A cake of potatoes

Last weekend I attended Reno Air races 2017 with Atoll lab editor Cerebral error and site story author Unknownjester. Since learning about the existence of the races 3 years ago, Ive made the nearly 4 hour drive to the desert every year without fail. This year was slightly more special because I was armed with the kind of cash I had always dreamed of having: Blowing 4-600$ on the weekend alone. The big draw this year was going to be the Texas flying legends demo, an A-10 thunderbolt II with  P-38 heritage flight, A Harrier flight, And the possibility of the B2 spirit or the B1-b doing a fly over Stead airport. Armed with this knowledge I had fantasies of how it was going to go down. Id drag one of my compatriots under his fav jet, and we’d experience what it was like to be lost under the magnitude of such a magnificent craft (the mechanics view). I had been waiting Months for this, and checked the airshow website for updates bi-weekly. The trouble with the Air races is that the static military display attendees are almost never static. you can count on the High rollers division to be there with their c-130’s, and the Hawaiian air national guard to be there with their c-17, but everyone else is random as to whether they will show up. I promised Jester he’d have a plethora of f-16’s to lay under as I had done so the previous year. Only to find they brought one and only one witch was cordoned off in thunderbirds livery.  They had plenty of Eagles, Hornets, super hornets, A-10’s, and small interceptor jets. Tons of L-39’s covered in racing sponsorship, and 2 Harriers to boot. Our major pitfall was having a tight schedule I had to adhere to to get cerebral back to the SFO airport in time. So we weren’t sure if wed buy a 2nd ticket for sunday to fuck around and see the main shows again for the final time. It was decided for us: The schedule was all fucked up this year, and we needed to attend both days to get the full experience. The P-38 only flew on Sunday because they needed to get a prop regulator for one of the engines. The B2 only did its flyby on Sunday because it coincided with a football game going on in another state. If you only went on Sunday, You’d be ripped off to know that the Harriers bailed on their own demo Sunday leaving the Texas flying legends to pick up the slack. Otherwise, I sprang for Pitt tickets, and it was fucking worth it.. all the good WWII shit was back there, including the good bathrooms.  The other major Highlights of my trip was getting to purchase a discarded 30mm A-10 shell from one of the pilots. I also me Brian Schul who was signing his books and shaking hands. If you don’t know who Brian Schul is, hes the Author of Sled Driver, one of the quintessential reads for any fan of aviation related to the Sr-71 black bird. You can read it in a PDF here since the old version is out of print: http://www.titanatelier.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Sled-Driver.pdf

 

^ Filthy plane kissers

The guy in white/green is Cerebral, This is just a small highlight sample of the pics I snapped. This year alone Ive posted a billion pics already So I thought it best to just pick out a few highlights and leave the rest to the movies I will upload later from here and from Whiteman. We didn’t get that awesome prime Rib I was hoping for either, all the steakhouses were overbooked till 9pm. But I did get a hold of this amazing birthday cake sized plate of curly fries that the average fatty could never forget. I’m taking my Ingoplane to Reno next year with a pitt pass and I hope its at least as glorious if not more so then it has been so overall.

*If you are thinking of going to The Reno Air races then I have a couple of tips for you. 1. use sunblock even if you think it is snowing outside (I didn’t get sunburned this year, but the lack of humidity sapped all the moisture from my lips enough to cracks them. Use lip balm if you can). 2. 10-20$ in parking puts you very close to the race entrance where drinks are more affordable. Don’t get caught walking a mile in temps that can give you heat stroke some years just to get to the good shit. 3. Touch, sit under, and enjoy the planes.. These suckers aren’t cordoned off usually. Now is your time to get all the selfies you can handle. 4. Check the schedule board often.

^ If anyone out there knows anyone with an etsy that makes custom clothes, Id like to have a raptor hoodie made for my beau. I’m serious. Just like the ones these girls have. Please let me know. Money is no object.

**** STAY TUNED I WILL HAVE MOVIES SOON**

 

^ mashup discovery courtesy of cerebral. This is how I felt about planes on that 4 hour trip home.

