Mass Effect ReferencesSome time ago, I created a tumblr account (which can be found here). I'm not sure if I will ever get around to posting anything in it (or figuring out how to use it), but if anyone wants to make requests there, feel free to do so.Mass Effect References3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Characters (Generic or nameless):
Asari Dancer - mature warning, sexual themeAsari head referenceBatarianC-Sec OfficerElcor
Echo SquadEcho Squad1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Among the Quarian Fleet Marine Forces the are special forces operatives. These Special Operations are grouped in to small squads to handle things that aren't all quite full upfront fight. Once such squad is Echo Squad. Unlike other squads such as Dagger and Shadow, the four man team Echo manages to find its way in and out of trouble repeatedly.
Dani'Breizh Vas Yaska
Dani'Breizh Vas Yaska is what you might call a hardened free spirit. During her pilgrimage Dani found herself working as a "courier", transporting materials and messages that just couldn't be sent the usual means. After her pilgrimage she went to work on one of the mining ships the fleet has. She had actually settled down and married, contemplating beginning a family but during a mining accident her husband was killed. That was about 7 years ago. After that she just wanted to unleashed that fury on
Facts About Garrus VakarianMy personal favourites are Penis Related....Just sharing, they're funny to me.Facts About Garrus Vakarian2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Anyway, please enjoy.
*C-Sec labels anyone attacking Garrus Vakarian as a Code 45-11.... a suicide.
*Garrus Vakarian just says "no" to drugs. If he said "yes", it would collapse Omega's infrastructure.
*Garrus Vakarian doesn't shower, he only takes blood baths.
*Scientists have estimated that the energy given off during the Big Bang is roughly equal to 1GVHs (Garrus Vakarian Headshot)
*Garrus Vakarian does not sleep. He waits.
*Garrus Vakarian counted to infinity - twice.
*If you can see Garrus Vakarian, he can see you. If you can't see Garrus Vakarian you may be only seconds away from death.
*When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night he checks his closet for Garrus Vakarian.
*In fine print on the last page of the Guinness Book of World Records it notes that all world records are held by Garrus Vakarian, and those listed in the book are simply the closest anyone else has ever gotten.
*Garrus Vakarian is c
yet another book list...a lot of people have been asking me toyet another book list...6 years ago in Personal More Like This
post a list of books that i'd recommend.
i guess a lot of people are stumped when
it comes to reading...? whatever the case,
i'm honored everyone who asked seems to think so
highly of my taste in this area. thanks guys!
the warrior heir series- cinda williams chima
percy jackson and the olympians- rick riordan
neverwhere- neil gaiman
unwind- neal shusterman
the two princesses of bamarre- gail carson levine
the raging quiet- sherryl jordan
hunger games- suzanne collins
the mortal instruments- cassandra clare
all-american girl- meg cabot
an abundance of katherines- john green
my other book list i posted a LONG time ago: http://burdge-bug.deviantart.com/journal/20398386/
(but still totally applies)
i totally just cleaned out my gallery of deviations i considered
better suited to be in my scraps or deleted. so, if you can't
find a drawing that used to be in my main gallerie
Rules of WritingGood, straightforward advice for all writers out there.Rules of Writing2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling
(Originally tweeted by Emma Coates, Pixar's Story Artist.)
You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.You gotta keep in mind what's interesting to you as an audience, not what's fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.Trying for theme is important, but you won't see what the story is actually about til you're at the end of it. Now rewrite.Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You'll feel like you're losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.Finish your story, let go even if it'
Mass Effect 3 - Happy Ending Mod...Mass Effect 3 - Happy Ending Mod2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Yet again the Mass Effect Fandom proved that it will not leave the ending in the state it was presented in the game. A certain (fan!) mod was created (and is right now in the testing phase) a Happy Ending Mod for ME3. We can destroy the Reapers, Shepard lives (EDI and Geth too) and most importantly of all we don't have to worry about the Star Child.
