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And now for something else

Posted by Lucina in If Infinite, Jun 29 2015 · 0 views

Remember this entry? (that one with the terrible, terrible banner)

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Well, I am finally making good on it. This will be a smaller project, written chapter-by-chapter - with input from the readers. The ending of each chapter will have one question/option (or more!! =O) for the readers to answer/vote for, and whichever wins will determine the course of the story.

Both the prologue and the first chapter are completed (the end of the first chapter is where the reader input shall begin), and simply need to be edited. At this point in time, I do not have a firm release date in mind.

You get three guesses to figure out the title of the story.

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Collecting the Collector

Posted by ChocolateFrogs in Scientific Progress Goes "Boink", Jun 29 2015 · 0 views
LEGO, minifigs, super heroes and 2 more...

You know what's great about having a friend who is extremely adept at making trades and scouring ebay for deals? He knows just how to grab something rad online. A few days later and bam!--Toa Lhikan Hordika puts in my hands the Collector, one of San Diego Comic Con's exclusive LEGO minifigs last year! (A trade, of course.)

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He looks good with the team, and by team I'm including the proper Nova, of course. And Drax has his signature energy axe.
(A second thanks goes to xccj for grabbing me Rocket in his Ravagers outfit.)

What is really cool about the Collector is the backing of the case unfolds to show a large image of him, scowling (the other side of his minifig head). Not that any sane LEGO collector would display this unless there was a safe way to do so, but it's a pretty neat bonus.

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But the exclusives don't stop there! I also have another benefactor: my manager who used to work at GameStop and snagged all kinds of extras for the LEGO video games. So now I have the exclusive Elrond figure and, better yet, Lex Luthor in power armor and, better yet, Plastic Man! Certainly exciting additions to my collection.

What's next? Making a display case for all of these (and my other exclusives)!

-CF :kakama:

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Smash Controls

Posted by Obsessionist in Chronic Obsessions, Jun 29 2015 · 0 views

Anyone else jump with left trigger and grab with X? No?

Because if you accidentally use default controls after getting used to your custom controls, and every time you try to double-jump you airdodge... It's bad.

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Need BrickFair/Bronycon Travel Advice/Help

Posted by Avohkah Tamer in Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum, Jun 29 2015 · 0 views

As I've mentioned elsewhere in posts and comments, I'm hoping to attend both BrickFair and Bronycon this year due to their relatively close proximity to each other and being on consecutive weekends.

(For reference, BrickFair is July 29 - August 2, Bronycon is August 7-9).

Here's the problem. Should I fly home after BrickFair and then fly back for Bronycon, or do I try to stay somewhere in the DC/Baltimore area all week until the end of Bronycon, and then fly back home?

If I stay the whole 2 weeks, I don't know what to do or where I should stay in the days between BrickFair and Bronycon. Should I reserve extra days at the Holiday Inn post-BrickFair and just chill at a hotel the whole time, or should I get to the Baltimore Hilton early and stay for a few days prior to Bronycon?

Or, heck, is there anyone who lives in the area who's attending both cons who I might be able to stay with for a couple days and then hitch a ride to the Baltimore Hilton? That would save me so much hassle (and money o_o).

As of right now I haven't actually purchased any reservations or plane tickets because I'm not sure how this will all pan out, but reservations for both cons are running out and plane ticket prices are going up, so I need to figure this out pretty dang quick. If I have to make a decision to only attend one, I'll pick BrickFair.

Sorry for the rambling. Any help or advice would be immensely appreciated.

Edit: I should also mention, regarding BrickFair: Please PM me if anyone's looking to save some money and either has space available or would like to share a 2-bed hotel room at the con. I should have space available.

