Now for this blog entry to get buried under 2013 retrospectives!
Now for this blog entry to get buried under 2013 retrospectives!
So, with less than two months to go until The Lego Movie hits theaters, I thought it would be worth it to start a topic and see if I could get some discussion going.
The Lego Movie is being developed by Warner Bros. It's got some big-name stars (Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, and Liam Neeson, among others). The trailers we've seen so far are gorgeous, with stop motion animation blended perfectly with CGI to create the first full-length Lego movie where EVERYTHING is made out of Lego elements (up to and including water, lasers, and explosions). There's going to be a large accompanying line of sets, pictures of which give us more of a taste of what we can expect from the movie, as well as a full series of 16 collectible minifigures.
How excited am I? Ridiculously excited. I could prattle on and on about how awesome this looks, but let's leave that up to everyone to discuss. What are you most excited about in regards to the movie? What's your impression of the trailers we've seen so far? What Lego themes or characters do you hope to see featured in the movie? This is an open discussion, so have at it!
So, in the hopes of kickstarting some more discussion here on BZPower, I just started a topic for discussing the upcoming Lego movie! Head on over there and share your thoughts!
Source: The Lego Movie
Pretty sweet, huh? They had run out of My Little Pony Issue 12, but we did get quite a few other things.
The Search, Part Three is good (as I've come to expect from the Avatar comics), and does a good job of resolving the search for Zuko's mother, as well as providing some sense of closure in regards to Azula.
The Sandman Overture #1 is beautiful. It's a bit hard to get a sense of where the story is going this early in (this being the first time I've had to read the series issue by issue rather than in compiled graphic novel form). But every single page is stunning, and I don't expect Neil Gaiman to disappoint me as the series goes on.
The MLP Annual 2013, which is Equestria Girls themed, is pretty excellent as well. I was one of those fans who never really had a problem with Equestria Girls (besides the fact that the toys are even less like their show counterparts than the normal pony toys are), but even so, I'd recommend this even to fans who disliked the movie. Both parts of the annual (The Fall of Sunset Shimmer and the redundantly titled "Equestria Girls") tell a more complex and nuanced story than the movie did. The latter story, for those who were wondering, is also a prequel to the movie, telling the story of how the "Main Five" first met, and helping to build up the world of Canterlot High beyond the cursory look at it we got in the movie.
Axe Cop: President of the World did disappoint me somewhat, if only because it tells a less cohesive story than the series' previous print outing, Bad Guy Earth. There's no lack of the wild imagination that makes Axe Cop unique, though, so even with a slightly worse story it's still a thrill to read.
The last comic was a Halloween exclusive preview of the MLP comic series. It only features an excerpt from issue #4, which I already owned and had read, but it was free, and thus worth it if only to add to my collection of MLP comics.
I hadn't been able to get out to the comic shop with any regularity compared to when I was up in Boston and the nearest comic shop was within walking distance. But after today's haul, I'm more optimistic about future visits.
Sooooo... I finally broke down and started a silly little project I'd been contemplating for a while. It's a Visual Novel-style Dating Sim, where you play as Big McIntosh and get to date each of the Mane Six (except Applejack, of course). The catch is that your only choices for responding to questions are "Eeyup", "Nnope", and "...", and partly due to that each date ends rather poorly regardless of what decisions you make.
Story-wise, I'm trying to keep the whole thing in-character and close to the spirit of the show. There'll be some minor mature themes, mostly expressed through innuendo, but in general I'm trying to keep it about as lighthearted and innocent as a game that revolves around heartbreak can be. The sensuality that is there will be mostly for the purpose of tracking progression and enhancing the disappointment when things don't work out in the end.
For example, in Twilight's story she goes on a dinner date with Big McIntosh, while reading from a book about dating. Afterwards, she invites him home with her, since the book recommends that after a good date. Just as she finishes preparing a bed for the two of them, she starts to ask him some questions that don't have yes or no answers. When she realizes that Big McIntosh has such a limited vocabulary, she points out that it wouldn't work out between them and sends him home.
I'm putting it together in Microsoft Powerpoint (which is probably the worst tool I could use for the job, but it's also the easiest for a non-programmer like myself to figure out), and it's coming along well. I have the Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy routes fully scripted; Twilight's and Rarity's are mostly scripted though I'll need to go back to them and make them longer; I'm making progress on Pinkie Pie's, but it's been the hardest for me so far and I still am unsure exactly where I'm going with it. I have color coded text boxes but no art, although a friend who worked on Double Rainboom says she told some of the folks she worked with about it and some of them expressed interest, so fingers crossed.
I've been trying to keep it low key. It's just a silly little thing I'm doing to see whether I have what it takes, as well as to poke fun at a lot of the shipping involved. I hope some people might play it and be impressed, but the last thing I want is a disproportionate amount of hype that the finished game (which is ultimately more about the illusion of choice than a true variety of choices) will never be able to live up to. Nonetheless, I felt I could share this idea with you pony folks here at BZPower.
So, does anyone have any questions? Opinions? Suggestions? Diagnoses of lunacy? I'm all ears.
Source: Official My Little Pony topic
I just wanted to say I'm generally proud of what's been going on in the blogs lately.
