Saturday, April 16, 2011

So I have been a big fan of the Tron Universe (The Grid?) for a looooong time and I have always wondered why whenever someone makes a game about it, all it focuses on are the games and not any of the storyline which could be between the chapters. With this in mind, I'd like to start something akin to a brainstorm about a Tron MMORPG. This would be interesting due to the grid only having two registered users, Flynn and Sam. This leaves open two avenues of development, either the players are programs or isomorphic algorithms (ISOs) or it takes place years after when Sam has opened up the grid to more users, either through a better teleportation method or through a traditional MMO screen but with the player controlling it through it. If the first is true, then if you derezz (die.) then your character would remain dead unless it is backed up somehow (possibilities?). If the second is true, the player is not connected and it is his avatar which derezzes and so can be rezzed if need be. This would create an interesting plot hook since the programs/isos themselves cannot be rezzed, but the player characters can be.

You also run into a bit of a problem with the source material because in Tron: Betrayal, the Sea of Simulation (where the ISOs actually come out of) gets poisoned at the end, so the possibility of more ISOs by that method is null. If this happens before the ISO insurrection and annihilation then it might work given the large number who were killed off. This would also lead to an interesting point where anyone playing as an ISO would be killed in the storyline since the only remaining one is of course Olivia Wilde's Quora.

Another interesting idea is instead of going the MMO path would be to go for either a Multi-User Dungeon (MUD) or a tabletop RPG akin to Dungeons and Dragons, etc. With a MUD you would have a computer interface and would definitely have massive geek cred, but the TTRPG would be able to be expanded and the rules worked on to better work out the kinks before we even try launching it on computers.

Also: Name Possibilities?
- Tron: Insurrection (too much like Alien)
- Tron: Redemption
- Tron: Genesis
- The Grid

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blogging from a dock in the bay...

Good three day weekend folks. Had fun times with friends and good quality time with the lady. Now back to our regularly scheduled entertainment!

What has happened with fantasy art lately? I look around at old authors and new authors on the shelves of my local used bookstore and notice people shying away from the epic "I really want this airbrushed on my van" type of art. It seems to be being phased out with artsy 'representations' of what it's about or with the non-descript cover panel with the name (I'm looking at you, Song of Ice and Fire...). If I ever get a sportscar, remind me of this and I'll get it custom pained with a wizard or something. Do my little part to bring light to such awesome artwork.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hockey and Technology

I'm sitting here listening to the Sharks get now their third goal over the Capitals while looking up information on my new app in development, info on the new release of Android to see what I can work with, and watching the developments of the game on the TV. Now what metropolitan area would I be in?

Life has been good as of late even with the finances being tight. I've gotten another shift at the restaurant downtown so be prepared for snark on Thursday nights as well! I hope to see some old friends and can't wait to see new faces next week since it has been a while since I've been on dinner shifts.

Oh, and if you want to help out with the work on the app, lemme know! I can't pay you of course, but what's new?

It looks like I'm going to have a little bit of a busy weekend, but feel free to message, call or text me to see what's going on and if I have time to hang out.