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"BIONICLE is ruined forever" - BZPower members, 2003

Posted by Pereki in A Rather Uninteresting Blog, Jun 29 2015 · 0 views

https://web.archive....ower.com/forum/
(go to the link to the most recent General Discussion topic - "Mistreatment")


This topic parrots complaints about the reboot so perfectly. It's beautiful. Especially this post:

You are right. It does have a storyline. And yes, this storyline is typically overlooked. However, I (a teenager as well) stopped liking Bionicle after seeing the movie because despite the storyline, and despite the ignored depth of it, the movie was.. well, childish. The serious, almost grim atmosphere of comic #1 has since become too happy and surreal, like something from a saturday morning kiddie cartoon. The adreniline-pumping action of the Toa weilding their awesome powers seen in the original commercials has been degraded to brief, uninspired moments of tension in which the Rahkshi and the Toa have a bit of a wrestling session with the Rahkshi's staff. The long anticipated battle between the Toa of light and Makuta wasn't an epic showdown, but a "Kholi Match" (quoted from Makuta) in which Makuta feebly tried to smash the Toa of Light while he bounced from pillar to pillar. The overall feel of the movie was nothing like the Bionicle I had loved in 2001. What's happening to Bionicle?


This is a post from 2003. 2003

And some other things:

I personally talked with the truck tour peoples, and their van got egged a couple of times.


imagine kids throwing eggs at Swift and Danny as they perform Insane Bionicle Brain

i hate it when small kids buy takanuva and say: "i like this warrior"



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3D Huna

Posted by Nescent in Nervous Place, Jun 29 2015 · 0 views
Bionicle

About a year ago I was trying to learn some basic 3D modeling, going through the stuff I made I found this Bionicle thing.

First, just a Huna: Front, Angle.

But I also made the top half of a Bionicle character and gave him some animation (pardon the unfortunate camera movement): Video.

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All we need is...Ride.

Posted by farmstink buttlass in incredibly silly and a little bit rude , Jun 28 2015 · 0 views
kamen rider

So a few weeks back for my birthday one of my coolest friends got me an S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Abyss, who I'd wanted for the longest time what with being an unofficial Ryuki rider, and a shark (Ryuki being the only Kamen Rider series I've seen but also a series I love lot in general. It and its designs). Abyss is sweet. Super sweet. I had read about how good Rider Figuarts were, of course, but stuck to buying figmas for Ryuki since they were pretty good and much, much cheaper than Figuarts are. I didn't want to get sucked into the expensive world of Figuarts, especially because Ryuki just happens to be the series with the most expensive figures in the aftermarket (Gaim may be overtaking it).

Sadly, it's too late. Abyss is amazing, and I want more like him. I've been suckered.

In addition to getting me interested in Figuarts, I've also really gotten interested in going back and actually watching some more Kamen Rider like I meant to after I finished Ryuki. I've actually started watching and catching up on Drive (9 episodes in). It's pretty alright thus far. The way the 12 year difference between Ryuki and Drive manifests in its style is very interesting to me. After catching up on Drive my plan is to try to binge on a few other series in my spare time. I think my to-watch list is looking something like...W, Kuuga, Fourze, Gaim, Blade, Agito...etc. Probably won't get through all those this summer, but it's the plan.

The order I plan to watch those in is largely dictated by the order in which I impulse-ordered some of figures from those series. (whoops?) Well, W, Fourze and Gaim anyway. But then I decided to stop buying stuff from series I haven't seen, and the thing is, I really want those new Kuuga and Agito figures (and Chalice) so I gotta watch those sometime.

Far as Drive goes, I already have Drive Type Speed coming. I ordered Mach though I haven't paid for that order yet. I'm not super fond of Drive's designs in general, so I can reasonably see these two being the only ones I'm buying for this series. Which is fine by me, since I still want most of those Ryuki Figuarts. It is not gonna be a cheap endeavor. Gotta be frugal.

Anyway..yeah. Kamen Rider stuff.


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Perks of Being A Spanish-Speaker

Posted by Zatth in Zatth Blag, Jun 28 2015 · 0 views

Your computer auto-corrects Piraka to Piraña.

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Another Life

Posted by Ta-metru_defender in TMD's Creatively Named Blog, Jun 27 2015 · 0 views

Essays, Not Rants! 171: Another Life

I’m me. That’s pretty obvious. I’m a biracial guy in my mid-twenties who lives in New York. I’ve had my own relatively interesting life, but at the end of the day it’s mine. Barring some crazy The Matrix or Total Recall-esque invention, I’m only ever going to live my life. It’s the only experience I’ll get.

