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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 Urhorth, 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.

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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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Harry Potter and the Posturing Pieces of Pathetic Trash

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It should be noted Draco wrote this post a week or two ago so this isn’t about the Piers Morgan acting like a sniveling child about Harry Potter thing.  For now we’ll avoid such topics and keep our titles friendly. Plus Draco essentially summed up his opinion on that here so you know…

So the other day someone was all mad that people reference Harry Potter in conversation. That was followed up by a statement that adults aren’t reading adult books anymore. Draco was pretty annoyed. Admittedly Draco was pretty annoyed both before and after reading that but this annoyance is at least blagable.

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Does that remind anyone else of those products that are like “This is for men only”. If you need to drink a specific brand of soda or use a special razor to prove you’re a man or you need to read some magical adult books to try and prove you’re an adult you most certainly are not remotely close to either.

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First of all an “adult” book is a pornographic one. That’s obviously not the point but if you’re going to whine about how people choose to communicate it’s totally fair for Draco to rip apart your word choice. The odds that such books are popular enough to use as a reference that is expected to be understood by others are fairly low. Even if one such book stood above the rest would people really want to talk about it in a public space? Ya no.

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Anyway a real adult book is a book that an adult reads. If you can’t stand that new books are being referenced more than what you consider a classic well you’re on the same train as people who will defend “whom” to the death. First station is right out the door. People use popular literature to better communicate their ideas using a common understanding. If people are communicating effectively and understanding one another that’s something everyone should be happy about. It’s not as if YA Novels are those cardboard 6 page long picture books with occasional finger puppet integration. Even if a person did reference such a picture book if it helps contextualize an idea or solve a problem it’s a benefit to society.

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There was also something about if you compare the real world to the fictional world you won’t be able to distinguish what’s real which is a fairly common argument for someone whining about people referencing the same thing over and over again. You’d think someone complaining about repetitive comparisons would be more original. Ultimately most people who read fiction won’t just assume they’re a wizard  but plenty of people will dream about ways to solve problems and make our lives a little more magical. It’s also not true that novels that hypothetically fall under the blanket of “books for adults”( Because remember the term Adult Book represents a generally unrealistic genre) are devoid of the supernatural. Books that do not include any fictional elements are known as nonfiction. They make nonfiction books for all ages.

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Oh there was one more point. Draco tried to find the tweet again later but found an article that said essentially the same thing. They made the point that adults should read every book since the creation of books in order as it was supposedly intended. This would be considered a not completely idiotic point if everyone caught vampirism. As vampires are fictional creatures and we can’t catch their affliction the point is very stupid. Every book is not part of some bloated conjoined series and if you see a book it’s probably safe to read it. Also many books are written in dead languages. How are you supposed to make that work? We can’t all be the Pope. Many books are written in a wide variety of languages. Do we have to read re-releases and translations too? Anyway this idea is impractical and ridiculous. Draco doubts the people saying all this nonsense have ever read a book.

Vlogblogs and Re:release- Scamming Students With Another Chapter

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Draco’s been watching many vlogs lately. The people who make these vlogs also have blogs. We may not even be fully through the first note yet but on a side not this post already has a rhyme so you know it’ll be good. So Draco checked out the vloggers blogs and what Draco discovered was shocking.

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Then after being electrocuted Draco noticed that the blogs and vlogs were exactly the same. The blog was just them reading their blog post. Maybe the blog was just a transcript of what they said in the vlog. Who knows… Does all of that make sense though? Does the voice alone justify the double post? It’s nice to give people options probably. Draco just feels like if you do the same thing you should enhance the experience. Audio book people do voices sometimes. Ultimately it’s fine but it just seemed a bit weird. Maybe if you’re doing both it saves time but you would think that’s just extra work. Like if Draco recorded a vlog of this post it would probably be out even later than usual.

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On a similar topic, it always bugged Draco when textbook authors and sometimes other authors would rerelease their  books with a new chapter, and then do the same thing again with another chapter, and another chapter. Essentially just rereleasing the same book they wrote years ago with stuff they didn’t feel was important enough to include the first time. Movies do this too yet Draco never seems to care for some reason. Maybe it’s because it’s generally 5 seconds long but that doesn’t make any sense because that’s an even worse deal. The real answer is probably that Draco has never really been forced to buy a movie.Still if they filmed or wrote something so great they felt the need to make extra copies and have an entire extra release maybe they could have save all that extra money doing it right the first time. That’s probably not a great suggestion since the obvious real point is to just get more money out of people but ya know.

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When you think about all that the double posted blogs are completely fine since they weren’t charging anyone anything but if they did charge it would be inexcusable. Draco has only seen one person even try to charge for their posts and they were at least mildly famous and respected (Though the topic of their post was even more pedantic than even some of Draco’s posts) so a combination of charging and reading out blogposts probably won’t ever happen.

