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lol a month

Hey everyone~ Remember when I said I was about to post again like... a month ago? XD Well, it's happening now. Life has been restless for a while, but now I'm good to go, I think.

I'm going to be making a few changes 'round here, though! Basically, a lot like the "problem" I had with doing SCARLET GRACE, I'm trying to force myself to do stuff I don't want to do, and unless I'm in perfect health, that's pretty much making everything way too overwhelming and intimidating and I'm just getting nothing done at all.

So, here's what's going to happen.

I'm going to be cancelling the Four Job Fiesta diary. It's... honestly super boring. I love FF5 but it's not that fun to write about, and the 'challenge' ended up being super easy and repetitive and it's just way too difficult to write an entire diary about. Every comment on the story is "just go with it" and every comment on the gameplay is "there were no troubles."

I'm going to be putting Tokimeki Memorial 3 on hiatus again. I keep starting this project and quitting lol. But I'm just super not feeling it right now.

Which means the only 'active' diaries right now are going to be ROCKMAN and Save the Homeland. ROCKMAN is nearing completion, and after that, I'm planning on going back into either UNLIMITED:Saga or SaGa SCARLET GRACE.

I've also joined a group playthrough group (lol) at GameFAQs, and we're starting Lufia II. I kinda want to cover it, but I don't know yet. I'm also considering starting a "mini-diaries" section for much less detailed diaries, but that could always just be blog entries, so maybe not.

Anyway, hooooope to get back into the rhythm soon, but I'm playing MMOs with my brother and my friend now, and Pokemon is coming out today, so... who knows lol.

Comment if you have a preference of unsaga vs sagasca! I kinda feel like playing both equally, so if there's any demand, I'll play that one. SCARLET GRACE will be an Urpina playthrough, and UNLIMITED:Saga will be the final playthrough with Ventus!

#play diaries #lufia ii #final fantasy v #tokimeki memorial 3 #unlimited:saga #saga scarlet grace #rockman

Returning~

Hello, friends. I hope to get back to writing play diary entries again very soon! As in like, this week? Sorry for the long delay. Been going through a looooot of stuff. Thanks for the comments and everything while I've been dormant~

As for streaming, I think I'm going to stop trying to stream games that I'm also writing about because I'm terrible at getting screencaps while I'm also trying to read chat and talk. If you watch, you know that I can't even talk and move my character around at the same time, so trying to juggle all those things in my brain is way too much lol.

Anyway, just thought I should post since I've been so quiet here.

I think after I finish writing FF5 and R1, I'll get back to work on TokiMemo3 and just keep doing Save the Homeland for now. Then once I finish one of those, I'll maybe jump back into unsaga or sagasca? I know I keep changing my "plans," but honestly what I end up doing will probably just be whatever I feel like doing when I actually finish those things lol.

#play diaries #thaaonet

Romancing SaGa 3 - FUZZY EDITION

So, I've been thinking about learning romhacking, and learning a new thing is helpful for my health, and the simplest thing to do is create a graphics hack, so I did just that, fixing a major problem with one of my favorite games: the lack of mustaches (and beards).

Romancing SaGa 3 features many playable characters with fuzzy faces in their official artwork by Tomomi Kobayashi, and they continue to sport this beauty in the additional artworks created for newer things like Imperial SaGa, but in the game itself, the sprites all have bare faces. Perhaps this was to keep them all looking similar, but they have different shaped eyes depending on their age, and I mean, you can play as a lobster and stuff, so I don't really get it.

So, I fixed it.

Romancing SaGa 3 Fuzzy
Edition RomHack
Sprite closeups, filter
used
SNES9X filter applied

The "Fuzzy Edition" of Romancing SaGa 3 contains but a few edited sprites so that the player characters match their original artwork a little more closely. The following characters have had their sprites modified:

  • Fake Robin now has a cute little mustache under his mask. Sadly, I couldn't find Trucks's sprites in the data, so when he takes the mask off, the mustache comes off, too. Sorry. Just don't go into the bar until after you've recruited him and it will appear seamless :D
  • Tiberius is as sexy as ever with his mustache to go with his beautiful bald head.
  • Herman now appropriately has some grey scraggle on his face to make him look cooler and more piratey and more hot.
  • Ward's face is... a little darker because his hair color and skin tone are very similar, so you don't notice too much. But I did try to somehow capture the essence of his van dyck in there somehow.
  • And finally, Young Fang gets his little goatee, so if you want a complete party of fuzzy-faced daddies, you can make it whole with him.
Mock-up modified
sprites
Mock-ups I did before making the mod

Of course, there are no scruffy protagonists, so I was considering making a protag mod to complement this that would give Harid a mustache and Mikhail and Thomas beards. Maybe something for Julian, IDK.

Anyway, if you're ready to increase the sex appeal of your romasaga3 rom tenfold, you can download the patch here. I used a vanilla original RSG3 rom that was 4,194,304 bytes.

I've only tested it a little, so if you find any sprites that are wonky or suddenly losing and gaining hair, let me know.

#romancing saga 3 #mustache #romhacks

An update

Hello friends. So, my grandfather passed away last night. I also have been trying to get the first bit of Save the Homeland up, but the story is literally abuot your player character's grandfather dying so it's been... interesting.

That's all I really wanted to update with. I do have the intro written at least, so there's that! I will maybe try to stream later but I will probably end up doing no mic/cam. Sorry to all of you who come just to see my head stare intently at crop watering.

#play diaries #save the homeland

Still Our King

Hey, friends. So, I know I said a new series was going to start 'very soon,' and I actually had planned to get it up this weekend, but... I didn't get enough gameplay done to make an entry yet. While I did play a lot, there's a lot of repetitive chore stuff in Harvest Moon, and it would be a really boring diary to be like "Today I watered the potatoes again. Still haven't come in." and stuff like that XD

But!! I did a thing!! I actually got out my Wacom and not only started a project, but finished one! To be honest, I have no idea how I did this at all, much less in only three evenings. I was trying out a few new styles and techniques and I really think I'm refining my painting skills.

Anyway, here it is:

If you follow me outside of ThaaoNET, you probably have noticed my recent obsession is the WWE Cruiserweight Division, and I've been ridiculously engrossed in the recent happenings (and have way too many feels about it). If you know anything about it, you know exactly what I mean, and if you don't... well, I don't feel like explaining it all here, soz lol.

Anyway, the King in the pic is Neville, who I love very very much. There are rumors he might be getting pushed to the Raw main roster now that he's lost his title (which would be such a kick in the crown jewels to us 205 fans because we all love Neville), but honestly I would much rather have 205 Live become a huge hit show with Neville still as a primary member of the roster. But it has had struggling ratings, and the ratings are going up now but only because the show's going in a different direction that doesn't involve Neville reigning as champ.

I used FireAlpaca with default brushes and a few brushes I made myself (which are just modified defaults). I used a seamless human skin texture that you can see overlayed in some parts -- this was from Giles Hodges's textures. Reference pictures were from WWE's official site and screencaps of 205 Live.

If you want to see the full-res and/or without the writing and stuff on it, here's full-res and alt versions:

Full-res
Full-res textless/borderless
Full-res Neville only

Thanks for stopping by :D Should be getting some more episodes of ROCKMAN and Final Fantasy V up this weekend. And maaaaaybe I'll play a bit more Harvey enough to write up an entry for it this weekend, too.

#illustration #205 live #neville #prowres #play diaries