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Twitter Topic: #80spopfood

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Here are my contributions to the recent #80spopfood topic over at Twitter:

* Dairy Straits
* Noodle Shooz
* Dur-ham Dur-ham
* Blame It on the Grain
* All-Beef Frank Goes to Hollywood
* Pet Shop Soys

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Wessed Up History – 4/26/2010

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Fell behind on posting these. Time to catch up:

* April 12, 1633: Inquisition sends Galileo a Farmville request. Failure to respond gets him arrest for life – Farmville is serious business.
* April 13, 1950: Infant Ron Perlman gets smacked on the bottom and then rasps at the doctor – “Womb…womb never changes.”
* April 14, 2007: Singer Don Ho pops his last tiny bubble.
* April 15, 1755: Samuel Johnson’s “Dictionary of the English Language” is published. Too late, printers notice it’s in Esperanto.
* April 16, 1780: Founding of the University of Munster. Grampa is headmaster. Lily teaches English. Herman kills all plants in the garden.
* April 17, 1397: Chaucer’s first telling of Canterbury Tales. King says time-traveling doctor “ludicrous beyond measure.” Demands rewrite.
* April 18, 1906: Article in L.A. Times starts worldwide Pentecostal movement. Penny Saver blurb about Scientology goes ignored for decades.
* April 19, 1949: Lawn chair pilot Larry Walters emerges balloons-first. Floats around for several minutes before doctors can catch and slap.
* April 20, 1653: Oliver Cromwell dissolves the Rump Parliament. He doesn’t do anything about the Milkshake Congress.
* April 21, 1970: Citing lack of tentacle-head dancers, Hutt River Province Principality secedes from Australia.
* April 22: Earth Day. Planet takes day off. We’re on our own for air and gravity until it gets back from Cabo.
* April 23, 1635: The first public school opens in Boston. One week later, musket detectors are added near the front door.
* April 24, 1800: Disappointed to learn Kama Sutra taken, government creates Library of Congress instead.
* April 25, 1953: Typo in report by Francis Crick and James Watson leads to description of “Double-Stuf” Helix and the First Oreo theory.

Podcast and Q&A

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Here are a couple of items that might be of interest.

One is the Big Freakin’ Podcast episode in which I was interviewed about Fallen Earth. The other is a forum-based Q&A with FE players. Got questions for the forum Q&A? You’ve got until the end of this week to post them. I’ll answer as time allows.

And so it begins…

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

We’re on a rather crunchy schedule right now, prepping Fallen Earth‘s Patch 1.4, which encompasses Blood Sports, clan wars, achievements, the new module for Deadfall/Los Alamos, and a major revamp of the combat abilities and effects.

This translates into long hours and weekend work, a lot of stress as people get closer and closer to final deadlines, and a great deal of testing. We’ve blown off a lot of steam killing each other in deathmatches and flag capture games!

The company’s been taking pretty good care of us, though, bringing in catered dinners and the occasional pile of pizzas.

It feels very nose-to-the-grindstone, but we’re on a course with the game that should take us to some great places. I can’t say enough nice things about the team that I work with each and every day.

And they mostly seem to bathe regularly.

Monday MUD Day – 4/26/2010

April 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Today’s selections include:

* The Land of Drogon
* The Soul Ruins
* Netrunners
* Isengard

Fallen Earth: The new gig

April 22, 2010 Leave a comment

So, yes, I’ve been a little quiet on the blog for the past few days. Work’s been crazy and I’m getting ready to move to a new apartment. But there’s other news!

I’ve been proud to be part of the Fallen Earth development team since early 2006.

Now, I’m the game’s Director of Content Development. Check out this link for more information about the team!

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Between the Lines: “The Spectre’s Song”

April 19, 2010 2 comments

It’s been more than a year since people started showing up aboard the sentient starship known as Comorro Station. In all that time, though, no one has ever really learned much about the past of this creature that has been around for tens of millions of years.

When Anshera asked for a Ghost Story event card activity, I found my chance to do a couple of things.

First, I could use a creative method to provide exposition about Comorro that players otherwise would never get, because that history is something the Yaralu would never share on her own.

Second, I could mess with the perception that a “Brody event” always involves maiming, killing, or near-death experiences.

No dice rolls. Not one bolt of blaster fire. And very little dialogue. The only dialogue, spoken by Comorro herself, is a demand for Anshera to shut up when she starts singing an ancient but familiar tune.

Anshera, a character transferred over from Necromundus after it closed (and therefore able to communicate with the dead), was able to detect and interact with glowing, singing orbs that only she could see in the docking hub – the long-barren womb of Comorro Station. She asked Razorback to give her a lift so that she could reach out and touch one of the orbs. When she did, her eyes began to glow and the song emanated from her so that all could hear.

The song evoked emotions and images within the minds of all who listened, telling the story of Comorro’s doomed offspring, who were captured by the Kamir and Thul, then used as weapons against their enemies – including a war to enslave the Lotorians and destroy their native world. Comorro then took it upon herself to hunt her eight children. She caught and consumed seven of them. The eighth, later to become known as The Harrower, eluded capture and joined with the Hivers in their eventual war against the Kamir. The Harrower still lives today – it was the massive ship that players first encountered on the original OtherSpace back in 1998.

It wasn’t an action-packed event, but I do think it was a success at provoking some emotions that give players a deeper sense of the hardship and sorrow experienced by Comorro.