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

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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

Mar 172016
 

Happy Thursday everypony!

Novel here with something really cool.

Appleloosa Valley Worldspace Map

We’ve been cooking this up for a while now. Blue Nova has been slaving away at this for weeks and from what he told me, it was a bloody nightmare. Who knew that setting up a Fallout-style map would be so blasted hard? Well, it was, but Blue pulled it off with flying colors.

So I am thrilled to present to you the in-game map of Appleloosa Valley!

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Now, I know that it looks like a fair amount of empty space on there, but there’s still a few adjustments we need to make to get it fully ready to use in-game. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks, you’ll be able to see it on the PipBuck itself!

And in case you’re curious, this was done by taking screenshots from within the GECK and then stitching them together by hand. Nightmare fuel. Seriously.

Here’s another version of it that’s much more like the classic New Vegas PipBuck Map, complete with roads and railways!

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To mark a few highlights here, the large white mountain contains the massive structure of the Rock Farm South Complex. To the far northeast is the sheltered town of New Appleloosa, while the short road sticking out in the middle of the curve to the southwest of New Appleloosa is the Overlook. Finally, on the far west of the map is the Visionary stronghold of Topaz Lake and the Rock Farm Western Complex, which will be featured prominently in the first act of Gardens of Equestria: Dances of Light and Shadow.

But that’s not all I have for you today! No indeed! I am very proud to announce that we’ve had some promotions on the team!

Team Promotions

Blue Nova, the one behind that awesome map up there and so much of the cool custom artwork such as the Ministry of Peace and Steel Ranger poster, has generously agreed to become our new Creative Asset Director. He will now be leading the charge in making sure that our artwork and models are top-notch. His commitment to quality and drive will help tremendously and take an enormous load off of me.

In addition, EgoJonathon has agreed to take on the position of Technical Director and will be taking the lead of our scripting and technical aspects. With his extensive programming experience, Trench and I agreed he was a natural choice for the position.

Finally, everyone’s favorite Scripting Consultant, Red Kat, has taken up the mantle of QA Lead for still-forming QA Team. While she will not be doing any of the actual testing, she has a tremendous amount of experience in both active QA and managing QA tasks. This is in addition to her position as a consultant with the Manehattan Project.

In fact, it was her expertise that allowed me to finally break through the roadblocks that were preventing me from creating a unique vendor in GoE called the “Exchange Terminal.” The Exchange Terminal is based on the Lonesome Road Commissary, which allows players to repair gear and sell/buy items without having to leave the worldspace to find a NPC vendor. Makes a lot of sense because just about everything in the Divide is psychotically hostile. You aren’t going to find any shopkeepers in there. Just like that, the automated systems of the seemly deserted Rock Farm are still in effect…allowing you places to buy, sell and repair your gear (though you’ll always be able to ask Calamity for help repairing your gear. 😉 ). There may even be a way to hack the system to allow the terminals to store goodies that you don’t want to carry at the moment! (But I’m still working on that little trick). Oh, and don’t worry, you don’t need ED-E to unlock the terminals. 😉

But don’t worry, all this was done using scripting techniques, none of which were exclusive to Lonesome Road. So for now, the only DLC required remains Old World Blues (and that is not going to change. We’re simply using too many assets to make a non-DLC version).

QA Team

Thank you to everyone who’s applied for our newly forming QA Team. Red Kat will be with in the next several days and help you go through the “test experience.” If you’re interested in helping us out and getting to see the ever-evolving form of GoE, head on over to our new QA Team Recruitment Center!

YouTube Audiobook

Finally, I am so very happy to announce that we completed unlocking the last chapters of the Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) audiobook on YouTube on Monday! You can now listen to the entire novel on YouTube!

That’s it for this week folks. Until next time, stay safe out there!

-Novel Idea

Mar 102016
 

Happy Thursday everypony!

Novel here with something a little different for you. A few of you have asked when you’ll get to see GoE and I know everyone’s wondering.

QA Team Recruitment Center v2

Well, guess what? We’re looking for folks to help us test the game!

Now, before we go any further, let me tell you a secret. All those commercials about how testing video games is playing video games all day? (Especially the one where the stunning woman walks in with drinks for two guys on a couch. *Facehoof*) Those ones from Westwood, DeVry or Full Sail or other groups? They’re all flat out lying.

