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This Past Year

Hi everyone, I didn't realize 8 months had gone by since I was last on the forum. I've been distracted with health issues and I wanted to explain what was going on. Last year I was diagnosed with PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome. I was informed I had high levels of testosterone. For several years I've had facial hair and no periods. And for a time I enjoyed these male secondary changes and didn't want to go to the doctor. Then I wound up going to the doctor for something and then they tested my hormone levels and that's how I found out. I was sent to an endocrinologist who wanted to treat my symptoms with estrogen. I was horrified at going on estrogen and knew I had to reveal something I've felt since 2005. I came out as transgender at the doctors and explained tearfully why I couldn't bring myself to go on estrogen. I began to go to a local therapist who specialized in transgender patients and the endocrinologist I was going to referred me to another endocrinologist in Dallas. This doctor treats transgender patients and I really liked her as well as the rest of the staff of UT Southwestern. I discussed with the new doctor what was going on and they ran, over the course of several weeks, blood tests to see how healthy my body was before deciding if I can take testosterone. I also visited a plastic surgeon to talk about having a double mastectomy (top surgery). A date has not been chosen yet although I did choose the month of January 2019 to have it. I was recently approved of taking testosterone and I took my first shot on Wednesday August 8. I'm on a low dose because of my PCOS and I'm taking 50 mg every 2 weeks. I don't expect any changes for awhile. My family has been really supportive and I even had some family members like my dad who weren't surprised in the slightest. I let my supervisor at work know and she's been really supportive as well. She thinks most people at my work will support me because she likes to tell me how much everyone at work likes me. Not sure what else to say at the moment so I'll leave it at there for now. If you guys want me to blog any updates on any changes I've noticed let me know.

Sgamer

Sgamer

 

"Retro" Games

Y'know what really grinds my gears?  When people call a game old, dated, or retro just because it's like two friggin' years old.  Maybe it's just me, but I have a pretty wide range of what I consider "modern" when it comes to games.  When I think old and retro, I think 8 and 16 bit Nintendo era or older.  The other day I saw some website talking about Halo 3 as being a "retro classic".  I know it probably just makes me sound like an old fogey, but Halo 3 is not a retro classic.  I'm sorry, it's just not.  It's a modern game.  It's not new, but it is modern.  If you're gonna call Halo 3 a retro classic, then what are you gonna call Super Metroid, or 8-bit Super Mario Bros, or Legend of Zelda, or friggin' DOOM?  I tend to think of the modern era of gaming being at approximately PS2 and newer.  I'm fine with Ocarina of Time and FF7 being called retro classics.  Yeah, they are.  But nothing on 360 or PS3 should be called retro or oldies.  Gimmie a break, dude.  I know games move quickly, but have a little perspective, man. I'm sure it does make me an old fogey, but I'm still blown away by the graphics of PS3 and 360 games.  I play newer games, too, but every time I play Halo 3 or God of War 3 or Final Fantasy 13, I always just think, "Wow, this is just so gorgeous!"  Most people probably look at Halo 3 today and think, "Ugh!  What a muddy, pixel-y piece of garbage!  I can't believe games used to look like this!", and that just kinda bugs me.  Maybe it's just a generational thing that has to do with what gaming era you were born in, but I don't think I'll ever lose my appreciation for how good PS3/360 era looks. Well, that was just meant to be a quick, fun little thing, but somehow I could see this one getting me in a bit of hot water.  Apologies if I ground anyone else's gears.

Justin_Case001

Justin_Case001

 

Goodbye Snowdancer

Q: How're you doing? A: Rough day yesterday. Our elderly horse Snowdancer (who my wife had named with her normal screenname way back when, so there's a thing), passed away. My wife says she was 28, but I swear she's being saying that for five years. In any case, for a Belgian draft horse that's pretty old. Snowdancer had originally been a logging horse. Basically the intent was that she would be brought to areas where they were harvesting trees that the terrain was too rough for heavy machinery, in order to pull the logs down to where the tractors and the like could reach. I'm not sure it actually happened, as tech was catching up and the logging company got a hold of small portable engines that could be anchored to other trees or boulders to do the same thing without risk to an animal. But she had been trained to do that. Then she was bought by a lady who basically put her out to pasture. She was small for a Belgian, more European blood than the normal American blood lines, so she didn't fit with any of the draft teams that exist in this area. In any case, that lady reached a point that she couldn't take care of her anymore, and Snowdancer (who was named 'Lilly' at this point) went up for auction. I think she was about 7 at this point. Enter my wife, before she became my wife. In fact at this point I had just asked her out on a date for the first time. In any case, when a horse goes up for auction there are two things that could happen: If they are a former racing horse or police horse they go for high prices to people who want to 'rescue' them. Otherwise, you're going to be bidding against a dog food company. Literally. $700 later, my future wife has a horse. My wife's a big lady, and she (and I) were part of an acting troupe called 'The Seattle Knights'. It still exists, but we've retired from it now though we're still good friends with many of the members. My wife wanted a horse capable of carrying her while jousting. Yes, running at another horseman covered in armour, with a lance. People do still do that. So, a long training period started. Several years, in fact. Turns out Snowdancer wasn't really suitable for jousting. She didn't like running directly at another horse, which isn't unusual. In fact, most jousters have to go through training several horses in order to find one that doesn't mind doing that. Oh well. She was still great for riding and eventing. Her long stride meant she could cover more ground in a few steps so for really short sprints she outpaced a lot of Thoroughbreds at western games. And despite her size, she was very agile, and could turn *very* fast, regularly making 90 degree turns in a single stride. That threw several people who tried to ride her. Again, literally. She had no patience for people who pretended they knew how to ride, and those pretenders would find themselves sailing along without a horse under them as they signaled a turn, and she'd just... turn out from under them. We were offered $50,000 for her from a Western eventer. Not a stupid amount of money relative to what horses *could* go for, but considerably more than the $700 that my wife had paid for her. She really liked children, interestingly enough. She'd let kids climb all over her, and had infinite patience with them, moving under them so they wouldn't fall. So, she became an award-winning Vaulting horse. With kids doing gymnastics on her back as she kept a steady pace in a circle around my wife. Many kids grew up while Snowdancer helped them through competitions and the like. Eventually, though, she started to develop arthritis. There were drugs that could be used to keep her 'in service', but we didn't think that was fair to her. We did help her with painkillers and joint supplements, but we didn't put her through heavy effort anymore. She was retired. This was some eight-nine years ago. Yesterday she laid down in her stall, and didn't quite have enough strength to stand back up again. She was struggling, and in serious distress. We tried to get her up, to see if it was just a passing thing, but it wasn't. The vet recommended, and we made the decision. Goodbye Snowdancer. You were the best big girl.

