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!

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

Apr 212016
 

Happy Thursday everypony!

Novel Idea here with your usual Manehattan Update. As promised, we have the next two new music trailers. Though the Smuggler’s Run Theme remains firmly ensconced at the top of my favorites list, he definitely knocked it out of the park with both of these pieces. The best part about working with Corvus is that I can give him this really abstract idea of what I’m looking for in level music (or just show him what I have done for the level itself) and he can just whip up music that matches it more perfectly than I imagined.

Stable 16 is inspired by the ill-fated Stable 24 in Fallout: Equestria with one very specific difference: there’s much more than just monsters in the depths of this Stable. I wanted haunting, eerie music where you were sure something was about to jump out at you…because it will…oh it will. I remember when I first walked through the level in-game after my first design pass. Hell, it creeped me out and I designed the damn thing! Corvus nailed it. So if you haven’t heard it, hit the link below to check out the new music trailer for Stable 16!

Next we have the worldspace music for Appleloosa Valley itself. You’ll be hearing this a lot as you wander through the expanse of Appleloosa Valley, journeying to Stable 16, New Appleloosa, Topaz Lake, the Rock Farm and more. I wanted something that gave a feel of fresh wide-open spaces, a place where you still have that frontier feel that New Appleloosa gave you, but a bit wider. I wanted something that felt a bit like Firefly’s frontier worlds. The Wasteland is here, but it isn’t in the soil. Remember, Appleloosa Valley was never hit by a megaspell through the protection of the Rock Farm’s defense grid and the unexpected help from the nearby Lucky 38. We also wanted something a bit more iconic and memorable than the basic New Vegas Wasteland theme, but wouldn’t be too distracting from the gameplay. (It’s a hard balance). But now, sit back and relax and listen to the wonderful strumming of the Appleloosa Valley theme.

That’s all for this week folks, nice and short. Next week, you’ll be getting the last two of the musical score trailers.

But did you know that the week after that is the one year anniversary of the Manehattan Project? That’s right. On May 7, 2015, we unveiled Gardens of Equestria to the world with a full website, a remastered edition of Fallout: Equestria audiobook (the only complete version of the audiobook available at the time) and the GoE Teaser Trailer.

Wow…it’s hard to believe we’ve come so far since then.

So on May 5, 2016, we’re going to have some really cool and really special for you. A few really cool somethings to celebrate this special anniversary. It’ll blow your mind. Hell, another cool idea just came to me as I was writing this and we’ll be doing that too!

You’ll definitely want to be here on May 5. Because it’s going to be awesome.

Apr 142016
 

Happy Thursday everypony!

Sorry about the last couple weeks. We’ve been hard at work on a multitude of projects, but some of them are secrets and some of them aren’t quite ready enough to show you. After all, we only want to provide the best for you!

It’s in that vein that I am so very proud to present to you the latest in our series of trailers and the beginning of our music relaunch!

Now, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but in Fallout: New Vegas, the music tends to be on the subtle side. In fact, in many places, it’s barely noticeable at all. Thankfully, Fallout 4 has taken a different approach (My favorite in-game music has to be the one in the Switchboard and the Railroad HQ) and that’s the approach we want. Music is an integral component of any gaming experience. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…some of the best gaming experiences I’ve ever had were to epic scores. Such as my all-time favorite, the finale to Mass Effect 2.

But we wanted to give you a better picture of just where you’ll be hearing this music in GoE. So we’ve designed a new series of trailers highlighting some of the awesome areas awaiting you in This Coming Storm. Blue Nova, our Creative Asset Director, took charge and created some cool subtle visualizer effects to the Manehattan Shield along with setting up the slideshow. Exterior shots were done with the help of the wonderful Nevada Skies mod (which we strongly recommend no matter what!).

Music, as always, is by our incomparable and irreplaceable Music & Audio Director, Corvus. Level design and trailer design is by Novel Idea.

Now let’s get to it already!

Don’t worry, we’ve got more on the way! We’ll be releasing two of these a week for the new couple of weeks. After that, you’ll get a special preview of the enormous Overmare’s Quarters of Stable 207, a massive living space for you and all your companions (and the second player home in GoE!)

