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"Endgames:Persistence"

Friday - June 5, 2015

[Piro] - 08:53:00 - [link here]

As most of you are aware, it has been a few months since the conclusion of Megatokyo Chapter 11. I have been using this break between chapters to work on a number of things, including the Megatokyo Visual Novel, the first few chapters of Warmth (yes, after all these years, Warmth is finally actually happening :) various artwork projects and development and writing for chapter 12. Last but not least was work on the traditional between-chapters omake.

When i started pulling together this omake where Miho/m0h drifts into current-day-in-Megatokyo-time Endgames it was going to be in comic format. But as i worked on it the idea struck me that given the Point of View this story was going to have, doing it in a visual novel format would be ideal. Like all good but insane ideas this idea got quickly out of hand and eventually turned into an actual Kinetic Novel (a visual novel with only one path) in full color with music and everything. Using the Renpy-based setup we have been developing for the Megatokyo Visual Novel, it has actually come out better than I expected.

There are going to be four or five installments to this Omake. There are three versions to choose from - the web based version you can play and read right in the comic space (a big huge thank you to Klange for writing a CSS version from scratch :), a stand alone Renpy version for Windows, OSX and/or Linux which you can download via this torrent (requires a bittorrent client to download):

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And an Android version which you can install on your Android smart phone or tablet (requires a bittorrent client to download):

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Stay tuned for the next release! When all is said and done, I hope you enjoy this somewhat different between chapter Omake. A big thank you to Klange, TheShadow, TheShaggyFreak, Paarfi, JavaOfBean, Kalium and RayKremer for their help in this project.

< RayKremer >

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"Sketchbook Crawl"

Wednesday - February 25, 2015

[RayKremer] - 11:27:55 - [link here]

It's somewhat of an open secret that Fred has taken an opportunity to begin work in earnest on his old pre-MegaTokyo story, Warmth. Originally set in Sendai, Japan, Warmth involved the American Tom (nicknamed Tomu, for Japanese phonetics) and main girl Saeko. In the early days of MT, Fred often referred to it as "practice for Warmth", to hone his art and comic skills so he could do his more favored story justice. Ultimately MegaTokyo borrowed several plot elements originally conceived for Warmth. Warmth appeared briefly in something close to its original form in an issue of the ill-fated "Amerimanga" magazine from the ill-fated Studio Ironcat.

Years later, Fred decided to move the setting of Warmth to Michigan, with its much more familiar area and culture, and also since MegaTokyo had pretty much already played out the "American guy in Japan" theme for him. (This was shortly before the earthquake in Sendai, which will always hold a special place in Fred's heart as the original "home" of Warmth.) This also necessitated a name change for Saeko, and the overall storyline continued to change and evolve in interesting ways.

Anyhow, a few nights ago Fred wanted to look up some of his older Warmth development sketches, and decided to do it live on camera over his twitch.tv stream. Since he wasn't quite sure which sketchbook he was looking for, he went through an entire stack of them, much to the delight of the viewers. The recording of this stream is available for a short time at twitch.tv, and Fred has also put it up on YouTube.

Since Fred streams without a microphone, the chat for the stream served as a bit of a running commentary on what we were looking at. I've condensed the log of that chat down to the important bits, and adjusted the time stamps to match the elapsed time marker on the recordings. So crank the video quality all the way up, set it to full screen on the largest monitor you have, and read along for our trip down memory lane for MegaToyko, Warmth, and more.

Of course this means that Fred is now splitting his time between Warmth, the MT VN game, and the MT comic itself. Things are progressing, even if it doesn't look like it. The traditional between-chapter omake should turn up at some point, and Fred's doing something a bit unique with it. There also may be some DPDs soon to help bridge the gap.

On an unrelated note, in the recent drawing of Komugiko in leaves that was used for the blanket a few months ago, her pose reminded several of us of the Firefox logo. So I decided it was entirely appropriate to use it to create a Mugi theme for Firefox. If you like it, enjoy!

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