Author Archive

Mercenaries

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Mercenary ConceptWith the establishment of the Crimson Legion and the Brotherhood of the Ebon Circle, a balance in resistance was created. This constant conflict leaves many injured and dead in its wake. Their casualties are not being replaced by new recruits quickly enough to maintain their ranks. Supply and demand creates opportunity. Many warriors have no interest in politics or fighting for a cause, but coin is required by all.

The Legion and the Brotherhood scoured the land, hiring anyone they could find to fight for their cause. This was resource intensive, inefficient, and did not provide them with nearly the amount of warriors they required. Governments would help with money under the table, but could not provide forces showing public support for either cause.

This situation spawned a group that call themselves the Mercs. A few entrepreneurial warriors banded together and the mercenary faction was formed. Now the Legion and Brotherhood have a steady supply of warriors to help them destroy each other. As long as they keep killing each other, the Mercs will have a steady stream of income. Neither faction has been able to get the Mercs to side one way or another because the Mercs need the Legion and the Brotherhood. Without both, the flow of gold ends.

The Mercs crest is simplicity itself and is as straight forward as their faction name: A sword and axes. They are weapons for hire and that is what their crest speaks to. Hire them and they will remain loyal for the duration of their contract.

We will see what fate lies in store for the Mercs. Will they continue to worship the almighty coin or choose a side in the ongoing conflict? If you have no stance on the war on slavery, then the Mercs may be a good place for you. They do not involve themselves in politics and will do business with supporters of both the Legion and the Brotherhood.

Games That Made You Jump

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

I’m not sure when it started, but at some point, someone got the great idea of making games that scare the crap out of you.  When I first encountered it, you were looking at being startled more than anything.  Over the years it changed, and started to become creepy, right into playing a horror story.

I don’t know about you, but I love a game that can creep the hell out of me.  So here is where I pay homage to the only games that truly scared me, startled me and creeped me the heck out.  Listed below in order of when I played them.

 

Behind Jaggi Lines

This was a lucasfilm game that came out in 1984/85.  I played it on the Atari 800xl.  Basically you were on a strange planet driving around in some kind of space craft.  My memory is only so good going back that far.  All you see is the cockpit of the vehicle, with all its gauges and the window view.  You are out there rescuing pilots, so when you spot one, you stop to let him in.  Once he starts knocking, you have to open the doors.  Problem is, sometimes they are aliens in disguise.  These guys jump up on your window and scare the crap out of you.  This is the first game that made my heart skip.  Looking back, it is pretty lame, but I was young and it got me for about a week before I turned it off.

Resident Evil – the original

This baby was released in 1996, and it set the standard for scaring the crap out of me.  Not sure what happened though, because no other Resident evil is that scary at all.  They are all really cool, but none but the first have the same creep factor.  You wander through this massive mansion, always on your toes.  The undead can jump out at you at any moment.  They come through windows, ceilings, doors and walls.  It’s the undead dogs that really scare the hell out of you.  They are quick, and they like to come through windows as you walk down narrow hallways.  Good times!

Silent Hill – Also the original

Released in 1999, Silent Hill took Resident Evil horror to the next level.  This was truly like playing a horror movie, with lots of gore and all kinds of creepy demonic stuff running around.  If you are into supernatural, disturbed demonic horror flicks, then this game is for you.  Lots of nasty deformed humans and weird creatures sneaking around through this small town, and you are constantly running for your life.  It’s pretty disturbing, I gotta say.

Call of Cthulhu

I’ve always been a fan of H.P. Lovecraft’s books, so when Call of Cthulhu came out in 2006 I was very excited.  It starts out like an Alfred Hitchcock movie, and proceeds like a suspense thriller from there.  You run around like a detective trying to figure out what is going on in this freaky town.  It plays like an investigation for a bit, and then it all goes to hell.  Real dark atmosphere, and scares the hell out of you if Sumerian demons creep you out.  I will never forget running through hallways from an angry mob of supercharged townsfolk.  If they caught you it was game over.  I remember panicking as I close a door behind me and try to throw several latches while they are trying to crash through the door.  REALLY intense.

Anyway, those are my top 5 scary games.  Try em out if you haven’t already.

Crimson Legion

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Legion Soldier ConceptOnce the Serndall trade route was opened to all, the slave market exploded.  Access to new sources of slaves were now available to slave raiders, and a neutral ground was formed for trade between all nations.

Over time, revolutionaries appeared who believed that slavery was immoral and needed to be stopped.  No nation would stand against slavery, fearing an economic collapse, so those fighting against slavery started their own: the Free Nation.

All were welcome to live within the Free Nation with one stipulation: they must devote their lives to the abolishment of slavery, and prove to be productive members of the fledgling society.

At first, the Free Nation grew in secrecy, as their location was unknown to anyone but those that had joined.  Eventually growing large enough, other nations became aware of their existence. By that time, the Free Nation was established as a defensible and productive land, though the location of their main base of operations has still not been discovered.

Many of the surrounding nations tried to destroy the upstart Free Nation, but they could not break the spirit of these people who were devoted to their cause. No one expected them to grow as quickly as they did, and no one realized how much revenge can fuel the spirit.

The Free Nation initially grew from escaped and freed slaves who had jumped at the chance of joining a nation of their own, offering protection and giving them a chance at freedom and revenge.  The Free Nation population and infrastructure quickly grew to a point where they could effectively defend their lands, and prepare for the day that others would unite to wipe them out.

During this period of growth, the Free Nation had to attend to the normal needs of a rapidly expanding society, so they could no longer focus strictly on abolishing slavery.  The need to feed their people, clear the lands, build cities and towns and create a strong economy became paramount.

And thus the beginnings of the Crimson Legion.  A faction, created by Free Nation warriors, devoting their lives to destroy and stop the Brotherhood of the Ebon Circle, free slaves, and protect their home from outside aggression. All races of free people are welcome.

The Legion’s crest is a crimson rising dragon.  This represents a people rising from tyranny and slavery – a symbol to begin their lives anew; rising up and fighting for their new world and the cause of freedom.