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On to the mailbag:
zakład szklarski piotrków asks:
What is your favorite quest in the Fallout bundle you released?
I never pick favorites, which I’m sure sounds like a cop out like when parents lie about their kids. After all, no one cares what happens to Rickon Stark, not even the author. With quests though, unless you’re pushing out the same fetch quest over and over again, there’s going to be things about each you find satisfying.
For instance, Dot’s Diner and Room 404 are probably as creative as anything I’ve done for Skyrim, including the Paper Mirror, and are buoyed by some amazing performances. The holotapes were really fun to make for Spider’s quest, and Captain Cosmos I like because of the things it parodies. Factory Sealed, meanwhile, is a puzzle quest, so making the clues was almost as fun as the making the characters. Really, I could name something uniquely enjoyable about each mod, whether it’s a game mechanic or just a bunch kids doing school plays, that you won’t find elsewhere in the Capital Wasteland.
In other news, next month I should have 3 more quests for Fallout 3, and hopefully the release of The Blue Note for Fallout: New Vegas. Just going to do as much as I can before shifting gears to Fallout 4, depending on how moddable and complete that game is. Hell, Fallout 4 might already have interesting NPCs. If that’s the case, I’m better off adding generic ones, or something different like bikini-clad Deathclaws.
Do people in Skyrim like to read when taking a shit?
Of course they do. They take off their pants one leg at a time, just like you and me. Now, some people like to read the Beggar Prince, others prefer the Biography of Barenziah, but I’m sure they’ve all done it at some point or another. Which is why if someone ever develops the Immersive Bathroom mod, they need to add a reading feature so you can go through your favorite books while giving your offering to the porcelain god.
Bello Omar asks:
Is it me, or are people getting more and more attractive?
Sure. The spread of information isn’t limited to cheat codes, spaghetti recipes and how to tie a Windsor knot. It’s hair, makeup, fashion, and style. Think about the average nerd twenty years ago to the ones you’ll find today. That coupled with advances in nutrition, exercise, and hygiene and you have more Barbie girls to live in our Barbie world.
Shri Mahalingam asks:
I read the Black Arts on Trial the other day and started thinking about how misunderstood necromancy is. If I died tomorrow, I’d want to donate my body to serve as the family housecarl, or walk Olette down the aisle at her wedding. Nope, this wouldn’t be creepy at all.
Anyways, I was trying to think of a real life equivalent to necromancers, and I came up with this: Necromancers are basically the porn stars of fantasy. They’re stigmatized as evil despite doing something that is perfectly natural.
There are actually cultures, fictional and otherwise, that cast necromancy in a positive light. Although it’s not the same as raising zombies, the Dunmer used body parts of great ancestors to turn back the blight, something that is considered a great honor and sacrifice. In Dragon Age, Cassandra Pentaghast’s uncle is a necromancer who kept a corpse around the house and read to it like a child, so there are places where it’s all perfectly normal, even if it’s a little weird. Olette might find it amusing if she weren’t affected deeply by the time she saw her mother’s corpse.
In any case, I’m not sure necromancers are misunderstood since it’s natural to have an aversion to corpses. Not only do they smell bad, but the Black Arts require blood magic and other unsavory practices that aren’t always easy to stomach. It doesn’t matter if you just needed a wingman for your double date and couldn’t think of anyone better than your dead Uncle Lucien – the method for raising him would corrupt you. Porn stars, on the other hand, bring nothing but joy to the world, and should be regular nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize.
What are you watching now that Game of Thrones is on hiatus?
I like Halt and Catch Fire by virtue of aesthetic alone. The clacking keys, the Jolt cola, the New Wave music…I love the 1980s like a bad yearbook photo. Every moment manages to be a bizarre love triangle of embarrassment, extravagance, and earnestness.
Ah yeah, that’s the stuff. I seriously cannot get enough. In fact, if they were force feeding me 1980s crap every day and there was a button to make it stop, I would cut off all of my fingers and toes so I could not press said button. Then I would sacrifice said button to a volcano, which I believe is the plot of a 1980s movie. So the fact that there’s an entire show set in this time period is right in my house of wheels. The overriding narrative is neat too. It’s fun watching characters try to glimpse the future, reach for it, nurture it – all so they can build the world we presently depend on.
Plus, this scene happened to me in real life. Not sure if I had time to make an OH SHIT face because I was too busy shitting my pants. I had to quit that job naturally, since I’ll never be as awesome as Mackenzie Davis.