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Ultra Publications Updates - What I've been up to, plus "The Vagrant's Tale" eBook!
 

What I've been up to, plus "The Vagrant's Tale" eBook! 

I've probably been quiet here for quite some time, I guess I didn't feel like talking much right after my mom's death (at least she's no longer fighting the cancer anymore). Anyways, since this is supposed to be an update of things that have happened since I last posted here, let's get started:

First of all, I got a job at iFanzine.com writing reviews of iPod games and hopefully I will have my first professional piece of gaming journalism going up there soon. I want to immensely thank a particular friend of mine who reccomended me personally for the position, without his help I do not think I would have gotten the job at all (I'm not directly mentioning his name here as he doesn't like having his name thrown around from what I can tell). This is probably one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me in my life, especially since most places turn me down because of a lack of pre-existing work experience (College degrees generally just aren't worth even the paper they're printed on).

Secondly, I finally finished formatting the eBook copy of "The Vagrant's Tale" just the way I like and it's now available on Amazon for the Kindle and devices that can get Kindle reading software at the price of $2.99 (this was the minimum price I could set it to and still make it available the world over, I had some foreign people ask me about eBook availability when the physical book first became available). Unlike the preview chapters in my gallery, this copy of the book has been revised many times over for maximized readability and continuity control. Furthermore, it has the same bonus two epilogue chapters as the print version that will never be made available online. The only downside to the eBook over the physical version is that I probably will never be able to sign it in the unlikely event we one day meet (unless you don't mind ink on your LCD screen), and you can't use the eBook as a makeshift bludgeoning device (again, not unless you don't mind damaging expensive electronics).

Dead-Tree Physical Edition (CreateSpace, $14.95): https://www.createspace.com/3627225
Dead-Tree Physical Edition (Amazon, $14.95): http://www.amazon.com/The-Vagrants-Tale-Clovis-Dye/dp/1463735359/
Ethereal Kindle eBook Edition (Amazon, $2.99): http://www.amazon.com/The-Vagrants-Tale-ebook/dp/B007TGGRFU/

Thirdly, the group I Let's Play! with has recently completed full sessions of the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade PC graphic adventure game, as well as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES. We will also in the near future have more of the classic Tink!Tonk! Land edutainment series games going up just as soon as we finish putting those videos together. We are currently considering running some infamous Atari 2600 games for our next outting.

Finally, and this is probably somewhat old news by this point, but I still want to point this out all the same. Kirbopher, of Newgrounds fame, has recently rebooted his ancient sprite series - TTA - as a full blown hand drawn animation series. So far the first three episodes of T.O.M.E. (Terrain of Magical Expertise) are up on Newgrounds, with a 4th episode currently in the works, and I can immensely reccomend what has been made so far. This is all of course assuming you aren't already watching it, because I am - as I said - a bit late on this news.

CTU-SPECIFIC NEWS: Famed Newgrounds artist Melissa "Nalem" Albino has been comissioned to produce a short hand animated segment that will appear during CTU Episode 24. Also, all of the original sprites needed for this episode - of which there are many - have been completed. There is also an original song composed by Hi-Five Panda (I apologize immensely if I got the band's name wrong) that will be appearing for the first time ever in this episode. I promise you, this episode is going to be a "Thriller" (it'll make more sense when the episode actually comes out).


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New background color, anime section rumblings 



Hello everyone, I know it's rare that an update is made that isn't by clovis, but I felt since some website rumblings have occured I should say something about them.

We have been hearing people did not like the design of this webpage, but DID like the CTU page, which is the same design with a different color scheme/theme. After looking at it quite a bit, we realized the gradient background for the sites content I made ages ago was the main culprit, and are now using the softer colored one I created for the CTU subsite. I think this helps a lot, but do make sure to tell us if not!

In other news, we're finally working on our anime section (formerly fansites section) - while nothings there yet beyond a spiffy new title graphic, we are hard at work right now working on new content for it - so stay tuned!


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"Abobo's Big Adventure" is a Must Play! 

Abobo's Big Adventure

The game that the people of i-Mockery spent 10 years working on - their ultimate love letter to all things of the NES era - is now finally here for your playing enjoyment, so quickly go out and help Abobo rescue Aboboy. Due to some issues with how IE 8 and up's security features can impede flash's ability to take input from arrow keys when the flash program is very process intensive, you will have to use a browser other than IE to play this game most likely with out constantly running into the arrow keys failing on you (while disabling security also works, I don't reccomend it). Do experiment a lot in this game, often times things you wish you could do - or think would be funny - are in fact programmed in and very doable. I encourage you to play all the way through to the end, the ending - as well as the entire rest of the game - is a definite must play.

