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Well, this sucks (Recap 04 even though it's off schedule because life)

Posted by Elittra , in Life May 06 2014 · 402 views

So I work at a camp in the summer as a Counselor, and we have a week of training at the end of June.
 
My graduation hits during the Wednesday of that week.
 
My prom hits the Thursday of that week.
 
I have known this for quite some time. I have spoken with my mother about this before. I had assumed the issue had been ironed out and that she would arrange for my grandparents to pick me up from camp and bring me home for graduation, and then they would drive me back to camp on the Friday. I was planning to speak with the Directors this weekend to work out the time off.
 
Tonight my mother called the camp without telling me, and told them that she wanted to keep me home for the ENTIRE TRAINING WEEK.
 
Now they're saying they will only give me 24 hours off (meaning prom is out the window because obviously graduation is more important), and I have lost credibility with my bosses. 
 
And to top it all off, I need to have a criminal background check done (because I'm working with kids so y'know be extra careful n such) and it's due this weekend and I totally forgot to have it done.
 
Gonna have to subtract those two points I had. Back to zero.
 
Major uggggggggggggh
 
Points: 0 (sob)


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To Those on my Steam Friends List

Posted by Elittra , in Life May 06 2014 · 170 views

I am putting out a call! Are any of you (particularly/mainly the ones that I speak to on at least a semi-regular basis) fans of Percy Jackson and/or the Heroes of Olympus?
 
If so just shoot me a message on Steam, or comment here ASAP.
 
 
 
 
 
In IRL news, I have had another person tell me to be a teacher. I refuse! I will not go right from learning as a student in school to learning as a student to be a teacher in school to being a student teacher in school to being a teacher (in school). 
 
Gimme at least ten years to do my own thing that isn't teaching pleeeeease


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2011 vs. 2014

Posted by Elittra , in BZPower May 04 2014 · 253 views

Specifically two things posted in those years;
 
2011 was Bionifight 4: Hyper Fighting
2014 was Bionifight Ultimate
 
The two games in the Bionifight series where I was the main host (also the second-biggest and biggest in the series and in the current G&T forum respectively), I decided I'd go over some stats and stuff.
 
Bionifight 4: 3871 posts, 43 952 views - Posted November 4, 2011; Ended March 4, 2014 - 97 pages - closed by Black Six
Bionifight U: 6173 posts, 40 408 views - Posted January 17, 2014; Ended May 4, 2014 - 155 pages - closed by Black Six
 
Who Posted in Bionifight 4? (30 members total)
Nujanii: Kanohi Master 695
Nevermore 514
Greninja #0579 489
Edea Lee 403
Toa of Dancing 225
Squishyfrog 224
The Invisible Noob 206
Agnes Oblige 180
-JL- 158
Xenophilic Zeno 107
JustZakaro 103
Gentleman of Science 88
Prodigal 88
Sybre the Mental 86
Commander Viral 70
Indigo Individual 58
LONG LIVE TYLER 51
Protalgif 38
Sumiki 25
Chuck Bartowski 14
Skarloth 11
Dralcax 10
Pony Hank 9
-Mau5- 8
-Kohu- 5
Unit#phntk#1 3
Elrond of Rivendell 1
Black Six 1
Al the Chicken Man 1
Rarity 1
 
Who posted in Bionifight Ultimate? (38 members total)
Chro 800
Agnes Oblige 597
Ringabel 576
Voxumo 488 Edea Lee 474
Tiz Arrior 435
Pupwa21 335
Makuta Luroka 322
The ShadowVezon 304
Pulse 229
JustZakaro 216
Dapper-Kun 186
Shadowhawk 177
Greninja #0579 176
-JL- 162
Canis Lycaon 120
Shadow Flaredrick 100
(Daedalus) 97
Protalgif 97
Toa Kayn 93
Infernum 51
-Kohu- 40
Unit#phntk#1 32
TBK 16
Commander Viral 14
Underscore 10
-Windrider- 7
LONG LIVE TYLER 6
The Malicious Phantom 3
The Nold 2
The Next Line storyline 2
Po-koroking 1
Black Six 1
Toa of Anarchy 1
nocturn701 1
RahkshiToa88 1
Chuck Bartowski 1
Vinylstep 1
 
Which one was better?
It's a tough question - I had some very fun times and some very not fun times with both. That said, while it holds a nostalgic place in my heart and was the final game in the series to use the "classic" setup, I'd have to say that Bionifight Ultimate was better. The fan-created content was a huge hit, and while I think I'll need to rework it somewhat for the next game, I think it was overall a great addition. The active signups were spectacular, and the players as a whole were more fun to have around than they were in the last game.
 
