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Six Fun Activities To Pursue In Mass Effect Andromeda

Mass Effect Andromeda features the series’ largest universe to date. Previous games let us take on small side quests and visit planets for specific missions, but Andromeda is raising the stakes with less linear planets and hub cities, opening them up for greater exploration and more to do than ever before. “If you look at the trilogy, you see all the hubs we created and the side content that came off the hubs,” says producer Mike Gamble. “That’s one place to put it, but imagine that side content in a place where you’re not limited to keeping your weapon holstered. There are so many different elements we can bring in by putting it on those planets with exploration areas. It makes the number and the type of side quests that we can do that much more interesting, whereas before if you’re on the hub you’re kind of limited to a fetch quest type of thing.”

The planets you explore come in a variety of sizes. According to BioWare, some are bigger than anything it’s done before, so much so you’ll have to drive across them using the Nomad (the new Mako-like vehicle). Other planets are smaller and won’t require getting the Nomad packed up. Planets house a bevy of different discoveries, as you’ll find colonies, hidden dungeons, minerals, and other secrets to unlock on your journey. “This is the biggest we’ve ever gone, in terms of the number of pieces of content,” Gamble says. “Although we have a lot of different areas to go to, we want to make it so whenever you go to those areas, you remember them.” Some planets are on the critical path; others are completely optional. BioWare is providing a lot to do when you’re out exploring, but wants to keep a fair amount optional so the player can choose how much they want to invest in the experience.

When we visited BioWare for our cover story trip, we asked what we’d be able to do in these larger spaces. “There are combat-related encounters, puzzle-related encounters, narrative-related encounters, and a lot of things will happen that add more depth to the critical path,” Gamble says. While BioWare wants to leave some surprises, it discussed some of what you’ll find as you search planets. Here are our biggest takeaways.

Loyalty Missions
As we reported, loyalty missions, which were a highlight of Mass Effect 2, are back. These narrative-focused quests allow you to learn more about the allies around you, having you decide if helping them is worth it to improve your relationship. If you’ll remember in Mass Effect 2, loyalty missions often brought moral dilemmas, such as when Zaeed wants to kill innocent people to ensure he can get his revenge on an ex-business partner. In Andromeda, these will be completely optional, but are worth pursuing if you want to get to know the people around you better. This is the only time individual characters have the spotlight entirely on them, and these missions can provide interesting backstory into how and why they became who they are. “Because they veer off of the critical path, it just allows you to tell very different stories,” says creative director Mac Walters. During our trip, we saw a loyalty mission related to the Krogran and it brought us to a new planet that we wouldn’t have encountered if we just stayed on the critical path. So doing them not only unlocks new story beats, but can lead to interesting, new places to explore.

Navigating With The Nomad
Planets are much more expansive than previous entries. You need the Nomad to make the most out of searching the majority of them. In fact, most planets have some sort of biohazard obstacles, such as sulfur pools and magma flow. The Nomad is essential for protection from some of these threats. With the Nomad, you can boost and jump to get past hazards or fit into nooks and crannies to find hidden items. “A big focus for us is making sure that the Nomad handles better, drives better, cascades better – that it has all the nimbleness that the original Mako did without any of the frustrations,” Gamble says.

Tracking Down Drop Zones
Whenever you enter an area, you’ll want to scour to find drop zones for forward stations. Using this tech, you can reveal all the points of interest on the map. This is also how you establish a fast-travel point, and you can change your loadout here. While the points of interest give you a hint of where you want to explore, BioWare also wanted some surprises along the way and to encourage you to go off the beaten path. “We don’t want to just give you map markers to follow,” Gamble explains. “We want you to explore, and find things, and stumble upon them. We really wanted to do that for players because it teaches them to go outside of the roads, and that is what the game is all about and why we give you the Nomad.”

