My situation has changed such that I can be in more regular contact, and I just wanted to check what the best way to do so is; I don't have Skype, and there's no real point in creating a Microsoft account if you no longer use it. XP If you don't see this I'll definitely try it out though, just thought I'd ask here first in the remote chance you log in.
Saw this while browsing RRU. Since it's safe to assume you are a LEGO Island fan, I thought this might interest you. Hopefully, Wes can recover from this, but man, talk about a deadline. August 19 is coming up really, really soon.
That's versy sad to hear about Wes. I actually never played the games, just familiarized myself with the characters and watched a couple walkthroughs to understand the plot, but I'll see how I can help him regardless. Thanks for letting me know.
Holy crap, I'm so sorry! I didn't realize I had a message from 3 months ago! Well, I don't have any plans to update my story, unfortunately. However, I've passed it on to BrickfilmNut who plans on working on it when he's not busy. Besides that, I'm no longer working on the story and I'm instead working on a more original concept by myself. I'm sorry if you were looking forward to this, but I've moved on from WoL.
This is BFN. XD I wasn't using my account for reasons related to our previous discussion, but I probably should have, er, mentioned that, I guess. Sorry. XD
Anyway, yeah, just was curious if you'd done anything on your new story over the spring break. I've managed to work a bit on WOL, but not as much as I wanted due to outdoor activities and summer work. Hopefully I'll have something in a week or two that I'm confident sharing.
Also, if we're talking anyway, might as well mention BIONICLE's second cancellation. :-/ I'm not really disappointed in the sense that I wanted this theme to continue, because I pretty much tuned out after the first wave. But I'm so disappointed that LEGO could get themes like CHIMA to work, yet they bring back one of their most legendary properties and screws so much up they can't even meet their original plan of three years. I could rant for paragraphs on that, but I'm curious what your thoughts on that are. :P
This is the first time I hear about Bionicle's second cancelation. Eh, I honestly stopped caring after a while. I mean, while I thought it was a good idea to reboot the series, they didn't aim to give it a story that was as interesting as the last series. The sets were still cool, though. If anything, I guess I'm pissed over the fact that now it's unlikely they'll make sets of other characters besides the Nuva and Makuta. A reboot of the Inika and Piraka would've been awesome.
As for my new story, I've been working on it and coming up with how it'll be structured as well as what characters will be featured. I'll update you on it as soon as I get a few chapters down.
Yeah, the story was really hard to care about. I heard Journey to One is good, but I don't have Netflix and nothing except the ending sounded that interesting. The sets were definitely great (at least wave one; I didn't buy any after that), but apparently that's not enough.
Though I sort of prefer the Inika/Metru/etc. myself, I'd also just be fine with new characters that are more interesting. G1 constantly kept me interested without resorting to old characters (i.e. 2009). I was hoping we'd get to see more original characters besides the Nuva in G2, and we arguably got a few, but alas.... Not that I wouldn't personally love a Inika/Piraka reboot, I totally agree there. :P It's just that I think BIONICLE could still work without bringing them back, so long as they create good new characters. Honestly, G2's kind of increased my respect for ol' Gregory F, lol.
Alright, cool. How do you plan to post them? Wikia's probably not the best platform due to the whole licensing stuff. I'm personally thinking I'll just use Pastebin to share WOL developments.
I watched a couple of the episodes since I have Netflix. Eh, it just exists to me. The animation's pretty interesting since the characters are cg and a bit celshaded while the backgrounds and elemental attacks are 2d, but the story is just generic and plays it to safe. The Toa are one dimensional in their personalities which sucks because they make up about 80-90% of the characters in this show. There's barely anyone else in this show besides Akimu being the generic wise mentor, Makuta being the generic main antagonist that hides behind the shadows, and Umarak being the edgy "I'm a servant to no one!" bounty hunter that's helping Makuta because... I honestly forgot. I think it was money or power or "the thrill of the hunt" or some shit. I haven't seen the ending, but now I'm curious as to why you find it interesting.
As for my story, idk where I'll be posting it. I'm going to show it to some friends first, most likely I'll email it to you. I'm doing it in the form of a script since it's just overall simple to start with before writing a book.