Fhaolan

Fhaolan

 

What's vexing me lately...

So, I'm working on a new story. No, check that ... I'm writing new chapters for an old story, one I wrote almost a year ago.  It was in my plans to make it a three-part story, but I never was able to write more than the first chapter (time constraints, work, loss of inspiration). So, I showed it to a trusted adviser, who recommended that I not only finish it, but publish it.  I said I would consider it, but it already has three strikes against it: a) it's a lot darker than stuff I've written and posted before, with some coarse language that I will not edit out; b) it was written out of a roleplay I was doing, based on a couple of characters from that roleplay; and c) it has no canon characters in it whatsoever. While I know it wouldn't make the grade over on Fimfiction, it was suggested I publish it here.  Which is where I worry about the subject matter and language, plus lack of canon characters. While it is stil a work in progress, I do have a chapter that would be ready for posting, if I decided to share it here.  I'm still debating doing so, not wanting to run afoul of any of the rules here in MLPF-land. I foresee more debating and more writing in my future...

Longhaul

Longhaul

 

I’m a transgirl

I’ve recently realized I’m actually transgender. Which means I’m really a girl. I can’t really do anything to transiton now. But just identifying as a transgirl feels better than saying I’m a guy.             Anyways that’s it. I’m just a transgirl.  

Tilgoreth

Tilgoreth

 

See ya guys!

with school only 2 weeks away and the soccer season even sooner, Ive notice that my free time has gotten shorter and shorter while I step into my sophomore year of high school. I have very little time to spare. I also noticed im moving farther and farther away from the actual MLP side of the forums and more towards the amazing people here, im have almost complety stopped watching the show and new interests of mine are rising, Im not saying this the end of mlp for me, just that I need a little break. I don't really know how to end this off so im going to leave this here    

Brobot

Brobot

 

My Gaming Day...months(Since that last post from friggin April!)