Instruction how to install it and the mod itself can be found here:
You can also check how the mod works here on youtube:
And a few pictures:
( source of images-> http://lady-blackfish.tumblr.com )
Mass Effect 4 is coming, Omega DLC is confirmedBefore we get into it, I'd like to preface this with the sad fact that both of Bioware's co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuck have retired from the company.Mass Effect 4 is coming, Omega DLC is confirmed2 years ago in Personal More Like This
On the marginally plus side, I won't have to be constantly double-checking my blogs to make sure I got their names right.
To read both of their personally written farewell letters, please go to here http://blog.bioware.com/2012/09/18/from-ray-muzyka/ for Ray's, and here http://blog.bioware.com/2012/09/18/from-greg-zeschuk/ for Greg's
For those of you who would like to pay their respects to the departing minds which have supporting Bioware through the years with their own thank yous and other supportive messages... do not go to the Bioware Social Network. Really, go anywhere but there. The Dragon Age forums are busy talking about Dragon Age 3 and discussing how terribly they are suffering, and the Mass Effect forums are busy talking about Mass Effect 4... and how terribly they are suffering.
Which leads me to the meat
Character Feature: Shyla ShepardThe seemingly indomitable Shyla Shepard has lived a harsh and tragic past. After losing her family at sixteen to a bloody Batarian pirate attack on an Alliance colony, the young fighter joined the Alliance military only to lose her entire squad in a deadly thresher maw attack. In the years since, these early scars have forged a new identity out of the shattered ruins of the child whose family died on Mindoir. Known for her “tough but fair” approach, Shepard’s fight against the geth incursion broke new grounds for humanity when she became the first human Spectre on the galactic Council’s elite forces. But recent rumors have put in question Shepard’s loyalty to the Alliance forces. Our investigator setup an exclusive interview to delve into the truth behind the legend.Character Feature: Shyla Shepard3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Was the destruction of the Normandy part of an elaborate undercover setup, or an encounter with an unk
The Mass Effect OC team Competition!Oh it is on like Donkey Kong! We have quite the large list of talented contenders already and are still looking for more!The Mass Effect OC team Competition!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The challenge? To create your own team of original Mass Effect characters and display them using a medium of your choice. You can draw them, make them using 3d models, write character dossiers or upload an interpretive dance with yourself acting out all your characters. First Captain Planet gave you the power, now I'M giving you the power to choose as you will how to display your kickass team!
The prize: 1000 DA POINTS!!!
The deadline: 31st of October 2013
- You cannot use characters from the games. They can be related but must otherwise have all original character stories
- Your characters must have names. Backstory to each would be nice but not compulsory
- One team per entry
- The minimum number of characters for a team is three. The maximum is seven million, twenty eight thousand and two.
- You must be prepared for the community to comment on you
Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut is Now AvailableSpoilers....Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut is Now Available3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The extended cut of Mass Effect 3 did more than just add a slideshow (although there actually was one at one point). BioWare has given players a new ending as well. Shepard can now tell the star child to go to hell and refuse to make a decision.
Here are all "4" endings, in case you don't want to waste your time playing the final 2 missions again.
Extended Cut Destroy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgYYYmzr7_A
Extended Cut Control: http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=m5J-QDTM8Zk
Extended Cut Synthesis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFzrRz6Dc0Y
Extended Cut Refusal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czKq9H0tSCo
Extended Cut Evacuation Scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v3n2jEnvQh4
Ten 1st World Problems caused by Mass Effect1- Irritated by Kelly/Samantha telling me that someone would like to talk to me on another deck even though I JUST CAME FROM THAT DECK.Ten 1st World Problems caused by Mass Effect2 years ago in Personal More Like This
2- Irritated that my FemShep runs like she has a sausage and eggs between her legs even though she's clearly a woman.
3- Annoyed that Shepard is carrying a gun in a cutscene that I didn't equip him with (where did he get it from??).
