One of the lores I have always been facinated in, is the lore of vampires. The immortal creatures of the night that cling to their humanity, as a shipwrecked man to his timber. Their struggle with their two-natured way of life.
Cursed to live during the night and feed on the living.
There are different types of vampire lores, some that I like more than others.
The Anne Rice vampires, most known from the award winning movie, Interview with a vampire, is one of my favourite lores, how they are portrayed, their strenghts and weaknesses.
The new generation that is probably going to take over Anne Rice’s vampires are those of Charlaine Harris, with her Sookie Stackhouse Novels, they might not be award winning written, but the series they have spun off, True Blood, is for a lack of a better word, awesome.
Then there is ofcourse Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the story of Vlad Dracul, his fight against God and humanity. Rediscovering his humanity when he sees a woman that resembles the love he lost, the love that had caused himself to into a cursed existence. He is unique and has powers that most vampire does not have in other lores, daywalking, controlling any animal, turn into mist, and much more.
Then we have the more action orientated vampires, those known from Blade and John Carpenter’s Vampires, you do not get much characterization or struggle for humanity in those movies, but they are purely there for the show of the strenght of vampires and they fierosity.Though to be fair, Blade is somewhat of a vampire, a daywalker, but the entire premise of his existence is a bit flawed, they know how he was born and how he was created, why not make more daywalkers? Make a pregnant woman a vampire, voilá you got a daywalker getting born.
Even if it is only 1/100 or 1/10,000 vampires have time on their side, so the odds are that they would be able to create a daywalker or two in due time.
In my youth I also played Whitewolf’s pen&paper roleplay game, Vampires:The Masquerade, where I always played as a loner vampire of the clan Gangrel, known for their animal-likeness and power. This system has also been adapted to two games, Vampires:The Masquerade: Redemption and VTM:Bloodlines, where Redemption is my fav of those two. Bloodlines is more indepth adventure/action game, where you get more story, but it is so bug ridden that it kills some of the enjoyment for me.
Redemption on the other hand has a more likeable character, though you cannot chose what Clan you are apart of, by default that is Brujah, the rebellious and strong vampire clan.
The character in that game is Christof Romuald, 12th century knight, who gets Embraced by Ecaterina the Wise, you follow him throughout 7 centuries in his quest to find his love, Anezka.
A picture of him, below.
Slowly spreading into India, the Swedish campaign is progressing into World Domination, will we have a century of meatballs?
Who knows, after 20 years as a absolute monarchy, the people of Sweden decided that enough was enough, they rebelled against their beloved monarch Karl IX. Weird as it seem 89% of the population did approve of him, due to the massive success that his reign had had.
After 6 months of struggle, Karl IX was decapitate at the public square in Stockholm, making way for the first President of Sweden. (I cannot remember his name…)
30 years later, Sweden is still a strong Republic, with colonies in the New Land, and in India.
After a tough campaign against the Prussians, Berlin was donated to the fledgling nation of USA.
USA who came to be, after the British nation had been removed from its seat of power by a swift naval invasion by the Swedish.
You might think that the Swedes are ruthless and just want World Domination, no! They have only begun few wars against those who do not share their values of freedom and protestantism. Also they let their brethren of Scandianvia, the Danes have their nation on Iceland.
Empire Total War, is a fun game!
You can buy it on Steam, it is made by The Creative Assembly and published by SEGA.
Have you ever wondered as a child, what it would be like to play as Bill from Contra in the Super Mario world? Stop wondering, now you can. Exploding Rabbit has made it possible through this awesome flash, 8 months of work, and it is not just some simple sprite exchange, the entire gameplay mechanism changes depending on the character you choose. Click the image to try it out for yourself.
Damn it is epic.