The Art Of Castlevania’s Netflix Series

Fine Art[Fine Art](https://kotaku.com/c/fine-art) is a celebration of the work of video game artists, showcasing the best of both their professional and personal portfolios. If you’re in the business and have some art you’d like to share, [get in touch!](mailto:plunkett@kotaku.com)  

With two seasons now under its belt, Castlevania’s animated series is looking cool as hell. Here’s a bit of a celebration of that, with a collection of art that went into the series’ production.

There’s not only character and background/environment art, but some 3D stuff, logos, posters and even animation as well.

You’ll find links to the artists responsible in their names.


Frederator Studios

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Spencer Wan

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Robby Johnson

Bo Li

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Jose Vega

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Sean Randolph

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Sean Vo

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Stéphane Wootha Richard

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Tucker Roche

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Architects Of The West Kingdom: The Kotaku Review

Architects of the West Kingdom is what you get when a designer takes a very good board game they’ve already made and figures, you know what, I’ll now do something similar, only better.

I reviewed Shem Phillips’ Raiders of the North Sea earlier this year after absolutely loving it. A simple worker placement title, it took a couple of very strong mechanics, layered an appropriate theme over the top, added some amazing art and left us with one of the games of the year (well, of 2017 since I was a bit late to it).

Architects is his follow-up, designed this time with fellow Kiwi Sam Macdonald. It’s once again all about worker placement, only this time around instead of raiding coastal villages as a Viking, you’re building cathedrals as a 9th century French architect.

With the same artist onboard (Mihajlo Dimitrievski), the same emphasis on gathering and assigning resources and even the same kind of board design, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was some kind of glorified expansion to Raiders, a semi-sequel of sorts.

You barely even need a manual for the game after the initial setup, as most of the actions are spelled out clearly on the board.

There are a number of key differences here beyond the superficial, though. There’s no more raiding, for a start, as here your resources are being put into construction, not destruction.

The bigger difference is the way that your workers are placed. Raiders was built on a one-two punch where you had to assign one worker then take another away, a great idea where single moves would allow you to claim something for yourself while denying it to a rival.

Wait, what’s “worker placement”?

It’s a board game mechanic that’s basically also a genre. It involves placing “one or more pawns on a play surface to claim the right to do a specific action.”

DEFINITION: CLEVER MOVE

In Architects, you only get one move per turn. You drop your guy, claim your stuff/perform your action and that’s it, your turn is over and the game moves on. What’s lost in immediate tactical options is made up for by the increase in the game’s speed, which might be my favourite thing about this. Turns just fly around the table once everyone knows how to play, which helps keep downtime to the barest of minimums.

It’s not like this is sacrificing decision-making depth, either. You’re just offsetting it. You can stack your workers on a single location, allowing you to extract more resources or perform additional actions, but those workers aren’t in infinite supply. As your stocks start to run low, you’ve got to wonder whether it’s worth spending a worker to recall some others, in effect forfeiting a turn in the short-term since you’re not getting any resources, in favour of giving more options a few turns down the line? Or do you push your luck and keep squeezing more wood and stone out at the risk of making things even harder as the game drags on?

All games with money should ship with metal money. That’s the rules now.

The object of Architects is to claim victory points, and the player with the most of them at the end wins. There’s a multitude of ways to get hold of them, so you can approach each game—and each unfolding situation within—in a ton of different ways. Contributing to the construction of a giant medieval cathedral will provide all kinds of big bonuses at great expense, but you can also score lots of points from constructing smaller buildings like trading posts, hoarding valuable resources like gold and marble and becoming virtuous through good deeds.

Yes, being a 9th century game means the church plays its part. Gaining virtue will provide the player with rewards, but its presence in the game implies that you can be a prick as well. There’s a black market you can use to score resources at a good price, while you can also take advantage of the game’s tax system, which sees a percentage of all the money paid by players put in a communal area. If you’re willing to take the virtue hit, you can raid this and just…take all the money.

So far all of this talk has been of solo play and strategies, but there is one very cool means of interaction with other players: you’re able to round up and capture rival workers, imprisoning them on your own player card or transferring them to the local dungeon for a cash reward. With workers so valuable to everyone’s cause, and with the bonuses that can be had from stacking large numbers of them in a single space over time, wrecking someone else’s shit never ceases to be one of the highlights of the game.

Mihajlo Dimitrievski’s art continues to be the perfect fit for these games.

Architects of the West Kingdom is great. It’s a fresh take on worker placement, building further on Raiders’ already stellar offering, and is able to boast the same elegance in design as its predecessor but with a snappier speed.

It’s the perfect game for a table that wants to go head-to-head for a couple hours but not have to get bogged down with tons of rules or excessive downtime. Or, if that doesn’t appeal, it’s for anyone who wants to steal everyone else’s tax money and blow the cash on a giant cathedral.

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Valve Pays $20,000 To Hacker Who Found Steam Bug That Generates Free Games

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Somewhere deep inside Valve’s labyrinthine compound of Steam-sustaining tubes, wires, and pipes, somebody is thanking their lucky stars for Artem Moskowsky. The self-described “bug hunter” came across a glitch that allowed him to generate thousands of free keys for any game on Steam. A lesser person might have kept that knowledge to themselves. He reported it.

Moskowsky discovered and reported the bug back in August, but Valve only allowed the information to go public recently. For his troubles, the company paid him $20,000—as opposed to a lifetime of free games, which is what would’ve happened if this was a feel-good episode of a sitcom.

According to a summary by Valve on bug bounty site HackerOne, the bug took advantage of an issue with Steam’s developer tools. Using “specific parameters,” anyone with access to those tools could make the service spit out keys for games that didn’t belong to them.

Valve said an investigation did not find evidence of the bug actually being misused. That’s good news for Valve, because speaking with tech publication The Register, Moskowsky said that in one case he managed to trick the system into giving him 36,000 keys for Portal 2.

Given Steam’s documented history of problems with sketchy secondhand sites and illicit key scams, it’s not hard to imagine a few scenarios in which scammers might’ve found this bug handy. And given how easy it is to become a developer and gain access to partner tools on Steam these days, I doubt they would’ve had much trouble pulling it off. (Then again, who knows how long it would have been before Valve caught on and shut it down.)

