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Pressfire.no interview with Ragnar Tørnquist (translation)

November 28, 2012 in Articles, Interviews

The following is a translation of a Pressfire.no interview with Ragnar Tørnquist on 21 November, 2012.
It was translated from Norwegian to English by Crow’s Fan.


We’re among the best at creating stories in games

“The Longest Journey” continues.

Lasse Lervik, 21-Nov-2012 18:36

Oslo (Pressfire.no): Ragnar Tørnquist is the closest thing we get to a celebrity in the norwegian games business. Not because of the work he did for the game “Casper” in the mid-90′s, although that was where he started his career of 18 years, but as the boss for some of the greatest game projects in Norways history. “The Longest Journey”, “Dreamfall” and recently “The Secret World” for example.

Now he’s started to break off the ties of the behemoth in Skøyen to go back to his roots as an adventure game creator. “Dreamfall Chapters” is finally going to be realized.

«Funcom owns the “The Longest Journey” and “Dreamfall” universe. What we’ve done is get the rights to make games and other stories in this universe.

In return, Funcom gets a certain percentage of what we earn from the game. It’s a great deal, which allows us to focus on making the game we want to make. Then Funcom gets the benefits of profiting from us when we make a good game, hopefully,» Tørnquist tells Pressfire.no.

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TLJ and Dreamfall on Steam

November 22, 2012 in Dreamfall, The Games, The Longest Journey

Get ‘em while they’re hot! While I’m writing this, The Longest Journey and Dreamfall are both available with a 60% price cut on Steam. So get over there, add them to your cart and press that buy button!

To The Owners

Already a proud owner of the two games and don’t see the point in buying more copies? Suggest them to a friend, or better yet; buy them as a gift! :)

Thanks to Pirateguybrush for mentioning this on the forums.

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Places of The Longest Journey

November 18, 2012 in Articles, Screenshots, The Longest Journey, Thirteen Chapters articles

Maybe with the exception of most Wii games and those like it, playing computer games isn’t really a physically challenging activity. You’re mainly just sitting on a chair or couch, pushing buttons and moving a mouse with your hand or some analog sticks with your thumbs.

the-border-house

But the interesting thing is: even while remaining at one spot, you’re exploring a lot of different (and hopefully interesting) places. The Longest Journey was one of those games that gave me that great feeling of exploration. It gave me both places of science, and those of magic to travel to and discover.

For the few of you who haven’t yet played The Longest Journey: spoilers ahead!

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Thirteen Chapters on Facebook

November 18, 2012 in Links, The Site

Thirteen Chapters is a very modern site, so it’s also on Facebook!

Supporting on Facebook

Be sure to like the Facebook page and share the news with your friends. Also, if you like a specific post; don’t hesitate to do the same! There are some handy buttons for that below every post and page. It will help Thirteen Chapters to be found by more people :)

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The Longest Journey concept art

November 17, 2012 in Concept Art, Media, The Longest Journey

Newport VeniceLet’s take a few steps back and take a look at a time before The Longest Journey was part of our lives.

A dedicated team of creative Norwegians were hard at work, setting the groundwork for what would become one of the most loved adventure games of all time.

A story outline had been written, and the world it took place in was being fleshed out by talented artists.

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Request Dreamfall Chapters on GOG.com

November 16, 2012 in Dreamfall Chapters, Links

GOG.com is an online service that offers you a lot of games to buy and download. The Longest Journey and Dreamfall are already on it, and Ragnar Tornquist recently mentioned in one of his Tweets that “We definitely want to see Dreamfall Chapters on GOG. We’ll make it happen!”.

Nudging GOG.com

So the intention is there from one side, but what about GOG.com’s side? Here’s where you can help! Go over to GOG.com (sign up for free if you haven’t already), and add Dreamfall Chapters to you Wishlist.

Yes, it’s very early. The number of votes aren’t huge yet, but we’ve still got a good while to go until the game is shipped. If we’ll start voting and getting the word out from now until then, GOG will surely reserve a spot for our beloved sequel :)

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Ragnar Tornquist’s Dreamfall Chapters Tweets

November 16, 2012 in Dreamfall Chapters, Interviews, Links, Red Thread Games

Ever since Dreamfall Chapters was officially announced, Ragnar Tornquist has been busy tweeting back to the huge amount of fans that were overjoyed by the news.

Q&A

With so many Questions being asked and Answered, Ragnar’s twitter account is starting to look like a really unstructured interview. There’s some interesting information to be found there, but only if you’re willing to spend some time looking for it.

For your convenience, I’ve made a list of Ragnar Tornquist’s most interesting tweets about Dreamfall Chapters. I’ll start with my top ten, also considering whether or not I had already read that information in an interview.

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Prologue

November 12, 2012 in Dreamfall, Dreamfall Chapters, The Longest Journey, The Site

Welcome to Thirteen Chapters! This is a fan site for the The Longest Journey saga. That not only includes the two games The Longest Journey and Dreamfall, but also of course the upcoming, and recently announced, third part in the series: Dreamfall Chapters!

This site will be a place for fans from all over the world to come together, find the latest news about Dreamfall Chapters and discuss their experiences with the The Longest Journey saga.

Chapters

The name Thirteen Chapters refers to the number of chapters that every game in the The Longest Journey saga consists of. Moreover, thirteen is an important number is the saga’s mythology.

Contests

Every now and then there will even be contest! You’ll be able to win some cool prizes, and you’ll be entertained along the way!

A New Beginning

This isn’t the first incarnation of this website though. It’s gone under different names in the past years, but it remains the same at its core: a place by and for fans of the TLJ saga. You can read more about the history of the site on the About page.

So a big, warm welcome again to Thirteen Chapters! Take a seat, lean back and take a nice sip of your tea, coffee, beer or what ever you might fancy. This is going to be a Long, but pleasant Journey…

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The First Interviews

November 12, 2012 in Dreamfall Chapters, Interviews

Here are the first three interviews I know of at this moment:

Rock Paper Shotgun – Ragnar Tørnquist
Alternative Magazine Online – Ellie Conrad Leigh (Zoë)
Eurogamer – Ragnar Tørnquist

Ragnar mentioned they’ll be talking more about Dreamfall Chapters in the next couple of weeks, so keep checking back!