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If you're just starting your adventure with "Marauder Shields", start with episode 6 fav.me/d4tamm9 and move onwards - everything before is not a part of MScanon.

You can find more about this story and how it fits into the Mass Effect universe in "Explaining Marauder Shields - Your Guide to MScanon", here: koobismo.deviantart.com/art/Ex…

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Dudes and dudettes! Gentlemen, gentlewomen, autobots and decepticons, and - above all - mutated teenage turtles interested in martial arts and italian cuisine! The first episode of my new webcomic - "Game On, Hardcore" - is already up at the Escapist Magazine, and I invite you to check it out, comment on it (if you dislike the little Facebook widget underneath, there's always the Escapist forums made available to us as well), spread it around and do all the things you young (and old) people do with interesting stuff these days.

Sorry if I'm a bit pushy about all of this (am I?), but it's a huge development for me little self - it's my first foray into the world of paid webcomic production, and, if it pans out, there will definitely be more! So, yes, bonus points for checking it out with Adblock temporarily switched off, even more so for providing me with bits of feedback one way or another! You guys were absolutely crucial to shaping Marauder Shields into what it is today, and I hope you'll help me out with this new endeavour as well.

As I mentioned in this here announcement, I will be following the second "Game On" episode (which will be released a week from now) with the next Marauder Shields, so do expect that to pop up soon as well. If anything, I'm pretty much glued to my chair from now on (no more travelling on those pesky little special gigs), so do expect me to answer all questions uncharacteristically fast, and generally be available for a chat.

I'm sure the new series will take a few episodes to find its footing, but I hope you'll enjoy the ride fully. There's some cool ideas in it, if I may say so myself. Hoping to see it grow into something interesting, unique and - first and foremost - wildly entertaining.

Much love and see you all around!

K.
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  • Reading: Game On, Hardcore
'Game On, Hardcore' - coming March 24! by koobismo
'Game On, Hardcore' - coming March 24!
Here's a little teaser for my new webcomic series - "Game On, Hardcore" - coming March 24 (yes, tomorrow!) to the Escapist magazine!

Sorry for the late notice, but I've been away on some rather solemn family business (funerals et al) and have only today confirmed the release date with the guys at the big E.

The comic will be released weekly on the Escapist's site - with the first episode being an extra-length double-feature. I can only hope the series - filled with action, mystery and gaming-themed comedy - will be to your liking. If it is - do remember to switch off your Adblock while reading, I'm actually being paid for this one!

I still have a few outstanding things to resolve over the next week, but do expect the next "Marauder Shields" to roll out shortly after episode 2 of "Game On...", which will be coming out next Tuesday. As always, thanks for your patience and keep your fingers crossed, as this whole thing might end up a personal game-changer. I don't want to jinx it (despite not really believing in jinxes), but if this picks up, it could allow me to spend way more time working on all my projects - MS included - instead of slogging from one freelancing thing to another. Here's hoping!

And... Game on!

P.S. It's up riiiight nooow! Check it out here, share, comment, all the jazz: www.escapistmagazine.com/artic…
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If you’re one of the folks that kept a close watch on my time expenditures over the past six months, you might’ve noticed a certain super-secret project popping up now and then, most prominently around Christmas time. I kept it pretty low-profile for a while, mainly not to provide any more evidence that I am an overoptimistic fool that doesn’t know his ass from his forehead – because, seriously, if you’ve been around here for more than a month, you know I’ve provided enough evidence of that already.

As of yesterday, though, it seems said super-secret project is finally getting some traction – as in: smiles being issued, handshakes exchanged, pens touching the paper, all the jazz. It’s a definite game-changer for myself — and I really couldn’t wait to, at the very least, tell you guys it’s happening!

And, thusly, without further ado, I’m batshit excited to announce that I shall be working with the awesome folks at the Escapist Magazine to bring you a new, weekly webcomic series! Starting with the end of March, you will get a new comic written and illustrated by yours truly every friggin’ week, its story venturing into territories I have not yet ventured into. It will be heavily serialized, gaming-themed, and – hopefully – a ton of fun.

