Speck to all! Open-mouthed
So yes, as you can probably guess, I went to see Wall-E today with Ped, Rich, Angie and Andy! It was great! I won’t say anything more, cuz some people that read this might not have seen it. Open-mouthed
And I shall never, EVER screw at my PC again. Ped’s is… ugh… SLOW AS HELL! It took FIVE MINUTES to restart, and then another five minutes to get to the place where I installed ULSG V12, and then another few minutes until it booted! Surprised¬†And THEN it failed to¬†run ULSG at a good framerate…
But anyway, ya, today was fun. Open-mouthed¬†And I don’t have much else to say, because I is going on Rock Band with Rich! Open-mouthed¬†So, I’ll see yous later! Open-mouthed

Dragon Tail – Chapter 38! (Part 1)

YES! I HAVE EET! Well… I WILL have eet… when I can figure out a chapter name. It’s extremely hard, cuz I’ve already used "Preparations"… and I can’t think of anything else to put.
Let’s see… Whirlwind is meeting with some of the other dragons… meeting… final meetings? Nah…
Right, after another five minutes, I have come up with "The Final Gathering". If ANYONE out there has a better name for this chapter, please suggest it, and I will thank¬†you¬†for all eternity. Open-mouthed¬†Unless you think that’s¬†a good chapter name already, then just tell me that. Open-mouthed
Anyhoo, without further ado, here ya go!

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

Dragon Tail – Chapter 38! (Part 2)

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


Yes, as you’ve noticed, not an extreme amount of action, but hey, if it was 100%¬†ass-kicking action, then it’d get a bit repetitive. Tongue out¬†The ass kickery will come in¬†Chapter 39. As you’ve probably guessed.¬†Tongue out
Anyway, any questions or comments or things I should change? It does help, really, I know it seems like some bigass companies ask for feedback and then never use it, but it SERIOUSLY helps me. Smile
Right, I’ll see you soon! Open-mouthed


Pretty much ALL NIGHT, I’ve been playing Rock Band… with Rich, who has now¬†got it! Open-mouthed¬†Methinks he’s specialising with the drums, cuz he tried Hard a few times… and with the assistance of my Overdrive, we cleared them with no fails! Open-mouthed
I was a bit disappointed that you can’t do the Band World Tour over the ‘net, cuz that would’ve been awesome. But we played Quickplay, which was cool, and Rich’s sister joined in halfway through, which was great! We got nearly 750,000 points on one song, the highest score I’ve ever seen on Rock Band/Guitar Hero, and 5-starred a lot of songs… but no¬†Elite Scores. Sad¬†They are¬†a LIIITLE¬†bit impossible, after all, you have to nearly 100% a song¬†to get¬†an Elite Score… that’s (at the very least)¬†losing your first X3 multiplier, then getting X4 and holding it through the whole song while using all¬†your¬†Overdrive efficiently (that’s no overfilling of your meter, no missing a sequence, and using it on the sections with more notes). Do all that, and you’ll find the five stars in the top right go GOLD, and I call that an Elite Score. It’s not mentioned in the manual, either! Tongue out
Anyway, that was very fun. Open-mouthed Not as fun as the World Tour, or playing it while you can see everyone around you, but still fun. Open-mouthed
Dragon Tail WILL be here soon, I’m accidentally making the chapter very big. Tongue out¬†Currently… 4,021 words! Surprised¬†It’ll be here though, hopefully by tomorrow! Open-mouthed
Anyhoo, I’ll see yous later! Bye now!

