Sunday, April 15, 2007

Opening Salvos

That's right, everyone. Voting at the Vault for Module of the Year should be wrapping up, and it's about time to declare the final totals. A Dance with Rogues looks to have this race going away, but second place is a bit of a joke. Once again, there's some funny-business with The Bastard of Kosigan, as Alazander pointed out. I don't know if Fabien's in on the shenanigans, but regardless, I'm getting pretty sick of always hearing about that series and voter fraud in the same sentences.

Anyway, screw #1 and #2! If you want to know what module is really setting trends and making young girls weep, look no further than #9... And what do you know! It's me! Thank you, thank you to all my 13 fans who voted for me. I couldn't have done it without you.

All flippancy aside, thanks to any who did vote for me. It is frankly amazing to think that anyone would think my humble little project was the #1 best module for a year.

Let's Talk About Depositions
What have I been doing NWN-wise for the past three days? Nothing. I've been entirely snowed under with my final paper for the semester. What's it about, you ask? I'm glad you did. I'm examining the historiography of the depositions of Edward II, Richard II, and Richard III. Fun times all around.

But it is interesting to note that in the 261 years from the Norman Conquest up to 1327, there were exactly zero depositions of English monarchs. In the 158-year span from 1327 to 1485, there were seven. In the 522 years since, only two (plus a well-known abdication). In that middle period, only Edward III and Henry V could have been said to sit easily on the throne, so clearly there was something in the English water at the time.

The whole subject became of interest when I first spotted a 1976 article by Drs. Charles T. Wood and William Dunham, Jr. postulating that the depositions slowly weakened the position of the monarchy so that Henry Tudor was essentially forced to accept only a parliamentary crown, in effect becoming the first 'elected' monarch. In this, Dunham and Wood built on a long history of 19th and early 20th-century research that saw the flow of history as one determined march to what might be termed 'constitutionalism.' Of course, the whole thesis is pretty devastatingly refuted by J.W. McKenna's 1979 article "The Myth of Parliamentary Sovereignty in Late Medieval England," not to mention a whole host of other articles which probably interest only me.

But enough of that junk. The cool stuff is when we get back to the endless warring and copious mistresses, not to mention butchering two kids in the tower.

So What Am I Doing NWN2-Wise?
I'm currently gainfully employed as a writer for Ossian Studios. However, if I told you exactly what I was doing for them, I'd have to kill you. One day, I look forward to discussing my thoughts and observations on... secret things, but needless to say, that time isn't now.

And the Future?
I have three planned solo projects for NWN2, and 'projects' actually means series of mods. That should be enough, I would think. Briefly, they would be a series of mods for clerics, another series for diviner specialist wizards, and a couple epilogue chapters for Saleron's Gambit. I'm beginning to get excited about a certain module in this group, but the time to work on it just isn't there at the moment. I'll release more details in the not-so-distant future.

1 comment:

Lariam said...

Hey Russ,

Just wanted to say 'hey', mostly.

Glad to see you've put up a mostly NWN blog. This set of inter-connected NWN blogs is a very cool thing, and quite useful for the community.

Oh, and of course I'm looking forward to hearing what you Ossian folks have been up to recently.