Oct 152015
 

Hello everypony! Novel Idea here with a very special update for you and some really cool new treats that we’ve been saving just for today.

First thing’s first though. I’m sorry to say that we will not be able to release Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm before the launch of Fallout 4.

As to why, let me start by saying the launch date annoucement of Fallout 4 caught us somewhat off-guard. We were expecting Q1 2016 or something similar. Suddenly we found ourselves in a time crunch. The Directors took a long look at the project and decided that we would split things apart. This was the beginning of GoE: This Coming Storm and GoE: Racing Apotheosis.

We didn’t want to focus everything on Fallout 4 as we already had an enormous amount of work already invested in the Fallout: New Vegas GoE experience. It was work that couldn’t transfer to Fallout 4.

Now we could have just taken everything we had, thrown some random enemies in there for you to shoot and just call it a day. But we promised you a story-driven experience and we wanted to honor that.

Now, a few weeks before the launch of Fallout 4, we wanted to show you what we’ve been working on for all these months.

So today, I’m very happy to reveal to you not one, but two Environment Preview Trailers! Set to the score of our in-house master of musics, Corvus, you’ll get to see a lot more than screenshots. We have a full ten minutes of previews of just some of the levels you’ll be exploring and fighting through in “This Coming Storm.”

But wait, there’s more! In Trailer 1, we’re covering the Appleloosa Valley Entrance, the Overlook, Topaz Lake, New Appleloosa and the Primm Basement. In Trailer 2, you’ll be seeing Stable 16 and the Rock Farm exterior along with the Rock Farm Sector 0 and Sector 1. Please note that all of these levels are works-in-progress so there are a few hiccups here and there.

 

 

These are only about half the levels we have in store for you! We still have the lower levels of the Rock Farm, all of Stable 207 and the Gateway Research Facility. We are structually done on about 95% of all levels and we’ve created the scripting for the prologue and the first three chapters. We’ve also got a fair amount of recording done for our characters.

While we’re not at a point when we can pin down an exact release date for you yet, we will let you know as soon as we have something.

If you like what you see, feel free to drop us a line at our here on our website, Nexus Mods with our preview mod, Smuggler’s Run, Twitter or on YouTube.

We’re also always looking for more talent. If this looks like something you want to be a part of, head on over to our Recruitment Page and let us know!

Next week we’ll be getting up the next few chapters of the “Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition)” audiobook as well. We will also be releasing our fourth and final edit of the audiobook in the near future.

Until next week, stay safe out there!

-Novel Idea

Aug 272015
 

We have a nice little treat for you this week in apology for us missing last week.

For those of you who have read Fallout: Equestria…this might look somewhat familiar. And it’s just a hint of what’s to come.

 

Be Strong

 

Just a teaser. Nothing more. ^^

We’re continuing to work diligently on GoE. We’re currently in the midst of implementing the massive amount of scripts required for GoE to become what we really want it to be. In addition, I personally have been finalizing the final level of Gardens of Equestria: The Gateway Research Facility. Here’s a bit of information about the GRF:

The Gateway Research Facility is one of the unique structures in Gardens of Equestria, special because it exists on both the Earth and Equestria side. On Earth, the GRF was built using reverse-engineered advanced technology. It was designed as both a bulwark and a research facility and hosts some of the most advanced technology the USA ever developed.

On the Equestria side, it was a Ministry of Arcane Sciences facility designed specifically to study the spellwork of none other than Starswirl the Bearded. Unlike the Rock Farm, which was built primarily by the MWT (though funded by both the MAS and the MWT), the GRF was a top-secret facility run only by the very elite of the Ministry of Arcane Sciences. Equipped with advanced camouflage talismans, it was one of the few facilities that the enemy never knew about.

What became of the GRF after “The Incident” will be for you to discover on your own. But here, you will find yourself in the midst of a war that threatens to destroy two worlds.

