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 - Act 1
Highly cinematic, tour-de-force of a jRPG, 7+ years in the making.





*ahem* Congrats buddy. XD

[RM2K3 PATCH] PicsInBattle/PicPointers (for v1.11)

I started with a big new feature for the next release last year, and now I'm working on it again to complete it and release it as update... It includes PicPointerPatch and PicsInBattle, but in a native, user-friendly way, and with more extra features and goodies... And it will be backwards-compatible to PicPointerPatch! (Not to PicsInBattle, though.)

Stay tuned...
Wow, that's pretty wonderful news.

Will those two patches mentioned above be the only additions, or will you include additional updates (such as animated monsters, etc)? I can imagine some of the others are a bit trickier to implement natively.

Regardless, very exciting though. XD


Yeah, all of it is looking pretty slick! This is one of your best screenshots by far.

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until we escape the bipartisan system (put more than just clinton and trump on the debate stage, thanks), "one vote" means you can vote for whoever the rich people have decided gets to run for those votes, if you want your vote to have any meaning whatsoever
Bipartisan is pretty much how democracy will always work. There're only two major paradigms : Left and Right. Everyone else either places themselves relative to the major parties (Libertarians are right of Republicans), or run themselves strictly on an ideological framework (Green Party).
I'm not saying I nescessarily disagree, but what exactly leads you to believe this?

Also, even if that were objectively true, the paradigm kinda disintegrates when the party becomes systematically corrupt (ignoring the true will of the populace), or fights amongst itself (The Republican party this cycle). The false dichotomy has actually led to the situation we now face in this awful election cycle.

Even our founding fathers were a bit ambivalent (at best) on the issue:

"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty." - George Washington

"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution." - John Adams

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author=Feldschlacht IV
As much as I am against mega-corps, at this point they're an integral part of our society, and suddenly pulling out the rug from under them would absolutely wreck the world economy and the country (and by extension the world). I don't like the fact that Wall Street got a ton of bail outs, but it is true that if they didn't, we would now be messaging each other via carrier pigeons until one of us got killed in a raider attack a la Fallout. Mega Corps have become a bedrock of our existence as civilization, and if you want to change that, it's far more practical to slowly dismantle them, and not just smash them outright.

I can't defend the rest of it, as because I did say, she is not perfect. But she's not evil, either.
For the record, I'm not anti-corporation.

If I had to identify, I'd probably be closer to Libertarian ideologies; limiting excessive regulations, the goodness of people, the importance of small communities vs globalism. I think a lot of positive comes from the private sector - pretty much everything we take for granted, like you said.

IMO, what isn't right is for Hillary to call out Donald for paying nearly zero income tax (which I'll admit was a brilliant move lol - it probably won her a lot of votes), but also sit there and pretend she isn't partially to blame. Our politicians ENABLE these corrupt Billionaires to thrive, to dictate their policy-making. Despite rambling about it every election cycle... these "loopholes" are somehow never closed - the issue is never resolved. (And frankly, why would many of them want it to be?) Hillary has a proven track record of being paid-off, being dangerously close to corporate influences, etc. If not Trump himself, then dozens of others like him.

So, it's just a little bit ironic. XD

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They have a more or less 90% political overlap.
Do they really? I'd have to read up on that more but I'm pretty sure you're mistaken.

If they do, then great - but even so, it reads as a bit spineless. Not because of sexist/gender reasons etc., but because it infers she doesn't really stand for anything. She's held no moral compass, no obligation to the greater good, no overall consistency - and certainly no fear of the DNC holding her accountable. She changes her song and dance for whoever will fill up her pockets. But as you said, politics-as-usual, right?

The fact is, she's supported some pretty awful ideas in the past; she worked alongside a politician who voted against the Civil Rights Act, she supports mega-corporations, Wall-Street banks, corrupt industries such as Monsanto and BioAgriculture/Pharmaceuticals etc. She openly opposed gay marriage until as recently as two years ago. I can even agree with Trump that she's been an outright liar in regards to the TPP - she voted for the Bill's passing well over ten times, and now claims to oppose it. Something about that isn't quite right...

I'll probably end up voting for her in the end; but I also don't think she should get a free pass simply because of her opponent.

