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Halloween Horrors, Time Travel Phones, Fire and Pigeon Famine.

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Crikey, what a month! It's been a while since I jotted down any blog entries, so I'll dig through the murky cupboard, that I call my memories, and dig out some news from Gorgeous Cornwall and the Darkling Room.

Fire!

Blaze Rips Through Harbour Town
Arsonists destroyed some of Looe's (rather ugly) fishing huts, a few days ago. I was playing a shooter on the PS2, at the time, and only noticed the whizzes, bangs and explosions during a level load. Ha ha! I had been impressed by the game soundtrack, up until that point! So, taking a look outside, it was alarming to see a huge blaze making its way down the Quay Side. I grabbed the camera, and rushed out to get some pics and video.

It was a nasty blaze too; several propane gas cylinders went up, creating (what I can only describe as) a huge Bunsen Burner in the sky! The heat was rather intense, and the flames threatened to spread to the nearby restaurants, pubs and homes. (I was very worried. I'd booked my Christmas Day lunch …

Dark Fall III, Church Ghosts and The Ancient Cult of Lamanna.

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Thought I'd drop by, with an update, about life down here in creepy Cornwall...



Dark Fall III:

It's been a busy early Autumn, with work on Dark Fall III coming together; the screenplay received a raking over, to concentrate the story, and create a spookier atmosphere. So far, tone-wise, the third game is remarkably similar to Dark Fall; a non-linear ghost story with a beginning, a middle and an end, which is something that's hard to pull off. I love hearing from gamers, with tales of how they progressed through the games, as it gets me thinking "hmm, I never thought they'd try that!". It's great. I can only create the setting, the stage as it were, and add a few pointers here and there, but it is the player who imagines all the ghastly ghouls, ghosts and phantoms hidden in the shadows.I guess that was the strength of Dark Fall 1, the lack of visible activity and film soundtrack...less is more, is the well used phrase that springs to mind. I love all those o…

Big British Lost Crown Launch! Game in Stores!

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The Ghost-Hunting Adventure finally arrived on the 18th, when The Lost Crown finally made its way to stores in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is wonderful to finally have it in Britain, given that the game is, without doubt, the most 'English' game ever made; crumpets, miserable vicars, pasties and a none existent train service help cement that fact.

The box art looks great, (thanks Akella!), and Lighthouse have done a super job getting the game recognised outside of the USA. The advertising is super, bold and eye catching; like this Ad in the front cover of The Fortean Times. It was weird opening the mag to find the game staring back at me! I just hope the game pleases those that have been waiting...patiently. Price-wise, the game is a bargain at around £15! 36+ hours of gameplay! Amazon, Play and Game have stock (I've heard its sold out on Amazon 3 times over) so what are you waiting for?

Don't forget to post a review, post play, on Amazon, Play or …

Lucky Thirteen! The Lost Crown in the top 20.

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Great news, sent to me via Lighthouse Interactive; The Lost Crown has entered the UK PC Games chart at number 13! With medieval II on one side, and the massive Crysis on the other. I am thrilled by the news. I hoped the game would get some recognition in Britain, but I didn't expect it to be a smash hit.



The chart can be viewed at Chart Track.

Also, I did hear that my blog has been posted on some of the game forums, following my news of the next game. I hope people are excited, as I know the DF games have quite a following. It'll be great to get back to the series, as I have big plans for it. It is always waiting...

Lastly, the weather is amazing this week! The sun has finally remembered what season it is, so I've been out making plans in the church yard at Talland, and from deep within the Kilminorth Woods. It's so nice to get away from the glare of the LCD, and make some notes on paper. It reminds me of the old days, scribbling notes, for Dark Fall, on my waiters note p…

July 08: Treasure Hunt, Lost Fawn, Saxton is real!

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The treasure hunt is up and running! The clues are devious, the prizes are great and the sun is shining. So, if you are in the Looe area, before Thursday, get yourself an entry form from the Tourist Information Centre, The Salutation, The Jolly Sailor or the Looe Lifeboat Station. All proceeds go to charity.
Matt and I had a fun old time getting the treasure hunt to work, while sneaking about town to put posters up. There should be a pic of one, above or below this text. If the event is a success – more than 10 people play! -we will think about doing another one, for next summer. So, anyone looking to help out, drop me a line. Escaping town, (which is packed full of chip scoffing tourists right now), we took a stroll up to Waylands Fayre, yesterday afternoon. The event consisted of the same old Cornish weirdness (displays of old tractors, period motorbikes and homemade steam engines), but the trip was made worthwhile by the excellent 'Boot Fair' which runs alongside. Boot Fairs…