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The Felicitous Felix Fox
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I went dark for a while... sorry about that! I needed a bit of soul searching!


My webhost just up and shutdown out of nowhere a little over a year ago, then after pondering if it was even worth looking for a new one 2020 happened... yeah, not going into that.


I've been in a rut/taking some time off and I'm now finally back... sort of. I still have no idea what my central location will be or if I really need one at all. I've grown in a lot of ways in this time, but I'm still a terrible marketer.


My main issue before I considered even writing this was getting the character designs under control and I believe I've truly done it! The designs are a significant deviation from where I was, but that's nothing new. Hopefully it will convey the tone I'm going for a lot more.


I'm shifting my focus heavily towards game development so I probably won't be making much of any art. I'll be sure to post updates though, once I figure out where.


If the pacing is excellent, World of Whimsy should be ready to release near the end spring. I'll be working hard to make sure that happens. I also promise not to go MIA without notice... (my sincerest apologies for anyone keeping track). I wasn't planning on doing it, it just sort of happened.


Well, ya live and ya learn right?

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I felt this was a good post to store in the journal so I copied it over from the website....

There won't be any Whimsy related content for a while so I present to you another side note for discussion, one of my more premature ponderings, voice acting.

Although I'd never want to use too much voice acting, that is to say every line wouldn't be voiced out, it's always something I'm thinking about. One day I would like for it to happen, but right now it's pretty much out of the question. The chance someone could actually do a voice for a low price and not sound amateurish is incredibly low. I'm extremely picky and when it comes to things like this and currently I'm pretty cheap as well : )

Well enough about why I can't do it, let's delve a bit more into my delusion.What should the characters sound like? While I have a number of ideas I'll limit to list to characters I've covered more frequently.

Felix
Tone: Light, Quizzical, Relaxed, Upbeat, Intelligent, Playful, Cheerful, Nervous, Sorrowful, Cheesy
Felix is an odd character with a personality so cheerful and carefree that it comes off annoying sometimes. While happy and laidback, his tone is also sad and nervous, often fluctuating between the two very quickly. On rarer occasions he takes a more aggressive or darker tone, typically he takes this form in life or death scenarios.

Best Representation:
A lot of years ago I said the best representation for Felix was Sebastian Arcelus for his role as Yoh Asakura in Shaman King, but now it's probably more closer to Tadahiro Amatsu in Shrine of the Morning Mist. Hiro captures his nervousness and has a more adult tone but is too serous. Yoh captures his upbeat tone fairly well but doesn't sound old enough. I'm positive a mix of these voice would work very well.

Wiley
Tone: Pessimistic, Grumpy, Cocky, Loner, Immature, Brash, Offensive, Carefree, Annoyed, Sarcastic, Lazy
Wiley is the type of character to say exactly what he is thinking, as long as what he's thinking isn't a compliment. While his tone can sound angry, it its really just sarcastic and angsty. When this layer is peeled back he seems much less threatening to those around him. He has a slapstick sense of humor and has no problem laughing at or making fun of people.

Best Representation:
A lot of years ago I said the best representation for Wiley was Richard Ian Cox for his role as Inuyasha. That hasn't changed at all. If there was one role I could hear clearly in my head it would be his, probably because they're so similar. Although there are a lot of angry loner characters out there, he sticks out for some reason.

Karina
Tone: Prissy, Witty, Cynical, Deceptive, Dramatic, Glamorous, Snarky, Mischievous, Scornful, Playful, Poetic
Karina likes to smile, but it's more of a devilish smile. She enjoys speaking in posh girlish tones and has a very upper class laugh. When others know her well enough however, she may switch to her natural cynical tone which is still posh but more dominant and snide, her laugh also changes sounding more evil. Her less playful side shows her intellectual tone more but is usually accompanied by a bitter tone.

Best Representation:
I really don't have one. Rachael Lillis's Jessie role from Pokemon set the baseline for the characters style of speech but the role is so comedic that using my imagination to fill in the gaps would likely be a stretch. I've only listened to a sample, but Jamie Marchi's role of Helen from Claymore seems to come very close, but the character seems to have an air-headed tone to her which throws things off. I may look more into the actual show more one day.

While I don't have the means to produce actual voice actors, it's always fun to think about things like this ahead of time. If anyone out there is remotely interested in voice acting or just voices in general please visit www.behindthevoiceactors.com. It's a very excellent site!
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The Adventures of Felix Fox, is it some lighthearted series about the miscellaneous tales a screwy fox or some dark serious series depicting the flaws of society? I like to think it can be both, but the polarity there feels a bit more extreme than anything I can think of. Giving a wrong impression is always something on my mind.

Going from Tale of the Night to World of Whimsy, you'd probably think, what happened! How does one go from hunting sadist bears, to talking to happy flowers? I honestly don't know, anyone whose played the past games probably realizes I like to change things up a lot, but I sometimes wonder if I'm in need of a bit of consistency. It's not that I think people wouldn't like a little variety in their stories but rather I get worried I can send the wrong message. Adults shying away and infants gravitating towards the games is the opposite of what I want.

