Aug 032017
 

Alright everyone, there’s some great news for anyone that’s going to be going to BronyCon 2017!

The Manehattan Project will be hosting a panel at BronyCon 2017! The convention itself is on the weekend of August 11th – 13th in Baltimore, MD.  Our panel is scheduled to start at 5:00 PM on Friday, August 11th and will last for an hour! Continue reading »

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!

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 092015
 

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–From the Terminal of Novel Idea–

Note: Minor update completed with fixed album art and it should show Kkat’s name as the author instead of Crazed Rambling.

Good day, mares and gentlestallions!

Novel Idea here with some exciting news. But before we get to that, we’re doing an official call out to any and all musicians who would like to have their music featured in “Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm & Racing Apotheosis!” Remember, we’re looking not only for Fallout: Equestria-style music, but a little bit of everything! From dance beats to blues, from electronica to country, we want your material!

We’re also still interested in anypony out there with experience in modding, level design and texture art! We’re also looking for some female voice actresses to fill some roles as well. If you’re interested in joining the Manehattan Project, head over to our Recruitment Center and let us know!

Now onto the mane event!

The day many of you have been waiting for is finally here! That’s right, the completely remastered deluxe audiobook of Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) by Kkat is now available!

Now, I’m sure plenty of you will head down immediately and grab the file. For those of you who are still with me, I want to take a few moments to tell you just what went into this.

First of all, our Master of Music, Corvus, has been working on this for months. You see, he’s not just going to be the voice of DJ-PON3 and the creator of the fantastic “Smuggler’s Run Theme,” he’s also a master audio producer. It is his brilliance and devotion to the best possible listening experience that made this possible. He went through each chapter with unique software to make sure it was up to scratch (pun intended). The reason it took so long to get this out to you is because the software took that long to actually process this sixty-two hour behemoth!

But that’s not all. We here at the Manehattan Project applaud Crazed Rambling for being the only narrator to tackle Fallout: Equestria. We wanted to make his work even better. So not only do you have the chapter headings, quotes and footnotes done by yours truly, but you also have a newly edited version! That’s right, we removed many of the audio errors and even found a few missing lines and fixed those too!

Lastly, Corvus decided to put himself on the spot and write a full song to the beloved number that’s so frequently referenced in Fallout: Equestria. While the song was never given a title, we’ve taken to calling it “This Coming Storm.” Better known as Steelhooves and Applejack’s song, Corvus has crafted a new song based on and inspired by that original masterpiece. In fact, we’re be releasing this song today for all to listen to outside the audiobook and we’ll be featuring it on DJ-PON3’s radio station in “Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm!”

While there’s still a few things here and there that need fixing, we just couldn’t wait any longer to get this out to you. So please, click the link below and download the newly remastered version of “Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition)!”

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In the coming weeks, we’ll be releasing the audiobook on YouTube as well, along with MLP Audiobooks and a few other locations!

You’d think that announcement would be enough, but guess what? We’ve got even more exciting news. First of all, “Smuggler’s Run” (which has been updated to Version 1.8, so make sure to download the latest fixes!) has reached over 120 endorsements, 2,000 unique downloads and almost 30,000 page views. That is amazing. If you’re one of the few who haven’t checked out our preview experience for “This Coming Storm,” head over to the Nexus and download it today!

With this influx of attention, the Manehattan Project has blossomed with new talent! We are proud to welcome FancyCat, the creator of the original “Wild Pegasus Whiskey” design from the original Stable-Tec experience, “Fallout 3!” We are also joined by Wolfie, who will be doing a multitude of custom models, including true statuettes of the Ministry Mares for you to collect throughout “This Coming Storm!” We’re also joined by Poprocks–the designer of the other Sparkle-Cola mod–who will be joining yours truly in perfecting and designing the levels you’ll soon be battling through! Finally, we have KangarooSwag, who’s also joining us as a modeling master, having done several unique and completely epic weapon and armor designs.

We’ll be going deeper into our new team members in a future post and give you a chance to get to know them better!

There’s plenty more to share with you…but I’d rather just show you!

The following material is a selection of just some of what we have in store for you in “Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm.” Please note that we are still deep in development and all of this is subject to change. But all of us here are just so thrilled with the progress, we had to give you a sneak peek.

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We’re hard at work making this project a reality and trust me when I say you have a lot to be excited for!