Killzone Shadow Fall(PS4) -Multiplayer   Wolfenstein The New Order(PS4) -Story --Trophy Earned: Vive la resistance!( Locate the resistance )(Bronze)(Common 79.57%) --Trophy Earned: AR magazine +( Unlock tactical perk 6 )(Bronze)(Uncommon 32.15%) --Trophy Earned: Marksman magazine +( Unlock tactical perk 7 )(Bronze)(Uncommon 30.61%) --Trophy Earned: Power to the laser( Find the Laserkraftwerk )(Bronze)(Common 75.00%) --Trophy Earned: Autopanzer( Unlock assault perk 6 )(Bronze)(Common 59.36%) --Trophy Earned: Knife sheath ++( Unlock stealth perk 4 )(Bronze)(Uncommon 36.85%) --Trophy Earned: LKW battery +( Unlock assault perk 7 )(Bronze)(Uncommon 30.67%) --Trophy Earned: Grenade pouch +( Unlock demolition perk 2 )(Bronze)(Common 62.15%) --Trophy Earned: Dual-wield expert( Unlock assault perk 8 )(Silver)(Uncommon 48.17%) --Trophy Earned: Vampire( Unlock stealth perk 6 )(Bronze)(Uncommon 35.44%) --Trophy Earned: Shotgun magazine +( Unlock tactical perk 5 )(Bronze)(Uncommon 33.70%) --Trophy Earned: Hidden in the deep( Locate the underwater stash )(Bronze)(Common 67.45%) --Trophy Earned: All that gliters( Collect 25 gold items )(Bronze)(Uncommon 38.18%) --Trophy Earned: Endurance II( Unlock assault perk 5 )(Bronze)(Uncommon 32.41%) --Trophy Earned: Quick reload( Unlock tactical perk 8 )(Silver)(Common 52.71%) --Trophy Earned: Grenade pouch ++( Unlock demolition perk 3 )(Bronze)(Uncommon 40.43%) --Trophy Earned: Hardened( Unlock demolition perk 8 )(Silver)(Uncommon 43.02%) --Trophy Earned: London uprising( Defeat the London Monitor )(Silver)(Common 62.11%) --Trophy Earned: Deliverance( Release friend )(Silver)(Common 60.31%) --Trophy Earned: Liberation( Complete game on any difficulty )(Gold)(Common 58.02%)   Wolfenstein The Old Blood(PS4) -Story --Trophy Earned: Undercover( Infiltrate Castle Wolfenstein )(Bronze)(Common 97.56%) --Trophy Earned: Health upgrade I( Unlock the Health upgrade I perk )(Bronze)(Common 83.08%) --Trophy Earned: Prison nightmare( Complete the nightmare in chapter 1 )(Bronze)(Uncommon 49.61%) --Trophy Earned: Grenade belt( Unlock the Grenade belt perk )(Bronze)(Common 66.21%) --Trophy Earned: Ammunition upgrade( Unlock the Ammunition upgrade perk )(Bronze)(Common 55.72%) --Trophy Earned: Docks nightmare( Complete the nightmare in chapter 2 )(Bronze)(Uncommon 41.61%) --Trophy Earned: All that glitters( Collect 8 gold items )(Bronze)(Common 77.32%) --Trophy Earned: Health upgrade II( Unlock the Health upgrade II perk )(Bronze)(Common 63.62%) --Trophy Earned: Health upgrade III( Unlock the Health upgrade III perk )(Bronze)(Common 61.08%) --Trophy Earned: Bombenschuss clip upgrade( Unlock the Bombenschuss clip upgrade perk )(Bronze)(Common 66.40%) --Trophy Earned: Quick turn( Unlock the Quick turn perk )(Bronze)(Uncommon 42.92%) --Trophy Earned: Schockhammer clip upgrade( Unlock the Schockhammer clip upgrade perk )(Bronze)(Common 71.39%) --Trophy Earned: Glittering gold( Collect 16 gold items )(Bronze)(Common 67.19%) --Trophy Earned: Armor upgrade I( Unlock the Armor upgrade I perk )(Bronze)(Common 70.97%) --Trophy Earned: Vampire( Unlock the Vampire perk )(Bronze)(Uncommon 59.63%) --Trophy Earned: Armore upgrade II( Unlock the Armor upgrade II perk )(Bronze)(Uncommon 36.92%) --Trophy Earned: Reload mash( Unlock the Reload mash perk )(Bronze)(Common 68.03%) --Trophy Earned: Freedom( Escape Castle Wolfenstein )(Bronze)(Common 71.25%) --Trophy Earned: Escape! nightmare( Complete the nightmare in chapter 4 )(Bronze)(Uncommon 46.01%) --Trophy Earned: Revenge( Complete part one )(Silver)(Common 69.44%) --Trophy Earned: Wulfburg nightmare( Complete the nightmare in chapter 5 )(Bronze)(Uncommon 44.48%) --Trophy Earned: Paperboy( Collect 5 letters )(Bronze)(Common 62.28%) --Trophy Earned: Tough Skin( Unlock the Tough Skin perk )(Bronze)(Uncommon 49.99%) --Trophy Earned: Kampfpistole ammo storage upgrade( Unlock the Kampfpistole ammo storage upgrade perk )(Bronze)(Uncommon 41.47%) --Trophy Earned: Ruins nightmare( Complete the nightmare in chapter 6 )(Bronze)(Uncommon 44.63%) --Trophy Earned: Kessler saved( Choose to save Kessler )(Bronze)(Common 50.08%) --Trophy Earned: Old town nightmare( Complete the nightmare in chapter 7 )(Bronze)(Uncommon 37.92%) --Trophy Earned: The ecstasy of gold( Collect 32 gold items )(Bronze)(Uncommon 46.83%) --Trophy Earned: Guten tag!