Whether she genuinely cares about the causes she represents isn't as relevant as whether or not she'll actually enact them, and political maneuvering aside, her long, long record as a politician shows that she's more or less consistent with that in the long term. The idea that she's rubbing her hands together willing to sell out America to the highest bidder is juvenile. Yes, she's shady, but not much more so than the average politician and that's why it's up to us to keep her to task.
I don't blame Hillary for the entirety of the what went down in the primary, but it's pretty obvious she was complicit with it. That alone says quite a lot.

In my point of view, it's not about her "burning down America" as the Republican rhetoric often's making sure does indeed stick to her promises and push her "progressive" agenda. Believe me, that's all I want too - I don't need to like her as a human being per se.

But yeah, I agree with you overall. Hillary at least will answer to public outcry if she deviates too far from her promises, so it will be up to the educated public to hold her feet to the fire.

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It's my honest belief that if Trump wins, America won't have fair elections in 2020.

Nevermind Trump's intellectual and moral bankruptcy. The Republicans currently control the Senate and the House. If you give them the Presidency too, they'll have an unfettered ability to act out their fetish for "fighting vote fraud" which is just a thinly veiled means of obstructing the right to vote, particularly against minorities and the poor. Given the demographic shift of the US away from the dominance of blue collar white men and Evangelicals who make up their base, you can't really blame them.

Hillary's a repugnant person, but she's run-of-the-mill corruption. She'll be four more years of the new boss; same as the old boss. At least with her, there'll definitely be another chance in 2020.

And I hope people have enough good sense not to waste their vote on dipsticks Johnson and Stein, or some dopey "protest vote" nobody gives a shit about.

Pretty much my same thoughts. But it's with very mixed emotions that I even consider the possibility of supporting her.

The DNC is a corrupt establishment - they actively steered the entire primary toward Hillary's nomination and that's basically irrefutable at this point. Whether or not Bernie "supports" Clinton as the lesser of two evils, the whole process was completely immoral. After her nomination, what does Hillary do to take responsibility and repudiate those claims? Absolute nothing - she hires Debbie Wassermann not even two weeks after she resigns. Business-as-usual corruption, indeed.

We're now forced to choose between incredibly watered-down version of Bernie's progressivism via Hillary's campaign, or a crazed and narcissistic Billionaire who is devoid of any morality or higher purpose. It's pretty depressing. Is the woman who pretends to have our best interests at heart actually any better than the alternative?


Nice shot buddy! Just a few thoughts:

The REFMAP material stands out quite a bit - especially the statue. The colors don't mesh with the grass. Try opening some of the tiles in PS and maybe reducing the brightness and contrast just very slightly. XD Or I could take a look for you.

The front cliff edge near the bottom of that screenshot also looks too much like a rigid/straight line.

The panorama seems very stretched or pixelated?

Too much shrubbery in varying graphic styles next to each-other IMO. (The log and the mushroom don't match at all. XD)

But yeah, good work.

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While I have nothing but dumbydumb things to say about Harmonic, the fact that he's been around for as long as he has and with such a big mouth is nothing to sneeze at. Remember how Legacies of Dondoran got 4,000+ downloads? What I wanted to know going into Skyborn is if any of his ego is earned. Is he some sort of closet genius who's only become more brilliant over the years, or is he just another washed up has-been that got lucky/showed promise in the early age of RM (see also: Legion)?

I have nothing bad to say about Harmonic, but that's an interesting point. XD I can't help but wonder if that's the machine that drove the success of a lot of old-school RM projects (The Way, ABL, Legion Saga, Iron Gaia etc) that are so revered. Was it a case of true genius and prodigy, or did many of those older developers simply get lucky because there was no real criteria back then? Or a mix of both?

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Good for a gimmick I guess. Definitely would not buy (not that I have an iOS device anyway). And yes, that's ye olde 16x16 REFMAP. How exciting, you can make: forests, grasslands, purple caves, brown caves, castles, and wooden villages! ;V

Yeah agreed. Unfortunately I can't imagine any serious developer going this route for a project; but then again, that's not really Deciga's audience anyhow. I'm quite sure 99% of users who buy this will have no clue where those tiles originated lol.