Mar 162017
 

Happy Thursday everyone!

Well, it’s been quite a month, hasn’t it? You’ve probably been wondering when we were going to come out of our secret bunker. Well, it’s time to step back out into the sunlight and share a little of what’s happened in the last four weeks.

The Launch

On February 17, 2017 at Noon Pacific, we flipped the switch on Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm’s Prologue, “The Watcher.” And the internet exploded. Just a bit. We launched with announcements on Equestria Daily, multiple locations on FimFiction, MLPForums, Twitter and the Reddits for MLP, MLPLounge, Fallout: Equestria as well as Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout Mods. In addition, we did announcement posts on the Discord channels for Manechat, Post-Apoc Emporium, Equestria Daily and several other places.

But wait, there’s more.

Thanks to the brilliant work of Blue Nova, our Art Director, we had a hand-crafted custom vector banner built for Equestria Daily. It came complete with parallax effects (meaning the billboard is on a separate layer than the background). We even used it for our banner on NexusMods.

“Power Plague,” on the announcement post for the launch, had this to say:

It may or may not be related to this post,
But the current banner for this site is the best it has ever had and it should stay as that way forever.

This comment may have been repeated in some way or another in a few other places.

(I also may or may not have just squeed nonstop while playing with scrolling to see just how freakin’ cool that parallax effect is).

We also came out with new custom titles and headers for both Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm and for Gardens of Equestria: Smuggler’s Run (also done by Blue Nova). I’d also like to stop and say how proud I am to have him on the team. His efforts are what gave GoE’s NexusMods site that incredibly professional look.

The Stats

But most importantly, we finally let you play the Prologue for Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm. The result?

Within the first twelve hours of going live, Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm was downloaded 335 times.

On Saturday, February 18 alone, Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm was downloaded 525 times. 

As of March 15, these are the stats of Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm:

117 Endorsements | 1,183 Unique Downloads | 3,255 Total Downloads | 29,456 Total Views

Oh, but we’re not done. We’re not done by a long shot.

The Top

Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm dominated the Fallout: New Vegas Hot Files.

For several days, we were solidly at #2 on the Hot Files list. And then, we took #1 and we kept it until two weeks later. 

Despite an attempt by some to intentionally upvote other mods for the express purpose of preventing us from getting the Top File of the Month, we ended February with a whopping 15-point lead.

The Comments

So, we’ve got the numbers. They’re pretty freaking sweet numbers, too. But what do people have to say about Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm? See for yourself.From NexusMods:

From NexusMods:

“As someone who really wasn’t into the whole Brony fandom or Fallout Equestria for that matter I have to admit this is a pretty impressive project. Hell this mod of all things made me read trough Fallout Equestria just to figure out what the mod is about and I have to admit I genuinely enjoyed most of it. Plus there really is no point in complaining about a DLC sized quest mod. Really hope you release chapter one soon, and I’ll be severely disappointed if Calamity doesn’t shoot at me the first time I meet him.” – ThatRandomCroat 3.8.17

“I had my eye on this for awhile…then a friend of mine announced that the Prologue released and I was like “Awwww s***! This gonna be gud!” and yes…it was good. It was like a blast of refreshing rainbow all over my face while wandering the Mojave…” – ryuentran 2.20.17

“I never thought I would download a MLP mod as MLP isn’t my cup o’ tea. I’ll probably dedicate a new character to trying this out though sometime. Looks like you(y’all) put a lot of effort into it and seems to be something worth to look at.

Thank you for the content and effort.~” – FreedomFighter4 2.19.17

“So far the writing and voice acting is great. The intro…you pulled it off. It’s absolutely bonkers but it manages to be bonkers in just the right way. I hope the quality of this remains the same (and you keep the voices because so far I really love these characters and their associated va’s). It’s a bit surreal wandering around the wasteland with PON-3’s music… At any rate looking forward to playing it more. Appreciate all the effort.” – zidders 2.18.17

