Jan 142016
 

A very happy Thursday to all of you!

Novel Idea here with some very exciting news. Last week, we had a couple awesome applicants for artists looking to join The Manehattan Project in the creation of Gardens of Equestria. Well, one of them decided to throw himself into a test project and ended up with lightning-fast results five days earlier than requested! It took me all of about ten seconds to make the call to bring him on board, and that’s eight seconds longer than I needed.

So I am utterly delighted to introduce the newest member of the The Manehattan Project: Blue Nova! In fact, you may actually know his work already! I’ll let him introduce himself in his own words:

Nova, also known as on sites such as DeviantArt by the handle “Droakir“, is a professional freelance illustrator and independent comic artist.

An avid fan of both the MLP and Fallout franchises, it was only natural that eventually he would discover the perfect blend of the two known as Fallout: Equestria. Now he is joining the team and lending his talents to make the rich history of the world come to life in the form of faded billboards, worn out old posters and musty book covers.

Nova spends his free time reading, drawing, writing music, tinkering with electronics, and building artificial superintelligences. 

Now, they say that a picture says a thousand words. Well this one probably rivals Fallout: Equestria’s word count. So today, I’m am ever so happy to reveal our new Ministry of Peace Recruitment Poster for Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm and Racing Apotheosis. Based directly on Kkat’s original description from the novel, I like to think this is the most FO:E-accurate poster revealed to date (though I may be a bit biased).

All of the work was done in about two days by Blue Nova, including a new custom version of the MoP logo based on Brisineo original logo.

Ministry of Peace Recruitment Poster - Distressed Version

Ministry of Peace Recruitment Poster – Distressed Version

Ministry of Peace Recruitment Poster

Ministry of Peace Recruitment Poster – Clean Version

We actually have another potential artist in the pipeline too and I’m really looking forward to showing off his work next week!

We still have plenty of openings if you want to join the team. The more folks we get, the more we can do! (Well for a lot of things. There’s a few positions that would end up with “too many cooks in the kitchen.) If you’re interested, head on over to our Recruitment Center!

That’s it for this week folks! Things are booking along here at The Manehattan Project and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store.

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

-Novel Idea

Nov 052015
 

We edit this post with the very freaking epic Fallout 4 Launch Trailer!


 

 

Good afternoon!

NaNoWriMo!

So the first question on your mind is probably “Did Novel actually start NaNoWriMo? Is he really that crazy?” Well, I’m 9,592 words in as of this morning. Which means I’m actually nearly 3,000 words ahead of the target.

So yes, I am just that crazy. I have to say that this is probably the most challenging story I’ve ever attempted. Having to figure out how much to inform our heroes about what happened in Equestria is difficult. I feel like I’m waking several tightropes at once. However, this is not my first foray into a pre-existing universe. I’m happy to say that I’ve won some serious awards for previous engagements in other people’s worlds.

It also helps that I am a devout fan of J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of the beloved science fiction epic, Babylon 5. And as many know, Kkat is as well. So interestingly enough, the stories seem to make sense to me.

Cool news for those participating in Equestria Daily’s NaPoWriMo (National Pony Writing Month): We are offering up three “beta keys” to people who pass the 50,000 word mark! So if you want to see GoE: This Coming Storm early, get crackin’!

(BTW, the picture for the cover is a temp version. I plan on totally redoing it).

Anyway, enough of the story (though expect update throughout the month!). Let’s talk GoE: This Coming Storm!

Staff Updates

First of all, I’m happy to announce that our former Technical Director, Red Kat, has decided to return to the Manehattan Project as a technical consultant. Thankfully, some of the real life assaults have lessened somewhat, giving her a bit more time. In addition, Wolfie will continue as one of our primary scripters, having moved over from modeling to help us make this game possible.

In addition, I’m also very happy to announce that we have yet another new member. This one is a personal friend of mine who’s decided to go under the name of Trench Broom (Trench Broom, in case you were wondering, is one of the nicknames for the famous “Thompson Machine Gun” better known as the Tommy Gun.). He’ll be joining us on the scripting side to help make this game happen, working directly with Wolf and myself.

Here you can find out a bit more about Trench Broom:

Trench Broom is a master of desenrascanço, his abilities honed over years spent in the trenches, cleaning up other people’s messes.

After being fed up with the war, he retreated to a stable (which one, he refuses to say) and spent his time in silent contemplation until he heard the call of the Gardens of Equestria crew.

