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  1. And its done...


    4 Weeks of dragon picture each day

    A total of 28 pictures (with exceptions to the occasional bonuses)

    But now I'm going to call it done, i probably will redo this sometime again i the future though.

    Hope ya enjoyed and remember...

    Say no to dragon slaying!


    Day 22




    Day 23




    Day 24




    Day 25




    Day 26




    Day 27




    Day 28 (Finale)



    (Dragons from Day 1(Bonus), Day 13, Day 18 and Day 24)


    And here is the last bonus picture i drew before i got the only last minute vote (thanks Ben24X7)




  2. LEGO Racers 2 except...

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    ♪ ♫ ♬


    Well I know that you are feeling down

    And I see the way you wear that frown

    But there's no reason to despair

    It's nothing that you cannot bear!


    And sometiiiiimes it feels, your goals are all so far away!

    But everything will stillllllll, still work out okaaaaay!


    'Cause I believe in you

    There's nothing you can't do

    Prove me right. Hold on tight.

    Champions coming through!


    Technology's a pain. There's very little gain.

    We'd be better off in fields just farming grain.

    Words are tough to use. Meanings we can't diffuse.

    It's okay 'cause all we got is sympathy to lose!




    A million keystrokes just to give my skeleton a hat!

    Compilers spit out error codes, my long work's epitaph!

    It's okay, a solution is probably only around the bend!

    Then it's to the next error; our troubles never end!


    La la la, there's no hope at all!

    La la la la, there's just no hope at all!

    ♪ ♫ ♬

    ♪ ♫ ♬


  3. So I'm going to start off with wondering why I never thought to write down a chronology of my life since that's what I seem to resort to when I'm feeling down or something. It's probably because I'd find a way to turn what could effectively just be The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe into a whole series and I'm not committed enough for that, but since I really, really  need to write something and get frustrations off of my chest I'll focus on what I can safely call the core of everything wrong with my life: High School.


    For those of you who haven't heard me say it about five-hundred times in the past: I'm currently living overseas in Naples, Italy. I moved here during my eighth-grade year, October 2013, and it's what I can only think of as the start of everything rolling down a very long, bumpy hill. Don't think I don't like it here; I adore the community that I have the privilege of living in, love all of the close friends I've made during these past three years, and most of my memories I look back with fondness happened in Europe. Unfortunately, life hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows for me, especially as of late. When I moved here as a homeschooled eighth-grader who's only experiences with the real world had primarily been Boy Scouts, church, and whatever swim team I was on, I faced a pretty jarring shift. All of my friends were now six hours behind me, I was stuck in a hotel room for seven months with my brother, parents, and dog, and I had to swim on an Italian club team after being off of swim for about four months. I was too naive to realize it at the time, but my life was starting to go to hell. That first year I had a massive lapse in my studies in favor of attempting to stay in touch with my friends and that obviously wasn't an okay choice that I made, but at the time they were all I had and I tried to hold on with a steely grip out of fear that if I loosened that grip I'd lose them forever. I faced a massive backlog of schoolwork come my freshman and sophomore years that's added on to more recent stresses and I would give anything to have the opportunity to go back and remedy that issue with the knowledge I currently possess. Unfortunately, that will likely never happen unless god himself throws me back in time and it would be an absurd thing to dwell on instead of more important things in the present.


    The summer preceding my freshman year was where I started to try and put my exuberant personality to good use and make some new friends (I was a really talkative child who only saw the world as good and was friends with everybody). Unfortunately, that exuberant personality had deteriorated a bit since I didn't really know how to make friends anymore since I didn't really have to back in America. Where I lived and in the activities I took part in, I pretty much had friends thrust onto me. It was usually something along the lines of "Hey, you two are sharing a tent this weekend!" or "Hey, you four are on a relay together!", but I didn't really have that here in Naples because I'd hit the age where everybody becomes super judgmental about you and the things you like and are really selective with who they hang around. The first month in Scouts here I didn't really make any friends because since I was an older kid I could have a whole tent to myself so I just did that for a while, and then I made what's turned out to be one of my best friends when we bonded over Doctor Who, LEGO, and other geeky stuff. I also had the extremely important part of assistant director in a one-week drama production of Hansel and Gretel put on by the Missoula Children's Theater and made a few friends there. These few friends I made at the beginning have all moved away or are preparing to move away for college following this year and I'm pretty much the only one left now. I did make some more friends among my teammates on the swim team, but the only person left from that group besides me is going to college early after Thanksgiving, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


    Oh I also met my first crush who I fell head-over-heels for during that play and I made the very very cringey as **** mistake of DMing her a cheesy instagram photo that basically said "all I want is you in my life" or some bull**** like that after one week of knowing her. Fortunately, we've both moved past that and are pretty good friends now although she's getting ready to go to college after this school year. So there's a brief look into how I thought relationships worked at 13: You meet, you like each other, and then BANG, you're an item.


