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A repost of the art I made for this year's femmefest! View the original post here.

Title: Festival of Love
Rating: G
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing(s): Lavender/Parvati
Medium: Digital art
Warnings: None
Summary: Lavender and Parvati get their happily ever after.
Artist's Notes: Made with Clip Studio (and additional DAUB brushes) and a Wacom Intuos graphics tablet.

GAME RECS

(Meta: I'm back from my roadtrip to Iceland (which was epic and amazing!) and have a couple of days before I'm gone for another week, volunteer stuff this time. Have real life things to do but meanwhile I'm super excited play games and catch up on fandom. Spent today getting spooped by IMSCARED and felt like doing a bit of a review thing on some of the awesome stuff I've played recently.)

Some games I've played withing the last half-year or so that are worth mentioning!

The Long Dark
what it is: a survival game set in Canadian wilderness
time spent: ~40 hours
verdict: 5/5
I love this game. It's super atmospheric and immersive, with absolutely gorgeous winter scenery and scary music. It pretty much offers everything I want in a game: exploration, looting and problem solving. Despite being in sandbox mode, this game is definitely worth the money and I've spent hours and hours lost in its gorgeous world. The game doesn't guide you too much, so the first few attempts at surviving are very rewarding, when every time you learn something new and manage to stay alive a little longer. The map is huge and even after exploring most of it and getting pretty good at basic survival, there's a ton to do with the challenges and the different difficulty levels. Not to mention that the first two chapters of plot are coming out in August. Although this is a single-player game, I recommend playing it together with friends so that everyone can comment and make decisions together.



Mystic Messenger
what it is: an otome game for mobile phones where the player chats, calls and texts the characters in the game
time spent: ??? (a lot)
verdict: 4/5
I'm not a player of otome games in general, so I don't have anything to compare this to. But if you've run into hype around this game, please know that it is well-grounded! The game has very well-written characters with lots of funny moments. Warning: it will immerse you. You will be checking your phone a hundred times a day. I only played Jaehee's and Seven's plots and simply had to stop because it was interfering with real-life so badly. (I got the bad ending for Seven and was heartbroken for days!) Definitely start playing this when you don't have a lot going on in your life. The game is free unless you decide to unlock conversations you missed with hourglasses that need to be bought. (I opted for waking up at insane times like 3 AM and spending 0 € on this. I think sticking with the times the chats arrived made this even more immersive and real in a way.) And it takes up a ton of space on your phone was is well worth deleting other apps for for a while.



Night in the Woods
what it is: a story-focused game with platformer elements
time spent: ~11 hours
verdict: 5/5
I didn't think I would like this game as much as I did, but I utterly fell in love with it. If you're looking to play something heartwarming, sad, suspenseful, spooky and amazing, this is your game. I paid full price and don't regret it a bit. The characters are relatable and real, and the story had me hooked. What makes this game so different is how fleshed out and real the NPCs felt. It is too common in games for NPCs to exist only for the MC's purpose, but in this game they felt like real beings with problems of their own having nothing to do with the main character! My only critique is the slightly annoying platformer puzzle thingies (I'm not a fan of platformer games at all) and the intro. It took me around 1,5 hours to become immersed in the game, because the intro is very slow and a little boring. I'm also not entirely sure if the choices I made actually mattered, except when I had to choose a character who's story to follow. That didn't matter thought, and I'll definitely be back for all the plotlines I missed.



VA-11 Hall-A
what it is: a cyberpunk visual novel with a bartending minigame
time spent: ~8 hours
verdict: 3.5/5
The graphics in this game are so beautiful, and the music is pretty nice too! I think it is worth playing just for the visuals if it's a style you enjoy. It's not much of a game but more like a story with a bartending minigame. The characters were likeable and the story was set in an interesting dystopian city. I'm not sure I'll be back for round two, but I did enjoy the characters enough to possibly make some fanart or fanfic about them. I was super wowed by the fact that this game started out as a game jam game.