Game testing is a very detailed and methodical trade. It requires attention to detail, consistency and excellent communication skills. We’re looking for folks with that mentality. People who might be interested in going into professional video game QA at some point. This is a great way to get some real experience in the field. We happen to have some folks on the team with professional QA experience, so we’re happy to help start you on the right path.

So here’s the plan! If you’re interested in joining The Manehattan Project’s QA Team, head on over to our brand new QA Recruitment Page. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A legitimate copy of Fallout: New Vegas
  • A legitimate copy of the Fallout: New Vegas DLC: Old World Blues

There’s a bit more to it, but we’ve left that on the new QA Recruitment Page. 

How we’re starting everyone off is by doing some QA on our already-existing mod, Smuggler’s Run. While you may have already downloaded and played it, there’s going to be a special QA version that we’ll release specifically to those who are interested in joining this subteam. It’ll be ready by tomorrow.

After the Smuggler’s Run “test,” we’ll move you into the position as a full member of the QA Team. At this phase, we’re doing environment exploration testing. All those cool spots you got to see in the Environmental Preview trailers? We want you to check them out. Go over them with a fine tooth comb. Are they cool? Did you like them? Did you get lost? Was it too easy? Did you find any blasted floating trees (floating trees are the bane of my existence…me and anyone else who’s ever done a worldspace)?

So if you’re interested in helping us out, let us know!

Finally, don’t forget that we’re on the home stretch for the Fallout: Equestria (Manehattan Edition) audiobook YouTube release! In just a few days, we’ll have the entire book up on YouTube! Celebrations! Joy! Delight! Squee! So if you’ve never read or listened to Fallout: Equestria (and if you’re reading this, seriously, what’s your excuse?), now’s the perfect time! You’ll find the current playlist below.

That’s it for this week folks. We look forward to chatting with all of you who are interested in helping test out GoE and making it 20% Cooler! (Oh shut up. It had to be done).

-Novel

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. 

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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

Feb 042016
 

Good afternoon everypony!

(Okay, I just realized that by the numbering scheme I had, this is actually #29, however, there were a few I didn’t label at the beginning, so this is #30 in my head. So it’s now reality)

Can you believe I’ve written thirty of these things? (Yes, I’ve written every one). And to think, all this started from an injury I sustained one year and two weeks ago. It’s amazing how life’s little twists end up sending you in a totally different direction. I never thought I’d become part of the FO:E Community. Hell, to be honest, I always liked the Elder Scrolls over Fallout (Fantasy is a bit more my typical fare).

But now I get a little thrill when I’m scanning through the Reddits and see someone else mention the Manehattan Project and GoE. Heck, the FO:E Reddit Mods decided to even give us our own special “flair” (which I love and am extremely grateful for).

So before we get to the good stuff, I want to thank everyone on the FO:E Reddit and the FiMFiction FO:E Forums for their support. A very special thank you to Kkat for some desperately needed encouragement during the launch of Smuggler’s Run in summer during “The Weekend of The Troll.”

(Speaking of which, we had a minor update to Smuggler’s Run that finally fixes the issue with the Stable 2 barding, so go check it out it you haven’t already!)

But more than anything, I want to thank the Manehattan Project team, both past and present. Especially the past ones. It’s bizarre. I can actually see the finish line from where I’m standing. It’s still a ways off…but it’s there. And that’s due to the incredible talent who have decided (for some crazy reason) to throw their hat into this insane project that started from a concussion.

…you know, that explains a lot.

Anyhoo! Let’s get to the good stuff, shall we?

First, I’m happy to announce that we have new artwork for you!

That’s right, Blue Nova has been hard at work with a brand new replacement for the classic “Courage Today, Victory Tomorrow” poster. And I have to say it looks freaking awesome. Derived directly from Kkat’s original description in Fallout: Equestria, I’m present “You Too Can Be a Steel Ranger!”

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Pretty freaking sweet right? This guy’s awesome. Seriously, epicly, amazingly, awesome. You can check out his dA here!

In case you’re curious, here’s the “original” from Fallout. The above picture will be the replacement for both GoE 1 for Fallout: New Vegas and GoE 2 for Fallout 4.

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Second bit of news for you: THE FALLOUT: EQUESTRIA (MANEHATTAN EDITION) AUDIOBOOK

Now, I know we’ve dropped the ball on this one. I stopped posting the YouTube versions because I found a fair amount of flubs, repeated lines and errors in our version. With all that’s going on, the audiobook went by the wayside. But I wasn’t satisfied with the quality. You see, I’ve been listening to Audible audiobooks for years and years and years now, so I have pretty high standards when it comes to audiobooks. I wanted to give that same sort of experience. So I’ve listened to the book multiple times, taken notes and found every error (I hope). So next week, the fourth and final edition of “Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition)” will be released! 