He has been able to do a surprising amount of things, considering he has no hands or fingers, and the only magic he knows is “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”.

In his spare time, he likes to:

– Build things out of spare parts he has laying around. Widgets, gadgets, any kind of –dgets, really.

– Play games where choices matter; half playing and half reminiscing, but always thinking, “What could I have done better” either way.

– Read self-help books due to stress from his choices always mattering.

I have yet to update the Staff page as things have been a bit busy, but I’ll be doing it soon. We’ve decided to merge the technical team in with the design team, making things a bit easier. At the moment, we have two teams: Design and Audio. Art, modeling, scripting and level design all fall under design, while sound effects, music and voicework fall under audio.

I’d also like to officially introduce Clanky4’s bio, who I mentioned a bit ago as being the epic modeler and animator behind the FO:NV Pony Mod recently released.

I have enjoyed the Fallout franchise since I was first introduced to Fallout 3. I can honestly say after meeting Trouble Man of The Pitt, my life was never really the same. At least until encountering Mr. House. He is truly the single greatest character in the entire Fallout franchise. I have modded a few other games such as Fallout 3, Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and Civilization 4 (clearly the best one). Generally converting and rigging meshes onto various skeletons. Even if they obviously weren’t meant to be there.

Remember folks, we’re always looking for new talent. If you’re interested in helping out making GoE a reality, be it in scripting, voice acting, level design, artwork or PR, drop us a line at our Recruitment Page.

New Audiobook Chapter

Only one chapter this week folks. I’ve had a lot of trouble lately with iMovie not uploading correctly to YouTube (and making sure to take about an hour before actually erroring out). This week, Xenith enters the fray. I also apologize for the different pronunciations that I use instead of Crazed Rambling’s. You can find the latest chapter here.

Fallout 4 and GoE 2 Story

As many of you know this is going to be an eventful week. Many of us here at the Manehattan Project are huge Blizzard fans and several of us will be going to BlizzCon. (I for one cannot wait to see the full trailer for Warcraft. This movie is going to be freaking amazing). And you all know what happens next Tuesday: Fallout 4 is released!

Sadly, I had to get my PipBoy edition from France, so I’ll have to wait two weeks to play the dang thing. So I’ll be hiding in a “write-only” bubble to avoid spoilers. 😉

Speaking of spoilers, I recently discovered something about Fallout 4. It’s the only bit of information I actively sought out. However, I’ve decided to put it at the end of this post so (because at the moment, I can’t get the spoiler scripts to work right to hide it properly and the color trick isn’t working either). You’ll also get a little preview of some of the story planning for the end of GoE 1 and the beginning of GoE 2, plus Dances of Light and Shadow!

Tiny Fallout 4 Spoiler Alert: all it concerns is when the events of Fallout 4 occur in relation to New Vegas and Fallout 3. For those who are avoiding all spoilers, you should skip the next section.

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Oct 222015
 

Good afternoon everypony!

 

I’m sorry to say that I don’t have anything quite as exciting as two new Environment Preview Trailers this week. After all, we can’t show you everything we have in store. That would make us a big old surprise-ruiner (See “The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows.”) To be honest, I’m at about 50% of Pinkie Pie crazy with some of the secrets we have in store. Seriously, it’ll blow your mind. To the best of my knowledge, many of the things we’re doing have never been done before!

As an aside, can I just say that I was happy about a zany Pinkie Pie episode? I’m still trying to recover from the emotional roller coast of “Crusaders of the Lost Mark.” Seriously, the CMC won Season 5 hands down.

Anyway, all this crazy new stuff is also why it’s taking so dang long! But we want this to be done right, so we’re going to do it right. Don’t worry, GoE 2 for Fallout 4 will still happen. The expected launch date of the Creation Kit is next year anyway. So we have plenty of time before the modders start reassembling Boston.

Speaking of which, if you have a good Ponified name for Boston, let’s hear it. Because I got nothin’.

So first thing’s first. If you haven’t seen the new Environment Preview Trailers, shame on you! But that’s okay because you can rectify that error right now!

So we don’t have a lot to share at the moment. We’ve had a bit of a hiatus lately while many of us have been dealing with a great deal of real life stuff (myself included). However, I’m very happy to say that it looks like some folks who needed some time away are coming back. And I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but we have a new major player on the team!

