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Equiliari
02-06-2013, 03:06 AM
http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blackstone/

Good luck

Zoar
02-06-2013, 03:43 AM
well i found the password
Y7_$0>0k_3<$m
is the password and can someone put it in spoiler text please as i can't find how to do it
i'm in and this will be an interesting study already

Equiliari
02-06-2013, 05:05 AM
I think you can do it by setting the color text to 0d0d0d Like so: "This text is invisible"

Kimera757
02-06-2013, 08:58 AM
It's pretty empty of info right now, but looks like it'll fill up over time. This wasn't mentioned on the RSS feed, oddly enough.

Given the late date, I thought this project might not get off the ground. Glad to see I was wrong.

Alex06
02-06-2013, 09:09 AM
Hybrids. Has to be.

Visions of Khas
02-06-2013, 10:17 AM
Oh yeah, this. I read somewhere they'd have an ongoing exploration of the Zerg from the perspective of Dominion scientists. Guess this is it?

Alar
02-06-2013, 11:13 AM
Ahh, this should be interesting. I suppose many of us are disappointed it won't be a game, but I do like it when they work up this sort of hype. Helps get me in the mood for the game!

Gradius
02-06-2013, 11:43 AM
The characters involved have twitter accounts

Adjutant 33-27 (@Adjutant3327)
Dr. Warren Held (@WarrenGHeld) — Xenobiologist, Senior Protoss Specialist
Red Quinton (@RedellQuinton) — Chief Engineer
Dr. Helek Branamoor (@HelekBranamoor) — Chief of Research, Project Director
Dr. Daniel Rothfuss (@DanielRothfuss) — Astrophysicist
Dr. Talen Ayers (@TalenAyers) — Xenobiologist, Senior Zerg Specialist
Dr. Leah A. Martine (@LeahAMartine) — Xenobiologist
Dr. Talise Cogan (@TaliseCogan) — Xenobiologist
Major Lee Treicher (@LeeTreicher) — Head of Security
Dr. Pamela Foster (@PamelaGFoster) — Chemical Engineer, Explosives Expert
Dr. Vera Langridge (@VeraLangridge) — Xenobotanist

http://storify.com/QuixoticNeutral/project-blackstone

Gradius
02-06-2013, 12:37 PM
http://storify.com/QuixoticNeutral/project-blackstone
Well I finished reading this. It's still going on apparently, and I do have to admit I like all the science fluff. Except for one thing. This business of "eliminating" your best scientists that work on the hybrids: it's retarded.


Adjutant3327
All maintenance personnel will keep to green- and yellow-lit hallways. Unauthorized personnel found in red-lit hallways will be eliminated.

Major Lee Treicher
Eliminated? I just wanted to keep them away from the specimens.

HelekBranamoor
@LeeTreicher @Adjutant3327 No, the adjutant is right on this account. We need to run a tight ship.
Seriously? We need to run a tight ship? That's the excuse for killing people for wandering into the wrong hallway? o.O

Alar
02-06-2013, 12:48 PM
It's not really wandering down the wrong hallway... more like what happened in the first Harry Potter. Stumbling across a big, headed dog while intentionally going into an area you know you're not supposed to be in? Cute if stupid. Walking down an area where they SAY they will kill you and leave it easily marked so no one goes into the Hybrid storage chambers, potentially causing the ruin of the entire facility and killing everyone in it? Definitely a bit more serious.

DemolitionSquid
02-06-2013, 12:49 PM
Seriously? We need to run a tight ship? That's the excuse for killing people for wandering into the wrong hallway? o.O

I think the phrasing is off, but the idea is sound. Everyone knows that letting ignorant and inexperienced people into highly classified and potentially dangerous science labs never ends well.

HydraHydra
02-06-2013, 12:50 PM
Wow! this is cool xD!

EDIT:
Also, we can see whats comming next if we seach well x3:

http://us.battle.net/sc2/static/images/blackstone/screenshots/02-zergling.jpg
http://us.battle.net/sc2/static/images/blackstone/screenshots/03-hydralisk.jpg
http://us.battle.net/sc2/static/images/blackstone/screenshots/04-mutalisk.jpg

Kimera757
02-06-2013, 03:01 PM
Their different personalities are kind of funny. Some are utterly serious, some are ticked off at being kidnapped, and the chief engineer is flirting with the adjutant?! Brannamoor is hilarious. He really likes his scotch.

Visions of Khas
02-06-2013, 03:47 PM
Also, we can see whats comming next if we seach well x3:

Or we can just visit Mr Jack's DeviantArt gallery (http://mr--jack.deviantart.com/) to see several weeks into the future.

Kimera757
02-06-2013, 07:41 PM
Also liking bringing back little-used characters. Doctors Branamoor, Cogan and Ayers were all minor characters in previous stories. (Branamoor was from Uprising; he's been with Mengsk a long time.)

TcheQuevara
02-06-2013, 10:50 PM
They mentioned Burguess, too. Gestalts?

Hawki
02-06-2013, 11:15 PM
Like how the characters are a mix of old and new. It'll be interesting if Ayers, self-declared "patriot," finds out how the Dominion screwed over his daughter...

Wouldn't count on gestalts though. Or rather, I hope not. From a story sense, I like the idea of Zero being the first and only gestalt.

Zoar
02-14-2013, 11:33 PM
well there is a new posting on project Blackstone

Telenil
02-15-2013, 09:16 AM
It's not really wandering down the wrong hallway... more like what happened in the first Harry Potter. Stumbling across a big, headed dog while intentionally going into an area you know you're not supposed to be in? Cute if stupid. Walking down an area where they SAY they will kill you and leave it easily marked so no one goes into the Hybrid storage chambers, potentially causing the ruin of the entire facility and killing everyone in it? Definitely a bit more serious.It's still stupid to kill them. Expert scientists are way more precious than high tech devices, because you can't replace them with money.

If there is something so dangerous that it could ruin the entire facility, you don't keep people away with lights and threats, you lock the doors and configure them so that they can only be opened by the right people. Or better yet, you put the things 75% of the project are not supposed to see in an other place. Safer and much better for morale than making the experts fear for their life. "You'll be executed if you get in the wrong place" would be just as silly as kidnapping people you need without even trying to invite them first *cough*

That's a thing that already plagued the Dominion in WoL and most of the extended universe. As far as I'm concerned, I can't take this mixture of incompetence and malevolence seriously, I just feel the regime is going to collapse under its own incapacity.

Visions of Khas
02-15-2013, 11:13 AM
A new Dr Talen Ayers journal entry. Huh. I'm actually impressed by the writing. I hope they keep this up. :)

TcheQuevara
02-15-2013, 11:17 AM
Geez, guys. It's not about keeping people from breaking stuff. It's about keeping them from discovering secrets. The secrets are worth more than human lives. Think of the Cold War. Think of Iranian scientists being assassinated in 2012.

Plus, who said anyone is going to die? Fear keep people from dying. Ever been in a plane? A flying plane is surrounded by a big "red lighted area" named "air". Anyone who tries to step in it dies almost instantly. And how many people you heard of who died while trying to leave a flying plane by walk? Exactly.

I agree the kidnapping part sounded stupid but if you think about it, it could be explained by urgency and the need to keep it top secret. Deploying a ghost to kidnap Ayers at night is bullshit, of course. I'd send elegant men in black to say "Please sir, come with us immeadiatly" and only use ghosts if the MiB didn't work.

The SC writing team IS doing a good job with portraying the Dominion as stupid and malevolent... but I'd like to remember you that real life dictadorships actually work like that. When a powerful person wants something done, they just get it done, sometimes in the most ridiculous ways. You have no idea of how many Brazilian students "suicided" with 10 gunshots fired at their backs...

DemolitionSquid
02-15-2013, 01:45 PM
I wonder, which real life dictator do you all feel Mengsk most resembles? Do you think he has an armed guard composed solely of attractive women, like Ghaddafi?

Telenil
02-15-2013, 03:16 PM
double post ><

Telenil
02-15-2013, 03:26 PM
I wonder, which real life dictator do you all feel Mengsk most resembles? Do you think he has an armed guard composed solely of attractive women, like Ghaddafi?If we are talking WoL Mengsk, I'd say Ahmadinejad. Dangerous at times, puts a lot of emphasis on saying he is the protector of the oppressed and all that, but you don't quite picture him as efficient or terrifying.


The secrets are worth more than human lives. Think of the Cold War. Think of Iranian scientists being assassinated in 2012.You protect secrets by killing people that are your enemies, not your loyal employees. If this Dominion procedure has any real life equivalent, that would be the Iranians murdering their own nuclear physicists because they didn't take the proper way to get to their labs.
It makes some sense to shoot someone who spies in your top secret files, but a guy who just took the wrong corridor? If I had to execute anyone, that would be the guy who designed the security in such a way that unauthorized personnel could enter the restricted area without any effort.

During the Cold War, no one said "if you enter the corridors with all the red lights, you will be shot". People who know where the secrets were didn't say anything, locked doors, and kept the whole thing far away from the workplace of untrustworthy workers.