Not only that, but we may have something even cooler for you either next week or the week after. A special treat. But it’s a surprise, so I can’t tell you more. 😉

That’s it for this week folks! Have an awesome day and we’ll see you next week!

-NI

Nov 102015
 

Good morning everyone!

Novel Idea here with a surprise Tuesday-edition post. We here at the Manehattan Project decided we wanted to do a little something to celebrate Fallout 4’s release. While we are still in development of GoE: This Coming Storm for Fallout: New Vegas, GoE: Racing Apotheosis for Fallout 4 is definitely on our minds today.

While we’re not ready to share details about some of the great features we have planned in GoE 2 for Fallout 4, we couldn’t let this day go past without a little something. So today, we’re releasing the next two chapters in the YouTube edition of the Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Project) audiobook. But that’s small change.

The big one is that we’re revealing the ambient score for the Topaz Lake area and levels today!


You’ll likely notice that we have a new and much cleaner style for our music sketch videos designed by Novel Idea. We’ll be updating our other videos soon with this new format and hopefully more! Our music, as always, is from the incredible talent of Corvus.

So today, enjoy your adventure in Fallout 4 and don’t forget to check back Thursday for the next three installments of “Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition)!”

Oct 152015
 

Hello everypony! Novel Idea here with a very special update for you and some really cool new treats that we’ve been saving just for today.

First thing’s first though. I’m sorry to say that we will not be able to release Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm before the launch of Fallout 4.

As to why, let me start by saying the launch date annoucement of Fallout 4 caught us somewhat off-guard. We were expecting Q1 2016 or something similar. Suddenly we found ourselves in a time crunch. The Directors took a long look at the project and decided that we would split things apart. This was the beginning of GoE: This Coming Storm and GoE: Racing Apotheosis.

We didn’t want to focus everything on Fallout 4 as we already had an enormous amount of work already invested in the Fallout: New Vegas GoE experience. It was work that couldn’t transfer to Fallout 4.

Now we could have just taken everything we had, thrown some random enemies in there for you to shoot and just call it a day. But we promised you a story-driven experience and we wanted to honor that.

Now, a few weeks before the launch of Fallout 4, we wanted to show you what we’ve been working on for all these months.

So today, I’m very happy to reveal to you not one, but two Environment Preview Trailers! Set to the score of our in-house master of musics, Corvus, you’ll get to see a lot more than screenshots. We have a full ten minutes of previews of just some of the levels you’ll be exploring and fighting through in “This Coming Storm.”

But wait, there’s more! In Trailer 1, we’re covering the Appleloosa Valley Entrance, the Overlook, Topaz Lake, New Appleloosa and the Primm Basement. In Trailer 2, you’ll be seeing Stable 16 and the Rock Farm exterior along with the Rock Farm Sector 0 and Sector 1. Please note that all of these levels are works-in-progress so there are a few hiccups here and there.

 

 

These are only about half the levels we have in store for you! We still have the lower levels of the Rock Farm, all of Stable 207 and the Gateway Research Facility. We are structually done on about 95% of all levels and we’ve created the scripting for the prologue and the first three chapters. We’ve also got a fair amount of recording done for our characters.

While we’re not at a point when we can pin down an exact release date for you yet, we will let you know as soon as we have something.

If you like what you see, feel free to drop us a line at our here on our website, Nexus Mods with our preview mod, Smuggler’s Run, Twitter or on YouTube.

We’re also always looking for more talent. If this looks like something you want to be a part of, head on over to our Recruitment Page and let us know!

Next week we’ll be getting up the next few chapters of the “Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition)” audiobook as well. We will also be releasing our fourth and final edit of the audiobook in the near future.

Until next week, stay safe out there!

-Novel Idea

Sep 172015
 

Good afternoon fillies and colts!

Novel Idea here. I know we’ve had some quiet weeks in the last couple months. Well today, we’re going to make up for that. And then some!

Today I am very proud reveal remastered editions of the Smuggler’s Run theme and brand new music from the Mysterious Cave level, the Appleloosa Valley worldspace and finally, The Rock Farm, Sector X!

 


 


 



Please remember that all of these are in development so they may change before release.

