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GamingI am Achim Heidelauf, I was friends with rock god Lemmy, from Motörhead, and have spent the past three years working with the band on creating the video game, Victor Vran: Motörhead Through The Ages! Ask me anything!

Jul 20th 2017 by AchimHeidelauf • 8 Questions • 4242 Points

My short bio: Austin Songer is running for Congress because he believes in a new vision of representation for the 6th Congressional District of Illinois. He's running to give the people of the 6th District a real choice in 2018.

My Proof: https://www.facebook.com/events/677507285772231/

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Why do you keep sending me inappropriate pictures at night?

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Hey Anthony! I'm a big fan of your writing. The other night I noticed a girl on twitter giving you shit for calling Wakanda a fictional place. How often do you encounter these types of people? And do you usually try to respond and set them straight or just not engage with them? Basically, how do you deal with people who are unreasonably offended by something you wrote?


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First, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for running. We need people on both sides of the aisle who are willing to reject corporate donations and do their best work for the American people. I'm a Democrat and while I may not agree with you on everything, I certainly respect you more than just about every corporate Democrat in office.

Environmental issues greatly affect people across the country, both in rural areas and urban ones. Having clean water and air are basic requirements for a safe and prosperous life. What is your view on climate change, and what do you believe needs to be done about it? Also, what would you do about corporations that pollute the environment and affect public safety?

Thanks for your time.

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Did you ever get to go into the park after hours with friends or any benefits like that?


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Hi Austin I am a resident in IL-6 and have seen your posts on some of the facebook groups. What do you have to offer for me for me to actually vote for you in March and what makes you the strongest candidate announced so far to beat Peter Roskam in 2018?

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You mean the ones I beam into your mind? I just can't stop thinking about you, Lloyd, since we've been in jail together... <3 <3


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Yeah, I still can't figure that one out! She seemed to think that I was denigrating Black Panther because I described it as "the fictional African nation of Wakanda."

Look -- I adore Black Panther, and I respect what he means to people. But LOL, "fictional" is not an insult. Come on, folks!

I responded to her because I genuinely wanted to know why she thought that was some kind of put-down. I was just curious. Otherwise, I'd just ignore something like that.

Look, when it comes to Asgard or Tatoonine, you don't have to say "Thor's fictional celestial homeland" or "Luke Skywalker's fictional desert planet." But with realistic-sounding countries like Wakanda or Sokovia, I don't think it's unreasonable to remind people that they're fictional -- especially since young kids often read these stories.

Ask Seth Grahame-Smith how many school kids now think Abe Lincoln killed vampires in his spare time! :)

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Climate change is a reality that has clearly been impacted by human beings. I think we need to focus on investing in a green energy economy that will be good for the environment and the job market. We also need to make sure that while we're rolling back unnecessary and burdensome regulations on small businesses, we don't lose the needed protections we have in place for the environment.

For me, the environment is an issue that is deeply informed by my faith. In my faith tradition, the story begins with God placing people on this planet to enjoy and steward it, not to rape and pillage it or consume and destroy it. It bothers me that so many other Christians seem to forget this.


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The benefits were pretty great, we got discounts on food and merchandise in the park and on citywalk. We also got a page (front and back) filled with discounts to many different places and things, ranging from buss passes, movie tickets, sixflags and disney tickets. We never got to go after hours to the park to enjoy rides, mainly because all the rides close at the same time so there isn't anyone to operate them. However, when we got closing shifts, all the employees would stay to clean the ride for about an hour after closing. So a lot of the time there would be a group of about 5-7 people walking through the empty ass park at midnight on our way to the changing room.

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(1) First and foremost, I will advocate, represent, listen to the citizens of the 6th district.

(2) I'm pro-choice, I'm for single-payer healthcare system.

(3) I will serve the 6th district and I will not vote along party lines like Peter Roskam.

(4) I have the ability to motivate the millennials to come out and vote.


Q:

How did a man as good looking and funny as you get into Video Games?

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How different has it been covering The Last Jedi, compared to covering Force Awakens?

Was TFA more secretive and secure, or has it been ratcheted even higher for TLJ?


Q:

For federally backed student loans, (a) would you support forgiving all student loan interest, (b) eliminating compounding interest for student loans, and (c) instituting a 3% simple interest rate?

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Why did you want to do an AMA?


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So the first three items are ones that most of your primary contenders will probably share. The last point about getting millennials out to vote is interesting though. Can you expand on this? You're clearly one of the younger candidates so I am curious what your strategy is for younger voter turnout. Thanks!

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haha, I love you Lloyd!

...I play games since I've been 5. Started on the Atari 2600 (didnt own one myself though) and C64 with Datasette. I got interested in not only playing them games, but how they are made very very early on. Tried to get into contact with developers, which was soooo bloody difficult, compared to today!... yeah, and then I just went to buy/sell games in various stores and at a crazy wholesaler, got a job as game producer eventually and this is how it started...

...and eventually I met you and we made a game. And now this one... and soon more! <3


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They feel roughly the same. I wish I had a more exciting answer.

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I'm not ready to endorse specifics today, but these all seem like reasonable ideas that should be on the table.


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I feel like I have plenty of stories from working at the park and a lot of information that could be useful to people. I was there for around a year and a half and I definitely got to see all the ins and outs of the industry.

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Millennials want someone that are looking out for them. So as a millennial I know the issues that they care the most about.

(1) Equality For Everyone (Keeping Religion Out Of Peoples Lives, Unless They Want Religion Part Of Their Lives) (2) Millennials want a candidate that is committed to their community. (3) Millennials want a candidate that wants greater transparency at the local, state, and federal level. (4) Millennials want a candidate that will actually listen to them and that's what missing from current representatives and other candidates that are not a millennial. (5) Over the years the parties have tried to get the younger generation to come out and vote, but failed, because they had candidates that didn't relate to that generation so then they decide not to vote. (6) Millennials are tired of seeing the same "old white guy/girl" in office. (7) I believe in term-limits for congressman/congresswoman. (8) I believe in single-payer healthcare


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If we could summon Lemmy's spirit, this AmA would be fucking legendary.

