Desbear, Uselessness, and Chaos

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Alright. Draco’s been having trouble writing as Draco’s continued to have headaches. It seems every year Draco has a month-long head but this year Draco has had it going on 3 months(let’s hope September pans out). Luckily Draco has hardly anything to write about so it’s fine. Even this post which you can see is clearly posted took almost two weeks to write. Anyway Draco just ended up writing about a bunch of anime he watched.

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Draco apparently hates himself really bad. Draco tried watching Danganronpa the Animation( based on Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc. The story follows Makoto Naegi who despite being the equivalent of a piece of toast is selected to go to a school of the most talented elites as the Super Duper Ultimate Luckiest Luckmaster extraordinaire. But it doesn’t stop there; He and his class of Super Duper Ultimate Other Peoples find themselves imprisoned within the blink of an eye. The lovely & hateful Monokuma, a bear of 50% pure malice and 50% impure malice, appears and informs them the only way one can escape is by murdering someone to death till they die without getting caught by any of their wily classmates. ) again. Draco skipped a few episodes because jeez but still it’s better than the previous two attempts where Draco quit during the first episode. Those times Draco watched the dub. Some of those voice actors are pretty prevalent too and hearing them those times just permanently ruined their voices for Draco. The sub version worked better because Draco couldn’t understand the subtle nuances and inflections enough to hate it. Everything else was still bad though. It’s a whodunit that rushes through the investigations. Bits where they show the interface from the game are just a waste of time. They could have had more character development if Naegi didn’t need to generate the visualization of evidence as bullets in his mind, select the correct bullet, and fire said bullet. Pointing would have been enough. One nice thing they did was to allow the other characters to actually speak for themselves. The “tell them Naegi” makes sense in the game because it would be weird if everyone but you solved the mysteries themselves but if that had been in the show well… it would have been about just as bad. It’s like getting a 1 on a test with 100 points as opposed to 0. Sure it’s better but you still failed. They could have done all stick figures one episode and still received the same score. The only real positives are seeing the characters animated(Draco has used gifs from it a few times) and what can only be described as the “Sexy Monokuma Dance” in the OP.

That makes it all worth it. Oh plus since one of the main themes of the series is despair having a show that disappoints everyone is totally on brand.

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Seriously, the games are great. Novels are supposed to be good too. Check’em out.

Since Draco  already had Crunchyroll at hand Draco figured “Eh, let’s watch some other things”. So Draco started and finished Konosuba( The story of the Arch Wizard Megumin on a quest to make things explode often. Also there are some other people.One of them was like resurrected, another is a goddess, and there’s also a tall blonde lady without many good or notable qualities. they want to like defeat like a demon or something. Who knows?). ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Was shouting necessary? No but the show is so good is deserves to get one sentence of shouting. Splendid. The characters are all really good in the well done sense. They all get chances to shine and so you actually get to know them.  Most of them act sort of scummy half the time but the show never tries to make it seem like any of them are paragons of goodness. They also do a good job giving each character their own bit of focus so you actually have a reason to care. Oh and the character relationships are believable instead of a seemingly forced mess like some other show because they actually take the time. Anyway Draco wasn’t planning on doing a review. Draco just highly recommends the adventures of Megumin and the other people who are there.

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Draco took so long writing that paragraph that Draco finished Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid( The story of Miss Kobayashi who got drunk one day and stumbled upon an injured dragon whom she saved and then demanded become her maid which of course makes complete sense. Then some other dragons show up because wouldn’t you be concerned if one of your friends suddenly disappeared to go be someone’s maid). It has dragons. Very cute show.  It has dragons. The character relationships made Draco go “Aww” while Draco’s heart was melted.  It has dragons. Well except for Lucoa’s and Shouta’s. Lucoa is some sort of ex-god dragon who first lead the founding of civilization and Shouta is like 8 at best. Luckily as they are side characters they don’t really take u too much plot space. Oh and remember kids, if someone tells you not to touch them do not touch them. If someone draws away from you in terror do not approach them. That’s a rule regardless of age but age differences make it feel like it’s worse. Actually this is what Draco was talking about before.  In Konosuba this would be treated as the terrible act that it is but in Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid it’s “funny”. It’s a shame too because everything else is cute and fine. Thinking of the other characters gives Draco the feeling of a fond memory. And it has dragons, so that’s cool.

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Framed, Fresh, and Free

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What a great title. Wow.

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Draco looked at the last post and now the iframe is working… When did that happen? iframes are the worst.

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It really says alot about iframes that all Draco had to type in to find this picture was “iframes”

Well there are obviously worse things but iframes are bad. They never work until you make “iframes not working” a topic in your blagpost. Then they decide to be broken till you post and have checked to make sure they’re broken. Sneaky little frames.

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Draco got that switch. A store that doesn’t misuse displays to trick people had 3 of them. Of course Draco also Splatoon 2’d. Draco liked the first one primarily because of the brilliant mascot use and nothing else. This time around Draco’s favorite of the two, Marie, got to be the main.  Draco usually hates platforming but mascots can make anything better. Draco wants to eventually draw Callie’s super cool spoliery outfit and Dio pose but Draco’s been out of commission for essentially all of July and the first part of August. Luckily the Switch can be used anywhere! The battery is definitely terrible though. If you use the charging cable while lying down the cord ends up pressed into you because they put the port( is port the right word?) on the bottom. It only really gets bad after a few hours but that’s kinda the point of extending the battery life so it’s definitely a flaw. The Wii U did it better. Overall the Wii U is just better but the Switch does have good points and no one is going to make anything for the Wii U so it’s necessary. Still, Draco has probably used his Wii U every day Draco possibly could since buying it and will continue to do so into the future. Can’t say the same for the Switch. Well unless they have a really good update or something. Splatfests will be fun. Plus that new Fire Emblem mixed with Dynasty Warriors.