As I've said before, I think that the next game in the series will be my last. Fighty stayed around for three games as the main host, and I think I'll be doing the same. Three is a good number to end it off on (or five, if you count my assistant hosting in Bionifight 2 and Bionifight 3). So of course, I cannot just plan the next game; I must also plan for the future of the franchise - whether I pass it on or it ends with me.
 
I do think I'll be posting another blog post specifically to discuss that issue. But for now, I'm done. 
Thanks for playing.


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It's Over.

Posted by Elittra , in BZPower May 03 2014 · 222 views

The final round of Bionifight Ultimate has ended.
 
I do have a sequel game in mind; it's just a matter of when (and how) I release it. The next game will be my final game as the main host of the series - after that, it'll either be over or I'll hand it off.
 
I'll have to decide which one is more appropriate.


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A Quick Update

Posted by Elittra , in BZP Library Apr 29 2014 · 277 views

From the Prologue 2 of Bionicle Mafia Uprising, Book 2:
“Well, you are now!” TBK snapped back. “I don’t know what Luroka did to you, Voltex, and I’m not sure what has you so bloody riled up, and quite frankly, I don’t really care. All I want to do is get off of this godforsaken island and go home and have some peace and quiet! So grow up, deal with it, and go talk to the officer!”
 
Voltex was on his feet in a flash, stalking over to the Po-Matoran with his cloak fluttering behind him as he stopped right in front of TBK, staring the Po-Matoran down. TBK met his glare, holding it defiantly.
 
“I was one of the best fighters in Bionifight,” Voltex said quietly. “Do you really want to be on the receiving end of my abilities?”
 
“Go ahead,” TBK said vehemently. “Keep in mind that you’ve already committed murder on this island – one more will just give the law enough proof to pin it all on you.”
 
Clenching his fist as his throat tightened, Voltex shut his eyes and stepped back, turning away to face the sea again before slumping. “I didn’t want to – it was the only way for us to get out.”
 
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So I'm busy writing away at this thing - I know exactly what I want to do in order to fix the oneshot I'm working on and the prologue of Book 2 is nearly 5000 words (we'll see if that's what we can expect out of every chapter...). Alongside that, Side Project A is still in the works, and I've seen the outline for Side Project B - hopefully both will be ready for a full announcement soon! ;)
 
Until next time!


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Time to Begin

Posted by Elittra , in BZP Library Apr 26 2014 · 223 views

The outline for Book 2 of Bionicle Mafia Uprising is complete, and is over 5000 words long itself. I am still debating about whether an additional narrative POV would benefit the story; if I decide it will, then the outline is still incomplete. 
 
It will be at least twice the size of Book 1, for those who felt that Book 1 was rather short.
 
I shall begin writing Book 2 proper this week; for now, enjoy a brief teaser of what else is coming:
 
Mayhem.


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This describes me perfectly

Posted by Elittra , in Life Apr 24 2014 · 272 views

Fix'd.
 
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I can't help it; it's just too fun killing off all of those characters you love so much... and while I get you emotionally attached to the new characters, I have the old characters to fill the space! :D


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Skylanders: Trap Team

Posted by Elittra , in Video Games Apr 23 2014 · 285 views

And this is the part of the show where Voltex is even happier that he never bought into this whole "use toys to play video games" business.
 
But he also realizes with sadness that if they do this with Pokemon or Nintendo characters in general, he will probably become broke.


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Mafia Epic: Ending and Info

Posted by Elittra , in BZP Library Apr 22 2014 · 180 views

First off, the epilogue.
 
