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Manga Creations / Re: Death of a Bachelor - MR Canon
« on: January 07, 2023, 09:14:17 PM »
I was wondering where this lovely little tidbit of Canon was! Once again, massive congratulations!! And always a pleasure to offer my services :)

Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: January 07, 2023, 11:00:23 AM »
:music: :hair: :rock:

Well you know me, I just gush on and on about music I like if no one stops me...!

That Sobs album "Air Guitar" is pretty neat. It's very stylistically varied, going from being reminiscent of Green Day's "Dookie" all the way to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Emotion". I think you and I have very different definitions of "Breakdown" though XD .

I don't really like much modern indie music. Tame Impala never did it for me and even Bloc Party have fallen far from the heights of their first three albums. I agree a lot of it sounds very samey now (and none of it is really truly independent anymore...).

I may have linked before, but you may be interested a little in the song "Parachute" by COVET. It's a little more mathy and crunchy, but still has that pretty and effervescent feel to me. I believe this is the only one of their released songs that has vocals though, everything else is instrumental math rock, despite the fact that Yvette Young is a great singer on top of being amazing at guitar and about 6 other instruments...

Which segues nicely into me asking Slammy: what new math rock have you been listening to? I actually found myself down the rabbit hole of mathy post-hardcore yesterday evening after hearing the new single from Hail the Sun - "Mind Reader".

Develop Your Story / Re: Need help w/ manga oneshot
« on: January 06, 2023, 04:34:23 PM »
I kinda think you have some good bones here to work with.

An "entropic sun" that degrades the things it's light touches (or just degrades everything within it's aura) is a cool concept, and provides a foundation for the setting and why it would be a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Some ideas for how this could come about are: 1. The arrival of an alien artifact/being like The Traveller in Destiny; 2. Some sort of particle collider experiment altering the radiation of the sun; 3. A random inversion in the universe (maybe caused by some absurdist god flipping some Discworld-esque switch); 4. A second Sun appears and just has this weird effect; 5. it is just the way things are.

Then you have the "super-power" to create objects. It pairs nicely with the setting because anything created willl necessarily temporary. But I think you really need to nail down what it is you want this magic system to be and what you want characters to be able to achieve with it, because at the moment it sounds very wishy-washy. For instance, if someone could materialize any item they want then why would they arbitrarily not be able to create weapons? If it is some intelligent god or alien thing that is causing the entropy then perhaps this is a rule that it can just enforce, but otherwise it seems a little silly. A justification I can think of is that highly ordered materials break down quicker than less ordered ones. Therefore things made of metals, crystals, maybe hard plastics and hard wood degrade to dust within moments; whereas less ordered things such as rubber, soft plastics, gels, and foams take longer to break down. In a way this adds a skill floor and ceiling to using the magic system: someone very proficient and quick could perhaps make and use a weapon within the minute amount of time it has form, whereas other, less skilled people would only be able to manifest and/or use rubber objects.

Another small issue perhaps is why humans, animals, plants or microbial life wouldn't degrade also? A part of me thinks that seeing some devolution into more entropic beings would create an interestingly unique flora and fauna for your setting, like floppy trees and crabs that are more like slimes.

A different way you could take things perhapse is to tweak the magic, so that instead of creating things from nothing, people are instead able to turn one object into another object, like a basketball into a sunhat, or a table into a boat, but then they disintegrate to nothing afterwards. This could play into the angle of human self-destruction and overconsumption, with people using stupid things like whole buildings to create rockets in the past until there was basically nothing left but random tat to use, and overdrawing from the world's natural resources to replenish things until they too ran dry. Something you can do with this form of the magic system is have it so that individual characters can turn stuff into only one thing. Like one person can turn everything they touch into frizbees, whereas someone else turns everything they touch into grenades, and someone else turns everything they touch into teddybears. Allows you to give individual identity to characters through their powers, and focuses the power system down a bit.

I'm not sure I get why humans would necessarily become less social however. As far as I can tell people would still need to eat, and to produce food at scale for a population generally requires farming. Although a thematically you could contrast a character who lives a solitary, materialistic life against a group of people that choose not to mess with the magic and live together.

In terms of plot ideas, the most obvious direction is a character with a mission to revert things back to the way they were, to restore order and permanence to the world (another theme that can be used is what happens psychologically when people lose a sense of permanence in the material world - when you can build anything, or sculpt or paint anything etc.). Another thing I can think of is just the scientist documenting the entropic apocalypse, treating it as an inevitability and making oservations about the world as it breaks down.

Last thing I have to comment on is the Lolicon thing. Personally, not my flavour... but if its what you like to draw then knock yourself out I guess. If you wanted to tie them to your setting then I may suggest some more absurdist logic; something like people turning into lolicons as a result of the entropy because they represent the most chaotic form of humanity.

Hope there is something useful to you in all of that. Best of luck!

Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: January 06, 2023, 09:23:49 AM »
Oh man, kinda missed posting here...