 

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Draco also picked up Pyre and finished that. Draco got a lot done while a feeling bad. Draco also read a few books but those were bad mainly from a character stance. The writing was fine; just a bad main. Everybody else was fine. Anyway Pyre is basically a book too and it’s a great one. Visual Novels are novels! They have novel in the name. What a novel concept. Draco will probably end up copying and pasting the writing Draco’s done so far into that format. Maybe not though. It depends. But Pyre is a lovely novel with a sporty element to it. There is an inherit spoilery problem but the problem does in a way add to your personal story so oh well. Essentially you have to choose people to liberate throughout the story and once you’ve liberated them they go away. The first person you pick will  be at a major disadvantage character developement wise. Regardless Draco probably got the best ending because Draco is the best fictional decision maker everer. The ending song, like all Supergiant Games, was great and apparently it changes based on what you do. Everything was beautiful as always and the characters were all very well done.  There were also a surprising number of choices. Usually you’ll get 4 at most but sometimes they had 8 or more of a strong variety.  Yep, Pyre’s great. That’s all. Here’s the launch trailer if you want it.

 

 

 

 

Red Tropes x Blue History and Some Other Stuff

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You know Draco has been doing that character series. As a result Draco’s been back on the TVTropes, exploring the tropes. AAAAAAAAND somehow Draco found a cool series of videos on tropes on YouTube. Draco doesn’t find videos on TVTropes generally. Moving on!

 

The above is(was) an iframe(originally) so don’t trust it to still exist in 6 minutes. Does anyone else have that issue with iframes where they just vanish? Draco is going to trust you today, iframe.

It vanished. Draco predicted the future here so Draco has to leave it in. Let’s just try the “share video” thing.

Anyway, Draco watched them all and then moved on to some of their other series. They’ve covered a bunch of classic novels and historical… histories. The name Overly Sarcastic Productions is a bit eh but that could be said of many names.  Ignoring that will lead you down a path of learning and… well mostly learning. Best of all they show everyone that Reds and Blues can be on a show together without being engaged in all out combat.

Overall the animation is surprisingly good. It’s strange how you notice audio dyscnc on really high budget anime and game dubs but when you only have a few frames you kinda forget. That’s a major sign that what you’re watching is quality content. This ended up sounding a bit like an ad but Draco already wrote it so we’re going to hit publish.

 

Oh, you know what will fix it? Another topic! Let’s see.

Draco has been having a computer issue for a while now. Draco only had one monitor! That’s not good for a healthy Draco lifestyle.  After much struggle this problem has been rectified. Now Draco has a really big new monitor. It’s almost borderless which is weird but also cool. There is a problem with pen sensitivity and the monitors being farther away but it’ll just take some getting used to.

 

Draco wanted to go get a Switch finally because Splatoon 2 did an early Splatfest and Draco has strong opinions about cake vs ice cream. So Draco went to GameStop because they had at least 5 or 6 just on the shelves gathering dust. But you’ll never guess what the problem was. Turns out they just keep empty boxes on the shelves and they’ve been sold out for a while. They didn’t even label them as display only… Draco remembers the labels. Draco has seen them recently on games. This feels like a deceptive tactic. Just an unlabeled entire display of nothing but cardboard directly next to filled boxes for other consoles.

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Orphan Black is still great.

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Draco tried Ren’Py. Slightly inefficient overall but it does solve some of the problems Draco was having and combined many things Draco enjoys. It’s even the bits of coding that Draco liked. There was a bit where Draco struggled but for some reason Draco typed the file name of an image rather than copying it but Draco wrote it backwards. For example, a file named sunshine. png would be shinesun. png. So not fully backwards. Not sure why that happens but it is a thing Draco does.

 

Unexpected World Building and Fancy Court Parties

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Draco was going to write this post on Saturday but Orphan Black was on. Have you been watching Orphan Black, dear reader? They are ending soon so if you’re one of those people who wont watch something till it’s done well, it’s almost done. It’s fun watching shows on a weekly basis though. At least to Draco. Anyway, character creating thing! Draco foolishly did it. There was a problem that made it difficult but then Draco overcompensated for the problem and made it more difficult. It’ll make more sense when we get to it so let’s get to it!

1st: 17!

2nd: 44!

3rd: 6!

So our archetypes are:

Geisha

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This was the problem.To be an actual 100% Geisha you must have a Japan in your fictional world. Not only that, they go through a very specific training program generally from a young age. With the later issue you really have three options. You can accept that into their backstory and make something fairly generic, you can ignore it and put a geisha “skin” onto your character like Yumi from Code Lyoko till they changed her into a ninja, or you can do what Draco did. As Draco was saying earlier Draco’s fictional world doesn’t have a Japan for them to come from so Draco thought “hey, how would Draco’s fictional countries have done this?”. So to answer that, Draco needed to boil the Geisha down to her essence. As far as Draco can tell from the helpful tourism websites here and here which Draco opened in cached mode because Draco doesn’t trust, it’s not hard to sum up a Geisha. Basically she is a person who has been trained in a variety of arts  and is being paid to attend fancy parties. Essentially a courtier. Draco’s first thought was a socialite so that’s the direction Draco went.

Survivor

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A survivor is alive at least most of the time. If they are dead it should only be briefly in the middle before getting revived. Apparently you heartbeat stops for a bit when you sneeze. Sometimes your heart stops for other reasons. Sometimes someone rips your heart out and hooks it into a machine to make it continue beating as you die on the floor. However it happened, all that matters is that the survivor is alive at the end… so that they can presumably die of old age. The best survivors live forever though. And it should be noted the survivor doesn’t just survive in the usual sense. The survivor never gives up on living. Given the choice between being say, brainwashed or being killed, they would choose the “punch you in the nose interrupt prompt” option and then probably be executed.

Audience Surrogate

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The Audience Surrogate is a surrogate for the audience. They exist to be projected upon or to ask questions the audience is thinking. So the Captain and the Lead Engineer are in a heated debate over Labronbrium engines vs Talmordian Collider engines but you as the viewer have no idea what either of those things are or why it even matters so helpful Ensign Percy, also ignorant and full of questions, will ask for you. This will probably get them scolded since that’s so year one microspaceology and they should know that but they’ll take the time to explain and you’ll get to find out the costs and benefits to each of these imaginary space engines and probably why each person has the opinion that they have. The Audience surrogate ranges from random strangers to the protagonist themselves.  When they are the protagonist the tend to be boring, average, and listless. For example, every( excluding a few spinoff novels ) protagonist in the Danganronpa series as seen above. They exist as a placeholder for you, the audience.

