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New KHIII Trailer

Posted by Ul-Pahrak , Jun 11 2017 · 86 views
Kingdom Hearts
Square Enix has been doing a Kingdom Hearts Orchestra lately, and apparently there was a show somewhere last night. They used this opportunity to display a brand new trailer, which can be watched here. I guess this technically counts as its E3 showing, sort of?

Thoughts


The end promises that at the D23 Expo next month (July 15th, specifically) there will be a new trailer with a new world, which sounds promising. Hopefully this will be the start of a more consistent stream of updates, eh?


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Pokemon Direct

Posted by Ul-Pahrak , Jun 06 2017 · 63 views

There were three announcements this morning:

1. Pokken Tournament DX! It’s Pokken on the Switch, adding in the fighters who have been added to the arcade version since the Wii U release PLUS Decidueye. Since I don’t have a Switch I don’t expect to be getting this, but it’s definitely interesting, and I look forward to watching how Decidueye plays.

2. Gold and Silver on eShop! I was hoping they’d do this. Gold was the first version I played on my own as opposed to sharing with my sisters, so Johto was my favorite region before Sinnoh came along. I’m very much looking forward to another trek across the region with my trusty Typhlosion again.

3. Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon! Not a whole lot of info at present, but Solgaleo and Lunala have new forms that sort of look like they’ve fused with Necrozma (or are wearing it as armor or something). I didn’t think we’d get these so soon, but Alola is great, so I am definitely not complaining! I really hope we can get those forms with pre-existing Solgaleo and Lunala, since I already bought both Sun and Moon…

This reminds me that I really need to transfer my Living Dex up to Gen VII. I’ve been meaning to do that forever…


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"Hiatus" Isn't Quite the Right Word

Posted by Ul-Pahrak , Jun 03 2017 · 28 views

Now that Hotel of Okoto is over and I've submitted my entry to The Legend Continues, this seems like a good time.

So, I’m sort of in the process of trying to obtain a new job and a new apartment, ideally by about August. This is all very up in the air right now, and I feel like I shouldn’t start on any more major commitments until I get this sorted out—if I have to take time to move and get new Internet service, it could potentially throw a wrench into whatever I’m in the middle of.

Basically, I’m not planning to host any games or start any big stories until August-ish. The biggest potential exception is a story of five short chapters I’ve been trying to do for a while but am currently stuck on. If I manage to finish that I’ll probably toss it up in OTC, but I don’t know how likely that is. And I mean, if I come up with a short story or two there’s no reason to hold off on that, but the chances of that happening are really pretty low, probably.

I’ll still be around, of course. Blog posts will be made, I might play some games…huh, I don’t really do anything else, do I? I’m not planning to drop off entirely. And I’ll still be working on stuff in the meantime: I’m hoping to complete work on the Wall of History game I mentioned and get a headstart on Shooting Star Sonia 3 so that I can kick them both off as soon as I’m settled. We’ll…see if that works out…

Anyway, I’ll probably make another post if there’s an update on this situation. Until then, returning to generic blog activity.


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Continuing the Legend

Posted by Ul-Pahrak , Jun 01 2017 · 41 views
writing advert
Like I wasn’t going to enter The Legend Continues. Come on. You can win The Artbook! Plus 2016 sets I wasn’t able to afford, so even if I get second or third it’s still awesome, but…mainly The Artbook!

Er, anyway, I just posted Second Star! I should probably say it’s…rather long. Around 4300 words. I didn’t mean to get carried away, there was just a lot that I wanted to get in and even after cutting back I still had a lot left. Please forgive me. I got excited by the mention of that legendary tome.

This story takes place a few years after the 16 story, and sets up a new plot concept with a new group of heroes. You can probably guess who from the title, but you may still be surprised to see who they’re fighting. Please check it out if you have the time!