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Given Marvel is your beat, what was the most interesting thing about your Black Panther interviews / what are you most excited about with the film? The photos are awesome. Thanks!


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The Democratic Party ruled Arkansas for a long time. Republicans did not control the legislature until 2013 (the first time since 1874) and had a Democrat governor as recently as 2014.

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Why is 50 shades of grey your favorite movie?


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He's for single-payer healthcare system, so probably not.

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Agreed! But Lemmy's spirit has a lot of better stuff to do, I am sure. And we don't wanna interrupt that!!! HAHA


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The thing I find most interesting about Ryan Coogler's movie is the prominent role that women have in it. Danai Gurira -- whom we've seen slinging a katana on The Walking Dead -- is just going to make you stand up and cheer as Okoye, the head of the all-female Dora Milaje secret service. (She also has amazing things to do in Avengers: Infinity War, but we'll have to get into that another day.)

Lupita Nyong'o is going to be like a Bond girl fused with James Bond himself as Nakia, a covert agent for Wakanda who jet-sets around the world looking out for its interests.

Then there's Shuri -- played by Letitia Wright -- who is the younger, scrappier hero. Sort of the kid who rises to become a warrior. She's a genius on the level of Tony Stark and is responsible for much of the Vibranium-enhanced tech that her brother uses.

On top of that, you've got Angela Bassett as T'Challa and Shuri's mother, Ramonda -- who is whatever the panther version of a mama grizzly would be. Poised and elegant -- but ferocious when her cubs are threatened.

As the father of a little girl who loves superhero movies, it makes me very happy seeing women get a chance to be strong and brave.

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Thanks for the question. I'm a lifelong Republican who isn't real happy with how the party has been co-opted, especially in the past 20 years (not to mention the past 18 months). I want to help restore the party to its historic values, which means putting the needs of people first. If that gets me tagged as progressive, then so be it.


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The day we got hired, they asked us to choose a favorite movie. The hiring staff had made a joke about "you can put 50 shades down and we'll see if you can get it". It was meant as a joke but I decided to pick it to see if it'd fly, and it did. It also served as a conversation starter with guests when the ride would go down. Added benefit being that I was the only person (at least at the time) with that movie on my tag, so it made me just a little unique.

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I will take in a few and post it.


Q:

What's your favourite whisky?

A:

How do you see EW evolving over the next few years? Do you think the magazine will live on in the 21st century?


Q:

Mr. Ryerse -- what is your favorite video game?

A:

Can I speak to Babs?


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Favorite pizza topping?

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Maker's Mark ...yeah, got that from Lemmy. But - to be frank - I am not the biggest Whisky lover..


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I hope so. I have a mortgage.

Seriously, though, the publishing business has been in upheaval ever since I started 20 years ago. I've become resigned to the fact that this is just a business that will always be sailing raging seas.

I have confidence in our editors and the leadership on the publishing side. We're doing more video, expanding into radio, doing more live events. The weekly magazine still exists, but we're basically a daily newspaper online. So in many ways, we're growing. The big question is just revenue.

The publishing industry took a crushing hit in 2008 not because people didn't want to read stories, but because the economy tanked and auto manufacturers and airlines and other big-money advertisers began pulling back on that spending.

The key is not getting readers to pay for the product -- it's giving them something to read or watch that they can't live without, so they'll chip in. I'm working hard at that.

The other threat we face is what I call "Belloqing" -- after Indiana Jones' thieving nemesis. That's the whole "There is nothing you can possess which I cannot take away" philosophy that some sites employ. I negotiate access, travel to a set, conduct an interview, and write up a story -- and another site copies and pastes all the highlights. Why go to my site when another has the same thing?

I don't do that to other publications. If they get news that we can't ignore, I write up a brief version, cite both the outlet AND the writer in some cases as prominently as I can, and then explicitly urge the reader to click over and read the original report.

I love pick-ups. I love when I've written something that other sites think is worthy of attention, and I'm grateful if they are willing to type a few words about it. But I think we have to respect each other by not fully poaching those reports. Otherwise, it's journalistic cannibalism. And no one will survive.

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Mario Kart


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No, and don't ask for Babs either.

A:

I like deep dish cheese pizza.


Q:

What's your favorite sipping liquor, then?

A:

Who has been your favourite newcomer interview over the years?


Q:

Do you side with the republican party out of principle or political necessity? Please explain.

A:

What is your least favorite ride?


Q:

Would you say you have an eye for detail?

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Vodka. Jägermeister. And recently I fell in love with Gin, after hating it for 30+ years.


Q:

Probably Daisy Ridley. She's a blast.

I also really like Amandla Stenberg. You're going to be seeing a lot of her in the future.

http://ew.com/movies/2017/04/27/everything-everything-amandla-stenberg-interview/

A:

I am a lifelong Republican who decided that I would stay in my party and fight for needed change. Joe Scarborough recently made news for leaving the GOP. I totally understand his decision. But I want to work for progress within a party that's been co-opted. There are more independent-minded Republicans than we all realize. We can make a difference.


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Despicable me. It's a shitty version of the Simpson's ride. There isn't nearly enough immersion when you get in the RV, it's not a very long ride, and the plot to the ride is pretty nonsensical.

A:

Yes. The military taught me to be as throughout as possible when reviewing items.


Q:

Would you have spent like 2 months instead of three years if you all weren't constantly drinking?

A:

Rumor has it you're a yinzer. How has that informed (if at all) the way you write for EW?


Q:

What do you think is at the heart of the Christian faith?

Relatedly, who is Jesus and what were his intentions?

A:

Went to the Simpsons ride a couple of years ago. I remember it was the ride we had to wait the longest to get into. Do you think that ride is overrated? I personally did.


Q:

What are your thoughts on the electoral college and the senate?

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yeah, more like 2 weeks... but what's the fun of that? also, anticipation is the biggest joy, isnt it? ;)


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I am! I grew up in a little town in Western PA called New Kensington, and I went to college in Pittsburgh. I love that city, that area, and I wish I got back there more.

I think it helped to grow up there and be far, far away from the creation of movies. One time, when I was in high school, Bruce Willis came to town to shoot a movie called "Striking Distance." He was on a speedboat, shooting up and down the river. I think the entire region came to the bluffs to watch. Now, it seems so small time. In LA, a movie like that would just irritate people for tying up traffic or something. But to my town, this was like encountering aliens from space.

