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The Great Planetcrap Writing and Podcasting Experiment
September 6th 2007, 21:27 CEST by Ray

I have an extra domain (face-punch.com) and am willing to setup a Wordpress install that would allow us all to post our weekly (monthly?) Crap-Write entries ourselves, streamlining the process.

The other bit of good news is that the hosting has unlimited disk usage and bandwidth. We can use it as a file storage and sharing system and, perhaps more exciting and in the vein of several popular podcasts, we could host audio versions of the stories in podcast form. Think: Psuedopod or Escape Pod.

Plus, since the initial form of the stories is in written form, G-Man can seach transcripts to his black, shriveled, lawyer heart's content.

Thoughts?
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#1 by Ashiran
2007-09-06 21:32:30
I have no idea what most words used in that topic mean.

Any game where competence can be measured by the amount of clicks per minute is not a strategy game.
#2 by Ashiran
2007-09-06 21:32:48
Well except face-punch.com.

Any game where competence can be measured by the amount of clicks per minute is not a strategy game.
#3 by BobJustBob
2007-09-06 21:36:55
Aww, the Submission Bin is empty. It looks so desolate.

"I don't like story in games." - Soren Johnson
#4 by m0nty
2007-09-06 21:38:10
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
I hear on teh modern Interwebs they have this awesome technology called the hyperlink.
#5 by CheesyPoof
2007-09-06 21:39:45
Woo!

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#6 by Jamie
2007-09-06 21:42:53
jamie@jmadigan.net http://www.jmadigan.net
Hello world!

#7 by gaggle
2007-09-06 21:44:23
Oh my!

"Creativity is not always bred in an environment of tranquility; sometimes you have to squeeze a little to get the paste out of the tube."
#8 by Ray
2007-09-06 22:02:16
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
Register here. You can write and save a post, but an admin approves it for the site (to cutdown on shitfuckery).

#9 by Ray
2007-09-06 22:05:21
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
I'm going to assume that most of you have a feed aggregator of some sort, and offer the RSS feed. I'll post the theme and call for entries here and there, so no worries if ya don't use feeds.

#10 by Dethstryk
2007-09-06 22:20:57
jemartin@tcainternet.com
I want to get in on the podcast because I'm intensely interesting.

"Making love to a woman is like working on an assembly line. No matter how good you are at it, you'll eventually be replaced by a foreigner or a machine."
#11 by Ray
2007-09-06 22:22:49
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
Anyone that wants to read the stories or do a bit of talkie-talkie is certainly welcome.

#12 by Marsh Davies
2007-09-06 22:25:56
www.verbalchilli.com
Woo! Dethstryk!

#13 by Squeaky
2007-09-06 22:26:04
I registered, but then I wasn't sure why. I have a horrible girly voice and have a very annoying speech impediment where I'll cut myself off in the middle of a sentance as if I was finished talking (extra fun is half the time I wont even remember what the fuck I was talking about). And I'm certainly not going to be writing anything.

#14 by Dethstryk
2007-09-06 22:27:09
jemartin@tcainternet.com
Me and ph0nk can collaborate on the theme song, too... assuming he's still around.

"Making love to a woman is like working on an assembly line. No matter how good you are at it, you'll eventually be replaced by a foreigner or a machine."
#15 by BobJustBob
2007-09-06 22:27:26
You just wrote that. Yours can be ultra-ultra-short stories.

"I don't like story in games." - Soren Johnson
#16 by BobJustBob
2007-09-06 22:28:00
Or haiku.

"I don't like story in games." - Soren Johnson
#17 by Ray
2007-09-06 22:29:49
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
Flash/drabble is fine.

#18 by Dethstryk
2007-09-06 22:36:44
jemartin@tcainternet.com
A smell in the air
An erection so divine
Condiments rising

"Making love to a woman is like working on an assembly line. No matter how good you are at it, you'll eventually be replaced by a foreigner or a machine."
#19 by Ray
2007-09-06 22:37:52
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
No Stairway*. /me points to sign.

*Haiku.

#20 by Jamie
2007-09-06 22:44:03
jamie@jmadigan.net http://www.jmadigan.net
So are the writing exercises going to be fiction?

#21 by Dethstryk
2007-09-06 22:45:05
jemartin@tcainternet.com
Fiction? Oh, shit. Scratch my haiku.

"Making love to a woman is like working on an assembly line. No matter how good you are at it, you'll eventually be replaced by a foreigner or a machine."
#22 by Ray
2007-09-06 22:45:56
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
Jamie, fiction, non-fiction, whatever - if it's a story and on topic, I don't care.

#23 by lwf
2007-09-06 22:53:06
Well what's the topic already.

5 reasons to hate minorities: Poor, Lazy, Smell bad, Wrong religion, and the rich ones take all the women. Wii.
#24 by Ray
2007-09-06 22:54:22
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
lwf, you coined it. Have the honors.

