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Anachrotech, and the last unicorn

Originally published at Chamber . You can comment here or there.

Spotted by antoxa_st (anatoxa_st). I really should go to the Maker Faire.

I’m getting a fair amount of creative goals accomplished lately! Webcomic idea #1 has a name, some characters, several lovely 1st-draft pieces by design artist #1, some storyboards with text, and a defined arc of development. Webcomic idea #2 has storyboards for the first 2-3 pages, and I just need to do a little script tweaking before we can unleash the Artist in her full glory — one more meeting and 2-3 more layouts, and the first installment will be ready for artsplosion; and meanwhile, Writer #2 is brainstorming away on the following installment. It may take a year or two for these things to bear fruit, but if they continue to move at this pace, it’ll happen.

And I’m making steady (though slow) progress on my own written story idea. I feel like I’m trashing two out of every three pages lately, and maybe that’s a bad way to work, but it’s how I do. I like the wording to be crisp, and when I get disenchanted with a scene I feel the need to gut it and do it over. Oh well; it’s not like I’m on any deadlines but my own, so I might as well be happy with my own output, right?

Still playing Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. Current build is a dark female paladin. She was born with no magic in her soul, but instead consumes any spell cast against her — and solves any other problems with a great big bloody maul. She has a code, of sorts (and yes I invent a storyline even for videogame characters I play. I can’t help it. My brain wants narrative). But sometimes things don’t work out right — the poor maiden found a unicorn and rode it blissfully around for a while, before she was attacked by marauders. The presence of violence made the unicorn go berserk, and she was forced to tearfully beat it to death with her bare hands.

I guess not everyone is good with animals.

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Oblivion is by far one of the most lasting games I've ever played. I have over 150 hours in to my current character and still have things to do.

My current quest is, now that I'm a demigod, to complete the Fighters' Guild as I never did that. Then I think I'm done with every major quest in the game, and many of the minor ones...

I will need to go back to it once Assassin's Creed begins to bore me.

Yeah, I can see why people were flipping out about it the year it was released. I'm toying with the idea of having different characters to explore different arcs of the storyline, rather than have one character do everything -- we'll see if I actually have that kind of patience or not!

Ahh, Assassin's Creed. I got about five hours into it with a friend, and we kind of had a 'meh' moment, and put it down never to pick it up again. You enjoying it? I was thinking of trading it in, but I halfheartedly want to give it another shot.

The one I'm waiting for right now is definitely Borderlands.

I started trying to use different characters to try different story arcs, but I got really bored once I started my second character. That's why I ended up foregoing the fighters' guild for so long. One of the things that I preferred about Fallout 3 to Oblivion is that once you do certain things, certain storylines are closed to you. Of course, there were other things about Fallout which annoyed me, but that's neither here nor there.

Yeah...Assassin's Creed. I dunno about it. I really want to like it. And it's stunningly beautiful. But it's just so damn repetitive. Go to the viewpoint. Go save a citizen. Go run and pickup some goddamn flags scattered on rooftops. Go to the viewpoint. Get seen by the guard. Kick the shit out of them. Repeat.

Right now I'm enjoying it, but I'm not sure how much appeal it will have for me in the long haul. I think I'm just getting sick of running up to those damn viewpoints. And while sometimes savings citizens doesn't matter, sometimes it does, so I end up doing them all so I get the little blue bar filled in.

Borderlands looks interesting, particularly the arsenal they mention in the wikipedia article. However, I usually don't get much in to FPS, mostly, I think, because I'm still on bloody dialup, and thus can't play with others.

I'm currently looking forward to another game by Bethesda. So far Fallout and Oblivion have been the most solid games I've played on the PS3, and I would love to see what they're going to do next. Elder Scrolls V would be nice...

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