Index: The Ninth Circle


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.

Index: The Ninth Circle


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.

Index: Garwulf’s Corner


Garwulf’s Corner Columns:

Full column listing:

  1. Harlan Ellison, Diablo, and Insomnia—October 31, 2000
  2. The Royal Circlet and the Hacker—November 14, 2000
  3. Revelations from the Exorcist—November 30, 2000
  4. Films for the Diablo Fan—December 11, 2000
  5. Millennial Thoughts—December 29, 2000
  6. Walking with the Dead—January 8, 2001
  7. Emails from the Edge—January 22, 2001
  8. I am NOT Harlan Ellison—February 5, 2001
  9. Staring at the Top Rung—February 19, 2001
  10. Cutting Through the Dung Pile—March 5, 2001
  11. Changing the Guard—March 19, 2001
  12. The Devil in the Details—April 3, 2001
  13. Hackers at the Gate—April 17, 2001
  14. More Emails from the Edge—May 1, 2001
  15. Through a Glass, Demonically—May 14, 2001
  16. Small Matters—May 28, 2001
  17. Books for the Diablo Fan—June 12, 2001
  18. Shades of Grey—June 26, 2001
  19. Back to the Beginning—July 12, 2001
  20. Touching Darkness—July 26, 2001
  21. Emails from the Edge, the Third—August 13, 2001
  22. Once Upon a Time—August 27, 2001
  23. Special Disaster Edition—September 11, 2001
  24. Coming of Age—September 25, 2001
  25. Ask Garwulf—October 8, 2001
  26. One Year Anniversary—October 23, 2001
  27. Baal’s Friend, and Other Stories—November 8, 2001
  28. Emails From the Edge Goes Forth—November 26, 2001
  29. Will You Be Eating That Ration?—December 10, 2001
  30. Language, Language—December 26, 2001
  31. A Matter of Habit—January 7, 2002
  32. Real Sticks and Stones—January 21, 2002
  33. One Film To Rule Them All—February 4, 2002
  34. Is Diablo Dead?—February 18, 2002
  35. Emails from the Edge: V—March 3, 2002
  36. A Question of Rights—March 17, 2002
  37. A Glance at the Other Side—April 1, 2002
  38. Having the Edge—April 15, 2002
  39. The Lawsuits of April—April 30, 2002
  40. The Future of the Genre—May 13, 2002
  41. To Judge a Medium—May 27, 2002
  42. Yet Another Emails from the Edge—June 11, 2002
  43. The Fate of Siggard—June 24, 2002
  44. The Paradox of the Internet—July 8, 2002
  45. A Copy of a Copy—July 22, 2002
  46. A Matter of Freedoms—August 5, 2002
  47. Double Standard—August 19, 2002
  48. The Issue of Morality—September 6, 2002
  49. Emails from the Edge: The Final Slice—September 17, 2002
  50. The Second Year Retrospective—September 30, 2002
  51. Baby Steps—October 14, 2002
  52. Looking Into the Future—October 28, 2002
Special Columns and Interviews.
  • BnetD Special—April 9, 2002
  • A Bit of Inspiration: a discussion of the impact of Lord of the Rings, both the novels and the movies.—December 23, 2002
  • Garwulf interviewed about the Diablo novella Demonsbane, October 31, 2002.
  • Demonsbane Review, by Flux. October 31, 2002.
  • Garwulf interviewed about his time writing Garwulf’s Corner, November 2003.

About the Author
Robert B. Marks was born in 1976 in the Toronto Area. While growing up, he developed a love of reading, and by the end of public school was devouring novels by authors such as Tom Clancy and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. During high school, he discovered the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, Tad Williams, and Dennis L. McKiernan, and developed a lifelong love of the fantasy genre.

It was after reading McKiernan’s The Eye of the Hunter that he began to write serious fantasy. His first, and unpublishable, 70,000 word novel was completed by the end of high school. He then spent his years at Queen’s University developing his writing skills on the Internet, winning two fanfiction awards in the process. After graduating with a degree in Medieval Studies in 1999, he was offered a Diablo e-book by Pocket Books in late 2000. “Demonsbane” was released on Halloween, 2000, allowing him to squeak in as a 20th century author by around two months, and remained on the PeanutPress bestseller list for three weeks.

Robert’s other published works include The Everquest Companion. He also maintains a live journal page to chronicle his latest doings.

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Disclaimer: Garwulf’s Corner is written by Robert B. Marks and hosted by Diii.net. The views expressed in this column are those of the author, and are not necessarily the opinions of Diii.net.

 

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