( Complete the nightmare boss level )(Silver)(Uncommon 44.90%) --Trophy Earned: Hero( Complete game on any difficulty )(Silver)(Common 61.84%)   Wolfenstein II The New Colossus(PS4) -Story --Trophy Earned: Déjà Vu( Make the choice )(Bronze)(Common 96.48%) --Trophy Earned: Crippled but Able( Perform a takedown while in the wheelchair )(Bronze)(Common 64.89%) --Trophy Earned: Carrying the Torch( Use the power armor )(Bronze)(Common 92.58%) --Trophy Earned: Enemy Within( Stop the Nazi signal from Section F )(Bronze)(Common 82.71%) --Trophy Earned: Retro( Play Wolfstone 3D )(Bronze)(Common 63.85%) --Trophy Earned: Tinkerer( Upgrade a weapon )(Bronze)(Common 75.93%) --Trophy Earned: Make a Point( Achieve the highest score in the Shooting Range )(Silver)(Uncommon 35.19%) --Trophy Earned: Amazing Grace( Recruit Grace's group )(Bronze)(Common 72.27%) --Trophy Earned: Specialist( Fully upgrade a weapon )(Silver)(Common 64.53%) --Trophy Earned: First Loser( Achieve the second best time in the Killhouse )(Silver)(Uncommon 34.00%) --Trophy Earned: It's Fricking Space Aliens!( Find Area 52 )(Bronze)(Common 65.89%) --Trophy Earned: Max a Perk( Max a perk )(Silver)(Common 67.00%) --Trophy Earned: R.I.P.( Kill dad )(Bronze)(Common 63.59%) --Trophy Earned: All the Gains!( Get a new body )(Bronze)(Common 62.27%) --Trophy Earned: Plus Package( Upgrade a Contraption )(Bronze)(Common 51.83%) --Trophy Earned: Bull Rush( Ramshackles tackle a charging Supersoldat )(Bronze)(Uncommon 23.10%) --Trophy Earned: Puzzler( Decipher an Übercommander's location using the Enigma Machine )(Bronze)(Uncommon 47.63%) --Trophy Earned: Sightseeing( Visit a District )(Bronze)(Uncommon 46.70%) --Trophy Earned: Ghost( Finish a District without triggering an alarm )(Silver)(Rare 18.87%) --Trophy Earned: Starting a Collection( Find at least one of each collectible item )(Bronze)(Uncommon 30.81%) --Trophy Earned: Sermons and Moonshine( Recruit Horton's group )(Bronze)(Common 57.96%) --Trophy Earned: Kick It( Kill Hitler during the Aerostat Audition )(Bronze)(Uncommon 30.95%) --Trophy Earned: Venus( Travel to outer space )(Bronze)(Common 56.49%) --Trophy Earned: Snakebite( Perform a Constrictor Harness takedown )(Bronze)(Uncommon 22.24%) --Trophy Earned: Taste of Your own Medicine( Destroy a Zerstörer with an Übergewehr )(Silver)(Uncommon 35.19%) --Trophy Earned: The Ausmerzer( Capture the Ausmerzer )(Bronze)(Common 51.61%) --Trophy Earned: Revolution( Beat the game )(Silver)(Common 51.61%) --Trophy Earned: Keep Playing( Wait for the game to resume after the credits )(Bronze)(Common 51.43%) --Trophy Earned: Complete Package( Acquire all Contraptions and Contraption upgrades )(Silver)(Rare 17.86%)   Call of Duty WWII(PS4) -Story --Trophy Earned: Long Way from Texas( Complete D-Day. )(Bronze)(Common 58.09%) --Trophy Earned: The Paddle( Complete Operation Cobra. )(Bronze)(Common 50.29%) --Trophy Earned: Slow and Steady( Spend 3 minutes using Focus in the campaign. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 38.58%) --Trophy Earned: No Sanctuary( Complete Stronghold. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 45.11%) --Trophy Earned: Sunday Driver( Complete the driving portion of S.O.E. without hitting any obstacles. )(Bronze)(Very Rare 06.21%) --Trophy Earned: Last Stop( Complete S.O.E. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 41.89%) --Trophy Earned: Silent Night( Sneak through the courtyard undetected in Liberation. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 21.60%) --Trophy Earned: Champagne and Caviar( Complete Liberation. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 39.58%) --Trophy Earned: Human Cost( Complete Collateral Damage. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 36.92%) --Trophy Earned: Death Factory( Complete Death Factory. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 35.16%) --Trophy Earned: Supressive Fire!( Successfully escort the pole charge engineer to the pillbox in Hill 493. )(Bronze)(Rare 18.83%) --Trophy Earned: Praise and Pass( Request Turner to toss you ammo 20 times. )(Silver)(Rare 18.32%) --Trophy Earned: Our Men( Complete Hill 493. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 33.92%) --Trophy Earned: Friend in Need( Request Zussman to toss you First Aid Kits 30 times. )(Silver)(Rare 17.22%) --Trophy Earned: Worst Christmas Ever( Complete Battle of the Bulge. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 33.18%) --Trophy Earned: No Sacrifice Too Great( Complete Ambush. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 32.55%) --Trophy Earned: School of Hard Knocks( Spend 3 minutes using Focus in the campaign. )(Silver)(Rare 13.97%) --Trophy Earned: Who Needs a Pendant?( Request Aiello to toss you signal smoke and call in mortar strikes 10 times. )(Silver)(Rare 12.92%) --Trophy Earned: To the End( Complete the campaign. )(Silver)(Uncommon 31.85%)   Uncharted The Lost Legacy(PS4) -Story --Trophy Earned: Fingersmith( Pick a three pin lock in under 15 seconds )(Bronze)(Common 64.01%) --Trophy Earned: Casual Treasure Hunter( Find 5 treasures )(Bronze)(Common 90.10%) --Trophy Earned: Drop Me a Line( Use all the zip-lines to traverse the city )(Bronze)(Common 61.52%) --Trophy Earned: I Was Never Here( Open a lockbox with enemies nearby )(Bronze)(Common 84.33%) --Trophy Earned: Now You See Me...