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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Something Wicked - The Tweeted World

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The Secret World is a game that has always blurred the line between the game world and the real world. Many of its quests require you to search the real world for solutions, and the recent alternate reality game had tens of thousands of community members working together outside the game in a common cause. Now it appears that Funcom may be at it again...

Characters from the game have started talking in the real world, through their Twitter accounts, both to each other and to community members who get involved in the discussions. Those of you who follow @The_Buzzing will have seen the recent #hivehum hashtag, and the various inputs from other mysterious characters such as @CorporateBlues and @PrunePrince.
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Masks of Nyarlathotep Campaign Journal: Chapter 12 - Man Down and Pants Down

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Another short but action-packed session saw the investigators getting in deep over their heads, with terrible consequences. It also saw their Keeper (i.e. yours truly) in such a state of laughter that I couldn't talk for five minutes and there were real tears rolling down my face - not the kind of behaviour that encourages an atmosphere of quiet dread, but it was the only sane reaction to what happened...

My state of mind during this session

So, after the ultimatum delivered by Mickey Mahoney at the end of the last session Harry Crum returned to the hotel. I have to admit his response to the threat of being handed over to the police for the murder of Benjamin Jones surprised me a little - he didn't mention it to the others at all! Oh well, there was still time for Harry to come up with a solution.
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Friday, February 22, 2013

"No time to argue! Throw me idol, I'll throw you the whip!" The Secret World takes The Last Train to Cairo.

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You and I are very much alike. Archaeology is our religion, yet we have both fallen from the pure faith. Our methods have not differed as much as you pretend. I am but a shadowy reflection of you. It would take only a nudge to make you like me. To push you out of the light. 

Looks like The Secret World is going all Indiana Jones for the next Issue, The Last Train to Cairo, due in March. There's a great new update on the official site, including the brilliant new Issue cover. If that doesn't get you all excited for a rip-roaring desert action adventure I don't know what will!


I love the TSW Issue covers. The art is always fantastic, and always in a different style. Finally I'm going to be able to fulfil all those Indiana Jones fantasies with the addition of the bullwhip auxiliary weapon. Add to that the new storyline, a new lair raid boss, veteran rewards and new PvP ranking systems and uniforms, and Issue 6 is looking good.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Withdrawal

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It's been two weeks without any real gaming (or blogging) at all. Still, it's not been all bad. I've had an extended trip to South Africa, where I managed to go on Safari, and I'm off to Berlin next week (all work involved, but nice to meet up with colleagues from around the world again).

A local I met in Pilanesberg
Due to my extended absence what time I have had back in the UK has been spent catching up on work, and the little time I have had to play games has been with my son, who is already developing a worrying affinity for PC games. Of course that's meant no MMOs (especially TSW, which really isn't appropriate for a four-year old).
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