I meant to post this last week to coincide with the launch of Etrian Odyssey III, but there was that whole “flying back from Japan” thing, followed by the “jetlag” thing, which came paired with the “food poisoning from United’s gross-ass in-flight meal” thing. So I didn’t really have time to get this online until the weekend rolled around. But rolled the weekend did, and online it is: my entirely-too-lengthy paean to Etrian Odyssey.
This was originally penned as an article for GameSpite Quarterly 4, but it ultimately proved to be much too long and out of character for the rest of the book, so I ended up converting it into the most recent subscriber bonus book. At this point, all subscribers should have their books in hand (I’ve mailed two copies to several people who didn’t receive their, so they’d better), so now the article is up for all to read. I will be sincerely surprised if anyone actually reads this article all the way through, since it’s pretty much the opposite of what people want to read online — dense reams of copy versus hyper-spasmodic snippets of half-formed thoughts — but bear in mind it was originally written for print, so this is kind of a piece out of its proper element.
As it happens, though, you can still read it in its proper medium, if for some reason you’re so inclined: I have seven copies of the first and second bonus books left over from the mailings. If you’d like to snag a set for yourself and help contribute to the GameSpite War Chest, drop me a line. I’m selling the set of two for $42. Yes, that’s a lot for two slim paperbacks, but they’re meant to be fundraisers for the site. We are a charitable cause! (Well, not technically; please do not try writing these books off on your 2010 taxes.)
Also, you’ll note that I’m trying a new style of link graphic with this entry. I’m sure a lot of people will hate it. I don’t need to hear about it. I know you hate things. It’s a given. You’re the Internet. Hate is what you do. I’m just experimenting with different ideas, that’s all.