On second thoughts…

Right, screw that idea about the 3D thing for now. I can’t actually be arsed right now, I have to get on with writing Dragon Tail. I’ve not done it for about a week now, and I’m REALLY getting annoyed at myself. WoW has actually amazed me at how addictive it can be.¬†I’ve nearly hit the level cap for trial accounts… and I’ve¬†lasted over FIVE TIMES longer than the other time I tried it. Surprised¬†Maybe the "approach it neutrally"… approach… worked. Open-mouthed
Anyhoo, so yes. I am going to try to get some more of Dragon Tail done, and I’m aiming to have it ready either tomorrow or Tuesday. I will definitely have Chapter 38 ready quick, because… well… if you’ve been following the story, that’ll be the BIG chapter. Open-mouthed
Don’t worry, though! I have PLLLENTY of time until the next college term. I’ll give the 3D a try… sometime. Smile¬†But for now, I’ll stick with writing.
Oh, crap! I forgot… now that I mentioned Whirlwind in the last entry…¬†I was meant to finish that picture of Dimari that I started¬†ages ago! Surprised¬†I’ve got that to do…¬†and Dragon Tail… and the edits… and attempt that 3D thing… well, I can’t say I’ll be bored… Tongue out
Even though I rarely write Dragon Tail in the day. Tongue out
Anyhoo, I’ll see you alls later!

3D STUFF WINS… but it sucks to make. :P

Right, so that comment on my last entry sparked me to say what I’ve been thinking for the past few… weeks. Tongue out

So, I’m sat in the car on the way back from somewhere, and all of a sudden, a mega-detailed thought came to me, and that was a trailer/teaser for Dragon Tail. I could see everything, Whirlwind, every single detail on his body, his voice, his lip-synching, the scene, and what was going to happen!

Thing is… when I have these visions, I have an INSANE urge to try and do whatever I’ve been thinking of, maybe cuz I think it’s a sign or the fact that they happen very rarely. But this… this was a pretty tall order for me. I know how to go about it, but I don’t have the experience in 3D modelling, I don’t know how to create bones for a creature, let alone skin and rig them. I know how to do ragdoll physics to a biped object, but that’s as far as I can go in 3D animation! Apart from my uber camera movement skillz. Open-mouthed

And even before I create bones for a creature, I have to make a 3D model of them! And… um… I have never DRAWN a full dragon, let alone MODEL them! And speaking of "alone"… well… I only know one other person that can use a 3D modelling package that can help me out, and that’s Aaron, who I won’t see until September! And even then, we’ll have work to do!

So, I’m alone, and by no means am I an artist. Seriously… artists can make stuff that make you nearly puke with envy, and even though I am proud of my drawing of Whirlwind… (I’ll link it here for those who haven’t seen it…)

…I’m EXTREMELY proud of it for my first attempt, in fact. It’s the only thing of my creation hanging on my wall.¬†Open-mouthed But others can make stuff MUCH better than that. Besides, 2D doesn’t matter now, it’s 3D I’m looking at, and I have next to no true 3D modelling experience and absolutely no rigging experience AT ALL! But what the hell! I’m gonna at least TRY to do this! Open-mouthed

So… I’ll need 3DS Max, which I have on CD somewhere. I can’t use Maya, even though ALL the tutorials on modelling dragons are with Maya. There’s a dragon wing tutorial for 3DS Max somewhere on the internet which will be like gold to me, but I doubt I’d understand it. I’ll give it a try, though. Open-mouthed

There’s also a mega-advanced app for 3D modelling called ZBrush, which lets you add serious detail to your models by using a paintbrush-style tool. You should see what people make with it. Everything from head models of humans to full models of whatever the artists feel like making. It’s incredible! I’ve signed up for a trial, and I’m gonna try that tomorrow!¬†Surprised Not gonna BUY it, c’mon, it’s ¬£600 for God’s sake!¬†Surprised Epic ripoff! Bet it costs, like, a tenth of that to develop. It’s only a 30MB app, too! Surprised