2023 started off strong for me with Katatonia releasing a new single for their upcoming album: Katatonia - "Birds". This is single number 3, and I'm getting a more rocky vibe than previous albumns, but I'm quite digging it. Katatonia - "Atrium" / Katatonia - "Austerity"

From last year, I can't really decide on a favourite album release, however, if there is one release that deserves to be near the top of the list, it is Zeal & Ardor's self titled album. A complete refinement of their sound, with better production and overall more hooks to keep me engaged the whole way through.

And finally, to draw your attentions to something a little unique, I recently stumbled upon this little gem from South Korea: Jambinai - "Apparition". Post rock with folk instruments and a small injection of metal, creating these wonderful, almost avant garde soundscapes. This is the kind of stuff I love to find now, really creative and unique.

break Room / Re: The Status Of Our Fellow Raiders
« on: January 06, 2023, 08:51:34 AM »
But I'm sure a lot more are lurking in the shadows XD

I'm definitely a lurker now  :ninja: :ninja: :ninja:

Develop Your Story / Re: "Birna and the tower of death"
« on: January 03, 2023, 03:20:09 PM »
Honestly, dark mysterious tower warping creatures into monsters of the week whilst Birna ambles her way to destroy it is not a bad way to go in terms of a plot. Sometimes simple is best.

MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2023
« on: January 03, 2023, 02:00:07 PM »
Lovely to hear from you all :)

I just need to put in the time to practice, and not get too tempted by my drum kit that is right next to the piano. Also, I don’t listen to a lot of piano-style music, and the stuff I do like with piano in it is super complex and too much for a beginner like me. I was making progress learning stairway to heaven though! Anyways, with your support, I’ll try to make sure that this will be the year!

How was everyone’s NYE? I was very lucky and have been staying in a 17th century tower house (although it’s named as a castle) in Scotland with my family over this break. So NYE was spent drinking Scotch in front of a roaring fireplace and singing along to throwback songs on Jools Holland!

Develop Your Story / Re: "Birna and the tower of death"
« on: January 03, 2023, 01:48:11 PM »
Cute and simple adventure story so far with solo D&D vibes, or, strangely enough, old short snoopy comics. Still not sold on the screenplay style, because so much richness and depth is lost from the utilitarian language and minor amount of description, but at least it does the job in conveying the plot and puts the focus on the dialogue.

I actually quite like Birna’s sassy character. It lands a lot better in the second chapter, but only because of a couple of stumbles in her dialogue in the first:

“It’s too dangerous to go alone…” doesn’t seem like something Birna would say, rather: “I know it’s dangerous, but someone’s gotta destroy it.”

Also I like the idea behind: “Hoped if ya couldn’t tell I wasn’t a kid ya also couldn’t count.” but this is written in a way that sounds like a non-sequitur (also, not sure how just removing her cloak would reveal visually that she isn’t a child…). I’d probably go for something like: “hoped that your counting was as bad as your ability to tell a girl’s age.

Look forward to seeing more. Good luck!

Manga Creations / Re: Dollars of the Damned.
« on: January 03, 2023, 01:15:53 PM »
Nice work on the competition placement!

I noticed a couple of remaining proof-reading errors, and a couple of stilted lines of dialogue (e.g. “Drake won’t leave you in a trash can if he catches you” completely ignores the context of her previous encounter with Drake, and can be fixed simply: “Drake won’t just leave you in a trash can if he catches you again”) that may have kept you from the top spot, but keep it up.

The characterisation and the weird horror elements are much improved from the last time I read, and made it more enjoyable for me overall. So I look forward to any future chapter drafts you want to share :)

Develop Your Story / Re: Project Serentedia - Week 3
« on: January 03, 2023, 12:52:26 PM »
Yo Op, nice to see that you remain as industrious as ever. I believe I still owe you some reviews for your other projects, but I’ve been rather swamped with work this past year.

This is a cool idea. Reminiscent of old choose your own adventure books from back in the day, only with a bit wider engagement goals. I voted for weeks 1 and 3, but was indisposed for week 2 so missed it. Will try to keep an eye out for future surveys.

A couple of tidbits of feedback: watch your tenses - you keep going between past and present, so pick one and stick with it. Present makes it read like a comic strip in text form (and maybe works with the reader decision making side of things), past makes it read like a novel. Could also do with a bit of a proof read - mostly just a few mis-ordered phrases, maybe a missed words here or there.

Have you got a chunk of these branching storylines already planned out? Seems like a hefty amount of work if you are doing this all through discovery writing. A thing I wonder is if you expect there to be a “correct” choice out of the options presented?

MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2023
« on: January 02, 2023, 06:06:59 AM »
My resolution is to learn piano.

For the 5th year in a row…..

MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2022
« on: December 25, 2022, 09:24:20 AM »
:santa: Happy holidays everybody! :santa: :x-mas: :xmasgifts:

Immediately this took my mind to DC's Dr. Manhattan, or maybe also the main character from "The World Walker". What both these characters have in common is a struggle to retain their humanity - just a thought.

