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The Crimson Diamond Gazette #13



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Hello, dear readers! Happy November. What a month it's been so far, and we're only halfway through!

AdventureX has come and gone and it was the trip of a lifetime. The event itself was a lovely time with like-minded fans of narrative games from all over the world. I met lots of people I only knew online, as well as some very welcome reunions with people I met during PAX West. I can see why attendees return year after year; I hope to do the same next year!

Before I get into that, I'd like to share a couple lovely articles.

Grant of The Digital Roadmap Podcast wrote about The Crimson Diamond, he visited my table during EGLX here in Toronto. It was a pleasure to meet you, Grant!


And my local newspaper The Scarborough Mirror published an article about me! Mike Adler met with me at University of Toronto Scarborough campus, and interviewed me for the piece. The Scarborough Mirror has been delivered to my parents' doorstep for years, so I really got a kick out of this :D.

I picked UTSC because not only is it in my neighbourhood, but they actually have a Rock Walk which is a selection of different kinds of rocks that are helpfully labelled on signs! They have a terrific selection of glacial erratic boulders, much like one that's in The Crimson Diamond :). You can read the article online here!


Oh, one more thing: Version 13 of the demo is available to download now, and it features new, original theme music composed by Dan Policar, a Grammy-nominated musician! You can hear the new theme when you launch the game. It's AMAZING. This is pretty much the same version of the demo I showed at EGLX and AdventureX, but I don't think I mentioned it in a previous issue of the gazette.


Now, on to AdventureX and London! This my first trip to the UK and it was incredible. Warning, this is a photo-heavy issue!

Here's me in front of the British Library, the venue for AdventureX. It's huge and chock-full of rare documents, including Shakespeare's first folio!

Here's me with my set-up inside the library! I lugged an LCD monitor from Canada and back again, as well as checking my stand-up banner as fragile/oversize baggage. Thankfully everything survived! I played the trailer on loop on an iPad because I couldn't imagine myself packing TWO LCDs :P.

I was happy to see Francisco Gonzalez again, developer of Lamplight City and A Golden Wake! He's currently working on Rosewater, which got a sweet write-up in Rock Paper Shotgun. We're watching Dave Gilbert (Wadjet Eye Games)'s opening talk, which was candid and compelling. Watch it here!

I was so happy to meet a couple fellow Classic Gamers Guilders who were ALSO showing at AdventureX! CGG is a Facebook group I help admin, we're a friendly bunch who share our enthusiasm for video games of all kinds.

Giannis Chatzopoulos of Noema Games is making Aurora: The Lost Medallion, a sci-fi / fantasy point and click adventure game! And Shaun Aitcheson of Cloak and Dagger Games is making Sumatra: Fate of Yandi!

AdventureX was an inspiring and educational weekend with great talks (subscribe to their YouTube channel to watch them!) and the best group of devs and gamers I've ever had the pleasure to meet.

I hung around London after the event to take a look around. Naturally, I found myself at the Natural History Museum :D. They have an outstanding rock collection. Dozens of display cases stretched down the length of this vast hall. Some of the most amazing specimens I've ever seen! There was a great showcase of the fluorescent properties of diamonds. Nancy Maple won't be able to test for fluorescence in The Crimson Diamond, though!

My sister took me to an award-winning, science-themed afternoon tea at the Ampersand Hotel. So glorious!

Saw the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum. It's awe-inspiring. I don't really have anything else to add. I'm glad I got to see it.

The Victoria & Albert Museum was my favourite. It was stuffed with jewellery, glass, ceramics, and sculpture. I visited it twice and I still have so much to see! Everything there is beautiful, including the cafe.

I bought this pair of gorgeous red agate and labradorite earrings in the Victorian & Albert Museum gift shop. They were crafted by Ottoman Hands. Yay pretty rocks <3.

Ooh, this just in! just published part 2 of their wrap-up of AdventureX and The Crimson Diamond is included!



I saw some very pretty beaded, plaited necklaces in London! I decided to try my hand at making one with my plentiful supply of size 11 Japanese seed beads. I tested a few plaiting techniques before settling on the one pictured here. This is just a sample, using some beaded strands I happened to have on hand. I'm currently in the process of stringing eighteen strands with a select palette of colours! I hope I can show the finished necklace in the next issue :).



DID YOU KNOW: The Natural History Musuem in London also houses the Earth Science Department, with facilities devoted to the study and analysis of mineralogical and paleontological specimens! They also offer consultancy services and seminars!



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Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful November :)

-- JM