#25 by CheesyPoof
2007-09-06 22:59:07
Let me know when it's live an ready to go.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#26 by Ray
2007-09-06 23:00:06
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
It's functioning and register-able. I just need to write the intro post tonight.

#27 by Matt Perkins
2007-09-06 23:29:03
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
So do we have to podcast the story you write? Because that will probably scare my wife off and she already started on her story.

My intelligence, then, is not absolute but is a function of the society I live in

"I'm not sure it's possible to make a "subtle" jab at Matt's writing ability." - Ergo
#28 by lwf
2007-09-06 23:30:04
No, the podcast part is optional. Anybody could podcast any story if they wanted to.

5 reasons to hate minorities: Poor, Lazy, Smell bad, Wrong religion, and the rich ones take all the women. Wii.
#29 by Ray
2007-09-06 23:44:47
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
Truth!

And, if no one does, I may pick one each week (This deadline is loose, but I want to do one theme a week. Submit if you have time, no pressure if you don't!

The lower the barrier of entry, the more likely people will participate.

#30 by lwf
2007-09-06 23:45:41
One theme a week is an insane pace, unless you are introducing new themes without closing off the old ones.

5 reasons to hate minorities: Poor, Lazy, Smell bad, Wrong religion, and the rich ones take all the women. Wii.
#31 by Ray
2007-09-06 23:47:18
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
Two weeks, then? I want the pace to be brisk, but not daunting.

#32 by Jibble
2007-09-06 23:52:44
Can the podcast just be me punching myself in the face? I'm sure most people here would enjoy that...

Lady, people aren't chocolates. But you know what they are, mostly? Bastards. Bastard-coated bastards with bastard filling.

Blog. 203 lbs.  23 to go.
#33 by Ray
2007-09-07 00:02:03
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
Only if you shit in some shoes first.

#34 by Dingle
2007-09-07 00:48:31
mylifesazoo@gmail.com
Okay:

Teacher: Remember, write what you wish! Temper creativity with the logic you have gathered at this point in your lives. Since this is your first assignment, I won't mandate a particular format - so put your thinking caps on - I'd like to see what you can do! Any questions?

Student: So we can write whatever we want?

Teacher: Yes, but use discretion.

Student 2: Like what?

Teacher: Well, don't write about anything subversive to a fellow students' integrity. You all know how to be polite, so don't become "animals" per se.

Student: So there's no required length?

Teacher: No.

Students: Whew!

Teacher: But it should be enough that it can be classified as "text" or "literature."

Student 3: So what's enough?

Teacher: Well, it should be MORE than a Haiku, because that's too easy. This is a place where you can exercise the bounds of your consciousness! Let's see some thoughtful, planned work on issues that are important to you.

Student 4: Will our parents read it?

Teacher: No, they won't. Keep in mind, though, that if it contains content that might suggest negative themes or things that might be dangerous, your counselor will legally have to read it. Also keep in mind that I have a concsience too, and if I feel bad about it I might have to have other teachers proofread the content before it can be rendered acceptable.

Student 2: So we really can't write about what we want?

Teacher: Uh...no.

Students: So since you're the one whose going to read it and make those decisions, what do you want us to write about so that we don't get in trouble?

Teacher: Write a paper on the feeding habits of rats. Due tomorrow, APA format, double-spaced, at least three references, 12-point font, three pages minimum excluding the works cited page.
#35 by Squeaky
2007-09-07 00:51:27
That sounds a lot like a couple of university professors I had.

#36 by Shadarr
2007-09-07 00:53:56
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Nobody gets punched in the face.  What the hell?  Why would you bother to make something up that doesn't fit the theme?
#37 by CheesyPoof
2007-09-07 03:45:48
A theme a week would be tough to keep up with. Maybe every two weeks to start, to let the site grow.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#38 by Ray
2007-09-07 04:02:03
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
Sounds good to me.

#39 by Ray
2007-09-07 04:13:33
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
From the blog:

First, an admission: Iím not a professional writer, nor am I attempting to be. I do, however, want to get better at writing.

In addition to being good practice for me, Face Punch is an open, biweekly writing challenge that anyone can submit content for. A topic is chosen, participants register to the blog, their stories are posted by their own hand, and, hopefully, we all get better!

If the challenges prove popular, a podcast that compiles a few, or maybe even all, of the stories is a distinct possibility.

The topic for our inaugural writing challenge is, appropriately enough, A Man Gets Punched in the Face. Given the biweekly format of these challenges, register to the blog and post your contribution by Friday, Sept. 21st. Easy cheesy.

With that in mind, I hope to see your stories soon!

#40 by Dingle
2007-09-07 04:56:10
mylifesazoo@gmail.com
ROFLMAO
#41 by Ryslin
2007-09-07 04:59:01
(waves piece of paper)
A man gets punched in the face, open format.

