Alright everyone, a fun annoucement for anyone that’s going to be going to Everfree Northwest!
The Manehattan Project will be hosting a panel at Everfree Northwest! The convention itself is on the weekend of May 12th – 14th in Seattle, WA. Our panel is scheduled to start at 11:15 AM on Saturday, May 13th and will last about an hour!Continue reading »
The Watcheris the prologue for Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm, and the first in a series of episodes in a DLC-length mod for Fallout: New Vegas. It introduces players to Gardens of Equestria,an episodic adventure that shuffles the reality of New Vegas like a pack of cards. GoE introduces new enemies, allies, and unique equipment from beyond the Mojave. As you investigate the cause of these echoes, you will choose a side and decide the fate of two worlds.
However, it’s not just the start of a world-spanning adventure. Changes have swept through the New Pegasus area, altering everything from billboards to ancient Pre-War posters, stimpaks to road signs, teddy bears to the Las Pegasus sign itself. There’s also a new PipBuck radio station featuring 32 of the greatest hits from the MLP:FiM fandom. The reality distortions have even affected your PipBuck’s user interface, complete with new loading screens, a new progress wheel and altered game Perks. Custom cinematics, a fully-voiced cast, unique new ambient music and much, much more await you within.
Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm requires Fallout: New Vegas and the Old World Blues DLC.
Prices and participation may vary. See store for details. If your download lasts for more than six hours, contact the Ministry of Peace immediately. This simulation has been approved by the Ministry of Morale, and verified by the Ministry of Arcane Sciences to run on most StableTec(TM) terminals.
GARDENS OF EQUESTRIA: THIS COMING STORM GOES LIVE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 AT NOON PACIFIC!
It’s finally here. You finally get to experience the prologue of an epic adventure that will span space and time, introduce new factions, new companions, new allies and new enemies. You’ll journey into a hole in reality itself as you uncover the greatest secret hidden in the depths of the Mojave.
The fate of two worlds hangs in the balance. Are you ready? Because you’d better get ready.
Smuggler’s Run was just the beginning. It was the commercial for the brand-new TV series. Well, now you get to experience the pre-credits segment of the series!
The changes have already swept through New Pegasus. Billboards now show ads for the Ministry of Peace, the Ministry of Morale and the Ministry of Arcane Sciences. Every road sign within fifty miles has mysteriously changed to New Pegasus. From stimpaks to the actual New Pegasus sign, the world will never be the same.
But that’s not all of it. A brand-new 32-song radio station is now available, featuring some of the greatest hits in all of the MLP:FiM fandom, including Aviators, MandoPony and so much more.
Our Prologue, “The Watcher,” will introduce you to the story of Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm. A strange message sends the Courier to Goodsprings to meet with a girl who claims a mysterious cave has appeared overnight in the cliffs above town. This seemingly innocent event reveals a secret that shakes the very foundations of reality itself.
You’ve watched the trailers. You’ve read the blogs. You’ve seen the screenshots.
Novel Idea here with something you have all been waiting for. I know I have. Now, I could tease and play with the information and drive you all crazy, but instead, I’ll just tell you what’s going on.
For those of you who attended Pacific PonyCon, you already got most of this information. For everypony else… it’s time for the good stuff.
We’ve got three major announcements today.
Gardens of Equestria is moving to an episodiccontentschedule. Instead of releasing the entire game at once, we’ll be releasing the game chapter-by-chapter, starting with “Gardens of Equestria – Prologue: The Watcher.”
We are currently aiming to release “Prologue: The Watcher” at the beginning of February 2017.
Today, you get to see the Opening Cinematicof Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm. This is the actual cinematic you’ll be seeing in-game when you play the Prologue.
So, let’s talk about what this all means, shall we?
Why episodic content? Well, the truth is, the scope of Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm is massive. An original worldspace, over ninety levels, four unique voiced characters, dozens of new weapons and armor and so very much more. In addition, we’re a purely volunteer project. That means wives, husbands, kids, full-time jobs, college and a thousand other things.
What that means is that because of real life, we likely wouldn’t release anything for at least two years if we went for a full production model (and that’s on the extremely optimistic side. In truth, it would probably be longer).
I don’t want to wait that long and I know you don’t either. Going episodic means you’ll actually get the content in a better timeframe. Yes, there will be delays and you won’t be able to play the whole thing in one go (unless you wait until the very end), but the important thing is you’ll be able to see what we have coming!
What this means tech-wise is that you’ll just be replacing the GoE files with the new ones!
Upcoming Prologue Release!
That’s right folks! While our guests at Pacific PonyCon 2017 got to see a live playthrough of the “The Watcher,” soon you’ll be able to adventure there yourself! Get a mysterious message from DJ-PON3 and investigate the strange events in the cliffs north of Goodsprings.
