I'm in the future. Like hundreds of years in the future. I've been dead for centuries.
Oh, lovely, you're a cheery one aren't you?

Friday, March 30

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Today's Greatest Thing Ever

A macabre fairy tale?  As if there were any other kind. smile


In other news, I have a llama.  Arrived this morning as a freebie with some t-shirts.  Which were greatly discounted, then over-charged, then over-refunded, so they worked out being reasonably priced even with international shipping.

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Thursday, March 29

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Still No TV

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Tuesday, March 20

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Open Letter To Bioware

Regarding the new direction for the Dragon Age series:

Dragon Age: Origins.  Do that.

Previously:

Dragon Age II, A Possibly Unfair Review But I Don't Care

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Whu... Blee....

Must... Purchase... 50,000-year-old dice...



Or 25-year-old AD&D. That's cheaper.

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Saturday, March 17

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It Is A Sobering Thought

That by the time Mozart was my age, he'd been dead for two years.*


* Well, ten, but I'm quoting here.

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Salamandered!

Another Kickstarter project shepherded safely across the finish line. So far every project I have backed has been funded. That streak looks set to break with Metacell 2, which hasn't raised much interest and has a pretty ambitious target.

I think everyone is still learning here. After the sudden outbreak of megaprojects like OotS, DFA, and that iPhone dock thingy (and now Wasteland 2), it will take a while for people to find the best balance between ambition and pragmatism.

Anyway:

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Thursday, March 15

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Shut Up And Take My Money...

...Has been the popular response to the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter project, which has reached its ambitious goal of $900,000 in under 48 hours, with 33 days left to go.

This is to be a turn-based, party-oriented, story-driven, isometric, tactical RPG. There was some argument on the Obsidian forums when a smilar idea was floated there, with some discounting the pent-up demand for precisely this kind of game and predicting that a Kickstarter drive would only bring in a few thousand dollars over the course of a month. Wasteland 2 is bringing in a few thousand dollars per hour.

Does this presage a new Belle Époque for cRPGs, and for old-school games in general? One can certainly hope. Obsidian just suffered the cancellation of a major project for Microsoft, so they have to be looking even more seriously at Kickstarter than they were before.

And then there's baldursgate.com (warning: plays music) which is currently showing a countdown timer.... And crashed earlier today under the load.

The load. Of a countdown timer.

I think the real limitation is not demand at all but the number of independent developers who can credibly propose this sort of project. Brian Fargo has reassembled much of the old team for Wasteland 2 and gained the trust of the fans; there's Trent Oster (of Neverwinter Nights fame) behind the Baldur's Gate teaser, and Chris Avellone of Obsidian (Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, Neverwinter Nights 2) floating the idea of a spiritual successor to Torment.

Beyond that, I don't know. I don't think fans would take kindly to Bioware trying this; they're part of EA now and they already told old-school fans where to shove it with the abortive Dragon Age 2.

Meanwhile, the Erfworld Motion Comic and Random Goodies Pledge Drive has closed at over 350% of the original goal, and... Oh, Kickstarter has fallen over.

Damn.

I'll have to update the rest of the details later.

Wait, they're back. Okay!  Here's those, and a couple of other neat-looking games that I've thrown a few dollars at.


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Wednesday, March 14

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One Door Closes, Another One Opens

The Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter just finished, raising $3,335,265 of its original $400,000 goal.

And now the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter has kick... started... So far raising $391,536 of its $900,000 goal in 12 hours.

I expect we'll be seeing more of these.

Also, any salamander fans out there, time's running out to help get The Adventures of the Salamander over the finish line.

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Thursday, March 08

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Awesome In Progress

Sample from the future mee.nu artist-in-residence: Minx and Miko.

These aren't the final product, but they're already shaping up wonderfully.

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