A long-ass fucking time ago I saved all the Darwin’s Soldiers content for safekeeping, but I didn’t do Disruptive Selection because it was too large and I didn’t know how to get it off the site. Well I finally went ahead and asked for help and this dude on reddit has me covered. Using his program I can effortlessly save copies of any GoF roleplay for posterity, and so I’m now doing so for Into the Black, the other franchise I’ve invested considerable hours writing content for.
into-the-black, racing-the-storm, around-the-folf, blanking-the-slate-unfinished-2-16-2017, scorched-earth
Also here’s a link to Dead End Job, another Serris story that he’s never going to finish.
All problems fixed! Ultimately I decided to stick with the Darwin’s Soldiers plot. Even if it turns out the Unity version is more of a demo than anything else, it’s better than having a hamfisted plot I don’t care about.
Speaking of which, today and tomorrow I’ve been putting together the story, and it should be done by tomorrow. I’ve got the roadmap laid out, and to prevent any possible hype from building here it is:
So you gotta divide your game into stages, and each stage need to lead to another stage. In the Twine edition of this game, more plot will happen after you escape the first room, aka you can go find the cure and turn on the bridge. But we’re making progress! 😀
As these holiday greetings grow ever further from the actual day it happened, I thought I’d just jump in and do some archiving. Truth be told I got scared when The Catacombs, the greatest Team Fortress Classic forum on the internet, got deleted and its data sold to some anonymous ad mining company. What if that were to happen to the majority of the Darwin’s Soldiers stories on the web? Well, to belay that tragedy I’ve uploaded every original document containing stories, role-plays, and other people’s stories I saved for further reading. Just go check out all these attached documents if you so fancy.
Ship of State · Darwin’s Soldiers v.2 in full · Card of Ten · pavlov’s checkmate · nietzsche’s soldiers · nietzsche’s soldiers 3; super men · Nietzsche’s Soldiers 2 · Darwin’s Soldiers (complete) · darwin’s soldiers;Zero hour · Darwin’s Soldiers;Schroedinger’s Prisoners · darwin’s soldiers;aftermath · darwin’s soldiers; fools gold · Darwin’s Soldiers; Gamer · Geneses · darwin’s soldiers; ground one darwin’s soldiers; new divide Darwin’s Soldiers; Survival of the Fittest, darwins-soldiers-disruptive-selection · the Disease · Next of Kin
Note that I didn’t go through these with a fine-toothed comb; they’re full of typos and things I changed later, so they aren’t exactly correct. The ones currently readable on the Gang of Five are better, cleaner and considered the canonical versions of what went down. But in case those ever go down, we’ll always have these. And if you’re absolutely insane you could even glean a bit of whatever creative processes I went through in writing them, they’ve still got notes and everything wherever those go.
The only documents currently missing are Kinsey’s Mimic (because Serris is still writing it) and Disruptive Selection, because it’s so %$#@%^&%#@ing long. Some day in the future I’ll go ahead and finish archiving that doorstopper, at the moment my younger self reached Aimee receiving a phone call in a Platanna hotel, and I’m not even sure where that took place in the thread.
Update 2/16/2017: I finally did it! Some guy on reddit made a thing for me that let me download Disruptive Selection in all twelve-hundred pages of its glory! Learn more on the blogpost from that day.
Update 4/17/2019: Since this is the only blog post whose name I ever remember when looking for these old copies, gonna keep archive copies of the Into the Black RPs and The Approaching Light here. Most of these RPs are incomplete, since the franchise hasn’t had nearly as consistent a history as Darwin’s Soldiers, but it’s better than nothing if the GoF ever goes down permanently.
Scorched Earth · Into the Black · Racing the Storm (epilogue) · After the Storm · Around the Folf · Blanking the Slate (epilogue)
Dashed this out in a few days, a full-length story starring ROSS that takes place between his debut in Disruptive Selection and his first message to Shelton in the fishing town.
In case you have to guess, this was originally going to be a video game but ultimately I decided to write it in story form to take a break from all the quests I’ve been writing for Legends of Equestria.
