Friday, February 28, 2014

Vampires: An Education

Now that I've leaked the new strategy game's theme, I figured I should brush up on my vampire world knowledge. And, since today is Friday, I then thought Movie Night! Vampires have become very trendy over the last few years and there are hundreds of vampire movies out there. This should be easy!

Of course, much like any self-respecting wife, I thought this was also a great excuse to go out... so I mentioned it to my dear hubby Kevorque. I said, “You know, Vampire Academy is playing at the...”

For a moment, I thought he had turned vampire! His skin went pale and his lip curled... What did I say?!

Now, neither one of us has seen this recently released "potential blockbuster", but apparently, when you say you want to learn about vampires... you don't start at the Academy.

I figured I knew the basics... vampires suck blood, holy water and garlic scare them away, and they sparkle in sunlight... YIKES. Another (apparently major) blunder on my part.

First, I should give you a little background. Many years ago, Kevorque and Archmage met, and soon became best friends, while playing tabletop and live action role-playing games. Both have shelves of books and games that take over the walls: books by Tolkien, Lovecraft and Moorcock, as well as games by TSR, White Wolf, Chaosium, Blizzard (just to name a few!). Needless to say, they share a passion, not just a hobby.

And so I have been instructed... This weekend's homework (in preparation for Nocturion!): Van Helsing and Underworld... 1 through 4.

(Perhaps then, my incompetence won't be so taxing!)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Nocturion... is risen.

Do you find yourself awake at night? Perhaps you feel the days have become shorter, less bright, and the darkness of night stretches beyond its normal reach?

Welcome to Nocturion.

It has taken a hell of a lot longer than I thought, but things are starting to come together.

Last night we met until the wee hours of the morning... planning, discussing... letting our minds explore a world where vampires are the overloads... slowly building their empires by commanding armies, improving their skills, and forging alliances against one another and their environment. This is Nocturion.

In actuality, this new world (this new strategy game) was thought up well before Universe-Online (UO) became the game it is today. Kevorque and Archmage thought UO would be a great test, THE Test. Could they create an online strategy game worth playing? 

Check! Done and done! (or at least I think so!)

Well, as far as the "done" part goes, it seems these games are never actually done... just ask anyone active in the UO forum... the game is live and grows with its fans. 

Although the team will never give up their first baby in space (have no fear Governors!), its time to move forward and allow for the rise of Nocturion!