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Spent more time than I’d really like to admit playing the Gameloft MLP game for Android.  It’s not a good game, but it is cute.

Really glad to see the shuttles and food places running again. I missed having real meals. Bought a few more snacks for the cabinets just in case of another shutdown or something though. Mostly Chex trailmix and honey-roasted planters peanuts.

Reread the first chapter of Fallout: Equestria – Wild Wasteland. Listened to the new Idle Thumbs podcast and the new Polaris Podcast. Chatted with some friends on Skype. Spent a lot of time on IRC (#FalloutEquestria on Canternet) as usual.

Did a few pencil and ink doodles. Haven’t scanned them yet. Got a teeny tiny bit more work done on a commission. Hopefully I can get back in the groove and actually finish some.

Spent a little bit of time thinking back on some discussion I had yesterday. Far as I’ve internalized it:

I don’t enjoy drawing and sketching illustrations. I enjoy the result. However, my illustrations and love of balloons make up the bulk of my web-presence. I am not known for my programming skills- partly because of the academic restrictions on what I can and can’t share and still be considered academically honest. So if I’m unhappy about being known for my drawing as an applicable skill, I should make my other skills more well known.

In theory, that translates into me maybe doing a few more programming experiments and tossing those online.  Realistically, I might not even do that what with multiple group-projects.

While the excessive ‘omg you pressed a button, do you want to post about it on facebook’ in some games and things is really annoying, it’s still a really simple way to keep track of what was done in a way. If I had that kind of tracking done for me, but placed into a private log, that would be kinda nice.

Movie Night at Bubblegum started at 11PM and will probably last 1.5 – 2.5 hours. So now I’m watching that. And uh, I guess I’ll stop typing now. I’m also thinking maybe I’ll start taking snapshots of what I’m doing on my phone now and then and use those as images for dailies. Or maybe try out Instagram.



Played Awesomenauts. Tried to color this thing which is gonna be an alt to http://retl.tumblr.com/day/2013/11/01 when I get done. Or combined with it.

First time walking around on a snowed-over landscape. It was far trickier and slipperier than it looks. Doesn’t feel as cold… at first. But it gets really unpleasant after > 2 minutes in the stuff. I probably should have took photos.

Played PnP today. Get Bonus punched a Boss Mantis with a paper on his hoof. The paper exploded into confetti. +500exp.

Started reading Fallout: Equestria – Taking Life by the Horns. I recommend it.

Had Beef Jerky again for my first time in a good while. It was tasty. Also have a sizable pack of ramen noodles for tomorrow and incase things ever freeze over again.

Noticed that an “RKEngine” was mentioned in the Gameloft MLP games’s credits. Far as I can tell the RKEngine was created for a game called Roketz which was abandoned. The portions of the engine which were created were wrapped over by other developers and used as a part of the core that makes the MLP game (and the LPS game) run. I don’t have the knowhow to unofficially port the game to Windows or Linux, or even  parse the files for the game’s models and animations. (And I thought The MLP game was using some particularlly dirty freemium tactics to con players into feeling like they needed to pay to play the game, but LPS is much more blunt about it right out of the gate.  SPEND YOUR BLING TO BUILD [product placement] SPEND YOUR BLING TO PUT A [product placement] IN YOUR [product placement]. BLOWDRY YOUR PET BY SPENDING BLING no we’re not going to confirm if you meant to spend bling you tapped it you clearly meant to spend it.) The MLP game is not a great game, but it is an OK one. Having a windows port would be nice, but I suspect the decision to keep it just on moble is specifically to make their freemium structure harder to circumvent. It’d be nice if it had a flat-fee alternate version though.


Daily 26 Jan 2014


Drew a little new stuff. Scanned a few days-old stuff. Uploaded a bunch.

Read a bunch of chapters of Fallout Equestria: Duck and Cover.

Got in contact with the Team Leader for the SSE project and worked on stuff side-by-side for about an hour and a half. Still no team for GP2 project… Submitted Weekly Report 01.


Had a bad dream this morning. Had an unstable mood and shed some tears a few hours later in the day. Concluded that I’m a little stressed out, and not particularly used to the experience of being stressed out.

New phone should be arriving tomorrow. Admitted guilty that I pretty much begged $200 to get a device that can finally run Gameloft’s money-grab of a MLPFiM ‘game’. There’s a lot of other reasons I had been wanting to upgrade for a while too, but without the means to reliably pay phone service, the benefits are more akin to upgrading game consoles.

Kinda sorta wanted to do a 20 minute writing exercise. Never got around to it, and want to go to bed soon. Did talk to Kkat briefly about how the MoM became what it did in the FoE Universe. Turns out the primary operating directives are even simpler than the silly ones I had imagined, which makes the whole structure of it sound… chaotic, yet straightforward.

Earlier someone asked me ‘how are you doing?’

