Mar 242016
 

Good Thursday to you all!

Novel Idea here with your weekly GoE update! Today, we’ve got something special. While we’re keeping a vast majority of the immense Rock Farm under wraps until launch, I’ve decided that you should get to see one particular part of it…the Security Redoubt 43-A, better known as the Rock Farm Security Bunker!

The command center of Security Redoubt 43-A

The command center of Security Redoubt 43-A

Each major MWT installation had some sort of security bunker on or near the premises. These Redoubts were designed as a command and control point for Equestria’s military forces if one of the Princesses or Ministry Mares was caught in one of the facilities during a major crisis. Sadly, none of these individuals were at a MWT facility when the bombs fell. As such, bunkers such as the one in the Rock Farm remained uninhabited. While many of these places fell into disrepair as their associated facilities failed, the Rock Farm was unique. 43-A remained in fully operational status, though the communication lines, which were designed to go through the unfinished Stable 207 nearby, were never connected into Equestria’s military network.

Bunker Primary Access 1

Bunker Primary Access 1

As with all MWT Redoubts, the Security Bunker is outfitted with some of the most advanced technology developed at the Rock Farm, including a small dormitory, CO’s quarters, a dining mess and storage facilities.

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Bunker Dormitory

CO's Quarters

Bunker CO Quarters

Due to the Rock Farm’s liaison work with the Ministry of Peace, the Bunker was also outfitted with the powerful Autonomous Healing Booth Mark III and a fully stocked medical bay. This healing booth not only can entirely heal a body of radiation and crippling injuries, but even had the full cosmetic subroutines unlocked for reasons that are still not entirely clear.

Bunker Med Bay Interior

Autonomous Healing Booth Mark III

Bunker Med Supplies

Healing Potions and Other Medical Supplies

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Medical Supplies II

Finally, no security bunker would be complete without a fully outfitted armory, complete with an Exchange Terminal tied directly into the Rock Farm’s arcano-tech fabrication grid. Through this device, anyone using the bunker will be able to buy and sell items as they would with any vendor.*

*(Please note that the MWT is aware of the current flaw in the Exchange Terminals that allows for bottlecaps to be used instead of requisition tokens. Exchange Terminal Mark IIs will rectify this design oversight. Any personnel found using bottlecaps instead of the proper currency will be required to pay the full amount in addition to a week’s pay. Repeated offenses may result in further disciplinary action up to and including termination and/or military sanction.)

Rock Farm Exchange Terminal

Bunker Armory Interior

Unique Armor & Weapons Developed at the Rock Farm

Bunker Armory 2

Ammunition Supplies

Now that the tour is complete, let me tell you why I’m showing this to you! As you likely may have guessed, this is indeed one of two player housing locations available to you in GoE: This Coming Storm! Both the Security Redoubt 43-A and Stable 207 will be available as player homes. The Security Redoubt will also include a teleportation matrix talisman, allowing the player to return there at any time. From here, you’ll also be able to explore most of the Rock Farm if you happened to miss something inside. You’ll also find powerful upgrades for all of your companions within, provided as the spoils of war for helping end the threat located deep with the Maneframe Nexus of the Rock Farm, as well as special equipment for you and you alone.

Bunker War Room 2

C&C II

Bunker Inter-Sector Teleporter

Inter-Sector Teleporter into the Rock Farm

Surface Access Bay 1

Surface Access Bay

Two last things. The first you may have missed above…but we now have healing potions in-game! That’s right! The mysterious changes have even swept through the medical supplies of the wasteland, turning all stimpacks into the familiar glowing healing potion we’ve come to know and love! (The Super Stimpacks haven’t yet changed…but rumor is that they will…)

Healing Potions

Now with a special strawberry and carrot taste!

And finally, some of you may notice a couple things. First of all, why does the Bunker look so different from the rest of the Rock Farm? Secondly, doesn’t the War Room look somewhat familiar? Well, all Security Redoubts were built with the same general design schematics, while each of the associated facilities were designed to the needs of the facility. So it’s not unusual for a Security Redoubt to have a different design aesthetic.

But you likely know the real reason.

The original bridge of the EHS Nimbus

The bridge of the EHS Nimbus from the original storyline of Gardens of Equestria

That’s right folks…the reason the War Room looks so familiar is that it is indeed the bridge of the EHS Nimbus, back before GoE became GoE: This Coming Storm. I was very sad when this epic mission and epic ship got cut for time, so I decided that it needed to live on in some way. And considering how this was originally designed as the Enclave command center from Fallout 3, the idea just fell into place! So the Nimbus lives on in GoE, though in an underground, non-Enclave way…though the whole non-Enclave thing will change the moment you step outside of the Bunker!

A few other things to check out: we now have the Ministry of Peace and Steel Ranger Recruitment posters live and in the game, along with a brand-new MWT Master Control Console. We’ve also designed a MoP Master Control Console and are in the process of creating a MAS variant as well. (Bonus points if you can find the little “easter egg” in the MWT Control Console. 😉 )

That’s it for this week folks. I hope you’ve enjoyed your preview at the Security Redoubt 43-A…the Rock Farm Security Bunker, your rewarding for fighting through the harrowing depths of Installation 043 and making it through to the other side. But don’t worry, there’s still much more to come.

So we’ll see you next week!

-Novel Idea

Jan 072016
 

A very happy new year to all of you!

We here at the Manehattan Project hope that the holidays treated you well. As for us, ironically half of us were sick during most of them and the other half spent a bit more time in Fallout 4 when we should have been working in GoE. Such is the way of gamers. But don’t worry, we’re almost completely back on track. We’ve made some internal changes to the way we’re handling the workload that should bring things to fruition much sooner.

