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Briefly (again)

I know I owe an entry about the Whiteout set visit. It’s coming. The trip to Montreal allowed me to fall behind in a variety of areas, and I’ve been trying to regain ground without sacrificing the ground already taken (if that makes sense, and I’m frankly not certain it does).

The CheckOut arc is all but completed — only Outsiders #49 remains to be written; Judd and I are set to break that down tomorrow. I’m also scheduled to have three separate conference calls with three separate editors. And supposedly will have time to do some writing, too.

Yeah…we’ll see about that.

However, amidst all this, I had some Xbox 360 time, and at a friend’s urging, finished playing the latest adventure of Lara Croft.

And damn if it didn’t do that rarest of things, elicit an emotional reaction.

The list of games that can do that to me are sadly short. Namely this one, it’s sequel (brilliant until the last act, where the story falls apart because the story is abandoned in favor of making shipping in time for Christmas), and a short list of others. (Anyone remember Planescape: Torment?)

Worth checking the Tomb Raider one out, for those of you interested in that kind of thing.

And now, for the first time in almost six damn months, I’m going to run some D&D for my gaming group!

6 Responses to Briefly (again)

  1. indigi

    I’m excited for CheckOut. I’ve been loving what you’ve done with Checkmate so far and was looking for an excuse to read the Outsiders again to see if it’s gotten better, so this should be beneficial to everything but my wallet.

  2. chibipunkdemon

    Have you played Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time? Lots of fun and really well written. Don’t bother with the sequel Warrior Within, but the third one, The Two Thrones, is okay.

    Grim Fandango is the other game I recommend for being really well written.

  3. candidgamera

    Planescape : Torment – absolutely. Even though I don’t think it will run well on my current XP machine, I still keep my Torment discs in a safe place – never can tell when I might want to break it out again. It’s just layered so thick with detail.

    And of course, it has one of the best casts of characters ever.

    Sympathy on the gaming gap – of course, I get annoyed if I have to go more than a month without running my game.

  4. alexg119

    Dude–in terms of games all I gotta say: PIRATES (yeah, steppin in the way back machine)

    Looking forward to Checkout…also re-read your Wonder Woman arc-so much fun…decided to ignore the current issues!

  5. kozemp

    I must ditto the nomination of Planescape and KOTOR – I figured out who the main character was literally about 7 seconds before you get told and just shouted “oh ohhhhh OOOOOOOOOOOH THAT’S AWESOME” over the actual reveal.

    Didn’t play KOTOR 2 as I heard it went out unfinished. Sad, since now I’ll probably never play it.

    For me, though, the big emotional reaction to a game has to be the end of Final Fantasy VIII. I still remember me in my old house in college – we were all over VIII the very minute it came out – sitting on my hideously dilapidated couch, watching the closing FMV screaming “SQUALL HAD BETTER NOT BE $#@!%^& DEAD!” at the television.

    Absolutely classic, and still my favorite FF game, largely because of the love story. I’m a sucker for a romance…

  6. michaelbailey

    I was pretty excited when I heard about this too. Outsiders has been a solid read for some time now and Checkmate has gone to the top of the read pile with every issue. So I am going forward with the thinking that this is a case of two great tastes tasting great together.

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