Ah, okay, neat. I'm not really using my email account right now, so let me know when you send it, otherwise I'll miss it. :P
Your JtO opinion seems to be the consensus I've seen. As to why I find it interesting, I guess it's largely how unexpected it feels. I genuinely didn't expect the Toa to sacrifice themselves. I also genuinely didn't expect there to be anything greater to the lore than the "Prophecy of Heroes", and since the "Prophecy of Heroes" was so unsatisfying anyway, seeing it downgraded is good. Gali's adventure kind of brings to mind Takua's in Mangaia during MNOG. Also, the metaphor of the Toa giving up their place in the world to further the bigger picture amused me. Because essentially, BIONICLE's sacrificing itself for the "great destiny" of LEGO's business plan. :P The ending's not exactly mind-blowing, but it's better than it could have been.
So, a while ago, you gave me your permission to continue/adapt WoL if I wanted to, since you were pretty much done with it. I am thinking of, maybe over the summer, doing just that. The reason I mention this is that at some point I'd definitely want to run things past you, to maybe get insight on what original ideas you had for the story, or making sure there isn't anything I write that you absolutely did not want WoL to become or anything like that. :P However, in order to make sure I can contact you whenever that comes, I guess I just wanted to make sure you still plan on logging onto Wikia somewhat regularly still, or if you ever plan on stopping, that there'd be another way to contact you. I hope you haven't stopped already, in fact, and that this message reaches you. :P Hope your other projects are coming along too, by the way!
Wow, It took me three days to see this. Sorry it was so long, I promise I'll start checking more to help you out. If you want to contact me, you can go to my skype: either "Augusto Ibanez" or "Kingpinn02" (you'll know because I use the same profile pic). I'm open to you making changes, and I don't mind if you do anything to drastic. But it would still be cool to talk about ideas with me first.
In other news, I'm starting to plan out my first story in a new series! This time, it's the super hero one I told you about. I'm coming up with characters and deciding how the basic story is gonna work out. I'll show it to you as soon as I'm finished. Feel free to make as many changes to WoL as you'd like, and have fun while doing so!
Nope, definitely not too late. I just didn't have time to check this wall for a few days. :P Apologies in advance for the textwall below.
I don't have a Skype at this point, but if either of us stop using Wikia, I'll be sure to contact you that way. Honestly, even right now I can't communicate via Wikia much further; a few months ago, I've sort of been "forbidden" from logging onto Wikia, or any site, because of my parents' privacy concerns. As ridiculous as this is, given that I'm nearly an adult, I've sort of been avoiding conflict on it until summer (so I can concentrate on studying). That does mean, however, that even this message is sort of being done discretely; I just had to make sure I didn't lose contact with you before my IRL thing is resolved. I was worried I might have even waited too long; thank gosh that's not the case. :P
As for ideas/changes, I don't have anything groundbreaking yet; I mostly just wanted to make sure I that I didn't lose contact with you by the time I did. :P I've sorta just been going over some of the older stuff on the wiki, trying to organize/sift out what might be cool to still incorporate.
Probably the biggest change I've been considering is making the story non-LEGO. King and Kevin are already original characters, Pepper from the original LEGO Island is fairly different from grown-up Pepper in WOL, and with Vezon, the hardest part so far would be changing his appearance and finding a name as good as "Vezon". :P I dunno. I just think that the possible character dynamics between the four are truly something special, and it almost feels like a bit of a shame to limit the audience by tying it so closely to LEGO. Maybe I'm underestimating the LEGO audience, though. :P I'd be happy for your thoughts on this.
I was also thinking of pairing a younger sort of pilot character with Johnny Thunder, making her the more hyped-up, quick-acting and creative character and Johnny sort of like the more knowledgeable, careful "guide" who's partnered with her. WoL kind of needs more female characters, to be honest; Sky's like the only semi-prominent one, right? :P And even she's sort of confined to "love interest". I hope that this is alright and that you weren't too attached to Leonidas; I'm just not sure how I'd write that without relying too much on Han/Chewbacca humor.
Bringing back Skales (not sure if you abandoned him or just set him to the side) as an acquaintance of the group is another thing I want to try, but I even if the story isn't made non-LEGO, I think he might work better as an original character, to give more freedom with his backstory. And I hope I'm not being too political with this next comment, but in light of all the election happenings in the ol' U.S.A. (heck, even last election, to a lesser extent), Dollar Bill's plot seems like something worth resurrecting with a bit of added commentary, or at very least comedy... :P
The throwaway character Jace Bricklighter I included in my userpage draft also feels like a good running gag opportunity. The super-competent agent working on some important mission in the background, always encountering misfortune in ways indirectly or directly tied to the main characters (and then maybe at the end miraculously saved by them when in over-the-top danger, in some quirky reversal), with nobody ever realizing the connection. Ooh, I almost forgot the portal emperor. With a character like Vezon, that definitely needs to come up at some point, sort of as a foil.
