January 18, 2015

Technology Actually Hates Me

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Filed under: Random blog posts — Illinia @ 8:29 am

I’ve had several adventures in computering this week… First was when I attempted to play Trine with Thari and discovered that Hamachi was… broken? Which led to an hour and a half of trying to figure out how to redownload it, including making an account on the LogMeIn website, which was a useless idea, and at the end of it all Trine still didn’t work multiplayer. Supposedly the Enchanted Edition adds proper online multiplayer functionality like Trine 2 has? Sort of? But it’s not showing. But at least now we can see each other on Hamachi properly. (If anyone knows how to get multiplayer in Trine working properly, please comment below. Actually, if you know how to get multiplayer working in Neverwinter Nights, also please comment below, because that one’s not working for us either.)

Second was when I wanted to stream To the Moon to another friend. The Steam Stream didn’t work… Livestream Procaster didn’t work… I had to download OBS, and then I had to find out how to connect that to my Livestream channel, and then I could play after a couple hours fighting with it. Apparently it only runs in windowed mode. This one was actually the easiest to solve, as different people had asked questions about every part that I had problems with, so there’s documentation on the internet in various places if you too wish to stream To the Moon using OBS connected to a Livestream channel.

Third was last night, when I discovered my touchpad was on. I hate having my touchpad on, as I use my mouse for mouseythings, and I type on the keyboard a lot and having the touchpad react to my palms extremely frequently is extremely annoying. I went looking for the touchpad settings to turn it off, but I couldn’t find it, and accidentally deleted the Synoptics driver. When I went looking for that, the driver provided on the Synoptics website doesn’t work, possibly because THEY DON’T HAVE A VERSION FOR WINDOWS 8.1 which is kind of stupid but anyway I went to Samsung tech support, and the guy there told me how to find it in my Samsung updating software, which was great, except that it was a third-party driver that borked both my touchpad AND MY KEYBOARD. I had to call my friend and ask for his help; it took kind of a long time just figuring out how to turn on the onscreen keyboard (which is pretty tedious to use, oh man – it’s like using a cellphone with a mouse. ugh.). Anyway, we tried a lot of different things, and nothing worked, and eventually we gave up and I resolved to bring it to a computer place tomorrow or Monday or whatever. Except then I remembered the new driver I’d downloaded and uninstalled it AND IT WORKED. At least, my keyboard worked. The touchpad also worked. So I went back to trying to fix the touchpad problem, and eventually, figured out that if I just go into my Device Manager, find the touchpad (which is under Mice, believe it or not), and click DISABLE, then IT FREAKIN DISABLES THE TOUCHPAD.

So I could go to bed happy after five hours of just trying to get my computer to work the way I wanted it to. But hey, those five hours were like a Real Life co-op puzzle game! : P

Except then the cat started complaining at 5:30am, which means that I’m not well rested for work at all. *throws pillows at cat*

Other tech things this week: my phone absolutely cannot load anything on the internet because it is a slow, unconnective piece of crap, and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light gave me and Thari grief with connections and rubberbanding until we turned the graphics down, and now it works fine and without lag and just randomly shuts down the game every couple hours (WHY), and I took some pictures of my church and my organ using my 3DS which is kind of neat. Actually, it’s very neat. Even though the field of view is VERY narrow.


EDIT: for anyone having the trouble that I had, here’s some specifics… My laptop is a Samsung NP550P7C-T03CA, and the Synoptics stuff that stopped working was the Synoptics Pointing Device Drive – Touchpad V7.5, which works with most versions of Windows, including Windows 8, but not Windows 8.1. If you ask Samsung tech support, they will ask you to install a driver from SW Update, which I guess is a thing to try if you want to get your touchpad working again, except that like I said the driver I got from there broke both the touchpad and my keyboard as well. (Also the touchpad driver doesn’t appear in my SW Update, so on the left-hand side there’s a button that says “find model”, where you can find drivers.) If you want to turn your touchpad off and don’t need to bother with drivers in the first place, just go into your Device Manager from your Control Panel and disable the “mouse” labelled “PS/2 Compatible Mouse” – that’s your touchpad. If you want your touchpad working again, I’m afraid I can’t help you.

December 28, 2014

RPGMaker DLC: Arabian Nights review

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Filed under: Random blog posts — Tags: , , — Illinia @ 8:58 pm

Arabian Nights

A set of Arabian themed tiles, as implied by the title. Full price $10.99. Ten images, including three animated doors, two animated fountains, some crates, two floor/wall tilesets, and two decor/accessories tilesets. One of the doors and the fountains are animated. I have to say the interior floors are very lovely. On the exterior accessory sheet, there are windows of many kinds, towers, a well, plants, market stalls, signs, and lanterns. It’s a fun page; I especially like the five market stalls. On the interior one, there is a lot of furniture in different orientations, though only in two colours, cushions and curtains, some shelves and a kitchen, among other things. Oh yes, and an oil lamp, if you’re seeking to make an Aladdin game or something. :) I do especially like the beds; they look soft and rich. (more…)

December 26, 2014

Art Improvement Memememememe

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Filed under: Random blog posts — Tags: — Illinia @ 1:24 am


Out of curiosity…

December 14, 2014

Map Attack

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Filed under: The Rifted Riders — Illinia @ 2:16 am

The map is part of the foundation of our story, a part that needs to be really really solid, and for some reason my brain has decided that now is the time to throw more concrete at it. So here goes.