“Wow… for just a prologue this did everything it needs to do and hooked me HARD, just.. the cave, the oddness, the way it all looked, the little changes.. and then leading into the opening bit with Watcher… it definitely made me eager for the whole story and to see where this is going. In the words of best supersonic pegasi “SO AWESOME!”” – Seraphem7 2.17.17
Hey, this is Zodi from the FoE Discord. Just saying, while short, it is a really good proof of concept and I happily endorse this mod and look forward to “Episode 1” so to speak. Also I wish to give your VO Team a special shoutout because most player-made DLC have either terrible VO with quality all over the place or no VO work at all, so props to them.  – Drivil 2.17.17

From Equestria Daily:

“This is Radio New Pegasus. Time to put on my newsman fedora. Today marks the official release of the first installment of the Gardens of Equestria mod. Fans of the Fallout: Equestria series are flocking in droves for the prologue of what’s planned to be a massive episodic adventure. Expect updates throughout the year.

Well, that’s all the news I have for you today. This is Mr. New Pegasus, wishing you ladylike luck tonight.” – shadowsnake89

“This is truly a great day for this fandom.” – Chad W.

“For this I will reload the game.” – Gallen Dugall

“Gimme gimme gimme GIMME!” – NotARarityFan

The Future

Now, I’m not here to give you release dates for Chapter 1. We’ll tell you when we’re launching when we’re ready. I’m not even going to tell you the content for Chapter 1. You can explore hints of that for yourself on gardensofequestria.com.

What I’m here to do is tell you that this team has done an amazing job. We’ve done something that’s never been done before. We’ve started a story-driven DLC-style experience based on Fallout: Equestria.

And for the record, you haven’t even begun to see what we have in store for you.

Smuggler’s Run was the commercial.

The Watcher was the part before the opening credits.

Now… now we get to the mane attraction.

And it’s going to be epic. 

So saddle up, your in for one hell of ride.

This has been Novel Idea, until next time, stay safe out there and have fun!

Oct 272016
 

Happy Thursday Everypony!

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
  • Vector 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!

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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!

Aug 252016
 

Howdy everypony!

Novel Idea here! I know it’s been a little while since we last had a post, but remember we’ve decided to shift to a monthly update schedule. Heck, a few of you have asked if we’re still in business!

Well, I’m happy to report we are indeed still in business and have made some serious strides with some really cool internal tools including stuff like Version Control. What that means is we’ll be able to have multiple people working on the project at the exact same time! (If it doesn’t seem like a big deal to you, you’ll need to take my word for it).

But wait! There’s more!

I’m happy to report the polishing touches upon Appleloosa Valley, our enormous worldspace you’ll be exploring in the events of This Coming Storm are almost complete. There’s still a bit left to do, but once that’s done, I hope to have some cool new Environment Trailers for you to enjoy.

Introducing Little Tinker!

Before we get to Blue Nova’s latest artistic masterpieces, I want to introduce a new member of the team. I’m very excited to welcome none other that Little Tinker to our team!

I first met Little Tinker in the Equestria Daily Contributor Skype Chat (that’s a really long name). As we were both technically-minded folks we hit it off fairly well and he has been kind enough to be a beta reader for my latest short story endeavours (which I’ll be chatting about at the end of the post).

But why should you care? Only because Little Tinker is the Sysadmin and a developer for none other than the Poniverse series of websites. The guy’s got more scripting and coding knowledge in his fetlock than I do in my entire body.

So please welcome him! I’m totally thrilled to have him on board. Now that I’ve prepped you, he’s his own introduction in his own words!

Little Tinker – Script Engineer

Charitably described as “happy-go-lucky” (but more accurately as incorrigible), Tinker failed the saving throw against Novel’s persuasion attempt and found himself added to the GoE Technical Team. While he has been known to write a line of code or two, this is his first foray into game scripting and is wondering what horrific crime he did in a past life for GECK to be his first game engine. He currently occupies his days with his duties here, and at Poniverse and Ponified Cards. Tink has no free time.

New Artwork!

Now, let’s talk art!

It’s been a while since we’ve had new material to show you. So today, you’ve got three completely original pieces!

We’ll start with something plain ol’ fun!

