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Week 15: The Final Spookening – Final Project INBOUND.

It’s here.

To give you an idea of what my final project’s all about it, it’s this: Victor’s past is being revealed! Throughout this semester he’s been a real hard one to pin down and interview. What makes it even more difficult is that he doesn’t seem to talk much about his life and we’ve no records of any actual relatives. However, the truth is now being made clear for those of you who’re interested.

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We begin with a bit of context about who Victor is. Because without that, what’s the point of any of this, right? Well, to detail that, I’ve created a Google Doc sheet that gives a summary of what we already know and don’t know about good old Victor. Followed is a brief list of his likes and dislikes.

VICTOR: THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE HOSTING LEGEND.

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Category; Writing

Next, we have an interactive fiction piece created using Inkle Writer. Without giving away too many spoilers, this story deals with a young man named Jonathan on his quest to reunite with his beloved and long-lost brother Victor.

HERE’S THE LINK TO IT!

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The story then continues in the “game” I created using Inform 7.

Medium: Web/(game) Design

After our adventure with Jonathan has come to a close, we meet a new protagonist trapped in one of Victor’s old homes. In it, he discovers an old servant of Victor’s that still maintains the home. Why is he trapped there? Will he ever escape? This won’t be easy, but patience shall reward those that persevere!

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Category: Visual

A reporter has uncovered a stack of old wanted posters that bear a striking resemblance to someone familiar. Can you guess who that may be?
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This image was one of the first ever captured of Victor, way back in the 1890’s. He was a huge fan of designer sunglasses, it seems.

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This image was take in 1946. While the name reads ‘Ellis Maynard,’ we can clearly tell that this is still Victor. He was in hiding once again while using this name. But he wouldn’t be for long…

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Having eluded capture once again, Victor returns to using his actual name while slightly changing his old last name. At this point, no one’s really suspicious of him anymore as most people who would’ve been are mysteriously dying left and right.

 

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This most recent wanted poster, created in 1987, was commissioned by a special task force that reported directly to the president. It’s unclear how Ronald Reagan became aware of Victor’s crimes, but this wanted poster wound up lost for a reason…

 

 

 

A t-shirt design like no other!

Much like myself, Victor is also an avid fan of the series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (though only a select few know this). For one of his birthdays, a friend of his made him a shirt. To tell you the truth, it was Aaron! A mighty long five years ago, when they first met before founding the Grade A Gruesome group. Oh, how long it’s been since then.

If you’d like to see the shirt, here it is!

This was a design assignment and was worth 3 stars.

Whodunnit???

Have you ever seen those crime shows that organize a case using a suspect board? Like Scandal or Blacklist? Well, that’s exactly what this assignment is. You will create a suspect board (or a board that connects different characters) to show interaction between the people. Feel free to add text, objects, and locations that connect to the people/characters to develop the story even more. Make sure that the board clearly shows how the pieces are connected, and in your post, explain the story behind it.

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Those former cohorts of mine at Grade A Gruesome left me for dead. No mere horde of zombies would be enough to in Victor Berathean! Of course not… I filed a formal complaint with the local police department, and thanks to my influence they’ve been working the case quite thoroughly. However, they seem to have ignored me telling them who was responsible! So, instead, they created this suspect chart.

Maybe some day I’ll find justice! If not, I’ll gladly take it into my own hands!

(insert evil laugh here, if you want)

 

For this assignment, I used Kumu to create my character map. I was inspired by Nora’s post and decided to let Victor have a turn at the wheel with this one. This assignment is worth 3.5 stars.

Love at first shot

couple in love

They met during their junior year of college. He was shy and awkward at first, but she made him feel comfortable. With himself and with life.

His anxieties consumed him at times, generally in regards to social expectations, but his girlfriend was bright and calming.

“It’s okay to care about what people think, but sometimes you just need to worry about your own feelings. In other words, screw them!” – she’d say at least twice a day. She never seemed to grow tired of it, either. They were in love, everyone knew, but it was deeper than that. He needed her. And he was determined to let her know every day just how much she meant to him.

She loved the beach and always wanted him to go with her. For hours, they’d sit and stare at the waves, usually until the sun set. It was calming. There were no nerves, no worries, just the sound of the ocean and two warm hands, clasping each other for comfort.

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I remember picking this image because it seemed familiar to me. Partially reminiscent of The Notebook, the image otherwise felt like a lot of other typical romantic beach scene. Even still, I think it was the contrast between the sunset and the couples’ silhouettes that I found most appealing. The odd textures around the border give me the impression that someone thought to make the picture seem older than it was. I wouldn’t say it worked, but it still created something interesting.

But a lot of this thinking was done through the process of writing the story that I included. It wasn’t something crazy unique, but I got the warm and fuzzies while I wrote it, partially because I identified with part of it.

What did I get out of this? Much of my high school and college career have been focus on writing creatively, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy or that it comes naturally. I stand by what I’ve written, though. I considered this assignment, like many others, to be practice for future writing. Every little thing just gets me one step closer to being better than I am.

My DS106 Wallpaper!

For the star assignment, Create Your Own DS106 Wallpaper, I did just that! I started with an image that I found using Bing and opened it in GIMP. From there, I went to DaFont.com to download a new typeface to use! I couldn’t figure out how to properly install it and my impatience got the better of me… BUT! I did manage to create a wallpaper. I like the way that the blue and white balance and the circles create a peaceful feeling, for lack of a better description. My good old DS106 tag near the top felt well-placed, too.

Here’s a link to it!

My A-Maze-ing Puzzle

I can truthfully say that I’ve never attempted to make a maze before. As a first attempt, I used paint. Short, simple, to the point. I used the line tool to make most of the segments that you’ll see, but I also decided to use the rectangle tool and then make careful erasures for some of the more complex shapes. It took about ten minutes to complete and there’s still much more that can be done to it.

Here it is, for those of you brave enough to attempt it!

Who am I?

This assignment revolved around expressing who you are in a single image. I find myself to be very complicated, so this took me a while. Most of the time actually went into trying to hone myself and accurately portray myself. As far as introductions go, I’d say this one was a fairly decent product. I found the images through Google and saved them directly to a folder I had labeled “DS106 WEEK 6.” From there, I uploaded the images into GIMP and spread them out.

This was honestly the most challenging and upsetting thing I’ve tried to do in a long while.

Anyway, after I’d compiled the images into one space, I tried to arrange them neatly (and went back and forth between Paint and GIMP to see what I thought looked best). I settled on GIMP because I’m a professional individual. And as an added bonus, I gave myself a royal purple background, as it’s my favorite color. To explain what each piece of the image means, however, look to the following:

J – The J in my name can relate to Josuke Higashikata, a character from the series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and the 4th (of 8) protagonists. He’s one of my favorite fictional characters and I feel as though I’d act a lot like him.

A – The A is for action. My life is packed with it and I’m always fighting crime.

M – The M is for muscles because I’m pretty damn strong. I’m sort of like a firmly rooted tree or a boulder in that sense. In other words, I rock. I also thought it would be funny to add the muscley torso to the explosion because an extremely jacked fire just sounds frightening.

E – Eagle. Two reasons: 1.) I’m a student at UMW, as are most of us here. And 2.) I’m just that fly.

S – Smooth. This is an image of Kazuhira Miller from the Metal Gear Solid franchise. Hopefully, I don’t have to explain why his visage evokes the meaning of smooth.

And last, but not least: TA-DA!