What does this mean for my other projects? Since this is a paid thing, throwing coins into my home budget, it will supplant some of my paid freelancing work, with the rest of the stuff – nominally Marauder Shields, Historically Gaming and my game — unaffected, slow-cooking as they always were. I’m actually hoping that if the mighty fine readers of the Escapist approve of this series, it might put some wind under my wings and open up additional possibilities for cooperation, with Safehaven waiting patiently for its own chance to shine. In other words: there’s copious rewards awaiting yours truly, if only I manage to upkeep your interest!

Regardless of whether you’re regulars at the Escapist or not, I hope you’ll join me on this newest wicked adventure. Frankly speaking, I’m now both extremely excited and terrified at the prospect of opening to a larger audience once more – and the butterflies in my stomach are slowly evolving into goddamn Mothra-sized spacemoth godzillakillers.

I'll share more details soon, and I need to update you guys on some other happenings as well — like the fact that my game almost achieved demo status before I dragged it back to the workshop to improve upon its story’s structure ONCE AGAIN. Expect that, and more, in the next few days and weeks, as it seems that I’m actually becoming an honest-to-god creator of internet content. A professional one.

Funny how far we went from that one goddamn mock poster built around an internet meme.

All of this is amazing, and you’re amazing, and there's plenty of amazing ahead. Thanks for sticking around.

Much love,
Koobs

P.S. Just to remind you, I’m available here, on my site, on e-mail, Twitter and Tumblr if you want to learn more or need any questions answered. Note that I also have a Facebook page set up for Historically Gaming, here.

P.S.2. As I was asked about this on Twitter already – the new project’s all drama-free and unconnected to the recent big headlines in gaming publications. It's just me, telling a cool story.

P.S.3. This post originally published here, a mere minute ago: www.koobismo.com/2015/02/koobi…

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Marauder Shields: Episode 62 (The Prodigal) by koobismo
Marauder Shields: Episode 62 (The Prodigal)
The 62nd episode of the Marauder Shields comic. In this one… Cerberus, as we know it, comes to an end.

BACKGROUND MUSIC

Phil Rey "Into The Unknown" - www.infinitelooper.com/?v=pMky…

KOOBISMO.COM

Be sure to check out Koobismo.com for all the stuff by me and friends!

GENERAL INFORMATION

This is an ongoing story providing an alternative fan-made ending to the Mass Effect trilogy, with our own game-changing maverick transforming the course of history: Marauder Shields. Be sure to start reading at episode 6. Special thanks to MichelKobayashi for inventing the character of Marauder Shields and to all the people giving me a hand with this series!

Hope is Alive!

[The Mass Effect universe, its design and characters are owned by BioWare/EA Productions. This is a work of parody and fan-fiction, created under the terms of fair use. Special thanks to BioWare for creating the world we all love and care for!]

P.S. And so, we are finally arriving at "the meat" of Marauder Shields, at the storylines and moments I've been building towards for quite some time. The fate of Cerberus and Miranda - and my attempt to bring Mass Effect 2 back as a crucial part of the trilogy. My own twist on the Reaper Origins, and the meaning of the Catalyst. The Crucible plot. Shepard. Nihlus...

All of this will play out in the next few episodes, and some of it - I'm sure - will seem quite controversial to some of you. That's just the way it is, with mysteries being answered and plots being resolved - here's where personal preferences come into play, as the guesswork is removed and answers are finally given. I do hope that the ratio of those accepting my ideas to those rejecting them won't give me nightmares...  Either way - you can be sure I've approached this as diligently as I could. Not just as a Mass Effect fan, but also a person interested in storytelling and its mechanisms, who wanted to make Marauder Shields as thrilling a ride as possible.

It's incredibly satisfying to finally be able to share these ideas with you. I've written them all down in March of 2012, three years ago. What came next was a shitload of work - more or less satisfying, difficult at times, but always full of excitement and beautifully awesome people.  A helluva journey, with many ups and downs. Thank you for staying with me for this long voyage - for reading, commenting and letting me know you're still here, in various ways. I hope you'll find it all extremely satisfying in the end.

