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 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?

  1. Draven #

    I’m sorry, Kate, with John’s passing, there was just no way i could go to Ravencon.

    April 23, 2015
    • Kate Paulk #

      You don’t have to apologize. I appreciate your commentary here and I understand.

      April 23, 2015
      • Draven #

        well, i was originally planning on going… 😦

        John Jones, Ravencon co-chair, who was too busy to even say hello to y’all last year, so busy that they raised a small bundle for the Klingon Jail to make him sit down and not work for an hour or so.

        April 23, 2015
  2. emily61 #


    April 23, 2015
  3. Stephen Gradijan #


    This is a bit off topic, but I couldn’t find a way to message you at all, so it goes here.

    I did an amazon search of your name, and sure enough your titles came up first.

    Then I visited your amazon author page, i.e. the one with your covers at the top and more info at the bottom of the page.

    I noticed immediately that the first link had a lot more of your titles than the second. Which means that a lot of your titles aren’t visible to potential readers who make it to your author page. Which probably means that you get a lot fewer sales than you would otherwise, and not just in the missing titles, but the others too because newcomers to any author love seeing a backlist.

    Just thought I would let you know that you have several titles on that first link that don’t link your author name to your amazon author page.

    P.S. I also think that you should submit a photo so that your author page doesn’t say, “no image available”. If you are camera shy then I would suggest putting an image of the book cover you most want to sell, or a pic of a cuddly animal or something like that instead of nothing at all. But this is far less important than the missing links….

    April 23, 2015
    • Kate Paulk #

      Yeah, I really do need to fix that. Along with the many other self-promotey things I need to do and don’t. Maybe after Ravencon, since I’m leaving for that at Oh God AM Friday morning.

      April 23, 2015
  4. Dan Lane #


    . . . “Coming Back!”

    *grin* This is bad news. Quite possibly Evil news. And it put a smile on my face in the midst of a week of screaming awfuls, so once again all is well. And what isn’t well, we’ll drown, stab, immolate, eviscerate…

    April 23, 2015
    • Kate Paulk #

      Oh, yes. Yesterday afternoon I scared the cats with the loud “YES!”. The latest round of videos and commentary on Gnarl’s Twitter ( is also… edifying. And Evil.

      April 23, 2015
  5. In keeping with the thread hijacks, I review a short story about a WWII B24 found intact in the desert, and flown home in the midst of Cold War intrigue. It’s quite good!

    April 23, 2015
  6. On the question of just what Vox Day believes, John Brown took the simple step of asking him. The results are over here

    April 23, 2015
  7. Sounds like fun. I still need to re-load, patch, and finish playing Evil Genius. (The BEST patch lets you put the sentry guns INDOORS.)

    Oh, and “The Villain’s Journey” sounds very interesting.

    April 24, 2015

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