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Sep 27, 11 at 3:55am ^Neo Newspaper - Issue 2 - October '11
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Neostaff Q&A, Take Two
Written By: Hraefn
The Neostaff Q&A returns for a second round! This time, not only do you get to ask questions of the neostaff team like Redemption, tekmosis and ar_cat, but the Q&A has been expanded to also include the news writers and editorial team. Maybe you'd like to know what it's like working as a news writer for Neoseeker, or perhaps you're just interested in how many times a year tekmosis spills coffee on the servers. Whatever your questions are, just send them in to Avalith in a NeoPM with the title Neostaff Q&A: followed by the name of the person you want to question, or use this link. Visit the announcement thread for more information.
We can't wait to hear from you!
Written By: Hraefn
Sometimes it's the little things that end up making Neoseeker better than it was before. Little changes or tweaks to an existing feature can make all difference to someone's user experience on a website. Here are some suggestions that seek to give that added "oomph" to features that we already have.
Did you know you could sort your NeoFriends into Groups? It's a nice feature, but there is this one suggestion that seeks to extend the usability of the feature by displaying the Groups in the Notifications, NeoPM and Profile dropdowns. In fact, you can look forward to seeing this new feature implemented in a future update! There is also a suggestion about adding more functionality to groups, including perhaps the ability to mass notify members of a group.
Suggestions don't even have to be big ones in order to make the user experience better. This suggestion about adding the post ID to the append/prepend quotes function seems like a little thing, but such an implementation would make for more consistent look and feel across the forums with the added bonus of turning the quoted username into a clickable link back to the original post.
Not everything in the Requests, Feedback and Suggestions Forum is for suggestions. Like the name suggests, the forum can also be used for giving feedback on a variety of things. There are a couple of active threads that really need your feedback, including this General Neoseeker Feedback thread, and this much broader thread asking for your thoughts on the current state of Neoseeker. Be sure to visit the threads to let us know what you are thinking!
Rev it up - F1 2011 hits the Neoseeker forums
Written By: Quierta
If you're interested in F1 2011 and have either a PS3 or an XBOX 360, keep reading! Neoseeker is offering you one of 5 copies (3 PS3, 2 XBOX) and all you have to do is enter the contest. For the full details, check out the official contest thread.
Rev it up - F1 2011 hits the Neoseeker forums
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Fanfiction Contest!
Written By: Quierta
Listen up, all Pony fans! Or... is that Bronies? Or Honies? I have no idea. All that REALLY matters is that now you have the chance to write your very own MLP Fanfiction and enter it in a CONTEST!
Or maybe you don't want to write! You don't have to, you can READ the stories that other people have written. Either way, it's promising to be a fun and entertaining contest. For details, check out the official thread.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Fanfiction Contest!
New and Upcoming NeoWikis - nintendogs & Avatar
Written by: Symphonic Abyss
With the help of people using the CreateWiki feature, we've had two new NeoWikis made! They are the Avatar: The Last Airbender NeoWiki and the nintendogs NeoWiki! All contributions are definitely welcome to BOTH of these wikis. If you're a big fan of either series, please come help out!
Our nintendogs NeoWiki was proposed by Psyche. Right now, edits are lacking! If you love nintendogs, this is the wiki for you! This wiki supports both the DS (nintendogs) series, and the 3DS (nintendogs+cats) series. This means we support articles about the dogs, the cats, the items, the tournaments...EVERYTHING!
What We're Looking For
Our Avatar NeoWiki was proposed by Symphonic Abyss. The wiki is off to a good start...but you can make it better! Come on over to avatar.neo and help out with the edits. We're looking for everything that could possibly be used, and we definitely need it. Thanks to any and all editors!
What We're Looking For (planning)
NeoWikis: Wiki Tips 1/5
Written by: Dragoon
In this little mini-series, I'm going to be going through some helpful hints and tips to make editing or even navigating wikis just that little bit easier. These may include trivial details such as certain edit tags that do something cool, or possibly bigger things that you may not have noticed or are only known to those with a little more indepth knowledge on wiki code. Having been working with the mediawiki software for nearly two years now, it's pretty safe to assume I know my way around it and a lot about what it can and cannot do, so where better than to share some fun and interesting knowlegdge about them than in the Neo Newspaper!?
Tip 1 - How do I know which pages need editing?
This is a question that seems to deter a log of members from contributing. When one visits a wiki for the first time you usually have some idea as to the content you want to put into it, however many occasions arise when the content you already want to add has already been added and you don't know where else to look, where else may need further description or even if a page needs creating. There are several tools placed around the wiki that can help you look for each and everyone one of these potential problems you may encounter.
