l_the_fangirl: (What The Fu...!?)
First, I need to give some context here.

Y'all heard of EVONY? A rather mundane resource-management game? The one that had the hilariously sexist cheesecake ads ("Come play with me, my lord") that bore no actual relation to the gameplay?

Altiel is an interesting online CCG that I never really got into, but was pretty fun.

Altiel's current ad campaign is of a smirking, fully clothed female fencer, and the copy "She's actually in this game, my lord."

And suddenly I am interested in Altiel again. >:3

PS: She's quite a useful offensive unit in game, too.
l_the_fangirl: (You're Idiots But I Love You)
Crossposted from Ben Lehman's LJ:

"Hi everyone.

From now until Sunday midnight, I’ll donate all profits from PDF sales on my website (which is basically the amount you paid) to Haitian earthquake recovery organizations. Additionally, I will donate $5 from each copy of Drifter’s Escape. So if you’ve been thinking about buying Polaris or Bliss Stage, now’s a great time. For this to work, you have to buy directly from my website not from IPR.

If you have already donated $10 or more, send me a receipt and I’ll send you a free PDF.

I’d also take suggestions for organizations to donate to."

If any of you have been meaning to pick up Bliss Stage, Polaris, or Drifters Escape, now's the time.

XXXXtreme Street Luge (The Game That's Like Vin Deisel) is fine too.
l_the_fangirl: (Default)
Is awesome.

Especially if you know what the words 'Remote Viewing' mean.

...Yeah. It's about that. It's based on a true story about army experiments in Remote Viewing.

Run by a hippie.

Did I mention it's awesome and you should go see it?

Thanks, UniversalQueen.
l_the_fangirl: (Just As Planned)
I was, thanks be to God, able to talk to one of the people with the luxury of being human at Financial Aid, and found I am missing ONE easily secured document, which I will be able to get in a week - next week, tops.

Applied for a couple of QA jobs at Sony of America's software division... bug testers. Long hours, thankless, unglamorous work trying to map all possible variables (91 as opposed to 90 potions in inventory, fighting a Cactuar) and see if THAT one will crash Final Fantasy Whatever. Still, I think I'd be very good at it.

Also applying to the UPS Store, and volunteering again at Bay Area Alternative Press.

How was your day?
l_the_fangirl: (You're Idiots But I Love You)
INFECTIOUS FAD, DAMMIT. A MEME BUT NOT JUST A MEME. MEMES ARE ANY KIND OF INFECTIOUS IDEA.

I blame http://tigerbunny-db.livejournal.com/41783.html - he blames me.

EITHER WAY!

You wanna play? Here are the rules. )

Haruhi Fujioka

Pilot - Rising Hero
From Ouran High School Host Club
Honest without realizing how honest she is, kind without realizing how kind she is, oblivious to how much she is loved and cherished (for many different values of loved), Haruhi (no, not THAT Haruhi) was the emotional center of the Host Club and would likewise be the heroic heart of a Bliss Stage game.

("I'm just doing what any decent person would do," Haruhi said.
Derek blinked. "Do you know how rare decent people are, post-Bliss?")


Age: 16. Taking her from her first appearance.

Ryouga Hibiki

Anchor - Comforting, or possibly Driven
From Ranma Nibun No Ichi 1/2
Always more than willing to help his unrequited love (in Akane)... and more than willing to bury his misgivings about his rival (in Ranma) if he feels or his love convinces him that it's in her best interest. Always there with a comforting word, with training, with re-assurances, Ryoga will sacrifice all of himself for his love... if you can't stop him from doing so.

And don't get him mad. Ever.

("I... I can't do it!" Sara wailed. "My... my rapier can't deflect it, I... I can't..."
Privately, Ryouga thought, FUCK Keenan and FUCK the Witty Rapier, but only for a second. He sighed, and with a crank of a dial, reinforced the signal. "You can do it, Sara," he said, only a little sadly. "I l... Keenan loves you, and I trust you.")


Age: Not given, but likely 15-16. From the beginning of his story arc.

Alexander Luthor

Authority Figure
From Justice League (Unlimited)
The aliens... interrupted his business, to be sure, but he wasn't exactly SURPRISED by the invasion, just... by the tactics involved. Lex was always a believer in the power of the human spirit, and rather suspicious of anything Other. He's broadminded enough when it comes to non-Americans - he is, after all, originally of African decent (at least the JL/U version), but he has ISSUES with things not Human. Not to mention a Crazy Prepared paranoid streak. When the Bliss hit, his reaction was "Ah, attack through fatigue and/or dreams. Solution; my stasis/rejeuvenation chamber." When he had an alien brain, his reaction, likewise, was "Perhaps my dream scanning equipment would work well with this." It's good to be the CEO.