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Crowning Achievement

Posted by Ul-Pahrak , May 31 2017 · 56 views
Kingdom Hearts, KHUX
So the new multiplayer mode of the KH mobile game just...isn't that good, IMO. I messed around with it a bit when it first came out and I just haven't even considered touching it since.

This week, they're adding a new avatar costume you can only get by playing said multiplayer mode

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These are the most beautiful costumes I've ever seen and I take back everything I just said. I am going to play multiplayer until I drop.

Not sure where they came from, but I'm really, really hoping they somehow turn up in KHIII or beyond because something this gorgeous deserves a canon appearance.

UPDATE: They are now mine


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What a Nice Surprise, Bring Your Alibis

Posted by Ul-Pahrak , May 23 2017 · 96 views
game advert, mafia
I’m hosting Mafia XXXIX: Hotel of Okoto!

Come play if you want.

It’ll be fun.

Seriously, you can keep voting even if you die.*

Try it out.

*Offer open to certain roles only, restrictions apply, results may vary


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Thoughts ZX, As Promised

Posted by Ul-Pahrak , May 19 2017 · 67 views

I caved and bought a new copy of Megaman ZX off Amazon. And it was actually new! It was in a case, and even wrapped in plastic. Rad. Anyway I’ve completed Easy Mode with Aile and most of Normal Mode with Vent so this seems like a good time to say stuff I guess.

My memories of the first time I played this are a little fuzzy, but I do think I’m benefitting now that I actually know who all the Biometals are based on. ZX as a whole is a neat progression from the Zero series—it capitalizes on Zero 4’s proposition of humans and Reploids setting aside their differences by showing a future where the races have grown close enough that you can hardly tell which characters are which species. It feels a good bit lighter too. There are serious threats and some fairly precarious situations, but the locations and people tend to seem a little more optimistic, so even if trouble is starting to brew again it still feels like the world has really developed a lot during the interim. I really like that.

And of course, this game is noteworthy for giving us a choice of protagonist! Differences between the two are typically pretty minimal (crawling speed, knockback), though there are a few that stick out more than others. In Aile’s story, Zero lookalike Giro says he’s already a member of the organization you end up working with, meanwhile in Vent’s story he doesn’t say anything of the sort. Plus, I noticed two or three very vague references to ZX Advent’s villain that only occur in Aile’s story. Basically Aile’s story is better. And when Vent beat Prometheus the first time, I got a scene that focused a little more on Prairie’s origins and essentially confirmed she’s…well, spoilers. So there is some value in replaying with both protagonists, especially with a certain bonus you get after clearing the game with both, but you don’t really have to if you don’t want to. Anyway, while Aile isn’t the first playable female character in the franchise (I only discovered this recently), this is the first time we’ve been given the option of a female character who actually drives the story forward and is treated on equal terms as the male option rather than being an unlockable bonus. Put more succinctly, she’s the first female Mega Man, which is still a huge deal. (And yeah, “Mega Man” is a gender neutral term here, more on that later.) This, plus a few of the characters introduced in Advent, make this series seem like it’s trying to break the gender stereotypes of the franchise, and now that I know this is important I’m even sadder it was cancelled. Aile’s great. We need another round of Aile.

Right, so, “Mega Man”. It’s actually a term/title in this series, referring to anyone who can utilize Biometal, with this game showcasing three at a time (the protagonist, Giro, and the villain...well, five if you count Prometheus and Pandora, but anyway). There are even more in Advent. I feel like this gives it a slight meta quality, since now we have characters fighting each other to determine the best Mega Man and we’re sort of asked to decide what we want that term to mean. Even before this you probably could have had a debate on that subject: while some of the series just have a character named Mega Man, that isn’t always the case. X’s name is X, but you’ll never hear anyone not call him a Mega Man. Since Megaman Zero is a thing, can we call Zero a Mega Man? And while MegaMan Volnutt is named MegaMan, the presence of MegaMan Juno in Legends implies there’s more to it than that. (Too bad we’ll never know for sure!) So having ZX begin to play with that is neat, I think. And I like the fun with acronyms in the Biometals’ M.E.G.A. System (Meta Encapsulated Granule Awareness)…though I have to say the Japanese version is even more fun. Since Mega Man is Rock Man in Japan, they get R.O.C.K (Rebirth of Crystallized Knowledge), and rather than shout “Megamerge” when they transform, they actually, honestly activate their powers by holding up their Biometal and shouting “R.O.C.K. On!” You can’t beat that. That’s just incredible.

