Kickstarter Project: Halfling Wars

What’s that you say? Kickstarter? Halflings? VIDEO GAMES?! Three of my favorite things combined?! IT’S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!

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Or maybe not. But it is something spectacular. My latest favorite Kickstarter fundraiser is a mobile RPG/Simulation game called Halfling Wars, and it’s being created by ChondroStrike, a Utah-based company full of geeks who just want to accomplish one thing: create a cool game.

Here’s what they have to say about Halfling Wars:

“Halfling Wars is a free-to-play fantasy RPG/Simulation game inspired by The Hobbit and similar to Dragonvale, Smurf’s Village, Pokemon, Civilization, SimCity, and even A Kingdoms for Keflings. But Halfling Wars is darker, has a more engrossing story, an epic online battling system, a deeper questing system, and several styles of gameplay. This is NOT a Farmville game! And NOT a Facebook game! You can continually play Halfling Wars at the normal gameplay rate without spending a penny! We have created a really cool world that you can build and develop, but that is the smallest part of Halfling Wars. It’s all about the Battles!”

You can choose to be a Halfling or a Darkling, building your environment and home, farm crops, raise your own creatures, play mini-games, complete quests, and, of course, battle! I don’t know about you, but I have a feeling that when this game comes out, I’m gonna have a new addiction.

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Pledge to Halfling Wars on Kickstarter!

Currently, Halfling Wars is only $50 away from making its goal on Kickstarter! If it makes it in the next three days, it’s on! So feel free to throw in even just a dollar to help make this game a reality. You can pledge any amount and learn more about the cool folks behind it on their kickstarter page and find out more details at their website.

Referral Program! Did you read this post and make a pledge? That’s awesome! I’m so glad I was able to introduce you to this awesome game. Did you know that Halfling Wars also has a really great Referral Program? Fill out the form, add my name (Nikki Jeske/Snailbird) and we’ll both get thrown into an iPad Mini giveaway! Yay Us! Now go pledge!

Infographic: An Inside Look at Nintendo’s Success

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I was recently contacted by the awesome folks at MBAOnline.com about a recent infographic they created. When asked if I was interested in sharing it, I jumped at the chance because it’s awesome and about one of my favorite subjects! Nintendo! I love this! Y’all know I’m a fan of video games, and the original NES is where it all started for me. Even though I’ve recently been sucked into my laptop, Nintendo will always have my heart.

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Really this is just a post for me to say that I love my girlfriend because SHE. GETS. ME. When we schedule date nights, you know what that means? THIS:

There is not much else more romantic in this world than killing a few gnomes with a pretty girl. That right there is LOVE, ladies and gentlemen. Take notes. It works.

My Mana Tap brings all the boys to the yard.

FOR THE HORDE!

Geekery at its Best (and Hottest)!

I’m one of those rare species referred to as a “Girl Gamer” (though, seriously, I honestly don’t think we’re so rare – I know A LOT of girl gamers and to think that we’re a minority is kind of insulting). My drug game of choice? World of Warcraft. Both Ash and I have been out of commission for the past year I think for lack of funds, but in the coming weeks we’ll be starting up our characters again (the sole reason of my getting an office job is to pay for my addictions, you see). I hesitate to give our out names and server because it is more likely we’ll be switching soon and starting anew since it’s been so long (though I’m not sure I want to give up my Glenwyn Belf quite yet). In any case, I’ll keep you informed (because you care).

The other reason for this post. This:

Because there’s always that slim chance that someone has not seen it, I thought I’d post it (again? I think? I’m pretty sure I already posted this when it first came out but I can’t find the original entry).

Come on. Felicia Day? In character? Hot. (Also, be sure to check out The Guild. Funny stuff.)

Women in Tech: R. Williams.

Hey, something to blog about (thanks Amanda). It’s March 24th, Ada Lovelace Day! What does this mean? It means that today is a day to celebrate all women in technology!

Who was Ada?
Born Augusta Ada Byron, but now known simply as Ada Lovelace, she wrote the world’s first computer programmes for the Analytical Engine, a general-purpose machine that Charles Babbage had invented. she translated Luigi Menabrea’s memoir on Babbage’s Analytical Engine, appending notes that included a method for calculating Bernoulli numbers with the machine – the first computer programme. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software.

Roberta Williams: Graphic Adventure Queen

Some people, over the years, thought that I only achieved what I had achieved because of my husband, but, I always countered those people that the company was started because of a game that I wrote…not something my husband wrote. Therefore, it could be argued that he was there because of ME, not vice versa.

My Tech Heroine: Roberta Williams (quoted above)

Roberta WilliamsTo those of you who know Roberta Williams, it should be of no surprise to you that I chose her as my tech heroine. I am a gamer. I have loved playing computer games, and Roberta Williams was the only woman to be included in PC Gamer’s Game God Exclusive. She is the genius behind one of the first huge computer adventures games: King’s Quest. She also created the much lesser known Dark Crystal computer game (a game I always wanted). She and her husband were the original masterminds behind Sierra On-line, one of the first computer game companies, and her company was the first to include a female as a main character in a game (which not only did NOT ruin the game, but brought in even more gamers – girls!).

Known as “Queen of the Graphic Adventure,” Williams made a significant impact in the world of computer gaming. She laid down the foundations of generations of adventure games. In a world dominated by men, Williams became the first successful female game designer, paving the way for the many females who have followed her footsteps. Adventure Classic Gaming even called her “the single most successful adventure game designer ever lived.” Between 1984 and 1998, eight different games came out in the series King’s Quest.

If you’ve ever had the chance to play these games, you’ll understand right away why I say that Roberta Williams is a worldbuilder. I guess that’s one of the reasons why I love adventure games. Not only does the games have their own histories and worlds, but I also just love games that challenge my mind – I love having to think about things and figure out how to do something to get to the next step. I prefer it over the brute-strength and waging battles of other games (even though I love WoW). King’s Quest is a great game because you have to take things you find earlier in the game and use them to solve something later on. One of the reasons I’m such a hoarder in Warcraft is because in King’s Quest, every single item might have meaning later on in the game (even a rotten apple core!) and you shouldn’t throw away anything. You never know what might be useful.

Roberta Williams created a new way to play adventure games. You could say that she’s the reason we have such deep layers of history in even the most heavily played MMORPGs. When it comes to computers, gaming, and technology, Roberta Williams has cemented her place in history. She is the number one female gamer ever.

Who’s your female tech heroine?