    So that was basically freshman year: failed attempt at a relationship, made some friends who have moved/are moving soon, did a thing in a play, and got behind in schoolwork. w e w


    Jumping ahead to the summer before sophomore year, I was elected to be the senior patrol leader of the troop here and had the absolute worst time with it. Most of that is attributable to a single adult leader who intentionally scared me at a week-long camp in Germany, undermined my decisions in favor of his which ended up being terrible ones, and shooting down proposals when they were just ideas. F U N .


    After that ****show ended I began taking some electives at the american high school on the base: Robotics Engineering, Engineering CAD, and Advanced Chorus (Here's a fun link). I had two teachers; one taught both CAD and Robotics Engineering, and they're some of my favorite people in the world. The Robotics teacher let me do whatever the hell I wanted as long as it kept to course material more or less (like build an R/C Tank controlled by a PS4 remote, butcher computer fans to experiment with controllable fan speeds, and mess with 3D Printing) and on top of that he was super chill and brutally roasted students daily (it was one of the most entertaining things ever). The choir teacher was also really fun and let us have potlucks during school hours while watching movies like Inside Out. Last year was where I probably made most of my friends ,most of which never talk to me because I never see them in person anymore : ( . I do have a handful of friends both from the school who still talk to me despite how rare it is to see my face and make sure I'm human for them and I couldn't appreciate them more.


    Sophomore year was where this really happened though...


    I somehow managed to stay behind in studies at home in favor of, you guessed it, hanging onto friends again. I also started battling with some pretty intense mood swings, especially around holidays and my birthday where everything just dies in me and I lose interest in pretty much everything and shut down, making it harder to stay on top of stuff.


    Now that I'm back to homeschool full time for junior year for a myriad of reasons (don't want GPA to take a hit from parents wanting to go on vacation early, parents finding different resources to replace classes that would be taken at the high school, etc. usually involving parents), I realize just how much of what I had I took for granted. I thought I would always have that group of people around me and I'd be comfortable like that, but I focused too much on that and slipped up. Though I did mess up on my own, I feel like I've learned from it so that it won't happen again. I learned that the people who do care about me are the ones who will keep in touch, and the ones who I'm a "b-list" friend to won't.


    Another thing that I learned is that if I just try to manage my emotional issues and not let people know what's going on that I will reach a point where it gets to be too much and I'll ultimately break down, which happened very recently and it wasn't pretty. I just got so sick of the direction everything was heading and locked myself in a bathroom until my mom found me a blubbering mess inside and got me to let her know what's going on.


    I never really want to admit things because I always think that the result is going to be worse than it actually is, mostly from wanting to talk about these things but thinking through the conversation too quickly and having it end in a worse way than it started. Thus, I just keep it all inside and try to manage it on top of everything else in life, and it just doesn't work. The main point I got across to my mom is that I feel distant and isolated from people, that I need to be around a wider variety of people than the ones who I live closest to and drive me up the wall on a daily basis and invade my privacy a lot, and that I kept thinking that if I had just spoken up sooner it would be very different.


    That emotional dump actually turned out to be really good for me because in the last month I feel like I've learned more about myself than before. I began figuring out what I actually want in life, in a relationship, and in myself. I figured out that part of the reason why I always turn to action figures when I feel like I need something is that they're a temporary stand-in for people in that I give them personalities and they become a part of me through my photography. I figured out that I was really only talking about wanting to be an engineer because that's what I've been driven towards since I was ten and I hate confrontation about lifestyle choices and will say about anything I need to in order to get past that. I figured out that a lot of the crap I put myself through is just me talking to myself too much instead of talking to other people.


    With all of that having come out of my system, it's given me room to focus more on how I can improve my junior year from my sophomore year. It's also given me more confidence to speak up for myself. In the past, whenever I'd been suggested a course, I would've just said yes and tried to deal with whatever resulted with varying results. I've been more vocal about my course load this year and how my schedule works for me and I've actually gotten things done. I went into the PSAT three days ago and left feeling good about my performance having left with answering all of the questions, the vast majority I knew how to answer. I've gotten over a lot of my timidness that I'd adopted from moving here and asked a girl to homecoming, something I previously thought would be impossible for me to succeed at, and it went really well (the girl and I are looking at going out again, actually).


