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Looking Ahead: 2016

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 18 2015 · 147 views

Well, there are a few weeks left, but it looks like I’m going to survive 2015, thank you God. Really, really hoping next year goes better, but hey, no way of knowing that now, so I’ll just blindly make plans until events play out and I watch them all crash and burn!

There are some things I hope to work on in the coming year. Obviously I aim to continue Okoto 579, and my first story adapting the 16 arc, The Age of the Hunter, is already underway. (Not exactly far, but…underway.) If my outline holds, I’m hoping to put a lot of focus on the Toa in this story, since they’ve been hugely overlooked in the series thus far. I also want to try doing more with other Protectors—Korgot’s really stolen the show, her mother was important in The Time of the Mask Makers, we had an old Protector of Ice in In Our Bones, and Izotor had a brief appearance in Strike of the Hour, but…that’s it. Though to be honest, I think Kivoda, Nilkuu, and Vizuna might all stay less important. And of course we’ve got our new star Umarak, who will be getting plenty of screen time! Who else will make appearances, I wonder?

Regrettably, I’m still not quite finished with Shooting Star Sonia. I’m quite close, though! The next chapter, providing a scenario for Crown Thunder, is typed up and will probably be posted very soon, and all that’s left is the finale. Of course the finale’s going to be very long—a whole arc, really. It’s kind of necessary thanks to all those boss rematches Mega Man games throw at you in final stages. Things will be changed around a bit, of course, but it’ll still take a few chapters (current outline has the story ending with 17 chapters total). I’ve gotten started on the first chapter of this arc, but it remains to be seen just when I’ll get everything finished.

And of course I’ll be hosting Technic Tournament 3 & Knuckles at some point in January or February. I’m keeping that name.

In addition, there’s a brand new fanfic I’m hoping to get underway expanding on some ideas I used in several of my Reference Roulette pieces. I don’t have a working title at the moment, unfortunately, but I can tell you that it is set about 100,000 years after the Reformation of Spherus Magna, at a time where Toa transformed by the Red Star are the norm and society has been struggling to recover from the devastating civil war of the Great Beings. A small team of Toa will discover the hope their world has been looking for, but they must act quickly to protect it from one final enemy left to them by now-ancient nightmares. Let’s see if I can get this off the ground.

I think that’s everything I’m planning at the moment. I mean, there are a few other things on the back burner—Divine Strength, Amalgam Atlas, maybe even Kaita Legacy (which was like halfway done before I stopped)—but I don’t have any meaningful developments to report on in that department. I’m also considering a new comedy, but I haven’t done any significant brainstorming just yet.

Well, hoping you all have a merry Christmas and happy new year and whatnot.


Technic Tournament 3 Roster

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 17 2015 · 123 views

That was awful I am never holding a poll again.

Anyway these are the fighters I’m putting in Technic Tournament 3 & Knuckles:
-Kopaka Mata
-Jet/Judge Slizer
-Blaster Slizer
-Boss RoboRider
-Virus Rider
-William Furno
-Dragon Bolt
-Nick Bluetooth
-Hybrid Rescue Tank
-Mobile Devastator
& Knuckles

And whoever wins will fight Pridak in the Title Match. Now go away.


Top Starter Pokemon

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 12 2015 · 202 views

For no reason whatsoever.

-Gen I: It's a difficult choice between Charmander and Bulbasaur, but as cool as Charizard is, I just really, really like Venusaur. I even defeated a Charizard with a Venusaur once, back when I was playing LeafGreen. Anyway, plant dino is best.
-Gen II: Cyndaquil. Without any doubt, it's Cyndaquil. My early days with Pokemon were a little weird, and to be honest I don't remember a whole lot of what I did before Diamond, but I clearly remember Blaze, the Cyndaquil I chose in Gold version who grew into a fearsome Typhlosion that wrecked everything. Not being able to transfer Pokemon from Generation II to III means that Blaze was lost, but all Cyndaquils since have been named in his honor.
-Gen III: Honestly they're all pretty equal. I can remember Blaziken showing up in the anime when Gen II wasn't quite over, so it left an impression on me. I legitimately enjoy the Mudkip meme and my OR Mega Swampert is super-cool. And then there's my AS Mega Sceptile, the sassy vampire lizard plant wielding the legendary Leaf Blade. I can't choose between them.
-Gen IV: I absolutely love my Platinum Infernape--his team was the first of mine to reach Level 100 without cheating Rare Candies. But, I chose Turtwig in Diamond, and Diamond is a game that still means so much to me since it was what brought me back into Pokemon after my interest faded in Generation III. Sprout the Torterra carries a lot of great memories with him, so Turtwig will always be my favorite. Again, plant dino is best.
-Gen V: Now, this is also pretty close. Really, really close. Because I love Oshawott--it was my starter in the first Gen V game I played, and the samurai unicorn it eventually evolves into is so ridiculous I love it. But, the two Serperior I've used were, well...sort of better. So, it's very close, but I'm giving this one to Snivy.
-Gen VI: Froakie, duh. It just looks better than its competitors at every stage, and then of course there's Smash Bros. Even before that, though, training Gali the Greninja in Y made it clear to me that I had made the best choice, and I maintain that after using the other two in my X playthroughs.

