Install this theme
peanutbutterdanitime:


cakemeister:
Art Tips - The Foot by ArandaDill

Feet are so hard to drawwwwww

peanutbutterdanitime:

cakemeister:

Art Tips - The Foot by ArandaDill

Feet are so hard to drawwwwww

gamesanddoodles:

sourcescited:

HUGE cache of drawing and art related book PDF files.

There’s literally hundreds of great drawing, manga, comic, painting, sculpting, and art related books on this site. The website language is in Russian but many of the books are in their native language. Hopefully this is as helpful to many others as it was to me! 

Okay but seriously though.

It doesn’t stop doubtful manga looking artbooks.
There are anatomy artbooks by Vilppu, by Matessi…Artbooks from video games( ac , thieves …) ,  Artbooks about zbrush modelling, 3DS max lightning how to texture properly. Even how to concept art for video Games !!Without mentioning artbooks from movies ! From Miyazaki to Pacific Rim, I encourage you to check them out. This post doesn’t have nearly enough notes ! Fellow artits, share the references around ! =D

punpunichu:

Text tricks.

torridgristle:

lillianjessica:

razzledazzy:

the—medium:

<sup> makes words go like thiiiiis.

<sub> makes them do thiiiiis.

<small> makes words go little. The more <small> you have the smaller the word.

Same thing applies with <big>.

<u> makes underlines.

Go here for Full  Width.

̛̰̖̲̰͑ͨ͒̌͑̍̿̈͘Z̨̜̲̥̯̮̭͍̳ͧͣ͋̊̋͗Ȁ̪̼̠͎͒ͨ́̚͘͢͞L̸͉̬̻͌̒͑̊̽͡Ğ̝̮̝̗̲ͧ͝Ȍ͍̪̪̖͕̟͈̝̰̆͋̾̀ is found here.

Go here if you want some uʍop əpısdn.

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Of course these are just basic things.  You can also look at the HTML button for the codes if youre not up for searching through Google for them.

The button is here:

image

you betray the secrets of the trade

for those who never learned

<code> makes your text monospaced, <pre> puts your text in a grey box

More unicode text is available with these tools.

This tool provides you with characters that match what you draw.

This tool lets you draw in monospace ASCII which you can then put in <code> on Tumblr.

This tool makes big-ass letters with text. Everything but the AOL fonts require monospace (<code>).

cpnchookum:

octoswan:

I made these as a way to compile all the geographical vocabulary that I thought was useful and interesting for writers. Some descriptors share categories, and some are simplified, but for the most part everything is in its proper place. Not all the words are as useable as others, and some might take tricky wording to pull off, but I hope these prove useful to all you writers out there!

(save the images to zoom in on the pics)

Thanks madhattie3, I needed something to help me describe the caves I’m writing!