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As for Moskowsky, I imagine he’s in pretty good spirits, given that he’s spent the past few months using his digital tweezers to pluck all sorts of bugs from Valve’s back, including one in July that netted him an additional $25,000.

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“Realistic Pokémon” Artist Got A Job On The Detective Pikachu Movie

Fine Art[Fine Art](https://kotaku.com/c/fine-art) is a celebration of the work of video game artists, showcasing the best of both their professional and personal portfolios. If you’re in the business and have some art you’d like to share, [get in touch!](mailto:plunkett@kotaku.com)  

Six years ago, artist RJ Palmer started drawing Pokémon as though they were realistic dinosaurs. Those sketches, done for fun, led to him getting the job of a lifetime: working on the Detective Pikachu movie, which we got our first real look at today.

I mean that in the most literal sense; Palmer says that the film’s production designer hired him when he googled “realistic Pokemon” and our posts on his 2012-13 art came up.

Palmer—who by day works at Ubisoft’s San Francisco studio (Rocksmith, South Park: The Fractured But Whole)—spent about seven months on the movie in 2016-17, and contributed a bunch of Pokémon designs. If you’re wondering why any Pokemon needed to be redesigned, watch the trailer again: while Pikachu has essentially just been given more visible fur, other guys like Charizard are looking far more fleshed-out.

We’ll hopefully get a look at those closer to the film’s release in 2019, but for now, I thought it’d be fun to look back at his earlier stuff, more of which you can see collected here.

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Fine Art[Fine Art](https://kotaku.com/c/fine-art) is a celebration of the work of video game artists, showcasing the best of both their professional and personal portfolios. If you’re in the business and have some art you’d like to share, [get in touch!](mailto:plunkett@kotaku.com)  

Alexandre Mahboubi is an artist based in France who works at Fortiche, the studio that just made that League of Legends K-Pop video.

You can see more of Alexandre’s work at his ArtStation page.


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BlizzCon 2018’s Cosplay Was Out Of Control

Cosplay GalleryA showcase of some of the best photos and video from cosplay events around the world. Credits provided where possible, but if we’ve missed something [let us know and we can add](mailto:plunkett@kotaku.com)!  

Other shows might be bigger, but every year Blizzcon brings out the absolute best in cosplay.

It was held earlier this month at the Anaheim Convention Centre, and many of the top cosplayers not just from North America, but from the rest of the world made the trip to show off their love for Overwatch, StarCraft, WarCraft and Diablo.

Last year’s show was incredible, and this year’s was no different. Mineralblu was there taking photos and video for us; you can see even more pics he took here, while all cosplayers Instagram credits are on the images below.

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Everything Xbox Announced During XO18

This afternoon there was a special edition of the Inside Xbox show as part of X018, an event which is “a global celebration of all things Xbox,” and lots of things were announced for the Xbox universe of games. There were a lot of moving parts to the two-hour episode, so here’s a breakdown of what we learned.

Microsoft Studios has acquired both Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment.

Matt Booty, Head of Microsoft Studios, announced the acquisition of these two major role-playing game studios at the end of the show. While both are known for making games in similar genres, Booty stressed that Microsoft wants to keep them unique. Kotaku first reported on the potential purchase of Obsidian last month.

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Crackdown 3 is releasing on February 15, 2019.

It’s coming to Xbox Game Pass on the day it releases. Alongside the campaign it will have a multiplayer mode called Wrecking Zone, which pits two teams of five up against each other in large, completely destructible battle arenas. It will launch with two maps, Blackout Zone and Nova Station, as well as two game modes. Developer Joseph Staten said that everyone involved with the game is “busting ass” working on it.

The original Crackdown is free in Microsoft Store until November 30.

You can go get it right now.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is coming to Xbox Game Pass.

The battle royale combat game where 100 enter and only one leaves is hitting the Game Pass. It’s coming soon, too. It’s going to be available November 12th.

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Phil Spencer said there would be some improvements to the Windows Store.

Anyone who deals with Xbox Play Anywhere titles knows that there are some complications that could be smoothed out regarding the Windows Store, and Spencer spoke about taking on a “bigger leadership role” to implement some improvements to make it “tailored toward the gamers.”

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is getting a physical edition.

Ninja Theory’s game about the mind and mythology is going to be on store shelves. It’s also coming to Game Pass in December.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 is going to have Winnie the Pooh minigames.

This might not be all that surprising, but that dang bear is coming back, and you’re going to play some minigames with (or for) him.

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The Final Fantasy XIII series is getting backwards compatibility.

Starting next week, you’ll be able to play Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2, and Lightning Returns for the Xbox 360 on an Xbox One using the console’s backward compatibility feature.

An entire suite of Final Fantasy games are coming to Xbox One.

Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, and Final Fantasy XII will all come to Xbox One sometime in 2019.

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Civilization Revolution is enhanced for Xbox One.

While you can already play Civilization Revolution using Xbox One backward compatibility, but there’s a version that’s enhanced with the Xbox One coming soon.

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Sea of Thieves is getting a new game mode.

The Arena is a new way of playing Seas of Thieves that pits crews against each other to see who can get the most treasure and, therefore, the most pirate glory. It will appear in the game sometime in “early 2019.”

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Xbox with a hat.

There was an Xbox with a hat.

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State of Decay 2 is adding some new weapons, gear, and enemies in the Zed Hunter update.

Weapons include crossbows, new quiet melee weapons, and some equipment. The team also teased a return to Trumbull Valley, the location from the original State of Decay.

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Just Cause 4 has Rico doing more stuff…just ‘cause.

The familiar grappling hooks and parachutes are making a return, but there are also super storms. Tornadoes roam the open world. The new trailer has some story beats in there, and everything looks neat.

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Devil May Cry 5 has a mode called “The Void” for practicing.

Players will be able to use The Void as a training space for fine-tuning their Devil May Cry skills. They’ll be able to spawn enemies, change some of the game parameters, and generally just do training mode stuff.

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Cats and pandas are coming to Minecraft.

If you like those two animals, it’s going to be a great time for you.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider is getting a new challenge tomb.

It is a big lava forge. There are some new weapons, you can play it single player or co-op, and there’s a time attack mode.

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Mouse and keyboard support are coming to 14 titles.

