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Required Readings

Posted by Ta-metru_defender in TMD's Creatively Named Blog, Sep 01 2014 · 43 views

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Just ordered them off of Amazon and they're all for one class: Militaries and Militarization.

Yeah. This'll be fun.

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LET'S ADD SOME KETCHUP! (Smash Files 41)

Posted by Voltex in Extraction Point, Sep 01 2014 · 45 views

I've missed out on making profiles for quite a few characters since the games were announced at E3 last year; so, in the vein of my recent "summer catchup" post, here is another large Smash File detailing four more fighters that I missed along the way, starting with the ones announced during the Smash Bros. Direct.

Charizard Profile
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Species: Charizard
Series: Pokemon
First Appearance: Pokemon Red and Blue (Gameboy, 1998)

Favourite Appearance: Pokemon Emerald (GBA, 2005)
Party: 1st
Known For: Being awesome, breathing fire, not being a dragon type, having two mega evolutions, being popular, disobeying Ash because Ash sucks
Excitement Factor: 5/10 - Honestly, kind of meh. I think it's cool that Charizard is in the game, and I get that having Squirtle with Greninja could be seen as an over saturation of water type Pokemon, but... I still liked using Squirtle more than Charizard.
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OH GAWD

Zero Suit Samus Profile
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Species: Human
Series: Metroid
First Appearance: Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA, 2004)

Favourite Appearance: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii, 2008)
Party: 1st
Known For: Being another version of Samus in Super Smash Bros. 4, lacking armor, apparently wearing high heels, wearing a skin-tight suit
Excitement Factor: 3/10 - I dislike that Zero Suit Samus is an individual character in this game; mostly because it means we have two versions of Samus on the roster (in addition to two versions of Link), and that means this is a precedent... I do not want to see Dr. Mario being added back into the game. I'm sure there is another video game character out there that could have the exact same play style as Zero Suit Samus instead.
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I believe I can fly....

Shiek Profile
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Species: ???
Series: The Legend of Zelda
First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64, 1998)

Favourite Appearance: Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN, 2001)
Party: 1st
Known For: Being mysterious, being Zelda, maybe not being Zelda?, being not-actually-male, being female, being a ninja
Excitement Factor: 7/10 - I consider Shiek to be more excusable than Zero Suit Samus on the basis that Shiek could honestly be anyone; and that means I can pretend that Shiek is some random character from the Zelda universe, and not Zelda herself. Whatever.
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Just keep sneaking....

Yoshi Profile
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Species: Yoshi
Series: Super Mario, Yoshi
First Appearance: Super Mario World (SNES, 1991)

Favourite Appearance: Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (GCN, 2004)
Party: 1st
Known For: Being a dinosaur, getting trapped in eggs, turning people into eggs, being the best party member in Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
Excitement Factor: 8/10 - Yoshi! Yoshi is one of those characters that I always like to take for a spin every now and then to change things up in between rounds of demolishing my opponents as Young Link or Toon Link. Also, he's a member of the Original Twelve, so he has to be here.
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HIP HIP HOORAY! HIP HIP HOORAY!

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Advice: What to do with Eevee?

Posted by Cyrix in ♫ Don't Go to Sleep with a Frown in Your Pocket ♫, Sep 01 2014 · 36 views
games, pokemon, :D, eevee, shiny

wow i'm blogging like crazy about pokemon of all things hahahahahaha i am a nerd and have no life B-) B-) B-) :afro:

So, as mentioned in my last entry, I was able to nab a shiny Eevee.

However, now I have absolutely no idea what to do with it. It's stats are around the board and it's nature isn't of much help. So I need some suggestions of what to evolve the little guy into. I realize that I don't have to use him to battle or anything like that, but I still want to evolve him into something that makes the best use of his stats while looking swaggin'. So here's some info on him:

IVs (31s are known for sure, others are estimated using an IV calculator):
HP: 31
Attack: ~30
Defense: ~21
Sp. Attack: ~28
Sp. Defense: 31
Speed: ~5

Nature: Brave (+attack, -speed)

He has no EVs (I'll Super Train him eventually) and is level 30.

