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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot zombie action! (maybe NSFW) on: October 10, 2013, 02:37:39 PM
I sent out a few gift cards and have a few more on order. If you haven't heard back from me yet I'll pass the codes along tomorrow.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: October 10, 2013, 12:45:13 PM
3 more days until the best zombie show on TV returns. yay.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot zombie action! (maybe NSFW) on: October 09, 2013, 07:31:33 PM
Since I've annoyed everyone with yet another book cover, who wants a gift certificate for a free kindle version of The Zombie Wilson Diaries? Just shoot me a message, I have a few freebies available.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot zombie action! (maybe NSFW) on: October 09, 2013, 07:27:42 PM
Rachael doing stand-up. http://youtu.be/Xn8VwCR_btg
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot zombie action! (maybe NSFW) on: October 09, 2013, 05:10:21 PM

Quote from: Purge on October 09, 2013, 03:43:01 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 09, 2013, 03:37:01 PM

She certainly seems to have a lot of non-living product in her.

She's the platinum GOTY edition : comes with all the addons and DLC. 

I wonder what her personality is like? Seems pretty cool. Gratz on finding a cover girl!

I don't think there are any extras. 'nuff said.  slywink

Rachael is really cool and funny as hell.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot zombie action! (maybe NSFW) on: October 09, 2013, 12:26:33 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 09, 2013, 04:01:43 AM

I looked over her body of work and have to say that 'Vampire Lesbian Kickboxers' has me intrigued.

This is the movie I want to see! http://youtu.be/eCBxI2usC9I
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot zombie action! (maybe NSFW) on: October 09, 2013, 03:27:53 AM
Oh and the best part!

My wife: "What the ..."
Me: "It's work, dear."

 Tongue
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hot zombie action! (maybe NSFW) on: October 09, 2013, 03:26:13 AM
A few months ago I decided it was time to change one of my book covers. The Zombie Wilson Diaries is a silly book about a guy stuck on a deserted island with a female zombie as "wilson". It's had the same cover for a while and I thought a cover refresh would be cool to perk up sales. A fan of my books is an actress and former playboy model so I approached her about doing a photo shoot. She didn't take out a restraining order so that was a win. The full shoot netted me 160 photos of her dressed in a ridiculous coconut bra and grass skirt to use in future promotions. Anyway, here's a pic of Rachael looking normal:



Here's Rachael after the shoot and zombieifed:



Here's the final cover:



And here are a few bonus shots of Rachael Robbins that I stole from her Facebook page.





89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 08, 2013, 08:02:58 PM
I don't know which camera brands to recommend. I went in looking at Nikon and walked out with Cannon but that was only after a sales person told me the similarly priced Nikon's video quality wasn't as good as the Cannon's. I don't know it that's true. What I know is that our picture quality has increased significantly since we got the T3i last year. I can put it on dumb mode and snap pictures like a pro. Seriously, the images are amazing when you get in this price range.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: October 05, 2013, 05:19:50 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on October 04, 2013, 01:20:57 PM

Finished it, enjoyed it, want more!

Thanks for checking out the book! If you can spare a minute to drop a review on Amazon that would be great. If not, it's all good.

I do have plans for a sequel. Hopefully the book will continue to sell and build an audience.  nod
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [kickstarter] Kaiju Rising on: October 05, 2013, 05:18:26 PM
Last day to get in on Kaiju rising. Check out the kickstarted, they have added some great new authors and other cool stuff. The goal was $10,000 but is now over $17,000.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Tom Clancy on: October 03, 2013, 05:55:51 PM
I got into the Clancy books relatively late but enjoyed them. I think I started reading with The Sum of all Fears and then went back and read Red Storm Rising and then the rest of the Jack Ryan books. I never read Bear and the Dragon, though. Maybe time to get a kindle copy.