4- Irritated that the piece of armor that would give me great stats is just plain ugly and would ruin my outfit.
5- Irritated that wearing a helmet would increase my stats but I refuse to wear it because I then can't see my Shepard speak.
6- Upset at having to kill defenseless pyjaks to get a discount from the Krogan store.
7- Irritated that to play Mass Effect 1 again I would have to sit through all that pointless driving around in the goddamn Mako.
8- Annoyed that Jack won't get together with my FemShep even though I thought for sure she'd be the one female in the game that would.
9- Annoyed at Liara for giving me fifty c
TarienCole on hooks, audience and BetaReadersHappy Holidays, everyone! Hopefully everyone intends to unplug and have some good RL times.TarienCole on hooks, audience and BetaReaders2 years ago in Personal More Like This
We'd like to welcome our new members:
:iconjoanfarley: :icondeliriumgothique: :icongodzilla2003: :iconblackcherryangel: :iconhana-kuro594: :iconskeletonboy:
And our new Co-Founder:
They've joined us in our journey to make the leap to pro! We're exploring ways to build a creative career, using whatever tools we have on hand.
If you've been reading the journals and articles, you've probably been getting an inkling of a sometimes-scary truth: being an artist basically means you're an entrepreneur. But no worries! Entrepreneurs experience more success when they support each other, and that's what this group is for.
If you haven't already, take the poll I posted yesterday. The popular response is pretty clear so far: we have mostly writers in this group. That's great, b
Write or die!If you, like me, like to write as if you're doing it at gunpoint, check this out. OpheliaBell introduced me to a writing tool that is just b*tchy and badass enough to make my eyes light up with glee.Write or die!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's called Write or Die. http://writeordie.com/ It's like a other tools, wherein you set a word goal and a time limit, but with a twist. You can set it to "kamikase" and if you don't write for a few seconds, it slowly turns red, and then deletes the last word you wrote. Then the word before that, and so on, until you start typing again. You can also disable backspace, making this a phenomenal freewriting tool. You can't edit or fix typos.
I was stuck with getting started writing chapter 13, which I already had plotted out but couldn't seem to get rolling, when I tried it. I powered through the miasma of fractured thoughts and worries in about fifteen minutes. At the end of the session, my heart was pounding. That's what good writing feels like to me, so I wanted to pass the word alon
Mass Effect: The End of an Era (SPOILERS)SPOILERS!!!Mass Effect: The End of an Era (SPOILERS)3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
So this is the end of Mass Effect. Not just of the last game, but of the trilogy as a whole. Right now, I am of two minds. I am not wholly satisfied with the so called Extended Cut but at the same time it has some redeeming qualities to it that I can not, in good conscience, ignore:
It provides closure: For those who wanted to see what happened to the characters they came to love and the galaxy as a whole.
Injected some measure of reasoning to the actions/words of the God Child: They showed more of the logic behind the Reapers actions and how the Catalyst works.
There is something for everyone: The endings appear to be based on fan input/outcry.
The filled in some of the plot holes and contradictions: Not all of them, but by lessing the impact of the Catalyst, it showed that the damage was reversible.
It brings back some elements of classic science fiction.
Yet, two facts remain. One, the underlying logic behind the God Child is still flawed, although the designers lampsahe
Mass Effect 3 Mercer ModFor those of you that STILL don't know why I've not been doing anything productive recently it's because I've been working on a mod for ME3 that replaces Kaidan Alenko with Alex Mercer.Mass Effect 3 Mercer Mod6 months ago in Personal More Like This
This is starting to feel like an important thing… so I gave it it’s own tag on my tumblr blog #ME3MercerMod
Check out the progression of the mod there.