Gradius
02-15-2013, 04:54 PM
I think the phrasing is off, but the idea is sound. Everyone knows that letting ignorant and inexperienced people into highly classified and potentially dangerous science labs never ends well.
1) Since so many labs across the world murder their workers for random infractions amirite? :P
2) They're not "ignorant and inexperienced", they're the Dominion's best scientists and it would be stupid to kill them.


If there is something so dangerous that it could ruin the entire facility, you don't keep people away with lights and threats, you lock the doors and configure them so that they can only be opened by the right people. Or better yet, you put the things 75% of the project are not supposed to see in an other place.
Pretty much. The hospitals I've interned at had much better ways of keeping people away from the expensive equipment, drugs, and radioactive nuclides than to threaten people with pain of death. :P

Anyway, I just hope that by "eliminated" they meant "fired" instead of "shot with a gauss rifle".


The SC writing team IS doing a good job with portraying the Dominion as stupid and malevolent... but I'd like to remember you that real life dictadorships actually work like that. When a powerful person wants something done, they just get it done, sometimes in the most ridiculous ways.
Which is nice except for the fact that we're also expected to believe that Mengsk is a wily and intelligent dictator savant who is only in power because of the ingenuity of his crafty machinations.


I wonder, which real life dictator do you all feel Mengsk most resembles? Do you think he has an armed guard composed solely of attractive women, like Ghaddafi?
Here's a dictator that Mengsk resembles:

3hh75_W0M5E

Raynor is like Fegelein. He can't be captured.

*ba-dum-tsh

Alar
02-15-2013, 06:45 PM
I don't understand what they did to Mengsk. He seemed to build himself up to a great point, fought through adversity and manipulated people to take down the Confederacy, and then when he got into power he just... lost his grip? Everything about him just became a joke. The Dominion is a parody of what it was before, which makes me a little sad.

It's almost like watching Darth Vader be a badass and then see Anakin Skywalker grow up to be a complete puss. Only in this case it's in reverse, and not quite so severe.

Turalyon
02-15-2013, 11:22 PM
I don't understand what they did to Mengsk. He seemed to build himself up to a great point, fought through adversity and manipulated people to take down the Confederacy, and then when he got into power he just... lost his grip? Everything about him just became a joke. The Dominion is a parody of what it was before, which makes me a little sad.

It's almost like watching Darth Vader be a badass and then see Anakin Skywalker grow up to be a complete puss. Only in this case it's in reverse, and not quite so severe.

I know exactly how you feel. However, to be fair, I don't think the problem is that Mengsk can/has lost his grip or that Darth Vader's initial turn was actually because of him pussing out but rather that the way they presented such a turn in both scenarios was at best arbitrary and perfunctory in order to move a plot rather than it feeling/or giving the illusion that it came about naturally. On reflection, there are more than enough reasons to justify each of their "turns", but the reasons alone need to be sold rather than blankly stated or worse, assumed.

DemolitionSquid
02-16-2013, 12:34 AM
1) Since so many labs across the world murder their workers for random infractions amirite? :P
2) They're not "ignorant and inexperienced", they're the Dominion's best scientists and it would be stupid to kill them.

1. Yes, actually. People are likely put to death for the stupidest reasons quite frequently in places like North Korea.
2. Blizzard has consistently proven the Dominion is quite stupid, and the logic follows through.

TheEconomist
02-16-2013, 01:11 AM
1. What does North Korea have to do with the Dominion? North Korea has accomplished nothing. The Dominion has accomplished a lot.
2. What do the actions of top-ranking military leaders have to do with scientists? If Dominion scientists were that stupid, you know, there probably would be a bit more trouble with them fighting powerful, alien species.

Weak ass argument is weak ass argument. Squibb, your arguing is getting worse to. It's not just that the logic is retarded, your expression of your idea is horrendous.

(sigh)

That being said, I don't know how anyone can think of Mengsk and not be immediately reminded of parodied Hitler. If you're looking for real dictators, there were a few Byzantine emperors when the empire was struggling between Roman gods and Christianity that would Mengsk (and Azmodan for that matter) look fucking brilliant.

TcheQuevara
02-16-2013, 07:12 AM
Which is nice except for the fact that we're also expected to believe that Mengsk is a wily and intelligent dictator savant who is only in power because of the ingenuity of his crafty machinations.

Just to make sure no one is missing the sarcasm: you know I meant exactly that, and I know you're agreeing with me. Right?

Ahmadinajad isn't a dictador. He is elected. He rules nothing. He is just like any other populist. Khamenei would be the "dictador" - oops wait, he is indirectly ellected too. Hey, guess what - Iran ISN'T a dictadorship! How weird.


Tychus is right. It isn't unrealistic that dictadors get stupid and overconfident. Because they do. What is weird is that our genious rebel Arcturus Mengsk has gone full archdevil in no time. What is weird is that the Dominion seldom pretends to be better than it is. What is weird is that Kate Lockwell has a freedom of speech I don't believe a Fox News reporter has.

TheEconomist
02-16-2013, 10:31 AM
Do I detect some support for the Iranian regime? Just when I thought Tche couldn't be anymore ignorant of geopolitics...

Jconant
02-17-2013, 01:16 AM
Just to make sure no one is missing the sarcasm: you know I meant exactly that, and I know you're agreeing with me. Right?

Ahmadinajad isn't a dictador. He is elected. He rules nothing. He is just like any other populist. Khamenei would be the "dictador" - oops wait, he is indirectly ellected too. Hey, guess what - Iran ISN'T a dictadorship! How weird.


Tychus is right. It isn't unrealistic that dictadors get stupid and overconfident. Because they do. What is weird is that our genious rebel Arcturus Mengsk has gone full archdevil in no time. What is weird is that the Dominion seldom pretends to be better than it is. What is weird is that Kate Lockwell has a freedom of speech I don't believe a Fox News reporter has.

When the elected iranian representative gets assasinated in order for for ahmadinajad to be elected...and furthermore needs to undermine their electoral process and suppress free speech in order to remain the leader.....can't see a valid argument for how he isn't a dictator.

TheEconomist
02-17-2013, 01:41 AM
That is a geopolitical matter and is therefore influenced by emotions and emotions alone, for the populace.

But, that's another topic for another time.

TcheQuevara
02-17-2013, 02:37 AM
Support? Where did you see any sign of support?

Ahmadinejad can't be a dictador because he dictates nothing. Is this too hard to understand? Maybe to people who understand nothing of politics, Tychus? Because if even the lady who cleans my house can be called a dictador, the word doesn't really mean anything, does it?

I never said there is such thing as true democracy in Iran. Calling it a dictadorship? Technically wrong, but ok. Calling Ahmadinejad a dictador? Sorry, but this is naive and uninformed and I don't even know how to react politely to the statement.

Also, I'm speechless about how you could bring emotions to this subject. I know what you mean, I just can't see the actual relation. Seems rational though. "The other person is wrong because he was mad; I don't have to look in the dictionary for what words mean, because I believe I'm calm".

Telenil
02-17-2013, 06:18 AM
Ahmadinajad isn't a dictador. He is elected. He rules nothing. He is just like any other populist. Khamenei would be the "dictador" - oops wait, he is indirectly ellected too. Hey, guess what - Iran ISN'T a dictadorship! How weird.Ahmadinajad is "elected" the same way African dictators are "elected" with an übermajority of popular vote. The only difference is that his chosen score was 60% instead of 90%.

But electoral frauds aside, all candidates who displease the Supreme Leader can be prevented from running by a Guardian Council, whose twelve members are appointed by the Supreme Leader alone.
The Supreme Leader himself is elected by an "Assembly of Experts", for an unlimited amount of time. The Assembly of Experts can theoretically remove him from office, but as with the President, all candidates must be approved by the Guardian Council. That would be a democracy where only state-approved candidates can run, and the only ones who can could overthrow the Supreme Leaders are the peoplehe chose himself - making it not a democracy. I call Ahmadinajad a dictator as in "one of the foremost rulers in a country that is not a democracy".

Tychus is right. It isn't unrealistic that dictadors get stupid and overconfident. Because they do. What is weird is that our genious rebel Arcturus Mengsk has gone full archdevil in no time. What is weird is that the Dominion seldom pretends to be better than it is. What is weird is that Kate Lockwell has a freedom of speech I don't believe a Fox News reporter has.Yup. There are some dictators that are clever and efficient, and there are some that aren't. But just as I don't think Raynor was intended to appear as a schyzophrenic pirate, I think the Dominion was supposed to appear as a dangerous, efficient power. A inefficient dictator wouldn't be a problem in itself, it is the gap between the Dominion (and Mengsk's) alleged efficiency and their actual incompetence that prevents me from taking them seriously.

TheEconomist
02-17-2013, 11:04 AM
Support? Where did you see any sign of support?

Everytime you make a comment about Ahmdadinejad it's of the typical "He's just so misunderstood! He's really a victim of the Zionist controlled media!" variety.


Calling it a dictadorship?

It's dictatorship. This is an English forum. Use it.

I don't think I ever said it was a dictatorship. If I did, it was to capitalize on the connotations of the word which has a much better ring to it than "corrupt autocratic theocracy".