So Draco had a plan. A character who is basically an entertaining socialite, for the most part alive, has a functioning communication system, and a mind with which to form basic questions. Draco started designing one and the problem was fine. Then a new problem showed up. Draco had decided earlier to replace Japan with one of Draco’s fictional countries and base their talents and attire around their culture but off the top of Draco’s head there was at least six countries mapped out. Draco only made one of them deliberately hateable so picking wouldn’t have been easy. Notice the “wouldn’t have been”. That isn’t something you’d say if you made said decision. Draco designed SIX Geisha capable of asking questions and five of those six were alive!

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Let’s do this one at a time from left to right.

We have a happy elf playing the harp. It was difficult to make her nonthreatening with all the triangles but adding more hair tends to solve all problems. The roundness of the face, hair, hips, thighs, and shoes likely assist with that.The smile didn’t even help because of the sharpened teeth but elves would definitely like triangles. Green hair was an easy choice for an elf that isn’t the typical Tolkien blond but Draco  had to think about how this elf would be a Geisha and what an elven nation would value other than talent. Then Draco decided that elves would value time. They live so long the training for an elven Geisha would take an unbelievable number of years. Instead of sandals she has ridiculously tall shoes which really doesn’t phase her because she’s had years of practice. Her waist is inhumanly small because she’s spent decades having it squeezed. Her harp was inspired by a surgery Draco heard about one time. Essentially it was a surgery to make you taller. That seems pretty elf-y right? So what they do is they break your legs and put them in a metal binding device to stretch them. That’s essentially the idea for the entire character. This poor little elf has been broken and stretch repeatedly throughout her life. Her harp is literally a made from the bones in her left arm. You’ll notice her clothing has the same texture as her hair and that’s because it’s her hair. In training she probably didn’t get any and the amount of clothing one ends up with would probably denote rank. Wearing a parka as an elven entertainer would probably denote a real superstar. This particular entertainer is probably very well regarded. As for the audience surrogate aspect, she can ask questions and people who were forced to practice an instrument as a child can probably relate to at least some of her pain.

Our second character is Socialite Witch from Witchtober 2016! Remember her?

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A Socialite Witch getting totally authentic non-magical applause after saying something hilarious.

Love how WordPress saves the captions by the way. Great. So when Draco decided that the angle would be talented socialites Draco jumped on the chance to remaster her. Her design was mostly Draco wanting to do fanart of Butterscotch from Syrup and the Ultimate Sweet and realizing 3 seconds in that that’s not what she looks like at all. Now it’s even less like Butterscotch but this outfit does have the shoulder thingies. Draco doesn’t know what they’re called but Rachel from Orphan Black had one on one of the recent episodes and without it the character looks kinda plain. It’s a problem which is harder to have in chibi form. Anyway, Socialite Witch in her very limited previous characterization is a socialite and she probably thinks she’s more amusing than she is. Her magic seems to be primarily used to stroke her own ego. The flashlights are based on flashlights Draco has or had. The faces can produce sounds like laughter or ooing but like the hands she can control them. It would be weird to summon sentient hands and faces and also counterproductive. There are probably better examples of entertainers in Cohavy but Draco likes references to past works. Hey she probably had some sort of ettique lessons at some point so it works out.

Third we have a catpartygirl from the country Draco made deliberately hateable. It’s ruled by the worst types of people and many of the people living their just love to eat up the idiocy all “there are as many lights as you like” style. Luckily for everyone the tendency for the several judges who rule CynarqolastalidaBgork to make the worst decisions one could imaginably make allows for other nations to walk all over them. Their military is the equivalent of a person playing civ and only having 17 science by turn 100. They’ve been at war with pretty much everyone for a while but their most embarrassing struggle involves a completely unguarded lake they keep trying to claim but whoa drowning. Can’t figure out boats. They have to steal them usually but that’s hard without boats. Infrastructure is sparse at best despite the many prebuilt structures scattered about. Additionally this world has a very active deity presence and since Draco is essentially the deity of said world being the creator and all the people of CynarqolastalidaBgork do not live healthy or happy lives ;Consistent pestilence, heat waves, cold snaps, monster attacks, meteor showers, etc are all things that this region faces. The way their social gatherings and fancy court parties would go leans more towards forgetting as opposed to a scavenger hunt for coins and loud exclamations that Philippe is a jerk like the cool sorts of court parties.So her talents would include dancing the pain away, keeping up a carefree demeanor despite everything, and a high tolerance. Her training probably involved an iv drip. Her outfit aside from the cat keyhole bra which Draco just included because cats is designed for warm temperatures but also raves. The palette was inspired by cats and a little heterochromia was thrown in because it’s common in cats and Draco’s never done it before( maybe?). As a survivor, well anyone who wakes up in the morning from CynarqolastalidaBgork except for maybe the judges who have plot armor, the eastern bits which were conquered regions(i.e. the aren’t cursed with Draco’s wrath), or are a member of the upper middle class in the bigger cities( Because you’re neither rich enough or poor enough to murder). Anyway she can ask questions( she clearly still has a tongue despite that being a thing they’d do here) and you may relate if you feel the world is plotting against you.

Fourth we have a character who isn’t arguably a survivor. She is an Undead Cosplayer. Draco forgot about the survivor bit but technically you could say someone who died but is still alive is an even better survivor than a living person. How is she supposed to ask questions with that zipper mouth mask thing you ask? Well she’d probably mumble a lot but not all costumes are practical. Removing a limb to be authentic just shows the dedication she has for cosplay. Why is she dedicated to cosplay you ask? Well in the mostly dead land of Paxaac, you social standing is very much determined by your skill with the needle. In the Oscars of Paxaac best costume design would be considered more prestigious than best picture every time. Acting is another trait the undead value highly for some reason. As such cosplay is the highest form of art in Paxaac. Anyway despite the saturation of some of the colors and the glowing arm she still has a subdued air which Draco appreciates. The stabby stick arm gets the point across and has nice implications for whatever character it is she’s trying to portray. Maybe they’re from some sort of Victorian horror story? The dress is a bit asymmetrical but asymmetry is cooler plus it’s probably hard to get into a costume while missing an arm you’re used to so it’s defensible. The tiny waist wasn’t intentional, it just kinda happened. It does seem better than the last one though because it’s not like she needs to breathe or have functioning organs. Maybe she was snapped in half and that’s all that’s holding her together. She had a glowing eye most of the way through but it was metaphorically cut out because Draco is still figuring out how to do neon. Draco likes the one eye covered better here anyway. Maybe if you’ve worked really hard on a costume before you’d see her struggle.