I really loved movies (doesn't every kid?), so I thought it was cool. I never, ever, ever expected to get a front row seat to the creation of these stories. I like to think that in my writing for EW, I know what might interest that kid like me, who is just dying to know more about the films that are coming his way.

Before EW existed, I subscribed to Premiere magazine and would hang pages from that on my wall, anticipating the films that were coming out in a few months. As someone who writes those stories now, I try to write for that reader -- rather than a business story for someone in the industry. Does that make sense?

A:

Love.

To me, Jesus is the intersection of the divine and human who lived, died, and rose again to show us the love God has for us.


Q:

I worked at the ride for a good while and I got to hear the audio so many times that I know it by heart. So to me, the ride is overrated, however, comparatively, I believe it's one of the best rides in the park. Your wait time depends on what time of year you went, and how well staffed they were. In the summer, the ride breaks down because of heat, or we have to shut it down to avoid overheating/fires. We drop one dome, and what was a loading capacity of roughly 360 people every 5 minutes drops by half.

A:

Electoral College is a outdated system and should be replaced with the popular vote.


Q:

How did the story change in terms of Lemmy's passing? Was there another story before?

A:

Perfect sense! I've been a big fan of your work in EW for years. You've done a great service bringing scoops to us fans for years. Thanks!

P.S. Next on my reading list: Brutal Youth!


Q:

What convinced you to move to Arkansas?

A:

Hi. I'm going there this summer. Do you have any park tips? Or secrets about universal that would be cool to know?


Q:

How would you address the poor way Illinois spends money on disability services? For instance, Illinois spends 2.72/1000 of personal income on services for the developmentally delayed. Minnesota spends $6.95 per $1000, yet Illinois spends a greater proportion on housing such people in institutions instead of smaller group housing in communities like MN does. Illinois ranks nearly last in all the states on keeping disabled people segregated and not part of the community.

Social services haven't been paid since January, and there are no hopes for the people stuck in the institutions as long as people's jobs and entire small town economies are based on these institutions. https://psmag.com/social-justice/i-will-no-longer-raise-my-son-in-illinois

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The general idea and story did not change. Lemmy's role certainly changed. He wanted to be, and we wanted him to be, Victor's mentor in the game. Lemmy would have been the one to directly send Vic out into these worlds to clean up the shit these evil nutters cause. He would have talked to Victor directly and there would have been some funny, lovely back-and-forth between him and the great LLOYD KAUFMAN...

I will post parts of the original script, if you like!


Q:

It's a dark, weird story, but a lot of it is TRUE. :)

If you're in the mood for double-crosses, mayhem, and deep, abiding friendship, I think you'll like it. Hope so, anyway.

A:

We moved to Arkansas 12 years ago to start Vintage Fellowship. We came here because we wanted to be near a university and in a growing part of the country. What we've found is home. Northwest Arkansas is simply the best kept secret in America. It is so optimistic and innovative. We're never leaving.


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Get there early, make sure you watch the Waterworld show and go along on the studio tour. Those are the most iconic. The rides that I really recommend you check out are Forbidden Journey (Harry Potter ride) and Simpson's ride. The only rollercoaster is The Mummy. The busiest time and longest lines are from 10-3pm. If you get there at opening, you can hit almost every ride without waiting in any lines. As the day gets late, the lines die down almost completely. The shows end before any of the rides close, so do those first.

I can't think of any secrets.

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(1) We can restore faith by coming together (Example: The Resistance) and fighting for a common goal.

(2) I want to be one that motivates the ones that has lost faith in democracy. I will advocate, represent, and listen to all residents of Illinois 6th Congressional District.


Q:

I know I'd love to see it. Rock on, man.

A:

What's in the pipeline for Steven Spielberg? Esp on the Sci Fi front?


Q:

What are the top 3 things you want to change in Washington right now, whether possible or not?

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I went there recently and I highly recommend downloading the app. Makes it easier to navigate around the park and plan by looking at rides wait times.


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here we go man. And thanks!

Probably the formatting will be killed... cant spend time on that now. But let's see:

MOTÖRHEAD THROUGH THE AGES
(draft SA/AH, June 3rd 2015)

EXT. UNKNOWN LOCATION – INTRO

CUTSCENE / STILL(S) VERSION A)

Victor is riding on a motorbike through the thick mist of white smoke.

LEMMY He rides a road that don’t have no end. An open highway without any bends.1

A rumble and a thunderous roar shakes the ground bringing Victor’s bike to a stop. The bike won’t budge, so Victor gets down to investigate.
(-> SWITCH TO GAMEPLAY) Snaggletooth (incarnation World War (World 2 boss fight)) appears. Parts of basic tutorial (movement, dodging, 2 weapon fight)

CUTSCENE / STILL(S) VERSION B)

Victor is shown asleep next to a campfire. (A horse lying by his side.)

LEMMY (Lyric/quote to be discovered)

A rumble and a thunderous roar shakes the ground, waking up Victor.
(-> SWITCH TO GAMEPLAY)
(see above)

1 Iron Horse reference/quote After a designated number of hits, only a few minutes of fighting, Snaggletooth strikes a fatal blow to Victor. Exaggerated, nightmarish effects, clouds, colors appear on screen. Scene fades to darkness and we hear Victor release a soft gasp of air.

(-> CUTSCENE / STILL(S))

Darkness. We hear the close sound of a gentle stream.
Victor opens his eyes (first person point of view / fade to black in/our screens) and bursts out gasping for air.
He looks to his side to find that he is slightly submerged in a low-lying stream of water. Then he catches sight of a figure in the distance (transition blurred-to-normal cam).
Lemmy can be seen sitting on a throne2 on the stage (moderately elevated). He’s reading a (war-related) book.
Lemmy doesn’t acknowledge Victor till Victor says in a strained voice:

VICTOR Where- Where am I?

LEMMY (voice echoes) Victor, kid3, you’re here,

We see Lemmy getting up from his throne. Victor closes his eyes for a quick moment, trying to snap out of it. When he opens his eyes again, he’s surprised to see Lemmy’s feet already close to his face. Lemmy is standing above Victor4.

