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    The Ninth Circle was written from 2002-2006, by David Kay, and with 58 installments it was the longest running column in Diabloii.net’s history. The Ninth Circle covered computer gaming, RPGs, fantasy novels, the gamer’s life, and other related issues.

    Full column listing:

    1. A Patch or a Crutch?—Nov 12, 2002
    2. Baang: Or Why I No Longer Buy Games—Dec 1, 2002
    3. The World Cyber Games—Dec 23, 2002
    4. Why Are We Here?—Jan 13, 2003
    5. Bricks and Bouquets I (Feedback)—Feb 5, 2003
    6. Designing Diablo III: Game and Plot—Feb 19, 2003
    7. Designing Diablo III: Characters—Mar 5, 2003
    8. Designing Diablo III: Items—Mar 19, 2003
    9. The Best Part I: Games—Apr 2, 2003
    10. The Best Part II: Companies—Apr 16, 2003
    11. The Best Part III: Designers—Apr 30, 2003
    12. A Shot Across the Bows—May 14, 2003
    13. Status Woe?—May 28, 2003
    14. Good Sequels, Bad Sequels—June 11, 2003
    15. Unexplored Lands—June 25, 2003
    16. Breaking In—July 23, 2003
    17. Firearms and Fireballs—Aug 6, 2003
    18. Big Screen Fantasy—Aug 20, 2003
    19. Circles and Columns—Sept 3, 2003
    20. Do We Need A Sequel?—Sept 17, 2003
    21. The Review—Oct 1, 2003
    22. Dead Trees in the Digital Age—Oct 15, 2003
    23. Playing For Keeps—Oct 29, 2003
    24. The Ninth Circle: Year One—Nov 12, 2003
    25. Massive Disappointments—Nov 26, 2003
    26. Party Games—Dec 10, 2003
    27. What I’d Like to See in an MMORPG—Dec 24, 2003
    28. Stories We Can Tell—Jan 7, 2004
    29. Other Diablos—Jan 21, 2004
    30. My Best Games of 2003—Feb 4, 2004
    31. Missing Legacy—Feb 18, 2004
    32. Value Proposition—Apr 14, 2004
    33. I Prefer Humans—Apr 28, 2004
    34. Not Your Average Gamer—May 12, 2004
    35. Going Massive—June 9, 2004
    36. Fiendishly Simple—Aug 3, 2004
    37. Lorelorn’s Reading Room, Part 1: Fantasy—Sept 1, 2004
    38. Lorelorn’s Reading Room, Part 2: Science Fiction—Sept 15, 2004
    39. Lorelorn’s Reading Room, Part 3: Speculative Fiction—Sept 29, 2004
    40. Lorelorn’s Reading Room, Part 4: History—Oct 13, 2004
    41. Lorelorn’s Reading Room, Part 5: Reading Room Review—Nov 10, 2004
    42. Getting Back Into It—Dec 1, 2004
    43. Games of 2004—Dec 15, 2004
    44. About the Music—Jan 5, 2005
    45. The Intro Movie—Jan 19, 2005
    46. Room and Board—Feb 2, 2005
    47. Diablo 3?—Feb 23, 2005
    48. How Big Is Your Internet?—Apr 20, 2005
    49. Barriers to Entry?—May 5, 2005
    50. Exploration—May 25, 2005
    51. Lifestyle—July 6, 2005
    52. Generational Change—July 20, 2005
    53. The Big Game Idea—Aug 8, 2005
    54. Time and Genres—Sept 1, 2005
    55. Looking for Fun—Nov 18, 2005
    56. The Genre Offline—Jan 3, 2006
    57. My Favourite MMOG—Feb 6, 2006
    58. Anticipation—March 17, 2006
    Author Biography

    Lorelorn is more often known as David Kay. He lives in Brisbane, Australia, and is 31 years old. He grew up in Britain, and has been playing computer games for over 20 years now. His computer gaming started with the Commodore 64, and moved through the Amiga to the PC, where it pretty much stayed, except for a brief flirtation with the N64, and the PS2. He still owns and uses the venerable Commodore 64 though. In fact the name Lorelorn comes from a game on the C-64, Doomdark’s Revenge. He also enjoys tabletop wargames, such as Warhammer Fantasy Battle.

    He is something of an eclectic gamer, with a taste that covers almost every genre. Except graphic adventures. He has written for other websites in the past, and also writes professionally. His past publications include a market report on the Online Games industry (published 2001), as well as a short story, Sister Supernova, published in Issue 12 of Andromeda Spaceways, in April 2004. He has also written too many internal work documents to mention.

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