The sky is falling

Not from concentrate

Friday, June 25, 2004 | 11:34 AM | by
So there's a new game that's battling Thief 3 for my free time. Actually, it's not even a full game. It's a demo. The multiplayer demo for Chaos League was released yesterday.

I'd honestly never heard of this game before I came across the demo, but I'm a sucker for fantasy sports games. It's why Deathrow is easily one of my favorite games on the XBox.

Chaos League, reminiscent of the Mutant League series on the Sega Genesis, is a simple football-type game with heavy emphasis on using drugs, brutality and bribes to win each match. Add in that the teams consist of dwarves, elves, goblins and the like, and it seems like a pretty nifty game.

I only started playing it last night. I went through some of the tutorials, and just goofed around. I'll need to give it some more play time to truly form an educated opinion about it, and decide whether or not I'll pick it up when it comes out, but it's pretty cool so far. If it interests you, you should check it out.

I'm only going to accept applications for the ConnectiCon CAD Team for a couple of more days. If you don't know what I'm talking about, read Wednesday's newspost.

Just as I suspected, I got flooded with applications. It's going to be very difficult choosing. Regardless of who gets chosen for the team, I'm looking forward to meeting everyone at the convention.

The book is currently at the printer. All of the covers have already been printed, and they are now printing the pages. If all goes well, I hope to have the book by the end of this month or early next month, so that I can start shipping them.

Thief 3 Funny

Sunday, June 27, 2004 | 12:09 PM | by
It's Sunday, so there's not much going on. I thought I'd share a funny experience I had while playing Thief 3 last night. I'm sure this must have happened to at least some of you out there, and if you haven't reached this mission yet, don't worry, there are no spoilers.

So I was on a mission inside this huge mansion, right? I come across a dining room with a long table, and a blazing fireplace and a chandelier as the only sources of light in the room. There's a guard sitting at the table, and a serving wench and a cat wandering the room. I need to get to the other side of the room.

So after pilfering everything valuable (including the jeweled goblet sitting right in front of the guard) I proceed to make my way across the room by sticking close to the walls.

I'm about halfway to the other side when suddenly the fucking cat walks right into the fireplace. With a scream of agony, the cat bursts into a little explosion of fire and blood. This freaks out the serving girl, which freaks out the guard who, now alert, comes straight at me, as if I was the one who threw the cat into the damned fire. I get caught, six other guards come running in, and that's all she wrote. I had to load from my last save point which, with my luck, was some time ago.

It was frustrating, but pretty damned funny at the same time.