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Game of the year material for the intellectual weaboo

I just got off the crazy train that was HZD and wound up on another strange and wonderful ride that was platnum game’s newest masterpiece brought to you by Japan’s eccentric game developer Yoko Taro. This, as well has Horizon Zero dawn are my 2 picks for game of the year. What I expected was something very similar to the old Drakenguard formula from long ago. I did not know who Yoko Taro was in these days, But I did note that the atmosphere, characters, and overall theme of his games was very grim dark. I played Drakenguard in the childhood home where I had grown up, distinctly remembered hanging over the chewed up brass of the beds end guard, and cursing at the screen for a final true ending boss fight I could not beat. This boss fight– had I beat it, would have clued me in to the bleak world that is Nier in a nutshell. It would be hard to talk about this game without spoiling it, so I wont talk about the plot. I will say, You should immediately go out and support this masterful piece of storytelling if you have a ps4. Don’t waste it on some bullshit like Fifa, or Cod. What I can tell you, Is its a game about sentient machines, about androids, robots, pods.. and what it means to feel, be alive.. be human. A proxy war for humanity leads to a revelation for 3 characters over 3 1/2 chapters of game play. Combat runs at a smooth 60pfs, in a dynamically changing environment. Keep beating the game, and you’l find each play through results in a new perspective of the game with a different play style to master. Combine this with one of the best sound tracks, and you have a recipe for the game that saved platinum games from financial disaster.

Beware, this game is not a happy one. You might also need to do some back story research on characters from the ps3 game “Neir” to truly understand most of the pieces of information you find laying about. Also, avoid purchasing the version for PC, as it has not had its bugs patched for several months, and may be prone to crashes.

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^ Cool weapons

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C9IBaWhUwAEUPU_.jpg^ Giant oil rig mechs.. more likely then you think!

A++ game.

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Id also like to recommend an audio book to listen to if you real life behind the scene stories about how the gaming industry works. “Blood, Sweat, and Pixels” By Jason Schrier. In this book are many interviews from the likes of naughty dog, obsidian entertainment, bioware. in it youl learn about some of the biggest debacles that happened over the last 2-3 years and just how hard it really is to get a game to market. Very interesting listen.

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Next week is the 2017 Reno Grand National air races. Ill be attending with Cerebralerror and Theunknownjester. If any of you are going, let me know and we can meet up.

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The Melancholy of Ted Faro

I wanna talk a little bit about this game “Horizon: Zero Dawn” I just beat two nights ago. 2017 has seen a swath of really good AAA titles and this one is no exception. This, is easily my game of the year. However when they first started advertising this thing a year and a half ago, I had zero faith that it could even be good. the concept was so grandiose, I thought to myself that it was probably either going to be fucked to hell by the publishers into a mindless shooter (that wants to be farcry 3), or a half-baked idea with robot dinosaurs with an immature plot. I am glad I was really wrong on this..

***WARNING THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT THE GAME***

If you intend to play this then just skip this post. You’ve been warned.

1. Lets talk about the plot and of Ted Faro. On its surface, the plot of Horizon is relatively non complex: You are an outlasted woman of a pseudo primitive native American tribe trying to come to the terms with the fact that large foreboding replicas of robot animals (a remnant of the ancient metal devil your Goddess fought in times past) are growing ever violent. You gain the respect of your tribe just in time for outsiders to appear and murder your father prompting you to leave your sacred lands on a quest for revenge. Salt in a retelling of the origin of Skynet from the terminator series, and you get where I am going with this. As you progress the story, you start finding audio logs and other tidbits of backstory about the world you live in. This is the real genius of this game. You find out about 2 key individuals: a man named Ted Faro and a woman named Elizabet Sobek. Ted Faro in particular, was a bajillionare ceo of a robot company living high on the hog in far far future Denver Colorado. He one day decided that some of the money wasn’t enough, he wanted ALL of the money, and converted his company over to building military robots to quell the various terrorist threats around the globe. Ted instructed his software team to build a comprehensive combat suite between a trio of machines that A. couldn’t be hacked, B. could replicate themselves on the fly, and C. could convert biomass into emergency fuel if none was available. Mr. Faro in his confidence then sealed the fate of the world by instructing his team to NOT build a backdoor to the system. Various companies with deep pockets ordered these robots for various duties until a group of them encountered a software glitch causing them to ignore commands and proceed without limitation. These war machines replicated themselves into the thousands, far outpacing the losses they sustained fighting the humans who saw them as a threat. Mr. Faro knew he had fucked up big time, and reluctantly asked his former employee Mrs. Sobek for ideas on how to contain this problem. Elizabet Sobek was also a robotics genius, but choose to focus on green solutions for her robots. Their personalities and business practices collided making Sobek and Faro very much rivals. Sobek analyzed Faro’s mess and to her horror, realized that nothing could be done. It would take decades to brute force hack the system faro had created. Not enough time to stop the perfect storm of a robot plague from turning every living thing on the planet into food. Humanity had just 15 months left before all life on earth would be annihilated. You read various logs, holo playbacks, audio recordings of the events leading up to project Zero Dawn. Ted was forced to use all of his capitol in an attempt to save humanity. To build a sentient super computer with various subsystems that could work in tandem to brute force hack the robot plague (witch took decades), and terraform the destroyed planet into a world humans could live in again. Because of Faros short-sighted assholery, all the civilians were conscripted into the army, and sent to die against the robot army, all under the impression that they were buying time for a super weapon to be created to save the world. They weren’t told that world couldn’t be saved.