*** GO HERE FOR THE LATEST UPDATE***
This post is always being updated so check the link!
IF YOU AREN’T SURE IF SOME RESOURCES ARE FREE TO USE, ASK THE AUTHOR OR DON’T USE THEM (AND DON’T REPOST THEM). You don’t need to use everything you get a hand on, you can always use them for reference and inspiration.
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GAMES CREATION PROGRAMS
There are probably many more but these are very popular, and therefore, you can easily find tutorials and materials/resources to work with them!
IG Maker &amp; RPG MAKER - Focus of this post
RPG Toolkit - Free software for RPG games and others
Sim RPG Maker 95 - For Strategic/Tactical RPG creation
RPG Creator - Will soon include MMORPG creation
M.U.G.E.N. - Free 2D Fighting Game Creator!
Game Maker - Free (buy pro version) for all kind of games
Review of these programs for the super newbies
Overlook of these programs
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IMPORTANT + RELEASING YOUR GAME
Using resources + Crediting/Sourcing - how to avoid jail!
Selling your game - A bit outdated but good reference
Sites to upload &amp; host heavy files - To share the game
Compressing game files - Do this BEFORE you use them
Splitting &amp; Compressing - to share super heavy games
Hacha - Another free splitting program for heavy files
Releasing games without RTP - To make the game lighter
———————————————————————————————
GENERAL RPGM SITES, FORUMS &amp; COMMUNITIES
Where you can buy programs, inform yourself, ask questions, share ideas, find resources… a bit of everything!
Official RPG Maker site - FAQs, buy program, etc.
Official RPG Maker blog
Official RPG Maker Forums
RPG Maker VX Ace Wiki - Find masterlists and more
RPGMaker.net - Also for TKool, IG Maker, etc.!
RPGMaker Things - Tumblr blog by Sleep
RPGMaker XP Resources - Tumblr Blog
Flaming Teddy Productions
- Tumblr Blog
HBGames.org - Forums for games creation
Creation Asylum - Forums for game creation
CLOSET Ace - Japanese - TKool &amp; RPG Maker resources
RPG Palace - For everything RPGM (forums, resources…)
RPG Maker Revolution - Forums for everything RPGM
RPGMaker VXAce Community Forums - More of the same
Ocean’s Dream - Development blog, pixel tutorials, etc.
Division Heaven - Free resources blog
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TUTORIALS
Remember that the very basics of the program (what are the layers, how to go around resources management, etc.) is available in the HELP section of the program itself! Read the instructions manual first of all! There are also tons of Youtube videos visually explaining the basics!
Very basic first steps to any RPG Maker project!
GDU’s Tutorials - Froms scripting to pixel art &amp; more
VX Ace Tutorials Masterlist
More RPG Maker VX Ace Tutorials
RPG Maker XP Tutorials Masterlist
More XP Tutorials - Also find VX and Ace’s on the side!
What’s this Parallax Mapping thing I hear so much of?
Scripts basics you must know before asking
Mark’s Pixel Art Basic Tutorials - for absolute newbies
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SCRIPTS - RPG Maker XP, VX &amp; VXACE
Please do remember that XP, VX and VX Ace use different programing languages. You need to use specific scripts for each specific program! Also, different scripts may overlayer others, or not be enterely compatible. ALSO: always read the scripter’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!
Scripts basics you must know before asking + Scripts
RPG Maker VX Ace Scripts Masterlist (RGSS3)
RPG Maker VX Scripts Masterlist (RGSS2)
RPG Maker XP Scripts Masterlist (RGSS1)
GDU’s List of Scripts - For XP, VX and VXAce
Yanfly Channel - compatibles with Yami &amp; Kread-Ex’s
Grimoire Castle - Kread-Ex’s scripts and more
Khas - Open for commissions too!
Victor’s Scripts - Side battle view and tons more!
Atelier RGSS - A variety of unique scripts from creating a music or picture gallery to pick &amp; throw items and more!
Fomar0153’s Scripts - Free for commercial use
VitorJ’s Scripts - Free to use + requests
DiamondandPlatinum3 - VX and VXAce scripter
Galv’s Scripts - More VXAce scripts
Bubble BLog - More VX Ace (contact for commerical use)
Hime Works - More VXAce scripts
Soulpour’s RPG Maker VX Ace Scripts - Yeah
RPG Palace - For everything RPGM (forums, resources…)
RPG Maker Revolution - Forums for everything RPGM
RPGMaker VXAce Community Forums - More of the same
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CODERS TO COMMISSION FOR RPG MAKER STUFF
(UNDER CONSTRUCTION) Let me know if you are active and want to be included in this list!
Yami / Kread-Ex / Fomar0153 / Khas /
Pixelation - Share art, discuss, hire artists and coders, etc.
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ARTISTS TO COMMISSION FOR RPG MAKER STUFF
(UNDER CONSTRUCTION) Let me know if you are active and want to be included in this list!
Pixelation - Share art, discuss, hire artists and coders, etc.
CarmenMCS ( Tumblr / DA ) - Sprites, illustrations, etc.
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RPGMaker STYLE CHARACTERS GENERATORS
These are little tools and programs that will allow you to create characters putting together different pre-made body parts and clothes in a editor!
XP to VX Converter for characters sprites
Game Character Hub - Fusions, recolours &amp; more
Loose Leaf - a sprites generator for XP style characters
Famicon’s VX/Ace sprites generator - Female characs
Famicon’s VX/Ace csprites generator - Male characs
Junkhunt Character chip Generator - VX/Ace Style
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RPG MAKER STYLE GRAPHICS
A separated list for graphics resources that resemble RPG Maker default graphics. Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free. Always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!
Granny’s Lists - Masterpost of RPGM graphic resources
Characters Templates (under construction)
Tilesets Templates (under construction)
Pixel Art World - Many XP style graphics
Sithjester’s RMXP Resources - XP style
First Seed Materials - Taller VXAce art style and more
Lunarea’s - Resources Blog
Ayene-chan’s graphics - the artist’s Deviantart site
RPG Maker artists - group on Deviantart
Kaito’s resources - Charas, modern &amp; japanese scenery…
CarmenMCS’s Pixel Art - Icons, sprites, parallax add-ons…
Hetalia characters and costumes - VX/Ace style
Hetalia Videogames - Hetalia fangames creation group
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OTHER GRAPHIC RESOURCES

Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free. Always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!

