Inside the Music of Westworld

I know, another Westworld blog post. Stick with me on this one because I found this fascinating. One of the first things that grabbed me during Episode One of Westworld was the music by Ramin Djawadi. I’ve been a fan of his from his scores to movies like Pacific Rim and TV shows like Person of Interest. One of the unusual things about Westworld is the use of somewhat modern songs playing either as part of the score or on the piano in the Mariposa Saloon and Hotel. The artists included are widely varied, from Radiohead and Nine inch Nails to Soundgarden to the Rolling Stones.

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Westworld: A Look from Game Designers’ Perspectives

I’m really enjoying the premiere season of Westworld on HBO for any number of reasons. If Westworld does represent the future of gaming, what do current game designers think about it? Evan Narcisse from io9 had a chance to ask several and their responses are absolutely amazing.

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Nick’s Pedal Board

Following the path of my fellow musicians, Mike Blevins and Dave Evans, I finally took the plunge to build myself a full pedal board for our gigs with Just Wanna Play. These guys have had their boards setup for years, and I had a small 3-pedal board, but that meant leaving my wireless receiver on the floor, and historically, on the floor usually means knocked over and/or covered in beer. So, I followed suit and (thanks to Mike) built out my board. Here’s how it all came together.

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Whatever Happened to Might & Magic

When I read Ernie Cline’s fantastic novel, “Ready Player One”, I was certain he had written a story dedicated to my childhood. Dungeons and Dragons, rock music, and video games. Lots and lots of video games. This included Bard’s Tale, Spy Hunter, Alternate Reality, and Might & Magic. I mentioned this on a recent episode of the Geek Wolfpack Podcast, which raised the question…Whatever happened to Might & Magic.

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NanoWriMo2016

Halloween is over. Bring on November, and for a lot of folks I know, bring on NanoWriMo. For those who haven’t heard of it (or have only heard of it in passing), Nano is National Novel Writing Month, wherein aspiring authors can sign up to the challenge of completing 50,000 words of writing on a project in the 30 days of November. It can be a daunting task, but it is far from impossible.

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New Release! Catwalk: Mercy Killing

It's a Cyberpunk Halloween, everyone. Leon "Catwalk" Caliber is back! Nitro City, 2035. Leon “Catwalk” Caliber escaped his law enforcement life back in D.C., heading to the former City of Angels to lay low and live life on his terms. It didn’t take long for that...

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Transformers the 3D Ride

We’re here in Orlando, Florida for the week (and our friends’ wedding) and we have a couple of days to ourselves. We decided to hit Universal Studios, since Mom-in-Law LOVES herself some Harry Potter. The first stop for Brandon and I was the Transformers 3D ride, and it was really cool.

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Cover Reveal – Catwalk: Mercy Killing

Leon “Catwalk” Caliber is back!

Nitro City, 2035.

Leon “Catwalk” Caliber escaped his law enforcement life back in D.C., heading to the former City of Angels to lay low and live life on his terms. It didn’t take long for that perfect picture to fall apart. Treatment for his experimental cybernetics are expensive, and Cat continues to land right in the crosshairs to pay the bills.

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