Number five is really muscular. The Independent State of Crotor is all about craftsmanship. Draco figured since they love chiseling they’d want to be entertained by someone with a chiseled physique. Foremost they’re an ice sculptor but Crotor is probably big on appearance even if they don’t say it. For some unknown reason Draco just liked this design no matter what Draco did with it. There was going to be more steampunk-y aspects but everything just flowed well. Just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s bad. They probably brought that mug with them considering every other drink is in glasses. They also probably have ice powers considering their hair is light blue. Overall their demeanor seems very cool. A hard worker is probably relatable to some and they certainly aren’t dead.

Number six was thrown out for throwing knives. This isn’t that type of venue.

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So you thought we were done being foolish. It turns out Draco designed FIVE(Technically four since one was a previous character but also technically Draco DID design them) characters and one host. When Draco wrote six Draco didn’t have the picture or any of the PSDs up. So rather than fixing that Draco designed the knife thrower who was originally going to be left out.

She seems to be a fairly stoic one but also kinda adorable. This time Draco did the eyelids really late so for most of the design process she had extremely wide eyes in the shocked sense not the literal sense. Her outfit is standard rouge with some added warmth since she’s from the northernmost country and a bit of a uniform twist since said country originally started as a cult. There are a lot of pouches to hold plenty of knives. The sort of armor-y bits have a target motif because after Googling knife throwing that was the only consistent thing there. The face scars and the line on the nose were in the initial rough sketch and Draco liked them so much they stayed. She and her people have plenty of experience doing things like throwing knives because they’re at war with essentially invisible ghosts. She and her kin can see them but no one else can despite there being actual ghosts in this world who people from all the nations can see. It’s kinda like finding proof of Big Foot but as you’re receiving your Nobel Prize or whatever you catch a glimpse of Bigger Foot. So while everyone can do whatever job they want in the Brairlot Community such as being a knife thrower, they also have to fight the forces of evil ghosts who the poor ignorant fools everywhere else cannot see. This probably makes her a pretty good knife thrower since ghosts are hard to hit with knives. Sword swallowing is probably another well-respected performance the Brairlot Community would be interested in. Chainsaw juggling! Fire spitting! Professional dart artist. They’re the multitasking sort.

And lastly there is the guest of honor. You might remember them from mermay.

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When Draco decided there would be a counter in the foreground Draco knew there would be glasses on it. Then Draco remembered this mermaid. The outfit had to be different. Draco realized that they’re a merprincess and it’d  be strange for a princess to wear the same outfit every time unless it’s some sacred princess outfit( which the original most certainly was not). In the new more royal outfit the crest kinda looks like the USB symbol but it’s supposed to be trident-like. If anything they ripped off tridents. It also has that classic seashell bikini so it’s like traditional for mermaids. Anyway the lack of royalness in the first picture can be explained by her lack of enthusiasm towards the whole royalty thing. Like an Arya but will less sweet sweet murder killing action. So the whole scene is of a birthday celebration, the royal parents invited or payed all these characters from across the  continent in hopes of entertaining the merprincess but they’re just like “Naw. I’ll take another Sparkle Star”. Also all the drinks are from VA-11 HALL-A. Cobalt Velvets were Draco’s favorite drink but it is served in a glass that looks like it was made by Draco when they made him use the pottery wheel. Give Draco some clay and a knife and it’s fine but add a wheel and only tragedy will remain. Anyway the only thing that’s really changed design wise aside from the outfit is the hair which is slightly done up more. There was probably some effort put into attending but it most likely involved a lot of sighing. She really does have impressive tail strength though. Clap clap clap.

So compared to the other two this is both shorter and longer. Shorter for each character but longer word count wise. Also Orphan Black kept being on. And then Draco wanted all the Steam Stickers. Draco expects no complaints because this took forever and then more forever. Draco even had to update the map with names. Draco had preciously only used the colors assigned. The “blue country neighbors green” sort of thing. Then Draco was reading and some areas had to be specific cardinal directions from other areas based on previous writing. Luckily Photoshop is a magical program. The six rather than five bit was rough but manageable because they weren’t from CynarqolastalidaBgork.

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The names of some of them may change because Draco came up with them spur of the moment but they probably won’t. The more you say something like this the more official it will inevitably become. Draco had more to say but Draco went to sleep mid paragraph. It was probably about how Draco hasn’t named any of the characters yet. Draco did have an idea but it’s even more work. Let’s name them now!

So for our Elven Harpist Draco has pulled up two of those elf names with meanings generators and we’ll try mixing some.

So Gannel seems to mean harp. Seems pretty reasonable. The available suffixes seem to be -iel -wen -dess -neth -gwend.

Ganneliel, maybe Ganniel.

Gannelwen just sounds silly.

Ganneldess?

Ganneth? Absolutely not.

Gannelgwend?

Laer appaerently means song; we could add that in.

Gannelaeriel might have too many syllables.

Gennelaereth is fine but doesn’t really feel like HER name, ya know?

Lind means music!

Lindlaereth? Music song.

How about Laeriel? Too much like Larry? Probably.

Linddess? Draco googled it and apparently a potentially camgirl already grabbed it. Draco isn’t going to click the links and all it says is Linddess 26. Oh also something called “Sexytime Mecha Linddess”. So no.

Laerdes is someone on DeviantArt who exclusively draws elves it would seem.

How about Nelindes? It has a bit of everything and sounds ok. Draco is excited about it. Apparently in Estonian it means running. That’s fine. So that’s one down. Jeez.

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Miranda comes to mind but apparently a cartoon called W.I.T.C.H had a Miranda.

The problem is thinking of names that Draco doesn’t already have some sort of negative relationship with. Also Tabitha is off the table because Draco already decided the catgirl’s name would be C-Tabitha. Late Spoiler alert.