To be honest, I’m having a ton of fun with this. It’s completely different and it definitely works.

On another note, we’re still looking for qualified scripters to join the team, even at this late junction. If you have some scripting experience, especially in modding, the GECK or something similar, please let us know! 

In addition, we’ll be releasing the next few chapters of Fallout: Equestria on YouTube shortly. You can find out playlist here:

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

-Novel Idea

Aug 162015
 

As some of you may know, we are in the midst of developing a story-driven mod experience for Fallout: New Vegas called “Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm,” a mod featuring dozens of levels, an entirely new worldspace, custom music, fully-voiced NPCs, hostiles, and companions, and new weapons, armor, and enemies. It is the first chapter in an ongoing story that will continue in Fallout 4.

However, our team has run into an unexpected hurdle. One of our scripters recently had to leave the project due to an excess of real-life demands on her time. In the wake of this development, we are looking for an experienced scripter willing to step into this role to keep us on target for our current estimated release date.

You do not need to be a fan of MLP or Fallout: Equestria for this position. You simply need to have an understanding of scripting and some experience with working on quests, dialog or companions in the GECK for Fallout: New Vegas (or similar; e.g., Fallout 3, Oblivion, or Skyrim) and an interest in being part of the exciting accomplishment this opportunity offers, particularly for those interested in bulking up their portfolios for entry into the game industry proper. We’re looking for a serious candidate who’s willing and able to buckle down and work flat-out for the next two months, with the possibility of staying on for the continuation of our work in Fallout 4.

If you’re interested, please contact us! You can either do so through by applying at http://gardensofequestria.com/index.php/staff-credits/project-staff/the-team/ or contacting the project lead directly at mlp.novelidea@gmail.com. With your inquiry or application, please include a sample of modding work you’ve done in the past as well as an explanation of your experience with scripting generally if you haven’t worked extensively in the GECK.

Thank you for your time.

-The Manehattan Project Team

Aug 132015
 

Good afternoon everypony!

Novel Idea here again just to do a quick status update. We’re all hard at work right now recording lines, designing levels, writing scripts and all sorts of fun game design stuff.

I do want to mention a couple cool things in development. While we’re not quite ready to reveal screenshots yet, I’m happy to announce that the “Rarity-Designed Armored Dress” will be available in-game as a special upgrade for Velvet Remedy along with an alternative for female players! Not only that, but we have a completely redesigned “Velvet’s Lab Coat” complete with Ministry of Peace saddleboxes! There will be the Velvet Remedy version along with a version for both male and female players. (A special thanks for Wolfie for his undying hard work on both of these projects!)

Both of these are custom-made items which will be transferred into “Racing Apotheosis” for Fallout 4! (Barring any technical difficulties by using a different version of the GECK.)

We’ve also crossed several internal milestones in regards to the brand-new handcrafted (Literally. Every object in here was placed by hand, including most of the landscaping) worldspace, Appleloosa Valley, a verdant remnant of the Pre-War past dominated by the massive Rock Farm R&D lab. While it’s not quite ready for reveal yet, we’re getting very close to the point where we can finally show off this area to you, perhaps in a new exploration trailer! (No ETA on that though. ^^)

We’ve all had our nose to the grindstones lately, so we haven’t had time to do any big special features to show you. Please note that we have fixed the Manehattan Recruitment Center form, so you should be able to apply again without getting lost in the system. If you applied for a position and have not heard back from us, please apply again soon!

But just like every week, we’re releasing the next three chapters of the Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) audiobook on YouTube. You can check it right here!

 

Until next week, stay safe out there!

-Novel Idea

Aug 032015
 

[Sorry about the confusion folks, but it appears the interwebs ate our last post!]

Calling all musicians! We at the Manehattan Project are currently in development of a story driven Fallout: New Vegas mod the Gardens of Equestria, and are now accepting music submissions for our in game radio station! If you’ve ever wanted to hear your music featured in a video game setting, now could be your chance! 

