Feline Fuelled Games

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Feline Fuelled Games
Feline Fuelled Games Logo Simple.png
Abbreviation FFG
Formation 2005-09-29
Extinction n/a
Purpose Development of video game mods
Location Germany
Lead developer
Ute Knörzer
Volunteers 20
Website Feline Fuelled Games

Feline Fuelled Games is a German video game mod group whose campaigns for the role-playing games Neverwinter Nights 2 by Obsidian and Dragon Age: Origins by BioWare have received critical acclaim in the German video game press.

History[edit]

Before the Foundation[edit]

Before Feline Fuelled Games was established in 2004, its founder Oliver Knörzer and several other team members, among them Eric Dunkel and Matthias Geißler, developed the campaign Silberwald: Der Ring des Schicksals (Silver Forest: The Ring of Destiny) for BioWare's Neverwinter Nights which was released on 21 July 2003.[1] It became a surprise hit with more than 30,000 downloads at the biggest Neverwinter Nights fansite NWVault.[2] Silberwald: Der Ring des Schicksals received an overall score of 78% in a test by Georg Valentin of the second biggest German game magazine GameStar,[3] and it was the subject of the TV show Giga Games which aired on 25 July 2003.[4]

Oliver's mother Ute Knörzer, who designed levels and wrote dialog for Silberwald: Der Ring des Schicksals, then moved on to develop the mods Silberwald Saga: Dunkle Sonne (Silver Forest Legend: Dark Sun), a spin-off of the original Silberwald campaign, and Das Lied der Götter for Neverwinter Nights. The latter one was later translated into English among the title The Song Divine and has been included into NWVault’s Hall of Fame list.[5]

Mods for Neverwinter Nights 2[edit]

After Neverwinter Nights 2 was announced by Obsidian, Oliver Knörzer and Ute Knörzer began the development of a new campaign called Gaia: Chroniken des 3. Zeitalters (Gaia: Chronicles of the Third Age) for it in 2004. Some old and new team members joined them over the course of 2004 and 2005 and the mod group was given its name Feline Fuelled Games on 29 September 2005,[6] referring a story arc of the webcomic Dragon Tails about an incompetent video game developer company.[7] The project turned out to be too ambitious, though, and was eventually cancelled in 2006 with Oliver Knörzer also resigning as lead developer. However, Feline Fuelled Games, now led by Ute Knörzer, managed to release several other mods during the next years and grew to 20 team members as of March 2012, including the second lead developer Walter Oswald.[8] The release of a new mod, like the one of the fourth chapter of the Planescape: Die Traumfängerin series, is usually mentioned on German video game websites such as GameCaptain, Gamezone and Gameswelt.[9][10][11]

Herz der Finsternis[edit]

The first mod released by Feline Fuelled Games was Herz der Finsternis (Heart of Darkness) on 9 December 2007, which was developed by Ute Knörzer.[12] Herz der Finsternis is the direct sequel of Das Lied der Götter and was praised by Andreas Bertits as "a fantastic adventure" that "no fan of the main game [Neverwinter Nights 2] and fantasy stories should miss" in his reviews of the campaign for the game magazines PC Games and PC Action.[13][14]

Der Fluch der Zwerge series[edit]

The release of Herz der Finsternis was followed by the release of the first part of the Der Fluch der Zwerge (The Curse of the Dwarfs) series by lead developer Walter Oswald on 5 March 2008.[15] Until January 2011 five parts of the Der Fluch der Zwerge series have been published.[16] Its second chapter has been described by Andreas Bertits of PC Games as "extensive and exciting adventure" and his colleague Marc Brehme wrote in his review of the first part of the third chapter that they (the PC Games team) were once again "convinced by the quality of the fan extension".[17][18][19][20][21]

Planescape: Die Traumfängerin series[edit]

After the release of Herz der Finsternis, Ute Knörzer began the development of the Planescape: Die Traumfängerin (Planescape: The Shaper of Dreams) series, her most ambitious project so far. The first chapter was released on 11 August 2008 and the sixth and last chapter on 30 August 2009.[22][23] Planescape: Die Traumfängerin received the most critical acclaim of all mods developed by Feline Fuelled Games so far with Andreas Bertits of PC Games giving the following review of the second chapter: "The mod by Ute Knörzer will take you into a strange but fascinating world. The appealing story motivates to continue playing with lots of puzzles and twists. The varied and pretty areas, the game changing decisions, the many interesting non-player characters and the exciting fights create a unique gaming experience."[24][25] The first three chapters of the campaign have also been translated into English and are listed as second highest rated mod on NWVault’s top mods list with a score of 9.91 as of May 2010.[26][27]