This is one of the primary things that you should be using as a contributor or even as a reader. By typing in a simple word or phrase into this search bar it will scour the entire wiki looking for content or pages that match the criteria you had input. For example if I was looking for the 'Bankai' page on the Bleach wiki, typing in Bankai into the search feature would return these results. As you can see the bolded text at the top of the page directs you straight to the Bankai page on the wiki, but it also returns each page that even mentions the word Bankai. While the latter may not be entirely useful it can still be used to look for pages that have the content you're looking for. This can be a quick and easy to way see if pages you are looking for already exist or the content you want to add is already on the wiki. So what happens when you search the for the criteria and a page hasn't been created...?
Until recently the wikis didn't have this feature and contributors had to manually enter the desired page name into the URL at the top of find an empty link (that looks like this) and add the content from there. However with Special:CreatePage all you need to do is simply input the desired page name and enter whatever content fits on there. This is by far the simplest and quickest way of adding pages to a wiki.
Special:ShortPages are a list of pages with a very minimal amount of content on them. The list actually shows the pages with the least number of bytes to those with the highest, so the page actually categorises them by size - smallest to largest. This can be a quick way of identifying which pages need immediate attention, and this is where both the Wiki Super Team and the Wiki Staff Team encourage all contributors to start adding content to the wikis. Again, using the Bleach wiki as an example, you can that the smallest page is 'Bleach: Heat the Soul 3' with only 18 bytes and, if you click the "500" link at the top it will display the smallest 500 pages. You can see that the largest page on the wiki is the Zanpakutō page with 25,696 bytes.
Conversely, we have Special:LongPages which does the exact opposite of Special:ShortPages. it categorises pages by size going from the largest down to the smallest. This can mainly be used as a means for those just reading up and gain a more in-depth knowledge of something, but it's useful nevertheless.
So you're editing a wiki and you come across a page that has been vandalised or needs renaming. What can you do? You can contact a wikistaff member. Only problem is that you have no idea who is staffing the wiki you're adding content to or reading. Special:Staff lists all wikis alphabetically while listing the staff and those with contributor tags, placing the wiki you're currently on at the top despite alphabetical ordering. It will link you to the Neoseeker profile for the member and you can PM with your concerns. Alternatively you can contact them via the Main talk page or the their user talk page on the wiki. A wiki doesn't have a staff member? Contact an active Wiki Super and they'll deal with it.
That concludes this issues wiki tips, next month stay tuned for Wiki Tips 2/5 where I will be telling you some useful and fun things you can do with the MediaWiki software. Until then, see ya around!
Featured Article: Heroes of Ruin
Written By: Symphonic Abyss
Our featured NeoWiki article for this month comes off of the Heroes of Ruin NeoWiki. It was written by, Dragoon, currently the only staff and contributor on the wiki!
Four mercenaries, each with their own strengths, weaknesses and motivations answer the call. One uses forbidden spells to rain death on her foes, one has guns and bombs to blast his way through, another has a mighty sword capable of slicing through entire packs of enemies, and one other gains strength from savagely tearing through anything that stands in his way with brutal, bladed fists.
These unlikely heroes can choose to create a fearsome alliance or venture forth from the city alone. Beyond the safety of the city the land is filled with strange and dangerous creatures, but none as deadly as the evil force behind the curse, which the heroes must eventually confront and destroy.
Heroes of Ruin is an action-adventure Real Time Strategy game coming exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS in early 2012. Why not check out our Heroes of Ruin page in order to get the best information anytime you'd like! Congratulations to Dragoon for getting the featured wiki page this month.
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Sep 27, 11 at 4:05am ^Media
Little Big Planet
Written by: Mouldy Cheese
Little Big Planet is a side-scrolling platformer in which you play Sackboy, a small doll (with fully customisable outfits) on an epic quest to collect stickers, items and help out various “creators” in the world. The game is full of nifty little puzzles, minigames and a versatile co-operative mode. I had a great time playing it until I got up to an ice-electricity level with a great big wheel of death that repeatedly killed me for about 2 hours until I got past it. There was no way around it and it wasn’t any lack of skill on my part that caused trouble *ahem*. My roommates, however, had a hell of a time laughing at my constant swearing the 6-millionth time I died and had to restart the entire level. Apart from that one negative, I had a very enjoyable Little Big Planet experience. The game also allows you to access worlds and levels that other players have created via the Playstation network, although I haven’t yet had the opportunity to try this out.
