This has been a wild, wild week for me. Never before have I juggled so many things at one time, between work, private life and the stuff I will write about in a second. First things first, let me get the single most anticipated question out of the way, so as not to keep you in further suspense - the next episode of "Marauder Shields" will be up on Wednesday, 16th of May, which basically means that I am skipping a single episode this week. Believe me, the decision didn't come easy, but it was either that or turning in a half-done, cut-up episode, which wouldn't do Zaeed any justice, nor would it present Emily Wong's legacy in the light it deserves. But let's not get even further into spoilerish territory right now.
For the past week I've been busy like a bee, flying around frantically, organizing bits of stuff I know extremely well and large pockets of stuff I've never even touched before... But knowing that it will be worth it in the end. Allow me to wear my Renegade face for the rest of this journal entry, sprinkled with a bit of over-the-topness, as the Paragon shades I usually wear wouldn't allow me to express what I want to express...
First of all, I am no longer alone. I am now surrounded with the brightest, the toughest, the deadliest allies I could find. The team is strong, their resolve unquestionable and I am damn proud to be able to call them my crew. Our goal is to develop one of the... Y'know what, screw soft talk, I'm clicking the renegade interrupt: We ARE going to develop THE most complete, satisfying and professional fan fiction ever seen by man, definitely transcending not only the meaning of "fan fiction", but also its own medium. My comic series will remain the same written and developed by me alone but from now on I will be creating it with the backup of a whole squad of awesome people... And this story won't just be about comics anymore.
You see, we are assembling a full voiceover cast. Yup, you read that correctly. Full. Voiceover. Cast. Which means that each and every of the episodes you've already read and each and every of the episodes that are still coming will be transformed at one point into an audio file as well, with the final product being a complete, single audiobook, filled with lore corrections, action and codex entries. And when I say "full voice over"? I mean it. From Wrex to Miranda, from Tali to Garrus, from Bailey to Liara, from The Illusive Man to Adam Solheim, you will hear them talk, whisper, shout, scream, cry, live and die, and you will believe in what you'll be hearing. We will deliver... Oh, and those few characters I've just listed?
Already cast and sounding GODDAMN UNBELIEVABLE.
And the best thing about it all? You can grab your rifle, check your amps and be a part of it as well. We are recruiting additional voice talent, webdesigners, artists, musicians, composers, After Effects specialists, multimedia people... We want to push forward, look for new mediums and make this little story into the truly alternative ending that Mass Effect deserves (some may enjoy it, others may want to stick to the original canon - but the alternative will be there if you want to reach for it). Some things are still in the idea workshop, but let me just say that words like "motion" and "interactive" are being tossed around in increasing frequency.
Even if you're not able to help us out in one of the fields mentioned above, you can still play an important role. Share the links, gather new readers, follow me on twitter www.twitter.com/koobismo
and retweet whenever you can. For the first time since this series was conceived, support is not just welcome, it's needed. Let the gaming world know that Mass Effect fans "unproductive whiners" for some (hi there, certain IGN writer
) heard that they have to cope with their beloved series ending like it did whether they liked it or not... And then dismissed the flying frack out of that claim.
I hope you'll stick around. I hope you'll feel about this as I do now - because I can feel something tingling and if I wouldn't go further with all of this, it would just eat me up inside.
Please welcome JeffDaniel, AdoreeLyssa, Bombeletta, Calavera, StephanosRex, Nat the Loftarse, Nokyo-chan, Anaxilea, Ms Wendy, Kaneda, Darren, Infinite Power, DXOFTX, Krystaj and Omahdon. These are my Awesomists. This is my Normandy.
And to play me out, while I finally go to rest my gingerish head upon a pillow after a frantic 27-hour day...
"Normandy" by the brilliant Miracle of Sound: www.escapistmagazine.com/video…
"We've been breaking ground
We fought for the weak and the lost
They won't break us down
We'll hold the line, whatever the cost"
P.S. These were mashed up pretty quickly, so they're not exactly of the highest quality, but... Here, celebrate with a "Marauder Shields" wallpaper. www.koobismo.com/wallpapers/ma…
P.S.2. Send all demos and offers of help to firstname.lastname@example.org - we'll be waiting... but don't take too long, as things are seriously in motion.
P.S.3. In case anyone has any idiotic doubts: I remain a true and true Mass Effect and BioWare fan... I just want my Mass Effect experience to end on a different note.
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