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

-Novel Idea

Jul 022015
 

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–From the Terminal of Novel Idea–

Fillies and colts, I am utterly delighted to announce that the completely remastered edition of Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) is in the final phases of completion! In fact, we plan to make it fully available to everyone next Thursday! Not only is this professionally remastered by our very own Corvus, a stallion of many talents, but it also has a special surprise at the very end. A surprise we’re going to be releasing concurrently with the new version.

Thank you all for your patience as we have worked tirelessly getting you the best possible version of The Book of Littlepip for your auditory enjoyment, in conjunction with our ongoing creation efforts for “This Coming Storm” and dealing with the wonderful aftermath of Gardens of Equestria: Smuggler’s Run, now available on Nexus Mods!

In fact, I’d like to sit down and talk to you about that for a bit.

Let’s first talk stats. I like these numbers. Because they blow my mind away!

We have, as of this writing, 90 endorsements, 1,948 unique downloads, 2,227 total downloads and 26,193 total page views! In three weeks! THREE WEEKS! We’ve actually gotten so much attention that we are currently listed as one of the Nexus Mod’s “Hot Files!”

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Now, here’s the honest truth: we announced Smuggler’s Run in a few places: the MLP Reddit, the FO:E Reddit, Equestria Daily, FiMFiction.com, my personal deviantArt Account, YouTube and Twitter. Every single one of those are fan communities. And you are the ones who drove our numbers into the stratosphere! While it seems like we were all over the internet, we really weren’t. Only those who were already watching us or were in those communities knew about it…and told their friends!

I know no one expected for us to launch a preview experience just a month and a half after the reveal of Gardens of Equestria, but golly did you folks enjoy it!

Not only that, but we’ve had many new applicants in the last few days! And what does that mean for you?

More fun stuff, of course! We’re totally thrilled to have folks experienced in the Gardens of Equestria Creation Kit and the creation of models and new textures. All this means is you get a better result in the end. More epic weapons. More unique armor. And something that could very well blow your mind…which we’re keeping entirely under our hats. ^^

That being said, we’re still looking for a PR person and potentially more experienced scripters, along with a few female voice actresses. The sooner we get a PR person, the more we can focus on making “This Coming Storm” an experience unlike any other. If you might be up for the challenge, just send in an application! 

Finally, with us now on the front page of the Nexus, it has gathered some attention from the less savory elements of the internet. We’ve already posted our response to all of those folks. Attacks, threats and other sort of derogatory comments will be dealt with. We’ll report those who need reporting and delete those who are just shy of that line. So please don’t bother responding, because your reply will be deleted as well (it’s just how the system works, not that we’re intentionally deleting your words).

We do appreciate those who have stood up for us though. Last weekend was rough…and to get that level of support was a wonderful antidote to the vitriol that was being poured atop us.

We’ll be showcasing some of our new talent in the coming weeks, after the new Audiobook comes out. I’ve also heard rumors that DJ-PON3 will be doing some interviews soon!

Until then, have a wonderful day and stay safe out there!

-Novel Idea

Jun 252015
 

So I’m just going to sneak through the fourth wall right now and hopefully not crack it again. Think of it as the end of “Magic Duel” where Twilight and Pinkie Pie come back on screen at the ending.

I just wanted to say thank you from all of us at the Manehattan Project for your amazing support of Gardens of Equestria: Smuggler’s Run. We have 37 endorsements, almost 750 downloads and nearly 8,000 views on the GoE: Smuggler’s Run NexusMods site. All of that in the last seven days. That simply blows my mind. Especially the wonderful feedback we’ve received on Equestria Daily and the Nexus site.

We’re all thrilled that you have been enjoying this special preview. Don’t worry, we have much, much more in store for you. Everything you saw and read in Smuggler’s Run links directly into the story and environment of “This Coming Storm.” We’re just getting started folks. You’ve only scratched the surface.

I’m happy to report that the Manehattan Project development team had a meeting last night and we’ve ironed out a lot of details that will allow us to move forward much more quickly. We have a goal date, but we’re not ready to release that just yet. However, be assured that “This Coming Storm” will launch before Fallout 4. So it’s only a few months away!

Also, a special shoutout to Corvus, our in-house musician and Music Director. It was his awesome work that you heard in the Safehouse. We’ve released the Smuggler’s Run Theme on Soundcloud as it is right now, directly from the game files and we’ll be releasing a full version of it at a later date. But if you can’t wait, go ahead and head over to Soundcloud to download it! Or if you want to just rock out to it on YouTube, check it out below. Don’t forget to leave some feedback for Corvus!

