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!

Sep 292016
 

Happy Thursday everypony!

I know, I know. I missed last week's normal update. Sadly, I got hammered with a cold plus allergies. Nasty little bugger. Now, originally I was going to have a bit more for you this week, but the whole team's been beset by an attack of the dreaded REAL LIFE! Blue Nova, our Art Director, is actually getting married at the end of October, (YAY!) but that means he sadly has less time available for GoE arts. As for me, I'm finishing up the LOD generation on the New and Improved Appleloosa Valley! That means Level-of-Detail, which is pretty much everything you see at a distance. All games use technology like this. It's a lot of work, but it'll turn out awesome. 

Trust me!

But, I do have some goodies for you, including a Fallout: Equestria icon. Yes, folks. It is none other than our rendition of PINKIE PIE IS WATCHING YOU FOREVER Poster! The very first Ministry poster Littlepip comes across after leaving Stable 2!

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Seriously, Blue Nova did an epic job on this. Down to the tiny print in the bottom right! How awesome is this! /squee!

But wait there's more!

As you know, we've also decided to redo all the magazines and books in Fallout: New Vegas to their proper Fallout: Equestria variants. Now, while Kkat did all of the books, our esteemed worldbuilder did not attack the magazines (because there are way too bloody many). However, Somber had 1.5 million words to play with and he did tackle the books! So we're taking a page from his book (yes, pun very much intended) with...the Canterlot Journal of Medicine!

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Damn, he's good. This one will be replacing "Today's Physician." It's it just lovely? 

That's the two major art reveals for this week, but I've got some non-GoE goodies to chat about.

As many of you know, I have recently embarked on a quest to prove to you all that I am indeed an author as I have claimed. And I am utterly delighted to say it looks like you folks believe me!

 

 

I'm utterly thrilled to report that both "The Application of Unified Harmony Magics" and "Grading on a Bell Curve" have been featured on Equestria Daily! Not only that, by my latest story, "Princess Celestia: A Brief History" was actually featured for a brief time in the Featured Box of FimFiction itself! /doublesquee

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To those of you who have read them and fired off a like or comment, thank you kindly! If you're interested in seeing just what madness goes on in my head, feel free to check them out. I recommend starting with "Applications." 

I have several more short stories/novellas planned and an enormous novel for NaNoWriMo set in this alternate timeline I'm calling the Wavelenths Timeline. You'll be hearing more about that soon. 

But that's it for this week. Thanks everypony and have a great day!

-Novel Idea

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)

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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

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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

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

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!