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Stroke

So, I had a stroke on October 8th. We’d just come back from Matty’s birthday dinner with the kids. A wave of vertigo washed over me, and I noticed that my right arm felt strange. In the span of about five minutes, I lost all use of my arm, and it went completely numb. Luckily …

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The Making of The Monarch Papers – Episode Twelve

In this episode, CJ and Simon discussed Fragment 12: Aorthora, the last fragment of Phase Three. Simon recalled how this was a big fragment for the story, and he created an audio component to help enrich that. At one point, they wanted to do something with fake security footage, instead, but this proved to be …

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The Making of The Monarch Papers – Episode Eleven

In this episode, CJ and Simon discuss Fragment 11: Durkonos. They discussed The Last Oracular Eye, Consolatory Teatime for Misplaced Memory, and The Low Report, and Deirdre among other things. In this phase, the Mountaineers continued to face off against Teddy Fallon, the head of Kemetic Solutions, and assembled a drawing from a little girl …

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The Making of The Monarch Papers – Episode Ten

In this episode, CJ and Simon discuss Fragment 10, Gladitor. This was, according to CJ, by far the longest of the fragments. It was the culmination of a lot of things they had been trying to do. This was the first time a puzzle was completely related to a character. Everything puzzle-wise that happened in …

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The Making of The Monarch Papers – Episode Nine

In this episode, CJ and Simon discuss Fragment 9, Galifanx. CJ started by explaining that while this fragment was short, it was an important time for the company. After Phase Two, CJ and Simon took a one month break, during which it was decided that a less puzzle-based approach would be used, going forward. Also, …

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The Making of The Monarch Papers – Episode Eight

In this episode, CJ and Simon discussed Fragment Eight: Tigrantula. This included the Cagliostro’s final performance, as well as the end of Phase Two. CJ started by discussing the many branching options present in this fragment. For example, Lauren might not have died, the Cagliostro could have failed at his plan, or Deirdre might have …

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