Newt: But our shenanigans are cheeky and fun. Credence: Yeah, his shenanigans are cruel and tragic. Tina: Which wouldn’t make them shenanigans at all, really. Langdon Shaw: Evil shenanigans! Percival: I swear to God, I’ll Crucio the next guy that says ‘shenanigans!’
Some time ago you talked about things that get you excited in games (like the dialogues in Uncharted 4). There are any upcoming game this year that are you looking for?
Persona 5 in two weeks, hands down, end of story. There are very few games I actively look forward to - the majority of games are usually more of a “Oh, that’s coming. I’ll probably get it” type acknowledgement than anything else. I know how much work goes into AAA game dev, and I enjoy my time with them, but they don’t really excite me much. I like playing them, and they’re interesting, but I don’t feel like I’m missing out if I wait a bit and pick it up later (or sometimes not at all, like how I never purchased a WiiU). My exception to this is the Persona series. I’ve been a huge fan since playing through Persona 3 on the PS2, and I love it from so many different angles. It is the one series I actually get excited about.
For those who are unfamiliar with this series, it’s an utterly bizarre combination of Pokemon-style battle and collection gameplay, Visual Novel Scheduled Dating Sim character and relationship building, and randomly-generated dungeon crawler all wrapped up in an urban fantasy JRPG setting, and it is wonderful. I didn’t think that such disparate core gameplay systems could work so well together, but they synergize like peanut butter and chocolate in a way that got me hooked from the get go.
The metaplot moves forward through day-to-day scheduled gameplay, where the player’s protagonist character meets and befriends characters in a Japanese high school setting over the course of a school year. Each character relationship is represented by a specific tarot arcana, and the strength of your friendship with that character also affects the strength of the pokemon you can collect and summon of that tarot arcana. The pokemon are necessary to battle the enemies in the randomly generated dungeons, which you must complete in order to advance the plot, which opens up access to more of the individual character storylines, which let your pokemon get stronger, which makes the dungeons easier, which lets you advance the plot… and so on. The relationships you build with your teammates translate into improvements in battle. The pokemon you collect also help build closer relationships with your friends. The money and items you collect in the random dungeons are used to buy better equipment, but also gifts for friends and toys and books for stat increases. It’s a fantastic multi-level synergistic feedback cycle that kept me playing for hours because of how many connection points there are between the different core gameplay systems.
From a developer’s perspective, Persona 5 specifically has got me very interested in their presentation and user interface design. The game is highly visually stylized, and that extends to the UI as well. But it isn’t something particularly basic either - the fonts,
the color scheme, the lettering are all highly stylized as well. Just thinking about how they managed to get the fonts to work with that kind of stylization must have been a huge design challenge… especially because they knew they had to localize it to a whole different writing system, while still maintaining the style of the game. I’ve done localization before - fitting stuff from other languages into limited text space is already a challenge, but doing so while adhering to this gorgeous visual style guide is a super daunting task. Are they only rotating or highlighting specific letters? Is there some kind of special preprocessing pass for the the text? Is everything drawn separately and simply treated as a texture? My mind is abuzz with possibilities.
As a player, I love great character development, story development, and deep RPG combat systems. As a developer, I really like seeing how different and deep gameplay systems interact and intersect with each other. The Persona series has managed to keep me fascinated as both a player and a developer for quite some time. Combine this with the
genre-bending fusion score by Shoji Meguro and I’ve got a game that I’ll easily sink 80+ hours into without blinking and still go back for more. Persona is the only game series I actively avoid spoilers and marketing for, because I know for certain that I will be buying it and I want to remain as unspoiled as possible.
Jacob: If I asked you where the hell we were, would I regret it? Newt: We’re safe. Jacob: Oh good. Newt: We’re in a small prison cell in the Headquarters of the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Jacob: This is obviously some strange usage of the word “safe” I wasn’t previously aware of.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (honestly not sure which version)
Happy Friday! So this is my attempt to both thank awesome fanfic
for their amazing work and offer my recommendations to anyone who is
interested. Here are the fantastic fanfic stories I read this week! They
are posted in the order I read them.
Oh and I’m wicked behind in
my reading!! So if I tagged your post #can’t wait to read and you don’t
see here, I will still read - I’m just REALLY behind - such a first world problem!
