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DSC03737Last week, The Fortnite team received a special treat from Kelly Haskell, the mother of Cody Haskell, a programmer on the Fortnite Team. How did the cake come to be? Read on to find out!

Flak: How long have you been making cakes?

Kelly Haskell: Over 35 yrs. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in cooking and baking. I loved my Easy Bake Oven! When my oldest nephew was born, I made his first birthday cake and it just snowballed. I’ve baked many cakes for nieces and nephews over the years and now I’m making cakes for their kids!

F: Have they always been so detailed?

KH: No, not nearly so in the beginning. The public library was my best resource back then to try new techniques and I’m still learning today from all of the great shows on TV.

F: What was the first “designer cake” you made?DSC03732

KH: A hand-painted 8 pt. white-tailed buck for my Dad.

F: What made you decide to create the Fortnite cake?

KH: That’s an easy answer – Cody!

Plus, I really love the creative process of every cake I make. I knew this cake had to be Epic! I was excited about the chance to do things with this cake I hadn’t done before. The array characters and fun look of Fortnite made it easy to translate to cake.

F: How long did it take you to make?

KH: When I get the “theme” for a cake, I have to think about it for awhile. I’ve sort of already assembled it in my mind before I actually start anything. The “construction” and baking for the Fortnite cake was around one and a half months.

F: Could you explain a little of the process?

DSC03738KH: For the Fortnite characters, I started by building a wire armatures, then gluing and wiring in LEDs. Everything was covered in gum paste, which starts as a sculpt-able edible clay that hardens when it dries. Then they were painted. One larger character had almost five lbs. of gum paste on him, so he was a bit tricky to anchor.

The portal was made by draping gum paste pieces over balloons. Using a “fire” LED set in the center, I stuck the hardened pieces together with the same gum paste. DurrrBurger has a rice crispy base also covered in gum paste. I really enjoyed making the Husk characters, but those extra heads were tough! The Troll was trouble – the only one damaged on the trip down from MI!

Since this was the largest and most electrified cake I’ve ever made, Cody and my husband lent a much needed helping hand in the final assembly and transport to Epic to surprise the Fortnite team.

F: Where can people get in touch with you if they would like to have a cake made?

KH: Anyone interested can contact me at dkhaskell@gmail.com

Thank you Kelly!

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Epic Games is pleased to announce the launch of its official online store, where fans can get their hands on specially designed merchandise and apparel based on the company’s renowned brands and characters. Collectible items at Epic’s store, located at http://www.epicgamesstore.com/, are exclusive and cannot be purchased anywhere else.

Epic gear and goods may be ordered now with expedited shipping to arrive in time for holiday gifting. Notable mentions include “Gears of War” clothing and artwork, new t-shirts based on “Infinity Blade,” “Unreal Tournament,” “Jazz Jackrabbit” and Unreal Engine, as well as Epic Gamer apparel. Of course, the introductory collection wouldn’t be complete without a t-shirt dedicated to Epic’s Impossible Studios, which comes emblazoned with the Internet-approved Impossibear mascot.

Jazz Jackrabbit T-shirt“We’re excited to launch Epic’s official store and provide our loyal fans apparel and merchandise that they can’t find anywhere else,” said Kendall Boyd, Epic’s director of marketing, worldwide studios. “Our hope is to grow our brand via channels such as the Epic Store and celebrate all of our terrific intellectual properties with the community.”

The Epic Store will be continually upgraded and expanded, with many more surprises planned for fans in the coming weeks and months.  Be sure to give us your feedback and let us know what you’d like to see in future updates!

 

Over the years, we have seen a lot of great pumpkins and Jack O’Lanterns with themes from our games. We’d love to see more! Post a picture of your creation on the game’s Facebook wall.

If you’re thinking of carving your work of art from one of our older games, you can post it to the Epic Games Facebook wall.  We will choose five random submissions on Halloween day to receive an Epic Games swag pack. The pack includes:

Unreal Deal Pack on Steam
Savage Locust DLC codes for Gears of War 3
Bulletstorm on Steam
An original Unreal Tournament 2003 Poster
A Gears of War: Judgment poster
An Epic Gamer T-shirt

Here is a list of all of our Facebook walls. We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Infinity Blade
Unreal Tournament
Gears of War
Fortnite
VOTE!!!
Epic Games

 

Twitter has a great new feature which allows you to add a header image to your Twitter home page. We’ve created a few based on our games and studio for our fans to use. We hope you enjoy them!

To change your header image, go to your settings page on Twitter.com, click on “Design” in the left hand menu bar then click on change header.

Click on the images to see them full size, then right click and save as.

Future of the Shooter Panel at Escapist ExpoLast weekend the Epic Games crew attended the inaugural Escapist Expo in Durham, NC.  As a part of our gold sponsorship of the event, fans were able to register for the 4 v 4 Gears of War 3 tournament for free on Saturday.  We also had Multiplayer Designer Quinn DelHoyo and Lead Level Designer Jim Brown on hand to emcee the event and meet fans.

Also on Saturday Quinn and Jim shared their thoughts about the shooter genre on the “Future of the Shooter” panel along with developers from Insomniac Games and Red Storm.  The panelists shared some really interesting thoughts about shooters using virtual reality-type technology in the future or incorporating other genres to include all types of players.

Epic Games playing against the fans at Escapist ExpoPrior to the tournament Quinn, Jim, QA Testers Brian Roberts and Donald White all faced off as a team against players that wanted to try their hand at beating the Gears 3 developers.  There was also an autograph signing with the Epic Games team and fans were treated to Gears of War: Judgment posters and Fortnite Durrrburger hats.  There were lots of great Gears of War cosplayers at the event as well including an Anya Stroud, Sam Byrne, Marcus Fenix and Onyx Guard.

Team Hotel Winners of the Gears 3 Tournament at Escapist Expo with PixelKitty

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