I kind of want to evolve him into something where he looks rad but is still useful, but the attack-centric evolutions (Flareon and Leafeon) don't have great shinies. He has an alright special stat so I've been leaning towards Vaporeon, but I'm looking for suggestions.

so yeah suggestions gogogo

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It's Happening

Posted by Vivian James in Desperado Inc. , Sep 01 2014 · 125 views

If you missed the fury of LEGO news that got leaked this week, don’t worry we have your back with a massive round up of LEGO 2015 Sets. Of special note are a few new themes that have been added to the LEGO 2015 line-up: Bionicle, Pirates, Jurassic World and Elves.




Edit: Link with self-proclaimed leaked content removed.
-Wind-

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In the End Mondays 09/01: The End

Posted by TNTOS in A Writerly Blog, Sep 01 2014 · 20 views
In the End, Mondays, Dawn Duology and 1 more...

As of a few minutes ago, I posted the epilogue to my last Bionicle epic, thus officially ending the Shikaverse and my career as fanfic writer (at least for the foreseeable future, anyway).

Unlike with every other week, I'm not going to quote an excerpt from this chapter because I do not want to spoil anything, not even a couple of lines of dialogue.

So just go ahead and read the entire epilogue here for yourself. Or, if you haven't been following since the beginning, I suggest starting from the prologue and reading from there. With the entire epic posted, you can now read the whole thing at your own pace if you want.

Tomorrow I'll do one more blog post regarding the Shikaverse and fanfiction and stuff, but for now, I just want to thank all of my readers for faithfully tuning in each week to read the newest chapter. I honestly expected In the End to sink into obscurity, maybe get a couple dozen views a week or so, if even that much, so to see it average 100 views a week just blows my mind. That number will probably decline now that the full story is completely posted, but it was just so fun to watch each chapter average 100 views every week.

That that very number remained steady, week after week, tells me that I was doing something right. Granted, the vast majority of those readers never commented, but people don't come back week after week to read stories they hate or find boring. I think that, in terms of page views, In the End was my most successful epic (though I haven't really looked at the page views of all of my other epics, so I don't know that for sure). Knowing I had some readers--even if most of them lurked--who came back week after week really helped me get over some doubts about my writing ability I've been harboring recently. You guys rock.

-TNTOS-

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Roots & Stems

Posted by Tolkien in In a hole in the ground there lived..., Aug 31 2014 · 65 views

Oh hi. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? At least, it’s been a while since I posted anything of substance here. I’ve actually been pretty freakishly active on my tumblr blog over the last couple of months, although not so much in recent weeks. That’s due to the fact that the academic year has once again begun, and my time is now mostly consumed by a combination of teaching and coursework. woo
But, in spite of that, I have managed to eke out something that might be of interest to the Matoran language enthusiasts that still lurk hither. It’s something that has been in development for a long time, and it’s bound to continue developing in future, as usual, but I felt like it had reach a sufficient stage of maturation to post. So here it is:

ROOTS & STEMS


One of the most difficult (and yet, most satisfying) parts of thinking about Matoran etymology is seeing just how far we can reduce the set of original root-stems that might have formed the lexical inventory of the Matoran language in its most ancient state (i.e. the state of the language as programmed by the Great Beings). This has pretty much been a constant preoccupation of mine, since every additional stem that we have to posit in order to sufficiently derive all known Matoran words is technically an additional departure from the canon. Ideally, we’d be able to derive every Matoran word by relying solely on a small pool of well-motivated stems which are combined in consistent and logical ways to create the complex forms we see. Over the past several years, this pool has fluctuated wildly, but overall I’m happy to say that it has grown consistently smaller. In fact, at this point in the project, I can say with pretty good certainty that it is possible to derive every known Matoran word from a pool of stems consisting of about 16 elemental stems (ta, ga, le, (o)nu, po/pa, ko, vo, fa, bo, de, fe, ce, su, ba, av, kra, no/na) plus roughly 16 additional stems with varying semantic values. An entire lexicon and grammatical system derived from the combination of ~32 primitive items? Seems like a pretty good result to me! =p
And that finally brings me to the point of this entry: a provisional list of the ~32 stems coupled with the semantic domains that they (supposedly) cover. I won’t attempt to provide any justification for these other than to direct you (as always) to the Matoran Dictionary and the Matoran Grammar, where most, if not all, of these stems manifest in one form or another.

