Saw this on Steam today. Full details on the site:
To enter the competition you can either:
1) Buy The Witcher 2 on Steam between the 5th and the 30th of September and provide us with a proof of purchase along with a short explanation on why you should star in one of our upcoming projects.
2) Send us a photo of yourself dressed as a character from one of our existing games. You can use various props to make the picture more believable and entertaining. Please make sure to include a short explanation on why we should pick you to appear in one of our upcoming titles.
We will be gathering your submissions until September 30th (Sunday) 10pm GMT (1pm PST) and the authors of best works (one from each submission pool) will be announced in October. All participants must be at least 18 years old and only one entry per person is allowed.
Click here to visit the contest’s website. You can also watch the promotional video here.
Well lads and lasses, you heard CDPR, grab some make-up, done yourselves in some fancy clothing of your choosing and parade around as your favourite TW characters. Also, take pics.
That or simply buy TW 2 on Steam between those mentioned dates but there’s no fun in that pffft.
Apparently there’s something new in the Steam version of the game
Part of the Summer Sale that just started. There’s a new achievement “Summer Solstice” and it’s downloading 80mb right now… uhh, gonna see what that is all about.
Hint from the official website (ELVES OMG):
Midaëte, or Midsummer, is the day of the summer solstice and marks the beginning of the first month of summer in the elven solar calendar. Elves believe that all things under the sun occur in cycles. After Midaëte the days grow shorter and the dying commences - to last until the winter solstice. Summer Shrines erected on this day give praise to the sun and life, while acknowledging death’s certainty.
Posting the link again because I just noticed it got screwed up in the last post, sorry about that!
Anyway, I think it would be cool to create a fanfic “master post” to make things easier, since TW fanfics are so incredibly hard to find (in English, at least). If you know any good stories, please reblog with URLs so I can put them here :D You can also message me, but unfortunately Tumblr doesn’t allow URL copy/pasting, so that sounds a little tricky.
Finally after an extended break, I’ve decided to resume my series and what better way to start again than with a bang. This article will focus on the Second war for the Pontar Valley, waged by the Kingdom of Kaedwen against the Kingdom of Aedirnin and an Upper Aedirnian movement. In my studies in Political Science, I have learned a methodology which I can use to analyze events and conflicts, and I thought it would be interesting and enlightening to do so for this particular war. In doing so, I will demonstrate how the war is more complex than it looks, involving several factors and phenomena. Indeed, this goes to show that CDPR writers know what the fuck they are doing.
In essence, the article will be answering the questions: "What caused the war? What factors decided its timing? What were the stakes?"
There are three levels of analysis that political analysts like to focus on: The domestic level of analysis, which as the name indicates, deals with the domestic politics and internal workings of the polities involved in the conflict, being Kaedwen and Aedirn.
Then we have the regional / “subsystem” level of analysis. It was tricky to pinpoint, but I believe that the Pontar Valley and the area surrounding it (Aedirn, Kaedwen and Temeria, with Redania close by) has a particular shared dynamic that qualifies it as a subsystem.
And finally, the global / systemic level of analysis. As the name suggests, it deals with the global political stage in general, though when it comes to this particular conflict, the focus will remain for the most part on the North.
I will be investigating all three levels of analysis to reach our conclusion.
Before doing that however, it would be beneficial to give a quick overview of the contested land of the Pontar Valley.
The Witcher: A Temerian Story - an all new Musical Coming to the House of Duchess Theatre
Casting has begun for an exciting new theatrical production based on the hit electronic video game series, The Witcher. The Witcher: A Temerian Story is a musical adaptation of the recent PC and forthcoming Xbox 360 game, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and is set to resurrect the adult musical genre with its unique and volatile mix of sex and the supernatural against the backdrop of a dark and violent fantasy world. The production will run exclusively at the House of Duchess Theatre in the West End from September 2012.
In the musical Geralt’s adventures through Temeria are packed with epic swordfights, unbelievable monsters and some of the most raunchy moments ever seen in the West End!
You can read more about the celebrities, who want to play their role in The Witcher musicalhere.
