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@  wonko the sane? : (18 November 2017 - 08:37 AM)

You won't be at school or work anymore... so mitigated success.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 November 2017 - 05:21 PM)

Just don't try to plug yourself into an outlet. It won't end well.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2017 - 04:57 PM)

Trying to stay awake at work or school is a lot like using your controller when it's on low battery

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 10:31 AM)

If you're used to doing it with tabs, that makes sense. It doesn't feel weird for me.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (17 November 2017 - 10:28 AM)

Also, it just feels weird if switching between webpages uses the same actions as switching between programs.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (17 November 2017 - 10:21 AM)

I switch between different things on the browser and click on various plugins and stuff far more often than switching from program to program.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 10:19 AM)

Yeah I'm mostly just venting from frustration rather than trying to convince anyone, though @NotVeryNightly I will point out that the windows for the other programs I'm running are at the bottom of the screen as well.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (17 November 2017 - 10:09 AM)

Tabs are on the top, near the address bar, browser tools, plugins and whatnot so the cursor will be there frequently anyway. Switching windows would require going down the screen.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 10:03 AM)

I mean, you do you. No bigs. You've just got a fairly unique stance that surprised me.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 09:54 AM)

I haven't seen words on the bottom bar of the screen since XP.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 09:13 AM)

All of which is put on the point that I don't care if people want to use tabs, I just want the option to not have them present for me on my browser.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 09:12 AM)

@Shrug- A quick glance at the bottom of the screen shows me what is open and where. Load times are basically so trivial that the load indicator on a tab is something I didn't notice until you mentioned it. The "which instance is playing noise" is a fair point but has basically only really been approaching meaningful for me maybe twice in all the time tabs have existed.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 09:07 AM)

@NotveryKnightly- I have never encountered a situation where that is true, especially given that tabs are on the other side of the screen to the other things I'm switching through.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 09:06 AM)

@ Nevermore- The windows at the bottom have the names of the websites on them, presuming you don't collapse them.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 08:08 AM)

Geez, this is reminding me of the awful pre-tab days.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 08:07 AM)

I can look at the tab to see if it hasn't finished loading yet. Now you can see which tab is playing sound, so no need to hunt through windows to find a video ad that started playing.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 08:07 AM)

And a quick glance lets me know whats open and where. No clicking multiple windows hunting for something. No waiting for some window preview to pop up (which wasn't available when tabs first started.)

@  NotVeryKnightly : (17 November 2017 - 06:03 AM)

Switching between tabs is way quicker than between windows.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:09 AM)

It's like having a clear structore with sub-directores, instead of just having all files on your computer stored in one giant directory.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:08 AM)

This way, I can switch between windows and then select the tab, instead of always trying to remember which window is for which website.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:07 AM)

I find one browser window with multiple tabs a lot easier to handle alongside other windows than multiple browser windows alongside other windows.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:06 AM)

I find multiple tabs a lot more comfortable than multiple windows.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:06 AM)

erm... no?

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 03:26 AM)

On mobile devices and whatever I understand why tabs would be a thing, but on a full desktop browser it's just- "Hey, here's a thing that's kind of like opening a new window, but objectively worse in every practical way"

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 November 2017 - 01:41 AM)

Someone remind me again: which versions of the CW Hot Spot mold did not suffer from bad hip ratcheting?

@  BlackMax : (16 November 2017 - 06:33 PM)

Holy crap I just pushed the F11 key for the first time on a keyboard since about 1994.

@  Shrug : (16 November 2017 - 01:11 PM)

tabs being wretched bs is definitely an opinion I've never seen before

@  RC85747 : (16 November 2017 - 08:25 AM)

Vivaldi lets you hide the tab bar

@  Pennpenn : (16 November 2017 - 07:45 AM)

Yeah but that gets rid of everything else as well.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 November 2017 - 07:33 AM)

Hit F11 Pennpenn

@  Pennpenn : (16 November 2017 - 04:15 AM)

I get that people like tabs. Fine. Whatever. I just detest the fact that most current browsers don't let you have the option of just hiding the bar away so I don't have to even think about the wretched bullshit things.

@  Pennpenn : (16 November 2017 - 04:06 AM)

Does anyone know of a browser that doesn't force tabs on you? Just... any sodding browser that doesn't have tabs.

