Lego Star Wars II

C-3PO waves to a Jawa transport, in the Lego Star Wars II game.
“Wait, what’s that? A transport! I’m saved!”

I realised that I’ve not written many geeky posts recently, what with all the excitement of moving and starting a new job. Well, quite honestly, that’s all going to have to wait.

Look! Look what my friend James pointed out to me recently: the new Lego Star Wars II game is in development, scheduled for a release date in September 2006.

For those of you too lazy to visit the official site — and you really should, because there are screenshots and a trailer and EVERYTHING! — here is the official blurb:

LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is the sequel to the award-winning, best-selling LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game published in 2005.

LEGO Star Wars II takes the fun and endless customization ability of the LEGO play pattern and combines it with the epic story, characters and action from the revolutionary Star Wars: Episodes IV, V and VI. With a unique tongue-in-cheek take on the Original Trilogy, LEGO Star Wars II lets you build and battle your way through your favorite film moments. From Darth Vader’s pursuit of Princess Leia aboard her Blockade Runner to Luke’s final confrontation with Emperor Palpatine, the game includes even more of the family-friendly LEGO action, puzzles and humor that earned the original LEGO Star Wars its ranking as the 10th best-selling video game in 2005.

For the first time ever, characters can get in and out of vehicles, as well as ride creatures. Because it’s LEGO style, you can also mix and match the body parts of more than 50 playable characters to create one of millions of possible LEGO Star Wars heroes.

And on PlayStation®2, Xbox® and Windows platforms, a game save from the first LEGO Star Wars can unlock another 50-plus additional characters for Free Play mode — that’s more than 100 total characters!

Other exciting additions include free-roaming vehicle levels, the ability to switch ships at will in Free Play mode, cool new character-specific attacks and maneuvers, playable mini-kit vehicles, an adaptive difficulty option and more.

How exciting is that? It’s like all my dreams come true all at once.

It’s not. But it is like it.

Do you need my friend Gaz’s services?

Close-up photograph of coffee beans.

As some of you will already know, I have some friends. One of them, also called Gareth (although he usually goes by the name of Gaz) also appeared in a book that I’m in. What are the chances of that?!

Anyway, Gaz sent me an email today, that I thought would be better sharing with all you lovely people out there in Internet Land.

As some of you will already know, last month I got a new job. Hooray! But as some of you also know, it turned out to be absolutely nothing like I thought it would be. Boo!

As a result, I chose to call it a day there and then rather than struggle on indefinitely doing something I neither liked nor wanted to learn in a situation I was extremely uncomfortable with.

But, enough moaning! That’s not why I’m emailing you!

I’ve decided that as I couldn’t find the right job for me, I’d make the right job instead. Therefore I have now set myself up as a freelance copyeditor / writer / proofreader / web designer, and am just doing what all freelancers probably do to start off with – tap their mates for work!

I’ve been in touch with some of you already, but I now have my official details sorted out, so thought I’d pass them on in the hope that in turn if you hear of anything, you can pass them on. My work email address is:

And my website can be found here:

On there are details of my experience, more contact details, and services I can offer. I’m happy to tackle pretty much anything from basic document and content editing to writing commisioned articles, so if you do hear of anything or have any leads then I’d be really grateful if you could let me know.

So there you have it, from Gaz himself. Via my blog. Who knows, maybe someone out there is thinking right now, “If only I knew of a freelance writer in Edinburgh…”

Stranger things have happened. Like the time that I sent out an email in May 2003 to my friend Geoff saying hello and we’ve moved to Edinburgh … just at the same time that Geoff was sitting at his PC thinking “I wish I knew just one more contact in Edinburgh, then I could accommodate the Russian choir that I’m touring round the UK”.