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I know I said I was rewriting Bionicle Legacies, but that project has stopped yet again. After having a few false starts and ruined campaigns, the group I role play with on Mondays has found a campaign that is working for us. We've done various Pathfinder system games in the past, but none of them has had the same full world feel that this one has. It is set in a world inspired by Forgotten Realms, but has been dreamed up by one of my friends. We'd already talked about chronicling the adventures of the characters with previous games, but this one has piqued my creativity more than the others. I wrote out a rough backstory for my character just prior to the first session. I've also put more work into this game than any prior characters, and it shows. The funny thing about this game, is that the mythos that's been created has a chance of leading into the plot of the Novel that I started a year ago. The campaign theoretically takes place in the distant past of that book, and that in turn has got me started on filling out my character's backstory even more. On May 15th, 2017 (Technically the 16th) I started a second novel based on this Pathfinder campaign. In the three or four hours I worked on it, I put out around 2000 words, a new conscious record for me. The opening is a bit rough, but as the tale progresses, so to does the potential repairs to the intro. I just wanted to let the small community we still have here know of my gratitude for this website. Back in 2003, when I joined, I had only written a small Star Wars fanfiction. That was in 2000, when I was in 4th grade. I hadn't really picked up a pencil for more than the small bit of homework I'd actually get around to doing. Reading the Epics and Short Stories forums, which were populated by authors such as Daydreamer, Korobound, and GaliGee, gave me the inspiration to begin writing. By the end of 7th grade, I had written a handful of poems, a cringeworthy short story that was never posted here, a screenplay, and a pair of attempted epics. The next four years were full of more writing. In 2005 I discovered High Fantasy through Terry Brooks' Sword of Shannara. I wrote an unfinished story called Takori-Metru. It was based on the screenplay from a few years prior. I then began my first world-building attempt for a novel. That summer I started another epic called The Fall of Darkness. It was an attempt at an edgy tale of lost love and revenge. Let's just say that Takori-Metru had more potential than this Takanuva and Nixie pairing that started with the death of Gali. I worked on that epic throughout my Sophomore year of High School, a time in which I gained my first girlfriend, a goth girl that I briefly reunited with last year. It was a strange time! The summer of 2006 came around, and just a few days before my birthday I began work on my Bionicle Magnum Opus, The Return. I worked on it and it's accompanying short stories for the next several years. The epic itself was finished in January 2008, and was completely posted by my Graduation that May. The one short story that I still cherish was "The Light's Love". It was the first time I had written a story that connected events unseen in the main story. I entered college that fall, and ironically never passed English 101, also known as 121 at the college I was at. After a year and a half, my writing fell mostly by the wayside after the second failure at that English class. A few more false starts at novels would come, before I started looking at some of the ideas I'd already written. I took on the project of rewriting The Return as something publishable for a bit before I had some really bad things happen to me. --- I actually took a break from writing this post because of my need to write down some of what happened to me. I'll link to my facebook once I feel comfortable posting it, if I post it. Anyways, there was a physically, psychologically, and socially abusive person in my life for a year, and what he did to me killed my writing for several years. The things I went through then and during high school, were softened as they happened, because of this community. Just seeing my peers grow up made me have hope, even if there was a hint of jealousy at some of you guys! I'm sad to see that the community here has become so small, and that there are now days without activity in most of the forums, but I'll always cherish the things I learned and memories I made here, even if this site eventually vanishes. I'm not leaving, in fact I plan to stay until the very end, whenever that comes. But I wanted to say my thanks to everyone here. Even SPIRIT and his awesome brand of crazy.
When I first started out on this site, I was a little 12-year-old dweeb who liked drawing and thought he was absolutely amazing at it. I also liked Bionicles, which (surprise, surprise) led me to this place. I found the General Art forum and I was sold. Despite being some pretentious kid, the community was always really supportive and kind - not only to me, but to everyone. That's why, even though I'm no longer active, I have always loved this forum. The constructive criticism and support I have received from the dudes and dudettes here really made me want to get better at drawing and be as friendly and awesome and clever and awesome and amazing as all of you people. Whether or not I have succeeded is another point entirely. However, I always feel really guilty for having left the way I did. All these great people who have influenced me in so many ways, and I just kinda faded into the background and stopped coming here. It feels wrong. I want you guys to know that although I've moved on to different things, you guys have always been on my mind. After some debate, I decided to turn this into an art dump. Not so much to show off what I've been up to, but to be able to (in some incredibly marginal way) give back to the community. And okay, maybe to show off a little. Just a little. With all my heart, I hope you enjoy. ayy lmao I'm not dead http://th08.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/f/2014/227/d/0/entwined_by_chauvinistcabbage-d7v96jk.jpg http://th04.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/f/2015/039/9/4/roger_waters_by_chauvinistcabbage-d8h5yzy.jpg http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2014/162/c/0/comatose_tranquility_by_chauvinistcabbage-d7lwml1.jpg http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2014/324/f/9/rock_is_eternal_by_chauvinistcabbage-d872o7c.jpg P.S: That got pretty emotional. Sorry if it's a bit sappy, but this place means a lot to me. P.P.S: the Kanohi Huna is still my icon of choice for every art forum. c:
Hey guys. It's Thanksgiving today, and what better time to make a blog entry like this? No matter what kind of crazy stuff goes on, there are certain constants that i'm always grateful to have. Family is one. Friends are another. Those are things what, by default, you should be thankful for, and I am. I'm also thankful for the fact that even though life can be tough at times, I'm doing alright to the point where I've got a roof over my head and food to eat. That's more than a lot of people can say, sadly. I'm also thankful for finding this place. Because no matter what happens in the community, we're all a kind of "extended family". It's through you guys on BZPower that I found who I actually am, and met some great friends doing so. It's thanks to you that I now manage The Three Virtues podcast, and it's thanks to you that I help run BioCraft Chronicles. It's thanks to you that I discovered other interests, and it's thanks to you that I learned to have an open mind about life in general. It's thanks to you that I'm who I am. Contrary to what I may portray sometimes, I don't dislike this place. I'm thankful that I decided to sign up for this website, almost three years ago. I'm thankful to the staff for updating the forums this year (even though it took forever), and I'm thankful to them for getting it back up and functioning. I'm grateful to you guys for sticking to BZP, doing your best to keep BIONICLE alive through discussion. I'm thankful to those of you that like Hero Factory, and I'm thankful to those that don't. I'm thankful for the discussion and debate that the community brings to the table. I'm thankful for BIONICLE, because without it we would not be here. I'm thankful to Hero Factory, for helping us remain here. I'm thankful to BZPower for being here. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. -Mesonak