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We’re finalizing details on GoE: This Coming Storm at present. But there is one thing you should know about “Racing Apotheosis” for Fallout 4… it will be a continuation of the story we’re starting in This Coming Storm. This is all one interwoven story across years, miles and dimensions.

We’re still looking for some folks to join the team, especially scripters and individuals familiar with the GECK. The more help we get, the more we can deliver to you in GoE 1 & GoE 2!

We’re in this for the long haul folks and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Until next time, have a great day!

-Novel Idea

Jun 112015
 

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—From the Terminal of Novel Idea—

Hello everypony!

I have a couple news items for you today. Our wildest dreams came true and we’ll be able to implement the main plotlines of Gardens of Equestria in Stable-Tec’s recently announced Fallout 4, as we had hoped. What have we been showing so far, then? I’m glad you asked!

There will be changes to the Gardens of Equestria experience, including settings, environments and overall story. We plan to have a tentative course of action in place by this time next week. But don’t worry, we have exciting things in store for you. And we’ll let you sneak a peek.

Speaking of exciting things, after some discussion within the development team, not only will you know some of the Manehattan Project’s plans for the newest Fallout, but you might just get to see some of our material a lot sooner than expected. We have a surprise for you. However, we are all under Pinkie Pie Swears not to spoil it until next week. Trust me though, it’ll be worth the wait.

I also wished to address any concerns about the “Fallout: Equestria” audiobook. I know many of you are eager to know about this new version. Our newest addition to the Manehattan Project, Corvus, has graciously decided to lend his incredible talent to the Manehattan Edition of Fallout: Equestria. The new audio experience promises to be fantastic and we’ve also made some effort in fixing some issues in the later chapters where our files ended up being corrupted, causing the narration to repeat itself in places. We want to get you the best version we can do and that takes time. Until then, hopefully the current version will tide you over.

Lastly, I wanted to mention that we are still recruiting! Specifically, we’re looking for some talented scripters with experience in any of Stable-Tec’s Fallout titles or even the popular Elder Scrolls series. We’re also looking for some texture artists, modelers and someone to handle our PR and website. If you’re interested, head on over to our Recruitment Center and one of our friendly staff will be in touch with you!

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

-Novel Idea

May 142015
 

–WARNING: FOURTH WALL BREAK DETECTED–

Welcome back to the Manehattan Project!

I hope you’ll forgive the break in the Fourth Wall. So many of you have come by to check out Gardens of Equestria…well, let’s just say we should have done a better job of shoring that thing up. But we’ll leave that for next week. Instead, I’m going to give you a peek at what’s going on behind the scenes of the Manehattan Project and Gardens of Equestria.

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Before we go any further, if you haven’t already seen it, we’ve started to release “Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition)” on YouTube! Today we’re starting out small with the Introduction, the Prologue and Chapter 1: Out of the Stable. We’ve done some special custom artwork for this YouTube release, so go check it out! We’ll be releasing 3 chapters a week starting next week, so make sure to subscribe to either GardensofEquestria.com or our YouTube Channel to stay in the loop!

In today’s development blog, we’ll talk a little about some of the in-development areas for Gardens of Equestria and give you some cool screenshots of things we have in store for you. You won’t be disappointed. But first, I realized that I forgot something very important when it came to designing this website. A Frequently Asked Questions page!

We’ve had a lot of questions come over our various announcement channels. So let’s take a few minutes to answer some of them!


