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After I was done with the XIII trilogy (AKA the Lightning saga), my friend wanted me to try out Type-0 next, which is another entry in the Fabula Nova Crystallis series. The game originally came out on the PSP, and was later released for consoles and PC as Type-0 HD. The game took me a while to get into at first, but I ended up having much more fun with it than I anticipated. And so, here are my thoughts.
Full spoilers for Type-0, various spoilers for the entire XIII trilogy. )
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I felt like drawing today, so I fired up Clip Studio Paint and got right to it. I didn't really plan for this picture, my starting point was my desire to play with colors, so I thought gradients could be a fun subject. I also felt like my previous avatar could be improved upon. I already did Chatnoir, so I picked Omniscience Dragon, Cath Palug to draw this time. Roughly 7 hours later, here's my final result and I'm really happy with how it turned out! (I wish Twitter didn't ruin my upload over there... that bummed me out.)

Omniscience Dragon, Cath Palug fanart
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It's the end of the year. People have been doing posts on Twitter such as "Top 3 personal accomplishments" and listing their goals for the next year. They inspired me to write a reflection post. I figured it would help me close the book on the unpleasant parts of 2018 and feel more optimistic and excited for 2019.
Full post below the cut. )
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I've Platinumed the game as of yesterday, so I can finally put the game down. It's time for my review! A game about the end of the world, just in time for the end of the year. Heh. Ahem.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is the final part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis trilogy, and the conclusion of the Lightning Saga. It's been one hell of a wild and entertaining ride, so I'm jumping into my thoughts right away.
Spoilers for the entire game and the XIII trilogy as a whole! )
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I managed to wrap up my playthrough of Final Fantasy XIII-2, the second game in the Fabula Nova Crystallis trilogy. While I'm super excited to move on to Lightning Returns, I wanted to write up my thoughts on XIII-2 first.

XIII-2 can be summed up as this: what if Final Fantasy got together with Chrono Trigger/Cross and had a baby? This game. All while improving on many parts where XIII fell short.
Full review below. Spoilers for the entirety of XIII-2, including the DLC! )
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Hi everyone!

I'm Arynis, and I've joined Dreamwidth thanks to the Tumblr purge. Not just that, but other issues also made my time at the site more difficult, such as any external link hiding my posts from tag searches. Tumblr wasn't meant for longer posts either, which is my preferred format. In the end, I'm happy to be in a place where I can happily write away once more.

I'm an Administrator of Neo Ark Cradle, a forum focused around the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise and Bushiroad's TCGs to a smaller extent. I'm also a staff member of Cardfight Coalition, a sister site of YGOrganization that focuses on Cardfight!! Vanguard. I've previously worked in the gaming industry, so one of my goals is working on my gamedev skillset. I've been dabbling in Blender and learning 3D modeling.

I've been chronicling my journey in Blender and post any models I create. I'm planning to do the same for gamedev in the future. I also enjoy talking about media I consume. I have no concrete posting schedule, I post when I have anything to share. To kick off my time on here, I ported my noteworthy posts from my Tumblr.

My blog is public, but anything personal is limited to friends only.

You can also find me on Twitter and Mastodon.

Lastly, here's a fanart of Chatnoir I drew to celebrate my move! 😺 Thank you for reading!

Fanart of Chatnoir, a Cardfight!! Vanguard character.
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I used to know not much about the Fabula Nova Crystallis trilogy, save for it being bad and the development being a disaster. A friend of mine has been recommending me the series and showed me some arguments that ultimately got me interested in playing the games. I've finished the first game out of the three, so here are my thoughts.

In a nutshell, the game surprised me in many ways and it was very much an experience to play it. It's high on my list despite its egregious flaws.
Full review beyond the cut. Here be spoilers for the entire game! )
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It's been a while since I last did anything in Blender. It's on my list to review the course lessons to refresh my memory, but I wanted to try making something regardless. So here's this snake.

It's not an optimal model, but I had fun working on it!

Cycles render of a snake.
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I had another go at the dragon head model because I felt the original version was too busy and clunky. I wanted to see how I can do now compared to that. Added a comparison picture for reference.

I'll have yet another go at this down the line and try to improve further.

Blender model of a dragon statue.
Additional images below the cut. )
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Today I've finished Section 4 of the Blender course I've been following, and with that the associated project: a low poly chess set!

Blender render of a chess set.
Progress details and additional images below the cut. )
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I finished Section Three in the Blender course I've been following! The gist of this part has been modeling a bowling ball and a bowling pin. Using those models, I learned the basics of materials as well physics in Blender.

Blender model (rendered) of a bowling ball and pins.

The bowling ball and the resulting pins.
Progress details and additional images below the cut. )
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I've finished Section 2 of the Blender course I've been following!

I've learned about additional editing and controls. One of my earlier tasks was making a plane to see how extruding from faces worked.

Blocky Blender model of a plane.

Well... kind of?
Progress details and additional images below the cut. )
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It's been a while since I've last posted anything of note. I spent the summer resting and recuperating. Taking a step back after my exams and everything else helped immensely and I've been doing better overall.

One thing I promised myself is that I'd work on bettering myself and learn new skills. What surprised me is that I ended up gravitating towards 3D modeling. I had no interest in 3D before and preferred drawing art. On the other hand, I'm not that surprised. Building sets was one of my favorite tasks in the past, so the idea of putting something together was very much attractive. I ended up purchasing a few Udemy courses, installed Blender and began my journey.

Most of the lectures so far centered around learning the interface. Coming off Unity, customizing my layout and moving the camera around in an editor felt familiar. One of my challenges was to put something together using basic meshes, so here's my attempt at my first creation:

My very first models in Blender.
Progress details and additional images below the cut. )
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Roughly a year ago, I posted my impressions about the game after having watched a livestream of the final chapter and read translations/summaries. I recently took the plunge and bought the game despite my negativity from back then. My feelings on V3 and its twists changed over time, and my friend who shared my opinions with me at the time also encouraged me to get it, because it was still worth playing it. So I did, might as well see it with the full context and buildup, eh?
Continued below the cut. Spoilers for the entirety of V3! )
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I've been pretty stoked for DRV3 and while I initially wanted to stay blind, I decided to take the plunge and find more out about the game. I've watched a livestream of Chapter 6 and read a few summaries circulating around, so I might be going off not fully accurate info. In any case, here are my thoughts.
Spoilers for V3, as well as the other Danganronpa games and Danganronpa 3! )