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Infinite Awakening



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A little preview

Posted by Lucina , in BZP Library Jan 04 2015 · 102 views

Since it's been a little while..

A PREVIEW OF EXTERMINATION CHAPTER 2:
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Portalfig had never forgotten the time that he went undercover to root out a terrorist organization - and for the past three months, it had been the only thing on his mind. The identity of “Tavahka” was slowly becoming synonymous with his own, and on the bad days, the Onu-Matoran was beginning to wonder just which side of this war he was really on.

“Tavahka?”

Portalfig turned to face the speaker - White Seven. The White Turaga’s eyes glinted as he waved the Onu-Matoran over. As he had learned to do early on, Portalfig stopped a foot away and got down on one knee, kneeling to White Seven, who nodded with satisfaction as Portalfig stood again.

“I have missed you these past few days,” White Seven said casually, putting his arm around the Onu-Matoran’s shoulders and starting to walk in the directions of the weapon laboratories.

White Seven stopped outside of an unmarked room; the door slid open for him, and they both stepped through the doorway. Portalfig recognized the form of White One standing at a control panel in the far corner; and the three Matoran on the glowing white platform in the center of the room were none other than Quisoves Pugnat, Underscore, and Cyrix… although to both the Rebellion and White Council, the three were more commonly known as-

“The Triplets,” White Seven said, interrupting his train of thought, “are leaving for a rather… shall we say, secretive mission. They have proven their loyalty to us time and time again, and as a result, have been gifted this honor. Continue to serve us as you have, and you might find yourself rewarded with some secret projects of your own. But come - I have something a little more public in mind for you right now.”
Portalfig nodded, silently following White Seven out of the room.


FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON THIS FRIDAY!


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Top 10 Films of 2014

Posted by Lucina , in Film / Shows Jan 03 2015 · 112 views

Let's go!

TOP 10 FILMS OF 2014

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
This is, without a doubt, my new favorite superhero film. I was never interested in Captain America, believing him to be too morally righteous to really be an interesting character, but this film proved otherwise; after all, what do you do with a perfect character? You challenge their faith and their ideals. Having the hero called "Captain America" plunged into a political conspiracy was a genius move, and it was helped by fantastic casting and excellent characters. The likes of Falcon and Alexander Pierce made for wonderful additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and even Black Widow had a chance to shine. Plus, the action was pretty fun to watch as well.

Besides, I've seen the movie, what, four times now? I still want to watch it again. I think that says a lot.

2. The LEGO Movie
The LEGO Movie could have so easily been a bloated toy commercial... and that is why I was so happy when it turned out that it wasn't. Emmet is certainly a likeable, clueless protagonist, but the film really shines with the rest of the cast. Vitruvius, Lord Business, Benny, Batman, Wyldestyle/Lucy, The Man Upstairs... the list goes on. Not to mention the fact that the animation is beautiful; with a world literally built from Lego bricks, any destruction is a sight to behold, and typical everyday things such as buying a coffee in the morning become instantly reinvigorated as the animation works around its restrictions. This movie has a lot of heart and a lot of laughs; I hope the various sequels and spinoffs in the works can matchup to this one.

3. Edge of Tomorrow
I refuse to call it some silly thing like Live.Die.Repeat so I shall continue to refer to it as Edge of Tomorrow. That's not to say that "Edge of Tomorrow" isn't necessarily a silly title as well (and I mean honestly I thought we were starting to move past changing the titles of adaptions... what I wouldn't give for a movie titled something as cool as All You Need is Kill), but whatever. This sort-of time travel action film was one of my most anticipated films this year and I was very happy when I managed to work seeing it into my extremely crowded summer schedule; I just wish everyone else had as well. It's a shame that terrible marketing will probably cause this movie to fade away, because it was a real treat.

4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Full of mystical whimsy, multiple aspect ratios, and delightfully snarky, it's like The Grand Budapest Hotel was made with me in mind. I unfortunately missed this one in the cinema, but did manage to watch it recently on Netflix and enjoyed it very much. Ralph Fiennes is excellent as the deadpan snarker M. Gustave, the main character of the film, who is caught up in a conspiracy regarding the final will of a dead woman and finds himself hunted down by both the law and those who are... well, to put it bluntly, actively pursuing illegal activities. I would recommend this film the most out of any other on this list, purely because I have not seen anything quite like it before.