So, favorite Water starter is Froakie, favorite Fire starter is Cyndaquil, and I'm going to give favorite Grass starter to Turtwig. If a game made me pick between those three to start, now that would be a tough choice...

And while I'm at it, best legendary is Dialga. (But you probably saw that one coming.)

(Oh, by the way, Sceptile was announced for Pokken Tournament and Volcanion has been officially revealed. While we're on the subject.)


Technic Tournament 3 Fighter Poll!

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 10 2015 · 166 views

(I know it's super-early but some stuff happened and today might get out of hand so I'm getting this up while I can)

It’s time to decide who’s going to represent in the next Technic Tournament, and that decision will be made by you! Please feel free to vote even if you haven’t played the previous Tournaments, and please don’t feel like voting means you have to play Tournament 3—the more votes the better! We’ll have eight lines with 2 fighters each, so there are several stages to this process.

First, Bionicle G1. This will be broken up into a hero poll and a villain poll. For the hero poll, you can vote for any one Toa (in their original form only this time) or Glatorian, excluding Tahu, Takanuva, and Mata Nui. For the villain poll, you can vote for any one of the following: Nidhiki, Krekka, any Piraka, Nektann, Brutaka, any Barraki (excluding Pridak), Nocturn, a Skrall, Stronius, or Tuma.

Nominated G1 Heroes

Nominated G1 Villains

For G2, you can vote for any 2 characters who have been released as sets, except for Kopaka, Gali, Ekimu, and Kulta. Since this game will run in 2016, any Toa involved will be in their Uniter form, if that affects your decision, and the Creatures and Umarak are eligible. I’ll put the two characters with the most votes in Tournament 3.

Nominated G2 Fighters

As for Slizers, there are only four who haven’t been in the previous two Tournaments. You can each vote for 2 of them, and the two with the most votes will be in.


Unfortunately, all canon RoboRiders (and one fanon Rider) have already been used! So, I’ll list them here, you can each vote for 2 of them, and whichever 2 get the most will be in Tournament 3. You can vote for Virus Rider if you really want to, but I’m not going to put them on the list until requested.


Now for Hero Factory! For the Hero slot, your options are Furno, Evo, and Rocka. For the second slot, you can each vote for any one villain set, excluding Von Nebula and Toxic Reapa.


Nominated Villains

On to the new lines! The one with the most requests was, oddly enough, Galidor, so we’ll do that one first. Vote for any two of the Galidor characters listed below.

Galidor Fighters

We’ll also be including Knights Kingdom II! Again, vote for any 2 fighters.

Knights Kingdom Fighters

Finally, we’re also bringing in Exo-Force! There are a whole lot of eligible sets, so I’m going to link you to the Brickipedia set list and let you vote for any 2 Battle Machines.

Nominated Exo-Force Battle Machines

There you go! The poll will be closed on December 17th!


Technic Tournament Update

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 08 2015 · 136 views

Thanks for the feedback everyone! I think I’ve decided which changes I’m going to make for the next game.

-The 500 W bonus to fighters going against who made the most last round has been removed.
-Rerolls are free, they will calculate using half of the original Widget value put in.
-Round 1 will be one week, the remaining rounds will be 4 days each. I may also have a blog entry for early sign-ups. The exact release date hasn’t been determined, but there probably won’t be as much time between 2 and 3 as there was between 1 and 2. Probably January or February.
-Title Match will have only one promotion opportunity with guaranteed success followed by a chance for a second multiplier. No rerolls.
-Promotion use limits will be left as is, stat points will remain at 13, starting Widget count will be raised to 5000.
-Once a fighter has been promoted by several players in the same round they become harder to promote—all further rolls will have 1 deducted from their talent and rerolls will not be offered. This resets next round, of course. The Championship Match will offer rerolls in this circumstance but will only use 25% of the original input, and the Title Match still guarantees success but applies the deduction to the second roll. A lot of the specifics of this mechanic are still being refined.
-You only receive a cut of a fighter’s money if you succeeded in promoted them that round. Even if you fail every attempt in a round you can still use a reroll so this shouldn’t be an issue.
-The bonuses on promotion have been split, higher success for corresponding method and higher payout for non-corresponding methods.