You Had Me at Hello by @tdgal1 - Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak met at a Gala and had an instant
attraction but Smoak Technologies and Queen Consolidated have to work
together. Can they make that sexual chemistry work and still work
Beyond the Spotlight multi-chapter by @arrow-through-my-writers-block - Bodyguard/Popstar AU. Felicity Smoak is music’s hottest star. But when
her fame and deeply hidden secrets breed threats to her life that cannot
be ignored, she hires Oliver Queen. As her new head of security/pet
bodyguard, their personalities clash. Can he protect her from the many
unknown enemies from her past that hunt her, or will her intriguing
complexities and his own developing feelings be a detriment to them
While You Were Sleeping multi-chapter by @lou-lou26 - Felicity Smoak, an IT expert at Queen Consolidated, has a little bit of a
crush on her boss, Tommy Merlyn. The problem? He doesn’t know she
exists. After she saves his life, Felicity is mistaken for his fiancee
as he lies in a coma. Suddenly thrown into the welcoming arms of the
man’s family - The Queens, Felicity soon finds herself falling in love
with his brother, Oliver. But when Tommy awakens, Felicity also finds
herself in the worst predicament of her life. http://archiveofourown.org/works/3286841/chapters/7172570
Girl of My Dreams multi-chapter by @tdgal1 and @c0bra5nak3 - Oliver Queen, CEO of Queen Consolidated, meets IT specialist Felicity
Smoak. Playboy turns boyfriend as he dates and falls in love with this
amazing woman. But everything is not perfect and the couple will find
that they must face some obstacles together. http://archiveofourown.org/works/11066208/chapters/24677133
Signed Up for Love multi-chapter by @arrowgirl20 - After past traumatic relationships, both Oliver and Felicity are
reluctant to date again. But after Oliver’s sister and Felicity’s best
friend push them to sign up on an online dating site, they find that
maybe they can both move on from their pasts and give love another shot. http://archiveofourown.org/works/11133207/chapters/24844758
There Was Always Something There multi-chapter by mindrambings - After having enough of Felicity’s behavior, Malcolm sends his daughter
to a London boarding school for some much needed structure. Years later,
she finally returns home to Starling. She finds that some things are
the same while some have changed. As she reacquaints herself with her
hometown, one relationship stands out in particular: Oliver Queen. http://archiveofourown.org/works/11060544/chapters/24662730?view_adult=true
Never Truly Over by @cruzrogue - Adrian Chase has Tommy’s body revived by the Lazarus pit. Tommy is then
brain washed and his blood lust for vengeance against criminals also
conditioned that Felicity Smoak is the love of his life and that Oliver
Queen is the enemy. Always ten steps ahead even dead is his final play
against the Green Arrow. http://archiveofourown.org/works/11189592
It Could Have Turned Out Differently, I Suppose (But It Didn’t) by @wherethereissmoak - Written for the Olicity Hiatus Fic-a-thon
prompt “at odds.” (and yes the title to this fic came from Jane Austen).
Arrow and Flash are whammied by a meta-human that gives visions of how
happy their lives, and the lives of their friends and families would be
if only they had made different choices. He may have met his match when
he encounters one Felicity Meghan Smoak. http://archiveofourown.org/works/11226783
To Make You Feel My Love multi-chapter by @smkkbert - One year after the Gambit went down, the incredible happens: Oliver is
found alive and brought back to Starling City. All he wants is getting
back to Felicity and Madeleine. Though Felicity welcomes him back with
her arms wide open, Oliver struggles to find his place in the family. It
seems like his place – at least in Mae’s heart – is already taken. And
it doesn’t help that it’s his best friend Tommy who seems to have taken
it. A MUST READ. http://archiveofourown.org/works/10904208/chapters/24242493
A Day in the Life multi-chapter by @tdgal1 - Felicity Smoak is an MIT graduate and assistant to Oliver Queen.