Not only that, but you’ll get the first phase of the reality distortions! New billboards, new artwork, new music, a new radio station and so much more. Now, the thing to remember is that reality itself is changing! Things will get progressively worse until you put a stop to the chaos! So there’s even more to come!
While we were originally going to launch at the end of the month, we need just a bit more time to put the finishing touches on it. After all, I run this group with a mission of “Do it right and do it with style!”
Watch for the release of Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm – Prologue: The Watcher in February of 2017!
The Opening Cinematic!
After dealing with a surprising new enemy in a mysterious cave, you’ll encounter a strange Spritebot. After a brief conversation, he’ll head outside to give you a rundown as to just what has been transpiring to cause these strange shifts in reality…
This cinematic will play in-game once you reach the correct moment of the Prologue, like the opening of Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas or Fallout: New Vegas’s DLCs!
In the coming months, we’ll have more information as to the release schedule of Chapter 1: Strangers in a Strange Land and Chapter 2: Small Advantages.
First of all, a special thanks to the staff of Pacific PonyCon for having us and hosting the very first GoE panel. It was an amazing experience for all involved. Sadly, we had a miscommunication on the Manehattan side of the team and weren’t able to record video of the panel. In addition, the audio we recorded didn’t turn out very well (though our audio team did an awesome job salvaging most of it!).
That’s okay, because in the next few months, we’ll be releasing interviews with the entire Board of Directors of The Manehattan Project!
But wait, there’s more!
We’re currently looking into doing panels for more conventions! That’s right, so if you missed us at Pacific PonyCon, you might get a chance to see us in person at another major MLP convention! Once we have confirmed venues, we’ll release more information, but we’re currently aiming for at least two more conventions with a possible third!
Interested in Doing Art or Modeling for Manehattan?
Finally, we’re doing an open call for any artists or 3D modelers who might be interested in joining our staff. We’ve got a lot of art assets slated for this game and we’re looking for new talent to help us bring Gardens of Equestria to life. If you’re interested in helping us out in art, modeling, scripting or think you can contribute to the project in another way, head over to our recruitment center and send in an application!
Remember, if you’re interested in a career in game design or a similar field, this is the perfect sort of project to have on your resume!
And that’s it for this week folks. We’ll have more for you in the coming weeks, but today I’m going to leave you with a look of the brand-new Sunset Sarsaparilla Billboard you’ll be seeing in This Coming Storm. This was designed by yours truly on Tuesday night!
Tomorrow's the big day. Tomorrow, The Manehattan Project will do a live world premiere of the Prologue on Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm at Pacific PonyCon 2017 at 7:15 PM in the Guest Panel Room (Harborside Room).
We've been working around the clock (literally, since Little Tinker is in Australia, which is like +18 hours ahead of us) to get this ready for you. And we've done it. We've got one hell of a demonstration set up.
Because you're not just going to see another video folks. You're going to see me, Novel Idea, play the game live in front of the entire panel. What you'll be seeing in this panel is the actual game. You'll get to experience the quest design, the custom voiceovers, the new music, some of the weapons you've already enjoyed in Smuggler's Run, the branching dialogue choices and live combat with pieces of a reality that don't belong on earth! And trust me, they're hard to beat (I've actually allotted time for if I die during the fight. Ayep. Kept it that hard). But not only that...
You'll be seeing our opening cinematic. Built from the ground up for this game, this cinematic will finally reveal the grand adventure the players are about to embark on.
We've also had a few changes in our line-up for tomorrow. Sadly, Silver Chord won't be able to join us tomorrow (everything's fine, just real life got in the way). However, you'll still have Polyphonic, former Vocal Director and Voice Actress for Velvet Remedy, Candi and more, Ebon Quill, Quest Designer and our new Vocal Director, and of course, myself, Novel Idea, the Project Lead.
We'll be talking to you about how this all began, how voice acting really works in the gaming industry and an in-depth look at the story-building required for something as massive as GoE.
Finally, we have one enormous announcement that's exclusive to all attendees of our panel tomorrow. Yes, everyone else will find out next week. You won't want to miss this. This is one thing you probably didn't see coming.
You've probably noticed that things look quite a bit different around here! We've got a whole new setup, now featuring some of the coolest parts of GoE right here in once place. So, take a look around! We've got features on the bottom, a new logo up top (I'm still fiddling with that bit) and all sorts of other goodies.
In addition, I've also done a massive redux of many of the website pages throughout the site. There's still a bit of optimization to do, but I think you'll find exploring things much easier. Just a tip... check out the locations page!
For those who enjoy my stories, I'll also be attending all three days of the convention, so feel free to say hi and stop by the panel to see what this is all about!
In the last couple of months, I've released several new stories. You can find them all at Novel's Nook, but here are some direct links for you at the bottom as well.