@  Telly : (16 November 2017 - 01:59 AM)

being mostly wrong is better than being TOTALLY wrong!

@  BlackMax : (15 November 2017 - 09:26 PM)

ALL HAIL THE BLESSED OCTOBUTT.

@  Strafe : (15 November 2017 - 08:24 PM)

I really hope so. All of my high school drawings and notes (Hand-written notes! God, I'm old.) from girls are in a chest in the attic of my parents house. I'll check when I visit!

@  MEDdMI : (15 November 2017 - 06:39 PM)

Do you still have those drawings?

@  BlackMax : (15 November 2017 - 06:31 PM)

I think lesbian ninjas is just an unmitigated good idea. *shrug*

@  Devcon : (15 November 2017 - 05:56 PM)

well, that and Balloon Doggies, Mr secretary

@  Strafe : (15 November 2017 - 04:12 PM)

It's my crowning Allspark achievement! You're welcome.

@  Strafe : (15 November 2017 - 04:05 PM)

"Someone" being me. No mystery to it, I used to draw a lot during class when I was in high school. I came up with lesbian ninjas, which were a specialized team of assassins with amazing hair and impeccable style. I scanned some of my drawings and mentioned them a few times on the ezboard 17 years ago, and people seemed to like the idea.

@  Copper Bezel : (15 November 2017 - 01:05 PM)

Thanks in any case!

@  Copper Bezel : (15 November 2017 - 01:05 PM)

Oh, wow. That is ages ago. 

@  Telly : (15 November 2017 - 01:03 PM)

ages ago meaning when the spark was still on ezboard

@  Telly : (15 November 2017 - 01:02 PM)

i think maybe it was part of a title of a movie someone posted ages ago and the "lesbian ninja" part stood out and people just latched on to it. please note this is possibly totally and completely wrong cause my memory is terrible anymore

@  Copper Bezel : (15 November 2017 - 12:11 PM)

I don't think it's a fandom thing, I think it's an Allspark thing. Or that's been my perception. Mayhem has some lesbian ninja regulars now but I think the reference is much older. = ] 

@  Robowang : (15 November 2017 - 11:02 AM)

Who knows. I always thought it was stupid.

@  RichardT1977 : (15 November 2017 - 10:31 AM)

What is this fandom's deal with lesbian ninjas? Is it some fantheory about Nightbird or something?

@  OrionPax44 : (15 November 2017 - 08:26 AM)

Huh my phone didn't even alert me for some reason. Guess it only does on the Mayhem Discord Hangouts??

@  BlackMax : (14 November 2017 - 09:41 PM)

Telly, you are FIRED as my PR agent. :D

@  Telly : (14 November 2017 - 09:05 PM)

you all dont know what you missed. there was fun. there were games. lesbian ninjas. tang and even a couple human sacrifices.


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Beast Wars Uprising: AMA


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#1 Jim S

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 12:35 AM

I just learned that the first part of the Beast Wars: Uprising finale is going to be a little delayed--thought it was going this week, found out it isn't--but I'd like to keep building on the momentum from the rapid-fire release of the last few stories. I thought I'd do a little Ask Me Anything here. So... go ahead and ask! I'm very keen to talk about Beast Wars: Uprising, but pretty much anything in my body of work is game.

 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 12:58 AM

Anything from the already released stories you had to drop?

 

Is their any ideas for bodies of characters that have shown up but aren't described or shown visually that you or Bish have?


 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:00 AM

What goes into the process of deciding which character or characters are to be main focus of each story?

 

What determines which Maximal/Predacon characters get designs based on preexisting toy designs vs. those who get original non-toy-based designs?

 

Is there any chance of seeing some additional BWU fiction set in the past like "Identity Politics" was?

 

Is there any chance we could see any amount of actual story material for the characters that were only briefly mentioned in Blackarachnia's magazine bio before they were either killed off (i.e. - Optimus Primal, Silverbolt, Rhinox) or disabled (Cheetor)?

 

Which character or characters would you say have been your favorite to write about thus far?

 

Is there even the slightest bit of hope for additional fiction of this variety to see continued publishing after the Club's end in an officially licensed format?


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:19 AM

Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:23 AM

Where Injector?
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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:32 AM

Was Dawn of Predacus ever connected to the BW:U Universe? Before the con, everybody figured it would be.


