Saturday, March 7, 2015

Titanic: Honor and Glory Video Game - Part 1

Have you heard the news about Titanic: Honor and Glory? If you're even a casual fan of Titanic, you'll want to hear about it.

I grew up playing the video game Titanic: Adventure Out of Time (1996) as a way to not only pass the time but to learn about the magnificent ocean liner known as Titanic.  Although it was a great game and a great way to learn the actual layout of Titanic, 1996 technology didn't allow the game to showcase the ship in great detail. Missing were the grain and lines of the hand-carved Grand Staircase, the woven texture of the lush carpets, and the accurate color tone of 1912 lighting. Additionally, the game models weren't entirely accurate, and a lot of areas of the ship were not accessible, leaving one to wonder what some rooms on Titanic looked like or how they were accessed.

That all will change in the next year or so. Tom Lynksey, Kyle Hudak, and Matthew DeWinkler have been working on Titanic: Honor and Glory since at least 2011. They have been recreating the ship as accurately as possible with 21st century technology. The game will center around a central character named Owen Morgan, who has been unfortunately been convicted of a crime he did not commit. Similar to Titanic: Adventure Out of Time, Owen must use clues found throughout the ship to help clear his name and find out the identity of the true guilty party. This will all take place in real time, and Owen must continue his investigation even while the ship is sinking. Juicy! Additionally, and for the true Titanic aficionados, there will be a free roam mode where once can explore virtually every nook and cranny of the ship.

To make this game a reality, the team needs your help in raising enough money to complete the game. Completion of the game will require a minimum of $250,000, but final costs will probably wind up being closer to $1 million. The link to the campaign on IndieGogo can be found here. Click Here for Campaign Link

I could go on and on singing praise for Titanic: Honor and Glory and its team, but I rather think photos and video will do the project more justice. Please note that a lot of the interior photos are older renders, and the game will have finalized models that are more accurate. After all, it is a continuing work in progress.

Titanic Exterior

First Class

Older render of the Grand Staircase from Boat Deck to E-Deck.

Older render of First Class stateroom B-59 decorated in the Old Dutch style
Older render of First Class stateroom B-53 decorated in the Italian Renaissance style
Older render of First Class stateroom B-54 decorated in the Empire style.
This stateroom was part of the Portside Parluor Suite.
Newer render of First Class Stateroom B-58 decorated in Louis XVI style.
Older render of First Class Stateroom B-81.
Newer render of C-Deck landing on the forward Grand Staircase.
Newer render of D-Deck landing with E-Deck visible below.
Newer render of First Class Reception room on D-Deck.
Newer render of First Class Dining Saloon on D-Deck
Newer render of First Class Dining Saloon on D-Deck.
Older render of First Class Elevator Foyer on E-Deck.
Older render of First Class Smoking Room on A-Deck.
Newer render of First Class Smoking Room on A-Deck.
Newer render of the Turkish Bath Cooling Room on F-Deck.
Older render of the First Class Swimming Bath located on F-Deck.

Second Class

Newer render of the Aft Second Class Stairs on D-Deck.
Older render of a Second Class cabin.
Older render of a Second Class cabin (alternate view).
Older render of Second Class Dining Saloon.
Newer render of Second Class Dining Saloon.
Newer render of Second Class Library.
Older render of Second Class Smoking Room.

Newer render of Second Class Forward Staircase landing on E-Deck.

Progress Report


Please note all images, video, and information are property of Titanic: Honor and Glory and Four Funnels Entertainment. I have received explicit permission to use these images and video specifically for this blog posting.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

My Trip To Callaway Gardens - Fantasy In Lights

As a child I would go with my mom, dad, aunt, and grandmother every year to see the Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Gardens. I started going in 1992 and must have stopped around 2006, as it got quite repetitive seeing the exact same lights (sans a few new additions). However, this year I decided that I would take my family once more to see the Christmas lights at Callaway. 

After having not seen them in almost ten years, they were quite a sight to behold. I had forgotten how gorgeous they are and how they illuminate the night quite strikingly. I had forgotten how one has to drive a few miles before lights appear, but they slowly started to appear as if they had never left. There are a few differences that I remember, which may be due to my brain misfiring. I remember some of the songs being different, such as the 12 Days of Christmas having a much different and better arrangement. Perhaps the tired old cassette tape they had was the only place that version of the song could be found. I also remember the lights being on different routes and in different order. I swear the lighted Twin Trees were on the right side, and this year they were on the left.

Anyway, I was able to snap a few pictures while riding in the car. Enjoy! If you're near the Pine Mountain, GA; Columbus, GA; or Atlanta, GA area you must go see Fantasy In Lights at least once in your life.

 Christmas Tree Lane
 Swan Lake
Snowflake Valley
Twin Trees
Magical Christmas Garden

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Wish List

Lalique Fantasia Vase

Link to Lalique Fantasia Vase

The Lalique Fantasia vase is a classic Art Nouveau design, which could be found displayed in a home in 1915 just as easily as it could in 2014. It's really a steal at $1500 and will be a timeless heirloom piece.

Man has always been fascinated by the vast world around us. The sky, the planets, and the sea form a magical, infinite universe that opens the doorway to our most extravagant dreams. In celebration of that fascination, this exquisite vase depicts four Venuses with freshwater pearl plaits, shrouded by mist, emerging from a cloud. When light hits the deep midnight blue surface just right, it showcases the varying shades, adding playfulness to the piece.

From the Midnight Blue Collection.
Lead crystal.
Hand wash.
Approximately 4.625"Dia. x 7"T.
Handcrafted in Franc

Lalique Cascade Perfume Bottle 2010

Although I am not a perfume bottle collector, my mother would just die to have this. It's quite stunning and would be the focus of her perfume bottle collection. 

This Limited Edition flacon pays homage to one of Rene Laliques creations: the Poissons Fountain. A masterpiece made in 1937, the fountain was put on show at the International Exhibition of Arts and Contemporary Living in Paris.

Early Art Nouveau Loetz Vase

I do believe this vase to be an early 1900s Loetz vase. It's not Loetz Papillon, but in a very similar vein. The glass has gorgeous saturated, vibrant colors and the metal framework really adds a striking Art Nouveau appeal.

Neiman Marcus Alligator Bi-fold Wallet in Blue

I absolutely hate the fact that it's real alligator skin as I try not to purchase animal products, but it's such a gorgeous wallet. I love that it's an understated deep blue instead of being too bright.

Movado Serio Watch

I just adore mechanical watches as the intricate designs and watchworks peak my interest. However, I cannot pass up the beautiful and classic design of this Movado watch. I must have it.

Theodore Alexander Basking Lizards Box

The burl wood, the penshell inlays, the lizard handles. They are all must haves. 

SS Normandie Poster Cutaway, 1937

I've always been fascinated by ships and ocean liners, specially. Recently, I've developed a fascination with the French ocean liner, the SS Normandie. It was one of the most beautiful ships ever created, and it is a fine example of the French Art Deco period.