I’ll also need to get my ass into gear and actually try to work hard on it. Because, every time I start to attempt art, I get nervous that I’ll piss myself off by doing countless things wrong, which is never good. Maybe it’s the fact that I LOATHE art SO MUCH, because it takes weeks to make a single image or model that serves no useful purpose AT ALL, other than showing off. And frankly, 90% of people just don’t care about it unless you’re known, or if it’s awesome quality (which is probably only possible if you go to art school), or pick out all the things wrong with it instead of looking at the good things. For example, art nerds would look at Sintarka and say that the colouring is dodgy in a couple of places, his ears look bad, he doesn’t look 3D… and they could make that list go on for DAYS. They won’t compliment me by saying his styling looks good, and that he has a nice pose or nice colours, they’d overlook those things for the bad things. Same with films (Eragon for example, everyone looked at the shit acting, but not at the incredible CGI of the dragon) and music (If even ONE thing is out of place in a song, some people WILL notice, even if the rest of the song is awesome). Thank God I’m a writer, they don’t seem to follow the same rules.¬†Open-mouthed They’re more like "If it’s balls from the start, chances are it will be balls for the rest of the story, so let’s not bother." Not looking at anyone in particular… JK ROWLING 6TH BOOK BALLS STORY THAT MADE ME FALL ASLEEP!! She had BALLLLS OF STEEEEEL to write that and release it.

Yes, a woman with BALLLLLS OF STEEEEL. Tongue out

Anyway, I’m not promising anything with this trailer, but if I DO pull it off with added doses of AWESOME, you WILL know. Seriously. It’ll be here with a LOT OF CAPITALS as a blog entry, my personal message on MSN, my mood message on Skype, YouTube, 4Shared, Metacafe, Google Videos… a LOT of places. Open-mouthed

Right, I’m off. See yous later! Open-mouthed


So yes, I decided to reply to a comment in here because I have some SCREENIES to show you! 

You have no idea how hard 3D modelling is, seriously! I know, you’re probably thinking "Yes, I know, it’s VERY hard…" but it’s HARDER than very hard! When¬†I loaded the program for the first time, I actually FROZE with confusion, no joke! I mean… EVERY button was confusing!
… but as I am about to load it up and take a screenshot for you… it seems like it DOESN’T WORK! What the hell… none of the viewports are working… EXCEPT for the one I’m using! So I can see only one view at a time, making it physically impossible to do anything!
That’s REALLY annoying… I’ll bet it’s fuckup Vista with stupid DirectX 10 that doesn’t work… I’ll try and fix it and get a few new screenies for ya soon. Smile¬†For now, I’d better be off, though. Bye bye! Open-mouthed

Hmm… how do I get ideas THIS FAST?!