2 Ask Lemmy to skribble his preferred throne 3 Lemmy will change the way he addresses Victor over the course of the game (kid -> Victor -> Hunter) 4 this is to suggest the idea of Lemmy’s authority over Victor LEMMY (clear voice) You look like damaged goods, kid. I thought you’d appear stronger, after all I’ve heard (about you).

Victor sits up in the water and looks up at Lemmy.

VICTOR (strained) I’ve seen you, I’ve seen you before.

Lemmy smiles faintly.

VICTOR How did I get here?

LEMMY You floated in, on the Stream of Consciousness5.

Lemmy sniggers suggestively and offers Victor a hand to help him up. Victor takes it.

VICTOR That’s what this is?

LEMMY Well, you’re awake aren’t you, kid?

Lemmy turns around partially and then back with two glasses of red liquid. He offers Victor one of the glasses.

Victor takes the glass, while taking a good look at his surroundings in disbelief.

VICTOR I am not so sure.

5 a literary device, a narrative mode, that seeks "to depict the multitudinous thoughts and feelings which pass through the mind – in this case, Victor’s. Another term for it is 'interior monologue'. Which is why it would work really well as an extended metaphor – the comparison here is between Victor’s consciousness and the events of the game all being part of a dream. That’s why Lemmy sniggers.. because HE knows all about it.

LEMMY Drink up. You’ll feel much better. It’s the stuff of life.

VICTOR (drinks, coughs) It is WINE!

LEMMY (knowing half laugh) What’d you think it was? Blood?!

Victor is done with the wine. Lemmy take his glass and Victor’s and seemingly crushes both glasses in both hands effortlessly. He opens his hands and blows metallic dust.

VICTOR (startled, then firmly) Why am I here?

LEMMY Music is suffering, Victor. And while Music suffers, the world suffers. Corruption, greed, and tyranny prevail. Evil bastards got nothing else to do. And because of these parasites, people have got no rights. In the meantime, the innocent are stuck in a kind of half-life of constant decay. All is broken. Mighty cities are laid to ruin, burning to the ground.6

VICTOR And what do I have to do with this?

LEMMY Everything. (pause) You have a greater purpose, yet you spend the rest of your days like you’ve been Buried Alive (and it’s doing you in), kid. (pause) I know of the burden you carry. The reason you live in isolation. 7

6 Brotherhood of Man lyrics (marked) 7 Buried Alive song and lyrics (marked) VICTOR (grunts, shameful) You do not understand, I-

LEMMY You’re a walking plague? I know. But there’s neither a trace of blackness nor the hardness of stone in your heart and soul. You know, your problems ain’t exactly new.8

VICTOR How do you know all of this?

LEMMY (waves a hand, dismissively) You are looking for some peace of mind, aren’t you? Someone to tell you what to do. (pause) Well, I’m telling you, We Are the Last, Victor. We must stand our ground and fight. I can show you how to turn your curse into a boon, but first you must embrace it. 9

VICTOR Embrace this curse? Never.

LEMMY (sadly) Everything comes with a great price. But your curse gives you an advantage that others don’t have – it gives you the power to perform the abilities and wield the weapons I’ll be giving you to conquer the blackness that stalks the night as well as the day. (pause) I’m gonna change your luck, kid.10

VICTOR How?

8 Blackheart & Heart of Stone references 9 Death Machine & Fight 10 intending to make Lemmy’s plan to remove Victor’s curse as subtle as possible, it should be a pleasant surprise to gamers and Victor in the end. Don’t give too much away so quickly, otherwise the game loses its element of suspense. Also we can keep all ways open, of how we gonna end this story. LEMMY You’ll see. Do you wish to be saved, Victor?

VICTOR Yes?

LEMMY (more firmly, louder/build-up) You don’t seem so confident, Victor. (short pause) DO YOU WISH TO BE SAVED?

VICTOR YES!

LEMMY Then work for it. Here, you’re gonna need this.

Victor is taken by surprise as Lemmy passes Victor the “Sword of Glory”.

Lemmy soars up to the stage and takes his seat on his throne.11

LEMMY (into mic, loud) BEGIN!

(-> SWITCH TO GAMEPLAY)

TUTORIAL PART 2

Metalhead-Skeletons storming in from both stage doors, left and right. Arena fight, several waves.

Tutorial text on screen showing how to use the sword.

Tutorial text on screen showing how to use the new Motörpower (TBD).

Also reminds player not to forget to dodge when necessary.

11 This is why the stage is elevated. Lemmy can watch from his throne as though Victor is a gladiator in an arena. LEMMY (into mic, loud) Several comments, screaming, Laughing, etc

After successfully defeating all the enemies with the Sword of Glory, Lemmy claps his hands and gestures to Victor, saying:

LEMMY (into mic, loud) RRRISE!

Victor floats onto the stage before Lemmy.

LEMMY It’s time to send you off to see Wizard Lloyd of the Pub at the End of Time. He’ll bring you up to speed and prepare you for the times ahead.

A strong wind begins to brush against them. Victor’s eyes linger over to Snaggletooth hanging lifeless on the wall. He recognizes it to be the face of the creature he fought a short time earlier.

VICTOR (into mic, loud) Hey!! that’s-

Lemmy places his hands on Victor’s shoulders.

LEMMY The only proof of what you are is in the way you see the truth. Don’t be scared, Victor. Live to win. Stay clean.

Whoosh! Victor is teleported to the entrance of the Pub at the End of Time to meet Lloyd and travel to WÖRLD 1 – Wild West – from that place.

TO BE CONTINUED.


Q:

He's got Ready Player One coming up next March!

http://ew.com/movies/2017/07/14/ready-player-one-first-look-photo/

Right now, he's shooting a movie about the leak of The Pentagon Papers to the Washington Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. It's called The Papers and is supposed to be out in January.

That's a tight deadline, but he knows what he's doing.

A:
  1. Let's fix the healthcare crisis once and for all with Medicare For All.

  2. Let's get money out of politics so that our elected officials will actually serve the people who elect them rather than the corporate donors and lobbyists who own them.