Bomber Crew, Warface, Children of Morta, Minion Master, DayZ, Warframe, Strange Brigade, Deep Rock Galactic, Warhammer Vermintide 2, Moonlighter, Wargroove, Vigor, War Thunder, X-Morph: Defense, and Fortnite are all taking advantage of the Xbox One’s new ability to use mouse and keyboard. Those games will implement the new inputs on November 14.

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Winter of Arcade, a throwback to Summer of Arcade, is coming to Xbox later this year.

The stream announced that it exists, but not what the games will be.

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Forza Horizon 4 has a new expansion coming out later this year.

It takes players to Fortune Island, where they can see lightning storms and the aurora borealis on a big, rocky mountain covered by winding roads. I bet the seasons will mix it up as well.

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16 games were announced for Xbox Game Pass.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Thief of Thieves Season 1, Void Bastards, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, The Good Life, Kingdom: Two Crowns, Aftercharge, Supermarket Shriek, Mutant Year Zero, Pathologic 2, Secret Neighbor, The Good Life, Agents of Mayhem, MXGP 3, and Thomas Was Alone.

Not all of these are available currently, and some are not even released yet, but they were all announced as Game Pass games either currently, in the next few months, or on release.

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Saturday’s Best Deals: Dyson, Dining Furniture, Biometric Safe, and More

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Walmart-exclusive routers, men’s and women’s Uniqlo jackets, and a biometric safe lead off Saturday best deals from around the web.

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Best Tech Deals

This Aukey surge protector orients its four AC outlets and two USB ports to the side, which is great for hiding behind furniture. But it’s also a night light and phone stand, which is sort of contradictory to the furniture thing, but I guess you could use it either way. Get it for $14 with promo code AUKEY06X.


Update: Kickstarter discounts on the Capsule by itself are nearly sold out! There are some bundles with more availability, but if you don’t need the added accessories, you shouldn’t wait.

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Anker’s soda can-sized Capsule portable projector was a crowdfunding hit last year, and it really did deliver on its promise. But there were a few obvious areas for improvement, and Anker tackled all of the big ones with the brand new Capsule II, now up for preorder on Kickstarter.

So what’s new?

1) Resolution: The original Capsule’s standard definition 480p has been bumped to 720p, so your videos should look a lot crisper. Easy win.

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2) Brightness: The first Capsule’s 100 ANSI lumen bulb was fine in a dark room, but the Capsule II’s is twice as bright, which means you’ll be able to get a usable picture in more lighting conditions, and at larger screen sizes. I saw it firsthand in a fairly well-lit event space, and while not as bright as a TV screen or a full-sized projector, it was definitely bright enough to watch a movie.

3) Software: The original Capsule had a version of Android installed, but it was pretty janky, and didn’t have access to Google Play. This time around, the Capsule II ships with Android TV 9.0 onboard, with access to the vast Google Play app store, which means you won’t have to rely on your phone for casting content.

There are a few other minor differences of note, including the inclusion of USB-C Power Delivery for fast charging, an improved speaker, and autofocus. It is a bit bigger than the Capsule (which will remain on sale for the time being); Anker calls it “pint sized,” rather than soda can-sized, which was pretty cheeky of them. Whatever beverage you compare it to though, it’s still very small for a projector.

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Kickstarter backers can preorder the Capsule II right now for $399. Anker’s touting a $599 MSRP for the Capsule II, and while there will surely be discounts after it comes out, Anker’s previous crowdfunding projects have, in hindsight, legitimately offered prices to backers that weren’t matched on Amazon for many months after release, if ever.

If you ever bought a Capsule I prior to this Kickstarter going live, you’re also eligible for a $100 rebate when you preorder the Capsule II. Check out the bottom of the campaign page for details.


Walmart has its own exclusive brand of Wi-Fi routers, and according to PC Mag, they’re actually really solid, especially for the price. Both the AC3000 and AC1900 models are on sale for $10 and $15 less than usual, respectively, and are priced far lower than similarly specced competition. These aren’t modern mesh routers, so they’re probably not ideal for large homes, but they should definitely get the job done in an apartment or smaller house.


This tiny, $6 USB charger isn’t much bigger than the one that ships with every iPhone, except it has two ports, folding prongs, and 2.4A of total power, compared to the 1A Apple gives you. No surprise, it’s one of our top sellers of all time. Just use promo code FQCJOBX6 to get the deal.


What were they thinking inventing this surge protector and not calling it the Power Tower? Missed marketing opportunities aside, it comes with 10 outlets, four USB ports, and its own 6ft retractable power cord. Plus, it rotates for optimum space-saving. Get it for $18 with promo code ROXH3B3E.


Walmart has already marked down a few of the TVs listed in their Black Friday ad: Grab a smart Sharp 50″ TV with HDR (though not Dolby Vision) for $249, or a 55″ version for $299, both the best prices we’ve seen. If size trumps features and you don’t need smart functionality or HDR, there’s also a 65″ RCA on sale for $399.


Logitech’s K780 keyboard can connect to essentially any modern computing device over either Bluetooth or with a USB wireless dongle, including smartphones, tablets, home theater PCs, game consoles and smart TVs as well.

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The same could be said for a lot of wireless keyboards though, so what’s so great about this one? The K780 can stay paired to three devices at once, and switch between them at the touch of a button, so you won’t have to go through a cumbersome pairing process every time you want to switch from controlling your smart TV to your Xbox One. It’ll also run for up to two years on a pair of included AAA batteries, and even has a stand built right in for phones and tablets.

$45’s the best price Amazon’s ever listed on this model, so you never need to type in your Netflix password with a joystick ever again.


Jabra’s Elite 65Ts might just be the best true-wireless headphones out there. In addition to their excellent five hours of battery (plus 15 with the charging case), they feature some of the best microphones in class for calls, compatibility with all the major voice assistants, and even a two year dust and water resistance warranty, so you can work out in them without fear.

Normally $170, you can grab a pair for $120 right now, the best deal we’ve seen.


The best upgrade for an old PC is an SSD, and if you don’t need a ton of space, this 240GB model from SanDisk is down to $45 today, an all-time low. Just note that it’s only available for Prime members.


If you just got a new USB-C-equipped MacBook Air or iPad Pro, of if you already own a USB-C computer, you’re gonna want some dongles. Three different options from Anker are on sale today that give you extra USB ports, an SD card reader, or even a potpourri of USB, HDMI, and ethernet. Just be sure to note the promo codes.