ELEMENTAL STEMS:

TA -- fire; courage/bravery; essence, being; cause/initiation, inception
GA -- water; purity; progression
LE -- air; cohesiveness, accuracy; habituality
(O)NU -- earth; firmness, steadfastness; past-orientation, memory
PO/PA -- stone; strength, stolidness; reliability, friendliness; present-orientation
KO -- ice; clarity, knowledge, sight; foresight, future-orientation
VO -- lightning; energy; movement, conduction/transmission; ability

FA -- magnetism; field, range, limitation; perfectivity
BO -- plant-life; permanence; patience, stativity
DE -- sonics; ?sensitivity, ?precision

FE -- iron; metal; invention, innovation
CE -- psionics; mind; (epistemic) possibility
SU -- plasma; consumption, conversion; (deontic) necessity
BA -- gravity; weight, balance
AV -- light; enlightenment, ?revelation
KRA -- shadow; obscurity
NO/NA -- protodermis, substance, matter; the protodermic Elements

NON-ELEMENTAL STEMS:

KA -- unity; power, energy, potential; ?system-normality (?> HA)
MA -- duty; control, use, mastery
VA -- destiny; time
HA -- system-normality; ?activity, process (?> HU)
HI -- thing, object (> hi); part (> ki); intensive (> -k)
HU -- activity, process
RO -- unit, individuation
ZA -- schematic, plan, structure
AR -- affirmation, presence, realis (ar-); application, realization (> ­-ar)
UR -- negation, absence, irealis (ur-); antonymy (> -ur)
WA -- mass, quantity, magnitude; ?relation, property
AI -- basis of deictic grammatical affixes (> ai-, -ai, i-...-a; > ai-ai > i-ai > yai > YI)
IA -- basis of non-deictic derivative affixes (> -ya, a-...-i; -a-wa-i > -aui > -ui)
YI -- contact, connection, together(ness) (< AI+AI)
?LA -- positivity, goodness (?< LE)
?NI -- ?being, star (?< NO/NA)
?SI -- possibility, variation (?< CE)

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You know...

Posted by Tekulo in the Green in This is My Lawn ♫♪, Aug 31 2014 · 111 views

... for someone who supposedly lived hundreds of years, the Doctor seems to die a lot within a single life span of the modern day human...

Like, seriously, how did he ever live to be that old? I know he got that 1up, but that's not good enough! He'd need at least one hundred of them if he always died at that rate, and if not, then why was he living in such long spans of time and why did that change in the first place?

I guess they could say he lived like fifty years in-between seasons when he was companion-less, but... Dude, it takes you that long to be angsty? Yikes.

GET OFF MY TARDIS!

~Tekulo <3

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a small olmak appears. look at it go


this actually happened on friday and of course i remembered it the day before and two days after

but yeah

half a decade on this site

scary

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I Don't Have a Problem... - August Haul

Posted by Electric Turahk in Bleeding Blue, Aug 30 2014 · 104 views
Transformers, BIONICLE, Star Wars and 1 more...

May have gone a little overboard this month...

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Since the first picture is just not good (seriously I cannot find a good place to take pictures in this apartment. :( Windows are huge and everywhere...), here's a breakdown of everything in relative arrival order:
  • Transformers Generations Whirl
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Annihilation
  • Star Wars: Kenobi
  • Star Wars: Crucible
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones
  • Transformers AOE Grimlock
  • Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods Goku cardboard hair thingy (Not pictured but totally worth mentioning since they gave them out at the Alamo Dratfhouse during the first airing of Battles of Gods... As if seeing that wasn't bad enough, you now had half the theatre with Goku hair. :lol:)
  • Transformers FOC Jazz
  • BIONICLE Mistika Gali Nuva
  • BIONICLE Mistika Onua Nuva
  • BIONICLE Mistika Gorast
  • BIONICLE Mistika Krika
  • SDCC Star Wars Black Series Jabba the Hutt Throne Room w/Salacious Crumb
  • Transformers AOE Strafe
  • Transformers Masterpiece Prowl
  • McFarlane Assassin's Creed Benjamin Hornigold
  • McFarlane Assassin's Creed Black Bart
  • McFarlane Assassin's Creed Blackbeard
  • Transformers Generations Rattrap
  • Transformers Masterpiece Sunstorm
  • Xbox One: Transformers: Rise of the Dark SPark
  • Xbox One: Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition
  • Transformers WFC Bumblebee
  • Transformers RTS Wreck-Gar
  • Transformers RTS Lugnut
  • Transformers AOE Slash
  • Transformers FOC Eject & Ramhorn
  • Transformers FOC Ravage & Rumble
  • Jazzware Minecraft Creeper
Aaaand that's everything that arrived. SHF Naruto and Ryugen, Black Series Clone Trooper, and Figma Archer have all shipped.

