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  1. Habits of the Equestrian Phoenix by Novel Idea Sunset's looking forward to a relaxing afternoon in the West Gardens. Philomena has other plans. Historian’s Note: While Habits is part of the Wavelengths Timeline, knowledge of the series isn't needed to enjoy this tale. Set in a timeline where the Sonic Rainboom didn't happen, Habits of the Equestrian Phoenix occurs about two years after the events of Grading on a Bell Curve.
  2. 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.
  3. Oh, what the hay... why not? Might as well, even if I'm a relative newcomer.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Gaming

    @@Steel Accord, While there are many RP guilds on the server, there are many folks who either do it occasionally or not at all. At this juncture, I'm looking for any guild anywhere with a large and stable population, though preferably on Wyrmrest. I have resided here for several years and would not enjoy the prospect of departing. At this point, I am simply trying to see my options.
  8. Gaming

    @@Steel Accord, Well, I've got 11 Alliance characters on Wyrmrest. If anyone knows a popular MLP guild there, let me know (because we all know Guild Finder is absolutely HORRID).
  9. Gaming

    I'm curious if there's any active guilds kicking around in WoW. While I've found one on Moon Guard (where I happen to be on for my Horde character), it seems to be dead. Or if there's any on Alliance on Wyrmrest.
  10. In an Equestria where the Sonic Rainboom never happened, Sunset Shimmer is the prized pupil of the Princess of the Sun. As Sunset struggles to make up for her past misdeeds and come to terms with the pony she wants to be, Celestia sends her to find the classic work ‘Applications of Unified Harmony Magic’ from the Royal Canterlot Archives. Right after lunch, some meddling by her friends and meeting somepony with firsthoof experience of the Sunset she used to be. You can read the story directly on FiMFiction or head over to Novel's Nook for a hand-crafted custom EPUB of the short story! The first story in a new ongoing series, Applications sets the scene for one of the many "what if" timelines created by Starlight Glimmer in the Season 5 finale!
  11. http://theovermare.com/ They just released seed 4.5 after Bronycon! There is a lot of new content in this one, but just to name a few… First iteration of Ponyville Laser Rifle Anti-Machine Rifle Raider Ponyhide Armor Timberwolf Working Healing Potion Options Looting Quick Selection Character Creator Ammo Radio
  12. I didn't realize it cut off the full title...but it's actually this: The Manehattan Project Update #31: Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) Audiobook Final Version is Live! Original Post: http://gardensofequestria.com/index.php/2016/02/11/the-manehattan-project-update-31-fallout-equestria-the-manehattan-edition-audiobook-final-revision-is-live/ A very happy Thursday to all of you! Novel Idea here and I cannot tell you how happy I am to be writing this post. I will, however, attempt to demonstrate with the following picture. Corvus and I are both in this state. To quote him, "There aren't enough yesses in the whole world" to express our joy at this day. That's right folks. It's happened. At long, long last, the final revisions to the Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) Audiobook are complete. Here's a list of the changes we've made in this version: Repeated Lines Removed: 7 (Chapters 8, 24, 15, 21, 33, 38 & Epilogue) Flubbed Lines Removed: 6 (Chapters 22, 25, 39, 40, 42, 2 in 44) Removed "Footnote: Maximum Level" from Chapter 37 & remastered Chapter 37 Re-recorded & remastered Manehattan Edition Opening and Finale, now set to the instrumental version of "This Coming Storm" by Corvus Productions. These were designed in the style of Audible audiobooks complete with the "The Manehattan Project hopes you've enjoyed this broadcast" at the end. Added full vocal version of "This Coming Storm" to the end of the Epilogue, as was originally written into the novel. Completely revised Cover Art by Novel Idea & Blue Nova, using the Steel Ranger from Gardens of Equestria's new Steel Ranger Recruitment poster. This will also make it easy to differentiate versions of the audiobook with the new dark background. M4B version is now in 10 7-hour parts instead of 8 8-hour parts to allow for faster downloading and easier control. M4B & MP3 Audiobook Chapter Titles now show properly when using iTunes or the iOS iBooks Audiobook App for iPhone and iPad. MP3 version is now preconfigured to be set as an Audiobook with correct metadata (description, date, narrator, other details) and updated album art. Both the MP3 Version and the M4B version are mirrored now on MediaFire and Google Drive. I even found a repeated line I missed at around 1 AM this morning, so I dove into the file and cut it out and rebuilt all the archives just so you folks have the best possible experience. Is this over the top? Probably. It is OCD? Definitely. But as I've said before, I've come to live by my own personal adage, "If you're going to do something, do it right and do it with style." I've even tested the audiobook thoroughly in both the Audible App and the iBooks App on the iPhone. I tried to find a way to get chapter titles to show up properly in Audible, but just wasn't happening. I did have a friend do some QA using the Smart Audiobook Player and found that chapters work just fine in there. By the way, if anyone has a favorite audiobook player that we don't have listened on our Audiobook page, please speak up! I'm going to leave the specific details about the correct way to update your version of the audiobook (if you have one of our older versions) on our Audiobook Page here. So if you're interested in downloading our new version, head on over right now! As for GoE news, we actually have a new member of our Technical Team, but I want to give that person their own introduction post, so I'm going to wait to introduce him until next week. In addition, since I'm having to upload 22 different files, which is essentially 32GB of data to online servers for you folks, we're not going to start the YouTube updates until next week. This will give me the time I need to get the movies slammed together and ready to go. Now, to be honest, if I find something more, I will update the book, but we have no intention of doing another full version again. This is it folks. The penultimate and definitive unabridged audiobook of Fallout: Equestria! We hope you find it worth the wait. Until next week, have fun and stay safe out there! -Novel Idea
