And Now For Something Completely Different
Instead of playing in what I believe is technically referred to as a “target-rich environment” and writing another piece about the Hugo awards fuss and bother (yes, the screams of “But Vox Daaaaaaay” still ring from the hills, nobody doing the screaming seems to know or care about the actual detail behind Vox’s more… challenging comments (let’s just say that in context they’re a heck of a lot less damning than they appear on the surface. Whatever else he does the man has a gift for stating things in ways that force people to think in order to parse them out), and the SJW war-cry of “Noaward!” is being chanted so rhythmically I find myself wondering if the chanters think repeating it enough will make it do a Little Engine That Could).
Then my Facebook feed alerted me to the best news this member of the Evil Legion of Evil could receive. Overlord is back! There will be more information tomorrow, which I eagerly await, but in the meantime, I need to find someone to transfer my soul, since I promised long ago I’d sell it for this.
I don’t really care if the gameplay changes to the Diablo-style interface there’s a glimpse of in the video (go watch it. Gnarl’s narration is worth every second – and yes, if necessary I will buy a console and a new TV (the old one is an ancient crappy CRT thing) to play this. Or a new computer. Whatever it takes). Gnarl and the minions will make sure we get Proper Evil. Somehow.
Yes, even with what looks like an elf, a dwarf, and a female (possibly more than one. It’s hard to tell with those elves. Or those dwarves). Evil is equal opportunity, after all.
Equal opportunity. Not equal outcome (unless you mean everyone else being equal under your armored boots, in which case Evil is all for it).
Hopefully the makers are keeping the wicked humor that made the earlier games so much fun: utterly not-PC of course, but wickedly satirical (“Everyone was happy. And those who weren’t were killed, enslaved, or had other nasty things done to them.” – Gnarl). Slaughtering hippy elves (Overlord 2), baby seals (Overlord 2), sheep (Overlord), whiny elf ghosts (Overlord), sheep-owning dwarves (Overlord) , and many other equally deserving folk is a whole lot of fun – and you can harvest life-force to summon more minions to do your Evil bidding (“They’re very loyal” – Gnarl) while distressing the champions of all that is cute and fluffy. What’s not to like?
If that humor is still there (which is possible: Rhianna Pratchett wrote the dialog and plotting for the Overlord games and has retweeted the video and announcements), I’ll forgive a lot.
Now I’m rambling. I need to take my Evil posterior off and get some much-needed rest.
Oh, yes. My schedule for Ravencon:
Friday 4pm: Playing God
Friday 8pm: Just Like the Last Time, Only Different
Saturday 10am: Writing Dialogue
Saturday 1pm: It’s just a flesh wound!
Saturday 10pm: The Villain’s Journey
Sunday Noon: Death Isn’t Cruel (Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett)
Sunday 2pm: If Mary Sue is So Awesome, Why Does Everybody Hate Her?