It’s been a busy couple of weeks/month and I still have a lot of school work left to be done before I can try to enjoy the summer (which for a freelancer means “find more work”, i.e. business as usual). Here’s a few of the things that’s been keeping my occupied lately.
The biggest project I’ve been involved in is helping out with PR and communications for the Swedish indie film Granny’s Dancing on the Table‘s Kickstarter campaign. In the end we managed to raise $54,284 from 928 backers (making the goal of $50k), which felt incredible. All the money will go towards the film and shooting is set to start this autumn. When it premiers in 2013, Granny’s… will be released both commercially and for free on The Pirate Bay under a Creative Commons-license. Hanna Sköld, the director, has previously released her film Nasty Old People in the same way – check out its website for torrent links if you want to see it.
A few weeks ago now, a couple of brilliant UK games journalists banded together and created PC Games N, the first website from the newly started media company Network N. The team behind the site includes such greats as Tim Edwards, James Binns (formerly of Future Publishing) and launch editor Dan “The Grill” Griliopoulos (one of my favorite writers in general, lovely guy). I wrote some words for them, including a Rift “state of the game” article and a look at what Trion can teach other MMO devs. I also wrote a bit about Star Wars: The Old Republic’s 1.3 patch (server transfers wasn’t live at the time and the LFG-tool was detailed while I was writing so I had to go back and change things around – great timing!) and where newbies can find pew pew in EVE Online.
Last week I had the chance to go on a dev-led tour of some of the high-end areas of Funcom’s upcoming modern world MMO The Secret World. While I’m still worried that Funcom will have a hard time delivering a proper end-game at launch – and will walk right into the same trap as Star Wars: The Old Republic did – I had a lot of fun battling Mayans and giant demons straight out of Lovecraft. I wrote about the tour at FZ.se, with Google Translate to the rescue for the Swedish impaired. If you read the latter, I would like to point out that the carousels are obsessed – it’s not me obsessed with carousels…
As usual, I’ve also been podcasting with the boys and girls over at CSICON. Claims of the Normal has reached its 88th episode and we recorded our 16th episode of The Three MMOsketeers last week (with a new one being recorded tonight). The reactions we’ve been getting for the MMOsketeers have been great so far, which warms my otherwise cynic heart. Feedback is, as always, very welcome and we hope you have as much fun listening to us babble on about MMOs as we have talking about them.
I’ve done some other stuff as well, including a four page review of Tera in PC Gamer Sweden, and this week I’ll be heading on another MMO dev tour on behalf of a certain major US MMO blog while work with Granny’s Dancing on the Table continues. Oh, and that school work I mentioned. Summer, bah. Who needs it?