This one will have many fixes (including removing that obnoxious “Footnote: Level Up” comment in the middle of Chapter 37). Every repeated line that I could find will be removed. We’re also including Corvus’s “This Coming Storm” song at the end of the Epilogue, just as Kkat originally intended as DJ-PON3’s last song before the Afterword. I’ve also redone the opening and ending (even going to the point of including my version of “Audible hopes you’ve enjoyed this broadcast” at the very end for those of you who have listened to Audible titles).

The current plan is for the entire MP3 and M4B (Audiobook) formats to be released concurrently. I will be taking down all of the previous YouTube videos and replacing them with the updated versions. It will likely take me a bit to get all of those set up (That takes a TON of processing time, because they are actually movies).

But now, there should be no more delays and no further updates. So if you haven’t had a chance to listen, next week is the time to start.

Finally, we’ve reached a major milestone here at the Manehattan Project.

As you may or may not know, I am our story scriptwriter. The only one, actually. Every line of dialogue and every action has been written by yours truly. Just yesterday, I finalized the last conversation in the Epilogue for Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm. While the general draft of this was done quite a while ago, there were some holes that needed to be filled.

So last weekend, I went through 80,000 words of dialogue. (Yes, you read that right). That’s longer than the first Harry Potter novel. That’s how much dialogue we will be recording just for GoE 1 alone. I cannot say how happy this makes me to say that I’m done with the story. Don’t worry, you’re going to love it. You have my money-back guarantee! (Which is convenient since all of this is completely free)

That’s it for this week folks. Look forward to the fourth and final edition of Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) coming next week!

Until then, have fun and stay safe!

-Novel Idea

Dec 102015
 

Good day everyone!

Something a little different today. Even though Fallout 4’s GECK has not been released, that hasn’t stopped people from putting Pony into Bethesda’s latest foray into the Wasteland (seriously, no one could stop that anyway).

I wanted to highlight a few of the new mods out there on NexusMods and let everyone know that the Nexus now actually has an official “Related-to-MLP” tag! 

Before I get to the mods though, something occurred to me: there really isn’t a place for MLP-themed modders out there. A few websites have tried to do it, but it can be hard to keep them up to date. So as of today, I’ve contacted one of the lead admins of the Nexus Mods and what he thought about creating subforum specifically for MLP modders. This feels like a bit of a double-edged sword though and the last thing I want to do is to create a massive target for trolls.

It’s in that vein that we are currently considering the creation of something that tentatively named “The Manehattan Network.” It would be hosted on our forums here on GoE.com. It would allow everyone to post about their own MLP-themed mods for any game and be a one-stop shop for all things MLP and gaming. (It would not be exclusive to FO:E-related mods)

Please note that this is still in the very early stages of inception. And there’s the simple fact that I already have an enormous amount of work to do (being the sole level designer on GoE for a worldspace and something like 40 levels). Not sure if this will happen anytime soon (if at all), but I just wanted to throw it out there that it’s something we’re playing with.

Let’s talk about a few Fallout 4 Pony Mods to tide you over until GoE 2 launches (yes, I know, we’re still on GoE 1, but I don’t want to leave you without some pony since a Wasteland without Pony is just depressing). This is just a random smattering of them. Feel free to check out the new “Related-t0-MLP” tag for a full list!

Fallout Ponified – A small texture replacement pack (just like the ones that ended up sparking the idea for GoE) for Fallout 4, this replaces almost all the paintings in Fallout 4, along with giving all the Nuka-Cola vending machines that familiar Sparkle-Cola feel!

Pixel’s MLP Texture Pack – Another texture pack that just goes totally off the wall, turning just about everything into something related to those pastel ponies. This isn’t even remotely FO:E related, it’s all pure MLP hilarity. (Seriously, the Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy teddy bears are awesome…even if they freak me out a bit).

Mare in the Moon – Okay granted, Luna was released from the moon in the series premiere and we haven’t actually seen this version of the moon since the latter half of that premiere (save for the Season 5 finale! 😉 ), it’s still very much a Pony thing. So maybe Luna wasn’t ever released in your timeline. If that’s the case, this one’s for you.

