OK, this looks pretty awesome.
Unfortunately apparently said footage is coming from PS4 gameplay (I ain’t spending that kind of money on a gaming console that I’m not going to use), but it’s still pretty awesome.
The crowd-funded retro-80s… whatever it is… was scheduled to come out today; and lo! It has. Watch up:
No, seriously. I shelled out twenty bucks so that you could watch this for free. I was happy to do so, mind.
I cannot but think that this might have been a bit of a mistake.
She says that it’s a good, accessible read. Which probably means that if you’re into that sort of thing, you should pick it up. I’ll probably read it myself once she’s done with it.
…and I’m aware that balancing a pencil on top of another pencil is inherently unstable. Still, I’m pretty sure that I’d never voluntarily engage in a conjuration ritual. I mean, what if I’m wrong? What is the victory condition when you summon up a malevolent supernatural entity that can eat your soul? Not getting your soul eaten? You can get that by not participate in the ritual in the first place.
Sorry, but it all seems very sketchy to me.
Via Drudge, because it was a slow news day, OK?
Conquistador by S.M. Stirling is an… interesting book. The premise is classic Golden Age science fiction: a H. Beam Piper*-esque hero creates a stable dimensional portal to an alternate California that Europeans have never colonized, or even visited. And so, in classic Golden Age style, the aforementioned Great Man of history goes and carves out a nice little kingdom for himself and his fellow freebooters… and that’s where the book gets a little enjoyably awkward, because S.M. Stirling quite enjoys reminding us that our grandparents and great-grandparents were from a completely different people. The book is not precisely a dystopia, but the society it describes is perhaps not somewhere you’d want to live. Read about? Sure. Live? …Not so much. But it is indeed a page-turner. Especially if you like your adventure fiction to come with appendices, and who among us does not?
And so, adieu to Digital Divide.
*This was so totally a homage to H. Beam Piper. Stirling made it pretty explicit, in fact.
Gwent, for those wondering, is the game of chance that you play in The Witcher: Wild Hunt – Collector’s Edition – Xbox One (there’s a reason why I put up the Xbox One link: keep reading). It’s basically a digital CCG that is simultaneously absurdly anachronistic and sweating-blood engrossing. Which is why Tycho at Penny Arcade is going nuts over it; and why he wrote this:
I was going to say that, unlike many digital card games – ones that play with the mutable data of the cards themselves, or “summon” cards from a superset you don’t own – there’s no reason why this game couldn’t be played on a table. Except we know it can be, because the Xbox One version I never considered for a fraction of a second includes physical decks in its collector’s edition.
Indeed, there is currently one – one – available on Amazon right now (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt *2 Gwent Card Decks* from Collectors Edition Xbox Version), and if I had eighty bucks to throw at it I would. They absolutely must sell these decks. Absolutely.