Monthly Archives: May 2009

Ahh, this one completely slipped by me! Back on May 17th, A Dribble of Ink celebrated its second birthday and, can you believe it, I didn’t even post any content that day! Shame on me.

Things certainly looked a little differently back then, and I can’t say that I don’t feel I’ve improved since then. In all, though, it’s a little hard for me to believe that I’ve been around as long as I have. When I started A Dribble of Ink, I had little idea what I was getting myself into, and wanted a hobby, more than anything. Two years later, and I’m still at it.

Since starting A Dribble of Ink: I’ve spent months backpacking Europe; worked more jobs than I care to think about; finished University; had angry emails from authors I love; taken up photography; read a lot of good books; and a few of shitty ones; almost completed my first novel, Through Bended Grass; written a handful of short fiction; re-designed my web site four times; and made a lot of cool friends.

Kinda scary, when I think about it.

Thanks to everyone who’s dropped by (and for each and every one of the 200k+ views that I’ve had), because I wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t for the support of the readers (even the faceless ones), the commentors (Edifanob, I’m looking at you!) and all those pesky publishers and authors who’ve granted me an interview, or sent me an avalanche of books that I couldn’t possibly hope to finish, ever. So, here’s to the next two years, and a few more after that!

Thanks everyone.

Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete is one of my favourite videogames of all time. It’s a great little package full of memorable characters, a tight story and a world that comes to life (thanks, in many ways, to Working Designs original localization back in the SegaCD days). I was rather ecstatic when I found out that XSEED Games would be bringing over the recently announced PSP remake.

Lunar: Silver Star Harmony for Sony PSP

While everything is calm on the surface, the world of Lunar is slowly devolving into chaos. The legendary Dragonmaster Dyne and his faithful companions have faded into obscurity only to have a shadowy figure known as the Magic Emperor begin to wreak havoc on the world created by the Goddess Althena. Meanwhile, in a small, humble village far removed from the turmoil in Lunar, lives a young man named Alex. As one who idolizes the legendary Dyne, Alex dreams of one day becoming the next Dragonmaster and matching the accomplishments of his life-long hero.

Egged on by his childhood friend Ramus and with his adopted sister Luna in tow, Alex heads off on what seems to be a meaningless adventure, unaware that it would be the first step in an epic journey with the fate of the entire world at stake.

Since it debuted over a decade ago, Lunar: Silver Star Story has continuously captivated fans with its timeless tale of love, betrayal and redemption, expertly woven into its involving gameplay and cinematic presentation. The classic masterpiece has now been reborn on the PSP as Lunar: Silver Star Harmony with all new graphics, added gameplay features, and a re-mastered soundtrack so a whole new generation of fans can experience this legendary first entry of the Lunar universe, while added story elements are sure to intrigue returning fans alike. This title is being developed by Game Arts and is scheduled to be released Fall 2009 exclusively for the PSP.

Source: Siliconera

Lunar: Silver Star Harmony for Sony PSP

RPGamer had a chance to talk with Development Producer, Masato Dobushi and Jimmy Soga of XSEED Games, and shed some light on the remake:

The last remake of Lunar on the GBA wasn’t as well received by fans as the Sega CD and PlayStation versions. What aspects of Lunar: Silver Star Harmony will appeal to new fans? Long-time fans?

Masato Dobashi: I really think the opinions of Lunar fans towards the series is very important. For this PSP remake, I really wanted to use the Sega Saturn version as the basis to create a solid title because it was also what everyone was hoping for [in Japan].

For the new fans, I would love for them to experience an adventure full of dreams and hopes. Don’t you feel like we’re lacking those types of RPGs lately? I really wanted to show why Lunar has been loved for 17 years with this new PSP version.

For the old time fans, I would first like to say thank you to everyone. The reason Lunar can be played on the PSP now is because of their long time support and love for this series. For this version, Kei Shigema has put extra effort into the scenario and created a new episode to make it a more complete version of Lunar.

How does XSEED plan on handling the game’s quirky humor and sexual innuendos? That was one area that really stood out for me in the prior releases.

