Seeing as how I now must recast this character, I have an opportunity to reflect on how to improve him. Adam and I both agreed that he should be not well liked, but having him annoying AND unliked doesn’t do anyone any favors. He garners no sympathy from the audience, and his presence onscreen becomes grating for them. Agitated audience = channel change.
I’ve been working on some improvements for later scenes. The next episode, in fact, will have some subtle changes not in the script submitted to the cast. It will be small, but enough.
The two episodes after next will be difficult. I may have to get Milia’s voice actor on the horn for some additional lines. It is basically Jethro’s only shot at relative normalcy for the short time he’s in the party. I have to give him the fuel he needs to realize his arc. I also have to balance it carefully against the big betrayal in a later episode. Cody/Adam would be expected to know where everyone’s allegiances lie if he makes too much of a ruckus with the party. That can’t be allowed to happen, either.
Time to prove I’ve become a better writer.
(see, I DID do something for 200 followers. 12 followers late, but it’s something! owo”)
All music here is free to use in your games or other projects without charge, either operating on a “Ok to use as long as you give me credit” basis, a Creative Commons License, or is already in the public domain (meaning there’s no copyright on it).
And feel free to add on more resources to this post if you like. c:
➤ Free Collections Ready for Download
(don’t worry, it’s not all yume nikki in here! Keep reading!)
Plasterbrain’s Yume Freebie Collection - plasterbrain's Yume Nikki Fangame Sound dump. According to them, they're ok with you using it for any type of projects as long as you don't redistribute the pack for money. Check out their sound cloud. They also did music for DREAM VS DREAM, a Yume Nikki fighting game you can play here. Music loops.
Yume Nikki Fangame Month - bwarch's pay-if-you-want-it-would-be-really-nice-if-you-did-but-it's-fine-if-you-don't pack of free to use Yume Nikki Fangame music for your Yume Nikki fan game (I did the art for it!). Has a bunch of rad tracks for you to use! Check out his Bandcamp here, his Soundcloud here, and his Youtube here. Music loops.
The Remains of the 8 Bit Collective - A huge file of Chiptune/8 Bit music free to use from the now down site 8 Bit Collective. There’s a bunch of crap, but there are good ones in there too. Music loops.
RPG Maker.net’s Music Pack - RPG Maker.net’s form got together and put out a wonderful album full of RPG Music for you to use. Music & loops.
Noyemi’s Free to Use Resources - Along with her Placeholder pack, she also has some free to use music & sounds as well. She’s the maker of Amihailu in Dreamland & Hell Diary, two rad games with equally rad soundtracks. Check out her sound cloud here! And her bandcamp here!
➤ Websites for Downloading Music
Freesound.org - Check the licensing agreement on the things you download! Sound Effects and Music Loops. You’ll need an account before you download anything, but the library is just so vast that it’s well worth it.
Looperman - Focuses on loops for audio software (so if you want to add more to it feel free). Here’s their terms & conditions page. You also have to create an account before you download anything. Loops, samples, sound effects, acapellas, & raps.
Sound Bible - Royalty-free Sound Effects under the public domain & attribution creative commons license.
Media College - has like, 10 loops in the public domain for you to download.
Free SFX - I linked to their License Page because it’s a bit hidden. Free Sound Effects. Yes, you have to make an account, but it’s free.
JWinter Music - A blog that post free to use Music, mostly for youtube videos.
FreePD.com - All of it is in the public domain (everything’s free to use because the copyright expired/there was no copyright in the first place). Loops.
Media Collage - Free Sound Effects as long as you don’t sell them yourself.
SampleSwap.org -“You must Log in (or register) in order to download these samples.… 100% of the samples on this site are free, but registration helps us fight MP3 robots and establish controls over how much gets downloaded, and when.” Samples, Music & Noise Loops, & sound effects.
Dig.CCMixter.org Check each track for a money symbol next to it. If there is none, it’s free to download. Free music.
Incompetech - All music is under creative commons, made by one dude. It’s a LOT of music, & is separated by different genres if you want to search for things.
iBeats - for when you need looping beats for your music. Remember, check the license (some are public domain, some are under commercial use under attribution, and most under a non-commercial license).
FreeMusicArchive.org - most works are under the Creative Commons license. Music & Spoken Word downloads.
Free Loops - Mostly Free Loops & VST Plug ins. Like so many others, check the license before downloading.
Musopen - Aims to be the largest public domain music collection. Go ahead and check if the recording itself as well as the composition is in public domain. Most recordings are. The site offers Classical Music Downloads, as well as Sheet Music.
Vita Chi - Free to use for both commercial & non-commercial projects! Music, Screams, & Sound Effects. Mad Father has
Classical Masterpiece Sound Library - Need free classical music and fast? Shazam! Free to use commercially and non-commecially. Alice Mare & The Crooked Man used this site for their classical pieces.
Senses Circuit - Wadanohara & the Great Blue Sea.
Pocket Sound - Free to use Sound Effects! “This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon a work, even commercially, as long as you credit them for the original creation.”
Tami Music Factory - Free to use commercially & non commercially. Check out the copyright page here. Sound effects, loops (Midi & Ogg), and… uh, mobile ringtones if you’re in need of those 0w0”.
