Cover art!

Helloo!
 
Yes, so Em told me that Andy said that I need cover art for Dragon Tail, which was a good idea, but not¬†an idea that I¬†thought I’d do anytime soon. Because, you know, I HATE art. So much work for a single image that hardly anyone will appreciate, that’s kinda what puts me off.
 
But what the hell! I might as well! I didn’t do bad with Duel, not bad at ALL! My final piece for Art was kickass, too (I don’t have that anymore, I dunno where they’ve got it), and I drew Whirlwind in my free time, too, as a practice for Duel, but he just kicks serious ass. I improved that scar in the last 2 minutes, as well. Smile¬†Looks better now.
 
But this will have to be damned good. But hey, I’ve had practice with 3DS Max! Not like I’ll ever be able to do WHIRLWIND in 3D anytime soon, Maya is better for character design,¬†MAX is for pretty much everything else. So, I might be able to do the terrain I had in mind on 3DS Max, just like the edge of a cliff face or mountain, and bring it into Photoshop and make it look more 2D like the rest of the picture. Cuz I’ll have to do Whirlwind by hand and go through that REALLY painful shading and colouring process, but I really have to get the lines¬†down first.
 
The thing I had in mind was a view of¬†Whirlwind stood on his hind legs,¬†alone, on a cliff face or mountain,¬†staring out to the sea with a look of determination on his face. The picture will be a semi-rear view, kinda like a photographer¬†was stood¬†on the cliff, taking a picture of him.¬†He’ll have his sword drawn and he’ll be holding it by the side of him, and he might be grabbing some part of the mountain or the cliff with his other claw. There’ll be a sunset in the distance, and, nicely, that’ll be my light source, cuz¬†nothing that¬†I draw ever has any kind of visible light source, like a window or moon or sun or lamp or whatever,¬†and it SUCKS to shade when you can’t see any place where you can imagine the light is coming from. The only success I ever had with shading was with that picture of¬†Whirlwind. I’m not gonna put any other things in that picture, cuz it’d kinda ruin the mood and the tone of it.
 
That’s my idea at the minute, but I’m fully¬†open to any suggestions, as usual. Open-mouthed¬†That idea just came to me while I was writing the next bit of my story, I could just see him on the cliff edge, staring out to sea, and looking so proud and determined, with his sword drawn to show how dangerous¬†he can be when he needs to be.
 
So ya, feel free to give me any ideas you might have! And I’m gonna be going now.
 
And when in doubt – say MUFFIN!

Dragon Tail – Chapter 28! (Part 1)

Alright! I said it would be here today, and you’d damn well better believe it! It’s here!
 
What? Yes, I know it’s quite late, but I DID say it would be here TODAY, I never mentioned a time or anything!
 
This one… really got me. As in got me in a trance. The second half of it, bloody hell, it’s so SO furious! The first half… oh what the hell! Why am I explaining it to you! Get down there, read it, and enjoy! It’s in two parts again, it’s REALLY big.
 

(ZOMG IT DISAPPEAREDED! Yes, as Dragon Tail is now finished, I need this off my Space. Sowwy.)

Dragon Tail – Chapter 28!

(ZOMG IT DISAPPEAREDED! Yes, as Dragon Tail is now finished, I need this off my Space. Sowwy.)

    

Dangit! The text won’t let me go back to that nifty small text that I use! Ah, there we… no wait…¬†Yeahh… no, dangit! Nope… Ummm… noo… Oh for crap’s sake! Okay, this’ll have to do.

Anyhoo, what did you think? Did you like it? Or not? Leave you commenty goodness as always, please! And thank you for reading!

 

The problem is now… all the chapters I’ve posted are all I’ve got. They were the refining chapters, chapters that¬†I needed to go over, so it didn’t take too long for me to get them out onto this page. Now, I’ve gotta write completely new chapters, so it may be a little while before I have something to post here. Don’t worry! I’m NOT about to just abandon this story!