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Seriously, how real does this look? You’ll be seeing this all over, most notably before the secret Steelstone Security Complex! (Nova threw this together one night during our Director’s Meeting in just a few minutes. It’s epic)

martialmayhem

A twist on the magazine first revealed by Fallout: Equestria – Project Horizons, Martial Mayhem is the Unarmed Magazine replacement for “This Coming Storm.” While Kkat did an excellent job with all the Skill Books, Somber tackled the magazines and we need to give credit where it’s due! (That being said, I wanted something a bit tamer than the original description!)

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Finally, we have my favorite of the bunch. Blue Nova outdid himself with this gorgeous Ministry of Peace poster “We Must Do Better.” While it’s a bit different from the original descriptions, we wanted to reflect that classic 1930s/World War II poster style. Seriously, I just look at this and wonder what in the world I did to get such amazing artistic talent on the Manehattan Project!

A Note From Novel

So now is my little bit. I’d like to let you all know I’ve released the next story in my ongoing series which I have decided to finally dub the Wavelengths Timeline. Reasons why this name was chosen will be revealed on my FimFiction blog next week (but you guys get to know first).

Grading on a Bell Curve

Synopsis:

Sunset hates dealing with chaos surges, no matter how amusing Moon Dancer finds them. After a particularly annoying surge while tutoring Moon Dancer in her advanced telekinetic studies, Sunset takes refuge in the teacher’s lounge. Though she was only looking for a cup of scalding hot tea, Sunset finds a pony walking down the same path she once walked, giving her an opportunity she’s never had before…

To help somepony not out of guilt, but just because it’s the right thing to do.

I’ve also written up a few more followups, if you enjoyed my previous offerings. To check them out, head over to Novel’s Nook.

That’s all for now folks!

We’ll see you next time!

-Novel Idea

Jul 282016
 

Howdy folks!

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 Quill Quest Designer & Worldbuilding Writer

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.

A Bit From Novel

The Application of Unified Harmony Magics V3

My turn! I’m happy to announce my first MLP short story is now available for your reading enjoyment! You can find it here on FiMFiction. Not only that, but I’ve created a custom .EPUB for you to enjoy as well. You’ll find that below.

But as usual, there’s more. I decided to take a little corner of GoE.com for myself. Why? Because I built this site from the ground up, that’s why! And because I can. Mostly that. So now, you can head over to Novel’s Nook (it’s clever, shut up) any time you want.

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!

Sunset Nothing Productive

-Novel

May 262016
 

Happy Thursday everypony!

Novel Idea here, as usual, with your weekly Manehattan Update!

Things are going pretty well over here. We’re finally starting to fill some of these positions we needed, though we’re still looking for a few more artists. If you’re interested in helping out, head over to our Recruitment Page!

I’m happy to announce that we’ve also submitted “This Coming Storm” and “GoE: This Coming Storm Main Theme” to the Ponyville Live radio network. So if you listen to that great selection of stations, you might just be hearing us in the near future! We’ve also updated our Soundcloud page with the Main Theme and new Album Art for both songs, both of which can be downloaded there.

But today is about art of another kind. Namely, the vocal kind!

During GoE’s conception, I came across a companion mod for Fallout: New Vegas that featured the Wasteland Five and Homage. It was great to see these characters, but I realized quickly they just weren’t working for me. First of all, they didn’t have any custom dialogue and that just bugged me (I found out that there was a very good reason for it as the framework the mod used to build the companions made it nearly impossible to have custom dialogue). And then there was the voice thing. While Skyrim had the mod that allowed original characters to act as if they’re speaking even without a voice actor, New Vegas (to the best of my knowledge) never got that ability.

So when it came time to do GoE, I was absolutely determined to have every single character fully voiced by good voice actors that could do these characters we’ve come to know and love justice.

Thankfully, through the magic of friendship (and networking), that’s actually happened. We’re still deep into recording the 80,000 lines of dialogue contained with “This Coming Storm,” but we’re doing very well.

However, I’ve made a grave error. You see, I haven’t handled any of the Voice Actor stuff! In fact, I hadn’t even met some of them (virtually, of course). Everything went through our Vocal Director!

This, of course, was completely unacceptable. These people are working tirelessly to create the characters you’ll fight alongside and against in your quest to save two worlds.