Third Act, here we go. Our own little finale.
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Historically Gaming, Set One by koobismo
Historically Gaming, Set One
Every now and then, an idea hits me out of the blue, at the weirdest of times.

So, here I am, painting over Miranda's left thigh for Episode 62 of Marauder Shields, when it hits me. A joke. A simple one. A winded one. One that I will be making in daily doses, one per day for the next X weeks/months, until it gets boring and I drop it into oblivion, crying not, because it took little effort to make. An idea that answers the question "what if I took old, historical pictures that have already slipped into public domain, retouched them a bit and used them to illustrate the faux history of ages-long gaming?"

Here's the first batch of said jokes, for the lack of a better word. I give you: Historically Gaming!

I will be releasing these on DeviantArt once per week (in batches of 7 or whatever-the-right-amount-will-be). You can also catch them daily by following my Twitter (twitter.com/koobismo ) or the newly-established Tumblr account (historically-gaming.tumblr.com is the dedicated one, while koobismo.tumblr.com is my main one). These should be considered an addition to my other stuff, as they're as low-effort as my usual obsessiveness allows. My usual lateness shall not be impacted.

See? Told you I'd be around more. Wink!

And now, back to work on the next Marauder Shields! Excelsior!

P.S. Also, my SO convinced me to once more enter the horribleness that is Facebook. So, here: www.facebook.com/HistoricallyG…
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Dudes and dudettes! Gentlemen, gentlewomen, autobots and decepticons, and - above all - mutated teenage turtles interested in martial arts and italian cuisine! The first episode of my new webcomic - "Game On, Hardcore" - is already up at the Escapist Magazine, and I invite you to check it out, comment on it (if you dislike the little Facebook widget underneath, there's always the Escapist forums made available to us as well), spread it around and do all the things you young (and old) people do with interesting stuff these days.

Sorry if I'm a bit pushy about all of this (am I?), but it's a huge development for me little self - it's my first foray into the world of paid webcomic production, and, if it pans out, there will definitely be more! So, yes, bonus points for checking it out with Adblock temporarily switched off, even more so for providing me with bits of feedback one way or another! You guys were absolutely crucial to shaping Marauder Shields into what it is today, and I hope you'll help me out with this new endeavour as well.

As I mentioned in this here announcement, I will be following the second "Game On" episode (which will be released a week from now) with the next Marauder Shields, so do expect that to pop up soon as well. If anything, I'm pretty much glued to my chair from now on (no more travelling on those pesky little special gigs), so do expect me to answer all questions uncharacteristically fast, and generally be available for a chat.

I'm sure the new series will take a few episodes to find its footing, but I hope you'll enjoy the ride fully. There's some cool ideas in it, if I may say so myself. Hoping to see it grow into something interesting, unique and - first and foremost - wildly entertaining.

Much love and see you all around!

K.
  • Mood: Love
  • Reading: Game On, Hardcore

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The man who loved lasers
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Welcome to the official birthplace of the Marauder Shields comics, bringing you a fan-made alternative ending to Mass Effect 3, one episode at a time. I am also the proud inventor of the Wrex emoticon: <>:] ...or so I think. My headquarters are officially located at koobismo.com but I still bounce around this here area pretty often.

If you're new here, look around, check out my comics koobismo.deviantart.com/galler… (the alternative canon ending starts with episode 6 koobismo.deviantart.com/art/Ma… everything before that was just for fun - you can find more info on where to start and what it's all about here: koobismo.deviantart.com/art/Ex…), listen to the few audiobooks we've completed so far koobismo.deviantart.com/galler… (added irregularly), spend some time with the fun stuff koobismo.deviantart.com/galler… - be sure to feel at home, comment and share all your thoughts. And if you're reeaaally bored, you can take a look at some of my nonsensical scraps as well: koobismo.deviantart.com/galler…

If you like this little initiative, you can help me out a bit by spreading these comics around - each retweet, each facebook post, each forum mention matters. Oh, and be sure to follow me on twitter twitter.com/koobismo - the place where I spill the beans and announce important stuff that no one but me cares about.

