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!

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

Mar 102016
 

Happy Thursday everypony!

Novel here with something a little different for you. A few of you have asked when you’ll get to see GoE and I know everyone’s wondering.

QA Team Recruitment Center v2

Well, guess what? We’re looking for folks to help us test the game!

Now, before we go any further, let me tell you a secret. All those commercials about how testing video games is playing video games all day? (Especially the one where the stunning woman walks in with drinks for two guys on a couch. *Facehoof*) Those ones from Westwood, DeVry or Full Sail or other groups? They’re all flat out lying.

Game testing is a very detailed and methodical trade. It requires attention to detail, consistency and excellent communication skills. We’re looking for folks with that mentality. People who might be interested in going into professional video game QA at some point. This is a great way to get some real experience in the field. We happen to have some folks on the team with professional QA experience, so we’re happy to help start you on the right path.

So here’s the plan! If you’re interested in joining The Manehattan Project’s QA Team, head on over to our brand new QA Recruitment Page. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A legitimate copy of Fallout: New Vegas
  • A legitimate copy of the Fallout: New Vegas DLC: Old World Blues

There’s a bit more to it, but we’ve left that on the new QA Recruitment Page. 

How we’re starting everyone off is by doing some QA on our already-existing mod, Smuggler’s Run. While you may have already downloaded and played it, there’s going to be a special QA version that we’ll release specifically to those who are interested in joining this subteam. It’ll be ready by tomorrow.

After the Smuggler’s Run “test,” we’ll move you into the position as a full member of the QA Team. At this phase, we’re doing environment exploration testing. All those cool spots you got to see in the Environmental Preview trailers? We want you to check them out. Go over them with a fine tooth comb. Are they cool? Did you like them? Did you get lost? Was it too easy? Did you find any blasted floating trees (floating trees are the bane of my existence…me and anyone else who’s ever done a worldspace)?

So if you’re interested in helping us out, let us know!

Finally, don’t forget that we’re on the home stretch for the Fallout: Equestria (Manehattan Edition) audiobook YouTube release! In just a few days, we’ll have the entire book up on YouTube! Celebrations! Joy! Delight! Squee! So if you’ve never read or listened to Fallout: Equestria (and if you’re reading this, seriously, what’s your excuse?), now’s the perfect time! You’ll find the current playlist below.

That’s it for this week folks. We look forward to chatting with all of you who are interested in helping test out GoE and making it 20% Cooler! (Oh shut up. It had to be done).

-Novel

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

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

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!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6nXYvcaDjc]

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