German Bestseller

The Blood Mirror (Düsterer Ruhm in German) made the bestseller list in Germany — it landed at number 11. Many thanks to all my German readers who helped this happen!

 

What I’m Playing: Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1. I love the Battlefield games. The strength of Battlefield is that you can do very well even if you’re not a 13-year-old with fast reflexes who plays eight hours a day. With intelligence, and even more so with communication, you can win and have fun. Battlefield 1 is the best so far at trying to help players focus on PTFO—playing the f’ing objective. Not only do you get points for things like giving ammo or health to your squad or capturing objectives, they also intentionally bury the Be All, End All stat of most first person shooters: the K/D ratio. “Oh, you’ve only got a 1.14? How long have you been playing?” “You have less than 1.00? You can never be on my team.” Getting in a tank with three buddies and calling out—and killing—enemies is amazing fun.

But if you ever play and your squad has three snipers… those guys are clueless. Switch immediately.

p.s. SUPER weird thing about this Battlefield iteration—the single player mode is actually pretty great!