Jimmy Soga, XSEED Games: We’re still in the early stages of translation so it’s hard to say how we will handle it, but it would be a fine balancing act between keeping the original Working Designs English translations as is or to retranslate some of the stuff to be more true to the original Japanese. Working Designs did an excellent localization job, but their text has a lot of 90′s pop culture references and possibly some copyright issues that might have been okay when the original was released, but something we need to be more careful about today (such as “Tootsie Rolls”, “M&M’s”, “Wheaties,” etc.)

From all accounts, it looks like a lot more care is being put into this remake than the neutered (but still enjoyable) Gameboy Advance Remake and certainly much more than terrible Nintendo DS ‘sequel’. Hopefully there’s enough there for fans of the series and newbies alike, the Lunar series deserves as many fans as it can get!

Suvudu, Del Rey‘s blog in disguise, hosted a live chat with China Mieville, author of the recently released The City & The City and New Weird classics Perdido Street Station and The Scar. I just recently finished The City & The City (with a review coming soon), so the timing of this is perfect!

The best part of all? Suvudu is giving away the interview for free, for anyone who wants to host it?

Very cool. It’s definitely a feature I’d like to see more publishers tackle in the future. And, hey, the interview ain’t half bad either!

I loooooooooove Tad Williams and was excited to see that someone dug around his web site and found a 97-page sneak peak at his upcoming YA novel, The Dragons of Ordinary Farm.

The Dragons of Ordinary Farm by Tad Williams and Deborah Beale

Tyler and Lucinda have to spend summer vacation with their ancient uncle Gideon, a farmer. They think they’re in for six weeks of cows, sheep, horses, and pigs. But when they arrive in deserted Standard Valley, California, they discover that Ordinary Farm is, well, no ordinary farm.

The bellowing in the barn comes not from a cow but from a dragon. The thundering herd in the valley? Unicorns. Uncle Gideon’s sprawling farmhouse never looks the same twice. Plus, there’s a flying monkey, a demon squirrel, and a barnload of unlikely farmhands with strange accents and even stranger powers.

At first, the whole place seems like a crazy adventure. But when darker secrets begin to surface and Uncle Gideon and his fabulous creatures are threatened, Lucinda and Tyler have to pull together to take action. Will two ordinary kids be able to save the dragons, the farm – and themselves?

Should be a good, fun way to kill some time before the final volume of his Shadowmarch trilogy. You can find the PDF HERE.

Thanks to Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist for the heads up!

Now this is a blog I can’t resist! A whack of my favourite authors getting together to blog about all the good things going on in the Science Fiction & Fantasy world?

Our mission is to celebrate everything positive, funky and exciting in the Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror Universe!

The SFFE is a core platform, a hub of authors who have banded together with the aim of celebrating all that is positive in genre fiction. We aim to leave cynicism and negativity at the door, and concentrate on what makes us smile, what entertains us, and what brings light and joy to our SF, fantasy and horror universe.That’s not to say there is no place for criticism— there’s plenty bad in the world. However, this little digital corner is a place for positive progression, somewhere you will (hopefully) come if you want to smile.

The list of authors is endless.

The new Science Fiction and Fantasy Ethics project, aimed at highlighting all the positive and enjoyable aspects of the SFF community, has now got a full-fat no preservative fully-sugared editorial line-up as described below. All, many or none might contribute to articles, reviews and mad missions in the context of this project, depending on personal work commitments, but if nothing else the whole thing promises to be a damn fun bit of, err, fun…

EDITORIAL

Tony Ballantyne
Eric Brown
Mark Chadbourn
David Devereux
Ian Graham
Paul Kearney
Tim Lebbon
Tom Lloyd
James Lovegrove
Gail Z. Martin
James Maxey
Juliet E. Mckenna
Mark Morris
Andrew Oldham
Sarah Pinborough
Andy Remic
Brian Ruckley
Tim Stretton
James Swallow
Jeffrey Thomas
Jetse de Vries
Danie Ware
Conrad Williams

WRITERS

Nik Butler
Sissy Pantelis
Claire Ralph
Sharon Ring
Mark Smith

Though the site isn’t officially live until June 1st, I’m sure the cast will be providing content worthy of being added to any fan’s RSS reader. Be sure to head on over and check out Science Fiction and Fantasy Ethics HERE.