Guten Morgen from Leipzig

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Really hadn’t had any time to put together an update from here in Germany so I thought I’d let folks know what’s going on here at the big games convention in Leipzig.

I’ve spent the last couple days, and roughly half of today, showing the Fallout 3 demo and giving interviews over here to a lot of European press that didn’t get to go to E3 (as well as to a number of folks that came back for a second showing). There’s a video interview up over at Gamestar* I’m told, ‘though I haven’t had a chance to watch it myself.

We have pretty small little theater over in the business center, seats about 18-20, and it’s been packed each show. Really not even any standing room so it’s get a seat or miss it. The response is pretty much the same here as it was at E3. Folks seem to be enjoying it. We didn’t nominate ourselves for the official awards so we weren’t on the list that came out the first day of the show. I don’t even remember them doing awards in the past, but I probably just wasn’t paying attention. Oh well. We’ll live.

Talked to a number of folks who professed their love for Fallout and talked about all the little things in the demo they enjoyed…certain iconic things, little nods to the original games, etc. So it’s always good to hear that folks notice that stuff and not just the “big things.” Spent a lot of time with folks who just wanted to talk about Fallout, what the original games meant to them, what they liked about the demo, etc. Sometimes they don’t even ask questions, they just want to talk about it.

The show itself is pretty big, and it’ll only get bigger today and through the weekend as more of the general public shows up for the exhibits in the main hall, although today is my last day here, so I’m going to miss the really big crowds on Saturday and Sunday when I hear it’s just nuts. Since it took me roughly 16 hours to get here via cabs, buses, planes, and trains, I’m taking a flight out tonight to Frankfurt to try and shorten the trip home tomorrow.

I’ve been pretty sick since before I left so I haven’t really done much other than talk a lot during the day, and try to recover at night. I don’t know if you’ve ever spent the day, or several days, talking non-stop, but it’s a lot more tiring than you’d think.

Been doing a lot of reading and playing DS and PSP. Finished reading Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road.” Holy crap. Talk about a bleak look at life in a post-apocalyptic world…it’s pretty amazing. Hadn’t read any of his previous work, but I’m glad I finally got to read this. I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it already. It’s a pretty short read, but well worth it. Moved on to some much lighter fare…standard fantasy stuff, as I’m currently raiding design director Bruce Nesmith’s extensive fantasy/sci-fi library in search of new reading material while I wait for Martin and Keyes to hurry up and finish their next books.

Leipzig definitely needs a good cupcake place…they’re pretty well stocked on places to get some kind of a “wurst” though, which is good.

*Note from Gstaff: For those who need help finding the video for Gamestar interview (now everyone has German roots like me), click where it says “Kostenloser Download”, and from there, click on the screen with Pete. Also, you can read some brief impressions from the Austrailian paper, The Age, over here. Lastly, Pete sent me the above picture this morning of some Dutch journalists that wore their Vault 101 shirts today.

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