The one thing I've had the most trouble with are the antagonists. Dr. Inferno is definitely the most colourful one, and I've been tempted to just make him the main antagonist, but he's also not the kind of character that can be envisioned as leading any more than, say, two planets, tops. At the same time, I'm having a bit of difficulty imagining Sargon's attributes, or his role. The only connection at all between him and the main characters is kidnapping Charge, but that's not a grand enough of a plot to eventually lead to his downfall, is it? I mean that as a legitimate question, not rhetoric. This has been my main stumbling block so far.
Anyway, sorry for such a long message; I sort of lengthened it to compensate for any inactivity on my part for the next month or two (hopefully not more...). :P I'll still try and check back regularly as I can, though, and I can't wait for the new series of yours!
It's been a long time, old friend. I'm equally as glad that we get to talk ounce more. So far, I have absolutely no problems with any of the ideas you've presented so far.
Making it a non-LEGO story is a pretty good idea. At the time, I was obsessed with LEGO and wanted a way to put all the worlds together. Looking at it now, however, it would be a WAY better story if it was open to a bigger audience outside of LEGO fans (or "FOLs", I can't believe that's still a thing XD).
One of the problems I had was coming up with female characters. I kept trying to pull characters from LEGO but couldn't find anything suitable. Since the new series (or however many stories you'd plan to make if you agree to go about with this) would be non-LEGO, this will open up to more original characters. This new character you have planned is a way better idea then the Chewie/Han Solo thing I tried to have going with Leonidas (wait, wasn't it Lennox? I don't even care to remember XD).
I'm interested to see what you'll do with Skales (as an original character) and Dollar Bill (or rather "Dollar Trump" XD... I'm so sorry).
This is the first time I hear about Jace Bricklighter, but it sounds like he'll make for a funny character.
So, antagonists. It would probably make more sense to have Inferno as the main antagonist, maybe building up how much control he has as the series progresses. As for Sargon, you should probably ditch him if you like. He really only existed to give Blacktron a face (I also wouldn't mind if you ditched Blacktron, but I guess keeping the concept of an enemy empire would be fine).
I hope your problems get resolved eventually because I really wish there was a better way for us to communicate. Until then, I hope to hear from you whenever you're available.
Glad to hear your thoughts on whether it should be LEGO. Here's to hoping that the conversion works well, then. :P I wonder what the heck to change Pepper's name to. XP
Yeah, I can see why the female character thing would be tough when working with LEGO. At least now they're starting to have a slightly greater diversity. Glad to hear you like the new character. And yeah, it was Lennox, my bad. XP
"Dollar Drumpf" would work even better than "Dollar Trump". :P As for what exactly I'd do with Dollar Bill, I guess that depends on how the election goes. There's a chance I'm going to get four to eight years of inspiration.
Well, it wasn't even purely out of loyalty to the old WoL that I doubted Inferno's ability to function as the main antagonist. But what you said about building up control as the series progresses... that might work. I guess I'll try and write all the stuff you had outlined (mars, the pirate attack, etc.) and then see what sort of world dynamic fits into all that. Blacktron should definitely continue to exist, since it's a huge element of the story.
Yeah, I hope I can get them resolved too. I'll at very, very least check back here to read your new story whenever it's published, whether or not it's wise to reply at the time. :)
Even though I've pretty much abandoned the series, it's cool to see that you've been coming up with ideas to continue it. I'm hoping I can start working on the new story some time this spring break. I'll keep you udpated with what I do. You don't have to reply if you feel there's to big of a risk.
Posting this in a new message as to not interrupt the other conversation. Anyway, I'm not sure if you've heard of this or seen it before, but this is something to behold. It's mind-blowingly anticlimactic. :P
Yah, I'm here. I'm sorry for being very distant from WoL, I've pretty much lost interest in finishing it and will be moving on to a more original story with original Characters (I still haven't given it a name, but I have ideas on the characters). I don't want you to feel your part was for nothing, I'm never forgetting what you did. What was it you wanted to tell me?