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:02 AM

Since we learned about TFSS 5.0, I've had a lingering suspicion that Tiny Spacewarp was a get-the-popular-character-out last-minute deco change replacing some other use of that mold, because an in-the-planning-stages hypothetical 2017 Sentinel Prime redeco got killed by No More TFCC. Is this plausible, or am I spinning conspiracy theories here?


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#8 Jim S

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:19 AM

Anything from the already released stories you had to drop?

 
I feel certain there has been, but nothing of major substance. Cosmetic changes mostly. Scorponok was originally called Scorponaut, for instance.
 
 

Is their any ideas for bodies of characters that have shown up but aren't described or shown visually that you or Bish have?

 
We usually come up with them as-needed in the story. We all liked the Titans Return Mindwipe and thought he might be neat for someone like Psychobat.
 
 

What goes into the process of deciding which character or characters are to be main focus of each story?

 
Sometimes we start with a character and then build the story around him or her. Immorticon was like that... I liked the name, and eventually a story clicked. (False Equivalencies, if I ever have the chance to write it.)  Sometimes it's a request from editorial. Identity Politics came about because FP requested a story to help promote the FSS5 Scorponok figure. Sometimes the idea for the story comes first. Intersectionality was because I didn't like leaving Transmutate and Rampage hanging in deep space when the main thrust of the action was on Cybertron. The idea of the Beast Wars Neo Predacons as the heroes came from brainstorming. 
 
 

What determines which Maximal/Predacon characters get designs based on preexisting toy designs vs. those who get original non-toy-based designs?

 
It's always my preference to have a preexisting toy design. non-toy designs mostly just slipped though the cracks. The exception to that rule was the Destructons, I wanted to keep their unique aesthetic while introducing the idea of them transforming, as teased at the end of Alone Together
 
 

Is there any chance of seeing some additional BWU fiction set in the past like "Identity Politics" was?

 
The finale will have some flashbacks and the like about the past, but most of it will be in the here and now. Should the universe continue, I've got plenty of stories ranging from minus eleven million years all the way to the 34th century. That said, I like that the focus of the universe is the Maximals and Predacons, so I'd mostly want to focus on stories that are relevant to them. I think it's neat to get a glimpse of the mythology, but probably wouldn't write a whole story about, say, Jazz vs Starscream in 1985. But the story of Maxima, Virtue Signaling, is set in the past. So was the aforementioned Immorticon tale. 
 
 

Is there any chance we could see any amount of actual story material for the characters that were only briefly mentioned in Blackarachnia's magazine bio before they were either killed off (i.e. - Optimus Primal, Silverbolt, Rhinox) or disabled (Cheetor)?

 
I'd say the chances are excellent, yessss. 
 
 

Which character or characters would you say have been your favorite to write about thus far?

 
Oooh, that's a toughie. There's one from the first part of the finale who was really difficult to write for but came out very nicely. Wolfang was a hoot, but Bish did most of the heavy lifting there. Longrack was a lotta fun; I love his officiousness. There's a little bit of Arnold J. Rimmer in there.
 
 
How about one question per post from now on?
 
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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:25 AM

Is there even the slightest bit of hope for additional fiction of this variety to see continued publishing after the Club's end in an officially licensed format?

 

All things are possible. I enjoy writing for the universe and have contacts at other publishers. We'll see. If that's something you'd be interested in, make some noise. 

 

 

Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

 

Some people have called me the devil. I suppose that means I'd have to say no, but my wife could say yes. 

 

 

Where Injector?

 

Great character. If I have time I'll get to him. 

 

 

Was Dawn of Predacus ever connected to the BW:U Universe? Before the con, everybody figured it would be.

 

VERY early on in the process, I was asked to pitch an idea for what Dawn of the Predacus would have looked like in the BWU universe. It would have been a story where the ghost of Prowl (Prowl II maybe) was acting from beyond the grave to put together a Builder threat, the Magnaboss. In the end, the Tri-Predacus Council itself would have had to intervene to stop the rampage. You can still see the toys solicited as such: https://www.toyarama...-1-pc-p1414.php In the end, though, FP opted to outsource the comic to IDW, so that story got shelved.

 

 

 

Since we learned about TFSS 5.0, I've had a lingering suspicion that Tiny Spacewarp was a get-the-popular-character-out last-minute deco change replacing some other use of that mold, because an in-the-planning-stages hypothetical 2017 Sentinel Prime redeco got killed by No More TFCC. Is this plausible, or am I spinning conspiracy theories here?