Pixel Joint .com
- It’s like the Deviantart of Pixel art!
Mark’s Pixel Art Basic Tutorials - for absolute newbies
Oceans Dream - Pixel Art tutorials and more
Game Art - Deviantart group (graphics, sound, etc)
Open Game Art .org - Free sprites, music, textures…
The Spriters Resource - all those classic games graphics!
Sprite Database - More of the same
Retrogamer Zone - More of the same
The Videogames Atlas - Very useful for reference!
Megaman Series Resources - Sprites, Models, Sounds…
 ——————————————————————————————
MUSIC CREATION SOFTWARE
Whether you know little about music or a lot, these are very useful resources to create your own music, sheets, remixes, etc.
TJFree.com’s list of free Music Composition Software
And list of Free Music &amp; Audio Software
NoteFlight - ONLINE &amp; Free composition &amp; notation
MuseScore - Free (Midi) composition &amp; notation software
MusInk - Free (Midi) composition &amp; notation software
Finale NotePad - Free composition &amp; notation software
Virtual Music Composer (3.0) - Remix, compose, etc.
MagiX Music Maker  - (Commercial) composition, beatbox..
Music Creator Touch - (Commercial) composition, beatbox
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SONGS FOR YOUR GAMES
There are a thousand sites with copyrighted and free music, and they aren’t difficult to find so this is just a list of some remarkable ones. Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free: always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!
*** IMPORTANT: Copyrighted music from anime, video games, movies, etc. can only be used for free non-commercial fan creations, private projects, and such… and only to some extend. Some companies are ok with it as long as you don’t make money out of it, and some aren’t. Take a look at this link to learn more about it.
Granny’s Lists - Includes Music and Sound effects section
VGMdb - Catalogue of videogames &amp; anime OSTs
Videogame Music - Listen to &amp; Download games OSTs
Galbadia Hotel - Videogame &amp; anime music and SHEETS
BlueLaguna - Source for RPG media (songs, videos…)
Music &amp; Game - Download game OSTs
DownloadOST.com - Like it sounds
AnimeOST.com - Like it sounds
Free Anime Music.com - Like it sounds
Jasmine Cooper’s Music - Free to use music for games
The Music Case - Royalty free music &amp; stock music
Purple Planet - Royalty Free music
Vimeo Music Store - Everything (commercial, free, etc.)
Sound Cloud - Everything again
Incompetech - Royalty Free Music (but you can donate!)
Instrumentals Free.com - Like it sounds!
ccMixer - In concrete, Dig.ccMixter free for commercial use
Tam Music Factory - Royalty Free music (please don’t use if you don’t understand the terms &amp; conditions of usage!)
Music Material - Plz don’t use if you don’t understand
Freesound.org - Music and Sounds for free
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SOUND EFFECTS
Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free: always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!
Freesound.org - Music and Sounds for free
Audio Jungle.net - Free &amp; non-free resources
Sound Bible - Royalty Free sounds
Soundjay - Royalty Free sounds
Hetalia Voices and Sounds ripped - Credits: Kiaolao The Dubber (Luca)———————————————————————————————
MISCELLANEOUS TOOLS
Some other tools, websites and the such that I think can help with the development and exposition of your game.
Donjon RPG Tools - Maps generator, items, XP calculator..
Debut Video Capture - Video screen recording &amp; more to make LPs, show your game on youtube as a video, etc.
Ripping sprites from retro consoles
Ripping sprites
Ripping Playstation Sprites with ePSXe and PSX-Vram
———————————————————————————————
RELATED MASTERPOSTS
Resources for Game making Masterlist
Suikoden Masterpost - Genso Suikoden videogames graphics, music, official art, extra material such as novels and mangas, RPG Maker Fangames, etc.
Dynasty Warriors Masterpost - Shin Sangoku Musou

*** GO HERE FOR THE LATEST UPDATE***

This post is always being updated so check the link!