We’re still holding off on the YouTube updates of Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) until the final edition is ready and Discord stole the damn drive again. I swear I’m going to turn that guy into stone when we catch him. That’s after he’s done putting bottlecaps in all those random desks, file cabinets and dressers. After all, how else am I going to afford all my goodies?

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

-Novel Idea

PS: We’re still recruiting! We’ve added Writers to our recruitment list, so if you’re interested in helping us fill the backstory of GoE with terminal & journal entries, feel free to apply!

Nov 252015
 

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NaNoWriMo/NaPoWriMo Victory

That’s right folks, I’m happy to report that as of Monday night, I’ve officially won National Novel Writing Month with “Gardens of Equestria: Dances of Light and Shadow!”

For those interested, here are the stats:

The Stats:
Novel Name: Gardens of Equestria: Dances of Light and Shadow
Word Count to Date: 50,048
Average Words Per Day: 2,176
Final Day Word Count: 3,638
Total Characters: 282,278
Total Paragraphs: 1,714
Total Lines: 1,819
Pages as Paperback: 135

This is my seventh consecutive win for National Novel Writing Month on a personal level and it has been well worth it. Why?

Because I now know the opening of Gardens of Equestria II: Racing Apotheosis for Fallout 4. 

It came to me while I was writing a short little commentary on the story. I now have a much better idea of what we’re going to do in GoE II (yes, I’m “rebranding it.”). And it’s going to be awesome. Seriously awesome.

Here’s something else awesome: The Manehattan Project has decided to offer up three beta keys for the 50K Winners of National Pony Writing Month, hosted by Equestria Daily. I’ve also decided on behalf of the Manehattan Project to toss in a Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void Collector’s Edition Digital Key for anyone who passes the 50K mark. (I’ve decided to decline any potential rewards myself).

Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm Beta Details

Now before you start clamoring for beta keys of your own, please note that these beta keys will only become active when “This Coming Storm” is ready for its beta. That’s likely not going to be for at least a few weeks minimum. We may be doing limited distribution of a few more later, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. The beta includes a full NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) similar to what Overmare does with their work. After all, we don’t want to spoil the surprise, do we?

Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm Development Update

As for development, this week will likely be slow for us for obvious reasons. That being said, I’m happy to say that both Trench and Wolf are back up and running after a nasty issue that was causing the GECK program to crash every time our central mod was loaded. (Took six hours to nail down that one. I had to copy my own Data folder to finally get that resolved). As for me, I’m thrilled that the full level decor is now complete for the Rock Farm Sector 2: Administration, an immense sprawling office complex where you’ll be hunting for your friends after separated by the Rock Farm’s erratic security systems.

I’ve also started lighting and decor on the biggest level I’ve ever designed: Sector 3, the heart of the Rock Farm’s R&D. It’s here where players will discover some of the most powerful weaponry ever conceived by the MAS and MWT along with unique armor and race to stop the brutal death of every living soul in Appleloosa Valley. It’ll be awesome.

Finally, on a personal note, to my utter shock, Gamestop has Fallout 4 PipBoys (Sorry folks, they sold out before this went live) in stock on Tuesday. I snagged one immediately, which means now I don’t have to worry about the French one coming (that ironically just arrived in San Francisco within a half hour of me making the new order). So I’ll finally get to play the game soon. Can’t say how thrilled I am.

After all, I need to play so I can come up with more cool ideas for GoE II!

Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) Audiobook

We’re also going to be pausing our Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) audiobook updates for a short time. We’re in the process of preparing the fourth and final version of the audiobook, with a completely re-recorded introduction and finale (with a very Audible-like style!) along with getting rid of the last series of flubs, repeated lines and glitches. Stay tuned for details!

That’s it for this week folks! For those applicable, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

-Novel Idea

(P.S. As someone who worked for ten years in retail, I’m personally boycotting all retail stores this weekend. If you must shop, please do not shop on Thursday. Don’t support those greedy companies who demand their employees come in on Thanksgiving while their Execs are at home with their families. And be extra kind to anyone this weekend at any store. Trust me. They need every iota of kindness they can get.)

 

Nov 192015
 

So I decided to get out a quick update to you folks this week, despite my claims last week. But I’ll try to make this short…er. Come on, it’s me. I’m not known for being incredibly concise, after all.