The Anker PowerCore Fusion is one of our biggest sellers ever, because it combines a USB wall charger and a portable battery pack into a single product. Now, RAVPower has their own alternative with a slightly larger 6700mAh battery inside, and you can grab it for just $23 with promo code KINJABYC.

They sent me one to check out, and despite the larger battery inside, it’s barely bigger or heavier than the Anker, and would make a great holiday stocking stuffer.


Anker has long been the purveyor of our readers’ favorite affordable Bluetooth headphones, and the SoundCore Spirits looks to be one of the best models yet. With an IP68 rating and an additional hydrophobic nanocoating that keeps them operating under sweaty conditions, they’re perfect for working out. And that 10 hour battery is best in class for this form factor. They’ll normally sell for $50, they’re marked down to $40 with week with promo code SDCREPRO.


We see deals all the time on USB-A to USB-C cables, but discounts on C-to-C cables, which are necessary for faster Power Delivery charging (used by the new iPad Pros, the Nintendo Switch, and a bunch of laptops), are bafflingly rare. Today though, you can get an Anker PowerLine II C-to-C cable for just $7 with promo code ANKE8481, or double your length to 6′ for $8 with promo code ANKE8482.

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PowerLine II cables are incredibly durable, and also come with a lifetime warranty, so if you ever do wear it out, you can contact Anker for a free replacement.


VPNs have been in the news, and whether you want to get around video geoblocks, circumvent proxy filters, or just keep prying eyes out of your browsing data while using sketchy public Wi-Fi, reader-favorite Private Internet Access has a deal to fit your needs.

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Private Internet Access doesn’t do much in the way of discounting, but they offer exclusive pricing and packages just for our readers that you won’t find anywhere else. Here are your options, and what you’d pay if you bought the same plan elsewhere:

These deals are only for our readers, but we aren’t sure how long they’ll be available, so go ahead and sign up while you can.

BEST HOME DEALS

Amazon is a furniture company now, and several dining pieces from their Rivet and Stone & Beam lines are on sale in today’s Gold Box for some of the best prices ever. The sale focuses heavily on seating, but there are a few dining tables in here as well (I really love the look of this minimal walnut one for $90 off), and even some glassware. A few favorites are below, but head over to Amazon to see the full sale.

If you want to look beyond dining, Amazon’s still running a wide-ranging holiday sale on more pieces from the same brands. The discounts aren’t quite as dramatic, but there are still some good deals in there.


There are plenty of small household safes on the market to keep your valuables safe, but what if you lose the key? Or forget the combination? With this biometric safe from AmazonBasics, you won’t have to worry.

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The safe can register up to 50 unique fingerprints, so you can add your entire family, as well as a few trusted confidants. It also comes an emergency backup key as a last resort. Today’s $70 price tag for the compact .5 cubic foot model is its first ever discount from $100. I suggest locking the $30 you saved inside.


It’s 2018, and your vacuum shouldn’t have a cord anymore. Dyson’s V-series stick vacs have long been go-to cordless options, and today, you can get the V8 for just $250.


Wayfair’s massive holiday sale just went live, and in addition to deals on holiday decor like 5-for-$25 ornaments and artificial Christmas trees, you’ll find wide-ranging deals on furniture that you’ll use all year long. We’re talking rugs starting under $15, furniture for every corner of your bedroom, and dining furniture to fit any style of decor. Every order over $49 ships for free, so this is a great chance to give your home a bit of a refresh.


Most air fryers take up a ton of counter space, but Dash’s 1.2 L model is perfectly sized for small apartment kitchens. It probably shouldn’t be your first choice if you’re cooking for a family, but for one or two people people, it can crisp up more than enough french fries, chicken wings, or anything else.

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If you aren’t familiar, air fryers use hot air and convection to achieve the crispiness of deep frying, but without any oil. That means your food is healthier, and your apartment doesn’t smell like the back of a Burger King for four days. Today’s $40 price tag is a match for an all-time low, so don’t let this deal overcook.


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Vacuum insulated stainless steel is almost always the right choice for carrying your beverage of choice, whether it’s hot or cold. That’s Manna Hydration’s specialty, and all of their products, from koozies to tumblers to 64 ounce growlers, can keep drinks at a stable temperature for hours on end, while insulating your hand from temperature extremes.

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For a limited time, you can save 30% on all of their products on Amazon with our exclusive KINJA2018 promo code. Just be sure to choose Manna Hydration as the seller on the individual product page; the code won’t work with other third party sellers.


Microwave popcorn sucks, but this absurdly popular Whirley Pop makes it easy to make fresh popcorn on your stovetop, without burning it. Cooking it yourself means that you can customize your oil and butter (pro tip, coconut oil makes it taste like movie theater popcorn), and it only takes about three minutes to cook, so it’s basically just as fast as the microwave.

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$21 is an all-time low, and compared to buying microwave popcorn bags, it’ll pay for itself over time.


Our readers buy a lot of tools, so it’s easy to assume that you guys have plenty of screws, nails, washers, and other little pieces to store as well. This AmazonBasics small parts organizer can keep everything easy to find with 25 adjustable compartments and a snap-on transparent lid. The coolest part about it is, if you buy more than one, you can snap them together, so your tool box will grow with you.

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The price here typically fluctuates between $10 and $18, and $7 is an all-time low.


Free bacon. Forever. Do I have your attention?

Butcher Box ships grass fed beef, heritage grade pork, and free range chicken right to your door for less than $6 per serving, and if you sign up with our exclusive link, you’ll get $10 off your first box, plus a FREE pack of uncured bacon in every box for the life of your subscription. Think of all you could do with an extra pack of bacon every month.

Your reader-exclusive bonuses come bundled with any of Butcher Box’s pre-selected boxes, which are priced at $129 for 24 servings, or $238 for 48 servings, which can be delivered every 30 or 60 days. For a nominal surcharge, you can also build a completely custom box, with your choices of proteins.

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Note: You’ll have to enter your email at the beginning of the process. I know, it’s annoying.


