Jan 202015
 

“So – who can tell me what intrusion countermeasures – also known as IC, or ice – are?”

The guest lecturer, Mrs. Satou, smiled at the class as she posed her question. The lecture hall was virtual – no surprises there – but it was also packed. She was keenly aware that more than a dozen classes were listening in to her at the same time; from her end, she saw each as a screen floating in the air before her, but the students could only see her on a raised wooden dais, moving naturally with her questions and smiling in a welcoming, encouraging way. The middle-aged Japanese woman chose to look like herself online, dressed in a sharp suit with only a decorative comb as her accessory, but her students appeared in dozens, hundreds of forms, as elves or slimes or even stranger things.

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Jan 142015
 

DomochevskyLe hey, ‘chevsky here.

How are ya? The author is still unavailable until at least the 20th, so I’m trying to tide you over until then, with… other art. I hope you don’t mind. :)

Over the last two weeks I’ve been slowly making refinements, modifications and enhancements to the inventory system. Here’s what it looks like now:

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Looks pretty similar so far, doesn’t it?

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Jan 042015
 

Abandoned Arts gains +1 STRENGTH!
Abandoned Arts gains +1 WISDOM!
Abandoned Arts gains +8 FREE TIME!
Abandoned Arts gains +5 FINANCIAL STABILITY!
Abandoned Arts gains +5 RELIABILITY!
Abandoned Arts gains +1 ORGANIZATION!

Dearest [GUILDMASTERS],

I’m back! As Domo may have expressed, I’ve been out-of-commission due to financial catastrophe (and chasing an 8-month certification). Well; the worst of all that is behind me now, and finances are back on track… so I’ll be rebooting the original and short-lived AdventureCrawl! “franchise.” Details to follow soon; expect to start playing before the end of January.

That is all,

– Abandoned Arts

Dec 242014
 

The camera feed flickers, and then switches rooms. Text flashes on the screen: TEAM SQW MEETING. The time stamp suggests that this is mere moments after they left the previous room; the one they now lounge in is a conference room of some kind, dominated by a glass-topped table that would normally be swarming with images and files being passed back and forth during the creative process. Its blank surface instead reveals the gray stone beneath it, looking oddly lifeless.

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Dec 232014
 

Cast

TEAM SQW

WhatTheHex

Username: WhattheHex
Real Name:
Jack Morrison
Race:
HUMAN
Class:
HAUNTED HACKER
Quote:
“If I can be anything, why would I settle for less than being God?”
Background: Jack works for GenCo as a coder for the GenCrawl line of videogames, and is most recently involved in the creation and release of GenCrawl Gaiden. He makes his home in the Greifswald Arcology in Germany, with his brother Laurence. Jack’s mother (Natalie Morrison) remains in the Los Angeles Arcology, where she works as a nurse.

Jack is known in the local gaming community as a ruthless competitor with a keen eye for cost-benefit analysis and unorthodox tactics. Some say he might be a professional competitor if he ever left GenCo’s employment (company policy forbids developers from taking part in sanctioned tournaments), but he remains with them for reasons he does not express.


SonicSorrow

Username: SonicSorrow
Real Name:
Sonya Annikov
Race:
WOUNDSEEKER
Class:
SOUL SNIPER
Quote:
“They don’t pay me enough to sell my soul.”
Background: Sonya Annikov was raised by GenCo after her parents died in a freak foundry accident when she was less than a year old. Keenly intelligent and possessed of an obsessive attention to detail, she was recruited into cyber security at a young age, which blossomed into an impressive breadth of skill. No one was surprised when Administration Class Four offered her a position, but Sonya surprised GenCo when she refused and demanded a transfer to data protection in the game development field.

Sonya’s arrival to the GenCrawl Gaiden team is relatively recent, but she fit in easily with the team and has had a predictably stellar service record, until the current crisis. She is notable for living outside of the Greifswald Arcology, and takes the bullet train in to work from her home in the city proper. More often than not, however, she chooses to sleep under her desk to finish a project.


