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  1. Download it now at NexusMods! The Watcher is the prologue for Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm, and the first in a series of episodes in a DLC-length mod for Fallout: New Vegas. It introduces players to Gardens of Equestria, an episodic adventure that shuffles the reality of New Vegas like a pack of cards. GoE introduces new enemies, allies, and unique equipment from beyond the Mojave. As you investigate the cause of these echoes, you will choose a side and decide the fate of two worlds. However, it’s not just the start of a world-spanning adventure. Changes have swept through the New Pegasus area, altering everything from billboards to ancient Pre-War posters, stimpaks to road signs, teddy bears to the Las Pegasus sign itself. There’s also a new PipBuck radio station featuring 32 of the greatest hits from the MLP:FiM fandom. The reality distortions have even affected your PipBuck’s user interface, complete with new loading screens, a new progress wheel and altered game Perks. Custom cinematics, a fully-voiced cast, unique new ambient music and much, much more await you within. Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm requires Fallout: New Vegas and the Old World Blues DLC. Prices and participation may vary. See store for details. If your download lasts for more than six hours, contact the Ministry of Peace immediately. This simulation has been approved by the Ministry of Morale, and verified by the Ministry of Arcane Sciences to run on most StableTecTM terminals.
  2. Good morning everypony! First of all, for those unfamiliar with the project, here's a quick rundown: Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm is a story-driven DLC experience designed for Fallout: New Vegas. Inspired by the popular novel, Fallout: Equestria, Gardens of Equestria will combine the Equestrian Wasteland and the Mojave like never before. With an immersive storyline, over 80,000 words of recorded dialogue, custom music, new models, custom artwork, over 90 levels and an enormous new worldspace to explore, it is unlike anything before attempted in the Fallout: Equestria fandom. Novel Idea here with something you have all been waiting for. I know I have. Now, I could tease and play with the information and drive you all crazy, but instead, I'll just tell you what's going on. For those of you who attended Pacific PonyCon, you already got most of this information. For everypony else... it's time for the good stuff. We've got three major announcements today. Gardens of Equestria is moving to an episodic content schedule. Instead of releasing the entire game at once, we'll be releasing the game chapter-by-chapter, starting with "Gardens of Equestria - Prologue: The Watcher." We are currently aiming to release "Prologue: The Watcher" at the beginning of February 2017. Today, you get to see the Opening Cinematic of Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm. This is the actual cinematic you'll be seeing in-game when you play the Prologue. So, let's talk about what this all means, shall we? Episodic Content! Why episodic content? Well, the truth is, the scope of Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm is massive. An original worldspace, over ninety levels, four unique voiced characters, dozens of new weapons and armor and so very much more. In addition, we're a purely volunteer project. That means wives, husbands, kids, full-time jobs, college and a thousand other things. What that means is that because of real life, we likely wouldn't release anything for at least two years if we went for a full production model (and that's on the extremely optimistic side. In truth, it would probably be longer). I don't want to wait that long and I know you don't either. Going episodic means you'll actually get the content in a better timeframe. Yes, there will be delays and you won't be able to play the whole thing in one go (unless you wait until the very end), but the important thing is you'll be able to see what we have coming! What this means tech-wise is that you'll just be replacing the GoE files with the new ones! Upcoming Prologue Release! That's right folks! While our guests at Pacific PonyCon 2017 got to see a live playthrough of the "The Watcher," soon you'll be able to adventure there yourself! Get a mysterious message from DJ-PON3 and investigate the strange events in the cliffs north of Goodsprings. Not only that, but you'll get the first phase of the reality distortions! New billboards, new artwork, new music, a new radio station and so much more. Now, the thing to remember is that reality itself is changing! Things will get progressively worse until you put a stop to the chaos! So there's even more to come! While we were originally going to launch at the end of the month, we need just a bit more time to put the finishing touches on it. After all, I run this group with a mission of "Do it right and do it with style!" Watch for the release of Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm - Prologue: The Watcher in February of 2017! The Opening Cinematic! After dealing with a surprising new enemy in a mysterious cave, you'll encounter a strange Spritebot. After a brief conversation, he'll head outside to give you a rundown as to just what has been transpiring to cause these strange shifts in reality... This cinematic