Meet the Renfield

My pals over at Industrial Toys have just released a glimpse of one of the enemies you’ll face in Morning Star, the video game I am working on with them. Meet the Renfield. Yes, he looks goofy. He is goofy. He can also totally murder your ass several times. I know from experience, y’all. Come learn a little bit about him at the Industrial Toys site.

37 Comments on “Meet the Renfield”

  1. Damian Trasler – Award-winning playwright and freelance writer, living in Canada and working with TLC Creative through the wonder of the Internet
    Damian Trasler

    I see the picture…And wonder about the literary reference. Is there a connection, or was it just a useful name?

  2. Whatever it is that is that you are attempting to show us isn’t loading for me.

    I checked on Chrome and Firefox on two computers. My curiosity is starting to burn.

  3. Scalzi: I don’t have any mortal enemies at this point.

    Wait, you mean you’re not actually involved in a blood feud with Paul & Storm? I WAS LIED TO.

  4. Annalee: “Wait, you mean you’re not actually involved in a blood feud with Paul & Storm? I WAS LIED TO.”

    Were you lied to through song? I hate when people do that.

  5. On the Industrial Toys website they have animation of this guy bouncing around. It’s going to be a real pain to shoot him… so LOTS of fun!!!!

  6. @ Annalee

    John said he doesn’t have any mortal enemies at this point. He never said he didn’t have any mortal enemies at any point.

    Incidentally, to any future RICO prosecutors of the Scalzi organization: I’m available for expect testimony and my rates are very reasonable. I can be reached at [removed by a prudent man with nothing to hide, nothing to hide].

  7. Shawn – Ohio, USA – Early to bed, early or whirlybird or something. Bored now, bye. Don't step on any Lego's 'cause it _Hurts_!
    Shawn T

    I would so totally feed such a cutey pie crickets and moths.
    Seems like this lady’s armor doesn’t contain a cooling system.
    So her species has been wearing that armor for so long that
    it’s evolved having tongues they can stick out for evaporative
    self cooling.
    An impressive adaptation.

    was trying to come up with something about sticking one’s
    tongue out past teeth like that but, ehh, poor little tongue.

  8. Gulliver April 30, 2013 at 6:27 pm
    (Way to much snippage follows.)
    >Damn you, Autocorrect!!!
    >> expect
    Expect, expert. Meh. Potato, Topatoco, tomato.
    >>man with nothing to hide
    I wear clothing.

  9. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me

    That thing is, as the kids used to say, HYPE! Awesome!

  10. acflory – Australia – I am the kind of person who always has to know why things are the way they are so my interests range from genetics and biology to politics and what makes people tick. For fun I play online mmorpgs, read, listen to a music, dance when I get the chance and landscape my rather large block. Work is writing. When a story I am working on is going well I'm on cloud nine. On bad days I go out and dig big holes...

    Wow, you and Tad Williams both. As a gamer I can only applaud!

  11. Perhaps, like Halo Grunts, the Renfield is going to be very hard to headshot from behind (those hunched shoulders…)

    So you’d better hope the front has a weak spot!

  12. The goofiness is a feature, not a bug.

    And probably extremely annoying after repeated efforts to eliminate…just one.

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