Tokyo Rain

Necro: Assault with a Deadly Keyboard

by on Dec.17, 2008, under News

Over the next month or two, I’ll be reposting some of my favorite posts I managed to salvage from the old site. This was a fun one:

As anyone who has read the Rain novels knows, one of the titular character’s prime abilities is to find or buy a mundane item or series of mundane items and turn it/them into a lethal weapon. In one of the books, traveling through a street market, he picks up a pair of socks and some batteries and makes a handy little blackjack. I’m also reminded of that scene in Bourne Supremacy, where the titular character does some serious damage with a rolled up magazine. These are “weapons of convenience”, and they will play an important role in the game.

As I work on Tokyo Rain and travel through my daily life, I find myself constantly eyeing the props of my mundane existence in a new light. I’m sitting at my office desk and thinking that my Sigg water bottle, filled with water, would make a nasty club. And that Winged Victory on top of my game design trophy (see how I slipped in that I won a game design contest?) would make an effective knife. Or that plastic grocery bag filled with a few of the marble chess pieces on my desk. Or, yes, even my keyboard, lashed to my arm with the power cord….

So what can you make? Right now. Give me your nastiest weapon of convenience.

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Quotebox Update 12-15-08

by on Dec.15, 2008, under News

Hey, look to the right! it’s a quotebox update. This is one of my favorite single sentences in the whole series. It demonstrates the real skill of Barry’s writing. It’s not just florid descriptions and juicy detail. There is nothing remarkable about that sentence in its construction. But, in the context of the story, it has all the power of an atom bomb. That is what great writing is all about.

And, of course, that emotional impact is exactly the kind of thing I am endeavoring to bring to the table with Tokyo Rain.

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Playtesting Intro

by on Dec.03, 2008, under playtesting

UPDATE: I am no longer using the survey to enlist playtesters. If you want to get involved in playtesting — hurry! — please contact me directly at my work e-mail, jdj[at]floridacollections[dt]com.

Playtesting for Tokyo Rain is in full swing. If you are interested in playtesting, please take a moment to fill out our brief survey. I review the surveys periodically and will be in touch. You should also keep an eye out for our playtesting badge to get the latest on how it’s coming:

Playtesting Badge

Playtesting Badge

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John Rain Quotebox

by on Dec.03, 2008, under News

You may have noticed a new addition to the site: the spiffy John Rain Quotebox over to the right. I’ll be updating it every week or so with a new, cool quote from the books. Feel free to grab the widget for your own site and spread the word. You can get it off the Sproutbuilder site or by hitting the “Share” button on the bottom of the widget.

Get your Quotebox and get some words to live by from John Rain himself.

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We Got Assassinated!

by on Nov.26, 2008, under News

Hi folks! Our site went down after a very talented hit-man took us out. We’re still picking up the pieces. Stay tuned!

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