Trekking out to the Christmas tree farm is fun, but you know what’s even more fun? Saving money on your tree. Groupon is here to conserve your Christmas cash this year by taking pre-orders on a few festive options, all for about half-off, including a 6-Foot Premium Fraser Fir Tree for $80, a 22-inch Fraser Fir Wreath for $35, a Fraser Fir tree-wreath combo for $95, and a 6-Foot Snow-Tip Black Hills Spruce for $80. They’ll be shipped right to your front door starting on November 27 for maximum Christmastime freshness, but saving all that green on a tree is what will really make this holiday season merry and bright.


For as long as humans have been fermenting grapes, wine has always been an “indoor” beverage. If you want to enjoy wine on the go, you’ve got a pack a big, breakable bottle, a corkscrew, and glasses. There’s an entire cottage industry dedicated to making the practice slightly less inconvenient. Here’s a better idea: just drink wine from a can, dummy!

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The Drop is an online wine club that makes and sells its own canned wine, and our readers can save $20 on their first 24-pack with promo code KINJA20 by signing up for a subscription. By default, you’ll get eight cans each of red, white, and my personal favorite, rosé, but you can also customize the mix to your liking. Each can holds 1.7 glasses, or 1/3 of a bottle, making this deal essentially eight bottles of wine for $47. You don’t need to be a math whiz to know that’s a great deal.

If you stay on as a member, you’ll get a new box every month for $67 with free shipping, which still comes out to just over $8 per “bottle.” If you’ve got too many cans piling up, you can also skip a month or flat out cancel your subscription at any time.


If you’re still using a regular ol’ bath towel to dry off after your daily scrubbing, you’re doing it wrong. Bath sheets are basically the bath towel’s bigger, more luxurious cousin, and for a limited time, you can get one of your own from Crane & Canopy for 15% off of their usual price of $48 each, using promo code KINJA15.

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Measuring in at a whopping 40″ by 70″, these bath sheets are 67% larger than your typical bath towel, and they’re made from finely combed, long-staple cotton for an extra soft and absorbent feel. We’ve previously tested out these bath sheets and were particularly impressed by their most surprising, yet ingenious feature: a built-in loop for effortless hanging.

Snag your own set in any of six available colors by November 12, when this deal runs dry.


AmazonBasics makes pretty much everything at this point, and generally speaking, it’s a brand you can count on to be affordable and of good quality. While Amazon runs discounts on individual AmazonBasics products with some regularity, a whole bunch of it is on sale right now.

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A few favorites are below, but dozens of other products are included, so head over to Amazon to see the full list.


Firstleaf is an online wine club that learns your preferences, offers tons of options, and most importantly, saves you money compared to buying from the store. It’s a solid deal any time, but it’s even better for our readers today.

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Every new Firstleaf member gets an introductory delivery with three bottles of wine for just $15, plus $5 shipping. Considering that you aren’t locked in and can cancel any time, that’s a bargain. But it gets even better for our readers, as promo code Kinja will waive the $5 shipping charge, for a limited time. That’s three bottles of wine (all of mine had MSRPs over $20) for just $5 each shipped, with no commitment.

You can read more about the service in my review, but if you choose to remain a member (I did), every box thereafter includes six bottles for $80, plus $10 shipping.

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Uniqlo’s Ultra Light Down jackets will keep you warm, but not too warm. And this weekend only, men’s and women’s versions are marked down to $60, plus free shipping.


David Archy has emerged as one of our readers’ favorite underwear manufacturers on Amazon, and they’re blowing out all of their most popular styles in today’s Amazon Gold Box.

You’ll find a few different styles of boxer briefs and trunks here, including their moisture-wicking fast-dry boxers (of which I’m a fan), and their incredibly soft micro modal and bamboo offerings as well. Some are even from the company’s Separatec line, which features a separate compartments for the various parts of your anatomy. Beyond the underwear, the sale also includes tank tops, undershirts, robes, and pajamas for both men and women, so go ahead and treat yourself.


If you want your wallet to do it all, the Suave wallet packs in a ridiculous number of features into a svelte, classy package.

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First, let’s talk about Suave’s leather. They say it’s tanne with natural bark extracts, and that only 5% of tanners use this method. I don’t really know anything about tanning, but I do know that the sample they sent me featured some of the softest leather I’ve ever felt. It looked brand new, but felt like it’d been broken in for 10 years.

Inside, you’ll find room for up to 13 cards with elastic pull tabs for easy access, dedicated pockets for SD cards, microSD cards, and a house key, plenty of space for bills, and even a zippered pocket for coins and other small valuables. It sounds very much like a “dad” wallet, but it’s surprisingly thin and intelligently organized, and could easily fit into most front pockets.

The Suave was recently fully funded on Kickstarter, and is now continuing to take preorders via Indiegogo, with estimated delivery in January. It usually sells for $109, but if you use this link, you’ll see a Kinja Deals-exclusive $74 option. That’ll leave you with more money to store in the wallet once you receive it.


Flint’s clever, retractable lint roller is perfect for stashing in a suitcase during your holiday travels, or even a briefcase to take to work, and the orange model is down to $6 on Amazon right now. Most of the other colors sell for $9-$10, and I’m pretty confident that the paint color has no effect on its lint-grabbing performance.


Japanese skincare brand Tatcha uses gentle, simple ingredients to achieve especially glowy results — but that luxe-looking glow doesn’t come without an equally luxe price tag. Today, though, Tatcha is taking 20% off their entire site with promo code FRIENDS18, so it’s time to stock up.

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The Water Cream is a best seller (Sephora has struggled to keep it in stock in the past), as is their Rice Polish. Their Essence has also received rave reviews; it’s meant to be used just after cleansing, before applying any other skincare products in order to facilitate maximum absorption. I’m personally a big fan of the Indigo Cream, a miracle product containing colloidal oatmeal meant for those with sensitive skin.


SPANX pretty much has the market on shapewear cornered, and they’re not exactly cheap. So if you feel like that’s something you want, head over to Nordstrom Rack. The selection currently on sale includes SPANX of all shapes and sizes — everything from bike shorts, tanks, and slips to bras and briefs.


REI famously opts out(side) of Black Friday, but instead runs one of their biggest sales of the year leading up to Thanksgiving. It’s a distinction without a difference, and it’s live now.

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As part of their Gear Up Get Out sale, the outdoor superstore is offering up to 30% off on select gear and clothing — including all their best stuff. Our readers’ favorite men’s socks, puffy jackets, and raincoats are just a few of the great clothing buys currently up for grabs. In terms of tech, there’s a $60 gift card available with the latest GoPro, which is the same deal we’re expecting elsewhere on Black Friday.

