. I keep waiting for the character to come under my control, but it doesn’t happen and… eek! I get shot!

Well, at least I wake up to a nice lady (wasn’t she sitting up two seats from me on the train?) who’s paid a whopping $15 to have the doctor patch me up. I’m not really getting the logic behind how she found my nearly dead self out by Bill’s fort, but oh well. She shows me around her ranch (again on horseback) and then I help her patrol that night. I get to kill some rabbits and coyotes–controls are very similar to GTA IV, which means that I’m having problems. For some reason, they just aren’t intuitive to me. I keep hitting R1 instead of R2 to fire, which means my horse is coming to a stop and I’m missing the coyotes. Dang it! Well, maybe I’ll do better next time. The Dead Eye skill is SWEET.

Anyways, then we have a race around the ranch (which I lose by a nose because my horse bucks me twice) and I head to Armadillo to talk to Marshall about Bill (the dude whose fort I got shot at). Is anyone else wondering if Armadillo is supposed to be Amarillo? I’ve been to Amarillo before, but can’t remember what the flora looked like–I don’t think it was this much of a desert–it was near the mountains, though, and got some snow some winters (unlike where I grew up in Texas).

I kill and skin a lot of animals along the way to Armadillo. Hunting is fun! Different kinds of animals I’ve killed so far: rabbits, skunks, hawks, crows, vultures, deer, bucks, and coyotes. I’ve also collected some Feverfew. There are some fun ranks I can try for. So far, I’m already working on Rank 2 Sharpshooter, Treasure Hunter, and Master Hunter and Rank 1 Survivalist.

When I get into town, I sell some pelts, meat, and feathers at the General Store, and then spend all my money on a room at the saloon so that I can rest and save.