This won’t be a long post, but it needs to be said! About two months ago I took my Hiatus , promising I would return to blogging once I settled a bit inmy streams a bit… that time has come.. but the desire to blog is no longer there.
Why I am Moving on
I have written a few post about how blogging did not give me the energy I want. How I felt out of touch with the community and how stuff like ghost liking and empty comment sections. It did not do what I wanted it to do… at least to me personally! I earned a respectable number of follows, with 600+ i wasn’t a microblog…. but over half of them were ghost follows. For example I have 17 aquarium sites following me.. just because I wrote about fish playing Pokémon. Streaming to me … fixed that.
The energy I found in streaming was so overwhelming and it makes me feel so alive.. and myself, that I feel I can not fully return to blogging. The communities are very different, and while I very much appreciate people in the blogging community as well, the energy of the streaming Vtubing community resonates much stronger with me. During blogging I felt much more a need to conform.. and do the general thing.. while in streaming I feel I can be much more me.. and do my own thing that is off the beaten path. It can be done in blogging but it to me once to often resulted into high effort low result posts.
It doesn’t help that I have increasingly fallen out of love with anime. I still like it it fine… but the passion is gone. The newer anime are fine, but to me there is nothing I can talk about! My opinion in the end is moot. I am an casual anime enthousiast, but talking about things you enjoy I feel.. is not strong enough.. to really put yourself on paper you have to talk about what you love. Gaming and especially retro gaming is what has my heart the most… and that is a medium that goes not translate to well to blogging. Sure for modern games we can write reviews, material is plenty available and everything is on such a level that gaming hits the same…. retro gaming however is different. There is no way to write how bad controls can be, how mid 2000 a game can feel without showing it. And if you have ever seen my blog tags, you could already see I want to tell things.. fairly visually.
WordPress was duct tape for me.. to create content. I wasn’t out as a trans woman yet , so my voice could not be heard. I was ashamed of it. So I had to find a way to make content without my voice! Content I could make by myself. Yet my heart truely belonged in the video world and the vtubing world and as I got to know more and more people in that world who helped me find the courage to reveal my voice.. and do what I really wanted to do… the shine vanished of blogging for me. Because it was a choice I made to deny myself.. in a way it will always be a shackle I keep on myself.. to not be the me I truely wanted to be…. but me setteling… well I am done with setteling. I want my pure happiness.
I had the idea to start over, make a website about content creation.. of any kind, make it a sort of a springboard for my Twitch career. Yet it would not work! In the past I begged people to follow me on YouTube as it would mean the world to me of people would help me get my numbers up. That post got almost 30 likes, while my YouTube subscribers grew by less than 5. It could give me a few extra follows sure! Yet I just feel so strongly that my efforts are better spend on social media like Twitter… or making a Tiktok even. I reached with WordPress what I want to reach with it.. I have beaten that game.
It doesn’t help that by not paying for my subscription in time , all the visual work on the website has been nullified. It has been all taken away , and my laptop struggles currently so it would not be to easy to restore either… a cosmic farewell gift as it were that told me… you made the right choice!
Now while I do not get the energy I need here anymore, that does not mean I hated my time on WordPress… it simply prepared me for the next arc. WordPress was my Chuunin Exam, so that afterwards I could soar like a Ninja..Unicorn-Duck-Princess. It made me realise my voice mattered, no matter what shape I take. I made some amazing friends.. and I do promise i will return to read their blogs in the near future, and you can always talk to me on Twitch, e-mail, discord or Twitter. I will talk to just about everyone and I am thankful to you all for being there on my journey! I have seen some amazing talents, some heart warming people and some of you made me cry! I cried in good and bad ways .. so trough blogging I truly lived and experienced something and I would not trade it in… thank you all!
I was welcomed in communities, I might not even have fully belonged in, I was welcomed among talented and amazing writes and I received many compliment that to this day I feel I was not worth off. I know that those who looked after me around here will look after me in the future on mediums such as Discord Twitch and Twitter… regardless if I pull the plug right here.. I won.. I got what I wanted.. and I have you all to thank.
Yet I expected to find it more difficult to wrap this up… to start crying and feel a compulsion to find a way to blog anyway! I am that kind of girl! You know .. I love you all , so I expected I could not give it up, yet here I am more confident than ever that this indeed is the right choice for me! I would like to thank my staff, and they will be allowed to continue on here if they wish! I will not kill off the site! They are also very welcome to do some other projects with me in the future.. like maybe a blog on my Kofi, a Twitlonger discussion or heck even guest appearances on streams would be fine! This is not the end… this is just a metamorphosis! I evolved! You guys were my Moon Stone… so thank you.. everyone!
Yuni D’uque of Fabuland
Where do we go from here?! Well of course I would not leave you guys without shouting out all the ways to contact me!
Secondly a Discord is coming once I have reached 100 Twitch followers! Which is currently only 25 followers away! A link will be posted on my Twitter and of course my Twitch! Speaking of which.
Twitch: Due to some technical issues I switched from YouTube to Twitch for streaming. Mostly because of lower chat delay, which was huge for me as well as some other factors such as my OBS integration being better and over all me having less bugs. Regardless! Here I stream about 4 European evenings around 8PM BST. I am a retro focussend variety streamer! So if that sounds up your alley… be sure to join! Once I reach 100 followers there, we will have a celebration Stream, so any support is appreciated.
Finally I also have a YouTube .. I recently made a new intro for my Twitch channel which I uploaded there.. but I will alos start making some special YouTube content soon.. once I get a bit more comfortable with watching my own content!
Check out my channel opening here as it will link you to my channel as well!
I hope to see you at my Twitch, or soon I will see you on your blog.. but for now this has been Pinkie’s Paradise! I thank you all for reading.
Hello everyone! Your chef Cherry is back once again after a bit of a hiatus! Since my last review I have been slowly working on a second one, and now it is finally done and ready for your entertainment! This time, we will take a plunge into one of my favorite games in recent years, and I will be going in quite extensively into the basic gameplay, as well as the world of it. So without further ado, let’s go. It’s Sushi time!
Ah Subnautica! It is hands down one of my favorite games to have been released in recent times, and a wonderful experience I will always recommend to anyone. In it’s current state it has two stand-alone titles, Subnauticaand Subnautica: Below Zero, which both are fully released and ready to play! I will be going into some details of the story(though I will not spoil the ending, as I will mostly do setup and lore), so if you wish to avoid spoilers, I suggest stopping here and go pick up the game!
Created by Unknown Worlds, Subnautica is a exploration survival game. It has the usual features of such titles, like base-building & crafting. Where Subnautica differs heavily however from other games like it, is in its story and setting. As the title screen & name might suggest, the game is set entirely(for the most part) underwater. Each zone or biome is some kind of underwater region, and you need to not only manage your usual issues of food, health and drink, but also oxygen. Subnautica also has, while still fully open to explore and total freedom in your gameplay, a story. A completed story, with an opening, events throughout the game and an actual ending. You can play as long as you want of course, but if you so desire, you can eventually finish the ending and complete the game.(Do remember to save though, not only doesn’t it has autosave, but there is no postgame once you do the ending.)
Taking place in the mid 24th Century, in the game you play as Ryley Robinsson. Working as a Maintenance personnel aboard the Aurora, a large spaceship owned by the Trans-Government corporation Alterra, Ryley is part of a mission to construct a phasegate near the ocean planet known as 4546B. While in orbit around the planet however, the Aurora is suddenly struck by some kind of energy pulse, causing massive hull damage and begins to crash down into the planet’s surface. Ryley just manages to get to a lifepod in time before the crash happens and is ejected.
Waking up after the crash inside his lifepod 5, Ryley now finds himself stranded on the surface of this alien world. With nothing except his PDA(a datapad), some emergency supplies and a fabricator, Ryley needs to try and survive long enough for rescue to arrive, or find some way to get off the planet.
Leaving the lifepod, your first sight will be either the water or the wreckage of the Aurora. Unlike alot of survival games, Subnautica’s gameworld is fixed in terms of location, with only a few minor details & coordinates of your lifepod being randomly generated. There is no map in Subnautica, so the Aurora wreckage serves as an excellent navigation point for your explorations.
As shown in the images above, Planet 4546B is an ocean planet, with barely any landmass to speak of. In its current state, only three major regions of the planet is known. The Crater(where Subnautica takes place), The Void and Sector Zero(Below Zero’s location). The Crater, as the name suggests, is a massive inactive underwater volcano and where the Aurora has crashed. Due to the warmth of the lava below and the shallow water in parts of the crater, this region of the planet is full of life with all kinds of fascinating flora and fauna. Several different biomes exists within The Crater, with the shallows being the starting location.
For a lack of better comparison, The Shallows is the starting/tutorial zone. It is, as the name suggests, relatively shallow which gives easy access to the surface for air. The aquatic wildlife here is also fairly pleasant, mostly consisting of smaller herbivore fish, with only the occasional predator sneaking in from the local kelp forest.
As I mentioned during the start of this review, Subnautica is a survival exploration game! So it comes with some of the usual things included in such games, as well as its own unique gameplay elements. The bare basic gameplay & goal of the game is to survive, and as you explore around the world, find a way to get off the planet. As you start the game you have four options to pick from in terms of difficulty. All four still gives you full access to the storyline. You first got Survival. This is the base experience, and you will need to manage food, hunger, health and oxygen. When you die in Survival, you spawn back at your lifepod but with a chance of losing some of your items randomly on death. The second option is hardcore, and it works like Survival, but with permadeath. Once you die, the save file is removed. Third option for difficulty is freedom. This is similar to Survival as well, but you only need to worry about health and oxygen. And finally you have creative. You got no stats to worry about, you are given free tools and materials and every item unlocked and a base building tool from the start. You can still play the story if you want this way, but minor events might not play out due to already having things unlocked.
No matter which difficult you pick, there will still be some shared parts of gameplay so let’s get into that! The core part of Subnautica aside from exploration is crafting. Starting in your lifepod, you have a fabricator, a device used by Alterra to create fully functional items out of raw materials, so like a sci-fi 3D printer! As you explore around the world, you can find various raw materials such as iron, salt, plant fiber etc which can be used in the fabricator to craft more sturdy material and then converted into tools. For example, to build a flashlight you might need some glass, titanium and a battery. But to make glass you need some raw quartz, and to make a battery you will need acidic mushrooms and copper. As you continue down the tech tree you will also need to explore further into the world for rarer materials.
Subnautica has fairly minimal amount of keys to press and a small control scheme. You move around with the usual movement buttons, and pick up or use items with your left or right mouse button. Most things in the game is handled by your PDA. In the PDA you firs see your inventory screen, where you can see your equipment as well as the items you are currently carrying. Do note that some items and materials takes up more slots, so it’s not always a 1/1 slot for every item!
The second tab is blueprints. Here you see what you can currently craft, granted you have the materials. You can also pin a blueprint to be visible on your screen, as well as showing you which materials you are missing. New blueprints are unlocked through various means. Some are unlocked by story progression, some by crafting or unlocking certain blueprints which then unlocks more ones. The most common way to acquire blueprints however is to scan items and debris from the Aurora, something we will get into soon!
Next on the PDA is your waypoint navigation, where you can show or hide various story or created waypoints, as well as change their display for you. This can help navigating the world quite alot. The following tab is a photo one for screenshots, which you can then upload to your base for wall art! The last two PDA parts are quite important. The second to last is your audio log. Every piece of audio or dialogue played in the game at any point is automatically saved and recorded here for you to replay at any time. Last but not least is the databank. This is where all your accumulated information is gathered. Anything you scan, from flora to fauna, to debris, as well as audio logs, text logs and any other info you can think of which you acquire is gathered here. It is vital to find out parts of the story, learn how to survive the planet and for example to get into locked doors on the wreckage.
Hunger and Thirst in Subnautica is pretty self explanatory. You catch fish or grow various plants to eat in order to not stay hungry, and you avoid thirst by filtering drinkable water either using a certain breed of fish or invest in filtration machines to get the salt out of the local water. You can also find emergency supplies on various wreckage around the area which can help.
Oxygen is also easy to get hang of. You can only stay underwater for so long before you need to breathe. If your oxygen runs out, you have a very short time-frame to reach the surface before you die. Initially as you start the game, you can only stay underwater for a few seconds. In order to prolong this, you can build and upgrade Oxygen tanks to carry around with you or equip. You can also use underwater bases, vehicles or air pumps going from the surface and connected with tubes in order to get more oxygen on deeper parts of the world.
Health is also simple. You have a regular HP bar like most games and if you get hurt, you lose HP. If it hits 0 you die. There are no weapons in Subnautica, aside from a small knife which can scare away weaker predators. So in order to survive, you need to learn how to understand the wildlife, which is where scanning comes in!
The most important tool in Subnautica is probably the scanner. You use this device to scan items for blueprints. You can also use it to scan wildlife and flora, which will then generate information in your databank to read up on.
