I didn’t get Soul Reaver done tonight after all, but I won’t miss the deadline for next week! We’ll have the finale then!.In the meanwhile, I thought I’d post something I drew because there’s a story behind this image. You see, that big orc woman was originally going to be a big orc sumo wrestler, but then I realized I set the hips a little too wide. I figured, well, they’re just wide enough for a woman, though. Of course, there’s not a women’s sumo division as far as I’m aware, so eventually….I haven’t figured out their names but this is a married couple. The little guy is a goblin and the lady is an orc. She owns the tank, which is too small because I drew it too small and it needs work on perspective with the wheels - but the tank is called “The Chieftress”. It’s their baby and they can hitch a trailer to the back of it, although I forgot to include the towing stub..Like all evil creatures spawned by whatever inconsistent, stupid entity is responsible for orcs in this setting, this couple has an abusive relationship of constructive hatred. The wife does all the heavy lifting keeps bullies off her husband’s back, and her husband manages mechanical and medical worries. Somebody’s got to build the explosives and his tiny little child hands are perfect for it!.Because a friend asked - the sex is terrible. It’s loveless and uneasy because they don’t trust each other, but they only lack that trust because they know one another so well. It is a match made in hell, and they will kill other living creatures to stay together so they know the other never catches a break..I have a mind to start drawing comics once I feel like I have enough skill. if I drew a story about this couple, it would be about their long, bloody battle with a debt collector. Oh, and there’d be tanks. Like, I’d do research on tank warfare, then make an effort to abuse the tank as though an angry redneck family owned a tank and used it for everything..I’ll go back to posting these on Patreon again! However, if I do start making a comic, what I’m likely to do is start shoring up comics so I’ll have a couple weeks worth of updates before I launch the thing. That way it’ll make a nice consistent read and I’ll have a handy buffer so it’ll be hard to fall behind!.Not saying I’d do tank orcs necessarily! I’m just drawing random things and then inventing stories for it to see if something amuses me enough to keep doing it!

I didn’t get Soul Reaver done tonight after all, but I won’t miss the deadline for next week! We’ll have the finale then!
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In the meanwhile, I thought I’d post something I drew because there’s a story behind this image. You see, that big orc woman was originally going to be a big orc sumo wrestler, but then I realized I set the hips a little too wide. I figured, well, they’re just wide enough for a woman, though. Of course, there’s not a women’s sumo division as far as I’m aware, so eventually…
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I haven’t figured out their names but this is a married couple. The little guy is a goblin and the lady is an orc. She owns the tank, which is too small because I drew it too small and it needs work on perspective with the wheels - but the tank is called “The Chieftress”. It’s their baby and they can hitch a trailer to the back of it, although I forgot to include the towing stub.
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Like all evil creatures spawned by whatever inconsistent, stupid entity is responsible for orcs in this setting, this couple has an abusive relationship of constructive hatred. The wife does all the heavy lifting keeps bullies off her husband’s back, and her husband manages mechanical and medical worries. Somebody’s got to build the explosives and his tiny little child hands are perfect for it!
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Because a friend asked - the sex is terrible. It’s loveless and uneasy because they don’t trust each other, but they only lack that trust because they know one another so well. It is a match made in hell, and they will kill other living creatures to stay together so they know the other never catches a break.
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I have a mind to start drawing comics once I feel like I have enough skill. if I drew a story about this couple, it would be about their long, bloody battle with a debt collector. Oh, and there’d be tanks. Like, I’d do research on tank warfare, then make an effort to abuse the tank as though an angry redneck family owned a tank and used it for everything.
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I’ll go back to posting these on Patreon again! However, if I do start making a comic, what I’m likely to do is start shoring up comics so I’ll have a couple weeks worth of updates before I launch the thing. That way it’ll make a nice consistent read and I’ll have a handy buffer so it’ll be hard to fall behind!
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Not saying I’d do tank orcs necessarily! I’m just drawing random things and then inventing stories for it to see if something amuses me enough to keep doing it!

So yesterday was my last official day at CVS! I said goodbye to my co-workers, who are an alright group of people. If it weren’t for the company it really would not have been too bad, but there was just too much being forced against the grindstone for too little compensation..I always wind up feeling kind of exhausted the day after working there, and today is no exception! However, what’s nice about learning to draw is that it’s still great to do even if you’re feeling kind of sluggish, mentally! This took me, like, an hour. Which means I’m getting faster. Good heavens..Anyway, someone on 4chan requested “draw Spike in Warhammer Lizardman gear” in a draw thread. Turns out that for most of the Lizardmen it’s basically just some gold braces. So I did the request!.I’m working on the final episode of Soul Reaver 2 as well! I’m hoping I’ll have it ready by tomorrow evening, but it will be a half hour long. It features some incredibly clumsy boss battling!

