..for as little as 81p per month!

Here’s my latest live video on Facebook. Hopefully I can figure out how I downloaded the first one I did to the computer, so that I can upload it to YouTube too!

I forgot to mention that, in addition to my personal website, the Games and Geekery blog, the Facebook pages, and so on, I also have a profile on Patreon.com to try and generate a little income from my writing. If you’d like to sponsor me, you can do so for as little as 81p per month right now.

Money will go towards better recording and audio equipment, a new laptop, and more notepads, pens and food for my belly. The goal is to have enough patrons each donating a just little each month so that I can write full time and put Hermes925 on bookshelves!

Please check it out at patreon.com/antonym_copeland and share it with friends. Please and Thank you.

Moving on!

The newest installment of Hermes925 is up! You can click here to read it or scroll up to where it says Hermes925 and then scroll down to the bottom of the drop down menu. It seems to me that clicking the link would be easier!

It was a tricky one to get right. I wanted Hermes to be a different personality from Jaime, and yet I wanted it to be clear that Jaime’s writing style has influenced the AI when he decided to finish writing the journal Jaime started.

I was going to write an article for Games and Geekery also, which is actually gamesngeekery.wordpress.com and not wordpress.com/gamesngeekery like I said in the video. I will be writing an article about some of my adventures in Skyrim. particularly those I experienced from the Clockwork mod.

However, I still want to include the gameplay video from the Xbox. I think I just managed to share it to my twitter feed. I don’t used Twitter very often. Partly because I prefer Facebook, and also because my username is @AntonyMXUK. I thought this was frightfully clever when I lived in the US. I’m Antony M. (Copeland), former resident of the UK. Except I’m not ‘former’ anymore. If the UK were my ex, then we’re back together.

It doesn’t really matter since no-one gets it, but someday I may create a new Twitter account and pick a username that doesn’t taunt me by being inaccurate.

Anyway. I’m going to try and download the video, add an audio track explaining what’s going on, and then write a Games and Geekery article about my current favourite Skyrim Mod(s). Technically I’m also running the Better Vampires mod and the Sofia mod, to name only two.

Because I was a vampire I discovered that I could feed on the Gilded. So I forged myself a silver sword, and enchanted it with turn undead to see if my hunch was correct. Most of the Gilded are too strong for turn undead, but occasionally you can make one run. I also equipped the best anti-undead spell I had.

It’s a great story, with a great super creepy intro and you end up being able to keep the steampunk mansion as your personal in-game home! I highly recommend it. Here’s a picture of a gilded for you.

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And here’s the video I’ve been trying to download/ upload! I’ll write the G&G article tomorrow now since it’s been a long day and I’m developing a headache.Have a great day! 🙂

The Future is Coming

Today is my last full day in Kidwelly, Wales. Tomorrow I make my way, with my Grandparents, back up to the NorthWest of England. I was born and raised in Barrow-in-Furness, and still have many friends there who have remained in contact with me while I was in America. I’ll be setting up camp in the spare room of my Grandparents bungalow in the neighbouring town of Dalton-in-Furness.

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My Grandparents

Once there I’ll be looking for part-time work to help bring in a little pocket money, and to help pay for self-publishing, promotion and any other expenses that my little book-writing venture will need to stay in business. I hope. I expect it to be a delicate balancing act. If I work to hard or too long for someone else, I won’t have the time or the energy to work on my writing also. On the other hand, if I continue to generate no revenue from the website, I won’t be able to afford to publish or aggressively promote my work without picking up some work on the side.

If anyone has any bright ideas on how best to generate an income from writing, without having to litter the page with unsightly ads and pop-ups I’d gladly hear them. Especially if it means I can still work full-time on my writing. You can add your comment below or click the contact me tab above, or help me stay ahead of the game and ad-free by donating via Paypal. Please.

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But enough about me. I wanted to tell you about a project on Kickstarter from Genesis Augmented Reality. As you may already be aware the book I’m working on, Hermes925, takes place in a future where everyone has an augmented reality interface strapped to the back of their necks. As you can imagine I find the potential this technology has very exciting.

I also like games, including the collectible card game Magic: the Gathering. Genesis have come up with a ccg that makes use of augmented reality to add a visual combat system, allowing the characters, creatures and spells you conjure to come to augmented reality life!

Pretty cool right? Go check out their Kickstarter page. They’ve already reached their goal, but there’s still 20 days left of their campaign at the time of writing. Pledge now to take advantage of the pre-release offers that would give you early access to the smartphone app, characters and custom skins.

So far you still need to use a smartphone or similar mobile device to see the characters, but maybe it’s a good thing that we don’t have the N•Viron system sending and receiving data through our spinal cord yet.

