Also, thank you for not spoiling me about one of the fights in chapter seven of SPM. It's the one with the Underchompers, where the battle screen looks like an old-school RPG. I enjoyed it so much, and I'm glad that I could discover it on my own!
Speaking of gaming, what have you been playing on the 3DS? I need some on-the-go games myself and am always up for suggestions.
Also well done in getting more written and edited as well!
Super busy is right. At least a lot was the good kind of busy! It has meant rather little playing of M&L on my Wii U, been more on-the-go 3DS gameplay instead. I may try and play a bit more before Xenoblade X comes out this weekend and consumes my life. :V
Pokemon symphony was really good! Quite enjoyed it. A couple song choices were not what I expected but I was quite glad for others.
Observing was done with a radio telescope through my laptop! Clouds were fine for the frequency we used, although storms less so (too strong winds require the telescope to stow :<). But we didn't have too many interruptions. I had a look at the data from my bonus observing and now can say I have a tentative confirmation of a tentative detection! :V (I'm more positive than that however, haha).
Bowser is great for hurting stuff in the game, haha. Especially with stat boosts for boss battles. =)
Marcin I'm telling you because you're like the only one that cares but I finished my big fanfic project that I've been working on for two years!
I really just needed some time off from work to figure out the last five scenes, and I scribbled out the first three. The last two were still giving me trouble, so I went back and started editing older chapters.
And then wrote four pages of the next big project.
But today, I just sat down and powered through those last two scenes. And now they are done!
Also, your month sounds like it was super-busy. Though a part of me is jealous that you got to go to the Pokemon symphony and got to do some more observing. On the few nights that I have the time to go outside with a telescope, it's either really cold or cloudy.
I did like chapter six of SPM, mainly because of the motif of the world. Though the kind-of boss rush did get annoying, but was easy thanks to Bowser. I haven't had the time to play anymore though.
You and me! My busy month became very very busy and only now I'll have time-no wait I won't because weekend doing stuff with friends as belated birthday/post-exam celebrations. Including going to a Pokemon orchestra concert. :B
Part of my busy-ness was self-inflicted because I applied for bonus observing and got it with a telescope despite already helping out, so I went to ~24 hours of observing or semi-active 'back-up' observing out of 48 hours. :V And then there was a hailstorm at the place I was housesitting and hence cleaned up after, then a conference, then a workshop... and that's just the last 7 days, I was busy before that too. All the busy.
Bugger about the words not coming with your remaining scenes. Good luck with forcing them out! If you haven't yet maybe just put those plans for those scenes to paper and if so flesh them out slowly with more detailed dot-points?
Cool with SPM. Yeah, Luigi talks in TTYD as well (and is pretty darn amusing actually with that). In Sticker Star he's purely background just as a 'find him' challenge in specific levels, which is less entertaining... But here he has the whole Mr. L thing going on too! M&L gibberish is amusing to listen to, as well as how he says 'thunder!'... I also like how he strikes a pose when using that power, heh.
And what did you make of chapter 6!?! (I think I'm remembering the numbers correctly anyway). (!?!?!?)
I have five more scenes to write and then I'm done with my current project. Just five more scenes where I already know which characters are involved, what they talk about, what they think about, and where they go. And yet the words won't come. I've been getting this kind of block on the project while working on the last few chapters. I would say that I don't want it to end, but I've already started on the first chapter of the sequel.
In the meanwhile, I finished Chapter 6 of SPM and am in the middle of Chapter 7. Luigi just joined the team! I think the weirdest thing about Luigi in SPM is the fact that he has actual dialogue. In the Mario & Luigi games, he talks in the same gibberish as Mario does.
It was a bit weird that chapter 4 turned into a shooter level at times, but it was still enjoyable, haha. Chapter 5 is alright too, but I prefer Chapter 6. It has a particularly neat theme for the place's location. =) Meanwhile haven't played much M&L past week but I am in the university now. I was also pleasantly surprised to see E. Gadd pop up, complete with Luigi Mansion ghost, vacuum cleaner and music!
Nano goes slowly. Had a busier start to the month than expected, and not much writing done at all on the days I do uni and karate. And then with birthday I had dinner with friends and all so that took time out. :V Still, if I get 20,000, maybe 30,000 words in the month I'll be pretty happy. I'll try and hit the target today at any rate with a mixture of my main story and then some drabbles before I judge some sppf contest fics. [I should totally count words written for those reviews. :V]
My project is an original story which I'm still figuring out but I have managed to make some sense of prior to Nano starting. The setting is an unstable world in which plotholes can grow and wreck with logic, but there's a company whose entire business is to resolve these glitches and keep things going more or less. Anyway, one day a guy decides to try and write a story and ends up getting help for it, but said help ends up wrecking stuff badly in the world. :V Going with a bunch of different characters in telling the story. And that's a suitably vague summary!
How goes your writing? Also your avatar is hella cute.
Also, I played some more of SPM, and found chapter 4 to be my favorite chapter (so far). It took place in space! And Squirps was amazing! And I got to float around and shoot things! I'm in the middle of chapter 5 now.
How's NaNo going? I haven't heard much about your project for it, so I'm excited to see what it's about.
\o/ It is a great game. Dialogue remains a huge plus throughout the whole game. Give me updates as you go! I love discussing games like these, and there's a lot of memorable parts to SPM. Lots of them.
Sticker Star sadly drops the story and characters (still has good dialogue and charm to it though!) thanks to executive meddling, but it's still fun for what it's worth. I'm yet to play the first PM game (I figure I might get it on a sale via Wii U eshop). The second one (TTYD - The Thousand Year Door) is absolutely amazing and is a must to play. Fantastic dialogue in spades, solid mechanics, partner characters... SPM lacks those too in a sense (with the pixel characters), but it has a large and solid cast anyway plus four playable characters, so hey. Compared to each other SPM has maybe worse gameplay (down to preference with the style partially), but a better story imo.
As for the game show bit, idk about the 1st game but there's been one in every other PM game!
Meanwhile before club nintendo shut down here at the end of September I used stars/coins/whatever it used on the first M&L game for eshop download (among other things), so I'll be checking that out in full... sometime.
The next night after my last VM to you, I decided to play some SPM.
I LOVE IT SO MUCH!
I've never played a Paper Mario game before (I'm hoping to change that as soon as possible, though!) I've played every M&L game though, and while there are some features of those games that I wish were in SPM, I'm having so much fun with this game. I do like that it's just RPG enough to satisfy what I'm looking for while also having the platforming which I enjoy so much.
Plus the dialogue... I adore the dialogue, with the fourth-wall-breaking and the humor. Like, I just finished playing through Chapter 2, and the sudden appearance of a game show set made me laugh.
Cheers! I got a couple emails about your comments as well (so in the end you were no longer anonymous =p). I'll check them when not at work, and then actually go and post it sometime this month. :V And worry about editing chapter 2. I hope you liked it.