IF YOU AREN’T SURE IF SOME RESOURCES ARE FREE TO USE, ASK THE AUTHOR OR DON’T USE THEM (AND DON’T REPOST THEM). You don’t need to use everything you get a hand on, you can always use them for reference and inspiration.

———————————————————————————————

———————————————————————————————

———————————————————————————————

GAMES CREATION PROGRAMS

There are probably many more but these are very popular, and therefore, you can easily find tutorials and materials/resources to work with them!

IG Maker & RPG MAKER - Focus of this post

RPG Toolkit - Free software for RPG games and others

Sim RPG Maker 95 - For Strategic/Tactical RPG creation

RPG Creator - Will soon include MMORPG creation

M.U.G.E.N. - Free 2D Fighting Game Creator!

Game Maker - Free (buy pro version) for all kind of games

Review of these programs for the super newbies

Overlook of these programs

———————————————————————————————

IMPORTANT + RELEASING YOUR GAME

Using resources + Crediting/Sourcing - how to avoid jail!

Selling your game - A bit outdated but good reference

Sites to upload & host heavy files - To share the game

Compressing game files - Do this BEFORE you use them

Splitting & Compressing - to share super heavy games

Hacha - Another free splitting program for heavy files

Releasing games without RTP - To make the game lighter

———————————————————————————————

GENERAL RPGM SITES, FORUMS & COMMUNITIES

Where you can buy programs, inform yourself, ask questions, share ideas, find resources… a bit of everything!

Official RPG Maker site - FAQs, buy program, etc.

Official RPG Maker blog

Official RPG Maker Forums

RPG Maker VX Ace Wiki - Find masterlists and more

RPGMaker.net - Also for TKool, IG Maker, etc.!

RPGMaker Things - Tumblr blog by Sleep

RPGMaker XP Resources - Tumblr Blog

Flaming Teddy Productions
- Tumblr Blog

HBGames.org - Forums for games creation

Creation Asylum - Forums for game creation

CLOSET Ace - Japanese - TKool & RPG Maker resources

RPG Palace - For everything RPGM (forums, resources…)

RPG Maker Revolution - Forums for everything RPGM

RPGMaker VXAce Community Forums - More of the same

Ocean’s Dream - Development blog, pixel tutorials, etc.

Division Heaven - Free resources blog

———————————————————————————————

TUTORIALS

Remember that the very basics of the program (what are the layers, how to go around resources management, etc.) is available in the HELP section of the program itself! Read the instructions manual first of all! There are also tons of Youtube videos visually explaining the basics!

Very basic first steps to any RPG Maker project!

GDU’s Tutorials - Froms scripting to pixel art & more

VX Ace Tutorials Masterlist

More RPG Maker VX Ace Tutorials

RPG Maker XP Tutorials Masterlist

More XP Tutorials - Also find VX and Ace’s on the side!

What’s this Parallax Mapping thing I hear so much of?

Scripts basics you must know before asking

Mark’s Pixel Art Basic Tutorials - for absolute newbies

———————————————————————————————

SCRIPTS - RPG Maker XP, VX & VXACE

Please do remember that XP, VX and VX Ace use different programing languages. You need to use specific scripts for each specific program! Also, different scripts may overlayer others, or not be enterely compatible. ALSO: always read the scripter’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!

Scripts basics you must know before asking + Scripts

RPG Maker VX Ace Scripts Masterlist (RGSS3)

RPG Maker VX Scripts Masterlist (RGSS2)

RPG Maker XP Scripts Masterlist (RGSS1)

GDU’s List of Scripts - For XP, VX and VXAce

Yanfly Channel - compatibles with Yami & Kread-Ex’s

Grimoire Castle - Kread-Ex’s scripts and more

Khas - Open for commissions too!

Victor’s Scripts - Side battle view and tons more!

Atelier RGSS - A variety of unique scripts from creating a music or picture gallery to pick & throw items and more!

Fomar0153’s Scripts - Free for commercial use

VitorJ’s Scripts - Free to use + requests

DiamondandPlatinum3 - VX and VXAce scripter

Galv’s Scripts - More VXAce scripts

Bubble BLog - More VX Ace (contact for commerical use)

Hime Works - More VXAce scripts

Soulpour’s RPG Maker VX Ace Scripts - Yeah

RPG Palace - For everything RPGM (forums, resources…)

RPG Maker Revolution - Forums for everything RPGM

RPGMaker VXAce Community Forums - More of the same

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CODERS TO COMMISSION FOR RPG MAKER STUFF

(UNDER CONSTRUCTION) Let me know if you are active and want to be included in this list!