Don’t wait too long to bring in your haul. Everything from apparel to outdoor adventurers’ must-haves are sure to go quick, and by November 19, this sale will be off into the wild blue yonder.


GORUCK makes our readers’ favorite backpack, and anyone that follows the company knows that they’re not so big on the whole discount thing. This weekend’s Veteran’s Day sale is one of the biggest sales they’ve ever run, and it’s a great opportunity to save on a high end bag, or some clothes.

The reader-favorite GR1 isn’t discounted, but it does come with a free 3L Field Pocket. A few of the company’s smaller backpacks are discounted though, in addition to a bunch of clothes, and some other accessories. I wouldn’t say any of it is cheap, but it’s all incredibly well made, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.


You know Indochino for their reader-favorite custom suits, but they also make really nice blazers and chinos, and both are on sale already for Black Friday.

All blazers (including, somewhat inexplicably, dinner jackets) are $219 with promo code BLKFRI, and the chinos come in at two pairs for $129 with the same BLKFRI code (normally $79 each). The best part? You still get to go through Indochino’s famous customization process, and pick your preferences for everything from pocket angles to hem designs to jacket liners.


Massdrop and Klymit teamed up to design an inflatable sleeping pad, and as is typical for these collaborations, it’s a really great deal. It’s basically a spitting image for the $60-$85 Static V Ultralite, except it’s black, has a MassDrop logo, and costs $50. This is a must-own for anyone that ever sleeps on the ground in a sleeping bag.


Clear out some closet space: Nordstrom ushering in Black Friday with a totally separate, but still very good Fall Sale. The department store is taking up to 40% off an expansive range of items for both men and women, including regular and designer apparel, shoes, accessories, cosmetics, and home goods. But don’t waste any time; just like leaves in winter, this sale will be gone by November 18.


If you’re ever planning to leave your home this winter, L.L.Bean is what you want to be wearing when you do it. The outdoorsy brand is taking 25% off all orders with promo code FALL25 in an effort to keep you cozy, when you should be feeling just plain cold. So now’s the time to stockpile Bean Boots, Wicked Good Slippers, and whatever other gear your closets can hold.


Fall is flannel season, but unfortunately, the coveted flannel button-down is a weirdly expensive commodity. If you want to be one of the cool kids who’s clad in plaid this time of year, head to Urban Outfitters, where they’re taking 25% off flannels for men and women. Prepare to be exclusively swathed in softness and warmth — and capitalize on the hip lumberjack trend —for the next few months.


20% Off Select Styles | Nike | Promo code FLASH20Graphic: Shep McAllister

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a big sale on Nike’s site, but today, you can save 20% on nearly 400 select styles with promo code FLASH20. There’s a good mix of shoes, apparel, and accessories in here for men, women, and even kids, including a bunch of cold weather gear.


Winter is all about layers on layers on layers — and Patagonia has vests, puffers, pullovers, and zip-ups galore, all of which are great for wearing alone on warmer days or all at once when it’s an arctic tundra outside. Right now, the winterwear purveyors are taking up to 50% off their Web Specials section until November 21. So it would behoove you to pile everything you can into your cart ASAP, so you can pile everything onto yourself in the cold months to come.


NCAA Hoodies | $22 | Fanatics | Promo code KINJANCAAGraphic: Shep McAllister

Bowl season will be here before you know it, and it’ll still be cold enough for a jacket by the time March Madness finally gets here, so it’s a perfect time to grab a hoodie to represent your alma mater or adopted school. These hoodies from Fanatics are already on sale for $30, but you can save an extra $8 and get free shipping with promo code KINJANCAA.

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Not every school is available, but those that are included usually have multiple colors and styles available.


These lightweight New Balance sneakers combine a mesh upper with a comfortable foam sole to make walking a breeze, and if you ask me, I think they look pretty cool too. Get a men’s or women’s pair in a couple of different colors for just $38 with promo code KINJASPORT.


Clear the Rack | Nordstrom Rack | Extra 25% off Clearance at checkoutGraphic: Shep McAllister

If you weren’t expecting another Clear the Rack sale until Black Friday, I’ve got some good new: it’s happening right now. As usual, the sale is full (and I mean ~20,000 items FULL) of really incredible deals for men and women, with tons of stuff available under $10. Designer clothing, brands you’ve never heard of, everything in clearance an extra 25% off at checkout from their already discounted prices.


Panasonic’s high end Arc5 electric shavers certainly aren’t cheap, but with five floating blades, you won’t find many that give you a closer or more comfortable shave. This model works wet or dry, and includes a pop-up trimmer to edge your sideburns and hard-to-reach hairs. It typically sells for around $150, but Amazon’s trimmed the price down to $100 today.


Bringing a hair dryer along on your holiday travels isn’t usually an option. But with these T3 Featherweight Compact Hair Dryers, now on sale at Sephora for $119 in both black and white, it’s totally feasible. These dryers fold up and come with a travel tote and cord wrap for easy transportation. Not to mention, it’s super light, so not only it is easy to carry around, it also makes drying your hair less of hassle (let’s be honest, hair drying can be a pretty serious arm workout). And while they may be small, these high quality dryers are as mighty as they come, thanks to T3 Tourmaline SoftAire technology that blasts out a high volume of ion-enriched air for a quick dry, more shine, and less frizz.

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Or, if you’re in the market for a full-sized ionic dryer, T3’s Cura model is also on sale for $179, down from $235. So don’t write this deal off as being full of hot air; it’s a blowout you won’t want to miss.


Although it looks exactly like a leg stretching medieval torture device, this highly rated Innova Inversion Table can actually be quite helpful for those who suffer from back pain, sciatica, herniated discs, and more, and you can get it today for just $97. Even for those without back injuries, this table can be used to amp up your workout, by allowing for more range of motion and thus deeper stretching.


Water flossing is an easier (and they would argue more effective) way to “floss” between your teeth, and Amazon is offering the popular Panasonic portable oral irrigator for $27 today, or even less if you use Subscribe & Save (why is this on Subscribe & Save?!). That’s the best price of the year, so your teeth and your wallet will thank you.

