Saturday, April 28, 2012


"Once he was just another lonely pseudo-organic battlesuit. Cooped-up in a stuffy old locker hidden away in some nameless meta-bunker. Buried deep beneath the curdled crust of a world where the enemy boiled away the atmosphere during the last engagement more than 27,000 years ago. Now he's a fully autonomous two-fisted ray-slinging adventurer fighting his way across a broken and irradiated subterranean wasteland, looking for a hat he can call his own, and a way off this cheap hunk of half-molten rock..."

Instead of some guy in a cheap suit, this time the guy is a cheap suit...

We'll be coming back to this one shortly...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Blogwalk: In The Clear

The way through the trees proves much easier than you at first thought it was going to be. The fallen trees that appeared to be blocking the way were in fact heavily rotted and broken-up so that it only took a little zig-zagging to get past it all with no trouble. The ferns parted as you approached and the trees waved slowly, languidly in the gentle breeze coming  towards you from the clearing ahead.

Clover. Slender, spear-like outcrops of delicate yellow-green grasses. Rich, loamy earth. The smells shift and change as the breeze picks up and you emerge into a clearing. The grass is slightly wet. It slips away from your hand, away from your feet as you walk through it. The sky is clear over head. Cloudless. The clearing is some sort of a hill-top, surrounded and hemmed-in by old, dark trees. You feel like you're standing within a crown of huge trees. Sleeping trees. At least, you hope they're still sleeping.

You walk up to the summit, which is only a few dozen feet at most. There seems to be some sort of faery-ring there. You can see it clearly once you're right before it. Looking back and along the edges, you can see that there are more such rings, all of them nested, like ripples of tiny, colorful mushrooms or toadstools running off into the woods. Perhaps they form a spiral?

Then you notice a chrysalis. Dangling like a jewel from a stalk of grass. There's another. And another. Dozens. Perhaps hundreds of the things.

Do you...

Attempt to examine a chrysalis?
Blog One     Blog Two    Blog Three

Go back into the woods?
Blog One     Blog Two    Blog Three

Look more closely at the Faery-ring fungi?
Blog One     Blog Two    Blog Three

Look for some other route out of this clearing?
Blog One     Blog Two    Blog Three

This is a continuation of Porky's Fantasy Blogwalk, a collaborative cross-blog Choose Your Own Adventure narrative that begins at The Oak and expands outwards across the blog-o-sphere as explained by the prime instigator and friendly coordinator of this online collaborative narrative, Porky himself in his 'Blogging Our Adventures' post.

If you have an idea for a scene that might come before, during or after this one, write it, post it on your blog, and link to this post as one of the choices/options available from your scene's post. It's okay to present more options even if those scenes haven't been written just yet. There's plenty of room for everyone and alternative paths are much appreciated and encouraged. If you do write a scene that links to any of the ones at this blog, please leave a link in the comments here so that we can add your scene into the link options here. Everyone is welcome. Make sure you check out some of the other paths that are already available—you might get some ideas for thing to add that none of us have gotten to yet!

To begin your own Blogwalk as a reader-explorer, we suggest going back to the BEGINNING.

If you'd be interested in participating by contributing your own scenes as a Blogwalk writer-blogger then read the Summary and Guidelines at Porky's blog.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sketching Around

My eyes have been improving steadily, but I still can't spend very long at the monitor. So I've been doing a bit of work offline, and not just over-due laundry or cleaning the kitchen. Just like how Write or Die forces the user to write quickly, I've been experimenting with doing some line drawings in under three minutes. It really cuts down on the dithering.

I've also been collecting scribbles from various folks and have begun to convert these scribbles into drawings, but this takes more than a couple minutes, usually.

Here's a sample of the first one, still in-progress:

Well, now it's on to Bujilli.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Reconsidering Ain 4

In the process of clearing-out a lot of dead-files and cleaning up loose ends, we found a few more pieces, both completed works and works-in-progress for the Ain 4 setting that we originally developed in collaboration with The Drune over at the IX blog for Humanspace Empires. Quite a few months have passed without any updates, so we're not sure just what is going on with this project any more. Maybe HSE is only lightly stunned, or just taking a nap, but in either case, we've decided to go ahead and gather together all of our AIN-4 materials in one place and go about completing the Astronaut Shrine adventure we began back when we still thought this was a wondrously shiny new thing. Well, it's still shiny, dammit. Only Ain-4 isn't so shiny. It's rather grungy. In a rusted-out, desolate, post-industrial wasteland sort of way.