Here is the video that was originally created for the Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative by by Jay Clayton of Vanderbilt University, offered at Coursera
The actual NeverWinter Nights 1 game modual can be downloaded from the following link Ithaca_NWN1. My wife and I spent 35 hours on the creation of the mod and then about an hour setting up for the video. If you down load the mod, it was made with NWN not NWN2 with all expansions as well as CEP 2.4 available at the The NeverWinter Vault
Here is the poem that was used in creating the various different game areas.
As you set out on the way to Ithaca
hope that the road is a long one,
filled with adventures, filled with understanding.
The Laestrygonians and the Cyclopes,
Poseidon in his anger: do not fear them,
you’ll never come across them on your way
as long as your mind stays aloft, and a choice
emotion touches your spirit and your body.
The Laestrygonians and the Cyclopes,
savage Poseidon; you’ll not encounter them
unless you carry them within your soul,
unless your soul sets them up before you. Read more...(407 words, estimated 1:38 mins reading time)
This wonderfully detailed and imaginative book is full of imagery and passion that pulls you in and just wont let you go till the end. That is the way with most of Clive Cussler’s books. He is a true master when it comes to writing derivative fiction. He adds just enough fact to make the whole story believable as f it is happening right now. It is truly a shame that the film that was made from this book did not keep that in mind, it is no wonder that Clive Cussler was so livid when the movie came out. If a studio did that to a story of mine I would be mad as well. Read more...(1036 words, 3 images, estimated 4:09 mins reading time)
The latest in the series of The Noble Dead by Barb & J. C. Hendee is a fantastic tale of how opposing forces can come together to win the day. We are taken on a trip like no other as we once again join Magiere and Leesil in their quest to get rid of the weapon of the enemy. It consists of 5 orbs that are each guarded by a powerful undead but we still don’t know exactly what it is that they would do if they are all brought together and used at the same time. We do find out some of the effect that they have on the huntress Magiere, a child of all the races and a human and noble dead at the same time. With each orb that she encounters it changes her to where she is afraid of loosing herself entirely. Leesil and Chap, the fay inhabited dog and Leesil’s constant companion, will do all that they can to see that she stays the person and woman that they love and care about. Read more...(720 words, 4 images, estimated 2:53 mins reading time)
This is the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy, and really the weakest, yet most violent of the three. Most likely, there are plans to make a movie from this volume, but it will be very lucky to get anything lower than a PG-13 rating. We have met with the players of this speculative future dram in The Hunger Games and followed their trials a tribulation from there first games to the Quarter Quell in Catching Fire, where they bring back the survivors of the older games from the past seventy-five years. Some of these players are in their prime, and some are way past it. But those games are over now, and we are following the chronicle of Katniss Everdeen as she and her family becomes citizens of the strictly-coded underground living of what was once thought to be lost, District 13, run by a severe woman, President Coin. Read more...(539 words, 3 images, estimated 2:09 mins reading time)
While many have seen the cartoon and many have notions from seeing the Lord of the Rings films you do not quite get the full scope of the story till you actually read the book. The Hobbit is a story of, well a Hobbit and the enchanting prelude to The Lord Of The Rings. That Hobbit’s name is Bilbo Baggins and he is about to set of on an adventurer that will change his life and that of the entire world. He becomes both the start and the ending of the troubles in the world in ways that a simple respectable Hobbit would never think of doing. Hobbit’s never go on adventures if they can help it, they stay at home in their cosy little hole, eat, sleep and tend their gardens. Oh how he wishes that was all he was doing during the entire book. Read more...(897 words, 4 images, estimated 3:35 mins reading time)