roadrunnertwice: Scott fends off Matthew Patel's attack. (Reversal! (Scott Pilgrim))
I made a new mix playlist! It's named after a particularly ominous fragment from the Astronomy Picture of the Day feed's automatic blurb truncator.

roadrunnertwice: Protagonist of Buttercup Festival sitting at a campfire. (Vast and solemn spaces (Buttercup Festiv)
A few weeks back, I finished part three of that loose mixtape series I've been working on:

Also, since Halloween is tomorrow, might as well re-link my old mix Horror Story, which I remain quite fond of.
roadrunnertwice: Protagonist of Buttercup Festival sitting at a campfire. (Vast and solemn spaces (Buttercup Festiv)

Hi, here's another mix tape!

This is kind of a sequel to Sunset Array Repairs, because I thought it would be cool to do another cycle of related mixes. IDK if there'll be a third, but anyway, here's a different corner of that li'l universe.

roadrunnertwice: MPLS, MN skyline at sundown.  (Minneapolis - Sunset in the city)

It's been a minute since I posted a playlist on here, so here's the latest:

(Or if the embed doesn't work, here's the Spotify link.)

This time it's on Spotify instead of regular files. I've had Spotify Premium for a few months, and I'm liking it a lot; now that the vile radio ads are gone, it's reminding me a lot of the brief glory days of Napster?! I didn't think I'd have that feeling again, of being able to just check out anything I was curious about without any particular rigamarole. Yeah, I know, I'm late to the party. (Also, Discover Weekly is pretty cool. I keep a bucket of interesting stuff that rolls through the weekly, if you wanna lurk on that.)

Anyway, this playlist: Uh, it's about trying to make ends meet and find time to party a little in a kind of broken-down sci-fi universe. I guess it's Dicebox x The Z Radiant crossover mixtape fanfic. Yeah, that's a thing now, welcome.

roadrunnertwice: Yrs truly surrounded by trees. (Galboy.Akira - Unsteady romantic)
Hey friends! Happy Solstice, death to the Holly, et cetera, and I for one am ready for some Day Lengthening. I hope you're all making it through the dark ok, I hope the year has been ok in general, and I hope the rest of it and the year to come treat you kindly. (And to anyone who needs it, I wish you fortitude for the holidays. I know it can be a trial sometimes.)

On my end, this has been a very good year. Due in large part to Ruth! Being in her life is a delight and her influence makes me a better me, and also I've probably had more adventures this year than in the previous three combined. Speaking of which, that's what's up with the early New Year's post, here: I'm going to be in Edinburgh and then Belfast with her, and will probably be mostly offline. (Well, night-tweeting in the deep Eurosphere, at most.)

As for next year: It's a big pile of things that are scary but really exciting, and a smaller pile of things that are just plain scary. I'm pretty sure I can handle both piles. Wish me luck, and I'll wish you some.

Anyway! It's kind of insubstantial for a Christmas present, but I figured I'd share this latest mix tape with you. It's short and asymmetrical, it's called "Every Devil As She Pleases," and it's about feeling sorry for yourself but nutting up and setting things right anyway. (I was trying to make a sequel to "Shinier & 1000⨉ Harder," but it insisted on becoming something else.)

  1. Plane — Gauze
  2. The Kills — What New York Used To Be
  3. Sondre Lerche — Face the Blood
  4. Metric — Gimme Sympathy
  5. Miike Snow — Paddling Out
  6. Tegan and Sara — The Ocean
  7. Green Day — F.O.D.
  8. Nedelle — Fanfare
  9. Jesca Hoop — Born To
  10. Lorde — 400 Lux

Halation blears the freeway signs,
And holy blood turns back to wine.
What each man catches, time releases
—Let every devil as she pleases.

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roadrunnertwice: Yrs truly surrounded by trees. (Davesprite (Homestuck))
If you didn't already know I was the worst, I made a trilogy of mixtapes as a soundtrack for this video game idea I had! I am actually super proud of these, and I think they're some of the best mixes I've ever put together.

This is sort of an experiment in mixtape-as-short-story. Definitely influenced by This Time I Know It's For Real (Brenna and Chase's epic playlist / comic). It's also an exercise in exorcism. This story works best as a video game, but I really didn't want to make a video game, and trying to do it in pure text would have lost enough in translation to not be worth it. But the plot and main characters congealed really quickly and vividly for me, and I wanted to make something tangible to share how much fun I'd had thinking about it. So! Multimedia funtimes.

The librettos over at the mini-site only talk about the story, but I spent some time thinking about gameplay too, so maybe I'll say a thing about that before I hit post.

I love top-down brawlers, and I love it when combat acts as a story vehicle. I also like when a game's walk-n-talk segments stay in a restricted area so you get to know the NPCs really well over time. (Alundra pretty much did this part the best.) I'm also fascinated by the potential of friendship/relationship sim mechanics; I haven't really liked any of the games I've tried that are built around this, but I loved stuff like deciding who would choose to lead the party after Crono died. (Sorry, spoilers I guess.)

So anyway, S&1000×H would be split between brawler and walk-n-talk segments.

The brawler part is nothing but bosses. Some of the battles have a chase component, and some enemies will throw some mooks at you, but the core is just eight big multi-part setpiece fights. Combat would have a lot of context-sensitive actions; lots of blocking/parrying, and a few different attack types to choose from at any given time.

Each fight is split into multiple parts. In most of them, you're badly outmatched for the first round and have to struggle to stay alive, but you learn a lot about the enemy's tendencies and patterns. At the halfway point you get to use the power you stole from the last enemy to improve your battle transformation, making a choice from a few options. These changes add up, and your battle form gets progressively more inhuman over time, resembling your enemies more and more. Then you fight back on a more even footing for the second half of the battle.

(This totally guided the structure of the mixtapes! I think having several songs per boss let me outline their personalities a bit even if you aren't combing the libretto.)

(Also, I liked the effect of breaking the rhythm in Act 3.)

Cleista fills the "spotter" role, telling you what to watch for during a fight and often talking back to the enemy. He's usually an invisible voice, but can sometimes project as a human figure made of insubstantial flames.

Some of the walk-n-talks are pretty long, but they all limit the amount of stuff you can do before the story moves on. So the player will choose to hang out with the NPCs that are most interesting to them, and that will determine who Jessie's closest to. This is mostly for its own rewards, but I figured whoever turned out to be Jessie's boyfriend or girlfriend or bestie would be the person Melciel the Nail would choose to take control of, and then you'd have a different voice actor reading her lines in the endgame depending on how you played the friendship sim part. Yes, it's totally impractical, BUT ADMIT IT, THAT WOULD RULE.
roadrunnertwice: Yehuda biking in the rain. (Bike - Rain (Yehuda Moon))

Usually I pore over a mix playlist for a couple months before I let it out the door, but you know what, I threw this together last night and I like it and I think it's probably done. Please to enjoy, y'all.

Quenching September

(Twitter/Facebook peeps: grab it now, because I'll probably access-lock the post in a week or two.)


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