Right, I released ULSG V12 four days ago… and I already have new¬†ideas for V13. Surprised
Firstly, there’ll be a new game mode to unlock if you A: get a high enough level, B: get the super-special award for completing ULSG, C: rack up enough play time or¬†D: get enough medal points (1 point for a bronze medal, 2 for silver, 3 for gold, 4 for platinum and 5 for diamond, and the requirement’ll be about 20 points). It is… the LAME¬†ADVENTURE MODE! Open-mouthed
Basically, it’ll be flying along and shooting the crap out of enemy formations! There’ll be walls and stuff to look out for, so you’re not just flying through deep space like the main game mode. At the end of each level, there’ll be two paths to follow to different levels, so the game will branch off into a bigass triangle of about 15 missions, but you only fly 5 missions in¬†one game. Kinda like Outrun style, the missions lower down are harder but get you more points, and the ones further up are easier, but get you less points.
Then I need some new challenges, some that don’t require you to get to a certain experience level, cuz I’ve already filled those slots. I’ll have to think of something for them, but I know what’ll happen if you get enough medal points! If you get six medal points, which is the equivelant of getting all¬†bronze medals, a secret Bronze Challenge Series¬†will unlock,¬†maybe against the computer, and when you beat the last challenge in the series, you’ll unlock a new ship to fly! Some higher level ships have more cannons, but¬†all the ships¬†just have that added boost of awesomeness. Open-mouthed
And¬†if you unlock every challenge and get a diamond medal on them all, you’ll unlock the MEGA series! When you do that, you’ll unlock the chance to put the awesome on a stick… and when you do that, you’ll unlock the MEGA grade ship! Open-mouthed¬†AWESOME! Open-mouthed
Anyhoo, I’ll start work on that later on this week, but for now, I’m gonna have a look at the good old Gorm Avenue Extreme, and see what’s what! Not like anyone’ll want to play it or anything… Tongue out
Oh yes, and I HAVE been working on Dragon Tail! I’ll get it here by Friday, and I promise you that! Smile¬†Still dreading the fact that I have to do a front cover… cuz I hate drawing cuz it¬†all comes out wrong…¬†I don’t even have a desk in this room I can work at! Computer desks don’t work… unless… I take the keyboard off… then I might have enough room! Ya,¬†that’ll do it! Open-mouthed
Oh, cock… wait…¬†graphics tablet. Mine doesn’t work with Vista cuz Vista likes to interfere with the tablet’s drivers, therefore making the cursor appear in two places on the screen at once… and the new one that I want that WORKS¬†costs about ¬£70… Surprised¬†Oh no wait… ¬£55.50… not¬†too bad…¬†wait… COCK! That’s excluding VAT!
Stupid UK.
That’s a Bamboo Fun, the top model of WACOM’s entry-level stupid-patronising-name tablet (I swear the artists do that on purpose, giving the lower tablets crap names like "Bamboo¬†Fun"¬†while giving awesome tablets that cost ¬£1000 + names like the "CINTIQ 12WX" and the "INTUOS3"),¬†but it’s from WACOM, and they’re like… the best graphics tablets. Anyone know of a good graphics tablet for less than ¬£50, which works with Vista and isn’t by a stupid company called NISIS?
Anyhoo, I shouldn’t worry about that right now, I need to finish the story and revise it first, then when it’s perfect, I’ll start with the front cover. Smile
Bye bye for now!