In comparison, Little Big Planet 2 has fewer levels, but more variety. There’s a notable improvement in level design and mechanics, and each new world introduces a new useable item. There’s the grappling hook which, while awesome, is incredibly difficult to use. There’s a cake-gun used to fire sweet treats at enemies. There’s even a set of levels that revolve around riding hamsters, camels that fire lasers and bees using ultrasonic radar to attract tiny “sackbots”. Each world ends up in an epic boss fight which involves utilising the strategies and weapons found in previous levels to defeat some evil monster. The storyline itself is also a lot more involved. Working with “Da Vinci” you are on a mission to stop a horrible vacuum cleaner that’s hell bent on causing havoc and destroying your little sack world! However, the thing that impressed me the most about LBP2 was the mini-games. While there are several in the first game, they’re a lot more thought out in the second and the rewards for completing them in a set time come in the form of more items and stickers rather than just bragging rights (although, of course, you get those too). If you’re more into the bragging rights, there’s even the introduction of multi-player mini games where you can compete with your friends (a personal favourite of mine was rat racing). It’s this variety that is somewhat lacking in the first game and adds for a more well-rounded experience in Little Big Planet 2.
The Gears Turn Once Again
Written By: shdwdrgn
Delta Squad is back in the final installment of the Gears of War Trilogy. Gears of War 3 has been one of the most highly anticipated games of 2011 and for good reason. The game delivers in all respects as fans have come to expect. This cover based shooter still delivers a good story as well as a solid multiplayer experience.
This time around the COGs find themselves facing a larger and much more dangerous Lambent foe than in previous installments. There are new types of Lambent as well as twists on old Locust types. These lambent are even more deadly and go up in a burst of glory upon death(quite literally). To go along with new enemies we also have a few new friends to mix in with our old pals of Delta Squad. Anya, whom a few of you may remember, now picks up the guns and shows that she isn't just a pencil pusher with a comm piece. We also have Sam who seems to be infatuated with Dom while she sports an Australian accent it seems. There's also Jace and of course... Yet another Carmine. Dizzy makes a return as well and is a playable character for a little while if you're playing with friends online as well.
The story is gripping and has several twists along the way. It also leaves a few loose ends that have no major bearing on the central plot, they could however lead into some of the future DLC that Epic Games is planning to release that expands not only the multiplayer maps but also upon the campaign itself.
Gameplay is still top notch but is not without its own flaws as well. The executions make a glorious return to give players the satisfaction of smearing the blood of their enemies in the street. The revival system could still use a bit of work though, a few times when I was downed during the campaign I found that my allies would run away from me and focus more on the combat rather than reviving their downed comrade who was literally at their feet. I also heard that there is a slight design flaw for the multiplayer aspect as well in that the COG players are a fair bit easier to spot than their Locust counterparts due to the blue glow on their armor and that said difference is especially true on the darker multiplayer maps. As one can also imagine this can make it fairly easy to get a headshot in the dark when you normally wouldn't be able to get quite as accurate a shot off as you would in the light since the player can approximate where the head is based on the glowing points of the COG armor.
Small issues aside the game is very satisfying and remains one of the staple franchises any Xbox 360 owner should experience at least once. It has a gripping story that spans three games with gameplay that is hard to match. Epic Games has once again delivered to us a game development masterpiece and I personally can't wait to see what their next major project will be. In summary Gears of War 3 is visually stunning for a post apocalyptic type setting, the sound is great and the weapon sounds aren't too overpowering and the music fits just fine in the background. It also delivers a solid story and wraps up the game in a satisfying yet timely fashion, the multiplayer experience shows promise however I'm not the type to really get into online multiplayer modes unless it's co-op. So overall Gears of War 3 gets a 9.5/10 and is a must play for any shooter fan despite any prejudices they may or may not harbor.
Also don't forget to check out the Gears of War Neowiki for more information on the game and contribute if you find something missing!
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Written By: Justin
Article: Kirby's latest installment, Kirby's Return to Dream Land is coming to Nintendo's Wii Console this October (North America) and December (Europe)! This is the eleventh installment to the Kirby Series and the first traditional home-console game since N64's Kirby 64: Crystal Shards.
This version of the series has been in development since 2005 when it was rescheduled to be released for the successor of the gamecube, the Nintendo Wii. When Kirby's Epic Yarn was released, however, it was further rescheduled until now! Kirby fans' long wait for this game has come to an end.