A big part of what makes Subnautica so fun to me is the wildlife and the mechanics around it. 4546B is a world full of life, and this is reflected in its gameplay. The aquatic wildlife in Subnautica exists on its own without the player. Every single creature have behaviors similar to that of real animals. The various species of wildlife have their own behavior patterns which can be observed. They have territory, family, prey or predators they hunt or fear and so on. By taking time to observe and scan the wildlife, you can learn how they normally function and thus learn how to best utilize it or avoid it. Take the stalker above as an example! It’s one of the first predators you normally encounter. Often living in smaller groups, they hunt alone and prefers to ambush their prey. They are scavengers, and will often pick up debris and lose objects to carry back to their nest, making Stalker nests a good source for blueprints. They are also easily scared by the knife, and if you feed them fish, they will even eventually become relatively tame and not bother you.
Other predators might be extremely territorial, and will not chase you beyond their nests, but always go for the attack if you approach. All wildlife have these unique behaviors and it is the key to your survival. This does however bring us into the next topic.
Things in the Deep
So I should probably come out and say it now. Subnautica is a horror game. Perhaps an unofficial one, but it is a terrifying and deeply unsettling experience as soon as you begin to leave the shallows. At first you might hear a booming sound in the distance before spotting your first Leviathan-Class wildlife, the reefbacks. Now, reefbacks are friendly. They are large whale-like creatures that float around in herds and eat plankton. Very chill and you can even catch a ride on them!
But as you explore the waters further, you will eventually learn that there are more things in the deep. Larger things, hungrier things.
Exploring around the world, you will occasionally pick up distress calls in your lifepod. These are from survivors of the Aurora crash, who all escaped in their own lifepods. Normally, coordinates are attached as well to help you find them. However, when you do, the lifepods are broken, shattered and with no bodies or people in sight. Soon it becomes to dawn on you that you are the only survivor, and alone on this planet. Because of the Leviathans.
Leviathan-Class lifeforms are the largest wildlife you can find in the game. They vary in size, but is normally around the 50-100 meters in length and massive size. Most of them, with few rare exceptions, are apex predators and extremely aggressive.
One of the first hostile Leviathans you will come across are the Reaper Leviathans. Enormous monstrosities circling the Aurora wreckage, the Reapers are terrifying and their roar can be heard a long distance away.
The roar does however also serve a point and can be very misleading. Despite their huge size, the reapers are ambush predators and prefer to strike quick and fast, usually from below or behind their prey. The roar they let out is a form of echolocation they use for navigation, and in terms of gameplay, a roar means that the local reaper leviathan knows where you are and is en route towards your position. You can’t fight these monsters at all, and must use a variety of tricks and tools, such as hiding, decoys or just being really fast in order to avoid their hungry jaws.
There are many more leviathan and creatures in the deep, but the last one I want to bring up is even more terrifying than the reapers. As you begin to explore deeper waters, you will eventually come across openings into the caverns below. Instead of swimming around at a depth of 100 meters, you begin to descend into the 400-500 and even more. Light fades and eventually you will come across the lost river.
Not even halfway down to the maximum crush depth your vehicles can get you, lies the brine pools of the lost river. It is an eerie alien landscape with toxic underwater brine pools and fossilized remains of gigantic creatures that once roamed the watery surface of 4546B. One of these fossils is the gargantuan leviathan. The skeleton itself dwarfs any of the currently living Leviathan, with the remains of the skeleton measuring up to 400 meters in length. According to theories and the PDA, the creature in life was probably even longer, measuring somewhere between 1100 to 1500 meters in length.
It is in the brine pools you will also come across another terrifying leviathan, the ghost leviathan. These translucent predators are more prone to openly attack you than the reapers, as they seem to not be ambush predators at all but goes straight for the kill. They are however quick to lose interest if you get out of sight and will not search around much for their prey once lost. This is not the scariest thing about them however. The scary thing is that the creatures you encounter in the lost rivers are juveniles.
At the start of the review I mentioned the three known regions of 4546B. The Crater which is the underwater volcano and Sector Zero. The third region is what lies between, The Void. Most of 4546B that is known to date is just a waste endless ocean with very little land to speak of and unmeasured depths. Due to the wast empty sea reaching depths of several thousand meters and going, very little life exists out here. This is the Void. In gameplay terms, this is the end of the map.
Described by the PDA as a ecological dead zone, once you reach the void there is nothing else. Just dark empty ocean stretching out infront and below you with no end in sight. This is when you hear the roar.
Once you begin to enter the Void, you will hear the sound of the adult ghost leviathan. At the end of their maturity circle, the ghost leviathans leave the lost river to seek out the open waters of the void, feeding of stray fish and microorganisms in the water. This is their territory. They are one of the largest creatures in the game, outsizing the reapers and are far more aggressive. For gameplay, once you enter the void a ghost leviathan will spawn and hunt you endlessly until you either get back into the crater or die. It is also not alone however, as more will spawn until you leave their territory.
Getting near the end of this review, I would like to talk a little bit about the seabases! Eventually your lifepod will start to feel a bit small. As you explore the world you will also begin to discover signs of previous survivors, and bases they have built in the sea. You can scan these yourself to learn how to build a home of your own!
In order to build a seabase you first need to craft a habitat builder. Once that is done however, it is a fairly simple process! Seabase rooms can be built at any depth and doesn’t need to be connected to the seafloor. They can also be built above water. They come with a couple of preset rooms that can then later be customized inside by building various furniture or objects such as lockers, vending machines, tables, beds and so on. All of the rooms also serve some kind of special purpose with the exception of the generic multipurpose room that you can set up as you see fit. For example the scanner room lets you create a 3D map of the local area, send out camera drones to explore and scan for local resources within radius of the base. A monopool lets you dock and customize vehicles. There are plenty of more things to explore with base building!
The two biggest challenges to build a base aside from how to decorate it is to manage hull integrity and power. In order to make your seabase function properly it needs power. Without power your devices within won’t work, you won’t have light and air will begin to run out. Power can be generated through a few different means. You can set up solar panels to collect up power during the day, build generators powered by heat from geothermal vents or if you want you could go full nuclear with small reactors powering your base. These aren’t the only options, but just a few examples! The more devices you have active in your base though, so filtration machines, battery chargers and so on, will drain your power quicker.
The other core aspect is hull integrity. If you build a base above the water this isn’t much of an issue, nor is it a problem in the shallows. However the deeper you build your seabase, as well as each new room or expansion you add to it, will all weaken the hull integrity. If the hull goes into negative numbers your seabase will begin to crack under the water pressure and leaks starts to appear in your seabase, filling it with water. By repairing these leaks, the pumps activate and the water is ejected. In order to prevent this you can add additional structure to support your hull. It can be something like a sturdier wall along the base to platforms to hold up the rooms a bit more. Additionally you can build in vault doors inside the base so that you can close off sections in case of a flooding, keeping the rest of your base operational! Leaks in the base can also happen due to physical damage from a leviathan attack or if you drive a submarine into a weaker glass section. So do be careful!
Finally, to end this review, I would like to talk just a little bit about Below Zero! It came out of early access a few months ago and is a sequel to the original Subnautica. That said however, it is basically the same game with new content, so more of a standalone expansion.
Below Zero takes place a few years after the original Subnautica, and does have alot of references so I recommend playing the first game before going into Below Zero. You play as Robin Ayou, a former Alterra employee who has taken it upon herself to explore the frozen north of planet 4546B in a region known as Sector Zero. Seeking answers about the mysterious death of her sister Sam, who worked on a secret project for Alterra in Sector Zero after Alterra has begun to investigate the planet following the events of Subnautica one, Robin embarks into the frozen wasteland with nothing but a drop pod and her own personalized PDA.
Straight from the get go, there are some differences to Below Zero compared to the original Subnautica. First of, Robin has a voice and talks quite alot throughout the story, unlike Ryley who was a silent protagonist. Secondly is how the story is handled. While the world is still fully open(albeit a bit smaller this time around), the story itself is more structured and present, with alot more focus on it as a narrative rather than a backdrop to your own adventure. There are clearer acts and events that occur, and actually some npcs you can encounter as you play. Sector Zero itself is also slightly different to the crater. It has land, quite alot of it, albeit most of it are just frozen icebergs and glaciers. The game world is also a bit smaller, but with alot more detailed and filled biomes rather than just open spaces of water.
In terms of gameplay, Below Zero is mostly more of the same. It has some very nice additions to crafting and base building, including alot of small quality of life and larger enjoyable things. Such as new room layouts, new furniture and better placements and other things to make base building alot more enjoyable. It also has a slight overhaul on vehicles, with the two submarines(the Seamoth and Cyclops) from Subnautica being replaced with the Seatruck, a smaller submarine which you can attach rooms onto to form a underwater train/truck. The game also has a land vehicle, the snowfox.
Due to Below Zero being set in the arctic, it also comes with a whole new variety of wildlife and plants. All of the new aquatic species are both beautiful and terrifying, and there are only a handful of smaller fish that are re-used from the previous game(albeit in arctic form). Everything else, especially the Leviathans, are all unique to Sector zero!
Aside from the new additions, Below Zero also does add one new mechanic that is rather fitting, cold. When on the surface or land, cold is now a thing that needs to be managed to avoid freezing to death. This can be handled by various means such as seeking out local heat sources, wearing winter clothing or even bringing warm coffee on your trips!
That is all I had to say about Below Zero, and about Subnautica in itself. They are both wonderful games well worth the cost and time to play them and I wholeheartedly recommend then to everyone to play! Just be sure to save often as neither games use autosave and most important of all, be safe and don’t get eaten! Don’t become sushi for the sushi!
Thank you all for reading and thanks to Pinkie once again for letting me write and work here on the resort! Have a lovely time until the next one!
I have sat in front of this screen a fair few times! What do I write? Why am I not feeling it? I have the ideas! Yet something is wrong? Is this it? Does my journey end here? Should I just end the blog? These are questions I have been asking these questions the last few days. Should I just move on from blogging? I found an answer… but it isn’t a straight forward one! Today we will talk about that a bit!
As per today I will be taking a official hiatus until I have officially started streaming. I have been feeling conflicted and trying to split my time. Finding out what to do with my blog, I have written several ideas for an anniversary post , but ended up canning them all and overall I have been falling behind a lot just because of the stress of having two items to juggle which I still need to figure out .. what direction I am juggling them in! I want my streaming to go well, and I have found out that I can let the blog go a bit more.. being a bit more of my venty space or journal of sorts so I will just be expanding that peace of mind and keep posting to a minimum. If STAFF comes up with posts , I will make sure those post will go up so the site is not dead.
How long does this Hiatus last? Probably not to long, maybe trough August.. maybe not even that. My personal goals right now are. Setting up the final things I need to get my streaming working. Produce some videos for my channel, do some real life stuff I have been neglecting as well. Once I have pushed off a lot of production and catching up stuff of my plate, any spare time I have can be used for blogging and other stuff, but I need to know how much time and energy I will have between streaming, dm’ing in d&d social.. and then how much is left for blogging. I do plan to return to blogging one way or another… but I need time to balance my hours. Right now it isn’t super high on my priority list.
When I do get back the blog wil once more go trough significant changes. I will shift towards a more gaming oriented style of content at the very least, simply because so many of my time is dedicated to gaming. I can combine it better. I love anime.. I just realised I am not passionate about it! I deeply enjoy it and I really enjoy digging deep into the narrative aspect and world building aspects.. but I am not passionate about episode to episode content. I do not care about ratings and I can not see myself returning to my classic format… I made an important discovery about myself in these past few days. I thought I was looking for people who liked games and anime and wanted to talk about that… but I wasn’t looking for that. I am thriving much more on the energy of creators. Talk about creating.. and with that I realise what I want to do to get the spark back.
Filled with determination I curse at how difficult it is again to make a title appear in cursive on WordPress.. every single time it goes wrong.. it only puts a few letters in cursive, or not at all. I have come to resent the editor and while I realise every medium comes with it’s difficulties, I realise I do not care enough anymore to bother to fix it. I want to cut down editing work in WordPress becaue WordPress was always a means to an end for me! A second choice because my first was locked away.. but that no longer is the case. Yet I also realise that because there are so many annoying things and difficult things about creating… that might just become my new angle. I do not want a space about reviews or reviewing content.. I want a space about content creating for content creators.
So when I will get back, I will probably do a massive rebrand.. bigger than before. No Paradise 3.0 … but basically something new! A proper evolution! I want to create a website.. that while using the blog format is about creators showing of their content whatever it is. I want to welcome people who make a drawing.. and have a little story to tell about their artwork, even if it is a one off. I want to open the website up to streamers, who want to show of their stream, talk to people about their funny moments and create a comment section that is much more filled with content creators. Say I share my streams with you.. to show you the world of Vtubing. Perhaps Periwinkle can show off a piece of music he wrote, Cherry can put out an recipe she had, or you can show your dailies in an MMO… I want to start a platform that is much more a portfolio that encourages people to create. If you want to write a fan fiction and also show your skills in a fighting game but can not find a platform, you can join us. If you want to plug your stream, but do not constantly want to tell what you are about , you can write a post and keep sharing that with your world.
