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What is up and some book quickreviews + kickstarter projects

I realise that I haven’t been doing much posts for a while now. I guess I should explain.
I got accepted into a university, where I’m studying student councelling, life has been really busy. I’ve also been unmotivated to do any posts on the blog due to being so busy with everything that has been going on.

Done some reading though so here are quick verdicts:

John Scalzi – Fuzzy Nation

Verdict: A book to read, I found it a pretty good read, pick it up as paperback for cheap and it is really worth it.

Patrick Rothfuss – The Wise Mans Fear

Verdict: GET! I myself am waiting for the next one..if only there were more of these..(Side note: I was a little bit disappointed about the story progression and some little things but all in all it is a great book and definately worth having..I’m just nitpicking here really..)

Kristine Kathryn Rusch – Boneyards

Verdict: I really love these three books (diving into the wreck, city of ruins) and I heartily recommend each of these, that said I think Boneyards isn’t as good as City of Ruins, but considering how good that book was..Boneyards is really worth reading though you should probably not pick this book up if you haven’t read the two before it..now to wait for the next one.

G.R.R Martin – A Dance With Dragons

Verdict: Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire gets back into the good stuff (after the book before this..) and I’m glad he does that, I do hope there won’t be a long wait for the next book..we can only hope and I think the wait will be worth it.

John Steakley – Armor

Verdict: Did I tell you this book has power armors? It does. A good book, very minor flaw (Not being more books for me to read being it!). I could not put it down, read this mostly in one sitting (had to sleep at times) very worth getting if you liked Starship Troopers.

Mark Lawrence – Prince of Thorns 

Verdict: Good, I had some minor issues with this book (Damn you for misleading me for a bit! but thanks for it too..). Going to follow this writer and read more of his books, he can do good books..and I want to read more about the world in this book.

Well that is the update with books, next onto the kickstarter
Kickstarter projects that I like and have backed:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cig/star-citizen  (Star Citizen, very promising and already funded, but kickstarter still running)

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity (I’m almost wishing I could already play it..)

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2 (Mark Morgan Soundtrack! I’m looking forward to this!)

That is that, I think we have a pretty good update here, I’ll probably sometime do a video blog post with Piano music.

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Some game music

All done by one person, here is his youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Taioo

FLARE (Free Libre Action Roleplaying Engine)

It is no surprise that i prefer open source. I do run a linux os afterall.

What we have today on the menu is a game engine project.

“FLARE (Free Libre Action Roleplaying Engine) is a simple isometric-perspective action rpg engine in the basic style of Diablo.  It is light on infrastructure to make the code easy to modify for various projects.”

Maybe once this engine matures more i will make a game on it, would be interesting to try doing one.

Classic games

I am using the lack of interesting stuff today to blog about two of my favorite all time games.

Fallout 2

“Fallout 2 is a computer role-playing game developed by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay in 1998.”

I have been playing this game since 1999 to this day 2011. It is a game that seems to never grow old, the dialogue is interesting and has plenty of humour in it. Graphics might seem old fashioned to players who are used to the current generation of games but to me they have an compelling charm and feel. This here is truly a game made so well that people still play it to this day.(When it came out it was riddled with bugs..and still is but you can find a mod that gives new content and fixes bugs)

Baldurs Gate 2

“Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, developed by BioWare and released September 26, 2000, is the second computer role-playing game in the Baldur’s Gate series, taking place just a few months after the events of Baldur’s Gate.”

I played this game around the same time as Fallout 2. I will always have a soft spot for isometric viewpoint games. But what i loved about Baldurs Gate 2? The weapons, gameplay, dialogue, story, enemies, graphics. I feel they just don’t make games like this anymore.

One thing these two games really have in common is the music. They have some of the best atmosphere creating music i’ve ever heard in a game.

Anno 2070

A simcity like game for the future? Yes please.

I’m quite excited about this game as it has been a long time since i got to play a simcity like game..and to top it off this one has a futuristic look i find interesting.