Also, I'm speechless about how you could bring emotions to this subject.

You have something against the West and therefore feel some kind of kinship with Ahmadinejad which makes you bring him up at odd times and support him when no rational person would otherwise.

I hope you don't support North Korea.


The other person is wrong because he was mad

How many times do I have to explain to you that's not what I mean? I don't care how you feel when you type. I'm talking about your biases and motivations.

*sigh*


I don't have to look in the dictionary for what words mean, because I believe I'm calm

When you can consistently predict major political and economic changes, almost half a decade in advance, despite almost everyone on an entire forum rushing to insult whenever you open your mouth, then I'll start to listen to you.

http://sclegacy.com/forums/showthread.php?14146-Economics

That's what real geopolitical analysis looks like. No emotions involved. I don't babble on about how I want the world to be like you and Squibb do.

broodmywarcraft
02-17-2013, 01:24 PM
Ohhh! A debate on Iran! :D

I'm gonna jump right into the deep end and say that the Iranian Election of 2009 was NOT stolen!

Let the games begin!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEGc5EmOXxc)

Um, is this going to get us locked for being off-topic?

DemolitionSquid
02-17-2013, 01:47 PM
Ohhh! A debate on Iran! :D

I'm gonna jump right into the deep end and say that the Iranian Election of 2009 was NOT stolen!

Let the games begin!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEGc5EmOXxc)

Um, is this going to get us locked for being off-topic?

I haven't seen a thread locked for being off-topic in years. Calm yo tits.

Hawki
02-21-2013, 09:11 PM
Site's been updated again. Few interesting tidbits:

-Apparently the events occur in-universe in/after 2503. Certainly after the Siege of Cask, given how Ayers is commenting on the "recent baneling outbreak."

-Just waiting for Ayers to realize that the "male researcher" was his daughter. And that she's dead. And that the Dominion effectively killed her. Make it happen Blizz!

-Another nod to the HotS short stories, this time, The Teacher.

-My guess is that the next HotS short story will focus on the mutalisk, though the baneling image could suggest it's baneling-centric. Not sure if that's a good idea IMO, as Broken Wide filled in the baneling spotlight for the WoL-era short stories.

Turalyon
02-22-2013, 12:49 AM
[QUOTE=Hawki;186055]the next HotS short story will focus on the mutalisk[QUOTE]

They seem to be focusing on the iconic Zerg units so far so it's a fair bet that we'd get a Mutalisk story (yesss!) next, unless they go for the Ultralisk one first.

Hawki
02-22-2013, 01:03 AM
Probably mutalisk before ultralisk. So far it's been moving up the tech tree, and unless there's a deviation from the one story a week formula, that means we get two more stories before HotS comes out. So yeah, guessing that the mutalisk and ultralisk will feature.

I guess it makes sense in another way-the WoL stories all focused on/featured a SC2 unit, so the HotS ones are going retro because all the new zerg units are (I'm guessing) developed in-universe in the campaign. Or maybe the writers wanted to go back to the classics. Go figure.

Telenil
02-22-2013, 04:37 AM
I guess it makes sense in another way-the WoL stories all focused on/featured a SC2 unit, so the HotS ones are going retro because all the new zerg units are (I'm guessing) developed in-universe in the campaign. Or maybe the writers wanted to go back to the classics. Go figure.Whatever the case, it's an excellent thing. I welcome almost anything that underlines the fact that SC2 is the sequel to Brood War, because in that regard, WoL was sorely lacking. I don't think we would have stupid lines such as "Gods! Who could possibly create a Protoss/Zerg hybrid?" if the writers had seriously considered how their work would tie with Brood War.



-Just waiting for Ayers to realize that the "male researcher" was his daughter. And that she's dead. And that the Dominion effectively killed her. Make it happen Blizz!Yeah, no wonder he likes the way she thinks, he taught her ^^

Ayers is more or less the main character, he considers himself a supporter of the regime and other Dominion scientists say his theory is stupid. We know what this means: what he says is right, he will find out his daughter died because of the Dominion, and he will turn against Arcturus :p

If the Dominion didn't tell him his daughter is dead, that's more nonsense from them. Technically they didn't even kill her. "I'm terribly sorry Mr. Ayers, the battlecruiser on which you daughter traveled suddenly blew up, there were no survivors. We believe it was a sabotage." would be fine and verifiable. They could even throw a few lines about how her heroic actions on the planet gave them precious information about the banelings, cue Dominion flag flying in the wind. Hey, do you think the Dominion would hire me as a propaganda counselor? I think I could help improving their public image and morale in their ranks.
*beat*
But that would be wrong. (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AndThatWouldBeWrong)

Hawki
02-22-2013, 05:09 AM
Ayers is more or less the main character, he considers himself a supporter of the regime and other Dominion scientists say his theory is stupid. We know what this means: what he says is right, he will find out his daughter died because of the Dominion, and he will turn against Arcturus :p

Come to think of it, Talise Cogan is a fairly major character too, in as much that she's had an entry on the site in addition to the twitter feeds. If the project storyline goes until the Second Great War, as far as the Dominion abandoning Ariel, and keeping in mind the Valentine's banter the two had in said twitter feeds...

...well, it would be a better love story than Twilight I guess.


Hey, do you think the Dominion would hire me as a propaganda counselor? I think I could help improving their public image and morale in their ranks.

Send in your resume. Holographic format only. I expect at least three references. Umojan and Kel-Morian ones don't count.

Telenil
02-22-2013, 07:53 AM
I was discussing with Turalyon on the Teacher thread, and suddenly realized that if Project Blackstone happens shortly after Project Tamed, as the last log seems to imply, Loew's betrayal could very well explain why the members of Blackstone are treated so poorly. Canceling a party just because someone complained is needlessly severe, but Loew killed dozens of people with little warning other than expressing doubts about her orders. I can imagine a dictatorship entering paranoid mode for the next few months and creating absurd rules until they calm down.
It's still stupid to mistreat your top scientists, but in that context, it would be more understandable.


Send in your resume. Holographic format only. I expect at least three references. Umojan and Kel-Morian ones don't count.Well, I worked with the guy who built Augustgrad in Mass Recall, the remake of the Starcraft 1 campaign. I also oversaw the use of propaganda billboards in the final Zerg campaign, notably replacing "The Dominion keeps you safe" with "Obedience is safety" when the posters were to be seen in non-civilian areas. I also worked a bit on the cutscene showing a pro-Dominion riot during the Liberation of Korhal, to make it more dynamic and interesting for the viewer. Does that count?

Kimera757
02-24-2013, 06:05 PM
It's been updated, with a long post by Ayers.

Visions of Khas
02-25-2013, 11:04 AM
Ayer's "Singing Cells" theory reminds me of Rupert Sheldrake's theory of morphic fields. I wonder if it might be a combination of this and higher breeds having a direct influence on genetics.

Hawki
02-25-2013, 11:33 PM
I was discussing with Turalyon on the Teacher thread, and suddenly realized that if Project Blackstone happens shortly after Project Tamed, as the last log seems to imply, Loew's betrayal could very well explain why the members of Blackstone are treated so poorly. Canceling a party just because someone complained is needlessly severe, but Loew killed dozens of people with little warning other than expressing doubts about her orders. I can imagine a dictatorship entering paranoid mode for the next few months and creating absurd rules until they calm down.

Project Tamed seems to occur storywise during Project Blackstone. By crossreferencing the tweet dates with the "yesterday was Thursday" line, and by cross-referencing the dates of 2013 with 2503 and 2504, worked out that the events occur in January/February 2504, with the tweet dates corresponding to the ones in said months. Does mean that Ayers thought Valentine's Day was on Feb. 15th rather than the 14th though...

The problem with the security notion is that Blackstone's paranoia was there from the start. Still, with SGW looming, guess Mengsk has more cause to be worried.


Well, I worked with the guy who built Augustgrad in Mass Recall, the remake of the Starcraft 1 campaign. I also oversaw the use of propaganda billboards in the final Zerg campaign, notably replacing "The Dominion keeps you safe" with "Obedience is safety" when the posters were to be seen in non-civilian areas. I also worked a bit on the cutscene showing a pro-Dominion riot during the Liberation of Korhal, to make it more dynamic and interesting for the viewer. Does that count?

I'm sorry, but the position has already been filled. However, we will keep your resume in our database should we feel the need to contact you again.:p

Hawki
02-28-2013, 11:31 PM
Site's been updated again. This time a conversation between Ayers and Cogan. Tying in with Frenzy, the project's moved on to mutalisk research.

And a certain professor named Jake Ramsey has joined their ranks...:eek:

TheEconomist
03-01-2013, 01:18 AM
And a certain professor named Jake Ramsey has joined their ranks...

Oooh, my buddy Ramsey. The last new character I liked.

What'd they do to the poor bastard?

Hawki
03-01-2013, 06:14 AM
https://twitter.com/JakeJRamsey

And Jake's now got a twitter account too. I...

