DarkChaplain joined on May 14th, 2010, since that has made 3377 posts that are still accessible today, 138 of which are threads. Helping shape the community, DarkChaplain has given 6476 upvotes, and was last online on Mar 24th, 2017.
Also, does @Ucui still exist? I'd like to have him in this one again.
@Taro_Tanako Does he even still care, though? I chuckled too.
This thread is a follow up to:
- The Colorless Short Story Anthology: Vol.6: Download and Feedback Thread
- The Colorless Short Story Anthology: Vol.5: Download and Feedback Thread
- The Colorless Short Story Anthology: Vol.4: Download and Feedback Thread
- The Colorless Short Story Anthology: Vol.3: Download and Feedback Thread
- The Colorless Short Story Anthology: Vol.2: Download and Feedback Thread
- The Colorless Short Story Anthology: Vol.1: Download and Feedback Thread
For the full project details, please refer to those threads.
Alright, you got me. I'm giving in. I'm making another one of these, and @--Jack-- seems to be fine with it. I talked to a few people about it on chat the past couple of days and figure interest is there, at least.
At least I'll get something out of it myself too, meaning more experience with editing and organizing and refreshing skillsets, and having some constraints and deadlines for my own writing ideas. The only cost will be having to stick around and get somewhat invested, which will be a nice distraction for April-May on my end.
Anyway, this is the discussion thread for the writing project. If you've got no idea how these things usually go here, check the previous 6 projects. Five were organized by me, one by @--Jack-- (and well done at that), and they cover the basics. I'd also invite you to read the previous story collections (though I'll need to update the download links due to changes at dropbox; if they're down, let me know).
A timeframe isn't set yet, though I'd like to get it going by mid April if possible, as I'm moving into a temp apartment around April 5th and will be bored out of my mind at home. We'll see how it goes.
I do want to propose a topic, however. Unlike the previous times, I figure leading with one will speed things up and make them less tricky to handle. So here goes my proposal:
"The End of All You Know"
That phrase sprung to mind when brainstorming ideas on my own, and I ended up finding it quite enticing and open.
In my eyes, this could offer a range from personal, even internal conflicts of characters, or even go as big as the end of the world or universe, with everything in between that puts an ending of some sort into focus. It could be about an old man suffering from Alzheimers, dark gods wiping out humankind, or something as small as moving to a new town or graduating school. You can go many places with it, and draw upon a lot of personal experience I believe, so it is appealing tome.
It also allows you to pour your own ideas and thoughts into it, your own moral standings or outlooks. Do you think a particular end is soulcrushing, or merely a new beginning? Is the end inevitable or laced with regret? Or maybe it is even something to aspire to and rise above? Honestly, you can shape your stories to your own mindframe, or try breaking out of your preconceived notions. Either way, it looks exciting to me.
But does it look exciting to you as well? That's what I'd like you to discuss here.
The theme is not set in stone yet. Suggestions can be made, I'd like to hear them. However, give the proposed theme a good thinking 'bout.
Of course, everybody is welcome to discuss and participate. Even if you don't expect to submit a story of your own, it is interesting to hear what you'd like to read!
So there you have it. Discuss.
We're already through the first quarter of 2017, but there's many more games to get released before it is over. Let's hear what you're excited about for the rest of the year!
But since its about the most "anticipated" games, we'll have to rule out what's already out.
This means none of the following games (among others) should be posted here:
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Kingdom Hearts XX remakes
- Tales of Berseria
- Resident Evil 7
- Yakuza 0
- Horizon: Zero Dawn
- Torment: Tides of Numenera
- NieR: Automata
- Mass Effect: Andromeda
- Night in the Woods
- etc, the list will obviously grow as the year progresses. If you've played the game already, don't post about it.
The only exception to that rule that I'll allow is for an upcoming launch on a different platform (e.g. a game is announced for PC after being out on consoles for a couple of months), or for games that have released in Japan already, but are yet to launch in english-speaking territories (for example Persona 5). Major DLC expansions may still count.
For a nice list of games released or releasing in 2017, feel free to refer to Wikipedia
Some examples of what's yet to come:
- Persona 5
- Outlast 2
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III
- Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
- Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
- Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
- The Bard's Tale IV
- Call of Cthulhu
- Divinity: Original Sin 2
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Telltale Series
- Nights of Azure 2
- Oxygen Not Included
- South Park: The Fractured but Whole
- Annual Franchise XYZ
- and more
So what are your picks?
Merciless. Murderer. Monster. He has been called many names in his time.
Built for war and nothing else, he has witnessed every shade of violence humans know, and he has wrought his own masterpieces with their colours. He cared once, perhaps, but far too long ago. He is bound to his task, dead to the chaos he wreaks for his masters.
Now, he has a new master to serve and a new war to endure. In the far reaches of the Realm, Hartlund tears itself in two over coin and crown. This time he will fight for a boy king and a general bent on victory.
Beneath it all he longs for change. For something to surprise him. For an end to this cycle of warfare.
Every fighter has a last fight. Even one made of stone.
Gotta say, this is a pretty great book so far. More introspective than action-focused, and the relationship between Task the Golem and the girl Lesky is refreshing and cute.
I got a pre-release review copy from the author. The book is due next week I believe. I'll hopefully finish it before then so I can have my review go live on launch day.
Honestly, looking back, the mod application text was never as important when selecting new candidates as looking at the overall activity, attitude and effort the candidates showed on the site. The applications can give a lot of decent information that helps, like about timezones, possibly age, schedules, future motivations and ideas for what you can bring to the site as part of staff, but as long as you don't half-ass the application and make a joke out of it (which has happened before), the quality of it is negligible, especially with known users like you.
So I've been gone what, two years and change and then decide to finally go and change my profile settings to stop with email notifications and shit like that, and what do I find here?
Are you serious? I leave you for a bit and you don't even manage to flourish. You burned through another admin, staff is barely a thing anymore, and even @Kirn is deeply demotivated from trying to bring about a new world order. Has chat ever been this dead? I can't recall.
The same notification and paging bugs are still not fixed, and the Patreon has ridiculous reward tiers (who in their right mind is gonna pay $2000 a MONTH for a deserted site, or $500 for ranger privileges?!)
Guys, I'm disappointed. At least @--Jack-- did well with organizing another writing project. I'm planning on reading what you got going there.
Now, I want to know what exactly went down here in my absence. I don't intend to stay, but I'm curious regardless. How did this happen? Who is still around, who left why, where's the excitement gone to?
Honestly though, I'm just curious what I've missed. I stayed in touch with a few people, but haven't opened the site even once from when I left til yesterday evening. So I haven't seen shit, and I want you to bring me up to date. Give me a history lesson. Talk about the good and the bad so I can dish out some praise as well as scorn.
Make it happen. Enlighten me.