Being Rubbish

Been rubbish this past few days after a good start, just slipped on everything. Well back to it today, should knock out a good number of words. Bad Matt.

Also going to learn docker – I mean may as well.

Internet

Internet came back up on Wednesday… Nothing more to add.

BT & Network Rail

Quick note, still no internet at home. Wonderful.

And I’m running low on viewing material at home, it’s getting dangerous.

QQ

And of course

As soon as I start to get well behaved and what not, what happens?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/21/hapless_network_rail_kos_broadband_in_uxbridge/

Network rail find new and wonderful ways to mess up my day, and well in this particular case near on a week, ruining a solid RPG session, maybe two – we’ll see when my internet returns and killing my enthusiasm for most things.

It gets worse of course because it seems my mobile company have less signal than Allepo telecom. Bastards.

On the other hand, first 4 characters for the new Aki-P AKB idol project thing have been released. Happy days.

First 4 of 8 Character Designs for Yasushi Akimoto-Produced Digital Idol Project Revealed!

Let it begin

Today I started my writing, so the plan is 500 words a day of practice writing using random prompts from the seventh sanctum prompt generator, it’s kind of okay.

I’ve also set up a couple of plans over at pacemaker,  a word count keeping site I stumbled across.

I’m also giving a new piece of software a quick run, it’s a piece of Zenware from some random on the internet sort called WriteMonkey I’ll see if I like it over the next few days.

This is of course all kick starting my nanowrimo campaign, I’m “planning” on a cyberpunk style thing at the moment but I may change my mind at the last minute you never know.

Behaving myself is going well even if my family insists on trying to wreck my zen, they shall not succeed. Well they may. Whatever.

Woosh – time to watch some junk and catch some Zzzzzz.

Friday – Saw Band Maid

Saw Band Maid at the Underworld the other day, they were quite excellent far far better than I’d expected. On the other hand Camden is a fucking hole, so many rich kids being scene, casuals going to look at the goofy scene kids and tourists. The only refreshing thing were the drug dealers over the canal. There’s even an urban outfitters now.

I mean they were so good if there’d been a plane to Poland that second I’d of been there lol. Suppose I could go to Germany today? Nah. My everything hurts, my neck is rather out of practice.

Man they slayed. Also excellent places, stood on the balcony bit infront of the second bar, no annoying phones in my way, no manly wall of sausage pressing against my flabby torso.

All in all that was good.

Paladins patch came out, played a lot. End of story.

Haven’t gotten around to writing anything yet but shall do.

No self education, so that’s another naught.

However there’s a lot of hours left in today so maybe I’ll give some things a shot. Some writing, game dev and learning? What shall we learn… hmmm

Anime

Show By Rock 2 is good fun

 

WWW.Working, isn’t great, the new characters are meh.

Gundam Orphans is of course still excellent (I know, Gundam kicking Macross into the dirt then taking a piss on it. Sad days)

If you’ve (imaginary me looking at this in many years time) not watched it or not watched it for a while do so, it’s hands down the best thing ever made in the Gundam universe.

Oh table tennis playing girls anime is good fun, it’s basically Saki with table tennis. Couldn’t find the op… here’s the song instead. Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume.

Ahh Endless Space 2 – the game is completely different from 1. It’s going to take quite a lot of getting used too, however the interface is beautiful.

Right, time to have a bath.

I Have Returned

This is the return of Me, it’s been quite some time but I’ve decided it’s time to stop being a bum and become slightly less of a bum. This means, giving up the drink and the late nights as well as waking up nice and early and getting to work before I used to even be awake.

Honestly I used to crawl out of bed around ten past eight in the morning and now I’m at work by twenty to eight. Wild times.

So we shall be returning back to normal, anime, music, roleplaying and games. Also writing, nanowrimo is next month and it’s time I get back on it.

So two things, it’s a new anime season – more on that later and I’ve discovered “NewRetroWave” which I’m describing to anyone who’ll listen as “1980s synth movie soundtracks but made now and whole albums worth of the stuff”

You can bet that this stuff is going to be my soundtrack for pretty much everything for a rather long time.

Next I’ve picked up Paladins which is a moba/fps with fps/moba elements. It’s grand fun, fully recommend it, we just need one more player so we don’t need to pug with normal people anymore as normal people suck.

Since last time I’ve got very much into watching StarCraft 2, great game.

And I’ve got a D&D campaign going with some chummers over at roll20.net.