Has Draco used Sophia for anything yet? But it needs to be all Witchy. Sohfy? Sophea? Maybe just Sophia.

For the Undead Cosplayer, Airah. It’s apparently a real name but Draco was basing it on Cosplayer sounding names. Many cosplayers have usernames that start with A for some reason.

The Ice Sculptor shall be Sculbi. So Scul as in Sculptor and bi as in Bifrost. Admittedly Bifrost is a rainbow bridge and has nothing to do with ice but it has the word frost in it so that’s good enough.

Knife Thrower is tricky.

No direct knife puns or anything.

Précinon? 

Cherkey?

Pearca?

Clovalla? No.

April?

Liltee?

Letje?

It needs to be cute but also a name.

Draco asked his mom. Sienna Roan. That’s the suggestion not Draco’s Mom’s name. It’s a good suggestion. We shall go with that. Knife throwers name is now Sienna Roan. Yay!!!

And lastly the merprincess is named Persimanny Yartiza Tavalih. Draco’s thought process was the feminine version of Percival but they ended up not really working out. Eventually Draco remembered persimmons exist but that’s hardly a name so Persimanny. The only result for Persimanny was a person asking if it’s too spunky. That’s perfect, ya know?

Wow that took forever. Multiple Orphan Blacks passed. The season had only just begun when Draco started this. It was like episode 2 or 3. So many characters. Kinda like Orphan Black. They sure do have lots of characters on that show.  Most of these though are just side characters at best and none of them are played by Tatiana Maslany. It was probably a good idea to fix up the map and the national lore. If you’re wondering why two of the nations didn’t get a character well you’d be wrong because there’s another secret continent slightly ofscreen so that’s three characters. Plus there is a underworld because clearly everyone has it too well and they need to suffer. That’s not even counting the secret secrets either. Anyway for the ones you knew about, well Sildurenth was mentioned previously and while it still technically exists, mostly because Crotor allows it kinda like how countries sometimes tolerate royalty even after they have no power.  As for Slimera they do have bubble parties but the star of those is the bubbles. Speaking of tolerating, Draco is getting pretty tired of autocorrect horribly changing the meaning of sentences. Grrr. Next time this needs to be shorter.

Anyway here, here, and here are the lists. Draco would like to do more of these. If you’d like to try, here are Draco’s latest roles. If Draco has the time to do this again, these will probably be the numbers used. Not even Draco knows the resulting archetype combination yet.

1st: 10!

2nd: 32!

3rd: 1…!

Since there are three now instead of two feel free to drop one if you don’t like it.

 

 

 

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Draco’s horoscope said this will be a bad time for inspiration but if Draco can work through it that’ll be golden. They did not use those exact words but that’s essentially the gist. They used significantly more words to say the above repeatedly. That’s exactly what all of Draco’s English teachers said not to do. Draco is shocked how utterly uninspired he feels. Before this Draco was writing a review of a game but Draco was just not into it. Those probably need to be written in one sitting to just get the thoughts out but still Draco should feel better about it. EVEN THIS. Draco is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO tempted to just delete this entire paragraph. Before this Draco did a sketch and only did the skeleton. You know what sort of character has a skeleton? Most of them. It usually isn’t the distinguishing feature.

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Draco got some of these tiny Gundam model kits. FYI Draco has resorted to talking about stuff on his desk. Oh and not the cute chibi SD ones but just tiny regular ones. Draco would tell you the scale but Draco couldn’t read the box at all. They are pretty cheap and semi-blindbox-y. Draco likes them for some reason. Draco doesn’t like the “putting them together” part. Draco doesn’t like how they did 10% paint( 80% the natural plastic color) 10% stickers. You need to go either all or nothing when it comes to stickers. They cute though.

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Draco has some photos to post but Draco wants to edit them and when Draco goes to do that Draco does the draw draw instead. That’s probably a run on sentence but Draco doesn’t know where you’d break that without making it sound bad. Also that whole, want to delete the post thing is still going on. It’s like a pressure on Draco’s head that says no. The no pressure. Draco is going to go read! See you in exactly one line of space because the passage of time will be differently conveyed to you. Actually Draco adds pictures after writing so it’ll be a gif of a clock.

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Draco did the reading and the sleeping. Draco isn’t feeling totally uninspired anymore BUT that’s a problem. That was the central premise of this post. Draco does have literal head pressure but Draco’s already done a post on that. Anyway this post is kinda in a paradoxical space. Draco’d explain how but, you know, head pain. And now it’s been another day. It’s consistently getting worse and yet somehow better.

Sleeping on the Future and Rich Tiny Animals.

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So if you remember Draco had some numbers in the last posts and they correlated with another character that Draco said he’d make. Draco did that. It took a while. Mainly because Draco is doing Mermay still. It would have been easy to just put a tail on the character buuuuuuuuut Draco did not. Draco didn’t have a good reason for it. Draco just went with the flow and admittedly the first few versions were really bad but the final one was just like a lightning bolt of exactly correctness. You can’t fight a lightning bolt well. Anyway Draco shall now proceed to use too much page space to remind you what the numbers were.

4!

40!

37!

So our archetypes are:

Beady-Eyed Loser

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This is arguably not an archetype in and of itself. This is a tool to say this character is not stunningly beautiful in a world where all faces are kinda samey. It’s slightly similar to scientists who have spiral glasses or sometimes eyes to denote that they are loopy. At minimum they have small eyes and some trait that makes them different from the average person. They are either a background character or they get portrayed in a more positive light because harping on how ugly a character in the main cast is would make the creator seem like a pointless bully.

Samaritan

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The list probably meant Good Samaritan based on the description of “does good deeds wherever he goes” and we shall go with that. It should be noted that Good Samaritans can be anyone; not just exclusively guys. Also Bad Samaritans exist as well. The Good Samaritan just can’t help helping. If you need a shirt on your back and they don’t have a shirt either they will peel the skin off their back and make it into a shirt for you. If you tell them you don’t want to wear their creepy skin shirt they’ll go out and sell their kidney so they can buy you a shirt. If you find the shirt doesn’t suit your sense of fashion they’ll sell the other kidney. They are just really good people. This usually comes at expense to themselves though not always. They tend to receive nothing but hardship and friendship for their deeds. If they end up becoming villains they still retain their need to help others which can be weird. They are the type to act honorable even though they have bad intentions. Say they are in a fight with the hero and the hero trips on a convenient vine. The Good Samaritan villain will help the hero up and may even offer a couch and some ice so they can rest their leg. The Good Samaritan is genuinely good even when they’re bad.