( Break stealth and re-enter stealth successfully )(Bronze)(Common 89.27%) --Trophy Earned: 10 Up, 10 Down( Defeat 10 enemies with headshots in a row )(Silver)(Uncommon 35.73%) --Trophy Earned: Your Prize( Appreciate the view at the top of the Hoysala Empire )(Bronze)(Uncommon 31.36%) --Trophy Earned: Token For Granted( Find a Hoysala token )(Bronze)(Common 85.69%) --Trophy Earned: Five Finger Discount( Open 5 lockboxes )(Bronze)(Common 82.15%) --Trophy Earned: #nofilter( Take a photo at 5 photo opportunities )(Bronze)(Common 83.76%) --Trophy Earned: Marco Po-No( Play in the water in the dam in Halebidu )(Bronze)(Common 58.29%) --Trophy Earned: Overkill( Plant multiple C4 charges on the APC at the same time and destroy it with one massive detonation )(Silver)(Uncommon 29.48%) --Trophy Earned: Bring in the Big Guns( Defeat 30 enemies with gold weapons )(Silver)(Common 70.05%) --Trophy Earned: Frazer. Chloe Frazer.( Defeat 5 consecutive enemies with the silenced pistol without being detected )(Bronze)(Uncommon 35.31%) --Trophy Earned: On the Grid( Mark 30 enemies )(Bronze)(Common 59.00%) --Trophy Earned: Were You Counting?( Defeat an enemy with the last bullet in your handgun clip )(Bronze)(Common 79.18%) --Trophy Earned: Hardcore Treasure Hunter( Find 35 treasures )(Bronze)(Common 55.90%) --Trophy Earned: Backseat Driver( Commandeer 6 vehicles by jumping on them and kicking out the driver )(Bronze)(Uncommon 34.93%) --Trophy Earned: Here, Catch!( Destroy a vehicle in Chapter 9 with an explosive )(Bronze)(Uncommon 48.63%) --Trophy Earned: Combat Racing( Ram 10 motorcycles )(Bronze)(Common 70.63%) --Trophy Earned: Legacy Found!( Complete the Game )(Silver)(Common 73.74%)   Formula 1 2017(PS4) -Multiplayer --Trophy Earned: Setting Up( Complete a valid qualifying lap using the maximum fuel setting )(Bronze)(Common 88.99%)   Bulletstorm(PS4) -Story --Trophy Earned: Fits Like a Glove( Meet your new best friend )(Bronze)(Common 82.56%) --Trophy Earned: Patched Up( Receive a software update for your leash )(Bronze)(Common 81.33%) --Trophy Earned: Wannabe( Perform 10 different Single Player Skillshots )(Bronze)(Common 81.89%) --Trophy Earned: All Bow To Heavy Metal( Big head, big headache )(Bronze)(Common 72.46%) --Trophy Earned: Somebody( Perform 25% of the Single Player Skillshots )(Bronze)(Common 69.55%) --Trophy Earned: Disco Inferno( Kill all enemies without leaving the dance floor in the city outskirts )(Bronze)(Uncommon 43.51%) --Trophy Earned: Size Matters( Use your biggest weapon )(Bronze)(Common 65.17%) --Trophy Earned: Big Cheese( Perform 50% of the Single Player Skillshots )(Bronze)(Common 51.72%) --Trophy Earned: Damsel in Distress( Rescue the princess )(Bronze)(Common 60.96%) --Trophy Earned: Major Malfunction( Destroy 50% of the Newsbots in the Single Player Campaign )(Bronze)(Common 53.51%) --Trophy Earned: Om Nom Nom!( Feed a flytrap with a Nom parasite )(Bronze)(Uncommon 31.41%) --Trophy Earned: Weed Killer( Tidy up the back yard )(Bronze)(Common 55.17%) --Trophy Earned: No Man Left Behind( Kill all enemies while escaping from the collapsed building )(Bronze)(Uncommon 36.56%) --Trophy Earned: Minced Meat( Take out the Mall's biggest customer )(Bronze)(Uncommon 51.63%) --Trophy Earned: Celebrity( Perform 75% of the Single Player Skillshots )(Bronze)(Uncommon 21.25%) --Trophy Earned: Insecticide( Destroy 50% of the Electroflies in the Single Player Campaign )(Bronze)(Uncommon 23.14%) --Trophy Earned: Grilled Meat( Prepare a big meal using an improvised electric stove )(Bronze)(Uncommon 48.92%) --Trophy Earned: Armed and dangerous( Grow as a person, experience betrayal. Again. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 48.68%) --Trophy Earned: I might be late( Kill all enemies during the sprint to the jumpship )(Bronze)(Rare 19.16%) --Trophy Earned: Stowaway( Catch a ride )(Bronze)(Uncommon 47.57%) --Trophy Earned: Total Malfunction( Destroy all Newsbots in the Single Player Campaign )(Bronze)(Rare 14.75%) --Trophy Earned: Just one last thing( Kill all enemies before you reach the escape capsule )(Bronze)(Uncommon 20.08%) --Trophy Earned: Destructive Beat( Complete the Campaign on Very Easy or Easy Difficulty )(Bronze)(Common 60.96%)   Formula 1 2017(PS4) -Multiplayer --Trophy Earned: On the podium( Achieve a podium finish in any game mode )(Silver)(Common 80.99%)   Call of Duty WWII(PS4) -Multiplayer --Trophy Earned: Buck Private( Get 10 kills in Multiplayer while playing online. )(Bronze)(Common 84.51%) --Trophy Earned: Tour of Duty( Win 5 War matches in Multiplayer while playing online. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 42.53%)   phew that took hours, hopefully i do more frequently again ... dunno if i should add the mlp app or games lol