    So, yeah, I'm not done with high school yet (I'm barely past halfway), but I've figured out that it's a delicate experience that ultimately I determine the outcome for, and that it's more of a learning experience than anything I'd previously encountered. Sorry if this seems incoherent and jumpy; I wrote it over the course of a few days as things happened and felt that I needed to actually finish it so I can close the tab.

  4. Hey there people that might still have a slight interrest in this!


    I came here to admit something. I have not been working on RtPu for ages. And by that I mean, I never really actually worked on RtPu so good at all.

    What I just did was creating small playable mockups to pass time and to tease people.  At the current moment I do not have the skills and knowledge to create this game to my ideas.

    I'm not saying that it's cancelled. It has always been in my head and I am still coming up with ideas, but I do not work on it at the moment.

    I lack the skills of making 3D models and textures, I can do the simple stuff, but creating a simple playermodel is already too hard for me.


    So what have I been doing all the time? Well, mostly working on my musical career and games. Alot of games, games that I have and will never finish for the same reasons as Return To Planet U.

    What am I doing right now? Well, music, and an MMO to try to learn more advanced programming and maybe some modelling.


    I cannot do Return To Planet on my own. I need a team, but I don't have money or any contact with people that might work together with me with the skills needed.

    So RtPu is on hold for now. Expected release date: 2 weeks after Half-life 3.


    I hope you understand!


    (also, in 2 months it will be my 7th year here! :o )


    Edit: sorry for the potato english, had to type this in a hurry.

  5. So I am currently in the process of updating my computer, and after the recent drama I figured a computer blorg would be fun. Several friends (Alcom, @noghiri, and an IRL friend) have helped me compile a computer parts list to make a long lasting and powerful computer (that can handle VR), with enough storage to last me for forever (or at least 'till I use up 3TBs) here's my final part list, if anyone wants to check it out.


    Linkage:  http://pcpartpicker.com/list/BFCx6X


    I will be posting pics of the build here in this blorg once I receive them all as I am ordering all the parts today, and hopefully they will come within a week give or take.


    Edit: went with 16GB of RAM and a 1070 Gforce graphics card

  6. hey pasaenos, it's me, mailman fmlander, and boy do I have a story for you guys.


    So, I'm pretty sure you guys were aware of my silent dissapearance, right? If you didn't notice, I just told you, so sit down and be quiet. You see, eventually I could not take this forum of pure s***post that I decided to finally take my leave.


    And then I went to a place called ROBLOX. You've heard of that game, probably. If you haven't, then it's a game.


    and it's not very good.


    Nevertheless I left, and I became a fan of something I never cared about: Mario.


    And then I joined a game community and then I was kicked out of it by a furry brony weaboo, although I no doubt deserved that. And then I got banned from my computer by my parents, and here I am, back at the same old place I decided was toxic.


    Why am I here? Because I thought that perhaps my perspective was clouded and blinded, and maybe if I came back, I'd see it another way.


    Whether I'm going to leave again or not depends on if you guys have stopped being so toxic to new members and act like assholes to practically everyone.


    I'm also hoping Ben, Someswedish, Le, and LindWhisperer are still here. That'd make my day better.


    so uh, yeah, I'm back, that's something. I don't really care too much about LEGOs anymore, this place kind of ruined them for me, but I might develop my interest again.


    I was also never good at making long blogs, so don't ask about the length.

  7. McJobless
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    I'm going to just dump notes here whenever I feel like; they could be relevant of they could be completely garbage.


    Also, I have been offered the chance to bring the Vertical Slice to a public exhibition in 5 months time, but I'll need to really step on it and start producing content.


    • Vertical Slice = Murder Investigation: It'd be easier to do an investigation about a character you find in pieces on the street, rather than having to deal with the complexity of making a bus explode into lots of pieces. Since they're LEGO, we can pretend that the person can be put back together again to be friendly with the kiddies.
    • "Slots": In the Simulation Mode, each different slot of the chain that you put events in is not in just some random chaotic order; each investigation has a set order, and the variation comes from what changed in each slot. As an example, pretending that each number denotes a slot, this is how it might look in a murder investigation:
      1. Entrance - How the deceased entered the scene.
      2. Suspect - What the suspect was doing before the murder.
      3. Weapon - How the suspect acquired/primed the murder weapon.
      4. Distraction - What caused the deceased to not notice the murder?
      5. Murder - How was the deceased actually killed?
      6. Escape - How did the murderer leave the scene?
      7. Call - Who alerted police to what happened?
    • Potential Chain-of-Events #1: The deceased was killed by a careless banana-salesman who got into a fight with a monkey, tried to pull the banana off it but ended up launching the banana into the deceased so hard that he fell apart.
    • Potential Chain-of-Events #2: The deceased was squashed when two men who were guiding a crane carrying a piano got into an argument and misdirected the crane.
    • Animation: While we could try to pay someone to rig and animate the models, it's probably going to be best (given the 5 month timeframe) to simply cut down the animation content and keep it simple. Rely on rotating the body parts rather than deforming for things that absolutely MUST be animated, and try to use programmatic-animation where possible to reduce animation work. This demo can be graphically blocky so long as the gameplay is present and polished.