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Evan Amos’ Wikipedia-famous game console photography makes for a stunning coffee table book, and it’s down to an all-time low price on Amazon right now. Featuring 300 pages of full color photography spanning the entire history of video games, it also gives you a rare look inside some iconic consoles.

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The $17 list price is already the best Amazon’s ever listed, and the $1 coupon on the page makes it even cheaper at checkout.


Hugo and Nebula award-winner The Forever War remains timeless, and you can get a Kindle copy for just $3 today. If you’ve never read it, I really can’t recommend it highly enough, especially if you want to walk around with a dead, hollowed out look behind your dead eyes for a few days while you ponder it all.


At $8 per month for Prime members, Amazon Music Unlimited was already more affordable than Spotify Premium or Apple Music, but Amazon’s sweetening the pot for new members by offering four months for free, if you have an Amazon Echo device tied to your account.

This is the best deal they’ve ever offered on the service, and it’s even available to non-Prime members. If you have an Echo and you’ve never been a Music Unlimited subscriber, there’s no reason not to sign up.


Love to read but don’t have the time to sit down and actually read a book? Sign up for Amazon’s audiobook service, Audible, during this extended trial offer for Prime members.

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For a limited time, Prime members can get three months of the service for free, rather than the typical one-month trial. That entitles you to a new book of your choice each month, plus two free Audible originals of your choice. Plus, every book you choose is yours to keep, even if you cancel. The offer is available to new subscribers only.

Note: After the three month trial ends, you’ll automatically be charged $15 per month, so be sure to cancel if you don’t like it.

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Sphero’s remote-controlled BB-8 droid was one of the coolest toys ever made when it first came out, and it’s still improving to this day! Today on Woot, you can buy your own for 40 portions dollars, one of the best prices we’ve seen.


If you’re sick of playing the same old board games with your family over the holidays, Super Mario Party would be a great change of pace. Nintendo just put a special bundle up for preorder (ships in a week), featuring unique green and yellow Joy-Con set, plus the game, for $100. The game normally sells for $60, and Joy-Cons typically sell for around $70, so this is the rare Nintendo bundle that actually saves you money.

FYI, those two individual Joy-Con, plus the two that came with your Switch, are all you need for four people to play.


I don’t know why people are so worked up about Fallout 76it’s not like it’s the first multiplayer Fallout game, after all.

Kidding aside, the Fallout board game is excellent and cooperative, and you can pick it up for an all-time low 40 caps on Amazon today, down from the usual


Diablo IV isn’t coming any time soon, so it’s probably best to hunker down and wring as much enjoyment as you can out of Diablo III. The Immortal Collection includes all of the content and expansions released for Diablo III, and it’s down to just $30 on PS4 and Xbox One (sorry, Switch owners) on Amazon right now, matching an all-time low.


Dark Souls Remastered is finally arrives on Nintendo Switch on October 19, and it’s worth playing, even if it’s a bit rough around the edges. Normally priced at $40, Walmart just marked it down to $29, the best price we’ve seen. See what all the hype is about!


Dungeons & Dragons is, dare I say it, cool now? Or at the very least, trendy. If you’re curious to try it out for yourself, but don’t know how to get started, this starter set is down to $12 on Amazon, within a buck of its all-time low.

io9 reviewed this book several years ago, and gave it a great recommendation. It comes with five ready-to-play characters, six dice, and adventure book, a rulebook, and a character sheet, so you can stop worrying, and start having fun.


Though you’ll still need an expensive-ass computer to run it, the Oculus Rift VR system is finally approaching affordability, with the headset and controller bundle now available for $349. That’s a match for the price we saw around Black Friday last year, and an all-time low.


Bananagrams is a fun mix of Scrabble and Boggle, and one of the most travel-friendly “board” games you can buy. While supplies last, you can get it for just $10 today, within a couple cents of Amazon’s best price ever. I shouldn’t have to spell out for you that it’s a great deal.


$12 is cheaper than a lot of standard sized mouse pads, but today, that gets you a massive 3′ wide model that can accommodate your keyboard as well. Just be sure to use promo code AUKEY33K at checkout to save a few bucks.


Humble Monthly is a great deal for any PC gamer, and one of our readers’ favorite subscription services, and if you sign up now, you’ll get instant access to Cities Skylines and Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain: The Definitive Experience.

As always, these games (plus any others that unlock at the end of the month) unlock on Steam, and are yours to keep forever, even if you cancel your subscription.

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Ninja’s Fallout 76 Stream With Rick, Morty, And Logic Did Not Go Well

People say they want good gameplay from streams, but what they’re really looking for is acceptable gameplay paired with great chemistry. Top Twitch streamer Ninja, rapper Logic, and cartoon characters Rick and Morty unfortunately do not have that.

If nothing else, it was an ambitious experiment. Last night on Bethesda’s Twitch channel, Ninja and Logic streamed normally from their respective locations, while Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland voiced both Rick and Morty while playing. The animated pair appeared in their own on-screen window, depicted sitting on a couch and holding a game controller. The three (or four, depending on how you count these things) proceeded to romp around Fallout 76’s wasteland, attempting to crack jokes and enduring silences so awkward that they felt like tiny apocalypses of their own.

Initially, it was easy to chalk the lack of chemistry up to technical issues. Straight out the gate, audio and gameplay failed to sync up, with Rick and Morty going on at length about car shooting and mole-rat-exploding shenanigans upwards of ten seconds before they actually happened. Then Logic revealed that he didn’t really know how to play the game, so that slowed the early goings down, too.

As the stream went on, though, the squad just couldn’t seem to meet each other in the middle of their particular sensibilities. Everyone seemed nervous and out of their elements—even Roiland, who valiantly attempted to fill dead air with banter between his mismatched duo, but who was frequently met with non-responses that left little room for further improv.

At one point, Rick tried to convince Ninja and Logic to strip off their armor and run around “naked” punching everything. In response, they just kind of brushed him off.

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It was such a weird moment! Ninja proceeded to talk about somebody who was following them, and Logic talked about his chair. But it was also kind of a perfect encapsulation of what each person was about and why the stream felt so strained. Say what you will about Ninja’s stance on streaming with women and linguistic gaffes, but he’s damn good at video games. So of course, that’s his focus here, too. Then you’ve got Roiland trying to perform his hyper-specific brand of improv humor, because that’s his whole thing. And lastly, you’ve got Logic wondering why he’s there.

