Lately, though real life is busy and hectic as all get out, I've managed to spend some time hanging out at "The Vampire's Gaze" the forums for Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines - Companion Mod.
If you are not familiar with, what is likely, the best (though originally bug-ridden and a nightmare of corporate mis-management) ports of a paper and dice / storytelling rpg to PC, then take a look around.
A testament to how good a concept and game a release truly is, in my opinion, is the longevity the fan base grants it with work to continue the life of projects like Vampire: The Masquerade.
Dheu, the driving force behind the "Companion Mod", has expanded upon the abilities of, in particular the Ventrue, all the vampire clans in the original release in the game by allowing them the ability to gather "companions". For those familiar with The World of Darkness, a Ventrue's power to control and manipulate others is what allows them to rest firmly in the seat of power while avoiding getting their hands personally dirty.
This, is very important to playing the Ventrue, and in the interest of balance and those that wish to dive into other clans while still enjoying the CompMod, Dheu worked out an item that grants all clans the ability to worm their way into the minds of other characters.
There are many interesting aspects to the mod, not all of them Companion related, and as a Kindred "purist" of a sort, I definitely put my stamp (for what THAT's worth) of approval on this mod.
To celebrate our return to blogging the latest and the greatest of the geekly news, here's a copy of the announcement that's up at The Pirate Bay regarding the Joel Tenenbaum file sharing case.
Remember, we don't make this stuff up, a jury of this man's "peers" actually saw fit to award the RIAA this money, punitively, for Joel sharing these files. During jury selection, they should have asked every juror if they had ever made a mix-tape (omgwtfbbq a cassette?) for their girlfriend or a roadtrip. If they did that, they might never have found a jury, and if they had, they certainly wouldn't have met the definition of "peer".
"I too downloaded them!
These are the tracks Joel Tenenbaum downloaded. For 30 tracks he is ordered by the court to pay $675,000 to the RIAA.
Well, all I can say: the RIAA can come and try to get half a million bucks from me too, let's see if they can make me pay...
Btw, it's amazing how easy to become rich, ain't it? You just download this pack two times and you already have something that worths more than a million...
Don't forget to seed, let everybody know: "I too downloaded them!" :+)
More info on JoelFightsBack.com (Joel is not related to this torrent in any ways other than having a well known case and being an inspiration) or on iTooDownloadedThem - blogspot - com
Complete tracklist based on the official court documents:
01 - Incubus - New Skin
02 - Green Day - Minority
03 - Outkast - Wheelz of Steel
04 - Incubus - Pardon Me
05 - Nirvana - Come As You Are
06 - Green Day - When I Come Around
07 - Green Day - Nice Guys Finish Last
08 - Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box
09 - Nine Inch Nails - The Perfect Drug
10 - Blink 182 - Adam's Song
11 - Limp Bizkit - Rearranged
12 - Limp Bizkit - Leech
13 - Linkin Park - Crawling Hybrid
14 - Deftones - Be Quiet And Drive
15 - The Fugees - Killing Me Softly
16 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
17 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
18 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - My Friends
19 - Beck - Loser
20 - Eminem - My Name Is
21 - Eminem - Drug Ballad
22 - Eminem - Cleaning Out My Closet
23 - Beastie Boys - (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)
24 - The Ramones - The KKK Took My Baby Away
25 - Monster Magnet - Look To Your Orb For The Warning
26 - Aerosmith - Pink
27 - OutKast - Rosa Parks
28 - Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio
29 - Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
30 - Aerosmith - Water Song/Janie's Got A Gun
Facebook doesn't let you share a ThePirateBay link, but it let's you share a shortlink. So use this checked (virusfree, spamfree) link to let your friends now about it:
Currently more than 900 of us are seeding. If one seed means $675k, the whole bunch must worth around $600.000.000
Man, in a few days we gonna become one of the most wealthy group on the planet.
But c'mon, there ain't no such thing as free lunch, you should work for your money. The PirateBay guys already done what they could, now it's your turn. Downloading and seeding is a good start, but don't you even think about stopping there. Share the short link (see above) via Facebook, mail, blogs, tell your friends... Alone we are nothing, together we can make this one of the most popular torrents and show the RIAA why not to attack any of us! So happy seeding, let's go for thousands and ten-thousands! :-)"