Faro never stops fucking up till the bitter end though. One of the subsystems of GAIA of project zero dawn, known as Apollo, was meant to house the whole of humanities knowledge, art, history, culture as a means to re-educate the new humans once terraforming was complete. Stricken with grief, Ted Faro came to the conclusion that the decisions that lead him down the path to destruction where symptoms of a larger problem of society. “Knowledge was a poison that would harm humanity in the new world” he thought. And so, he erased the Apollo system and murdered the zero dawn team before they could rebuild it, thus returning everything back to a primitive state. What Faro couldn’t see in his short-sighted mental state, was that taking away human knowledge of the past, only doomed the humans 1000 years later to repeat the same mistakes they could not re-learn form Apollo. Humans were still killing each other day after day.

2. The robots of the new and old world. Below are a few samples of concept art of the dozens of mecha you find in the world of HZD. Everyone thought they were robot dinosaurs because they put the most dinosaurish one on the box. The Machines of the new world all served very specific purposes regarding the new terraformation. These were not designed by people, but rather by the sentient super computer GAIA . The machines were a machine’s interpretation of animals from it’s database all given background jobs like tilling the soil, clearing away dead robots, purifying the air of toxins. They only turned violent upon the advent of the HADES subsystem. Hades by desighn, was the system that took over to wipe out everything GAIA had created if it didn’t turn out right the first, 2nd, or 3rd time. However, emancipated from the command chain, Hades was free to corrupt and influence witch machines were coming out of the cauldrons(Giant underground mega factories). Where as only geo-centric machines existed, now animalesque death machines like the thunderjaw were emerging to kill people. Their is also a very important visual distinction between the machines of the old world, Ted Faros military war robots that don’t look like animals at all, versus the ones that do-Influenced by GAIA. you will notice it straight away like salt n’ pepper, How this game has a great dichotomy between the natural world and the artificial one in the cauldrons. It makes the experience of the machines so much more powerful when the world is not already so full of tech that everything blends into the overall background. You truly have time to appreciate the mecha desighns as you hunt across the landscape. One last thing,  because the machines are the most powerful things on the planet, the ancient cultures worship their strength and every aspect of their clothing style reflects the various components pulled off of dead machines. I thought this was very cool. the various head-dresses and armor with pieces of solar paneling and wire braiding thought.

3. My no. 1 pet peeve about ancient open world games, be it fallout or Skyrim or HZD: Why is it you can go and explore places humans haven’t been to for hundreds of years, and they have an item box full of shit like fresh apples, sticks, flowers, and just about anything that people of that long dead civilization would NOT have in their post-apocalyptic office cubicle? Doesn’t anyone care how immersion breaking this is?  Like skyrim where..in the bowels of the earth inside of cairns where ancient Norse viking priests were laid to rest, right next to them is a cracked urn with a hot turkey dinner inside just waiting for you. Bullshit. If your going to do this, just put in a bunch of random shit the player cant take with them because time has decayed most of what is inside of it into unusable dust. Or- your character doesn’t even recognize half of it anyway so you cant take it. Its a minor gripe, but one i’d like to see fixed.

These images are courtesy of the website of Miguel Angel Martinez :  http://www.bymonje.com/

I don’t typically buy into DLC anymore, but HZD’s got a massive one coming up in November I don’t think I’ll be able to miss. If you want a really nice experience with good sound design and cool as fuck mecha, DO please give this one a go.

In the meantime I have created a telegram sticker of vegas the f-111 for gryff (finally fixed the nose paint) let me know what you think.