Gardens of Equestria: Dances of Light and Shadow

While I have plenty of experience working with other characters from other worlds, I usually pick a character who isn’t very well defined or fleshed out. While we’ve seen some of their thought processes and reactions, we don’t really know the person. I have to say, as I’m attempting to parallel the original Fallout: Equestria as much as possible (despite the fact that this Littlepip and company are not the same as the ones we know in Equestria), it’s a very difficult task.

For example, let’s take Littlepip. Littlepip goes through an enormous amount of changes in Fallout: Equestria (obviously) and I’m not talking about physical. I’m talking about psychological, emotional, relational and more. The filly two stepped out of Stable 2 is a far cry removed from the one who assaulted Old Appleloosa. That one is very different from the one who ventured into the Manehattan Ministry of Morale hub. Or the one who entered Fillydelphia. You get the idea. Character development is a challenging thing, especially with already created characters.

Nevertheless, I am doing my best and it’s going quite well. I’m quite a bit ahead of the curve. I’m currently at 37,873 words. Here’s the full stats:

 

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I should mention that I’m not done with my work today. I’ve been aiming for 2,200 words per day.

And as usual, with almost all of my stories, I have a general goal to make a novella or short story and it always gets a hell of a lot larger. Hell, right now, we’re finally facing the mysterious and sinister Induction Array beneath Appleloosa Valley, which plays a major part in Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 of “This Coming Storm.”

Updates On The Way

And what about “This Coming Storm” you ask? Well, I’m happy to say that after some struggles, we’re back in the full swing of production on the scripting side of things. My work on level design continues unabated (okay, somewhat abated due to finishing Legacy of the Void), but it’s going well. I’m looking forward to actually getting to get into this myself.

Things are happening! Yay!

In addition, we’ll be soon re-releasing all of our GoE music in a newer form. Got some fun plans there too, but I don’t want to give too much away.

Finally, one last update: I have personally done the last pass on “Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition).” I know there were still some flubs and errors in Version 3 and we want to make sure that you have the best possible reading experience. As someone who’s listened to hundreds (probably thousands) of hours of audiobooks, mainly through Audible, I want us to get as close to that level of quality as possible. We should have this out in the next couple of weeks. We’ll be updating the YouTube ones automatically and we’ll be also revising our Audiobook page. I know that most of you have likely already finished, but if you’re looking for another round, we’ll have it for you.

That’s it for today. We’ll be posting our usual three chapters of Version 3 up on YouTube right now, so feel free to check them out!


-Novel Idea

Oct 292015
 

What? What by Celestia does National Novel Writing Month have to do with Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm, Fallout: Equestria or the Manehattan Project? Well, I’m here to tell you the answer to exactly that question.

For the last five years, I have successfully won National Novel Writing Month, nailing 50,000 words in the month of November. I have done this through convention, the birth of two daughters, Black Fridays (though thankfully no more of those) and the general chaos of November.

This year, I have most of that with the addition of Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm and the release of Fallout 4 (Though I need to wait two weeks for my French Pip-Boy edition to get here).

So why in Celestia’s name would I attempt something as insane as NaNoWriMo now of all times?

Well, as many of you know, I sustained an injury back in January. I’m still feeling the effects of it, but one of the major ones has been pain while reading or writing. I normally wrote most days (or at least tried to) and haven’t in a long time. I want to change that…and no better way than jumping in the deep end. In addition, it helps keep my mind in the world of GoE.

So today, I’m announcing the upcoming novella “Gardens of Equestria: Dances of Light and Shadow.” (Name is subject to change). This story will bridge the gap between the events of Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm for Fallout: New Vegas and Gardens of Equestria: Racing Apotheosis for Fallout 4.

This story will also explain how they traveled all the was from New Pegasus to Boston (anyone got a good Pony name for Boston yet?). You’ll actually get hints of this in Chapter 3 of “This Coming Storm” when you face Topaz Lake among other places.

Now I hear you asking, “Really? Aren’t you just copying what Kkat did and doing it on Earth? And isn’t that essentially the story of Fallout 3 anyway?” Not quite, my friends, not quite. I could tell you why it’s different, but I don’t want to spoil “This Coming Storm” for you.

Another thing…this story will not be released until after GoE: This Coming Storm comes out. (Which also gives me enough time to give it the proper polish).

For more details, you’ll have to just stay tuned. ^^

Don’t worry, that’s not all we have for you today! We’ve got the next three chapters of FO:E (The Manehattan Edition) up for your listening pleasure on YouTube! Check out the link to the main playlist below.

 

Until next week folks, stay safe out there!

-Novel Idea