Mary Mother of God, Jake, what happened to you?!:eek:

TheEconomist
03-01-2013, 09:46 AM
ycBaekoA-zg

Once more, with feeling!

broodmywarcraft
03-01-2013, 12:37 PM
ycBaekoA-zg

Once more, with feeling!

Aw Yeah... :D ... :/ ... :'(

TheEconomist
03-01-2013, 04:29 PM
That'll be my reaction on release day probably. Can't help but hope and get excited, even though .. I know ...

broodmywarcraft
03-01-2013, 06:20 PM
That'll be my reaction on release day probably. Can't help but hope and get excited, even though .. I know ...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O1hM-k3aUY

Freespace
03-01-2013, 09:01 PM
Jake Ramsey! :D This has piqued my attention.

Alar
03-02-2013, 05:24 AM
I have my doubts, my fears, my worries... but I'm still looking forward to this game. Give it a chance at least, guys! Q_Q

TheEconomist
03-02-2013, 11:05 AM
We are giving it a chance. I don't know anyone who's posting here who isn't giving it a chance.

No need to get defensive on behalf of a multi-billion dollar corporation's thought child.

DemolitionSquid
03-02-2013, 11:08 AM
Give it a chance at least, guys! Q_Q

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Gradius
03-02-2013, 11:13 AM
Give it a chance at least, guys! Q_Q
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TheEconomist
03-02-2013, 11:18 AM
Get to the CHOPPA before you become the Squibb!

Gradius
03-02-2013, 11:20 AM
Get to the CHOPPA before you become the Squibb!
http://www.starwarscats.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/darth-sidious-cat.jpg

DemolitionSquid
03-02-2013, 11:27 AM
http://i2.cdn.turner.com/dr/hln/www/release/sites/default/files/imagecache/textarticle_640/2012/08/10/mckayladisappointed.jpg

TheEconomist
03-02-2013, 12:29 PM
http://thelaughingstork.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/tommylessjones.jpg

Equiliari
03-02-2013, 02:00 PM
Oh you guys...
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TheEconomist
03-02-2013, 02:48 PM
Once more, with feeling!
http://thelaughingstork.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/tommylessjones.jpg

TcheQuevara
03-04-2013, 03:59 PM
So THAT's what Valerian was talking about in Flashpoint when he said he did something regretable to Jake...

I was already sure Jake was killed or turned into a vegetable despite Val's efforts to keep him alive. Well, seem's daddy's resources are better than the kid's, after all, or that Valerian had to give Jake up to get something more valuable to him...

I bet the nature of the Xel'Naga Phallic Artifact was discovered during Project Blackstone. Hm... HotS will be playable next week. The next Blackstone entry will be probably next week too? So we're going to have more lore revealed after we already played the campaign? I mean, they already have some Zerg units and maybe any number of entries by Jake...

Hawki
03-04-2013, 04:08 PM
Yeah, I've noticed that the no. of empty entry slots is greater than the no. of weeks until HotS. So either the entries will pick up in pace, or we'll get some after the game release. Hopefully some more short stories too.

Concerning Jake, my take on the "regrettable" line was that it was a reference to the events of the DTS, of Valerian taking him prisoner, pursuing him, etc. As for the artifact...yeah, maybe. I'm guessing it might come after HotS's release, of have the entries focus on the zerg until game release, and then maybe focus on the protoss.

And, you know, maybe we'll get some protoss in the short stories as well...:mad:

TcheQuevara
03-05-2013, 01:09 AM
Sorry to disappoint you Hawki... but I think no Protoss this time. The presence of Held and Jake are much more probably hints at something we'll find out during HotS campaign.

Unless you mean, Zerg-focused stories where the protagonists are Protoss. That's be nice. And fresh. In how many ways can the zerg disrupt Terran civilians peaceful lives?

It would be nice if the Ultralisk story was a Templar hunt story... a man can dream.

About the zerg units, what do you think? I think there will be at least three more. Ultras, Queens (the "alpha zerg" they were talking about), Ovies? I think Brood Lords occupy a very uncertain place in lore, I'd like to see some light on them. Corruptors not so much, it is kind of obvious what they do. But BLs... they are just weird, lore-speaking.

And oh, of course. I was forgetting they specifically want to hype the new units... so yeah, I think no BL lore any soon.

Hawki
03-05-2013, 02:13 AM
I'm not expecting protoss-centric stories prior to HotS or immediately afterwards, but it would be nice to see the protoss actually feature in the stories. Maybe they win, maybe they lose, but while Blackstone is a terran project, it doesn't mean they can't learn about protoss mishaps against the zerg as well.

Concerning the remaining stories, I'm expecting at least one more (ultralisk-centric) and at most, three more after that, based on the number of missing entries on the Blackstone site. I'd expect one of them to focus on the queen, but other than that, I don't know. So far the stories have focussed on "retro" strains.

Zoar
03-07-2013, 06:07 PM
another blackstone update this time with Jake Ramsey and apparently a protoss.....

Alar
03-07-2013, 06:13 PM
I'm not sure if I like how open he's being... in a way, I am, because it shows that he is probably (or thinks he is) in a position where he's far less likely than the others to be offed for speaking in a controversial way. I'm not because it adds another tone of, "Lol the Dominion is stupid let's make jokes openly on the news about how incompetant they are!" which I dislike.

Oh, and the fact that he can still hear (and likely telepathically communicate with) Protoss? Fucking awesome.

Hawki
03-07-2013, 07:04 PM
Liked how the conversation panned out personally. Jake does wax lyrical a bit, but he's still a rational person. And Ayers, while pro-Dominion, is still pro-Dominion in an intelligent way. One can argue whether Tassadar's actions at Chau Sara and the like were ethical or not (we know he at least didn't choose a worse alternative, but Ayers doesn't), but it's easy to see where Ayers is coming from.

And Ayers demonstrates his affinity for Earth again as well. Wonder how he felt about the UED.

Telenil
03-08-2013, 05:49 AM
Liked how the conversation panned out personally. Jake does wax lyrical a bit, but he's still a rational person. And Ayers, while pro-Dominion, is still pro-Dominion in an intelligent way. One can argue whether Tassadar's actions at Chau Sara and the like were ethical or not (we know he at least didn't choose a worse alternative, but Ayers doesn't), but it's easy to see where Ayers is coming from.Yeah, this entry was much better than the previous ones. This is the sort of arguments that should be used in Dominion propaganda, rather than the stupid Vermillion line. At least what Ayers says is true, and you can imagine people sharing that view. I hope he won't simply change his mind before the end, it would be kind of a waste.

TcheQuevara
03-10-2013, 04:01 AM
Ok, Hawki. So you post a single line wanting a Protoss short story for the Zerg expansion, and we have too much influence on Blizzard?

I'm loving Jake, but when did he become so confident and outspoken? Including in the tweets... I remember him being so shy, hesitant (in the outiside, at least) and even unpassionate. He sounds like a prophet, anti-socially yelling the truth no one wants to hear. I'm not criticizing, but I wonder if this character development was intentional or not.

But I think a more exagerated personality is a hint that he may be present in the game(s).

Hawki
03-10-2013, 04:28 AM
You can't prove I sparked the story. You can prove nothing!:p

And admittedly it came to bite me in the rear as it stands as my least favourite of the HotS short stories, but hey, beggars can't be choosers.

As for Jake, I noticed his changed personality too. Don't know whether it's intentional or not, but it doesn't really feel out of place, all things considered. However, I strongly doubt he'll appear in HotS. As for LotV...maybe. Certainly has a history with Zeratul at least.

Zoar
03-15-2013, 08:55 AM
yay another post and things are getting sticky....

Visions of Khas
03-15-2013, 11:36 AM
It's a shame that whomever is writing for this blog obviously had no hand in the story or dialog of the game itself. :(

I find myself liking the direction of Ramysey's character, though it obviously bodes ill for his future.

TheEconomist
03-15-2013, 01:12 PM
Anyone seen the behind the scenes of making the game? I can see why the story is going to shit. Too many effeminate Asian men have a hand in the development of the story. Very few Asians are able to make stories I can stomach.

DemolitionSquid
03-15-2013, 02:44 PM
I'm with Tychus on this. If we're goin asian we need Hayao Miyazaki or Mamoru Oshii at the helm.

Honestly though, the best guy for the job: Genndy Tartakovsky. Not asian, but I think I only have to say Samurai Jack, Dexter's Lab, and Star Wars 03-05.

Hawki
03-21-2013, 06:08 PM
Site's been updated again, this time with overlord research, tying in with the latest short story.

Also note that there's been more tweet posts, but Storify seems to have stopped ordering them. They'll have to be read by going to each member's profiles.

Hawki
03-28-2013, 09:08 PM
Site's been updated again. More interesting revelations from the Twitter campaign as well, especially the reveal that Leah is really (spoiler). However, it seems to be going on further. Whatever the project is for, it's well beyond just promoting HotS.

TheEconomist
03-28-2013, 10:02 PM
WarCraft got a digital TCG game.

StarCraft must be getting a digital board game.

Can't wait.