Yeahhhh...

I decided to play "catch up" hardcore on top of all the new stuff...

Games first: Rise of the Dark Spark is officially my fastest 100% game! :3 Got all Achievements in 5 days, which to me is still fast heh. Grinded like crazy to get them. Now I can actually enjoy Tomb Raider, whenever I get around to it that is.

Got a few more Star Wars books and it pains me to see that "Legends" banner on some... Only finished Crucible so far and that hurt even more. Because even though it got really, really weird at the end there, it still quite literally set up the perfect open-ended jumping on point for, oh I don't freaking know, a movie maybe! *sigh* Still, going to enjoy them while I can. Also fiiiiinally bought A Game of Thrones! I'll get to it once I'm through with Annihilation and Kenobi, and I'm halfway through the former. After that I plan on finally starting the TV series too. Figured it's about time I take a proper look into all of this hype.

Random figures: The McFarlane Assassin's Creed stuff is really cool. These guys are such incredible improvements over the initial figures, which really has me looking forward to the future of the line. As for Jabba... Oh my goodness I could not be more disappointed. :( I quite literally spent almost two weeks glued to a computer screen stalking HasbroToyShop to get a chance at the SDCC version - that was even Hasbro's official stance on it! "We aren't telling you when they go up, just keep watching all the time!" What a load. So yeah, I got him. I still stand by the fact that it's the only Jabba I'd take since the retail comes with absolutely nothing, which really wouldn't make his hollow self worth it, but still. They could have done a lot more with him. At least Salacious B. Crumb is simply flawless and I love him. But I want to do a photo shoot so I'll go into more depth with them later. Eventually. Also, I got a Creeper. :3 Been wanting in on the Jazzwares stuff for a while and finally bit the bullet. Might stop here since I don't want to get obsessed, but it's still a cool little thing to have.

Next, BIONICLE. Finished off my Mistika! And even more exciting, nothing seems to have broken putting them together! :D These were still sealed sets so I had no idea what to expect of them. But I know I'll never, ever be taking them apart if I can help it.

Finally, Transformers... Now here is where I went overboard. I didn't expect to get half of what I did. The Dinobots, yeah, I was looking for. They're cool for the most part. But Jazz, the little guys, and Whirl were all impulse buys. I'm not disappointed by any of them, though. Then there's Bee, Wreck-Gar, and Lugnut... Three figures from a few years ago I never thought I'd have at reasonable prices. But I posted a wanted topic on Tokunation (check it out, make me spend more money ;)) and immediately got a reply from a great guy who hooked me up with them. They're all pretty sweet. Then there's Rattrap, who is a beautiful modern rendition of a childhood favorite and he just fills me with oh-so-much nostalgia and I love it.

Oh, right... The Masterpieces. I bit the bullet on them too finally. Walked into Toys 'R Us, saw a Prowl, and immediately pounced. Have not seen one since even though more Sunstorms came in stocks and continue to sit there. He's fantastic, albeit I definitely agree with the universal opinion that he was VASTLY overpriced for what he is. Sunstorm... Well, the Takara one definitely looked better but this was readily available, and thanks to Prowl I got sucked in. Love the Seeker mold, love yellow, so I'm okay with it heh.

So that's it. I uh... Wow. Did not expect to do this. Told myself I was filling a void and maybe that's right... But at least I don't really regret any of it. Right now. Except maybe Jabba. Curse you, HasbroToyShop, curse you!

