It has been a bit of a crazy month and a half or so since I returned to the states, so I am still the midst of reintegrating with society, work, and everything like that. So, I apologize for the lack of updates over the past few months, and I hope it gets better in due time. 🙂
So, what’s going on? Well, there is a lot to go over, so I will talk about it now:
THE ILLIAD CHRONICLES
Previously I spoke about that I was going to be writing another short story from now until The Eternal Night (the second book) releases in December. However, after some thinking, I decided that I am going to just stick with just one short story (The Lich of Izaman, which is already out) and focus more on The Eternal Night. It is going to be bigger, better, and longer than the first book in the series, so I will need more time to write it out.
I won’t get into too much now. However, expect a cover reveal sometime in September. 🙂
For those of you who don’t know (somehow), I am a speedrunner. While I don’t speedrun as often as I once did, I used to speedrun a bunch of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games, some Medal of Honor games, and some other games every now and again. I have been speedrunning for almost six years now, which is an insane amount of time, and I have spent almost four in the Tony Hawk scene.
Except, I’ve never been to a GDQ. Not a single one in my career. I’ve done a few marathons online, so I have a moderate amount of experience, but I think it is time I refocus my efforts to growing the scene once more. While I may not have the charisma of some, I hope, through my speedruns, that I care deeply for the games, the people in the community, and my craft that it will win some more people over.
That said, next month on September 29th, I will be participating in the Cali Fire Relief Marathon. There, I will be playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2X to the best of my ability. THPS2X and THP8 are the only main-series games to not be included in a major marathon, so I am hoping getting more practice and marathon experience in before the big event in January will help.
The big event? Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 of course! Twice (now three, I guess?) a year all the greatest speedrunners around come together for an awesome one-week long marathon. I did get accepted in 2018, but I was tasked to deploy and I had to cancel my entry. Now? There shouldn’t be anything in the way.
I will be entering:
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2X – All Goals and Golds (All Careers)
- Tony Hawk’s Underground – Any% Beginner, Normal No Warp, Sick, and Sick No Warp
- Tony Hawk’s Project 8 – Any% (360/PS3)
- Medal of Honor: Airborne – Any% Casual
All of these runs are probably some of my highest quality work, and I know the games a lot to perform at the best of my ability. Last year, THPS2X got accepted into the event; now, I want THPS2X and at least THUG1 to get in as well. THUG1 has not been in an event in some time, so I want to show off how much the game has progressed.
With my semester at my university nearly completed, I will have a bit more free time from studying hard to return to Twitch. I did a stream earlier this month in THPS2X and was already a few minutes off from the world record, so I know I still have that ability in me. So, here are my following goals:
- THPS2X – Get Sub-29:30 in All Goals and Golds (All Careers)
- THUG1 – Get better times in all categories and, maybe, challenge WR once more.
- THP8 – Overthrow the tyranical reign of Fog as the true THP8 champion
- MoH:A – Retake WR
These are some big tasks ahead of me. With Rushi and a few others joining, competition has gotten a lot harder in THUG1; THPS2X is always a monster to play against; Fog is a really good player at THP8, and has really good skill; And MoH:A has a few new time saves I need to take advantage of.
However, it will be a fun journey once more. While I would like WR in some, or all, of these categories, I am not going to kill myself like I did in the past. Better times, even if they are close to WR, are perfectly acceptable. 🙂
I mentioned I want to help grow the scene some more, and I do. I was hoping, in my abscence, a few people would step up to grow the scene further. But, outside of a few exceptions, it has stagnated a bit. This isn’t to throw shade at anyone, by the way. I put in a lot of time to grow the scene during my time, and it has grown a lot and transformed in wonderful ways. It is time we nudge it a bit further to get ourselves more accredited in the community at large. The best way to do that is to showcase awesome runs, give excellent commentary and insight into the games, and skate fast. Easy.
More marathons are on the agenda, for sure. Cali Fire Relief and AGDQ are only the beginning, I want to get our names out there again. We’ve been mostly quiet for the past year, so it is time we amp it up.
There is something else planned, something I’ve wanted to work on for years now. However, me and my team will need a bit more time to show it off. 🙂
TOP SECRET PROJECT NEARING COMPLETION
Now, before I leave it here, there is one major project I’ve been working on for months now. While I won’t go in-depth as to what it is. However, for those of you who have been with me since the very, very, beginning:
The time is nearing, once again. On Friday, all shall be made clear.
Thanks for reading! See you guys later! <3