Video Game Review: “Owlboy” 

Russ Chapman

“Owlboy,”  released in late 2016, is a two-dimensional platforming adventure game. This game’s genre is not new by any stretch of the imagination, being similar to classics like the original “Super Mario Brothers” and “Sonic The Hedgehog” that released in the mid to late 1980’s or early 1990’s. So, what makes this game different? 

Most usually with the platformer genre, mastering the character’s mobility to navigate levels and puzzles is a key feature of gameplay, if not the entirety of the game. “Owlboy,” on the other hand, is a platformer where the mobility of your character is entirely a non-issue.  

The character plays as the young owl-boy named Otus. As would seem natural for an owl, Otus can fly. Flying makes moving through levels simple and a unique experience. However, the developers added difficulty to actually surviving through levels. 

The next noteworthy feature of gameplay is the combat system in the game. Otus is a simple character who relies on his friends to help him survive the hostile lands traversed in the game. There are three different friends that Otus can carry into battle and call upon to help him in the world. Each of them brings different combat abilities and strategies to fend off a variety of enemies and bosses.  

The combat is made interesting by the noticeable lack of platforming mentioned earlier. Otus can fly high into the air in a boss room to avoid damage, seemingly, a quite useful skill. However, if he fails to dodge the opponents attacks then he will be dazed and begin to plummet from the sky. When this failure happens, the friend being carried is dropped and the additional combat abilities are lost. Otus also takes damage from hitting the walls or from falling all the way to the ground, also extending the daze. Therefore, positioning and moving are very significant in combat. 

A brief comment on the artistic aspects of the game: the style is in a voxel art with simplified character models and environments. This art style lends itself well to fantasy environments, allowing for vibrant colors and unique designs. The environment is paired with a retro style music fitting the graphical theme, which only improved the quality of gameplay. 

Overall the game-play aspects of “Owlboy” are very well done. The controls are comfortable, and the abilities feel unique from other games within the genre. The combat is enjoyably difficult without being overly punishing, a difficult combination to achieve. The game is, all-in-all, a pleasure to play. 

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Model Review: Hasegawa Ki-27b Nate 

By Noa Brown

A major strong point for many model kits made by Hasegawa is their surface detail. Their 1/48 scale kit of the Ki-27 Nate is certainly no exception.  

The Ki-27 was a fighter plane produced by Nakajima for the Japanese Air Force during the 1930s. It featured a closed cockpit, all-metal construction, fixed landing gear and two 7.7 millimeter machine guns. The aircraft served primarily in the border-conflicts with Russia before World War II and was quickly outdated by the breakout of the war. 

The model kit itself has exquisite surface detail, featuring both recessed panel lines and rivet holes. Assembly was quite brief due to the small number of parts. However, assembly was not totally clean. A proper fitting of the fuselage parts and the wing fairings required a small amount of putty to fill in empty spaces. Additionally, the fit between the radial engine and the cowling was extremely tight and formed some cracks. 

Painting was done primarily with Tamiya acrylics. The cockpit walls and side panels were painted a medium shade of blue, pin-washed in turpentine and dusted with Tamiya weathering pigments. The exterior of the aircraft was then pre-shaded with flat black along the all the panel lines using a dual action airbrush. Following the pre-shade, a base coat of Imperial Japanese Airforce grey was airbrushed onto the aircraft. 

The waterslide decals on the model were quite durable, yet also thin enough to adhere quite nicely to the model’s complicated surface. The decals, however, were quite glossy. They also had a rather large transparent backing on them that was especially noticeable on the smaller ones. Model Master’s decal set was used the assist in decal adhesion and Micro Sol was used to allow the decal to conform to the surface. 

Following decal application, a coat of floor wax was airbrushed on to protect the decals. Additional Tamiya weather pigments were used to make the aircraft look as though it had been operating off a grass airfield. To simulate the effect of soot from the aircraft exhaust, a ground black pastel was brushed on the aircraft surface. 

Overall, Hasegawa’s 1/48 Ki-27 was an enjoyable build. There is a small amount of effort involved to get the best fit on the parts, but it is not excessive. This model would be ideal for any skill level except for a first-time builder. 


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Jessica Quarles – New Hazy Librarian 

By J. Quarles
Special to Horizons 

“Community, community, community” were words that kept repeating in my head during my interview and first month working at Embry-Riddle. And in my short time here I have seen the truth in these words.   

Hello, I’m Jessica Quarles, the new Research and Instruction Librarian at Hazy Library.  I am proud to be a part of this connected, caring, learning community that is filled with active and engaged researchers.  Recently I’ve had the privilege of consulting with students submitting their proposals for Undergraduate Research Institute (URI) funding and it’s so exciting to see what scholars at Embry-Riddle are passionate about pursuing.   

I earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Emporia State University and moved to Prescott from Salt Lake City, Utah where I worked at the Markosian Library at Salt Lake Community College.  I am loving Prescott, especially all the outdoor opportunities.  Recently, I discovered the Constellation Trails. If you haven’t hiked them yet, do yourself a favor! Put the trails on your list for an up-close view of some gorgeous Granite Dells rock formations.   