Think of it as small creator community, working a bit together for clout. Not just inside the our bubble of creators but also beyond. Introduce anime bloggers to a Vtuber, show gamers some easy recipes and perhaps educate some movie buffs on the world of anime. The idea is that we come from many worlds, yet trough a passion to create we are bound, a medium where everyone can freely write about how nice it is to see your followers grow, to share ideas on how to build a community trough experience and to ponder on some dillema’s you see in the world. So expect me to post my streams, but also posts like “how do I stream for zero viewers” or “are all bonds between a creator and a fan parasocial”? If you written a cool piece of code and want to show it to the world but also want to be a loveable goof while doing so there is no way you have to keep it to yourself. You create and I think that bond of creating is already great to make a platform. Not restricted by genre persé.
So you can expect content like “What problems can you encounter as a female gamer content creator” .. but also “Check out my Kawaii as heck desk!” “Check out this ruleset for D&D I made” or even “This is my OC” there isn’t anything that is not allowed. Yet it will be more about creating. Rather than a review about ” Twisted Metal” on Playstation it will shift to “My experience with Twisted Metal” or “Remembering my first Anime”. Stories that pushed me.. or those willing to join me into creating. Perhaps you made an OC you want other people to adopt now, you could market it here! I want to make a space FOR creators BY Creators, ABOUT Creating. The struggles you have with your own blog, plus shoutouts, the content you would dream to create and where we can help you make it more reachable by giving tips are maybe even lending a hand. I will still be the owner of the site.. but I want it to be more of a creators convention! I’ll be your princess.. but she can not run a nation by herself! I will create a virtual creator nation and posts here.. and anywhere will be the fruits of our labour.
Does this mean that the STAFF can’t do reviews anymore? No it doesn’t! Reviews are also a form of content creation.. what it means is, I am opening the doors. If you rather make a paint drawing about your game experiece, make a comic , make a video or talk about those cool assets you made for your own blog, you now can! If you want to make an AMV.. you can share it here, if you want to make a pacman cake or tell about your experience in a roleplay you can do it here. What I want is a space where I can talk with people about that tingly feeling when you finally finished that project. That artwork.. or how you make an overlay for your stream without being able to draw. I want you to share your passion rather than something you think an audience would like to see. I want to show the world what I am passionate about.. and what troubles me towards that goal. I want to chase my dream.. and make this place highlight that dream.. rather than being a distraction to that dream.
If you can not find the words in text..dub over some video game footage and tell us trough actions. I do not care about your mic quality! We all start somewhere! I want to be a creator that is okay with being tiny as long as I can create. Yes I had to settle for a throne asset on a screen that is not the best.. but until I can find an artist.. that is okay as I can chase that dream! I want to gather people who think like that on here as well! Share a drawing, that you might not feel totally confident about! Share it with people like you who still are tiny creators, some wordsmiths others are good with a brush, yet again others might be able to sing. Allow you to be inspired by each others passion and don’t be afraid to accept a hand that boosts you up! If I write a post about a Vtuber here.. feel free to write why you love her more. If Periwinkle plays some shitty PS2 game feel free to interact and play that game as well. Let’s create with each other and learn about other worlds and ideas as well as we do!
That is my dream… and it will be what I will try to push this blog forward to be! I would love to be it more of a “website” than just a blog. One where you can join other creators and me.. and just talk about crafting and creating. No gatekeeping, any creator is welcome! I am so happy now that I am chasing my dream! And I want to share that with people! I just imagine other people would love to do that as well! So once I flesh this out more take a look for a new brand and a new future! I will see you guys then.. and maybe on a new brand name!
As a Princess who blew up her serfs, it can get a bit lonely on my island sometimes! I know in the blogosphere I still have some servan-uhm nakama walking around.. but still! When I searched for an anime waifu.. I found Sayaka a lovely waifu.. who is kinda too young for me… but did you know most Vtubers are like MILLIONS of years old! That’s perfect for a boomer like me! So now we are searching for a Vtuber bride! And today we look at the drop DEATH gorgeous Calliope Mori!
Who is Calliope
First of all let me address the fact that no one ever called her Calliope, so we call her what everyone else calls her.. Calli. Which is a lot easier to type as well! Calli is part of HoloLive EN’s first generation… HoloMyth. She was the first english VTuber I was aware of.. at least actively and drew me in straight away. Calli is a grim reaper, the embodiment of death… see now my typo in the introduction makes sense huh! She allegedly lives in the Underworld but likes to visit modern day Japan a lot! Not only to reap… but to rap! You see while Calli has mixed feelings about the fires of a certain phoenix, she does like to spit flames herself. She often takes a bit of a leadership role of HoloLive En members and is by far the most cool headed of them all.
I would have talked about her debut here.. and dates.. but you know what.. google is your friend. If you care about that history enough it is very easily searchable. If you are into Calli enough you probably know already! If you did not know about her yet, then I bet you don’t really care when she debuted. She is nearing her one year anniversary of streaming and currently has 1.55 million followers! That is the important part! That is quite impressive! Not as impressive as her fellow Gura Gawr who debuted on the same day and now is one of the .. if not the biggest Vtuber around with well over 3 million followers. The latter won’t feature in this series though…because she looks like a kid. That’s a bit of an iffy subject.. so let’s focus on this much more mature lady! Calli not only streams on a regular basis , she also produces a lot of songs, some are even used for games.
Calliope’s followers are called Deadbeats… you know it’s funny because she lays out them SICK BEATS .. and she is death! Calli’s own nicknames are stuff like CallioP to do that whole rapper thing a bit more, Calli .. like everyone calls her and Dad. Yes this pink haired woman is often referred to as dad for her behaviour and patriarchal role towards Hololive EN.. but also to chat. She also has the nickname/description of being a Tsudereaper…which I will have to adress in her breakdowns of positives and negatives which we will get to shortly! For those wanting to know who Calliope Mori is without dipping in Vtuber culture… here is a two hour podcast!
The Upsites on Dating Calli
Her voice! Her Voice!
As an greysexual mono-romantic (into female) , trans-woman I have very little urge to do bedroom games! I am not really looking for the bedroom bounce in a girl. I am looking for company and conversation! I think Calli is great for the latter! Because her voice is so unique and distinguished. It makes me feel safe and protected! I love her vocal ticks as well, she is very emotable! .. When she speaks you know exactly what kind of mood she is in, just by hearing her and that makes her easy to be around… don’t get me wrong, I love squeaky voices as well.. but more in an envious way! I am jealous I don’t have Wolychu’s voice , I would sacrifice 100 first born children to get Nyanner’s voice and I would murder all the heroes in Dragon Ball to wish for Ironmouse’s voice… but Calli… well that voice makes me wanna lie on her lap.. cry and she tells me it’s all gonna be okay! She has a good voice for a grim reaper and a good dad voice! She has an amazing ASMR voice as well! She could read the cat in the hat to me… and I am NOT a cat person!
She inspires me!
Back when I was a moth and I started my Youtube channel I took the action because I was inspired by Calliope and her song about creating. In one of her songs she challenges the so called VTweeters to start creating.. and while I think as a blogger I have always have been creating, I realised that I was settling for creation! I wasn’t happy with just blogging! I wanted more! I had an itch that my blog simply could not scratch and I let my fear of not being deemed a true woman stand in the way. .. when I heard Calli call me out however I was like… I should just start creating indeed.It might not be perfect.. and I might get swept up in the endless pit of Vtubers, but that should never stop me from trying because if I do I will get swept away for sure. While my time as a Moth was short lived.. I did not quite because of disappointing reception of my videos, no .. I wanted this Vtuber experience in a purer form! This was great! I wanted to pursue this without settling as much and that included my voice. I want more options to interact and create.. and while that invoked some powerful demons .. it also made me feel I am more on the right track then ever… and yes I will most likely fail as a creator.. the odds are against me to make it big.. but that isn’t my dream, my dream is to try! To have done this thing… because it is me to some extend! That flame was ignited because of Calli.. and her song!
She is the best Dad (and Sheriff) !
What?! No I don’t want children’s! Eeeeeew! Baka! That’s not why this is a plus! I’d rather have rats then children! And no I don’t want no DADDY either. *Bonk* No.. I will admit I find Calli’s dad behaviour attractive and that is perfectly normal! One can either be drawn in by someone like you, someone like a parent or someone that is an opposite of you! These three are the most normal romantic biasses a person can have… and while Calli is not like my dad very much, she does embody the values i’d want from that. Where Korone whom i discussed last time is more similar to me, in the attraction spectrum of things, that would lead to a relationship that is fun and cosy.. meanwhile a relationship with Daddy Calli would supplement my life. She adds an energy I am severely lacking, albeit in another role. Trough streams she has shown to embody this energy on several occasions and towards people she is romantically shipped with as well. I think the parrent-child archetype of relationship also works best for a romance that is light on bedroom stuff, as Calli would get her satisfaction out of taking care for me and I would get energy by being taken care off! I am a princess after all.. and just look at this clip and tell.. she is a great dad!
The Downsides of Dating Calli
Her Drip is better than mine!
There is an alarming trend going on in the anime and vtuber world.. and that is the trend of Drip… I HATE Drip. Why would I need to dress like some nineties Urban character with swag and golden chains and a baseball cap! But nowadays kids thing you are cool.. if you have drip.. and oh boy does Calli have drip. Recentenly Hololive EN has gotten their second outfits and Miss Mori’s outfit is unashamed..complete drip! Red as well.. which isn’t a colour I particularly like! I will be honest I do not like the outfit.. or the massive underground rapper act. I mean it is what it is and to an extend that is the true Calli and I accept that …. BUT it can be a bit much. It comes with this urban lingo .. you know peasant talk and as a prim and proper princess that lingo really vexes me. Like Drip.. or flaming mixtape. What is a mixtape even when it’s not on an actual tape?! Spittin Rhymes or Spittin truths sounds so UGLY to me. I like Calli best when she isn’t doing that thing.. but it is her passion. I could get used to it and I will admit on her it is less annoying and kinda charming then on some other people I see try it … but you know.. if people bow to your royal highness.. that is me.. and my waifu goes.. Yoyoyo Sup Bitches… we might give out mixed signals. Besides.. I can’t stand the thought of people thinking my waifu is more swag than me!
She doesn’t know how a Kazoo works!
So this one might seem petty! It is not like I require my waifu to know how to play the kazoo… and by now Calli DOES know how to play the Kazoo..however when something doesn’t work Calli apparently does toss it aside and just orders another one! She is one of those people who “doesn’t read the manual” … now I will admit.. as a princess, I am a little bit high maintenance.. so I have a manual! Does that mean Calli will toss me aside as well when I am acting up? Chat had to tell her how a Kazoo works because she did not want to deal with figuring out how to make it work herself. She lacks a… scientific curiosity sort of speak.. that might make it difficult for her to hit it off with me. I am like a Kazoo, I am used a bit differently from similar products. I do not have all the parts you expect me to have nor does working with me come natural. I have quirks you need to play around. You can’t dominate me and just force sound out of me because I will shut down.. but if you are to gentle or throw yourself at me without making me do any work.. I wont play a happy tune either. Cali luckily DOES not like people throwing themselves at her romantically either.. so maybe she would understand…but the Kazzoo makes me think otherwise!
That Stupid Bird!!!
Most Vtubers have shipping partners. Korone had Okayu, IronMouse has CdawgVA. Gura and Amelia are a thing.. so it is not surprising that the sexy daddy that is Calli has a ship as well. My rival for her love would be Kiara Takanashi .. a phoenix girl who can’t be killed a always revives.. which is basically the same thing my unicorn blood does for me! However Kiara is very similar to me .. in the sense that she would murder me to get Calli to be hers and hers alone. I would murder her to make Calli mine.. but in the end we would just be in an endless cycle of murder…. and I am lazier than Kiara so I would not bother with it as much! You see I would not want my outfit to be shredded… and the bird attacks with a sword and shield. I just use a polearm/lance . Which means most of the time she will have an advantage as well. That is troublesome! The bird lives into that german country that sounds like Australia as well.. meaning she lives very close by where I live and it could just get very bothersome. Kiara might be needed to networking myself into the big leagues.. so if I make her an enemy, I’d be in trouble! So I have to wonder, is Calli worth giving up my dream of fame?! Perhaps I should date Kiara instead.. I mean I have pink hair and am a bit cold on the romantic side, I live in the Nether(lands) so I do have similarities.. but she is so loud! Kiriki… perhaps if I can trap her in a vault and sink her to the bottom of the ocean i’d be fine… but Gura could just free her since they are friends and she is a shark. This might be one love rival I can not beat.. or that cost me more than it would get!