Hey Kingpinn! No problem about that, I understand. What are you thinking of for that original story? Also, you give me too much credit for my part. :P
Anyway, what I wanted to talk about was that, if you are not finishing WoL, there might be something I'd like to try around the basic premise sometime, whether it's a 3D short or small brickfilm, or something bigger. Would I have permission to do so, and if so, are there any conditions you'd request? I'm still not sure whether I'd ever do so, but provided I can still contact you at that point, I'd of course let you know the details once I come up with them.
I give you the right to do whatever you want with the series. It would actually be cool to see a silent short film with the characters and basic premise of what I had originally wanted to do.
As for my new series, here is the basic premise: It will take place in a technological society where the government is forced to draft "super beings" as super heroes to help against waring nations and rebelious super beings. It's not necessarily supposed to be a dystopia, mind you. There's also themes like magic and aliens in the world that I'll try to explain. The series will focus on a young male protagonist (I'm not sure what name to give him. However, his hero alias will be Park Man for reasons I'll explain) with an interesting power that allows him to sort of push and pull what ever is in front of him like a limited telekenisis. His powers, along with acrobatic training, have made him skilled in parkour (here's to hoping that doesn't sound ridiculous if well executed) as well as combat. Along with many others his age, he is a member of a team led by Tech Master (prototype name) who are tasked along with other heroes like the magic user Sir Gothic with protecting Denton City from threats such as the series antagonist Emphasis, a megalomaniac with the power to strip super beings of their powers and use them for himself, and his team of followers (including Syringe Man (actually his official name, I really like how it sounds) and D'ystroia (not only do I like how it sounds, how I spell it :D)) as well as a group of anti-heroes led by Average Joe with unknown motives. Over the series, Park Man along with his team mates will be living civilian lives with Park and a couple of members living in the Denton Inn, in witch they regualrly interact with the kind Inn keeper and his daughter who wishes she can become a hero like the ones she sees everyday (if you guessed she's the love interest, your correct XD. It's a cliche, but one that can be well executed). The other members live as nomads who constantly explore the large caves of the cities and sleep in tents.
It's quite interesting. I like the idea of Park Man's relatively unique power, as well as the fact that it's relatively limited and has to be supplemented with his own effort. The way it's worded doesn't make it clear, but he'd be able to enact it vertically too, right? He might have the added challenge of working against gravity or normal force that makes using it in this direction less frequent, but from an in-universe perspective, restricting it solely to being horizontal would seem slightly arbitrary. I have to go right now to soccer (sorry I couldn't reply to this earlier, I've been busy with some IRL stuff) but I'll finish my comments/questions on the rest either when I get back or tomorrow morning.
It took me some time to think about what you just typed, but yah, it will be possible for him to perform his powers this way. He mainly controls his powers with his hands and feet (he can litterally perform a double jump), so if there were say a metal bar a few meters above him, he would be able to pull himself up by lifting his hands (If this has nothing to do with what you just said, then sorry, but can you please dumb it down for me XD?). I look forward to your questions when you have the time, I can be quite busy myself sometimes.
Hey, it looks like we came online at about the same time. Awesome. :P
By what you described, do you mean that, basically, he can pull himself up with a bar, even if his hands are not actually touching the bar? If so, that's a very interesting idea, and it makes sense. What I was discussing was basically whether moving objects up and down ("pushing"/"pulling" normally implies left/right/foward/backward) was out of the question.
Anyway, as for the rest of what you wrote three days ago: Emphasis sounds like he could be an interesting villain. Would he have the ability to transfer abilities from one person to another that is not himself? That could provide some interesting plots, as well as opportunities for symbolic parallelism between the transition of these "powers" with real-life power transitions in organizations. Two questions I'd have about the living arrangements are: why an inn as opposed to some other living arrangement, and why would some live in the inn while others are nomads? Is it personal choice/preference for the latter question, or is there some other reason?
As for questions on the story as a whole, how will you be publishing it, and what was your inspiration? In any case, it sounds like a premise that has a lot of room for freedom and a fair bit of creativity if used to its potential, and I hope that I get to see more of it. :)
Ok, that's not what I meant. I was trying to say he could lift his hands/entire body up to the bar (please tell me you understood that, this is getting to complicated).
So, I like your idea for Emphasis since I've been looking for a way to give him more depth and I'll definitely consider it. As for the whole Inn thing, It's really just a prototype idea along with the nomads. I might just resort to something like dorms provided by the government. However, I want to make the nomads an interesting part of this worlds culture since It's not supposed to be like our world where something like this wouldn't be normal. I'll explain more later.