“Does Logic even talk?” a viewer asked in chat at one point.

In general, chat was not kind. Some highlights/lowlights:

“NOBODY ASKED FOR THIS”

“this is horrid, thanks”

“wow, this is… really bad”

“just cancelled my preorder of this game”

That’s not to say there weren’t a few decent moments. For instance, at one point Morty told Ninja an extended story about Rick burping under his bed that was just bizarre enough to work.

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There was also a bit about representation among Super Mutants that landed pretty well and got Ninja and Logic laughing. But when Roiland whiffed, he really whiffed. For instance, I’ve watched the following clip of Rick and Morty bantering about traps six separate times and still can’t figure out what Roiland was going for.

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Things proceeded more or less in this fashion for nearly three hours, and all the while, technical issues continued to take a toll. Most of the good stuff came toward the end, but by that point, viewers had already pretty much made up their minds about the whole thing.

Ever since the breakout Drake stream that already feels like it happened a million years ago (note: it was in March), “Ninja plays a game with famous people” has become a stream genre unto itself. I’m sure, then, that Bethesda looked at Ninja, a famous rapper, and Rick and Morty, and saw demographic dollar signs. But having a bunch of good ingredients scattered across a table doesn’t mean you have a good cake. You’ve gotta make sure those ingredients work in concert first, and if you don’t, well, then all you’ve got is a mess.

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The Best Down Jackets At Every Price Point

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Duck… Duck… Canada Goose! Grab your feathered friends and get into a Flying V, it’s time to talk about the most flocking cozy winter outerwear this side of the equator: fluffy, puffy, and crazy-warm down jackets.

Now that we’ve gotten all of those puns out of our system, let’s get into why we’re so down with down. (Okay that was the last one, promise!) Those little feathers in our outerwear—and pillows and comforters—are pretty amazing. They’re the bird’s insulation; the soft “plumage” underneath the feathers you can see. It’s warm enough and light enough that ducks and geese can go paddling around outside all winter and also literally fly… So yeah, it’s nice to have in a coat.

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You won’t want to face the colder months without one of these jackets because—spoiler alert—you can’t just fly south for the winter like the ducks. So whether you’re looking for some bougie Italian sprezzatura vibes from your outerwear or some 1990s throwback swagger, we’ve got you. From well over $3000 to just under $100, these are the best down coats at a range of prices.

Uniqlo Ultra-Light Down Half-Coat, $99

Let’s start off with a great, affordable option from Uniqlo (that’s only available online, by the way). Their Ultra-Light Down half-coat is filled with genuine down for warmth, but take note that since the shell is nylon, it’s going to absorb water rather than repel it. We like the design and the price tag on this one, but definitely save it for those cold, dry days, not the rainy wet ones.

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You can find more Uniqlo Ultra Light Down jackets and coats here, including some at lower price points, plus higher end seamless options.

The North Face Nuptse 1996 Jacket, $249

Boy, did we have major flashbacks when we saw this puffer at Nordstrom! A reissue from 1996, the Nuptse is for those of you who want to have your warmth and your 90s fashion street cred served up in equal measure this winter. Retro looks aside, this North Face jacket is great because it has a hidden hood and the color-block black around the shoulders is actually double-layered taffeta that’s designed to withstand the wear and tear of backpacking. Plus, it comes in eight colors and packs into its own pocket. (Again, ideal for travel if you go on a lot of ski trips or winter getaways!)

Patagonia Fitzroy Down Jacket, $349

You probably don’t need us to extol the technical virtues of Patagonia products, but it’s absolutely worth noting that this jacket packs into a stuff bag (ideal for travel), sheds rain and snow while you’re out and about, and has nice big pockets inside where you can handily stash your gloves or hat. Again, it comes in black, but the jewel green color is the winner in our eyes.

The Arrivals Aer Jacket, $395

The first thing that comes to mind for us when we think of The Arrivals is, “Can I have all of this please, to go?” Their jackets are just so cool and luxe. Like, Chris Pine bathing in a tub full of caviar-levels of cool and luxe.

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And guess what? They’re designed to perform, too. The Aer jacket keeps you cozy in temperatures below 30 degrees and even has a “powder skirt” which is a funny name for that snap-closure at the bottom of a jacket that keeps snow from flying up into it when you’re skiing.

Another real selling point for us with this puffer? All the colorways! Basic black is there, sure, but we’re majorly digging the faded matte hues of blue, reddish-pink and sandy brown that will set you apart from the down-wrapped masses.

Woolrich John Rich & Bros Sierra Supreme Short Jacket, $650

Woolrich is an American heritage brand we love, and their internal label, John Rich & Bros., creates apparel that’s a bit more playful and has a slightly more European vibe than Woolrich. We especially like this one because of the cool, oversized flap-front pockets and its slight sheen. Plus the rich olive color is just as easy to wear but way more interesting than your standard issue black or charcoal coat.

Canada Goose Wyndham Parka, $925

Is Canada Goose the Allbirds of winter coats? The brand enjoyed a similar, “Wow they really are everywhere” explosion in popularity over the past couple of winters—and a similar drop-off, too. That’s largely in part to oversaturation, and also because of the brand’s use of real coyote fur, and some controversy over how they get it. You can read up on their policies on animal products, and decide for yourself if you’re on board or not.

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From a quality standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than Canada Goose’s warmth and durability. Their outerwear is worn by arctic explorers, champion dogsledders and the first Canadian to summit Everest. They also just look nice, which matters when you’re investing nearly a G for one piece of clothing.

Loro Piana Clearwater Jacket, $3250

Did you even realize you could spend more than $3000 on a down coat? Turns out you can. The good news is, Loro Piana really doesn’t flock around when it comes to fabric. The brand is famous for their cashmere, but they “put a real do” (as my mom says) on their outerwear, too.

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The technical specs are there—weather-resistant shell and filled with 90 percent down and 10 percent goose feathers—but what really sets Loro Piana’s coat apart is the snazzy Italian craftsmanship that comes through in the small details: fleece lining in the detachable hood, cashmere woven into the trim, buttons made of buffalo horn and the slight curve at the bottom of the jacket that totally sets the silhouette apart from other jackets. Is this a lot of money to spend on a jacket? Of course. Is it worth it? Honestly… Kind of.


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