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Title Grammar Question

Posted by Emzee , Dec 24 2014 · 60 views
game titles
Ok, I'm 90% certain that I got it right the first time, but I need to hear honest feedback:

Power Lies Beneath or The Power Lies Beneath?

Which sounds better? Which is better from a title grammar perspective? Does it only depend on what "Power" means or does it really not matter? Let me have your input!


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Enter the Ninjago Monster Contest!

Posted by Emzee , Sep 18 2014 · 70 views

Entry period ends on September 22nd. There have been some entries from this forum so far, but I'd really love to see more from you guys!

Here's a refresher on the entry requirements:

MUSIC AND MOVIES RULES:

1. There should be one entry per member. All BZPower members are welcome to submit an entry.

2. Entries must adequately fit into the Ninjago theme. For music, that means either stylistically or through lyrics. Don't be afraid to be creative with this if you plan on writing lyrics though!

3. All entries must be your new and original work and cannot have been presented before.

4. You may not modify your entry once posted unless you have instruction to do so to fix a rules violation, or if you have approval to correct a minor error. All such requests should be PMed to Emzee.



FAN CREATED GAMES RULES:


1. Board games, card games, video games, and detailed game ideas are all allowed as entries.

2. All game ideas must be your new and original work and cannot have been presented before, whether on paper or as an actual game or game demo.

3. Entries may not be modified once posted unless you have instruction to do so to fix a rules violation, or if you have approval to correct a minor error. All such requests should be PMed to Emzee.

4. Games must fit into the theme mentioned.

5. If entering a game idea, each entry must include at least the following:

  • An objective of the game (the “win” condition)
  • A genre (First Person Shooter, Action-Adventure, etc.). Board/card games are allowed.
  • A detailed overview of the game controls (keyboard keys, joystick support, etc.)
  • A detailed description of your game’s mechanics or features (i.e. what can the player do?)
  • A description of your game’s artistic style (if applicable)
  • A description of the story and characters (if applicable)

6. If entering a playable game as an entry, make sure to include a short but informative description about the game. You should include screenshots or, if you're submitting a board/card game, pictures of the props, cards, etc.

7. There should be one entry per member. All BZPower members are welcome to submit an entry.


Four days left. Make me proud, y'all.

(I should have maybe posted this sooner and for that I am sorry)



Source: Create, envision, or compose in the name of Ninjago!


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RTX Pictures

Posted by Emzee , Jul 12 2014 · 106 views
austin, gaming convention
Hi everyone. For those who wanted to see those pictures, here is the URL.

www.dropbox.com/sh/oza1yocyjnd769a/AADApUVE9tMPKoHZnnO5cgaXa . Sorry there aren't that many, I'm no master photographer by any stretch.

I had a blast at that convention, and being able to sleep in my own bed was so worth going alone. I do really need to find people to go with next year. I also still need to go watch that other stream with the Game Grumps, since I decided to go see the RWBY Vol. 1 screening instead.


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RTX / Fourth of July

Posted by Emzee , Jul 04 2014 · 179 views
gaming convention, austin
First off, I want to wish everyone a happy Fourth of July. Even if that date means nothing to you, it's still a Friday. Go out and party it up tonight! :D

Next up. There were some... unfortunate complications with RTX today. Thus, I'm home earlier than expected. This means I get to talk about my first day at the convention.

I woke up bright and early since I regrettably could not get off work early enough for the pre-registration. How they arranged the process was a little complicated, but the (very kind and helpful) Guardians were posted everywhere to direct people and answer questions, so I'm very grateful for that. While in line for registration, I caught a glimpse of Gus rushing by. This was only within like 15 minutes of walking into the convention center.

I would have been ready to enter the con proper at about 9 -- only an hour after the registration opened. Only issue was that the con starts at 12, so I had some waiting to do in that regard (but I at least was near the front of the line to enter the exhibit hall).

Unfortunately, I missed the call for people waiting for the exhibit hall to open to leave the line to go to the RWBY panel waiting hall. They had apparently announced it at about 10 am.

The panel was at 1 pm.

One thing that definitely stands out is how much earlier I have to get in line for things as opposed to PAX East. Attendance has doubled this year at RTX, which means rooms fill up faster than you would think humanly possible. So yeah, I can't talk about RWBY because the hall was filled up long before I even made it to the correct line.

