The Game Games Bowl

Leaguefest

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | 03:03 PM | by

Happy Winter-een-mas, everyone!

I'm still working hard to get today's Winter-een-mas update ready to post, so unfortunately I'm going to be a little bit late to the WEMas Leaguefest this afternoon. You guys can go ahead and get started without me though, and I'll join you as soon as I possibly can!

All you have to do is select "create or join a chat room", and enter CADLeaguefest. There will be plenty of people there throughout the night for you to start games with, and I promise as soon as I get today's update posted I'll hop in there for some games as well!

The Game Games Bowl

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | 06:56 PM | by

When I started putting together this year's Winter-een-mas story arc, I began to envision this huge tournament that would take place to determine who deserved to wear the Winter-een-mas crown. Not just sitting around playing video games, but an ultimate competition in the vein of Battle Royale/The Running Man/The Hunger Games that would push the gamers to their limits.

The more I thought about it, the more excited I got about writing it. However I started to realize that if I tried to do it in comic-strip form, we'd still be in the middle of it come March. The Scott/Ted storyline last year took a long time, and while I'm happy with the way it turned out, and I think that had to be told visually, I didn't want to do that again so soon.

So instead I started working with the idea of telling the story in a more traditional format: prose. Writing a short story would both allow me to tell you the story I wanted to, without it needing to take up months and months of comic updates.

I can already hear some of you saying "What? You expect me to read?! What is this, school?!" To which I would respond, 'Look at it this way: If you don't want to read it, at least it isn't also dominating the next couple of months of the comic.'

This story counts as the Winter-een-mas update. It's available in its entirety, right now for you to read or not read. After Winter-een-mas is over, we'll return to regular, good ol' comic strips.

Now, the reason that this will count for the next three updates (something I hadn't intended) is because when I first set out to write this project, I expected it to be a short story. Five or six pages, I figured. What I ended up with is a veritable novella. Nearly fifty pages. Nine chapters. Twenty-five thousand words. The story I wanted to tell was much bigger than I intitially expected, so much so that of the last ninety-six hours, fifty of those have been spent on my laptop writing, trying to get this finished for today.

I started this weeks ago, and if I'm being honest, I still wish I had another week to spend work on it. I admit that I was caught completely by surprise regarding how much I wanted to fit into this tale. I haven't written a short story for a while, and I misjudged how long it would take me. As such I have little doubt that you guys will find a spelling or grammatical error (or  twenty) as you read through the story. Please do email me any such errors or suggestions that you find.

So if you end up reading this story, I do hope you find it entertaining. I had a lot of fun writing it, it's extremely satisfying to be able to tell a total story like this and not have it take months and months.

Currently the story is in PDF format. I need to find some other options for making it available to people, as my website isn't exactly designed to easily host something like this in an easily-readable format. I'm definitely open to suggestions for different file formats I can offer you guys so that you can read this on the computer, or print it out and take it with you, whatever. Let me know.

Click to read The Game Games Bowl

 Now also available in .epub and .mobi formats for reading on phones/tablets and the kindle!

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.MOBI

Winter-een-mas LeagueFest!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | 06:58 PM | by

Join us on League of Legends for Leaguefest tonight! Just click create/join chatroom, and enter CADLeaguefest!

Winter-een-mas and Thanks

Monday, January 30, 2012 | 01:42 PM | by

I hope you've all had a great Winter-een-mas so far! This year has been one for the books for me. I had a bunch of friends come stay with me for the weekend. We're all really spread out around the US and Canada and generally play games together online, so it was really special to have everyone under the same roof for some tabletop/console gaming. It was a blast.

So I've been mostly away from the computer all weekend, but I've just now caught up on all of my emails, and I have to say thank you. Thank you all so very much for the many, many emails you sent. I'm not able to respond to every single one of them, but I did read them all, and they were amazing.

I'm absolutely thrilled that not only were so many of you receptive to the idea of reading the short story I wrote, but that you enjoyed it as well.

And a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who wrote in to help point out the typos and places where I missed a word. I proofread the story after I finished it, but I was still too close to the writing and my brain was just filling in all of the missing words, etc. I hated having to release it with so many errors, but I crashed right up against my deadline. You guys were such an enormous help with the editing process. The .epub and .mobi files are behind on the fixes, but the .pdf has just been updated with a round of edits.

On Wednesday we will return to business as usual with good ol' comic strips. Writing and releasing this story was fun, exciting and nervewracking.  That I can try different things like this is one of the reasons I love my job so much, and that you guys came along for the ride with such enthusiasm has put a smile on my face that won't go away any time soon.

Thank you again!

Neat end-of-Winter-een-mas gift

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 | 01:28 AM | by

The 1000 referral reward for League of Legends is an in-game content element named after you. I hit 1000 referrals early last year, but they warned me that it could take a while. They don't introduce items into the game too often, and they have to do what they can to keep items within the lore of the game.

I told them that was fine, and I asked them if they'd name the item after Zeke instead. They agreed.

In the next patch, Stark's Fervor is being remade, and along with the stat changes it will be getting a new name: Zeke's Herald!

Big thanks to the guys at Riot for finally getting this in the game!