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So all and all this is how you stretch a weird thing you noticed into over four hundred words. Victory achieved.

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Magical Diary Review

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Draco did it! Woop. That review of Magical Diary that Draco kept putting off because he hadn’t played it recently? Well it’s been recently’d. Recently as in like a few days ago.  Actually it’s been like a week or two now. Draco had to wait till that emptiness you get from finishing a good game or reading a good book went away. Judging by the tears welling up and Draco’s decision to go put music on rather than finish the paragraph it has not. Oh well it’s time to stop putting it off and finish what was meant for an October Sky right this minute!!!!!!! Well to be more accurate the minute that Draco finishes. Draco will of course be finished by the time you read that though so the situation is essentially this. For you the minute will be the past but for Draco it’ll be the future. That’s super interesting. Some would even call it “Magical”

First off it’s press release time!

You have been invited to attend a magical school. Here you can make new friends, learn dozens of spells, face exams in the school dungeons, run for class office, and try to find a date for the May Day Ball.
But be careful! You might end up in detention, be lured into a secret society, be forced to marry your professor, or even be expelled!

Every puzzle has multiple solutions, and the path you choose is up to you. Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Is that the best press release Draco has read? Well technically it isn’t one. It’s just the description. Draco typed in “Magical Diary Press Release” and got this. It was written in 2011 so you know. Anyway, It’s a Stat Management Visual Novel with some old school Dungeon elements. There are many endings, 5 or 6 characters that are snuggle-up-to-able, and way more spells then you’ll ever need. Oh and it was made by Hanako Games!

Story Characters

To start you create your perfect witchsona. When Draco first played Draco went as Draco but there was a bug which reset all the customization if you tried to change the last name so Draco was stuck with the default. This time around with Mallory that bug has been fixed. Isn’t that impressive? After that you get to the visual novel section and learn that you are about to attend a magical school of magic.Upon arriving you meet colorful characters like

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…Professor Grabiner aka Grabby, who is Snape but less of a douche. That’s probably because unless you make choices that intentionally make you worthy of scolding he’ll not have a personal vendetta against you.

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… Ellen, a techno-Hermione with less badassness and more sadness! She’s also your roommate.

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…Virginia the sports witch. Another roommate. She might be the Ron of this game but you’d never notice because she isn’t your personal butt monkey. She does however share the love of sweets, the pureblooded-ness, and the large family.

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…Donald the guy who feels like he needs … He’s basically early Naruto. He’s also Virginia’s brother. Everyone’s mean to him and no one trusts him because he’s only cause trouble but in reality he’s super nice and helpful. He’s stuck in his sibling’s shadow as opposed to being a ninja with a demon in his belly so it’s not 100%. A good bro to brotally bro with. But speaking of demons…

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… Damien. He’s a demon. Sure there are probably some demons that aren’t the worst scum of the earth ever, but most of the time, especially this time, definitely the worst. Lucky for both Draco and Mallory the choices we made essentially make him never show up. If you like people who are the worst though well Damien is your don’t please he just sucks. Scumbag. Avoid at all costs. Draco suspects that he never gets inside of Donald’s belly but Draco isn’t a lore expert.

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… Big Steve. He’s a fairly rare character, Draco’s first playthrough Draco only heard tell of his status as Big Steve. This time around he was there. The legend is real. He’s not particularly large looking but he is very much Steve looking. In a line-up of 10 people you’d be able to point to him and say that one is Steve for sure.

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…Pastel. She’s a fairyly cool gal. The first time she was just kinda there but Mallory learn a “lot” more about her wink wink. Sadly Mallory rejected her. 😦 Also Draco just included the full sprite from the wiki since you’ve gotta see her with her full wingspan to truely appreciate that she has a wingspan.

william

…William. Virginia’s older brother who everyone loves. He’s so cool he couldn’t be bothered to show up very much after the first exam. Essentially Percy but cool and friendly.

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…  Professor Potsdam. Dumbledore but a lady. Sunshine and rainbows.  Monomi from Danganronpa except with some sense of authority.

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Minnie was bae

and many more who either don’ t show up much and don’t have a romance route associated with them. For example Minnie the class president shows up more than Big Steve and Pastel combined but it’s mostly just helping you study and her dealing with her own story.

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Fluffy tail boy did not make much impact but atleast he eventually defeated Naraku. Sure Inuyasha didn’t have a tail but there is a resembellance.

Gameplay 

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In Magical Diary you schedule your week and watch it run. You can choose a class in Blue magic( altering stuff (Like teleportation and painting the ceiling. )), Red Magic( Fireballs and gentle breezes), Green Magic( Healing and smelling stuff really well( really well)), Black Magic( everything from Fullmetal Alchemist and also enchantment), and White Magic( ESP and Ghosties). Depending on your luck you will get 1, 2, or the magical 3 points in the corresponding magic stat.  You could also take Gym to raise your health! Study alone to raise your stress(smarts( mana( magicky power)))! You can sleep ALL DAY! And then on the weekend you can go to the mall or study with Minnie if she bothers to show up. Through these tasks and occasional choices you raise your stats and then get to test your skills in the DUNGEONS!!!!!!!!!

