March 7, 2017 at 2:56 pm #56285
@kishaan: When we talk about “active aero” in the context of cars, it means basically adjustable downforce (less when going in a straight line, more when cornering) or air brakes (flaps that open under hard braking to work like drag parachutes). The closest thing we have right now to a real morphing vehicle in the current batch of designs is a motorcycle we’re calling the Fido. the episode it gets introduced in hasn’t aired, but a version of it has shown up in the Inktober campaign if anybody was following along with that.
The basic idea is that it collapses to fit inside the Brutus when not in use. So it isn’t like a bike that turns into a robot or anything so much as a bike that gets smaller to be stored away. In concept it is most closely related to a little known (within the US) thing called the Honda Motocompo. This was a factory option for the Honda City Turbo hatchback, which was a microcar never offered in the US. The Motocompo is a mini-bike that folds up and can be stored in the trunk. Fido is not a mini-bike, but the concept of it folding down for storage is the takeaway. @cap you want to put that picture out here, or save it for the episode?
March 7, 2017 at 3:23 pm #56288
I remember the Motocompo after seeing it in a showcase of older Honda tech, which still makes me mad that we don’t have more Kei cars in the US (Honda, we need the S660!).
I misread the earlier post and thought you had wanted to cars to fly when you brought up the swing wing designs. The collapsible design does make a lot of sense, considering the setting.
I also wanted to bring up your motorcycle to spider idea, would it be something like this?
I really love seeing your thought process as this gets close to reality.March 7, 2017 at 3:28 pm #56290
If we do a Spider Vehicle, it’ll probably somewhere between that, and this thing:
We’ve been focusing primarily on the core set of vehicles for the Lightning Dogs and the Wastelander adversaries (Halloween Jack & co) for the purposes of getting the pitch bible together. I’m sure at some point we’ll branch out into some of that wasteland weirdness everybody loves.March 7, 2017 at 4:14 pm #56292
I’d just like to note that whenever you guys try to mention Max Acree in the forums using
"@max", I get an e-mail. 😛
I think you guys need to type in
Anywho, keep up the good stuff in here! Love the show! 😀March 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm #56293March 7, 2017 at 5:32 pm #56294
every time I hear Spider motorcycle I can’t help but think about transmetals tarantulas
It's about "SHOW TIME" so drop by http://demonlordm.deviantart.com/March 7, 2017 at 6:01 pm #56295
Crystal colors: The subject of much debate. We even discussed different colors for different varieties. I’m actually trying to find the recording where we discussed it in depth last because somehow it eluded my notes and I feel like we actually made final decision on it. I think we either went with white or pink crystals. I was against multi-colors by and large because I felt it would be too similar to the different colors of Kryptonite and I’ve never been a fan of that.
Scrap’s Crew: At this point we’re set on him having a crew of unique creatures. Mostly ocean-based. I’m REALLY proud of one character in particular… but I feel like I should leave that a surprise.
Crystal currency: We’re basically going full barter with everything. So in some cases crystals would be a currency because everything is a currency.
Synthetic life: Glad to have another person into the AI still on Earth having been left behind by others. We haven’t settled on it, but I’m still very for it. Having the present AI being creations of them is an interesting avenue we’ve never discussed.
Machine assassin: The discussion of the AI making repeated attempts to kill Glampire is an old one that we haven’t settled on. The notion that there’s some kind of trial and error automation to it making it a regular occurrence or “holiday” as Max put it, is pretty fun, but jury is still out.March 7, 2017 at 6:08 pm #56296
@kishaan Never heard of Slugterra – those are some great animal vehicle morph designs!
All this interest in the logistics of the spider/ motorcycle makes me wonder if we should discuss it more in-depth sooner than later. We really haven’t talked about it since these discussions we’ve recently released.
@thebigbadshadowman I really couldn’t offer a percentage. It’s totally fluid. I guess the best answer I could give is to imagine that it’s the era of megafauna on our own planet and there’s societies and ancient civilizations of humans all over, while the world it teeming with beasts… In our world there won’t be creatures everywhere at all times, but there will be lots of animal things. Earth has gone wild again.March 7, 2017 at 6:28 pm #56297
I attempted to post something earlier about why I thought anything other than a barter economy for the wasteland would be odd, but it didn’t take. Turns out you’ve chosen your economics wisely!
