Asylum Update, and Senscape Announce New Kickstarter!

•October 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

There have been several updates since my last post about Asylum, and I had the happy fortune of again being able to chat to Agustin Cordes, creator of renowned point-and-click Scratches and the evil genius behind Asylum.

Firstly, for all of us who have waited with bated breath, it looks as though the game is “graphically complete”, meaning we are closer to Asylum’s  release.

Second, it looks as though Senscape have decided to amalgamate their Dagon engine with Unity to create the Dagonity engine. Now, for anyone who is new to game engines (like me!), Cordes gave it to me in layman’s terms, stating that “the easiest way to see it is to think about cooking: the oven would be the engine and the cake would be the game.”

Cordes further stated that “the engine is just a combination of tools that allows the programmer to focus exclusively on the game content. Of course, each engine is tailored for specific types of games; in our case, Dagon is better tailored for adventure games.” So, the combination of Dagon and Unity will allow Senscape to create Asylum without graphic compromise.

Senscape have also recently announced a Kickstarter campaign for their classically themed Horror, H.P. Lovecraft: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. This will no doubt be a fantastic game, and the reward tiers announced so far are hard to resist. Obsolete Graffiti wishes Agustin the best of luck!

In the meantime, take a look at just one of the samples of graphics to be coming out of Asylum.

Kickstarting The Backpack Baller

•December 30, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I’ll be honest. I don’t know a lot about basketball, but after reading SLAM magazine’s excerpt of this quirky yet informative offering by the ever-elusive Mr Graham, I’m intrigued to say the least.

One of the main men behind Buckets and handle magazines, and Crtside (read: courtside) podcast, Brad Graham has eviscerated into some 250 plus pages, the inspirational story of ‘the second best player on the planet’, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant.

Kickstarter is the game this time, and Brad Graham is looking to crowdfund at $35,000 by January 1st. A small sum to self-publish such a magnum opus. A wishlist item for any sports fan, or anyone who knows the need to go the distance.

With ‘The Backpack Baller’ Brad Graham will yet again scoop basketball out of Australian obscurity, and slam dunk it into the minds of the masses.

Check out the campaign here: Kickstart The Backpack Baller

Follow Brad Graham on Twitter: @backpackballer

Mr Black Spirits Launch. Interviews with Tom Baker and Phillip Moore

•November 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I made it out to the official Mr Black spirits launch in Sydney on November 8th, & had a blast.

Held at aMBUSH gallery in Waterloo, this was definitely the place to be on a damp Friday night. Mr Black on ice, or a Mr Black espresso martini’s and Old Fashioned’s were free all night, along with Pale and Light ale from the friendly chaps at Six String Brewing Co.. Backers of Mr Black’s very successful crowdfunding campaign were also able to watch live art by the man behind the owl mascot Dale Bigeni from Art By Dale, and Ronstoppable.
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I also had the lucky fortune of interviewing Tom Baker and Phillip Moore (Distillery Botanica) – the co-creators of Mr Black. Feel free to have a listen.

Communion For The Masses?

•October 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Looks like there’s no longer a reason to avoid communion.  The body of Christ is making the rounds and can now be delivered right to your door.
Yep, you read correctly, the helpful folks at Amazon sell boxed communion wafers. Just add blessing and the sacrament’s done.

Wafers, Wafer, Get Your Wafers Here!

Be sure to take a look at the user reviews and ratings on this one.
In further unconsecrated news, USA Today just published a story about Chicago burger joint Kuma’s Corner. As their special burger for October, the “sacrelicious” restaurant is serving up a tasty-perhaps somewhat unholy-treat paying homage to Swedish Metal band Ghost in the form of a burger topped with – yep you guessed it – a communion wafer, and using a red wine reduction.
Body of Christ anyone?

Mmmmm sacrelicious

Cold Drip Liqueur Is The New Black, Mr Black That Is.

•October 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Sydney is slowly stealing the “Australian coffee capital” title from somewhat culturally dominant Melbourne. The Third Wave has been embraced by career baristas and their faithful for a while now, with multiple options gracing the menus of cafes throughout Sydney’s hip Surry Hills – Single Origin Roasters being more prominent of these, and inner west, through to the eastern suburbs and Crows Nest courtesy of 1st crack micro raster Bean Drinking.

With third wave coffee being the current trend in specialty coffee, it begged the question – what’s next?

Enter Mr Black. In every video, press release and article, and even on their Pozible crowd-fundraising page, there is a caveat: Mr Black is not for everybody. Instead of the watered down and over-creamy cocktail makers of the past, Mr Black introduces the convergence of specialty cold drip coffee and spirits.

Using beans supplied by the Central Coast’s Glee Coffee, distilled by Philip Moore of Distillery Botanica, and having won the 2012 International Wine & Spirits Gold Medal Tom Baker has successfully created the alchemy that so many coffee drinkers craved without knowing it.

Due for release this month, the much anticipated liqueur which amassed over $16,000 AUD above it’s $10,000 Pozible goal, will be celebrating the success with their official launch party at aMBUSH Gallery in Sydney’s Waterloo.

See it for yourself @ Mr Black Pozible page: http://www.pozible.com/project/29114 137622388713762236141376223796

Graphic Novel Review – The List

•August 28, 2013 • Leave a Comment

If you’re looking for something to read before you go to sleep tonight, do not pick up The List. This is not a bedtime story, it is not a fun, lighthearted adventure into the superhero and villain antics that you might be used to.

If you’re after a graphic novel that will make your stomach turn, your blood boil, and your psyche rage at the very beliefs you once held dear, then this is the graphic novel you were looking for.

Imagined by writer Paul Bedford, and etched out with the help of Henry Pop and Tom Bonin, The List may be minimal in dialogue, but what isn’t said in speech bubbles is conveyed much more poignantly. 

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Bedford delves into the darker reaches of himself to bring forth a startling revelation. What we hold to be the absolute core of our belief system, might very well consist of the most horrifying lies. This book is a truly evisceral and cathartic experience that is at the same time almost traumatic in its confrontation of religion and self.
The List has been critically acclaimed since it’s April 2012 release, and with good reason. This psychological religious horror is an exploration of pain, death, and having the world as you know pulled out from underneath your feet.
A revelation that is unlike anything else you’ll read, and a MUST HAVE for any true lover of graphic novels.
The List is available online via the following stores:

SF Media On Strike

•July 20, 2013 • Leave a Comment

In response to unpaid invoices, SF Media Owner/Editor Robyn Morrison has taken a stand to music industry “professionals” who have failed to pay SF Media for their services, and decided that until the situation is rectified selected paid services will be unavailable.

According to Morrison’s statement on the SF Media website, “Upon further investigation amongst the local bands – some of them signed bands – I discovered that they are not being paid either for shows they’ve performed.  This seems to be an ongoing trend.”

Now I have no idea who Morrison and SF Media refer to. But this definitely isn’t the first I’ve heard about these occurrences. It is certain though that there are many bands and music industry workers out there who agree with her, and will no doubt appreciate and admire her stance on this.

I will say this: if SF Media, a reputable online magazine, is taking a stand, hopefully it encourages others to do the same.

Morrison’s words are better than mine, so you can read them here:

SF Media Is On Strike