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according to a lot of people, a good way to not get a really big job is forgetting to untag yourself in embarrassing facebook pictures.

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Originally Posted By: Sss-Chah
according to a lot of people, a good way to not get a really big job is forgetting to untag yourself in embarrassing facebook pictures.


Slashdot ran a piece on employers advising their HR department to stop doing that to avoid discrimination lawsuits. So in the (rather ironically, but this board is curse-free) censored words of Randall Munroe, "be lovingly intimate with that natural fertilizer".

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Originally Posted By: Arancaytrus
"be lovingly intimate with that natural fertilizer".

Oh Aran, I do wish you wouldn't take things so literally. tongue

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I've found another possible Spiderweb Software cameo in the Foglios' Girl Genius - A Professor Strout is mentioned here. Given that Professor Vogel and General Krizsan are also in the cast, and Jeff also gave cameos to Foglio, I doubt it is coincidental.

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Delicious Vilsh doesn't count? I mean, it's pretty sublte, but it is there.

 

Edit: Nevermind, I forgot he was a Beta Tester.

 

The Great Archon

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DV is definitely not a cameo. As answered earlier in this thread:

 

Originally Posted By: Thuryl
Vlish have canonically tasted terrible ever since G1, in order to discourage predators from eating them. That's where DV's name came from in the first place.

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I just realized that E3's Unspecified Services may take its name from the Office of Unspecified Services in Infinite Jest. There's a gap of a little bit less than a year between the book's publishing and the game's release, which puts the games development at the perfect time for Jeff to read and be taken with the novel.

 

—Alorael, who supposes a lessening of appreciation for the book over the years between E3 and A3 could also account for the agency's unfortunate name change.

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Bump. A6 brings new cameos into the fray.

 

Neko and Case, two farmers near the beginning of the game, combine to form the name of solo and New Pornographers singer Neko Case.

 

—Alorael, who is sure there are more things out there waiting to be found. Go get 'em!

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Originally Posted By: CRISIS on INFINITE SLARTIES
A6 referencesplz


Sorry. Would if I had any, but I don't.


These aren't really cameos, but it's still something on names, so I think it's alright. During a playthrough of G1, I noticed that a couple of names have meanings in Russian (or maybe another Eastern European language). Two that I remember are the servant mind in the Abandoned School whose name was Povralus, and a Sholai in the Refugee cave whose name was Solyniy(sp?) In Russian, Povralus could translate into "the liar" (a shame that he actually tells the truth) and Solyniy would pretty literally mean salted, or salty (covered in salt). I got a laugh when I read a dialogue that went something like "he points to himself and says "Solyniy" ".

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A3 reference.Quite sneaky infact:

 

In real life there is an type of apple called a mcintosh. In A3/E3 there is an apple tree near wainscotting which the games call Macintoshes. Apple...Macintosh.

 

Well played.

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Apple named its computer line after the McIntosh apple cultivar, which is very popular in North America. So any sneakiness here was by Steve Jobs, not Jeff Vogel.

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Just saying Jeff could have spelt it McIntosh in the game but as he went straight to Machintosh.

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Originally Posted By: Milla
...he went straight to Machintosh.


"Machintosh - the apple that can break the sound barrier!" wink

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I knew it!

 

*googles iPod Jobs*

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Correct, or almost! Nice catch. Brent Heustess was a G1 betatester. He's worked in Texas for years, it seems, so not a work buddy. But he was also active on Usenet throughout the 90's, which might be his original connection to Jeff. Among other things, he appears to be an expert on Cthulhu as well as the person who suggested putting Sylak items into Avernum... which makes him the godfather of Xian Skull.

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Slarty knows something. That or he had the foresight to save this from a possible purge. Which means he still has sanity.

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Slarty's sanity is of course long gone, but moderators are issued cynicism canisters. Cynicism is kind of like sanity, except without the unfortunate side effects of reason and empathy. Plus it's cheap, if you get it wholesale, and Jeff does, because we go through a lot of it.

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I registered an account just to resurrect this thread - in Avernum 6, the team of Raiders sent to help you reopen Fort Draco are named after characters from the TV show Mad Men, but with subtle spelling changes:

 

Raider Rumson - Freddy Rumsen

Raider Halloway - Joan Holloway

Raider Stirling - Roger Sterling

Raider Olssson - Peggy Olson (my favorite)

 

Additionally, I played through Avadon as a Shadowwalker named Omar after the character from the TV show The Wire, and, in an incredible moment of synchronicity that blew me away, in the endgame, Miranda paraphrases one of Omar's most famous quotes in an amazingly relevant way.

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A4 - Abisynthe the Bandit Queen

Topic discussing her

 

Quote:
Many characters in my games are named after people I know in RL and in games. Abisynthe was a really cool person in my last EQ guild, so I named a character after her.

 

- Jeff Vogel

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Originally Posted By: Tyranicus
Originally Posted By: Micawber
Perhaps he's never heard of it.
Then he is lucky. tongue


Seconded. Really.

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In V2, one of the rebels near the Remote Tower in Blackwood is named Elspeth.

 

Also, someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe the name Miranda appears in King Lear; rather, isn't she one of the main characters from The Tempest? (Cordelia is a name from King Lear, though)

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Hello, just de-lurking to note a reference I don't see on the list. There's an area in Geneforge 2 with a servile named Manny and a Shaper named Bernard. Bernard and Manny are the main characters of the show Black Books (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_books). Jeff seems to have a love of British comedies.

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Hello, just de-lurking to note a reference I don't see on the list. There's an area in Geneforge 2 with a servile named Manny and a Shaper named Bernard. Bernard and Manny are the main characters of the show Black Books (http://en.wikipedia....iki/Black_books). Jeff seems to have a love of British comedies.

 

Haha, excellent catch!

 

...now I want to rewatch Black Books.

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So apparently this was linked on a reddit AMA. Maybe we should update it for the first time in 4 years? I know there are a few recent post-updates missing from the list, I'll add those in with the other new stuff. I need to go through the last 3 games at some point, but any contributions from others are welcome too.

 

I guess I also need to start specifying if a name is new to the new set of Avernum games, too.

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