~|ET|~


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Into the Dalek

Posted by Sumiki in Blogarithm, Aug 30 2014 · 105 views

That's probably the first (non-50th-special) episode of Doctor Who that I've legitimately enjoyed since Asylum of the Daleks.

The new intro is horrid, though. The music sounds like a compressed tinny mid-90s MIDI bandbox and no one can tell me otherwise. Murray Gold still does good incidental music but good grief get Danny Elfman on the intro.


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The Rake, rake, rake, rake

Posted by Sisen in Back to wizards and witches, and magical beasts,, Aug 30 2014 · 91 views
slenderman, creepypasta

Gonna slip into your room and lacerate you.

I get to embody the character next weekend and scare the living daylights out of people.

This is gonna be so much fun.

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Mahou figma Medaka Magica

Posted by dotcom in Tempest Tower, Aug 29 2014 · 78 views
figmas, many figmas and 3 more...

I received some stuff today. It was this stuff:

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Just Kyouko, Sayaka and Shiranui, I mean. (that's the red one, the blue one, and the tiny blue one, for those that aren't giant weebs like me) Not the rest. The rest were already there. Even Homura, who seems to be unhappy about the fact that there are now 2 magical girl figmas there who don't suck a lot.

They don't suck a lot. Or at all, really. Kyouko is one of the best looking figmas I've gotten so far, and Sayaka, save for a couple of very annoying stray paint marks on her faces (which you can't even see) and a generally not great paint job, is the same. Sayaka has SO many swords. Like eight. And Kyouko's staff is very fun to play around with. Plus she comes with pocky and taiyaki. Very complete figures without any great defects. They are so much better than Homura.

The tiny girl, Shiranui, is from my favorite manga, Medaka Box. Unfortunately Medaka Box never got any figures or anything, so this tiny little statue thing is all I could get. It's enough, though. Very accurate (ignoring the whole super deformed thing) And just as cute as a Shiranui should be.

I have a lot of other figmas coming. Just so many. I got these two from AmiAmi's pre-owned section, which is like simultaneously the best and worst thing on the whole world. Best, because so many great cheap figmas. Worst, because as cheap as they are they still aren't free. (Except for that one Kamen Rider Odin, he was like 950 yen, which for a figma may just as well be free) I believe the number right now is 15 more? (jesus) Among them are 2 other Madoka figmas, Nagisa and Mami. Which means all I need to complete my basic Madoka collection is....Madoka. This is what irony is.

Also, they were supposedly pre-owned, but you wouldn't really be able to tell because they had all the original packaging and as far as I could see hadn't been opened at all. Guess that's the A rating for you.

Bonus: Katou Emiri group photo! Shiranui Hansode, Hachikuji Mayoi, and Kyubey all share a voice actor. Even more interestingly, two of these characters were created by the same person (NisiOisiN) and two of these characters' anime were from the same studio (SHAFT) So many kind of coincidences. The anime world is a small one.

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I Bravely Second the Motion

Posted by Noise #0579 in Letters From the Void, Aug 29 2014 · 118 views

I'm probably getting booed off stage for that title huh

Bravely Second is releasing in Japan this winter! I haven’t really said anything about the information we’ve gotten thus far, so this seems like a good time to catch up. Oh, yeah, this probably will have Bravely Default spoilers.

World! So we’ll be back in Luxendarc, but there will be new areas. Sounds good—should provide a nice blend between familiar and new. It’ll be interesting to see how all the countries have progressed. Ancheim did have its king killed, so I’m wondering if they got a new one, or if they reworked their government, or…what. I’m also hoping that all that lava around Hartschild got cleared out so that we’ll be able to walk into the Fire Temple without trekking through mines and secret tunnels every single time. As for new areas, since Magnolia is apparently from the moon, I should hope we get to visit and see rabbits everywhere, though I guess we’ll have to wait to hear about that.