The game begins with a surprise visit to Kirby's home by an alien spaceship, which crashes. It's up to you, Kirby, to find the missing pieces of the spaceship in this 2-D side scrolling action title. Kirby retains his usual powers of inhaling indefinitely and taking on the powers of those inhaled. With your friends, powers and courage, Kirby navigates through levels to find every missing piece of the alien spaceship!
This game allows players to participate alone or with others through a local connection and features Kirby, Meta Knight, Waddle Dee and King Dedede! Four player cooperative mode allows you to team up with three other players to help along your mission!
Kirby Fans around the globe should brace themselves for a new, unique title for the Kirby Series, one of the good, recent titles for the Wii.
What Makes it Great; Hans Zimmer
Written By: Quierta
Hans Zimmer! -- What just popped into your head? A fiery stallion? An ancient Roman gladiator with something to fight for? Two rogue Spaniards and a gaudy headdress? Or maybe it was something else, like something that you'd once seen in a dream... Or maybe you didn't think of any of that! If so, you probably haven't heard of Hans Zimmer (or you're just not that big of a fan). Don't worry, this article will give you an eye-full (and an ear-full) of the best of Hans Zimmer!
Zimmer's high demand comes from the versatility of his music, wherein the only indication that it's a Hans Zimmer original is his name on the album cover and the capturing music itself. He blends several styles of music into the classic orchestral instruments to create a symphony of sounds, ensuring that each soundtrack is unique and befitting of its subject.
Perhaps his most well-known work is the Gladiator soundtrack from the famous motion picture. Zimmer works with vocalist Lisa Gerrard to write an original soundtrack that is composed of orchestral elements and airy vocals in a language that Gerrard designed herself, creating the illusion of distance between the ages.
The more recent movie Inception also featured Zimmer as one of the composing artists. Contrary to popular belief, though, he did not create the popular trailer song "Mind Heist," which was composed by Zack Hemsey and can be found right here. He did, however, have a hand in the original soundtrack for that movie with songs such as "Time" and "Dream is Collapsing" wherein Zimmer creates the illusion of suspense through the fast-paced notes of the string instruments with a powerful back-layer from the brass section.
The soundtrack of highly successful The Dark Knight, preceding Inception by two years, is the product of both Zimmer and the also-famous James Newton Howard. Their skills combine to create a soundtrack that is both magical and 'dirty,' a gritty piece of music that gives the impression that it's just burst its way through from a world underground, through such songs as "Introduce a Little Anarchy."
While Zimmer has had a hand in many of the more recent films, there are a few gems that slide under the radar. The aforementioned pieces have been live action films aimed towards the adult end of the client spectrum. He has, however, also done his part in the animated world of children's movies. The variety of instruments creates a child-like whimsicality while maintaining an air of seriousness befitting the titles Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and The Road to El Dorado. Although they're movies that haven't exactly been at the forefront of the movie industry, Zimmer's soundtracks do deserve a listen.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Wonders of the New World
The Road to El Dorado
Hans Zimmer & John Powell
And lest we forget the childhood favorite and Disney Classic:
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Sep 27, 11 at 4:10am ^Literature and Writing
Author's Spotlight: Liveslikebeth
Written By: Dash the Stampede
This month on the Author's Spotlight, I decided to give focus over to the moderator of Writer's Lounge, Liveslikebeth and her story, The Five! We took some time to complete it (I started this interview near beginning of month and we had technical difficulties throughout), but I can promise it was well worth it. Please enjoy!
Dash the Stampede
Greetings there, Beth! I wanted to see if you'd be ready for your interview. Feeling nice and ready to tackle about The Five?
well I don't think I'll ever be ready but we can try =o
Dash the Stampede
Excellent! Alright, well, let's get this started. For my first question, could you give us a brief introduction to The Five? How would you best sum up what your story is about and offering?
Okay, so this is basically what the book summary would say as it stands right now, if I were to write it, even though authors usually don't write it. I apologize for the cheesiness.
Bryton and Dawne are not your ordinary teenagers. First of all, their parents died when they were young and they were adopted by a very mean couple. Then, they lived with their terrible adoptive parents until their house exploded on their sixteenth birthday.
After that, they just happened to be whisked away by strangers to this really cool boarding school where they get to live a life something not usually seen outside of a Harry Potter novel. they learn that they are not the only people like them, yet they are still very different to everybody else, yet nobody seems to know why. Oh, and did I mention they all have superpowers?
Dash the Stampede
Doesn't sound cheesy at all from my perspective, you summed it up very well. That and nice hook there at the end! Alright, I'm curious to ask, what motivated you or lead your imagination to coming up with this story?
