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  1. Specifically when I'm Timberwolf Mountain. Epic Place deserves Epic Music!
  2. Congratulations! That is my next long term goal.
  3. While I agree that the Countdown could be for either the next sandbox or story mode...I find it more likely that it would be for Story Mode simply because since I've been playing we've never had a countdown for a sandbox update. Also I would not think that a sandbox update itself would be deserving enough of a countdown.
  4. Super exited for this! Very exciting times!
  5. I absolutely could do something like that. I also need to do more writing on my Fan Fiction.
  6. Thanks!
  7. I voted that I'm all for any modding. I have played a absolute ton of MODS for multiple games...I'm playing Stalker 2009 Complete right now. The most interesting aspects of mods though is the Total Conversion. Like Chemical Existence, They Hunger (Series), G-String Beta and it's upcoming full re-release. Games that use the tools for whatever game the Total Conversation will be played on that tell a story that is entirely non-canon. Being that I am a Terminator fan and actually wrote a very early draft of what eventually became Genisys I would say that I'd love to see a Total Conversion of TLD set during the Nuclear Winter before the war with the machines. Of course this is a total pipe dream...but I think that TLD is a perfect baseline game to make such a Total Conversion if such a thing were an eventual possibility. Also I'd totally write the living daylights out of the script for said Total Conversion so I could promise it would be very, very good.
  8. Another one from me: If you want a sneak peek of sorts into my film...to hear my voice and see moving pictures...go to this link and watch the show reel, there is a 35-40 second "Teaser" for the film in there starting at 1:37. Best friend Writer/Director/DoP Check out the Showreel! Let me know what you think...it's coming out this year....finally!
  9. Winston Part 2: Unpleasant Valley Slightly More Pleasant Valley
  10. Well if you want to add to that even more you can. When I play each of my characters has a back story that will/does affect the play style on top of and above simple decision making. For instance a character might not like being alone...so they are constantly on the move looking for someone or evidence of someone. And depending on the length of that survivors survival I can introduce them becoming more comfortable with being alone. Perhaps coming to a place of solitude. So my play style would be from constant but careful movement from place to place covering a lot of territory to a evolving transformation of staying in places longer and then finding a place to set up came for an extended period. On top of this would be my in depth posts letting the reader experience the entire transformation of the survivor from the survivors inner monologue and person thoughts on my blog. The game is as deep and thought out as you want it to be...and that is why i like it.
  11. Over on my blog I've written a new Article about the Survival of my first member of the hall of fame: Tony C. It discusses the backstory that I never got a chance to build on, how that affected my game-play style and how events played out that brought things to an end. I will place a link to the original article here and also copy and paste it here if you don't want to click through. I hope it interests you! Survival Retrospective: Tony C. Survival Retrospective: Tony C. March 16, 2017 by rossjgc, posted in Survival Retrospective, Tony C. Introduction So I’ve chosen to write articles based on each of the characters and how their play style is transformed by their backstory. This is true no matter how limited the length of survival time is for the survivor in question. So on this occasion we are talking about Tony C. who spent his entire survival experience in the Mystery Lake location. Tony C’s Backstory We didn’t get to investigate Tony C’s backstory very much because his survival ended up being so fleeting, but it certainly is important to understand why he survived for so short a time. Tony C. grew up in an inner city, one could say Detroit, and thus he faced a tough situation. His father was tough without the problem of drinking, but once drunk he was a danger to his wife and son. So Tony became tough in the face of this to stand between his dad and mom when he became a threat to her. Unfortunately this caused him commit a significant crime in self defense, leaving his father permanently crippled. As part of a judges ruling he was sent to a Survival Training Course in Canada and the rest is survival. Tony C’s Style Due to his backstory I played as Tony C. in a more excited and aggressive manner than I usually would. The weather itself was generally great during the entirety of his survival except at the end. Tony just wanted to explore, and so I explored in a way that he would have. Instead of staying low and eventually looking into the lone cabin and then heading left to un-named pond and Trappers Cabin. Instead after looting the Loggers area I headed to the Clearcut and then headed left up the path to Forestry Lookout. Now yes I know that there could’ve been a rifle there but Tony did not. I knew that sometimes the temperature drop could be bad there and going there with little food was dangerous…but Tony did not. He’s out there, ostensibly for the course, but now it’s turned into real survival and how long will that take to set in? In the end I spent the night up top with knowledge as a player that I might be stuck up there if the weather came in. However I prepared melted snow for water, ate up and bedded down for the night. I woke up to a storm and that made me both anxious as a player and Tony anxious as a survivor. Once again however I did some researching, ate and drank…I eventually chose to head out and deploy the rope. After this I headed to the un-named