In addition, I have some gorgeous new screenshots for you from Appleloosa Valley! With the help of the Nexus Mod Authors, it’s finally shaping up to be something really cool. Here’s a few shots of some various areas, including the Rock Farm and the Overlook.


 

 

 


I hope you enjoyed this special preview. We’re also releasing the next three chapters of the Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) audiobook on YouTube today!



 

Have a great day and stay safe out there folks!

-Novel Idea

Aug 062015
 

Greetings from the Manehattan Project!

We’re all extremely busy in getting “This Coming Storm” ready to go, so we have a short entry for today. First and foremost, I want to thank the members of the Fallout Mod Authors on the NexusMods forums. They have been instrumental in helping us isolate and fix issues with Appleloosa Valley.

First special thanks go out to Zilav, the creator of FNVLODGen, who’s helped us figure out a lot of issues and make things so very much easier…even if his answers will result in some pretty big overhauls. ^^

The second goes to one of the creators behind the amazing “Project Brazil”, RickerHK. This individual has been amazingly supportive, answering every single ridiculous question I’ve thrown at him!

Finally, we want to thank the one and only Kkat for her incredibly kind plug on July 31, 2016 for Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition), Corvus’s “This Coming Storm” and Gardens of Equestria in general!

But don’t take our word for it. Go check it out for yourself!

That’s it for today! Back to work for all of us!

Aug 032015
 

[Sorry about the confusion folks, but it appears the interwebs ate our last post!]

Calling all musicians! We at the Manehattan Project are currently in development of a story driven Fallout: New Vegas mod the Gardens of Equestria, and are now accepting music submissions for our in game radio station! If you’ve ever wanted to hear your music featured in a video game setting, now could be your chance! 

My name is Corvus, and I’m the Music and Audio Director for the Manehattan Project. For the past few months, I’ve had my hands full composing soundtrack music for GoE. Attached to this blogpost will be a rough work in progress example of some of the soundtrack music that will be played in-game.

Traditionally, the radio stations in the Fallout games have been limited to a handful of period songs that repeat over and over. We’re hoping to break out of this style. We want all sorts of musical styles, new and old, to be represented in GoE! Be it rock, hip hop, jazz, country, or even electronica, we want it represented on our radio station! Submissions can, but are not required to be pony related. If you’re interested in submitting music to us, send an email addressed to Corvus to manehattanrecruitment@gmail.com with either an attachment or link to 1-3 candidates.

You can find a current listing of all featured Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm Music by following this link here. 

Jul 232015
 

—From the Desk of Novel Idea—

[[WARNING: FOURTH WALL BREACH DETECTED]]

You’ll have to excuse the broken fourth wall. I’ve spent all week slaving away on GoE.com V2.0 and have not gotten nearly amount of sleep I should have, so I haven’t gotten to fixing it. But today, all that effort has finally born fruit.

Fillies and colts, welcome to Gardens of Equestria Version 2.0!

This day has been months in the works. I’ve designed an all-new series of special logos, artwork and much more for this new site. But there are a couple things you should know.

First of all, we flipped the switch on this new site around midnight last night. As such, there’s a system called DNS servers (which you may or may not be familiar with) that are occasionally kicking folks back to the old site. If you see the old design, just click the back button or try again later. Any of these issues should be resolved by Saturday.

Second, there’s still a bit of fine-tuning left in the site, specifically on the graphics on the new Locations page. Don’t worry, I’ll be fixing that within the next day or two.

But most importantly, if you’re interested in seeing what’s next for GoE and the Manehattan Project and want to keep appraised of what’s going on, head over to our brand-new forums and register! Drop by the general discussion page and introduce yourself!

While I’ve posted in the forums about our new features, I’ll also give you them right here!

We’re just getting started here, so mind the dust. Please, take a look around and don’t be shy.

Here’s some of the highlights of the new features of our revised website:

That’s right folks, we’re also releasing the MP3 version of Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) today along with the first three parts of Fallout: Equestria on YouTube!

So keep a close eye on things. Because we’ve got much more in store!

We also have a lot more announcements, including some new team member and some final casting decisions. But we’ll be exploring that next week. If you’re interested in getting to know a little bit more about the folks behind The Manehattan Project, check out our staff page!

-Novel Idea