Deae Rising Shine~

Deae Rising Shine~

 

Random Pony OC Facts

Here are some random facts about my pony OCs. This will probably be a series. Heart Star: She is named after the main collectible of Kirby's Dreamland 3. She is not necessary for 100% completion of the game. Cappy: Her full name is Chapeau Marie Superstar. Cappy is just a nickname her friends call her because Heart and Vanilla are the only one of her friends who know how to speak any French at all...and Vanilla's her sister, so she doesn't count. Vanilla: Her EG form initially did not have the spots her pony form does until I heard of a thing called vitiligo which is disease where spots appear on humans. Crystal Time: She was my original ponysona. If you see a Youtube channel called Webkinztown, do NOT watch it's videos, that is my old, incredibly cringy channel where she debuted. Dew Winds: She replaced Crystal after I changed accounts. I was initially very happy with Dew being my ponysona. It wasn't until I made Heart Star in March of this year that I saw problems with Dew. Spectrum Bolt: She was inspired by Scourge the Hedgehog from the Archie Sonic comics...before it died...   See ya next time!

Heart Star

Heart Star

Urania

This is Urania. Despite her young looks and small body, she is already 25 years old.
Because of her appearance, a lot of ponies see her as a child and usually treat her that way, which is one of the few things that can make her angry. Urania has an asymmetric cutie-mark. On the right side of her flank is the Lyra constellation which contains the star Vega, while the left side has the constellation of Aquila with the star Altair.
She got her cutie-mark at quite a young age after discovering her love for astronomy while stargazing with her grandpa. Her cutie-mark also represents the legend of Vega and Altair – her favourite story. She was born in Manehatten and she still lives there. However, her parents are from Japony, which makes her Japonese as well. Unfortunately, her father died before she was born.
Her mother, still pregnant at the time, fled to Manehatten with her father (Urania's grandpa). There she sadly died shortly after giving birth.
Thus, Urania was raised by her grandpa, who still lives with her today. She loves him very much.

She celebrates Tanabata, a Japonese star festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (Also know as the stars Vega and Altair) Urania studies Astronomy at the Manehatten Scientific University (MSU). She is currently in Canterlot as part of her studies. Urania is a bit of a quiet pony, though not because she is shy. She actually loves being around other ponies, but she prefers observation over talking. 
However, once you get her going about astronomy, there is no stopping her. She gets really excited when she gets to talk about the things she loves.

More info to be added later :3

Pucksterv

Pucksterv

 

My 5th Anniversary On MLPForums

You know what today is?  Today is the 5th anniversary of me joining MLPForums. And what a 5 years it has been.  Back then, the site looked like this, the day before I joined:   This was my first ever post at Welcoming Plaza. Not to sound cliche but it really does feel like I wrote it just yesterday. How prophetic.  And this was what my profile looked like back then. I'm practically using the same profile pic.    It was only through finding the Poniverse booth at my first Bronycon did I learn of this place. Signed up at the con to give it a shot later. Still waiting for that sign on bonus badge BTW. It was in recovery from my post con blues that I wanted to be more involved with this community and it's movement.  You guys must've done something right.  I've been coming here almost everyday for 1825 days. I wasn't sure what to do, how interact, what and where to explore or how to get involved. I had only been on one forum prior and it wasn't as diverse or as invested in as this was. You guys opened me up to new possibilities and gave me the closest thing I had to a social life. I came because I enjoyed the revolution started by pastel horses. I stayed because of you guys.  So to all of you, thanks for making these past five years worthwhile.  Here's to five more. And counting.   

Denim&Venom

Denim&Venom

 

BGP DevLog #182 (Gotta Gain Marketing Chops)

A key problem with Battle Gem Ponies right now is that nobody knows it exists. How do I let people who'd probably like it know it exists? Well, sitting here and talking about it on my website nobody's heard of isn't getting the job done. And an occasional mention here and there on high traffic blogs isn't working either. 

     How about I take it to the hypest place on the information highway? The place people specifically go to look to see interesting things they'll probably like...

     YouTube. I'm talking about YouTube. I need to take my channel seriously and start pumping out videos that show what the game is all about, what I'm all about as a dev, and for the love of all things holy get my Patreon numbers up before my debts swallow me whole (this game is officially years too late and things I've been putting off won't stay at bay forever). 

     See all the different ways I plan to save my butt financially by pushing Battle Gem Ponies under a much bigger spotlight in this week's development log!