How eligible is Calli
Now it is time to look how compatible we are… and I must draw a conclusion that … I don’t know! Either we could REALLY hit off, or not work at all! On the one hand I do think we are both looking for the same type of energy in a relationship, we would not smother each other and let each other do their own thing. Which is great! It could be a really healthy relationship…. yet I think it would be a very low energy relationship as well. An inverse friends with benefit type of deals. We comfort each other and support each other like in a relationship, without the lusty stuff. Which would be fine… if things came naturally! However fighting off Kiara, or for her to present next to a girly girl and me to a modern rapper girl.. would take a lot of effort on both of our parts! What we could have WOULD be beautiful and pure…but is it worth the price of admission?! Probably not! I do have a faint sense of lust for her.. but I think she is better as fantasy than as a Waifu! A celerity crush or such! That is why I give her an eligibility score of 6 mic drops!
Hear Ye , Hear Ye! Princess Pinkie has returned with a gaming post!
Salutations my loyal subjects and sweet island guests. This video game review might be the last normal one I play in a while. I got something new planned that I am really excited about! Something very random! Yet today I want to talk to you about a very fun game I played with some friends. Mario Party! Except it’s not Mario Party. It IS ..but also it isn’t! The game I am talking about is called Pummel Party!
A Rebuilt Game
Pummel Party is created by a studio called Rebuilt Games who offer their fantastic game for just 13 euros on steam, so I ‘d estimate about $15 dollar or so. In this game you play a coloured dude hidden in some sort of customisable morph suit! You play against 1 to 7 other guys dressed in a coloured Morphsuit and that’s it. How do you do that?! Well you walk across a board game by rolling a ten sided dice, which can land you on all sorts of tiles that make the overworld react with you, you either get a currency, in this case keys, you can make a ghost steal other’s people’s keys…or rip them apart, and you can gather items or make random things in the world happen.. like the water level rising. You all do this so you can reach a specific spot at a board where you can exchange your currency for a chalice! The one who owns the most chalices at the end is the winner. At the end of every round you play a minigame.. and at the end of the game you are awarded bonus chalices that can totally change the game.. you must not just try to play for yourself but also hinder other players from winning …and …. wait… this is THE EXACT gameplay of Mario Party?!
Yes let’s get this thing out of the way first, this game is Mario Party without the nintendo license. Instead of 20 (or 10) coins you need 40 keys . Instead of a toad, there is just a chest you open.. instead of Boo, it’s the Grim Reaper, but nearly everything you can do in this game is just based on Mario Party. The way the map branches of in all sorts of routes, the way you can earn currency trough minigames. Even the bonus stars are copied. If you like Mario Party as a concept but never had a Nintendo console, this is the game that emulates the sensation quite well! Extremely well even.. during the game all my friends and me kept using super mario terms for words because we just felt this was Mario Party.. yet at the end I had to draw a conclusion. I liked Pummel Party more than I like Super Mario Party.. by a fair margin! At least compared to the newer Mario Parties. This game feels more like a modern take on Mario Party 1.
A party for everyone
To a lot of people, the Mario flavour is what makes Mario Party games so fun! It’s great to play as Mario or Peach and humiliate your friends! Pummel Party has no such sentiment, you play a blank character in some general stages. To many that will mean this game already is deemed inferior. Yet I like to argue that Mario Party has a bit of confusing flavouring. Suddenly Peach is as physically strong as Donkey Kong and Bowser, suddenly Mushrooms and Stars work very differently and while the characters are super iconic their motivations and story changed quite hard. That is not a problem, it is a perfectly fine solution ..but it DOES show that the “Mario” Part in the party is strictly a cosmetic one. There isn’t anything intrinsically Mario that makes the party better. It’s just Mario being there that makes it fun and easier to fall in love with characters or stages to those who love mario. If for a moment we would strip all recognisable features away.. I think Pummel Party is the stronger of the two titles, because it knows it is a more generic game and caters to it.
Pummel Party needs an angle.. it needs to have it’s angle in gameplay, rather than esthetics and that it does. You see where in the more known series you can screw each other over a fair bit, this game takes that much further. You do not just steal coins from each other. You shoot each other in the face. Toss Nuclear Waste on others and can actually murder characters on the overworld map.. which resets them to a more disadvantageous position. Even in the minigames, you do not just win currency; those who do well get rewarded with items to mess each other up a bit. Another great idea is that turn order is based on how you performed in Minigames. This makes it so that someone can dash for a chalice if they do well at Minigames, but also allows the later players to mess them up a lot more as they are oftenly in the more reactive slots. The items in Pummel Party are less “cryptic” .. A boxing Glove punches someone in the keister, while a disintegration death ray does exactly what it says on the box. My favourite item is the nuclear waste, which causes extreme swellings and damage over time.. but that same swelling prevents the affected player to use items. Either way of battling you can enjoy it if your not a big Mario fan.
The same thing happens with the minigames of this game. The first Mario Party and maybe the second one, were simple enough. Bounce each other platforms, hit stuff with a hammer to get as many coins as possible! Yet as Mario Party moved on, these minigames became less user friendly. Mario Party 10 brought it back to normal a bit, but a lot of their minigames tend to feel gimmicky. “Where do you detect the most rumble, water a flower in the distance, using balloons and stuff. It’s all okay and simple enough to understand but some games tend to really farfetched. Pummel Party goes for a much simpler approach in 90% of their minigames. Play a game of “King of the Hill” , play a short round of a third person competitive shooter, play a short bit of air combat game and play 3 rounds of slither.io/snake. It feels much more as if you are playing actual video games that have been scaled down, rather than play gimmicks with a mechanic to beat it fast. As a result most games feel much more instinctive with a bigger focus on direct competition which increases their fun.
One thing where Mario Party has Pummel Party beat is at it’s sound design. Pummel Party has a very quiet feel to it. There is no loud background music and there is not really any memorable music in the games. It all is very far away. Even when you pick up keys on the maps you don’t hear clingely sounds or something very satisfying. You do hear each other’s bones cracking and the weapons firing as you go around, but other than that it’s a bit boring in the audio department…. then again I think this is a good thing as well. You will play this online with friends, perhaps stream the game or whatever people do these days. The music is so silent it will never get copyright claimed, if it would even do so at all! The game even partnered with Twitch, having some Twitch inspired costumes and even a stage based on Twitch! It was perfectly mixed to hear my friends on my headset while still knowing what is going on in the game! Yet the sound design does reveal a secondary flaw compared to Mario Party.
While you CAN technically play this game by yourself against AI , it is not very fun to do so. The AI is a lot more competent than it’s Nintendo counterpart but because everything is so quite, when no one is talking to you, the game is quite boring. It just does not feel satisfying to use that disintegration laser on an undeserving AI, while it feels hilarious on an undeserving player, just so you can get an achievement out of it! Mario Party has things talking to you, a more upbeat soundtrack and other things that can really make a game, this game unfortunately can’t do the same! No story mode, no mini game island, no single player content at all. It really is made to play with your friends! The game has a chat feature so even if you are shy to talk, you can communicate, which is an option I very much appreciate, even even if just chatting the game is pretty fun.. but the motivations to use the cool items are much more personal So playing this by yourself is pretty much a no go.
The game isn’t too ambitious with it’s unlocks either, you can unlock some cloaks for your character but that’s about it! The game does seem to receive some updates every now and again so that is a plus, but again in it’s design it just feels a tad bit tinier than the well known franchise. Maybe it’s a tad more humble?! The game doesn’t have that many stages, though still more than the most recent Mario Party and one of the stages has a random layout so in terms of repeatability this game will go far! As long as you have friends to enjoy this game with!
The game also has a slightly higher pace than the title I mentioned many times already! There is less dialogue due to it’s quiet nature and every dialogue pops up faster and is handled with a single button press. We don’t get shouty pop ups for every turn, we do not have two random characters making bets on who is going to win and there is no huge stage exposition! The game kind of expects you to know how this game works from just looking at it.. or by experimenting and reading descriptions and for that I do really love it again. It has a much better pacing and drops silly things like having a minigame on the last turn, as earning keys no longer matters; it can simply be cut! It does a great job!
I genuinely believe that this game is in many ways better than it’s bigger more famous inspiration. It feels more accessible and more for gamers, at the same time making it something I truly could get on board with. It cuts the clutter and doesn’t beat around the bush as much and honestly I really do like dressing up as a Pink Morphsuit Ragdoll with a unicorn hat and a rainbow cape more than dressing as an iconic character. It is hard to explain the feeling but because the drop of famous characters you can punish each other in more satisfying ways, you can be more build and visual and it results in more satisfying minigames. Mario can’t be cut in half with a lightsaber but a pummel buddy can! It triggers these primal instincts and I just end up feeling more satisfied with this one! I really love a game of Pummel Party!
Have you played Pummel Party?! What did you think about the game? Have you always wanted to shoot a death beam of doom at your friends? Let me know in the comments and if you want me to find more party game gems like these please consider supporting my Kofi! Kofi for content! Stay Random!
A while ago Emma from Fanfiction Anime World challenged us to create a hybrid of two shows! In her she spliced Owl House and Pokémon to form a new thing! This inspired me to create a new series on my blog! I created Breaking Bad x Shokugeki no Souma like I promised her. While it did not get many likes I really loved doing it so it is time for a second instalment. Today I splice one of my childhood favourites Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a very well known anime. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures. I had a lot to tell so this will actually be a two parter with this me only describing the story up until the early second act!
Bringing the Bizarre To Buffy
Where Blue Food was a sequel to Breaking Bad and functioned as an Isekai Story to keep it connected to Shokugeki, this one however will be an alternate telling of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer story. The story starts with the original episode Inca Mummy Girl taking place in 1997. Two years before the events of Part 4 of Jojo’s. It has been over 8 years since the destruction of Dio. Where a chain of events will completely alter the story. The Jojo anime decided to focus on stand user’s rather than vampires after that. This show would focus on the Vampire elements and keeps Hamon front and center. Stands exist but will play a much smaller role here. The show would be modelled more after Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency to keep elements of both Buffy and Jojo relevant.
The show would most likely be produced as an anime as it could be made in the current day. The orginal Buffy Cast can reprise their roles but as voice actors of course. Characters that cross over from the Jojo universe, which will be very few can have their English voice actors. So in actuality it would be more a cartoon produced in the same anime style like .. think Avatar the Last Airbender.. but with more vampires and Bizarre adventures. Because it has more mature themes it will not be released on Nickelodeon, instead since Buffy was owned by the WarnerBros company I would assume this would launch on HBO Max. Yet I would happily accept any streaming platform producing this!
The main characters we will be dealing with will be as follows
Main character of the show, she is an active Vampire Slayer. After her death and subsequent revival unbeknownst to her a new slayer is about to be sent to Sunnydale, however this might not be the Slayer you expect to see in season two! Her character is more or less the same though she will be a bit more extravagant.
Buffy’s best friend, she is very much her geeky self and much like Willow in the second season she has began to experiment with magic here. Unlike the real like counterpart though the magic is a bit less subtle, we are dealing with an anime version here. So as time passes Willow will have a few more offensive moves and she is able to do magic a bit easier. In this universe chain of events Willow is also a bit more clearly gay, but she is trying to hide it, pretending she is very much into the lead singer of the band Dingo Ate My Baby. Secretly she has a bit of a crush on Buffy though and she tries to “be normal”. Why this change? Well we can always use some yuri elements and taking that element from Willow seems like a hornets nest I would not like to poke in. Season 2 actually already strongly hinted at it anyway. So we will just say it is an ongoing struggle for her here. Besides that there is an element in Jojo’s this really adheres to so it’s fine.
There are no real changes to Xander here, he has a crush on Buffy which is unanswered, he desperately is looking for a girlfriend and at the beginning of our story he might get his wish..that will not end too well for him though.
Leader Singer to Dingoes Ate my Baby and love interest for Willow Rosenberg. During the season he becomes a werewolf. However since we will mostly focus on what DOES change in this story rather than what stays the same you can consider this story as if he IS a werewolf already. It would actually happen as it does in the original show. We will change his looks up quite a bit though..because anime needs their pretty boy and instead of a normal band .. Dingoes Ate my Baby is now a boys Idol group! (I found now drawn artwork of Oz)
Originally the third slayer in the line after Kendra being introduced in the third season, this time Faith is introduced a fair bit earlier. Faith is shown to really love the call to be the new Slayer and has a tendency to go hyper violent. This time her watcher Wesley discovers she is a potential and decides to offer her some training earlier. A plan that will backfire rather fast.
Buffy’s Watcher and father figure, he does not really change that much from his series counterpart. He is a slightly more uptight as Wesley, Faith’s watcher will never arrive to take that role from him. The influence of his “Ripper” phase is also diminished due to events shifting around.