pond and beyond that to Trappers Cabin, harvesting Saplings and wood along the way. Dropping off my wood and saplings I made the choice that I did not know would seal Tony’s fate. I chose to go and harvest the deer carcass in the old barn, so I went over and started to work. By the time I was done a deep, deep, fog had rolled in but I thought I had my directions figured out so I started back in the direction of what I thought was Trappers Cabin. Final Moments Except it soon became clear I was going away from Trapper’s Cabin when I found myself fending off a wolf attack at Max’s Last Stand. Surviving that I patched myself up, oriented myself to Max’s tree and looked up. The conditions were essentially whiteout level the light was deep orange and falling as the sun began to set. I had no items with which to make a fire, so I knew i had to push forward. At this point as Tony I was pretty much uncertain of my directions but I had to push forward. So as I did I crested the top of the hill between Max’s Last Stand and Trapper’s Cabin I assume. Visibility is now down to around two feet. I figure the only possible chance of survival is to find the old barn and if I have some sticks in my inventory light a fire and push back to the Cabin after this insane storm is over. However that’s easier set than done, Tony chooses to light the lantern, this makes things if possible even worse. He plants himself and stomps out a 360 marching in place hoping to see anything to orient himself. By this time the sun has set…and I am essentially blind…I myself with intimate knowledge of Mystery Lake and hundreds of hours of game time am no longer sure of my direction. And somehow above the howling of the wind I manage to hear the wolf. Whether or not it is the same wolf I do not care. I extinguish my lantern and pop a flare, the wolf gets closer but I cannot see it. It is now that Tony runs, runs in a direction that he hopes is away from the wolf. He hears the wolf coming faster, turns this way and that brandishing the flare. The attack takes him in The Long Dark due to massive lacerations and blood loss. Final Thoughts I played as Tony very aggressively day one and more thoughtfully day two. One of the main reasons I played so aggressively is that I was just coming off the loss of Ava my first survivor to make it past 100 days. Playing with anger is not wise. By the time I went to harvest the deer in the old barn I was thinking a lot clearer. I planned to simply harvest the deer and head back to Trapper’s Cabin to cook it up…and make more water. I was beginning to think long term. I have never experienced a storm as violent and with such crappy visibility as the one Tony faced once he got turned around and attacked. It would not surprise me at all if I ended up running in a circle once the wolf engaged me again to the death. It would be interesting in Hinterlands could put in some kind of black box that records your movements up to death…but how they could do that I have no idea. Overall I’m happy enough with how I played Tony, I’m just not happy with how little time we got to spend together. Thanks for reading!
  12. Thanks. I don't rush my writing projects so I will only update when it's ready.
  13. “...N3035C Will this is Bear Island Tower do you copy.” “Copy that, how's the weather?” “Crystal clear out here. Hold on I'm getting a flash traffic alert.” I glanced at Will, his brow was creased in concern and his fingers gripped and re-gripped the control yoke. I heard the crackle over my headset as well, finally the voice from the tower came back. “...how far out are you?” “'Bout 45 minutes, what's up?” “The FAA just informed us of a NASA space weather update. There was a CME event...apparently-” The rest of the communication was lost in a wash of rolling static and then a high pitched squeal came over the headphones. Winston pulled off his headphones as did Will moments later, ghostly green, yellow and light blue light coruscates across the flight panels. The panels winked off one after another, electrical fires spat momentarily and then the whole cockpit went dark. There was no sound, there was no light, there were no engines. “Make sure you're firmly buckled in Mr. Francis, unless I get things moving again we're going to do our best to glide in.” “As you say McKenzie.” This is absolutely unreal, was the thought that raced through Will McKenzies mind. His hands flew over all the usual knobs and dials that he would toggle on the occasion of an electrical failure, but there was absolutely no sign of life in his craft. And to top it all off he had never seen the sky light up like this, not once, not ever. The flashes of light where becoming brighter strobe-like in quality they lit the cockpit with a kaleidoscope of colors. “Alright, I'm going to try and glide us in, there should be a highway to our right but I'm not seeing the lights.” Winston looked out of the cockpit himself and through the flashing lights he couldn't make out any lights below at all. He glanced over towards Will. “Can you land by available light?” “I suppose I could but I cannot guarantee anything soft.” “I'd settle for a nice slide across the snow.” “As long as I can keep us gliding steady.” Out of the colorful storm of light a massive shape loomed, it was much larger than Will's Cessna, he pushed the control yoke forward as the jetliner closed the space in a matter of moments. Then metal tore metal, snow covered evergreens reached up from the drifts on the mountain below, and the whole thing went ass over teakettle. To Be Continued...
  14. I chose to devote my time to finally playing through a very awesome and danged scary and tension filled game. Feel free to check it out here: I had a blast playing and recording it...even though I accidentally lost at total of 3 segments. It's all capped off with a video including 32 of my deaths...oh yes!
  15. Moments later she picked up and extinguished the lantern to save fuel,