Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Things to do on a boring day

Exercise stolen from Walter Jon Williams blog.

Here are your instructions:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don’t search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

Here is the sentence from my current book.

Two hours had never stretched out to such an eternity before in all Max's life.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Mount & Blade

For the last few days I have been obsessed with a new Game called Mount & Blade. Made by a husband and wife couple somewhere in the dull bits of Europe there isn't much too this game, A CPRG of sorts, as it is still in development. But what is great in the game is it's founding focus on mounted combat in the early medieval period. They have created a combat system that is mainly skill based making it much more involving. Unlike most computer games of this type combat isn't abstracted and distant. It has combat of the sort that has become popular in third-person action titles like Ninja Gaiden, but is missing from CRPG's which tend to rely on deadly dull translations of Pen and Paper systems. Damage remains a little bit random but other than it's down to my skills and strategy's to lead my warband to victory It has a world map like Pirates! where you can trade goods and town where you can update you equipment and get quests. The heart of the game is the combat simulation which is just lots of fun. Check it out here. It has and unlockable free trial version