Hmmmmm...

and you also can STFU!
#42 by lwf
2007-09-07 05:02:37
Ray I think you should consider my suggestion to keep themes open for a month, but introduce new themes every week or every second week, this way you have multiple themes open at a time, but never more than 2 or 4. With the old experiment I think people would take a theme off if they didn't like it, and then they just never got back into it.

5 reasons to hate minorities: Poor, Lazy, Smell bad, Wrong religion, and the rich ones take all the women. Wii.
#43 by Ray
2007-09-07 05:17:45
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
Ah, I didn't catch the subtleties of your idea the first time around. That's not a bad idea. Let's do the first one this way, see how it goes, and alter as we go. I'm not married to one format or the other.

#44 by Ray
2007-09-07 05:18:12
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
A friend that's contributing is apparently a sound engineer or somesuch, and has volunteered to handle the podiobook version of a few stories too.

#45 by Dethstryk
2007-09-07 05:34:52
jemartin@tcainternet.com
Wasn't this kind of thing talked about years ago? You fuckers are slow.

"Making love to a woman is like working on an assembly line. No matter how good you are at it, you'll eventually be replaced by a foreigner or a machine."
#46 by Dingle
2007-09-07 05:54:12
mylifesazoo@gmail.com
So if you've been a member since 2002 and you're showing off a guit-fiddle, that means you're using one of the following amps:

If you like modern music, it's a:

jmi vox ac-30
50 watt marshall plexi
low powered tweed twin
4 input 50 or 100 watt hiwatt
fender deluxe reverb

If you're not serious, it's a:

Rivera Knucklehead
Bogner Uberschall
Bad Cat Hot Cat 30R
Marshall Jubilee
Naylor Dual

and if it's a joke, it's a:

Pignose
#47 by Dethstryk
2007-09-07 05:57:58
jemartin@tcainternet.com
I use a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier you asshatter.

"Making love to a woman is like working on an assembly line. No matter how good you are at it, you'll eventually be replaced by a foreigner or a machine."
#48 by Dingle
2007-09-07 05:59:54
mylifesazoo@gmail.com
COOL! As long as it isn't a Marshall.
#49 by Squeaky
2007-09-07 09:28:57
So I've been playing around with MP3 a bit more. I'm still not sold on the controls, but I've found a main issue that I've had with them (ergonomics not withstanding): I'm a southpaw, I use a remote control in my left hand. I play games 'righthanded'. So I pick up the wiimote and start using it in my left hand while my right tries to control the nunchuck. But years of console gaming have conditioned me that left thumb = move right thumb = aim. To suddenly reverse it fucks me right up. The other problem is that using a remote control in my right hand feels just as wrong. Another thing I did to help me with MP3 is to turn the sensitivity right down to almost nothing. This allowed me to actually move around and turn corners without running into walls and actually be able to aim.

The wiggle-gimmicks in the game are a little lame. Having to physically move the wiimote to pull or push a lever would be a lot better if it would recognize my movements properly. Often times I have to try a couple of times before the game will accept the input. It feels like I have to extend quite a bit in order for it to do anything. This is a little problematic during boss fights where you need to use the grapple to tear off chunks of armour (by 'throwing' the nunchuck forward and then jerking it back).

Unfortunately, I still can't play the game as after the hour I just spent with the game I now can't use my right hand it's so stiff. Hopefully someone will come out with a wiimote that isn't designed for an 8 year old girls hands or possibly some kind of grip attachment would be swell.

Now as far as MP3 goes, I'm not so sure I like it as much as MP1. The lack of multiple beam weapons is a little sad making, and the hypermode is a little too 'x-treme' for a metroid game. The game is also less adventure-y platformer-y and more shooter-y. I think I'm one of the few people that actually really enjoyed the control scheme of MP1. The long boring intro to MP3 wasn't so hot. And interacting with friendly characters on a semi-regular basis doesn't really feel all that metroid-like. I'm also not really all that too sure about having the game take place in multiple locales. I guess this allows for a greater variety in terrain and scenery and whatnot, but I've always like metroid for the fact that it feels like you're exploring every square inch of a planet. With MP3, you're only given a couple of small areas per planet (based on the two areas I've seen so far, maybe it opens up later?).

Graphically, the game is quite good (as are all the MP games). It looks just as good to me as any "modern" game. Sure it might not have all the bumpy-maps and lighty-bits of a game like Gears or Bioshock, but it still looks damn good. Especially in 480p widescreen.

Anyway, despite my inability to grasp the wiimote and it's too smallness, I did enjoy the game almost as much as MP1. Too bad I can't play it for more than 20 minutes or so due to physical reasons. :(

#50 by assemblerer
2007-09-07 13:42:50
http://uglycode.com
We should really have topic tags on PlanetCrap 7.0 (suck my dust, Web only-2.0!) so you can keep your games I don't care about in one place.

And don't give me any of that "don't try to change us" shit.

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