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.
Just dropping a note to say that this anonymous cheetah just finished reading through your chapter on Google Docs. I left a few comments just on the grammar issues and typos that I noticed. I'll save my comments about the story itself when you post it!