Now announcing a new Darwin’s Soldiers work that isn’t mine! “Following the Family Business” is a new story that will be uploaded by nick22 sometime in the future on the Gang of Five. He’s permitted me to leak a teaser trailer of the upcoming story:
The morning sun broke into the windows as Micah sat at the table. the eldest of the three Landon kids, Micah was, like his father, geared towards the medical profession, although he dealt with cancers, rather than internal injuries like his father. He looked at the morning paper as his younger sister Zya, who was the youngest of the three came in. Zya was a stellar athlete and had excelled in basketball at school. “morning sis’ Micah said. Morning Micah’ Zya said’ mom and dad at work again huh. Donald, his younger brother, soon entered from upstairs. All 3 had their mother’s dark hair and dark skin color, Donald and Micah were tall, like their father. Donald had played football in high school, and was playing it in college as well. . A note left on the fridge was a reminder from their mother Zyanya that they had to go over to Aishas to watch her three kids-,Susie Puxx and Aidan, who were the kids of Aisha with her lesbian lovers Roux and Nixx, who once was a rival to their mother. Puxx took more after his mother Roux with the vulpine fur, and magical abilities while Aidan and Susie looked like normal humans- on the outside. The kids were still quite young, as nixx , Aisha and Roux had only had them within the last 5 years. ‘ so when do we have to leave for Aishas? Donald asked as he poured a bowl of ‘ Secret Plots’ cereal, which included ‘ glowing alien’ marshmallows and ‘ secret file’ pieces. ‘ I can’t believe you actually like that garbage’ Zya said as she looked at the box ‘ its basically sugar drenched on top of sugar, and sugar tossed in for good measure.’ Donad ignored her as Micah answered the question. We have to be over there by nine, bro, which means we have to leave in 15 minutes if we want to get there on time. And zya, I saw you sneak a bag of brownios’ Micah said. ’so don’t go picking on Donald.. that’s my job, I’m the oldest after all. ‘ By two whole years.’ Yeah I know. ‘ Zya rolled her eyes. Micah was 21, Donald 19 and Zya 17. The three got along well enough, for their parents quickly put a stop to any serious squabble. ‘zyanya opened the door to the house and headed inside ‘ everyone up and eating? good. I need to drive you over there so I have time to go get my nails done and then get your father at the clinic.. aisha is paying the three of you very nicely. 50 an hour, each is a lot of money.. you should thank her if you see her.
– Sure thing mom ‘ Micah said as he pulled a couple pop-tarts out of the toaster.’ One question I have mom. If Aisha is a lesbian, how can she have a son?” Zya asked. ‘ well dear, advances in genetics can take any of piece of dna- such as hair= and it can be converted and usable in making biological kids. And then of course, roux has magical abilities as well, so she can do things with magic that don’t happen naturally. Of course, I don’t want to hear about any disparaging remarks about Aisha, Roux, Nixx or the kids. Do I make myself clear?’ mom, you fought against Nixx fir many many years. You two hated each other..” zya began but Zyanya cut her off. ‘ well that was then, this is now. We have become real good friends since your father married me and Nixx married Aisha and Roux. Now enough questions. We need to get moving. Donald finish your cereal and lets go. The cars is idling waiting for us to get in..
A lot of video game ideas have rolled down the ole hickory trunk on this blog, and to date none have reached the illustrious perch of completion. (All my attempts at written-word projects have though!) Every serious video game attempt has reached chronicling on this blog somewhere, however, except one. So I thought I’d acknowledge its existence so it didn’t feel left out.
Reaching both genesis and cancellation shortly after the AGS project, Seska Donitz was going to be a project starring the titular character, a daughter of (believe it or not) Werner Donitz and Seska on Gaman’s moon. Taking place like 50 years or so after the events of Ship of State, it would follow her life on the merged colony of Verner as she attempts to recover the pieces of the Einstein-Rosen bridge and open it to Earth. Sounded RPG-ey enough, and I was trying out RPG Maker so it seemed a fair starting point. Unfortunately, I got as far as the character creator and got fed up with the incredibly low levels of customization. You could barely adjust anything, at least from what I could tell, and I didn’t even see a way to upload custom sprites. So it never got beyond trying to create the titular character, who also looked nothing like I imagined her.
Pictured: Literally the complete output of my attempts to make a game in RPG Maker.
Now the only thing I loved about this project was the story. It’s got a great story behind it, and while nobody else liked the Gaman series, I’ve always wanted to jump back in and give it something that felt like an ending. If I ever revive this project, though, it will most assuredly happen in Multimedia Fusion 2, since I recently learned about ctrl-K which lets you add layers (for example, a HUD) which can operate independently of the camera. So this one may see a revival some day. You never know.
Here we go, finally! I’ve had a bit of a busy life recently, but I’ve finally finished the project that’s taken oh so long. All six episodes of Chasing Seconds are completed and, in the spirit of the Netflix system which made Arrested Development and House of Cards so enjoyable, I’m releasing all six of them at the same time. Download them now, only on darwinssoldiers.com!
Episode 1 – Pilot
Episode 2 – Breaking Up
Episode 3 – Under-Covered
Episode 4 – The Man Who Was An Island
Episode 5 – Signs of the Father
Episode 6 – The Meaning of Love
Origins – I originally wrote a flashback to each of the main character’s childhoods, intending to make each one an intro to a middle episode. However, they didn’t integrate into the episode plots very well, so in the end only Junior’s made the cut. However I liked the insights they brought into the protagonists’ upbringing, so here they are as a bit of a bonus.
Now just because I’ve finished my first big project, doesn’t mean I’m done with this blog. I’ve got another project I’ve been toying with, wildly different from anything I’ve done before. Here‘s a sneak peek 🙂
See you all soon with more updates!