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@  Shrug : (21 July 2018 - 05:23 PM)

Well, his gold isn't quite the color I associate with GPS and I see little, if any swirling in it. But hip ratchets in gold plastic that loudly clicked once only to be suddenly silenced. Hrmm. Messing with it now, one leg has no ratcheting and the other ratchets at something like 80 degrees apart.

@  Nevermore : (21 July 2018 - 03:37 PM)

I like that figure. :(

@  Nevermore : (21 July 2018 - 03:37 PM)

Please no GPS on HFTD Sea Spray...

@  Darth Gonzo : (21 July 2018 - 03:32 PM)

That moment when you realize GoBots is being talked about more then Transformers.

@  Shrug : (21 July 2018 - 02:11 PM)

Anyone have experience with HFTD Seaspray? I just bought a used one (for a buck!) and all his hip ratchets broke on first movement. Does he just generally have fragile ratchets or is GPS starting?

@  Paladin : (20 July 2018 - 09:24 PM)

Remember it, for it is the last thing you will hear before I *shuffle* EXPRESS MY FEELINGS IN SONG!!!!!!

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 July 2018 - 08:46 PM)

Blitzwing, eh?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 July 2018 - 08:46 PM)

Huh.

@  wonko the sane? : (20 July 2018 - 06:29 PM)

He leaks his crankcase, then we all catch a few new dents.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 July 2018 - 02:58 PM)

Quick, somebody put his hand in some warm oil and see what happens.

@  wonko the sane? : (20 July 2018 - 02:25 PM)

Guys, SSSHHHHH. Megatron is passed out right over there, and dude is a MEAN drunk. Don't wake him up.

@  Paladin : (20 July 2018 - 02:04 PM)

*checks Hasbro's offerings* so, never. :(

@  Jetstream C-18 : (20 July 2018 - 01:26 PM)

They're all hugged when Omega Supreme gets back

@  unluckiness : (20 July 2018 - 10:00 AM)

Megatron is hammered! Now, I, Starscream am leader of the Decepticons!

@  wonko the sane? : (20 July 2018 - 09:47 AM)

And megatron is so confused as to why no one is shooting at him anymore that he starts binge drinking.

@  unluckiness : (20 July 2018 - 08:46 AM)

Grimlock eats them for lunch.

@  Paladin : (20 July 2018 - 08:09 AM)

Optimus wants to free the Minicons. Ultra Magnus says it infringes states' rights.

@  wonko the sane? : (20 July 2018 - 08:07 AM)

So... the nicest beings in the universe are fighting with each other?

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 July 2018 - 08:01 AM)

No Decepticons. It's Autobots Civil War.

@  Gryllid : (20 July 2018 - 07:55 AM)

New York Comic Con is in October, maybe there?

@  Nevermore : (20 July 2018 - 05:49 AM)

So.. thus far, Hasbro only revealed Autobots for Siege. Any ideas which show they will reveal the Decepticons at?

@  Nevermore : (20 July 2018 - 05:44 AM)

So where did the "Stege" logo come from? All I can find is Sipher posting it an making fun of it. Where did that inconvenient version originate?

@  Sabrblade : (19 July 2018 - 11:53 PM)

True. But it was due to Transformers' use of the name that Saban at the time couldn't use it.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 July 2018 - 11:38 PM)

But that's not necessarily a reference, just an attempt to use "Technobable" name.

@  Sabrblade : (19 July 2018 - 10:57 PM)

It's not Power Rangers, but Saban's VR Troopers was originally going to be titled "Cybertron".

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 July 2018 - 09:26 PM)

@paladin Energon would be too obvious. That's why I like Ore-13. It's not overt.. but still a nice nod.

@  Paladin : (19 July 2018 - 08:05 PM)

the original Sentai called it "Enetron." all they have to change is ONE LETTER.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 July 2018 - 06:26 PM)

@saberblade True.. But I don't know.. I just want something simple like the "Energy source" in Beast Morphers to be Ore-13 or something like that.

@  Sabrblade : (19 July 2018 - 05:41 PM)

@Tm_Silverclaw: Operation Overdrive did have a weapon called the "Transtech Armor" ;)

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (19 July 2018 - 04:49 PM)

*sigh* This is going to be a long subline.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (19 July 2018 - 04:49 PM)

I already hate the overuse of "STEGE".

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 July 2018 - 04:16 PM)

I just want Power Ranger refferenes in TF and Vice versa now.

@  Onyxstrike : (19 July 2018 - 11:32 AM)

I think Hasbro might be after more than just my money this time around with these reveals.

@  Otaku : (18 July 2018 - 02:39 PM)

@TheMightyMollusk Thanks for clarifying.

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 July 2018 - 12:34 PM)

@Otaku, most people were oblivious. The smart ones did their emergency shopping the day before, so there wasn't much left anyway.

@  MEDdMI : (18 July 2018 - 09:37 AM)

@wonko Only happened a few times and I don't remember the exact details, but yeah.

@  Otaku : (18 July 2018 - 08:06 AM)

@TheMightyMollusk Is that really the same thing? I mean, it is if the people were casually shopping and oblivious to the danger to them or the employees of the store, but if they were desperately trying to get needed supplies themselves... or am I just supposed to be smart enough to know you wouldn't have brought it up if it wasn't the former? >_<

@  wonko the sane? : (18 July 2018 - 07:59 AM)

Okay, what? I've had to explain why the TV wouldn't work when the power is out to children, but never to an adult in their right mind.

@  MEDdMI : (18 July 2018 - 07:44 AM)

*When I worked at the cable call center, some people wondered why their TV wouldn't work when there was an outage...

@  MEDdMI : (18 July 2018 - 07:43 AM)

w

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 July 2018 - 03:11 AM)

We had people still trying to shop while we were being pushed by state police to shut the store down due to flooding. The police finally had to help herd them out.

@  MEDdMI : (17 July 2018 - 07:36 PM)

Or working for an airline and people complaining about not being able to take off in severe weather, and expecting us to know when the bad weather will end. *points at window*

@  MEDdMI : (17 July 2018 - 07:34 PM)

Outages/fire alarms are fun when you work retail and people complain that they can't keep shopping.

@  Echowarrior : (17 July 2018 - 07:11 PM)

Outages occasionally happened at the fulfillment center I used to work at. Never fun.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:51 PM)

Apparently the early shift (i.e. those who didn't participate in the walkout) were sitting in the cafeteria, waiting for power to return, while the late shift couldn't even enter the building.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 July 2018 - 04:18 PM)

Oh, wow. I thought the news about the website outtage would have been the topper, but that pretty much wins.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:14 PM)

Whoopsie.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:14 PM)

First the union called for a two-day strike yesterday, and then today the entire city where the Amazon warehouse I work at is located apparently had a power outage.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:14 PM)

So,uh. Seems like Amazon's Prime Day really didn't go well this year.

@  unluckiness : (17 July 2018 - 09:55 AM)

It wasn't just blander and more polite bacon like I was expecting


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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

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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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Edited by Jim S, 19 January 2017 - 03:54 PM.


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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!

 

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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.

Edited by NightViper, 15 October 2016 - 07:47 AM.


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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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