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Progress Report

It always feels really good for me to just be able to hold court with you guys at the end of a long day of work on a video. After yesterday and tonight, I definitely enjoy this opportunity to breathe and just fill everyone in.

Here’s Where We’re At:

- I haven’t posted a proper upload in almost three weeks now, and that feels like two months to me. I’m so sorry about that; between Patreon and The Big One, I’ve had my workload very full. I’m craving the satisfaction and routine of uploading so much, and it’s going to feel great to get back into it.

- I anticipate regular uploads to begin again the week of September 4th-10th, with a major push to hit that “two videos” a week marker as part of going full-time through Patreon. Will most likely begin with a Night Vision episode I wanted to do back before going heavy on all the current stuff.

- Made the most absolute significant progress on The Big One today. The battle is nearly over, and this video will be out next week, come hell or high water. Patreon users will, of course, get to see the video as soon as YouTube finishes processing it, and have one complete day of early access. I’m striving for a Wednesday night public release, and Tuesday if I can really make that goal. I’m pushing as hard and fast as I can to get this done and out to everybody. 

- Patreon has been a massive success beyond my expectations, because you are the greatest community. I love you guys, and because of you, amazing things are going to happen for the channel, and I’ll be doing my best to make sure equally amazing things happen for new creators in need.

- And as always, I’m so sorry for how long The Big One is taking and that it’s been awhile since the last proper upload. When you see the video, you’ll understand why it took so much time to get done, and I really hope you enjoy it.

That’s all for now. Lend me your strength in spirit, creatures of the night, as I push through this weekend and Monday to conquer The Big One for good. We’re hitting this milestone, taking a breath, and then moving on to make September the best pre-Halloween ever.

Because let’s face it: October is Halloween for us all month long.

Once more, I’m Nick Nocturne, and I’ll be seeing you again real soon, with an offering of unprecedented proportions for the channel and, I believe, its field of video type. Sleep tight!

I had planned to put off SRing for legendaries until I had gotten shinies of all catchable and hatchable Pokemon. I’ve been hitting the Mirage Islands pretty hard lately, and for the first time I can recall, Crescent Isle showed up. I didn’t know when I’d get another chance at it since it’s completely random, so reluctantly, I landed to give it a shot. I expected to have one of those hunts that lasted between 4-6 thousand, but on SR 948, it arrived! After a small heart attack worrying if kill it, after about 15 balls, it finally stuck in the Premier like I wanted. My Synchronize didn’t work (not surprised), but I don’t really care too much. It’s one I’ve wanted for a really long time, so I’m happy!

Operation: Gruvia Requiem “We need your help Gruvia fans!”

#Puppy&KittyNeedHelpASAPCauseNoGoodPatheticMercenaryHawkIsEvil

(We need to snap Gray out of this ultimate despair and bring Juvia back to the mortal world, in order to save them.) SO WHO’S WITH ME?

“HER NAME IS SLEEPY AND I LOVE HER. I DEFINITELY DIDN’T TAKE HER FROM SOMEONE’S YARD.”

SO I HEARD through the grapevine that there was some kind of FMA AU positivity thing going on at a blog called @fullmetalpositivity, and especially after seeing this adorable FMA Pokemon AU art, I thought I’d bite the bullet and try participating.

Those of you who have been following me for awhile know that I’ve been part of a Pokemon-based panfandom RP called “Route 29″ for the better part of a decade (six years!!!!!!!), and my art for it has gotten me a lot of followers over the years (including a lot of people who would go on to join the game themselves!). I’d say that MOST people who follow me for Route content probably stumbled across it because I RP Heather Mason of Silent Hill fame, BUT!!!

I’m also super blessed to be part of a BRILLIANT Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 cast, in which I play Wrath, and my friends (all of whom I met through either Route or other RPs that we shared before I dragged them OVER to Route) @ievakasku (who plays Envy), @gryphcatdraws (who plays Alphonse), @budgefma (who previously played Scar), and another friend without a Tumblr who plays Lust. These friends initially played with my Silent Hill character and wound up dragging me into watching FMA, the rotten enablers.

Now, technically it’s not an AU game– it’s what’s known as a “jamjar”, a setting in which characters enter straight from their canons and can’t get out of, therefore forcing them to adapt however possible. But any setting effectively becomes an AU when the characters are there for a long enough time, and our little FMA cast is racking up time like nobody’s business.

I’ve had the incredible experience of watching a motley crew of mostly-villains grow, heal, learn how to human, make friends of all shapes and sizes (and species. It’s a POKEMON AU, after all!), and slowly build their own lives over the course of multiple years, in real-time. I can’t begin to express how rewarding it’s been. I really wanted to try and draw a little something of the entire cast with their Pokemon teams, but my tablet really wasn’t cooperating today, so instead you get a little illustration of the time Wrath stole– er, found, his Vaporeon.

I can’t possibly cram 5+ years worth of character development into one Tumblr post, so I’ll list some highlights.

  • Lust’s starter Pokemon was a Spheal, named Guttle. Guess who he was named after. Guttle exists wherever there are people to feed him table scraps.
  • Unused to not being able to transform any and all tangles out of his hair, Envy singlehandedly destroyed his own scalp within a week of arriving.
  • During an event in which the characters all got their powers back for one weekend, Wrath got so excited that he clipped through the floor.
  • Alphonse didn’t know Golurks could fly until he inadvertently crashed his into a pool.
  • Lust and Scar had a dramatic breakup that threw everybody’s plans straight off the rails and then got back together within 28 days.
  • Wrath is the smallest, dirtiest Team Rocket member.
  • Envy is frequently compared to an Exeggutor. 
  • Wrath, still loyal to Dante at the time of his arrival, immediately butted heads with the other Homunculi, cut ties, and named all his Pokemon after the other sins. They didn’t notice until he showed up in a video post with a Ditto named “Jelly”, looking really pleased with himself.
  • Like any good Pokemon Rival, Envy has taken it upon himself to meet Al at every town and trounce his team before he can make it to the Pokemon Center. SMELL YA LATER, ELRIC!
  • Other characters mistaking Wrath for Lust’s son has become such a common occurrence that she’s not even offended by it anymore. “Whatever, tell me where he is and what he’s breaking. Here’s five dollars. Pretend you didn’t see him.”
  • Lust has had to bail Envy and his friends out of Poke-Jail more times than is reasonable for any situation.
  • I’ll add more as I think of them, but I really just wanted to post this. I am so, so lucky to have met and been able to play with my friends in the game, and share my own little corner of the FMA fandom with them.