Hello, I'm Richard

And in case you were wondering, I'm a UK based freelance writer, journalist and professional producer of many wonderful words, including "fandango" and "onion". Why not drop me an e-mail, follow me on Twitter, and if you like what you're reading, hire me to write words and help you make cool things?

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Latest Posts

> Shooting Crap: Mortimer and the Riddles of the Medallion
> Sunless Sea And Me: The Empire Of Hands
> Shooting Crap: Mystery of the Druids (2/2)
> Shooting Crap: Mystery of the Druids (1/2)
> Flashback 2014
January 28, 2015

Shooting Crap: Mortimer and the Riddles of the Medallion

A Lucasarts classic makes its long awaited return to- Huh? What's a Grim Fandango?

Yes, it’s been a quiet month and not much has caught my eye, so let’s do another of these. This time it’s a musical odyssey with one of Lucasarts’ more obscure games, the 1996 edutainment shooter Mortimer and the Riddles of the Medallion. I figured that while everyone else is obsessing over Grim Fandango, I’d head off into completely different territory and something that nobody is ever likely to search for. Because YouTube views are for wusses.

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January 26, 2015

Sunless Sea And Me: The Empire Of Hands

Are you a mighty enough zailor to discover the secret of the monkeys' island? (No relation!)

In the Empire of Hands, monkey business is serious business.

In the Empire of Hands, monkey business is serious business.

An occurrence! Something has changed in the Neath! My second island for Sunless Sea is now live, and adventure awaits you in the home of the Pentecost apes. To find it, simply keep zailing East until you hear the distant echoes of Salt’s Song in your bones. Beware of stowaways. Keep a tight grip on your Echoes, your soul, and your dignity. It is a rare captain who can make it out this far and return to tell its stories. Will you be one of them?

I’ve written a quick (ha!) post for the Failbetter blog on the writing of the Empire of Hands, though inevitably it gets a little into spoiler territory. Quite pleased how this one turned out, and it’s a bit of a content-monster. Work with the Delightful Adventuress to conquer a variably ancient tomb, befriend and try not to be dinner for cannibal pirates, recruit the Monkey Foundling, and survive the decadence of the Neath’s deadliest court. On a much smaller scale, I also wrote the Haunted Doctor, a man of many poor causes. You’ll find him on the London docks, or hanging around Saviour’s Rocks in the hope of recovering something he does not regret losing.

This has been Information that Suffices. All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

(Unless you take the career-ending path on offer, possibly. In which case, please play this music…)

Disclosure: I have reviewed and talked about Fallen London in the past, but obviously won’t be reviewing Sunless Sea or future FBG games. They may come up in other features/stories, but if so will feature a disclaimer. There used to be a preview here, which I’ve taken down. For transparency purposes though, it’s archived here.

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January 16, 2015

Shooting Crap: Mystery of the Druids (2/2)

Can Halligan defeat the Druids and earn a little respect? Yes and no.

Time to finish this hideous turkey. Click here for Part 1. Watch the whole video here.

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January 14, 2015

Shooting Crap: Mystery of the Druids (1/2)

No one knows who they were or what they were doing...

So, at the start of the year I asked what people wanted to see, and the overwhelming response was more Crap Shoot type stuff. Well, be careful what you wish for! Here’s one of the games that got away, that was always on my list but I never got around to – mostly because it’s so long, and much of it so freakishly boring. Between those bits though lies awesome craziness, and now you get to experience it for yourself. Patreons! For being lovely, you have access to the full video right now. Almost but not quite as lovely people, the second part will be up soon.

[ Update! Soon is now! Did you miss it? Watch Part 2 here. Or head here for the full video. ]

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January 2, 2015

Flashback 2014

Hopefully not as disappointing as the awful remake from 2013...

Metaphor for leaping into the unknown, or admission I had no relevant pic? I leave it to you...

Metaphor for leaping into the unknown, or admission I had no relevant pic? I leave it to you…

As the delusion that it is still the holidays fades, and a world looks up to the skies in the hope that the locust armies will spare them from a year of work, here’s a few of my favourite Patreon-powered posts from 2014. Thanks so much for your support over the last year, whether you donate or simply read. Hopefully you’ll continue to enjoy once this year kicks off properly (and if you have any requests for things you’d like to see/see more of, do let me know! I have a few things planned, but there’s always space for more on the slate…)

I must confess to a certain, ah, deep fear about this year, generally. 2014 was not a good one for most people doing the games journalism thing, and this year demands a certain branching out. I’m hoping to do some more of the games writing thing instead of simply writing about games (in fact, much of the holiday has been spent on that… more on that later on) and otherwise doing more creative or longform work. I’m probably going to rejig the site a bit in the near future to state that more openly, but, well, if you need a writer for something cool and like what I do, definitely give me a call. Ineffective self-pimping over then, here’s my favourites of 2014…

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December 23, 2014

Metal Gear Solid V: Tactically Abridged Action

Think of it as the demo of the demo of The Phantom Pain. Or something.

"Man, my life would be so less silly if everyone didn't call me Big Boss..."

“Man, my life would be so less silly if everyone didn’t call me Big Boss…”

Snake? SNAKE? SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE?
Damn it, Miller, I’m right here. What do you want?

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