Yami / Kread-Ex / Fomar0153 / Khas /

Pixelation - Share art, discuss, hire artists and coders, etc.

———————————————————————————————

ARTISTS TO COMMISSION FOR RPG MAKER STUFF

(UNDER CONSTRUCTION) Let me know if you are active and want to be included in this list!

Pixelation - Share art, discuss, hire artists and coders, etc.

CarmenMCS ( Tumblr / DA ) - Sprites, illustrations, etc.

———————————————————————————————

RPGMaker STYLE CHARACTERS GENERATORS

These are little tools and programs that will allow you to create characters putting together different pre-made body parts and clothes in a editor!

XP to VX Converter for characters sprites

Game Character Hub - Fusions, recolours & more

Loose Leaf - a sprites generator for XP style characters

Famicon’s VX/Ace sprites generator - Female characs

Famicon’s VX/Ace csprites generator - Male characs

Junkhunt Character chip Generator - VX/Ace Style

———————————————————————————————

RPG MAKER STYLE GRAPHICS

A separated list for graphics resources that resemble RPG Maker default graphics. Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free. Always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!

Granny’s Lists - Masterpost of RPGM graphic resources

Characters Templates (under construction)

Tilesets Templates (under construction)

Pixel Art World - Many XP style graphics

Sithjester’s RMXP Resources - XP style

First Seed Materials - Taller VXAce art style and more

Lunarea’s - Resources Blog

Ayene-chan’s graphics - the artist’s Deviantart site

RPG Maker artists - group on Deviantart

Kaito’s resources - Charas, modern & japanese scenery…

CarmenMCS’s Pixel Art - Icons, sprites, parallax add-ons…

Hetalia characters and costumes - VX/Ace style

Hetalia Videogames - Hetalia fangames creation group

———————————————————————————————

OTHER GRAPHIC RESOURCES
Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free. Always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!
Pixel Joint .com
- It’s like the Deviantart of Pixel art!

Mark’s Pixel Art Basic Tutorials - for absolute newbies

Oceans Dream - Pixel Art tutorials and more

Game Art - Deviantart group (graphics, sound, etc)

Open Game Art .org - Free sprites, music, textures…

The Spriters Resource - all those classic games graphics!

Sprite Database - More of the same

Retrogamer Zone - More of the same

The Videogames Atlas - Very useful for reference!

Megaman Series Resources - Sprites, Models, Sounds…

 ——————————————————————————————

MUSIC CREATION SOFTWARE

Whether you know little about music or a lot, these are very useful resources to create your own music, sheets, remixes, etc.

TJFree.com’s list of free Music Composition Software

And list of Free Music & Audio Software

NoteFlight - ONLINE & Free composition & notation

MuseScore - Free (Midi) composition & notation software

MusInk - Free (Midi) composition & notation software

Finale NotePad - Free composition & notation software

Virtual Music Composer (3.0) - Remix, compose, etc.

MagiX Music Maker  - (Commercial) composition, beatbox..

Music Creator Touch - (Commercial) composition, beatbox

——————————————————————————————-

SONGS FOR YOUR GAMES

There are a thousand sites with copyrighted and free music, and they aren’t difficult to find so this is just a list of some remarkable ones. Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free: always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!

*** IMPORTANT: Copyrighted music from anime, video games, movies, etc. can only be used for free non-commercial fan creations, private projects, and such… and only to some extend. Some companies are ok with it as long as you don’t make money out of it, and some aren’t. Take a look at this link to learn more about it.

Granny’s Lists - Includes Music and Sound effects section

VGMdb - Catalogue of videogames & anime OSTs

Videogame Music - Listen to & Download games OSTs

Galbadia Hotel - Videogame & anime music and SHEETS

BlueLaguna - Source for RPG media (songs, videos…)

Music & Game - Download game OSTs

DownloadOST.com - Like it sounds

AnimeOST.com - Like it sounds

Free Anime Music.com - Like it sounds

Jasmine Cooper’s Music - Free to use music for games

The Music Case - Royalty free music & stock music

Purple Planet - Royalty Free music

Vimeo Music Store - Everything (commercial, free, etc.)

Sound Cloud - Everything again

Incompetech - Royalty Free Music (but you can donate!)