    Those PCoE's are probably s***, but I'm tired and I'm not getting any big sparks coming to me. Feel free to bounce more ideas my way.


    EDIT - 05/08/16

    -> Face of the character gets rubbed off, falls to pieces

    -> A character resembling Ogel should be present in every sequence, but despite how outwardly evil they appear, they should only be guilty in one minor crime scenario. This can help push a message about prejudice and assumptions, and help players understand why they need to find all the facts before drawing a judgement.

    -> Forget FP for now; use Alpha Team-style cameras. This will make selection easier (for each camera, hold a list/array of the selectable items to cycle through) and gives a bit more cinematic control back to the designer. Should also reduce almost all physics-related work down to pre-designed cutscene stuff.

    -> Work on one specific chain, and get those mechanics perfect. Forget randomisation for now. Once Chain A works, then work on being able to add more events and build in more content.


    EDIT - 23/08/16

    -> Floating Worlds: Each level is just a tiny chunk that floats in space, which has a camera that allows you to completely rotate the entire level around



  8. CrashDSB
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    Just wanted to leave a post here just in case the topic gets lost in the daily replies of other topics, August 13th an RRU UHC event is happening. I'll need people signed up by a certain date. All the details are in the forum post I updated. Thank you! #RandomPost

  9. 2544244-o_1an0e6j219b811db1r1v46616m07-f

    I'm sure many of you have heard of it already, but if you haven't, head over to LEGO Ideas to check out EnigmaticBuild's Maelstrom Spider model! He's done an awesome job capturing the shape of the spider's body, and it's just the right size for a successful set release(taking into account the majority of previous successful submissions).

  10. This is 100% how I'm feeling about Traveller's Tales right now.



  11. Hello everyone!


    This is my first blog entry. To start this off, I found these concept arts for Knights Kingdom 2. I found these concept arts interesting, but, I thought if, anyone was interested to see these! 


    Here's a link to the artist: http://www.mikerayhawk.com/knights_kingdom.htm 





    Let me know if you want more of my blog posts in comments below!


    Edit: A showcase for transforming the castle to Vladeks. Cool, huh!

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    About April this year, I dreamed up a game in my head. It would be a successor to Drome Racers where players could build their cars, SPORE-style, and then race them through the post-apocalyptic ruins of the Drome Staduim. Then, in my free time in school and at home, I actually started an attempt at building it from scratch. No Unity, no Unreal, and no XNA, because really, the project was mostly about learning as much as possible.


    Now that summer's here, I have a job and not really much time for programming, as sad as it is to say. (meta: that last bit after the comma is some pretty intense syntax trickery with the English language...   ???) Anyway, right now I have the UI system and model rendering working. I'm currently working on the car editor.


    If you'd like to see the little bit I have so far, know:

    - Xbox controller required for now

    - The Race and Career buttons do nothing

    - Part painting is not yet implemented. I'm not sure if I should even bother with it

    - The Direct3D9 Effect Compiler and XInput libraries must be installed. (commonly referred to as "installing" DirectX 9 even though most of DirectX 9 is built in to Windows Vista and up automatically)




    unzip the zipfile


    and run DUWindows.exe . The most interesting stuff is at Cars -> Create


    You'll notice that I have included DUPartEditor for making parts. It's not user friendly at all.


    Anyway, it's not much but I though you might be interested to see what I am up to.


    Edit: Uploaded the file to RRU

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    Hey there Rock Raiders! I'm back at it again,

    Anything new or exciting happen?


    Life's been kind of hectic after moving and finishing the school semester and finals, but I think things have finally settled.

    Most exciting thing that's happened recently is that I now work at a Lego store! Yahoo! 

    It's not an official Lego store (baww), but it's a franchise which sells both new and used Lego pieces and sets and minifigures! Super exciting, I start in a week!


