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#141 Dopple

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Posted 29 March 2020 - 02:19 PM

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[edit] Wtf the post actually worked this time

 

Also hi. Work doesn't leave me with much energy, so here's my first and possibly only drawing this year, happy WoW character portraits for 2020. Not Worse:tm: clause still applicable.


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#142 Dopple

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Posted 04 July 2020 - 03:15 PM

Been trying some quick doodles. The kind where you grab a pen and go, letting yourself mess up as much as you like. About 90% of the hands I draw are mangled. Eh, just try again. Anatomy is deeply complex, and there's a lot more to it than proportions. Stuff's gonna look rubber and crooked sometimes, it's OK. It's really OK.
 
When I was younger, I'd get these occasional bouts of feeling awful about not being as good as I "should" be. Nowadays, I don't care much. After growing a bunch of skills from scratch, my perspective from those years ago is more or less settled:

Draw an owl. Then draw another owl. Then draw 100 owls. If you're somewhat critical while doing this, you can trust that mistakes will eventually correct themselves. For this reason, I don't get worried or upset about learning how to code. Sometimes it's a frustrating process, but that's just part of it. My comp sci friends can give up on me all they like!
 
Eventually I became a career software developer, because the process is the same. The good news is, you just have to put in time and focus. The bad news is that you have to put in time and focus. Either way, having a little more patience is more productive than beating yourself up.
 
Well, that's my solo soap boxing for now. Till next time!
 
 
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Posted 16 August 2020 - 11:15 AM

Nanowrimo (50K word novel challenge) is one of those bucket items that I've thought about doing every once in a while. So even though it's not November, I went for it and wrote about 69K over 26 days. 

 

Of course the story is a complete disaster, that barely needs be said. When I arrived at a loss as to what to do with certain characters, they would vanish never to be mentioned again. It's a tale plagued by laziness, the worst disease to a craft. Also, the protagonists spent most of the time running around uselessly. They tried very hard but seemed incapable of doing anything right. Well, I wrote an ending and everything. They died, the end! Nobody's allowed to read it, so I'm a-spoilin'. I did occasionally question why I write stories like this.

 

Writing is >90% editing, anyhow. Even if I made an initial grind of 69K words, all it means is that I did sub-5% of the work. Nanowrimo is a feat, but not a great one.

 

On the bright side, that all made me want to doodle the cast! Here's the haul.

 

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 Lol hands what are they?

 

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I named this character after someone I saw randomly on the communications software my company uses. I don't even know her.

 

Tickles me to imagine, someone spots you in the cosmos and lo you become the villain of their story

 

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Ursun Lahar, a real stuffy Pride-of-My-People type. I even went back and added an Ursun section to my name generator (wasn't sure why it didn't exist before) and did some refactoring, although "Lahar" isn't a legitimate name

 

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To hit the maximum adventure-trash dollar, there are these sad crystal dragons where you can get special powers if you kill them but only if you stab them in the eyeball(s). It's a really mean thing to do, but I needed an excuse for why the protagonist of my new story didn't die a horrible death between various life-threatening situations

 

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if they live any longer they'll lose their limbs and end up like a grub

 

This line of thought made me laugh my butt off. PEAK EVOLUTION

 

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> can't believe it didn't lose its wings first

 

maybe it still uses it to glide or hover across small canyons

 

Oooooh. Just believe, you can do it!

 

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The Real Peak Evolution, im crying


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Posted 29 November 2020 - 11:28 PM

Rounding off this thread with a crappy MIDI cover, AKA: I threw a song into an auto-transcription program and spent the weekend trying to clean up the results despite having no real idea what I'm doing. You see, I have no sense of music theory, nor can I read notes, so leaning on robot crutches and other people's music is the best I can do for now. :'D

 

Listen here.

 

Oh, don't ask about the instrument choice... I have yet to hear a MIDI instrument that doesn't make my eyes water.

 

This program (costs $40 USD, I bought it) is really neat. Uses neural nets to calculate the absolute notes of the melody, percussion, bass, accompaniments, what-have-you, and spits out 500% unplayable sheet music that looks something like this:

 

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So it's up to you to add and excise notes, which is still a non-trivial amount of work, since complex scores can be straight up garbled. It's fun, though! One thing I've found is that I need way fewer notes than I think. When it comes to MIDIs at least, it's easy for the sound to get crowded.


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Posted 16 February 2021 - 12:24 AM

After spending about three years writing this complete pain in the ass chapter for my fanfiction, I finally put it up. It's not perfect by any means, and I'm going to regret some of the details soon enough, but I'm bloody tired. Thanks strangers for 100 +favourites. It always honours me when people tell me I've written the characters in a believable and compelling manner, considering I don't own a copy of the game, haven't played it for a second, and happily never will. :'D

 

Obligatory Not An Update. Just using this post to segue into a rant that's (un)related to the development of the chapter.

