Bone Appetit #1: Diablos in the Mist

Diablos in the Mist Editors note: The following excerpts are from Jane Goodall’s “Diablos in the Mist: A sub-cultural analysis of the psuedo-genus Homo Diablus” published in “Scientifica Arcanus” earlier this month.

The psuedo-genus Homo Diablos (HD) has long been theorized as a probable evolutionary offshoot from our own genotype, but until recently we understood little of their culture or society. Through many months of observation and patient, careful interaction, I have garnered an extensive picture of the language, physiology, customs, and intertribal relationships of these nearly human primates. Ignored and avoided at first, my patient and non-threatening approach along the outskirts of a Diablos tribe eventual yielded unprecedented access into this closed society.

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Garwulf’s Corner #40: The Future of the Genre

I always shudder when some game company or magazine claims that the latest RPG is the “future of the genre.” Besides being remarkably pretentious, the number of times it actually proves true can be counted on a single hand. The most recent offender here is Dungeon Siege, Microsoft’s answer to Diablo II.

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Garwulf’s Corner #37: A Glance at the Other Side

Before I get started, I want to take just one last look at Bnetd, which was discussed in Garwulf’s #36. I’ve received a flood of email, most of which disagreed with me, and I loved every letter. Some people got the point and disagreed, many stating that reverse-engineering was legal (I can’t speak to the accuracy of that, though…my understanding of intellectual property rights is somewhat limited when it comes to reverse-engineering), some missed the point entirely and disagreed, and a couple of people wrote in thanking me for laying the issue out clearly. Tim Jung, the Systems Administrator for the Bnetd project, sent me a wonderful letter correcting a couple of things, primarily that the Warforge group were completely separate from Bnetd, rather than a splinter group (according to Mr. Jung, they used the source code to create their own product).

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Garwulf’s Corner #32: Real Sticks and Stones

Before I begin today, I have a bit of important administrivia: I will be at the Ad Astra convention in Toronto from February 8-10, the Guthbreoht sword at my side. With luck, I’ll be doing a reading from Demonsbane and the latest installment of Garwulf’s Corner. More information (along with registration forms) can be found at http://www.ad-astra.org. If you’re coming, pre-register soon; the deadline is January 26.

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