For Valentine's Day, I've started a new branch of stories under Word of Night.
To start with, a short work that serves as an introduction; By Fire, starring C and Eleanor. Raindare has reacted pretty positively to having me try to take on longer form fiction in the Maghreb. We'll see how this goes!
Raindare has been working on more fan fiction, though on account of vaccines and her green card finally arriving, that will take a little more time.
It's been awhile!
Though I've been hoping to give an update on new fiction, I've been a bit more focused on transcription and preservation over the past few weeks.
There's a new section dedicated to the vintage Westwood game Circuit's Edge, itself an interactive novel based on the North African cyberpunk universe of When Gravity Fails that just happens to take place in a dungeon RPG engine. Though that old DOS game has shown up in a few places, I haven't seen any references to the original manual or the author's setting background materials. To fill that void, I've made a point of reprinting all of that here, starting with an introduction to the game.
Alongside that is a section dedicated to D2 Megaten, which wife and I spent much of our COVID times playing before I got a game console more recent than a PlayStation Vita. The main push behind that has been to catalog as much of the (easily missed) story behind the main Wizardry-like mode, also known as Hollow World or Aura Gate 2. With ten floors left and a story mode epilogue, I'm pretty close to wrapping that up.
The last ten floors of Aura Gate 2 that I've recorded dialog for (31F to 40F) happen to be pretty closely associated with office humor of a sort. This past week has made that feel somewhat timely.
Left drifting out in space is You Learn Noise, from an impromptu monologue by ARavingLoon where he espoused one way to square the past with the present.
Finally, thanks to m15o for welcoming the website this journal is hosted on to Nightfall City proper. It's a warm, fuzzy place that I hope our writings are helping to add to. Go check out everybody else's websites!
I've written a Raindare-approved wrap-up of 2022, from getting married to my experiences with the Japanese side of social networking services, and what we're hoping to do with this website in the coming year.
Thank you for taking the time to check out this journal! Wherever you are in life, I hope you're doing well, and I hope your 2023 turns out great.
A Devil Children section has been added. Kicking off with a summary translation of the twentieth anniversary Q&A with the lead writer of the original setting, or the (scenario) "planner" as it's often phrased in the credits of Japanese games.
I am hopeful that this site will continue to pick up obscura from lesser visited parts of the web of interest. Perhaps something like Chris' fan site dedicated to the many ports and direct sequels to Shin Megami Tensei for the Super Famicom, or the classy Boltac's Trading Post, to name a few.
Between now and the new year, I expect to write a more personal piece reflecting on the events of the last year, with some ideas for what this site will become. I hope you look forward to it.
In light of troubled times behind us, and the holiday season right here, it's good to have A Chance to Relax. Featuring the gloom-sensitive witch Vivian and the highly abrasive Matsumi.
Within the last month, a full archive of Raindare's fan fiction has been assembled from the depths of ao3, from early works based on the Len'en Project to more recent bits involving underrated Tactics Ogre characters.
Raindare has a soft spot for writing stories about Sapporo, Hokkaido. It just so happens to be the focus of Mem's observations on Sapporo, New and Old.
Opened up a new section for stories centered primarily around Mem, The Mechanical Lady of Abriel, as she goes on an adventure in post-disaster Hokkaido.
Raindaire just finished a new story with the Burning Angels, The Garage.
Taking place before the three arrived in Moss Bay, the trio meets a character who has been doing quite well in the present circumstances...
Added a new section on Megami Tensei II with a translation of Ma's (まー) Megami Tensei II official setting summary, provided by Raindare.
This game means quite a bit to us both. I hope others are able to discover and appreciate this largely ignored gem from when Final Fantasy III was the standard bearer for JRPGs.
First step towards making a tiny journal, with the intent of tracking contributions to this site.