You’ll be hearing Calamity’s twang as you ask him to help you with repairs, Littlepip’s anger when you find you’ve been played, Velvet’s impatience when she finds that you’ve been using Wasteland drugs and Homage’s teasing when she speaks about Littlepip. Watcher will be there, trying desperately to explain what’s going on. DJ-PON3 will be belting out that iconic voice over the radio. Silver Bell will be eager to sell you stuff in Absolutely Everything and the Enclave officers are more than happy to tell you exactly what’s going to happen to you if you oppose them.

So, without further ado, it’s time to reveal the full cast list of Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm! We’ve actually opened a brand-new page where you can find out all about these amazingly talented people. But let’s just dive right in!

Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm Voice Cast

Yuni – Littlepip & Eagle Eye

I found out about this project from Corvus, he thought that I would be a good fit for LilPip. Him and I actually met on my only other voice acting experience. That was a small role where I played a kitty in an animation.

Tyro – Calamity & Cloud Hunt

I found the project from a Reddit post after the previous Calamity had to suddenly vacate the position. I sent in some test files from previous things I had recorded and the voice director at the time sent me back a picture of Rarity gasping. Which I think was a good thing.

I have no real prior VO experience save for little things I have recorded for fun, but I have a nice microphone and I’m eager to try more. I wasn’t expecting the ‘more’ to be one of the main voices players will be hearing throughout the course of the mod! I’m nervous, but excited to see where things go.

I’m mainly a roleplayer and fic-writer, though I haven’t written anything in a while. I came to the MLP fandom just before season 2 of the current generation aired, though only discovered FoE once a friend of mine started writing his own things based on the story.

Polyphonic – Velvet Remedy, Candi & Rain Check

Polyphonic has voice acted since 2001, became a fan of Fallout with the release of Fallout 3 in 2008, and has been with the My Little Pony fandom through thick and thin since the first time she saw Rescue at Midnight Castle in 1987. She’s an avid modder, having worked on mods for Fallout 3, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and World of Warcraft. She’s also one of the few MLP fans she knows who DOESN’T hate Equestria Girls, and has been enjoying Fallout 4 quite a bit.

Strange Fiction – Steelhooves, Professor Fairweather & Render

Strange Fiction has been acting in theater for over eight years, his more notable parts including Sir Toby Belch in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Luther Billis in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. He’s also done some background work in the film industry, including the TV show Manhattan and the movie Independence Day: Resurgence. Gardens of Equestria is his first voice work, and he hopes he did the amazing characters justice.

Mirage – Homage & Doctor Flagbearer

My name is Georgiana, I’m 19. I’m studying forensics and criminology, which takes up a lot of time. 

I first found the project when the demo was released on the nexus, and thought I’d have a closer look. 

When I saw that voice actresses were wanted I thought it couldn’t hurt to apply, as I’d actually always wanted to be an actress, before realising that, sadly, science is a more viable career. 

This is actually my first voice acting role, and I was very excited when I got the parts of Homage and Dr. Flagbearer. 

Blue Nova (Creative Asset Director) – Watcher & Gemstone

Nova, also known as on sites such as DeviantArt by the handle “Droakir”, is a professional freelance illustrator and independent comic artist.

An avid fan of both the MLP and Fallout franchises, it was only natural that eventually he would discover the perfect blend of the two known as Fallout: Equestria. Now he is joining the team and lending his talents to make the rich history of the world come to life in the form of faded billboards, worn out old posters and musty book covers.

Nova spends his free time reading, drawing, writing music, tinkering with electronics, and building artificial superintelligences. 

Corvus (Music & Audio Director) – DJ-PON3 & Blackhoof

Howdy! I’m Corvus, music lover and devoted fan of the Equestrian wasteland. I’m the type of fella who takes a bit of comfort in knowing that no matter how hard I try, I’ll never make anything that sounds as perfect as a thunderstorm. But that certainly won’t keep me from tryin’! Anyway, I feel honored to have the opportunity with my many projects to get to have a say in what the Equestrian wasteland sounds like. That’s about all I have for now, expect to hear a lot more from me soon!

Red Kat (QA Lead) – Silver Bell

Formerly an Executive Producer and the Technical Director of the Manehattan Project, the demands of real life forced Red Kat to take a step back from the project. We are delighted to have her back as a consultant, which generally means bothering her whenever we can’t figure something out. She has also recently taken charge of our newly formed QA Team.