Characters! Well, we don’t really know a whole lot about Magnolia yet, so I don’t know if I can really form an opinion. She seems like she’ll be an interesting character, though. Speaking of which, if we’re bringing Tiz back, I seriously hope he gets some more development. I can kind of understand why he’s presented in such a generic fashion after making sense of the ending, but it’s still sort of disappointing. (Course, since Bravely Default has the same writer as Steins;Gate I’m probably comparing him to Kyouma and that’s not even fair.) Agnes! Agnes is the pope! Pope Agnes, everybody! She’s reformed the Orthodoxy and led the world and…got…captured…? What? What about the 24 Jobs she mastered and used to defeat the ultimate evil and save every world? With that much power, shouldn’t she be able to beat up anyone who tries to capture her?? This makes me nervous about what else this new writer might put in, but eh, we’ll see…hopefully she’ll join the party again and kick some more butt. They’re the only ones who are confirmed, I guess; I really hope we get to see Edea again, and that she’s in charge of Eternia and is even more awesome and everything. As for Ringabel…well, I’m curious to know what exactly happens to him, since the ending didn’t make it clear, but unless he gets those annoying traits under control I don’t exactly want him to be major. Party of Magnolia, Agnes, Edea, and (more interesting) Tiz, please!

Jobs! We’ve been told the game will have both new and returning Jobs, and we’ve seen some of Magnolia’s outfits. What have we got confirmed…Red Mage, Time Mage, Performer, and Valkyrie. If Red Mage is here, I can only imagine that White and Black Mage will come back as well, and obviously Freelancer will be here. I believe somebody counted the number of dots on the Job Select screen in the trailer and said we’ll have 30 Jobs? Assuming all of the old Jobs are returning (which they might not), that means we’ll be getting at least 6 new Jobs! Maybe more, if some of the old Jobs are removed. I got sort of attached to most if not all of the old Jobs, so I sort of want to see them all back. Probably too soon to start guessing new Jobs, but I did see Magnolia using guns in one of the trailers, and apparently Gunner is a Job in the (Japan-exclusive) Bravely Default social game…hmhmhmhm. Turns out that social game also has Mystic and Sage (and Warrior, but that’s too basic to really pay attention to IMO); I don’t really know what to say about Mystic, but if Sage is the same as it is in most Final Fantasy titles, I definitely want that in Bravely Second. It could very easily be used as a Red Mage-augmenting Job, similar to how Spiritmaster and Arcanist work for White Mage and Black Mage. Then again…that means we’ll have to fight a Sage…oh. Which reminds me, I think it was said that the Asterisk holders would be returning? But…most of them died? So unless there’s some new kind of time-wimey nonsense or we’re pulling characters from other worlds, they probably mean we’ll be getting new Asterisk holders, just that the idea of fighting the holders to get Jobs will be returning, right? Because there are several of those original Asterisk holders who I was very glad to kill off. I mean, some were cool, yeah, but some of those fiends need to just stay dead. Oh, and Summons! Will the old Summons return? If so, will they have different animations/effects? Will there be new Summons?! I really like the style of Bravely Default’s Summons, so I’d like to see them make some new cool ones too.

I wonder if we’ll get something similar to Rebuilding Norende? Or if Airy’s sister will be explained? Or if Bravely Second (the gameplay mechanic, that is) will be better explained/more related to the plot since this game is named after it? There’s a lot we won’t know until it’s released, I guess. Must resist spoilers and await the NA release…!! Maybe late 2015? Dang, it’s not even September and the Games to Buy in 2015 (and Beyond) list is already starting. (Well, if “Beyond” is included, then I guess that already started last summer…)

Well, here’s hoping it’s good. While dropping Bravely from my Series to Buy list would certainly free up some more cash, it’d be very sad after how much I enjoyed Bravely Default…

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"The Way Things Were"

Posted by Queen Grr in The Dire Court of Her Glam Majesty, Aug 29 2014 · 245 views

I know I can never go back to the way things were before and I’m not deluded enough to think that. That’d be damaging anyway because it’d mean I didn't learn anything. I just want to be able to have relationships with the people who matter to me again, with whatever changed boundaries are necessary as a result of our actions.

I don’t want to pretend nothing happened and I don’t want to ignore the consequences of what I've done. So I know it can’t just “go back to how things were.” That’s not what I’m looking for.

Some of the things that were done to me were not fair, but I also was unfair and wrong to do some of the things I did.


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New 3DS?