An Original Character , he is an employee of the Speedwagon Foundation and reaches out to the group when he notices some strange stuff happens. He is a scientist on vampire diversification and was contacted by the Initiative (Buffy Season 4) whom he refused for a job at Speedwagons. He is insanely tall and can match Buffy in terms of physical strength
Another Original character. She will be Buffy’s mentor in Hamon and is the descendant of Caesar Zepilli’s surviving brother and idolises her heroic ancestor. She is another employee of the Speedwagon Foundation and very childish… She loves pranking Giles with bubbles. She also has a flirty character.. in a very playful way. Flirting with boys the guys and the girls..more intended to tease them as to pursue actual romance.
There will be other characters but they will play a much tinier role! Spike, Drucilla and Angel all play a fairly important role in the first half.. but they are exactly their series counterparts. Feel free to look them up but you have been introduced to the most important once if you are unfamiliar with them.
We begin our story at the episode Inca Mummy Girl, in the original show the group visits an Inca exhibit and hears the story of Ampata, the Inca Mummy girl that would end up sucking the life from a student to come alive, then fall in love with Xander. but would give in her desire to live .. eventually leading to Buffy having to put her down as her original body is restored. Much of the same would still happen but this time among the Inca exhibit. This time things would change a bit. While Ampata needs life force in the Museum she chases Xander and Willow a bit! Both of them hide themselves in a storeroom where some relics are exposed. Both pick some up to chuck at the Mummy girl.. in a desperate attempt of self defence. Xander picks up an ancient stone mask. It was not displayed because it was actually an aztec relic that got misidentified. Buffy comes in and saves the day. Telling Xander and Willow to flee. As they make their way home.. Xander realises he is still clutching on to the mask! He stole from the museum!
He wants to bring it back the next day.. telling them they sound it and that it might have to do something with the guy that vanished earlier or something. (The Mummy girl ate a guy who broke her seal) However they tell him the mask is not Incan and it does not belong to the exposition, if he wishes to donate it he has to fill in some files and wait for them to verify it. It will most likely not be displayed as they do not have any other aztec relics. This is when Xander decides to keep the mask. It looks pretty cool and if they say it’s not theirs.. he has a cool memory of Ampata whom he truly did care for.. but she could not live without killing and she was too willing to kill.
Meanwhile somewhere else in the world Kendra Young is preparing to travel to Sunnydale! She has been summoned as the new Slayer. Suddenly she hears a glass shatter and some flames burst across her hallway. What is happening here?! She dashes through the flames to open the door but notices it is blocked. Someone is trying to kill her! Breaking the window would cause the fire to flare up so she has to escape through the backdoor. She picks a suitcase filled with some of her slayer stuff and makes her way to the backdoor. As soon as she exits it though she feels a sharp pain in her chest. She stares at a crossbow-bolt sticking out of her chest. Then her consciousness is claimed by the black void by death. From a nearby tree a pale looking Brunette rates her shot 5 by 5.
Faith and the Mask
We skip ahead a bit in the timeline and Faith is sent to Sunnydale as the new Slayer. Her watcher Wesley is mentioned but never shows up. Until then most events of the original stay the same. After it we take a rapid turn for the worse. Faith is much more relentless in hunting down Spike and Drucilla, than Buffy is. This results in Spike feeling more cornered and creating a much more deadly trap. This results in Willow and Oz nearly getting killed who went on a date together and Spike and Dru using them as bait. Here Faith is expelled form the group for being so rash. Pretending to be hurt she does get Xander to warm up to her and invite her in. Saying that Wesley kicked her out of her place for her misbehaviour. She plans to kill Xander and pin it on Spike to create a like minded soul in Buffy, but then she sees a mask on his bedroom wall. She read what it did in Wesley’s book! Where normal vampirism takes your soul this mask turns you into a vampire soul and all, you stay yourself. She sleeps with Xander and the next morning he wakes up Faith is gone and so is his mask.
Here we move into Jojo’s territory, Faith becomes a vampire using the mask in the same vein as Kars and Dio. Not persé for revenge on Buffy but Spike and Drucilla were strong enough to give her a hard time.. if she can become a Vampire with her soul she can kill them all! She was destined to this.. all vampires must die. This mask made her the ultimate weapon against it. She takes a zero tolerance policy on vampirism and goes to confront Spike and Drucilla. Buffy and the Scooby Squad Chase after Faith to prevent an all out war on the streets of Sunnydale. This allows Spike and Drucilla to get away from the scuffle, but the group fights Mask Vampire Faith. In this fight Buffy gets badly beaten and just about Faith is about to kill her having no response. Angel saves her. Him also not being a match for Faith he is then killed in front of Buffy’s eyes. Faith thinking she is justified because he is a vampire decides not to kill Buffy but just beats her up badly! She is the new slayer, the ultimate slayer, one who still has her soul yet can wield the power of both Slayer and Vampire.. Buffy is old news. The beating puts Buffy in an eight week coma much like Faith was when Buffy beat her in the original.
After Buffy wakes up she finds the world has considerably changed. Spike and Drucilla fled the town and ever since Faith has been some sort of terror slayer. Killing every supernatural entity she could get her hands on bad OR good. This is how Oz is introduced to the Scooby Squad.. he was one of the very few they managed to save. There is no real romance with Willow however, who was too worried about Buffy whom she had a crush on. Tough sometimes Willow pretends to like him if she looked at a girl or spoke to “fondly of Buffy” Being introduced to Faith before she went completely bad amplified Willow’s feeling towards women a bit.
Buffy might be restored now but with Angel dead she is very broken. Giles does research into what happened to Faith and discovers that both her Watcher Wesely as the former slayer Kendra were slain by a crossbow which here everyone knows is Faiths favourite weapon. In an attempt to excel at his job Wesley told Faith some traumatic events in her past were related to vampires, this way he could raise a perfect Slayer and be complimented for his work. He knew Kendra was not ready so he felt like it was his time to step in.. once Faith realised he would hold her back from her mission though she killed him off.
Buffy stood no chance against the new Faith and the council of watchers has basically avowed entire Sunnydale now in an attempt to keep their noses clean. They do believe Faith will clean out all supernatural entities in the region and then they will send up a clean up crew to deal with her. Until then all “good” paranormal creatures are seen as acceptable losses. Buffy and Giles sever their ties with the council and search more info of the mysterious mask when they are suddenly contacted by a group called the Speedwagon Foundation, saying they will send help and stay put until then. Feeling the scars of battle Buffy mostly abides, but killing her lover made her very determined to kill Faith. So even though she knows she does not stand a chance now she will do everything in her power to annoy Faith and make her job harder. Trying to save any innocent super naturals. Willow intensifies her study in magic to help Buffy with her revenge.. feeling a bit of a call for it in her own blood..plus secretly hoping if she is more useful to Buffy she might like her more.
Xander and Oz are much more sidelined than in the original. Oz is often used to help as he has a van that helps them get around with more people, but they very much feel like rebels in their own town. Faith takes over the night club The Bronze.. and even goes as far as recruiting people for her own “Scooby Squad” which she simply calls the X-Force. X standing for Extermination. People fighting for her die.. but she doesn’t care as long as it cleans up the vampires. Her trait of loving the hunt now has been completely exaggerated, much how Dio went from a narcissist to having a god complex. Episodes will much more be focused on the rescue of innocent supernatural creatures for what would be the remainder of season two.
The group has to take down some X-Force members and the season finale would be a big witch burning. With characters like Amy and Willow being captured to be burned at the stakes. Buffy and Faith face off once more and Buffy loses once again .. gets knocked out and she is sentenced to burn as well! She is a super natural being after all. They are just about to be set ablaze when suddenly a Blonde girl attacks Faith.. very flamboyant looking she poses as Faith’s hand seems to explode in a form of light energy! The girl shouts Hamon as she then douses the torches with some bubbles. There is a big scientist guy with her who casually lifts up and tosses up some members of the X-Force . They save Willow and Amy as well as Buffy and alongside other survivors they take Buffy and the Scooby Squad outside of Sunnydale. The girl introduces herself as Led Zeppili and the big guy is Mac Fleetwood. The Speedwagon foundation is here to help them train in the art of Hamon.. and fight this particular brand of Vampires.
With a timeskip we of training we move into season 3. Sunnydale is now ruled by the X-Force and Faith. Faith has made three guardians with her mask. Having misread the story of the Pillarman ..since Wesley’s Books are so stuffy.. she dubs them the New-Pillarman.. two of them are youth delinquents who got into the vampire hunt and the other was a serial murderer she freed from prison. She keeps him in check by allowing him to murder any vampire he can.. but she has fitted him with a detonatable collar three college geeks made for her.
We see Buffy has learned the basics of Hamon and Willow has furthered her knowledge of magic. Even Amy and Oz have mastered their quirks a bit more. Amy mainly helps the Foundation with espionage and Oz becoming much more a fighter who can use some of his wolf aspects. Xander has been training with a few special weapons made by the foundation. Weapons infused with ripple energy. Everyone did drop out of school because most of them are Super Naturals and instead have been studying with the Speedewagon foundation. Their parents were all evacuated out of Sunnydale with some excuse by other members of the Foundation. Just as Buffy and Led are about to have a spar Spike shows up.. telling that something very bad is about to happen. Very powerful demonic forces are opposing Faith.. vampires with abilities bestowed to them by demons. They are led by a mysterious man using the name “Olvikan” which is the name of an “Old One”
And with that as we move into a new Buffy Season 3 We will leave off! In the next season we will see Buffy’s Hamon, see some famous Jojo characters.. and Vampires with demonic abilities! Who will survive?! Which Side will win?! Subscribe to the blog to find out.. in the second part!
So I have some very big news! Probably! It is not official yet but it looks like I might be moving soon! it This past Saturday I did something else other than watching anime! I went to view a new place I could rent! Less drug trades on the parking lot, less illegal racing or violence! More tolerance and an appartement with some actual space! It looks like I got it! Though I haven’t signed a contract yet, all parties were in agreement! So yay! Better times ahead. I will stick by my rules though and not watch the anime later that day as I was well worn and had a nice dream buzz! No instead we will finish catch up week by taking the Cat from catch-up and adding some nice clothes to them!
Kittens and Puppies
So normally I am not into mobile gaming. I played some Dragon Ball Legends, I played some Dokkan Battle, but usually whenever I am done with a Story Mode I am done with a game. Sure they get updates every now and again and I might come back.. but I don’t stick to Mobile games all that much. I still play Dragon Ball Legends and Pokémon Go and very loosely but other than that I rarely play a mobile game. So when Summer of Foovay’s Cauldron told me this game was good I thought… I’ll probably try it out for a day and dump it on the second..I am however been pretty dedicated for over a week now and I want more! Well at least of Castle Cats!
Castle Cats and Dungeon Dogs are both Idle Hero games developed by Pocapp Studios. In Castle Cat you make a Guild Master of a Heroes Guild and collect cats to make them go on quests in the hopes of defeating the evil Pugomancer. In Dungeon Dogs you make a Rebel Captain Dog.. and collect dogs to let them do missions for the resistance against the evil cats. Both are essentially the same game with a different story and different flavouring but the exact same mechanics. It’s up to you whether Dogs or Cats are more your thing. Where Dungeon Dogs is only a recent game though Cats has the more impressive library of collectables With about 260 cats where currently you can collect 60 ish dogs. Guess I got suckered into two more collectable creature games huh!
As an Idle game the gameplay consists of making Gacha-pulls if you have the right resources and clicking on a few spaces to gather these resources or allocate cats to get them for you. Each mission has a timer but the player can join in a battle and tap on a boss to reduce their health while charging up their heroes powers until they can unleash a super attack. With the resources gained you can upgrade your furry friends with new outfits, powers and make them eligible for more quests. Other options involve upgrading your base to gather your three main resources faster or your main building which allows you to send more allies on a mission at the same time. Other than that you can craft some items with an alchemy station for aid when you do battle, or a bigger reward payout. Yet there are also special crafts depending on events you got going on. Which usually leads to super unique heroes being collected. It doesn’t do anything special gameplay wise but everything happens in a very non intrusive way. You can choose to just toss your phone aside and let the troops do the work or actively take part in the fights. I prefer to keep my paws clean and just let my darlings gather resources while I blog! Each day I collect a few kittens and puppies and I just smile.
While Dungeon Dogs doesn’t impress me as much as Castle Cats does I must comment both for their lovely presentation. The Joy on your cats and dogs as they complete a mission, or walk through your field is amazing. The design of creatures, especially the higher rarity ones is incredible! There is so much personality in them.The colours are vibrant and both your main story heroes as well as those rare finds oftenly look good enough in design to be in an actual cartoon of sorts. This is these games greatests plus. Oftenly mobile collectable creature games on mobile can look really unique but there is nothing to bind you to them. Say some Fakemon shows it and it looks mighty cute, I am still not tempted to drop some money in as it would be nice to have.. but there is no NEED to have it. A game using an existing IP thus makes a better Gacha! I want the new Majin Vegeta in Legends so I might drop some cash or do missions to get him.. as I recognise him.. he becomes something to pursue. Pocapp Studios manages a way to balance this greatly.
