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@  Nevermore : (21 January 2018 - 04:54 AM)

Germany considers Monday the first day of the week.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (21 January 2018 - 01:34 AM)

The judge obviously had a more material motive than the one he claimed, there need to be some serious investigation of that case.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2018 - 05:04 PM)

The reason is even worse. :(

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 January 2018 - 04:34 PM)

That moron is a shame to his profession.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2018 - 09:34 AM)

I just think a Judge going on and Jury Tampering, trying to make the Jury think a sex taffiker is innocent is sickening. *won't say why he did that as that goes in P&R*

@  Sabrblade : (20 January 2018 - 09:21 AM)

Heh, the schedules for my work weeks begin with Saturday

@  wonko the sane? : (20 January 2018 - 07:01 AM)

Thing about the US is... you can say that any time you want as much as you want. You're still going to get shot, but it might not be because you said that though.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (20 January 2018 - 02:20 AM)

You just did.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2018 - 02:18 AM)

Can I just say that right now... I hate the USA?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (20 January 2018 - 01:34 AM)

There are languages where the days are named for numbers and Sunday is "one". Like Arabic.

@  Pennpenn : (20 January 2018 - 01:31 AM)

Isn't it sort of a religious thing for Sunday to be the start of the week but most people just go with the first day they go to work for the week?

@  unitremover : (20 January 2018 - 01:02 AM)

I feel like I've known plenty of Americans who'd say Monday is the first day of the week.

@  Pennpenn : (20 January 2018 - 12:57 AM)

Personally Monday will always be the first day of the week for me. The notion that Sunday is somehow the first day of the week seems completely nonsensical to me.

@  Pennpenn : (20 January 2018 - 12:57 AM)

I'm fairly sure it is in Australia, but that tends to get blurred because of US influence.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 January 2018 - 12:19 AM)

(It's Sunday here in the U.S.)

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 January 2018 - 12:18 AM)

Anyone here live in a country where Monday is considered the first day of the week?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 January 2018 - 08:40 PM)

Maybe?

@  Patchouli Kn... : (19 January 2018 - 08:38 PM)

But do they search barf?

@  BlackMax : (19 January 2018 - 08:38 PM)

Under water, the fish don't stink.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 January 2018 - 07:42 PM)

I read that at first as "Everyone is a fish...."

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 January 2018 - 06:08 PM)

Everyone has a fetish, I guess.

@  BlackMax : (19 January 2018 - 05:56 PM)

I parsed it as "search barf" at first.

@  Nevermore : (19 January 2018 - 05:05 PM)

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@  Robowang : (19 January 2018 - 02:54 PM)

Oh, hey, that's not the search bar! Whoops.

@  Robowang : (19 January 2018 - 12:48 PM)

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@  MEDdMI : (19 January 2018 - 12:14 PM)

But did you get a Snowbombcyclopsragnarokdoomstorm like the US NE got last week?

@  Nevermore : (19 January 2018 - 11:40 AM)

Netherlands? We got one hell of a storm here in Germany the other day too.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (19 January 2018 - 01:59 AM)

When that happens in Cocoa Beach there's always someone getting out their surfboard.

@  CORVUS : (19 January 2018 - 12:04 AM)

Damn!

@  Telly : (18 January 2018 - 10:29 PM)

holy hug

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 January 2018 - 06:27 PM)

Goddamn look what happened to the Dutch this week.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 January 2018 - 06:27 PM)

https://twitter.com/dwnews/status/954066379610628097

@  Locoman : (18 January 2018 - 03:43 PM)

To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand brick and mortar.

@  siccoyote : (18 January 2018 - 04:31 AM)

Who sings the first part of the GIJoe The Movie theme song? (Cobra) Sounds so familiar.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:46 PM)

Also true.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 10:40 PM)

I hate brick and mortar stores around here.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:38 PM)

But I like the feel of the brick and mortar search a bit more. And I can see inside packages at brick and mortar. True, Amazon has a good return policy, but I like buying once and settling.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:37 PM)

I suppose I could save more if I bought more often from Amazon.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 10:36 PM)

Closest I got to "free" was 30% off warpath, which just about lined him up to the canadian price had he ever shown up around me. The pile of loot saved me a pile, but it was still pricy.

@  Shrug : (17 January 2018 - 09:34 PM)

Yeah, I purposefully waited on them because I knew they'd be perfect "add onto orders to get free shipping" fodder. Already gotten two that way. Technically "free" and I barely had to wait.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 09:21 PM)

That's how I feel about Prime Masters. Getting back into collecting last year taught me to be patient, which grants rewards most of the time.

@  Shrug : (17 January 2018 - 09:18 PM)

I want Starscream so hard after seeing him in person, but since he's the one being left behind by every other collector in my area, I feel like I can wait for a sale.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 09:09 PM)

I mean: I maybe woulda jumped on starscream if I found a sale or something, but it wasn't a priority.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 09:08 PM)

I only wanted the dinobots (cause... volcanicus.) but got saddled with three I didn't want due to the bundling. I'd still be waiting to order if I had waited on individual figures.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 08:27 PM)

Ahh.. I just ordered the whole case cause I wanted too. :)

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 06:49 PM)

Mostly PotP dinobots. Plus some stuff I couldn't opt out of to get those dinobots. And CW warpath... cause he was on sale.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 04:54 PM)

What ya getting?

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 04:38 PM)

Yay! My package from BBTS is in canada! I might even get it this week!

@  Benbot : (17 January 2018 - 02:04 PM)

I need a laptop more than a new desktop

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 01:18 PM)

Buying a pre-built computer you should be okay.. It's just the individual parts that jumped huge in price.


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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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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!

 

-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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