Nooo… fucking help me… /cries

Right, despite the title, I’ll start with some good news! Open-mouthed
Mah new headset came today! Open-mouthed¬†It’s the Creative Fatal1ty, and it’s like those DJ headphones that… DJ’s use. Tongue out¬†Kinda like what¬†an aircraft¬†pilot wears to communicate with the ground. Open-mouthed¬†The sound quality is ace, the microphone is brilliant, AND you can detatch it when you’re not using it! Open-mouthed¬†It came with a leather storage bag, which is cool, and it came with Call of Juarez… which I’ll probably never play. Tongue out
Let’s just hope that these don’t break as fast as my old Logitech ones…
And now… the bad news. Two pieces of bad news.
Number 1: Si Davis has developed an interest in WoW. And that leaves just me and Angie in a typical Skype¬†call not having anything to do, and being forced to listen to WoW shitty nerdy crap. I timed the length of¬†a REAL¬†conversation on Skype, however strange it may have been… and it came out at¬†22 seconds before Andy very rudely interrupted and sparked the continuous WoW talk again. I don’t have any problem with them playing the game (unless they play it ALL DAY and do nothing else),¬†on condition that¬†if they’re in a call with people who have no interest in what they’re blabbing about, they could have SOME decency to STFU from time to time and have a normal conversation about real life… but, as they’ve proven with the 22-second real-life conversation,¬†that’s physically impossible.
Second piece of bad news is… I have become SO BORED (I can 5-star nearly every song on Rock Band alone, no-one I know plays the game on Xbox Live, and there have been NO proper games of GTA IV since I posted that entry about it (and it’s boring to play alone)) that I actually… for some epic random reason that I truly don’t understand… installed WoW again.
Surprised¬†<< That’s you. Tongue out
This time, I approached the game laughing, saying how shit it was going to be and repeating to myself that I’m wasting my time, but when I started, something… I don’t know what… but SOMETHING in the game has changed. Maybe it’s because I maxed every single graphics option on the highest possible resolution and now the graphics look… shit instead of utter bollocks, or maybe the way I approached it is different, because the first time I tried it, I was expecting a 3D Diablo-style game, and therefore was extremely disappointed in it. Or maybe it was because I chose the wrong class to start with, because last time I chose a paladin who was FOCKING BORING AS HELL. I also started with Ped, who made the game somehow LESS boring than it really is, maybe cuz his playing style is completely different from mine (he likes to explore, find stuff, epic fail and run away, while I like to run around kicking the ass of everything I can see,¬†while doing a good job of it).
And also, the last time I played the game, it was about a month after I stopped playing Lineage II, which was THE MOST BORING GAME I have EVER played in my life. Par graphics, crap quests, rubbish landscapes, balls gameplay, and a stupid always-on player vs player system that you couldn’t escape from, and it was unfair that when you crossed a certain level, you’d lose experience every time you died, and so if a person twice your level attacked you, that’s it! Bye bye to the past 2 hours of your life! So, I approached it with a horrible loathing for any game like Lineage II. That’s probably why¬†I quit after 2 or 3 days…
Cuz I found it strange that I liked EVE, which was pretty much the same style of gameplay, only in space and with more tactics. But then Neb and Si got into a corp that had a requirement of 5x MORE skillpoints than they had. I asked if I would be able to join as well, but Neb said that it was a fluke that they got in, so I took that as a "We don’t want you in here with us". Dunno WHY… I had a battleship, and¬†was the first to actually FIND EVE out of all of us… but about 10 days later, I quit, cuz I didn’t have anything exciting to do. Thanks Neb and Si, what great gaming buddies you are… Sarcastic
Anyway, so SOMETHING’s different, because I don’t see much wrong with it this time, apart from the shite quests they give new players and the boring landscapes and frankly epic fail graphics, even at 100% on two 8800GT’s on widescreen 1680×1050 super-resolution… and the fact that it’s a point-and-click game that is infested with nerds who live on the game more than in real life…
I doubt I’ll STAY on there, unless all of a sudden something happens that makes me like the game a lot. Even if that DID happen, I bet you ANYTHING that Si would probably change his mind about subscribing, Neb would go to join Si on EVE again cuz he’s ALWAYS with him, Andy would get bored of it, and in turn Ped and Rich would stop playing, leaving me alone again. Might be going a little OTT, but it’s happened with EVE, it happened with Call of Duty 4, it happened last night on GTA IV (Neb couldn’t connect to any games so he went on WoW, and Si suddenly left the game without a word and joined him, leaving me alone) and it will probably keep happening for many games to come! And it’s not as if I completely suck at gaming, I’m good at GTA IV, I’m alright at COD4 when I get going, and I did some quite good ass-kicking last night on WoW, so they don’t have an excuse to not play with me cuz I suck… for example, Ped is crap at WoW, yet everyone still plays with him…
Ah, what the hell. If signing up gets everyone off WoW, that’s just as good as them staying. Open-mouthed¬†BETTER, probably.Tongue out
Anyway, that’s enough from me now. Tongue out¬†Bye bye! Open-mouthed
Okay, disregard all that about WoW not having "much wrong with it". It is still less boring than shooting yourself in the leg, I got to a quest with directions that were WRONG, I spent 20 minutes looking for where I was meant to go, and gave up, became bored and logged out.
They could have at LEAST marked the place you’re meant to go on the map, just so that you can GO THERE, and DO IT. Not spend THE REST OF TIME looking for it.
OMFG! What is up with this?! We were all just playing GTA, having some fun, and Andy and Rich¬†suddenly think they want to play Halo 3! Then Neb¬†decides he’ll join them, followed by¬†Si!¬†Leaving me alone! AGAIN!
Seriously, is there something wrong with me?