Posted by ~Shockwave~ in The Aurora's Edge, Aug 29 2014 · 116 views

So according to a post on facebook I just saw we're getting a 3DS with dual control sticks and dual shoulder pads. But its still the 3DS. And they thought the 2DS would be confusing.

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Elven Castle -- First Draft

Posted by Octodad in tub, Aug 28 2014 · 94 views

It's only been twenty days since my first Ideas project was approved and already I'm working on something new, inspired by something I never thought I'd be inspired by: the whining of Brickset AFOLs.

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Introducing the Elven Castle, a set idea based on the beloved Castles of Lego Castle past, with an elven twist. Much inspired by the works of Tolkien, I wanted it to look less like it was made of wood and more like it was grown from it. The build is very modular and a little repetitive, but this also means if you were to buy multiples you could easily make an even larger castle. Additionally, unlike my previous Fossil Museum project, for the Elven Castle, I tried to be mindful of what pieces are currently in production in what color; as a result, very few of the pieces come in colors they haven't come in in the past two years. This will, hopefully, aid in passing review, should it make it that far.

Areas I want to improve are the throne room segment, which was the last area to be built and suffers from me trying to keep the piece count from rising much more, and the piece count, which, as it stands now, is 1314 pieces, which would make for a set $110-$130 in price. While that's not much more expensive than the usual castle sets, I want to bring it down to about 1000 pieces, if possible, to keep it at a more affordable price. I would appreciate any comments and criticism on ways to improve this model before I take it to Ideas; I want it to be as perfect as possible, and I don't have a lot of experience working with System.

If you want a better look at it from more angles, you can download the .lxf here. Of note is that, like many castles, in the back is a prison, should you wish to imprison a nasty human for crimes against the forest.

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Just one of Those Days

Posted by Tagolrip in Cloudbank, Aug 28 2014 · 47 views

Tavahka: Idk at this point it's been a log day
Tavahka: also long
Voltex Oblige: Aw man log days are the worst



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Bionicle Reconstruction Project: Build harder 6

Posted by Element Lord of Milk in Build-a-bear workshop., Aug 28 2014 · 46 views

I mostly finished the Ussanui in order to take inventory of it's missing parts, at the moment it's using several wrong coloured parts as stand-ins. Also rebuilt most of Nuhrii and Orkahm, they're just missing their necks and masks. Also finally found Photok's missing hand, after swearing I saw it several times while pawing around in my bag of Dark/Dark Bluish gray parts, but I was never able to find it on purpose until now.

Also an update on that whole rebuilding Star Wars sets thing, I found a small box of set chunks, including one of the Republic Gunship's wings and the other Magnaguard fighter. Also washed my Millenium Falcon (Which was a lot easier than I thought it would be, partial disassembly goes a long way I guess) , Fury class Interceptor, and X-wing.

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Bionicle Stories

Posted by AZBlue in Frozen Heart, Aug 28 2014 · 67 views
Fanfiction, Bionicle2015

So, I've been thinking of ways to convert my old Bionicle Legacies epic, The Return, into a publishable novel. Its been slow going, but the worldbuilding is going well.

Anyways, with the apparent revival of Bionicle for 2015, I have also been thinking of some Ideas for a new Short Story for Bionicle. I'm debating whether or not it would fit in with my old Legacies Headcanon, but it involves Takua, Nixie, and some of the other classic Matoran.

Also, Legend of Korra's Book 3 ended on a Great but sad note. And Doctor Who is Back too! Allons-y and Geronimo and all that Fantastic stuff!

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The Dying of the Light

Posted by The Dandy Automaton in The Junk Heap, Aug 28 2014 · 70 views

The ninth and final Skulduggery Pleasant book was released today, and with it came both the silver cover edition and my quest to Waterstones for the limited edition, 1 of 1000 black edition. It was actually kind of sad as I took it to the counter. There ends yet another era, a favourite series of mine since the first installment back in 2007. Not really that long ago when you think about it, I guess, but it still remains one of my biggest influences and inspirations. Of course it isn't actually over because I haven't started it yet and that normally stops something from ending. Still need a regular retail edition so I don't accidentally damage one of the others.

Yes I am buying three copies of the same book shut up



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