Mount Your Friends
what it is: I don't even know
time spent: 30 min
verdict: 3/5
The object is to make it to the top of the man-tower within the time limit. Is this game silly? Yes. Completely stupid? Yes. Fun? Omg yes. Played this drunk with some friends and it was hilarious. Worth the 2 € it cost.



IMSCARED
what it is: a meta-horror puzzle game
time spent: ~8 hours
verdict: 5/5 amazing such wow buy this it is cheaaaaap
I can't even begin with this game. Mostly because I don't want to give away any spoilers. This game is best plunged into with as little beforehand knowledge as possible. It's one of the most satisfying gaming experiences I've had in a long time. I was constantly taken by surprise with all the clever stuff the game threw at me. It's full of amazingly done meta, and completely immersive and atmospheric and spooky with interesting puzzles that don't repeat themselves. I even liked the dorky pixel art style. And the fact that this was made with Game Maker continues to astonish me. Play this.



Images taken from here, here, here, here, here and here.

(Also, my name is galoistheory on Steam if anyone feels like adding me!)

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MASTERLIST OF FICS AND ART

SO... I'm not sure the scant amout of stuff I've created over the years deserves its own masterlist, but here goes anyways! Included a couple "gems" from the teenage years for the lols. I marked the stuff I'm most proud of with a "❤" for your convenience. (Self-pimping is the best pimping.)

I tend to write femslash with humor and a lot of dialogue. Alcohol also seems to play a part in many of my fics. (I blame my cultural background, Finns are a nation of drunkards.) Pansy is my babe and I love writing Ginny, Harry, Snape and Lavender as well.

Kudos and comments are very much appreciated and if you spot any spelling or grammar mistakes, feel free to point them out! Also, I'm absolutely fine (and would be very honoured and thrilled) with anyone remixing my work, just drop me a link of what you did so that I can go admire it.

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Summer Days | G
George Weasley/Luna Lovegood
Summary: A day at the beach.
Drawn for demented_mei for the rarepair_shorts Summer Wishlist event 2017.
View here, here or here.

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GIFTS I'VE RECEIVED

Thought I'd make this post to showcase and keep track of the wonderful fics I've received in exchange fests and whatnot!

...A Beautiful Friendship by lash_larue for femmefest 2017
Harry Potter | Ginny Weasley/Pansy Parkinson | R | 8500 words
Summary: Special friendships can start by accident, if you're willing to leave the past in the past, and have the courage to take charge of your life.

A Christmas Truth by flipflop_diva for rarepair_shorts Winter Exchange 2016-2017
Harry Potter | Ginny Weasley/Pansy Parkinson | R | 1582 words
Summary: This was their first Christmas together. It was supposed to be wonderful and magical, but instead Ginny has never been this nervous in her life.

Black Sheep by sabethea for the rarepair_shorts Summer Wishlist event 2017
Harry Potter | Oliver Wood/Percy Weasley | PG | 466 words
Summary: Percy just wants his family to accept him.

Deep, Stupid Love by katmarajade for femmefest 2016
Harry Potter | Lavender Brown/Parvati Patil | PG-13 | 4557 words
Summary: Falling in love is hard. Falling in love with your best friend is much, much harder.

The Distance That I Fell by snax0 for the rarepair_shorts Summer Wishlist event 2017
Harry Potter | Severus Snape/Sirius Black | PG-13 | 270 words
Summary: If he tries, Sirius thinks he can probably imagine that it’s someone else; can pretend that the body beneath his is someone he won’t come to regret.

Good With the Bad by katie_flint for the rarepair_shorts Summer Wishlist event 2017
Harry Potter | Lavender Brown/Parvati Patil | T | 1326 words
Summary: Dealing with Lavender’s lycanthropy… Is it worth the hassle for Parvati?

