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!

Feb 172017
 

Download it now at NexusMods!

The Watcher is the prologue for Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm, and the first in a series of episodes in a DLC-length mod for Fallout: New Vegas. It introduces players to Gardens of Equestria, an episodic adventure that shuffles the reality of New Vegas like a pack of cards. GoE introduces new enemies, allies, and unique equipment from beyond the Mojave. As you investigate the cause of these echoes, you will choose a side and decide the fate of two worlds.

However, it’s not just the start of a world-spanning adventure. Changes have swept through the New Pegasus area, altering everything from billboards to ancient Pre-War posters, stimpaks to road signs, teddy bears to the Las Pegasus sign itself. There’s also a new PipBuck radio station featuring 32 of the greatest hits from the MLP:FiM fandom. The reality distortions have even affected your PipBuck’s user interface, complete with new loading screens, a new progress wheel and altered game Perks. Custom cinematics, a fully-voiced cast, unique new ambient music and much, much more await you within.

Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm requires Fallout: New Vegas and the Old World Blues DLC.

Prices and participation may vary. See store for details. If your download lasts for more than six hours, contact the Ministry of Peace immediately. This simulation has been approved by the Ministry of Morale, and verified by the Ministry of Arcane Sciences to run on most StableTec(TM) terminals.

Equestria Daily Banner Art by Blue Nova

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!

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!