Many of you like author Neil Gaiman, and many of you like video games and here the twain meet.

Gaiman’s coming out with a new puzzle/adventure game, WAYWARD MANOR, you play the ghost.

Based on an original tale by Neil Gaiman, Wayward Manor is a new game for PC, Mac and tablets, due to be released July 15th, 2014.

Set in a 1920s Victorian Gothic pastoral estate, Wayward Manor focuses on the plight of a ghost whose hope of a peaceful after-life is interrupted by a remarkable cast of intruders. Awoken from his post-mortem slumbers, our ghost must find ever-more inventive and brilliant ways to scare them away. As the ghost learns more about the living characters, he also learns more about his own death and after-life, and the danger they are all facing.

You can meet the cast at the website, and get more information. I LOVE haunted houses!

What video games do you play? A long time ago on a terminal far, far away I played Colossal Cave Adventure – there was no monitor, it was all on printout.

“You are in a twisty maze of passageways, all alike…”

I was visiting my computer cousin and her terminal was connected to the big computer where she worked over the telephone line. I was hooked and stayed up all night — until I blew the fuse on the whole affair. But really, since then I haven’t done much gaming. I’m overwhelmed by the concept of World of Warcraft, I never even SIMSed. But since Wayward Manor is new, I’m going to jump in and try it. What games are you hooked on playing? What would you recommend to a friend or relative? I confess I crush candies sometimes, do you have a similar secret to share?

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Sidenote: Recently a young writer feeling discouraged at home asked Gaiman for advice. His answer shows why Gaiman has so many dedicated fans.

stay-au-ponyboy asked:

What is your best advice to a budding writer around 16 whose father is one of those of the opinion that “dreams don’t come true” and “writing isn’t a real job”? He discourages her in more ways than one and it hurts her a lot. (it’s me. The budding writer is me, hello)

Neil Gaiman replied:

Perhaps he was hurt enough to believe that we cannot make our dreams come true, and he may want to protect you from similar hurt.

He may just want to be sure you can feed yourself as an adult. I remember a concerned mother, at a school careers evening, telling me that little Johnny wanted to know if there was career safety in being a Freelance Writer, and I told her no, probably she and little Johnny should go and talk to the people in the main hall about hotel administration and such…

Writing is definitely a real job. I know many, many writers who make a living wage from their words (fewer who make Lots of Money, but I know them too). And there are a great many people out there who have dreams and, through a combination of work and dedication and luck, make those dreams come true, whether as writers, actors, artists, computer programmers, architects, doctors, or marine biologists or owner-performers of travelling circuses.

My best advice is to keep your own counsel, to write and to read everything you can, to learn as much as you can, to write and finish things and keep writing. And whether you will still want to be a writer when you are 26 or 46 doesn’t matter. Learn your craft, learn everything else you can. Enjoy it.

From Neil Gaiman’s Tumblr, via Cognitive Dissonance

Wayward Manor h/t boingboing