Once, Picasso was asked what his paintings meant. He said, “Do you ever know what the birds are singing? You don’t. But you listen to them anyway.” So, sometimes with art, it is important just to look.

Marina Abramović

Beloved Rapture
A Cinematic Adventure RPG.



The Amber Throne

Wow yeah, I saw this on Steam a while ago as well. I was truly taken aback by how visually astounding it looks. xD

Glad to see it's found a home on RMN as well!

Another Berry Awkward Introduction Thread!

Hah, yeah, play testing is certainly key. Don't be afraid to ask for help or critique from members on here as well... Most of us are nice about it. ^_~

What's rewarding (and tedious) about game design, and I think I speak for a lot of people, is that there will always be some level of learning curve involved. Whether it's character writing, the art design, programming, or even the basics of the engine, we all started somewhere.

Liberty's Thread for Newcomers is a great place to start, as well as the Screenshot Topic, where you can post in-progress images of your game!

Another Berry Awkward Introduction Thread!

I'm interested to know who those three members are now.
blindmind, salerius and max mcgee. i do on tuesdays

i don't bite as hard as max..

Also, welcome to the site~! Have you used RMVXA before?

TPP could make fanwork illegal?

author=Feldschlacht IV
making it illegal for a Naruto fan to cosplay as Ichigo

[RMVX Ace][Paid][Scripter/Mapper/Battle Balance] Looking for a few good team members!

Wow! I don't currently have the free time to offer any help for this (nor the programming skill xD), but I just wanted to say, this post is pretty exciting. Love and War was one of my favorite old-school RM projects! I'm glad to see you're back, bud.

For anyone who isn't familiar with Admiral Styles - this guy is a master at dialogue and storytelling! I'm excited to see this new project develop. :)

[RM2K3 / GENERAL] Frames

Lol I always wondered why this feature was included, when yeah, the effect is easily achievable via pictures and whatnot.

Rm2k3's resolution is pretty minuscule as it is though. >_~ Slack Group - Come discuss everything!

author=Yellow Magic
I'm good, thanks: Going forwards I think Slack has a lot more potential than a single Skype group - Consistent cross-platform UX, multiple channels, Slackbot fun, integration with various APIs...Slack really is the future of real-time comms.

Yeah, agreed.

I just joined as well, and the interface is pretty clean/intuitive. IRC especially tends to be a bit clunky on Mobile.

Random Art Topic

Beluvhd Rapture.. #YaoiEdition

Anyone have any favorite films, they would like to discuss?

"..But for many people, Lost in Translation holds something beyond a love story or an exploration of the short serendipitous moments in life. Some mystery seems to be lurking beneath the glittering city, something enigmatic, like the Japanese people and their culture. The attempt at understanding these seeming subliminal messages (which Sofia Coppola might not really understand herself) has created a type of cottage industry and continuing conversation."

In essence, Lost in Translation might really be a film about the media of life, about all the images and symbols of postmodern life that perpetually attack from all sides like frenzied hornets. In effect, this is a movie about the modern assault of multimedia on the senses and sensibilities."

Loved this movie back in 2003, and even more-so as an adult. xD Incredible, subtle performances, a visual hard-on for Tokyo, and sleepy ambient rock soundtrack.

"I think that no small part, [American Beauty's] cinematic greatness came from a merging of two forces that had been gathering steam for the previous century: 1) the increasing tendency of cinema, as both a medium and as a physical environment, to replace the cathedral in its place, purpose, and meaning in daily life, and 2) the increasing fear, loneliness, and alienation that Americans felt as a result of their increased wealth, technology, and supremacy in the post–Cold War order. I believe these two trends collided to create a cinema of profoundly honest spiritual yearning that was surprising, beautiful, and powerful.

You could almost feel how powerfully embarrassing it was when, not two years later, the teen-angst satire Not Another Teen Movie created a Ricky Fitts (from American Beauty) parody character dubbed “The Beautiful Weirdo.” The parody character was necessary because Ricky Fitts had been a little too beautiful, a little too honest, and in retrospect many felt like it had to be gotten over quickly."

A timeless, if over-lauded, classic. I saw American Beauty when I was only 13, and something powerfully haunting has always stuck with me about it.

"Like Alice in Wonderland who falls through a rabbit hole into a strange realm, or Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz who follows the yellow brick road, Chihiro together with her parents walks through a tunnel-like passage, across a dry river bed, into a realm characterized by disorientation, ambiguity and a sense of otherness. For an engaged audience, the film itself, through its own artistry, can effect a sense of disorientation and liminal space."