 

1) One of the things that vexes me about M Robin-centric stories, besides stories about M Robin being generally unenjoyable, is when they try to make him talk strategy. (The character is canonically a tactician.) Every time, I don't know if there's a single exception, he sounds like he has no idea what the hell he is talking about. Y'all please read The Art of War and play some StarCraft.

 

2) One of the things that vexes me about Lucina-centric stories, besides stories about Lucina being generally unenjoyable, is when they drill her character for seemingly no reason. Now, Nintendo's website describes Lucina as "kind" and "just." Typically, she's portrayed as not kind, not just, instead she lets ugly impulses control her on top of her being incompetent, and if she argues with or about Robin, she's almost always monkey-hammered into looking stupid. Y'all guys allergic to Lucina saying or doing something smart?

 

I know, dead fandom and all, but may there be a higher ratio of stories in which she is cool and not awful, thanks, because through all these years that ratio is razor thin. To be fair, she doesn't seem to have much going for her in the actual game, either. (Note: I don't profess myself to be a fan of either of these characters.)

 

3) RE: characterization. Lucina has like 10 friends all with their own annoying little quirks. Cue my going through a very real phase of trawling through wiki pages while wondering "who the hell is this?" for every member of the cast. Oof. Though, I think characterization doesn't have to be complicated and often isn't. I wing it for the most part because I can't stand reading/writing character biographies, where value to effort is asymptotically approaching zero. I may have said this before: look at some pictures, read some quotes, read some spoilers, be like Kirby inhaling character traits, ya good.

 

4) I can't believe the term "bluenette" is still in fashion. It's a uniquely made-up word to crown all the inappropriate hairstyle/gender-based epithets out there. Ok, when you think about your friends and family, or better yet, when you think about yourself, are y'alls' most pressing quality really your hair colour/gender? It's bad enough to refer to the narrating character as "the boy" or some other impersonal epithet, without also tossing a wig on it now ("the blue-haired boy"). While we're on the topic of diseases unique to fanfiction, I can't believe "orbs" is also still in fashion. Just use their name. Just say "eyes." It will be ok.

 

 

So I might be able to close the darn thing off with another... 40K words or so. Given the speed I've been going at, see you in another three years.

 

Real confession on what even sparked the project: Lucina's FE:H portrait is cute. That's it. That's all. I mean, I think the doing's been alright: a light-hearted piece of adventure trash that tells lots of jokes, why not?


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Posted 11 October 2021 - 06:59 PM

Some things I've been working on this year, so that I can say I'm at least not dead yet:

 

1. Another project that I never finished, a height chart for a subset of my OCs. The full image has ~18 characters, but most of them are lacking fidelity, whereas the ones here have a little more detail (besides righthand guy).

 

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While I continually insist on not talking about my OCs, I'll just say that these guys are the product of some absolute messes of stories that I've written last year. I'll see if I ever actually finish the rest of this chart, because, like usual, I ran off to do something else.

 

2) To commemorate 5 years of programming, I put my spare brain cells over the last two months into redoing the Tofu RPG, just as Tahu has been occasionally egging me to do for the past couple of years.

 

What the hell is the Tofu RPG?

 

A:

 

 

 

 (Although, I did spend three months of my absence on a horrid semi-functional RPG.)

 
I should elaborate that I hacked together a text-based browser game:
 
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That text screenshot is the old Tofu RPG, a steaming pile of mumbo-jumbo I made in my earliest days of learning JavaScript. The current Tofu RPG is also a steaming pile of mumbo-jumbo, but at least it's colourful, courtesy of all the MapleStory and Twitter emoji assets I've stolen. Gameplay is still something like the old Tofu RPG, with card game mechanics akin to Hearthstone, or as some people have let me know, Slay the Spire.

 

Here's some brief footage.

 

 

It also has:

 

- Crappy puzzles that you can solve in 5 seconds

 

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- And crappy static cutscenes (if I have to make the characters move and stuff, I will be here unto the next decade)

 

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Rant time!

 

While working on TofuStory, I was reminded of those forum game projects that would almost invariably fizzle out. We had one here on MapleTip, where it took 6 months to release a map with a single flat platform, no enemies, and a glitchy character attack animation that most certainly did nothing. For that matter, this relic of a team forum's still around: https://forums.maple...-entertainment/

 

 

After 6 months of striving development, efforts and time and very talented youngsters we have been able to create a 2D Side-Scrolling RPG.

 

6 months... for something with no real gameplay, nothing to tell what it's supposed to be like. In the early stages of figuring out whether your core gameplay is fun, you should probably timebox your prototype to a few weeks tops. I had a basic form of combat running in a weekend.

 

Ok, so we can't all be Industry Professionals, but there were people whose entire role was to make up item names. Not come up with a plan on what the items would be used for, or anything remotely useful, just item names. Like, what.