Taking Out Enemy Bases
As can be expected, not everybody is going to get along and want the same thing in Andromeda. Danger can always be lurking around the corner. As you explore different planets, don’t be surprised if you stumble upon an enemy hideout. “On most planets there is some level of hostile force, and usually that will be represented by enemy bases or hideouts or whatever you want to call them specific to that planet,” Gamble explains. The majority of the planets you visit will feature at least one of these to take down and obtain some worthwhile items. “These bases are pretty lengthy to take out, so if you approach one, you want to be prepared before you into it,” Walters explains. It’s fun, because there’s a combination of systemic and scripted stuff in there. If you tip off too many enemies, the alarms start going off and you have to shut them off. And there’s usually narrative tied around it.” The bases all play into your role as the Pathfinder, but they’re an optional activity. “As a Pathfinder the whole idea is exploring and creating viability in this cluster, eliminating those hideouts is a part of that,” Gamble says.  

Epic Optional Fights
For those who want plenty of experience and goodies, intense battles are around you to make the most of. Sometimes it won’t just be enemies attacking you. Two factions might be fighting and you can join in, knock them both down, and reap the rewards. Even more enticing is that planets also contain their own super-bosses, which are massive creatures that you can often spot from a distance, always enticing you to test out your skills. These aren’t just battles you can expect to win at a low level or without some serious practice and upgrades. “You’ll find creatures and encounters that are so far overleveled to where you’re at naturally on these areas and you can tell right away,” Gamble says. “We have a lot of other things like that, where you’ll know that you’re not ready for this, but you’ll know you want to come back.” Gamble said the team worked hard to make sure players had some cool things like these to return to after they beat the critical path.

You’ve traveled to the Andromeda galaxy, which is completely foreign to you. Part of your task as Pathfinder will be to learn more about every planet you visit. As you explore, you might stumble on technology or rocks that you can scan, allowing you to send the data back to your ship. The more objects you scan, the sooner you have access to better technology, so this will be essential. “Scanning is one of the most important exploration tools you’ll have in the game,” says producer Fabris Condiminas. “You’re in a new galaxy; there are a lot of things where you just have no clue what’s going on. The scanner is a way to capture what is in your environment, send the information back to the Tempest to analyze it, and find those clues that we add to the codex, which might also give you access to crafting pieces, for example.” Crafting allows you to make better weapons and armor.

So far it looks like BioWare is giving you plenty of options for how you want to spend your time in Andromeda. Another thing you’ll encounter is Vaults, which we saw in the PS4 Pro trailer. These are more puzzle-based and tired closely to the narrative, so BioWare is keeping their purpose and function mysterious for now.

thetemporalduo  asked:

You make the Hikari Twins even cuter wirh your art! :D I love it, and I can't wait to see mor of you wonderful art! ^-^

OHHH my gosh, first of all, i’m sorry about how super late this is! but thanks a bunch, that means a lot to me!!! :-) i’ll do my best to draw even more of these two dorks from here on! 💪✨ (ALSO GOMEN if it isn’t very clear in the first pic, netto’s just teasing saito because he’s not very good at hiding the fact that he’s happy/embarrassed about being complimented HAHA _(:3)

As technology becomes a bigger part of our daily lives, we’re forced to collect the array of wires and doohickeys that are required to keep those devices going. If your family owns more than one phone, your living room looks like the back of Brainiac’s skull.

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I present to you all "awkward parenting moment"of epic proportions:

16 yo son: “Mom, ya know that girl I like that I told you about?" 

Me: "The one at work who has a boyfriend already?" 

16 yo: "Yea. That one. I think she might be a bad idea." 

Me: "What makes you say that?" 

16 yo: "Well we were texting and she was complaining about being on her period so I asked her what it was like to have a period and she says ‘it makes me so horny’ and also that sex relieves her cramps”

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Later that night I get the hubs up to speed. He says: 

“Should we get some condoms? Or do you think he’s bold enough to buy them on his own?”

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Hetalia Fandom Hub Showcase: 2016 Round-Up!

Since starting in May, we’ve praised many blogs via the Showcase! Here’s a recap of all the wonderful creators that have been featured! If you’re looking for a way to refresh your dash as we head into 2017, why not check out the blogs below?

Showcase: @nyo-poland

To this day they are still one of our most impressive Creator Directory applicants! You can find their art in their art tag, or on their ask blogs @blogelmugel and @ask-nyo-latvia!