Instrumentals Free.com - Like it sounds!

ccMixer - In concrete, Dig.ccMixter free for commercial use

Tam Music Factory - Royalty Free music (please don’t use if you don’t understand the terms & conditions of usage!)

Music Material - Plz don’t use if you don’t understand

Freesound.org - Music and Sounds for free

———————————————————————————————

SOUND EFFECTS

Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free: always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!

Freesound.org - Music and Sounds for free

Audio Jungle.net - Free & non-free resources

Sound Bible - Royalty Free sounds

Soundjay - Royalty Free sounds

Hetalia Voices and Sounds ripped - Credits: Kiaolao The Dubber (Luca)

———————————————————————————————

MISCELLANEOUS TOOLS

Some other tools, websites and the such that I think can help with the development and exposition of your game.

Donjon RPG Tools - Maps generator, items, XP calculator..

Debut Video Capture - Video screen recording & more to make LPs, show your game on youtube as a video, etc.

Ripping sprites from retro consoles

Ripping sprites

Ripping Playstation Sprites with ePSXe and PSX-Vram

———————————————————————————————

RELATED MASTERPOSTS

Resources for Game making Masterlist

Suikoden Masterpost - Genso Suikoden videogames graphics, music, official art, extra material such as novels and mangas, RPG Maker Fangames, etc.

Dynasty Warriors Masterpost - Shin Sangoku Musou

jeanpaulfarte:

in stories featuring aliens, they’re always like “on my planet this never happens!” or “in my culture, this differs from your human culture.” and that’s neat and all because i like worldbuilding and all that jazz but wouldn’t it be fun if they just. couldn’t do that?

i want a story where humans encounter an alien who frustrates them because they don’t know enough to tell them anything concrete

like humans will ask “tell us about politics in your planet!” and the alien’s all “uh… hold on it’s been a while since i took gov. um….”

"what sorts of plants grow on your planet?"

"i dunno i grew up in the suburbs. they’re like… purple? idk what you want me to say"

"tell us about the culture on your planet!"

"do you have any idea how many fucking countries are back home, i don’t even know where to begin"

"your planet is obviously much more scientifically and technologically advanced than ours. is it possible for you to enlighten us on certain matters concerning space travel, or would that be a form of interference you must avoid?"

"naw it’s cool, it’s just that, um, i’m a philosophy major"

pyreo:

swan2swan:

"You’e weak! And I’ve outgrown you."

My brother called me yesterday with a stunning revelation he’d had about this scene: intentional or not, this is a perfect commentary on the superhero genre of today, and about one of its greatest weaknesses.

He’s calling Mr. Incredible weak here because the man refused to do one thing—and that was to kill someone. And because he sees him as being unable to kill, he sees him as weak—and childish. “I’ve outgrown you.” Now he is in the realm of “mature” superheroes, where Superman has to snap a man’s neck and Catwoman has to shoot Bane, where the purity of a woman forged by clay is unrelatable and marriage is nonconducive to an interesting story. His is a world where superheroes die to make villains seem impressive, a world where a dark and gritty realism is more important than a fun and adventurous fantasy. 

In the end of this movie, though, the Omnidroid isn’t beaten by Mr. Incredible finding Syndrome and beating an explanation out of him to stop the robot; they solve it through brainwork, audacity, and a fun and creative action sequence. Syndrome dies in the end, yes, but that’s primarily because he keeps trying to push his view, and ends up destroying himself.

But this is Syndrome being Zack Snyder or Frank Miller, and believing that the fun adventures of yesteryear are childish fantasies that need to be left behind: ours is a world where to relate to a superhero, we have to see that superhero be unable to accomplish his task completely, where he has to settle and accept a compromise in order to preserve the greater good. We can’t admire them for being able to do what we cannot—we have to grow up and see that they’re just like us, they’re nothing special. Not really. And that is what true maturity is. A truly mature Avatar would kill the Firelord, a truly mature Superman would have no choice but to fight in the middle of a city, and video games need to be about cover-based shooting and military combat in the real world. With quick-time-events!

And of course, that’s all complete bullcrap, and the sooner that mentality gets sucked into a jet engine, the happier I’ll be. 

Yes, YES, absolutely. I love the philosophy behind this movie in celebrating the light, warm, wholesome side of superheroism.

