April 6

Next update April 24

Okay, I’m a day late with this update. (Well… a day late after postponing it. But if you follow my Twitter feed you’ll know that I always tweet when I update the site. So it’s your own fault if you came here too early.)

In my defense, there’s a lot going on. I’m heading up to Fort Worth for a Magic the Gathering Grand Prix tournament this weekend. The NBA playoffs are looming and the Spurs look like they’ll lock up home court in the West despite stumbling the past couple weeks. And the Masters starts tomorrow, signalling the return of “real” PGA golf.

Plus, I was in Vegas and it took me longer to recover than I thought. Wasn’t my greatest Vegas trip, either. I only got in one round of golf, though I did get to go to the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational tournament at Shadow Creek. (I went as a spectator, and not a celebrity – guess I’m not in that class yet.)

The tournament was great, but on the way home I got into an accident with the rental car. No injuries, but a ton of paperwork. It also seemed to signal a karmic shift in my luck, as I promptly started a brutal losing stretch that sent me home grouchy and tired.

But I’m recuperated enough now to talk about books and games and other things. First, the big announcement of the title for my new novel has been postponed to April 22. Since I want to talk about it in my next post, I’m pushing my next website update to April 24.

But there is something I can talk about that I know many of you are interested in. There is a new Mass Effect novel announced, but I am NOT writing it. Mass Effect: Deception is being penned by William C. Dietz, an author with a long list of accomplished credits. Click on the link to see the cover.

A lot of people are wondering why I didn’t write Deception. The answer is simple – I didn’t have time. Between working on the Old Republic game and the tie-in novel, I just wasn’t able to swing it.

Does this mean I’ll never write another Mass Effect novel? Not necessarily; I still love the Mass Effect franchise. But I have to be realistic about what my schedule allows, and BioWare has a marketing plan/strategy which requires specific deadlines. If the two sync up, who knows?

There is also new downloadable content for the game - Mass Effect: Arrival is available. I’ve moved off of the Mass Effect franchise and onto Star Wars: The Old Repbulic, so I didn’t work on Arrival. But you can learn more about it by clicking on the link and watching the preview.

Arrival features the character of Admiral Hackett, voiced by the legendary Lance Henriksen. I actually got to meet Mr. Henriksen during the voice-recording sessions for the first Mass Effect game. Very down to earth, easy to work with and he did a great job, so it’s nice to see him back.

Okay, that’s about it for now. I’m doing my best to catch up on my e-mails, but as usual I’m way behind. So be patient.


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