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Sunday, Oct 14, 2012

Project Eternity Q&A; $3M Goal Reached

A new Kickstarter update for Project Eternity features a Q&A where Obsidian Entertainment responds to community questions about their upcoming RPG. Word is: "This week's Q&A is a little different. I spent some time reading the questions that people were asking in various Project Eternity forums, including our Kickstarter comments, our Project Eternity Facebook page, the RPG Codex forums, the reddit Project Eternity group, and our own Obsidian forums. I have picked five questions to answer, one from each of these forums, and I have answered them below. For each question, I have included the forum poster who asked it, along with his original question text." As for the game's fundraising, with 50+ hours to go, they announce they have surpassed the $3 million mark, which triggers their finals stretch goal, and the game will include Strongholds, which will take the concept of player housing to the next level. Thanks nin.

Roberts Space Industries Website Back

The Roberts Space Industries Website is back in action after being knocked offline for most of the time since the recent announcement of Star Citizen, the new space simulator from Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts. This allows those interested in participating in the crowdfunding for the game, which as so far raised about one third of its two million dollar funding goal. Thanks Arkayas.

Blizzard Books Seminar Mentions WoW Patch Plans

Blizzplanet has a trailer from the New York Comic Con where Blizzard Entertainment participated in a panel about supporting their various games with literature, discussing plans for two novels: World of Warcraft: Vol’jin, Shadows of the Horde by Michael Stackpole in April 2013 and StarCraft II: Flashpoint by Christie Golden on November 6th, and two ebooks: World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects by Richard A. Knaak on January 15th, 2013 (part one of four) and an anthology of Diablo III short stories called Diablo III: Heroes Rise, Darkness Falls. There is also a little to be found there on plans for upcoming version 5.1 and 5.2 patches for World of Warcraft:
World of Warcraft: Vol’jin, Shadows of the Horde by Michael Stackpole will be published on April 2013.

The upcoming World of Warcraft patch 5.1 will focus a lot on the book’s plot. Players will meet Vol’jin throughout Pandaria in patch 5.1. He wants to dispense indiscriminate justice against Garrosh. He’ll make sure to be behind his downfall. In the novel, Vol’jin will have few contemplative moments at a Pandaria monastery, learning wisdom from the Pandaren.

The novel’s main characters are Vol’jin and Chen Stormstout.

We were told Vol’jin will be featured on patch 5.2 too. The developers are hard at work on a new Vol’jin NPC model and new Zandalari troll models in patch 5.1.

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's accounting of the ten bestselling games on Steam for the past week:

  1. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  2. Dishonored
  3. Borderlands 2
  4. Borderlands 2 Season Pass
  5. Torchlight II
  6. Counter-Strike Global Offensive
  7. Arma II: Combined Operations
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collection 4: Final Assault
  9. Borderlands 2 Mechromancer Pack
  10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Hearthfire

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Out of the Blue

It took a while to act on the inspiration the change of seasons brought, but last night I fired up the first batch of chili of the autumn, and it's currently finishing on the stove after about 15 hours of cooking. After several batches in a row that were on the milder side (only by comparison, as they were still very hot), this time around it is positively nuclear. The path to this outcome started when I had a conversation with the farmer at the farm stand about his habaneros that I was buying, where he explained that they were not as hot as you'd expect because of the colder weather they were exposed to before being picked. This helped my decision to include some of the dried ghost peppers we have on hand, and since the batch of wings I made with one of them was edible, I decided I could use three of them in seven pounds of meat, since they are hardly larger than raisins. So a dozen "mild" habaneros and three "tiny" dried ghost peppers (okay, and a can of chipotles) have resulted in an extremely hot chili, which looking back over this sentence, should not be as surprising as all that.

Spicy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Cloud Wars.
Links: Tracing the Influence - Stolen images in games.
Hello Kitty AR-15 - evil black rifle meets cute and cuddly. Thanks ^Drag0n^.
Stories: "Skyfall" Scores Early Rave Reviews.
Andes survivors mark 40th anniversary of crash.
Images: The Pen is a Tattoo.
Media: Dogs in Slow Motion - Fun In The Water.
Drunk Panda does Salvador Dali limp watch imitation.
The Funnies: Brevity.
Follow-up: Daredevil Skydiver to Attempt 23-Mile Supersonic Jump Sunday.
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