 

Sadness and Joy

(quick edit)

So, in mid December I was due to fly to Japan for my holiday, at the same time a close friend of mine who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer was placed in a hospice and shortly after passed away. Personally it had quite the impact though I’m by no means the most affected and I’m some what accustomed to this kind of thing. It seemed particularly unfair though as he hadn’t done a number of things he really wanted to do such as visit Japan and see the idol groups he enjoyed or experience the barmyness of maid cafe’s in their natural habitat. So that was more or less the setting for my visit, a certain level of melancholy at loss and obvious excitement of visiting the city I enjoy the most. Also knowing I was going to miss my friends funeral was eating at me.

So Japan, all my plans more or less went down the toilet rather quickly, not that I minded I didn’t really have any plans anyway. The hotel was fine, though it was too hot and sleeping was a pain in the arse, I can’t really remember what I did that first day, did I just go straight to Akihabara and hit the maid cafes? Probably. But I can’t quite recall.

Anyway first couple of days I hit up random maid bars and revisited LittlePSX, I like LittlePSX but I think it’s a better place to visit with friends, the maids are often busy with regulars or playing darts. I also visited an odd samurai style cafe, a Chinese vampire bar where I met a nice French guy that worked as a graphics designer, a place called O Cha Cha Cha which was wonderfully fun and their uniforms were lovely, a conversational maid bar where the adorable maid used all her powers to muster her English teaching – she did very well! Now a number of these places all operate together and I’d found them because there was a nice alcove where you could smoke in one of the buildings in the main stretch of backstreets (you can find it by heading up the main street and crossing the main road at the crossing in the middle, then going right into the back streets, it’ll be on the left in the second block) now this place ended up becoming my “home away from home” but not immediatly.

 

Chika

The cutest vampire

Things kind of fell into place on the second or third day of meandering (cleaners came to do the room around eleven so I’d normally escape by then and watch all the people setting up the stores in Akihabara, funny stuff to watch to be honest.) So I get nabbed going into Pinky Cafe by one of the maids stood outside waiting for customers, they have an English menu and everything – though it doesn’t have a number of important things on it like the live request info. Anyway nice place, the maid Minami was cute and all was good, I can’t remember if it was Chi or Pinori who was there as well but whatever. I’d been looking for this place called Yaenmeikyo and this time around didn’t notice but it was on the next floor down – doh, it wasn’t until I ran into a bunch of Yanks at the Rose and Crown (this place became a fall back location – a: I could get a internet connection to softbank and b: I could get a pint + c: it was cheap.) I’m a simple date really.

Anyway back to the yanks. So we got to chatting and they weren’t complete dicks, let’s face it that’s the most we can ask for in other human beings, so they wanted to go to a maid cafe and so I took them to pinky cafe, there was singing and it was a birthday and the maids were adorable – this may have been the first day Chii was in… probably was. Anyway they go and I spot Yaen – I seem to think I went there quite late but it was probably around 7 but maybe that was another day… anyway I find Yaen this may have been the day before but who cares it was a month ago. I go in they explain the system (sit at the counter, costs blah amount per hour get at least one drink an hour… Cool, that’s the kind of system I’m down with and fucking hell I’m British and you only sell half pints for the price of a small moon orbiting a gas giant.) Now I sit at the counter, people are talkative and the atmosphere is both divey and lively, these are things I look for in an establishment, the wheels were in motion for my wallet to get sucked dry. Now  then, after the first couple of people clear too chaps come and sit with me, Jun and Taka, these guys were fucking awesome and cermented the fact that I’d probably be here a lot. The err Vampires in on the first day were Noa kun, Nat kun and Chaki chan. Noa-kun gives of this all in charge boss type character. Chaki is an adorable odd ball who loves sponge bob square pants and having a whistle that sounds like a steam engine is perfectly suitable. Nat Kun is a boyish character that drinks beer and is genuinely amusing (Nat chan is quite adorable.) I should mention that Yaen was a new thing for me, while LittlePSX was all about darts and drinking so I was used to the late night alcholism it was still that kind of classic idea of a maid kisa. Yaen however you can buy drinks for the Vampires/maids, interesting. Also a heavy push on selling bottles of sparkling white and Dom Peri, again interesting, I didn’t quite feel the need to go that far at that very moment but it seemed something relevant to remember. Anyway the first night passed on without incident. The second night not so much, but by gones be by gones (no I didn’t get ridiculously drunk and throw up on one of the girls.) This may have been the first day I encountered both Ren and Chika, Ren being completely wasted and kicking down toilet doors. Chika generally trying to keep her under control. This place amused me a lot.