Repenting at Leisure by fennui for the rarepair_shorts Summer Wishlist event 2017
Harry Potter | Blaise Zabini/Neville Longbottom | PG | 1900 words
Summary: Neither of them has had the best of days.

Take Him by digthewriter for the rarepair_shorts Summer Wishlist event 2017
Harry Potter | Severus Snape/Sirius Black | PG-13 | 280 words
Summary: It's being cooped up in one place that's driving them both mad. 

NORDIC GAME JAM 2017

Forgot to write about this earlier, but I participated in Nordic Game Jam this year! I ended up in a team apart from my usual team of friends (epic Antiderivative Games TM .com .org .net) and made graphics for a scifi-esque game. Here's some of my work:



Strangely I actually had a ton of extra time during the jam. In hindsight, I should have joined as a graphics artist for another team as well since there was a shortage of artists as usual. But then again, it was nice to get enough sleep. As always, I came to the jam with the idea of learning something (last time it was animation). I didn't really challenge myself much; the only "new" thing I did was put a lot of effort into the background and tried to steer away from the pixel-style art I tend to drift towards in every jam.



But after the jam I was motivated enough to actually download Blender and start looking at 3D art making! Yay. Maybe I'll actually even open Unity sometime soon. Hashtag motivationrealness.

FIRST ATTEMPT AT DIGITAL PAINTING

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Here’s my pretty meh first attempt at digital painting! I made it around 1-2 weeks ago. As you can see, it’s unfinished (I got too fed up with it to bother with the rest of the hair and the area from below the neck lol). I’m mostly posting this as reference, to log my progress if I indeed make progress. I was too lazy to bother with tutorials and reference images, so this truly reflects my very n00b understanding of how light and shadows and the whole painting thing works.

It’s not awful, but there is something about it that isn’t quite there. The image is kind of flat, which is probably a result of both not understanding when to use warm and cool tones and focusing too much on detail to make things dynamic. But it’s a decent enough attempt, and took around ~4-5 hours. I only worked with the two oil brushes that Clip Studio Pro comes with.

Although the painting is nothing special, I really love the draft! I’d love to give the character a story.

It’s tempting to stick to a comfortable comic style - the sheer amount of things I need to learn to become a decent painter is kind of depressing - but I will try to motivate myself to learn more. Some time in the near future: tutorials, drawing from real life, all that shizzle. Yay.

GGJ17 - THE FIRST NINE HOURS

(Thought I'd start posting gamedev stuff here. This will be my general creative blog from now on, not just restricted to fandom stuff. Just so you know, lol.)

Currently participating in Global Game Jam 2017. I teamed up with J, someone I vaguely know from uni, (vaguely as in coffee and VVVVVV randomly two weeks ago) and we’re making a Microwave Oven Simulator.

My original idea transformed from “cool sunglasses-dude makes a mess in the kitchen” to “1800s loving husband painstakingly attempts to cook dinner for his wife”.

I’m making retrostyle pixel art with a 4 bit color palette. Basically: obscenely horrible crap inspired very much by the oh-so-dreadful graphics in the Hugo House of Horrors series. (Shares first place in my Most Nostalgic Games from Childhood with Neopets and Super Bubble Pop.)

The script J wrote is hilarious and I’m still hyped after what, seven hours? That’s definitely a good sign.

Gonna finish up graphics tomorrow and maybe try my hand at animation. Expect a very creepy gif of a pale dude speaking sometime during the next 24 hours.

Sleep time now. (After mandatory 1-2 games of Osu!)

PS. The image is our title screen.

PATTERN: UNDERTALE MITTENS

I made these for my friend Perde, pretty cool huh? Link to the FREE PATTERN by me.

Title: See You Later
Rating: G
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing(s): Fleur/Hermione
Medium: Digital art
Warnings: None
Summary: Fleur and Hermione leaving for a day at work, Fleur as an Auror and Hermione as a Ministry official
Artist's Notes: Made with Clip Studio (and additional DAUB brushes) and a Wacom Intuos graphics tablet


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