Red Starr – Railright & Colonel Vanquish

I’m 24 year old college student working on my masters degree. I heard about the project through a friend who saw the opening for Calamity, and I sent in an audition. I’ve provided voice work for a few short videos during college, but I haven’t really voiced anything for the fandom outside of info videos on the animation channel I’m part of.

Zedachyia Aturr – Crane & Major Squall

My name is Zedachyia, I’ve been an aspiring voice actor for what feels like ages now. Sadly, I’ve got no practical experience with voice acting. But hopefully the Gardens project changes all that.

I found the Gardens project through Novel Idea’s open casting call on Reddit, and was lucky enough to be selected. When I’m not mucking about in the voice world, I play video games, listen to music, or run or participate in pathfinder games.

Somnus – Midnight Storm

I’m an engineer by trade. I participated in theater back in high school and loved it, but this is my first voice acting gig. I found the project through Orion.

Inkblot – Gail

Inkblot is age 32, a therapist, and found the project via a friend. Her favorite pony is the inimitable Rarity.

Grizwald – Redeye

[Pinkie Pie, you bring that bio right back here! Excuse me folks. I need to chase a pony *Runs off*]

Novel Idea (Executive Producer) – Script Legacy, Doctor Master & Bob the Deathclaw

You all know me and what I do here. For the most part at least. So it seemed only fitting that I voice the mad scientist Doctor Master. I’m also the poor beleaguered Script Legacy, who you heard in our very first teaser trailer. I did the chapter titles, quotes and footnotes, as well as the intro and outro for the Fallout: Equestria (Manehattan Edition) audiobook project. However, these were the first times I’ve ever voiced anything, so this is yet another new skill to work on. Don’t worry, I’m still working plenty hard on all the other stuff.

Finally, if you made it this far (kudos to you), I’ll give you a little treat: I’m working on something potentially very big. I’ve already cleared the first major hurdle and I’m now waiting for a response on the second one. After that, we’ve got a big announcement for you…maybe a chance to get a much more personal look at GoE! 😉

That’s all for this week folks. Have a great day and stay safe out there!

-NI

May 192016
 

Good afternoon folks!

Novel Idea here with your regular Thursday update. Because it’s awesome. And you know you love it.

Now technically, I have some new art I could show you. But instead, I want to keep that under our hats a bit longer. Don’t worry, there’s a very good reason for it. And I promise you’ll like it. A lot.

But now, we’ve got a member who just joined this morning. Actually, he accepted the position while I was writing this post! Serendipity, anyone? I’m happy to introduce Ebon Quill, who will be joining The Manehattan Project as a Worldbuilding Writer!

Worldbuilding Writers are a critical part of our storytelling team. While I may have written all the story script and dialogue, I simply can’t write everything. These brave souls fill that enormous gap. They will be writing the terminal entries, notes and scraps that breathe life into the backstory and world of Gardens of Equestria.

Ebon Quill: A humble luminist who has stumbled into working on a project that blends two of his favorite things. He is working on terminal entries, and will provide nothing less than his best. He has been writing non-professionally for years, and has been involved in all manner of geekdom forever. He’s always available to talk, so drop him a line!

I realized it’s been a while since we’ve done a recruitment post! While we have an utterly amazing team of artists, modelers, writers and scripters, we’re always on the lookout for more talent. So I want to highlight a few of the positions where we could use some help!

  • Artists: We’re always looking for more artists. It’s my hope to create posters for every single poster or image that Kkat described in Fallout: Equestria and a whole lot more, not only for GoE 1 for Fallout: New Vegas, but for GoE 2 for Fallout 4 as well! Art is the one thing where we simply can’t have enough!
  • Scripters: Scripts are the lifeblood of any game and GoE is no different. Every quest, every encounter and even every conversation is controlled by scripts. We’ve got some amazing talent in the scripting department, but we could always use some more help here. If you have any programming experience and have some familiarity with the GECK, we’d love to have you.
  • PR Director: Yeah, I know. I’ve been asking for this for about a year or so. I know it’s a pipe dream, but if you want some experience doing public relations (such as this post!) for Manehattan, please let us know!
  • New Position – Web Director: We’ve got some concepts for a major overhaul for the GoE site, but I simply don’t have the time to do it on my own. If you have experience with CSS, HTML and other elements of website design, please contact us for further details.

