Dec 102015
 

Good day everyone!

Something a little different today. Even though Fallout 4’s GECK has not been released, that hasn’t stopped people from putting Pony into Bethesda’s latest foray into the Wasteland (seriously, no one could stop that anyway).

I wanted to highlight a few of the new mods out there on NexusMods and let everyone know that the Nexus now actually has an official “Related-to-MLP” tag! 

Before I get to the mods though, something occurred to me: there really isn’t a place for MLP-themed modders out there. A few websites have tried to do it, but it can be hard to keep them up to date. So as of today, I’ve contacted one of the lead admins of the Nexus Mods and what he thought about creating subforum specifically for MLP modders. This feels like a bit of a double-edged sword though and the last thing I want to do is to create a massive target for trolls.

It’s in that vein that we are currently considering the creation of something that tentatively named “The Manehattan Network.” It would be hosted on our forums here on GoE.com. It would allow everyone to post about their own MLP-themed mods for any game and be a one-stop shop for all things MLP and gaming. (It would not be exclusive to FO:E-related mods)

Please note that this is still in the very early stages of inception. And there’s the simple fact that I already have an enormous amount of work to do (being the sole level designer on GoE for a worldspace and something like 40 levels). Not sure if this will happen anytime soon (if at all), but I just wanted to throw it out there that it’s something we’re playing with.

Let’s talk about a few Fallout 4 Pony Mods to tide you over until GoE 2 launches (yes, I know, we’re still on GoE 1, but I don’t want to leave you without some pony since a Wasteland without Pony is just depressing). This is just a random smattering of them. Feel free to check out the new “Related-t0-MLP” tag for a full list!

Fallout Ponified – A small texture replacement pack (just like the ones that ended up sparking the idea for GoE) for Fallout 4, this replaces almost all the paintings in Fallout 4, along with giving all the Nuka-Cola vending machines that familiar Sparkle-Cola feel!

Pixel’s MLP Texture Pack – Another texture pack that just goes totally off the wall, turning just about everything into something related to those pastel ponies. This isn’t even remotely FO:E related, it’s all pure MLP hilarity. (Seriously, the Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy teddy bears are awesome…even if they freak me out a bit).

Mare in the Moon – Okay granted, Luna was released from the moon in the series premiere and we haven’t actually seen this version of the moon since the latter half of that premiere (save for the Season 5 finale! 😉 ), it’s still very much a Pony thing. So maybe Luna wasn’t ever released in your timeline. If that’s the case, this one’s for you.

We’re still holding off on the YouTube updates of Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) until the final edition is ready and Discord stole the damn drive again. I swear I’m going to turn that guy into stone when we catch him. That’s after he’s done putting bottlecaps in all those random desks, file cabinets and dressers. After all, how else am I going to afford all my goodies?

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

-Novel Idea

PS: We’re still recruiting! We’ve added Writers to our recruitment list, so if you’re interested in helping us fill the backstory of GoE with terminal & journal entries, feel free to apply!

Nov 122015
 

Good afternoon everyone!

First, let’s get to the exciting stuff! I’m happy to report that I’m still ahead of the game when it comes to NaNoWriMo with Gardens of Equestria: Dances of Light and Shadow. I cracked the 20,000 word mark yesterday finishing Chapter 4, Wild Magic. And no, I’m not telling you what the chapter’s about. Theorize all you want though. 🙂

 

Littlepip being Adorable by Commander Sparkle

Littlepip being Adorable by Commander Sparkle

I hope you all are thoroughly enjoying Fallout 4. I’ve seen the headlines of various reviews and they look to be utterly spectacular. I’m really looking forward to getting into it, though as I said before, I get to wait a month to do it. It’s probably for the best. Between the work still remaining on This Coming Storm & NaNoWriMo, plus the insanely busy month this will be for me, adding Fallout 4 to the mix would just make things so very much harder.

Still, I’m totally jealous of all of you playing right now.


In case you missed it, in celebration of Fallout 4’s launch, we released a work-in-progress version of the ambient score for Topaz Lake. I think Corvus once again nailed it perfectly. I’ve never had someone get my “creative vision” and run with it so well before. Then again, since I’m usually a novelist, I rarely need to work with others. Believe it or not, it’s kinda hard sometimes to get everyone on the same wavelength. But it’s something I don’t need to worry about with Corvus. He definitely gets the levels I’ve designed and pumps out music that fits not only the area, but the story as well. It’s a rare gift and one for which I am incredibly grateful.