YES! I HAVE EET! Open-mouthed
ULSG V12 is done! Thing is, it’s¬†a bit bigger than I expected. ULSG V11 was about 40MB. Adding new HUD graphics, a¬†video,¬†two… no, THREE new pieces of music, and a bunch of other graphics has now made it about 60MB. Surprised
But actually… when¬†I think about it… that’s not so bad! That video was 1.5MB, the new graphics were next to nothing, the three new pieces of music add up to 17.8MB… that’s realistic! Smile
So, anyway. Hope you’ve got broadband. Which you will, cuz like… 99% of people do. Open-mouthed
I WOULD have packed in into a RAR file, but hardly anyone knows what a RAR file is. Tongue out¬†If you do…
*checks size of RAR file*
Well… actually, it doesn’t matter, as it’s only like… 700KB smaller. Open-mouthed¬†So just go ahead and download that. Extract it anywhere you want (unless you don’t have admin, then you’ll have to put it somewhere you’re allowed to), and run it!
It SHOULD make its own option file, and you’ll start out lowly, having no score, no experience, no challenges,¬†and being Level 1. So, just load up Single Player or Two Player, and have fun! Once you’ve got a high enough level, you’ll unlock a challenge! If you manage to clear it (which I find so blindingly easy) you’ll get an extra special award, and a new challenge! Open-mouthed
If you can’t unlock Double Trouble because you can’t get to the end, then just load up Single Player, play along as normal until you get Power 3 lasers and a SPARTA Drone. Then hold down Insert, type "WTFBOOM", and hit enter. Then you have to clear the boss, and you’ll get the medal. Open-mouthed¬†You won’t get the extra special medal, though. Tongue out¬†But don’t worry, the extra special medal¬†is¬†useless until V13, when you get a new series of challenges to complete. And when you¬†complete them, you unlock something NICE.
If you can’t clear the boss… well… ask me, and I’ll give you a file that unlocks it. Smile
*ahem!* Anyway, enjoy ULSG! Tell me if you find a bug or something’s too hard or needs to be harder, or whatever you think could be better. Smile
Bye bye!
FUUUUUUCK! I forgot to change the About box text to say "Ultimate Lame Ship Game V12". It still says it’s V11.8.
Just pretend it says "V12". Open-mouthed
ZOMG, a MASSIVE bug I’ve just found! If you’re in Fruit Frenzy and you hit the score cap, it will stop Fruit Frenzy, but you won’t be able to shoot, leaving you utterly screwed! I’ve fixed that now, though. I’ve fixed the version number in About, and I’m just gonna go over the instructions to see if they’re okay…
Right, they’re fine. Smile¬†ULSG should be stable now.

Look into the sky to save me!

Right, so I’ve been playing Rock Band! Open-mouthed¬†And I have a video! Open-mouthedOpen-mouthed¬†It’s me playing Learn to Fly on Expert, with an added dose of 100% OWNAGE! Open-mouthed
Check it out if you don’t believe me. Tongue out¬†And even if you do, check it out anyway. Tongue out
Hehe, and keep an eye out for the STAGE DIVE in the background from 2:57-3:02. I laughed my head off when I played that back, it looks so cheesy. Open-mouthed
Anyway… speaking of flying…
I have nearly finished Version 12 of ULSG! I finished the 21 Seconds challenge yesterday, and I got the Area 51 challenge done today, which was surprisingly easy! It’s the most hectic challenge of them all. Yes, even more hectic than Fruit Frenzy. Open-mouthed
Check it out:
When I first playtested that, I LAUGHED MY ASS OFF. Open-mouthed So now I have no head and no ass. Tongue out Great day! Open-mouthed
I’ve just gotta change some things to do with Experience, as it takes a pretty long time to get from Level 21 (21 Seconds Challenge) to Level 25 (Area 51 Challenge). When I say a long time, I mean I did it in one gameplay, but others¬†can’t seem to¬†do that. Tongue out¬†So I’m gonna lower the Experience requirement for each level, and boost the XP you get from ships. That’ll fix it. Smile
After that… I need to change the XP in two-player to reflect that… and I also need to add the medals to that which will probably take all of 30 seconds… so then I think I’m done! Open-mouthed¬†ULSG might actually be here tonight! Surprised
Anyhoo, I’ll see you later! Open-mouthed