If you’re interested in any of these roles or think you might be able to contribute in another way, please head over to our newly-revamped Development Team Recruitment Center!

That’s all for this week folks. Have fun and stay safe out there!

-Novel Idea

May 052016
 

Good day everypony!

Don’t worry, I won’t talk your ear off here. I already did that in the other posts. I just wanted to make sure you all had a single place to find all of our One Year Anniversary material!

First of all, let’s get things fired up with the new Gardens of Equestria Main Theme. I am SO VERY THRILLED with this. This is partially inspired by the introduction themes to Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, while spanning the entire music range of GoE itself. Corvus completely outdid himself. I totally freaked out when I heard the thunder bit in there and was going SQUEE SQUEE SQUEE for like ten minutes. But he also did something utterly amazing. At the very end, you might notice a familiar little tune. That is indeed the Fallout theme! While we’ll likely be tweaking it a bit here and there, this is what you’ll be hearing when you fire up GoE: This Coming Storm for the first time…or any time you fire up FO:NV with GoE loaded!

Next up, we have our debut of our amazing new Cinematics Lead, Scarlet Moon. With a ton of After Effects experience (and a ton of other experience that I can’t even begin to list), I am very happy to have someone with her talent on the team. It means I don’t have to do all the cinematics anymore! Yay! Someone who knows what they’re doing!

Since “This Coming Storm” (the song) is a very special song for the Fallout: Equestria universe, we wanted to give it a true and proper music video. (And I confess that I’ve come to hate my original cloud-based designs). So not only was this her “test project,” but it turned out excellent. So go enjoy the new epic sounds of “This Coming Storm.”

Finally, we have one more music trailer that we released early this morning. The Primm Basement sketch!

That wraps up our YouTube material for this week. But wait! There’s more!

If you happened to miss last week, we released the Topaz Lake Score video and more importantly, Smuggler’s Run 2.0! That’s right, new artwork, new file structure (it’s a big deal, really) and a radio station with the Smuggler’s Run Theme!

We’ve also completely updated the “Sounds of the Wasteland” page with all of our new music trailers!

I’ve also written up a One Year Anniversary Retrospective about the Manehattan Project Team, what started this whole thing and some of the wisdom I’ve gathered along the way.

Not only that, but we’ve announced the launch of The Manehattan Network, a new home for all things MLP Modding. Please remember that this is in the very early stages of development and may or may not pan out. It’ll depend entirely on you!

We’ve even got more material on the way in celebration, but it’s not quite ready yet. Don’t worry, soon ™!

We’ve also got three new members of the team!

Scarlet Moon – Cinematics Lead: 

How to even start? Scarlet Moon is an riddle wrapped in an enigma stuffed in a chimicherrychanga. Professionally, she is a special effects and motion designer, but mostly a huge geek and a super nerd. She has been a MLP and video games fanatic since a young child. After losing touch with MLP for several years, through the magic of friendship, she rekindled her love of everypony and met Novel Idea, who encouraged her to use her powers of movie magic for the good of Fallout: Equestria. 

In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, drawing, painting, watching movies, making movies, playing games, and chilling with her cats. Her ideal time is building something with her hands, whether it’s a cake or a replica of Hobbiton. 

Mercer – Script Engineer

I’ve been modding Fallout: New Vegas for 2 years now, and have published two mods on Nexus. I applied for Script Engineer position after stumbling upon one of Novel Idea’s blogs. Finland FTW.

Sunshine – QA Technician

Hi there! I’m Sunshine. I enjoy playing games, though I don’t get new games to play very often. I also write stories about ponies, participate in a pony-themed roleplaying group, and occasionally make pictures of ponies in Source Filmmaker. Funnily enough, I first discovered the Fallout series from Fallout: Equestria. And when I did, it was love at first sight. And now I’m a QA tester for GoE, putting my love of Fallout and Fo:E to a more practical use. I’m looking forward to doing my part for the Manehatten Project.