I found his plots really interesting and always deep even if I didn't agree with his politics. One thing about Clancy, he predicted quite a number of (or had an inside source) interesting spy and military gear.
93  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl on: October 01, 2013, 06:40:15 PM
Curse you Grue - I'm off to purchase.
94  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [3DS] Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl on: October 01, 2013, 06:09:27 PM
Anyone take the plunge? These games are like Heisenberg crack to me. I'm really interested in the story mode. Also, I'm addicted to the map making in these games. Anyway, is there enough new content to stand up against ET IV or am I looking at the same game and monsters but with a different name.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: September 30, 2013, 03:59:54 AM
Great ending but what the hell!

Spoiler for Hiden:
Walt's now a lumberjack?!
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: September 27, 2013, 01:38:45 PM
I did a free day yesterday (just over 1,000 downloads) and a .99 sale today with some paid advertising. Just trying to get more copies in hands. More copies = more reviews. More reviews = sales. LOL it's a vicious cycle. Now a days it's all about amazon reviews. This whole changing genres thing is a pain in the ass.
97  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Plants vs Zombies 2 out in iOS app store on: September 25, 2013, 04:08:09 PM
Is the game as good as the first one? I'd like to try it but dealing with IAP turned me off.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [kickstarter] Kaiju Rising on: September 19, 2013, 04:11:18 PM
With 17 days remaining the Kickstarter is now fully funded. YAY!

They've added some cool new stuff including:

99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 18, 2013, 05:08:13 PM
The GM is a lot better than the beta but still pretty lame overall. I read that turning off parallax view helps. Parallax looks nice the first few times you show it to friends then you never use it again.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Sleepy Hollow on: September 17, 2013, 04:34:44 PM
Before the show my kid and I were all "haha. That show's gonna suck."

Ummm. Crow.
101  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: eBook bargain thread on: September 13, 2013, 08:09:28 PM
My publisher, Permuted Press, is doing a Friday the 13th weekend sale. Almost every title (including my three novels) are on sale for .99.
http://bit.ly/1d92wcW
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: September 13, 2013, 07:09:38 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 13, 2013, 06:06:13 PM

Quote from: Crusis on September 13, 2013, 05:41:12 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 11, 2013, 04:29:52 PM

queue'd up next as well.  Once I finish up book 5 of ASoIaF...

Don't read my book after Martin, sheesh. At least cleanse your pallet with something a little less epic first. My little paranormal murder mystery is pretty far from incest, backstabbing, politicking, and dragons.

urban fantasy is always a good cleanser after epic fantasy.  it bridges the reality with the fantasy quite nicely.  plus, you haven't written any of my go-to genre for fantasy follow-up:  sci-fi.  
... yet.

My first attempt at writing a book was a Sci-fi spy novel called Zero Breath. I was about 50K words into it when I realized it was complete and utter crap. I tossed it.

Actually my bud Jonthan Moon and I are embarking on a new book. We just worked out a sweet deal to write a Cronenberg-esque horror thriller called The Boom Generation but it probably won't be out until early 2015. Not exactly Sci-Fi but it's going to be quite a different book for me.

My goal is to start work on an epic fantasy next year that's been brewing in my head for a few years. Fantasy has always been my first love and I plan to do right by her.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: September 13, 2013, 05:41:12 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 11, 2013, 04:29:52 PM

queue'd up next as well.  Once I finish up book 5 of ASoIaF...

Don't read my book after Martin, sheesh. At least cleanse your pallet with something a little less epic first. My little paranormal murder mystery is pretty far from incest, backstabbing, politicking, and dragons.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Life on: September 13, 2013, 03:35:58 AM
Kids - even though they are grown
Wife - 22 years
Late start to writing career and all the amazingly crazy shit it has brought my way.

I couldn't have any of these things without the others so that's why I picked "other".