A thing I’d like to talk about: I feel like the maps we’ve drawn do not adequately convey the vastness of an entire planet or at least a supercontinent. They feel more like a medium-sized continent.  This makes it hard for me to properly visualize working with countries on the scale that we’ve determined them, which could be one reason why I want to scale things back, so that the facts we’ve set out and the impressions in my head match more closely. I actually think that none of us really have grasped the real dimensions of the space we’re working with, that mentally we’re working with a space the size of Europe, when we need to be mentally working with a space the size of the Eastern Hemisphere – Eurasia+Africa+India+Oceania, maybe. (more…)

December 11, 2014

Updating in progress…

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Filed under: Random blog posts — Illinia @ 6:31 pm

Today I started updating and revamping the website. You won’t see any changes on the front page for a while. However, I’m going through the archives, cleaning them up, removing irrelevant data, and making use of the Read More tag on long posts – especially story chapters. Once I get to the present day, I’ll start adding the art that I’ve been producing over the last year which is mostly available on Deviantart anyway. And then I will redo the aesthetics because it’s been a while and it needs it.

I’m three months in out of 79. Good luck to me…

EDIT: Done editing… Next step is create art, so that’s not going to happen any time soon : P Take a look at that to-do list…

November 27, 2014

Anima’s Seal: Episode 4: Dragon’s Breath

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Episode 3: Mercenaries, Part 2          Episode 5: Pherae’s Son


Derp derp derp, another tough random battle at the end here… This chapter came out a little weird. Rigel is not how I was expecting her, at all. But what’s really frustrating is that I keep writing more and more words, and I don’t seem to get any closer to the end of the story! : P

Also nope, can’t upload two chapters a night. They’re just too long and involved. I’ll be lucky to get to the end of Episode 6 or 7 before I have to abandon this temporarily to work on Sinterklaas and Christmas madness. Meine sterne.


November 25, 2014

Anima’s Seal: Episode 3: Mercenaries, Part 2

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Episode 2: Mercenaries, Part 1          Episode 4: Dragon’s Breath


Righty, this one is lacking in action but it doesn’t matter so much, gotta keep moving forward, gotta get to the end, and anyway it’s just bandits and we all know they’re the least of challenges, right? End of the episode was hard. Non-dramatic plotty stuff + work day = brain mush. Actually it feels more like fuzz than mush. But anyway. Pent’s little jaunt there is kind of wasted. I might edit it later. Tomorrow, perhaps. When my brain is less mush.

This story is basically an excuse for me to get all my absolute favourite characters together and have them all be awesome. You realized that, right? : P And yes, the other characters who I’m not even using eventually are also great, and everyone does deserve some spotlight, but I can’t have EVERYONE be my favourite. (yesican) But I do have to say Rath was a bit of a surprise – he was vastly helpful beyond the little role that I had originally envisioned for him. Also that Isi guy? Totally out of nowhere. Added some nice drama. For some reasons drama’s been easy to write in this story even when I’m not even trying. Weird.

Sacaean party music: voila. At least to the end of the fantastic crazy part (about 4:40). (more…)

Anima’s Seal: Episode 2: Mercenaries, Part 1

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Episode 1: Exiled         Episode 3: Mercenaries, Part 2


Right, here’s Episode 2. I was just going along, wondering how I’d get Ceniro his first merc job (much the same way he himself was) and Roger was like “oh hei I’m just passing through” and I was like “dude! You’re perfect!” I mean, now I don’t have to create a whole new character that no one will care about since he’s not an integral part of the story. So here’s Roger, the young Duke of Deis in Etruria, and hopefully he resolves a few questions you may or may not have had after reading about him in The Tactician and the Jewel.

…If anyone even reads this stuff. : P

Names are the biggest hang-up I have in this story. All these new names, people names, place names, they all have to have the Fire Emblem feel while not being too horribly exotic – or not exotic enough. I suspect that from here on, while Sacaean culture is going to be primarily Mongolian, place names will be Native American – I get both vibes from the hints the game drops. (more…)

November 24, 2014

Anima’s Seal: Episode 1: Exiled

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Prologue: Alive         Episode 2: Mercenaries, Part 1


I think this might have been both the hardest and also the most dramatic thing I have ever written. Dang I love Pent. I might be taking him a tad into OOC territory, but you know what, he’s under a lot of pressure that he wasn’t under in the game; I think it’s fine. Also I wish to draw artwork. Lots and lots of artwork. But first, here’s the two chapters for tonight. If I can upload two chapters per night, I’ll be done this story by the end of the week, a.k.a. the end of NaNoWriMo, and I will never have to write stories in the Elibe universe again, unless I get the desperate urge to, which I might because it is my most favouritest Fire Emblem game. Darnit.

But my logic is that I will be less tempted if I have no unfinished stories lying around asking to be finished. : P *writes furiously*

Eliwood and Hector won’t be around for a while yet. This is just a teaser to let you know they’re still important-ish. (more…)

Anima’s Seal: Prologue: Alive

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Episode 1: Exiled


And so it begins… The alternate universe in which A) (*SPOILERS*) Ceniro lived (*END SPOILERS*) and B) Pent and Louise didn’t get away as cleanly as they did in the game. Funtimes ensue!

This prologue sort of assumes that you’ve already read the entire Tactician and the series, since basically in the final battle the same stuff happens but with Ceniro. I may add detail but I didn’t want to bog down in things that people presumably already knew. Also I have a new title for the story, huh? I suppose that since this is set in Elibe, that technically makes the Tactician series a quintology, but… I decided I wanted to go with a different formula for a different type of story. (A blatant actual anime series in text, lol.) So. This chapter will get you caught up on things you already knew. Working on Episode 1 and Episode 2, if all goes well it will be done in a couple hours. Although my cat is demanding attention today so we’ll see. I’d like to write two episodes a day until the end of NaNo, that should get me finished this, but of course I can’t promise anything.

Let’s go! (more…)

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