 Frequently Asked Questions

  • What’s the story behind Gardens of Equestria?
    • It tells a unique tale of the Mojave Wasteland partially merged with Equestrian as familiar heroes from Fallout: Equestria appear in another form in our world. Something has gone terribly wrong and it’s up to you as the Courier to figure out what happened and how to stop it.
  • Will I be playing as a human or a pony?
    • You’ll be playing as a human. While GoE will support the New Vegas Pony Anthro Mod (as do most other mods), we are not including it as part of the package. That being said, humans aren’t the only sentient race you will encounter in your adventures. And that’s all we’re saying about that. ^^
  • What do I need to play GoE?
    • GoE will require a current and legitimate copy of Fallout: New Vegas. It will also require the DLC “Old World Blues.” While we recommend having the full DLC package, only “Old World Blues” is essential due to its many unique assets. (Note: This may change during development. If it does, we’ll keep you apprised)
    • In addition, you will need to have the mods “Fallout Character Overhaul” and  “Mikoto Hair Pack.” Normally these mods have compatibility issues, but we’ve managed to come up with a solution to that, so don’t worry.
  • What about Fallout 4? 
    • As of this writing, Fallout 4 is only a rumor. While we hope to port the GoE experience to Fallout 4 (whenever it is released), there are many factors in play. A fair amount of the game is based off of JHawk1666’s Pony Texture Pack Plus for Fallout 3. How much of that will translate to Fallout 4 is unknown. That being said, if it’s possible and feasible to bring Gardens of Equestria to Fallout 4, we will do it, though the story will likely end up being different and will likely take longer.
  • What about Fallout 3?
    • Fallout 3 was originally released in 2008. While still an awesome game (that we highly recommend playing), there are some substantial differences between New Vegas and Fallout 3. We may release our weapons and texture packs for Fallout 3 at a later date. 
  • Isn’t Overmare Studios already doing this?
    • From my understanding, Overmare Studios started out originally as a Fallout mod project, but then decided to move to the Unity3D engine as opposed to GECK/Gamebyro engine. This gives them a huge range of options and whole new possibilites (Seriously, check out their Firearms video. It’s amazing!). They’re dedicated to turning Littlepip’s adventures into a full-fledged game in the true Equestrian Wasteland. GoE is about the world of Equestria invading the human world and the repercussions and origins of that event. While there are similarities, they are two separate projects.
  • Can I play as Littlepip?
    • The core story of Gardens of Equestria revolves around the player as the Courier, who for unique reasons, is one of the few humans that remained unaffected by the mysterious reality shift. You’ll be the one at the front of the group this time, Littlepip and her friends by your side.
  • Hey, why isn’t Littlepip wielding Little Macintosh?
    • While you can give Littlepip Little Macintosh to wield, we decided that it would be more fun for the player if they got to wield the trademark Fallout: Equestria weapons rather than leaving them solely in the hands of your companions.
  • Will I really be playing with five different companions throughout the game?
    • In Fallout: Equestria, Littlepip’s group grows over time as she discovers new allies. The same happens in Gardens of Equestria. In some missions, you will fight with one or two of your companions, while in others you’ll be fighting as a cohesive team. There will even be missions where you choose who joins you and who stays behind…and those decisions can have lasting repercussions for both you and your friends.
  • Can I also play GoE with other companions like Veronica, Arcade or even Willow?
    • The version of the companion extender we use is set to a maximum of five companions. The GoE Companions each have their own part to play in the story with their own fully-voiced dialogue. You will be unable to undergo the story missions without certain members of the GoE team. That being said, you can adventure with any combination you wish in the New Pegasus area for quests or areas that aren’t attached to the GoE storyline.
  • What about Blackjack, Glory, P-21, Puppysmiles, Silver Storm/Hired Gun, etc? Are they going to be in Gardens of Equestria?
    • At present, we do not have plans to include anyone other than the original Fallout: Equestria characters in GoE.
  • When will Gardens of Equestria be released?
    • When it’s done. The entire Manehattan Project team has full-time jobs and many have families and many other commitments. Some of us can spend more time than others. But in the end, to quote a well-known gaming company, “players won’t remember if a game is late, only if it’s great.” (Well, except for Duke Nukem, but let’s not go there
  • Will GoE be compatible with [INSERT MOD HERE]?
    • We plan to make this as compatible as possible with as many mods as possible, but of course there will be limitations. At this point in development, it’s a little early to get into more specifics

(I will be posting this as a full page next week)

Now that’s out of the way, I want to give you some screenshots from two new areas currently under development. Please note that these are still works-in-progress, so there’s a good possibility that they may change.

The first location is called “The Primm Basement.” In the quest “Strangers in a Strange Land,” you’ll journey beneath the town of Primm to an old mine and refinery plant beneath the town that was supposed to be sealed-off years ago. You’ll encounter hostile Powder Gangers here, but their attention will be focused on your first new companion, pinned down in a side room. After getting your new friend out of trouble, you’ll fight your way down into the depths of the mining facility…finding that Powder Gangers are the least of your worries as you race to save kidnapped townspeople from a new threat.

The second location is from a much later quest, “Fire From On High.” Below you’ll get a better glimpse of the bridge of the EHS Nimbus, an Enclave Hovership with a terrifying reputation. Crewed by some of the most elite and dangerous soldiers the Enclave has, you and your companions will race against a ticking clock to reach its deadly cargo before it can destroy all of New Pegasus. Right now, this is my favorite quest line, save for maybe the grand finale. What we’ll be doing here will blow your mind!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Behind The Fourth Wall peek into the inner secrets of the Gardens of Equestria!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a Fourth Wall to fix.