Oh and because no one else said it yet. Hail satan and Phineas Cavanaugh.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: September 12, 2013, 06:14:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 11, 2013, 03:02:27 PM

so, which version would get you a better profit?  I find myself reading more hard copies of books nowadays, but if Kindle is where you get a better profit I'll grab that instead.  granted, it might be awhile until I read it; my reading time is currently filled up with textbooks for classes (I hate writing poetry, shoot me now).

Buying from my website. The only problem is that I don't have books to sign and send out yet. They'll be here in about 2 weeks. Printers ...

It's all good. Any version is a win for me.  icon_biggrin
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: September 11, 2013, 12:58:54 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on September 06, 2013, 09:51:53 AM

Quote from: Crusis on September 06, 2013, 02:50:34 AM

Stealth release!

The release date is Sept 10th but it's already starting to leak onto sites.

Brought.. Delivered to my Kindle Fire..  It's in my queue, but I have several books to read before I get to it.  I am looking forward to reading it 

Thank you Soulchilde!

Yesterday was the release date and it was a blast. I did a live twitter chat, had an event on Facebook, and gave away about a dozen books. I only need to sell about 400 more books to make a small profit on this one - gah!
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [kickstarter] Kaiju Rising on: September 07, 2013, 04:26:14 PM
Less than 24 hours and we're already at 33% of the funding goal. Sweet!

I hear that about the video it was pretty short but it was awesome.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [kickstarter] Kaiju Rising on: September 06, 2013, 09:36:01 PM
Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters kickstarter is now live and I'm so thrilled to be a part of this project. I'm joining Peter Clines, Jonathan Maberry, Larry Correia, James Lovegrove, and a bunch of other awesome writers.

It's been live for less than 6 hours and has already reached 20% of it's $10,000 goal.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: September 06, 2013, 02:50:34 AM
Stealth release!

The release date is Sept 10th but it's already starting to leak onto sites.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 06, 2013, 12:33:39 AM
6 hours of battery life. I really hope the final version is better at battery management.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prison Architect [PC/Steam] on: August 29, 2013, 10:14:52 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on August 29, 2013, 07:00:51 PM

We had a thread about this game over on OO, but since they don't seem to be around anymore crybaby I'll start one here.

It's on sale, 40% off, on Steam this weekend. The game is in Early Access, but it's playable and a lot of fun if keeping people locked up and watching them in the showers is your thing icon_wink.

UPDATE: Forgot to mention, the game was just (today) updated to Alpha 13, which adds prisoner escapes, policy tuning and other updates.

Quote
Alpha 13 has been released! Steam users will be automatically updated.

It’s time to rethink your prison layouts! Prisoners can now dig escape tunnels, using tools they’ve stolen from around the prison. They will do their best to dig around buildings and walls (which slow them down), and they will even co-operate and join up their tunnels and dig together to escape quicker. If they manage to tunnel outside your outer wall they will dig up out of the ground in a puff of dirt, and make a run for it. And we don’t have snipers in the game yet, so it’s just tough luck if they make it that far.

An important thing to realise is that when prisoners are tunnelling, they are actually deep underground and often far away from their cell. However you will still see them in bed asleep. If you search a sleeping prisoner who is actually tunnelling, the fallacy will be immediately revealed - his face will be replaced by a papier mache dummy with a face painted on the front, enough to trick your guards into not realising what was happening. The tunnel will be revealed and the prisoner will pop out of the ground wherever he is, and will make a run for it.

You can build new Perimeter Walls around your prison, which are very tall, very deep and very expensive. Prisoners will do their best to tunnel around these, and will only tunnel through them if there is no other escape route - and it will take a long time to do so. However you can’t build pipes and electrical utilities through these walls, so you’ll need to plan where your weak-spots are going to be.

We also continue to work towards better right wing controls over your prison, for those that want them. You can now research and unlock a new “Policy” report, which allows you to set the type and amount of punishment doled out for fighting, stealing, rioting etc. The defaults are set to exactly how it was before, but if you choose to you could throw prisoners in solitary confinement for 24 hours after a fight, if you thought that was appropriate. This will have a seriously detrimental effect on that prisoner and he will not cause any more trouble for quite some time. On top of that, from the new Policy screen you can request automatic searches of prisoners and their cells when they go off the rails. Catch a prisoner with an escape tool? Automatically search his cell.