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Persona 5 Complete: 193 hours of coffee, and head space.

Take your heart!

I finally finished persona 5 last night. 4;47 am went to the bathroom and realized that I actually started this game on June 16th over a month ago. I just wanna say that for what you pay, you get about 3 games worth of content if you are willing to deal with a jrpg. Of all the persona games I have played, I think 4 and 5 were the best of the persona series. The stylistic changes, and the Quality of life adjustments, made this one a whole heck of a lot of fun even if the plot kinda jumped the shark towards the end. The biggest change was the fact that the game’s dungeons were now all custom tailored for a new narrative experience. This is A total farcry from the PE3 days of boring texture-less tedious as fuck 200 level randomly generated tartarus tower floors that ruined much of your progress if an enemy managed to insta kill your main character. Dungeons are now an enjoyable experience that have safe rooms where you can save almost anywhere you want. I thank God that the people over at Atlus finally dropped some of the traditional things of the past in order to respect the players time. Also, they kept the grim reaper out of the main story progression, and relegated it to mementos so that you could skip its set-timer game over bullshitski. The grim reaper now only shows up if you remain idle for 4 to 5 minutes (Also, you can exploit flu season to kill him for power levels late in the game if you so choose). The animation quality of this game was probably the best I have ever seen come out of Atlus studios. Id even venture to say, its now on par with final fantasy  in terms of production value. Music wise, Shoji Meguro’s score in this game is the best yet and suffers only from one glaring issue. That is, for 70% of the game they play 3-4 songs. While the songs are good, they skull fuck them into you so hard you end up fed up listening to them half way through the game. Good music put on loop 7000 times will eventually get old. Its just a matter of time.  Besides all that, Persona 5 is 2017 game of the year material, So if nothing crazy comes out toward the fall, I don’t see how this wouldn’t be a solid contender.

My main take away is that.. persona 5 is an anime that you can play. You get to learn all sorts of weird coffee barista related trivia by day, jump into the weird head-spaces of criminals by night.  You don’t feel like you’ve wasted your time either. Definitely buy this game.

One last thing, Its very rare I say this, But I was very attracted to the Airsoft shop owner Munehisa Iwai. I cant really explain why… other then.. he was very much like a humanized version of a military jet or tank in my mind. The gruff voice actor they gave him, and the dedication to family bit also helped out much in this manner. (Dont google image search this.. youl just get stupid yaoi shipper bait)

He’s like the human version of an A-10 kinda…

It got me thinking about how some human character personalities/portraits could have lent themselves much better to the living machine paradigm. I wonder if any of you guys out there have seen a game or an anime with a human charecter and thought to yourself, “damn! this guy/gal would have made a hellova dragon, or a hellova living machine.” It might just a set of personality traits/style/attitude I associate with machine folk however..

P.S. See the Dunkirk movie.

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From Whiteman with love~*

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  • So last weekend I attended “Wings over Whiteman” in Missouri on the Whiteman AFB with Ingo J Airplane and we went face first into the hottest bombers enthusiasts wish they could get close enough to touch. The drive up from Springfeild just to get their was long, bumpy, and hot as fuck with the humidity turning an otherwise manageable 81 degrees into the force that burned the shit out of my forearms. Before parking we were greeted by a low pass from a Mig 15 screaming across the sky. Then we circled around the gate guardian- an old Stratofortress with a tail stretching across the length of the front lawn just next to the vehicle checkpoint area. A short hop, skip, and a jump later, we were processed and stuffed on a trolley witch bused us to the main tarmac proper right in front of the b2 spirit maintenance buildings. In the sky, a B-17 and and a B-25 flew happily one after another. A-10’s conducted a mock rescue mission, a flock of t-38 trainers raked the clouds in the noon time. The cherry on top was what you usually don’t get to see: Flying B2 bomber! That’s right.. I got to see one of my babies, the B2 spirit make passes over a huge crowd of thousands… And it was biblical. Even more so then the screaming f-16 stunt pilot who buzzed the crowd with aerial pageantry. I knew this would be my one  and only time to see this machine fly and I can tel you it was worth it. What I observed was amazing.. You see the stealth bomber’s engines are so quiet.. that from quite a distance away you cannot hear it.. until it is directly over head. But by that time you’ve been bombed already- No time to react, only for it to fly off and disappear into silence. Its a creepy and beautiful feat of engineering. I went home and fapped the fuck out thinking about that dark flying wing.. the static display that looked so good for the camera. Mr. “Spirit of Kitty hawk”.  If any of you are so inclined to take up airshow hunting, I do HIGHLY recommend Whiteman whenever they actually do it, because it’s not often enough I hear.