  3. Let's make sure that all people, regardless of race, country of origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, background, wealth, etc. has equal access to liberty and opportunity.


Q:

I was never a personal fan of the app but that's because it's not the most accurate thing. All wait time changes go as follow: Ride op sees line gets long Ride op calls his ride's dispatch office and tells them Dispatch office calls central command to let them know CC has to manually update the wait times both at the ride Queues and on the App.

Then again i haven't been to the Park as a guest in 6ish months.

A:

No. Trump should be impeached if Robert Mueller Special Committee finds enough evidence. Donald Trump shouldn't even be President, because Hillary had 3 million more votes, but sadly our democracy doesn't believe in the popular vote.


Q:

How was that not obvious?

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Hey, thanks for doing this.

My Question: How do you feel after the films release and how often do you think you predicted the success or failure?


Q:

Are you willing to seize the means of production and lead an revolutionary movement to remove the bourgeoisie?

A:

How many attractions did you get to see "with the lights on?" Which ones were less impressive? Which ones were more impressive?


Q:

what can I do? :)

A:

I don't know if I ever predict a film's success or failure. I like when good things succeed, but I'm not really in the prediction game, per se.

For instance, I love Tim Burton's Frankenweenie. Weird name, but that movie is spectacular. Scary, sweet, funny. It was absolutely REJECTED by moviegoers.

Maybe parents thought it was too scary for kids? Maybe the goofy name alienated people? I don't know. It's a treasured movie in our house, though. And it's about something real -- kids lose pets, they lose older relatives, and sometimes, tragically, they lose parents or siblings. Death is a part of life. This movie was about a kid trying to deal with that -- and actually defying it.

But ... it was a total bomb. That bums me out because it makes it harder for another studio to take a risk on a movie like that. But at least it exists.

And I wrote one of my favorite stories because of it:

The Strange Story of Tim Burton's Normal Hometown http://ew.com/article/2012/10/05/tim-burton-frankenweenie-hometown/


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I'm more of a "love your enemies" kind of guy.

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The only ride that I got to get a full tour of, lights on and everything was The Simpsons ride. When you get hired as a ride Op, you get a full tour of your attraction, lights on and all. It's for safety reasons so you know how to evacuate guests. It takes a lot of safety clearance to be allowed to get a "track walk" of any ride if you aren't originally from it. I did get to see the inside of the Mummy when it got stuck once. And Jurassic Park when the water was getting drained. The Mummy was pretty cool as you get to see how the track twists and turns inside a sound stage. It all feels so close and cramped. I'd say that the Simpsons was the coolest of all. There are two MASSIVE domes with four stories. Two above and one below ground for seating, and one more at the base of the domes for maintenance.


Q:

Rock out?

A:

What's your favourite movie of all time?


Q:

What's it like being the father of a two year old, and a college student, and running for office -- all simultaneously?

A:

So do you hear anything where Super Nintendo World is gonna be? How it it like working there though? With the Studio Tour and all, do you have access behind the actual soundstages and production with directors and actors and all? BTW, Why did Harry Potter closed at HHN?


Q:

...but not with my... ? ;) haha

A:

Hmm ... this will sound weird.

It's Avalon, Barry Levinson's movie from 1990 -- starring a very young Elijah Wood and the German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl as his grandfather. The old guy is a storyteller, and he's the keeper of the family history. Now that the family is in America, they are naturally growing apart and changing. But this little boy and his grandfather, they are the keepers of the stories that hold them together.

It spans a number of decades, and it's just warm, and funny, and heartbreaking. It has a line that I think of all the time: "If I knew things would no longer be here, I would have tried to remember better."

When I go home to Pittsburgh, and places I used to visit are gone ... Or I look at my children, and wonder where the little baby went now that a big kid is standing in front of me, I think of that.

"If I had known things would no longer be here, I would have tried to remember better."


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Plus, I co-pastor our church and work a full-time job.

Honestly? I don't watch nearly as much Netflix as I used to. That, and I'm tired a lot. But I can't imagine doing anything else right now.

A:

Some people say that it will be taking over the Mummy sound stage, some say that it will get it's own sound stage next to transformers, no one really knows. I worked as a ride op at the Simpsons so no, I did not get access to areas where things were being filmed. I never had any interactions with directors or actors while they were filming. The sound stages and production areas are really secluded to anyone who isn't supposed to be back there. However, during horror nights, I worked route 666, and to traverse that long stretch land quickly, without having to bump into guests, we would go behind and around sound stages. There's a fence that blocks the area where Exorcist was last year and where the sound stages are, I got to go back there and use it as a detour. WWoHP closes during HHN because HHN is a massive operation. The amount of people working the event is almost the same as during day ops, just more scare actors and less ride ops. WWoHP is also a very big place, it can hold up to 12k people (don't quote me on that) and there is a limit to how many people we are allowed to have in the park during HHN. The average night will have around 22-24k people max. Whereas day operations we can hit over 40k. Fire marshal will only approve in the area of 27 thousand people at MAX. So if WW stays open, then the small amount of people will be there instead of at the mazes. I know that last yea it was opened for an hour or two towards the end of the event's run. Short answer:safety concern/too many people to staff.

I liked working at Universal, but it got in the way of school so I quit in February but am working there again this HHN as a scare actor. Nice environment and really, really nice people.


Q:

What does pot of greed do?

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What is your favorite Stephen King book? Also on a scale of one to jaw-dropping, how awesome/friendly/cool is Stephen King in person?


Q:

If a bill comes up that is not constitutionally sound but not voting for it may go against one of your personal principles as a Christian what will you do?

Edit to be specific:

Let's say x is legal per the Supreme Court. X is also seen by many Christians as a sin. Someone puts in a bill to block x, likely knowing it will be overturned through appeals but getting to look like they are doing something. Do you vote to block because of your religion or vote against because it's against the Constitution?

A:

What's the weirdest thing you have ever seen?


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It grows a plant of misery?

