If one experiences as many technology failures as I do, one might start to think one had an annoying EM field as a mutant superpower. My trusty hard drive called “First Foundation” (Asimov lives) recently started to signal it was ending its life-cycle. It did so several times as I valiantly dumped its giant archive of art and other critical files while trying to maintain the comics ’round here.
It’s at this time I want to give a big thank-you to all the people who’ve pledged to my Patreon. I’m coming up with something I think you’ll like getting the first look at, or enjoy telling me to try something else.
Anyway, I’m to the point where I think I need to just buy a huge solid state drive and a cradle I can jam it into and make occasional backups, then store the drive somewhere safe. Which would likely be away from me and whatever anti-electronics curse I seem to tote around.
But speaking of cursed electronics, there have been a few fan-made thingies that are associated with my favorite computerized time-sinks, so let’s start things off with this head-to-head between Skyrim and Fallout:
Can we have Fallout 4 now, Bethesda? Because if you don’t keep making games, other people will make better ones based on your engine. For example, there’s the fine people over at SureAI who make Skyrim overhaul mods, completely changing the game into a brand-new fantasy adventure. If you have Oblivion, you might start with their first total conversion, Nehrim.
Now these final two links contain considerable amounts of non-kid-friendly language, so get your parents’ permission before clicking through, okay? For those not familiar with the hit Machinima series, Freeman’s Mind, cast your mind back to the game Half Life. You played well-armed and totally silent scientist Gordon Freeman. A mad genius played through the game, letting us hear what was going through Gordon’s head at the time, and he recently finished the series (YouTube playlist link) which clocks in at a whopping 68 episodes. Note: As of this writing, episode 68 hasn’t been added to the playlist, so completists will have to go to Accursed Farms’ videos list and watch it separately.
Secondly, there’s another series (with even more words you might not want your kiddos hearing/repeating) based on the Warhammer 40k franchise. If you’re like me, and I know I am, you know that Warhammer is about Space Marines in huge suits of battle armor flying around in gothic ships to fight demons, aliens, and each other in the name of the God Emperor of Mankind, an almost-dead monarch who sits in a perpetual corpse-state on his throne on the planet Terra. From what I gather, imagine Imperial Rome collapsing into a kind of Imperial Holy Roman Empire… only with Orks and loads of sci-fi guns. I think. Anyway, a person calling himself Bruva Alfabusa wondered what would happen if the Emperor could find a way to communicate, and the result was If The Emperor Had A Text-To-Speech Device, the web series. I thought it might strike a chord with a few of the readers here. Enjoy!