It all started out with a dream. The original dream was very different than how the story is now, but basically take the Prologue and Chapter One and that's the gist of it. The main similarities that I kept are the brother and sister running for their lives, the two getting separated with the sister getting caught by someone, the brother chasing after her, then ending with a mention of The Five. I don't know why, but that phrase has always stuck with me. I actually wrote out my dream as well as I could remember it for and assignment for my 12th grade English class (in 2008 I believe), and the theme just kind of stayed in my head until 2010's National Novel Writing Month, where I decided to go much deeper and create a story behind the original dream.
Dash the Stampede
Nice route to go there really though and pretty good thing you had there to work with them. I'm curious to ask, is there any works or characters others have which influence you as a storyteller?
I read a large variety of books, from romantic classics like Pride and Predjudice to children's books like Percy Jackson to the latest Stephen King novel, and I feel that all of them influence me to an extent. But, I'd have to say my biggest influence would have to be JK Rowling and the Harry Potter novels. Seriously, I don't think I can go a single day without making some kind of Harry Potter refrence. However, I can't write Harry Potter fanfiction for the life of me, but that's not what really influences me. What influences me the most is her writing style, the way everything is straight and to the point. Everything she writes makes perfect sense because she always planned way ahead before writing anything, and took so much time ironing out as many plot holes as she could find, and all that meticulous work paid off. She has a beautiful span of seven novels with very few, minor plot holes. The Five is currently only 6 (well, and a half really) chapters and I've already found mind breaking plot holes in what I've already written! Damn these things are getting longer and longer XD
Dash the Stampede
And here you were saying you wouldn't be good at handling an interview Still, some very nice influences to have there overall. To dig a bit deeper there, just what exact elements are you a fan of? Such as that can be found in that alongside influences own work? That and if you don't mind answering, why are you such a fan of those things?
I'd say the biggest element I love would be wish fulfillment. Pride and Prejudice is all about getting married. Elizabeth Bennett is my age in the novel and she meets the dark and mysterious Mr. Darcy, and starts out hating him but is intrigued by him and curiosity gives in and they eventually fall in love, and get married and stuff, yay. I’m not saying that I can’t wait to get hitched, but it is a thought I entertain in daydreams. Harry Potter even starts out full of awesome wish fulfillment. He’s an orphan living in his uncle’s house under the freaking stairs one day, and the next he’s this rich, famous wizard going to this really cool school and that’s really where the awesomeness ends for a bit, but you get the picture. However, if these books were just full of goody goody gumdrops then that would be boring. Another thing I love is conflict. Whenever humans interact with each other, there’s always going to be conflict. A scenario where everybody always gets along all the time just doesn’t happen; you’ve always got a pot stirrer or two in there somewhere. I think being able to accurately and effectively write down scenes full of conflict between different people really shows good writing. This is one of the reasons I’ll read any Stephen King book; that, and I’ve always just loved horror movies, and that’s translated into a love of horror novels as well.
Dash the Stampede
Ahh, I think I get the exact feel for it! More of an escapist fantasy style fan and more into the realm of romanticism. Something I can relate with big time there. Going back over to your work, is there any characters in particular that is your favorite? Or certain ones of the cast you'd like to highlight as you feel others would enjoy reading about?
Oh man, that's like asking me to pick my favorite child! But, I'll try. could go on and on for hours about how much I love everybody. Probably my two favorite to write about, though, are Nate and Angie, even though they’re complete opposites. Angie’s quiet, with a very dark, dry sense of humor, and is very blunt, to the point of being rude, while Nate has this electric personality (sorry, bad pun, couldn’t help myself) and sunny disposition that will always put a smile on your face. Melanie is also one of my favorites to write about, though I think that’s because she reminds me of my aunt. She’s a very take-charge kind of woman with a killer fashion sense and seems cold at first, but she really has a very caring heart.
Also, I can’t forget my main characters, Bryton and Dawne. I love how they balance each other out. Bryton’s your typical teenage boy mostly. He can be a bit immature, but Dawne’s usually there to keep him in line, whereas Dawne’s very methodical and serious most of the time, but Bryton can get her to loosen up occasionally. Bryton’s an “Act first, think later” kind of person, whereas Dawne will take a moment to step back and look at the whole picture. She’s usually my go-to person when I need something to be explained, since she figures things out so quickly. However, Bryton does have his moments, when he actually uses his brain.
Dash the Stampede
Got to love the Yin and Yang Dynamic! Well Yin/Yang, Red Oni Blue Oni, etc. etc. I do like your use of it their to make each character stand out alongside find harmony amongst one another. Alright, leading off of that, are there any characters in other stories you've read that influences these ones here? Such as would the ones you previously mentioned come into play here or are there others?