Herald

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The herald kicks off the story. The herald could be a person or a piece of paper in a trash can. Anything can be the herald. It could be as simple as a person showing up and saying “do this thing”. Maybe the Herald burns down your village. Maybe the Herald is a disease and the cure is only found in some faraway place. The Herald is the call to action sometimes personified. When personified and not evil they tend to have some sort of wisdom though not necessarily because as previously stated a signpost can do their job excellently.

Here’s Draco’s character.

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She is mostly triangles and circles which says she is probably friendly and dynamic. Her pose is full to the brim with sass and confidence so that assumption would be right. Just look at that big toothy grin and exposed shoulder. Her clothing doesn’t fit the architecture of the sub-par background buildings and her hair is a metaphorical birds nest but she doesn’t seem bothered by it. She is truly an avatar of confidence.  She also isn’t bothered by an actual animal nesting in her hair. There must be a lot of kindness behind those tiny, slightly bloodshot and baggy eyes. But considering her larger than normal smile and tiny tired eyes she has probably seen some things that have negatively affected her mental state. We’ll know for sure once we get into her backstory.

It supposedly helps a person fall asleep to review the days events. Serafine Dowrvix can’t be sure if that would help her because every time she’d to fall asleep she has been bombarded by snippets of the future. From her first time closing her eyes as an infant all the way every day into adulthood her minds been filled with series after series of events which had not yet happened. Mostly mundane events like walking your cat or drinking muffin batter. Sometimes it would be people who needed help. Sometimes it was a tree. It was mostly confusing but Serafine grew up with it and it didn’t really keep her up or anything. That is until one night when for the briefest of moments the snippets were darker. They were sights that would make a mortician charge extra. Serafine was distraught at first. a moment didn’t provide enough information to help all these poor people. But Serafine wasn’t the type to give up. If she didn’t know enough to make us of her gift she’d just have to learn! So began a journey to see as many sights and help as many people as possible.If she couldn’t yet make the future better she might as well improve the present. Off the beaten path she discovered the site of one of her gruesome murder visions. After some successful detective work and unyielding enthusiasm she determined the murder had not occurred yet. Through patience and the ability to stand in place Serafine confronted and then chased off the murderer moments before the event would occur. The victim, a small greatbear named Lanstrom Garsideon, was predictably thankful. The two proceeded towards Lanstrom’s summer cottage so that he could properly compensate his rescuer. ALAS! the cottage was covered in murderers! it seems the first thug was hired by Lanstrom’s Uncle Gidyawnt, and Gidyawnt really wanted the family fortune. An arrangement was struck on the fly; Serafine would provide a place of residence and Lanstrom would spend as much of his money as possible before being murdered( Some of which would go to helping Serafine on her journey( It would mostly go to one of Lanstroms many vices)). Now rich, Serafine loaded Lanstrom into a nest she’d fashioned from her hair and snuck off towards adventure!

Bet you’d have never guessed Serafine is a name that people have. Draco has never met one. Turns out it does exist. It’s also not really possible to be the herald of your own backstory so Draco just assumes that this is her story but she could appear in other stories as a herald. She’d be like a blithesome Gandalf. Gandalf isn’t the herald of his backstory but he certainly is in the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. Draco isn’t sure when the seeing the future idea happened but it makes a plausible explanation for having such tiny pupils. People burdened with visions of the future like this are usually mad but Draco figured since people tend to learn to live with things that she’d be relatively fine. The idea for an animal in her hair came pretty early but considering she is a Good Samaritan who feels such a compulsion to help others the idea for a rich and self-centered animal popped up. Draco imagines the that she changes the type of hat she wears ever so often, so she’ll know about when something will happen if she sees herself. The kimono was because of a mermay outfit but it works. The pattern could serve the same purpose as the funny hats even though the entire premise is slightly flawed. She doesn’t sleep well. Draco probably would have made an old greek tale seer but the Good Samaritan bit made her significantly more chipper and in the design process she just ended up really confidant. It’s probably not the best fit but her positivity just seems more compelling than some crone spitting out typewritten monkey scratch fortunes. Draco would root for her. Since she has that blithersome Gandalf thing going on she could conceivably Herald many stories as a cameo gueststar. When Draco does more of these maybe Serafine will be the herald for those stories.  Hopefully the next character has star power instead of support power.

Now to draw 3 new numbers! Remember you can find the lists here, here, here.

1st: 17!

2nd: 44!

3rd: 6!

Since there are three now instead of two feel free to drop one if you don’t like it. Draco’s really excited to find out the amazing combination these numbers can make!

 

The Ghosts of Shame and Rebellions are Built on Hope!

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The other day someone said to Draco, “what is an archetype?”

That’s not important though. That’s just the intro. So Draco went to go get a list of archetypes. Draco picked out two lists. After writing this paragraph Draco found a third more sensical list from tvtropes but Draco added this into the middle of said paragraph so the following portion won’t acknowledge that at all.  Next Draco absorbed the descriptions of these archetypes through an ancient technique called reading. Theeeeeeeen Draco came up with an idea. Using the power of numbers and generators of such Draco picked two numbers at random. The first number was

52!

 

But then Draco had to go obtain the second number. What do you think it’s going to be? It’s a number greater than 1 and less than 60. The answer is

37!

So after obtaining the numbers Draco went to that corresponding archetype and jotted it down in notepad. Theeeeeeeeeeeen Draco designed a character with aspects of these archetypes.

So our archetypes are:

Shana Clone

A petite young lady from a background where “petite young lady” is something a person would actually say. So she’s rich or at the very least has a general air of upper class. She generally treats others according to their perceived class( i.e. extremely polite to the king, extremely dismissive of the peasant) and is prone to violent outbursts. So she’s the type of tsundere that thinks it’s ok to assault people any time she’s mad but she has an actual reason to think she’s important(status). Not a good reason but you know. She also has long hair and at least some bangs.  Oh and stockings. That is important for some reason.