As for the fighters, based on input I’ve decided to use 8 lines with 2 fighters each, the lines being Bionicle G1, Bionicle G2, Slizers, RoboRiders, Hero Factory, Galidor, Knights Kingdom II, and Exo-Force. Rather than coming up with new promotion methods I’ll have each method correspond to two lines:
-TV Commercial: G1, G2
-Magazine Ad: Slizers, Galidor
-Radio Ad: Hero Factory, Knights Kingdom
-Internet Campaign: RoboRiders, Exo-Force

The exact roster will be determined through a poll, which I plan to begin on Thursday. Please stop by and vote!


Technic Tournament 2 Feedback

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 05 2015 · 158 views

So Technic Tournament 2: This Time It’s Personal! just wrapped up, with Pridak becoming Champion after gaining nearly one million Widgets in the final round, and then proceeding to curbstomp Granite in the Title Match by raising over six million Widgets (what the heck). Since everyone spent all their Widgets in the last round (and everyone but one player sponsored Pridak), everyone but the one guy who sponsored Granite ended up tied. Super weird…but, thanks for playing everyone!

I’ll probably take a bit of a break before starting Technic Tournament 3 & Knuckles, but while Tournament 2 is fresh in your minds I was hoping to get some feedback on what changes to make! Feel free to share any comments and suggestions you have; I’ve also compiled a list of a few specific things I’m wondering about:

New Additions/Gimmicks

Main Gameplay


After I make decisions on these concerns and maybe implement some other suggestions, I’ll give an update or two, and then I’ll open the poll to determine who will show up in Tournament 3!


Need Prompts

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 05 2015 · 136 views

So my story-novel-thing Divine Strength has been pretty much dead for a while now, with most of my time trying to brainstorm for it over the past few months being spent on the mechanics of how the main character’s hair color changes. That is a 100% true statement. Unbelievable.

(I mean I think I also found a potential way to make one of the other characters interesting but most of it has been the hair thing, and that sounds funny out of context. Always lead with a joke, or something, I don’t know.)

I don’t really want to give up on it, though, so I’m thinking I should try writing some short scenes to flesh out the characters and world and such to get myself motivated, working, and making the thing all around more interesting. Now…I just need some way to come up with ideas for such scenes.

So, does anyone know a good way to get prompts for short character/world-building scenes? If being specific would be helpful, it’s a magical middle ages type deal. I mean, with how cliché that is, I’m sure there are resources specifically for that, I should get looking…

And, I doubt it’s the case, but if anyone’s read the bits of this idea I’ve already put up and has some things they’d like to see, feel free to request. Most of that stuff is so vague at this point that I don’t think there’s much chance, but I figure it can’t hurt to ask.

And I guess if you have some other prompt you want to give me unrelated to this idea you can go ahead, but I make no guarantees on getting around to it. Not that I really guarantee getting around to the relevant ones either, just…well, y’know.


I'll Cry Kongroo

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 04 2015 · 239 views
Recently a reshowing of the Steins;Gate anime has been streaming online as a lead-up to Steins;Gate 0, and included as part of that was a new version of Episode 23 with an alternate ending! The episode is mostly the same, but when Kyouma and Suzuha come back after their attempt to save Kurisu, it diverges and shows what occurred on the beta worldline that Steins;Gate 0 will take place in, and after the credits there's a brief teaser for the 0 anime! English subs are now available, so, of course, I had to watch it.

Given what we already know about 0, what happens isn't really a shock, but I'll put in spoilers just in case.


The visual novel releases in Japan really soon, and there hasn't been any word yet on when the anime adaptation will air. If they're airing this episode, though, I hope it means they'll start it soon. The next anime season starts in January, right?

I'm excited and kind of destroyed right now. Later I'll probably rewatch the whole of Episode 23 but switch over to this ending and see if I can survive that,


Get Ready to Button Mash

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Nov 30 2015 · 134 views

I almost forgot, there was another update on kh3!


I can't wait to kill it


Important Things Today

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Nov 27 2015 · 153 views

If you live in America, try to avoid going out if possible, since I hear Black Friday gets really, really intense.

But if you do go out, and if you play Pokemon, try stopping by a McDonalds with free Wi-Fi to get Hoopa via Nintendo Zone.

Or, maybe put that one off, since it's available until December 23rd.

Safety first! Pokemon close second!

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