This is a difficult one. I'm trying not to compare everyone to Harry Potter characters. XD
Dash the Stampede
Your love for her series shines brightly
Well thank you ;p Also having trouble comparing anyone to anyone, since some of them I think are based off of real people.
Dash the Stampede
Just do the best you can. If there are some real people you want to bring in though, go ahead!
Well, I already mentioned how Melanie reminds me of my aunt. Lenny, the leader of The Five, is a bit like Dawne, in that he’s a go-to person for information. He’s based a bit off of my Astronomy professor from my sophomore year of college. He’s a bit of a nerd, which is great, and I think we spent two hours once after class talking about various topics from Rush to favorite movies to terrible drivers. Nixie, another member of The Five, who was briefly introduced at the beginning of chapter six, is actually a recycled character. In her original incarnation, she was sixteen-year-old Nixie Jordan, the main character in my 2009 National Novel Writing Month story (in case I didn’t mention, The Five is from my 2010 attempt). Her plot was a very open one; it was a satire making fun of “the plight of the average high school girl”. It didn’t last long because I couldn’t stand writing in first person in her point of view, it turns out. It’s a good thing she’s mellowed quite a bit in The Five, now that she’s twenty-nine and not sixteen.
Dash the Stampede
Any particular tips you'd like to give to other writer's that you think could help them better improve their work or their outlook as storytellers?
I’d say the best thing to do if you have a story in mind is to just write. Write down as much as you can about your ideas before you forget about them, because believe me, you will forget even the most important things. I have notes literally everywhere on The Five. I usually end up writing out an outline for each chapter before I actually write the chapter, because it helps me keep things in perspective (so I don't have like, one chapter that's 500 words and another that's 5000), but don’t think you need to stick strictly to your outline, because I don’t. Don’t worry about things like editing and grammar while you’re writing; save that for after you’re done. At first you just need to get your thoughts out, and that’s the most important thing. Save things like coherency for after the chapter’s all written out.
Dash the Stampede
A similar practice of mine I can best attest to getting behind. You've given some excellent insight overall, kudos for doing so. And see, you were far better at this than you thought you would be I believe we've hit everything we need to in this. Any final words you'd like to give?
Well, I had a lot of fun doing this, even though it took forever for us to get it done because of my crazy work schedule lately. I didn't think I'd like doing this, but I acutally really enjoyed talking about my work and things. You asked some tough questions there, and I hope that I answered them adequately.
How to Kill a Witch in Five Acts
Written By: Corruption
Greetings, forumites of Neoseeker! In the last issue, Dash the Stampede sat down with Angel in Shadows and spoke at length about her writing process as well as some of her current works. In this issue, I present to you all a review of the story mentioned in the interview: How to Kill a Witch in Five Acts.
Synopsis: Five guests gather in the witch's house. Each one has their own goals, and their own desires. Sharing no trust between them, they slowly begin to suspect one another of sabotage of their shared plot to denounce the witch and take her power, when the uninvited guest appears.
Before I say anything else about witch-killings and other things of a magical nature, I should note that this story is largely incomplete. As such, this review will only cover the first Act. However, please do not let this dissuade you. Angel in Shadows has written a brilliant work of fiction and what little there is very well-written.
Honestly, the beginning starts off slowly. There is not a lot that happens in this first act. The First Act introduces the main players in the story: five individuals are in a room discussing the denouncement of a witch. Readers are given no further explanation as to what this precisely entails. Rather, readers will be introduced to an atmosphere thick with mystery and an air of foreboding, which is rather impressive given how very little is known about the past of the five guests and the common link they share with the witch. Angel uses vivid imagery and a potent choice of words that makes the atmosphere of the story come to life. Creating an atmosphere is definitely Angel's strong suit and it shows itself brilliantly in this first act.
Here's my overview and opinion on the story:
Setting: This is where How to Kill a Witch in Five Acts excels. This is what, if anything, will suck you in and leave you wanting more. The set up and description of the manor, the characters, and the overall mood of the story is absolutely perfect and gives me very high hopes for what is to come.
Characters: Characters are another of the strong points in HtKaWiFA (lazy, I know). While not as brilliantly done as the setting, the characters in the story are fleshed out and feel real. Those whom we read point of views from have believable flaws and act and think like a real person would. However, it is the air of mystery surrounding the five disciples of the witch (as well as the mysterious sixth person alluded to) and how they came together that sparks real curiosity. Angel sprinkles in just enough information to leave readers not quite satisfied and wanting to learn more about the circumstances surrounding these people.