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Rebel/ Revolutionary

The Rebel/ Revolutionary rebels/ revolts.

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They are driven to fight something. That sounds vague but the rebel could be rebelling against a postal worker. “They think they’re so important. Well now I’ve set up online money paying or whatever. If only I weren’t also rebelling against technology. I’d know what it’s called. Enemy of my enemy but they’re all still my enemy!”. More than likely they are trying to overthrow an oppressive organization who commits crimes against humanity( or whatever. Centaurmanity?). They probably do their fighting with weapons but they could fight with song and/or dance. Generally they have a cause but sometimes they don’t. Their tends to be a direct relationship between the oppressor and the rebel. The rebel doesn’t just decide to be a rebel because “Justice”. Usually it’s stuff like “You guys killed almost everyone in my town” or “you shot my dog and me and left us for dead.” and now the rebel and their cyborg dog are going to rouse the local malcontents and help them burn your house down you monster. They probably don’t have anything more than a logo as opposed to some sort of military uniform. They may have some sort of ancient relic which symbolizes like “freedom”, “the one true king”, etc. Scars are likely. They probably wear a headband and desaturated blue or green is probably part of their color-scheme.

Here is Draco’s character.

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As you can see, she has her arms crossed and wears a face of disapproval. Her clothes are okay but it’s not a full on princess motif. The stockings are obscured by the coat but they exist. One thing she has rebelled against is pants. Her hair is fairly straight but it’s not as if her lady in waiting brushes each strand 10000 times. Draco tried several variations without the bangs like that but full bangs work the best. The ombre is just cute and also it’s pretty common for there to be rebels with their hair dyed so it works. You may have noticed a big scar on her face but do not worry it’s part of her backstory and doesn’t hurt at all. There were going to be more scars but simple is usually best. Her face is fairly angular while essentially everything else is a square.  There are some circular aspects but you get that she’s fairly uptight. As for that backstory,

There once was a glorious empire, The Sildurenth Empire, it never oppressed anyone and had absolutely no problems. It was the age of King Rotel the Easily Deposed. There was not one living soul who hated King Rotel. Unfortunately for King Rotel, Deathmaster Cy, Vverseer of the  Unending Nation of Paxaac, was not a living soul. Using the arcane power of pointing out obscure laws everyone forgot about Deathmaster Cy forced King Rotel into stepping down. So began the reign of Deathmaster Cy the Creepy Dead King Who Has a Kinda Cute Sister. It was an age of darkness. Arguably because of clouds but mostly because of tyranny. King Rotel, long after having children, died of food eating. His eldest son Bereut The Mostly Ignored, used his strategic genius and overwhelming charisma to assemble an army to take back the kingdom. Righteously he marched through hordes of undead and freed the entire southern region. Deathmaster Cy the Creepy Dead King Who Has a Kinda Cute Sister claimed it was fine since it’s not like any of his soldiers died and that it’s hard to find anyone who wanted to maintain the supply lines to that region anyway so why not just ignore it but clearly it was fear of Bereut The Mostly Ignored’s might sword! Later he died of gout. Now all that stands in the way of darkness is Bereut The Mostly Ignored’s daughter, Marya the Yet To Be Titled. She shall wield her years of intense training and her families sword to vanquish all who stand in her way as the one true Queen! She has already recovered the royal circlet of arcane might and made strong alliances with nations to the west and to the east. Soon the dead shall be returned to their accursed island. Glory to Sildurenth!

So Ya Marya is under a lot of pressure to live up to her ancestors and also not secretly be a complete and total failure like her father and grandfather before her. Not only was she completely sheltered from the “war” with her father because the enemy is scary/ icky but she also wasn’t taught how to run a successful revolution and was only minimally taught how to run an ineffective one. Sure she can tell you all about the logistics and list the middle names of every lord and lady of the land but her sword was made for swinging and no one bothered to show her how to do more than holding it. Well it was actually made to hang on a mantle but you know… Her royal circlet was sent to her by Cy on the day of her father’s death but since it’s fairly important it literally hangs on her head as a constant reminder of her grief, her shame, her enemy, and her responsibility. As such she can be a bit angry and she never really learned how to handle her emotions spending all day with her narcissistic father. The scar on her face was originally something she painted on herself in one frustration one day and now she has to keep putting it on to avoiding convincing everyone she’s a fake. Of course that’s impossible because everyone could tell the first time she did it and no amount of makeup can erase their memories but they all pretend just as they pretended their great king didn’t die trying to swallow a chicken.

Anyway here, here, and here are the lists. Draco would like to do more of these. If you’d like to try, here are Draco’s latest roles. If Draco has the time to do this again, these will probably be the numbers used. Not even Draco knows the resulting archetype combination yet.

1st: 4!

2nd: 40!

3rd: 37!

Since there are three now instead of two feel free to drop one if you don’t like it.

Notice: Draco started writing this and noticed almost every* word was being autocorrected horrendously. Take that as you will. Entire sentences could have been altered under Draco’s nose.

*exaggeration

 

Revelations and Real Centaurs

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Draco has been intently focused on a couple things recently.

One: Draco has been playing Fire Emblem. First Conquest and then Revelations which apparently exists.

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You can really tell there is a version called Revelations, right? It’s not as if they heavily advertised only two of the three versions or anything.

Yep. Definitely advertised all three versions really well. #Option3

Draco will talk more about this later when Draco has finished the apparently super top-secret version.