 

Another forum I used to visit had some regulars who would make sprawling topics for their <franchise> fan game concepts. Said topics involved cherry-picking fun stuff like character biographies, a plot outline, general lore (not that I have anything against having fun, mind). One day, someone with programming experience suggested to take one of these ideas and build an actual game. This proposal was received with an enthusiastic buy-in from the regulars, who gave each other fancy titles like "lead writer," and otherwise sounded ready to go.

 

Within, like, a week, every single person who had been active in those topics vanished except for the programmer guy. I saw his posts expressing confused disappointment and I felt pretty bad for him.

 

A project on a different board tried to find its roots there. I felt the temptation magnetizing me, but by then, I'd seen this show play out enough times to steer clear. Because flaking was such a common problem, the lead guy specifically promoted the work ethic of the team and their intention to hold new members to the same standards. Lo and behold, the project still dissolved in another ghost-fest.

 

Most people who want to make games do not actually want to make games. Most people who want to be ideators barely even want to be ideators as soon as they find out it takes more than a few broad brushstrokes from 5,000 feet high to make a product.

 

While I'm along this vein: lists of items created in a contextless vacuum don't do anything. A character who has nothing to interact with doesn't do anything. Biographies and lore-dumps don't do anything, not until the ideas contained therein actually come out and shape the narrative. On and on. What's important isn't making the 'thing', it's making the thing do stuff that has cascading consequences. That's where the difficult and complicated problems lie. Without interaction, it's just guff that gives a false sense of productivity. Mic off.


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Posted 24 October 2021 - 01:24 PM

I'm pretty sure I'm never going to finish this, so here's the lines/flat colour version of everybody.

 

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 07:24 PM

One more, I guess. Another Something I Never Finished that was hiding on my harddrive for a few years. Originally I had no plans of letting it see the light of day, but rn I'm kinda like whatever, so here you go.

 

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han tei's OC and one of my OCs, respectively. Not sure if obvious, but she a bad guy.

 

Ya. I have a metric buttload of OCs, mostly because I write stories (which like, need characters), and it takes virtually no effort to come up with a basic idea of someone. Still, righthand manages to be one of my favourites tbh.


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Posted 04 December 2021 - 02:45 PM

Not An Update: I managed to beat Nanowrimo this year, but like, actually in November this time. The final score was 55349 words. I used an Arise fanfiction* to do it. What has been helpful is using my phone to write drafts: 1) I can lie in bed and swipe away, 2) editing becomes obnoxious, which encourages me to push forward regardless of any immediate dissatisfaction with my prose, a Good Thing as drafts are a quantity game.

 

*You could say this is cheating, but I don't see fanfiction as significantly less difficult than an original work. Everything that makes writing hard is still intact regardless of what kind of story you choose to write. Certainly there are some things you can worry less about, such as world/lore/characters, and you can leverage some baseline investment and knowledge from your readers who are most likely fellow fans, but ideas aren't the hard part. Writing the darn story is the hard part. Ideas are cheap, technicals are expensive; give me the riches.

 

Not professing to be a big fan of Arise's story, either. Well, if I'm writing fanfiction, you can be sure it's because I'm not happy. I have little idea what I'm supposed to do with the lore in this bloody game. While not unusual that they go all galactic on you a la JRPG fare, it does happen in a sudden and highly expository manner where you can only watch in shock as the plot collapses under the weight of its partly-realized ambitions. I was uncannily reminded of the Star Ocean 3 "plot twist"--if you've played Star Ocean 3, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. Yeah, it was like that. That's Arise.

 

To this day, I have some deep-seated insecurities related to writing, even though you'd hope by now my writing is probably not that bad. There's about 200K words worth of material from the last two years that'll likely never see the light of day, including this one. (I've shared some brief snippets with kind friends, but that is it.) So, I have little idea why I'm even making this post, considering I've "beaten" Nanowrimo before and while it wasn't the right month, who cares, really.

 

Well, speaking of bucket list items, I'd also like to become a millionaire at some point. Just casually tossing that out there before everything on this forum gets flushed into the void.


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Posted 04 January 2022 - 12:12 AM

I made gingerbread cookies recently

 

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This recipe is really great! 10/10  :drool:

 

Gingerbread Cookies

 

1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon grated ginger
2 teaspoons spices*
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
 
1. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg, followed by the spice and vanilla. Finally, add the molasses, then the dry ingredients, mixing until it comes together in a nice cohesive dough. Chill for at least an hour.
 
2. When you are ready to make the cookies, preheat oven to 350F and line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness, cut into desired shapes, and place on baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, then cool completely on racks before icing*.
 
*Spices
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
1/2 tablespoon ground cloves
1/4 tablespoon ground pepper
 
*Icing
2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
2.5 tablespoons water
1.5 tablespoons meringue powder
 
 
I just used a coloured squeezy tube for the icing since I couldn't be bothered to shop for those two ingredients or a piping thing.

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