So-so. I’ve got tears in my eyes, and I’m not sure why. Had a weird kind of not-fun dream this morning. Also just ended up realizing that if my belongings got raided or taken for legal reasons or something, I’m not completely sure what I’d do. Most likely try to get more paper and pencil and draw more smut to make up for smut lost. Which was kind of an alarming/worrying thought.
[2:30:47 PM] Retl: At the same time, kinda happy because episode put lotsa fun thoughts in my head, and one of the fics I read is pretty much adding a new character based on my work, based on another character that I already liked. So it’s like. A cake of excuses for me to really really like this character.
[2:31:42 PM] Retl: Uploading a bunch of scanned pics and whatnot. Gotta hop on a bus in about 75m

[2:40:53 PM] Retl: The dream I had was kinda simple though. In it, my dad moved into a new, smaller place and invited me over. I was trying to play a PnP thing but couldn’t get in because my niece was on the phone? (she wasn’t there, and I don’t know why that stopped the net from working) and I took some kind of small single-use packet thingy which worked like a miniature laundry machine without asking permission. And was upset both about not asking permission, and about missing game.

okay bored now this is the part where I dump images.

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Mid-Day Daily RL Ramble Thingy

It’s my first time trying to have something mailed to my campus mailbox. To make sure I had the correct key and box and everything, I went down and checked it. Had a letter addressed to someone else in there, so I handed that back to the post people to return if they wished.

A little bit of drama in an IRC thingy I follow when a user who I kinda liked was banned indefinitely for reasons I’m not privy too.

And I guess my bright and colorful prototype project demonstration was either offputting with the character design, or intimidating with scope such that pretty much the only people to approach me with willingness to work with me are a guy who would really rather have me do their team for the 2D graphical assets (which wouldn’t do much good in a programming course anyway) and another guy who isn’t fond of having the kind of animal-esque characters in their portfolio, but is making something I’d be interested in gameplay wise. (Also, they don’t sound too confident about their coding skills.)

But yeah, just lotsa ‘this is not what I expected’ -> ‘ what do I do now?’ -> ‘brief flailing panic’ -> resume usual routine



Drew some stuff. Didn’t scan it yet.  Had a number of people approach me about team members for my project pitch for Games II. Talked with team members for SSE. We still haven’t named our game, but are leaning towards Resource Rivalry. Worked on design doc and timing worksheet and whatnots. Bought candy. Nomming now.





Awesome day. Yet. Boring day.

Briefly toyed around with FLStudio. Drew some Puppysmiles. Washed clothes. Spent most of the day having fun on the #FalloutEquestria IRC channel chat.  Tried a 20 minute fic-writing challenge which can be found here: http://www.revelromp.com/?p=46 Finished reading Fallout Equestria: Better Days up to current chapter (So I went from 7-12.) Read Fallout Equestria: The Long Winter chapters 1 and 2.

Confirmed for FoE PnP session this Wednesday afternoon. Hopefully I won’t ruin everything. Also confirmed a meeting this Wednesday night with the RA, which means I have to leave the play session early. And that’s gonna be awkward and not leave a great first impression. I also got to chat lots and lots with one of my favorite FoE  sidestory authors who had a day off today, and ramble a bit with another FoE sidestory author who experiments with lotsa things and is neat. I had fun, but don’t feel like I got much done.

I kinda didn’t feel like doing the daily blogpost today, but I guess I kinda like typing. Or something. And WordPress’s drag and drop upload is very convenient.



(I cheated and actually spent 23 minutes on this.)

As I glanced at the gift, then back to the mare who was offering it to me, I felt an odd shiver run down my spine. Like something was wrong about this, to be accepting what amounted to a symbol of adulthood with all the trappings of a friendly birthday exchange. I knew what it was before I unwrapped it.

A Pipbuck.  A slim, sleek pink ring of heavily enchanted plastic, measure to right right around a pony’s foreleg. Three large balloon-shaped buttons: two blue sandwiching the yellow in the middle of the row. A clear-as-ice rotillary dial flush with the upper rim. A particularlly shiny and oh-so-eyecatching section of the panel which was clearly intended to reduce that area’s magical insulation.

“Happy Birthday, Memory Editor! And congratulations on getting your cutie mark. You’re now officially an adult member of this Stable!” I thought Code Breaker, and how proud she’d be. I thought of Game Shark, and how he’d mouth off at length about the technical features of the device, and explaining how grateful I should be that such things were around for mere ponies to experience. I felt cold again. My unease must have been showing, as Catch Exception spoke up.

“I know it’s hard, having to do this so soon, but you’ll be fine. It’s in your blood. They would be proud. ” As if I didn’t know.  “And you’re not being given this to replace them-” Oh really? Then why me? Why today? “- but you have a special task ahead of you today that calls for your particular talent.” So you want meme to do what my Mom used to do? How swell. Wait, that’s not how this ceremony usually goes.

“Wait, what?” I started to slip the Pipbuck onto my hoof. It slipped smoothly up my left foreleg until I stopped. I felt a brief squeeze as the resizing talisman worked its magic, then a momentary prick, a small electric tingle that ran from my hoof to my heart then all around. And there went the overlays, one after another, displays informing me of my physical condition, my equipment, and a compass all started to pop into view with a rosey pink tint. Just like in the simulator, but quite a bit faster.

“Head to room 2B. From there, you’ll get your house-clone, your next special present, and from there just do what your Pipbuck says. ”

New Quest Added: Cheaters Never Prosper

Objective: Report to room 2B to be given your next parting gift and instructions. Good luck, Emmy.

“Well, fragbasket!”