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Emily Wolfe - Violent Veins

I will build you a castle with a tower so high…

Creative director Mike Laidlaw and producer Cameron Lee will be doing a Dragon Age: Inquisition livestream event later today, September 29th on Twitch. The stream kicks off at 10am PDT / 7pm CEST with a first look at Inquisition’s deep character creation tool, and they are going to customize an Inquisitor from scratch with our suggestions.

I am planning to watch this afternoon to see what the hair looks like. Dragon Age has some of the worst hair in video games (maybe that’s why there are so many hats?) and I am hoping for better hair from Inquisition. Okay, okay – I am hoping for a lot from Inquisition but I honestly don’t feel like digging that particular horse out of the ground and beating it again so hair topics it is.

If you have an Xbox One you need to check out Project Spark.



Project Spark is awesome. It is designed so anyone can create a basic game and/or play the ones built by others. You have a wide palette of starting skins (grass, flowers, water, rocks) to apply and use ‘kode’ to add behaviors to objects and characters by way of their ‘brain’. Basically, you arrange if/then statements to program effects and actions. It allows for game creation at any level of knowledge.

Scooter (who is six) built a rudimentary platformer with a flying squirrel character. Spark itself did most of the work for her but she had enough control to feel like she was building her own game. Kahuna (who has a background in programming) has been building machines, complicated mobs and helping me work out teleportation.

Spark comes with some basic design packs and you can add other packs by purchasing them or by trading the tokens you earn from creating your world or playing games in other worlds for them.

Project Spark is in Beta now and will release October 7 in the Americas, October 9 in Asia-Pacific countries and October 10 in Europe.


This ordinary heart sounds so much better in a song…

Hey, it’s Thursday – have some vids.

The Highchair Kings with ‘Eating Fear’ 

from a live show at Wild Tymes in St Paul.



Handsome Jack (the band not the villain) with ‘Right On’ off their upcoming October 7th debut release Do What Comes Naturally.

(I cannot confirm whether they traveled back in time and stole their bass guy from the 70’s or not)



The Awesome Gary Clark, Jr with ‘Ain’t Messin’ Round’ live from Farm Aid over in Raleigh last weekend.



Finally. the featured vid this week is You Don’t Know Me Yet by Cariad Harmon from the One On One Sessions recorded in NYC with Ehud Lazin.

You can watch more videos from  Cariad on her website cariadharmon.com or follow her on Twitter @cariadharmon.


Can’t you see the sunshine…

Noisetrade has been doing their Eastside Manor Sessions (from Eastside Manor Studios in Nashville) for over a year now and their latest session features Justin Townes Earle playing a few tracks off his newly released “Single Mothers” album.



You all need to snag this sampler for ‘White Gardenias’ alone. I never thought anything he did would top “Midnight at the Movies” (both the album and the track are my personal favorites), but I was so wrong because I can’t stop listening to it.

Download the five track sampler at NoiseTrade

Like all Noisetrade downloads this one is free – but if you have a few spare bucks please toss them in the tip jar.

- Kit

All it takes is one wicked heart…

Ack! I am running out of Tuesday before I run out of things I need to do on Tuesday.

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires in the featured spot this week with ‘The Company Man’ off their new-ish release, Dereconstructed.

You all can also watch the vid and others from the band on you tube.  As always, if you like it please pass it along.

I’ve been ill for a few months (something I may write more on later) and never reviewed it but if you haven’t heard the album yet head over to The Bitter Southerner and read the awesome review by Chuck Reese.

That’s it today (too, too busy) –


The rest is still unwritten…

TES Alliance is proud to announce the launch of Druid Gameworks Studio’s Kickstarter campaign for their epic fantasy RPG game, Unwritten: Echoes of Twilight!


From the Kickstarter page-

Choose from one of six playable character races to design and customize to suit your vision for your avatar. Explore dynamic and changing landscapes, supernatural worlds, interact with rich characters and their unique stories. Recruit companions or join a faction to make new allies. Choose your path and write your story as it unfolds. Will you choose to be the hero? Or the villain? The everyman? The choice is yours and the possibilities are almost endless.”

This Indie Studio was born right here on TES Alliance so we’re really excited to stand behind them and we hope our membership will get behind the project as well to help them achieve their goal!


To View/Pledge on Kickstarter visit this link:

To Read more about the project visit this link:


— I am using mods from at least three of the devs (possibly more, I would have to check) on my Oblivion game. Cole MacLean (DarkRider) and Roger Liebitz (Arthmoor) created some of my favorite mods, including the epic Reclaiming Sancre Tor and the embarrassingly addictive Alternative Beginnings. If the game is even half as cool as their mods it is worth supporting.


With a few good friends…

I will write this without coffee…I will write this without coffee…I will give up and go make a pot of coffee. Sigh.

Soooo, I am buried under a truckload of music this week. (A few more sips of coffee and I’ll be able to finish that thought.)

The White Buffalo is in the featured spot this week with the official vid for ‘Don’t You Want It’ off the new (set to release tomorrowShadows, Greys, and Evil Ways. I love the song (and seeing Jake in a string tie) but the video doesn’t seem to mesh with tone of the song.

Also out tomorrow (and clamoring to be reviewed) is Fiction, Fact or Folktale? the new album from Have Gun, Will Travel.



arcandstonesic1Arc & Stones are doing a Kickstarter to fund their second release. They have about ten more days and still need a little under 3000.00 to fully fund the project.

If you can, please donate a few bucks or pass the link along. If you haven’t heard them yet, check out my review of their debut from earlier this year.

Okay, off to listen to the mountain of music I am buried under.  (yes, that was a terribly constructed sentence and no, I won’t actually cringe over it until I finish my coffee)



She comes rolling on through like waves…

It’s a typical Friday in Wordsmusicbaseball land. We are drinking chocolate soy milk and fighting zombie snails while listening to Amanda Shires and Matthew Kerr. Amanda’s new video for ‘Devastate‘ from her album Down Fell the Doves is in the featured spot this week.

You guys can also watch the vid on you tube. If you like it, pass it along.

So here’s a track from Matthew – he has some nice mellow stuff but the game today is ‘keep Scooter awake’ so pop-ish it is:



ACK! – That horrible moment when you click a link to follow a story and wind up on RollingStone. –

Anyway…I am still tossing vids and tracks up on my tumblr. Anything I can’t fit or don’t have time for on the site usually shows up there.

The volume control for my laptop is missing…huh. Okay, not missing – just turned off and refusing to turn back on. Sigh. I’ll just be over there, trying to break my laptop.


Hey ho, let’s go to CBGB’s…

For Kahuna and anyone else on an iPad (can’t see the flash in the embedded vid) here is a link to the Trailer for CBGB movie 





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