The following days ended up with me completly falling for the adorable Chika-chan, she’d get mad if she ever translated this as she’s quite bashful/shy but translation is unlikely, she is adorably cute, ideal hight, build, hair, eyes, nose, ears and smile. Plus she’s kind, patient, emotive and smart. Ah I forgot, she also has a wonderful voice, and it was a joy listening to her singing away to anisong and she was remarkable when she did Heavy Rotation at the countdown. Gah. Nothing sillier then getting a crush on a maid. The days roll on and I have a lot of pictures of Chika-chan, I met some more vampires (Yui chan, Sakarako, think I also met Ame san in this time until Christmas.) On the 24th I had readied my wallet to purchase a Don Peri for Chika she insisted we wait till midnight for her birthday – which of course I did. At this point I was smitten, such is life. Anyway I’d met lots more people by then Zacky, Shu, Jack, Tama, the crazy guy that ripped his brother t-shirt, and all sorts of other people.

The following days more or less followed the same process, get up, go to Akihabara, hit maid bars, then go to Yaen around when Chika was starting, I did go late one Sunday as I’d went to see Alice Project (an awesome experience I would strongly recommend anyone doing), and she was pretty annoyed lol (we have to remember much of this is probably character but it’s charming none the less)  I also met Pyonko who was quite adorable and very demanding as a character. Also met one of the people from Makoto up stairs, she was crazy and came down to Yaen to relax post work. Good fun, can’t remember her name though  – I’m awful with English names come on I only have limited memory space.

On the 25th I went for Christmas dinner in Roppongi at the Pink Cow, it was a nice meal, but fucking hell I hate Roppongi. Seems there are some interesting people that go to certain meet ups that would be useful contact material for networking, but really – I hate Roppongi. I also wanted to get a countdown ticket at Yaen – really fucking bad, and it was still Chika’s birthday celebration so I bailed on the dinner at the earliest moment possible and rushed over to Akihabara – batteries rapidly replenished. I picked up my Countdown ticket and bought lots more drinks lol.

On the day of the Countdown I ventured else where to buy a present for Chika, a pretty necklace, I thought it suited her. Anyway, gave it to her that evening and she seemed pretty happy with it. We ended up drinking all the cafe pari, so I was left with an excess of change, which I promptly spent on 22 chekis of Chika lol. Jun and Taka went to the convini and returned with a present for me, a folder to keep my chekis in lol. Also they took me to Sushi and the shrine after we’d left – saddly we missed the vampires lol. That probably had something to do with looking for Zacky who’d passed out in a restaurant.

At some point before that I met Melon-tan who had recently returned from Europe and spoke good English, she had this misconception that I was flash with cash – not the case not the case at all T_T not a rich man…

I’ll just fast forward to the supposed last day (as you can imagine all the intervening days were drinking with Chika and killing time at other maid venues and seeing Alice Project), we had a leaving party at Yaen, took group photos, there was an hour or so where I just got to drink with Chika before everyone else arrived. I handed out farewell letters for the Yaen cast, Chika and the people that had made me feel at home. It was a pretty wild night, and I think it set me back 100,000 yen. lol.

Then it was home time, and I missed my plane and my visit was extended a couple of days lol. It was like a long hangover lol. Chika wasn’t working so I couldn’t really get into the vibe and the bank had put a temporary hold on my debit card and nowhere in Japan takes western credit, well my credit anyway.

So that was that, I came home with a burning desire to study Japanese, a much longer twitter follower list, and a nagging fear that Chika will graduate before I get back to Japan lol.

Oh well. Onwards to adventure!

Lots of other bits and pieces happend, I met an interesting guy who runs a company out there, there was Malfroi and his crazy drinking and sushi visit. All sorts

 

A quick review of maid locales

LittlePSX – still a great place to kill time, the prices when compared to later entries are low and you can play the odd game of darts. Though the uniform is a bit frumpy lol.

Maid Cuteness – 3/5

Uniform – 2/5

Drinks – 4/5

Food – 4/5

Overall – 3/5

Mononopu – Pricey set menus, cute maids, I went there when it was proper cold.

Maid Cuteness – 4/5

Uniform – 3/5

Drinks – ? dunno was on a set menu

Food – 3/5 normal stuff

Overall – 3/5

O Cha Cha Cha – Again cute maids, talkative, part of the same group as Makoto, Yaen, Nyaro and, Pinky.

Maid Cuteness – 4/5

Uniform – 4/5

Drinks – 3/5

Food – 4/5 – good maid food, entertaining bentos.

Overall – 4/5

Makoto – A samurai place where all the Girls are dressed as guys. Loud and good fun but not my scene. Open till 5 most nights. Props to Sensei!

Samurai Cuteness – Hard to gauge – a good place for girls to go I think.

Uniform – 3/5

Drinks – 4/5 (I think you get good sized beers)

Food – 4/5 – good maid food, entertaining bentos.

Overall – 3/5 (unless the boy girl boy thing is your thing then likely 4/5)

Pinky – A live themed bar, the maids are adorable, if you go say hi to Ren and Pyonko for me lol.