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My favorite remains my first: Pet Sematary. I still have the beaten-to-shit old paperback my grandma bought me -- when I failed to persuade her to take 12-year-old me to the movie. I read that thing and it was SO scary, and SO sad, and SO intense. I immediately bought composition notebook and one of those pens with the soft, squishy thing to hold, and began writing scary stories. (The first was called "The Dare," about a kid who is dared by bullies to dig up a dead body and take its skull. He does -- and then SURPRISE the dead body comes to his house that night to take it back. But the kids at school were weirded out that he actually did it, so he threw the head away. The body ends up taking his instead. Ha ha, not bad for 12!)

Anyway, his work means a lot to me. But I've never met him in person. We've spoken on the phone several times and on email a little bit. I think he is genuinely a decent guy and has a great sense of humor, about himself and the larger, twisted world we inhabit.

I'm glad he exists. He is extremely generous and big-hearted. I always say that the scariest man in the world is also one of the nicest.

(If we ever do meet, I'm hoping he won't mind signing that battered paperback I told you about.)


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The role of a Congressperson is to represent the people of their district, not impose their personal beliefs or morality on everyone else. I'm committed to being the independent voice the people of AR-3 need.

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Not exactly weird because of the circumstances, but during HHN I had a guy dressed as Ali-G. Not only was he in full costume, but we was in full character.


Q:

what were some video games you tried to emulate or design off of ?

A:

what is the most memorable piece you can recall working on?


Q:

What is your stance on abortion? Are you pro-life and antiabortion?

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Is there any creepy story you saw in the park ?


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For Victor Vran we had several goals: to let you dive in as quickly as possible, to allow you to customize your own build and to allow you to make the most of your quick reflexes and decision-making. So the list of inspirations is quite long, but among them I remember Bastion, Guild Wars 1 and 2, Diablo and Path of Exile, and some classic action game series such as DMC.

The Motorhead DLC itself really had no reference in games... a tiny tiny bit of inspiration from Brutal Legend perhaps, but not really.

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This was one of my hardest interviews - but also one of my favorites.

http://ew.com/article/2012/12/07/whos-afraid-tommy-lee-jones/


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I am prolife, but I think the best way to reduce the number of abortions is through access to healthcare and education. I think the focus of the prolife movement ought to be more focused on these things that have actually worked at reducing abortions rather than overturning Roe.

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There's the story of Jennifer from the Simpson's ride. Worker died on the third floor of one of the domes and her spirit roams the halls. Other than that, no.


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Where did you grow up?

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What is the most egregious thing you have been able to write off as a work expense? What is the biggest work expense that you regret?


Q:

What are the most important concerns for your district? How will you address these concerns?

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How did she die?


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I grew up at the border of the Ruhrgebiet in Germany (near a town called Duisburg). Very industrial area. The steel and coal center of Germany... tough people, very straight, very direct and in your face. Loved it. Still love going there.

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Eh, more often I'm the one eating expenses, usually because of a lost receipt or waiting too long to file. I don't have any crazy expenses. One time, years and years ago, Mark Wahlberg ordered a lot of wine at a lunch interview. I was pretty scared about turning in that expense -- around $400. But the AP bosses just shrugged it off. It didn't happen that often, and it wasn't going to break their bank. But to me, at the time, that was a week's salary!


Q:

The two biggest ones right now are:

Healthcare - we need to pass Medicare for All.

Money in politics - we need leaders who aren't bought and paid for by corporate donors who will actually serve the people.

A:

She fell into the Hydraulic pit that lifts the ride vehicle up....or something, I don't remember which story it is.


Q:

What was Lemmy´s relationships with videogames? I read he was a big fan of Star Fox, but did not read anything about modern games at all, besides his acting in Brütal Legend.

A:

Star Wars Rebels has 1 more season. Any word on what disney will replace it with?


Q:

What's your favorite book? Or second-fav, if the Bible is your first ;-)

A:

Fuck... that sounds terrible.


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Oddly we haven't spoken much about "other" games. I don't think Lemmy was into "modern games" a lot. He loved his fair share of Star Wars games (Rogue Squadron I THINK was one he enjoyed lots).

He liked Victor's gameplay and feel a lot and I am sure we would have played quite a few rounds of that, seriously

A:

I don't know! But I'm hoping we get another Star Wars series out of Dave Filoni.


Q:

That's a tough one. Can I name several?

A New Kind of Christianity - Brian McLaren Ragamuffin Gospel - Brennan Manning How the Irish Saved Civilization - Thomas Cahill What's So Amazing About Grace - Philip Yancey Little Green Men - Christopher Buckley

... and that's just scratching the surface. Too many to name.

A:

It's probably bullshit. There was a worker who fell into the same pit about a year before I got hired and he only broke a leg. The only person who I know for a fact that died in the park was the suicider. Guy ran in with a gun after being told to stop by security, he ran all the way to Despicable Me (behind the attraction) and shot himself in the head. At least that's the way I've been told about the events but it was definitely televised.


Q:

What was your reaction to the recent news about the lead singer of Linkin Park committing suicide on Chris Cornell's birthday?

A:

Do you know what the next Star Wars spin off will be and can't/won't say or could you care to take a guess?


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What're your views on Net Neutrality?

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Just a shame... don't have any words for that. :(


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I don't know. If I knew for sure, I would say. Four years ago, I broke the story that Lucasfilm was doing spin-offs focused on Han Solo and Boba Fett and the bounty hunters. Obviously, Solo is happening, and Josh Trank was doing Boba Fett before he was let go and the film went on the shelf. (I think it's still there, mint in the box.)

I've been on record before saying that I expect they'll revisit Obi-Wan Kenobi in those in-between years from Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. People keep asking Ewan McGregor if he's doing one, and he keeps saying "I don't know, maybe, I would love to."

I think audiences clearly want that. But I also think that won't happen until after the new saga sorts out what it wants to do with Obi-Wan's legacy. If he has ties to the new characters, they're going to want to establish that before connecting the dot back to that in-between era.

A:

Quality, high-speed access to the internet is rapidly becoming, maybe already has become, a necessity to participate in both the national and global economies. If we want a country where everyone from any background has the opportunity to chase their dreams, develop their ideas, and compete with large corporations, we can’t allow those companies to control their access. A free and open internet is necessary if we want to keep speech free and promote innovation.

