These are the ZX Spectrum works from this year’s Chaos Construction demoscene party that took place last weekend in St. Petersburg.
The images above are ordered from first to last place as voted at the party (7th place that is not in the chart is Drinker by Dimidrol).
Dmitri ‘Moroz1999′ Ponomarjov cleaned the place with the best entry in the main graphics category (new works prepared earlier for the competition) as well as in realtime graphics, which is a 2.5h competition that happens at the event (the prompt was ‘city of the future’).
There were much fewer entries in realtime than last year (I slept through it after working all night on the main entry lol), but all in all we got some great new works added to the Spectrum scene.
How long have you been studying Japanese for? Do you have any advice to give? What do you use to learn it? I haven't gotten far enough to do my notes completely in Japanese yet...
This will be my 6th year of study (2.5h of language class/week x 6)… which brings me to my general advice of accepting that fluency takes time. There’ll be ups and downs so take them in stride and persevere!
※ If you like to watch anime, try to watch it without subtitles at least for the first time. Trust me, it’s painful at first but it helps (unsubbed anime here).
3. Try chatting with native speakers (voice call/text messaging) to put yourself in a situation where you need to think of how to express yourself in Japanese. It’s daunting at first but it helps to build confidence and the sense of achievement is AMAZING (try this website).
4. Find fellow Japanese learners (super important). You’ll be able to encourage each other, share tips/resources/experiences. I’m not sure if there’s an actual Japanese learning community here but I GOT YA BRO (let’s chat about learning Japanese and stuff).
I hope this helped you even a little bit. If you need more specific advice on how to improve vocabulary/grammar etc., just drop me another ask/message, I’d be super happy to reply.
i gave our barbarian 200xp for paying the 50gp needed to buy supplies for the rogue that everyone else in the party tried to haggle down to 30gp
the group insisted that they were starving and really needed a deal because they didn’t have any cash due to the fact that they bought a new fancy outfit and a bear. they actually said that.
other highlights from our 2.5h session that didn’t end up actually including any combat:
our lawful neutral paladin making a point of giving back exact change but insisting that his two intimidation rolls to get something for free during haggling was within alignment because the store was asking for 15gp instead of 10gp for a lance and that was daylight robbery
nobody keeping notes
everybody making fun of my spontaneous naming abilities
our barbarian adopting a baby bear he saved from a fire after paying its owner 800gp and naming her droga
our bard potentially getting kidnapped cause our rogue was on watch and our rogue is useless
our barbarian eating his third full meal in two hours while our paladin looked at him weirdly
our barbarian buying 10 pounds of dried fish and 10 pounds of biscuits for a sea journey of one day (he already had 8 rations)
our bard trying to suss out if the guy day-drinking at the inn was their contact. he wasn’t, but he was very flattered by the attention
our paladin and everybody’s fave hot gay npc conversing and touching the pommels of their weapons very heterosexually
our barbarian glaring daggers at everybody’s fave hot gay npc’s husband cause he has a crush on efhgn
our barbarian insisting his bear sign a contract > the bear’s claw tearing the paper just enough to mess up our bard’s hancockian signature
efhgn strolling into town with his husband, riding their owlbears
my brother (the dragonborn paladin) wanting to play past 1am and then asking when the next session is going to be even though he was only supposed to play as a guest star and nothing even happened i’m so goddamned pleased he wants to continue
Ok so I was gonns do my japanese homework... NAH, BRUH, NOT TODAY, WHY DON'T YOU READ A ~WHOLE~ BLOG AT ONCE INSTEAD, HUH? So here we are 2.5h later.... thanks. *~* For real though, it's amazing, stay fucking golden <3 ^~^ ~Pikkah