New 50 Page Excerpt of ‘Riptide’

October 21, 2011 at 11:59 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Del Rey has release a 50 page excerpt for Paul S. Kemp’s upcoming Star Wars novel Riptide. The sequel to Crosscurrent is getting positive reviews across the internet. If you can’t wait any longer, then click here to read the first four chapters of Riptide as well as a little intro by Sue Rostoni. We’ll have our review of the book out on release day, October 25th. Keep in mind Riptide is a somewhat short novel at 278 pages, so if you can wait, you might be better off saving the enjoyment when you can read the whole thing. Take our word for it, it’s worth the wait, and this is one story you won’t want to miss.

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Self-Inflicted Trauma: Five Terrifying Gaming Moments

October 21, 2011 at 10:15 am | Posted in Miscellaneous, Video Games | 2 Comments

In 1993 this was the scariest thing any gamer had ever seen.

Let’s preface. I hate horror movies. I hate survival movies. I hate zombie movies. I am not a fan of films intended to scare the living daylights out of me. That’s why I really don’t go out of my way to play games that  I know are scary as all get out. Yet, sometimes the temptation is too great. Occasionally a game will get such positive press that I cave and decide to give it a play through. Thanks to my weak resolve, I’ve managed to traumatize myself a number of times. Since this is a gaming column and Halloween is just around the corner*, here’s a look at five frightening moments that kept me up all night.

*Look, ma! Topical content based on a pending holiday! I’ve got this column thing down pat. 

Doom 3 – The Arm Through the Door

ID software likes to scare the living daylights out of me and they’ve been doing a brilliant job of that since 1993. On one cold December day, my dad discovered the infamous shareware copy that made the rounds through the old FTP bulletin boards. He brought the game home on 782 floppy disks*. I, being all of five years old, decided that it would be fun to watch dad play this shiny, new computer game. Oh, what a mistake that was. Zombies, demons from the depths of hell, firefights and carnage. Suffice to say I did not sleep well that night. Neither did dad, mom was pretty upset he let me watch that game.

*Okay it was more like three, but still. If you’re under the age of 18 and have no idea what a floppy disk is, Google it. You see, there was a period of time before blank CDs and flash drives in which portable data was stored on little magnetic platters. The more you know.

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NYCC 2011 Video & Audio Recap

October 21, 2011 at 9:55 am | Posted in Books, Events, Interview, Star Wars: The Old Republic | Leave a comment
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NYCC 2011 brought us a lot of Star Wars news on multiple fronts, and many sites snagged some really nice interviews and videos of the events. For your viewing enjoyment we’ve rounded up the must see action here for your convenience.

Daniel Wallace, author of the upcoming Book of Sith: Secrets of the Dark Side, did a video interview with ClevverMovies’ Tatiana Carrier discussing Book of Sith

Darth Vader: A 3-D Reconstruction Log, and The Joker: A Visual History of the Clown Prince of Crime. Continue Reading NYCC 2011 Video & Audio Recap…

Happy Birthday, Carrie Fisher

October 21, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in Birthday, Entertainment | Leave a comment

Today Roqoo Depot wishes a very happy birthday to actress Carrie Fisher! Forever famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, Carrie has gone on to establish herself as a successful writer with six books, three screenplays, and two plays.

Carrie was born in Beverly Hills, CA to singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Her parents divorced when she was two, and she attended Beverly Hills High School before going off on the road with her mom. At age 17 she appeared in the Broadway play Irene alongside her mother. That same year she attended London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. Two years later she got a part in her first film, Shampoo. It took only two more years for her to land her biggest gig ever, Star Wars.

After Star Wars she did TV, film, and even hosted Saturday Night Live with a memorable sketch as the “Beach Blanket Bimbo from Outer Space” alongside Billy Murray, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, and Dan Aykroyd. In 1980 she was in the Blues Brothers, the Broadway play Censored Scenes from King Kong, and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

More films and plays followed, along with her first book in 1987, Postcards From the Edge which was a bestseller. She went on to movies like When Harry Met Sally, The ‘Burbs, Scream 3, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Behind the scenes she’s worked as a script doctor, a person who polishes off screenplays. She’s also done voice work as Peter Griffin’s boss Angela in Family Guy, as well as parts for Robot Chicken and Family Guy’s Star Wars specials.

Currently Carrie has a new book coming out on November 1st called Shockaholic and her play Wishful Drinking is on tour with dates available on her website. If you’d like to wish her a happy birthday, be sure to drop by her Facebook or Twitter pages.

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BlizzCon 2011

October 21, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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BlizzCon 2011 kicks off today in Anaheim, CA. Among the guests that will be in attendance is Star Wars author Christie Golden who has written several World of Warcraft novels. BlizzCon celebrates the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes with hands-on play time with their latest games, discussion panels, tournaments, contests, and more. For more details about the con, please check out their official website.

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Necronomicon 2011

October 21, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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Necronomicon 2011 starts off today in St. Petersburg, FL. Florida’s science fiction, fantasy, and horror conviction runs from October 21-23 and will be featuring Star Wars guest Timothy Zahn. To find out more, you can visit the official Necronomicon site here.

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