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.

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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

Jun 172015
 

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—From the Terminal of Novel Idea—

The Manehattan Project is proud to announce the unique preview experience of “Gardens of Equestria: Smuggler’s Run!”

Last night, there were sounds of explosions and minigun fire in the hills to the northwest of Goodsprings. Residents of the quiet town reported seeing something like a Steel Ranger slowly plodding through the foothills to the south. None of them have dared to investigate…but something definitely happened.

Discover the truth in the hills of Goodsprings and uncover the beginnings of something much greater in this special preview of the upcoming story-driven experience “Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm!”

Here at The Manehattan Project studio, we’ve been hard at work on this special project. It is our gift to you in celebration of the revelation Stable-Tec’s “Fallout 4” post-apocalyptic simulation experience. While we’re not fully ready to release our plans for Stable-Tec’s latest installment of the Fallout franchise, we are happy to announce that aside from releasing this new story-driven experience, we’re also releasing the new titles of Gardens of Equestria projects!

Prologue – Fallout: New Pegasus

Gardens of Equestria: Smuggler’s Run

Part 1 – Fallout: New Pegasus

Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm

Part 2 – Fallout 4

Gardens of Equestria: Racing Apotheosis

That’s right folks, you’re not only getting one story-driven experience from the Manehattan Project, you’re getting two! We’re already working on what we’ll be doing in Racing Apotheosis with the all new Creation Engine. We can wait to show you what we have in store for you. It promises to be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before from Stable-Tec!

But we didn’t want to make you wait any longer. It was time to put our bits where our mouths are. So check out the list below to see just some of what we have in store for you in “Smuggler’s Run!”

  • A hidden safehouse deep in the hills outside Goodsprings holds many secrets and few answers.
  • Locate some of the most advanced weaponry the Ministry of Wartime Technology ever developed and wield these fearsome weapons through your travels throughout the Mojave Wasteland!
  • Three unique sets of armor, each with their own special trait, await you.
  • Find a way into the depths of the safehouse and discover a virtual treasure trove for those skilled enough to get to it.
  • The distortions in reality have already started. Nuka-Cola has become Sparkle-Cola and Sunset Sarsaparilla has become Sunset Shimmer Sarsaparilla! And the changes aren’t limited to just the Safehouse.
  • Many other items have changed as well, but you’ll have to discover the extent of the changes yourself. Who knows how far they have spread?
  • Know that for every lock, there exists a key for those with keen eyes and nimble fingers.
  • Custom music by Corvus Productions, made specially for Smuggler’s Run. (We’ll be releasing this for download on our SoundCloud site at a future date).

But why read all about it when you can experience it yourself? Head on over to NexusMods.com and to the new “Gardens of Equestria: Smuggler’s Run” site and download it today! Don’t forget to leave us your comments either here or on the Nexus to let us know what you think!

Until next week folks, have fun and stay safe out there (preferably using one of The Manehattan Project’s unique weapons!)

-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!