If you’ve been following my work over at AdventureGamers.com, you know that since 2015 I’ve been reviewing a series of alternate reality games by Montreal-based developer Alice & Smith called The Black Watchmen, which casts players as an agent of the eponymous agency as they fight paranormal threats around the globe.
A few days ago, Alice & Smith launched a Kickstarter to fund a spin-off hacking-sim game called NITE Team 4. Set in the universe of The Black Watchmen, NITE (Network Intelligence and Technical Evaluation) Team 4 specializes in cyber warfare and the cracking of hardened digital security systems. When they need to get “up close and personal” with a target, NITE Team 4 strike teams are dispatched to carry out infiltration and data extraction in the field.
As you might have already guessed, it sounds a lot like titles such as Uplink and Hacknet, but with the potential for real-world ARG-style interactions and a more realistic focus, as much of the terminology is said to be based directly on NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden. TBW players are already familiar with the command-line-based STINGER hacking platform, and it looks like NT4 will flesh out STINGER while adding some arcade-style minigames into the mix, which you can read more about in my AG.com write-up following the NT4 public alpha release a while back.
Impressively, the Kickstarter received 50% of its funding in less than 24 hours, and the numbers continue to climb. If NITE Team 4 sounds interesting to you, check out the official Kickstarter page or the game’s official web page.
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‘lo all. Just wanted to give an update on the progress of my new website project, and discuss a little bit about what you’ll see when it finally goes live.
The site construction continues as planned, and I’ve completed work on a newly-designed logo that will be unveiled with the website. It’s a definite break from WriteFullCircle’s monochrome aesthetic, and has a vaguely retro feel that I’m really digging. The plan is for the new site to be a one-stop shop for all of my interests and a way to showcase my ever-growing portfolio of work.
Plans are to have a new blog attached to the new site, which will likely be updated more often than this one. However, as I said in my previous post, WriteFullCircle.com will continue to exist as my writing-centric locale, game reviews excluded. Any reviews that I publish independent of my gig at AdventureGamers.com will be available through the new site. That means I will discuss more than just adventure games, which I’m looking forward to since my gaming interests include strategy games, action-adventure (think Tomb Raider), and so on, in addition to adventure games, of course.
I admit, I’ve let this blog sputter under a hectic schedule and (if we’re being brutally honest) a lack of anything substantive to say about writing these past couple months. I first started Write Full Circle as part of a class on blogging, and so I wasn’t entirely sure where I’d end up with it. It’s increasingly become clear that I have plenty to say, but only a small part of it actually relates to writing. I feel weird about posting non-writing-related stuff here, so I’m currently working on a new web project which will remedy that situation, and provide a more general forum for *all* of my interests and hobbies, not just writing. More to come on this front in the next couple weeks, hopefully sooner.
If you’ve been following AdventureGamers.com at all, you know I’m still actively writing reviews for the site, but my personal writing projects have been taking a backseat to other projects of late, including the aforementioned web project and other issues of Real Life. Before becoming distracted I had written a really solid first draft of a story that I think I want to serialize here, so now that it’s been a while since I looked at it, I’ll go back in and edit it into shape.
Just wanted to give you all an update as to what’s been happening since I last posted in July(!). Before signing off, since I’m drafting this on Wednesday I’ll leave you with a quick writing prompt: