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The carefree life of a PS2 gamer

 

I read somewhere that the PS4 is going to able to play some of the old PlayStation games. I haven’t got a PS4 so this won’t really be beneficial to me, but it got me reminiscing on my favourite PS2 games from when I was a child. I don’t know how far Sony are going to go back, but it would be amazing to see some of these games revitalised.

 

The_Precursor_Legacy_front_cover_(EU)Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy has to be my all time favourite PS2 game (and series) from childhood. It was a platform game produced by Naughty Dog and was revolutionary at the time of its release due to its fluid and dynamic movement system, lack of loading times (despite having a huge, open world) and vibrant, colourful graphics that were formed from a fusion of Manga and western cartoon styles.  You play as the stoic and incredibly athletic hero Jak throughout the game, battling enemies as you journey through a range of rich landscapes in your search for Precursor power cells to help battle Gol and Mia’s minions while looking for a way to return Daxter back to his natural, ‘humanesque’ form after he was mutated by dark eco.

 

jak2_103359Jak II: Renegade follows on from its predecessor and completely changes the dynamics of the Jak world. It sees the familiar protagonists of the franchise get catapulted into the distant future and you find yourself in the dark dystopia of Haven City, which is suffering under the unyielding, authoritarian regime of Baron Praxis. Jak is arrested at the start of the story, where he is tortured and experimented on for two years before Daxter is able to implement his escape. These experiments allow Jak to harness the power of dark eco and you gain a number of unlockable abilities to help fight Baron Praxis’ Krimson Guard and the hordes of Metal Head monsters that have all but wiped out the humans on your planet. As well as keeping the previous style of hand-to-hand combat, Naughty Dog brought in a variety of guns and gadgets like the hoverboard, which introduced a fresh and enjoyable new aspect to the title’s gameplay.

 

 

Jak_3_front_cover_(EU)Jak 3 was one the last game I played in the franchise, but it still stands out as one of favourites games ever. It follows on from the third one nicely, in the aftermath of your victorious coup against Baron Praxis. The people of Haven City have blamed you for all of the death and destruction that has befallen them and you are no longer their favourite champion. You are banished from the city and left for dead in the Wastelands, where it’s believed the arid desert will claim you. Instead, you find an isolated city called Spargus that takes you in, just in time to save the world yet again when the Dark Precursors arrive. Naughty Dog have a great story for this game, which delves into Jak’s history and character, as well as brining in new light eco powers that you can harness.

All three of these games had huge, open world maps to explore, dynamic combat systems, good story lines and lovable characters. They were all digitally remastered for the PS3 and, especially in the first-person shooter dominated gaming industry, will make great title additions to the PS4.

 

250px-KillzonecoverartKillzone was another PS2 title that I used to while away long hours, both as a child and then later at university, where it has a new lease of life during my pre-drinking sessions. It’s a game I look back on fondly, even though it probably hasn’t aged very well. Regardless, it had fun gameplay, reasonably intelligent A.I. and allowed you to kill a variety of space NAZI classes, under the named of the Helghast!

 

 

 

 

 

250px-Starfighter_coverStar Wars: Starfighter was another favourite and I must have completed this game a dozen times. It was a flight simulator that allowed you to pilot a Naboo starfighter as an elite pilot. You started off as a member of the queen’s royal escourt, but you quickly lost your position when you were left adrift in space after being damaged in an ambush attack by the Trade Federation. You took up with Nim and a band of mercenaries, quickly becoming involved in a liberation campaign that saw you fight the Trade Federation via a dogged combat combat system that made you feel every hit, explosion and high speed turn!

 

 

 

RatcehtandclankeuropeA list of my favourite PS2 games can’t be complete without mentioning Ratchet & Clank. It was a platforming gem from Insomniac Games and allowed you to play as the plucky fox-like animal, Ratchet, with your trusty robot side-kick, Clank. You play through the game using an array of devastating weapons that you can collect and unlock, traversing the dangerous terrain of multiple worlds as you battled the evil Chairman Drek and his minions.

 

 

 

 

 

2026 - Star Wars - Racer Revenge (Europe) - Star Wars. Racer Revenge - 7 - 11-02-2002 - RacingStar Wars: Racer Revenge was a sequel to a game I originally played on the PC. It is a simple racing game, with a league campaign mode and free races as standard, but what made it great was the fact you controlled podracers! You could unlock all of the pods seen in the films and the original game, improve their statistics as you gained more money and got to race them through a series of harrowing tracks across favourite worlds like Tatooine, Mustafar and Mon Calamari! The speeds these pods moved at caused the landscape to blur and it was hard to control your racer at times, meaning that damage to your pod was all but a given. Furthermore, the game had interesting combat dynamics where you could actually bump into and destroy other pods to wipe them out of the race as competitors and earn extra credits from salvagers to use on your own vehicle!

 

 

Wacky_Races_Starring_Dastardly_and_Muttley_CoverartWacky Races Starring Dastardly & Mutley was another of my favourites, largely due to my love for the television show as a child and its fun, addictive gameplay. It was another simple racing game, but boasted a large number of tracks for a PS2 game and allowed you to play as any of the racers from the show. Each of the racers had their own unique stats, attacks and abilities that turned each race into a battlefield! There was something extremely satisfying about wiping Penelope Pitstop out with a heat-seeking tire as Peter Perfect, which soon turned into frustration when someone’s attack hit you and lost you the race! I spent hours racing AI, family and friends on this game and would love to see it back!

 

 

Battlefront_copyLast but not least, is Star Wars: Battlefront. It seems a bit redundant to include this on the list really, seeing as the third version has just been released, but I feel I should mention it simply because of the hours I spent playing it. This was my favourite out of the two Battlefront games released on the PS2, mainly due to its simplicity. There was none of this points system to unlock characters and bonus weapons etc… You simply got to pick your favourite class of soldier–whether it be the classic Imperial stormtrooper, Clone jet trooper or a wookie from Kashyyyk–and unleash hell with myriad weapons and vehicles!

 

 

 

 

All of these games are close to my heart and I remember spending many care-free hours playing them, but what do you think? Is this a comprehensive list games that deserve a new lease of life and what games would you add, if given the chance?

New Year’s Sale

 

To celebrate the beginning of 2016, I’m giving everyone the opportunity to get all three of my books for nothing! All you have to do is head over to my author profile on Smashwords and use the coupon codes given below! The books are available in all major ebook formats and can be downloaded using the vouchers throughout January ’16! Why not begin the new year by beginning a new book?

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Designed by Najla Qamber Designs

The Taint of Darkness: A Collection of Short Stories

Use the coupon SS94K here

There are things in this world mortal men will never understand, forces beyond reason and ageless entities in the Nether. Good and Evil are more than the simple beliefs of man. They are the Songs of Eternity and their discord rings in harmony. The will to love burns bright and strong in the White and Darkness is more than just the absence of light. It is cruelty and hate and frigid cold—the will of nightmares beyond time and madness.

Darkness is a taint upon creation and seeks to exploit mankind, which is itself inherently flawed. The atrocities it commits echo through the ages, with memories of crime, violence and rape serving as its testament. It is men who do these things, those few who ignore their conscience until their heart hardens against love. Know that this is Evil’s true corruption, the damning effect it has to stain a soul. What is it that drives a good man to slay and steal if not for Darkness? How much pain has to be caused before human mind breaks?

Choices must be made that define actions. Who could claim restraint when wealth beyond use tempts them? Who could hold to peace when those they love are threatened? The Taint of Darkness is in each and every man and woman. What does one do when its will eventually calls? What does one do when faced with Evil, alone and powerless and enthralled by fear? In its heart, mankind knows it is alone and powerless. It is feeble, afraid, and the Dark is relentless…

Cover designed by Najla Qamber Designs

Cover designed by Najla Qamber Designs

He Who Fights and Runs Away (Broken Dark: Season One, Episode One)

Use the coupon DF74R here

600 years from now, mankind has left Earth behind. The Milky Way is filled with seed colonies and teems with human life. Yet despite all our advances in science, we have yet to surpass our most primal natures. We carried all of our greed, wars and decadences with us into the stars and our far flung worlds are every bit as dangerous as Earth is now.

Lord Alasdair Donaghue, Duke of the British Stellar Dalcross Systems, has tried to remedy this with a second war on alcohol. But just as bootleggers emerged in the United States of America in the 1920’s, Prohibition has opened the door for criminals to grow rich once again. Famed for her resourceful and ruthless nature, Lisa Tant is one such smuggler. She has grown bold and confident with her ever growing infamy and it is on Calgany Space Station that she faces her reckoning. Betrayed by someone in her own crime syndicate, Tant finds herself the focus of the Alcohol Enforcement Agency and must flee the space station with her crew, cut off from her ship with seemingly nowhere to run.

Go To Ground

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Go to Ground (Broken Dark: Season One, Episode Two)

Use the coupon DN72Y here

Hunted. Afraid. Alone. The crew of the Elias are running, chased from their operations on Calgany Space Station by the Alcohol Enforcement Agency. The AEA’s raid on Lisa Tant’s warehouse scattered the nefarious bootleggers and one of the bloodiest pursuits in Prohibition history ensued as they made their escape. Cars were wrecked, vans were destroyed and lives were lost, but the smugglers evaded capture.

The bootleggers managed to flee Calgany, but their capture is far from avoided. They are cut off from each other and the help they sorely need. The Elias is damaged and adrift in space, Trace Dempsey is being chased through the subterranean bowels of Dunmere and Lisa Tant is trapped in an engineering shuttle with no faster than light capabilities. The AEA is relentless and unyielding. Prohibition Agent Laura Reid means to have her prized arrests.

I hope you take the time to download my books and enjoy reading them. The discount on all of these titles are gifts to you and there is no obligation to leave a review after reading them, but I would be grateful if you could. Positive reader reviews can help spread my books to new readers and, if you enjoyed them, spending a few minutes to leave a rating/review on Smashwords, Amazon, Goodreads or your favourite ebook retailer could really help me out and support me as a writer.

Cartography & the Fantasy Writer

Ever since J. R. R. Tolkien established the fantasy genre, the ‘fantasy map’ has been an integral part of many novels. Some are more elaborate than others, but most authors include a map of the world or country they have created in their book. This helps the reader gain a sense of the world, the locations of places, battles etc and (certainly in my experience), helps a writer organise the settings of their story.

So how do we, as writers, go about producing a map of our world. The easiest answer is simply to pay a professional designer or cartographer to draw up our rough draft. This should be simple enough to arrange and many artists include a portfolio of their work on their websites so we should have a fair idea of their abilities and whether they can produce a map with the correct ‘feel’ to it before hiring them.

I’ve always assumed that I would just pay for professional help when I finally get round to publishing one of my big works of fantasy, but now I’m not so sure. Although I have no doubt a designer could produce an amazing image for me, I’ve started to become interested in cartography as a hobby and have found loads of great tutorials online that show how to produce a map using graphics tablets and simple photoshop software, such as fantasticmaps.com and Deviant Art. What surprises me is the ease with which these artists create their maps and I’m starting to think that a writer can produce their own map with great results after a bit of practice! Aside from being just how an author wants it, their own design would carry special significance and cartography will certainly be a useful skill for writers who will need multiple maps throughout their career: the initial expense of a graphics tablet and software will probably amount to very little when compared with a series of professionally produced maps.

I haven’t invested in a graphics tablet or photoshop software yet, but it’s something I’m seriously considering. What I have been doing, is playing around with a piece of CAD software called Campaign Cartographer 3. This is a cheap and relatively easy piece of software to use and lets fantasy maps be designed from scratch, including city plans and blueprints! There are many great tutorials for CC3 online and I was able to produce a few maps I liked relatively quickly, with no previous experience! Two of the maps I have made are shown below, which are interpretations of the Kanto and Johto regions from the Pokémon franchise.

 

Map of Kanto (ws)

Map of the Kanto Region

 

Map of Johto (Rescaled Names)

Map of the Johto Region

 

Whether or not you enjoy making maps yourself, I think they are an essential aspect of fantasy writing and investing a bit of time and money into some kind of software might be a viable designing option for writers who are struggling financially. Just like a book cover, a well-designed, beautiful map at the start of a book can really portray a sense of professionalism to a novel and is a great little Easter egg for the reader!

New Releases

Hi everyone,

This year’s been a busy time for me and (largely due to a student’s social life and commitments), I haven’t had as much time to write as I would have liked. I’m seriously behind on my writing schedule now and I know that fans of Broken Dark are eager to find out what happens in Season One, Episode Two! I’ve had an amazing time this year so it’s been worth it on my part, but I’m pleased to announce that the sequel to He Who Fights and Runs Away is finally available for download!

Go To Ground

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Hunted. Afraid. Alone. The crew of the Elias are running, chased from their operations on Calgany Space Station by the Alcohol Enforcement Agency. The AEA’s raid on Lisa Tant’s warehouse scattered the nefarious bootleggers and one of the bloodiest pursuits in Prohibition history ensued as they made their escape. Cars were wrecked, vans were destroyed and lives were lost, but the smugglers evaded capture.

The bootleggers managed to flee Calgany, but their capture is far from avoided. They are cut off from each other and the help they sorely need. The Elias is damaged and adrift in space, Trace Dempsey is being chased through the subterranean bowels of Dunmere and Lisa Tant is trapped in an engineering shuttle with no faster than light capabilities. The AEA is relentless and unyielding. Prohibition Agent Laura Reid means to have her prized arrests.

 

I also want to draw your attention to another a book that I released back in April 2014. Largely due to my own laziness, I never posted about it on my website so you might not be aware of it. It’s got nothing to do with the Broken Dark universe and is actually my first venture into publishing fantasy. The book, called The Taint of Darkness, is a collection of dark fantasy and horror short stories and is available now from all major ebook retailers!

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Designed by Najla Qamber Designs

There are things in this world mortal men will never understand, forces beyond reason and ageless entities in the Nether. Good and Evil are more than the simple beliefs of man. They are the Songs of Eternity and their discord rings in harmony. The will to love burns bright and strong in the White and Darkness is more than just the absence of light. It is cruelty and hate and frigid cold—the will of nightmares beyond time and madness.

Darkness is a taint upon creation and seeks to exploit mankind, which is itself inherently flawed. The atrocities it commits echo through the ages, with memories of crime, violence and rape serving as its testament. It is men who do these things, those few who ignore their conscience until their heart hardens against love. Know that this is Evil’s true corruption, the damning effect it has to stain a soul. What is it that drives a good man to slay and steal if not for Darkness? How much pain has to be caused before human mind breaks? 
Choices must be made that define actions. Who could claim restraint when wealth beyond use tempts them? Who could hold to peace when those they love are threatened? The Taint of Darkness is in each and every man and woman. What does one do when its will eventually calls? What does one do when faced with Evil, alone and powerless and enthralled by fear? In its heart, mankind knows it is alone and powerless. It is feeble, afraid, and the Dark is relentless…

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Win a free copy of Broken Dark: Season One, Episode One

I’ve recently joined LibraryThing as an author and, to celebrate, I’m offering 100 free copies of He Who Fights and Runs Away (Broken Dark: Season One, Episode One)Click here anytime before the 22nd December 2014 to be taken to the giveaway and request your copy of the book! LibraryThing will notify all winners after the 22nd, who will then (1) be issued with a Smashwords voucher that allows them to download the book in all major ebook formats (2) be able to have the book emailed to them in a range of ebook formats.

I would also like to use this post to remind everyone that I’m still offering free copies of He Who Fights and Runs Away in exchange for book reviews. If you’re interested, feel free to contact me on Facebook or Twitter and I will send you a copy of the book in your desired formation so long as you agree to post an honest review on the site of your favourite ebook retailer (such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble) and/or Goodreads. 

Cover designed by Najla Qamber Designs

Cover designed by Najla Qamber Designs

600 years from now, mankind has left Earth behind. The Milky Way is filled with seed colonies and teems with human life. Yet despite all our advances in science, we have yet to surpass our most primal natures. We carried all of our greed, wars and decadences with us into the stars and our far flung worlds are every bit as dangerous as Earth is now.

Lord Alasdair Donaghue, Duke of the British Stellar Dalcross Systems, has tried to remedy this with a second war on alcohol. But just as bootleggers emerged in the United States of America in the 1920’s, Prohibition has opened the door for criminals to grow rich once again. Famed for her resourceful and ruthless nature, Lisa Tant is one such smuggler. She has grown bold and confident with her ever growing infamy and it is on Calgany Space Station that she faces her reckoning. Betrayed by someone in her own crime syndicate, Tant finds herself the focus of the Alcohol Enforcement Agency and must flee the space station with her crew, cut off from her ship with seemingly nowhere to run.

Smashwords July sale is now on! Get 50% off Broken Dark Episode One

The Smashwords July Summer/Winter Sale is now on and the first episode of Broken Dark, He Who Fights and Runs Away, can be purchased at half price! Just use the coupon code SSW50 at the checkout (offer ends 31st July 2014).

Click here to view the book and here for the complete catalogue of the books on offer in the sale.

A free book for your feedback: reviewers needed!

Happy weekend all,

Your views and opinions of my writing are important to me and I’m looking for people who are interested in reviewing my new novella, He Who Fights and Runs Away. I will issue a Smashwords voucher to anyone who contacts me (which you can use to download a free copy of the book in any ebook format), on the condition that you review He Who Fights and Runs Away and post it on the sites of your favourite ebook retailer (such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes), Goodreads and Smashwords (if you have accounts).

Don’t feel under any obligation to post an artificially good review and I’m simply looking for one that’s honest – feel free to say if you didn’t like it! Honest reviews are far more valuable and worthwhile to me and my readers!

If you’re interested, please send me a message on Facebook or get in touch through Twitter and I will send you the voucher or a copy of the book in any ebook format.

Cover designed by Najla Qamber Designs

Cover designed by Najla Qamber Designs

600 years from now, mankind has left Earth behind. The Milky Way is filled with seed colonies and teems with human life. Yet despite all our advances in science, we have yet to surpass our most primal natures. We carried all of our greed, wars and decadences with us into the stars and our far flung worlds are every bit as dangerous as Earth is now.

Lord Alasdair Donaghue, Duke of the British Stellar Dalcross Systems, has tried to remedy this with a second war on alcohol. But just as bootleggers emerged in the United States of America in the 1920’s, Prohibition has opened the door for criminals to grow rich once again. Famed for her resourceful and ruthless nature, Lisa Tant is one such smuggler. She has grown bold and confident with her ever growing infamy and it is on Calgany Space Station that she faces her reckoning. Betrayed by someone in her own crime syndicate, Tant finds herself the focus of the Alcohol Enforcement Agency and must flee the space station with her crew, cut off from her ship with seemingly nowhere to run.

Blogs, authorship and a bursting mind

So, I made this website nearly a month ago and I’ve just realised that I’ve only posted on it once. I guess I have been busy recently: I’ve had a promotion at work, I’m sorting through an anthology of short stories (there’ll be more news on this soon so keep checking my blog and Facebook page) and I’m learning how to market He Who Fights and Runs Away! In all fairness, it’s mainly the latter that’s taking up most of my time and I confess I’ve got absolutely no idea what I’m doing! It’s fun though and (while realising that marking my book is probably going to be far more difficult than actually writing it), I’ve been creating a whole host of online profiles – which is called ‘building an online platform’ in indie author lingo.

This has taken a while, but I think I’ve almost got there and have a number of platforms ready to be viewed:

In fact, this has taken up so much of time I’ve just realised that I’ve not been telling people about what I actually write and where my interests lie as an author lie. I’m a huge fan of fantasy and science fiction and read these genres avidly. I’m not surprised that most of my writing seems to feature around these genres, although I am slightly baffled as to why horror regularly bleeds into my fantasy. I don’t really read or watch horror so I hope this doesn’t say anything about me!

This is definitely an exciting time for my writing and aside from Broken Dark, I have a whole host of ideas for novels, novellas and short stories rattling around in my head. I’m trying to write them all down, but it’s just finding the time and one work in progress is already too much (as fellow authors will undoubtedly know)!

Yet fiction is not all I write and my jump into the writing world actually began with science blogging. I studied biology at the University of Manchester (and when I say ‘studied’ I mean drank, smoked and blagged my way through three years of education) and actually took a science media project in my final year. This was more or less the point when my interest in writing was beginning to grow into something substantial and I created a site called Dave’s Science Blog for an assignment. Obviously this name is terrible and I quickly renamed it to This World We Live In (although the original name still persists in the URL) and began posting about various things in biology that I thought non-scientists would like to know without being bored by the nitty gritty mechanics of science.

This World We Live In did reasonably well and received a respectable amount of traffic while I posted on it regularly, but my life grew busier when I left university and it’s kind of died a slow, lingering death. It’s still out there somewhere (who knows where the Internet actually is) and I know people still visit it, but my interests in writing have simply shifted and I prefer writing fiction now. It will always be out there though and I just hope my readers still enjoy it and continue to learn from my posts – this is a thriving, strange world we live in after all!

Next, I discovered a website called Burrst that is perfect for an eager, budding writer. The site is a small writing community where authors share short pieces (up to 1, 250 words) of flash fiction. I can almost hear fingers scratching a few heads out there – what is flash fiction? I confess I didn’t know either until I found Burrst (although they didn’t come up with the concept). All flash fiction is is a bit of impromptu writing that a writer makes up as they jot it down. All it takes is an idea and I’ve found that it’s a really valuable tool for honing much needed skills. Much of my work hasn’t gone up on there as I simply used is to this end and I wasn’t that impressed by it. For example, I used to say ‘I need to write a fast paced scene that conveys exhaustion’ or ‘the protagonist needs to be really, really cold’ and then see what happened when I wrote it down. Although most of my burrsts can only be described as mediocre at best, there are a few pieces I’m proud of and I find it interesting to see how it has sharpened my writing skills in a relatively short space of time. For anyone who’s interested in reading some of my work, my Burrst profile can be accessed here.

If any of you are avid writers, you should definitely play around with flash fiction. It really is an amazing tool – a whetstone for writing if you like – and Burrst has a very small, caring community that gives great feedback on your work with their comments. The only downside to it is anyone on the Internet can read it (which might scare a completely new writer) and membership is by invite only – you will have a submit a burrst that the site adminstrators will critique to see if you’re good enough. But even if you don’t publish on Burrst, flash fiction is fun and effective so give it a go!

My last break into the writing world before I published came in the form of reviewing books and I try to critique everything I read now. All of my reviews are posted on Goordreads (eventually anyway) and I have a second blog called Fantasy Bookshelf Review that I’ve produced just to this end. This blog has been going for about 18 months now and I think it might be of interest to anyone with a similar taste in literature to my own. I’ve certainly discovered a few good books anyway and make a real fuss of the ones that are worth a read! After all, the written word is the greatest of mankind’s achievements!

And that’s about all I want to say for now! Thanks for reading and I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy my writing over the years to come.

Announcing the release of Broken Dark

Hello there,

You’re probably wondering who I am exactly, so I thought I’d dedicate a bit of space in this post to introducing myself. That being said, I’m terrible with things like this and never know what I should say . . . So, here it goes: I’m in my early twenties and grew up in King’s Lynn – a small, rural town in Norfolk, UK. I lived in Lynn (as we locals call it) for most of my life, but eventually moved to Manchester to study Biology at university. I began writing shortly after I graduated and have finally taken the plunge and published my first book.

The book is actually the first episode of what will be a long running series (called Broken Dark), which is about a second Prohibition that takes place about six hundred years from now when a lord bans alcohol in the star systems he controls. Why ‘episode’ you ask? That’s because I’ve tried to do something slightly different with Broken Dark and have written He Who Fights & Runs Away as if it was an episode of a television series. I’ve purposely made it quite fast paced and have tried to place as few shackles on the story as possible to give it the potential to evolve.

He Who Fights & Runs Away is available as an ebook from Amazon (UK and USA links), Barnes & Noble and Smashwords right now and already has its own Facebook group. I’m also running a promotion to celebrate its release and the novella can be downloaded for free from Smashwords by redeeming the coupon WB86S at the checkout (offer ends 06/07/2014).

Cover designed by Najla Qamber Designs

Cover designed by Najla Qamber Designs

600 years from now, mankind has left Earth behind. The Milky Way is filled with seed colonies and teems with human life. Yet despite all our advances in science, we have yet to surpass our most primal natures. We carried all of our greed, wars and decadences with us into the stars and our far flung worlds are every bit as dangerous as Earth is now.

Lord Alasdair Donaghue, Duke of the British Stellar Dalcross Systems, has tried to remedy this with a second war on alcohol. But just as bootleggers emerged in the United States of America in the 1920’s, Prohibition has opened the door for criminals to grow rich once again. Famed for her resourceful and ruthless nature, Lisa Tant is one such smuggler. She has grown bold and confident with her ever growing infamy and it is on Calgany Space Station that she faces her reckoning. Betrayed by someone in her own crime syndicate, Tant finds herself the focus of the Alcohol Enforcement Agency and must flee the space station with her crew, cut off from her ship with seemingly nowhere to run.