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Redwall Abbey Minecraft map first step towards 3D game

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Soma Games Redwall logoOn April 10, Soma Games (a computer game company based in Oregon, USA) acquired the game rights for Redwall, the book series by the late Brian Jacques.

Jacques' series, spanning 22 books, was populated by a variety of anthropomorphic animals, including "noble" mice, moles, and badgers, and "vermin" rats, foxes, and weasels.

Soma's game, entitled Redwall: The Warrior Reborn, will be in 3D, allowing players to walk the cloisters of Redwall Abbey. On April 26, Soma Games started a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. As of May 1, the campaign has raised almost $8,000 in pledges from nearly 200 backers, of a $11,000 goal. Pledge rewards include the game itself, MP3 and PDF files of game content, and party and mailing list invitations, signed books, and sculptures.

As a first step, a Minecraft build of Redwall Abbey, AbbeyCraft, will be created, to form a 3D representation of the abbey that is as consistent as possible with its literary depiction.

Redwall author Brian Jacques dies at age 71

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Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall series, died of a heart attack on Feb. 5, 2011. He was 71 years old. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and one granddaughter.

Jacques was born June 15, 1939 in Liverpool, England. At age 10, upon completing an assignment to write a story about animals, he was accused of lying about the origin of the story by a teacher who couldn't believe a 10-year-old would write that well.

"Redwall" TV series fan?

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There's a fair bit of material including quicktimes, sound bites, an image gallery, a look at the actors behind the voices, episode guides and more at:

It's not the official Redwall cartoon site (which would be, but is a bit more extensive than theirs, and will hopefully be undergoing some updates fairly shortly as respects downloads of production art, Nelvana text docs, multimedia stuff - and a bit more material on the original series.

chance (the official site seems to be eternally stuck in 2001, and those responsible warn me not to expect much by way of updates. Ever.)

New book series and television program from Redwall creator Brian Jacques

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Brian Jacques, author of the popular Redwall series, has debuted a new series of books aimed at the young adult reader called "Castaways of the Flying Dutchman". The series follows the adventures of Ben, the only survivor of the cursed Flying Dutchman. Aided by his telepathic dog Ned and directed by divine intervention, he travels across the world and through time helping those in need.
Diehard fans of the Redwall books will also be pleased to hear that an animated Redwall television series is slated to run on a number of U.S. public television stations beginning in April.
Read the full article from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel here.