Another look at the influences on the Bloodfest series.
OK, it’s not possible to deny the influence this game had on the manic, black humour approach to Bloodfest’s fight scenes. Monolith Productions created a cowboy zombie shoot ’em up full of high adrenaline combat and visceral kills. It had a muted, visual pallet throughout excellent level designs, and an internal Build engine allowing players to create their own environments. I had a blast essentially building sets with the game’s own texture maps and PNG images. This was my first foray into 3D environmental construction.
I’m talking about Robocop (1987), Total Recall (1990), and Starship Troopers (1995) in particular here. Three movies I saw many years ago but never noticed the same director. It’s obvious now, with the same quality in all three films. I mainly remember how obscenely violent they were. I didn’t see Robocop until I was older, but remember you could buy kid’s toys. Jesus Christ that film is violent and not-for-kids. Starship Troopers covered it’s sets in mangled body parts, and Total Recall is a fever dream of gore. It’s the brutal impact of the gunshots; the agonising dismemberment. It’s all so horrible, but so over the top it becomes funny.
Back in the 80’s and 90’s, movie terrorists were devious hostage takers, personified by Die Hard’s villian.
Wait, there were no terrorists in Bloodfest. What am I talking about?
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Bloodfest by Ryan Grimbly is a paranovel set in Pacoven – an isolated island in the Pacific Ocean that the government uses to conduct social experiments. The story follows the activities of an elite squad of Hidden Government soldiers captained by Ace McDagger, aided by his childhood friend Shimon. The soldiers are sent to Pacoven […]
A quiet young man who prefers solitude, at peace in the darkness.
Born in Arkansas, David Cheng grew up as the only Asian boy in the community. He felt isolated for most of his school life, and still prefers to keep to himself many years on. As a boy who spent much time alone, Cheng has always been studious. He even worked out that he had a special power on his own.
As a recruit in Myrtle Base, Cheng takes military life very seriously, and avoids joining the rest of the recruits on their frequent nights out. Cheng has an innate ability to see in the dark. After spending much time researching the cause, he concluded that his eyes contained tapetum lucidum for seeing exceptionally well in poor light.
This is true to a certain extent. An excess of light absorbing auralithaliain exists in his body, and Cheng’s powers may extend beyond his excellent vision.
Cheng, attracted to solitude and the quiet of night, has the elemental theme of darkness.
A quiet, morose man. Calraine is a soldier who needs retraining. His quiet confidence inspires those around him.
Very much aware of being the oldest recruit on Myrtle Base, Frank Calraine’s experience and knowledge of the Hidden Government Army reassures the other recruits, who at times wonder if everything they are being told us true.
He has a haggard appearance. Calraine is a man who has seen a lot of troubling things, compared to his youthful counterparts at Myrtle Base. Initially aloof, Calraine hides many secrets; including the reason for his necessary retraining. In time his true nature comes through, as someone warm and protective of those around him. A natural fit as an army Medic.
Calraine has control over fire, which he cam summon from his hands. His weapon of choice is the King Flamer, a modified flame thrower which only requires a large drum of gasoline and a trigger. Calraine provides the spark.
Calraine’s elemental theme is fire, but in the sense of a dying flame…
Loud, crude and brash, Levy makes himself known when he enters a room, whether he means to or not.
Originally from Belgium, Levy grew up with three older brothers in a close knit family. Confident from a young age, his hobbies involved outdoors sports and camping. Gregory later joined the Regiment 12th Division of the Line Prince Leopold, again following in the footsteps of his brothers.
Ever excitable and brash, and far from an exemplary soldier, Gregory prefered socialising and heavy drinking, earning the nickname “Party Guy”. In 2003, he was suddenly sent on a specialist training exercise in America. In truth, he had been taken into the Hidden Government for recruitment at Myrtle Base.
Naturally husky, Levy is equipped to survive any harsh conditions. His latent auralithalain genes give him excellent, subconscious control over his core body temperature and skin pores. During Call of the Conjurer, Levy learns to develop his ability and becomes adept with the Hidden Government’s advanced technology as a Communications Specialist.
He has a tendancy to grind on some people’s nerves, but Gregory is a loyal, open minded ally to everyone.
Levy’s name comes from the archiac word levin, or lightning. His theme is thunder; inspiring his loudness and flashy attitude.
Born in American to European parents, Kaelan spent his young life studying martial arts and history. His interest may well stem from his Auralithalain genes, where he is descended from an ancient, lost society in East Asia.
A quiet man, Kaelan cites his ability – the momentary paralysis of any living thing he touches – as a reason to keep a distance from others. Tall and slim, always seen covered up in a long coat and gloves, his scant white hair left long and uncut. Rosenwich exudes with mystery.
He joined Myrtle Base in 2002 as a training officer, shortly after the sudden death of long serving base Lieutenant Leonard Finnegan. With his in depth knowledge, Rosenwich acts as the martial arts instructor on base, teaching close quarters techniques.
A slow burner, even Mason and Baker, his closest colleagues, know little about him. Ironically, Rosenwich’s silent demeanour and striking pale appearance have given him a reputation and the nickname: the silent mountain.
Hailing from the north west of England, Lieutenant Shaun Baker joined the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment in 1990, before he was quickly brought into the Hidden Government Army. While Baker displayed poor magical ability, he was recognised for his brusque confidence and assigned to Myrtle Base, the Hidden Government Army training facility, in 1991, where he excelled as a training officer. He and his fellow officer at the base, Calbert Mason, because fast friends.
Where Mason had always shown a gentle approach to the recruits at Myrtle Base, Baker feels that his duty is to be the firm hand; to remind the recruits that they are in military and must fall in line despite their exceptional abilities. This approach has made him notoriously unpopular, and Baker has been known to ambush his position in the past.
His power is distinctly unusual. He was born with malleable limbs and a split, twin spine, making him unexpectedly dextrous. The cause of this birth anomaly is still tied to his Auralithalain genetics, where Baker’s ancestry can be traced back to human / monster hybrids