The series can be preachy, and violent, and it loves dabbling in the gray areas, but I always do my best to keep it all in good taste. Every year it feels as though the saying "it's just a game" doesn't really apply anymore. I suppose it could be just a game, but where's the fun in that! : ) (the fun for  me that is)

Upbeat, depressing, funny, no matter what tone I use I believe the once constant is that every one of them is presented realistically.
It's a pretty stable glue for me, but is it as stable for everyone else? Should be interesting to see how the polarity plays out.
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This was actually posted on the website, but it was so verbose, I think it qualifies as a journal entry.

Game progress is moving pretty slow, but feeling fairly playable with a camera system in place. Since there's not much progress there, I thought I might try simply just typing up random articles like I used to do. A website is a terrible thing to waste : )

Okay today's topic, why is everyone so naked? When I first created Felix, I wasn't thinking clothing.  From Looney Tunes, to Disney Characters, to Hanna-Barbara, to Sonic the Hedgehog, to even Felix the Cat, anthropomorphic animals without clothing didn't seem like an odd thing. Granted, some of the characters may wear, a single article of clothing like a tie or a pair of gloves but that doesn't change that fact that 99% of them would be kicked out of public places. I've been told before that Felix should wear a belt or some boots and I always wonder, why, when I hear things like that.


When I actually decided on the story, clothing made much much less sense. Wild animals out in the forest eating each other wearing baseball caps and sneakers is absolutely laughable. As cute as the world probably seems, I'll reiterate, I try to make sure that it's very realistic and has a very mature tone at its core. Cute, but far from mindless.

The only hitch I can recall with clothing, was when I was deciding how to do female characters. Female animals were much more clothed usually, so it did feel odd trying to sort that out. I guess I figured, if human characters are perfectly presentable wearing skin tight clothing, it really shouldn't be that bad drawing exaggerated characters with just fur. I think the end result turned out well! The move felt a little risque, but I managed to strip down females without a perverted aura around it (yes, I know how bad that was written). This kept the story intact.

It wasn't til years later that I actually begin hearing the term furry. I'm still not sure, but I think people use the term furry in two ways. Some use the term as anthropomorphic animal in general, and some people go a bit further and link a bit of uh.. eroticism to it. That's my understanding of it anyway. I still hear the term thrown around from time to time, and it seems to imply some form of insult. It bothered me when I first heard it. It made me seem like I was portraying this R rated game with naked animals running around doing promiscuous things. It wasn't till later that I figured out it was simply the internet being stupid again. Characters that have been around ages began to be known as furries, some strange fetish created by creeps and weirdos who marry their pets. A general term, now simply synonymous to something sick and twisted.

I could go on a rant here but I'll keep it simple. There's nothing wrong with furries. I can't say I know everything about the subject, but from what I do know it's nothing to be looked so down on. The following excerpt is from Wikipedia:

"Furry fandom is a fandom for fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. Examples of anthropomorphic attributes include exhibiting human intelligence and facial expressions, the ability to speak, walk on two legs, and wear clothes"


No matter how you look at it, Felix is a furry, plain and simple. The Ninja Turtles are furries (heh, with no fur), Miss Piggy is a furry, heck, even Swiper from Dora the Explorer is a furry. Suddenly being a furry is somehow weird and creepy now?

I once went on a furry forum to help promote my games a bit and while nobody was really interested, everyone there was nice beyond belief. A good depiction of this would be that Felix Town segment in Tandem Tales. Of course that doesn't mean everyone interested in the subject is a pleasant person, but interests do often give a good idea of someones nature. That said, I wouldn't be ashamed to lumped into the group. I wonder if there's a forum for serial killers and rapists who act as nice. I'd be really conflicted if there is..

The negativity of the term furry stems from the over-popularized sexual aspect. I can't say I'm a fan of that fandom, but I certainly don't cast judgment on people who are. You like what you like. Still,  I honestly wish someone would just coin the term furroticism or something to separate the two. Anything remotely connected to "pornographic imagery" in nature will be dragged down instantly in a sea of negativity. Because my female characters don't wear clothing, it's very easy to be seen in that light or at least I'm thinking it is.

I could be over-thinking this, or blowing old smoke. I'm not much of a social person so I have a fairly shallow perspective. Even so, it's not really until now that I can truly categorize Felix as a furry. It's almost like an epiphany; the sky is blue. As opposed to seeing the word as taboo, I see it as a definition.

All that said, Felix is a furry and there is nothing remotely interesting about that. (Unless you're just into furries I suppose)
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I have a habit of breaking my bigger projects into smaller ones unfortunately it won't seem I'll be breaking it anytime soon. Because Lithodora of Despair is so much larger than I planned, I decided to release a smaller/simpler game using the same engine before completely attacking that project. I'm a little disappointed that I got derailed again but it seems like a plan for the best. Who knows I may decide to try and bump up Lithodora of Despair to Xbox-Live Arcade games.

What's the project being replaced with you ask? A titled called "Felix and the World of Wonders". A 2D action-adventure title with a whole lot of platforming and 3D graphics. Those familiar with past titles would probably think I'm going to use that old dream plot again, but I pretty much decided never to do that again. The game instead will run in a storybook form reminiscent to Anti-Effect but in real-time by real characters. This isn't a half-hearted cash-in but rather something to ease development as the game engine grows.

Story
Lisa's niece, Heather wants to help Lisa in one of her teaching sessions with Wiley. She presents Wiley a picture book she wrote starring her role model Felix, a book called "Felix and the World of Wonders". The two go over the book together constantly arguing and making adjustments making the book Felix's adventure a rather bizarre and unpleasant one.
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