Technology has the potential to save rural America by providing greater and equal access to education, and allowing a large number of workers to choose to live in small towns without giving up their ability to work simply because they need a fast internet connection.


Q:

Aaah, why has Lloyd teleported behind me?! I am the superfan, no! AAAAAAH!

I am Achim's #1 superfan, yesss, your uncle Lloydie!

A:

If Rey is Kenobi's granddaughter, maybe.


Q:

"Bathroom bills" (bills aimed at requiring trans individuals to use the bathroom of their assigned gender rather than the one they identify with) are pretty popular in America right now. What are your views on these bills?

A:

HAHAA I smell AROMA DU TROMA

...whoever that superfan is, he/she should contact me personally, when I am in a really good mood! And only then! ;)


Q:

Exactly. Or somebody else's.

A:

I think people ought to be allowed to live their lives in peace and quiet. I think the government needs to get out of our bedrooms and bathrooms. I stand with my trans friends who simply want to get on with their lives.

Frankly, I find it galling that my Republican friends who like to talk about small government don't see their own hypocrisy when they push intrusive bills like the "bathroom bills."


Q:

I have a few questions: Which consoles did Lemmy play on? What did Lemmy think of all the music he influenced? Which consoles did Lemmy play on? How did the game come about?

A:

Hi Anthony, love reading your reports especially from the Star Wars universe! I wanted to ask you what has been your favourite story from a film set that you've worked on in the past year? Also, when you're writing, how do you separate the inner fan in you? :) Keep up the good work!


Q:

Although AR-3 had voted for Trump in a large out-turn, I'm not sure what it's primaries looked like. I was and still am a large fan of Marco Rubio, yet I'm not sure how he did outside of the more key states such as Florida, California, New York, Texas, etc. Did he do well in Arkansas? Who did you go for in the primaries?

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1) I dont know really.. I saw him playing on the N64 and on his iPad. But he had various consoles.

2) I can't speak for Lemmy, of course, and can only give my impression from a few sentences we shared about this: he was definitely very proud about it. Never bragged (he never bragged about anything, ever!), but you could feel he was really honored by that. And he was always interested in listening to such bands.

3) see 1) ;)

4) The very short version: we liked our Victor Vran soundtrack in general, but I pushed a bit for trying out "live rock music" while playing it. Gave it a very different feel to the more atmospheric, calmer, moody tracks... so, I discussed it with Gabriel - the genius behind Haemimont Games and one of my very best friends out there - and he tried Motorhead (as he knew I lived and breathed Motorhead anyway and knew them a bit and all)... and he loved it. So he said "go, ask them if they'd give us a song or two."....

...and so I did. And the more I talked with Todd Singerman and the nice ppl at Global and the more the band got involved, the more our discussions went into a "hey -- why should we just give you a few songs? Why don't you create an entire game about the band?" (I think that was influenced by Lemmy behind the scenes, but what do I know)...

so, from there we went to a "okay, let's do a 1-2 hour game... tiny, fun, in your face action"... and the result is a 10-20 hour game that's NOT tiny, but VERY in your face action ;)


Q:

Thank you! Black Panther was incredible fun to cover, but going back a little further, I really loved visiting the set of The Dark Tower. That trip took me to South Africa, which was gorgeous. I tried to work some of the place into the piece.

http://ew.com/article/2016/07/14/dark-tower-idris-elba-stephen-king-gunslinger/

A:

I voted for Senator Rubio in the Republican primary in Arkansas. He was the best option of the three who were vying to win our state primary, though I would have preferred to vote for Governor Kasich, if he had had a legit shot in our primary.

It's also important to say that I wasn't a big fan of the whole GOP slate this last time around.


Q:

Hey Achim, We talked over facebook about the game. I'm here again to tell you: Thanks again for this wonderful project of yours. As soon as I heard about this game (I think it was in like 2014 I guess), I was so excited and the game did deliver!

  1. What did Lemmy do for the game? Did he wanted you to put stuff. I can picture Lemmy sitting in a chair, drinking some Vodka telling you something like: "Hey man, put some demons in this. Hot ones at best". Was there things in the creative process that were forbidden by the motorhead reps?

  2. How did you find these drawings made by lem? They're fucking fun man. You got more?

  3. Is there a way to play with a motorhead costume? Can't find a way to get one!

Anyway, you're the freaking best man and again. Thanks. Seeing the man one last time was very emotional for me. That was something so bittersweet. Thank you.

A:

What motivated you to go into politics?


Q:

Hey man!! This is so kind. Thank you for these words!!! :)

1) EXACTLY man, this is basically how it worked. Lemmy comfortable, a drink, and just chatting about. It had to have a sexy opponent - so we created the Succubi. And we went through these concepts quite a bit.

And Lemmy, as everybody knows, had huge interest in and knowledge of knives and swords and stuff, so he got very much involved in those. Telling us to "CUT THIS CRAP -- THIS IS SILLY!! THIS THING WOULD BREAK IN A SECOND MAN! MAKE IT THICK OR THROW IT IN THE BIN!" hahaha...

Lemmy also explained exactly what he wanted to be in the game (Victor's Mentor). And we talked about the big question "should players be able to play YOU as a character? Phil? Mikkey? The former members?" etc etc etc

Management and the creatives at Motorhead music and Global, our partner on this project were really cool to work with. There were rules and I got my ass kicked several times, but it had to be like that. The game dev world is not the same as the rock world and that had to be learned. And that was fun to learn man :)

A:

In the days after the presidential election, I kept having the same conversation over and over again with friends of mind. People kept saying, "We've got to do something." Well, I'm the kind of person who thinks that if we need to do something, it might as well be something big.

When I learned about Brand New Congress, I almost immediately knew that this could be the something big I could do. In my district, there wasn't going to be a serious people-first alternative to our representative. I decided that it was worth it to jump into the race and give voters the choice they deserve.


Q:

I remember he was into knives a lot. From an interview for french tv he explained that anyone can shoot a gun to kill. But with a knive, it's a personal moment, you feel the man shaking, the resistance of the skins, blood coming on you. So you telling me he said "MAKE BIG KNIVES" I like that.