So yesterday was my last official day at CVS! I said goodbye to my co-workers, who are an alright group of people. If it weren’t for the company it really would not have been too bad, but there was just too much being forced against the grindstone for too little compensation.
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I always wind up feeling kind of exhausted the day after working there, and today is no exception! However, what’s nice about learning to draw is that it’s still great to do even if you’re feeling kind of sluggish, mentally! This took me, like, an hour. Which means I’m getting faster. Good heavens.
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Anyway, someone on 4chan requested “draw Spike in Warhammer Lizardman gear” in a draw thread. Turns out that for most of the Lizardmen it’s basically just some gold braces. So I did the request!
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I’m working on the final episode of Soul Reaver 2 as well! I’m hoping I’ll have it ready by tomorrow evening, but it will be a half hour long. It features some incredibly clumsy boss battling!

At last, Queen Latifah finds herself in the lair of Dr. Moebius! And of course, his nefarious evil plan is to attack our intrepid hero with a giant, robot scorpion. It doesn’t go so well, though, because it turns out the giant prototype has a ton of sensory problems and tends to forget that Latifah is even there.

Anonymous said: That's a curiously one-sided view of Microsoft. The counter to pretty much everything you said can be summed up in one series, their flagship: Halo. Halo is highly customizable, giving modders the ability to make maps and game types and such. Microsoft also actively engaged and supported the machinima movement. Additionally, the history of decisions made by any department outside of the Xbox & gaming department is fairly irrelevant in such a large company.

[That isn’t to say that they /will/ do good by minecraft fans, but just that I’ve come to expect more of an unbiased view from your paragraphs. Acknowledging the ‘other side’ of things and such.]
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You may be right. It’s a huge investment for Microsoft, though, and their discussion of the purchase in public has been headed by higher-ups in the company, so it appears to be part of a broader strategy. There’s a lot of things to consider. Steve Ballmer is no longer the CEO, Minecraft is a top seller on the PS4, and the game could definitely use some constructive direction towards improving its better aspects.
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It may not be dramatic news, but with a $2.5 billion price tag on the purchase, I worry that the company will take a very direct and vested interest in the game and will be extremely intent on making a return within a certain time frame. Investments like this are done based on cost projections, where Microsoft decides to invest ‘x’ amount into a product now with the plan that they’ll make ‘y’ amount as a return within a set date. If they don’t make that money, they consider the investment a failure because they could have made more money by investing that sum into stocks or something else. In other words, Minecraft now needs to make enough profit to beat the returns of a stock investment of $2.5 billion, or Microsoft’s shareholders are going to be furious.
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We’re looking at a title with an install base that has already purchased the game, and the game is being kept alive by free mods. Given good modding support and consistent updates, that sort of thing could have Mojang going for years - maybe decades if they could get good graphical updates and continually feel fresh. But would the game make enough money to beat a $2.5 billion stock investment over the span of a decade? They don’t always close off their products, but it is something that Microsoft very commonly does as a business strategy, and it’s something I might expect to see. However, if they do that with Minecraft, the game could tank.
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While closing off the game to rapidly cash in on merchandise, DLC, and other short-term profits would end Minecraft over the long term, it doesn’t matter in terms of making cost projections. If, for example, Microsoft made $1 billion in the first five years and they were looking at expected returns by the end of the decade, then Minecraft is in trouble. At that point, they start screwing around, switching over to models to get a bunch of money quick, and do everything they can to pull in a little over $1.5 billion before it’s too late. If they can make enough of a return, they can invest it in stocks and then that’s it. Minecraft is done, the cost projection worked, big success! Well, for the company. But the game is royally screwed up, the fan base is pissed, everything is closed off, private servers are dead. The consumer loses.
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Stuff like this happens not because of a malicious conspiracy, but just because this is how huge investments work. The company needs to meet its projections or its investments are likely to be considered a failure. A lot of times the projections will be too optimistic, and that’s when you see these companies scalping their customers, nickel-and-diming everything. If Microsoft has to start seizing Youtube videos to make that money, they’ll do it - nothing matters past the date of the cost projection, so if the community dies afterward, it dies.
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It could turn out alright, but $2.5 billion is going to be a lot of pressure on this game going forward. Your optimism doesn’t have to revolve around Microsoft or their usual strategies. If you think that Minecraft can make back more than $2.5 billion as it is within the same time frame Microsoft expects that money, then okay! Minecraft is probably going to be fine! If not, expect funny business. In any case, the game will probably be okay for a year or two - after that we’ll know.

Minecraft! Sold!

