rionaleonhart: harry potter: extremely poorly-drawn dumbledore fleeing and yelling NOOOOOOOOO. (NOOOOOOOOO)
[personal profile] batman: I've been playing Higurashi: When They Cry! It's about teenagers descending into paranoia and murdering each other and - where are you going?
Steam: Please confirm your purchase.

Higurashi is a game I became vaguely aware of some time ago. I thought 'huh, that sounds potentially interesting, maybe I should check it out' and Googled it and was instantly put off by the character art. But, fortunately for my shallow side (and the worrying side of me that can never resist a story about paranoid, murderous teenagers), there's now an official Steam release where the art has been redrawn!

Maybe 'game' isn't the right word; there doesn't seem to be any actual gameplay. It's a visual novel without narrative choices. (It calls itself a 'sound novel', but there are still graphics and visual novels still have sound, so I have no idea what the difference between a sound novel and a visual novel is.) I'm going to call it a game anyway, for convenience's sake.

I was expecting Higurashi to take a moment to introduce the characters and then jump straight into the horrible things, much like Dangan Ronpa, which wastes no time in going 'here's the cast, here's the horrible situation you're in, here's the horrible thing you'll have to do if you want to get out of it.' But three hours passed, and nothing horrible had happened yet; I'd just been watching Keiichi play silly games with his friends. And at some point, I suddenly realised, I'd shifted from impatient 'when are the murders going to start happening?' to 'oh, no, this is cute, I don't actually want everyone to be miserable.'

Too bad. Four hours in, everything became miserable. I knew exactly what I was signing up for, and yet there was still a part of me going 'MAYBE IT'S FINE, MAYBE IT'S JUST GOING TO BE A CUTE DATING SIM.'

([personal profile] batman pointed out that Keiichi seems to think he's in a dating sim at first, and I immediately felt awful for him. If only!)

I don't know what Keiichi looks like, and for some reason my mental image of him is close to Hajime Hinata of Super Dangan Ronpa 2. I love Hinata, so just that inexplicable mental image automatically doubles my fondness for Keiichi. Enjoy your unearned affection, Keiichi. I'm sure it makes up for all your traumatic experiences.

The Dangan Ronpa series is still the gold standard for visual novels about murderous teenagers, and Higurashi is highly unlikely to seize its crown. If you're looking for a teenage murder mystery on Steam, get Danganronpa instead. (Or there's Danganronpa 1 + 2 Reload, now available for PS4! I swear I don't work for Spike Chunsoft.) But Higurashi is certainly holding my interest. I might make a less vague entry when I've played a little further; right now, things have only just started to go downhill.
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: lisbon, afraid but brave, makes an important call. (it's been an honour)
I watched the first five episodes of Elementary a few days ago. It's good! I often have trouble getting along with procedurals, but Elementary has genuinely interesting mysteries of the week, which strikes me as unusual. I loved The Mentalist, but I never really cared much about the case of the week; I just enjoyed the characters enough to carry me through it. With Elementary, I'm not hugely invested in the characters yet, but they have potential, and the mysteries are interesting enough to keep me watching until that potential is (hopefully) fulfilled.

I'm also seeing potential for Holmes and Watson to have a really interesting claustrophobic, codependent relationship, but I think Watson might be too well-adjusted for that. Alas!

I've just discovered Koethe Koethe's Life Is Strange fan songs, and they're ridiculously impressive. 'Price', 'Storm' and 'Better Then' are some of my favourites (if you discount 'The Beans Song', which is so good it's unfair to make the other songs compete against it), but they're all pretty great: so well produced, and they all sound like songs that could actually appear in the game. I usually get second-hand embarrassment from fan songs with lyrics, but these really work. They sort of make me want to play it again.

Bit of a disconcerting change from all the Linkin Park I've been listening to lately, though (whoops).

Danganronpa V3, having previously been listed for a June release, now apparently isn't coming out in English until the end of September. Another seven months of dodging spoilers, I suppose!

I love these games so much. I love how well-crafted and interesting most of the murder mysteries are; I love the characters, this collection of weak, flawed, frightened people making horrible mistakes.