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"Once Upon a Zeppelin": Twilight's Growth as Princess

Last year, I praised Once Upon a Zeppelin as Fame & Misfortune written correctly for three reasons: writing an actual story than a hodgepodge of "jokes" disguised, the princesses' fans not written disparagingly, and writing Twilight well while simultaneous treating the multi-sided conflict with respect. Princess Twilight is the most developed of the Mane Eight; initially focused on her studies over friends, now it's reverses: she loves to read and study, but emphasizes friendship first. Becoming a princess and then the Princess of Friendship meant an increase of both her duties and role as an international advisor. So how much involvement is too much? When does acting like a princess feel like a honor and more of a chore? A Flurry of Emotions hinted that question, but was mostly surrounded by tying in her schedule to sudden babysitting duties. Once Upon a Zeppelin tackles that question directly and becomes her most important episode since Twilight's Kingdom. No vacations allowed? The cold open shies away nothing from the downsides of Equestrian royal duty. Twilight's bored expression as she rests her muzzle on her hoof demonstrates how mundane princeesshood is sometimes. Given previous continuity, she loves being a princess, but also wants to show how being the Princess of Friendship allows her to spread her knowledge far and wide. But here, she signs because she feels like she has to instead of want. Accidentally snapping the head of her quill further adds to the frustration. Excellent visual storytelling initiates the conflict, further accentuated by this line: Pay attention to the line and action underlined. She wants to go, but believes she'll betray her princess duties if she stops or dillydallies. Royalty for her devolved into a bad habit, and sometimes interference is required to break it. Hence Spike's role, which is small but very, very important. His involvement and Twilight emphasizing how much she means to him as a family shows their bond, but that's still rather understated. Spike knows her better than anyone and comprehends when Twilight isn't feeling cheerful or excited. When it starts to become a chore, he doesn't want her to be swamped under it all and dread life as a princess permanently. His insistence of accepting the zeppelin vacation and promptly taking over her roles demonstrates the proper guidance she needs. Does it end things, though? Knowing this show, far from it. A return to duty. Iron Will announcing not just random bullshit about Twilight exploring Cloudesdale's Weather Factory caught her attention, but the BS that Iron Will made up just to excite the crowd, too. Knowing that Twilight, Cadance, and their family would set the zeppelin abuzz, he took advantage. But that's not why Twilight accepted the invitation in the first place. She accepted it to get away from royal duties for once, but Iron Will putting her at the center of attention forces her to return to them. While in the royal lounge, Twilight was stuck with a massive dilemma: cancel the cruise, make everyone miserable, and miss the Northern Stars (her most sought-out event of the cruise) or continue the cruise and hope she won't be driven crazy and miss the Northern Stars. When Night Light suggested to cancel it, Twilight stepped in: Why does she do this? Negotiating with others and sometimes compromising in order to get things done is crucial to anyone being part of a governing body. Twilight wants to do what she wants with her family, but also wants to disappoint no one. With this deal, she hops she can help create a satisfactory and memorable cruise. This means adjusting to her schedule, but hopes she can balance them. Secondly, pay attention to what she said after SA expressed concern (which I'll get to in a bit): Nowadays, her duty as Princess of Friendship is instinctual. If she feels canceling the cruise will disappoint everyone, she believes she's betraying her goals as princess. Everything she suggests in her deal offer to Iron Will is centered on selflessness. A will to sacrifice her own happiness for others' happiness. But that doesn't mean her family doesn't get concerned for her own well-being and her own happiness. After Twilight creates her deal on the fly, Shining said this: Recall why Spike jumped into her duties despite her objections. He wants her to be a happy pony rather than just a princess and let her hair run down. Spike's instincts foreshadowed SA's mild objection above, which in turn foreshadows future events. A break-free day. Despite making the deal, Twilight maintains hope she'll spend quality time with her family, but no matter where she goes, something always gets in the way, starting with the sudden raffle. Star Tracker becomes Twilight's honorary family member, and right away, there's friction between them. Star Tracker is very quick to go around, all to the point of her not noticing him unless by surprise. He's incredibly nervous around her, because she's a princess and doesn't want to do anything to harm or embarrass her. But his difficulty to communicate results in sometimes breaching simple etiquette, such as whispering into her ear without warning and standing too close to her. All this creates cringe comedy without crossing the line into secondhand embarrassment. So why doesn't Twilight tell him to give her some space? Two reasons: Unfamiliarity with this type and degree of discomfort. This is the first time we see anyone approach Twilight in this manner, and she doesn't know what to do. Despite the discomfort, he has no ulterior motive. She understands he doesn't do it to be creepy or uncomfortable, and she doesn't want to add to the embarrassment and discomfort he already feels. To her, swallowing her own pride and hoping he realizes what he's doing was her best solution. Unfortunately, it isn't the best solution. By saying nothing, she accidentally lets the bingo game last too long, nearly missing the boat race (and having to wave the checkered flag rather than race against her older bro). Then, she missed time to be with Cadance and Flurry Heart in Peewee Princess Playtime and had to hastily depart for a Q&A while the zeppelin is stationed at Neighagra Falls. Despite the cluttered and buy schedule, she hopes she accomplishes her objective of making others happy, fulfilling her end of the bargain, and anticipating watching the Northern Stars. Yet, making others happy results in missing even more valuable time with Velvet. Because she spent a long time answering the Q&A, she missed watching Velvet take part in the barrel ride over Neighagra Falls. There, despite having the time of her life, Velvet's motherly instincts kick in after seeing disappointment on her face: As any good mom would do, she sees how overwhelmed she is with the princess duties, but Twilight fibs to her and tells her it's all peachy. So why does she lie to Velvet and Night Light? Because she doesn't want to let them down. She wants them to celebrate and have a good time. Admitting to being unhappy and disappointed in not participating with her family is, to repeat from before, admitting to unfulfilling her royal duties. Once more, it's not like she doesn't want to take a break. She feels like she can't. Like being a princess is a part of her identity and must stick true to what she's assigned to do, whether she's on duty or not. This disappointment and crowded schedule culminated to one final thing: signing autographs. From a composition and storytelling standpoint. it mirrors almost everything she went through previously. Star Tracker with the quills: Spike with the quills. The stack of papers: The princess mail she had to sign away. Twilight's disappointment on the cruise: Twilight's boredom over signing the mail and forms. The fans and autographs: Twilight's fan mail from the castle. Iron Will: The offscreen person who delivered Twilight the mail prior to the open. Twilight's in the center; everything and everyone surrounding her is tightly enclosed around her, perfectly capturing the same claustrophobic atmosphere to debut the open. What happened in the open and what led her to escape the castle for a breather returned in full force, culminating to her boiling point in Act 3. Purple minus the blue. Her boiling point? Missing her most important event of the whole cruise. At this point, the toll she put up with filled up. The façade, that forced happy face, she kept in order to keep everyone else happy crumbled. For the first time in a long time, Twilight couldn't hide her vulnerability. Here, it's impossible not to feel bad for her. For several years, she maintained her duties as a princess while keeping her composure. Beneath the fun and smiles, stress slowly accumulated within, accentuating as OUaZ increased the tension. What makes her crying hurt to watch is threefold: Compared to the others, she doesn't cry often, both in the past and future, so for longtime bronies, when she starts to cry, they'll notice. The crying felt real. Twilight not only showed to be upset. She sounded upset, too. Her family, Iron Will, and almost every other cruise pony being able to watch it makes this scene sting even more. Flores's tender care for the scene. This event was incredibly important to her, and missing it by having to fulfill her duties as a princess while trying to temporarily escape her duties for a few days is a big problem. By playing this scene straight, we connect to her on a deeper level, extending our sympathies from within to her as we watch. After this, Twilight Sparkle turns into Rainbow Rage, yelling at her family — from her parents to Cadance to Flurry Heart — emphasized by the brilliant red-to-orange gradient background as her temper exploded, and then feigned an apology to Star Tracker after accidentally stepping on his hoof. Was she right to be upset? Absolutely. I she right to take her frustrations out on them and ST? Absolutely not. Like Glideance, Flores's careful writing and hard effort come into play. Despite sympathizing with her, Zeppelin knows what to tolerate, what not to simultaneously, and maintain that delicate balance. Immediately, Cadance's motherly wisdom comes into play. She, and the episode itself, comprehends how scolding her would be detrimental to her growth as a princess. FIM's at its best when it proactively resolves the conflict, and this is no exception. She understands what Twilight's feeling and retains that soothing voice throughout, while remaining firm in her morale. A princess she'll forever be, she has her own needs and wants, and must set up boundaries so they don't get crossed. When mothers hogged their babies around a nervous FH, she immediately stepped in, separated her from them, and used her experience as an example to help Twilight further understand how being happy and wanting to do the things she wants is as noble as helping others. Zeppelin earns a lot of credit for having the guts to teach that message. Is it noble to help make others happy? But you're also obligated to make yourself happy, too, and that obligation isn't selfish or entitled at all. Twilight's whole conflict fits the moral's frame, which is executed with excellent class. And how does she approach it? By apologizing to Star Tracker for lashing out on him and letting him, her family, and everyone else on the cruise eat ice cream on the deck. This… …isn't all that bad, either. <3 Conclusion. Once Upon a Zeppelin is one of the best episodes of the show for a variety of reasons. One of them is how Twilight experiences and resolves the conflict. The Princess of Friendship's turmoil was great, and little by little, the story chips away her self-confidence and the façade she self-painted on her face in order to maintain her reputation. Every time she tries to make others happy, she becomes more and more miserable, and it becomes more and more difficult to maintain that image she created. Missing out on the Northern Stars brought her to her breaking point, leading the way to a valuable lesson she needed to learn ever since she ascended. Through Flores's careful respect to continuity, it methodically recreates Twilight's image as not simply a princess, but an Equestrian being overall. Altogether, Zeppelin's an excellent study of growth and maturation within an evolving show.