And I love how well Syndrome represents basically ‘toxic nerd culture’. When he can’t see superheroes as people he relates to any more, he regresses and sees them as playthings instead. He acts like these real people are action figures for him to do with as he pleases, as visually demonstrated by the scenes where he holds people in zero-point stasis and moves them about, frozen in stationary action poses.

He refuses to accept any perspective but his own. He talks about the superheroes like they’re comic book characters to him - like when he finds out Mr Incredible and Elastigirl got married, or in the interrogation scenes where he seems to be critiquing the ‘new’ Mr Incredible and berating him for having let him down. He talks about it like it’s a character reboot he doesn’t agree with. Plus his whole mantra of providing (selling) superpowers to everybody, so nobody will be ‘special’ any more, entirely designed to take away the specialness of what he coveted and couldn’t have, just as many guys entrenched in nerd culture refuse to let anyone else share it and act like it’s a secret club only for them.

Syndrome represents arrested fanboy development in which he refused to grow up. He carries this resentment from childhood all because his favourite hero actually had other things to do with his life than to cater to him. Mature people have responsibilities, actual jobs, they age and have families of their own, that’s what mature means and it’s what Mr and Mrs Incredible stand for, and everything that Syndrome echews in favour of being somebody’s ‘arch-nemesis’. He still thinks that maturity is dark, brooding, sexy (I mean the person he picked as the front for his scheme, not him), and about how much collateral damage you can cause. But he’s just a manchild living out a comic book dream, creating his own fictional life story (his robot is designed to be impervious to superpowers and stage a disaster that only he can defuse, thus saving the day - the whole thing is playing pretend and endangering thousands of people’s lives). Kids like to play at being heroes and stopping disasters, but because he refused to grow out of any of this, he acquired the means to do it for real and became a murderer in the process. All because he couldn’t accept that he was, essentially, wrong. By refusing to believe that his childlike hero-worship was over the top, he buckled down into it and continued to play pretend as a child would. Another aspect of maturity is natural change and Syndrome rejects it just as Mr Incredible and all the other supers accepted their reprimand (by having to go undercover and live as normal people) and adapted to it even though they didn’t want to.

My favourite line in the whole film is when Bob threatens him and Syndrome shrugs it off saying, “Nah, that’s a little dark for you,” because he’s all at once criticising Mr Incredible’s ‘character’, evaluating a real person in front of him as though he has him pegged on a morality chart, and you know he could back it up with some creepy nerd facts like “In 1964 you said the same thing to Lord Heatwave and you were totally bluffing”, as though Bob is predictable, unchanging, completely fictional to him, AND he’s being dismissive of Bob’s personal life, he thinks Mr Incredible’s gone soft, weak, become a family man, because he thinks his former hero needs to be cool and gritty and running away from explosions, not an actual person with depth and goals and feelings - which is, of course, why we as an audience like Mr Incredible and his whole family, thereby proving Syndrome and the Dark Gritty Reboot culture wrong simply by having watched and enjoyed the movie they were in.

jojje94:

heartlessmushroom:

blackrosekz13whovian:

apsarcasm:

sherlocksmyth:

Deflate when writing prose; inflate when writing essays for school.


Procrastinating on finding ways to add one page to my essay to get the page requirement! Thank you so much.

Thanks man

I’m not in school anymore, but here.

jojje94:

heartlessmushroom:

blackrosekz13whovian:

apsarcasm:

sherlocksmyth:

Deflate when writing prose; inflate when writing essays for school.

Procrastinating on finding ways to add one page to my essay to get the page requirement! Thank you so much.

Thanks man

I’m not in school anymore, but here.

themightyglamazon:

gehayi:

queenofeden:

perplexingly:

Daughter of a gun (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧ No idea if such a thing existed but surely there had to be girls born on board in the Age of Sail?