I first experienced Dangan Ronpa through orenronen's fan translations, which got up to halfway through the second game before the games were licensed for release in English, so I've only actually played half a game unspoiled. And, as much as I enjoyed reading it in Let's Play form (and as fiddly as some of the minigames are), actually playing it was a much better experience. The trials guide you gently from logical conclusion to logical conclusion, and that process - gradually piecing together what happened yourself, the dawning sense of dread as you realise who the murderer was - works so well.

I'm so excited to play an entire Dangan Ronpa game without knowing what to expect. I just have to make sure I don't run into spoilers!

For... for seven months. And, going by the fact that there are almost four hundred works on AO3 less than two months after the Japanese release, I'd guess that there are plenty of fan translations floating around. This is the sort of series where an entire case or an entire game can be spoiled by a single piece of fanart. Wish me luck.
rionaleonhart: harry potter: extremely poorly-drawn dumbledore fleeing and yelling NOOOOOOOOO. (NOOOOOOOOO)

Recent followers will not be aware of how these alphabet ficsnippets have plagued me for the last half-decade. In 2010, I wrote twenty-six little snippets of fanfiction: the first contained one character whose name started with A and one whose name started with B, the second a B and a C, and so on (A to M, N to Z). It was fun! It was relatively quick! It seemed like a good idea to attempt it again, this time with characters that shared an initial!

It has taken a thousand years. I said in the second instalment, back in 2013, that I probably wouldn't be finished until 2015. It was supposed to be a humorous exaggeration.

But here we are at last! If any of the previous character combinations listed strike your fancy, here are links to the other instalments.

First Edition: A, L, M, O, P, X
Obscure Japanese Fandom Edition: D, I, K, R, T, U
'Four Letters? This Took You a Year?' Edition: E, F, H, J(x2)
Disproportionately Dudes Edition: C, N, V(x2), W, Y

A: Blaine Anderson (Glee)/fal'Cie Anima (Final Fantasy XIII)

B: Ffamran ‘Balthier’ Bunansa (Final Fantasy XII)/Joffrey Baratheon (A Song of Ice and Fire)

'You're the smugglers?' Joffrey demands. )

C: Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII)/Cissnei (Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII)
D: Daisuke Niwa (DN Angel)/Duck (Princess Tutu)
E: Elena Fisher (Uncharted)/Eugene Fitzherbert (Tangled)
F: Lightning Farron (Final Fantasy XIII)/Ffamran ‘Balthier’ Bunansa (Final Fantasy XII)

G: Greg House (House MD)/Will Graham (Hannibal)

'Uh,' Chase says. )

H: Hajime Hinata (Super Dangan Ronpa 2)/Haruka Nanase (Free!)
I: Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)/Hanako Ikezawa (Katawa Shoujo)
J: John Marston (Red Dead Redemption)/Patrick Jane (The Mentalist) and Patrick Jane (The Mentalist)/Jeff Winger (Community)
K: Kyouko Kirigiri (Dangan Ronpa)/Sazh Katzroy (Final Fantasy XIII)
L: Teresa Lisbon (The Mentalist)/Light Yagami (Death Note)
M: Fa Mulan (Mulan)/Bonnie MacFarlane (Red Dead Redemption)
N: Makoto Naegi (Dangan Ronpa)/Nagito Komaeda (Super Dangan Ronpa 2)
O: Oerba Yun Fang (Final Fantasy XIII)/Mondo Oowada (Dangan Ronpa)
P: Patrick Jane (The Mentalist)/Perry the Platypus (Phineas and Ferb)

Q: Quistis Trepe (Final Fantasy VIII)/Quina Quen (Final Fantasy IX)

'Quina,' Quistis says, folding her arms on the desk in front of her. 'We need to talk about your conduct in the field exam.' )

R: Rinoa Heartilly (Final Fantasy VIII)/Rumplestiltskin (Once Upon a Time)

S: Sayaka Miki (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)/Sayaka Maizono (Dangan Ronpa)

'What did you wish for?' )

T: Byakuya Togami (Dangan Ronpa)/Takuto Kira (Full Moon wo Sagashite)
U: Utena Tenjou (Revolutionary Girl Utena)/Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter)
V: Snow Villiers (Final Fantasy XIII)/Vincent Valentine (Final Fantasy VII) and Snow Villiers (Final Fantasy XIII)/Karkat Vantas (Homestuck)
W: Dean Winchester (Supernatural)/Bigby Wolf (The Wolf Among Us)
X: Charles Xavier (X-Men: First Class)/Xion (Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days)
Y: Yoshiya 'Joshua' Kiryu (The World Ends With You)/Light Yagami (Death Note)

Z: Zell Dincht (Final Fantasy VIII)/Zuko (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

'Remember your stance,' Squall says. )

FINISHED AT LAST. This has been an enjoyable exercise, even though it took much, much longer than planned.