 

By the way, that Draconic word I put down in a comment that would lead you to what this one was about…¬†"Sperita" means¬†"Species". You were thinking about death and everything, but you forgot about the Meriva Dragons! So yeah, just had to clear up that clue for ya. Open-mouthed

 

See you laterz!

Oh my cock!

EVE Online is KILLING ME!
 
Okay, not really, but BLOODY HELL it’s starting to get addictive. I got my new shiny ship today, and it PWNZ! Ped tried¬†EVE out too, and he thinks it’s quite good, as well, which surprises me, I thought he’d hate it because A: it’s REALLY complicated at first, and B: he plays WoW, and usually people who play¬†one MMORPG will constantly badmouth other MMORPG’s, even if their points are COMPLETELY retarded! Neb doesn’t like EVE cuz "it’s all clicking"! Hehe, yeah,¬†isn’t WoW all clicking, though?
 
Trust me, for God’s sake, don’t play that game. No strategy involved at all, it’s just all based on luck, and is INSANELY n00b unfriendly. You have to WALK everywhere until you get to a certain level so you can use mounts to fly from one place to another!
 
Sorry, but I REALLY hate WoW. Hate luck games or games that waste an hour of your life just getting from A to B.
 
We haven’t actually gone and pwned some pirates yet because we don’t have very good ships (even though mine’s the best frigate you can get in my race) but we have gone mining! And I accidentally stumbled across this dungeon (yes, I know, a dungeon in space… but it’s just an area of space where enemies spawn all the time) and I OWNED EVERYTHING in it BY MYSELF, and got this item that was worth 360k, which wasn’t bad at all¬†for having fun blowing the crap out of NPC’s. Open-mouthed
 
So ya, it’s pretty darned good! I’ll have Dragon Tail in a tick, hang on! Smile

Okay, I never expected THIS to happen…

Right, so I’m on Steam, just on the home page thing. I look to the right and see "EVE Online puts the MMO in Steam". Which is a pretty stupid title for an article, because Steam doesn’t have "MMO" in it! Retards.
 
Anyway, I clicked it, and they’re making this MMORPG "EVE Online" available on Steam in the near future, and yet again,¬†the trailer¬†doesn’t show ANY gameplay, pretty standard of an MMO. All it shows you are the pwetty graphics, but graphics alone doesn’t make you want to pay ¬£10 a month to play the game!
 
Looked on their website, and they actually have a 14-day free trial, which is good! Cuz I was intrigued, it’s a space flight RPG, so you fly around, blowing the crap out of everyone, doing missions, mining stuff and making them into other things which you then sell to upgrade your equipment so you can go into the more dangerous areas, and eventually getting the best ship that has 4 million shield, 6 million armour and 5 million structure, making a total of 15 million HP. Open-mouthed
 
Finished the download yesterday and started playing, got annoyed that it had a retarded control system of MOUSE CLICKS to fly your aircraft when you could have EASILY put in support for a flightstick or gamepad so you could fly around freely and be able to fly behind enemies tactically so you can pick them off one at a time instead of having to completely get out of the area if you want to move, cuz the only movement options are "approach target" or "warp to". So you can either approach an enemy or completely warp out of the area to retreat, not fly around to a good tactical position so you can attack them.
 
Then I started to ignore this, cuz I kinda got used to it. I got annoyed that you click on an enemy to target, right click, target them, wait for lock on, then start firing and WATCH, but I realised that it’s sort of IMPOSSIBLE to shoot an enemy from 8000m away using a crosshair, cuz the optimal range for a railgun that I bought was about 8000m. And I then started to realise that it’s not random number galore – the damage DOES have a randomiser in it, but for the most part it depends on your equipment and optimal range – for example: if you have a railgun that has a damage multiplier of 2.5x, and you have ammo that does 6 damage to shields and 8 to armour and structure, then you do 15 damage to shields and 20 to structure, then the damage is multiplied depending on how well you hit them, and your chance to hit is how close you are to your optimal range – if your optimal range is 8000m¬†and you are at 8000m, you hit a lot more than if you were at 1000m, say. So it does have some sort of skill involved, you’ve gotta remember when to attack, what range to be at¬†and what weapon to use when!
 
