May 192016
 

Good afternoon folks!

Novel Idea here with your regular Thursday update. Because it’s awesome. And you know you love it.

Now technically, I have some new art I could show you. But instead, I want to keep that under our hats a bit longer. Don’t worry, there’s a very good reason for it. And I promise you’ll like it. A lot.

But now, we’ve got a member who just joined this morning. Actually, he accepted the position while I was writing this post! Serendipity, anyone? I’m happy to introduce Ebon Quill, who will be joining The Manehattan Project as a Worldbuilding Writer!

Worldbuilding Writers are a critical part of our storytelling team. While I may have written all the story script and dialogue, I simply can’t write everything. These brave souls fill that enormous gap. They will be writing the terminal entries, notes and scraps that breathe life into the backstory and world of Gardens of Equestria.

Ebon Quill: A humble luminist who has stumbled into working on a project that blends two of his favorite things. He is working on terminal entries, and will provide nothing less than his best. He has been writing non-professionally for years, and has been involved in all manner of geekdom forever. He’s always available to talk, so drop him a line!

I realized it’s been a while since we’ve done a recruitment post! While we have an utterly amazing team of artists, modelers, writers and scripters, we’re always on the lookout for more talent. So I want to highlight a few of the positions where we could use some help!

  • Artists: We’re always looking for more artists. It’s my hope to create posters for every single poster or image that Kkat described in Fallout: Equestria and a whole lot more, not only for GoE 1 for Fallout: New Vegas, but for GoE 2 for Fallout 4 as well! Art is the one thing where we simply can’t have enough!
  • Scripters: Scripts are the lifeblood of any game and GoE is no different. Every quest, every encounter and even every conversation is controlled by scripts. We’ve got some amazing talent in the scripting department, but we could always use some more help here. If you have any programming experience and have some familiarity with the GECK, we’d love to have you.
  • PR Director: Yeah, I know. I’ve been asking for this for about a year or so. I know it’s a pipe dream, but if you want some experience doing public relations (such as this post!) for Manehattan, please let us know!
  • New Position – Web Director: We’ve got some concepts for a major overhaul for the GoE site, but I simply don’t have the time to do it on my own. If you have experience with CSS, HTML and other elements of website design, please contact us for further details.

If you’re interested in any of these roles or think you might be able to contribute in another way, please head over to our newly-revamped Development Team Recruitment Center!

That’s all for this week folks. Have fun and stay safe out there!

-Novel Idea

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

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!”

GoE Smugglers Run Hot Files

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