Visions of Khas
03-28-2013, 11:32 PM
I'm looking through the storify entries. Been a while since any new posts in the main thread, but it's interesting following all the individual conversations outside it. I've never used Twitter before, so it's fun trying to get the hang of this. Hawki, regarding Leah; am I missing something, or was her original career choice the only reveal?


StarCraft must be getting a digital board game.


Why do you say that?

Hawki
03-28-2013, 11:48 PM
Storify has stopped for some reason. However, Blizzplanet's pretty much done the same thing (source: https://twitter.com/Blizzplanet/project-blackstone-crew).

Best way to be sure is to look at the twitter profiles individually, but they seem to have everything covered.

Edit: Reveal being that Leah is not only just a (former?) Ghost, but the same character as Winleleah from the Ghost Academy series.

As for what the campaign's leading up to, honestly, by main guess is that it's teasing a StarCraft sourcebook similar to Book of Cain, with the info it gives on zerg organisms and the like being part of said material. It admittedly seems odd to have so much buildup for EU fiction, but BoC got a pretty big release, and was excellently written and well recieved as well.

My other guesses is that it's for a game set in the Ghost sub-series. Obviously Ghost wouldn't be released in its original form and would need a different storyline, but it seems to be set in the general realm of setting fiction it dealt with. On the other hand, Leah's the only Ghost character present in the campaign, and apart from Treicher, the only soldier.

Could be a leadup to the series's 15th anniversary on April 1st, but then again, all the updates have fallen on Thursdays/Fridays (depends what part of the world you're living in), so if it is a buildup for it, it's using an iffy update system. Obviously this installment isn't the last one (unless they're leaving us on a cliffhanger), but...

I dunno. Dayton's outright stated the campaign is for more than HotS, but I admit I'm just spitballing here. Unless Titan is indeed a StarCraft game by some reason, I'm not sure exactly what it can be teasing. Or hey, maybe it is a boardgame. Meh.

Visions of Khas
03-29-2013, 12:06 AM
Well whaddya know, you're right. (http://starcraft.wikia.com/wiki/Winlaleah_Martine) I completely forgot about that background character!

I've been hoping for a sourcebook for a while, but I was let down by Book of Cain. It never revealed anything new, and the hints and clues it contained for Diablo III were already implied in most of the promotional material. The artwork and presentation, however, were excellent.

After Legacy of the Void, I kinda see StarCraft's story -- or lack thereof -- being trashed utterly by way of an MMO.

Kaiser
03-29-2013, 04:28 AM
Curiousity has me wondering what this Project is about but hopefully it ends up being something good, StarCraft: Ghost maybe? 15th Anniversary surprise? Who knows, I just hope it's good.

Telenil
03-29-2013, 07:23 AM
Very subtle Mr Ramsey:
"He has uncovered something that may have relevance to your family.
- What the hell are you talking about?
- We shouldn't discuss it any further here: these lines are often monitored. Meet me in the commissary in an hour. It's about your daughter, Talen."
That's about the most suspicious way he could have phrased it, and if the line ismonitored, it is already enough for the viewer to suspect that Ayers' daughter may have died in suspicious circumstances.

Hawki
03-29-2013, 10:32 PM
Except we saw Maren die in Broken Wide. It'll be news for Talen, but not for the audience. Unless she survived somehow, in which case, I call bullshit.

Alar
03-30-2013, 01:24 AM
Recently posted on Facebook was, 'Cloaking on a Warhound? You're crazy, Red!' with a link to the latest Blackstone blurb. That said, WOULD that have made the Warhound more interesting? Imagine toning down its HP and armor, possibly its range as well, and slapping cloak on it. All of a sudden you have a Factory Assassin. In this case, meant to get around more heavily entrenched positions to pick off siege defenders... I'd imagine that an expensive 300/300 upgrade to give it a couple seconds of being 'detection proof' would make it rather interesting.

What do you think?

DemolitionSquid
03-30-2013, 12:58 PM
Recently posted on Facebook was, 'Cloaking on a Warhound? You're crazy, Red!' with a link to the latest Blackstone blurb. That said, WOULD that have made the Warhound more interesting? Imagine toning down its HP and armor, possibly its range as well, and slapping cloak on it. All of a sudden you have a Factory Assassin. In this case, meant to get around more heavily entrenched positions to pick off siege defenders... I'd imagine that an expensive 300/300 upgrade to give it a couple seconds of being 'detection proof' would make it rather interesting.

What do you think?

A cheaper and weaker yet cloaked Warhound would be about as powerful as a Banshee already is, but lacking flight would be less effective unless it was obtained earlier in tech. The problem there, however, is we've already seen the problems of the cloaked Widow Mine early game. I'm just not convinced the Terran need whats essentially a DT when they already have 3 other Cloaking units.

TcheQuevara
03-30-2013, 05:31 PM
The overlord anatomy entry was the first "science fiction" one in my opinion.

It actually revealed something we didn't know before about the Swarm, and it also confirms that Kerrigan, though "mind raped", in her own words, by the Overmind, wasn't a totally different being as the QoB.

Hawki
04-04-2013, 04:44 PM
Site's been updated again, this time with Ayers and Quinton discussing infested terrans and their location.

And not a mention of Maren to be found. Curses!:mad:

Visions of Khas
04-04-2013, 06:04 PM
Site's been updated again, this time with Ayers and Quinton discussing infested terrans and their location.

Dude, whomever is writing this needs to be in on the story and dialog scripting for LotV. I love this banter. =]

Hawki
04-11-2013, 04:55 PM
Site's been updated again. Apparently the events of the viral campaign happen post-WoL. However, well, events seem to be coming to a head. Rothfuss's allegiance is hinted at, he wants the project destroyed, thinks Jake can help them, etc. Oh, and Talen finally gets around to asking about Maren. I can only assume it's going to go along the lines of "thanks for the help doctor Ayers. BTW, your daughter actually died a year ago, sorry to get your hopes up."

And if Rothfuss isn't with the UP or KMC, what faction is he part of, if at all? Considering his advanced technology and the like, I can't help but wonder if he's another shapeshifter. Probably not, but hey, just spitballing.

Visions of Khas
04-11-2013, 06:21 PM
On Dr Rothfuss, I... tend to think he's UED. The UED have the "best intentions in mind" for humanity at large, and referenced Old Earth's Paris, hoping to elicit a response from Talen Ayers. His coding prowess is also beyond that of coders of the Koprulu Sector, and makes a direct mention of the ATLAS and how modern day adjutants are derived from its programming, which in itself is an interesting factoid.

Hawki
04-11-2013, 07:45 PM
That's not a bad idea actually. The Paris terminology didn't go unnoticed by me either - Ayers is pretty much the exception rather than the rule when it comes to Old Earth linguo, so maybe Rothfuss is another exception, just not for the reasons I thought. Him being UED would also explain his advanced grasp on technology.

Kaiser
04-11-2013, 09:30 PM
So, what does everything think this "Project Blackstone" is or might be?

Hawki
04-11-2013, 09:48 PM
My primary guess is still on a sourcebook akin to Book of Cain. I can't see it being a game - Blizzard's working on six already, I don't see Ghost being resurrected anytime soon in that context. So apart from a game, a sourcebook is the only thing I can think of that would warrant this level of marketing.

Or could be a movie I guess, but I doubt it.

Visions of Khas
04-11-2013, 10:41 PM
Or could be a movie I guess, but I doubt it.

Doubtful. They're concentrating a little more on the Warcraft movie at this point (http://io9.com/5980552/duncan-jones-will-direct-a-world-of-warcraft-movie-starring-johnny-depp).

Hawki
04-11-2013, 11:32 PM
Yeah, except the WoW movie is live-action. The type of movie I could see it advertising would be animated and small scale. Kind of like the Diablo film Wrath, which also had a bit of PR leading up to it.

Hawki
04-12-2013, 02:52 AM
On Dr Rothfuss, I... tend to think he's UED. The UED have the "best intentions in mind" for humanity at large, and referenced Old Earth's Paris, hoping to elicit a response from Talen Ayers. His coding prowess is also beyond that of coders of the Koprulu Sector, and makes a direct mention of the ATLAS and how modern day adjutants are derived from its programming, which in itself is an interesting factoid.

Maybe something spotted earlier, but glancing at the text, there's some interesting choice of words:

"Helek Branamoor and his puppet master, Arcturus Mengsk, are not working for the betterment of our species as a whole—or of you specifically."

"You" as in Talen? Presumably, but it goes on:

"Significant portions of the original ATLAS coding and functionality still exist in your adjutants."

"the more exciting horizons of extrasolar planets and xenoscience have been within your grasp."

Rothfuss never refers to himself as being part of the terran whole. Maybe the "your" distinction only applies to the Dominion, but if we take him at his word that he's not with the UP or KMC, then that really only leaves the UED as a faction that would consider itself truly apart.

Or is he something else?:eek:

Visions of Khas
04-12-2013, 03:23 PM
Or is he something else?

Since we haven't been presented with any factions that seem especially pro-terran, I'm inclined to think it's the UED -- or at least not another Xel'Naga-affiliated faction, like some parallel to the Dark Voice and Narud.


"You" as in Talen? Presumably, but it goes on:

Talen's family has been targeted by the Dominion, so his comment makes sense.

