Normal class day. Awesomenauts Prestige 9. Doodles before bed.
I’ve got the A-OK to write my part in a collaborative fic based on a certain thing. So I’ll have to get on that in short time. Probably not hard to guess what I’ll be writing, given all the stuff I’ve been drawing.
Also there were balloons to decorate an event thingy today! Though when I was on my way back to my room, they had already done cleanup and thrown away most of them. I saw the strings hanging out of the trash bin. Though there was one balloon on the ceiling. I wanted to take it with me, but I don’t think I’d have been able to get it on the bus very easily. Mind went wandering and I started thinking about all the things that might have been done with them that I could have caught on video had I just been in the right place at the right time. I nearly fell down the stairs for staring. Still. Distracting fantasies are preferable to the phobia.
And uh. Aside from that, a fairly average kind of rote day of classes.
Finally got in contact with the third member of the team and they have the player controls and it is SO NICE to see that in action. It’s still on me to get the units doing interesting stuff.
Tomorrow’s plan: The Seas Have Eyes, Stable 45, and hopefully write the fic I was talking about. In addition, I need to complete the TSPi Simulator spreadsheet and the SE Sim Game.
There’s a new PH chapter up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnLYiqAaqAs&index=69&list=PL6WIK4SyzEPG9M4x7IgRltikmIsKngXOP
Also, did a group meet, worked in blender, scanned a bunch of stuff, played Awesomenauts, Flappybird, SSB, and MLP. Drew some stuff.
Did a doodle. Accidentally walked in on roommate in the bathroom. Washed clothes. Spent 2h wash/dry time responding to FoE:BD. Talked about writing fic and made some plans to write fic. Made plans for Multimedia project. Listened to the new This Platinum Crown chapter (This Day Aria). Started listening to new The Long Winter chapter (Choices). Played Awesomenauts for 4 hours. Listened to some Counter Monkey videos about The Toilet Pizza and all-jedi-or-no-jedi and his experience with LARP. Feel a little guilty about not being more productive. I keep using the ‘don’t feel like’ excuse. But it’s just that, an excuse. I can do more. So why don’t I?
Pumped a few more hours into this vector wallpapery thingy. It’s taking way longer than my usual sketches and doesn’t look tons better? But it looks OK.
Played more Gameloft MLP. Got Github and Google+ Hangouts setup. Tweaked my Google Calendar. Updated weekly report for Games II. Listened to some more PH chapters, but I don’t remember which ones. I think I heard a chunk of FoEPH ch 52 at some point.
Thinking about trying to write a very short fic for the ABCs of FoE project if some of the existing authors keep lagging behind.
When I do make more time for fic, I’ll be making less time for pics or something I guess. And I’m about to go to bed in a bit but I might slap a last-minute doodle online.
0:55 <Retl|Zzz> ohshi I just had the stupidest panic moment
00:55 <Retl|Zzz> Where I was like ‘what day is it’
00:56 <Retl|Zzz> And then I look at my calendar and see it’s Tuesday and then I’m like OHSWEETCELESTIA I DIDN’T GO TO ANY OF MY TUESDAYCLASSES WTF
00:56 <Retl|Zzz> And then I realize ‘oh it’s past midnight’
Artstuffs: Guess who just figured out how to vector stuff?
THIS GUY! Through a bit of bouncing back and forth between GIMP’s path tools and playing around with Inkscape’s Pattern Along Path tools and other node-tweaking whatnot, I now know how to make vectors that look relatively close to the show? But it’s still not spot on. It’s most noticeable if you look at the inner-body tapers. Still. I’m glad to have finally figured out a way to make lineart that doesn’t look super janky and to have an idea of how to make very MLPFiM-esque art. On the other hoof, I do not like how many hours it takes to do. It’s not hard. Just. Time consuming. Someone if I’d make the extra step on to animating this stuff. The answer was: Possibly but it’s really unlikely. Given that this takes me about four times longer than my usual slapping color on a rough sketch on a single image, going from this to animation would be kinda nuts. And I didn’t build these to be flash-animation puppets. I could probably tweak and force them to be such with a lot more node-tweaking but they’re not designed for animation as is. (And trying too hard to MAKE it be a flash animation build is exactly why I kept struggling with vector art for so long.)
Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Reread Progress
40 – Recovery : Scotch is in a bad way… but P-21 gets a bit more fleshing-out, and it’s fun. Mainly, Blackjack finally realizing he’s been addicted due to lifelong exposure to Med-X, and Glory having understandable frustration with even his presence.
[Oops!] I fell asleep for a few chapters. Technically the chapter I mentioned above, I listened to yesterday. But I wasn’t in much of a rambling mood yesterday. And I’m not sure I care enough about this particular arc to go back to review these chapters right NOW.
43 – Lucidity : It’s the Happyhorn Gardens chapter! Both one of my favorite chapters in that it does the most exploration of the potential benefits of future tech in the Fallout Equestria Expanded Universe and one of my favorites in that it really lays down heavy what with the mindscrewery weirdness. I woke up about half-way into this one. Though, as much as I like it, it has a lot of very gruesome and uncomfortable content like rape and child murder. Ultimately though, the good makes the bad worth getting through.
