I haven’t wrote a blog post in a while, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing.
I want to write a book of short stories, because I get a certain satisfaction from actually finishing something. I’m also still working on Scavengers and have been making decent progress.
This weekend I plan on seeing Prometheus, if that turns out to be as spectacular as I hope it’ll be I’ll probably write about that too.
I’m also going to take this time to show off my short story ideas:
The Duel - Set in the Scavenger’s universe, it’s a classic wild-west style duel with a slight twist. [The twist is that there is no twist. (I’m joking)].
Cold Hard Streets - A parody of the Noire writing style about a traffic warden.
Comic Book Hero - A guy/kid spends his life training to be a masked vigilante, but it gets more interesting than that.
Ada’s Brilliant People - A murder mystery/whodunnit style story set in a manor house recently purchased by the very rich Lady Ada. She assembles a team of the world’s most brilliant minds [including a masked vigilante] to solve the mystery for her own entertainment.
And that’s all so far.
In other news, I’ve been pledging to Kickstarters. Specifically 2.
I really like the sound of Vacant Sky and I hope it gets its funding so it can do away with that RPG Maker look. What struck me in particular was the way combat is handled, building strategy around your character’s personalities.
”-Personality and Synergy: By reinforcing a character’s personality and interpersonal relationships in battle, you can unlock their true power. Dakura, whose nature is to destroy, gains energy by dealing the finishing blow. Sarian, who undermines, gains energy by exposing enemy weaknesses and allowing allies to exploit them. By acting in concert, Sarian can expose an enemy’s weakness to her friend Dakura, who can then finish it off - allowing both of them to gain energy more efficiently. Based on the relationship between two characters, whether they be friends, rivals, enemies, or lovers, the way they interact in battle is different. Learn the relationships between characters and use them to unlock everyone’s full potential.”
What I like about Magin is how HP is done, damage being dealt in percentages rather than flat numbers. I particularly like how it deals with potentially wasted potions.
“Raising a character’s HP denotes a change in his/her storyline—most commonly that of an age increase; in an era like Magin, life expectancy grew some as you grew older. Another reason is to decrease the feeling that some potions might be wasted. Because some characters will have naturally low HP and others will have high, a number of potion strengths are needed. “
That and the creator is a pretty kick-ass writer.
As well as the information on their Kickstarter, Magin has also made a Google Doc public. While that is an intimidating wall of text, the ideas there are pretty good - hence my pledging to the KS. To see them implemented.
I was going to write this sooner, but then I drew a bunch of pirates and wanted to leave them on the front page a little longer.
I like today’s comic, my art style doesn’t really lend itself to visual jokes and while it is feasible for me to change it and move to a higher resolution I’d rather not ruin the “house style” I have going on here. But I’m glad I could get a visual joke to work.
I took a brief break from writing Scavengers because I got to a convenient stopping point where I could just think about what happens next. I still have a brief outline that I have stuck to but keep building on and things are right on track. It’s taking a while to decide what to write next because I want everything to be written down for a reason.
I don’t want things to happen “just because”.
Part Three is set in Sinclair’s Wandering Market of Wonderment, a name I just made up but might keep. I really want to focus Three on how the Scavengers use currency and trade with each other.
So far each part has focused on something new and important, I don’t want Three to be any different.
In other news, I update the ART page to have some sort of navigation, it allows direct links to be sent without leaving the page and you can jump straight to a piece of artwork. It’s still terrible to navigate though, which I should fix. I might just add a “Back to top” button underneath every piece. I do need to get around to adding thumbnails.
Also games, I’ve been really getting into League of Legends lately. Recently re-discovered the Dominion game mode, I find it much more fun than classic. It’s less of a slow paced grindfest and encourages/forces more team fights. I like Dominion over Classic because stuff keeps happening. There is always something going on somewhere on the map, whereas in Classic it is possible for nothing to really happen for a good few minutes.
I’ve also purchased Blades of Time, this happened after I fell in love with the combat and wanted to see the weird places the terrible plot would take me. I swear I missed a cutscene at the start. The game just dumps you into “DRAGONLAND” surrounded by living statues out to kill you, the first line of dialogue is: “At last, DRAGONLAND, I’ve finally made it.” I have no idea how I got to DRAGONLAND or what significance it holds, but at least I got there?? The main character is kind of a horrible person too. She needs to get to the treasure in the DRAGONLAND TEMPLE for no explained reason other than GOLD so she decides to MURDER this group of people who are only trying to escape DRAGONLAND. She doesn’t even tell them why or even ASK for the key to the gate they are guarding. She just assumes that they MUST ALL DIE. So I don’t really blame half the enemies in the game for attacking her, she REALLY has it coming. She seems like the kind of bitch who’d steal your parking space after you waited for some old lady to back out because she NEEDS TO GET TO THE SUPERMARKET.
I should write an actual review, because despite the plot being terrible and the voice acting being horrible the game is really, really fun. I would thoroughly recommend it.
I also peaked into S4League again to see how much worse it had got. There are still no good maps other than Neden-1 and even more terrible melee weapons.