will play in-game once you reach the correct moment of the Prologue, like the opening of Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas or Fallout: New Vegas's DLCs! In the coming months, we'll have more information as to the release schedule of Chapter 1: Strangers in a Strange Land and Chapter 2: Small Advantages. Manehattan Live! First of all, a special thanks to the staff of Pacific PonyCon for having us and hosting the very first GoE panel. It was an amazing experience for all involved. Sadly, we had a miscommunication on the Manehattan side of the team and weren't able to record video of the panel. In addition, the audio we recorded didn't turn out very well (though our audio team did an awesome job salvaging most of it!). That's okay, because in the next few months, we'll be releasing interviews with the entire Board of Directors of The Manehattan Project! But wait, there's more! We're currently looking into doing panels for more conventions! That's right, so if you missed us at Pacific PonyCon, you might get a chance to see us in person at another major MLP convention! Once we have confirmed venues, we'll release more information, but we're currently aiming for at least two more conventions with a possible third! Interested in Doing Art or Modeling for Manehattan? Finally, we're doing an open call for any artists or 3D modelers who might be interested in joining our staff. We've got a lot of art assets slated for this game and we're looking for new talent to help us bring Gardens of Equestria to life. If you're interested in helping us out in art, modeling, scripting or think you can contribute to the project in another way, head over to our recruitment center and send in an application! Remember, if you're interested in a career in game design or a similar field, this is the perfect sort of project to have on your resume! And that's it for this week folks. We'll have more for you in the coming weeks, but today I'm going to leave you with a look of the brand-new Sunset Sarsaparilla Billboard you'll be seeing in This Coming Storm. This was designed by yours truly on Tuesday night! ...and if you're surprised it's Sunset Shimmer, you definitely aren't paying enough attention. Until next time, have fun! -NI
  3. Tactics of Snowbound Unicorns Twilight’s got her nose stuck in a book. Sunset wants to go see the rest of their friends. As winter descends upon Canterlot, Sunset gets an idea. Things snowball from there. Historian’s Note: Set in the Wavelengths Timeline where the Sonic Rainboom never happened, Tactics of Snowbound Unicorns is a stand-alone tale that occurs about six weeks after the events in the Applications Trilogy. Cast: Sunset Shimmer, Twilight Sparkle, Princess Celestia, Moon Dancer, Minuette, Cheerilee, Coco Pommel & Coloratura Co-Starring: Raven & Philomena Stories set in the Wavelengths Timeline in chronological order: Origins Arc The Alchemy of Chemistry Bards of the Badlands (Coming Early Janury 2017) Grading on a Bell Curve How Not To Use Your Royal Prerogative (Coming Late January 2017) Applications Arc The Application of Unified Harmony Magics Princess Celestia: A Brief History The Cloudsdale Report Infatuations and Other Lies Arc Tactics of Snowbound Unicorns
  4. Original Post and More information about Gardens of Equestria and The Manehattan Project The Manehattan Project will be hosting our first-ever convention panel at Pacific PonyCon 2017 on the weekend of January 6-8, 2017 in San Diego, California! At the GoE Panel, you’ll get a world-exclusive first look at the Prologue of Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm including our brand-new cover artwork by Blue Nova, featuring music by Corvus Productions and custom voicework! But that’s not all. During the panel, you’ll actually get a chance to speak with four members of The Manehattan Project itself! Our line-up includes: Ebon Quill – Quest Designer & Worldbuilding Writer! Silver Chord – Worldbuilding Writer & FimFiction Author! Polyphonic – Former Vocal Director and the Voice Actress for Velvet Remedy, Candi and more! Novel Idea – Project Lead & Creative Director as well as author of the Wavelengths Timeline series. Not only will you get a live demo of the Prologue including the epic opening slideshow for Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm, but you’ll also get to hear about the challenges of writing for a game project of such an enormous scope, the design challenges of managing a team that spans half the planet as well as the immense task of organizing a team of over twenty voice actors while performing a variety of voice acting roles! In addition, our panel will be moderated by the one and only LiamNeighson, author and veteran of countless pony conventions across the United States as a moderator, volunteer and general pony enthusiast! There’s still plenty of time to register as well! Head on over to Pacific PonyCon’s website today and get registered to experience this first-ever reveal! Plus, you’ll get to see MLP legends as Nicole Oliver (Celestia & Cheerilee), Tabitha St. Germain (Rarity & Luna), Kelly Sheridan (Starlight Glimmer), comic artists Sarah Richards, Tony Fleecs and illustrator Marry Bellamy, plus amazing cosplayers and more community guests! We look forward to seeing you in January in San Diego! -Novel Idea & The Manehattan Project
  5. 1,100 words to crack 40K for NaNoWriMo...

