Ahhh 75 episodes of Rated NA! This week the gang welcomes Patrick Weekes, writer on the Mass Effect series, to talk about his craft and his new book, The Palace Job. We also briefly reflect on our wild work weeks and Hilary gushes about her love of Starbuck from Battlestar. Oh yeah, we also had Patrick answer a number of your listener questions as well.
We appreciate games with great writing and are happy to have author Patrick Weekes on episode 75 of the Rated NA Podcast. Mr. Weekes will be joining us tomorrow from the wilds of Canada to discuss his brand new novel “The Palace Job”, which is available now on Amazon.com. If you have any questions for Mr. Weekes about Mass Effect, Bioware, writing, or The Palace Job, please ask here or send us a message on Twitter @NerdAppropriate.
Like sneaky witches from the wilds, Bioware announced today that Dragon Age III has been in the works for almost two years and is being built on a customized version of the Frostbite 2 engine (see: pretty). While details about DA III are almost non existent, we quickly came up with some things that we’d love to see from one of our favorite franchises. Behold a list!
From Templar knights to creepy flesh eaters, this year boasted a crazy variety of costumes from all corners of the nerdiverse.
Thursday night we had the pleasure of helping put together a small gathering of community friends in celebration of PAX: Prime, and we couldn’t have asked for a more memorable experience. What started out as a casual cup of coffee with friends turned into one of the most positive experiences I’ve ever had at a convention.
An alloy is described as “A metal made by combining two or more metallic elements, esp. to give greater strength or resistance to corrosion.” This weekend, by promoting two or more of your characters in ME3MP you can bolster the war effort and help save the whole freakin’ universe! On top of all that universe saving mumbo-jumbo, you’ll also receive a commendation pack filled with goodies as well as a victory pack if 50,000 characters total are promoted. As always, if they keep making it and we’ll keep playing it. We have a crush on ME3MP.
The second BioWare panel at Geek Girl Con titled, “Myth of the Female Gamer Perspective,” was an attempt to explore and generate discussion on what can be a polarizing topic. Karin Weekes (senior editor) moderated the panel while the panelists included were: Sheryl Chee (writer); Jessica Merizan (community manager); Sarah Hayward (cinematic designer); Melanie Fleming (localization producer) and Kris Schoneberg (level designer).
After having a wonderful time, making new friends, and exploring Seattle last October, I decided to once again make the trek back this year for the second Geek Girl Con. I wasn’t the only one returning to GGC, the delightful ladies of Bioware joined me as well. This year there were two panels, the first of which was a presentation on the life cycle of a level. Moderated by Jessica Merizan, panelists included, Mary Kirby (writer), Raylene Deck (level designer), Sarah Hayward (cinematic designer), Karin Weekes (senior editor), and Melanie Fleming (localization producer).
We love conventions, but sadly we can’t attend them all. Last year, we were lucky enough to have our friend and contributor Stumpynat head to Seattle in order to cover (and enjoy)the first annual GeekGirlCon. This year we’re happy to say that she’ll be helping us out yet again. If you didn’t get a chance to check out Nat’s coverage of the event, you can do so HERE. If you’re curious what GGC is all about, here is some information straight from the source.
Unleash the Leviathan! From the moment players got their hands on ME3 they’ve been clamoring for DLC that delves into the history of the franchise’s “big bad”, The Reapers. Moments ago at the EA summer showcase, Mass Effect fans got their wish. The Mass Effect 3 Leviathan DLC is coming very soon, and it looks to be filled with all new locations, dialog, and adventures.
The Mass Effect 3 bi-monthly challenges continue this weekend with Operation Overwatch. Unlike July’s Operation Broadside, Overwatch appears as though it should be easier goal to accomplish. Simply extract your team on any difficulty with one of the new N7 classes, and you’re all set. The allied goal is a combined extraction of 800,000 individual players on any difficulty level… even bronze.
When we set out to create our very first official Nerd Appropriate community game night, we didn’t really know what to expect. In all honesty we were just looking for an excuse to meet some new players, hang out with friends, and shoot some virtual bad guys. We’re elated to say that our community game night went better than we could have ever anticipated. With dozens of players from all over the world signing up to have some fun, we were able to run five eight person squads for over four hours with new players filtering in and out!