I’m attempting to make a link to said tag on my blog… it appears that tumblr needs time to figure this shit out.
in the meantime I had a small realization while working out bits and pieces of the mod…
because of the stupidly inefficient way ME3’s PCC system works, Kaiden’s armor retexture available in the N7 Collector’s edition/Digital Deluxe Edition etc. is actually a completely separate mesh along with the retexture. What does this mean? It means I can replace it with a whole new mesh and set of textures… and I FUCKING D
Bioware and the end of the Mass Effect seriesThis is something I felt compelled to write;Bioware and the end of the Mass Effect series2 years ago in Personal More Like This
both as a gamer and the influences that helped shape me as a developer.
Almost a year from when I touched my last save file, I finally "finished" the Mass Effect series. I played all the DLC and I beat the game, one last time. It was a somber ending, because it put a final end to a character I have played since 2007. I have games that I love, games stretching back to my childhood, and games that I would consider myself to be a huge fan of. I can count on one hand though (and not using all my fingers), franchises that have sucked me in and crafted characters that made me care about them in such a way, that turns this 6'5 developer into your everyday excitable fan (not Justin Beiber level though, that'd be just plain crazy). The Mass Effect series is one of those few titles.
I have looked up to Bioware for many years. Combined with my love for Point & Click advent
Content Type Matters.First off, welcome to our new member, :iconTariencole:! He is joining us on our mission to make a living from our art. It's great to have you with us! I have an interview with him prepared. He's next on the publishing schedule.Content Type Matters.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
On to business...
After several interviews, including a debut by Rama-Kay that impressed the socks off of me, it's time to get back into our series about getting exposure for your art online. Here it is:
Share, add to any relevant groups, and memorize every word! There will be a test later on. Not by me, of course, because I ain't yo momma. But if you want to make the most of the information, you'll be putting yourself out there, and that's a test of its own.
Questions from readers
This is from the above-posted article - people came in quick with questions this time!
A big problem with literature is that it’s traditionally an extremely passive medium from a social standp
Interview: Going pro with abstract1106Welcome to our new members :iconAstralDaamon: , :iconLadyMerrethsAuthor:Interview: Going pro with abstract11062 years ago in Personal More Like This
and our new Watchers: :iconSadisticIceCream: :iconepiclevelsorcerer:
RipleyNox, the founder of this group, Has shared somethings about her and her creative process, and given us some interesting writing tips in this interview!
Rama :Why and when did you start writing?
Abstract: I started writing stories when I was eight years old. The first one was an episodic adventure called "Cindy and the Witch". I don't even remember the premise of the story now, though my older sister thought it was the coolest thing ever and still talks about it.
As to why, I suppose it started when I was about three years old. That's when I started reading. If my mother is to be believed - and I have no reason not to - I just started reading one day. I remember a lot of Sesame Street, so that's undoubtedly where I learned. In any case, I started reading everything I could get my hands on
Art thief, stalker, psychopath. BE WARNED!UPDATE: A friend did a bit of searching and found this person's google+ page here: https://plus.google.com/113608131133137253527/postsArt thief, stalker, psychopath. BE WARNED!10 months ago in Personal More Like This
I highly recommend if you have seen her on youtube or on google that you take whatever precautions you feel may be necessary.
UPDATE 2: If you want an easy way to reblog this on tumblr, here's the link to the post I made about it: http://spyke1985.tumblr.com/post/78852405517/psa-to-anyone-with-a-deviantart-account
Also, I want to genuinely thank you guys for the outpouring of support you have all given this issue. This needs to be exposed. Thank you for helping the community to be a better, cleaner place.
UPDATE 3: Here is the link to the bioware forum post that SeikiVakarian made: http://forum.bioware.com/topic/496377-art-thief/ She also sent in an email to report it. Thank you Kitty!