  6. Original Post on GoE.com Happy Thursday Everypony! Novel Idea here with a very special surprise for you! As many of you know, last Saturday, October 23, was Fallout Day! (October 23, 2077 was the day the bombs fell in the Fallout Universe). Well, we didn't want to let this special day pass without something for you. So now, we are very proud to present the next two Environment Preview Trailers for Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm! Before we get to that, though, I have a special announcement! The Manehattan Project is currently looking for a few good folks to come and help us! In particular, we're looking for the following positions: Musicians (specifically orchestral in the same style you've heard in our trailers) 2D Texture Artists Vector Artists If you're interested in becoming a part of The Manehattan Project, creating an epic game and having something truly awesome to put on your portfolio, please let us know at our Recruitment Center! Now, we have a new piece of art for you! Another gem by Blue Nova, this is the official artwork for everypony's favorite breakfast cereal: Sugar Apple Bombs! This one was fun. Blue and I had a long discussion/argument about who should be featured on the poster. Originally, it was going to be Pinkie or AJ, but they just didn't work for a multitude of reasons. So finally, we decided we needed an Apple on there! We played around with the idea of Babs Seed, but since I don't think her fate has ever been covered in FO:E (or even mentioned, since she appeared after the 'canon lock'), we decided to go with everypony's favorite Appleloosan Resident: Braeburn! Now seriously, how epic did Blue do on this? Details as fine as the shape of the cereal pieces? And by the way, yes that is indeed the box you'll be seeing in This Coming Storm! Now, onto the mane event! I am delighted to announce that this is the debut of our new Cinematics Lead, Scarlet Moon. A talented mare with years of experience working cinematographic magic, Scarlet Moon was simply critical in putting these together. I know they look similar to the previous ones, but they are indeed quite different. While I did the game capture and we used the intro and outro I had designed for the previous trailers, she did all the editing and clipping, including working Corvus's wonderful music into the pieces! First, we have the GoE: This Coming Storm Environment Preview Trailer #3. In this special preview trailer, you'll get a sneak peek at the Stable 207 Living Quarters as well as the brand new version of Appleloosa Valley! Stable 207 Living Quarters is a vast complex containing an apartment for the Courier as well as rooms for Littlepip, Velvet Remedy, Calamity and Steelhooves. Use it as your base of operations as you put an end to the threat against all reality! Plus, you'll get pictures of the new and improved Appleloosa Valley, carefully reconstructed and expanded for maximum epic output! This is most likely what you will end up seeing in the final game folks! Finally, we have GoE: This Coming Storm Environment Preview Trailer #4. In this special preview trailer, you'll get a sneak peek at the new exterior of the Rock Farm, as well as the sprawling Sector 2 - Administration Wing, the Security Bunker player home and a sneak peek at the top-secret Sector 3 - Labs! That's right folks. For the very first time, you get a tiny glimpse at the Sector 3 - Labs. What you're seeing is the Pegasus Rifle Testing Range and the "Soft Words" Testing Facility, as well as the Sector 3 - Level D Utility Control breakroom and control room! I've kept Sector 3 under tight wraps because it's going to be a shocker at just what's waiting for you within, but I decided it can't hurt to show you a little, eh? Well, that's it for this month folks from The Manehattan Project! Within the next couple weeks, we hope to have a major announcement where you might get a chance to meet us in person if you happen to be going to a particular convention! (How's that hype train coming?) That's all for Manehattan for this week folks! But for those of you waiting for the next installment of Wavelengths, stay tuned! Something might be coming soon!
  7. Novel Idea