 

  • FOR USERS: TITAN MEDIA FOLDER IS NOW FIXED. Plus the polls archive button now works if you’d like to see the results of past questions asked.

    * In my art hiatus I have also finished This game which I thoroughly enjoyed. However, A personal note to myself as I don’t have a lot of time for bullshit anymore: Don’t play on classic mode. You don’t have time for perma-death and shitloads of resets in a game about quick unit progression and match-making. The more units die, the less units you get in the future. In fact I almost named this journal entry “Wizards n’ Waifus” because it seems the fire emblem series is really doubling down on the whole marriage between units thing. Its to the point your kids come back in time to warn you that the future is fucked. Then they help you combat an evil army of purple dragon zombies. I don’t think time travel works this way- if I traveled back in time to slap my dad’s ass as he was making love to my mom, I’d probably cease to be (but this game totally glosses over that fact.) Its a good fun tactics game with some difficulty spikes here and there, but its very easy to pick up for 10-20 minutes at a time. Give this one a try if your hungry for some gold old fashioned jrpg/tactics.

  • Happy Fathers day to all you Dad’s out there! Also, New art coming soon.
  • Dear pixiv, STOP BEING A HUGE FUCKING DUMPSTER FIRE OF CHILD PORN AND GURO BULLSHIT. Seriously this is why I am hesitant to watch mecha artists on your site now.

 

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End of a chapter

(Happy memorial day to all you yanks out there!) This last month has been somewhat stressful for me as Ive made a big life decision to move in order to be with a fellow mechaphile Ive known for about 3 years now. Its a huge experiment not only to see if I can make an intimate relationship work, but also make it work with a massive handicap, and live on my own after 14 years. I wanna give special thanks, to vermifuge whom without him I wouldn’t have half of what I have today (including this website). The plan was originally to relocate to the state of Missouri in September after I attended this years Reno air races, But it looks like the script has been flipped. I am not leaving California, at least not for a good 5 more years. In leu of that decision I was aggressively house hunting and dealing with certain stresses that made it impossible to work on art over these last 4 weeks. I apologize for not giving you all timely responses and I will work on that more after the move next month.

***Incidentally, There is currently a problem with the website, and I’m looking into hiring someone to maintain it monthly. If you find that you are unable to upload files (users only) then that’s why. I’m going to try to get it fixed after the holiday weekend. ***

*Patreon will not be updated for the month of May as you guys have already noticed due to all this life changing stuff happening. I’ll have something for you in June though.


Finally completed the last chapter in SMT IV: Apocalypse, the sequel to SMT IV. While I’m tempted to give an in depth analysis of the 4rth series as a whole, I found out the hard way that you really should not play 3 of these games in a row. These games are 50+ hours each and are very grindy. So it literally feels like Ive been hardcore playing the same fucking Game for 6 months. I’m burnt out as fuck. What I can say about this title, is the boss designs are just the best. Some of the best yet for the series, making me excited for persona 5 later on next year. The gameplay was streamlined as to cut back on some of the shit that made the first game unnecessarily tedious, I’ll admit I enjoyed the game even if the story wasn’t as good as its previous volume. If this game is a retcon of the previous games ending, then I largely accept the idea that were able to beat down Lucifer and God with the help of Flynn, essentially freeing that dimension from YHVH’s influence. I liked the characters available in this version, but found some of them to be pretty anime tropeish. Reminiscing back to SMT: Strange journey and wishing for a more edgy/gothic story telling experience. Overall the value proposition of this game is pretty high, if you like 60+ hour jpgs with a more adult pokemon, Gods, demons, and the jersey devil spin. Just give yourself a huge break in between or you will be playing these games for months.