Query

Username: Query
Real Name:
Marie Mercier
Race:
HUMAN
Class:
SPY
Quote:
“No one else thinks it’s fucked up that they stopped printing history books because no one buys them?”
Background:
Born in the Greifswald Arcology to loving parents, Marie Mercier has a violation record a mile long, all of it relating to various kinds of information gathering. Infracted for everything from piracy to wire-tapping, breaking-and-entering and illegally tampering with company property, Marie’s parents eventually enrolled her in a juvenile correction program, hoping to focus her curiosity into something productive.

Marie began working at GenCo very young as a “spider”, a dedicated information-gatherer who provides the raw data on the market and observes trends in the consumer community, and she is the youngest member of the GenCrawl Gaiden team at only nineteen years old. She is notable as the president of the Greifswald Arcology Historical Society, which consumes much of her time when she is not working.


Team MeLM

MechaEnt

Username: MechaEnt
Real Name:
Kristen Müller
Race:
SLIMEGIRL
Class:
BIOMANCER
Quote:
“Working with a team of prodigies is weird. But the parties are pretty nice!”
Background:
Kristen was picked up by GenCo in the middle of her university education; her grades were failing, but the art on her blog got her a position helping out in the graphics department of over a dozen games. Perpetually shy, Kristen consistently underestimates her own work and remains exceedingly nervous about being the art lead for GenCrawl Gaiden.

Kristen retains a quiet interest in her cultural heritage, which has blossomed since she joined the Greifswald Arcology Historical Society, and often works cultural elements into the games she works for. Her mother has recently returned to West Africa, where she is spearheading new initiatives to mine heavy metals and boost manufacturing for GenCo’s “All Natural” line of products (made without any ‘artificially created’ materials from matter generators). Her father works as a minor functionary in the local government.


LanguidLiquid

Username: LanguidLiquid
Real Name:
Michael Thurston
Race:
HUMAN
Class:
GENADIN
Quote:
“If you can’t trust your team, it’s time to get a transfer.”
Background: Michael Thurston’s worked for GenCo for the last ten years, solely in game development. He’s done everything but art and his record is so clean it could forgive sins if someone asked it to. A fan of the original GenCrawl, he was assigned to the team for its sequel by his personal request, and has grown to love his team deeply, even if they bicker like children.

Michael maintains a passionate robotics hobby and participates in company design competitions. Some of his designs have been purchased for general use as toys and office gadgets, though jokes are still kicked his way about his disastrous “Staple Servant” design. Michael takes it in stride and consistently claims to build for the love of building.


Merhousemaid

Username: Merhousemaid
Real Name:
Brianna Stevens
Race:
AQUATIC ELF
Class:
SINGING SANGUIMANCER
Quote:
“I work for a company so big we run our own cities and somehow I still can’t get laid.”
Background:
Brianna Stevens is a perpetual traveler. She doesn’t talk much about how she came to work for GenCo, but even after being hired on formally she didn’t settle down much until coming to Greifswald and staying on as part of the GenCrawl Gaiden team. Brianna is responsible for the creative writing end of the work and works closely with Kristen as a result, though she often helps with other aspects of the project as well.

Brianna doesn’t seem to have an end to her list of skills; her past, as far as anyone can discern it, seems mostly made up of abandoned hobbies and improbable adventures. Her personal blog is full of descriptions of places and activities most people only read about in books, though she oddly refuses to comment on any of them in person, answering only to her readers, and only online.

Dec 222014
 

Languid Liquid and MechaEnt walk out of the respawn chamber with irritated looks on their faces. Merhousemaid sighs, looking somewhat guilty, when –

The stream cuts out into a cloud of static.

A moment passes by without an explanation. The chat, too, is frozen, preventing any attempt to ask what has gone wrong. But suddenly, a message:

Minerva: Now, what is this? This isn’t acceptable. One moment while I adjust your view…

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