Games Are art

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This Monday Rain AS was invited to show off Dark Rain At Prøverommet at Bergen Kjøtt. Rudely we did not tell you about it on this blog, or indeed anywhere else. Why? Well: Prøverommet is an art exhibition. We were amazed that we were asked to participate, but I at least did not quite know what to expect.

The expo went well, and although we stuck out like a sore thumb we do have a painty arty style. A lot of people played the game, and we got a lot of positive feedback from an extremely artsy crowd.

In the picture is Marte, our new, young aspiring writer. She has just started, but she has already read up on all the lore for our world, and proofread this entire blog. For you reading the posts on Facebook, or on rain-games.com: The posts are originally posted on Tumblr, and corrections unfortunately do not carry over the system we have set up. Sorry.

The facilities used for the occasion is the open area in the middle of Bergen kjøtt. The building is really old. Originally created to handle Meat import and distribution, but re purposed several times, and now holds an artist community. It is a strange mismatch of visible piping, and beautiful old wallpaper as can be seen trough the display of Dark Rain on the wall. The rest of the exhibition is not visible in the picture, because we were placed on sort of a podium over the rest of the event. Nice view.

If things work out you can all expect to hear more from Marte, as she may be taking up part of written communication to you all.

TG, part 3

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Maybe you wonder what kind of event The Gathering is?

Well: Each year about 5100 people take their computers and come to Vikingskipet (The Viking ship), the gigantic skating arena built for the 1994 Olympics, and set them up in a gigantic network supplied by the event.

The event is organized by KANDU, and typical for Scandinavian organizations arranging youth events, it is a volunteer organization. This one, however, is made up of our fellow friends; the nerds.

At TG a lot of events and competitions are constantly running. Pro gaming, Creative contests, and a lot of non-gaming related stuff as well. It is always a blast.

Consider visiting it if you ever are in Norway at Easter. From what I hear Magnus Holms Nerf Events will be returning again next year too.

TG, part 2

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Here is a closeup so you can see which one is Magnus. (The guy to the right with the makeshift cogwheel pin made out of bikeparts.)

Also: What does Magnus Holm do at Rain? He makes the levels, heads playtesting and does some diverse writing and game design.

He is also a pirate, a gentleman and a mad steampunk doctor… That is to say: He is a Cosplayer. With swagger.

TG, part 1

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Here at Rain we are finally back from our vacations. Most of us just used the time to relax with friends and family, but not Magnus. Here he is at Norway’s biggest computer network event “The Gathering”, Chief of the nerf side-events. I am told there were no survivors.

Foto by Trude Kraft

Lunch arrangements!

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Over the last Month we at Rain AS have been using a lunch arrangement where someone made lunch for the rest. This led to healthier, cheaper food, and socialized eating away from our computer screens. Fredrik, one of our programmers, got frustrated with my increasingly complicated Excel sheet meant to keep track of who’s turn it was, and he created a web hosted program to do it for us.

Waaay too neat for it’s mundane use…