Amacha Music - According to the FAQ, it’s free for both commercial and non-commecial use. Music.
H/MIX GALLERY - free background music/loops made by Hirokazu Akiyama. Free for non commercial use only though, you’ll have to pay for a license if you want to use it commercially. Mad Father, the Crooked Man, The Witch’s House, Alice Mare,
Otonomori - According to Rindere, it’s a free to use sound effects website for commercial and non-commercial uses.
Presence of Music - I’m pretty sure it’s just for non-commecial use only. Has music for both standard RPGs & Horror RPGs. Loops, I believe. Ib & the Witch’s House both have music from this site.
*Asterisk* - Free to use Midi files & Web music. Credit is not necessary, but appreciated.
koukaongen.com - Free to use sound effects, music, & loops. Credit is nice, but you don’t need to link back to them. I’m pretty sure it’s noncommercial use only. One of the sites used by the creator of Ib.
A few more found by Rindere - I’m not translating these anymore, you’re on your own. >3< BUT they’re all supposed to be Sound Effects websites.
rabbit-hole-divisions - All their music is free to use. I haven’t heard from them in a while though!
Yume Nikki Fangame Music Sheet - Just something if you like sheet music & Yume Nikki fan games.
➤ Browser Music Making Programs
Make Music in your own browser! (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc.)
http://www.pulseboy.com - An 8bit/Chiptune Music Maker!
Bfxr - A sound effects maker!
as3sfxr - another sound effects maker! A bit simpler than Bfxr.
➤ Free Plug ins
Some Chiptune VSTs (the post warns you that you probably shouldn’t the Toad & Peach ones!)
ALSO check out the YT channel “audiopad” all their stuff is under a free use lisence EVEN FOR COMMERCIAL WORK so if you want to get some money for your hard work, you can use their music legally, so long as you honor the license!
I’m going on vacation in three days, and it will last for two weeks. I do not have enough lines to make the next episode. This partially my fault, because I didn’t want to hassle the voice actors while I was behind myself. Made me feel like a hypocrite. However, if someone says “I’ll get the rest of the lines to you soon” and you don’t hear from them for six weeks and counting, maybe a little pushing would have been justified.
I may recast this character, if I don’t hear from them by the end of my vacation.
Also, I’m a minor contributor to 4chan’s /v/ - The Musical. I wrote and sang “Shit Like EA” last year, as well as helping write a few other parodies:
That’s starting back up Sept. 15th, and work will last about another two weeks. Therefore, the month of September will see practically no progress on Defeat the Darkness.
Thank you all so much for watching, and I hope to see you back for the remaining 58% of the production.
Newest episode is up. Apologies for the delay. Maybe I wasn’t feeling motivated to make it because it’s one of the most ‘dramatic’ scenes in the whole production, and I felt bad whenever I thought about it. Oh well. I don’t pay myself to do comedies all the time. Hell, I don’t pay myself at all.
Definitely noting that for the future, though: I’m not near as stoic as I thought. That’s actually kind of a good thing.
I seem to be the only one upset about my delaying of this coming episode, and I suppose that’s a good thing. To all you aspiring control freaks, here’s the one thing I would do, for each project, without fail:
- 1. Finish the game
With a finished game comes a finished script, which can then be sent out to the actors to make their jobs go as smoothly as possible. I had several minor characters deliver all 30-ish of their lines back in May. Anytime you launch a project, at least have a full script. By doing so, you save yourself from second-guessing it later and thinking about what would’ve worked better earlier on, when parts are already completed (or worse, published). Just blast through it. If you go all Chinese Democracy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_democracy) and keep trying to tweak your project, it’ll never see the light of day. If you’re reading this, you’re likely an amatuer like me. Do you truly have the wisdom and forethought to know when to quit while you’re ahead?
Also, by finishing the game, there’s no second-guessing the composure of each scene. I did all of them months (if not over a year) ago. They’re set in stone. It’s all spell-checked. I don’t have to fret over that shit. Just record and chop. If I were trying to code, while trying to write, while trying to act, while trying to edit, while trying to live a life that afforded me social outings, a job, and sleep, I would’ve died from exhaustion. Or I would’ve made the series three times shorter and twice as awful.
Hollywood doesn’t buy ‘ideas,’ they buy ‘scripts.’ A script proves you can go the distance with an idea and flesh it out, saving the entire rest of the crew a lot of nightmares.
If you wanna try going the distance, National Novel Writing Month is starting back up in November. Don’t have a novel idea? Keep a diary and call it a fictionalization. Not creative? Write the word ‘fart’ 50,000 times. Even if that’s all you end up typing, you still wrote 50,000 words, and proved you can finish what you start.
I was at Adam’s a while back, doing the lines for the next episode. He was in the other room Facebooking or whatever and I was testing the mic gain. This is the result.
So like, when you don’t do a thing because you’re not good at it, you’re actually supposed to be doing that thing so you become good at it.
Don’t let your incompetence be a crutch.
Do that thing.
"One year from now, you will remember why you started today."
Had that quote on my desktop for a long time, now.