Age: Middle aged. Prior to meeting Superman, as he doesn't exist in this setting.

Hanako Ikezawa

Supporting Staff
From Katawa Shoujo
Horribly burned in an alien attack (Noxious Smokes and Fiery Rays, doncha know) that took out what family she had left - an attack that, perversely, she blames herself for - poor Hanako has managed to convince herself that she is an ugly person and a victim of circumstance, that no one would ever love her, and so she quietly cooks, cleans, and sorts through files, her head held low.

She is mistaken, of course. She is beautiful, and kind, and good, and the burns on her face are nowhere near as ugly as the rest of the world, let alone the aliens. If you could bring her out of her shell, then any kindness you could show her - kindness she needs - she would reward you for a thousandfold.

Age: High School age, and apparently a sophomore in the Japanese system. 15-16 is my guess. Prior to meeting Hisao.
l_the_fangirl: (Default)
"You may not all be aware of how the war started - although you are all bright lads, let me reassure you, and I know that young Kent already surmised what I am about to tell you - but it began when those green crystals began to grow on our planet.

Naturally, my corporation - my company, excuse me - decided to analyze the crystals. We were, after all, specialists in cutting edge technology of all kinds, and this unique new mineral had some intriguing properties.

Which saved me, and possibly the rest of us, because we had the first warning of what the Bliss was when an ENTIRE LexCorp high energy physics lab fell asleep on their feet. Someone ran a current through the damn things while they were in a liquid solution, and a wave of energy overwhelmed their minds.

You have all had parents Bliss. It's not a pretty sight, I must admit. But I took it in stride, and realized these crystals for what they were; an attack, and a subtle one, playing on the greed of humanity - greed I nearly succumbed to myself. So I was ready.

I had a stasis device, prepared for such an emergency... ah, yes, Wayne, I see by your expression you approve. And when the aliens landed after their alpha strike, I stole the parts I needed to counter-attack, with the help of some of you who are still here... and some that died or Blissed so that we would continue.

I realized that I could not use our weapon - the Numina Inverter - myself, as it required it's, ah, pilot to sleep; so I did my best to secure the aid of the... most worthy. The strongest child survivors, in body and mind and most of all in spirit.

Our first pilots were Bruce Wayne, Kyle Rayner, and Oliver Queen. Of them, Bruce is still fighting, Kyle has stepped down to advise and Anchor Stewart, and... Queen did what he had to for the rest of us. They were the first League.

The machine - the Numina Inversion Device - the ALIEN Numina Inversion Machine - translates you into the realm where the aliens are from, where they are more vulnerable to attack. By calling on the dream imagery you associate with those you love, you can fashion weaponry. Love is, literally, your weapon. And Trust - specifically trust in your Anchors, your navigators and often your lovers (oh, don't give me that look, Miss Anders, we ALL know how you feel about Dick even if you don't) is your armor.

Though even I was a little stunned to see Wayne, Rayner and Queen literally become superheroes - the Batman, the Green Lantern, and the Green Arrow.

This is how it stands. We are fighting a war for humanity.

Clark, you will be anchored by Lois. John, you will become the new Green Lantern as Rayner Anchors you. Wally, of the people in whom you've shown interest, Linda is the most level-headed. Coraline, you and Grayson will be paired. Diana - your rapport with Minnie is cause for her to Anchor.

You will become our superheroes.

Love is your weapon.
Trust is your armor.
And against these nightmares?
Alexander Luthor will. Not. Sleep."

Discuss. :D
l_the_fangirl: (Bliss Stage)
This is about the the necessity of war.
About the cost of survival.
About the desperation of sex.
About the pain of betrayal.
Why do you struggle?
You are choosing DEATH.
You are lost in DARKNESS.
BLISS is our gift!


"Yes, it is all that... but more importantly?
This is about the endurance of humanity.
About the courage of heroes.
About the power of love.
About hope for the future.
Against such Nightmares, I will not SLEEP!
Trust is their ARMOR -
LOVE is our weapon!"
l_the_fangirl: (Transformation Sequence)
Here are the rest of my drabbles about the K*S girls, under the cuts.

Misha - Gotcha!