 

I am positive the (unexpected but welcome) popularity of Spacewarp factored into the choice to use her. As to whether or not she replaced some other specific character or it was merely a hypothetical Megatron-plus-Targetmaster, who can say? Megatron has historically been associated with Leader-1 as a sort of Targetmaster, in Armada. Doomshot would have made a cool Targetmaster as well. And with a space shuttle mode, Astrotrain comes to mind as a possibility. 

 

 

Keep em coming!

 

-JimS


Edited by Jim S, 15 October 2016 - 02:28 AM.


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:30 AM

Aside from the Immorticon and Maxima stories, are their any other ones you want to write but probably won't get time to do?


 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:44 AM

Aside from the Immorticon and Maxima stories, are their any other ones you want to write but probably won't get time to do?


Yup.

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 03:31 AM

Is there any particular rhyme or reason to the traditionally male characters you use as female ones, or are they more or less picked at random?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 04:32 AM

What was the initial spark that became the BWU idea and universe?

Is there, or will there ever be, a Big Convoy in BWU?

Will we learn at some point, even if only in reference, why Spike and co sre considered irredeemable by humanity?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 04:51 AM

Okay Jim, time for something inconsequential! So, the alt.software.dev users. Cyberbee42296 and MesothulasSinner are the easy ones, and then:

FSS15 - ????
GEOFAN - Fractyl?
Agent3P - Ravage?
ravagekitteh - SG Ravage?!

Can you shed any light? Would a BWU Ravage be a still-mobile cassetticon, like Eject, or a fully-downsized Predacon?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 05:19 AM

Is there a particularly decrepit Builder locked away in a vault somewhere who spends what time he believes he has left answering questions about the war posed to him by his safe-guarding secretary? :p

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 06:11 AM

Do Beastformers/Battle Beasts exist in the Uprising verse, and if so, any interaction between themselves and Cybertronians?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 07:42 AM

What was the initial spark that became the BWU idea and universe?


I would like to hear Jim's answer for how he got his ideas for the universe. The initial initial spark way back in Transtech Blackarachnia's bio came from the idea that we wanted a bit of a sympathetic character. Even if she was working for a guy potentially more evil than SG Optimus Prime (that guy being SG Alpha Trion). So we pondered the idea of why she would go against the Transtech in such a conniving and twisted way - extracting sparks to steal the empty bodies for espionage meant she had to have a VERY good reason to go that far.

That all led to the idea that the Maximals and Predacons in her universe were kept as slaves under an unreachable aristocracy. Just as the Transtech sat far above the Lowtech. But why would Maximals and Predacons exist if Autobots and Decepticons were still around? Ah, they're too old to fight and force the other factions to do it for them.

The Games then entered into play when Eject was turned into a BWU character. As a guy obsessed with sports - and the chess analogy already in BA's bio - it made sense to make the Maximal/Predacon conflict into a sports thing. Especially with the gladiatorial background in so many TF universes.

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:12 AM

Is there any particular rhyme or reason to the traditionally male characters you use as female ones, or are they more or less picked at random?


I hesitate to say it's random, but there aren't any hard and fast rules. One frustration I have with the TF mythology is the dearth of female characters, so for my stories I try to remedy somewhat. For characters with minimal fiction, I generally feel free to reimagine species and faction and personality and, yes, gender. Characters with no specified gender (Major Altitude comes to mind, as does Spacewarp) I'm especially prone to making female as it's not even genderbending in my head.

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:16 AM

Is there a particularly decrepit Builder locked away in a vault somewhere who spends what time he believes he has left answering questions about the war posed to him by his safe-guarding secretary? :p

I don't think there is a Vector Prime analog in this universe. If there is, I haven't found a place for him. Maybe in the distant past or future. Safeguard was probably active during the Great War and, being Targetmaster-y, probably isn't alive anymore.

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:20 AM

Do Beastformers/Battle Beasts exist in the Uprising verse, and if so, any interaction between themselves and Cybertronians?

Not as such. Quantum Harmonic Resonance is such that their analogues in this dimension tend to be Cybertronian. We've already seen that with guys like Fennec and will probably continue to do so. The same goes for MASK characters, like Aura and Vampire.

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Edited by Jim S, 15 October 2016 - 08:42 AM.




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