In the Hazy Library, I am the Research Librarian liaison to the College of Security and Intelligence, and look forward to helping you with your research.  Did you know we have about 100 databases available to you 24/7, both on and off campus?  For GSIS/SIS in particular, some great ones to use are Digital National Security Archive, Stratfor Worldview, and Homeland Security Digital Library.  We also have digital access to great publications like Defense Weekly, Intelligence Review, The New York Times, and many more.  

Have you ever wondered how to keep track of all your sources?  One tool that Hazy Library has subscribed to and one that I’m really passionate about is “RefWorks.” I would love to show you how, with a few clicks of a button, you can save your research, insert citations, create bibliographies and save yourself a lot of time and headaches!  As the semester gets busier and busier, I know “RefWorks” will be a lifesaver.   

Stop by the Hazy Library on Valentine’s Day for our “Blind Date with A Book” event.  Students are invited to come and pick from our table of wrapped books.  Each book has descriptive terms on the wrapped cover. Students will be encouraged to go on a “blind date with a book” – select a book based on the short descriptors and check it out!  Once the book is checked out, unwrap it to discover if it is indeed a good “blind date match” AND get a raffle ticket for our prize drawing!  Two lucky “book daters” will win a large heart shaped box of candy filled with delicious chocolate Lindt Gourmet Truffles.  Winners will be drawn and contacted on February 15 (1 book/1 entry per person).  We hope to see you there!  

My passion as a librarian is giving you the tools you need to succeed.  Please feel free to contact me at [], stop by my office on the second floor of the Hazy Library or stop by the ASK Research Desk on the first floor.  I look forward to meeting you all!  


Club Spotlight: Eagle Eye 

By Garrett Palmquist
Copy Editor

The gradual expansion of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—Prescott’s College of Security and Intelligence (CSI) has seen the rise of numerous student organizations centered on security and intelligence work. Eagle Eye, one of the longest-running intelligence-focused organizations on ERAU’s Prescott campus, allows members to explore the world of intelligence writing and get a feel for a career in the field. 

Eagle Eye president Caitlyn Aaron, a sophomore in the Global Security and Intelligence Studies degree program, has already seen the benefits that the club provides. “The club is great for those who want to build on their analytic and writing skills,” Aaron said, later adding that the club is a good resume builder for students pursuing internships and careers in security and intelligence. Aaron also noted that most internships in the field require strong writing skills. She added that many recent graduates who were former Eagle Eye members have since found fulfilling careers within the intelligence community that utilize the same skills expounded in Eagle Eye. 

Eagle Eye’s Editor in Chief Christian Allen, a sophomore studying Global Security and Intelligence, denounced the misconception that the club is meant for students with already strong writing skills, or only for those wishing to work in the intelligence community. “We have engineering students who write for us,” Allen noted, explaining that the club focuses equally on building the skills of students at all ability levels while also delivering a formal intelligence publication.  

Eagle Eye members take on the mantle of “Subject Matter Expert” (SME) for a particular region of the world, such as the Former Soviet Bloc, or international topic, such as Terrorism. SME’s then research their subject and produce periodic situational reports or intelligence briefs. These reports and briefs are published on Eagle Eye’s website, which can be found at []. 

Aaron did note that many students believe that Eagle Eye is all work and no play. “People focus too much on the academic side of it,” she said, “but we’re more than just doing homework for fun.” Eagle Eye hosts numerous events throughout the academic year, including game nights, informational sessions, and faculty debates. The next faculty debate, which will feature CSI faculty discussing current events and trending topics, is scheduled for March 2018. 

Both Aaron and Allen stressed that Eagle Eye is open to students from any degree program with any level of writing proficiency. Students interested in learning more about the intelligence community or improving their own writing skills are encouraged to attend the club’s meetings every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in ERAU—Prescott’s building 17, room 134. 

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Drag Show Performers Strut Their Stuff 

By Garrett Palmquist
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The Pride Network hosted its second annual Drag Show on Feb. 3, 2018 after technical difficulties forced it to be postponed from its original Fall 2017 showtime. 

Drag shows involve performers singing or lip-syncing to songs while performing some sort of dance or pantomime. Performers often wear over-the-top costumes and makeup, generally as members of the opposite gender. For the Pride Network’s Drag Show, the costumes were notably tame—one performer simply wore pants and a feminine sleeveless tee-shirt—and the makeup, if any was present, was difficult to discern in the overly-dark Lower Hangar, where the event was held. 

Six acts strutted their stuff across a stage drowned in technicolored lights, with a mock runway dividing the crowd into two sections. Of these acts, many appeared to feature differing combinations of the same performers, making it difficult to ascertain exactly how many individuals actually participated in the festivities. The audience’s participation was similarly questionable; aside from appropriate cheers and applause, there was little movement among the few dozen attendees. When the master of ceremonies asked for ten volunteers for an audience participation section (a contest of who could put on lipstick the best), it took much cajoling to bring barely half of the requested number of volunteers onto the stage. In all, the event finished in less than thirty minutes. 