-Novel Idea

May 062015
 

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–From the Terminal of Novel Idea–

Welcome to the Manehattan Project, a special division of Stable-Tec dedicated to the absolute best in post-apocalyptic simulations. Make sure to take a look around. Stable-Tec just gave us the authorization to release some of what we have in store for you in Gardens of Equestria and we’re eager to show it off!

I’m Novel Idea, Creative Director and Lead Designer of the Manehattan Project. I’ll be your host for today. In the future, I hope to have other members of the team come out to have a chat with you, but as I’m sure you’re aware, we’re all extremely busy creating a whole new reality. And believe it or not, creating entire new realities is hard work.

The first thing you might be asking yourself is…is this real or some sort of hoax? I can tell you it’s very much real. I myself have walked the halls of Stable 207, explored the bridge of the EHS Nimbus and descended into the depths of the Primm Basement. In my own personal battles across the Equestrian Wasteland, I’ve wielded the fearsome firepower of Little Macintosh and the infamous Zebra Carbine. I have even journeyed alongside an early version of Littlepip herself. Let me tell you that she is utterly vicious with that pistol of hers. I really hope never to tick her off.

The second thing you might be asking yourself is…why would we be designing a new module for Stable-Tec’s hit simulation, “Fallout: New Pegasus?” After all, the simulation’s been out for several years now. Well, I can’t speak to Stable-Tec’s current plans for the series as I’m under non-disclosure agreements and all that. However, in truth, New Pegasus is all that’s available at the moment. And ironically, that’s also where the current popularity of these sims truly began. One pony started this journey for all of us with a single piece of artwork after playing New Pegasus. That pony’s name was (oddly enough) Dan Shive.

I have a small confession to make to you all. I’ve been a fan of Dan Shive for years, especially of his webcomic regarding the magical adventures of creatures called humans. It’s ironic that he was the one who began it all with that piece of artwork. He has graciously allowed us to show it here.

Fallout: Pony Vegas By Dan Shive

I am still entertained by Mr. Shive’s own branding of Stable-Tec’s Sim as “Pony Vegas” instead of “New Pegasus.”

Mr. Shive ended up inspiring none other than the world-renowned author Kkat into crafting the masterpiece known as “The Book of Littlepip” or by its more common title, “Fallout: Equestria.” I don’t think anypony foresaw what would happen next. An entire subculture grew up around Stable-Tec’s “Fallout” series because of this. A brand new community that Stable-Tec never expected.

While in truth, I hadn’t had much interest in Stable-Tec’s work with the Fallout simulations, that changed after I finally read The Book of Littlepip for myself. So I approached a well-known creator of modular content for the original “Fallout 3.” In our conversations, Gardens of Equestria was born.

While the project has grown since its initial inception, going from a one-pony operation to a team of eight, the goal has never changed. That goal is to bring you nothing less than the absolute best in creating a new vision of the Equestrian Wasteland.

Finally, there’s one most question you might be asking yourself. Isn’t there already another group doing exactly the same thing? If you’re asking yourself that, you are probably thinking of another one of Stable-Tec’s divisions, the amazing Overmare Studios. Let me just start by saying that what Overmare Studios is doing is far and away a hundred times more ambitious than what we at the Manehattan Project are doing. They are creating an actual simulation based off of Littlepip’s adventures in “The Book of Littlepip” directly. They’re also creating the entire thing from scratch, using technology Stable-Tec has never implemented before. I wish them the best of luck in their endeavors and hope that one day we may be able to collaborate on both of our projects together. The one catch with their project is it will take some time, but I know without a doubt that when they unveil it all for us to enjoy, it’ll be an experience unlike any other.

So hopefully that answers most of your initial questions that may not have been answered in the other areas here at the Manehattan Project!

But don’t worry, you’ll be hearing plenty from us in the future. We’ll be posting regular development reports on our progress, along with work-in-progress and completed screenshots, videos, music and artwork. We might even release our unique “Ministry of Wartime Technology Experimental Technologies” pack (purely fictional of course. We here at the Manehattan Project have no knowledge of any of the MWT’s ongoing projects) for you to while you await the arrival of the full simulation. But more details on that later.

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

-Novel Idea – Creative Director & Lead Designer for The Manehattan Project

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