*Hiichan is extremely interesting,* Shiichan tells me )

Lilly - High Tea

I add sugar to my tea with a tap of metal on china. )

Hanako - Odd Victories

He's looking at my face, but not staring at my burn. That helps. )

Rin - Sunny, With A Chance Of Rain

My thoughts have always been like those big fluffy clouds that turn dark right before it rains. )

Emi - Slow and Steady

Don't yell at him, Emi. It's probably his heart. )

Also, if anyone would be interested in pre-reading some Lilly pr0n ER I MEAN PRACTICE WRITING FOR SENSES THAT ARE NOT SIGHT, CLEARLY then drop me a comment or PM me.

On the life note, I very much enjoyed my Labor Day; I had the first beer of my life that I truly enjoyed without reservations (apparently, I find ale too bitter, but find milder lagers very good), and shit was shot with anarch_cassius, Universal_Queen, Jasper, Kat and Jacob. Between us, we know enough art, music, writing, design and programming to be selling ashcan $9.00 CD-ROM games a con or two from now, and actual long-term game design projects in a coupla years.

I brought up Transformation Sequence, and they'd be happy to do the art and music for it, so I can FINALLY release the goddamn thing. I'll scan some shitty programmer art for it and put in some placeholder animu BGM, and give anarch_cassius the game. Right after I rename A CERTIAN HAWT REDHEAD so that she no longer has the name of a friend who has every right to GUT me for pulling that crap, and is instead now known as Cass. (To be fair, everyone in that game is a college friend of mine, boiled down to identifiable VN tropes, but naming A CERTIAN HAWT REDHEAD after her was fukkin' dumb, especially just coming out of my awkward stalky creep phase.)

I also brought up Bliss Stage: First Act (a Visual Novel programmed in Ren'Py), which they'd like to work on. Meaning that there are enough programmers that it'll take months, not millenia, to program all the fiddly bits and endings ranging from Josh ventilating Commander James Preston for gross incompetent, to a To Be Continued in Children of Children, to the bittersweet Bliss of Anna Lin, to murder by Keenan to actually having hawt sexxors with Sara and surviving to... I could go on, there are 20+ of the bloody endings, and that's not counting "Messy Death In Combat."

Long term, woo fantasy Metroidvania.

No class today; teacher's out sick. So I'm just going to be mellow in the computer lab. My reading is done, my homework does not exist, and life is good.

How are you?
l_the_fangirl: (Default)
KaTAwa, not KaWAta. KaTAwa.

Played to all of the Good Endings in act 1, and am now adding Shizune to the list of people I instantly fell in love with in this game, not to say that I disLIKE any of the others.

...I have been thinking entirely too hard about this, and, well, triggery cut-rant is triggery.

TL;DR is that this game is awesum!!1! and thought-provoking and you should play it. )

Off to class. More about internet software applications and thier limitations today. I'll be online.
l_the_fangirl: (awww)
Kawata is apparently not a nice word in Japanese - something like "Cripple" or "Retard" or both. Meaning that Kawata Shoujo doesn't have the nice translation of "Disabled Girls" provided with it - it means something more like "Gimped Chicks." With a name like that, and the fact that it's by Anonymous 4-Chan Four Leaf Studios, you might be forgiven for running away on a pogo stick.

Kawata Shoujo turned out, however, to be a wonderful, beautiful game about coming to terms with disabilities and young love.

I fell in love with Rin, a mercurial, probably aspie, artist. Did I mention she has no arms, and painted a mural with her feet?

I did, not just my character. Play this. It's sensitive, well written, and highly recommended.

---

In less OMGsqueee~ news, hexadecamal math in class today, oy gevalt... still a lot simpler then advanced Algebra, and managable, and interesting.
l_the_fangirl: (Default)
Ewen Cluney apparently read the petition I started on RPG.net (@ http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=470349), and this is his response:

"Wow.

Um.

So, right now I'm immersed in working on Slime Story and another SEEKRIT PROJECT that I'm immensely excited about but can't talk about AT ALL.

I will think about sitting down to fix up Hikikomori (which is, after all, a 24-hour RPG and was never playtested), since people seem to actually like it. I don't know when I'll get around to it, but having written and then largely forgotten about it in 2006, I'm going to have to thoroughly re-read it and play it several times over, something my brain isn't really up to right now. In the meantime, please feel free to post or PM any specific observations/suggestions you have about the game.

Regardless, thank you all for your support. :) "

Awesomecakes.

If you have a vested interest in this game, then do post your playtest reports.
l_the_fangirl: (Bliss Stage)
Do you care about Bliss Stage? No? Then clicking this link would be dumb )


SO POST YOURS GUISE

Also, so this doesn't turn into a stupid Bliss Stage post, can any of you recommend Mac OSX compatible applications for sprite art? Pixen is the shit, but on my computer, it gets a headache too often.
l_the_fangirl: (What The Fu...!?)
Because you asked, the rules are available at http://dsg.neko-machi.com/hikikomori.pdf, true believers!

