Category Archives: Stuff Neko Made

Calm Triumph

What’s this, a song that isn’t related to pastel-colored marshmallow ponies?! Yes, I do that to. I used Neko Arrange’s new banner even though the song is only marginally related. I’m not really sure what to say about this one except that I like it a lot less now than when I first made it. I guess time does that to you, but oh well. I guess I could also say that I made this a long time before I posted it, but I waited until long after I put the other songs on youtube to post them here so I guess it all evens out in the end.

Also, new Western Roses ruleset is still incoming. First actual game was supposed to be today, but due to homework I wasn’t able to get everything ready in time. New schedule is for next Thursday which means I need to make final changes to the rules this weekend, so expect the version then (not that it makes much difference to anyone who comes to this site, but at least it shows I’m actually doing something).

Lunar Solitude – Second Phase

A little while back I posted a WIP for a song called Lunar Solitude for a game that I ended up not getting done in time for the contest I was making it for because, as I discovered, I hate graphics. Anyway, it was a fairly nice little piece even though it was pretty simple and repetitive. I wanted to make the original sound like it would be at home in a 16-bit game, since that’s what it was going to be used for, but when I decided I wanted to add it to my Youtube I thought I mine as well make an orchestral song out of it. So I redid it. Nothing has really changed much except that it doesn’t sound all synth-y now. This is also the first song that I made with soundfonts rather than preset instruments, and the first song that I’m not completely embarassed to say I made, even if it still isn’t very good.

Also, dear Suwako centering text like I’ve been doing looks terrible. Why did I always do that?!

Never Invite a DJ to an Orchestra

Well, ended up getting caught up in Christmas celebration and clean-up and not posting for a few days even though I still have stuff to post. Don’t worry though, I’m not letting Neko Arrange die again that easily.

Anyway, storytiem. I ended up being dragged into an on-the-spot two-hour composition the first day I joined My Little remix, and this was the end result. Storytiem over. It was made shortly after Dawn of the Final Day and also used almost nothing but presets in LMMS, so it’s also relatively terrible. Still, I made it so it gets posted here. Um… yeah, don’t really have anything else to say about this piece.

Dawn of the Final Day

Sort of ironic I’m making my first content post after returning this song considering the title. Still, I wanted to post the earliest (read: worst) stuff first, so here you are!

In case you didn’t know, I’ve been working on music a lot recently and this is the first finished piece I actually put out (the Random piece from last year doesn’t count since it was made of audio loops from Garageband). I originally meant this to be a piece about Nightmare Moon, but the similarities to the music from the final day in Majora’s Mask became very apparent very quickly. And I kind of liked it so I decided to run with it making it about the night before Nightmare Moon’s return instead. It’s obviously not very good as it was the first fully finished piece I did, buteveryponyhas to start somewhere. My start just happened to involve pastel-colored marshmallow ponies and Majora’s Mask.

In site-related news I did some much needed house-cleaning with categories and blog links today. More changes to come, but small steps at a time.

MLP WIP: Rainbow Dash model (AKA, Ayuka needs blender practice)

Neko Arrange is now officially 20% cooler.

I have to apologize to anyone and everyone. I have greatly and horribly overlooked my duties to this website and anyone who visits here. I have a committed an atrocious wrong and failed my goal to spread the word of cute. This is a fact that must be set right immediately. I must now admit to you that I have failed, in my stupidity, to mention My Little Pony.

No, wait, come back!

So, yeah. If it wasn’t obvious, I’m a huge Friendship is Magic fan. About as big as I am a Touhou fan, and that’s saying A LOT. But this post isn’t really about my Little Pony. Well, it sort of it. KP-ShadowSquirrel has made some excellent models of the mane cast from Friendship is Magic and very kindly offered them for download on deviantArt. I needed some practice with blender so I decided to download one and try my hand at skinning. It ended up being a series of problems, one after another, but I ended up learning a lot which was my original goal so I consider this a success! Although when I turned shadows on the textures started acting weird, so most of them are the same solid-color cartoony style you see above, which I think works pretty well considering the show. Click the picture above to see more. Model and base texture are by KP-ShadowSquirrel. Poorly executed pose and texture effects by me.

Yeah, a lot of these post recently have been about me learning stuff, but that’s kinda the point. I’m learning stuff! Also, this was supposed to get posted yesterday but was delayed. This delay was in no way because of being distracted by ponies. Nope, not possible.

Seriously, this took me way longer than it should have

It took a great deal of bashing my head against a wall wondering why said wall wouldn’t move, but I finally got a code up and running using javascript and HTML5 that easily changes pictures when they are clicked on. Go ahead, try it out! Click on the picture above to switch to the next picture and so on and so forth. I don’t have any code for going back yet, but I’m working on it. Anyway, this is probably going to be the new format for Flash Koma in the future (though they’ll be about the same size as the flashes were, not tiny like this test canvas). Although this does present some new problems, namely the fact that each ‘frame’ has to be saved as a separate image, but I’ll tackle that as time goes on. Also, animation in javascript is complicated, though Flash Koma never really had much animation to begin with so I may just see about using gifs. Ah, but gifs loop… Hmmm, there’s obviously still a lot of work to do before I iron out all the kinks, but the important part is that I have a basis to work from now and as they say it’s always the first step that’s the hardest.

Western Roses v0.5

The newest version of Western Roses is finally here, bringing with it improved battle mechanics and the bare-bones of the character-creation system. Because this has made the game fully playable (even if it’s not all that interesting as it is now) I am dubbing this v0.5. In other words, the basic rules are about halfway done (though refining them will still take some time afterwards). Actually I’ve had this version of the rules written for about a month but I’ve been putting off posting it for a number of reasons. This is in part because it’s end of semester at school which meant my final projects for studio were due and I now have finals to study for in my lecture classes. It’s also because I’ve been running a test scenario with a group of friends who were interested in playing and I wanted to take possible changes from that into account before posting a finalized version. But I have to admit that the biggest set back has simply been a lack of personal motivation (and a friend dragging me into play maplestory hasn’t helped either), though I’ll talk more about that in my next post.

Anyway, as always, please leave comments either here or on the rules page if you happen to read them and have any advice on how they can be improved. Thank you for your time!

Pixel… sketch?

I was working on some sketches for Hat Girl for the 100th flash today, and they turned out… less than stellar. But I also worked on this today! Just a quick experiment in spriting. This is… uh, some girl a a red shirt. Yes, that is most definitely who this is. I’ve done spriting before, but I’ve never done it from scratch and I have to say that as far as a first attempt goes this looks pretty nice. I think I’ll have to do the Flash Koma characters like this sometime as well.

I’m actually a writer

You remember that new content I was talking about? Well, here’s part of it: a new section where I’m adding my writing. I write both original stories and Touhou fanfiction and I’ll be posting both to the site as well as linking to where they can be found elsewhere. The first of these is A Rainy Day, a short comedic story in which Nitori’s plans are interrupted by the arrival of Marisa. you can read it on this site or at MotK by clicking one of the links on the Writing page. Just follow the link above!

More new content, updates to Western Roses, Touhou-a-Days, and more coming in the near future.