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    Monday, January 22, 2007

    "Curse of Exmortis" Strikes Again!! :(

    The first time was unexpected. The second time was a case of "not again!". This time it's a case of "thank god for the extended warranty"

    What the hell am I talking about? The Curse of Exmortis. It's back, and this time it means business!!!

    If you are still wondering what I am talking about - I have to let you in on a little secret... The Exmortis development phase is cursed. It's like a higher power is working against me finishing these games.

    Most good stories have supposed curses, mishaps and associated lore surrounding them - Macbeth and the movie Poltergeist are two that come immediately to mind. However the Curse of Exmortis translates in to a less immediately fatal hex upon my life (not counting potential heart attacks over possibly losing everything on my hard drive.)

    My computer hardware is always in a state of stream lined precision and has maximum up time. Before the first Exmortis games I hadn't had a blue screen of death in almost half a decade, and my PC had only ever hung once or twice on me due to application error... everything of mine was a picture of ultimate computering health.

    And then my mainboard fizzed out on me half way through the making of Exmortis. I was absolutely shit-scared that my work had fizzed out with it. Over the proceeding months, HP replaced my mainboard no more than 4 times before I got sick and tired of getting an unfixed unit back... so I wrote a strongly worded letter to them. As a result, they sent me out a new model notebook in return for me signing a document which prevented me from taking any legal action for loss of income over the dud notebook they kept sending back to me.

    Exmortis was released shortly after and for the following 12 months, it was business as usual - not a single error, unusual reboot or hardware failure. All was good... until I started work on Exmortis 2.

    Once again, the mainboard fizzed out on the replacement notebook - so I began the arduous task of going through the Indian call centre and getting my PC repaired. I went through this process another 2 times before my notebook was back to working order and Exmortis 2 was subsequently finally released...

    Jump ahead to present day... all was once again good in my computer stablity world... until yesterday... SMACK BANG IN THE MIDDLE OF CREATING EXMORTIS 3!!! Mainboard fizzed again... I am now very familar with the sound of my skull cracking against the nearest hard blunt object...

    Is this insane? Am I going crazy? Is this just a coincidence? of course it is... but I am very frustrated with the question 'why the hell does my PC keep crapping out on itself when I am working on an Exmortis game?!?'

    On a side note - suffice to say, "thank god for my extended warranty" - Next Business Day On-site Repair... seriously worth every single dollar I spent on it!!!

    People - I highly highly recommend that if you ever buy a notebook - not just a HP one, but any other brand - buy an onsite repair warranty upgrade for at least 3 years... It has saved my life on many occasions! And oh yeah - take it from me... BACK UP REGULARLY!!! I've got 4 years worth of work sitting on my notebook that I haven't backed up. (I just pray that I am right in that it is the mainboard that's dead again - not my hard drive...) It's like playing with matches... I know better than to run a gauntlet with my precious data... yet I never learn...

    Hopefully I find out tomorrow if I have lost everything... including the work completed so far on Exmortis 3... keep your fingers crossed for me! :( Hopefully the Curse of Exmortis hasn't finally claimed me...


    Big Sam said...

    I have my fingers crossed for you, friend. I hope that you are able to get back on track and release that great game that we all have been waiting for. Heres to the curse never showing up again!

    ON another note, if a company appracohes you wishing to make your Exmortis into a videogame or a pen-and-paper RPG, would you do it?

    Anonymous said...

    please let it be the main board oh and by the way it could be because of all the high quality shit going int exmortis that could be causing the problem

    your mother said...

    Dude, that sucks.
    I wish for you (and for myself i admit) it'll work again soon.

    On the other does give the game a more eerie feeling, like macbeth, doesn't it?

    here's a tip for ya:
    if you get another malfunction,
    1 Swear a LOT.
    2 reboot 3 times.
    3 kick the thing around the room.
    4 reboot 5 times.
    5 pull out the batteries (or plug i dunno)
    6 put em back in, reboot on last time and VOILA, it should be working again now.
    This has always worked for me, my theory is to scare the shit out of your computer till the point where he's like: "OMFG I BEST START WORKING AGAIN SOON OR HE'S GONNA KILL ME"


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    Johnny said...

    Man.. shit happens, eh? Well.. I've got my fingers crossed!

    Angels In Darkness said...

    that sucks, keeping my fingers crossed, and dont listen to anyone saying dumb shit

    Jasper said...

    What the hell do you do with the thing...!? :-D

    Anyhoo, I'll light a candle tomorrow and pray it is only a mobo problem. ;-)


    Anonymous said...

    Yes! My hex worked....muhahahahaha!

    Ben Leffler said...

    Still no word on my notebook yet... I'm waiting on the HP tech to come back in to the office with a new CPU and memory to hopefully prevent this reoccuring fault from happening again... hopefully I'll be up and running again in the next 2 days... after which I will proceed to immediately back everything up!

    Bwhawhaw... the accusations of creating excuses to "SKIVE AROUND" never cease to amuse me... hehehe... some people have the patience of an A.D.D. child high on red cordial and cocaine... lol!

    Ben Leffler said...


    Please note - above sigh is one of relief... The techo fixed my notebook problem by replacing motherboard, cpu and memory and it appears that no hard drive data was lost...

    Mental note: back that motherf*cker up first thing when I get home tonight!!!

    Anonymous said...


    Good luck with Exmortis III! I really enjoyed part One and Two!

    I also have a HP notebook and it also crashes A LOT of times.

    Anonymous said...

    Hi Ben,

    Just a random fan of your work here. Honestly, just ignore anyone who talks shit. Work at your own pace, fuck everyone.

    Anonymous said...

    Would it be possible to back up to a flash drive? Easy to back up with one, and that way if the hard drive does crap out, you at least still have what was on the drive, unless the curse decides to affect that as well :-P Hope all is going well, I can't wait for it to finally come out!