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!