It’s none other than Cranky4, the creator of “My Little Pony: New Vegas is Magic!” Seriously, I’m psyched to have him on the team. I remember when I first saw his mod my response was “Hey?! Why can’t we have that guy!?” And then he applied. It was fate. ^^

Okay, now I know I haven’t been great at the whole three a week audiobook thing on YouTube and I’d like to apologize. Believe it or not, it’s harder to put together than it looks. It’s also somewhat time consuming. But we’re fixing that now! So have three!

 




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

-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)!”

FOE Manehattan Ultimate Book Cover FINAL

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.

[Sneak Peek removed from post due to website change]

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

May 282015
 

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–From the Terminal of Polyphonic–

Fillies and gentlecolts, welcome to the first of many updates on the Manehattan Project: Gardens of Equestria! Today we have some exciting announcements, including photos of several locations in the project, the introduction of the first Manehattan Project member sourced from the public, and an update on our recruitment program! Please sit back and enjoy another sneak peek of Gardens of Equestria.

Stable 16

Stable 16 is a defunct Stable located deep within the southern hills of Appleloosa Valley. While the Stable’s population survived and thrived, they eventually moved on, leaving the Stable unattended. Without proper upkeep, a Stable’s usually reliable lighting systems grow dim and eerie, and even metal and stone rust and crumble. A few too many disasters–natural or unnatural–can put serious strain on a Stable’s infrastructure, rendering it all but unlivable for anyone but the most undiscriminating of the Wasteland’s inhabitants. But something has moved into the Stable in recent years…

 

Mysterious Cave

One of the first things you encounter in Gardens of Equestria, this strange place seems to be some sort of rift in reality. The enigmas of this cave are too cryptic for even Stable-Tec to fully decipher, but those with expansive knowledge of the Wasteland might be able to speculate…

 

The Rock Farm – Sector 1

Deep in the desert around New Pegasus was an underground complex known only as “The Rock Farm.” A closely-guarded secret of the Ministry of Wartime Technology, the Rock Farm was home to some of the most advanced armor and weapon collaborations between the Ministry of Arcane Sciences and the MWT. Nopony knows exactly what happened to the original inhabitants of the Rock Farm, but those Wastelanders attempting to gain access–the ones who survive the attempt, anyway–speak of an advanced and deadly network of turrets, sentry bots, and other defenses among the bones. Stable-Tec has managed to pull some archival photography from its initial construction, but after so many years, nopony knows what may lurk at the heart of the Farm.

 

Introducing Corvus!

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The Manehattan Project is thrilled to introduce its newest member, Corvus, a talented musician with a voice that’s a dead ringer for… well, listen for yourself!

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We’re excited to have Corvus on board as we plan out the musical, atmospheric, and broadcasting needs of Gardens of Equestria. Please give him a warm Pony welcome in the comments! If you’re interested in seeing more of his work, please head over to his personal profile.

Recruitment

Last but certainly not least, the entire team of the Manehattan Project would like to extend an invitation to a few talented individuals who can fill our most urgently needed roles. Please visit the Manehattan Project Recruitment Center to get in touch with us if you have an interest in the following! As always, we’re always looking for more talent in all arenas, but the areas listed below are where our needs are most urgent.

  • Social Media/PR Coordinator: Is your Reddit dashboard always full of collapsed threads? Do you know what Equestria Daily is going to post about before they do? Could you have written a catchier progress update than the one you just read? The Manehattan Project is looking for someone to take the reins on social media and public relations to take the work of getting the word out off the shoulders of our artists and developers so they can get back to working on the mod. Please include a sample of your writing with your application. This can be anything from a page of the last paper you wrote to a link to the blog you’ve been keeping for years – just give us an idea of your writing style and competencies.
  • Webmaster: We’re in need of an individual with strong HTML5/CSS, JavaScript, and related skills for developing and maintaining Gardens of Equestria’s web presence. With your application, please include a link to a page you’ve built and your thoughts on improving gardensofequestria.com.
  • Modeler/Texture Artist: We’re in need of an additional artist to help adjust some of our existing models and work on some exciting new elements of GoE. Familiarity with GECK/TES Construction Sets and .nif files preferred. Please include a sample of your work.
  • Junior Scripter: Our primary scripters and tech designers have their hooves full. The individual best suited to this role is someone with experience creating quest and actor content in Skyrim, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, or The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, but need not be an expert code wizard. Please include a sample or detailed description of the content you’ve created in the past along with your application.

 Thank you all for joining us, and stay tuned for our next update: Voice Actor Roundtable!