Lee Stephen

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About Lee Stephen

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    Louisiana native and author of the science-fiction series, Epic.
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    New Orleans, LA
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    Author / Homeland Security Emergency Coordinator
  1. I'm actually enjoying Xenonauts thoroughly right now (admittedly not really being a "gamer"). But outside of Xeno, I did have to give Alien Isolation a run, being as Alien was a huge inspiration for me! It's an awesome, heart-pounding experience.
  2. All of the tips will help! I'm actually three missions into things now (all recorded), with episode two scheduled to pop up tomorrow. But this game is really, really fun to play. I have a feeling though that I'm going to get SMACKED. It also wouldn't be me playing if storylines didn't pop up, so get ready. The drama is ON. Coralie doesn't like me too well right now after I shot her in the back.
  3. I'm finally getting a chance to sit down and take a crack at the game I wrote Crimson Dagger for, and I thought I'd invite you guys along. Here's the 411: - I am not a gamer. I am a husband/daddy/writer/knucklehead. But, I'm also not terrible at games, and some of them I can get quite good at. Whether Xenonauts falls into that category is yet to be seen. But don't watch this for tips and tricks! - This is a totally blind play-through. I have actually never played this game until now. - I'm not trying to accomplish any certain thing as it pertains to a "Let's Play" video. I'm just gonna talk. - If you ask me questions, I will definitely try to answer them in-video! Let's means "Let us," so I'm all about this being interactive. - You can make fun of me. And that about wraps it up! Away we go:
  4. That's actually hilarious - I think he should stay.
  5. At present there are no plans to write any additional Xenonauts stories (but I'm glad you enjoyed XCD!). I would direct anyone looking for more of my work to Epic, my novel series, currently four books long. Several members here have gotten into it, so I'm sure you could look back and see their thoughts! If you liked Crimson Dagger, Epic should be right up your alley.
  6. I wanted to make sure you guys read my thread on writing reviews for XCD on Amazon! This is a huge way to help out both the novella and the game. You can find the thread (and the link to XCD on Amazon) here: http://www.goldhawkinteractive.com/forums/showthread.php/5359-Help-Xenonauts-by-Helping-Crimson-Dagger!
  7. Thanks for the kind remarks, everyone! I wanted to make sure you guys read my thread on writing reviews for XCD on Amazon! This is a huge way to help out both the novella and the game. You can find the thread (and the link to XCD on Amazon) here: http://www.goldhawkinteractive.com/forums/showthread.php/5359-Help-Xenonauts-by-Helping-Crimson-Dagger!
  8. Greetings all! I received the go-ahead from Chris this weekend to upload Crimson Dagger on Amazon. You can find it HERE. "Officially," the novella's publication date is logged as June 1, 2013, though obviously those of you who received it as part of the premium preorder package got a chance to read it earlier. So how can you help? By reviewing Crimson Dagger, of course! If you read it and enjoyed it, put your opinions out there in the form of an Amazon review. What did you like about it? Did it get you excited about Xenonauts? Does it stand on its own, Xenonauts aside? These are all things that will get people checking it out. If you received it earlier as a preorder goodie, you can mention that, too. That kind of thing won't hurt! Just be honest and that's all that matters. The thing to keep in mind is that there will be people who have never heard of Xenonauts before who will discover it through Crimson Dagger. That was a big motivation for this thing getting done, in addition to having it as a Kickstarter goodie. An enjoyable experience reading the novella will translate into readers looking into the game. Having the game and the novella out there creates a sort of Xenonauts universe. We want people checking that out! Having reviews posted for the novella will help accomplish that. I know at some point Chris will have XCD posted on the site publicly for free. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't allow you to set list prices as free. Until things change with Amazon, that's the best we can do. There may be some back door loopholes out there to help make it free, but I need to look into it. It may or may not be able to happen. I'll definitely keep everyone posted as things develop. Thanks to everyone who had such positive comments toward XCD in the goodie forum here! I'm so glad it helped to flesh out the Xenonauts universe for you. It was a ton of fun to write. Take care, all! P.S. - Yes, Chris, you officially have editor cred on Amazon. Welcome to the literary ranks.
  9. Sorry those book cover sizes were kind of wonky. I C&Ped them straight from Amazon. Yeah, these were definitely written for a fan base such as X-Com's. I mean, X-Com was the inspiration for me writing military sci-fi in the first place. I wish there was a way to let the whole of that group know that the series exists, but that's the challenge of writing and publishing - getting word out there. So hey, absolutely pass word of the books on to folks if you enjoy them! That kind of thing is huge for me. You can find out a lot more about the series at www.epicuniverse.com. Also, I'm working on a GINORMOUS audiobook adaptation for Dawn of Destiny, which will be released sometime in 2013. Check out the trailer here: EDIT: Fixed the audiobook link. Used IMG instead of URL.
  10. There are actually four books in the series so far, all available via Amazon: Book 5, titled Enemy One, does not currently have a release date. The series as a whole will have between 8-10 books.
  11. (First and foremost, thank-you, Chris, for allowing me to post this!) For anyone curious about my pre-XCD series, Epic, you'll get the chance to dip your toes in the water for free between April 2-4, when the first book in the series, Dawn of Destiny will be FREE on Amazon Kindle. This is part of a huge promotion for the series in what should garner Epic a slew of new fans. If you've read Crimson Dagger, you'll have a good idea of what to expect in the Epic series, except with much more time dedicated to character growth and development. XCD is essentially the equivalent of a single battle in Epic. I loved writing XCD. But Epic is my baby. You'll definitely get a feel for where I come from as a writer, and you'll absolutely see the influence of games like X-Com in the way I write military science-fiction. I dedicate a slew of time to character storylines in every book, so if you enjoy attaching yourself to a character and seeing where their journey takes them, this will be right up your alley. I also want to let you guys know that I'll be doing a live Twitter-chat at 7:00 pm CST (hashtag #epicchat) on Wednesday, April 3, to discuss Epic and writing in general. I am also more than happy to talk XCD, so don't be shy about bringing it up! You can find me on Twitter @epicuniverse. And if you feel so inclined, definitely feel free to spread the word (about DOD being free and the Twitter chat)! As most folks know, I'm an indie, so we live or die by word of mouth. Every little shout-out counts. I'm excited about getting you guys into Epic, and hopefully catching some of you on the Twittersphere! It should be a ton of fun.