Honestly, this power could manifest in thousands of different ways, but it really depends how biologically accurate you want to be... If a person were to have complete control at a sub-cellular level, then some possibilities are:

1. Immunity to all infectious, genetic, inflammatory, and auto-immune diseases, and cancer (infectious diseases could mutate to still cause infection)
2. Increasing recovery speeds for wounds, and not suffering from inflammation (still limited by the movement speeds of cells, proteins and other molecules)
3. Improved reaction times (still limited by the speeds of action potentials and synaptic transfer)
4. Perfect memory due to perfect formation, organization and maintainance of neural pathways
5. Complete sensory control - could turn off or on any sense at will, or make them more sensitive by increasing density of sensory neurons or accessory cell types.
6. Inhibition or manifestation of hormonal/neural signals that result in any sensation from pain to hunger to happiness
7. Perfect control of muscular contraction, hypertrophy and growth
8. At will gene editing in any part of the body, to produce any protein known to man to perform literally countless functions found in any biological organism or system known to man
9. Control over pigmentation of any body part
10. Grow or reduce in size, or add extra parts - forced mitosis and differentiation
11. Become completely amorphous - forced de-differentiation and transformation
12. Control over general metabolism to be able to enter death-like states and stasis

Almost all of these things would likely be limited by the physics surrounding particle collision and cellular metabolism; would require insane levels of food/fuel and cofactor intake to provide the necessary energy; and would require extra methods of heat dispersal (otherwise the person would need to sweat a lot all the time) and free-radical soaking, among a bunch of other side effects that I can't think of off the top of my head.

You could go more general than this however, and focus on the general function of specific cell types:
1. Muscle cells - contract to provide motive force
2. B Lymphocytes - produce antibodies generally against foreign material
3. Rod and Cone cells - produce photopigments to convert light into molecular signals
4. Neurones - propogate action potentials
5. Pluripotent cells - differentiate into many types of cells

I think I've generally developed a slight aversion to powers/magic systems that are as general as this when applied to only one character, especially if there are no trade-offs. That said, I basically gave my MR Canon character this kind of power in a much more limited sense, whereby he can effect a small selection of physiological attributes by listening to specific styles of music. But with intense or prolonged use, this results in him suffering related side effects or could even lead to his death if he pushed his body too far.

Personally, I would probably break all these possibilities for cellular control out across several characters, whereby they each control a single cellular function in a specific way.

Hope this is all slightly useful.

Music / NO1SY's Melodic Metal Scale
« on: December 21, 2022, 06:59:19 PM »
Hello! :biggrin:

In Flames - O2 Brixton Acadmey - 20/11/2022

So, last month I was showing my Mum pictures from the first concert I’ve been to since covid began, and after the “I just don’t understand how you got into that music, I tried so hard to make sure you liked Blue and Westlife…”, she genuinely surprised me by suggesting that I should give her a list of my kind of music, so she can learn a bit about what I like!? (I had to check that pigs weren’t flying!?)

Most of what I like falls under the category of “Melodic Metal” (although I do listen to some softer rock and jazz stuff too), and I decided to make a scale of songs from kinda easy/light to pretty heavy.

I tried to do just 10 songs but the steps felt too big and some iconic songs were missing (and I still couldn’t fit in all the bands I wanted even with 20…). Also it bugged me that the whole list was male fronted, so I have slotted in the names of some great Female led bands underneath at the points at where I think they land.

I don’t have Spotify (honestly their format is awful for browsing new releases...) so this is the closest I’ll get to sharing my “Music Mood” like my friends do every year around this time with Spotify Wrapped… It's like the advent calendar that no-one needed nor asked for, but if you have some spare time and are curious, see how far you can manage and let me know!

So, thanks for indulging my ramble, and I present:

20 Levels of Melodic Metal:

1. Sabaton - "Winged Hussars"

2. Katatonia - "Serein"

3. Coheed and Cambria - "Welcome Home"

4. Tool - "Schism"

5. Animals As Leaders - "Kascade"

6. TesseracT - "King"

7. System Of A Down - "Chop Suey"
(Unleash the Archers)

8. Eidola - "Counterfeit Shrines"
(Rolo Tomassi)

9. Slipknot - "Duality"

10. Protest The Hero - "C'est La Vie"

11. Mastodon - "Blood and Thunder"

12. Killswitch Engage - "My Curse"

13. Orbit Culture - "Flight of The Fireflies"
(Jinjer) (Infected Rain)

14. Harakiri For The Sky - "I, Pallbearer"

15. Gojira - "Born For One Thing"

16. In Flames - "Take This Life"
(Arch Enemy)

17. August Burns Red - "Composure"

18. Born of Osiris - "Follow The Signs"

19. Archspire - "Drone Corpse Aviator"

20. Lorna Shore - "To The Hellfire"

Manga Creations / Re: MR War Arc: MR Sentai Revival!
« on: December 21, 2022, 06:58:15 PM »
We will see what I have left in the tank in the new year... I'll definitely return the favour by offering feedback for Repulsion though.

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