Digit Games have launched the beta of Kings of the Realm… and after a few hours of gameplay yesterday, I’m calling it. It’s a winner.
Completely free-to-play with an instant community, and an almost endless list of possibilities. Build up your own realm, and interact with others in real-time on the larger map. It’s BETA so there are glitches here and there, the system is still being built and everyone is still learning - but after so much build up it is finally live. And playable. And sooooo good.
I’m working with them on something big for the launch next year *cough* - till then go lose a few hours in gameplay and help build one EPIC MMO.
Go on now. Get to registering!
This years shortlist for the IBAs was announced late last week - with a whole lotta fanfare and fun. Now all that’s left is for you to vote for your winner.
2013 Shortlist: The Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year Jnr.
When You Were Born - Benji Bennett
How Cuchulainn Got his Name (In A Nutshell Series) - Ann Carroll, illus. Derry Dillon
Brave Beast - Chris Judge
A Kiss Like This - Mary Murphy
But wait, it gets better! How about another category?!
2013 Shortlist: The Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year Snr.
Stay Where You Are And Then Leave - John Boyne
Eva & The Hidden Diary - Judi Curtin
Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men - Derek Landy
The Keeper - Darragh Martin
I’m not suggesting that you vote for anyone in particular… but, that Landy fella’ is awful pretty.
Go get your vote on!
The Mortal Instruments adaptation saga of will-they, won’t-they saga is done. City of Ashes is back in pre-production.
The only worrying thing is the possibility of repeating the same mistakes twice - with Constantin Film’s Martin Moszkowicz blaming positioning and marketing for the film panning.
We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film — particularly with the positioning and marketing — and what changes we have to make. We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise [for City of Ashes].
It had nothing to do with the terrible script and gags forced in there by Zwart? (Bach was a Shadow-Hunter, huh?)
On paper - a return makes sense, just. The film cost $60m to make, with another $60m on promotion - and has made just under $100m worldwide to date. Not the box-office smash everyone predicted so long ago, and not the train wreck that was expected not-so-long ago.
The folks at Comixology have had an incredible run - and now they’re sharing a little about who buys digital comics. And where/how/when they’re reading them. And how much they spend.
Yes. 40% hide their spending from partners.
Henry Selick - best known for helming A Nightmare Before Christmas, James And The Giant Peach, and Coraline - is moving away from animated film to direct a live-action adaptation of Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark & Grimm.
I remain completely enraptured by Adam Gidwitz’ marvelous book A Tale Dark & Grimm. It’s a hilarious, deeply inventive tale about survival in the world of fairytales and what it takes to forgive one’s parents. So it’s a huge thrill to be joining the team of Kamala Films and FilmNation as the director of the film based on it. Between the great material and a team that really gets it, I hope to make something really special that lasts. - Henry Selick
Anyone read A Tale Dark & Grimm? (I haven’t … but will this week!)
The inimitable Matt Griffin has created a gorgeous poster for the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin this month.
All of the vampires you can think of. On one very handy page.