I also promised you in Encouraging Expressive Endeavours that I’d show you some of my niece Bethany’s writing. She wanted me to show you this one called ‘The Car’. She came up with the story, wrote it and illustrated it herself. She even included a contents page, and ‘about the author’ and a back page synopsis!

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I look forward to hearing your opinion of Bethany’s book, Genesis Augmented Reality or my attempts to make a living doing this. Have a great day 🙂

Inquisitor: Martyr ‘Blood & Gore’ Trailer

For those who’ve followed my blogging career since the days of ‘Don’t Hate The Geek’, you may recognise this game. If not here’s some links for you back to the original post and the update regarding destructible environments. Feel free to browse round the page a bit if you like and give them a follow. They’re good people.

For those of you still here, Warhammer 40k has been a love of mine since I was a teenager,with roots going back even earlier. Back then I only played the tabletop battle game. I collected hordes of miniatures, painted them up (though not as many as I should have) and fought epic battles versus superhuman Space Marines and alien Eldar. It’s lots fun.

I don’t have the miniatures anymore, but I still have a deep and abiding love for the lore and fluff of the Warhammer 40k universe and I get ridiculously excited when I see video games that put the grim dark imagery of the tabletop game into a playable environment. Inquisitor: Martyr is doing a particularly great job of this. Warhammer 40k players might even recognise the faithful reproduction of the Hellbrute miniature in the video above. As well as the gothic architecture and dark atmosphere we’ve seen in the artwork of the rulebook and your favoured army’s codex.

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Inquisitor: Martyr focuses on a particularly shadowy part of the Imperium. The Inquisitors are charged with investigating rumours of corruption within the Imperium, and eliminating it by any means necessary. Imagine a secret agent crossed with Nazi Gestapo and the Spanish Inquisition, that also has a fanatical devotion to his God-Emperor. These men and women are brutal protectors of humanity. In this game you are one of them, and you’ve stumbled upon a particularly virulent nest of Chaos worshippers.

Followers of the Chaos Gods were once loyal innocent citizens of the Imperium lured away by false promises of power. This is exactly the sort of corruption the Inquisition are supposed to prevent. You have the perfect excuse to use your influence and resources to acquire all manner of grim futuristic weaponry to blast the foul minions of Chaos to bloody bits!

It’s not just a standard shoot ’em up though, it’s an action-rpg! You’re not just stuck on a set path, you can explore the open sandbox environment as you see fit. If you’d like to know more, you can visit the developer’s website. I’m sure you’ll hear more from me on the subject too whenever another video comes out! If you prefer the idea of playing the tabletop version of Warhammer 40k, go to Games Workshop’s website and drool over all the pretty miniatures.

In the grim darkness of the far future…there is only war.

Have a great day! 🙂

 

Metal Gear Survive

I know I hinted in the last post that I was going to write a full article on CW’s new “The Lost Boys” tv show, maybe I still will. I just have to get this out first while it’s fresh. I got an alert from Gamespot that there’s a new 4-player Metal Gear game set for release in 2017 for Xbox One, PC and PS4.

It’s called Metal Gear Survive, and it takes place right after the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. The official announcement trailer from Gamescom 2016 shows a lot of footage set during the ending of Ground Zeroes.

It’s a Metal Gear game so it will still have stealth mechanics at its core, allowing you to covertly avoid and overcome all manner of biological horrors in addition to the headless zombies we see in the trailer. We’re also going to see some new weaponry in the game, such as the bow and arrow seen in the stills, giving us more than the traditional pistols and rifles.

Since the game takes place in an alternate timeline, pulling the players, fellow and parts of Mother Base through a wormhole into a desolate post-apocalyptic landscape, I’m wondering it the reason for the primitive weaponry is due to a scarcity of ammunition, causing your party of up to 4 playable characters to get a little creative with your killing. It wouldn’t really be much of a survival game otherwise.

According to Konami, Metal Gear Survive “pursues a fresh spirit of exploration in unique gameplay mechanics.”

Tomotada Tashiro, European President for Konami Digital Entertainment, said “We are delighted to announce another exciting addition to the Metal Gear franchise.”  “Metal Gear Survive will offer a fresh take on the series’ famed stealth elements but within a unique co-op setting that is designed for a truly engrossing multiplayer experience.”

An official press release also said, “In a struggle to stay alive on this harsh terrain filled with deadly creatures, soldiers who were previously on Mother Base now must work cooperatively in order to survive. Metal Gear Survive continues the pedigree of Metal Gear Solid V’s highly praised gameplay design, with a unique blend of stealth and co-op play mechanics.

“Players can strategically manage massive threats with the help of four-player online cooperative play. New weaponry will also be introduced to combat charging creatures and lethal environments as well.”

Clearly we can look forward to a new twist on a classic franchise that should be a lot of fun. Here’s Gamespot’s video on the subject (if the embed works, if not click here):
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