I’m also happy to report that final level design has started again on GoE. With the utter chaos of the last few weeks, I’ve had to focus my attention elsewhere, but last night I nearly finished the lighting for the Rock Farm’s Sector 2: Administration, a unique level where players will get to discover just what happened at the Rock Farm when the megaspells began to rain from the sky.

Here’s a little secret too: much more of the history and legacy of the Rock Farm is revealed within Dances of Light and Shadow. As you know, the Rock Farm is central to GoE: This Coming Storm and Appleloosa Valley in particular. I’m very glad that I get to expand on the lore of the facility within this story as Littlepip and her companions delve into the depths of the secret Steelstone Security Facility and beyond. In fact, you’ll actually get to see some of the areas featured in Dances of Light and Shadow within This Coming Storm.

But what I’m most looking forward to is the next level. Sector 3 is the central hub of the Rock Farm’s research and development facilities. While satellite facilities existed in the Western Complex beyond Topaz Lake (and below Topaz Lake as well), all military research was conducted in this massive lab. Dominated by an immense MAS-designed power core, this vertically-designed level will feature many of the weapons and armor unique to GoE including those we’ve featured in Smuggler’s Run. Trust me, this place will blow your mind as to the sheer scale. It’s one of the areas that we’ve kept the screenshots under wraps for the most part, having only small tight-view pictures so you can walk into this place and get the full power of the combined efforts of the MAS and MWT.

As for Smuggler’s Run, we’re planning on a massive update to Smuggler’s Run at the launch of GoE (and a minor update with several bugfixes in early December). Smuggler’s Run will actually be an integral part of GoE: This Coming Storm and we plan to set up an installer to make sure you have the current version. I should note that the This Coming Storm version of Smuggler’s Run will likely remove most or all weapons available in the preview mod and place them in their appropriate locations within the Rock Farm. We haven’t decided for sure yet, but we want these weapons to be completely unique.

That’s all for us today, save for the mandatory and promised update to the YouTube version of the Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) audiobook.


Please note that we probably won’t have updates for the next two weeks. I personally have a special training I’m attending and of course the week after is Thanksgiving Weekend (I think). But we’ll update for the last week of November. I’ll also be redoing some of the music slides. For some reason, YouTube has made all the preview images super-grainy and I don’t know why. I’ll figure it out though. And I need to keep you appraised as to what’s going on with NaNoWriMo!

Have a great day and stay safe out there!

 

-Novel Idea

Nov 102015
 

Good morning everyone!

Novel Idea here with a surprise Tuesday-edition post. We here at the Manehattan Project decided we wanted to do a little something to celebrate Fallout 4’s release. While we are still in development of GoE: This Coming Storm for Fallout: New Vegas, GoE: Racing Apotheosis for Fallout 4 is definitely on our minds today.

While we’re not ready to share details about some of the great features we have planned in GoE 2 for Fallout 4, we couldn’t let this day go past without a little something. So today, we’re releasing the next two chapters in the YouTube edition of the Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Project) audiobook. But that’s small change.

The big one is that we’re revealing the ambient score for the Topaz Lake area and levels today!


You’ll likely notice that we have a new and much cleaner style for our music sketch videos designed by Novel Idea. We’ll be updating our other videos soon with this new format and hopefully more! Our music, as always, is from the incredible talent of Corvus.

So today, enjoy your adventure in Fallout 4 and don’t forget to check back Thursday for the next three installments of “Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition)!”

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

Sep 242015
 

Good day everypony!

Novel Idea here with a short update today. I’m happy to say that the “worldspace” Appleloosa Valley is mostly complete. This is by far the most ambitious part of Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm. We’re going to bring you a whole new land to explore and adventure through. The area is roughly the size of Big MT from the Old World Blues DLC.

I’ll tell you, getting this up to snuff has not been easy. This world has taken months to come together and a whole lot of trial and error. But now we’re down to fine-tuning and a bit of QA.

We’re also releasing the next two chapters of the Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) audiobook on YouTube today! You can check out the full playlist below.

Finally, if you do the whole Twitter thing, we’re going to use that as our primary conduit for non-blog updates. Occasionally we’ll have weeks where this isn’t a lot to report. We’re keeping many things close to the chest so we can surprise you properly.

So if you’re interested, check us out at @Manehattan_Proj!

Have a great day everypony!

-NI

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 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 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