Two: Centaurs. Why you ask? Well Draco isn’t a magical answer machine. No one can know the impossible information. Anyway, centaur clothes. Centaur chairs. Centaur cars. Centaur beds. Centaur showers. Assuming a fantasy setting is not destroyed by the evil thing and centaurs aren’t wiped out technology will advance with the centaur body in mind. Maybe centaur are cool with bathing in rivers and sleeping in hay with loin cloths and nothing else but no no no they absolutely would not. If Sid Meier’s Civilization has taught us anything it’s that they’ll want to obtain our blue jeans and our pop music. How would they wear these blue jeans? Would they wear two pairs and have an exposed horse midriff? Would they have special horse-sized pants? would their shirts go all the way down and have four arm holes? If they wore a skirt would it cover the horse back? If only the back half of the horse portion needs to be covered would the front half just be out and about? Can you imagine the space suits for the first centaur in space? But what about sitting? Their chairs wouldn’t be able to have backs. They could have a trough like structure with a sort of u shape maybe. They’d never be able to lean back or spin around in spiny chairs. No, NO! They could! If you made a heavily supported spiny chair and made the seat large enough for them to get all four feet on they could perch on the chair. Oh and apparently some people solved the back thing( pictured below).

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For a moment there Draco was excited because that seemed like a breakthrough, but then Draco realized that even if someone spent the money to get that sort of thing designed and produced most centaurs wouldn’t be able to access or afford one. The same goes for space. Ideally the centaurs themselves would develop the technology and then it would be a matter of trading between the two species. In the real world not every building has a wheelchair ramp so it’s not like a fantasy world would accommodate centaurs. Imagine the price of centaur friendly homes. Women’s pants tend to be more expensive and the only change there is less pocket space so centaur pants would cost an arm and a leg while simultaneously having no pockets. Centaurs would probably get hired in labor intensive jobs and well… you know but desk jobs and such are unlikely.  Welp, Draco’s sad now. Like, maybe this world would have magic so they’d have less trouble constructing centaur friendly buildings but odds are they’d treat them horribly. Yep. Draco’s learned enough about history to know what would happen to the centaurs.

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Well that’s a shame. Draco’s fantastically friendly fantasy world has been tainted by retrospective thought.

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But then again Draco is basing these sad thoughts on a world that didn’t have centaurs. Maybe mutual cooperation would lead to drastic changes in architecture. It’s not right to think of it as a human world adapting to centaurs. This would be a world that has centaurs at least partially in mind. There is a good chance that humans will argue with and murder them( Like 90% of fantasy novels include elven genocide)  but there is also a chance everyone will work together! Draco hopes everyone can get along. Plus since it’s Draco imagining this hypothetical centaur world that basically makes Draco their god so Draco can just force them to get along probably.  Either way it’ll end happily whether everyone likes it or not.

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But this is stuff is all a genre , right? We need more books about this! Go write a book about this stuff. Not the sort where it’s like secret magic; Draco demands something like the first cyclops Prime Minister! Do it right now. Even if it’s just a brief novella about the brave harpy pilots during World War VI.

The Headache Headache and March Lies in April

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March. Draco’s horoscope said it would not be a great month. They also said a bunch of other things but most of those things were less accurate. Draco had a rather cool post about character design but while getting pictures for it Draco had this horrible headache which Draco suspects is actually a migraine but oh well semantics and it lasted for about 4 days. It’s a bit of a mess. Hopefully Draco doesn’t get another one.

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Then there’s the other problem. WordPress seems to be having trouble loading work people have done. At one point this ended up causing Draco’s entire portfolio to be erased but luckily it wasn’t hard( It was hard now that it’s done it seems less so) to just go back to a previous version and fix it. With or without a portfolio though Draco wants to get a post out. Hopefully April will be better. April Fools’ Day was annoying because some people chose to celebrate it early but since that was technically in March you can’t entirely blame April.

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So we have a post out finally. Hopefully the next one has a better topic. Draco has a bunch of cool photos but that requires downloading photos.

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Long Wars and Long Thoughts

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Draco got into XCOM 2’s Long War 2 mod this past week( or two). It’s long but it’s not that long. Draco stalls a lot while playing XCOMs which makes it longer. Draco doesn’t plan on reviewing it because it’s a mod and also Draco is still stalling. Draco will however give his thoughts.

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Draco was kind and explaned the joke in this caption but the tab closed without saving. Clearly the universe didn’t want you to get it. Take that up with your nearest Universal Representative.

They aren’t really long thoughts though; that’s just the title. They are average length thoughts. Let’s go!

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Thought 1: Is it actually a mod? Long War was a mod but is the sequel one?  Like sure it’s a modification but usually when the creator of the game releases new anything it’s called a dlc. Because they’re being paid by the people making the game it’s more like an independent contractor making dlc than a fanwork. Like they could have conceivably charged everyone instead of making it a free mod and no one would really complain because it has more content than the other dlc they released for about $20. If you had a different chef make food at your resteraunt the customer wouldn’t say they got food from some random stranger; they’d say they ate at your resteraunt.  It’s not a big deal but it’s something Draco’s thought about a few times. Draco thought about other situations like this and Draco realized Draco has the opposite opinion in some cases( for example fan art being created by the series creator) so both sides are valid.

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Thought 2: The thing Draco liked most about XCOM 2 aside from the “It’s XCOM” part was that they did away with the “buy individual guns for everyone” thing and that the psionic soldiers had lots of cool abilities. Long War 2 adds lots of things and takes both of those away. Luckily Draco sort of modded them back in. Here have the mods if you want.

Mass Producing Stuff Mod

Psi Partial Fix

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Thought 3: XCOM 2 introduced the faceless. It’s a horrible gooey alien that can assume human form.They’re like a landmine for those trying to help people. Dispicable really. In Long War 2 they get their own little mission called Rendezvous. A Faceless has infiltrated the resistance and you have to go follow them, stop them, yadda yadda. Such scandal and intrigue await you, the first time at least. The 40th time, knowing that there will be the same number of enemies in essentially the same places, watching that 10 second animation of a person wriggling about and being like “Whoa guys check it out I’m not actually a person!”. Ultimately the thing with Long War in general is it isn’t necessarily long; it’s just repetitive.

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Thought 4: The actual dlc missions aren’t starting and it makes Draco a bit sad. Draco finished before those came out and Draco wanted to see what they were. Draco did get the robofriend and the crossbow gun. Give Draco snakes.

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Update: Draco found out how to use the dev console and make it happen but that’s sorta worse than no snakes at all. You shouldn’t have to force snakes. Also it reminded Draco of the cli and Draco hates that sort of thing. It reminds Draco of DOS and DOS is rightfully dead. Ew.

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Update: The snake was fun.

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