Unlike WoW, where the chances to hit depend completely on a randomiser and damage is stupidly randomised – once did 13 damage to an enemy then it dropped to 2 for no reason in the world, when my weapon was about 10-20 damage. And the enemy had 3 armour, so it was 7-17 on that enemy. No skill at all, just luck.
 
Anyway, back to EVE!
 
The gameplay is better than I thought it would be, to be honest! The battles are good, the mining… is average, but it’s nice when you see how much you can sell stuff for and what kinds of cool stuff you can build with it, getting to another station doesn’t take too long, unless you’re in another solar system, then it’s SO BORING to wait for your ship to get to where you want to go. My ship got destroyed because my agent gave me a mission that was WAY too hard for me and it doesn’t say how hard the mission is, or give you a recommended time to do it. It just says "go do it". Which is extremely annoying when the first mission was as easy as piss, and then the next one warps you to an area with 10 ships that have EXTREMELY powerful weapons that you can’t even afford yet. And then when I was in my escape pod, it took FIFTEEN MINUTES to get back to the station with my other ship in it! SIX JUMPS AWAY! While ALL the time being¬†vulnerable to being pod-killed! Well, okay, the security rating for all the systems I went through was better than 0.7, so that was okay. Anyone trying to attack me would have been DESTROYED by the Concord police force. Open-mouthed
 
It’s STUPIDLY complicated at first, and really REALLY big¬†– the tutorial tells you to zoom out to the Star Map, and I nearly died when I saw the universe size. Not like size actually MEANS anything, just as long as it’s big enough for about 50,000 people at a time. But amazingly, I actually thing it’s ABOVE AVERAGE! And I HATE MMORPG’s! The only thing I DON’T like is the community, everyone in the local channel is quiet and everyone in rookie help is a dick, laughing at people if they make a SPELLING MISTAKE or something along those lines! Some even give false help to newbies, saying that is IS legal to buy in-game money and to sell characters when it isn’t.
 
I’m gonna get Ped to give it a try if he hasn’t already. Just so it gives us something else to do while Ped gets his Xbox 360 fixed. He probably won’t like it, as he likes every MMO that I don’t for some reason. I’m just grateful that he’s not a WoW nerd and goes on it 24/7 like loads of people who are just¬†sad and stupid in the head.
 
Anyhoo, this could be an MMO that I actually LIKE for once, but we’ll see if I get bored of it. It’s because of EVE that I don’t have Dragon Tail today. Yes, I know, I’m sorry! I’ll have it tomorrow, I promise! Open-mouthed
 
See ya then!
 
(EDIT: Ah, wait a sec, the graphics in this game are pretty good. I can squeeze 40FPS out of it when I’ve got High Dynamic Range on. So Ped might have a little bit of a problem running this, as, you know, he can’t even run Age Of Empires 3 on maximum graphics. And that’s not a hard game to run on maximum graphics. Open-mouthed¬†For me, anyway.)

Dragon Tail – Chapter 27! (Part 1)

WOOHAA! It’s here, finally! Chapter 27! This one is HUGE, so be prepared for a lot of reading! Open-mouthed¬†I’ve had to split it over 2, as usual for these MASSIVE chapters.
 
Just checking for any stupid mistakes I’ve done…
 
Okay, looks good. Here you go:
 

(ZOMG IT DISAPPEAREDED! Yes, as Dragon Tail is now finished, I need this off my Space. Sowwy.)

Dragon Tail – Chapter 27! (Part 2)

(ZOMG IT DISAPPEAREDED! Yes, as Dragon Tail is now finished, I need this off my Space. Sowwy.)

 

Ohhh ho ho… Jeesus…!

 

That’s set a really dark tone now, huh? Tell me what you thinks. Open-mouthed¬†

 

And next up is Meriva, a chapter that I’m really proud of, and¬†it’s got¬†one main intention! I’ll let you guess what it is! For now, bye bye!