Overall: There isn't a lot of reading to be done here, mainly on account of Angel refining an older draft of the story before posting it up. With that in mind, I give the story thus far a 3.5 out of 5. It's a story that has a tremendous amount of potential and it's very evident in the first act that Angel in Shadows is a remarkable writer. However, with only the first act out for public view, it has yet to capitalize on the great potential Angel is building for it, and that is why I am giving it a 3.5. However, it is definitely a story to watch as she builds what I am anticipating to be a brilliant story. I know I'll be keeping an eye on it.
If you have any recommendations for reviews or would like to see your own work reviewed in the newspaper, please follow the instructions in this thread.
See you next month!
Written By: Leafeon Princess
Written By: Emberguard
Article Title: Pokemon: Rise of Zoroark
Written By: Denny the Fisher
[sup]Story Rated 14+ for Violence and Swearing
This is an old story that began a year ago, on this very date. (That's a doozy, eh?) This story consists of three chapters and a prologue. This story has not yet been proclaimed officially finished. Actually, only in August, the writer said he'd be continuing this project.
I decided to interview Zoroark about this piece.
Denny: Hello, so, how are you today?
Zoroark (Zoro): I'm feeling fantastic, as I've been for the past few days.
Denny: Wonderful! So, let's get right to it! When you were in the brainstorming process of this story, what gave you the idea?
Zoro: Well, I had just finished the animé FullMetal Alchemist, where some of the main characters are named after the Seven Deadly Sins.
Denny: Which gave the idea for the cities.
Zoro: I thought a region featuring these would be great, and I also wanted to base a work off of Zoroark and the Philosopher's Stone, so I put that into the "Melting Pot."
Denny: I see. Isn't "the Philosopher's Stone" a Harry Potter book? Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?
Zoro: Oh, yes it is, but that's not where I got the inspiration at all.
Denny: What is "Zoroark and the Philosopher's Stone" then?
Zoro: Zoroark is one thing, and the Philosopher's Stone is another thing.
Denny: Ooohhh. Well how are they connected?
Zoro: Well, the source of the Philosopher's Stone, but it was taken from a lot of sources. It's main goal in the story is to grant eternal life, and a certain character wants it. Zoroark ties in here.
Denny: I see. Was there any other inspiration when writing the Rise of Zoroark?
Zoro: Quite a bit, but if anything, it was little bits of the Melting Pot.
Denny: Did you enjoy writing this story?
Zoro: Oh, definitely. I was rushing through it when I was, but I really enjoyed myself. I really want to continue, but things keep cropping up.
(If you'd like, you can make this a double-whammy, seeing as I won CO)
Denny: What things are cropping up?
Zoro: Well, comics, more comics, a secret project, different writing projects, help running some games over the forums.
Denny: Oh wow.
Zoro: I just tried starting a request for a General Doctor Who forum in the RFS forum.
Denny: Sounds interesting. Now, I see, when you were writing, you didn't get many replies. Did you feel any neglect?
Zoro: I was upset when I wasn't getting any replies. The things that fuel an artist, I think, are comments - it helps us know we aren't working for nothing.
Denny: I understand where you are coming from. I think this article will help fuel comments.
Zoro: I sure hope so; people don't seem to understand what keeps writers going. However, at the same time, sometimes it's difficult to comment, so I can see why people don't.
Denny: Very true. I think we may be done here, any other things you want to say?
Zoro: I'd like to say that if you have an idea for a story, and you don't know how to get it into words or you don't know if anyone's going to read it... write it anyways. You won't go anywhere if you don't practice, and who knows? It might be really good.
Denny: Thank you, Zoroark.
You should head over to the PokeFiction forum and check this story out.
w111j's Pokémon Comic: Advent of Dark Arceus
Written By: Mewtwo45
w111j's Pokémon Comic, Advent of Dark Arceus, is a comic based on three friends, each receiving a Pokémon, and starting out on their journeys. Each character gets different Pokémon, and Pokémon that w111j has created by taking parts of other Pokémon, and putting it all together, creating one whole new Pokémon. This is a great read for anyone who is a big fan of Pokémon and is visually nice to look at. each issue is different, and has a nice plot to follow. Advent of Dark Arceus, also known as AoDA, is up to it's 6th thread,
I had a one on one interview with w111j, and found out all about him and all his secrets about the comic he has made!
Hi w111j. ^^
So for all the people who don’t know your comic, Advent of Dark Arceus, could you possibly give background information on it?
