Archive for September, 2010

Tilt-Juhana: Kane & Lynch 2 ja Halo: Reach

Monday, September 27th, 2010

(Kuva: Halo: Reach)

Viime aikoina Tiltin saitilla on julkaistu mun arvosteluni peleistä Lost Horizon, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days ja Halo: Reach.

Tilt-blogissani Parempia pelejä olen kirjoittanut suljettujen levityskanavien ongelmista.

(This post is a series of links to Finnish-language articles I’ve written in my day job as the producer of the videogame tv show Tilt.tv.)

Role-Playing and the Mainstream

Monday, September 27th, 2010

I wrote an article for the book Larp Graffiti, edited by Andrea Castellani and published in conjunction with the Italian roleplaying convention Larp Symposium 2010. Larp Graffiti is a collection of classic Nordic articles translated into Italian, as well as some new English and Italian language material.

My article is called Role-Playing and the Mainstream and is available online here.

Playground Magazine

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Playground Magazine is a Nordic quarterly publication about larp and tabletop roleplaying games. Its aim is to focus on new, interesting, groundbreaking and unconventional games.

The magazine will be launched in early 2011. The first issue is being worked on now.

Playground is based in Norway, but will be in English. Its aim is to cover new phenomena on roleplaying games across the Nordic countries and beyond.  The editor in chief is the game designer Matthijs Holter (Draug, Society of Dreamers).

The editorial team features people from Norway, Denmark and Finland. The “Finland team” consists of me and Laura Kalli.

If you’re a writer, a photographer or an illustrator and wish to work with us, get in touch: jlp@iki.fi We’re always on the lookout for new and interesting articles, subjects or people.

Right now, what Playground needs more than anything is people who want to do marketing or distribution. If you have a clue about either of those things and wish to further the cause of Nordic roleplaying, get in touch.

Research Blog Antarctica #99: Discovery

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Non-fiction: Richard E. Byrd: Discovery (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1935)

Discovery is Richard Byrd’s account of his second big Antarctic expedition. The difference between this and accounts of the expeditions of Scott and Amundsen is striking, even when the difference in time is not so long. Amundsen used dogs, Byrd uses tractors and flies around in an airplane.

Byrd has written two books about this expedition, this and one called Alone, already featured on this blog. Alone is a personal account of Byrd’s time alone at a remote base during the Antarctic winter, while this is a report of the whole expedition.

I’m sad to say that Discovery is quite a slog to read. It feels like the kind of a thing you write for your financiers, with little personal detail. The few times Byrd talks about questions of leadership or other such issues are among the best parts in the book.

Sometimes the way Byrd writes about Antarctica can be quite beautiful, but most of this book consists of dry details of various scientific programs and sledging expeditions.

Tilt-Juhana: Monkey Island 2 Special Edition

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

(Kuva: Monkey Island 2 Special Edition)

Viime aikoina Tiltin saitilla on julkaistu mun arvosteluni pelistä Monkey Island 2 Special Edition.

Tilt-blogissani Parempia pelejä olen kirjoittanut iPod-pelaamisen auvoisuudesta.

(This post is a series of links to Finnish-language articles I’ve written in my day job as the producer of the videogame tv show Tilt.tv.)

Tilt-Juhana: StarCraft II & Transformers – War for Cybertron

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

(Kuva: StarCraft II)

Viime aikoina Tiltin saitilla on julkaistu mun arvosteluni peleistä StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty ja Transformers: War for Cybertron.

Tilt-blogissani Parempia pelejä olen kirjoittanut käytettyjen pelien kaupasta.

(This post is a series of links to Finnish-language articles I’ve written in my day job as the producer of the videogame tv show Tilt.tv.)