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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Never to be servants

Continuing the SF theme, a quick shout-out for the latest Kickstarter from Cubus Games. This one is a sequel to Heavy Metal Thunder by Kyle B Stiff:
"Heavy Metal Thunder is a gamebook hybrid that merges the strengths of two different mediums. You’ve got the immersive experience of a detailed story as well as the character customization, inventory management, and life-or-death struggle that only a really powerful game can deliver. It appeals to anyone who wants to lose themselves in a gritty space age war story. The protagonist is a soldier, a jetpack infantryman separated from his comrades. Alien invaders have taken over our solar system and things look bleak for the human resistance."
This new episode is called Slaughter at Masada and reimagines the famous Judean fortress on Olympus Mons*:
"Masada, a brutal warzone where three sides are vying for dominance, has been under siege for three years, and to overcome despair the people trapped in Mount Olympus have embraced a deadly philosophy of 'war for the sake of war'. They are surrounded by Invader berserkers - criminal psychopaths too dangerous to be trusted inside spaceships. And now the Black Lance Legion has arrived to break the siege and recruit the fighters of Masada - even against their will, if necessary."
The KS campaign runs until Saturday, so jump on quick if you don't want to miss it.
* Fun facts: Olympus Mons is three times the height of Everest but, being a shield volcano, has an average gradient of only 1 in 11. So if you stood on it you wouldn't actually realize it was a mountain!

6 comments:

  1. I'm sure the first two in the series did not have kickstarters, did they not sell well enough that they can't just make the third on their own? I bought the others so I suppose I should back this if I want to see it continued.

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    1. I imagine the money raised in the first two Kickstarters was spent on developing the first two apps, but you can take that up with the Cubus guys on the KS page. It's only a one-week campaign so it's probably intended to make up the funds they need for this one.

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  2. I finally get that joke from Futurama's "Where the Buggalo Roam". Honestly, thank you.

    Leela:
    Wow, look at that: Olympus Mons, the tallest volcano in the solar system.

    Fry:
    Where?

    Leela:
    Right in front of you.

    Fry:
    Oh. Oh!

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    1. Scientifically informed comedy -- we need more of that.

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  3. Futurama was great. That episode in which Fry's pet dog back in the C20th waits for him to (never) return, to the strains of "I Will Wait For You" from 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg' packs quite an emotional punch !

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