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Technic Tournament 2 Feedback

Posted by Ursus Wielder Pahrak , Dec 05 2015 · 215 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 Ursus Wielder Pahrak , Dec 05 2015 · 200 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 Ursus Wielder Pahrak , Dec 04 2015 · 293 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 Ursus Wielder Pahrak , Nov 30 2015 · 164 views

I almost forgot, there was another update on kh3!


I can't wait to kill it


Important Things Today

Posted by Ursus Wielder Pahrak , Nov 27 2015 · 205 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!


Surprise KH3 News?!

Posted by Ursus Wielder Pahrak , Nov 25 2015 · 200 views
much surprise, such shock, wow
In a super surprising surprise turn of surprising events, the newest of the XIII Darknesses is…


You thought I had forgotten about these posts didn’t you


Testing the Limits of Possibility

Posted by Ursus Wielder Pahrak , Nov 23 2015 · 261 views

If you muster up enough shounen willpower, anything is possible, right?

Then…I wonder if somebody could actually do it.

Maybe…if circumstances aligned, and they found the right path…then just maybe…

Someone could rewrite Galidor and make it good.


Ignoring the Spoiler Alert

Posted by Ursus Wielder Pahrak , Nov 22 2015 · 251 views

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to experience so-called “late arrival spoilers” for the first time?

Like, how you might have felt if you had seen the Doctor’s first regeneration? Or the first time Goku went Super Saiyan, and when all the higher levels were discovered? Or how about finding out that Darth Vader was Luke’s father?

They’re all presented with such shock and drama, but I know there’s no point in putting them in spoiler tags now because people know these things even if they don’t follow Doctor Who or DBZ or Star Wars. I mean, they’re still great and we can still enjoy them, but sometimes I feel like I’m missing out on a part of the experience.

I can remember being surprised and excited pretty much whenever Bionicle made a new reveal, so I guess I want to recapture those feelings if I can. Unfortunately, I’ve become quite bad about getting spoilers for things beforehand, even aside from the ones that have filtered into pop culture. Still, when I am able to exert a little self-control, I do feel like I’m enjoying things more—I think that’s why I got so much enjoyment out of Kingdom Hearts 3D and Steins;Gate, since I only knew a few spoilers heading in and was surprised by a lot of what they did. Since those three series I mentioned at the start are still going on, I guess I have the potential to be surprised by new things they do, though there’s still that sense that I missed out. (Plus if how the forms revealed in the latest movies are anything to go by, Dragon Ball Super is going to spoil itself in magazines before getting to actually show its new stuff.)

Oh well, I guess it’s sort of inevitable. Not to mention a lot of the things I follow come out in Japan first and I have to battle the urge to find out what happened for a few months if I want to get the full experience (barring quick subs). This is just a lingering thought I felt like typing up while watching DBZ Kai. :P


Warm Up

Posted by Ursus Wielder Pahrak , Nov 20 2015 · 152 views

I got to thinking more about the world I was implicitly building back in Towards No End, and now I’m considering writing a full epic set in it. We’re gonna need a Toa team, though, so I’m trying to write some shorter stories to feel out their characters in the hopes that that will help me write them better.

So, I wrote Malleable to start experimenting with Dreynarn, who will be joining Sukahu on his eventual quest. It’s over 800 words and I’m not too sure about the quality, but, eh, at least I wrote something. I also want to try to write a story introducing the Toa who will lead these two, and then maybe one more trying to figure out how they function as a team. Maybe once that’s done I’ll have a decent place to start for the epic?

Before that, though, I should probably get back to the projects I’ve already started on that I haven’t updated in a while, eheheheh…


Swords and Stuff

Posted by Ursus Wielder Pahrak , Nov 18 2015 · 198 views

It’s been a while since I mentioned Amalgam Atlas. It’ll probably be a while still before that idea makes any real progress. I’ve gotten a bit of brainstorming done, though.

Since this is reworking my old Bioni-Lords series, I’m trying to figure out how much gets carried over/redone, and one of the things that I was reminded of recently is a set of four Spirits who each wielded a different type of sword and were important to the lore (sort of). As a way of changing this up, and making it more versatile, I’m thinking of instead having four legendary sword schools known to the people of this world.

Some of these schools will be directly tied to the group from the original series. One was a Keyblade-user, and if I have a story taking place in a world that mashes together an unlimited number of other worlds, I’m not going to not have a functioning Keyblade order. Another from this group used a “Zodiac Style”, a set of techniques inspired by the animals of the Chinese Zodiac—I’d really like to keep that concept, though I think I’ll need to seriously revise the mechanics.

One of the schools is going to be based around a different idea from Bioni-Lords: a technique that brings the soul of a deceased individual back into the material plane as a blade. The form of the blade and the powers it grants/contains are determined by the individual soul, and I’m thinking this new version will have an enhanced level of the technique that lets the blade turn into something else. This should add to the variety, and it’s something I did want to show with at least one such weapon in the original series before cancelling it. (Plus, part of this might be related to my lingering interest in certain aspects of Bleach…)

For the last, I wasn’t entirely sure what to use, so since this is a jumble of series anyway I figured I might just toss in the Jedi Order. Lightsabers! This then led to the idea of one of the characters I have planned, a member of a group based on characters from a certain anime I enjoy, being portrayed as a Jedi (it’s only slightly different than what I was initially planning), so it’s pretty much guaranteed at this point.

I’m thinking they’ll be collectively referred to as “The Cardinal Blades” or something. Another term I thought of was “Legend Schools”, but now I’m thinking of using that term to broadly describe these and other, non-sword-related organizations, probably including a school of Mask Makers at the very least. Each has a slightly different alignment: the Zodiac school is always looking to the stars and basically ignores the world around them, so they really don’t participate in much of anything going on; the Keyblade order takes action, but tries to avoid unnecessary “meddling” and mostly stays in the shadows; the Jedi Order would have the most political presence and influence, practically being considered a government; and the soul blade school isn’t so much a formal organization, a lot of people go to learn the technique but then leave to pursue their own goals after that.

Not sure I want this to be focal to the plot or anything, but I feel like it’s a decent piece of world-building in-progress. Now to think up a bunch of other random stuff until this actually feels like a place with texture.

The Technic Tournament Series

-Technic Coliseum Alpha (Lost when the Forums crashed)
-Technic Coliseum
-Technic Warzone
-Technic Tournament (Champion Granite)
-Technic Tournament 2: This Time It's Personal! (Champion Pridak, Title goes to Pridak)
-Technic Tournament 3 & Knuckles (Champion Umarak, Title goes to Pridak)
-Technic Tournament 4 in 3D (Ongoing)

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