2013 good byes!

Die WordPress.com-Statistik-Elfen fertigten einen Jahresbericht dieses Blogs für das Jahr 2013 an.

Hier ist ein Auszug:

Die Konzerthalle im Sydney Opernhaus fasst 2.700 Personen. Dieses Blog wurde in 2013 etwa 40.000 mal besucht. Wenn es ein Konzert im Sydney Opernhaus wäre, würde es etwa 15 ausverkaufte Aufführungen benötigen um so viele Besucher zu haben, wie dieses Blog.

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The Real Story Behind Facebook Moderation and Your Petty Reports

Stop and think.

The Internet Offends Me

Imagine going to work every day and at the start of your day, with your first cup of coffee, you sit down to glance at beheadings, children in the process of being raped, human bodies in various stages of decomposition, the living and dead results of domestic violence, hanging bodies of 10 year old boys accused of being gay, real-life snuff films and bloody dog fighting rings and their subsequent results. Can you think up a human horror? I’ve probably seen it or a picture or video of something very similar. It’s fair to say that some of the people who work around me do not fare so well. Often they end up suffering from the endless barrage of horror they witness 8 to 12 hours per day. Did I share that *most* of these people make around a dollar per hour to do this job? That’s the truth. Not…

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So nämlich.

Happy New Year!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 62,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

More Shadowrun Online News

Christmas 2011 marks the beginning of the Awakening, the return of magic to the world and also the first sighting of a dragon.

The Awakening is not only a great reason to have a huge Shadowrun party – like Das Erwachen TONIGHT here in Berlin – but also a good reason for Cliffhanger to send out some news regarding the upcoming best MMORPG of all times, Shadowrun Online:

Some time has passed since we last sent you an update about our upcoming Shadowrun Online Game. Over here at Cliffhanger Central, we have been busy with the beta of our current project Jagged Alliance Online, so SRO took a bit of a backseat. However as the fateful Christmas 2011 approaches, we will join the impending Awakening, and rise to go full force on SRO.

News from the Vaults

However we haven’t been slacking in the meantime either. Firstly, we have been gathering more of the creative talent behind Shadowrun such as Jason Hardy and a number of other current Catalyst writers as well Tobias Hamelmann from the German side and we are especially proud to count Tom Dowd – one of the original creators of Shadowrun – amongst the SHE (The Shadowrun High-Council of Elders, as we call our board of advisors). With them helping us to develop ideas and honing the design, we are now set to dig deeper into the 6th world and emerge with a number of plot nuggets that will define the backstories to our game.

Secondly we have already created a visual prototype for an action map level, which we are pretty happy with, so we wanted to share some impression of that with you as well. We hope it does capture the SR atmosphere and it also shows what we can do within a browser game (so for those who worried: We won’t do Shadowrunville).


The playable level currently is based on our Jagged Alliance Online gameplay, so a lot of things are missing from that, but it allows us to iterate the game early and often with a playable version, which always helps honing the gameplay much better. We are also playing around with visual effects as you can see as our artists like to fiddle with the possibilities of the graphics engine.

Dragons Away!

For those that haven’t got the Shadowrun timeline in mind: 2011 was the Year of Chaos (we can vouch for that) culminating in the Awakening of the great Dragons. Commemorating that, what better Christmas present than a cool picture of a freshly awakened dragon? This will actually become the background picture for our upcoming SRO webpage.  From the looks of it he/she doesn’t seem to be too happy about being awakened… As a special Christmas present you can find this ready to use for your new desktop wallpaper in our gallery.

With Jagged Alliance launching early next year to the public, we are doubling our efforts on SRO. We also have a couple of things we want to share with you, so you will definitely hear more from us in 2012.

For now we invite you to visit our Facebook page, where we regularly post small updates on the project (please make sure you “like” and share it with all your friends out there!) We are gearing up for a few surprises trying to self-publish SRO and working as close as we can with the backbone of the Shadowrun universe- namely you, the fans.  So do share the news with everyone as we can always use more support in our way forward.

See you in 2012 and remember….

Watch your back.
Shoot straight.
Conserve ammo.
And never, ever, cut a deal with a dragon.

Your Cliffhanger Productions Team

News in eigener Sache

Ein extrem arbeitssames Dreivierteljahr liegt hinter mir, und auf der diesjährigen SPIEL in Essen waren einige Früchte jener Plackereien zu sehen, allen voran die SHADOWRUN Neuerscheinungen „Schattenrüstzeug“ (mit meinem ersten Abenteuer, Schattenkrieg, dass ich gemeinsam mit Torben Föhrder geschrieben habe) und das Quellenbuch „Rhein-Ruhr-Megaplex“ in der limited Edition.

Tja, und das wollte ich euch eben nicht vorenthalten.

Und ebenso – wenn auch aus anderen Gründen – wollte ich auf das neue Pegasus-Spiel „Nightfall“ aufmerksam machen, mit dem ich zwar (leider, bisher) nicht das Geringste zu tun habe, das ich aber für ein sehr interessantes und vielversprechendes Produkt halte.

Last but not least sei an meine Galerie auf Deviant Art erinnert, in der es nun einige Updates zu sehen gibt, nämlich ein paar wenige Beispiele des RRP-Artwork.


Immer wieder eine witzige und sehr originelle Lektüre: Zu BATTLELORDS OF THE TWENTY-THIRD CENTURY, dem besten unbekannten Science Fiction Rollenspiel der Welt, gibt es seit Kurzem einen eigenen Webcomic.

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