5. The Maze Runner
The other films on this list (even the ones below) might be better movies, but where The Maze Runner really impressed me was how it stood as an adaption of the book, which I actually wrote a blog post on years ago. Despite the numerous changes they made in adapting it to film, after several rewatches, I admit that I am happy with all of them. Certain side characters are fleshed out more onscreen (Jeff the Medic, Winston the Slicer, a few others) and the main antagonist of the book, Gally, is made to be more of a tragic character in the film, which gives the film's ending more of an emotional impact. Every change that was made worked to the film's advantage, and it's one heck of a ride. With a Hunger Games adaption that didn't quite reach the levels of its predecessors this year, The Maze Runner filled my appetite for an amazing book adaption, and I'm looking forward to the sequel.

6. Guardians of the Galaxy
To think that, just a few years ago, we were all worried that a big screen superhero team-up film wouldn't work; and then nobody saw Guardians of the Galaxy coming at all. We were all shocked when it was announced; we were all shocked when the trailers for it were actually pretty good, and we were all shocked when the film was actually amazing, and then we were all shocked again when it pulled in $700 million globally. To their credit, through the whole thing Marvel tackled it with a confidence that would not have been shown by any other studio, and it worked big time. This film is funny at all the right times, although it never really feels like the characters are in danger; hopefully that will improve in the sequel.

7. Red vs. Blue: Season 12
Yes, technically it's a webseries; but Red vs. Blue is always released as a movie after the completion of each season every year, so I'm going to count it - mostly because this year was so good. While there are areas in which it could improve, and it did get overcrowded towards the end with the sheer number of main characters (somewhere around fifteen or whatever?), it was nice to see some of the more typically comic-relief members of the core group get some character development and watch them as they struggled to lead in the absence of their leaders. I'm unsure of whether Season 13 will match the quality of the previous two seasons, but I'm hopeful.

8. X-Men: Days of Future Past
I've never been a big fan of the X-Men film series (I think I've seen one of the first three and 2013's The Wolverine, which was sub-par), but the time travel aspect piqued my interest. When I learned that it was based upon one of the fan-favorite comic storylines, I knew that I had to check it out; so I did. The highlight of this movie is definitely Quicksilver, and his big scene in the kitchen is jaw-dropping. It's just a shame that he's only in it for fifteen minutes (although it's certainly put pressure on Avengers: Age of Ultron with its own version of Quicksilver). As a semi-reboot of the franchise, Days of Future Past also works as a jumping point for me to get into the series, which is appreciated.

9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Is it as good as the prior two films in the series? No, absolutely not. This film has not convinced me that breaking Mockingjay into two parts was necessary, which only highlights the fact that the move was entirely money-based. I mean, you could at least try to convince me that it was worth it. That said, I still enjoyed the film, and the actors are all working so hard with what they've been given that the movie manages to be entertaining in spite of it all; the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee and the infiltration of the Capitol training center are the main highlights that I walked away with.

10. 22 Jump Street
Not quite ever reaching the comedic gold that was 21 Jump Street but hitting close, 22 Jump Street manages to sneak into my top ten. I felt like the movie spent too long poking fun at how it was basically repeating various parts of the first film and should have spent more time being more original, but I'll take what I'm given. Besides, that credits sequence earns so many bonus points. I just hope that the sequel that should not be in development doesn't totally suck.

SO! Those are my top ten films of the year. It was made without seeing any of the following films, which I unfortunately missed and might have possibly placed on this list:
-Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
-Nightcrawler
-Birdman
-Interstellar
-Gone Girl
-The Imitation Game


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E: ACTUALLY IT'S ALREADY BACK

Posted by Lucina , in Games & Trivia / RPG Jan 03 2015 · 74 views

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CLICK THE BANNER RIGHT THERE TO SIGNUP


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FILM OF THE DAY!

Posted by Lucina , in Film / Shows Jan 01 2015 · 102 views

Go check out the start of my new series, FILM OF THE DAY on my other blog! I would post the series here, but since it's going to be a daily thing (except for weekends), I'd rather not clog up my blog here with it. :)

I will, however, occasionally post about it on BZP (if the film is one I particularly recommend), and there will always be links to it in the sidebars here.

Today, to launch the series, I've focused on The Matrix - one of my favorite films.


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2016

Posted by Lucina , Dec 31 2014 · 146 views

2015 is so this year

It's time we started looking to the future!


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Downtime

Posted by Lucina , in BZPower Dec 26 2014 · 180 views

Hopefully it'll be done by the end of next week

If it takes too long or we lose a bunch of stuff... well, it would depend on both what we lose and how much
I guess we shouldn't lose anything, but

Things never go wrong on purpose

Anyway

Crossing fingers


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why does this always happen (aka merry christmas)

Posted by Lucina , in Life Dec 25 2014 · 165 views

Every single year I ask my parents for a single movie
Every single year they get that movie... for my brother.