Most of the cats and dogs to collect have a reference, they are something else from another source of media. So for example my first Mystical was a cat called Howard, who when evolved turned into the Eldritch Cthulhu. Howard of course being the H in HP Lovecraft. But I also got Bunny! A cat who was chosen by the moon to be a guardian. When you evolve her she gets a sailor outfit and blonde buns.Usagi is the Japanese word for Bunny.. so you really know who you just collected. All of them have dialogue too! Scarlett really makes me laugh! It is a cat who wants to be a Blobmon trainer. He really wants to ride a bike.. but he knows now is not the time and place and HE is always watching. Scarlett indeed is Red from Pokémon. Because these games take a deep dive into Geekdom there is more reason to collect the creatures other than their cute look! You want to find out who they all are! My best friend Bean for example got a cat named Edward..He doesn’t like to be called small and his brother is an armor. I really want him!
What is also very impressive about these games is that you seem to get “fair deals” for spending money. You don’t need to spend money and by watching adds you can unlock a whole bunch of extra goodies as well so there is no real need to put money into it.. but the bundles and deals you get seem actually cool! Where Dokkan Battle for example only really has sweet deals when it comes to summonable stones in these games some creatures are strictly for sale. Yet some of them have powers to spawn resources you might need like Embers used to upgrade your creatures, or crafting resources. So while you get a cute cat, you also get some usability out of it. Package deals can refill your resources, can offer your embers, cats and skins summon tickets all for a bundle deal so there is always something nice in the store for you. You can say.. I do not care about that..but let’s be honest a game needs to make money and it needs to work with these deals.. that’s how they work so I wont judge them for it! These deals feel unique and rewarding and not like a complete rip-off. So while I will not become a money investing whale here.. they very much know what they are doing.
That confidence is shown in just about everything. The Story lines of the games are both cute, though I again vastly prefer the story of Castle Cats as it has that cuter atmosphere that just fits better with the aesthetics and the genre. Dungeon Dogs focussing on rebellion just feels a bit forced somehow. Mostly because their size seems to exist in the universe so I would assume they have the upper hand.It just doesn’t feel as magical! Castle Cats story however is surprisingly entertaining for a mobile game. Again it has a bit that saturday morning cartoon vibe with each story mission being a cartoon episode. While we only get a few lines of dialogue it is easy to imagine how that adventure will go. Both games feature three protagonist that all are very fun. Lyra the Golden Retriever dog is not my favourite as I find her a bit bland. Poppy the Barbarian Dog is probably one of my favourite characters though! For Castle Cats, Catniss ,(which indeed IS a reference) Conan and Frederique are all pretty good. It’s funny to see Catniss volunteer for every suicide mission because.. she is Katniss. It might not be fully original but these games just ooze with charm. Making it really something you want to play.
A Bark Worse than It’s Bite
The games are not flawless though, especially not if you choose to play both. Both games promote playing both through a quest line but because of it you see they are a bit TOO samesey. It makes sense from either a dog person or a cat person perspective but since both games push you to play both..chances are you will experience how same everything is. The base is a sprite swap with everything at the exact same location, the mini games are the same between the games, even the resources don’t look THAT different. Instead of Iron Ore, dogs gets bones and some stuff is swapped around but essentially it is the same and you can craft the same things with it.. it’s all just sprite swaps. It also leads you to compare items. Avatar items for example are WAAAAY better in Dungeon Dogs, the items are so much more detailed and ornate. Yet Cats have so much more felines to collect.
However the worst part about these games being so linked! Your VIP status is NOT linked. I spent 7 dollars now on Castle Cats which was enough to get me to VIP1 and I feel I should have shared that level between both games. That way I could buy dogs I want when I already have the cat from the monthly bundle or vice versa and still keep my VIP level up! But no alas.. it is seen as a different game any money spend is counted for that game alone. If those get linked I might go deeper but for now it means I shall invest 0 money in Dogs.
I honestly suggest you stick to one game and for me it would be Cats. The references are a bit sharper, although the dogs have more intricate designs. There is not really a bad side here. During my time playing I experience a few glitches in Castle Cats. For example my Adds for extra rewards or skipping missions will sometimes refuse to play unless I reset the game. Other times my screen would go unresponsive during the minigames. I haven’t had these issues with Dungeon Dogs yet.. but that one plays a lot more additional commercials which you can spend a pass on to have them disabled. I dislike that choice which puts me off Dogs a bit more than Cats.. I have control over what I watch in Cats and more control over my spending. In the end these games are made for you to pay for a creature or two. I am not going to hold that against them. It doesn’t HAVE to be fully playable for free. You can have your fun with it for free but like a real Gashapon vending machine.. it is cute to stare at for free but a lot more fun if you toss a few coins at it. That is fine and no one is gonna convince me otherwise, this is a type of game now, deal with it!
The biggest gripe I had with my gameplay so far is that the game at one point bottlenecks you in story mode. IF you haven’t chosen to keep up your main three heroes. I got a lot of Cats that can generate embers.. so I prefer to send those on missions instead. Yet later you need to send a cat with two skills on a mission. Usually the only ones who fit are the main heroes. I have been stuck for two days now being forced to grind embers and levels for Conan, draining my resource pools for a cat I did not really want to level. Of course I could spend money on it to make it go by easier..as you can both by level boosters and embers but thats not how I like to do things. However it makes story progress slightly more unappealing as it limits you very much! I can’t say how much of these missions will come as of yet as I am stuck at this one so much but if you play these games do level up your main heroes! Regardless if I progress in the main story or not though I still have lots of fun with this game so the positives really outweigh the negatives.
These are wonderful games for you to play on the side or whatever else you are doing that day! Mind you .. Emphasis on the side. The gameplay is monotone so it would not entertain you through the day. It has the stamina thing most Free to Start games have so gameplay is not unlimited either. Yet if you play it casual this is one super fun game! I got two friends addicted in a short time. Cute sweet innocent fun, with a amazing design time behind it and witty yet also very clear cut references. These are games that reward you from dropping money, but hardly ever punish you for going free to play and that for me is the ideal mix. I don’t think Free to Play needs to be equally rewarding. It has fun enough gameplay an amazing store and even if you don’t use it a very fun libarary of creatures to collect so if you want something fun feel free to try it out! If you REALLY want to try it out though give a shout out to me in the comments! I could send you an invite and get stuff as a reward… I am all about those rewards now.. because I am hooked enough to at least put in an effort. That is more than most mobile games can make me say.
As for what flavour to reward it with..I feel that is rather relative for this one. For me personally this is a Gacha Idle Game done right. I feel the need to collect and the urge to pay and I would happily splash a few dollar for it here and there. It gives me satisfaction without the need to feel to purchase everything. I can take this journey like I take this game. One step at a time. I’ll get there when I get there. Meanwhile I stare at cute cats a grin widely! This is fun, it does more for me than Dragon Ball Legends does.. which is a fine game but I can still see myself getting frustrated with it within a few week so it won’t receive the highest of my praise. In the end I find this game Berry Good…now I want a cat named Berry Good! I might be more addicted than I think!
Last time we saw Pinkie Paradise pick up her first Temtem and venture out in the big world. She caught a few new friends and went to study at a town with a weird squigly in the name. As she had and still has no idea how to make a squiggly c , we shall just name this town Brical de Mar… just imagine the squiggly. In the first leg of the journey we just made it there so let’s see what adventures await her in this episode…
Taking on sidequests
I made plenty of progress with my Temtem and was already getting to know the battle system when suddenly a few question marks showed up on my map. Temtem unlike it’s big inspiration has an active main quest and plenty of side quests. Yet first we had to meet the professor. This time he was accompanied by Sophia. She was beautiful, her skin coloured like chocolate milk…. well more like a gentle serving of nesquik in a glass.Her hair long and waving starting as a sort of fading anthracite colour…like garden furniture that has been left in the sun for to long flowing over into a deep cyan.. with the intensity of printing press ink that had just exploded in her hair.
Her clothes looked like a lovely breezy jacket that looks really hard to put on.. because this bra-like mini top is part of it’s design so I guess you pull it over your head like a shirt.. but the shape doesn’t really cooperate. She must spend a lot of time getting ready. She wears one of those aladdin belts.. you know what I mean those cloth band belt things that are very shiny and smooth. She also wears some across her arms so she accessories very well. She tells me I can visit her in Arissola, temtem tamers take on dojo’s to proof their worth and get rewards from it to further their journey! She also tells me I should study at the school first…. *la sigh*
So it’s back to school with me, but what is this.. a guy lost the key to his locker… well gotta help him find his key first! The poor thing! So even though the school bell just rang I do the noble thing and start to help him first. Through a few quick dialogues with people I find out he dropped the key at the Temporium… that’s like a pokecenter…but…there is no nurse just a heal computer where you can do it yourself…. that’s about all the differences.
I bring the key back and get some junk items. Higher up in the school I found the head mistress, who thinks two boys are skipping school. She asks me if I can go find them… so I head out and find those students. It quickly turns out I need a surfboard to find them which I can find out in the next town…so I decide to skip school. to get a surfboard to find these boys . It’s amazing how real this game feels!
Having left the town, heading north I quickly got into some more interesting Tem-battles then before. I noticed that even if my temtem had quite a few levels on my opponent I simply was unable to oneshot them. Even killing them in two hits proved a challenge with my starter moves. The two versus two battle system of temtem doesn’t make this any easier. I am completely unable to avoid all damage on my temtem.
My super effective moves are not able to oneshot and because I have a fairly diverse party so it’s not that uncommon that something I have gets hit super effective as well. Three battles down the road my Temtem are not looking healthy. So I head back to the Temporium to heal them up and walk over to the guy who has a store in the place of healing to buy some balm’s to heal my temtem and some antidotes and stuff. After getting to the store.. I decide not to buy any at all and just get some temcards. Those items are EXPENSIVE! Besides I already beat six trainers ( you fight them in pairs) how long can the road to the next town really be?!
Temtem is a lot more difficult than pokémon. While battles themselves aren’t THAT challenging, being a Temtem trainer is. You want to level up your tems so want to make sure everyone gets a turn.. but that means taking hits. You’ll want a team as full as possible because even a few levels ahead killing temtem in one hit rarely happens or you’ll run out of stamina before you can do that to all. Temtem is very much about managing your team. Limiting the damage you get and maximising your experience gains wherever possible.
Running away from random battles I also found a bit harder than in Pokémon. Normally you will lead with the two temtem you want to level the most. Those can’t run as easily.. and failing means two free hits from your opponent. So I figured I best just soldier it out, fight my heart out run back to the temporium and little by little make progress. Of course I could just ask a friend to travel with me… but I don’t have any friends yet! While it does sound really grindy.. and in a way it also is.. I really like the challenge. It gives you a chance to experiment with several Temtem and since this is an MMO you could have expected some grinding.
Showing my Sass
I catch a Ganki , a air and electric type Tem to help me deal with all the air type temtem I find on this route! Plus the first Dojo is claimed to use air and water temtem so I need an ace! I realise however that Ganki by now is almost 16 levels behind so I do need to grind a bit. I head back to the squiggly c town and head back to the school. Maybe I missed something. One teacher asks my name and I tell him “My Name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die” . He looks at me like I am an idiot and continues to tell me stuff about Temtem.. like synergy attacks!
Some moves of temtem have a little plus icon at their name, if you put a temtem of the right element next to it, it will gain a boosted effect. For example if a Temtem of the same type is next some moves will raise in attack powers. If you put a toxic type next to the water type.. water moves might inflict poison. Such a nice idea and it makes having doubles of a type or certain team strategies compilations more interesting. Soon after that I head back and Fight Sara and Lara twins who can;t figure out of them who is Sara and who is Lara… so I claim to be Sara instead.. which triggers the fight. I win so I guess I am Sara now! It’s hilarious to find all these dialogue options.
When facing a Temtem trainer you can steer talks the way you want them, either for a quick battle or to find some hidden dialogue. Some are amazingly geeky fun. Like that one where I mimic the princess diaries.. or later on where a guy keeps talking about a thing hidden under a truck on a deserted island. There is plenty of references to be found towards how much they are like Pokémon. For example there is a temtem naimed Saipat in this game. It’s a duck.. who fights with sais.. A Sai Duck! Unlike Psyduck .. who much to the fans dismay never got the psychic typing that makes part of his name.. the Sai .. of Sai pat is taken into it’s typing. It’s a dual fighting and water type. That’s pretty cheeky humor by the monkey’s at Crema. To add insult to injury they also gave Saipat an ability that allows it to use toxic type moves as if it was it’s typing.