Mods for Dragon Age: Origin[edit]

Synapsia[edit]

On 17 July 2010, Feline Fuelled Games released Synapsia, their first mod for Dragon Age: Origins.[23] It was rated as an "outstanding" mod in a review by Marc Brehme for PC Action.[28] The humorous campaign is an extended version of the original mod for Neverwinter Nights 2 with the same title by Gabriele Schmied that was published on 12 December 2009.[23]

Chroniken von Coldramar[edit]

On 16 October 2011, Feline Fuelled Games released Chroniken von Coldramar (Chronicles of Coldramar), a campaign for Dragon Age: Origins centering on the adventures of three young barbarians.[23] As Feline Fuelled Games' most advanced mod so far, Chroniken von Coldramar featured a full voice-over carried out by professional voice artists, custom music and almost 90 minutes of cutscenes. In his three-page review of the modification in PC Action 12/2011, Mark Brehme concluded that it "turned out so well that it may likely pass as an add-on you have to pay for."[29]

Timeline[edit]

Title Release date Platform Lead developer
Silberwald: Der Ring des Schicksals 21 July 2003 Neverwinter Nights Oliver Knörzer
Silberwald Saga: Dunkle Sonne 23 May 2004 Neverwinter Nights Ute Knörzer
Das Lied der Götter
(en.) The Song Divine
19 November 2004
14 September 2006
Neverwinter Nights + SoU + HotU + CEP Ute Knörzer
Herz der Finsternis 9 December 2007 Neverwinter Nights 2 Ute Knörzer
Der Fluch der Zwerge 1 – Die Suche beginnt 5 March 2008 Neverwinter Nights 2 + MotB Walter Oswald
Planescape: Die Traumfängerin 1 – Tod und Stern
(en.) Planescape: The Shaper of Dreams 1
11 August 2008
10 January 2010
Neverwinter Nights 2 + MotB Ute Knörzer
Planescape: Die Traumfängerin 2 – Der Hierophant
(en.) Planescape: The Shaper of Dreams 2 – The Hierophant
25 October 2008
10 January 2010
Neverwinter Nights 2 + MotB Ute Knörzer
Planescape: Die Traumfängerin 3 – Die Hohepriesterin
(en.) Planescape: The Shaper of Dreams 3 – The High Priestess
20 December 2008
5 April 2011
Neverwinter Nights 2 + MotB Ute Knörzer
Planescape: Die Traumfängerin 4 – Das Rad des Schicksals
(en.) Planescape: The Shaper of Dreams 4 – The Wheel of Fortune
10 March 2009
27 July 2013
Neverwinter Nights 2 + MotB Ute Knörzer
Planescape: Die Traumfängerin 5 – Der Teufel 30 May 2009 Neverwinter Nights 2 + MotB Ute Knörzer
Der Fluch der Zwerge 2 – Der Helm der Halblinge 15 June 2009 Neverwinter Nights 2 + MotB Walter Oswald
Planescape: Die Traumfängerin 6 – Die Liebenden 30 August 2009 Neverwinter Nights 2 + MotB Ute Knörzer
Planescape: Die Traumfängerin – Komplettausgabe 3 October 2009 Neverwinter Nights 2 + MotB Ute Knörzer
Synapsia 12 December 2009 Neverwinter Nights 2 + MotB Gabriele Schmied
Der Fluch der Zwerge 3 – Wege ins Dunkel, Kapitel 1 – Auf dem Fluss 21 February 2010 Neverwinter Nights 2 + MotB Walter Oswald
Synapsia 17 July 2010 Dragon Age: Origins Ute Knörzer
Der Fluch der Zwerge 3 – Wege ins Dunkel, Kapitel 2 – Zurück zu deinen Wurzeln 25 January 2011 Neverwinter Nights 2 + MotB Walter Oswald
Chroniken von Coldramar 16 October 2011 Dragon Age: Origins Ute Knörzer
Buch der Spiegel 4 March 2012 Neverwinter Nights 2 + MotB + SoZ Gabriele Schmied
Erbe der vergessenen Schätze 24 December 2012 Skyrim Walter Oswald
Der Fluch der Zwerge 3 – Wege ins Dunkel, Kapitel 3 – Elfen und Drow 3 May 2014 Neverwinter Nights 2 + MotB Walter Oswald

References[edit]

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