That’s it for this week folks. I’m totally exhausted. This took a heck of a lot out of me.

So until next week, have fun out there!

-NI

Feb 182016
 

Good afternoon everypony!

Novel Idea here with your weekly Manehattan Project update. Today we’re introducing the newest member of our technical team: EgoJonathan!

I am a puzzle solver/collector.  This has generally taken the form of coding and mathematical concepts. I am looking for new challenges to conquer to perfection.  I will make sure the scripts run and run smoothly.

While not directly experienced in GECK Kung Fu, EgoJonathan brings a wealth of scripting experience with half a dozen different programming languages. We are very excited to have him on the team. With his help, development of the story scripting of GoE should increase quite a bit!

Speaking of which, things are booking along quite well. We’ve deep into the voice over recording for all the characters of GoE, artwork is turning out fantastic & level design is back up to snuff. Speaking of which, I wanted to share the latest bit of artwork from Blue Nova below!

This one was a tough one. Originally based off the “Help Uncle Sam” poster, doing this with ponies turned out to be tremendously difficult. The body posture was quite the nightmare. But after some back and forth, Blue Nova definitely came up with a winner.

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Luna Recruitment Poster

Original Fallout Inspiration

Original Fallout Inspiration

 We’re very happy with the final result. 🙂

Finally, it’s long past time that we get that YouTube Audiobook thing updated, eh?

Well, guess what? We’re doing things differently this time!

First of all, we’ve already uploaded everything up to Chapter 21: The Heart of Twilight Sparkle. Make sure to check out the new introduction. It might remind you of a certain series of trailers!

Second and most importantly, we’re going to be releasing a new chapter every day until the book is complete! 

That’s right! No more waiting. No more three a week. And since we’re starting on Chapter 21, we don’t have very far to go!

Now we won’t be doing a post every day for this of course, but we will be updating our Twitter account: @Manehattan_Proj. Or you could subscribe to us on YouTube. So you’ll want to stay tuned for when those update. I’m aiming to post them every night around 8PM. Or you can always just check the playlist!

We’re looking forward to finally getting this out and done. But remember, you don’t have to wait for the YouTube version! We have both M4B and MP3 versions of the full audiobook complete right now!

By the way, if you happen to run into any errors, repeated lines or anything else, please feel free to leave a comment on our forums. Like I mentioned before, I don’t intend to do another big launch, but I’ll likely do another small update after I listened to the entire thing for the ninth time. (Yeah, I’m doing all the QA for it. 😉 ).

That’s it for this week folks. Have an awesome day and we’ll see you next week! Same Pony time, same Pony channel.

-Novel Idea

P.S. A special thank you to our webmaster RedBeard for installing our new website Favicon. I know it’s a super-small thing, but you know what I say: “If you’re going to do something, do it right and do it with style.” Looks pretty, huh? 😀

Feb 112016
 

A very happy Thursday to all of you!

Novel Idea here and I cannot tell you how happy I am to be writing this post.

I will, however, attempt to demonstrate with the following picture.

Yes yes yes yes yes

Corvus and I are both in this state. To quote him, “There aren’t enough yesses in the whole world” to express our joy at this day.

That’s right folks. It’s happened.

At long, long last, the final revisions to the Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) Audiobook are complete. 

FOE Manehattan Book Cover Square Logo V5

 

Here’s a list of the changes we’ve made in this version:

  • Repeated Lines Removed: 7 (Chapters 8, 24, 15, 21, 33, 38 & Epilogue)
  • Flubbed Lines Removed: 6 (Chapters 22, 25, 39, 40, 42, 2 in 44)
  • Removed “Footnote: Maximum Level” from Chapter 37 & remastered Chapter 37
  • Re-recorded & remastered Manehattan Edition Opening and Finale, now set to the instrumental version of “This Coming Storm” by Corvus Productions. These were designed in the style of Audible audiobooks complete with the “The Manehattan Project hopes you’ve enjoyed this broadcast” at the end. 😉
  • Added full vocal version of “This Coming Storm” to the end of the Epilogue, as was originally written into the novel.
  • Completely revised Cover Art by Novel Idea & Blue Nova, using the Steel Ranger from Gardens of Equestria’s new Steel Ranger Recruitment poster. This will also make it easy to differentiate versions of the audiobook with the new dark background.
  • M4B version is now in 10 7-hour parts instead of 8 8-hour parts to allow for faster downloading and easier control.
  • M4B & MP3 Audiobook Chapter Titles now show properly when using iTunes or the iOS iBooks Audiobook App for iPhone and iPad.
  • MP3 version is now preconfigured to be set as an Audiobook with correct metadata (description, date, narrator, other details) and updated album art.
  • Both the MP3 Version and the M4B version are mirrored now on MediaFire and Google Drive.