The main character can make fun of dialogue tropes and can even recognise the game is still in early access, stating that it is weird that so many buildings are closed. I encountered a guy who thought he was better than me because he was from the city and I got the option to respect him or make fun of him! Even after battle I got the option to kick him when he is down! That is great it makes battling so much more fun! However this one comes with a downside! Dialogue is missable! Where in pokémon you can loop a conversation endlessly, once you chosen to commit to a certain line of dialogue here that is it. After that they will only ask you to leave or stay for dinner, which you never get. So careful you might sass yourself away from a juicy piece of gossip or lore! Not that I care.. I never finished school anyway some ignorance is to be expected.
Shopping for clothes
After a fair while I finally made it to the town of Arissola , I am ready to fight that first Dojo now! My temtem are all about level 20 ish now. Yet the Dojo Leader sophia seems to have vanished after visiting the wind fortress. Which lies past the gifted bridges a long route filled with Temtem trainers. “Ah I see, more training required huh” message received! My body is ready! So I start to prepare for my new leg of the journey. I pretend to be a tour guide, lying about my knowledge of the region.. luckily I loved dialogue so I actually KNOW what to pick! That’s kind of clever. I found these facts trough random dialogue and thinking logically about places I visited before.
People travel across this world like you do , to either see the sights or further their science. You can tell by their clothes or their temtem if people are from different areas which is kind of neat. There is a very vivid form of world building in these towns and the continents and trough side quests the game gently asks you to explore more. Sometimes you’ll have to catch a very rare spawning temtem, or find a specific chain of npc’s sometimes on description only. It sounds very simple but Pokémon always kind of lacked this.. it’s just random people everywhere without a connection.. here we see pop idols.. and people worshipping her, a ferryman and it’s passengers, a perfume seller and her material suppliers. There is is a bigger connection random people know each other.. the world is more alive…… omg there is a clothing store in Arissola!
Temtem has a lot of customisation options, plenty towns hold clothing stores which all have very unique items based on the region and local styles. You can buy dye sets to recolour your clothes in the ways you want as well which is like a big heart eyes emoji from me! I love gear systems like these and since your temtem trainer only wears vanity gear you can do what you want without jumping through numerous hoops. Heart Eyes Emoji Heart Eyes Emoji Heart Eyes Emoji! However the gear is incredibly expensive and I have not found a way to find easy money yet! If you know good ways to make money in Temtem let me know!
Because shopping always makes me a happy Pinkie! While I did not make a lot of progress with Temtem in this leg of the journey I again really like that I can take it slow, there is some stuff to explore, there is a lot of fun stuff to try and there is plenty temtem to catch. Temtem do not level up a a certain level but after gaining certain levels so I have to spend a lot of time with all of them. With my eyes on the first dojo and my goal and the wind fortress I know my journey is only just beginning and I am sure it will only get better.
Oh goodie, joy joy, Oh happy day! I am a happy Pinkie. This week the early access ( version 0.5.5) of Temtem became available on Steam. In this game you capture mysterious but powerful creatures using Temcards to fill your Tempedia. You use up to six of these creatures to battle your opponents, like random tamers but also an evil team and 8 dojo masters to become the very best. However this time it is an MMO, sometimes you will need to make friends to traverse a dungeon, there are plenty of quests to do (admittedly with very weak rewards usually) and tons of fun to be had. So I decided to spend a lot of time into becoming a Temtem tamer. I will update you regularly on my journey and maybe talk about these creatures a bit as well.
Creating my Tamer
Temtem is a game made by Crema. A self proclaimed group of five monkey’s developing games. What a sweet one these five monkey’s made now. This collectable creature game of course has obvious similarities towards my beloved Pokémon games and in many ways can feel as much as a clone as Mighty Number 9 was to Mega Man and how A Hat in Time is basically Super Mario Sunshine with hats instead of a douche. Unorginal? Maybe.. but I am tremendously happy with it. It really looks likes this game is one that can push the collectable creature game to be more of a defined genre. Very few of these games have been successful and just like how the Soulsborn genre has very similar feelings throughout all games I think the Pokétem subgenre of collectable creature games could really boost the quality of all games.
While I was extremely happy with Sword and Shield and am very welcoming of a rival that can push them and itself to greater heights. It did not take me longer than a few steps to realise that these five monkeys clearly know Pokémon and the community very well which is shown throughout the game , playfully dealing with many issues most fans have with the pokémon series. At some elements for more social interaction and I might hold a gem right here.
My journey starts with a que , after waiting for about four minutes I get trough and can finally make my tamer. I start out by making her an outfit of white shorts and a pink long sleeve. She also wears pink shoes. Her backpack is a adorable small one.. not one of those bulky ones with all sorts of things sticking out.
I pick out a face (so many ugly ones here) and dye my hair in a pink two tone. With a lighter base colour and a more saturated pink in the points. It’s not very noticable but my hair feels quite lively and I do like it. The graphical style of Temtem is something that really agrees with me anyway. There is a simplicity to it that I find really charming. It’s kind of like the current generation of saturday morning cartoons.
It isn’t exactly mindblowing at first glance but it allows you to do so much more with it. By choosing a style like this we may not be blown out of our seats by spectacular designs but we also get a lot less of the same. Random Tamers are designed with the same tool so everyone you battle feels much more unique opposed to this game’s bigger more famous cousin. Because assets are kept simple there is more they can use. Colours seem more exaggerated with a focussed on a combination on very saturated colours with plenty of pastels as well. This makes every building feel more unique and less “tileset like” than in pokémon. Custom Tamers are very diverse from the start and I haven’t encountered a look alike yet. Enough about the looksies though! I named my character Pinkie Paradise (as Pinkie was already taken of course.. MMO issues) and I could begin my journey. Oh I also could choose my preferred pronoun but as per this version of the game, dialogue isn’t fixed for it yet. Yet I have not a single doubt that it will.
Picking my Starter
I was immediately happy when the game did not begin with a professor giving a monologue. Instead i was awoken from my bed, just like how any game rpg should start in my opinion by a woman named Aina. I think she adopted me cause she keeps using my last name as well! Of course I do know it’s because I just picked surnamed character, so I just imagine I play a bit of a Lolita (the dress wearing kind) youtuber that is addressed by her handle. My character doesn’t call Aina mother but just calls her Aina .. so adopted it is! Even if characters later tell me I am Aina’s kid.
I am told it’s the evening where I become a tamer and get my starter. After which I go study Temtem in Briçal de mar. Thanks for choosing that c with a squiggly below it by the way Crema, it’s such a hassle to make that appear! I have to find your wiki, copy page, delete background colour etc. Anyway the whole town is there to wish me luck, I can press F to chat with them, I have to admit I spend a lot of time trying to interact with my tv and bookcases trying to see if there was a movie with four boys on a railroad on tv. I can’t interact yet with objects maybe I never will. There was a trash can later on though! When I obtained a surfboard upon beating the first Dojo there was also a truck on a hidden piece of land I could interact with…but I am getting ahead of myself.
After messing about for a bit , I make my way to the Temtem lab of Professor Konstantinos. Luckily his name has no weird squigglies. He’s pretty old but he is rather jovial. He doesn’t wear a labcoat either, which is kind of stupid to begin with. Why would a field researcher or someone who interacts with living creatures a lot ..in a friendly non cage-like way wear a white lab coat anyway?! The guy is nice and notices that my rival called Max already has a Temtem. So he doesn’t need a starter and I get to pick one of three.
My choices are Crystle, a green crystal type turtle/pig like quadruped. Then we have Smazee, it’s a melee type shaggy monkey with a huge smile and the potential power of friendship. Finally there is Houchic the mental temtem. This one is a special attack focussed temtem that kind of looks like a levitating baby with tentacles on its head and white hair. It’s body is purple and it is a big tail. Given that my OC in one of my roleplay campaigns is a flying eldritch baby with tentacles on her head and the power to control minds I choose Houchic and name it Luma, after my character. Luma Temtem however also exist in this world. They are alternatively coloured temtem who have some short of shine to them. Unfortunately for me Luma is not luma.
After I put Luma in a card , which are the capturing devices in this world, Max begins to whine and moan about not getting one. However his Oree is the rare and elusive Digital type, which the professor says ..is already powerful enough. So In pokémon terms I guess the rival begins with a dragon type. Nice that means I am going to beat the shit out of the bratty kid during our first battle. The rival battle does indeed happen. Here we are introduced to a few mechanics in Temtem that I really like. There is no limited uses on moves, Instead they all draw from your stamina pool. A finite number that very slowly increases again over time. You can regain it faster by ordering a temtem to rest. It is possible to overspend (once) when your stamina is to low, but the remainder of the cost comes from your health points and after the temtem has to take breather.
Moves have all sorts of priority brackets, depending on how they are used. All moves have arrows >> like these that show what priority it has. Most moves fall in the >> category. However a simple kick, scratch or peck for example all belong in the >>>+ category. Attacks that require a large charge up usually fall in the > category. This means battling in Temtem already has a lot more depth. You have to manage your resources well, there is no need to finish a opponent of with a move that costs 23 stamina if you could finish it off with a weaker move that only costs 8. You can’t just slap ultra destructive moves on your creatures either. You have to take speed , stamina and typings into consideration.
Yet there is more! All moves either have one or two elemental coloured blocks at their name. If there is two, your temtem can only use such a move every other turn and never in the first either. They are oftenly light on stamina and high on damage..but they risk your temtem taking some extra damage. So Luma can only kick on her first turn and misses.. just my luck! “Oh well next turn I will hit him with my mental…..NANI! I got oneshotted?!” CRAB CAKES! FROWNEY STORMY CLOUD! Max is a grade A Meanie-Bo-Beanie. Blue/Gary Oak would look at the guy and think… eh that the guy scores a little high on the Handsome Jack scale. In fact Handsome Jack would probably look at this kid and think… I should use protection more, before shooting Max in the face of course.
Luckily I get a price for losing. Professor Konstantinos gives me a Tuwai, a wind Temtem that looks like Toucan Sam’s kid. I named it Nuggets. In the campaign that features Luma, Nuggets is a Chicken Bard..who sings ,steals and has a blow dart to toss feathers at his opponents. I also get five temtem cards. Which I can use to catch Temtem. Now I have to make my way to that town with the squiggly c in its name to study at the accademia. Meanwhile I should catch me some temtem. Now that we have two Temtem the real gameplay of the game is beginning to show. You Temtem up (basically It’s time to D-D-D-Duel of this world) by tossing not one but two temtem into battle. This for the biggest part also applies to wild encounters, though on occasion you might encounter a single temtem. It adds a lot more depth in battle, but more on that the next time. It is basically like the Pokémon Coliseum games, but instead of just stealing shadow creatures from your opponent this time you can capture anything in any wild encounter. So it’s sort of those gamecube games finally done right.
You never get a capture tutorial, it works exactly like it does in Pokémon..the lower the health the bigger the capture chance. Status will most likely help as well , but on my first steps I never had a status inflicter which could try this for me. Nor did I encounter situations up until this point where captures are very difficult. What is new with statuses though is that they only last a limited amount of turns and there are quite a few more of them…but again this is something for the next post. Any temtem can hold up to two statuses , so catching will get a new depth as well. If you weakened the other temtem enough you throw your card..which then will spin around them rapidly scanning and digitising them in. This scanning has three stages. If it makes it past all three the temtem is captured and now in your card.
From here you can nickname it (do so right away because there right now is no way to change it ..even though this will be added soon). Unlike with Pokémon, temtem trainers aren’t complete bumbling fools when there is more than one target on the field. If two different temtem appear you haven’t caught yet..you can catch them both in a single encounter. Such an improvement from pokémon. In old games when you encountered a double battle you had to knock out one pokémon first because otherwise “i’d be impossible to aim….herpaderp”. I felt the system worked nicely, the digitising sequence feels more rewarding than a pokeball rolling about, as you literally see your soon to be partner slowly be pixelated into your card. It really feels great.
While at least in the current build we do not have THAT much temtem to catch yet and some patches of tall grass (yes you encounter them in tall grass, bodies of water or cave floors) kind of feel barren in terms of diversity, it all feels great for grinding and luma hunting. You can adapt your team to grind against the wild encounters of your choosing (to an extend) and you do not have to click through loads of encounters to catch special ones. Everything seems quite well thought out. While I made my way to Briçal de mar I captured everything I would find and added them to the Tempedia. I only added a Sawli and a Tateru to my team though. Respectivly a cocoon that looks like it skinnend an Umbreon but stares at your really cutely so you forgive it of the nature element (Swali) and a tall panda bunny pig thing that likes to dance. (Tateru) After a fairy long travel I reached the second town..ready to increase my knowledge… but that is a story for next time!