My inspiration is really all the animated shows I've been watching and video games I've been playing. Not only do they look nice, but the plots and characters presented were large inspirations (Just watch the Persona 4 anime, I'll give you a link if I have to). I'm not going to worry about publishing it until I'm finished (or rather, until I actually start XD, I haven't done it cause I don't feel ready). I'm gonna come up with better ideas, obviously change things here and there, and hopefully come up with something awesomew. Thanks for supporting me as usual.
Oh, forgot to ask, how's that video game coming along? Any other ideas you were doing?
Oh, now I think I get it. Like, he can "pull" himself toward the bar, in a sense, even if he's not touching it?
Glad you like the idea. As for their residence, I didn't realize that it was preliminary still. I suppose it'll make more sense with more details, which I look forward to hearing about. :)
While I appreciate the offer for a link, I'm not sure I'd have time to watch it. Most of the time I have with my computer I devote to listening to music or working on SoA or other projects. I guess I could always bookmark it, though, and watch it at a different time. When do you think you'll start writing, out of curiosity? As always, just let me know any way I can help!
Ah, yes, the game. Well, I know how to code now, and how to use Unity. I've made a few vehicle controllers for now, and I'm working on models for a demo world. Mvp's made more music for the game, and Allen's coded the quickbuild system. And the generic enemy henchman character has been modelled. We're getting closer, I guess. :P We need more members quite badly, though.
I worked a bit more on the draft, for the part where Pepper mistakenly ends up as stowaway on the Explorer. I'll move on to part inside the explorer next if you want, though I'm not quite sure how you'd want me to end it. :P Anyway, this is much shorter than the other time I did a draft, but I hope you enjoy regardless!
That sounds like a very interesting story. This video game, is it free or do you plan on having it for sale? Regardless of it being free or not, you should try getting it on Steam. Remember asked you sometime ago if you had a Steam account? Steam is this program that sells PC games as well as allow gamers to befriend, chat, and trade game items with each other (depending on the game, ofcourse). While I don't really know how it works, there is a thing called Steam Greenlight that allows you to put up a game and have people vote wether or not it should be on Steam. Kinda like Cuusoo (or Ideas, I guess). But since your game involves LEGO elements, I'm not sure if it would get removed for copy right.
Sweet mother of Mata-Nui! I can't wait! That is, if it is real. So, I think I'll start telling you the rest of my story on the other message wall. Hmm, I wonder if Vezon will return. Come to think of it, even though I kind of doubt it, You know how there was a spider like creature in the pics reaching out for a mask? Maybe it was Fenrakk reaching for the Mask of Life! I know, probably unlikely since they would probably try doing a new story, but, its good to dream,
I kind of hope that Vezon won't be in the main story so we can still use him, and, thankfully, I find it unlikely that he and Brutaka will be brought back in the near future aside from Greg's serials. :P Anyway, yeah, this could be great, so long as LEGO doesn't make Greg stoop to Chima's level of childness. Be strong, Greg....
Actually, on that note, I don't know if anyone on Eurobricks or wherever mentioned this yet, but that "V" in the bottom left corner of the image could suggest there was some sort of "TV" thing on the advertisement... Hopefully if one comes, it's not Chima-styled.
Overall, the final film was a lot better, though there are a few elements I liked from this early draft. Vitruvius doesn't seem to die (Though I haven't read the end of the draft yet), Batman has a piece of really funny dialogue that didn't make it (though the final movie gives him much more good dialogue), I kind of liked how The Man Upstairs was Finn's uncle instead of his dad, and the bad guys sound like they may have made some more diverse and cool minifigures in the draft. :P Overall, though, after seeing this draft, I'm really happy about the movie we ended up getting.
Wow, that was long. So yeah, the film we got was way better. But you can't blame this one for not being as good the final product since its just a script idea after all. I do believe the actual Phil Lord and Chris Miller worked on this since it has a lot of TLM's type of humor. I did like how there were more blind jokes with Vitruvius. If you think about it, the Krazy Kastle is the prototype version of Cloud Cuckoo Land. Maybe the characters here such as Doris, Black Falcon, and Neckbeard wil be in the sequel. That would be pretty interesting.
Neckbeard was basically MetalBeard without his body. I doubt he'd be in the sequel, as then there'd be two body-less pirates in the LEGO universe. I'd be fine with the others, though. Especially some more diverse villains. :P What I'm really hoping for in the sequel is an original yet still already-developed LEGO character, like Vladek or Pepper, having a larger role.