The Vagrant's Tale on Amazon (currently discounted at $10.76): http://www.amazon.com/Vagrants-Tale-Clovis-Dye-Jr/dp/1463735359/


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Nintendo Gives Official Zelda Timeline For 25th Anniversary!!! 

SOURCE: http://kotaku.com/5869993/this-might-actually-be-the-official-zelda-timeline

It seems people were simultaneously right about how Ocarina of Time and how it split the timeline, and simultaneously wrong about it in a way they never could have possibly guessed. The 25th anniversary puts the order leading up to Ocarina as: Skyward Sword, Minish Cap, Four Swords, Ocarina of Time. Afterwards it has 3 branch of points, two of which are pretty much exactly what gamers always predicted. However, it's the new information that makes it all finally make so much more sense.

After link defeated Gannon at the end of Ocarina of Time he gets sent back in time, but time in that timeline continues going forward and it's that the "Hero of Time" Link is not there when that Ganon breaks back out of his sealing which causes the Goddesses to flood Hyrule in an effort to stop him. This leads into the events of Windwaker, afterwhich takes place Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks.

The Link from the end of Ocarina of Time that got sent back in time told a young Zelda what Ganon was planning and four court hylian sages, different from the 7 sages of Ocarina of Time, seal Gannon up in the Twilight Realm before most of the events of Ocarina of Time ever happen. Then this Link gets sidetracked into an alternate dimension adventure in Majora's Mask. Much later Ganon would return from the Twilight Realm in Twilight Princess. Sometime after both of these events would occur Four Swords Adventures (Which has a different plot from Four Swords).

Now comes the part no one could have ever possibly expected. In alternate set of events, Link gets to the end of Ocarina of Time AND GANNON KILLS HIM. After this various armies raise up and fight against Gannon in a century of conflict until they eventually help the the seven sages seal away Gannon in the Golden Ream (possibly not the same 7 sages, thus explaining the race issue some people have always noticed), as explained in the opening events of A Link to the Past. After the Hero of LttP kicks Gannon's ass in the Golden Realm, he goes on a series of adventures which first include the Oracle Games and eventually ends with Link's Awakening. Later a different Link would get wrapped up in the Incidents of Zelda 1 and 2 (with 1 ending with Gannon flat out losing the Triforce of power at its end).

THE VAGRANT'S TALE (CREATESPACE): https://www.createspace.com/3627225
THE VAGRANT'S TALE (AMAZON): http://www.amazon.com/Vagrants-Tale-Clovis-Dye-Jr/dp/1463735359/


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Chrono Trigger Unglued: Episode 23 (+Other News) 

After a year of waiting (really sorry about that, I'll explain that further down) Chrono Trigger Unglued: Episode 23 is finally here! Watch as Crono and Company discover that maybe going south wasn't the most productive of directions to travel through the raging dust storm in their quest for batteries to put in Lucca's Gate Key. They do - however - have their first encounter with the much lauded Enertron, there's just some minor issues of comfort that have to be overlooked when the device is used. Afterwards, Crono finally acquires some much needed Ether... sweet-sweet Ether!

As for why this episode took so long, my old laptop became virtually completely unusable near the beginning of this year when I found myself charged and wanting to get production on this episode done. Later when I did finally get a new laptop in March, I realized that if I didn't crank-up the writing on my book I would never get it published in time for my mom - who has cancer - to be able to see it before she died. I am glad to say I was able to get it done while she was still alive (she doesn't look so good right now, she probably won't be here much longer). After that, various other forms of delays kept stalling production such that it took 2 whole months to get the episode done after I finally began working on it.

I beg your apologies, I have sacked those responsible (including myself).

Those you who are interested in reading my 100% original book "The Vagrant's Tale" (which is heavily revised from the first draft I showed long ago, and now has 2 bonus chapters never before seen online) you can find it - in dead tree format - for sale here: http://www.amazon.com/Vagrants-Tale-Clovis-Dye-Jr/dp/1463735359/

Anyways, now that Episode 23 is out, a casting call for Dubbed Episode 3 will probably begin soon.

OTHER NEWS:

Our Let's Play group recently played through Knights of the Square Table to celebrate my having finished a book by looking at a really bad old text adventure I made way long ago in 1998. If old stuff isn't your taste - or at least stuff that effectively feels old - we're also taking a look at the recent Diablo III BETA, it's got exploding frogs as weapons in it! Finally, we bring back the Ultra Publications Revue Podcast to talk about all things new and old in regards to Thundercats!


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