(Is there an anime-lover who DOESN'T like this film? xD) Miyizaki weaved so much nuance into this masterpiece, a film that shows both incredible artistry and Japanese cultural values of generations past, that it stands as a true testament to the power of hand-drawn animation.

"What is The Matrix? It’s the Technological Society come to its full fruition. It’s Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis for the 21st Century, in which we don’t simply work for the machine (rather than the machine working for us), but we are created, given life, and used by the machine exclusively for the machine’s purposes.

It’s a modern pastiche of Hollywood’s latest special effects combined with John Woo kung-fu and more bullets, explosions, and gothic horror than Batman meets Bruce Lee under the aural assault of a cranked up electronica. But don’t let the packaging fool you. Because far more than the eye-popping special effects and ear-shredding soundtrack, it is the ideas and the dialogue that dazzle in The Matrix."

There's not much to say about this movie that hasn't been said 1000 times. It's been copied to the point that the original essence has perhaps become stale, but the 1999 original remains a classic.

"Koyaanisqatsi's formula is simple: combine the epic, remarkable cinematography of Ron Fricke with the swelling intensity and repeating motifs of Philip Glass's celebrated original score. There's your mood bomb, right there. But Reggio's directorial vision is key, too. He was the one who drove the project for six years on a small budget as he travelled with Fricke across the US in the mid-to-late 1970s, filming its natural and urban wonders with such originality.

Personally, I view the film as the quintessential environmental movie – a transformative meditation on the current imbalance between humans and the wider world that supports them (in the Hopi language, "Koyanaanis" means turmoil and "qatsi" means life). But Reggio has rightly refused to define the film's specific meaning; he even fought unsuccessfully with the distributor for the film to have no title."

A "documentary" that most people either love or hate. As someone who appreciates and has studied cinematography, I always loved its enormous ambition.

"Terminator 2 is a complex film that explores a number of different themes. The religious allegory is an underlying subtext. The ideas of fate and destiny, determinism and fee will, the empowerment of the individual and the ability of every person to change the course of the future are analysed on the screen. An overt supertext of the film is that every human being has a compassionate and angelic as well as a violent and beastly side: we can construct a hopeful future for ourselves if we allow our positive component to come to the fore."

Another film I saw at a very young age (6 or 7?). As a kid, I understandably loved this movie simply for its break-neck action and FX/CGI breakthroughs; its overall "cool" factor. But even today, it stands as a very human story beneath the gloss of the spectacle. It's a film that defined a genre for many films that followed in its footsteps, even if not in the way they should have. It was also one of the first real mainstream films to explore the ideas of Trans-humanism, A.I., etc in a digestible way.

"It’s become a cliché for Tokyo to get destroyed in various animes, though few have done so as artfully as did Akira. The shadow and influence of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey hangs over the ending sequences, however, and in that film perhaps we can begin to see where some of the appeal of Akira comes from. Both are, for one, partly cautionary tales about the dangers of science run amok: artificial intelligence in one, the irresponsible channeling of psionic powers in the other. Both offer violent catharsis leading to cosmic rebirth, though the bloody messes in Akira are far more graphic than apes beating each other with bones or an astronaut shutting down a computer. And both films express the anxiety in modern society that something great and terrible is going to happen soon, something beautiful, perhaps, but also awful: in short, an apocalypse."

"Boyhood is an experience of the life cycle in under three hours, and its concept is its story: The project is remarkable, but the plot isn’t meant to be. Even when important things happen, time moves on at a steady side scroll, as it does in life. Boyhood is as moving as you’ve heard it is. It’s also horrific, depending on how you look at it, because the life cycle is all there is, as far as we know, and it derives meaning only from itself. Considering this stirs up either a sense of grace or desperation. In one of the film’s most affecting scenes, Arquette breaks down as she watches her son pack for college. “I just thought there would be more,” she says."

"Very often does this happen, but rarely so effectively. American History X is no doubt the most successful attempt in cinema to counter racism, condemn neo-Nazism and bring forward themes of equality and justice. However, while offering this valuable American History lesson on screen, a number of racist crimes are committed, a series of racist remarks are made and plenty of disturbing narrow-mindedness becomes evident. In other words, it takes a highly racist film to make a point against racism."

Honorable mentions:
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Donnie Darko
Mean Creek
Road to Perdition
Green Mile
Shawshank Redemption
Schindler's List
Fellowship of the Ring
The Neverending Story
Kill Bill 1/2
My Neighbor Totoro (Any Ghibli film, really)
Beauty and the Beast (1992)
Star Wars Ep. V

McBacon Jam #2

Contemplating this.. xD

I'm the world's worst procrastinator tbh though. Depending on the team, I could take on the mapping or something~!