Hawki
04-15-2013, 06:30 PM
Just been going over Broken Wide again. It's natural to assume that the battlecruiser Maren's on is the Emperor's Fury, but I don't think it's ever mentioned in the text itself. Maybe the EF was destroyed by something else and just happened to have a recording. Maybe we were thrown a curve ball.

Well played, Mr Dayton. Well played...

Kaiser
04-15-2013, 10:55 PM
So "Project Blackstone" is UED based then? Did they have a strong presence in anything related to StarCraft Ghost? I can't remember if they did or not.

Hawki
04-16-2013, 12:23 AM
No, it's Dominion. It's just that suspicions are up that Rothfuss is a UED agent.

As for Ghost, there was a UED remnant force on Abaddon (one of the planets in the game), but there was never any confirmation that Nova would fight them (on Abaddon to deal with the KLF forces there).

Hawki
04-18-2013, 04:42 PM
Site's been updated again.

So, is Hanson really dead? Is Haven's Fall A-canon now? Was she killed by the Dominion regardless? Is Cogan operating on false information? Or is she "dead" to her in a metaphorical sense?

Visions of Khas
04-18-2013, 08:06 PM
In the recent entry Talise Cogan refers to the Roach as the "Alpha organism". Does that refer to the Roach as a whole, as opposed to the various genetic cell systems composing it which effectively make it a chimera (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimera_(genetics))?

Also, in a way I'm kind of sad to learn not only of Talise's relationship to Ariel Hanson (I know the material was out there, but I just never made the connection) but also that Ariel died. I don't think this necessarily means that Ariel's colonists were killed at Haven; she may have been assassinated by the Dominion after the events of WoL. I want this to be true, since that would mean all our efforts to save the Agrians were ultimately worthless.

Hawki
04-18-2013, 08:22 PM
The alpha organism isn't the roach, it's the one that dictated its biology:

"And I believe that if this ability is derived from the constant breakdown of the roach's own modified pharynx due to the passage of acid, then the lack of insulating mucosal lining there may be seen as a deliberate effort on the part of the Alpha organism."

As for Hanson though, are we sure that she died? Maybe I'm over overcomplicating things, but let's look at the aspects:

Fact: Hanson gets to Haven (established by now that every WoL mission that could be played was played with the exception of the Castanar one)

Option 1: Hanson is killed through infestation and Raynor (b-canon, but the a-canon's never been directly referenced)

Option 2: Hanson lives on Agria after it's saved from the protoss.

So, if it's option 1, then Hanson's indeed dead, along with many other citizens. Cogan can kind of blame the Dominion for that, for not evacuating the Agrians which sparks a chain of events that leads to Haven, but she'd have just as much reason to hate Raynor for firing the killing shot, or for Selendis for forcing Raynor's hand.

If it's option 2, how/why is she dead, if at all? Assuming the Dominion kills her, I ask, why? If Mengsk is aware of the connection between Cogan and Hanson, and wants Cogan to keep working on PB, then it would make more sense to keep her alive and play the card of "keep working or your daughter dies." Maybe she died in an accident, which raises the question of why the Dominion would even bother with Haven. Yes, it's used heavy handed tactics before, even wiping out whole colonies (e.g. Bhekar Ro...though that could be more a poke at Shadow of the Xel'naga more than anything), but is Haven really that important when the zerg are pressing in on you?

And then there's Rothfuss himself. We don't know what he told Cogan, we, the viewer, only have his word of the evidence he cites. He implies Maren is still alive when the implication is that she killed herself at the end of Broken Wide. I've started to think think that maybe she didn't, but then he goes and tells Cogan that Hanson is dead. So is Rothfuss reliable? Maybe Maren's dead and Hanson's still alive, and he's twisting the truth at both ends to get Cogan and Talen to do what he wants? Such lies would also fit in with option 1 from above, pinning Hanson's actual death on the Dominion somehow.

...Head hurts...:confused:

Hawki
04-18-2013, 11:16 PM
https://twitter.com/Blizzplanet/project-blackstone-crew

So, the tweets have been released as well. Turns out the trail ends at Meinhoff, and Cogan is assuming Hanson is dead. Um...yay?

Visions of Khas
04-19-2013, 11:27 AM
...Head hurts...

Hey, I don't want to hear that. This Blackstone storyline we have going is by far the best we've got out of StarCraft II material so far. In my opinion.

As for Hanson... =[

The colonists gathered at the planet Meinhoff, where they were infected with what appears to be a form of zerg spore.... The Raiders were forced to eliminate the colony. Dominion records end there - no further mention of Ariel Hanson was made.
I'm enjoying Talen's story. Everything that happens is clearly meant to change his perspective on the Dominion and become more open-minded. That, or he'll close down completely and just become embittered.

Gradius
04-19-2013, 12:20 PM
Nothing about Hanson is changed. She and her colony disappeared off the radar because they want to be left alone by the Dominion. Both choices are still valid. Too bad, I hope they someday retcon the A choice, and make B canon.

Visions of Khas
04-19-2013, 02:08 PM
EDIT Nevermind, I just realized something.

Hawki
04-19-2013, 05:41 PM
Hey, I don't want to hear that. This Blackstone storyline we have going is by far the best we've got out of StarCraft II material so far. In my opinion.

I meant "head hurts" in a good manner, as in, the storyline's got me guessing, and it isn't obvious where it's going to go. Okay, maybe I can guess that it'll end either badly for the project or badly for the characters, but still the questions remain - is Rothfuss UED? Is Maren somehow alive? Will Jake and Leah become an item?

...okay, maybe that last question isn't too pressing, but point is, I think it's been well carried out. It's got me invested, both due to the nature of the characters, and how it's steadily answering and raising questions over time.


I'm enjoying Talen's story. Everything that happens is clearly meant to change his perspective on the Dominion and become more open-minded. That, or he'll close down completely and just become embittered.

Yeah, ditto. I guess if I had to name a single protagonist of the campaign it would be him. I think he's well handled, how while he's a Dominion patriot, he's the "smart" kind of patriot, being intelligent about it rather than blindly following his allegiance and not being purturbed by anything. The latest conversation between him and Rothfuss is another example of good character development IMO - it's an example of "less is more" or a good word economy depending on which terminology you use. As glad as I am SC2 moved away from talking heads and used its cinematics in a "show, don't tell" manner (e.g. when Raynor looks at Kerrigan's photo, or when Kerrigan confronts Warfield), PB shows that talking heads still have a role to play.

Or maybe Facebook did it.:p

Turalyon
04-19-2013, 11:06 PM
Too bad, I hope they someday retcon the A choice, and make B canon.

Where there's a will, there'll be a way... unless, it's revealed later that there wasn't any will to begin with. ;)

It's a pretty sad state of affairs if one has to hope for is a retcon, as if that's something to be implicitly expected from the story now. *Sigh*

vIsitor
04-19-2013, 11:39 PM
On Dr Rothfuss, I... tend to think he's UED. The UED have the "best intentions in mind" for humanity at large, and referenced Old Earth's Paris, hoping to elicit a response from Talen Ayers. His coding prowess is also beyond that of coders of the Koprulu Sector, and makes a direct mention of the ATLAS and how modern day adjutants are derived from its programming, which in itself is an interesting factoid.

If Rothfuss is indeed UED, as is suspected, then his comments about ATLAS and the Adjutants might suggest that Earth has made strides in the fields of encryption, machine language, and artificial intelligence where the Koprulu Terrans have been content to let further development lay fallow as they pursued other horizons. Makes me wonder how else Earth's science and technology might have developed differently.

Come to think of it, this wouldn't be the first time that the UED has shown extreme competence in digital cryptography: anyone else remember how effortlessly the Expeditionary Fleet's Tac Teams decoded the Dominion Security Datalink and gained access to 'Mengsk's most guarded files'?

Hawki
04-19-2013, 11:58 PM
It would make sense. The UED easily gained access to Dominion info whereas in HotS, apparently it's something that the average terran can't do easily.

Then again, one can expect the UED to be more advanced in pretty much all fields, not just in the ones above.

vIsitor
04-20-2013, 03:19 PM
I just ran across an alternative – and extremely unlikely – theory as to precisely who Daniel Rothfuss is, and it's so wonderfully outrageous and insane that I felt compelled to share:

Dr. Daneil Rothfuss (http://starcraft.wikia.com/wiki/Daniel_Rothfuss)
Dr. Doran Routhe (http://starcraft.wikia.com/wiki/Doran_Routhe)

Now, dev comments stating that Doran Routhe died in obscurity would seemingly put the kibosh on that, although in the same breath they also said that he was rumored to be working on some unspecified new secret project.

The Project Blackstone writing staff have been pretty heavy-handed in their foreshadowing that Rothfuss is from Earth, and the obvious conclusion that everyone seems to be drawing is that he's UED. The notion that we're being deliberately misled to set up the real shocking reveal later has a strange sort of appeal, although it's not a bet I'd put money on.

