I recently re-discovered a toy I had wanted when I was younger, Rokenbok. Someone had setup their Rokenbok to be playable over the internet, via surrogate.tv (check it out here). After playing that 30+ times, I decided to look into getting some of my own. Sadly, most of the vehicles and marble system had been discontinued in 2015, so I was only able to get them used off eBay and goodwill auctions. I joined the discord community, and built my first layout.
I learned that this was VERY similar to an unreleased layout, so I re-configured it to that. A video about it will go live next month. I began working with the Roklink team to help with archiving parts, and fixing broken components. Some pieces I have are from 1997, older than me!
But it was time for something bigger, more grandiose! Now with a larger space, and more parts, I created monorail metropolis plus! I’ve still got MORE parts arriving soon… This may be getting out of hand.
In total, so far I’ve repaired 5 parts. You can find a guide I wrote about two of them here, on RokLink. Perhaps in the future I’ll connect mine to the internet as well, but that will be some time off, due to the crazy amount of things I’ve got coming up.
Lastly, I got Game Builder Garage. I was very excited when I saw this announced. I reminded me of Construct 3, a tool I used to create some of the games listed here on the website. The main reason I stopped, was because programming proved frustrating with it, and if you want to make something with more than 50 code objects, then you must pay $80/year. Compare this to the one-time fee of $30 for Game Builder Garage, and it was an easy choice. Right now I’m working on a de-make of the 3Ds game, Steel Diver.
It’s hard to believe it, but (for me anyways), this is the last week of the semester. For my Analyzing Media class, I created a video looking at how Jaws basically predicted how the Coronavirus would play out. Its pretty entertaining, in spite of it being a college level project, I’d say (AND as a bonus, no ads!).
So, after this I’ll have a week off in which I can finally spend some time working on personal projects again. This summer though scares me. I’m taking 4 college classes in total. In the last month, July, I have to:
- Pass 3 college classes, all of which are only a month long
- Get a job offer
- Which means I’ll need a place to live
- Get a place to live
- Which means I’ll likely need proof of employment
As you can see, the Job/Living issues is a chicken and egg problem. They both rely upon the other, which puts me in a serious catch 22. 😓 AND I can’t make any substantial progress towards any of these goals before July.
Fun times. Fun times.
I’m pleased to announce that the transfer of the ImagineMC Minecraft Server has been successful, and Nintendo_Male is now overseeing the operation and management. I look forward to seeing what he does with it going forward. I still intend to work on the server now and again and continue to help Nintendo_Male with operations. Long live ImagineMC!
I’m also pleased to announce that we have rebranded Nintendo’s Music World to the VGM Project, to represent the expanding scope of the channel, from just Nintendo music to whatever video game music we can find that isn’t already uploaded in a high standard. (Also, there was too much search competition for anything with the world Nintendo in it)
Lastly, I have recently rediscovered a game I used to play call Platform Racing 2. I’ve made a portfolio post and video about it here. I’ve also made two multiplayer SMM2 levels inspired by campaign levels in PR2.
This is the new logo for MrWonka. It replaces the former top hat logo I used for the website. It also now acts as the logo for our Discord and Steam group. I’ve replaced the top hat because it was a public domain image, and I wanted something that would be more specific to me.
The logo is representative of a few things to me, more obviously, the MW stands for MrWonka, and the colors, gray and purple, are representative of Willy Wonka. The placement of the letters draws a line upward, pointing to a better future. The M and W are actually the same character (the M is an upside down W), showing how we are more alike than different. The overlapping (the light blue streak) shows how together we can make something new.
ALSO I NOW HAVE MERCH. And its on sale too! Use the code 2021 for 10% off. (This ends in 2 weeks!)
I’ve created a new graphic design using the overview image of the FunLand themepark, with some tacky info for good measure. Now you too can become a walking advertisement! I also have the MW design available as a small logo on a shirt.
The title was too easy of a joke to not make.
As this dumpster fire of a year comes to a close, I wanted to give y’all some wishes and updates. Firstly, I’m so proud of how this community has handled this year’s hardships. We didn’t fall apart, resort to name calling, flame wars, or bigotry, despite what has happened in our community and in the real world. My wish is that this will continue as our virtual family grows, and that all of you will stay safe and healthy in real life.
So, here’s the big news, regarding the future ownership of ImagineMC. If you haven’t already, read this post about my stepping down. I want to re-iterate that I’m not quitting Minecraft all together. I’ll likely continue working on projects now and again. So, the new owners will be Nintendo_Male and stanthesand! Nintendo_Male has generously provided to host the server after March, and stanthesand will be acting as co-owner. Nintendo_Male already has experience running a server, and we have successfully ran a test server. They also plan to bring back the much requested creative.
For this December, I’ll likely be publishing a relatively simpler video (Compared to the releases of Polar Expresses of years past) on YouTube. I also plan on uploading some more tracks to the LAST channel.
Finally, I’m thinking about making some designs to possibly use for merch. I’m thinking about making a VISIT FUNLAND design using a dynmap overhead view of the park. I’ll post the design to Discord once I’ve got a draft made.