Dark Qiviut

Dark Qiviut

 

Brainstorming New Patreon Plans, Rewards, n' Goals

I'm brainstorming some new plans for making the Yotes Games Patreon a much bigger deal. My general idea is that I need to put more effort into my YouTube channel due to the level of engagement that gets out of people.
But I'd like to hear some feedback from you! It'd be super great to hear someone else's take on where I should take this crazy train next. Or hear exactly why you personally wouldn't donate to my Patreon but would to another. What rewards would you like to see? Should the project be more polished? I wanna know how to get strangers completely HYPED about this game!
  Trying to emulate the success of ALBDifferent, Exiled, & YandereDev here, and a solid YouTube effort is the key ingredient I'm neglecting. Even just read an article today about how Fighting is Magic might not've exploded if that demonstration trailer didn't get shared left and right earning 900,000 views. Nerds like me read development blogs, but everybody watches videos. I outta make some videos. Check out the huge list of ideas about how I'ma to do just that on the official development blog!

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Every Equestria Girls movie/special reviewed in 10 words or less

I don't count the 22 minutes episodes, because to me, it needs to be at least 44 minutes to qualify as a "special"   Equestria Girls: It's a mess, but it's fun (-8/10) Rainbow Rocks: A few fun scenes don't save a boring movie (4/10) Friendship Games: I liked it better when "ponying up" wasn't explained (1/10) Legend of Everfree: I think this is when the staff stopped trying (3/10) Forgotten Friendship: *gasp* Equestria Girls is funny again! (7/10) Rollercoaster of Friendship: That white room gag is hilarious (9/10)   TOP 3: 3. Forgotten Friendship- This is the first EQG thing that was actually funny since the first EQG movie. On top of that, this is the first time Sunset was actually interesting. Her conflict is engaging and she's not boring anymore. She has a bit of an ego and gets angry. Why was she not like this before. It's far more interesting than "never in the wrong" Sunset from the previous movies. The only thing holding this special back is Wallflower. She deleted memories of people interacting with her, and then gets mad that people don't notice her. Also, the moral is stupid. Just because Sunset doesn't interact with everyone doesn't mean she's still a bad person. It's okay to walk past people you don't know. You don't have to interact with random people to show you're a good person. 2. Equestria Girls- This movie is a ton of fun. The jokes are by far the best of the first 4 movies and it's incredibly charming since it has the more cartoony animation style of the first 3 seasons instead of the much flatter look of everything after. The story may have a ton of plotholes and be really stupid, but that just adds to the entertainment. I don't get annoyed that the "framing Twilight" conflict lasted for like 2 minutes and was incredibly stupid. I find it hilarious how someone could think something like this could work in any way, when it's so obviously terrible. 1. Rollercoaster of Friendship- This special works the best because it tries the least at actually having a story. It's just a collection of jokes around the girls going to a theme park. This is the funniest of any EQG thing and every character gets a moment to shine. Also, Rarijack shipping through the entire special. EQG is at its best when it doesn't take itself seriously and the audience isn't supposed to take it seriously. When that happens, we get such glorious moments as the revelation that everyone was sent to a random white room in the theme park and not the phone. All of my issues come in during the last 5 minutes where the stakes randomly shoot up, there's a forced redemption, and there's a bad song. If the last 5 minutes were better, this would be an easy 10/10.   BOTTOM 3: 3. Rainbow Rocks- This story is just a boring Battle of the Bands. Unlike the first EQG, the movie isn't charming and the jokes aren't very funny. This means that the story has to hold up the movie, but I don't think the story is very good. Sunset is in the right the whole time and everything she does is designed to make us like her more. Even when she gets a little angry, we still sympathize with her and know she's still in the right. That's not an interesting character. All of the character development from jerk to good person happened off screen between movies. The movie starts and she's already a changed person. Twilight is about as interesting as Sunset, adopting her boring post season 3 personality. What keeps this movie from being bad are the songs. Even the worst songs here are still decent. The Sirens and also pretty decent villains. Despite the movie as a whole being boring, there are a few standout scenes here, like "Awesome as I Want to Be" which is my favorite scene of the first 4 movies, that show what the movie could've been if the entire movie was like that. 2. Legend of Everfree- This is just such a bland movie. Nothing about it sticks out in any way. The jokes mostly fall flat, the mane six, especially Rarity, are flanderized. Sunset is as boring as ever. Sci-Twi is okay, but she's not enough to save the movie. It feels like the people making this only did the bare minimum and there's not one scene that has any ounce of personality, style, or care of any kind. What keeps this at a 3/10 is Gloriosa. She's definitely the best part of the movie, and the best villain of EQG, with funny moments and relatable motivations. She's the only part of the movie that gives off any sense of care or effort. 1. Friendship Games- The story of this movie is about as competent as the first EQG, but unlike the first EQG, this movie isn't funny, charming, or hilariously bad. It's just boring. The explanations for "ponying up" make no sense and the story is so bland. Every single character is boring and not fun to watch. The comedy is near nonexistent and aside from 'Unleash the Magic", nothing here stands out in any way.

bigbertha

bigbertha

 

Peanuts: A Retrospective

I'm a big fan of the peanuts comics.  I have a big book full of comics ranging from the first comic in 1950 to the last comic in 2000. What I want to talk about is a devolution in the quality of the comic.    A comic from the 1950's     A comic from the 1990's   It went from an emotionally compelling, often sadly funny comic to incredibly safe, cutesy humor with a few existential rambles from someone who doesn't understand what he's talking about.   I think the main reasons the comic went downhill are: Snoopy started to take over the strip, characters devolved, and the public's image of the comic (and merchandizing) made the humor safer.   1. Snoopy Snoopy started hurting the strip when he started going off on his own fantasies. What made Snoopy's character work in the golden years was that he wasn't allowed to go off on his fantasies. One of the kids was always there to snap him back to his reality that he was just a dog.  A comic from the 1960's   When he tried to be a polar bear, he had to hide in Charlie Brown's jacket and when he tried to feel human emotions, he was punished   A comic from the 1960's   The comic began to suffer when Snoopy started to act like a human full time. Snoopy started to stand on two legs and go off into his fantasies uninterrupted. He gained new personas like the world war II veteran and Joe Cool.  A comic from the 1970's.    These comics didn't bring him down to earth. He could do whatever he wanted and because of this, he ended up overshadowing the kids. This also correlated with when Peanuts became big in merchandizing. Snoopy sold big, so Schultz gave him more costumes and relatives, until Snoopy overshadowed the kids.   2. Character Devolution The biggest offenders of this were Charlie Brown and Lucy.  Starting with Lucy, she was introduced as a full on bully. She mocked and and punched her way through life with an smug and egotistical attitude. Schultz gave a realistic view on how children really acted and to do that, Lucy had to reflect reality. a comic from the 1950's   As the strip went on, Lucy got less and less jerky. Peanuts was seen as cutesy and innocent thanks to the marketing, so all of the characters, including Lucy, had to be dumbed down. Notice Lucy's blank expression through the entirety of this comic from the 1990's   Charlie Brown was also dumbed down. Going from everyone's favorite punching bag to...    I don't think I need to explain what's wrong with this comic.   He also got a girlfriend later into the strip named Peggy Jean... I'm not making this up. Why did this character exist?   I think you've noticed that both of the problems I've mentioned have mentioned something else as factor for them. That's because...    3. Marketing and the comic's public image   were the biggest factors into the comic's downfall. Peanuts was (and still is) plastered on everything imaginable from ads for Ford to coffee cups. The problem with this was that the public only got one side of the comic from the merchandise. Only the cutesy and happy side was plastered on everything, because reality isn't advertiser friendly. The comic definitely had its wholesome moments, One of the most popular strips from the 1960's   but the strip was more than that. It reflected the reality of childhood, both the good and the bad. Since only the good was shown to most people, people assumed that the comics were only good. This eventually took its toll on the strip. Schultz became rich and happy. He didn't have any need to be dark and sad anymore. He was living a happy life and this slipped into the comic. Snoopy reflected fantasy and happiness, so he was pushed more and more on the strip. Schultz wanted to spread his happiness onto his characters, dumbing down Lucy and letting Charlie Brown win. Eventually, the comic became the hallmark card is was put on, with terrible strips like this:   This is actually what was accepted in the 1990's. Wow.   It's great that Schultz got to be happy and rich, but that didn't mean he had to cave into the public and make the comic happy too. The comic thrived off of sadness and darkness, but Schultz wasn't sad anymore.   4. Extra stuff I want to mention Despite the problems, not everything older was good and not everything newer was bad. The strips from the 1960's had their fair share of Snoopy fantasies and the later years of the comic had a few standouts. This feels more like 1995 than 1969   Who would've guessed that Spike would give one of the best strips of the 1990's   Despite the slow downfall of the comic, I still love peanuts, so here are some of my favorite strips:         Peppermint Patty's last appearance from the year 2000           Despite his reputation, Charlie Brown had some killer takedowns.   Thanks for reading.    

bigbertha

bigbertha