Hawki
04-20-2013, 05:53 PM
I wouldn't really call the hinting heavy handed - it's been quite subtle IMO, and speaking for myself, I doubt I'd have picked up on it if VoK hadn't done it as well.

As for Routhe-Rothfuss...huh. It's an interesting idea, but it's part of a wider issue. It's linked to the following questions:

-Is Routhe also Samir Duran? Is Routhe also Rothfuss? Is Duran also Narud? Basically, if Rothfuss is a shapeshifter too, how many shapeshifters does Amon have running around? If Rothfuss is one seemingly more than one, because it would require quite a bit of leeway for a singular shapeshifter to act as both Narud and Rothfuss in the same timeframe.

-If Rothfuss is Routhe somehow, why would he help the UED? Routhe had every reason to hate the UPL. Chances are that loathing could carry on to the UED.

-Personally suspected that Routhe is the same individual as Duran, who intentionally sent the terrans into the K-sector so he could have a sapient species that could easily fulfill his ends through manipulation (e.g. the Dominion's hybrid program). So, does Duran = Narud and not Rothfuss? Or does Duran = Rothfuss and not Narud?

Anyway, nice idea. Could be valid, though right now I'm still inclined to believe that Rothfuss is a normal UED human.

Visions of Khas
04-25-2013, 10:31 PM
A new entry by Talen, though it is brief and unconnected to the new short story Lens of the Void.

Hawki
05-02-2013, 05:17 PM
Site's been updated again.

If I had to guess, the radio silence from Korhal is due to Kerrigan's invasion. Would guess that the web series will wrap up soon.

Nice further developments on the tweets as well. LeahxJake better than DahlxJake, and if anyone disagrees, my ship is ready for combat.:o

vIsitor
05-02-2013, 10:40 PM
I wouldn't really call the hinting heavy handed - it's been quite subtle IMO, and speaking for myself, I doubt I'd have picked up on it if VoK hadn't done it as well.

That depends on how you define subtle. Personally, I feel that the narrative has gone out of its way to draw attention to the fact that something isn't quite kosher with the project's resident astrophysicist.


-Is Routhe also Samir Duran? Is Routhe also Rothfuss? Is Duran also Narud? Basically, if Rothfuss is a shapeshifter too, how many shapeshifters does Amon have running around? If Rothfuss is one seemingly more than one, because it would require quite a bit of leeway for a singular shapeshifter to act as both Narud and Rothfuss in the same timeframe.

-Personally suspected that Routhe is the same individual as Duran, who intentionally sent the terrans into the K-sector so he could have a sapient species that could easily fulfill his ends through manipulation (e.g. the Dominion's hybrid program). So, does Duran = Narud and not Rothfuss? Or does Duran = Rothfuss and not Narud?

I wouldn't dare to say that a connection between Samir Duran and Doran Routhe is any less plausible than a connection between Doran Routhe and Daniel Rothfuss, but it could also just be a coincidence.


-If Rothfuss is Routhe somehow, why would he help the UED? Routhe had every reason to hate the UPL. Chances are that loathing could carry on to the UED.

I should note here that there is no direct evidence indicating that Rothfuss is UED, only circumstantial evidence that he is from Earth and his word that he is working for the benefit of humanity as a whole. While this would seemingly indicate that he is UED this is not necessarily so; what is in humanity's best interest is a matter of perspective.

That is the sort of distinction that I, personally, would classify as 'subtle'.


Anyway, nice idea. Could be valid, though right now I'm still inclined to believe that Rothfuss is a normal UED human.

Likewise. I don't consider the Doran Routhe theory to be a particularly likely one, but it's interesting to speculate on the implications of it being accurate nonetheless. It's a wonderfully crazy tinfoil-hat theory if there ever was one.

Visions of Khas
05-02-2013, 11:22 PM
I'm reviewing some of the tweets, and it's incredible the amount of detail that's going into this. I've only now realized that they've been hinting at the ration shortage for a long time now, according to the Adjutant's account (https://twitter.com/Adjutant3327).

vIsitor
05-03-2013, 11:35 PM
I'm reviewing some of the tweets, and it's incredible the amount of detail that's going into this. I've only now realized that they've been hinting at the ration shortage for a long time now, according to the Adjutant's account (https://twitter.com/Adjutant3327).

Now, if only Blizzard would put as much thought and effort into their storytelling when making their games.

Hawki
05-08-2013, 05:41 PM
Bit of an early post, but work will make it hard for me to blurb on about latest PB and short story updates tomorrow. Still, twitter campaign's reached an interesting stage. A...very...interesting stage. The type of stage that makes me think of 'stones' that aren't black. The type of stage that makes me think of 'sticks' that aren't made of wood, and are only straight some of the time. The type of thing that makes me yell at the screen, shouting "kiss her you fool!":o

https://twitter.com/Blizzplanet/project-blackstone-crew

Visions of Khas
05-09-2013, 09:47 AM
Seems as though that Twitter site's been taken down. =[

Hawki
05-09-2013, 04:41 PM
https://twitter.com/sgehtnephewj/project-blackstone

Posted a link to a replacement feed, got as much detail.

Oh, and the site's been updated again. I...won't spoil it for anyone. Not yet.:eek:

Hawki
05-10-2013, 12:55 AM
So, final thoughts:

-Campaign will end soon. My guess is that it will end on May 23rd, in that each update is on a Thursday. The way the short stories are organized on the site, how they've been arranged into columns, suggests that there will be two more short stories as well. And Cameron Dayton on his twitter account stated that he's just started editing the final chapters.

-This may be wishful thinking, but I've noticed something else. Assuming it ends on May 23rd. The new Xbox console (called 720 for ease of language here) will be revealed on May 21st. Blizzard's already returned to the console market with Diablo III for PS3/4. It's safe to assume that the 360 and/or 720 will recieve the same courtesy.

-Ghost was slated for a console release. Blackstone has dipped into the nitty gritty of the Dominion the game was to feature. Project Blackstone is, in some ways, the equivalent of Project Shadowblade.

-Titan rumours are left, right, and centre, but among them is that the "new IP" is not entirely true, and that it's rather a sub-IP of a pre-existing series. If Titan is bound for consoles, then the event may be the time to do it. That, or E3. Ghost is effectively its own sub-series already.

-Blackstone has extended outside the storyline of HotS. The supply problems and Korhal's radio silence indicate that it's well after Korhal's fall, leaving a potential power vacuum. Many MMOs operate the same way in principle, where a power vacuum or cold war of sorts allows individuals to thrive. Post-HotS, the K-sector is arguably in that kind of scenario.

-Or I'm just spitballing. But PB has to be promoting something. I have no doubt it'll end on May 23rd right now. That a new console is being announced at the same time may not be a coincidence...

Kaiser
05-10-2013, 12:58 AM
The new Xbox console is called Xbox Infinity.

Visions of Khas
05-10-2013, 07:40 AM
The new Xbox console is called Xbox Infinity.

I still say:

https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/7380632576/h4FBD3D82/


Regarding Blackstone:

It's been a long time since anything StarCraft related gave me a chill or made me excited, but this storyline has me pumped. I think a lot of it is due to the fact that I have characters in danger that I actually care about. A part of me is thinking, "This is it for Jake;" and that Talen's learned so much from his ordeals, and is now about to bite the big one. But what makes a story important is a firm beginning, middle, and definite end. And I guess this is it. :)

Hawki
05-10-2013, 11:23 PM
In light of the above post, it just made me realize that if one entertains the idea of a 'death quota'/percentage, then the campaign has yet to meet any of it. But some more thoughts, partly in light of said post:

-I now abandon all possibility of Rothfuss being a shapeshifter. He's been bound by a wheelchair before, but now he needed to be put back in it to escape the zerg. Either he's taking the facade to the extreme or he's a bona fide cripple. And if so, if he's indeed UED, then clearly Earth isn't all it's cracked up to be if it can't fix paraplegia.

-I'll entertain the notion that some of the characters will die over the last few chapters. Held's as good as dead. Cogan seems like the prime candidate to cork it, if she hasn't already. I doubt Jake will die though. He's a fairly major character in his own sphere of influence and seems to be generally well liked by fans. It seems a bit unceremonious to kill him off in a viral campaign. Then again, if he does die, Richard Knaak may get to see justice served for Golden's killing of Krasus and Rhonin.

-Of the remaining protagonists, Leah is the one that seems most likely to die. She's had something of a character arc, and you get more emotional impact killing off developed characters as opposed to those who haven't been developed as much. I personally suspect Talen will make it. He's effectively been the main protagonist, and the issue of Maren doesn't seem likely to be solved in the campaign itself unless she's indeed dead or something.

-Or maybe they all die, because bar outside help, I don't see them getting out of it. Indeed, with them having barracided the doors, the zerglings outside...a certain scene from Aliens springs to mind.:eek:

Hawki
05-16-2013, 04:32 AM
https://twitter.com/CameronDayton/project-blackstone

...

...

...OMG.



-Leah, you traitorous little bitch. Or, maybe not. Maybe something compelled her to leave, but I can't imagine what. And I have to wonder, maybe at the end of the day, she's still a Ghost, albeit not serving the Dominion. Certainly she's expressed discontent at the Ghost Program before.