We'll see you next time!
Tactics of Snowbound Unicorns
Twilight’s got her nose stuck in a book. Sunset wants to go see the rest of their friends. As winter descends upon Canterlot, Sunset gets an idea. Things snowball from there.
The Alchemy of Chemistry
After a tutoring session gone wrong causes Moon Dancer to storm out on her, Sunset is forced into a decision she never wanted to make. Now with her future on the line, if her legacy doesn't get her expelled, the upcoming alchemy exam just might...
The Cloudsdale Report
After an entertaining evening meeting Sunset’s newest friend Twilight Sparkle, Princess Celestia seeks an old intelligence report that may hold a devastating secret from Equestria’s past that will forever change Equestria’s future.
That’s right folks! Today we’ve got an extra-special update.
The Manehattan Project will be hosting our first-ever convention panel at Pacific PonyCon 2017 on the weekend of January 6-8, 2017 in San Diego, California!
At the GoE Panel, you’ll get a world-exclusive first look at the Prologue of Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm including our brand-new cover artwork by Blue Nova, featuring music by Corvus Productions and custom voicework!
But that’s not all.
During the panel, you’ll actually get a chance to speak with four members of The Manehattan Project itself!
Polyphonic – Former Vocal Director and the Voice Actress for Velvet Remedy, Candi and more!
Novel Idea – Project Lead & Creative Director as well as author of the Wavelengths Timeline series.
Not only will you get a live demo of the Prologue including the epic opening slideshow for Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm, but you’ll also get to hear about the challenges of writing for a game project of such an enormous scope, the design challenges of managing a team that spans half the planet as well as the immense task of organizing a team of over twenty voice actors while performing a variety of voice acting roles!
In addition, our panel will be moderated by the one and only LiamNeighson, author and veteran of countless pony conventions across the United States as a moderator, volunteer and general pony enthusiast!
There’s still plenty of time to register as well! Head on over to Pacific PonyCon’s website today and get registered to experience this first-ever reveal! Plus, you’ll get to see MLP legends as Nicole Oliver (Celestia & Cheerilee), Tabitha St. Germain (Rarity & Luna), Kelly Sheridan (Starlight Glimmer), comic artists Sarah Richards, Tony Fleecs and illustrator Mary Bellamy, plus amazing cosplayers and more community guests!
We look forward to seeing you in January in San Diego!
Novel Idea here with a very special surprise for you! As many of you know, last Saturday, October 23, was Fallout Day! (October 23, 2077 was the day the bombs fell in the Fallout Universe). Well, we didn't want to let this special day pass without something for you. So now, we are very proud to present the next two Environment Preview Trailers for Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm!
Before we get to that, though, I have a special announcement!
The Manehattan Project is currently looking for a few good folks to come and help us! In particular, we're looking for the following positions:
Musicians (specifically orchestral in the same style you've heard in our trailers)
2D Texture Artists
If you're interested in becoming a part of The Manehattan Project, creating an epic game and having something truly awesome to put on your portfolio, please let us know at our Recruitment Center!
Now, we have a new piece of art for you! Another gem by Blue Nova, this is the official artwork for everypony's favorite breakfast cereal: Sugar Apple Bombs!
This one was fun. Blue and I had a long discussion/argument about who should be featured on the poster. Originally, it was going to be Pinkie or AJ, but they just didn't work for a multitude of reasons. So finally, we decided we needed an Apple on there! We played around with the idea of Babs Seed, but since I don't think her fate has ever been covered in FO:E (or even mentioned, since she appeared after the 'canon lock'), we decided to go with everypony's favorite Appleloosan Resident: Braeburn!
Now seriously, how epic did Blue do on this? Details as fine as the shape of the cereal pieces? And by the way, yes that is indeed the box you'll be seeing in This Coming Storm!
Now, onto the mane event!
I am delighted to announce that this is the debut of our new Cinematics Lead, Scarlet Moon. A talented mare with years of experience working cinematographic magic, Scarlet Moon was simply critical in putting these together. I know they look similar to the previous ones, but they are indeed quite different. While I did the game capture and we used the intro and outro I had designed for the previous trailers, she did all the editing and clipping, including working Corvus's wonderful music into the pieces!
First, we have the GoE: This Coming Storm Environment Preview Trailer #3.
In this special preview trailer, you'll get a sneak peek at the Stable 207 Living Quarters as well as the brand new version of Appleloosa Valley!
Stable 207 Living Quarters is a vast complex containing an apartment for the Courier as well as rooms for Littlepip, Velvet Remedy, Calamity and Steelhooves. Use it as your base of operations as you put an end to the threat against all reality! Plus, you'll get pictures of the new and improved Appleloosa Valley, carefully reconstructed and expanded for maximum epic output! This is most likely what you will end up seeing in the final game folks!