Yes, of course. Advent of Dark Arceus is a comic that I make on Pokéfiction, as you just said. I started it about a year ago shortly after New Years or so.
I'm not completely sure where the idea of a Dark Arceus came from in my mind, but it kind of just appeared, and I took it, and used it to help fuel the other ideas that I had, to make a comic that was more serious instead of the regular humour based plots of the other comics at the time.
So the first season is about Mike, who gets his first Pokémon and makes some new friends who also get their first Pokémon, and goes on a badge-collecting journey. After he finally gets all 8 in the region, he and his friends are tossed into chaos, and Dark Arceus is out to get them.
Season 2 starts out with a slower pace than Season 1 ended with, but picks up soon, and Mike, Rachael, and Reuben are back into a fight against Shadow Mew.
In Season 3, Mike and gang are presumed lost, and so w111j and his small but growing crew rebel against the Darkonis invaders, and thus repel them, and then pick up the fight with another group.
Season 4 is currently running, and I find it quite hard to explain anything about it without giving anything away, but I believe it may well be the pinnacle of all my work up to this point.
Besides the main plot, I've done a couple shoot-off projects, such as a Murder Mystery, and trying to recreate Greek Myths using AoDA characters.
Haha, pretty cool. ^^
So what drove you to... create this comic? Did someone inspire you, or maybe just boredom came?
Well, on my first visit to Pokéfiction, I had no inclination of making a comic whatsoever, or that it was even possible, and I was looking for the Sprite Gallery. But on a later visit, I saw The Fugitive Trainer, and was intrigued enough to try reading it. From there, I was led to read Rescue Mission X a little bit from the Comic War they had, but at that point I already had the inclination that you could make comics, and decided to give it a shot.
And what - or who- were the creators of the plot, characters, the setting?
The plot is and has been my creation alone. I never seem to run out of new plot ideas, I just have to decide which ones to use. I sometimes take little pieces of plots I like from other things, like movies, video games, books, etc. And then I mix them together, and/or add some original parts of my own.
My characters, though, are a little different. At the beginning when I started, I set out asking for 2 people to donate character sprites, and help design their character, or control their Pokémon teams. Reuben was sent by euben0, and Rachael was sent by Diamond Ice, now known as Fawful. Otherwise, except for in crossover issues, the characters have all been mine, while having a few sprites made for me by Fawful.
The setting takes place in the originally un-named Amplus region, which has received it's name since Fawful is basically doing a recreation of the original AoDA plot, covering Rachael's side of the story. And while I had maps for most of the towns, he is creating newer, up-to-date maps to use. He's also added in a couple of cities and Mike never actually travelled to.
Interesting. So does Fawful have his own comic, based on AoDA?
Yes. It's called Rachael's Story. He originally tried it once as Rachael's Adventures, and it was hosted under the AoDA thread when he was Diamond Ice. It didn't last long, and it wasn't until he later came back as Fawful that he really picked things up and got it going as his own comic.
Along with the new maps, there will be different things, because I agreed that in my naivety at the beginning of the series, I didn't portray everything as nicely as I could have, and so there have been some minor plot changes, which are completely cannon with the whole of the AoDA plot.
Wow, that's pretty cool. ^^
So does anything help you write comics? Music, or reading other comics, or what?
I like to listen to music while I make them, but I'm not sure what drives my inspiration. Some days I just don't know what to do, or don't want to make a comic, and some days I'll crank out 4 or more in a day.
4?! Then what's your record of most comics done in a day?
Most in a day? I think that would have to be on my first day or so of comic making. I think I made about 10 or so, haha.
Really!? What made you make so many?
I'm not sure. And while it may be exaggerated a little as I don't remember, I was bored, and had some of the new readers like euben0 asking for more.
So if you had one wish for your comic, what would it be?
One wish? That I would be able to make the ultimate heart wrenching, serious plot ever, and portray it perfectly.
So, umm, just between you and us, do you have any rivals?
Yes. While me and Shiny get along great and work together, I do view us as sort of in competition against each other in making the best comics.
Have you ever crossover with him?
Yes, we've had several. One closer to when I first began making comics, and again recently when we took on Tiny together. And other than in the Comic Olympics, I can't remember any others times.
Well, I guess that brings us to the end of interview. Thanks w111j for taking the time for an interview. T'was very interesting.
You are most welcome. It was fun. =)
Here are some sample issues from AoDA.
If you want to see MORE of AoDA, make sure to see his thread here, or maybe give w111j a PM for more information on it.
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