Showcase: @kuzeykirkland

A multi-talented creator with multiple blogs, such as his art blog @theonlywayissealand, writing blog @republic-of-yolossia, and ask blogs @ask-the-micro-youtubers@askmollyandthehutt, and @ask-domestic-luxmold!

Showcase: @rosiethero

Another multi-talented creator! Her captivating and cute art style can be found on her art blog, @artofthero, and her amazing, well-thought out fanfiction can be found on her main blog, under her writing tag!

Showcase: @aph-country

An amazing edit maker who brings Himaruya’s art to life with clever animations that you won’t be able to stop watching! Find her amazing edits here!

Showcase: @sketchotaku

A great artist with consistently lovely art who frequently puts on livestreams! Check out their art blog, as well as some of their fun ask blogs, too!

Showcase: @bethofawesome

This community-oriented artist’s work is fun and colourful! They tend to post often, too, so you always have something to look forward to! Check them out!

Showcase: @er-we-are-meant-to-b

A regular participant in Talking Points, this artist is always enthusiastic about art and ready to try new things! Be sure to pop by and send in a request if you feel like it!

Showcase: @gwen-chan

This writer really knows how to tell a good story well! Check out their writing tag for wonderful stories in both English and Italian if you’re looking for something to read!

Showcase: @pastaaaaaaluvr

Though this blog has sadly come to its end, we will always remember its amazing mun for their great cosplays and positive messages! 

Showcase: @quiettoxic

A writer who puts incredible care into each request and prompt they write! They’ve worked very hard over this past year, and gave a lot of people a new rarepair to ship!

Showcase: @icontalia

Good icons can be hard to find sometimes, but not with this edit maker using their great skills to make lovely icons for others to use! If you’re in need of something festive, check them out!

Showcase: @shachaai

This writer always has amazing fanfiction to be read, but their Olympictalia fics really made 2016 a treat! If you feel like reliving that golden summer in Rio, check our their fic tag!

Showcase: @askmauritius

The ask blog for a well-researched and well-presented OC! Even if Mauritius isn’t your thing, have a look at the mun’s other blogs, like @ask-trinidad and @ask-aph-united-nations!

Showcase: @iamtokyo-official

This blog is home to I Am Tokyo, a Hetalia series that’s combination of fanfiction and fan comics centring around both OCs and canon characters! Why not check it out?

Showcase: @aphhistoryrewritten

And if that’s not enough for you, this blog’s home to another great Hetalia fan comic, focusing on the fall of Rome! It’s a wolf AU with amazing art, so give it a try if you like the sound of it!

And that’s all of 2016′s Showcases! We’re excited for this list to grow in 2017, since there are so many blogs that still deserve a shout-out! Thank you for reading this and be sure to keep an eye out for more Showcase posts in the coming year!


March 18

What was on the plan: Rest
What I actually did: 6.9 miles at 11:56 min/mi
Notes: The half marathon relay was so much fun! I ran the second leg, which was longer than the first leg but possibly less hilly. I was sort of regretting not doing the entire 13.1, but this was a chance for me to run at a faster pace than I would run a half. I am going to count this as a make-up run for my missing 4.5 mile build-up run. I didn’t crank up the pace every third, but I was in the faster part of the range, and I ran 2.4 more miles.

Up next: 6.5 miles at a comfortable pace (13:25-14:21 min/mi). I’m going for 4-6 with Tim and will do whatever is left after I drop him off.

Okay guys, so picture this: 

- It’s time for our heroes to choose where they want to go to school. 

- Marinette wants to be a fashion designer, and she gets a surprising call from Gabriel Agreste and he wants to meet with her.

- Gabriel is offering to pay for her entire schooling, including giving her a much coveted internship with his company after she has graduated. There is just one catch: she has to break up with Adrien.

- Marinette doesn’t even hesitate to decline, she doesn’t want to let Gabriel control her life the way he controls Adrien.

- Adrien finds out about the deal (whether he was eavesdropping or his father tells him about it) and confronts her about declining.

-Marinette is upset that he would even think she could accept a deal like this, but he tells her that he has already accepted it for her. He can’t let her give up on her lifelong dream just because of him.