This looks fun and it is mac compatible. I'm in. Thanks for the heads up.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 29, 2013, 05:05:56 PM
I had some fun with an internet scammer last night on Facebook. The number I left was for the Seattle secret service office.

113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 29, 2013, 03:57:59 AM

Quote from: Punisher on August 29, 2013, 12:38:24 AM

Quote from: Crusis on August 27, 2013, 09:41:39 PM

I know the dream is to write a book, publish it and see it make thousands of dollars. The reality is that 99% of authors write, publish, and then sell 4 or 5 copies a month unless they have a solid plan to promote the hell out of their work.

Ah.. So sell each copy for $250,000 and BAM! Instant millionaire!
Brilliant! I need a new agent anyway. You're hired.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 29, 2013, 12:08:53 AM
All I saw was a stupid sailboat.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 28, 2013, 01:13:52 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 27, 2013, 11:08:35 PM

sparkly zombies!!!

You know how to make a sparkly zombie? M-80's and a bunch of glass bottles.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 27, 2013, 09:41:39 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 27, 2013, 04:56:27 PM


self  publishing via e-books is where the is at for the writers especially for less well known writers.  They get to cut of the middle men and probably one of thr reason publishing houses were against the format.  Anyway, looking forward to it

It's actually the opposite. Building a fanbase as a self published author can be brutally hard. There are something like 30K ebooks published on amazon every month so it gets harder and harder to stand out unless you plan to spend a decent amount on advertising. It helps if you are tapped into a genre and known in that genre's community. A friend of mine is very friendly with the horror genre and has reviewed a ton of books for them. He spent years working on his first zombie book and when he released it you can bet that every author he's helped was right there promoting his book.

I know the dream is to write a book, publish it and see it make thousands of dollars. The reality is that 99% of authors write, publish, and then sell 4 or 5 copies a month unless they have a solid plan to promote the hell out of their work.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 27, 2013, 04:20:11 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 27, 2013, 12:21:12 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 27, 2013, 11:57:24 AM

Congratulations!

Could you define urban fantasy? Is it exactly what it sounds like? And by that I mean...fantasy set in...an urban setting?

Buuut. What are the hallmarks of said genre.

If you have Netflix you can stream Dresden Files which will explain it nicely

I'm a big fan of Dresden and Jim Butcher.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 27, 2013, 04:16:30 PM
Thanks all. The book will be on kindle, nook, and every other ebook format as well as paperback. The page count is just a hair shy of 300. The audible version may take a few months.

Part of a series? If it sells. I've outlined a sequel but need to finish a few other books first.

Just to be upfront. I work with a traditional publisher but I'm stepping away from that with this book and self publishing. If that stigma bugs you that's cool - I understand. While I have an agent, actually the same agent as Chris Hardwick for his books, things are changing and writers are actually making money from their books these days.

For this book I put about $1K into editing, cover, and formatting. I'm doing everything a publisher would do except I have control of my book. More importantly I'll collect 70% royalties instead of 20% on ebook sales. Yep, ebook sales are where it's at. If I only sell 500 copies of this book I'll make my investment back. If I don't sell that many - well, back to the drawing board.

Anyway I really try not to spam the board with book sales stuff but this cover was so striking I just had to share.

119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 27, 2013, 03:16:45 AM
After 4 years of flinging zombie books at the world I've written my first urban fantasy and it drops on September 10th. I've worked on this (off and on) for 3 years. I could talk about this one for days but I think the cover speaks for itself ...

120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: August 24, 2013, 12:40:22 AM
Batman's nefarious plan is to screw Catwoman in an extremely uncomfortable place.
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