Following the Family Business

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..

Happy May!

How’s May going for all of you! Good? Excellent!

I’m finished with the first episode, (and the second, to be honest) but I’m fine-tuning it. It needs to read better, it’s a bit slow at the moment. But in case I get hit by a bus I’ll make sure to dictate in my will that somebody posts what I’ve got in its entirety, there will be at least 60 minutes of something to read.

Hope you’re all excited about that.

Oh the Gears, they are a-changin…

Hey every nobody! You remember the tons of video games I cranked out using this blog? Neither do I!

Well, I somehow still passed all relevant classes. And this quarter, I’m doing television writing. So I’m writing a miniseries. About Darwin’s Soldiers. (well, to be honest I’m writing two versions; one that excises all Darwin’s Soldiers aspects and will be used for actual jobgetting, and a version that I actually want to write.)

Seem confusing? Wait till you read the miniseries! It’s got time travel!

And you’ll probably be reading it once a week; my goal is to get an episode out once a week. It’ll take place after the events in the role-plays, and star the offspring of several main characters. They’ll have their own little odyssey to go through, which is tied to yet separate from that of their parents.

Expect the pilot to be posted in the next few days.

A Prerequisite qualifier

Since I’ve now linked to the Darwin’s Soldiers Wiki, some of you may actually click said link and follow through to its contents. Perhaps you may then proceed to read some of the stories I have written in this universe, and notice that they contain anthropomorphic animals. I feel the need to qualify.

I am not a ‘furry’, I joined the original Darwin’s Soldiers role-play as a 17-year old science fiction fan new to the internet, who read the premise about “scientists in a base attacked by terrorists are forced to fight for their lives” and thought this sounded awesome. My only character I’ve played for six years, Dr. Rudyard Shelton, is human, and most of my other characters either do not have their species specified or get a species mention in only the most ancillary of fashion (for example: “Paul, a rabbit, proceeds to do only human things with hand and fingers and never mention his species again for the duration of his appearances in the role-play”). This is because my attention is on the character’s personalities and actions, and just like I couldn’t care less about the color of their skin, I likewise put little stock into species.

The whole thing is a bit of a self-inflicted sore point for me; why did I put so much effort into a furry role-play if I myself do not care about furries? I don’t know. You’ll have to ask my 17-year old self. But I have, and my only real course of action is to ignore that aspect of Darwin’s Soldiers in my games. Characters who appear on screen will be human, and scenarios will be picked that minimize the plot holes that this could crop up (When I get to RPG Maker, for example, I plan to set it on Gaman, a planet I designed to be explicitly human-only.) In its current incarnation, there will only be five characters in this AGS game, and I find it believable that 5 AI could somehow all choose to have human monikers.

I’m sure that if anyone ever digs into Darwin’s Soldiers, I will have to field this question again, but I suppose it doesn’t hurt to address it on my own terms before the time comes.