Here comes the science! )

neko_ja_nai wrote:

Mood: Creative
Music: ROCK STAR, Kakihara Tetsuya

If Akira says that I'm a good artist, and that this is a good picture, I'm not going to contradict him. I've been trying my hand at character design today, and, well... Say hello to Mio.



I spent all of four hours getting the pose right... she's going to be the main character in a ren-ai I'm making. Classic tsundere, but she has her reasons... slowly coming out of her shell from a painful childhood.

I have a few other designs, but they aren't as good.

After that I had lunch and I went out afterwards to get some Copic markers; I'm... not as good at color, but those are the right tools for the job, right? It was fun going through the aisles. I couldn't afford a lot, so I got like ten and a new thin pen. 0.7? That sounds right.

I ran into my sister there; she was surprised to see me. Shocked, actually; I told her I was doing some drawing. She wasn't happy about why, but she did tell me to keep at it.

I called Akira and asked him if he wanted to see my sketches and talk tomorrow. He does. He... also wants to take me to lunch. Eep. Good eep but eep.

When I went home, I went online to the site where I got most of the good freebie games from. It's been helpful: a lot of people think that the story is a good one, and have offered good suggestions, and some help programming. It doesn't need as much math as I was afraid of.

Tomorrow, what I'm afraid is a date and more design and scripting. I haven't felt this good in a long time.
----

The positive feedback loop of Hope Hope Rescuer Obsessions and Hope continues apace. Now, she will have her time eaten by programming and art rather than by playing games until her thumb falls off. It's a start.

The art is from the Deviant Art of one Goldsickle, who I found randomly for this post, but is awesome and you should visit.

NO THIS IS NOT HOW I GOT INTO RENPY GAMES HURF DURF. She certainly isn't going to http://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewforum.php?f=4 because the forum she's going to is JAPANESE. Clearly.
l_the_fangirl: (What The Fu...!?)
Rules, I haz them behind ze kutt )

neko_ja_nai wrote:
Mood: Indescribable
Music: Kodoku na Junrei

...I don't... I don't know what to say. I don't know where to begin.

Tokho's apparently reading over my shoulder, because she just told me "At the beginning. Duh."

So...

When I woke up, I decided that I really did want to meet with Akira today, but I also wanted to try Gakuen Dream. But... I know how I get. If a story is really interesting, it's hard for me to pull away. Tokho suggested that I call my sister Makoto. "Mackie would relish the chance to rip you bodily from the computer," she said with a grin.

I really don't like Makoto. She doesn't like me much, either: says I'm in a fantasy world and that ren-ai games are pieces of crap.

I'll cop to the former, but honestly - has she MET most of the creeps in the real world? In a ren-ai game, you at least have a chance at love.

So I told myself...

Anyway. I called her, and asked her in the middle of her rant on that subject to help me get off the computer at two so I could meet Akira.

"Willingly meeting a human being. Will wonders never cease," she said.

"That's not fair!"

"Yes, it is."

"I beg you for help and this is how you treat me?"

She got all quiet. "...you're serious."

"Yeah."

"...I'll be over at 2."

She was good as her word. Before I knew it (or got to the Keenan ending of Visual Stage), my computer turned off. I looked up and Mackie, in that hideous skanky halter top of hers, was holding the plug to my power strip. I gave her a sheepish grin and she marched me to my closet and made me "presentable." The only thing I really had that looked good was an old uniform bottom and an Archer t-shirt, which... didn't make her happy. But she did help.

When I thanked her, she said "What I want in return is for you to keep meeting this person and have a REAL relationship, do I make myself clear?" I nodded. "Now get out of here."

When I left, I saw her climb onto some sleazeball's motorcycle and wrap herself around him. Ecch.

Akira was right there at the coffeeshop, and he got me a drink. Something with a lot of sugar and milk, you know? He talked to me about some of the art he was doing - he was doing some composition and sketching stuff. Interesting stuff. I said that I wasn't that good of an artist and I showed him some sketches, mostly of Tokho and her friends.

He looked at them for a long time with a strange expression. "Did you trace these?"

"Um... no. I was copying..."

"Freehand?"

"...Yes?"

He looked for a while, then smiled and said, "This is really good."

For all I know, a bug flew in my mouth, it was open so wide.