-Lol for the adjutant's grammar segment. Oh, and "I'm sorry Dan, I cannot let you do that" = Best. Reference. Ever.

-More evidence that Rothfuss is UED...sort of. What with the whole walkie-talkie thing and complaining about primitive computer systems.

-And Red...oh Red...I never thought the alcohol arc would be brought up. You saved them all with your moonshine, even if it cost you your own life. I...sniff...Held will pay...:(

-It seems that my prediction for two more installments is still likely to come true. Guessing the next site update will deal with a log of the past events. Next segment will deal with Treicher putting her last bullet through Held's eyes. Though that still leaves questions to be answered - where's Cogan? Why has Korhal gone silent? Is Maren still alive? What's the motivation behind Leah's actions? Is the last protoss Jake sensed still alive, and how will (s)he react to the people who imprisoned him/her? We may get all the answers, but either way, Leah's still out there. I can't see her being brought to account in the scope of the campaign itself.

All in all, very good stuff.

Visions of Khas
05-16-2013, 10:20 AM
I absolutely love the mix of humor, action, science and humanity in this series. :)

EDIT So there appears to be one living protoss left, if Dr Held hasn't completed his research. I wonder if this character might be brought into LotV as a character with strong anti-terran sentiments?

Hawki
05-16-2013, 08:21 PM
So, the site's been updated again. Some thoughts:

-So, the Twitter of the 26th century is called CHIRP. Heh. It's good to know the terrans haven't forgotten their roots.

-Seems I was right in guessing that Talen's log would cover the basics of the tweet. Seems Doctor Ayers has a good memory given how he even quotes tweets verbatim.

-Might have been in the tweets but if so, I missed it. The way Jake mentions "she let me in," and "I don't think I understood her power." Maybe there never really was a romance. Maybe Leah was using her psionics to use Jake. While LeahxJake is something I'd ship more than JakexDahl (that's right, I brought shipping into this), it kind of makes sense. Jake's loyal to Dahl right up to the point where he and Leah engage in...um...'bunkering down.'

Bad puns aside, it also explains Jake's earlier dizzy spells. I've seen the theory that it was one of the protoss doing it, but maybe Leah was the culprit.

-Heh at the "poor computer" line. I dunno, even the adjutant's become a character to me at this point. Or maybe being a grammar Nazi and quoting Space Odyssey is the reason.

-So, Kaon merged with Held's mind? Is Kaon therefore the ultimate cause behind his actions? Or is "merged" a reference to Kaon tearing Held apart with psionics? Writing's a bit unclear. Oh well. At least Talise is back.

-So, what now? Well, I'm still inclined to believe that next week will indeed be the last. Either they'll be rescued or not, but that still leaves the issues of Leah, Maren, and Rothfuss's true allegiance. I'm wondering though, maybe PB is also meant to tie in with LotV in addition to HotS. When it first started it was very zerg-centric, how numerous entries were dedicated to zerg physiology. Now it's far more plot and event centred. I'm hardly complaining - I think it's a good story development, but it does signal a shift in tone that could harken to LotV. And with Kaon present, surrounded by terrans who partook in experimentation on him and his kind, things could get...interesting.

All in all, good stuff.

Edit: In regards to VoK's post, yeah, that's an interesting idea. Maybe I'm reading too deeply into this, but does "strong religious fervour" equal Tal'darim? Yes, I know I'm flogging a dead horse, and even non-Tal'darim protoss can be fanatical, but still...come on, give me a bone.:o

Visions of Khas
05-16-2013, 09:24 PM
Regarding CHIRPS, I'd just like to point out that it stands for Classified Hypernet Interpersonal Relay Protocol System. :D

Hawki
05-16-2013, 11:02 PM
Is that mentioned somewhere? Or just a guess?

BTW, Dayton referred to PB as "season 1" in his twitter account (source: https://twitter.com/CameronDayton/status/335178516964470784), which introduces some interesting possibilities. Would season 2 be a continuation of the storyline? Or are Warcraft, Diablo, and/or Titan going to get similar treatment?

Either way, if there is indeed a season 2 of some kind, expect to hear a lot of squeeing.:D

Visions of Khas
05-17-2013, 08:25 AM
Watch the scroll on the bottom-right corner. It's the credits for the project but done in an "in-universe" style. For example, artwork by Mr Jack is attributed as "_Xeno-Imaging: Mr Jack".

vIsitor
05-18-2013, 03:54 PM
-I now abandon all possibility of Rothfuss being a shapeshifter. He's been bound by a wheelchair before, but now he needed to be put back in it to escape the zerg. Either he's taking the facade to the extreme or he's a bona fide cripple. And if so, if he's indeed UED, then clearly Earth isn't all it's cracked up to be if it can't fix paraplegia.


From what I recall from the SC1 Manual, the UPL was rather strictly anti-transhumanist. Their supposed 'divinity of mankind' dogma called for the immediate eradication of any and all non-vital prosthetics or mutations in the human genepool, and hardline proponents of the philosophy argued that genetic alteration, cybernetics, and psychoactive drugs likewise degraded the human species. Any radical new technology that was perceived as potentially 'corrupting' to their vision of a 'pure' humanity was automatically suspect.

So it doesn't really surprise me then that Earth's medical technology might have stagnated, even as the UPL revitalized research and development in other, long-dormant fields (particularly space exploration).

Of course, that does make the UED's highly-advanced field medics a bit of a potential plothole...

Hawki
05-21-2013, 08:09 PM
Maybe Rothfuss was only crippled after/during the Brood War, and was left without the means to have his paraplegia fixed?

Since I'm writing, I may as well admit that yes, I was completely wrong about PB being Titan, that the last week of the campaign was tied with the announcement of the Xbox One. And after said announcement...well, quite frankly, the Internet is venting my spleen for me.:(

Hopefully the PB ending will make up for it.

Visions of Khas
05-21-2013, 09:14 PM
And just what has the internet been saying about the Sexbox One?

Hawki
05-21-2013, 09:23 PM
Nothing good. And looking at the facts, I can't blame them.:(

Anyway, it's done. No use fretting. Trust me, I'm not trying to ignite a new battlefield for the console wars and I don't want to derail the topic.

unknownone
05-22-2013, 05:02 PM
Wow, there is a new update on the Project Blackstone website, a letter from the new Emperor. I enjoyed very much the twist and the new approach of Valerian. We are coming near the conclusion of the tale, I suppose.

Hawki
05-22-2013, 05:58 PM
Sniff...oh Val...I knew you could do it.:o

But in all fairness, I like the implications. Valerian may be head of the Dominion, but going by his words, not everyone in the Dominion is happy about it. And while he's a step-up from Mengsk, that he wants PB to continue says a lot (would that lead to season 2, as hinted by Dayton?) - he can do the wrong thing for the right reasons.

Oh, and kinda stating the obvious, but it seems I was right about the radio silence from Korhal signaling the end of HotS. Kinda minor, but it'll save me a lot of wiki editing in terms of the timeline.:D

Visions of Khas
05-22-2013, 06:13 PM
Can't wait to see Jake's response to this.

Hawki
05-22-2013, 06:19 PM
Valerian: "Jake! How are you?!"

Jake: "Not good."

Valerian: "I'm sorry, but-"

Jake: "No Valerian! I'm not good! I've been here for months! I've had headaches, I've nearly been killed by zerg...again! I help you, I end up here, oh, and the only woman who extended a hand, the only woman I ever cared about, just took off!"

Val: "...only woman?"

Jake: "Um...yeah? Why?"

Valerian: "Well, Rosemary's on the line too, and I...um..."

Jake: "...the zerglings should have killed me."

Or something. Maybe we'll get something in the tweets.

TheEconomist
05-22-2013, 10:26 PM
Regarding Xbox:

It's the third, but it's One.

Yep. That's about the sum of it.

Hawki
05-23-2013, 01:50 AM
"There can be only one!"

...well, someone deserves a decapitation after naming the console "Xbox One.":rolleyes:

Sheliek
05-23-2013, 03:53 AM
Kurzweil-class? Now I have a proper name for each of the two science vessel units in my campaign, given they have different abilities altogether.

Explorer and Kurzweil.

DemolitionSquid
05-23-2013, 12:36 PM
"There can be only one!"

...well, someone deserves a decapitation after naming the console "Xbox One.":rolleyes:

Oh God, you just had to set it up so perfectly...

_j6_H-PSml0

Zoar
07-10-2013, 12:40 AM
hrm yet another post on project blackstone don't know when it was posted as i havn't been checking every day
interesting implications for the future

Zoar
07-10-2013, 12:41 AM
nvm double post

Kaiser
07-10-2013, 04:06 AM
So is this thing leading to a game or anything?

LestersPetZergling
09-05-2013, 01:34 AM
I present to you; the supreme era of bots.

Gradius
09-08-2013, 11:33 AM
Bah, Cameron Dayton left Blizzard. I actually enjoyed his work on Blackstone.

Kaiser
09-19-2013, 02:38 PM
So Project Blackstone was to generate hype for short stories and to build up to Heart of the Swarm.