Rachel Rise, president of the Pride Network and the primary organizer of this second iteration of the Drag Show, was proud of the work that her fellow club members put into the event. “We had a solid team that all helped make it work,” Rise noted before adding, “We still made some mistakes and had some miscommunications, but…we came through as an organization and the quality of the event reflected that.” 

Rise also brought up the Fall 2017 Drag Show that was forced to be postponed: “I’m glad [this event] happened, because we as an organization were trying to improve our campus image after having the cancel the previous one at the last minute.” When asked what’s next for the Pride Network, Rise said, “We’re seeking to provide more resources and services to the greater campus community through outreach and more educational events.” 

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Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

Madison Padilla
Chief Copy Editor 


  • 2 1/2 sticks of butter 
  • 1/2 cups granulated sugar 
  • 3/4 cups of brown sugar 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla 
  • 1 1/2 all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda 
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 ground nutmeg 
  • 3 cups of uncooked old-fashioned oats 
  • 1 bar of dark chocolate (or semi-sweet chocolate chips – based on preference) 

Oatmeal cookies get a bad reputation. Most people attribute them to tasteless, raison filled, wastes of flour, but I’m here to prove that wrong. To start preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is preheating, stir the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until creamy.  

Add in the vanilla and egg, once it is stirred well add in the dry ingredients excluding the oats. I would highly recommend stirring in the flour gradually as pouring it in at once will prove messy. After the dry ingredients are mixed, gradually add in the oats.   

With the base mixture complete, you are able to get creative with what you want to add. I personally enjoy chopping up a dark chocolate bar or toffee and caramel chips. Other ideas include adding dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or different types of nuts. Once you add your chosen additive, take the dough and plop onto an ungreased cookie sheet. For an easier time handling the dough, I recommend using two spoons to scoop and remove the dough from the bowl to the cookie sheet.  

After that, place in the cookies into the oven for nine to eleven minutes or until you can see the edges turn golden brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and let sit. It is important to note that the cookies will continue to cook on the sheet from residual heat – be aware of that so you don’t overcook the cookies if you prefer them softer.  

One final thing to note is that the cookies will take on a more ball-like shape due to the high altitude. While I enjoy the texture of these cookies as a result of that, you can add 1-1/4 cups flour to change the texture. This recipe allows for plenty of creative freedom, and I highly recommend making them for a slightly healthier snack.  


French Theme Proves Too Uppity for Average Riddle Kid 

By Zoe Crain
Copy Editor 

On Saturday, Jan. 27, Ballroom Dance Club held the first of their bi-semester dances. As per usual a slightly doddering, sweet, elderly man referred to by all as “just Andy” taught the dance attendees how to Night Club Two-Step. To the delight of some attendees, Ballroom Club stuck to their declared French theme, with some students dressed in “traditional French garb,” i.e., striped shirts and berets. 

The first lesson kicked off at 6:30 p.m., with attendees separated into leads and follows. Students and community members lined both sides of the Eagle Gym while Andy demonstrated the basic step and a simple spin to his rapt audience. As he then continually reminded everyone, “Remember, leads! If your follow is not doing what you want them to be doing, it’s because you didn’t lead it correctly!” 

The effects of this statement were instantaneous. All leads instantly furrowed their brows and focused extremely hard on getting their follow to dance the correct moves. The result of this effort was a lot of toes being stepped on and couples consistently dancing offbeat as the leads turned purple in their attempt to maneuver themselves and another person through a series of moves. 

Despite the physical difficulty, it was clear that attendees were enjoying themselves. Smiles flashed in the dim lighting as the lesson concluded and the students and off-campus guests alike took to the dance floor to show off their moves. 

Looking across the dance floor was almost like looking at a flower garden in bloom. As women spun on the hands of their partners, skirts billowed and twirled. One student in particular looked like a Greek goddess in a floaty yellow dress and glittery hair. 

Each dance put on by the Ballroom Club has a different feel to it. Depending on what type of dance is being taught, the dances can feel anywhere from lively and bouncy to slow and sweet. This dance fit into the latter category, with the Night Club Two-Step fitting well with artists like Michael Buble, Ella Fitzgerald, and Johnny Cash. Night Club Two-Step can also be danced to country music. 

Night Club Two-Step is best danced to slower songs that are in a 4/4-time signature, similar to the dance Country Two-Step. It is actually very easy to interchange Night Club and Country Two-Step while dancing. With Ballroom Club consisting of many members with jazz and country music backgrounds, members were excited for the opportunity to dance to their favorite type of music. 

Unfortunately, the consensus of attendees this time around about the music played was negative. Said student Kristina Landen, “I didn’t know a single one of the songs. I think it was because the club really stuck to the theme this time around … I wasn’t very motivated to dance when I didn’t recognize the music.” 

Student Sarah Moss agreed, “It was still a lot of fun to be there and dance, and I’ll of course continue going. But hopefully next time the music is a little more upbeat.” 

Ballroom Dance Club holds their weekly lessons on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in the Lower Hangar.