"These are characters from a ren-ai, right?"

I nodded. He said, "Have you thought of drawing your own?"

"I - I haven't been in love, I couldn't do it right."

Then he put a hand on mine, and I FROZE, both at that and his words.

"It's not too late to try again."

I... I kind of spazzed, there. We talked a little more, but I wasn't in any state to say anything.

I went home and by way of not thinking about it until I needed to got the Keenan, Josh and Nathan endings to VS. Twice.

Tokho prodded me until I told her what happened, and she just... smiled, and said: "Go. For. It."

...I'm so happy right now, you don't even know.
----

Earlier, I managed to wipe out the Ren-Ai obsession when I forgot to play it right. It bothers me that it only takes a margin of 8 points to do it: I'd expect it to lower it a die or two, possibly 1 die plus some Hope. It does bother me, and I'm going to bug Ewen Cluney to revise this game.

Still, this is awesome so far. Tune in tomorrow.
l_the_fangirl: (What The Fu...!?)
Yes, that means "I Am Not A Cat."

I'm not sure when that came up.

But anyway, Hikkomori: The Melancholy of Seiko Aino, part II. Yes, feel free to throw things at me for that.

If you care about the mechanics, click here. )

Neko_ja_nai wrote:
Mood: Happy
Music: Maenam, Jami Saber

The true ending to Ori Ochi Onoe is brilliant. No spoilers, but let's say I didn't see it coming, but in retrospect it made perfect sense. I blazed through it and I was finished with it by 4 - amazing. Next in line is Gakuen Dream.

I told Tokho about it afterwards, and then I asked her for advice on how to deal with... him. Akira. I still wasn't sure what I was going to do. I wanted to talk to him, but... well, I'm not exactly as good looking as I was then. I've gained weight.

"Why are you asking me?" was Tokho's response.

"You have more experience with this," I said. "I mean, you and Kei and just... just a good couple. You're happy together."

"...He's a dork."

"Who?"

"Kei."

"He's an adorable dork. He's adorkable, if you will."

Tokho smiled at that. "God knows why I like him."

"Yeah, but you do."

"You have Akira's number," Tokho said. "Couldn't hurt to call him."

I really couldn't argue with that, but I was scared. She helped walk me through what to say, and I called.

He... was between homework, and he was happy to hear from me. I told him that I had beaten O3, and that it was good, and I think I said "I am really nervous about talking to you, it's been a while," but as one long word in one breath.

He took that as a compliment, thank God.

"I miss you too," he said. "We should meet for coffee, or something. And talk about dating sims, I guess, just as long as we also talk about something else."

"I'll... try," was my response. I meant try to go out. Where there are people. Who aren't Akira.

"Please do," he said, and we said goodbye and hung up.

I really will. I feel good about this.

----

The plot thickens. Also, I know am not messing up the rules; I would have probably wasted all her time on Elven Relations or something if I did it right yesterday, ha.

Also, I appear NOT to be running into the "Lose all otaku traits due to meddling Rescuers" feedback loops. I AM running into a raised hope feedback loop, though. Which is interesting.
l_the_fangirl: (What The Fu...!?)
For the single-player storytelling game Hikkomori I'll be playing. She'll be female primarily so I can use the Goth Sara Smith icon for her.

Because not all of you care about dark, goofy Indie games )

And the first rolls...
Not that anyone cares about a pathetic hikkomori like Seichan ;_;  )

Which I will turn into this story.
Read here if you dare. )

...that came out better than I thought it would. Huh. Please read and comment on the story, kay?

Braid

Aug. 4th, 2009 04:05 pm
l_the_fangirl: (Default)
Was a blast. It was as they say rad and the bomb.
l_the_fangirl: (Goth Sara)
...That the first thing I think of at this icon is "Man, I never figured Sara Smith to be a Marylin Manson fan?"

Fantastic!

Feb. 19th, 2009 08:58 am
l_the_fangirl: (Default)
Otaking's famous anime Dr. Who - or should I call it Dokkuta Huu?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqR8A8ecKWo&eurl=http://www.toplessrobot.com/2009/02/doctor_whothe_anime.php

Courtesy of Disreal.

Good morning, how are you? And how the hell do you embed on Livejournal?
l_the_fangirl: (Harry/Ginny)
...in two weeks, and will be laid up a week after that in the hospital, recovering.

Major back surgery. Ouch.

I send her my love, of course (Veronica being, among other things, my girlfriend - for those tuning in late) and I'm going to do my best to get down to her neck of the woods in Encinitas afterwards.

Wish us luck...

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