At the moment, I’m happy to say that we even have a general goal for launch. While we’re not ready to share that just yet, know that this is coming. Soon, the Manehattan Project will invite you to head back to New Pegasus and save two worlds.

It’s in that vein that I’m here today. We have a couple important openings I’m sure you will be interested in.

ArtistThe MLP and Fallout: Equestria community is filled with gifted and talented artists. Thankfully, many folks have given us permission to use their material, giving us the opportunity to create some truly awesome customized items for GoE 1. But there’s still a lot of work to do. We’re looking for someone with experience in GIMP, Photoshop or a similar program. It doesn’t need to be extensive. There are two sides of our artistic endeavors:

  • Retextures: We’re looking for folks who are adept at changing existing in-game elements to fit the FO:E asthetic. For example, you would change the primary image file for the signs says “Overseer” to “Overmare.” There are a lot of little changes that need to be made and we need someone to make this happen. We’re also looking for people to create higher-resolution versions of the existing material (such as foodstuffs and drinks).
  • Original Artwork: We’re also looking for individuals to create original artwork for the various skill books, magazines, Ministry posters and other Fallout: Equestria-style material. We need them to be high-resolution (at least at Fallout 4’s level) so we can reuse them for GoE 2. There’s a lot of freedom in this role, but we do have a few critical projects. You’ll be working hand-in-hand with our Lead Artist, Littlepip/FancyCat. In addition, if you already have some art like this (or know of people with art like this), please let us know in the comments!

PMV/Visualizer/YouTube Effects Artist (After Effects): This is a completely new position we’re just announcing today! We’re looking for someone with some minor experience in After Effects. We have several big trailer projects (including a totally epic Launch Trailer for GoE 1) along with our music announcements. Heck, if you want to even add some cool effects to the audiobook videos, that would be great! All you need to have is After Effects and a willingness to make epic things.

Those are the two big roles we have open at the moment. If you’re interested, please drop us an application!

Thanks to Reddit, we have our new Calamity tentatively cast already. Polyphonic is over the moon about this potential candidate. In addition, massive work has been done on the Rock Farm Sector 3.

Let me just say that the Rock Farm is by far the most complex and ambitious level I’ve ever designed. It’s utterly MASSIVE. (It’s six stories tall with numerous labs and facilities on each level!). There’s an enormous amount of custom material. I’ve actually created unique Maneframes for the Ministry of Arcane Science, the Ministry of Technology and joint MAS/MWT Maneframes for this, complete with custom glow colors and actual ministry logos. That’s all with a completely recolored purple glow version of the glowing blue utility set from “Old World Blues.”

It’s epic. Seriously.

That’s all we have for this week. But now that the holidays are over, the kid gloves are coming off. We’re making this happen. We’re going to give you an awesome reason to head back to New Pegasus…and make you wonder just what we have in store for you in GoE 2 in Buckston.

Until next week folks, have fun and stay safe!

-Novel Idea

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Sep 172015
 

Good afternoon fillies and colts!

Novel Idea here. I know we’ve had some quiet weeks in the last couple months. Well today, we’re going to make up for that. And then some!

Today I am very proud reveal remastered editions of the Smuggler’s Run theme and brand new music from the Mysterious Cave level, the Appleloosa Valley worldspace and finally, The Rock Farm, Sector X!

 


 


 



Please remember that all of these are in development so they may change before release.

In addition, I have some gorgeous new screenshots for you from Appleloosa Valley! With the help of the Nexus Mod Authors, it’s finally shaping up to be something really cool. Here’s a few shots of some various areas, including the Rock Farm and the Overlook.


 

 

 


I hope you enjoyed this special preview. We’re also releasing the next three chapters of the Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) audiobook on YouTube today!



 

Have a great day and stay safe out there folks!

-Novel Idea

Jun 112015
 

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—From the Terminal of Novel Idea—

Hello everypony!

I have a couple news items for you today. Our wildest dreams came true and we’ll be able to implement the main plotlines of Gardens of Equestria in Stable-Tec’s recently announced Fallout 4, as we had hoped. What have we been showing so far, then? I’m glad you asked!

There will be changes to the Gardens of Equestria experience, including settings, environments and overall story. We plan to have a tentative course of action in place by this time next week. But don’t worry, we have exciting things in store for you. And we’ll let you sneak a peek.

Speaking of exciting things, after some discussion within the development team, not only will you know some of the Manehattan Project’s plans for the newest Fallout, but you might just get to see some of our material a lot sooner than expected. We have a surprise for you. However, we are all under Pinkie Pie Swears not to spoil it until next week. Trust me though, it’ll be worth the wait.

I also wished to address any concerns about the “Fallout: Equestria” audiobook. I know many of you are eager to know about this new version. Our newest addition to the Manehattan Project, Corvus, has graciously decided to lend his incredible talent to the Manehattan Edition of Fallout: Equestria. The new audio experience promises to be fantastic and we’ve also made some effort in fixing some issues in the later chapters where our files ended up being corrupted, causing the narration to repeat itself in places. We want to get you the best version we can do and that takes time. Until then, hopefully the current version will tide you over.

Lastly, I wanted to mention that we are still recruiting! Specifically, we’re looking for some talented scripters with experience in any of Stable-Tec’s Fallout titles or even the popular Elder Scrolls series. We’re also looking for some texture artists, modelers and someone to handle our PR and website. If you’re interested, head on over to our Recruitment Center and one of our friendly staff will be in touch with you!

Until next week folks, 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!