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Anonymous

July 28, 2021

So what’s going on with Fallen Throne? Unless I missed something, you haven’t mentioned anything since the post you made back in 2019. Is it pushed back since you have so many projects going on or is it canceled? I really loved the whole idea of everything since you announced way back then even the changes you’ve talked about and the models of course but it’s been so long since and I haven’t seen much word about it, feel like I’m kinda losing interest of it.

LordAardvark

It's very much alive. You'll just never see any of it, probably for years to come. The joys of writing an entire universe being designed for multimedia. And the joys of requiring 100% original content and not having the pipeline to realize it.

EDIT:

Actually, you know what? I like you. Here's just a very small sample of what's been going on. Most of the focus these past few months have been working on the lore. Predominantly been working on the First Age, tentatively titled the Age of Gods (the titles are not at all finalized; expect them to change). A bit of work has been put into the Second Age, the Age of Doubt. And then a little bit of work into the Third Age, which doesn't even have a placeholder title yet.

For posterity, the vast majority of the stories currently being written for Fallen Throne take place in the Third Age - most notably, Nualia's story (which is itself broken into four Books, but I won't even get into that right now...). There is currently only a single story that takes place in the First Age, though that's a technical detail, seeing as it is characters from the First Age being transported to the Third Age and coming to terms with how much the world changed in the centuries between.

Here's just a small snippet from the current Prose document, detailing the creation of the world and its races. This is from the chapter on the First Age, which is currently 4 pages long in LibreOffice Writer:

And so it was in this pettiness that Maelignos, driven by spite and disgust, took the ethos of his siblings and turned it against them. He took in the beauty of the elves, the independence of the humans, the honor of the orcs, the diligence of the polaini. He took them all in, and he corrupted them, distorted them, disfigured them. What came crawling out of that twisted, fetid mess of anger and misery was to be known as the demian, the Maelor.

Rudely placed in the crossroads of the three main kingdoms, the demians were birthed kicking and screaming, blind with an uncalmable rage and unquenchable thirst for violence. With the creation of the demians came the invention of a concept hitherto unknown to this land: war. There had been conflicts, even skirmishes, throughout the history of the three peoples, but nothing on the scale to which the demians brought it.

Unprepared for such hostility, the triumvirate were helpless against the expansionist push into their territories that seemed to be the singular hostile goal of the demians. Where elf, human, and orc territory grew slowly and steadily over millennia, demian territory exploded exponentially in decades. And where elf, human, and orc expanded into unclaimed territories, virgin of sapient life, the demians did not even have a word for the notion of colonization.

 

Only conquering.

 

Anonymous

July 25, 2021

Heyo Aard! I'm currently in a DOA itch rn animating in sfm and was wondering if any of those bikini models you mentioned a couple months ago are available for the ladies? From what I recall you said there were 7 more ported and would be released in a few weeks but it never happened. Any reply would be awesome!

LordAardvark

Nope.

That entire build of the DOAFantasy ladies is deprecated now. I am not building outfits for them nor supporting them in any way. New version is in the shop.

Anonymous

July 22, 2021

hello lordaardvark. Any chance for an update of your daz animation rig in the sense of new animations any time in the future? :)

LordAardvark

I don't have any plans to update DARP. Its intended function was predominantly to provide a handful of walk-cycles and dance animations to expediate animation development. Toward that end, I think it serves its purpose wonderfully. I've yet to find it lacking in any quantifiable capacity.

Anonymous

July 22, 2021

do you know when chakwas can be part of the wheel again? i think i do not remember what exactly you said when the wheel had choosen her. Is she banned or vanished or something?

LordAardvark

Thanks for reminding me! Next Wednesday, assuming someone reminds me, I will nab the MELE Explorer tool and see if I can't extract the new Chakwas from Mass Effect Legendary Edition.

That's the reason why she was knocked off the Wheel - there were no good versions of her floating on the tubes, and I decided to wait until MELE had extraction tools and I can extract her from the game myself. I think it might be time to do just that.

Anonymous

July 16, 2021

Do you plan on doing anymore projects starring the lovely Elizabeth in the future?

LordAardvark

*Nervously looks at entire Liziverse anthology plans, as well as the Vault Liz-focused Liziverse spinoff, and the bureaucracy-focused Liziverse spinoff*

M-maybe...

Anonymous

July 15, 2021

Did you still working on that Elsa & Anna canon body sfm model ?

LordAardvark

Unfortunately, no.

I started work on rebuilding them as part of the upgrade to DazV5.5, because the topology was awful. I forgot just how much work I had to do just to get them functional the first time around, that I lost all interest in it. I have better things I can spend my time on.

If I ever find myself needing them for a project, they'll get rebuilt for it. Until then, I don't expect them to ever progress past whatever the last beta release was. Just too much baggage involved.

ROCKHARD526

July 14, 2021

What do you feel is your favorite character to animate?

LordAardvark

Elizabeth is always a joy to work with.

Anonymous

July 12, 2021

any chance for a short fix of kasumi goto model? she misses "eyes_convergence" flex.

LordAardvark

No she doesn't. You're checking the wrong category.

Anonymous

July 12, 2021

Hello L.A. I am planning a little mass effect video. I really would love to have customizable Asari models for it. You told us months ago someday you will think about reanimate your old asari models. Since your scedule is very much full I was wondering if I could suggest those Asari for the wheel? Is that something you could see happen as a wheel related model? Anyway I would be very grateful if you consider it. :) dear Greetings.

LordAardvark

Once Jack's textures are done, Liara's textures are likely the next to be done. And once Liara's textures are done, they will be used as a basis for other Asari.

Until then, Liara and other Asari just kinda can't really be done. At least not to my satisfaction.

Anonymous

July 7, 2021

im the anon who asked about the model not appearing and thanks to you i fixed it ; BUT do you happen to have tutorials on how to use your models and your scripts ? i saw some of your tutorials on YT but they aren't what i'm looking for (except the installation one, it really helped). anyways thanks for your time and your work, i'll try not to bother you any further

LordAardvark

Generally I only make explicit tutorials for tools that are non-trivial to set up and use, such as the Gentle Auto-Lipsync Workflow.

For things that are either simple Windows operations like "merge folders with same names, yes to overwrite when prompted", or simple SFM operations like "right-click the model and choose the script from the IK list", I don't really see much value in throwing my hat into the ring, when there are already near-decades' worth of better tutorials by better speakers than me out there.

That being said, if whoever is reading this is looking for some videos on those simple SFM operations, then I really cannot recommend enough Zachariah Scott's tutorial videos, and Jimer Lins' SFM tip-of-the-day videos. In my opinion, they are all pretty much essential viewing for navigating SFM competently. I think you may find that most of the questions you're looking to me for answers for, are already addressed in videos by these two wonderful creators, and answered in a far better capacity than I ever could respond to them.