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Update #16

Funny You Should Ask

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We're at 3,560 backers and over $225,000 as I write this, 8-1/2 days to go. This was a very good weekend for the project, adding over $18,000 and 270 backers. We probably need to come close to doubling the number of backers to make our goal, and we can do that.

By the way, one of the backers at the Art Lovers ($2,000) level had to back out, so there is one classic Quest for Glory illustration still available.  I'll be posting images of them as soon as we get them from The Art of Sierra folks.

That's Funny

Humor is hard. Except when it's easy. When you have a funny character like Ali Fakir or Gnome Ann, you let them do the talking. It just comes out funny. That doesn't happen often. If I sit down to "write something funny," forget it. Good Humor (mmm, used to love their ice cream) comes spontaneously, or not at all.

We'll have lots of funny stuff in Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption, and we have no idea yet what it will be. The humor comes out almost by accident during the writing. Like last night when I was thinking about lockpicking and ended up with the Sherlock Holmes joke in Update #15. I wanted a good name for a really secure lock, and "the Surelock 1700" popped out. Then I strained to make it work with "homes". Then I changed the model number to 221-B, Holmes's Baker Street address.

Many of my infamous puns come from mishearing or misreading something, then playing on the result. I'm not the only one. Marc Hudgins told us that the "Awful Waffle Walker" Easter egg in Quest for Glory 3 happened because he misread an animation list as "Eggo Walker" instead of "Ego Walker". Everyone at Sierra called the player character the "Ego".

Some things are inherently funny. Words with "w" and "k" tend to sound amusing. That's why Quest for Glory 1 has an Antwerp, and there's an Aardvark in QfG3. (Actually, there are at least four reasons for the latter. Maybe five or six. Our company name is FAR Studio, where "FAR" is short for "Flying Aardvark Ranch".)

It's funny – or not so funny – that when Lori and I talk about the story line for a game, it's almost always a serious discussion. Until I derail it by making a bad joke about something Lori just said. Probably I have ADHD (Attention Deficit Humor Disorder... "Ooh, Sparkly!"). Humor comes when you least expect it.

Of course, *talking* about humor is boring. So rather than bore too deeply into the subject, I bit you will be better off reading "Funny Business" on the Quest Log. You know the drill. Go ahead, oil wait. Derrick nothing worse than trying to dig for humor.

Player Testimonial – "Elven" Posting on the Quest Log

I didn't know about QFG, KQ and many other good old games until about 6 yrs back. I was born somewhere between QFG 2 and 3 and when I started gaming at age 13, I was only exposed to the new games at the time. I was more into RTS/strategy games, which I still like. But I did get frustrated with all the monotonous FPS and Arcade games and the few adventure and RPGs weren't adventurous, RPG-ish or fantasy-ish enough for my tastes. I began searching for MY kind of games and I didn't even really know what it was. That was when I came across the AGDI remakes and felt like I found a hidden treasure trove. I quickly began collecting and trying all the good old goldies of games.

The QFG games in particular are just incredible! I loved the beautiful graphics, the characters and plots with such depth, the palpable mystic aura of mystery, fantasy and magic, equally mesmerizing music. Incredible doesn't cover it.

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      Creator Remi D. Finjord on November 12, 2012

      While reading, the Grin Meeper took me by surprise into laughter.

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      Creator Maus Merryjest AGL589 on November 12, 2012

      I loved staying at Gnome Anne's inn back in Dragonfire. My favorite moment is when she asks you for that special 'favor'... but I can't ruin it for people who haven't played it yet. But Swayze would have been proud.

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