A positive thing from this is that I had plenty of time to explore the exhibit hall and some lunch at one of the few Austin food trucks open on 4th of July. I learned my lesson for the RTAA panel (which was at 3pm) and got in line at about 1:30pm. RTAA isn't quite as popular as RWBY, so I got to sit near the front for that one. Saw Gus Bot, and chuckled at the some of the very ... awkward questions con-goers asked Jordan, Gus, and Burnie (nothing I'm not used to at this point).

After the RTAA panel, I went back to the exhibit hall and picked up Munchkin: Apocalypse. I've been wanting to pick up one of the Munchkin games for awhile and when the lady and the booth talked about it, I knew Apocalypse was the one I wanted.

I went back up to where the main hall was at about 5:30 just to make sure I could get a good seat for the Game Grumps event (which was to be at 8 pm). Line was already packed and I think the Guardians had prepare the waiting room earlier than anticipated, but yeah. I was about in the center of the waiting room

The next highlight was going to be see the Game Grumps play Cards Against Humanity, but then the unfortunate complication happened. All in all, I had a great time, but no lie: it's really not the same going to a convention yourself unless you're the life-of-the-party type. I talked to plenty of people, but it was clear that a lot of us were overextending ourselves to be talkative, and it's just so much effort when you're a huge introvert (coming up with something to talk about is hard). The events and booths are cool, but at every con, the true draw is really just hanging out with your friends.

That's enough rambling. Here are the few pictures I managed to take.

Looking forward to tomorrow (which will be boosted by a good night's sleep tonight!)


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Nonononononono

Posted by Emzee , Jun 25 2014 · 170 views
steam summer sale and 2 more...
^ As said by my wallet. Yeah, that's right.

They got me too. :(

Batman: Arkhan Origins
BioShock Infinite
TES: Skyrim
Mirror's Edge
Saints Row IV
Serious Sam (all the games)
Star Wars: Battlefront 2
Dragon Age: Origins
DmC Devil May Cry
...
AND COUNTING!

(This money is supposed to go towards adult things!!)
Posted Image<- also my wallet.


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Starstruck

Posted by Emzee , Jun 15 2014 · 175 views
rooster teeth, austin and 2 more...
Starstruck Okay, so she didn't sing Creeping in my Soul, but Rooster Teeth's Barbara Dunkelman does do the voice of Yang on RWBY. She's really nice and down to earth, even given the fact that she the RT community manager -- she's really good at what she does. 
 
Photo was taken just this afternoon. 


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Live from Kuwait

Posted by Emzee , May 11 2014 · 155 views

So I'm at my intermediate stop on my overseas trip to Dubai. Not a lot of interesting things at this little terminal. Apparently the airline I'm flying to Dubai only had one gate.

So why Dubai? My sister lives and works there, so I decided to spend this year's vacation time visiting her. This stop wasn't originally part of the plan so of course, the parents are worried, but that's standby travel for you, and at least this option is, well, affordable.

At any rate, I'm excited. Hope I remember to take and share some pictures.


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Of Titanfall and Childish Gambino

Posted by Emzee , Mar 13 2014 · 149 views
sxsw, titanfall
Rewind back to a couple months ago when I booked and confirmed my trip to the awesome city of Portland. Admittedly, I was unsure at the time about my decision: what would Portland be like? How weird was it actually? Would I have all the fun I hoped I would? Not to mention the fact that I wasn't sure if going to the smaller convention in a new city was better than the larger convention to a city I'd already been to (BrickCon in this case. I doubt you'll see me visit the same con twice in a row unless it's Brick Fiesta). 
 
Nonetheless, I went with it. 
 
Then Deep Web Tour was announced. And guess which weekend Childish Gambino decided to perform in Texas?
 
No, seriously. Guess.
 
... yeah
 
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ 
 
All hope seemed lost.
 
But then, something new arose; a Titan would Fall, and there would be much celebration. And... guess what? Childish Gambino likes the game so much that he would be there too! (He really did say during the concert that he thought Titanfall was a cool game).
 
Here are some pictures from the event. I hope to post videos too, but they need to be edited first because holding a camera steady while getting the zoom right is apparently quite difficult.
 