Suddenly she is his pretend girlfriend and in the spotlight. Oliver
Queen needs a girlfriend to get rid of an obsessive former lover and to
please his parents. Fluffy, funny, happiness! http://archiveofourown.org/works/9229205/chapters/20931281
Till Your Last Breath multi-chapter by @walker-oliciter - The countdown plastered to one’s skin showed how much
time the other’s soulmate had left to live. For Felicity Smoak, that
meant she had 3 months to find and warn her soulmate before he would
die. When she met him though, she got more than what she signed herself
up for. Especially when his secret identity was revealed to her… Soulmate, Bratva AU mixed with Olicity Fic-A-Thon Prompts. http://archiveofourown.org/works/11171919/chapters/24938952
Suspenders and Stripping to Power Ballads by @imusuallyobsessed - After the mayoral event, Oliver and Felicity finish what they started in
the closet. And Oliver fulfills his promise to make her forget about
Channing Tatum. Olicity Hiatus Fic-A-Thon week 3 prompt: taste. http://archiveofourown.org/works/11181036
When I’m With You - Withdrawal Symptoms multi-chapter by @sentence-fragments - Arrow AU - After finally becoming a couple, the worst possible thing you
can imagine happens to Felicity Merlyn. Her other half is gone and she
has to find a way to live without him. Or does she? This is Felicity’s
journey to finding herself after Oliver is gone and the decisions she
has to make in her quest to find him. (part 2 of the ‘When I’m With
Tastes Like Pure Joy multi-chapter by @wherethereissmoak - Felicity almost has her school paid off - and her last night as a
live-donor at a vampire restaurant will settle her debt. But her
encounter with client Oliver Queen was anything but the quick and easy
feed either of them was expecting. http://archiveofourown.org/works/11163723
The Donor multi-chapter by @spaztronautwriter - Felicity Smoak has always dreamed of being a mother and she isn’t going
to let a little thing like men stop her from making that dream come
true. Having a baby by herself might just be biting off a little more
than she can chew, but one way or the other it’s about to change her
whole life. LOVE THIS SO MUCH! http://archiveofourown.org/works/11099361
Sometimes, Love Isn’t Enough multi-chapter
by @arrowfan437 - A mark. In this world, it defines you. And who you
are with your partner. Felicity’s been searching all around for the one
that’ll bring meaning to her mark. And she found him. But after being
around him for so long, she wonders why she was given the mark at all. http://archiveofourown.org/works/10789404/chapters/23932119
Bonds That Can’t Be Broken multi-chapter by @wherethereissmoak - Felicity goes off her meds to enjoy one heat with a random stranger
after her graduation before settling down to focus on her career. On the
drunken night out in Vegas, she finds an Alpha and they have what she
hopes is a one night stand. But the next morning, she wakes up with a
bondmate bite and realizes she cannot remember many details of the night
before. Oliver Queen knows that he bonded with a beautiful woman, but
he has no idea who she was. The two try (and often fail) to move on with
their life without hope of ever finding their mate, but does fate have
other plans for them? And when they reunite, can they overcome all the
forces of evil in their path to finally be together? http://archiveofourown.org/works/11067591/chapters/24680781
Return to Me multi-chapter by @diggo26 - What would you do if you woke up tomorrow with the last 5 years of your
memories gone? After an unfortunate accident, Oliver Queen must figure
out his place in a life he has no memory of whilst his wife, Felicity,
does everything she can to support him. With emotions, secrets and
relationships pushed to the limits; will love and friendship be enough
to turn back the hands of time?http://archiveofourown.org/works/10536999/chapters/23265480
CastielXReader ft. Sam and Dean Winchester, Crowley
Word Count: 1600
A/N: One-shot written
for @thing-you-do-with-that-thing Kari’s Favorite Things Challenge with prompt
– The X-Files. Castiel searches for the truth of the human condition on
Netflix…with a little help from his friends and a pair of fictional FBI agents
who exemplify something it turns out he very much wants to believe. Off-beat
humor and saccharine fluff.
The fateful day Sam instructed Castiel how to go about
accessing Netflix was the day life in the bunker irrevocably changed. When not
assisting with a case, the angel could reliably be found in his room binge
watching yet another series, or two. You often tarried at the threshold of his ajar
door on the way to bed to appreciate the television illuminated enraptured
dopey smile glowing upon his normally austere features. Frequently you surrendered to the temptation
to join him, swiftly drifting to sleep listening not to the television, but to
his gentle laughter. He didn’t seem to mind the company, regularly and
uncomplainingly obliging the use of his shoulder as a makeshift pillow when
your drowsy head rolled sideways. Generally speaking, you were happy he found
something to distract him from his myriad of woes and fill his long
no-sleep-required angelic nights, not to mention the perfect pretext to spend
more downtime with him without drawing unwanted notice and subsequent teasing
from Sam and Dean.