The Witcher: A Temerian Story will run exclusively at the House of Duchess Theatre in the West End in September before embarking on a world tour in early 2013.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Exclusive Flashback Part 1 Trailer
I said I wouldn’t watch anything related to TW2EE, but I couldn’t resist this. It’s a flashback explaining what a Witcher is and it’s BADASS. I have to say I wasn’t a fan of comic style of the flashbacks, but it totally fits in here. The trailer is beautiful, dark and a bit gory. Enjoy :)
After playing a game that had sub-par antagonists to say the least (should be obvious which game I am referring to), I thought of doing homage to my two favorite antagonists of all time in my own way. Jacques de Aldersberg and Letho of Gulet. I wish to explain my admiration for them and why they are my two favorites, before I explain why Letho ranks slightly higher than Jacques in my eyes.
After making the brief overview for all factions involved, both major and minor, I thought it would be enlightening to look at one of them in-depth. The Kingslayers, four Witchers of the viper school led by the giant of a man Letho, are the main antagonists of the game, and their quest to fulfill their mission would lead them to interact, ally with and backstab several factions. This impressive maneuvering orchestrated by Letho, the leader of the kinglsayers, will culminate in a sequence of events that would sow chaos in the North and pave the way for the Third Nothern War.
Before starting, I must emphasize that much of what I wrote is my personal interpretation based on the knowledge we are given. A lot of it is left ambiguous and not explored with great detail, especially considering that a lot of it happened outside the game. The assassin that appeared at the end of The Witcher 1 in particular, is not mentioned at all, barring the first scene and a flashback sequence with seemingly a fourth Witcher in it next to Geralt, Letho, Auckes and Serrit, who most likely is our mysterious assassin. Also, I will not delve into their hunt of…the Wild Hunt with Geralt. My focus will rather be on what transpired in Nilfgaard and after.
This is something I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while. To write a series of blogs dealing with the story and political plot of The Witcher 2, which I found were great as far as video games are concerned. The blogs aim to underline several issues and concepts I find interesting. Chances are, they are going to bore many people, but eh :P
Needless to say, spoilers!
This first blog is a brief overview of all the factions, both major and minor, involved in the game that Geralt can interact with and in some instances, influence their fate. By “major faction”, I mean the major players that are present more or less throughout and/or have a dominating presence in the Loc Muinne Conference in Act 3. By “minor”, I mean the smaller players that are confined to one act or small locale and/or have a minor role in the Conference of Act 3.
After the brief overview, I will attempt to explain how they all interelate, which they do, in a vast and complex political web of intrigue.
Before all of that however, we should take a look at the map of the North:
(click to enlarge)
As we can see, the major kingdoms of the North are Temeria (blue), Redania (red), Kaedwen (green) and Aedirn (brown). The black bloc is the mighty Nilfgaardian Empire. The game deals with all five polities and more. For a detailed summary of the history of the Witcher universe, please check the Witcher wiki. Or this trailer that briefly summarizes the situation in the North immediately prior the game.
Please keep the map in mind for I will refer to it several times, more notably when it comes to Flotsam and especially the Pontar Valley.
Witcher 2 devs: ‘We will never use any DRM anymore’
Speaking at GDC 2012 today, CD Project Red CEO Marcin Iwinski declared that the developer behind theWitchergames would never use digital rights management to protect its games.
"Every subsequent game we will never use any DRM anymore, it’s just over-complicating things," Iwinski said. His presentation was hinged on how the Polish publisher sold over a million copies of the game on a modest budget.
"We release the game. It’s cracked in two hours, it was no time forWitcher 2. What really surprised me is that the pirates didn’t use the GOG version, which was not protected. They took the SecuROM retail version, cracked it and said ‘we cracked it’ — meanwhile there’s a non-secure version with a simultaneous release. You’d think the GOG version would be the one floating around.”
"DRM does not protect your game," Iwinski told Joystiq after the presentation. "If there are examples that it does, then people maybe should consider it, but then there are complications with legit users."
We’re sureUbisofthas no idea what Iwinski is talking about.
Some time ago, I said I’d been working on an article about how female characters are handled in The Witcher 2 - visually. After some events, I finally finished it up last night. It is meant to start a discussion, not entirely be a stand-alone. So, please chime in if you have the time. Just beware, it contains major plot spoilers, so make sure you finished the game first (on both paths) unless you want to be spoiled.