My name is Corvus, and I’m the Music and Audio Director for the Manehattan Project. For the past few months, I’ve had my hands full composing soundtrack music for GoE. Attached to this blogpost will be a rough work in progress example of some of the soundtrack music that will be played in-game.

Traditionally, the radio stations in the Fallout games have been limited to a handful of period songs that repeat over and over. We’re hoping to break out of this style. We want all sorts of musical styles, new and old, to be represented in GoE! Be it rock, hip hop, jazz, country, or even electronica, we want it represented on our radio station! Submissions can, but are not required to be pony related. If you’re interested in submitting music to us, send an email addressed to Corvus to manehattanrecruitment@gmail.com with either an attachment or link to 1-3 candidates.

You can find a current listing of all featured Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm Music by following this link here. 

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 162015
 

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—From the Terminal of Novel Idea—

Hello everypony!

Novel here again with a short update on some cool stuff happening here at the Manehattan Project. Due to the generosity of a friend of mine (and the approval of Stable-Tec’s PR Department), next week we will be launching a new and completely revised website!

Here are just some of the features you can look forward to on GoE.com Version 2.0:

  • A completely redesigned interface with easy access to our blog, new announcements, music and samples of the upcoming Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm!
  • A redesigned application system with dedicated forms for folks looking to do Voice Acting or join us on the Development Team!
  • A brand new music page, dedicated to the amazing compositions of our musical director, Corvus!
  • Updated preview of all the various Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm levels and areas!
  • An easy-to-find FAQ of all things GoE!
  • A brand new staff page, highlighting the amazing talent we have working for The Manehattan Project!

But most importantly…

  • FORUMS!

That’s right folks, we’re now going to be having a full series of forums here at GoE.com! We’ll have areas to make suggestions on potential new features, places to ask the devs direct questions, bug reports, general feedback and more information about what roles we’re still looking to fill. Plus much more. We’ve been working on this part of the project for months and we’re thrilled to finally unveil it next week.

Next, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve redone our Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) Audiobook page. You’ll have direct links to download the latest version with fixed cover art and author name. We have two different ways to download now: either grab the entire 3GB audiobook file through Mediafire, or snag it in four parts, each running roughly 500MB each. We’re still working on the MP3 version as well for those asking and we’re looking into a torrent version as well.

We also have some more information about folks using systems other than iTunes or iOS.

Lastly, I want to take a moment to point out some open positions here at the team.

  • CRITICAL: Public Relations Director – We’re looking for someone able to write advertisements and blogposts and interact with fans and supporters in a professional manner. Your sample can be anything from a blog post to something that you’ve just cooked up here on the spot. Your primary responsibilities will be doing our Thursday Blog posts and getting them out to the various MLP/FO:E sites across the internet, along with handling the comments on the NexusMods site for Smuggler’s Run & the upcoming “This Coming Storm.”
  • Texture Artists – We have some amazing talent already working with us, but the more help we get, the more we can do! If you’re interested in transforming New Vegas into New Pegasus, let us know! Make sure to include some samples with your application.
  • Modders with GECK/Creation Kit Experience – We’re ramping up production, so if you have skills in the creation of mods, be it weapons expansions, houses, questlines, scripts or anything else, we want your talent! If you know Skyrim, Oblivion, Fallout 3 or Fallout: New Vegas, you are what we’re looking for. Make sure to include some samples with your application.
  • Female Voice Actresses – We still have roles to fill, both big and small for almost any voice type. Contact us with a few samples (Feel free to just read some lines from Fallout: Equestria for us and put them up on YouTube or in a WAV/MP3) and our Vocal Director will be in touch with you.

If you’re interested in any of these roles or think you have something to offer the Manehattan Project for either Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm for Fallout: New Pegasus or Gardens of Equestria: Racing Apotheosis for Fallout 4, head on over to our recruitment center and let us know.

Until next week, 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

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!

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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