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Blog of Jonah (aka spambot) of RandomPirateComics.com

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Issue 2 Begins + Some Junk about the Nintendo DS

Issue 2 has officially started and we couldn’t be happier to be off “hiatus” status. We had a few readers that thought we had abandoned the project, so let me just assure everyone that it is likely there will always be a few weeks of downtime between Issues while we get the print versions in order, but that both Jeremy and myself plan to see this project all the way through!

 

People often ask us if we’re going to try to publish through another comic company and the answer is… maybe.

There are some definite advantages to self-publishing at the moment. Foremost being, that we can do the comic at our own pace. Since we are both married men and are working regular day jobs as well, it’s hard to get more than a page a week done. Most places want Issues to come out at least every other month, and we’re not really sure if we can do that pace at this time. We would definitely not have a problem working something out with a publisher though. I mean, who’s going to say no to the distribution provided by going with a bigger company?

Not I.

 

Brittany and I have been playing a lot of Mario Kart DS with my brother Jesse. As I’ve stated before, I think it’s the best in the series thus far, which is saying something. I’m about ¾ of the way done with the game and am hoping to finish before the next game on my list comes out, which is next week and is Animal Crossing DS.

I played the Gamecube Animal Crossing for a little while, and while I did get into it, I didn’t really have the time then that was required to make the game as fun as it really is. This new version will be much easier for me to get into, since I have 2 hours each day to kill while carpooling to work and back. Brittany has never played the old version, but I’ve assured her that this game will be right up her alley.

Other games I’m looking forward to:

 

Seiken Densetsu DS: Children of Mana – The remake of Secret of Mana. It’s still a long way off (predicted to come out winter 2006). It’s one of my favorite SNES era games, and I really hope that they follow through with this one and that we see a US release. I think Square/Enix has a habit of shooting themselves in the foot on these kind of projects by underestimating their American fanbase. There are plenty of people out there that will buy a DS just to play this if they do it right.

 

Bubble Bobble DS – I’ve been playing the original on Mike’s copy of the Taito collection for PS2, and it’s just as fun as I remember it. If they can keep that same level of fast paced addictive gameplay, then I’m sold on the idea.

 

Metriod Prime Hunters – I think that speaks for itself.

 

Now Nintendo just needs some king of MMORPG using the wifi and I think they would be set.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Mario Kart DS

I had been looking forward to Mario Kart DS for awhile. Actually, the timing was great, since this game coming out motivated me to get a DS in the first place. Well, that and the knowledge that they are re-making Secret of Mana for it…but I digress.

Right off the bat I can tell you that if you are a fan of the old Mario Kart games, you will love it, and if you weren’t, well, it’s more of the same. New tracts, a good variety of classic tracts, and the ability to choose which car your character is in have made this my favorite Mario Kart yet. The controls are solid, and power slides work better than ever. They’ve worked out some of the balance Issues with the items, which makes a few new strategies. Where in previous versions dragging a banana or shell behind you would pretty much block any projectiles, now you have to drop them right before you get hit or they won’t help you at all. My one qualm with the items is the same as it’s been with all of them. It’s not truly random when you get an item box. If you are in first you can only hope for bananas, fake boxes and occasionally a green shell.

The game also introduces Nintendo’s audience to online play through the marvels of Wifi. You have your nickname and you can draw your own decal, but beyond that there isn’t really interaction between you and those you race. You connect to the network, which Nintendo has made incredibly easy to do, and search for people to race against. When you’re searching for people outside your friend’s list, it just randomly matches you up with up to 3 other people who also happen to be searching for a game at the time. There are no “rooms” like in most online games where you can meet your buddies and you can’t talk or type to people.
The plus side to this, of course, is that obnoxious morons can’t type or talk to you, so other than if someone has used their decal to draw a very small obscene picture, online play is thankfully idiot free. Well, I’m sure they are there, they just can’t do the old “U suXX0r n00b!!!!!!!!!!11!!1 1m t3h gr4t3st pl4y4r 3v4r!!!!1!!”

I think I’m beginning to like Nintendo’s family friendly approach.

 

Friday, November 18, 2005

Updates Start Monday! (11/21)

We will begin updating Issue 2 of “Here There Be Robots” starting Monday the 21st.

The first update will be a quick recap of Issue 1, then the following week we will go straight into comic bliss once again.

 

I contacted Blue Line Pro (http://www.bluelinepro.com/) about the prints for Issue 1, and they told me they would be finished and shipped by the end of this week (meaning by today), so we should have them in hand as soon as next week.

Once we have them in hand, we will be enlisting the help of our good friends/hackers/IT guys to help us setup an online store.

Speaking of online store, I did setup a Cafepress shop just for the heck of it. I figured since we wont have the capital to get T-Shirts printed ourselves, this gives us a way to get them to wear to cons etc. to advertise the comic. If you are interested head over to http://www.cafepress.com/RPClogo2 (shirts, coffee cups, etc.).

Our personal online store will start by having copies of Issue 1 of $4 and our button back (one of each of the 3 skulls from our logo), price still yet to be determined.

 

We also opened up a forum (http://users.boardnation.com/~spambot) which is actually my old forum, but I started it over. Geoffio will be helping me customize it, and once he learns PHP will be starting our own, hosted on the main site (http://www.RandomPirateComics.com)

So, go sign up and start posting!

 

Geoffio also tells me that he will start updating Hammer again very soon. He’s just trying to finish up his college courses by mid-December so he can move over here.

 

That’s all from me for now. Have a great weekend everybody J

Friday, November 11, 2005

Site Update/New Forum

I did a little bit of tweaking to the site. I’m trying to get all the pages uniform, since only the main page had the updated look. At this point I’ve converted all the old pages to the new format except the pages containing actual comics. I think I may just leave them in the old format, since it’s simpler and won’t distract from the pages. I think it looks a lot better.

If you have any thoughts on the site/comic/etc. feel free to shoot me an email (thespambot@gmail.com)

Speaking of google (sorta) I must say I like they’re new personalized front page options. Cool stuff.

I also wanted to let you know we now have a forum for the comic! It can be found at http://users.boardnation.com/~spambot . It’s actually the old forum from my first webcomic, but I’ve erased all the old data and started it fresh. You may notice the old dark blue color scheme. I haven’t gotten far enough along to fix that yet, but you can already sign up and start posting.

I have a few new wallpapers that I still need to add to the site. They are some very cool variations on the skulls from the logo that Jeremy put together.

 

Book Update!

I was called on Tuesday and the printers have received the files for the book. I should have my preview copy in the next week or so, and the actual books in hand by the end of December! ^__^

I’m getting pretty stoked.

 

One last bit of news on the funny side.

My band, Giollante and the Micronians (http://www.geoffio.com) just got our first piece of hate mail sent to our myspace site (http://www.myspace.com/giollante) If you want to read it head over to my photoblog (http://spambot.buzznet.com) and check it out in the journal section. I think you will find it quite amusing.

 

Peace out everyone and have a great weekend! J