Also: "Make it thick or throw it in the bin" -Lemmy Kilmister.

A:

Who is someone who inspires you?


Q:

HAHA ... that quote looks great really!

A:

I've said for a long time that when I grow up, I want to be like Brian McLaren. Brian is a Christian pastor and author. He is wise and insightful. He's willing to evolve and change. But what I find most inspiring is that he is just so very gracious and kind to people who disagree with him. I've had the honor of meeting him personally, and it only enhanced my opinion of him. I love me some Brian McLaren.


Q:

I wonder what ever happened (or will happen) with his knife collection. I remember he had a huge collection of Hitler Youth daggers.

A:

I have to admit, I'm rather skeptical of placing another bible belt politician in charge of things in the state that should be separated from church. Furthermore, it would be extremely hard for you to gain votes from other Christians who have more classic (although racist) values of the South. How do you plan to overcome the clear racism from your state regarding LGBTQ communities as well as people of different backgrounds and skin color?


Q:

2) I talked to the great Cameron Webb. Super Producer. Kind man. Lovely man. ...and he said he had saved a few treasures during their recording sessions. He has shitloads of those. ...some of them were put into the BAD MAGIC booklet later on and I like to think that my interest in them for the video game inspired that a bit. Who knows.

I have a few more, yeah. But these are the coolest ones. And so fucking funny. I still laugh about the "How to drive my bike" and put the "did I let my iron on" at the end of my presentations at conventions/conferences and stuff...

A:

Fair points.

I'm not a traditional politician, and I haven't been a traditional pastor either. Here's one of the things I've learned over the years at our church, Vintage Fellowship: when people from different backgrounds and perspectives come together to listen to each other and learn from each, that's when love happens. I think our political system needs to learn this same lesson.

I'm going to be honest with the people of my district about what I believe, about LGBTQ protections and more. I think people will respect and respond well to someone being straightforward with them.


Q:

What's your favorite Motörhead album and why? Mine is iron fist

A:

Where do you get your news?

How will u resist blindly falling for the often unverified claims of the establishment (Iraq has WMDs and the like)?

Do you support getting rid of voting machines?

What do you think of Ranked Choice Voting?


Q:

I can't say that. I really can't. Some of them are so different to the others... I am aware this is a bad reply, but I don't wanna lie.

From the newer ones I absolutely adore AFTERSHOCK. From the older ones... man... ORGASMATRON for sure... IRON FIST, yeah! ...and I have my ANOTHER PERFECT DAY kick like once a year... and then I can listen to it for 2 weeks straight (and I will) ;)

Why? Aftershock had so much variation on it. And it just felt vivid and brutal and made me go drift away with moody stuff like Dust & Glass.

Another Perfect Day -- Die you bastard!! Dancing on your grave!!! Funny Farm!!! Lots of awesome classics I adore..!

Iron Fist was rough, in your face, very "being in the studio", which I also liked...

yeah...

A:

I think one of the biggest problems in our current system is that so many people stay within their own echo chamber. So, I intentionally read Drudge, FoxNews, HuffPost, and CNN everyday. I also get a lot of my news on Twitter.

Since my campaign is about People>Party, my loyalty will be to my voters not the establishment. Not to mention ... I'm a naturally skeptical person.

Not sure on the voting machines. I get that we're worried about hacking and interference, but I tend to be someone who wants to see us moving forward with innovation and technology.

I think Ranked Choice Voting is a really interesting idea that needs to be studied. I'm not opposed to it.


Q:

Hi there, Achim! One of my favorite parts of Motorhead Trough the Ages were the journal pages you can find, that reveal Motorhead's lore and philosophy. How did that come about?

A:

Not sure on the voting machines. I get that we're worried about hacking and interference, but I tend to be someone who wants to see us moving forward with innovation and technology.

I recommend watching the HBO documentary "Hacking Democracy"


Q:

hey mate! I am glad you love those. ...and isn't Lloyd just the perfect man to recite those?

...pretty early on I thought that it would be nice to have such things as collectibles in the game. And when we had to change the script, quite drastically, because of Lemmy not being able to be more involved (...), it got way more priority. Originally I wanted to have these quotes and gags and so many things that Lemmy talked about in his music, books and our conversations in the dialogues that Victor (and Lloyd) would have with him in the game... When Lemmy's part became a silent role, I wanted to save this, so we put everything into these pages.

I am really glad you like them... I wonder how many you've found, how many you've missed...

A:

I'll check it out. Thanks.


Q:

Do you have your own Queen of the Damned? ;)

A:

HAHAHA... yeah, I think so. HAHA... let me cut that here. ;)


Q:

I have heard that Lemmy and HHH from wwe were good friends. Is this true? Did you ever meet him?

A:

AFAIK TripleH adored Lemmy and Lemmy liked him back, a lot. I have never met TripleH though... I can imagine he is a good chap! Definitely one with good taste in people. :)


Q:

I missed it, I'm in an unusual timezone. If you do come back, do you have any weird or unusual Lemmy stories? I'd really like to know about the side of Lemmy we don't really see in the spotlight.

A:

Hi there, wherever you are! ;) It is not really a story, neither something new, but what I always found remarkable about Lemmy, apart from the fact that he was decent and fun and just so bloody cool, was his patience with his fans. Even with the ones that approached him like he was just waiting for them to approach him, you know. Annoying ones, in my opinion. :) He never ever lost his patience, was always friendly, gave an autograph, posed for a photo. Really down to earth and I thought that was really cool.

Weird or unusual? No, nothing really comes to mind. But what I remember from my first time meeting the band is Phil, who pranked people by putting toothpaste on door handles. It is pure joy to see Phil reacting whenever a prank works out. I love that guy. So much fun. :)


Q:

What bands and/or music did Lemmy enjoy listening to when he was alone or with close friends? Do you know of particular songs/albums that meant a lot to him on a sentimental level?

A:

Unfortunately I can't really answer that with anything interesting. He liked a lot of "traditional" Rock'n Roll, as everybody knows.. I only heard him play stuff like Little Richard or the Beatles. And Motorhead - he enjoyed listening to his own work - which isn't a surprise either, as great as this is. :) ...sorry for this utterly boring reply! ;)