Parents, Imma kick you into next week. TBH, all of the fun presents I got this year were from my brothers and you guys :P (with the exception of a Tardis mug, which I'm not entirely certain what to make of)

Anyway I'll probably bump this entry later with my loot. Which this year includes a box of screwdrivers, because reasons.

2014 Loot:
-Hammerwatch (PC) - bzp
-The Stanley Parable (PC) - bzp
-GCN Controller Adapter - bzp
-Transparent Tahu Mask - bzp
-A broken coffee mug I won in a Christmas present "Grinch" game - work
-Allen/hex key - work
-A 40 piece screwdriver and bits set - work
-Video Games Guinness Records 2015
-"Walking Home" by Eric Walters
-End of the Line Crate Keys x2 (PC) - bzp
-TARDIS Coffee Mug
-$50 in cash
-An Old Spice kit (which arrived just in time, hurrah)
-Minecraft Stone Pickaxe keychain
-Marshmallows
-Various packets of different hot chocolates
-a chocolate "D"
-Pajamas, because I totally needed more of those instead of socks
-Link Amiibo
-Pikachu Amiibo
-Peach Amiibo
-Sony releasing The Interview after all, and it was rather good - sony
-Super Meat Boy (PC) - whoever bought my TF2 Tour of Duty ticket on the market

So, yeah. As far as gifts from family... this year kinda stinks (specifically with regards to my parents; the $50 is from grandparents and the amiibo figures are from my brothers). My parents appear to have gone out of their way to try and make me disappointed this year, which is disappointing in and of itself. I know that pessimism and other rather lackluster traits have basically consumed them, but I mean come on.

I'm honestly curious to know what I'll be like once I move out and get away from them. Perhaps my optimism can finally flourish... or be crushed under the stresses of adulthood :P

BUT!

I'd say that this Christmas was pretty good, despite my parents, with whom I have remained thoroughly unsatisfied for years. I got some wicked cool gifts, I got some completely out of the blue gifts (seriously why am I the person you're giving the tools to build stuff with), and I got a cool coffee mug that can join my Darth Duck mug. All in all, pretty awesome. There's also the possibility that this might not be it (however slim), since I will be visiting with all sorts of family next week. So - we shall see!

Anyway, that's all for now. I hope you all have a very merry Christmas. :)


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EVERYONE I NEED YOU TO HELP ME THANK JMJ (+Smash Files 67)

Posted by Lucina , in Life, BZPower, Smash Files Dec 23 2014 · 309 views
JMJ is legend
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I thought I was receiving a GCN Controller Adapter, not that and a special NYCC limited edition transparent Tahu Mask! *shakes fist*
But still!

I thank you very much. Now I can play Smash Bros. the way that it was meant to be played, and I have my first little bit of Bionicle 2015 as well! TBH I'm really excited about the mask because I didn't think I'd actually ever see one in person, let alone OWN it.

Now to fight the urge to open it until I can assemble all six 2015 Toa together.

This is gonna be tough. ;_;

Thank you again!


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MERRY SMISSMAS EVERYBODY!

Posted by Lucina , in Video Games Dec 22 2014 · 143 views

WELL WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT

VALVE, I AM DISGUSTED

BECAUSE THIS UPDATE IS AMAZING

WHICH MEANS YOU PROBABLY RUINED THE END OF THE LINE UPDATE ON PURPOSE

BUT WHATEVER

ENJOY


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6 Years

Posted by Lucina , in BZP Library, BZPower, Smash Files, Games & Trivia / RPG Dec 22 2014 · 138 views

So. I have been on BZPower as a member for six years. First off, to celebrate, here is a little something for Extermination.

I thought I'd go over some of the milestones from the past six years in this entry, that way I can never do it again.

2008
-I joined the site on December 22. Obviously.

2009
-In January I released my first comedy, Vultraz's Diner. To this day, the character Vultraz is near and dear to my heart.
-I entered my first contest on BZPower (a BBC contest), and obviously did not win. MOCs are not my strong suit.
-I also played The BZPower Challenge 2 in the Games & Trivia forum, almost a year and a half before I would return to the forum to play any of the Mafia games.