Finally, we have GoE: This Coming Storm Environment Preview Trailer #4.
In this special preview trailer, you'll get a sneak peek at the new exterior of the Rock Farm, as well as the sprawling Sector 2 - Administration Wing, the Security Bunker player home and a sneak peek at the top-secret Sector 3 - Labs!
That's right folks. For the very first time, you get a tiny glimpse at the Sector 3 - Labs. What you're seeing is the Pegasus Rifle Testing Range and the "Soft Words" Testing Facility, as well as the Sector 3 - Level D Utility Control breakroom and control room! I've kept Sector 3 under tight wraps because it's going to be a shocker at just what's waiting for you within, but I decided it can't hurt to show you a little, eh?
Well, that's it for this month folks from The Manehattan Project! Within the next couple weeks, we hope to have a major announcement where you might get a chance to meet us in person if you happen to be going to a particular convention! (How's that hype train coming?)
Now a tiny little bit just from Novel!
As some of you know, I've been writing a brand-new series of MLP stories available on FimFiction. My fourth story, The Cloudsdale Report just went live last week and managed to climb its way to the #3 spot in the Featured Box for four and a half days! If you haven't had a chance to check out these stories, go read them! I think they're pretty good (and apparently, some people actually agree with me! How weird is that?).
Until next time, this has been Novel Idea, have fun and stay safe out there!
Sorry about last week. Believe it or not, last Thursday I actually thought it was still Wednesday. Ever completely lose a day in a week? Seriously, I was really thrown off. Kinda scary.
So today I’ve got a little something extra for you.
Additions & Promotions!
But first, it’s time to unveil the newest member of the Manehattan Project!
BlurredTheLines – Quality Assurance Technician
Hey there, I’m BlurredTheLines, I’ve been on this ride since October 2012. When I first joined this fandom, I was so in awe of all this fan-created content that I wanted to give something back. I threw myself into a number of pursuits, determined to find something I was good at. You name it, I tried it; drawing, writing, voice acting, vector art, animation, and so on. Though I didn’t really find anything I was good at until I tried vector art, but I did acquire some skills in the process. Since then, I’m always looking for ways I can contribute to the fandom.
But wait, there’s more! We’ve also got a consultant who’s joined the team in full! None other than the one behind the original remaster of the Fallout: Equestria audiobook by Crazed Rambling!
Sonic Radboom – Audio Post-Production Engineer
I started watching MLP: FIM during S1 hiatus but at the time was simply a fan of the show. I was, at the time, still working on releasing anime for people to download and watch. it wasn’t until S2 started and I found EQD and all the amazing things the brony fandom was creating that I would finally consider myself a brony. With my newfound passion, I couldn’t just sit back and take in the epic content being generated, I needed to give something back!
I started by tweaking and adjusting my own personal collection of MLP Audiobooks, but then I started the original remaster of Fallout: Equestria by Crazed Rambling. Eventually, this was picked up by the Manehattan Project as a base for their “Manehattan Edition” of the audiobook. This led to me joining Manehattan, first as a consultant and now on staff in charge of audio post-production.
And finally, I am happy to announce a promotion on the team!
Ebon’s been hard at work going through the entire script of “This Coming Storm,” including every line of the 80,000 words of dialogue I wrote. With a long background of D&D Game Master experience and his own formidable writing chops, he’s offered to lend his considerable talents to making “This Coming Storm” the story-driven experience you deserve. The best part about Ebon is that his writing style is radically different from mine, so he’ll be able to see things I would have totally missed. In fact, I’ve already spoken to him about helping me to write the story for GoE 2!
Change in Blogging Frequency
A bit of housekeeping. Originally, I had intended to make this a weekly update and that’s slowly drifted to a bi-weekly update. However, since we’re at the point where we don’t have a great deal to show you that’s new, we’re going to be shifting to a monthly update. Less frequency, but hopefully with more content! However, I reserve the right to throw out special posts, so keep a weather eye out.
There you’ll find all manner of things, including my own latest short stories and my upcoming MLP novel, as well as my various rambling follow-ups on some of the best of FiMFiction in the world, stuff that any fan of MLP should enjoy.
Anyone who’s read Fallout: Equestria should love the Hard Reset trilogy. You’ll find my follow-up on the Nook, as well as my massive gallery of cover designs (24 authors are now using them!) and a few more random things.
I also have a new short story coming out soon as well. Don’t worry, I’m still working plenty on GoE (my refinements to Appleloosa Valley are simply massive. I’m literally created entire new mountain ranges and redone entire zones.) but writing will always remain my greatest passion.
(And Sunset Shimmer ties with Twilight for best pony. Sorry kids. It’s a fact. Accept it.)
That’s all for this week folks! Have a great day and we’ll see you soon!