 

 

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Neutral ending- Happy Easter

So I recently beat this game. I might have written about it before somewhere, but the SMT series has a very different take on religion then what you normally always see in the western world. The Christian God and the Devil are depicted as 2 dictators on the wildly opposing scales of morality. The binary of “good and evil” are thrown out the window in favor of the 2 absolutes “law and chaos”. Humans are- for the most part neutral, and cannot survive well in a world of complete law, nor a world of complete chaos. But humans are mostly weak, and will, after being liberated, be doomed to return to worshiping God or the devil eventually. It was revealed in SMT III that their exist a near infinant amount of universes where God and the devil fight over the souls of man. In some worlds, God wins, and in others the devil wins. Those worlds then suffer the consequences until someone (usually a mortal) steps in to shake up the status quo. Other Gods and demons from other religions exist trying to find their place in the realm of man amidst the fallout (usually by helping the one mortal with the power to set the future right again). Anyway, Ive always preferred the idea of law over chaos rather then Good versus evil, because what is Good is largely determined by the majority rule. Morality is then, determined by the majority rulers of the world a given being grows up in. For example, we believe that cannibalism or the act of eating a creature that was intelligent/ sapient ect. to be an evil act. Yet some very old tribes practiced ritualistic cannibalism of fallen warriors, and family members to honor the dead by absorbing the flesh and the memories into their own body. In the SMT world- the game progressively tries to steer you morally in two directions, yet the hardest end game option is usually the neutral human ending (and the ending I had to cheat to get ). You get a 4rth option- the nihilism ending where you choose to end the cycle of war between God and the devil by simply destroying reality with a singularity. That threw me for a loop and I’m glad the option was there. But I decided not to write a review for this one because I am currently in the middle of SMT IV : apocalypse/Final and wanna take in the gestalt of the story surrounding what happened in this version of Tokyo. I can defiantly recommend this game if you like a great story. Although if you were to play anything in the SMT series on handheld, it would have to be the upcoming remake of Shin Megami Tensei: strange journey. A game I found to be phenomenal 5 years ago.  Seriously tho– Do play this game. If anything for Kazuma Kaneko’s amazing monster artwork.

If you are curious to see how fucked up the nihilism ending is here (fast forward to 5:50 if you don’t want any context): https://youtu.be/zSJWFJIeyc4?t=4

^ this little number found courtesy of Cerebralerror

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Artwork from “she who shall not be named”. Tbh I miss the hell out of sentient tank artwork.  Also, Damn it, Im on a huge E-C2 kick and Amberchrome goes and does a halfway decent rendition.

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January, February, March, and a little beyond.

If some of you have been wondering why some of my e-mails go unanswered or later, I think I probably opened them at work and forgot to get back to you. I apologize for this. Work has been kicking my ass lately even though the money has been good.

Here is a brief run-down of the things I accomplished during the months:

(January)

*Took my Fluoroscopic exam as mentioned before. However I wouldn’t get my exam results until mid February witch turned out to be my highest score ever. I got a 92. proves that hard core ass studying for 2 weeks straight will make you a test pro at anything.

*Attended my final FC (Further confusion convention) to hang out with evalion and all his new found dragon/plane bros. The experience was magical and it was a decent send off considering I probably wont be going back to a furr con for many years. FC as a convention is not what it used to be. Gone are the intimate fun times of FC at the double tree in San Jose where the crowds were smaller and less informal. I had to spend 30 or 40$ for a one day pass to a single dragon panel. As a value proposition I couldn’t see where most of that cash went but I digress. We spent most of the time roaming in a pack of people sampling the local cuisine and drawing at the artist lounge.  Ive been told that “BLFC” in Reno is the new place to be, but if I have to jump on a plane to do Reno air races or a furr con, I’m probably choosing  the Air races.

*Purchased a 3DS finally in hopes I could cash in on cheap used cartridges that I perceived would have gone down in price due to the upcoming launch of the Nintendo switch at the time. My eagerness to get caught up on all the SMT hand-held games blinded me and in the end I ended up spending about 400$ anyway for the unit and 6 games.

*Started and finished “Westworld” thanks in part to Jordan who visited soon after FC.  If you haven’t seen the HBO series Westworld, you need to make a point to commit to it. Its very good. Lots of social commentary on the nature of artificial intelligence, game design, and massive multiplayer open world scenarios. It’s some of the best TV since Battlestar Galactica (the newest one).

*Computer sort of took a shit. My HD finally failed on me.. so I was without a means to draw for the week Ingo was down. I managed to have a back-up of everything I deemed important beforehand, But the new OS update meant that Id have to shell out for adobe creative cloud. The loss of the comp added another negative to an already troubled re-visit.

