Friday, October 30, 2015

Some bad Transformers fanfiction.

In 1986 I was seven years old, and totally obsessed with Transformers:  the Movie and the post-movie cartoon episodes.  My toys of the movie cast are pretty much the only childhood toys I still have (aside from LEGO, I am a LEGO maniac), and I think that whole experience with Transformers ended up being a significant moment in the development of my psyche.

Here is a post-movie "episode" I wrote a long time ago about Octane, the Decepticon smuggler who ended up working with the Autobots, if begrudgingly, in several post-movie episodes.  I always loved this character, so it was fun to write as him, the Junkions, Cyclonus and the Sweeps, and so many of these other much-loved friends from another time.

The female Junkion in the story did actually appear on the show.  I've included a screen capture for anyone who doesn't remember.

Anyway, I'm generally not a fanfiction person, but... enjoy!  I've got a few of these around somewhere, might upload more later.

Oh yeah, and Happy Halloween!  ^_^

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

DOWNLOAD - Final Fantasy VI: General Leo Edition Hack v3.1

Gentle Reader,

Version 3.1 of the General Leo Edition hack is here!

This version is pretty ambitious, delivering a LOT of expanded scenes.  It still feels very much like the original Woolsey translation, but it explores such questions as:
  • Why was Celes branded a traitor?
  • Did Cyan know who Sabin was when they met?
  • Why can Celes sing like she does?
  • Did something happen between Setzer and Maria?
  • Where was Celes during the banquet?
  • Why was Relm in the cave on the Veldt?
  • And many more!
See the included readme for more details.

Enjoy!  And as always, I'm happy to receive your feedback.

General Leo Edition Hack version 3.2 download (Updated 1/18/16) article

Thanks for supporting the project!  :)

Ever Yours,

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

General Leo Edition v3.1 Update!

Gentle Reader,

Watch this space for a hack release on October 1!  The next release contains a lot of new dialogue and expanded scenes, as well as some new items and bug fixes.

Here are some preview images!

Ever Yours,

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

General Leo Edition: Opera Redux

Gentle Reader,

I'm preparing to release Version 3.1 of the General Leo Edition hack.  This will essentially be the final version, though I never entirely close the book on a project.

I've always been reluctant to edit the opera sequence because it is so iconic.  Yet, it always bothered me that, despite the quality of Woolsey's translation, he's no poet, and the opera lyrics are decidedly un-operatic.

With my rewrite, I tried to bring an appropriate level of grandeur to the lyrics while maintaining the original theme and tone, and also tying it all back to Final Fantasy in a cool way.  Hope you like it!

Ever Yours,

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Coolest Thing That Ever Happened

Gentle Reader,

This was probably the coolest thing that ever happened to me.

A friend and I went on a day trip to a small town about 30 miles away.  Our primary purpose was to visit a friend's grave, as her birthday just passed.  But on our way we happened across a late 50s/early 60s era motel near the side of the highway.  We decided to check it out on our way back... and we were completely blown away by what we found.

First, here's what we saw when we pulled into the gravel driveway/courtyard space...

I'll be honest, it was a little spooky.  But my curiosity about what waited inside was overpowering.

A look around the grounds...

My car looks on nervously from a distance...
Rusted swings and old farm equipment greet visitors...
Unfortunately, it was empty.
"Enjoy that refreshing new feeling!"
We approached and found that, while all of the doors were locked, most of the windows had open curtains, allowing an easy look inside.


At this point I felt an almost overwhelming urge to jimmy one of those ancient locks.  But we were stopped short by the realization that the old motel office, which sits at the end of the row of cottages, is actually someone's house.  A little research after the fact revealed that the motel owner's widow, who is in her 90s, still lives there.  Once we realized that the place was occupied, we left right away, having no desire to frighten or bother anyone.

Okay, but aside from that... wow.  I have wanted to find something like this my entire life.  I would guess that the rooms have been shut up for at least 30 years, but they were in remarkably good shape.  Yes, there was dust, and a few of the bedspreads showed evidence of creeping mold (especially beds next to windows).  But the overall impression was of a cute, well-maintained, much-loved little motel.  The people who closed it down at the end of the final season did so with care, perhaps thinking that they might reopen next year.

I'm not going to post a picture of the sign or reveal the name, in the interest of keeping the occupant from having unwanted visitors.  But, upon googling the name, I was stunned to find that most sites list it as open despite the fact that it has clearly been shut up for decades.  Only Yelp accurately listed it as closed.  So... if you're passing through Nebraska perhaps you will find it unexpectedly while looking for a room.  In which case you are in for one spooky shock, my friend!!!

I would just about kill for one of those alarm clocks or end tables.  Maybe there will be an auction someday?  I can only hope!

Ever Yours,

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Current Project: Super-Ambitious Earthbound Hack

Gentle Reader,

Let's just jump back into things by announcing a new project:  a total top-to-bottom hack of Earthbound, resulting in a brand new adventure with an all-new story!

The game takes place in the same world as the other Mother games, but it is not directly connected to them, instead focusing on new characters in a new setting.

I expect the game to be perhaps 70% the length of Earthbound and to be about 50% complete.  No timetable on release, sorry, I do have a life outside of my hobbies.  ;)

Here are a few screenshots to give you an idea of what's cooking.  Feel free to post any questions you have about the project.

Our unassuming silent protagonist.
And his equally unassuming neighbor.
First World problems.
It's not always a friendly world, is it?
No love for a starving artist?
This seems vaguely threatening.
Uh-oh, door-to-door salescreeps!
The legendary Carcrushosaurus.

And here's a look at some of the enemies that you'll encounter...

The fun thing about working on an Earthbound/Mother project is trying to capture that unique voice and humor, as well as the distinctive blend of cute and scary, innocent and sad, salty and sweet.  It's definitely a special challenge but also a very satisfying one to tackle.

By the way, I would be remiss not to throw out a plug for Mother 4, an entirely unofficial Earthbound sequel, not a ROM hack but a built-from scratch product, currently in production.  Check it out if you haven't already!

Ever Yours,

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Aaaaaaand... we're back.

Whole life changed.  Wow.  Quite a year.

See you soon.

Ever Yours,