  13. A very happy new year to all of you! We here at the Manehattan Project hope that the holidays treated you well. As for us, ironically half of us were sick during most of them and the other half spent a bit more time in Fallout 4 when we should have been working in GoE. Such is the way of gamers. But don't worry, we're almost completely back on track. We've made some internal changes to the way we're handling the workload that should bring things to fruition much sooner. At the moment, I'm happy to say that we even have a general goal for launch. While we're not ready to share that just yet, know that this is coming. Soon, the Manehattan Project will invite you to head back to New Pegasus and save two worlds. It's in that vein that I'm here today. We have a couple important openings I'm sure you will be interested in. Artist: The MLP and Fallout: Equestria community is filled with gifted and talented artists. Thankfully, many folks have given us permission to use their material, giving us the opportunity to create some truly awesome customized items for GoE 1. But there's still a lot of work to do. We're looking for someone with experience in GIMP, Photoshop or a similar program. It doesn't need to be extensive. There are two sides of our artistic endeavors: Retextures: We're looking for folks who are adept at changing existing in-game elements to fit the FO:E asthetic. For example, you would change the primary image file for the signs says "Overseer" to "Overmare." There are a lot of little changes that need to be made and we need someone to make this happen. We're also looking for people to create higher-resolution versions of the existing material (such as foodstuffs and drinks). Original Artwork: We're also looking for individuals to create original artwork for the various skill books, magazines, Ministry posters and other Fallout: Equestria-style material. We need them to be high-resolution (at least at Fallout 4's level) so we can reuse them for GoE 2. There's a lot of freedom in this role, but we do have a few critical projects. You'll be working hand-in-hand with our Lead Artist, Littlepip/FancyCat. In addition, if you already have some art like this (or know of people with art like this), please let us know in the comments! PMV/Visualizer/YouTube Effects Artist (After Effects): This is a completely new position we're just announcing today! We're looking for someone with some minor experience in After Effects. We have several big trailer projects (including a totally epic Launch Trailer for GoE 1) along with our music announcements. Heck, if you want to even add some cool effects to the audiobook videos, that would be great! All you need to have is After Effects and a willingness to make epic things. Those are the two big roles we have open at the moment. If you're interested, please drop us an application! Thanks to Reddit, we have our new Calamity tentatively cast already. Polyphonic is over the moon about this potential candidate. In addition, massive work has been done on the Rock Farm Sector 3. Let me just say that the Rock Farm is by far the most complex and ambitious level I've ever designed. It's utterly MASSIVE. (It's six stories tall with numerous labs and facilities on each level!). There's an enormous amount of custom material. I've actually created unique Maneframes for the Ministry of Arcane Science, the Ministry of Technology and joint MAS/MWT Maneframes for this, complete with custom glow colors and actual ministry logos. That's all with a completely recolored purple glow version of the glowing blue utility set from "Old World Blues." It's epic. Seriously. That's all we have for this week. But now that the holidays are over, the kid gloves are coming off. We're making this happen. We're going to give you an awesome reason to head back to New Pegasus...and make you wonder just what we have in store for you in GoE 2 in Buckston. Until next week folks, have fun and stay safe! -Novel Idea
  14. Good afternoon fillies and colts! Novel Idea here with a very special surprise for all of you! We've got a ton of new content for all you kind folks. While I'll leave the screenshots on the main blog page here, I'm super excited to reveal new music courtesy of our Music Director, Corvus Productions! As you know, we here at the Manehattan Project believe that music is an integral part of the storytelling experience. For those of you who remember the ending of Mass Effect 2, think about the stirring score that pounds through your speakers during your mad dash to escape the Collector's Base. Listen to that and anything you're doing becomes epic! We're bringing this philosophy to Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm! We're happy to reveal a remastered edition of the Smuggler's Run theme, the Mysterious Cave sketch and finally, the Rock Farm - Sector X. Check them out below! The Rock Farm - Sector X Mysterious Cave Smuggler's Run Theme - Remastered We're also releasing Chapters 15, 16 & 17 today from the Fallout: Equestria (The Manehattan Edition) audiobook! You can find the fully updated playlist here. We hope you enjoy this preview of things to come. Have a great day and stay safe! -Novel Idea
  15. We have a nice little treat for you this week in apology for us missing last week. For those of you who have read Fallout: Equestria...this might look somewhat familiar. And it's just a hint of what's to come. Just a little tidbit of what's coming! We also have a little preview about the history of the "Gateway Research Facility" which will be the grand finale of Gardens of Equestria: This Coming Storm! But to see that, you'll need to stop by and check it out for yourself! ;) We're also still looking for scripters familiar with the GECK! Let us know if you're interested!