OKAY HERE IT IS (BELOW THE CUT)! Here are the writers that you guys sent to me for shout-outs, with links to their masterlists or pages! Thank you to everyone for sharing these, and for supporting fellow writers!
*There were a couple that didn’t send me to valid accounts, so I removed them*
Being a college witch on the go, I found that it’s useful to have some things to do quick simple discrete spells on the fly.
So if anyone else wants to make one or wants a jumping off point for theirs. Keep in mind nothing I use here are absolute musts. Your practice is yours so the stuff you would require for spellwork might be vastly different than the stuff I would require to do it. Also mine is not everything I would want, but since I’m a dude who doesn’t have the luxury of a purse (and space in my messenger is at a premium) it had to be small and compact.
I wouldn’t count this as an altar either, just a spell kit, though I could probably figure that out as I go.
The contents and what they’re for.
1. An altoids tin, its the box I found to keep this stuff in and its durable.
2. 2 rubber bands, for keeping the box closed and bindings.
3. A tin of matches and strike boards. The tin I found at a healthfood store and is meant for balms and stuff.
4. 3 candles two black and white and one just white. For spells and filtering energy (in the black and white ones, the plain white one is multiuse)
5. Oils in .25 dram bottles, I’m an oil whore, what can I say. Some are homemade others were purchased from a witch shop near me. There is lucky mojo, alpha (self confidence and courage during discussion, seriously useful), academic success (This one is basically a crown of success oil, but the shop sells it as academic, its a college town what can you do?), crown of Amethyst (focus, protection, calm and clairity).
6. Black salt in jar for protection and I use it as a sort of magical fire extinguisher if I fuck up or theres something fucked up near me.
7. Lavender heads in jar, a power herb for me and a fantastic multi use one at that. this is like rosemary to me.
8. A pewter pentagram pendant. This can be used as a pentacle in a pinch as well as strung through with the thread to make a pendulum. Its an important symbol to my practice as its the symbol of magic, will, and elemental power.
9. Thread, bindings,knot magic, cat toy
10. A quartz crystal. I got this in a crystal grab bag and I thought it would be perfect for this. It’s small and can be charged to do anything. It also makes for quite a nice wand if I need one.
11. It’s in the tin but it’s a velvet bag in black to make a quick spell sachet and muffle and protect whats in the box.
12. Salt packets from the cafeteria. You kn ow what salt is for.
So that’s my portable kit, I hope that all of you out there can find this useful and maybe consider your own portable craft needs.
is it bad that when it comes to daisuga i can't ship either of them with anyone else? it just doesn't seem right. i'm open to any other ships but just none that involve daichi or suga with any one else other than each other :(
Not at all!! I’m a firm believer in everyone being free to like what they want, how they want, provided they aren’t hurting or being a jerk to anyone else in the process. DaiSuga are my OTP, and for me they feel the most right together (like, so right it almost hurts when I spend too much time thinking about it, because the intricacies of the way they balance and support each other are so beautiful), but I also have a lot of fun imagining them in parallel universes where they’re with other people. They’re such fantastic, multi-layered characters and I love the way different parts of them are highlighted depending on who they’re paired with.
I think this may also be related to the fact that I don’t think there is only one person who can be good for someone else. I do think Daichi and Suga are a perfect match, but I also believe they would be able to make meaningful, probably really beautiful connections, with other people if they didn’t have each other, and I love exploring those new dynamics.For me, I can play with those things and not feel like anything has been taken away from the purity that is DaiSuga together, because that remains untouched in its own universe in my mind, and there’s a wonderful feeling of coming home when I write them together again.
For you, it may feel too real to pair them up with other people, like imagining one with someone else is hurting the other, and that’s okay!We all visualize and imagine things differently.I don’t think there’s anything wrong with you only enjoying it when Daichi and Suga are paired together, nor do I think there’s anything wrong with people loving them in multiple ships. We ship these characters because it makes us happy and excited, so you do whatever works for you and don’t feel obligated to do anything else. Just be respectful of those who may see things differently, as they should be respectful of you.