*2nd visit from Ingo J Airplane. Tried to re-capture the magic of last years epic 4rth of July post graduation trip with the guy I love. However things did not go according to plan. In hindsight I should have taken the week off of work so I could have properly toured the bay Area to give him something to do. I suspect he was bored out of his wits waiting for me to return home from a 12 hour day only to find me exhausted and ready for bed. This caused some problems. We will have to have a minor do-over in June.

*Jace introduced me to blueberry dream. I wont even explain what that is.. but Jesus Christ it was powerful. I’ll just cross that off my bucket list…

(February)

*Flew out to Arizona to have a 3-day airplane extravaganza at Pima Aviation museum with Evalion dragon. (For the purpose of the trip I used my own woefully under powered I-phone 4 camera to snap photos of the journey), but they mostly came out unpresentable. So here is a link to the Highlights that Eva snapped with his professional grade camera instead; https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d9qa26ibcb4439e/AADd3KzDkUOXdcq4K5074Sa1a?dl=0 .    If you’ve ever been to LA then the closest explanation of Pima I can give you is that it was like March feild  but with 100 more planes and some actual budget. We were also greeted to A-10’s, f-16’s, and c-130’s circling and flying in formation every hour on the hour from the Davis-Monthan air force base next to AMARG the boneyard. If you are ever in the Tuscon area do yourself a favor and go take the boneyard tour during the wintertime. Its a super enjoyable ride you will remember hours later when your chowing down on Mexican food around the surrounding town. And don’t forget to visit the Titan Missile museum about 30 miles north. Its the only remaining cold war Titan Missile silo left in the united states and super worth it if you can get on the “Beyond the Blast doors tour”. My biggest regret is that I didn’t take Monday off so I could finish out Sunday chilling with eva’s dragon bros in their huge scalley shrine.

*Started one of my SMT games, (Shin Megami Tensei: Soul hackers) and ended up finishing the game sometime late march. I’m not going to do a full review, but it’ll say this: As much as I anticipated this game 7 years ago, it was probably SMT’s weakest game in the collection that I have played. I powered through it while my online buddies where chowing down on the fillet Mignon that was Horizon zero dawn and Zelda BoTW. The ending did not have a worthy pay-off, the graphics showed their age, The story was generic. It wasn’t a shit game by any means, just mediocre considering the source. If you have personal 5 by now, play that one instead.

*Clued my father in to the fact that I will be leaving California in the coming months. Its going to be a huge gamble…

*Started the Prince Tomcat of Grumman comic. A little sometin sometin to feed my inner perve. The comic itself is off to a good start mostly in part because its a looser, sketchier version of the comic that I work on already. I do this in part by using chibis for all the scenes relating to story, and the full blown detailed bodies and proportions when the sexy time goes down. This is roughly how I can get my fix telling something much more light-hearted. The small perverted audience for this one is decidedly larger as I have seen traffic for the titan site jump up a bit since then.

*Spent 6k on 2 root canals that are completely my fault. If you are disgusting like me and want to see what happened to my two teeth:  Here and Here.

(March)

*Upgraded my phone hard core. This has more to do with the fact that I can write off part or all of it as a business expense, But I am an apple whore, and I wanted a better camera for those museum trips. I splurged on the I-phone 7 plus. No regrets AT ALLL. though none of that would even be possible had tax day not been as kind as it had been.

*A CPA can save you a lot of money. God damn. I had saved most of my pay thinking uncle Sam was going to bend me over hard. Ive been worried about this since October of last year, thinking they’d try to ding me for 40%. If you are an independent contractor for any reason, don’t do this yourself, hire a tax professional who will tally up all your miles, your phone bills, uniform, repair costs, and materials.  Claiming patreon payout as taxable income worked out in my favor as well as I could claim everything related to my art as a business expense. Had I known what I know now, I could have written off a couple of the really expensive dinners at FC as a business expense as well. The money I saved allowed me to absolve myself of the damage my dental bill cost me. Huge relief I tell ya.

*Rediscovered the temptation of ebay: Hobbymaster/Century wings 1/72 die-cast fighter planes. The f-14’s are so detailed… http://www.hobbymaster.com.hk/  http://www.centurywings.com/

*Sold off my star citizen account through a proxy. This one is probably the most unexpected as I was very excited about the game a mere 3 years ago. People thought I’d at-least make porn of the Retalliator heavy bomber since it was my most beloved space boat.  But I never got to see it in game. it’s questionable at this point if anyone will ever be able to see it in the grand procedurally generated universe that was so promised 5 years back. When you think about the Hello games fiasco with No man’s Sky, you can at least say confidently that they released their game.  I touted this as being the game that would be the “eve-online killer”. But it wasn’t. Because the game is STILL not out yet. The newest mass effect game had a budget of less then half of what Chris Roberts got through crowd funding and they STILL managed to release their game. So what is the problem?

