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Behind WarCraft III: An Interview with Campaign Designer David Fried

As a fanatic of WarCraft III since the game came out when I was in eighth grade, I was honored to have had the awesome chance to speak with ...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Alfred Shortstaff and the Cavern of Time Second Edition!

I got around to reading Alfred Shortstaff and the Cavern of Time from cover to cover in print, which is a good medium to, sadly, find errors! Gah! There were at least 40 changes I had to make to the text itself, and then I ended up re-typesetting the entire book because I realized that the spacing on the chapters bothered me. How embarrassing. Well, if you've bought the book already, you now own a rare first-edition copy!

The book is now updated on Amazon if you'd like to own a cleaner version (I know I do). No plot changes were implemented (except a few very minor changes to dialog), however, so if the book you own doesn't bother you, I see no reason to spend more money on a new one. Now that the initial launch of Alfred is over, I've lowered the price to its bare minimum, $6.60. That's right—I will no longer receive any royalties whatsoever from the book. I just want people to read it now (I was only making like $0.50 per purchase anyway).

But wait, there's more! Now I'm offering Alfred and the Cavern of Time as an exclusive, free PDF for all Pretzel Lectern readers! Simply click here to get to my official Alfred page and download it. If you'd like more updates about Alfred Shortstaff, consider liking its Facebook page here.

I hope you enjoy the book, and please consider writing a review on Amazon for it when you've read it. Please don't give it 5 stars! It's not a 5-star book. It has several flaws. I myself am the author and I would only give it 4 stars, so please be as honest as possible as you review the book. With so many other self-published nobodies putting their weird fantasy books online, I want people to know the good and the bad of it so they can know whether it's worth their time.

Thanks! This has been an awesome and fun experience for both my cousin and me.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Lord's Prayer in Anglo-Saxon

I've been fascinated with Old English/Anglo-Saxon since I took a course in college (I wish I could've taken the second course and read Beowulf all the way through, but in retrospect it probably would've been extremely stressful and difficult). I decided on a whim to use my memorization skills to memorize the Lord's Prayer. I think it could be a fun thing to brag that I can do. It was fun, and it helped me understand the grammar of Anglo-Saxon quite a bit.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

WarCraft III Easter Eggs: The Founding of Durotar

All right, that should please the thronging crowds for a while—every single campaign in WarCraft III. Looking back, I honestly can't believe how much work I've done. Each video probably took at least a half hour of work per minute of video time, possibly more when you count the research involved. I'm going to take a much-needed break from WarCraft videos, and in a month or two I'll finish with the finale, a video showcasing all the ones I missed.

>> https://youtu.be/9_Cldgfy39A <<

Thursday, June 30, 2016

WarCraft III Easter Eggs: Legacy of the Damned

Whew! I stayed up late and got up early all week to get this thing done. I think I deserve a break. I wasn't planning on doing The Founding of Durotar, but it did turn out to have some Easter eggs, so this is the second-to-last campaign video I'll feature.

Monday, June 13, 2016

WarCraft III Easter Eggs: Curse of the Blood Elves

I always thought this was a weird campaign—my least favorite in WarCraft III. But it has its fun moments. Blood elves were my favorite race for quite a while, and this campaign actually surprised me quite a bit with the secrets it was hiding.

>> https://youtu.be/kDxQYR5xEcc <<

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Austin's Thoughts #2

On Weather:

  • Pretty much take the exact temperature and wind speed the place was where I had to mow on Wednesday, and THAT'S what Hell's like. >< And don't be silly. Meatballs falling from the sky would obviously be Heaven's weather.
  • March 25: The quiet, flurrying snow outside is beautiful, in a way... But it's a misplaced beauty, like a man in a wedding dress.
  • Anyone who doesn't like this beautiful rainy weather can move to Antarctica, since that's what the landscape looked like before the rains of cleansing came. It looks like a real spring for once! (Let's hope I don't jinx it)
  • It appears as though after vigorous struggles with each other this week, Spring has finally won the playoffs against Winter. Cross your fingers and hope Winter doesn't try to make a comeback.
  • Water is for drinking. Not for falling everywhere and soaking innocent hardworking people when they're mowing all day long.
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Monday, May 30, 2016

WarCraft III Easter Eggs: Terror of the Tides

This one turned out a lot longer than I expected. I may have split it into two if I had known beforehand. The Blink ability really added a ton of secret places. Hope you enjoy! I'm excited to have finally started the Frozen Throne!