Celebration Anaheim Interview with Drew Karpyshyn

April 30, 2015 at 12:04 am | Posted in Books, Celebration, Conventions, Fantasy, Interview, Random House, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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It’s always fun being able to chat with the authors at Star Wars Celebration. While in Anaheim, we were able to talk with author Drew Karpyshyn about his Star Wars work, as well as his work in Mass Effect, Forgotten Realms and his original fantasy series The Chaos Born. We even touched on his upcoming short story anthology A Minor Malevolent Spirit and Other Tales.

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To check out more of Drew Karpyshyn’s work, and to stay up to date with his latest releases, be sure to check out his official website.

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Podcasts in Review

August 14, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Bombad Radio: Episode 161 starts off with an unboxing of Dungeons & Dragons Next, flows into a con report of SDCC 2014, then jumps into the main feature: an interview with actor Adam Lazarre-White who voiced Jacob in the Mass Effect series. Adam talks about he got into acting, his early career in soap opera, moving into voice acting, the differences between roles, identifying scenes, being the character, and even basing Jacob on Han Solo. Kind of a neat interview and worth listening to if you’re a Mass Effect fan or interesting in acting and voice acting.

Coffee with Kenobi: Episode #22 includes some feedback on the Star Wars Rebels trailer out of SDCC 2014, some comments on the X-wing revealed in the Force for Change video, and the usual “Expresso Shot” from the Bearded Trivia hitting film news including Jurassic World. Consetta Parker stops by to talk about the upcoming Rancho Obi-Wan Gala, and they interview author Ian Doescher. Ian talks about the William Shakespeare Star Wars books, finding the right voices for the characters, and even shares what he’s working on next. Lot of goodness packed into this one episode, so be sure to check it out.

Special Edition: Coffee with Kenobi Discusses SDCC 2014” includes their thoughts on the Star Wars Rebels preview clips and the character of the Inquisitor. Then they with special guest Jeff McGee (Assembly of Geeks) about SDCC and collectibles. Jeff’s always a fun guy to listen to and Star Wars Rebels and SDCC make good discussion topics. Another good one to add to your playlist.

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Book Review: ‘Mass Effect: Retribution’ by Drew Karpyshyn

December 31, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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Drew Karpyshyn’s Mass Effect trilogy comes to an end in Retribution. Anderson, Sanders and Grayson all face off against the Illusive Man in a desperate gamble of survival. Set prior to the events of Mass Effect 3, this novel wraps up the character arcs with a satisfying conclusion while preparing gamers for the next chapter of the franchise. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Book Review: ‘Ascension’ by Drew Karpyshyn

December 24, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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Mass Effect: Ascension is the follow up novel to Mass Effect: Revelation. Like the previous book, it’s also a prequel to the next game in the series. One thing I like about Drew Karpyshyn’s Mass Effect novels is that they don’t star or even feature Commander Shepard, the main character of the games. In Ascension, the main characters are a Cerberus agent, a traitorous quarian, and a human biotics scientist. What unfolds is another great sci-fi story from Karphyshyn. Click here to check out our review.

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Book Review: ‘Mass Effect: Revelation’ by Drew Karpyshyn

December 12, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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For fans of sci-fi and the Mass Effect franchise, Drew Karpyshyn’s Revelation is the perfect way to dive back into the universe. It touches on all the right nostalgic notes and develops some wonderful characters. If you haven’t read Karpyshyn’s Mass Effect novels yet, then Revelation is definitely the way to dive in. Click here to read our full review.

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From Dark Horse and Bioware: Turian Cruiser

April 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Dark Horse | Leave a comment
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All-new 6” Turian Cruiser ship to hit shelves in November! MILWAUKIE, OR, APRIL 30–One of the cornerstones of both Dark Horse’s publishing and product line in recent years, has been the massive video game franchise, Mass Effect.

 To date, Dark Horse Deluxe has released four different ships, as well as limited edition variant, and high end editions. Up next is the Turian cruiser, which bears some slight resemblance to the Normandy, due to the cooperative effort between the Turians and the human race in the Alliance ship’s construction. This race in Mass Effect, are members of the Citadel Council, well known for their military role, and their contribution of starships to the Citadel Fleet.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support gamers have given our Mass Effect ship replica series,” Dark Horse’s David Scroggy remarked, ” and look forward to continuing the line with this latest release. We have been working directly with the Mass Effect game design team, interfacing with them to obtain the exact 3D design specs that ensure accuracy of detail.”

Each Turian Cruiser Replica package will contain an insert card, with a unique code, that will enhance the Mass Effect game experience for individual consumers.For an additional sneak peak, check out the exclusive on KotakuLook for this exciting new release in Diamond’s Previews catalog shortly, with a release date set for November 6, with a retail price tag of $34.99!

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Drew Karpyshyn Reddit Recap

March 20, 2013 at 7:21 am | Posted in Books, Interview, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Video Games | 2 Comments
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drewkarpyshynAuthor Drew Karpyshyn answered a ton of questions on his Ask Me Anything Reddit chat the other day. The topics range from Mass Effect to Star Wars, books to video games. Here’s the full recap.

Drew Karpyshyn: I know it’s a bit early, but I’m here and ready to go. Let me set the stage: 85 degrees in Austin today so I snuck in some golf (shot 77, thanks for asking) and now I’m back home and raring to go.

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Four Games Lane Will Play Too Much of in 2012

January 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Posted in Video Games | Leave a comment

Words can't describe how much I'm looking forward to this.

Hold on to your wallets, everyone.

A new year brings a host of new video game titles. As much as I’d like to quit my job and play games all day, I have to tend to pesky things like buying groceries and keeping the power on. As such, I have to prioritize my gaming time and budget. Some games will get pushed off until their price drops, or until Steam runs one of their crazy sales where they discount the price by some absurd amount*. Other games, however, have made it onto my Must Purchase and Play list.


Four titles in particular are going to be day-one purchases. To the jump!

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Keeping Score: The Music of Video Games

September 23, 2011 at 8:07 am | Posted in Video Games | 2 Comments

Trip-o-let, trip-o-let, trip-o-let, trip-o-let ...

I was a band geek. I know this is a rather awkward intro, but hang with me.

That actually might be putting it lightly. I played almost a dozen instruments in various wind ensembles, big bands, jazz combos, and corps bands. For good measure, I even spent a year in a jazz choir. A handful of years removed from academic music performance, I still play saxophone and keys in a few local area groups. To put it another way, my world is a very aural one. I love sounds and music and I really love observing how all of that impacts whatever it may accompany. This heavy-handed introduction leads us, of course, to this week’s edition of Lane Has Entirely Too Many Thoughts on Entertainment.

Video game music, a commonly overlooked part of the gaming experience.

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Why are you Playing a Girl? Figuring out Why I Play as FemShep

August 12, 2011 at 7:41 am | Posted in Regular Feature, Video Games | 2 Comments
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Temper, temper.


I hate it when people watch me game over my shoulder. Growing up, my dad had this annoying habit of standing right behind me when I was twenty hours into a forty-hour RPG. He’d pepper me with questions about the plot, the characters, and the inevitable “can you shoot/maim/wound your teammates?” He always had an odd obsession with friendly fire, don’t ask me why. Inevitably I’d have to try and summarize all those hours worth of gameplay into a fifteen-second bullet point synopsis. Then I’d have to point out that, no, I can’t attack my teammates, the gameplay mechanics doesn’t allow for it.

Those questions paled in comparison to the awkwardness of one I would get whenever I played a game that allowed me to customize aspects about the player character: Why are you playing a girl?

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