Maid cuteness – 5/5

Uniform – 4/5

Drinks – 4/5 (I’ll let you in on a secret, the bottles are cheaper here then else where in the building.)

Food – 3/5 Nice maid fair.)

Overall – 5/5

Yaenmeikyu – A wonderful place, open till 5 most nights, home to the cutest vampire lol.

Vampire cuteness – 5/5

Uniform – 5/5

Drinks – 3/5 (expensive – best like tequila and champaign)

Food – 4/5 (The maids cook the food on a little stove, it’s terrifying late at night, you can also get udon from Makoto)

Overall – 5/5

RPGMaker VX Ace

So, like a number of people I’ve picked up RPGMaker VX Ace on steam, it’s only right given I’ve pirated it a half dozen times in the past. Anyway, I need to keep track of useful things so this is where they’ll be for now.

So Resources

One thing I’ve noticed – anything from Granny is probably worth a look.

Tutorials

http://www.rpgmakervxace.net/forum/21-tutorials/

Scripts

RMVXA

Sprites

http://www.rpgmakervxace.net/topic/7482-mecha-sprites/

Software
http://www.rpgmakervx.net/lofiversion/index.php/t54488.html – face set maker

General
http://www.rpgmakervxace.net/
http://www.rpgmakervx.net/lofiversion/index.php/t57184.html
http://eurs.blog65.fc2.com/blog-category-13.html
http://www.geocities.jp/chierin4649/tkoolsozai.html
http://vxresource.wordpress.com/category/resources/
http://www.k3.dion.ne.jp/~gurensyo/guren/RPG/sozai/framepage7.htm (scifi stuff)
http://www.rpgmakervx.net/index.php?showtopic=57118 (modern – japan )
http://www.rpgmakervx.net/index.php?showtopic=54606 (modern & scifi )

Facesets
http://www.rpgmakervx.net/lofiversion/index.php/t56682.html

Tilesets
http://forums.rpgmakerweb.com/index.php?/topic/65-steampunk-tiles/
http://crankeye.com/resources/cache/RPG%20Maker%20VX/VX%20Tilesets/steampunkishtilec_750.png
http://www.mundorpgmaker.com/forum/index.php?topic=22879.0
http://www4.atpages.jp/kururumilk/vx.html
http://www.rpgmakervx.net/index.php?showtopic=22295 (modern and futuristic from Grandma)
http://crankeye.com/resources/RPG%20Maker%20VX/VX%20Tilesets/
http://www.geocities.jp/dmdottostore/tckool/framepage.html  (futuristic tiles in here)

Gaming

Star Trek,

So after an aborted attempt to start a Star Trek RPG set in the post reboot world I rebooted the reboot campaign, but it has become somewhat obvious that our glorious leader isn't cut out to command the USS Illyad and we'll be hunting for a new captain in the next episode. I'm sure we'll find someone suitable, and Captain Butcher will find himself having a fine new position in an office somewhere back on Earth.

 

Hard Nova,

I have a new lease of life for this campaign planned, having booted what was going on at the end of the last arc, Captain Shepherd and the blob monster have managed to lay the seeds of rebellion in the Westron Combine with the dominant corporation left having to fight a now well trained army and well armed using their Blue Sun allies. The enemy beyond the darkness of space has been slowed but should not be forgotten and the Earth Empress is looking to her agents to destabilize the old Empire as soon as possible.

 

Ingenium,

Another game that I need to reboot, it seems to have managed to get itself stuck beneath a wildfire of new ideas and I'd quite like to get this one running again. The players have many monsters to face and powerful items to recover so it's best that we get it all underway as soon as possible or else it'll get lost again.

 

Other Games,

Other games that are important at the moments are the Dune campaign that hasn't really gotten going yet and a horror game based around Cthulhu that I'm yet to get to grips with, I have a desire to put together a dark sci-fi game where the players are agents in a secret but official organisation tasked with preventing incursions into real space by other worldly horrors, probably under the auspice of the Royal Society for Occult Studies. However at the same time I'm still drawn to the classic style of a bunch of hapless individuals sucked into the alternate reality.

There is another set of game themes that interest me at the moment but implementation and execution have failed to materialise so they're sitting in a mental draw waiting for an opportunity.

 

The Problem,

One of the main issues I have at the moment is an awful lot of ideas but not very much in the way of opportunity, I think pehaps I should start looking for a more organized way of doing things, maybe make a calendar and have everyone put down what dates they're free for games?

Another thing I've been thinking of trying is gaming over a voip service, I'm not sure how it would go mind you but it seems to me that it should be functional. That could open up a lot more opportunities to play games and there fore reduce the problem of games getting lost over time, and more opportunity for others to ref things.

Anyway I'm going to play some nuclear dawn now and ponder on these issues.