It is time for a fourth and for now final tag post. Luckily this one will be a LOT shorter than the last one. A lot of work went into that one. This last one really sounds fancy though! The Blogger Recognition Award. I mean I love that I have sunshine, I love that people think I am real neat and it was quite nice to put a tune to it or want to know about my geeky childhood. Yet to be recognised now that is something else. What makes this even better is this even better is that I am being recognised by one of my blogging role models. Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime nominated me for this. While I am positive all of you know how to reach her amazing site, you could also do it the easy way and click the cocktail below. Poetic that Irina ended up in a cocktail!
Thanks to Irina
Step 1 of this blog post is thanking the one who nominated you and leaving a link to their website. Sucks for me that I already did that in the intro. Though I guess not literally. So here is me fangirling about Rini! “OMG Irina- Senpai ARIGATOOO! You have brought HONORU! to my famuri! SUBERASHI! You are so Sugoi! Hime-Irina-Sama! Banzai Irini, Banzai Ai DRINKU ANDO WATSHU ANIME! Banzai Senpai! Banzai Senpai I really like that one, it rhymes. Yet seriously Irina is a big inspiration to me, I feel like lately I have beginning to loosen up a bit, show my own weirdness more. Irina’s content has been a great guide for that. She inspires me to find my own voice and develop it and for that I am thankful to her. There is something about her positivity that I is inspiring. Her new avatar is adorable! Her voice is one of the most unique among the bloggers I follow and if Arceus forbid you haven’t followed her … click on that cocktail I posted above as if you are Sonic the Hedgehog. Gotta go fast.. Use CTRL-Right Click though so you can finish reading this. Thanks again Irinia though! Step 2 of this tag is to tell the orgin story of your blog. So here is mine!
The Story of Paradise
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away.
Pinkie’s Pokémon The Blogger Recognition Award
It’s a dark time for the internet, although TUMBLR has been destroyed, TROLLS have driven people with something interesting to say from 4chan and reddit and chase them across the WORLD WIDE WEB
Evading the dreaded shitposters a group of freedom fighters named the OWLS secret base on the amazing platform of WORDPRESS.
A very PINK aspiring Pokétuber obsessed with finding a COMMUNITY to call her own, is now posting numerous of blogs to probe the far reaches of the internet.
How’s that for an introduction? Yet while I kinda said it in a bit of a stylish way, it doesnt change the fact that it is true. I began running my blog with the idea of script testing some stuff for a youtube channel. While my voice is very weak I had a friend who would voice act Pinkie when we discovered that voice recording on my laptop is a major hassle. By the time we got it fixed I already had about fifty followers on WordPress and actually began to enjoy how positive it was While youtube went through one of it’s many crisis it went through in 2019. My friend bailed from the project and I decided to focus on Pinkie’s Pokemon as a blog. Trough amazing bloggers like Irina, Scott from Mechanical Anime, Lita Kino and many others I discovered the existence of the OWLS. The Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-respect is a group of bloggers promoting equality and community among everyone regardless, gender , sexual preference or the colour of your skin. Having many connections to the transgender community, being attracted to girls while I identify as a woman myself I could also relate to the gay part and having some disabilities the group fitted me like a glove.
Yet there was something lacking still. Even though my blog did get appreciation when it was just about Pokémon, I never got a real sense of community, the target audience I hoped to find in terms of my original goals did barely exist on wordpress. A lot of my posts were high effort to find out with a relatively low pay off. Appreciation sure, but I did not get the discussions I got when I joined a twitch chat or a youtube live stream of a pokétuber. Than I realized I DO already have that by being active on people’s youtube channel. Sure I can’t afford a subscription so I often go unheard but I still have the poké enthousiast talk and at least can fangirl along with others. So I realised my blog could be more than me being one of them…… I could be me. I was more than Pokémon and even though I love the franchise to bits I am not the person who keeps grinding it into numbers, guides or stats. I like to discover and play and keep things magical, by blogging about it daily I was making it to clinical and I was removing the magic for myself.I did not want that I wanted a happy place I wanted my own little paradise.
So I surfed on a Mantine until I found a deserted island and began to construct my happy little island. An island that reflected me, all aspects of geeky me. Where I could talk more about me and mental wellness and other stuff. A paradise for all geeks. A small depression kicked my ass early in the rebrand and creation of this blog, but with a new year upon and my own crazy voice(s) finally beginning to show true it is finally time for this blog to become that what i want it to be. A lot of it due to the lovely people here on wordpress.
Step 3 is giving at least two pieces of advice to new bloggers. With only six month worth of blogging under my belt I may not be the most inspiring blogger to to look up too. Yet at the same time I did manage to gather over 100 followers within 6 months. When I started out I would have been happy with five followers a month, but I quadrupled that number! So maybe I am still doing something right? So here’s a couple of lessons from Pinkie!..At least I am old enough to be a teacher.
Pinkie Says: Say something
There’s two types of blogs I tend to see on WordPress the difference is most noticeable on sites that follow actualities, game news, anime news pokémon news. In my opinion a good blog adds something to the news. Let’s be honest here.. we are wordpress users.. we are not Kotaku. If we want to find out the new character in Super Smash Bros, our sites will not be the first ones to be picked up. Say “A Sim” from the sims would be the newest Smash character, then you have two ways to respond to this. ‘ Blog A: Hey Guys EA just leaked that the last fighter for Smash is their Sim.. you can buy loot crates to customise it” Blog B: “Hey Guys, they Added A Sim to Super Smash Bros, I think that is awesome because when Mario says woohoo my Sim will think he is being super lewd!, I hope to see our crystal change colour as we get more beat up and the redder it is.. the better we can use it for a powerful attack, or maybe….’ and so on. Sure Blog A is more informative, brief and you can really make a lot more posts about that, follower response will be zero. That story that blog A writes can be find exactly the same a billion times on the internet, with only marginally different words. Don’t rephrase others or only state factoids because let’s be honest as a beginning blogger no one really will turn to YOU for that. If you like to report the news go right ahead, if you want to to keep it objective go ahead but people will care more for you if they see at least a bit of you. You can still add personality to the news or informative posts but do make sure you don’t just summarise the story of Harry Potter or something. Most people here do not care about frame-rates, stat totals or changes to the Yugioh Banlist. We care about what YOU have to say about them.
Pinkie Says: Have Fun
Whatever you do the most important thing about your blog is that you have fun with it. If you do not want to spend hours on spelling control, do not do it, if you do not want to spend ages on your layout, select a simple design and stick by it. There will always be someone who does things better than you, whose blog looks prettier than yours or who has more viewers than you. Your blog is not about them though. Pick a schedule that suits you and post what you want to post, when you start don’t promise/force yourself to post content each day. This is a process where you will grow into. Allow yourself to test the waters a bit before you go into the deep end. Forcing you to be creative each day can be a painful process. Especially when you are like me and don’t write ahead a lot when you first start. To have the most fun with your blog I’d recommend drafting a few blogs you can put out at a later date. Stuff like top 5’s , your opinion on older anime/games. Something you can use to give yourself a day off should your regular schedule not work for you, it takes the edge off. Don’t start with a blog per day, but if you really must, make sure you have to have a few works stored. Allow yourself to have fun. Do not demonise your followers either, by thinking they can not live without you and will complain a minute after your deadline. I am going to be brutally honest here, most of us on this space follow A LOT of other bloggers. If you miss an upload day because you needed a day off chances are we would barely notice you missing your normal schedule. If you burn out and vanish for weeks on end however we might take notice that you aren’t there anymore causing us to not look out for your posts in our reader anymore.
WordPress isn’t Youtube at least it hasn’t been so far to me. There is a different mindset. Where youtube is more an Eat or be Eaten culture, WordPress is a lot more Live and Let Live. Don’t think fans are craving your nectar of sweet sweet words every day from the very start. Your fans/followers appreciate the fun you are having with making blogs and the sense of community more than the actual words. Youtube and other places have a very ungrateful culture. People are pissed at you for not uploading. WordPress is much more grateful, if you do not upload that is fine but people would like it if you did. Exploit that cuture, set your own pacing, make sure you are happy with your blog and write every post with a smile. If you feel you are forced to make a post, aside from maybe explaining certain situations, don’t let yourself get suckered into that. We just want to have fun with our hobbies, share our ideas and interact with others about that. Your blog should always be a passion project.. not the thing that keeps you from doing fun stuff. So do not take yourself too serious and smile each time you log into your website.
Pinkie Says: You are not alone
The final thing I would like to advice is to not be a loner. Blogging is about community, it’s about reading and be read. Half the fun is exploring the wonderful word of WordPress. Say hi to Irinina and she might visit your blog back, post something motivational on the 7mononoke’s blog to know they have a place to come back too, and maybe when it’s time they will do the same for you. These blog tags exist for a reason besides promoting our own site, it’s also about wishing each other well, about helping each other up and go beyond where you used to be. It’s about how you can travel further when walking besides somebody… well in reality I am not the strongest walker, I might need a cane and you might waste more energy sticking with me ..than it would allow you to make miles.. but you know what I mean. Feel free to ask for advice, be creative and create your own blog tag. When you first start your blog is not that beautiful shining bird it can become. It’s an egg.
WordPress is it’s nest and the rest of the internet is the entire forest. At first when your blog hatches it’s like a baby chick! It can’t make a lot of sounds yet, so to get some attention you need to turn to your brothers and sisters in the nest.. the bigger blogs like Rini-Senpai’s are the mother birds. If you shout they might vomit a half digested worm in your mouth to grow. That doesn’t really sound nice but it’s a metaphor.. in reality it’s just a big blogger tagging you. So I guess Irina, or if you want to use her COOL NAME Ireena, just vomited worms inside me. … uhm yeah..just be social.. get twitter.. hang with other bloggers, now excuse me while I gotta go brush my teeth!
Hello my name is Violetta and while Pinkie brushes her teeth.. and uses a steel brush on her tongue I will tell you the ten nominees for this post.
As told By Carly: Pinkie really wanted to hear the origin story of as told by Carly as told by Carly. Thats some Meta story telling..
A Girl and Her Anime: One of the first bloggers to ever tag Pinkie. We haven’t been to her site enough lately..because Pinkie kinda messed up her reader with weird astrology stuff we miss her posts a lot.
Meriendeato: They did one of the same real neat blogger tags as Pinkie, so let’s see how they handle this one. Also one of those bloggers Pinkie used to follow more.. but she ruined it with those astrology blogs that post 30 blogs a day. Sorry! Will fix it and be back to reading more. We will probably make a folder of blogs to check soon!
A Geeky Gal: Another early connection this blog made, one of Pinkie’s greatest inspirations so she is curious to see what advice Megan will give people!
Au Natural: Pinkie is quite curious about the orgins of this blog plus she is really curious about the advice this oracle of wisdom would give to new bloggers
Lita Kino Anime Corner: Worlds best multi tasker. Former Youtuber, Amazing Blogger, Lovely Podcaster. It will be really nice to hear her origin story and advice
Al’s Manga Blog: While we have never seen them do tags, it could be very interesting to here some advice from a blogger who has such a neat and structured website!
Ireena: I don’t know if there is a real blogger out there with the handle.. or real life name but if you are out there it would be amazing if you did this. Yesterday I called Irina by this name so now I would like the real Ireena to step up and take the challenge. (Darn I dropped my cover.. it’s not Violetta it’s just me!)
The Otaku Author: Lyn is one of the most supportive guys out there in the community. Liking so many posts I made, commenting at times and his blog is filled with daily goodness. How does he do it I wonder at times? Well with this tag we can find out.
Merlin’s Musings: If you think that the devil emoji kinda looks wise, you clearly have been following Merlin and his blog! This is another one of those sites I do not visit enough! But my new system is coming! In the meanwhile let’s see how wise he is when he tackles this tag.
Okay so that’s 9 because there probably will not be an Ireena but I did a LOT of tags this week I dont want to swamp people with work. So like with my previous posts this is where it will get weird and random. My next nominees are “stranger” but if it calls out to you.. you are tagged!
A cooking blog: I would love to follow more cooking blogs and if I know you read this , your probably a geek as well so that makes all your dishes taste even better!
A beauty blog: Long has there been a rivalry between the beauty and the geek, now let us use this blog tag to transcend that so if you have a beauty blog and are reading this.. swag swag.. this is now your tag.
A marketing blog: You all follow us, I’ve got like 20 or so of you subscribed to me. I bet a lot of others here have that as well. Now let’s find out if you are really a part of the community!
Someone who owns an uncommon pet: Does your pig or pet elephant mess with your blogging? I would love this type of story
Someone with a truly original blog origin story: It’s like half what this tag is about, if you have an amazing story to tell about how your blog came to be? I am sure we would all like to hear it.
Someone who knows what planet I am from: I am pretty sure I am not from earth and I am pretty sure I am a princess somewhere, are there any other aliens out there who know the truth about me? Than use this tag to secretly communicate.
That is all folks. If you really want to be tagged, just claim that your dog.. or your sock is the most special pet in the world! That way you can always participate! Sometimes my big brain even amazes myself.