People have been making entries (at least partially) about politics. And the staff has, from what I've seen, been VERY lenient about letting them live so long as they stay civil. And for the most part, they have.
That said, there are some things I'd like to talk about.
Most of us know what happened in Texas. A lot of (generally agreed upon to be) bad stuff went on. Remember that that was in response to (generally agreed upon to be good) stuff happened there too. Remember that both sides of the debate there have Texans arguing them, so even if the guys in charge act like cool dudes sometimes, I don't think the people who stood there for 15 hours would like you slandering their state after they tried their very hardest to change the status quo there for the better.
Also, I've seen some off-site mumblings with people complaining about the staff. And I think that's not that cool. The staff have been awesome lately at letting members express themselves (particularly here in the blogs) and only step in when things start to get vitriolic. Five or six years ago I don't think I'd have seen this sort of open discussion about gender politics or gender identity here. That's not to say the staff did the wrong thing back then. But we've matured as a userbase, and I think B6 has been generally awesome at letting us explore the boundaries of where the politics rule needs/doesn't need to be enforced. So don't be hatin'.
But in general, y'all keep doing how you're doing. That's part of what keeps me coming back to this section of BZPower.
Today I checked back and my post count was 1,007. Whoops.
Anyway, you'd think I'd have more posts than that given how long I've been here, but I'm far from the most active member. It doesn't help that I have a twin brother who shares many of my views and is generally better at conveying them through his posts.
At least he's working on an avatar for me, considering I've gone without one since the Great Dataclysm. That might help me to finally establish my own identity on here.
I'm definitely going to BrickFair (as I have for every year since its inception), but it'll be a shame to miss out on Bronycon when it shows up on my doorstep.
Part of me wonders if it would be feasible to visit Bronycon just for one day, probably Saturday during the public hours. Any other Bronies going to be at BrickFair? Perhaps together we could come up with some sort of plan?
I never used to nickname my Pokémon back in the days of G1 or G2. I only started in G3, when I decided on a whim to name my Sceptile "Katana". I don't think I nicknamed any of my others, and that's kind of a relief, considering what my Sceptile's nickname says about my naming skills at the time.
I didn't nickname my team in Pearl Version, and felt bad about it. So from HeartGold and SoulSilver onwards, I made it a point to nickname my party. Not right when I caught them; this time I wanted them to have names that meant something. After I was sure they'd be in my party for a while, I took them to the Name Rater and gave them nicknames based on their species, element, nature, characteristic, or any other factor that made me think a name would fit.
My party's nicknames were as follows:
- Typhlosion/"Prometheus" (After the Greek God who gave fire to humanity)
- Ampharos/"Svetlana" (I once met a girl named Svetlana, and thought it was a beautiful name. Derived from the Slavic word for "light")
- Golem/"Mason"(Derived from the profession of bricklaying. A common name for a somewhat common Pokémon)
- Xatu/"Miranda" (Created by Shakespeare for the heroine of "The Tempest". In Latin it essentially means "one who must be wondered at")
- Azumarill/"Santiago" (After the protagonist of Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea")
- Victreebel/"Bluma" (Means "flower" in Yiddish)
- Serperior/"Adonis" (From the Semitic "Adonai", adopted by the Greeks as a mythological character whose blood became the mythical origin of the anemone flower)
- Simipour/"Gyatso" (From both the character in Avatar: The Last Airbender and the current Dalai Lama. This name literally means "sea")
- Chandelure/"Fyandor" (From an entry in the Lyttle Lytton Contest, a competition to think of the worst possible opening for a novel. One year's sub-contest had participants write a worst second line to Paul Clifford. The winning entry was as follows:
I knew this was the perfect name for my Chandelure)
It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness. Steeling himself for battle, Fyandor, the oldest and bravest of the lamps, proclaimed, "Nay, foul wind, this will not be the night of our extinguishment!"
- Archeops/"Icarus" (After the mythological character who flew with the aid of wax wings but fell and died when he flew too close to the sun)
- Gallade/"Valentine" (After a character in the movie MirrorMask. Flamboyant, and wears a mask like the majority of characters)
- Forretress/"Stalin" (After the Soviet dictator. The name literally means "steel")
- Munna/"Daniel" (After the Biblical figure who interpreted dreams, and the character in The Sandman who became the new king of dreams)
- Scolipede/"Ligeia" (After the eponymous character in the short story by Edgar Allen Poe. In the story, she writes the poem "The Conqueror Worm")
- Samurott/"Tohru" (A variation on the Japanese "Toru" which can mean "sea")
- Lucario/"Moses" (After the Biblical prophet who led the Israelites out of Egypt)
- Zebstrika/"Zecora" (After the wise zebra character from "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic")
- Gardevoir/"Helena" (After the protagonist in MirrorMask. Ties in with "Valentine", above)
I'll consider any suggestions for the following:
- Leavanny. Must be a female name. Preferably a name with a connection to either caretaking or fashion. Best if it fits with a Bashful nature.
- NEW: Vibrava, soon to be Flygon. Adamant, likes to fight. So a warrior-related name would be good, preferably one related to the desert.
EDIT: And so far I haven't gotten any submissions! C'mon guys, I still need two names!
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