Well, outside of certain kinds of fiction. Fiction offers a window into someone else’s life. The thing is, it’s hard to really make someone experience that life. Doesn’t matter how expertly crafted the movie is, at the end of the day you’re watching someone else’s life, not experiencing it first hand. You’ve no actual involvement.

Books can be a little better, as can let you actually into a character’s mind. Something like Ulysses is an exercise in empathy. There’s very little actual plot to the story, rather the catharsis and enjoyment of the story comes from being someone else. I got to spend a day in the head of an Irish man in his thirties in 1904. It was weird, somewhat long, but a completely new experience. Few books can really make you feel like you are someone else, let alone at this level.

So ‘normal’ narrative isn’t really that good at giving you another life. But video games are. Video games are an experiential medium, rather than being a spectator, in a good game the player experiences the narrative. In The Last of Us I got to be a father trying to protect his daughter. Hopefully, I’ll never have to carry my daughter through a crowd of zombie-esque people, but the game gave me that experience. And because I ended up so invested in the action — after all, I was the one trying to protect her — the ensuing story progression was that much more visceral. I got to be Joel.

It’s part of what makes action games like Halo or Uncharted such fun. You’re not vicariously taking part of the action, like when watching Bruce Willis Die Hard his way through Nakatomi Plaza, instead you get to be the action hero. Halo has you fighting off aliens while Uncharted 2 lets you run across the rooftops escaping from an attack helicopter. The player gets to be the action hero.

But it’s not all fireworks and zombies. Papers Please has the player as an immigration officer in a country that’s not unlike a Cold War USSR. Gameplay centers around making sure travelers have the right documents to cross over, and then rejecting or allowing them. This means double checking stamps and forms with a precision that gave me too many flashbacks to my time as a temp at a law firm. There are some choices too, like whether you help the resistance or if you’ll let the old lady with the sob story over even though everything’s not quite in order. But the strongest aspect of Papers Please is the experience. Suddenly I found myself caring a lot more for immigration officers at the airport, since for a few hours at a time I’d gotten to be them. I wasn’t just told their story, I got to live it for a while.

It’s fun to be someone else for a while, to not just be told someone else’s story, but to actually experience it. When games give you choices (from small ones like how best to get through a group of guards in Uncharted to major ones in Mass Effect where which squad member you assign to a task risks their death), they let you take an active part in the narrative. Storytelling then stops being a spectator sport and lets the audience be a part of it.

So yeah. Games are a fantastic method of telling stories.

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Party Pooped

Posted by Bambi in The Small Horse, Jun 27 2015 · 0 views
ponies

New episode time already? Doesn't seem like it's been that long since last time. Here goes nothing

Still looks dumb with wings

Poor Spike

Something tells me this is going to be a long episode

Yeeaahh..

I feel like the later I watch these the more I dislike them

Been a while since we've seen her

Heh

lol Spike

The Wonderbolts were just randomly flying through a ravine?

Oh, this is reminding me about a certain fanfic..

Thank God it's over. This episode gets a 2.7. Here's hoping next week's is better, more along the lines of Princess Spike or the one with Gilda

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Paradise Lost

Posted by Scythey in from the edge of the forest, towards the deep green sea, Jun 27 2015 · 0 views

over the past year these guys went from being a band I had a somewhat casual interest in to being a band I consider one of my all-time favorites. in the last few months I've worked to obtain all their essential albums and this is the result. I'm still missing their debut Lost Paradise, the more synthpop-oriented albums Host and Believe in Nothing, and the 2005 self-titled album, although most of those aren't as well-received as the ones I've got so they're not quite as high-priority. I would also like to get their recent rarities compilation Tragic Illusion 25 at some point, probably digitally.

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top to bottom:

- Gothic (Icarus Argentina pressing)
- Shades of God
- Icon
- Draconian Times
- One Second
- Reflection (best-of compilation)
- Symbol of Life (US edition with bonus tracks)
- In Requiem
- Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
- Tragic Idol
- The Plague Within (US digipak edition with bonus track. currently my favorite album of 2015.)