Chris Roberts all you have is a demo that you keep re-skinning and taking peoples money to pay for! Finish your game before the fan base bites you like Ubisoft bit Oculus Rift.

*Started a new SMT 3Ds game called “Shin Megami Tensei IV” This one I will review when I finish as it is a pretty solid, well put together title. A worthy successor of the previous title “SMT: Strange Journey”. More on this  later.

(April)

Too early to say.. But I wanna get at-least 3 more pages of atoll lab out the door before month’s end. I have plans to finish SMT IV and get started on Torment: Tides of Numenera. Their wont be any new trips until June, and that makes me sad as fuck. ;/

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Taking my fluoroscope test in 2 days. I hope  to update this page with good news on Wednesday. Looks like I wont know if i passed for another 4 weeks, But at least the studying is over. pptptp

^ how I feel surfing FA sometimes.

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^ If you don’t get a hard-on watching this trailer then you simply don’t belong here.^

My first Ace Combat was Ace Combat 5- a game that came out on the ps2 almost 12 years ago. While these games are less popular in the states, some of them had some downright amazing stories. Seeing this has rekindled my passion to go back and Play the good ones that I missed (4, and zero). I hope that I can play this one with a Friend in the coming year.. I think He’d love it.

Speaking of games, This one is old but also topical:

I never bothered to play Dark souls, Demon souls ect. But If they made a trilogy of the Dark comes with a pussified easy mode for us regular people to just explore the world and its lore, I would have jumped on that like flies on shit. I love the lore of the souls games. Read the Wikipedia inside and out. I also like how from software has artistically explored the various armor types of different cultures to make some really unique wearable including the above witch is the armor of a character named “Ornstein the dragon slayer“. Some one on deviant art 3D printed this badass figure of him and sold it for 350$. This is one of the reasons (besides space and poverty) as to why I stopped buying figures. This is the kind of quality that I demand from my shit. If you ask me, well worth it..

 

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Xmas wish list:  http://www.alpacamall.com/en/ponchos/gray-alpaca-poncho-for-women-p-14245.html

So we are entering into the end of 2016 and I wish I had some snappy words for you all, but I don’t. This year was absolutely chocked full of “Gettn shit done”, most of which involved me graduating from Medical trade school and instantly absolving half of my credit debt. I hadn’t had a job in 5 years following the loss of my security position, but I’ll admit I’m getting pretty addicted to the power that having cash in your pocket gives you. On the flip side, Ive gotten very sick 4 or 5 times this year. Each time anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months. It’s gotten me kinda worried about my immune system and Ive started a regiment of multivitamins in hopes I can stem the tide. If I am to work around sick people for the next 10-20 years, I need to know that this shit is not going to force an early retirement. My graduation trip in LA was not only fun, but a huge eye-opener that may usher in big changes in 2017. I got to visit Reno again for Air races, and visited no less then 6 new museums that I’ve never been to. I discovered how useful a hot water bottle can be to warming a bed, I found out how cool “One punch man” and “Jojo’s bizarre adventure 3” was. Coming into the next year I have only one New year’s wish; That I pass the fluoro exam coming up. My cram for that happens next week. Wish me luck. Happy Holidays everyone!

 

Between watching let’s plays of ff15, I started off a new Indy game that was released this month called owl boy. Its a little 2d  plat-former/puzzle game with game play not unlike Capcom’s gargoyles quest. Its too early to do a review on it though, So I will leave the update for later once Ive finished it. If you are curious about it, check it out on steam. Its 10$ and for every fan of rich retro pixel graphics and should only take about 15 hours of your time.

*Edited 12/24/16: Just beat this game today in between studies. It was very cute. Support  Indy gaming and pick this game up (especially now that steam winter sale is on).

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As usual, thank you guys for supporting my artwork and the website for the last 2-3 years. ** I have a patreon ** if you are new here and Like what I do, please consider donating a dollar or 2 and show your support. If you cant? Then Happy holidays and God bless anyways! Ciao

 

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