Next, some info:
 
1. The cast of Book 2 has been finalized, aside from a few other additions I'll be making as needed along the way.
2. There are four things in the works for before Book 2 is released; one will wait until just before Book 2's release to be posted as it's basically a direct lead-in, but the other three should hopefully go up sometime soonish. More info on them later.
3. Not info, but if you'd like to hop in and add to the series, shoot me a PM!
4. Book 2 will not feature all of the same narrators as Book 1 did - but I will guarantee that at least one narrator from Book 1 narrates Book 2. ;) 
5. The full character list for Book 2 (along with the title) will be released soon.


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Insomnia Killed (Recap)

Posted by Elittra , Apr 19 2014 · 362 views

Recap 03: Insomnia Killed
 
We’re back again. It’s been three weeks already, gosh. This week was certainly an interesting one. My brain is blanking right now, but I’m sure you’re reading an entry lengthier than the norm right now regardless.
 
So... this week.
 
I have to work alongside one of my bosses for our Art Program, but there has been very little communication outside of the classes themselves, and on Monday I ended up having to figure out a way to make coloring with pastels last an hour with three different classes, filled with increasingly older and more skilled kids. It was a nightmare. This Monday we’re doing manga... I don’t even read manga. The sooner we get to the weeks where we focus on Shepard Fairey and Bill Watterson, the better.
 
I had my first (and probably last) real field trip for this year on Wednesday; we went to the Ontario Science Center and were easily the oldest group there. The presentation we saw was dreadfully boring, the imax video we watched I had already seen, and I was too familiar with the building itself to be suffering déjà vu, so I am currently stuck on a hunt for information to determine when exactly I was last there.
 
The trip itself was terrible. In addition to my complaints above, every single bit of service I received while on the trip was terrible. At Subway, the person behind the counter got mad at me for using a Subway gift card; at Tim Hortons, both the person behind the counter and the manager tried to tell me that they didn’t serve lattes, and in the science center (especially at the theater portion), the employees were all snooty. But to top it all off, when I was paying for my lunch in the science center’s way overpriced cafeteria, some dude that had at least two feet of height on me came over and threatened me for trying to “chat up his girlfriend”, who was apparently the super old lady (okay, maybe not that old but still) behind the counter. I guess purchasing food counts as asking for a date? If that was true, I could have a million different people going to prom with me.
 
I almost punched him, but I decided not to because I didn’t want to ruin my pizza. Also, he was three times my size, and I didn’t really want to find out if there would be any benefits to him beating me to oblivion after I physically instigated a fight.
 
On the bright side, while I suffered an entirely sleepless night on Tuesday, on Wednesday (once I was able to stop fuming, which was actually easy enough because I was exhausted at that point) I slept very well, and I have slept easily for the past two nights since. I have killed the insomnia! +1 points.
 
I’m about 90% certain that I’ll be receiving my mid-term marks on Tuesday (technically the reports go home Friday, but I’ll just ask the teachers because why not), so we’ll see how that goes. I know at last count I was tied with someone for the highest mark in English (ironically, the girl I asked to prom), and on the IB scale I had a Level 6. I’m hoping that I managed to bump my mark up to a Level 7, but in the most probable event that I did not, I’ll settle for taking the lead in marks. If I’ve fallen behind I’ll cry a little, since I’ve never actually been at the top of a class before.
 
Actually, I probably won’t cry. I’ll just sulk for a couple of hours.
 
Aside from that, the biggest part of this week was working on Bionicle Mafia Uprising. While you all would either jump to “I don’t care about your silly story” or “Didn’t you just post one chapter, and that was it”, I will mention here that there are three different things in the pipeline for the series that are being worked on; this is alongside what I’m doing so far for Book 2, and a short story that I will release later this year that must be re-read and improved to perfection.
 
That’s it for this week. I’m hoping eventually something that’s actually emotionally significant will happen, because obviously those are the most interesting to read. All I’m doing right now is complaining about not fighting guys that would beat me up if I tried.
 
What a shame. But at least I have more points!
 
Point Total: 2






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