    A Legend Retires

    A bit of surprising news for those who follow Blizzard's games! Chris Metzen, the Senior VP Story and Franchise Development at Blizzard Entertainment, is retiring in his 40s (Lucky man). No, he's not going off to start a new company or something, he's actually going to spend it with his family and kids (which is awesome). The guy did some amazing things and left one hell of a legacy. http://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20749157269 Any special thoughts on something Metzen worked on that you enjoy? (Even if it's just laughing at rescuing Metzen the Reindeer during Winter Veil?)
  8. 1. I can happily say I have found no pools of cess on Moon Guard as long as you remember the First Law of RP Servers: Thou Shalt Not Enter Goldshire. 2. Absolutely! While we're still getting off the ground, we have folks from all over the world. I'm usually on around that time myself. In reality, even though I always play on West Coast servers, somehow I always end up in East Coast guilds. I'm just lucky like that, so I know how you feel. Just like WoW, there's no dedicated forum for it, but please feel free to start a LFM thread of your own in the LFG Forum.
  9. Sadly no. Wyrmrest had a big enough population that it didn't get a connection.
  10. So, while we have started an "official" EqD Guild on Wyrmrest Accord (Alliance) called "The Rainbooms," I realize the cost of moving characters is pretty freaking high. Especially if you're on a server you've been established on for a long time (For example, I have eleven characters on Wrymrest). So! Here's the idea. If you're Alliance and you're interested in joining together for runs through dungeons, heroics, mythics or even raids, speak up below! Add your BattleTag and we can see if we can get some events going on together! Make sure to post what you're playing and what role you're doing. If you're Horde, make sure to post as well, just post "Horde" in your name as well! (You know, if playing for the bad guys is more your thing (oh snap)) Not only that, but make sure to get dialed into Equestria Daily's official Discord Chat! We have channels here for the Pony Alliance! Example: Lyssinna#1926 - Alliance - Lyssinna - DPS - 110 Destruction Warlock - Group events, dungeons & heroics. PS, if you're going to add me, send me a PST to let me know you're a contact from here. I'm one of those crazy people who like to leave notes on my Battle.net Friend list (seriously, I would go "Who the Hay Is That?" every other day if I didn't.)
  11. Novel Idea

    FanFiction Epics

    So I'm curious, by epic do you mean epic in length, epic in quality or both? Because a lot of folks are going for the epic in length thing here.
  12. Novel Idea

    World of Warcraft

    Just to let everyone on the thread know, we've started up an "official" EqD WoW Guild for the Alliance on Wyrmrest Accord called the Rainbooms. If you're interested in joining us for some Legion fun (or want to roll a new Demon Hunter or DK on Wyrmrest), let me know! We'll be starting up a Horde one on Moon Guard shortly. (Blame Seth for that one).
  13. I know I'm not the only one here who adores audiobooks. While I could fill an entire forum with my favorites, I'd like to hear yours! Aim for the longer ones that have both excellent voice acting and an excellent story! I'll start with something sweet and romantic (shut up, I'm a romantic) with "The Homesteading" by Bookplayer, read by Scribbler Productions. Follow it up with a fantastic adventure tale that's definitely worth listening to (even if the name doesn't really do it justice) in "How to Train Your Pegasus" by L3gion. Ready for something that will hold you over for a few weeks? Go no further than the classic "Lost and Found" by Cloudy Skies. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't plug my own project a bit. Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) by Kkat is the result of nearly a year's worth of refinement, tweaking and editing. Based off of Crazed Rambling's original audiobook, the Manehattan Edition adds the Chapter Titles, Quotes and Footnotes as well as removes numerous flubs, errors and even adds in a few missing lines. This is much more an "Audible" style audiobook than a Dramatic Reading, but hopefully you'll enjoy it anyway (even if it clocks in at 59 hours).
  14. Novel Idea

    what was your first MLP fanfic

    Fallout: Equestria, despite me not liking dark stories. Sadly, when one starts with not only an epic piece of fanfiction, but an epic piece of fiction in general, one tends to develop somewhat high expectations. It didn't help that it was followed up by the Hard Reset Trilogy and It's a Dangerous Business, Going Outside Your Door. Heh. ^^