    I'm slowly getting back to work on my projects and art which have both been put on the back-burner :P I plan on actually making things soon aha (I swear)

    Here's some doodles that I could find in the meantime?? Theyre really old



    Hope everything's been going okay! Sorry for being so absent, it's so hard for me to be active online but I will try my best :P 

  15. Ever have that feeling when tomorrows the day you get a huge Lego set with so many unique pieces, you get so hyped and start posting s*** in the chat. You abuse the caps lock feature and you know the last pieces to the greatest lego invention of the century are in it.  Well…      I'm feeling it :P

  16. I wrote this during a period where I think I was suffering serious writer's block and really needed to write something down no matter how dumb. I may or may not continue this later; I do have a rough idea of where it's going. If I do write more I'll definitely start crossposting to BZP comedies.


    --Bonkle: the Cronkle--


    Chapter 1:


    This is a story about two Matoran (when isn’t it?) who were meeting for totally unremarkable reasons only to be flung unexpectedly into a situation far more absurd that they could possibly imagine. 

    “I’m glad that the chaff-chucker’s guild and the husk-hucker’s society could come to an agreement. We’ll start handing off the goods tomorrow,” Said our first unwitting victim, let’s call him “Bob.”

    “Excellent! Shall we drink to it? I made this lovely wine for the occasion,” said the other one, who we will now refer to as “Rob.”

    “Funny looking wine, where did you get it exactly?” said Bob.

    “Oh, this? I made it from the Madu that were growing outside,” said Rob.

    “Wait a second, aren’t Madu fruit extremely combustible?” said Bob.

    “Oh nonsense,” said Rob, mere seconds before being brutally corrected. 

    As soon as Rob pulled the cork from the bottle, the entire roof of his house was blown clean off in the resulting explosion, and the two Matoran were launched so far that Ga-Koro’s astrologer would spend countless nights afterwards trying to figure out the identity of the two strange meteors she’d seen fly over Mt. Ihu.

    Of course, one would only need ask the chronicler to know that being flung immeasurable distances is a one-way ticket to adventure, but neither of our heroes knew that. In fact, they were even less aware of it than they were before due to the other effect of such a journey: plot-convenient amnesia.

  17. I found out today I have 4 months or ~$59 (whichever comes first) of website hosting credit that will expire. As I'll never use it in time, I'd like to offer up another RRU game server. It'd have to be something I can quickly set up and have someone test because I am on a tight schedule lately, as well as someone else moderate it, but I'll be glad to run it for everyone. The question is what game would you Rock Raiders like? Yet another MC server (who even has that?) or another game? If another, what game? I considered OpenRTC2, but I'll have to *ahem* aquire that game. Then again, I'll have to do that for any game, so suggest away. I wanted you people to pick the game instead of me blindly setting one up. Depending on resources, it might be possible to set up multiple servers, who knows.


    Personally, I'll take a LOCO or LRR server. ( /s )

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    It was the same old trick as last year.


    And they fell for it again.



    Seriously. Zoom kills Jay Garrick and dumps his body on the floor of his lair, only to take off his mask and reveal that he's...Jay Garrick? Granted, we now know it was Hunter Zolomon, but this is pretty crazy stuff that only happens on a TV show with alternate universes and time travel.



  20. In the "So that's how that works" vein, I discovered Blender Paths. And thus I made a trial project.

    Only problem was that Blender's animation engine...well, it's not the simplest thing to get to put out a .avi. So...I ended up rendering all the images, then porting them into Monkey Jam, then fiddling with the sounds, since Monkey Jam was only allowing me a single track, then waiting for the thing to upload...


    But, yeah...




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    Hello, a few people on RRU know I've been working on a game recently, a mobile game in fact. I call it, MIND BENDER! This is a 2D Infinite Platformer with a bit of a twist. This game is not made to work exactly how you want it to everytime, the key phrase I like to use is, "The Controls Are Not Your Friend." The controls will at random not function exactly how you expect them to or how you want them to. This game is designed to see how far you can with random twists being thrown at you. This is made to be difficult and not to be defeated as a whole. I need some testers willing to test performance and tweaks I add to the game as it comes. Remember though, things that appear as bugs may not be, maybe they are there for a reason. :) Anyways! If you would like to help test please leave a comment below, and I'll contact you. The game currently is an Android only game. This could change later! I'm currently hoping to save for a Google Play License to officially post it on Google Play later on, and hopefully to iOS at some point. If you have ANY questions, feel free to ask! :D Screenshots below:





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    Found a cool video I wanted to share with you guys. :)


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