UPDATE 4: The account Siha49 is now deactivated! Not sure whether this was the action of the user or of dA, but the newest account
Still Here, Still Writing, Still DreamingWell, it's the end of 2012 and the world still exists, and for that I can only be grateful. You see, life can be a funny thing. One minute you're sat at a desk, on your Packard-Bell desktop, forgoing your usual spates of Delta Force and Red Alert to place your first written words on a page. The next, you're here, with a couple of fan stories under your belt and work underway on a novel you've envisioned since you were a spotty, awkward teenager. I'm now ready to turn professional with my craft. I'm motivated, consistent and productive, though this has all come about within the last six months alone.Still Here, Still Writing, Still Dreaming2 years ago in Personal More Like This
How did I reach this point? A combination of the right words, the right places and the right people would be the obvious answer and yet it's not quite as simple as that. I've had to make some huge changes in both my life and what lies deep inside. Not my internal organs of course, I'm talking about my very outlook towards what I love to do.
SFH Featured Artist: Mothbanquet“I believe in a few simple things; quality writing, deep characters and well-constructed plot lines. I do not write fluff or fan-pleasers. Instead, I try to bring something new and fresh to the Mass Effect audience, something they will enjoy and always remember.” ~ mothbanquetSFH Featured Artist: Mothbanquet2 years ago in Personal More Like This
mothbanquet, our Featured artist, is an aspiring author who’s been writing Mass Effect Fanfiction for 3 years now. He’s recently took that big step of turning pro, and started his professional account jjgrimshaw and I encourage everyone to check his work and give him support
In this interview, he’s talking about his different methods, his life as a writer, and experience! -- Please read and enjoy!
Rama: What can you tell me about your start as a writer?
Mothbanquet: My start as a writer could be likened to a mechanic who spent his childhood tinkering with toy cars, or a cheap back-alley surgeon who...well, you get the idea. I taught myself from
Draw my OCs Contest!Another contest! : DDraw my OCs Contest!3 weeks ago in Personal More Like This
You may draw Digital or Traditonal Art.
No NSFW please!
You may draw Jinko as a cat!
You may enter more than once. Make sure to SIGN IT as I will most likely feature your masterpiece on my page! ^v^
Please link me to your entries!
I will judge based on Creativity, Effort, and Skill. Try different poses or expressions! Put anything in your mind of yours in there! (I especially love super cute but also super weird things!)
I accept full colored pictures and also simple drawings with no background.
1 Detailed Fullbody Cell-Shaded Drawing
1 Semi-Chibi Soft or Cell Shaded Drawing
1 Cell-Shaded Headshot
1 Semi-Chibi Soft or Cell Shaded Drawing
1 Cell Shaded Headshot
1 Semi-Chibi Soft or Cell Shaded Drawing
Feel free to add in any prizes! Just note or comment me and I'll put it on the list! All runner ups will recieve a watc
Render Resources AlienFodder has high res ME3 screenshots specifically made with use as backgrounds for renders in mind. Check her userpage for the link! She is also current taking render requests.Render Resources9 months ago in Personal More Like This
SonYume, Melllin and myself are currently putting together custom Shepard models. Check out their respective pages for info.
ME-Meshmodders is a good resource for models for artists and/or creators, and getting help on projects.
The Lazy Guide to Giving Credit
KoDraCan has lots of extracted items and props that are useful, including lots of food items.
nach77 has done a bunch of child versions of ME alien species, download the models from his gallery.
Draw my character as a merperson contest! And there's 1,000 points in prizes because I couldn't fit it into my title! Merpeople is a long word. And it's not even a word.Draw my character as a merperson contest!2 weeks ago in Personal More Like This
Anyway, this is exactly what it sounds like. I am asking you, possible contestant, to draw my characters as merpeople! Why, you may ask? Well, let me list the reasons:
1. Merpeople are often just fun to draw, and have all this flow-y water stuff.
2. It gives the artist more artistic freedom, since a merperson can be interpreted in different ways (as long as you can still clearly recognize the character).
3. Sorcaron said it was weird. Okay, that might not be a real reason, but I see it as a challenge!
4. To freak out iepet12.
Now, let's get to the less ramble-y stuff. Like, rules.