I’m late with the Fallout video today. I didn’t like the way some of the commentary turned so I scrapped it and I’m re-doing it, but we should be online this afternoon or evening, depending on rendering and upload times!
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In other news, Minecraft was sold to Microsoft for a cold $2.5 billion! From people I’ve spoken to, the general mood about it has been downcast. Not angry or vicious. Just sort of… I don’t know, I guess accepting of the fact that Minecraft as we know it is probably over and done with. The problem is really that Minecraft has been a very open game and owes its success to support from Youtube and modding communities, and Microsoft is notoriously very closed and has tanked product lines just because they were too tight-fisted. MIcrosoft’s smart phones, for example, suffered from a lack of good apps because they didn’t allow an open market on that stuff, and it made them vastly inferior to products that did have an open app market.
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What people are currently predicting is an end to mod support, Youtube revenue being seized for Microsoft, and probably the closing of private servers. There’s also been debate as to whether or not Microsoft will continue to allow the game to be serviced by their competitors, so copies purchased on the PS4 may see their licenses expire.
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Minecraft could use a lot of fixes and Mojang, as a dev team, hasn’t always made the most productive gameplay decisions. Endermen, for example, were one of the worst things to hit the game back when they used to pick up blocks and move them around. However, the open community surrounding the game has been able to fix a lot of that and breathe life into it continuously over the years! There’s no telling for sure what Microsoft will do, but historically they are not the company that fosters that sort of thing.
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The most baffling thing to me is why they chose Microsoft, of all companies. A lot of people thought the buyout was just a silly rumor. Microsoft itself has little to gain from buying Minecraft because it seems a little backwards for such a closed company to want a game that relies on openness. Although I guess they can do some merchandizing and some short-range cash grabs, and I think that’s what everyone is expecting from the deal.
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Who knows! It’s too early to say much more, but it’s news. Maybe sad news.

After discovering the convoy they intercepted was headed to a downed dropship, the Dodson Military changes routes and decides to make an appearance instead! Unfortunately, a downed dropship also means a downed military squadron, complete with the heavy weaponry one might expect from that kind of detail.
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We’ve also got a new Monday Music, featuring a middle-eastern style with sitar and mandolin!

Anonymous said: I'm the anon who leaked the video. Believe me or don't, I don't care. I debated it in my mind for sometime, because I know this could feel like a betrayal. I hoped that if it got a lot of attention, that would make up for it, you know. And if it flew under the radar then no harm done. I do feel bad, but the world, or at least 4chan, needed to know. I hope it at least got more people to become patrons. I promise to not leak another thing. Pinkie swear, cupcake, eye, ect.

Don’t worry about it. Petirep was joking - we don’t mind. The actual reason for the delayed launch was because the promo was finished, but Petirep wouldn’t have time until later in the evening to do the thumbnail. Then, after you get the thumbnail, it takes Youtube about a day or two to update and start displaying it for everybody.
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So I said, “Hey, I’m trying to think of more ways to reward our patrons. Let’s go ahead and launch it there, update the thumbnail tonight, and then launch publicly on Sunday once Youtube is displaying the thumbnail consistently.”
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I’m paraphrasing myself, but that was my logic anyway. If you guys get a sneak peak and want to share it with Equestria Daily, that’s cool. Truthfully I don’t mind stuff being leaked, so if I do “patron only videos” just know it’s for you guys, which means, also for you guys to share at your discretion. It’s meant to be seen, so don’t feel badly about letting people see it! People throw us support if they want to support us, so none of the content is considered hostage!

We scheduled for Sunday, but it’s too late! The internet found us! Ah well. We’ll do more stuff like that for Patrons in the future, when it makes sense. In the meanwhile, you guys can check out this preview of Equestria Primates! This is just the opening, and after we’ll scale back on the art a bit so we can launch by some time in the winter!
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"Equestria Girls" made us think a lot of silly things, so as our last hurrah in this style of parody, we’re going to poke fun at them. If you guys haven’t seen the original "Equestria Girls", it’s on iTunes!

We have a new episode of the Mentally Series online! Ponyville’s youngest… well, main characters are doing things. The same things they always do. The things they were made to do and will go on doing for as long as they can be done. In a way, they’re really more ambitious than normal kids, but it’s harder to wonder if they aren’t learning good social skills by doing all these adventures instead of sitting down to play a nice wholesome board game every now and then.
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In other news! Our Patreons ought to go check out our Patreon page! There’s something neat waiting for you! I drew a bird. Oh, also, there’s a video! We’ll launch that video on Sunday after it’s got a proper thumbnail.

So if you’re wondering where I stand in terms of artistic skill, it’s right… about… here! Not a good artist. However, I’ll try to draw something at least once a day and post it to Patreon. Over time, hopefully I’ll go from terrible, inconsistent lizards to something that’s actually passable!.In other news, MAS should be online tomorrow!

So if you’re wondering where I stand in terms of artistic skill, it’s right… about… here! Not a good artist. However, I’ll try to draw something at least once a day and post it to Patreon. Over time, hopefully I’ll go from terrible, inconsistent lizards to something that’s actually passable!
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In other news, MAS should be online tomorrow!