*puts on obnoxious historian hat*
*clears throat*
there were actually tons of women and girls on board ships during the age of sail and it’s really cool history that no one!!! ever!!! talks about!!! 
like captains of merchant ships used to bring their wives and children on board for long voyages all the time (and of course there were plenty of well known female pirate ship captains, and women cross-dressing as men, and prostitutes that more people seem to know of)
there’s actually a really amazing story of one woman, Mary Ann Patten who was the wife of the captain of this ship called Neptune’s Car. Captain Patten decided that he wanted her onboard with him and she was super about this and learned all about navigation and sailing and everything. so this one voyage they’re going around the tip of south america when her husband gets sick and is bed ridden with a fever right as the ship sails into one of the worst storms any of the crew had ever seen and it looks like they might lose the ship or have to stop
so you know who takes over??? the first mate??? 
no.
MARY
she took over the whole crew and sailed that ship through freezing water and pack ice and had it coasting smoothly into the san francisco harbour like it was nothing. and she did this all at age 19. while pregnant.
at one point the first mate tried to get the crew to mutiny against her but they all rallied with her and told him to shut the heck up because she obv knew what she was doing.
there’s a great book about women in the age of sail called ‘female tars’ by suzanne stark that i cannot recommend enough and has way more amazing stories and insights about the myriad roles women and girls played aboard ship during that time period.
(sorry i totally didn’t mean to hijack your post i love all of your art and this is gorgeous i just got over excited sorry sorry sorry)

We need links!
Female Tars: Women Aboard Ship in the Age of Sail by Suzanne Stark
Hen Frigates: Passion and Peril, Nineteenth-Century Women at Sea by Joan Druett
Hen Frigates: Wives of Merchant Captains Under Sail by Joan Druett
Iron Men, Wooden Women: Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920 edited by Margaret S. Creighton and Lisa Norling
Petticoat Whalers: Whaling Wives at Sea, 1820-1920 by Joan Druett
Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World by Jane Yolen
Seafaring Women: Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways and Sailors’ Wives by David Cordingly
The Captain’s Best Mate: The Journal of Mary Chipman Lawrence on the Whaler Addison, 1856-1860 by Mary Chipman Lawrence
Women Sailors and Sailors’ Women: An Untold Maritime History by David Cordingly

I’M GONNA GET A LIBRARY CARD AS SOON AS I GET AN APARTMENT AND READ LITERALLY ALL OF THESE AND WEEP TEARS OF PROUD SISTERHOOD

themightyglamazon:

gehayi:

queenofeden:

perplexingly:

Daughter of a gun (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧ No idea if such a thing existed but surely there had to be girls born on board in the Age of Sail?

*puts on obnoxious historian hat*

*clears throat*

there were actually tons of women and girls on board ships during the age of sail and it’s really cool history that no one!!! ever!!! talks about!!! 

like captains of merchant ships used to bring their wives and children on board for long voyages all the time (and of course there were plenty of well known female pirate ship captains, and women cross-dressing as men, and prostitutes that more people seem to know of)

there’s actually a really amazing story of one woman, Mary Ann Patten who was the wife of the captain of this ship called Neptune’s Car. Captain Patten decided that he wanted her onboard with him and she was super about this and learned all about navigation and sailing and everything. so this one voyage they’re going around the tip of south america when her husband gets sick and is bed ridden with a fever right as the ship sails into one of the worst storms any of the crew had ever seen and it looks like they might lose the ship or have to stop

so you know who takes over??? the first mate??? 

no.

MARY

she took over the whole crew and sailed that ship through freezing water and pack ice and had it coasting smoothly into the san francisco harbour like it was nothing. and she did this all at age 19. while pregnant.

at one point the first mate tried to get the crew to mutiny against her but they all rallied with her and told him to shut the heck up because she obv knew what she was doing.

there’s a great book about women in the age of sail called ‘female tars’ by suzanne stark that i cannot recommend enough and has way more amazing stories and insights about the myriad roles women and girls played aboard ship during that time period.

(sorry i totally didn’t mean to hijack your post i love all of your art and this is gorgeous i just got over excited sorry sorry sorry)

We need links!

Female Tars: Women Aboard Ship in the Age of Sail by Suzanne Stark

Hen Frigates: Passion and Peril, Nineteenth-Century Women at Sea by Joan Druett

Hen Frigates: Wives of Merchant Captains Under Sail by Joan Druett

Iron Men, Wooden Women: Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920 edited by Margaret S. Creighton and Lisa Norling

Petticoat Whalers: Whaling Wives at Sea, 1820-1920 by Joan Druett

Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World by Jane Yolen

Seafaring Women: Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways and Sailors’ Wives by David Cordingly

The Captain’s Best Mate: The Journal of Mary Chipman Lawrence on the Whaler Addison, 1856-1860 by Mary Chipman Lawrence

Women Sailors and Sailors’ Women: An Untold Maritime History by David Cordingly

I’M GONNA GET A LIBRARY CARD AS SOON AS I GET AN APARTMENT AND READ LITERALLY ALL OF THESE AND WEEP TEARS OF PROUD SISTERHOOD