2010
-I joined the Comedies Critics Club.
-I changed my name for the first time (I don't count my name change in 2009), and I have been swapping names ever since.
-I hosted my first Mafia game, Bionicle Mafia 31: Mind Games. It was a disaster.
-I released Tahu vs. Tahu - my crowning achievement in the Comedies forum. While I might have started my career on BZPower with Vultraz's Diner, it is Tahu vs. Tahu that is nearest and dearest to my heart. Even now I long to bring it back, and if I can find a way to make it work with a new storyline taking place in 2015, then I will. I absolutely will. It actually released on December 19th - whether it is coincidence or not, 19 is my favorite number.

2011
-I helped to host the first (and last) ever Comedies Awards.
-Tahu vs. Tahu landed on the Hot Topics list several times.
-I became a premier member, and got my blog.
-The forums went offline for six months; when they returned, I was one of the members who returned - and actually stayed.
-I became interested in MLP right in the middle of the MLP craze, and was inspired to create three horrible, horrible display names. Ugh.

2012
-I finally hosted another Mafia game; Mafia III: The Cult. It would go on to be the first in a "Mafia III" series that has, so far, lasted four games.
-I revived the Comedies Critics Club, taking charge.
-I released How to Be a Hero, my second-most popular comedy after Tahu vs. Tahu. It eventually sort of quietly died off thanks to a lack of updates from myself, and the topic is just a mess now thanks to the coding errors that hit BZPower around this time last year. I had always wanted to re-write it in prose, but I don't really see the point anymore. It'd be too much time that I could spend on something else.
-I completed Tahu vs. Tahu after four seasons and almost two years;I should have left it at that. Regretfully, I allowed myself to follow through on the horrible idea of a sequel; The AfterWords was released that December. The AfterWords eventually ended after two seasons and less than a year, although the last few chapters were lost in the October 2013 Hacking and have not been reposted. I consider The AfterWords mostly non-canon.
-I also helped to organize the first (out of two) Comedies "Expos", where authors gathered to tease projects that they were working on.

2013
-I hosted Bionicle Mafia III: By the Numbers, which until very recently had the fastest signups in Mafia history.
-I started the Smash Files blog post series, detailing my thoughts on all news and other information regarding Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.
-Together with Portalfig, I co-hosted the Darkest Days Trilogy of Mafia games, celebrating the fact that Bionicle Mafia X: Darkest Dawn was the 50th main series Mafia game on BZPower. It was also the first time anyone had co-hosted a Mafia game since Mind Games.
-Portalfig and I also did most of the work on the BZP Mafia Wiki, although it has since become outdated thanks to a lack of updates.

2014
-I got featured on the front page for two of my epics (Isolation and Extraction), which is very cool.
-I became a POBZPC, earning the orange (and promptly changed my name to "Sir Voltex the Blue" just to confuse everybody). The name change did its job quite nicely.
-I finally relaunched Bionifight as Bionifight Ultimate; it is the largest topic in Games & Trivia, and the biggest game in the series.
-I hosted Bionicle Mafia XIX: The Voltex Constant, which beat By the Numbers to hold the NEW record for the fastest signups in Mafia history.
-I also feel like this year, I became more active in the larger community of BZPower itself, rather than just sticking to one or two subforums like glue; I've popped in all over the place.

2015
-What is coming? Well... I will admit that I've never hosted an RPG before..... ;)






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AMIIBO: Smash Bros.

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WAVE ONE
1. Mario - OWNED
2. Peach - OWNED
3. Yoshi - OWNED
4. Donkey Kong - OWNED
5. Samus - OWNED
6. Link - OWNED
7. Pikachu - OWNED
8. Kirby - OWNED
9. Villager - OWNED
10. Wii Fit Trainer - OWNED
11. Marth - OWNED
12. Fox - OWNED
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WAVE TWO
13. Luigi - OWNED x2
14. Diddy Kong - OWNED
15. Zelda - OWNED x2
16. Pit - OWNED
17. Little Mac - OWNED
18. Captain Falcon - OWNED
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WAVE THREE
19. Bowser - PREORDERED
20. Rosalina - PREORDERED
21. Sheik - PREORDERED
22. Toon Link - PREORDERED
23. Lucario - PREORDERED
24. King Dedede
25. Meta Knight - PREORDERED
26. Ike - PREORDERED
24. Shulk - PREORDERED
25. Mega Man - PREORDERED
26. Sonic - PREORDERED
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WAVE FOUR
27. Robin
28. Lucina
29. Pac-Man
30. Wario
31. Charizard
32. Ness

AMIIBO: Other Games

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1. Mario
2. Peach
3. Yoshi
4. Luigi
5. Bowser
6. Toad