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BrickFair Badge Ideas

Posted by Letagi in Wherever you go, there you are., Jun 27 2015 · 0 views

Over the years I've amassed plenty of bricks that say my BZP name and the city I live in. Anyone have any more whimsical ideas for a brick badge?

-Letagi

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No writing in Spain

Posted by Toa Onaku in Toa Onaku's Log, Jun 26 2015 · 0 views
LegionOfWorlds

So it turns out that I stupidly forgot the file with my Down & Down fic, which means I haven't been able to add to it this last half a month. It's alright, though, since I'll be heading home in only a few days, and then I'll seriously be putting my all into finishing chapter 5 and putting it up. So, those of you who actually like my fic and want more can soon rejoice.

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Five Faction Face-Off (Potential Mafia-Sort-Of-Spin-Off Idea)

Posted by I AM SPLEL CHEPMSDIN in enamebl lipog, Jun 26 2015 · 0 views
game idea, mafia spin off

Got a Mafia sort-of spin-off idea, don't know if it counts as Mafia at this point so that's why I'm not posting it in the general mafia topic.

Here is my general outline:

5x Factions - FIRE, WATER, JUNGLE, EARTH, ICE.

Roles making up a faction:

1x Leader - leads faction and decides who kills.
1x Bodyguard - protects members of their faction.
1x Spy - investigates a previous night's killing to see who killed who
1x Diplomat - their votes count for three when it's time to lynch somebody, will also become leader if the faction's leader is killed.
1x Unique Role

UNIQUE ROLES - unique roles are meant to be extremely powerful roles:

1x Wraith - after death, will kill one person every night. Earth allegiance.
1x Silver-tongued Speaker - votes count for eight. Water allegiance.
1x Alchemist - targets person during the night, so that they die in the day from poison. Jungle allegiance.
1x Necromancer - revives one person every other night to help their faction - no unique roles, though. Ice allegiance.
1x Wild Card - gains the powers of all the roles their faction kills, apart from unique roles. Fire allegiance.

25 people - five factions.

It'll be a fast game if people show interest in it. 25 also seems to be a golden number - not too little people, not too many.

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Back from vacation. Also, Fire Emblem streams.

Posted by GSR in Defendant Lobby no. 42, Jun 25 2015 · 0 views
bzpower, personal, fire emblem

I think that title pretty much sums things up, but may as well expand on things. I'm back from vacation! It was nice to get away from things (even if it involved far more travel than I like), but as always, it's over too soon. On the plus side, I now have decent internet again. Back to the grind! (There's also a couple BZP-related projects I hope I can talk more about soon.)

Fire Emblem! Fire Emblem Fates is now out in Japan, and my copy of the game is sitting in a FedEx depot somewhere having just barely missed the cutoff to be delivered this week. Ah well. If tracking is to be believed, it'll be here Monday. And y'all remember that blog entry, right? Seems there was a bit of interest in a stream, so let's get that ball rolling!

Right now I'm aiming to stream around 7 PM PDT on Tuesday. I know that's a bit late, but on Monday I won't be back from work until even later (10+ PDT). Are folks still interested? If so, we can all get together and set up an Avatar together, pick a difficulty, and get playing. Like I said, I won't be livetranslating every little bit, but I'll provide summaries of what's going on. If we manage to get to the decision point, we can make the Hoshido or Nohr choice as well, since the LE has both campaigns (and a third, but that's not playable yet.)

And! This is a few weeks early, but Dai Gyakuten Saiban is coming out in just about two weeks. I'll be streaming that live as well, so if folks are interested in that I'll put up a link then too.

So - feel free to start weighing in on what to do in FE:F below, if you plan on stopping by!

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A Game Idea

Posted by Pahrak #0579 in Something stupid, Jun 24 2015 · 0 views

So, I still have a desire to do a new Technic Coliseum. However, I don’t really have the time or energy to do a full, long-lasting game, so I started thinking of simpler and shorter ways to run the game. The result is Technic Tournament!