And I’ve always loved the concept of Biometal. It’s a great way to bring back familiar heroes without technically reviving them or bogging down newcomers with needing all this backstory, and you end up with a good variety of abilities to play around with as you wander aimlessly around the map looking for the area you need to get to next. ZXA does give you a lot more forms to choose from, but while that’s fun they can be redundant or overspecialized, so you could argue ZX’s smaller selection is a bit better rounded.

Anyway, that’s an overview of my thoughts on ZX. I don’t want this to be too long so I’ll leave it there. Now I need to justify buying a new copy of ZXA so I can give more coherent thoughts on the series and its place in the timeline.


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Annoyed

Posted by Ul-Pahrak , May 17 2017 · 215 views

I almost made it a year without making an entry whining about my personal life. I really wanted to hit that milestone. What a shame. But, looks like it’s time for Emotion™, so I’m afraid I have no choice but to bump my thoughts on Megaman ZX until my next post.

The Nonsense


As expected, that was poorly organized at best. Yikes.


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New Game Forming

Posted by Ul-Pahrak , May 15 2017 · 142 views

It’s not ready yet but I think this could be a good one and I’m like…halfway there, give or take.

The basic setup is that an island is being attacked, and this same exact thing happened ten thousand years ago. However, the only record of those events is in a language no one reads anymore, so they have no idea how to proceed and are doing very poorly. So, five Chroniclers are sent to find the Spirit of Knowledge and gain the power to translate the history so that they can find some clues to help the island survive. However, the Spirit needs some convincing, and we can’t know if all the Chroniclers are compassionate…

At the start of a round, the players are given a prompt, and then have four days to write a very short story. I judge it, and the winner gets a piece of the history PMed to them. Then they decide what to do with it. They can publish it to the Library for all to see, or they can keep it for themselves. Or, they can just PM it to certain other players. And whenever they publish or share it, they can alter the version that gets published or shared. Because after that, a problem similar to the one in the history fragment will be presented to the modern-day villages, and the Chroniclers need to tell their people how to handle it. At the end of the game the status of each player’s village will be summed up, so if you want the others to do poorly, you can try to mislead them. So, who to trust?

I just need to write up the history and decide on prompts, and then I’ll settle on a release date. I’ve been trying to do something like this for a while so I’m eager to see how it goes!


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Samurai and Saiyans

Posted by Ul-Pahrak , May 08 2017 · 101 views
internal dialogue
"Yeah, I wasn't really impressed with the last episode of Samurai Jack--I was really hoping they'd take that relationship in a different direction. But, still, it's not like I'm going to just stop watching the show, that would be overreacting."

*Dragon Ball Super rumors that Buu will be kicked from the Universe 7 team in favor of Frieza fly across the screen*

"I'm going to lie down, wake me when this blasted arc is over."






Recent Works and Writing Collections

The Principles of Flame (9/7)
A story meant to give some more details on the Kardata style used in the world of Olkir.

The Twins of Justice (9/12)
A story introducing the Temple of Justice into the world of Olkir.

Out of Bounds: Part II (10/17)
Vhisola and Ehrye trek across Spherus Magna in search of a promising rumor.



Full Library
One big collection of everything.

Okoto 579
A few connected G2 stories.

Divine Strength Collection
An original idea I'm trying to build.

FFFC Collection
Flash fiction from when we had contests for that.

Unsorted Works
What doesn't fit into the above three collections.

I Have Approval Now?!

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