Awesome game + awesome rapper + awesome internet celebrities = awesome Monday night. Got a picture with Major Nelson (I don't really listen to his podcast that much, but hey, free photo!) Got to see (but not approach -- I ain't ready for that yet (why are they so tall?)) the Rooster Teeth crew, and got some free stuff including a Titanfall t-shirt. Vince Zampella and Yusuf Mehdi were also there and they talked a little bit about the game. And all for the price of waiting in line for 4 hours after a full work day. 
 
Say what you want, it was totally worth it. Only issues were my lacking in height and weight which sometimes led to me being thrown around like a ragdoll on the quite small standing room space. It also I meant I sometimes had to jump to see the performance.  Also, many non-Titanfall fans only there for the concert. Ah well, that just meant more time to play the game myself, as they all crowded the front of the stage an hour before the show began. 
 
I've been spending the past couple evenings catching up on sleep, hence the slight delay. The Titanfall game should also be reaching my doorstep tomorrow. 
 
BZPRPG players, I apologize in advance. :D 
 


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2013

Posted by Emzee , Dec 31 2013 · 171 views
retrospective
Thinking over 2013 reminded me that despite certain issues, this year was pretty good. Not better than 2012, or 2011 (or any other year except 2007 and 2005) but still pretty good. It started off disappointing, then awesome, then horrible, and has been steadily getting better ever since. I'm glad I was able to make it to PAX East, BrickFiesta, and Brickfair VA this year. The BZPRPG is (in my opinion, both in writing and community) the best it's ever been. Lastly, I got a new job in Austin, which is cool, even if the lack of college ties in this city makes it hard to find a group to repeatedly hang out with.
 
I'm not so glad my first job out of college was a waste of my time and theirs. I'm not glad that it's apparent that certain problems I've had since childhood will never be going away (nothing quite like learning that there are somethings in life that you will never be able to do well). Ironically, life in Austin has been borderline lonely. There's not a lot of people where I work and constantly trying to find a new group to chill with is quite draining to an introvert like me. The fact that I'm a lot more selective of who I hang with and less tolerant of certain mindsets doesn't help matters there either.
 
There were a lot of lessons learned this year, and overall, I'd label 2013 as one giant learning experience. Lots of people are going through issues that I didn't even know existed just a couple years back. Lots of people I know also struggling with the high demands of adulthood, and being harshly criticized for not meeting the mark. Sometimes I really miss living in Houston - not because those days came with a lot less stress and expectations (they didn't), but because the consequences of not always making the best decision weren't nearly as harsh then as they are now. Young adults everywhere are realizing we now have a lot less room for error then we did before.
 
2014 will basically be about what I do with what I've learned, and what decisions will I be making in the future, now that I know more then I did before. 
 
Happy New Year to you all!


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Fan Created Games Contest YES!

Posted by Emzee , in BZPower and LEGO, Game Dev, Uncategorized Jul 21 2013 · 143 views
contest, TITANS AND MONSTERS
My home forum is finally getting another contest if its own. And guess what? You don't even need to be a programmer or an artist! No, the entries in this contest are going to be detailed ideas for games that (if they're BIONICLE) will probably never get made. (Of course, OTC game ideas are allowed as well, but make sure those go into the OTC forum). 
 
Here's the link to the advert topic.  The only thing I can say now is that this contest really needs the skills of non-FCGers in order to work. If you written up an idea for the RPG Contests, what I expect for this contest isn't terribly different (mostly that it's not text-based and that you can't edit your entry once it's posted). 
 
Putting this entry in all three categories because YEAH!
 
SIE SIND GERMAN GERMAN GERMAN (that's German right? Or is it Spanish? ;) )






My Bio

Age: 25
Gender: Male
Location: Austin, TX
Favorite color: Cyan
Occupation: Software developer
Games I'm current playing: The Stanley Parable
TV shows I'm watching: Game of Thrones
Interests: Bionicle, Ninjago, Game Grumps, RWBY (Rooster Teeth in general), assorted genres of music (electronica, alt. rock, classic rock, instrumental, classical, and hip-hop), music composition/remixing, programming, and game development.
Attended Brickfair VA 2009 and 2013, Brickfair AL 2012, Brick Fiesta 2011 and 2013, Bricks Cascade 2014
Also attended PAX East 2013 and RTX 2014.
Lactose Intolerant
Pumping more iron than I probably should
Actually a liberal arts guy who just majored in Software Engineering

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