Sixteen characters, four from each of the four relevant lines, have been selected. They will be randomly paired up, and round 1 will begin. (Each round will probably last about a week, I think.) The players each are given 20,000 Widgets (subject to change) when they sign up, and they will use that money to finance promotion for as many or as few fighters in that round as they want. (You can only promote one fighter per match, though; if Tahu and Stormer are fighting and you promote Tahu, you cannot promote Stormer that round.) Whoever receives the most money from promotion will win and move on to the next round, and the total money spent to promote both fighters will be divided equally amongst players who promoted the winning fighter. The one who wins the game is the one who has the most money at the end of the tournament!

The exact details of promotion are still being fine-tuned. What I’m thinking now is that there will be four types: TV Commercial, Radio Ad, Internet Campaign, and Magazine Ad. Each player will make a profile and rate how good they are with each type of promotion on a scale of 1-5, with their total “specialty points” adding up to 15. I’ll roll a die, and if it lands on a number equal to or less than your specialty in that area, the promotion is a success, and you add Widgets to the overall pot for that fighter. (I’m thinking Widgets added will be higher if you have a lower specialty, as a high risk high reward sort of thing.) There will also be a bonus if you use a certain type of promotion for a fighter from a certain line. (TV Commercial for Bionicle, Radio Ad for Hero Factory, Internet Campaign for RoboRiders, and Magazine Ad for Slizers) If you get the bonus, I’ll add 1 to your specialty for that roll, and you’ll get more money if successful (right now I’m thinking an extra 100x result). So, if you have a specialty of 5 in TV and decide to do a TV Commercial for a Bionicle fighter, you’re guaranteed to succeed.

Again, I’m still working on it, but I think this is going to be the basis going forward so I wanted to see if I could get any feedback. What do you all think of this? Would you be interested in playing? What would you recommend changing, and how would you change it?

(Also the character list is already decided on, so no suggestions on that front please!)

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Ghost Clothes

Posted by SPIRIT in SPIRIT's Blog, Jun 23 2015 · 0 views

How do ghosts' clothes work?

I mean, you don't normally see naked ghosts. They usually wear what they were wearing when they died. Does this mean their clothes died too?

When I wear a hole in something and throw it out, does that mean I kill it?

Or does it specifically have to be worn by someone as they die?

Could there be a postmortem industry of getting terminally ill patients to wear many layers of clothing to help boost the phantom economy by ghostifying a whole bunch of clothing at once?

Is there the slightest chance I'm overthinking this?

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We near the end of the tunnel.

Posted by Haecceity Jam in The Blog Of A James, Jun 22 2015 · 0 views
everything is amaze, johnsonville and 1 more...

And what a glorious tunnel it is.

I'm pleased to announce that a project I've been super heavily involved in is taking off, and the first part of it is entering its final beta. Woot!

This first part is a game- a sort of Roleplaying-Party Game called Johnsonville: Cutthroat Capitalism. It features simple rules, zany scenarios, and a plethora of opportunities to become one of the craziest experiences you've had in your life.
We currently are in the process of moving out of beta and into local production, with hopes of setting up crowdfunding for a large run at some point in the future.


If you're interested, feel free to take a look at our new site, johnsonvillegame.com, and stay tuned for more info in the coming months!
The site and social media accounts should also start getting updates more often as we move on into the summer- I'll try to note major updates here!

(I'm unsure how linking to the site for the game stacks up against BZP's revised advertising policies-
Please remove the link if there's any conflict! We currently are not selling, so I don't know if that tips the scale in any one direction...)

-Haecceity

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LoZ Wind Waker

Posted by ~Shockwave~ in The Aurora's Edge, Jun 20 2015 · 0 views

WW Link is the best Link.

This is not up for debate.

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Star Wars Rebels

Posted by Bfahome in You're attacked by a Repair Nektann, Jun 19 2015 · 0 views

Pros:

- Seems like it's basically Firefly for kids
- Decently animated
- Steve Blum
- The Inquisitor is literally Admiral Zhao
- Sabine fulfills my "character with cool helmet/mask" quota

Cons:

- Some model designs look a bit silly (Wookies, lightsabers, Darth Vader)
- Seems like this one group is the center of all activity in the galaxy
- Not only do I really want to make a Mandalorian helmet now, I also want to give it all kinds of cool functions



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