I even found a repeated line I missed at around 1 AM this morning, so I dove into the file and cut it out and rebuilt all the archives just so you folks have the best possible experience.

Is this over the top? Probably. It is OCD? Definitely. But as I’ve said before, I’ve come to live by my own personal adage, “If you’re going to do something, do it right and do it with style.”

I’ve even tested the audiobook thoroughly in both the Audible App and the iBooks App on the iPhone. I tried to find a way to get chapter titles to show up properly in Audible, but just wasn’t happening. I did have a friend do some QA using the Smart Audiobook Player and found that chapters work just fine in there.

By the way, if anyone has a favorite audiobook player that we don’t have listened on our Audiobook page, please speak up!

I’m going to leave the specific details about the correct way to update your version of the audiobook (if you have one of our older versions) on our Audiobook Page here. So if you’re interested in downloading our new version, head on over right now!

As for GoE news, we actually have a new member of our Technical Team, but I want to give that person their own introduction post, so I’m going to wait to introduce him until next week.

In addition, since I’m having to upload 22 different files, which is essentially 32GB of data to online servers for you folks, we’re not going to start the YouTube updates until next week. This will give me the time I need to get the movies slammed together and ready to go.

Now, to be honest, if I find something more, I will update the book, but we have no intention of doing another full version again. This is it folks. The penultimate and definitive unabridged audiobook of Fallout: Equestria!

We hope you find it worth the wait. 😀

Until next week, have fun and stay safe out there!

-Novel Idea

Jan 282016
 

A very happy Thursday to you all today. Novel Idea here, as usual, with your (mostly) weekly Manehattan Project Update!

We’ve got something fun for you today. A new staff member!

Silver Chord, originally from the world of FiMFiction, now joins on on staff as a writer for Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm. He will be handling a great deal of the terminal, logs and journals that will give you a bigger glimpse into the changed reality of the Mojave in This Coming Storm.

While it may seem like a small task, terminal entries are one of the core elements of storytelling in the Fallout games. One of the things that was consistently praised about Smuggler’s Run was the storytelling, even though it was completely non-interactive, told only by a series of terminal entries on Stark’s computer. There are many other examples, first of which being the Vaults in Fallout. Almost all of those stories are told either through audio diaries or terminal entries of some sort of another.

While I will be writing a fair amount of them (as I wrote the Smuggler’s Run material), Silver Chord has graciously offered to tackle the enormous task of helping bring the history and world of GoE to life. Through him, you’ll learn about the plight of the scientists in the Rock Farm, the fate of the former inhabitants of Stable 16, the Visionaries deal with Redeye, the history of Stable 207 and much, much more!

I am thrilled to have someone take part of the burden for this huge task. So please welcome him!

Here’s his own short bio:

(Testing. Testing. One. Two. Thre– Wait, what…? I’m already on the air… Oh, okay.)

Silver Chord is just another writer who happened to have been dragged into the project by sheer dumb luck. He’s one of the people who is responsible for writing many of the terminal entries that will be seen throughout GoE. He’s a seasoned writer and has been writing for at least six years now, and yet he has never won a single NaNoWriMo competition ever… Yeesh.

When Silver is not writing, he’s either writing stories about ponies, pursuing his musical passion in string instruments, or playing video games. Feel free to bug this guy as much as you want. He doesn’t mind the company.

You can see the material he’s already done at on his author page on FiMFiction.com.

I’m also pleased to mention that we potentially have a new member of the technical team with some serious skills. I hope to introduce him to you all soon!

Until next week folks, have fun and stay safe!

-Novel Idea