44 – Mares and Stallions : This is another one of those chapters in which we get a glimpse into an alternate universe that could have been in the form of Blackjack’s Littlehorn Massacre Nightmare with her party as young ponies on their way to their new school…
This chapter is also the chapter Stygyus first shows up. And… really this chapter is a great deal about sex and sexuality. It doesn’t linger on it for the purpose of eroticism or ribaldry, but it’s a major theme in this chapter.
45 – Hightower : “Champion in Bed”. Also, Mister Shears first appears. B-Team regroups at Meatlocker and then they go into Hightower.
This is also the chapter where it’s revealed that Psalm murdered the now-grown-up Pokey Pierce and Pinkie Pie… a matter of moments before the bombs fell. So I guess either way they were set to die? But it still only cements my dislike of Psalm. I question why didn’t make me dislike [Spoiler]. By matter of course, it also gives a brief glimpse into both the organization of the Ministry of Morale and of the Ministry of Arcane Sciences right in the final minutes of their relevancy. I’d still like to see a fic that explores what those structures were all like before the war started peaking, but I guess it really might just be on me to write such a thing. After chatting with Kkat in the IRC though, seems like the MoM in particularly had a very very loose structure built around a fairly simple and straightforward mission statement. And that as things became more and more about weeding out insurrection and whatnot instead of making more fun, things became worse and more frantic and harmful.
46 – Casper: Man, Blackjack abuses ghoul mental deterioration a lot. And I feel kinda guilty when she does. But it works! Also
“Well, he’s probably not personally running it, and definitely not the whole M.o.M., but he totally has his hooves all over the law enforcement branch. I don’t think he cares about party reservations, balloon research, or theme parks, after all. But we totally know who assigns our Hearth’s Warming Eve bonuses, and you just don’t go behind Quartz’s back.”
I would be ALL OVER that balloon research. Also this conveniently gives me an excuse to blame someone other than Pinkie herself for things going sour with her her ministry. Yay. Heck, I could split the blame between Twist for passing on drugs and GB for changing at least one branch’s direction… On the other hoof if Twist didn’t do what she had, then the MoM would have been doomed by bomb attack right at the start… So… bittersweet? Eh. I blame GB.
Breaking down Project Horizons by Volume, Volume 1 seems to be the most about Security as an entity and our initial A-Team. I like that volume. Volume 2 has the whole Blood and Stars / Hoofington Rises thing going on. Seems to be less about individual level things and more about establishing and hinting at grand-scale plots. The dreams get more interesting and mysteries are getting setup, and it’s kinda cool but daunting. This is also were we start getting a bit more ‘gap-filling’ universe expansion with Blackjack getting involved with Watcher. Volume 3 seems to primary revolve around conspiracies and redefining Fallout: Equestria as a universe by making great use of knowledge of when and where the original story by Kkat- Fallout: Equestria- had left time gaps or explanation gaps and un-shown perspectives. Typically when people talk about PH playing too much with canon or why it’s so vital to FoE as a setting, it’s because of exactly this chunk section. The most obvious example: LittlePip’s memory gap is used right at the first chapter of this volume to give Blackjack and her A-Team an adventure with LittlePip and her team. And it fits. There’s nothing in the original story that would imply these events didn’t happen.
I haven’t recently reread Volumes 4 and volume 5 just started, but 4 seems to be mostly about escalation of power and scale, and Blackjack’s painful journey that shapes her into the so-called Maiden of the Stars. Some of the coolest action parts happen in this volume! Heck, even some parts of just plain genuine fun here and there. But by this point, it’s getting really REALLY hard to keep track of all the characters. And then Volume 5 starts off with an immediate and huge shift from everything we’ve seen before implying a breech of a point of no return. What this volume is meant to be is hard to guess from just the one chapter. But this will probably be the end volume.
Rambling and Other Stuffs:
I played lotsa videogames. Probably about 3 hours of Awesomenauts between today and yesterday. And I keep fitting in a few minutes of the MLP Gameloft game here and there, so I’ve probably played at least an hour of that total. The MLP game is kind of a dirty cash grab, but it’s not as brutal about it as some Piano apps I’ve seen or even compared to the same core team’s LPS game. It’s super cute and has a reasonable atmosphere though, so I keep coming back.
I was gonna ramble more about that, but then I ran out of steam. All you need to know is that Apple Bloom, Cheerilee, and Twilight Sparkle are all working on a carrot farm and Big McIntosh is cranking out lemons every three minutes.
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.
Memo: THERE ARE NO BUSSES ON THE 1PM HOUR ON WEEKENDS. Also. Dunno if I wanna do dailys on weekends.
Little to report.
Met with SSE teammate at 4 worked out a game idea and collaborative Google Doc in 1.5h in the library. Some concept notes. I need to scan the hand-written notes.
Chatted up a few fellows on Fimfiction. Got hyped about FoE Better Days again. Paused my reread of PH and Heroes to read chapters 7 and 8 of Better Days. They’re neat characters, and kinda remind me of the chars in FoE Ashes.
Wrote a few paragraphs from the perspective of a mid-war Ministry of Morale worker tearing himself down for young ponies, but trying to build himself up with a moral pillar from what must be his virtue. Hesitant to continue writing it or release it for the questionable subject matter.