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Yes it does! Is that weird? Yes it is!

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Each Dungeon has puzzle(s) and you must solve them using your wits or better yet magical spells.

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The answer was to make a sink all along.

Apparently some people have done no magic runs but apparently the requires going near Damien and honestly it’s a game about a magic school so learn all the cool spells like “Empathy”, “Sleep”, and “Sticky Feet”.

Other Stuff

Magical Diary is fairly old but there still isn’t anything that offers the same experience and surpasses it. The appearance can be a bit jarring and the title screen is the cheesiest cheese this side of Cheese Town but if you can get past the fact that Draco just wrote the words “Cheese Town” you can get past that. The magic system is both fun and far more in-depth than it even needed to be. Putting the spells on cards gave it a sort of tcg aspect to it. It’s all predetermined though; it’s not like you can go to one class and suddenly you can make yourself invisible and call down meteors. Sometimes you get nothing. generally it’s every 5 points and you can get a maximum of 3 per class. The best part is that when multiple magic colors get to certain points and you’ll get a bonus cross magic spell of amazingness. One super cool sounding combo spell lets you do that thing from Fate/Zero that spawned all those Kentucky Fried Chicken memes while another lets you glue someone’s shoes to the ground.

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Aside from the magic the story is magical in itself. Some people say it’s just Harry Potter but unlike Harry Potter this author actually writes an American Magic School set in America rather than an English Magic School wearing the skin of an American one. They also cover important and modern issues without flopping out on them in the last 15 pages or so. Harry Potter is great though soz. Oh and there isn’t really an evil antagonistic snake man of evil to stand in your way towards world dominat- learning. It’s all fun learning and some friendship and/or romance unless you talk to Damien too much which you should never ever do. If you see a Damien remember to respond properly.

Anyway Draco was scrolling through the devs twitter after finding out the dev had a twitter and at one point their computer with all the work they had done on the next Magical Diary game on it broke down. Thankfully they were able to save the tiny unfinished scrap . That might mean that in like 5 or 10 years they may release the next one. Draco looks forward to it.

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Rogue One Sorta Review with Sorta Spoilers Sorta

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So this is sort of tacked on since it just happened but Draco wishes the best for Carrie Fisher who at the moment seems to have stabilized from a heart attack. Hopefully she stays well.

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Draco saw Rogue One the day before yesterday. Draco wrote this post yesterday. Spoilers and all but ya it was good. It was definitely better than the prequels but it certainly wasn’t the best one ever as some people have stated. It looked really good and there was plenty of action candy.  Maybe it would have been better as a Neflix original series. The environments were definitely the best they’ve ever done. There was one scene  near the beginning in a crowded city road and the crowds were absolutely gorgeous. It felt really really real. You could see a Stormtrooper helmet bobbing through the crowd and it just pulled the whole scene together. There was a few problems and by that Draco means essentially three problems that ultimately matter. The dialogue at times was a little meh. There was a super obnoxious cameo at one point where it just felt like they were screaming “HEY! IT”S STAR WARS!!!!!!!”. Most of the cameos were great but this one was just bad. you’ll know the one if you watch it. as for the third problem, Draco can’t remember anyone’s name. Jyn doesn’t count  because Draco remembers her name from before watching the movie. Everyone else was really great and recognizable. They were pretty great companions( some better or worse than others). With Force Awakens everyone knew the names of all the main characters, ESPECIALLY BB-8. The imperial droid guy was probably one of the best droids Star Wars has done in any of the canon stuff and Draco doesn’t know their name. That’s probably a Draco problem more than anything but still they definitely didn’t hit the brand recognition market well this time around.

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Oh ya and this isn’t really a problem but wasn’t the plot pretty standard movie plot and also had some Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s funny how Draco is using that in a slightly negative sense when that was the entire dream that the creators of Suicide Squad had. Like if Draco were talking about them and said they reminded Draco of Guardians they’d probably shed tears of joy. Anyway it also had the feel of really well written fan fiction. You know where the characters are there and they’re doing stuff but only things the canon characters do actually has any effect whatsoever. Actually that’s also good historical fiction. In a way this is historical fiction for a fictional world.  Was it good? Overall really good. It was fun. The last scene would have been worth the ticket price alone. but did it matter in the grand scheme of the plot? No. Though to be fair they had no room to maneuver. A cameo from this film in ep 8 would have just been pretty stupid. They wrapped things up and provided and experience that was a worthwhile way of spending however long it is. Also thing CG stuff was barely noticeable. Draco probably would have just assumed they reused footage or something if Draco hadn’t been told ahead of time.

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So realistic.