Direct e-mail contact? Here you go: koobismo@koobismo.com - but keep in mind that from time to time some e-mails are lost in the chaos of space-time continuum. You can befriend me at Steam, here: steamcommunity.com/id/koobismo - oh, and my Origin account name is "koobismo" (how original).

Oh, and I'm totally available for hire and/or commissions.

Welcome to the line, Commander.

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DigiScal Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for :+fav: :)
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SogaBan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Hello Koobs! Hope this message finds you in sound health and high spirit...

The reason I am dropping the message is, well difficult to put in a single sentence. Nevertheless, I'll try.

All along the trilogy the Lovecraftian awe-ness of the Reapers was nowhere to be seen after the ending of Mass Effect 1. And by now, everyone is aware what the original author (i.e. Drew Karpyshyn) had in mind to pull off the storyline (dark matter and all) - I wish if you can kindly highlight what have you in store for us (as long as the Reapers and their origin and objectives are concerned) in MS series.

Further, I have read too many fan-fictions at this point just to find out if someone has any completely different interpretation of the Reapers (which may make me feel I am living the Call of Cthulhu, once again). Unfortunately, I was disappointed. In almost all of the fictions and/or fan-arts, the Reapers are shown to be mundane synthetic/robot and that their destruction was too comfortably executed at best - I hope you got what I am trying to mean here (I have no disrespect towards the author/artists), but the feeling, which we had experienced after conversing with Sovereign, was completely missing after that point onwards.

However, there is this one fine folk, who goes by the name bboynexus (on Bioware forum) and mimiaz98 (on Steam) who wrote a nice treatise (www.mediafire.com/view/?np2g6t…) and his take on the Reapers is something quite intriguing and interesting.

Do you have any suggestions for me, please?
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koobismo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
SogaBannnn! Sorry for the late reply (to which one might get used by now :D), I wanted to have a bit of free time before reading up on the treatise you linked, and kept pushing it further and further as immediate stuff kept piling on.

I've read it just now, finally, and am glad to say it was time well spent - although most of these theories have been circulating across BSN prior to ME3 (where I was lurking for a long time), and I did spent quite some time discussing the connections of the Thorian to the Reapers with a bunch of friends, it was still a great refresher on some potent ideas that, in the end, came slightly "underbaked" or ignored in ME3.

Anyhoo, the clue of what I'm trying to say is that I do have a bit of a good message for ya' (or so I think) - although I won't spoil too much (and thus won't be revealing the plans here - even though just a handful of original readers are still with us, I do consider just laying out the scenario in a comment to be the wrong course of action :D), much of what was written in the treatise (not all, mind you, but much) has been a basis I worked on when developing my own Reaper Origins, which - this might make you happy - take a lot from Drew Karpyshyn's original "Dark Energy" ending (while skipping on certain problematic sections and changing them up in some ways to make it work with what was revealed throughout ME3 and MS). Bringing a bit of lovecraftian cosmicism - and the mystery that's an important part of it - into the Reapers is a must for myself (Lovecraft is one of my favorite authors and I consider Sovereign's speech from ME1 THE ultimate interaction with any Reaper throughout the ME trilogy), though there are of course certain constraints coming off the rules I've adapted (everything that happened - and cannot be reinterpreted - prior to the ME3 finale, happened in MS as well)...

All in all, I cannot guarantee you won't be dissapointed - I'm sure many people were with certain areas I've taken MS into (and even more with its pace ;)), but I am definitely in agreement with the point that the simplification of the Reapers that occured in ME3 ("oh, we're just space roombas cleaning up, making sure you kids behave by killing one of you") was a terrible direction to take them into.
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SogaBan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Hear Me!
Since your reply, I am keeping my fingers crossed...

Do you have a separate mindset as long as TIM's fate is concerned? Or you have taken his suicide (at the finale) to be cannon?
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rheia2 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
I just love your marauder shields!
thanks for that series!
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Glad to be delivering it. :D Thank you for reading and commenting! :)
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LadyIlona1984 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome to Mass-Effect-Ladies! :handshake:
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koobismo Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
Thanks. :D
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Stoormtroopa Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!
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koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Thank you!
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