- After breaking things off with Marinette (once again sacrificing his wants and needs for her) he decides to go to Stanford University’s business school in America in order to be away from his father and away from the pain of being without Marinette.

- Not long after getting settled in his new school, Marinette arrives and tells him that he has no say in her decisions, and she isn’t willing to lose him and what they have together just for some silly internship. Adrien tries to argue, but she tells him that she didn’t spend two months hounding Natalie for his address just to turn back now. Since he’s been missing her so much he gives in.

- Marinette takes night classes at a local community college, waitresses during the day and starts selling the clothing she makes in her spare time to a local boutique close to campus. To her great surprise, her stuff sells well and she and Adrien manage to get an apartment together.

- By the time Adrien graduates, Marinette has a successful boutique of her own which Adrien helps her manage. 

- She never regrets turning down Gabriel Agreste, and can’t help but rub her success in his face when she and Adrien get married a few months later. She also gets hoards of compliments on her wedding dress… which she designed herself.

anonymous asked:

Along the lines of more voice acting questions, let's say i'm a confident voice actor with a decent setup and a little bit of paid work under my belt, but don't know where to go to break into the big leagues. Where did you start? what would you say the next best step would be? Should I just start sending my demo to agencies?

That depends heavily on your location. It’s entirely possible to make a living off online freelance work if you search and apply hard enough, with several expansive voice directories and audition hubs constantly popping up on social media w/ more being born every few years.

If you WANT those bigger “studio-recorded” projects, though, you have to be local to where they are. And while it technically is possible to just contact agencies/studios and ask if they’ll accept your demos, it’s often way more lasting and effective to ask for that permission after having met them officially via a workshop or other learning environment; not only will you have had the chance to impress them by showcasing your skills on a “fresh script” (demos are considered “perfect situations”), you’ll also give them a face to pin to the name.

“All That’s Best of Dark and Bright” (BuckyxReader Part 17/?)

Phew! It’s been a while.  Here’s this chapter finally.  Another loooong one. I apologize in advance for whatever sorta feels it might give you heh.  Let me know what you think!  Super big thanks as always to @hispeculiartreasure for her near inexhaustible support of me and this fic.  Also to @clutter-buck for letting me make sheep noises at her when I get stuck and for suggesting murder.  @ladyhawkbunny deserves a metal (along with the hubs) for putting up with me talking about it constantly IRL… it’s a lot harder to ignore someone you’re sitting next to lol Also big thanks to @mellon-collie for helping me with Russian, that will be more realized in the next chapter.  And, of course, Thanks to all the lovely people who send me messages and the followers who have requested being tagged! @paulaamarieee @maryjanemjn @charlesxcvier @smol-kyla @theoneandonlyowengrady and @undiscl0sed-desir3s

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Parts 1-3 // Part 4 // Part 5 // Part 6 // Part 7 // Part 8 // Part 9 // Part 10 //
Part 11 // Part 12 // Part 13 // Part 14 // Part 15 // Part 16 

The familiar crunch of gravel outside the house let you know that Steve had arrived to pick up Bucky.  A week had practically flown by, despite how little ever happened at the house.  Bucky did physical training in the morning, the two of you shared meals and movies and sometimes just quiet time together doing your own things.  Thinking back on when you first met him, it was amazing how comfortable the two of you had become in each other’s presence.  Even the nightmares and panic episodes didn’t seem to punctuate the time so harshly anymore.  They were by no means gone, but he had become much better about letting you help.  Sometimes it was enough just to sit close, shoulders or hands or knees touching, until he gained his bearings once more.

“Steve’s here,” you called out to Bucky from the living room.  Of course, he probably already knew the car was pulling up.  Supersoldier hearing and all that.

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Movie afternoon...

Hubs and I decided we could not be bothered doing much this afternoon, so we watched movies instead…

Kubo and the two strings. I cried off and on the whole way through. Amazing movie but anything about mums with memory problems and I’m gone.

I, Daniel Blake. Hubs started to tear up before me and he set me off, two of us bubbling on the couch. Brilliant movie, well deserved BAFTA.

Recommend both if you get the chance though! (Maybe need to make sure you got tissues on standby just in case)