"Wait, he says. Do I look like a waiter?"March 8, 2017 at 12:52 am #56299
@cap I had a dumb idea what if one Scrap’s crew was a blob fish thing, where he look scary and mean but as soon as he gets out of the water he become a fat blob with a droopy voice.
It's about "SHOW TIME" so drop by http://demonlordm.deviantart.com/March 8, 2017 at 9:55 am #56300
that sounds really hard to animateMarch 8, 2017 at 7:32 pm #56301
I love all the world building you guys have been doing, but going back to the main cast, I feel like there’s a rather harsh question that needs to be asked. Is Narisa really necessary? I’ve loved her character since the very first sketch, but in every episode that has discussed the Lightning Dogs it feels like she either gets ignored completely or she receives the dregs of whatever is the topic of discussion. Any time powers, weapons, team roles or any type of group dynamic is discussed, she always seems like an afterthought, given whatever role is needed for the team to feel balanced. The result is a bit of a blank slate of a character, someone who doesn’t have any personality of their own. Maybe this is just because the exercise where you guys were trying to establish the main cast’s personalities and bios was interrupted before you got to her, but you didn’t get to Kane Korso either and his character seems much more firmly established than hers. Maybe it’s just that you haven’t gotten around to talking about her at length on air, but until it’s shown that she’s contributing something to the team that you couldn’t just as easily assign to someone else, it feels to me like she’s only there to keep the gender ratio even.March 9, 2017 at 1:22 am #56302
@delphi There was a time when I felt exactly the same way. However, I was lucky enough to get “assigned” the first pass at Narisa’s backstory. Sadly, it’ll be several more episodes from now before you’ll get to hear it. I’ll just say that after hashing it out with the gang, her current backstory has become one of my favorites of the whole crew. Maybe because I wrote a good chunk of it? Either way, I think she’s enough of a key component in the current lineup where it wouldn’t work without her.
If you want to reach my in-character profile as "General Manager" of the Ghostbusters, tag me using: @sevenMarch 9, 2017 at 2:20 am #56303
@delphi That’s a VERY fair assessment of Narisa at this point, but I’m happy to say she really comes into her own. She’s very much the glue that holds the LDs together. Her multidisciplinary background makes her the fulcrum – bridging the civilian and military components of the operation, keeping gear operational, and providing strategy that’s always outside the box. She’s the hardest working dog on the team. On a character level – she’s a person in conflict. From her resistance upbringing she learned to lie, cheat, and steal in the name of a virtuous cause. Working with the Alliance military, her guerrilla tactics and espionage skills were in demand. Post-war, she ended up working closely with intelligence agencies and government assassins – one step away from being a spy herself – and it’s not where she wanted to be.
She naturally sees the flaws in things and can use that sight to fix/ improve them, or destroy them. Her dream is to be content outside of a war zone, to put her skills to use exclusively to help and heal, but there’s always something. Try and try again, even after the war ended, she can’t stop fighting. Even doing relief work, she tried to keep her nose out of military ops and always ended back in the thick of it. But on Earth, in the midst of this new war on a strange world, there’s scared, beaten-down people much like the ones she grew up fighting for (though their faces are quite different). Maybe here she can put her skills to good use and do the thing that she was always best at: bringing people hope through gigantic explosions.March 9, 2017 at 2:54 am #56305
It’s good that Narissa got some attention, she was sort of in the background in the earlier episodes. Can’t wait to hear her backstory.
@cap On my earlier question, I see what you mean about the Kryptonite comparison, I was mainly thinking natural color variations, like in quartz. I think the main thing I wanted to know is if there would be a way to easily visually distinguish between natural and synthetic crystals, if any of the syths are even still around. It’s been stated that some would be, but that episode is pretty old now and a lot has changed. I can see arguments either way.
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