Why do I have so many fandoms? Nobody needs this many fandoms.
rionaleonhart: red dead redemption: john marston reloads sexily (debatable). (just gonna reload while talkin' to you)
This is not at all the fic I meant to write. Honestly, I was planning to write about Hinata and Kuzuryuu making out. But then the making out caused canon to diverge, and Komaeda somehow seized the focus, and I ended up having to cut out the Hinata/Kuzuryuu entirely because it just felt like an awkward plot device in a fic that had become more about the relationship between Hinata and Komaeda.

Which is a shame, because Hinata/Kuzuryuu is a great pairing. (I've been replaying Super Dangan Ronpa 2, and their relationship has really struck me this time around.) Maybe I'll manage a real Hinata/Kuzuryuu piece eventually.

Title: (Mis)fortune
Fandom: Super Dangan Ronpa 2
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 3,700
Summary: In which Komaeda's best-laid plans are thwarted by his own luck.

(Mis)fortune )
rionaleonhart: okami: amaterasu is startled. (NOT SO FAST)
I haven't officially participated in National Novel Writing Month since 2004, but I've tried to write at least a little every day of every November since 2009. It's an interesting exercise, and it sometimes means I write things I might never have considered otherwise. For example, here's an unexpected second part to Worth Something, which was really supposed to be a one-shot. The first part was Hinata and Koizumi; this part is Hinata and Kuzuryuu. I'm half-tempted to write about Hinata meeting the entire class, but I think I'll probably resist the urge.

Title: Worth Something, Part Two
Fandom: Danganronpa 3 (Despair Arc)
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 1,300 (this part; 2,700 cumulative)
Summary: Against all advice, Hinata approaches Natsumi Kuzuryuu's brother.

Part One

Worth Something, Part Two )
rionaleonhart: twewy: joshua kiryu is being fabulously obnoxious and he knows it. (is that so?)
About half of the scenes in this have been posted to this journal before, but the other half are brand new! I thought I'd gather together all my old Project Komaeda scenes and fill in the gaps so I could post them to AO3. Komaeda's the worst and I love him.

I was going to say 'this is the worst fic title I've ever had' and then remembered that I named my Pokémon/Merlin crossover 'Gotta Camelotch Them All'.

Title: Nagito Komaeda Makes Everyone Uncomfortable and Possibly Sleeps With Them All
Fandom: Super Dangan Ronpa 2
Rating: R
Pairing: Komaeda/everyone
Wordcount: 6,300
Summary: Komaeda gets very close to a lot of people on the island. Hinata has to see more of it than he'd like.

Nagito Komaeda Makes Everyone Uncomfortable and Possibly Sleeps With Them All )
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: lisbon, afraid but brave, makes an important call. (it's been an honour)
I haven't talked about Danganronpa 3 for a while, but I have things to say about the most recent episode (episode 10 of the Despair Arc). This entry also contains spoilers for episode 9 of the Future Arc.

Thoughts on Despair Arc episode 10, Danganronpa 3. )

I always seem drawn to the aggressive, hotheaded arsehole who makes terrible decisions in Dangan Ronpa. Mondo, Kuzuryuu, Sakakura... (I don't love Sakakura as much as I love Mondo or Kuzuryuu, but he's definitely the character introduced in Danganronpa 3 I care about the most. Which is strange, because after the first episode my thoughts were 'well, I haven't seen enough of these new characters to form an opinion on most of them, but SAKAKURA IS TERRIBLE.')

The other Dangan Ronpa character types I'm drawn to are 'good-hearted, relatively normal people in the midst of over-the-top casts' and 'boys in green hoodies who are voiced by Megumi Ogata and talk a lot about hope'. Naegi is at the overlap point for these two types and is therefore the best character.
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: lisbon, afraid but brave, makes an important call. (it's been an honour)
The third Despair Arc episode of Danganronpa 3 waved around the prospect of a Hinata-and-Koizumi meeting and then refused to deliver. This is outrageous, frankly, and I have attempted to remedy it through the medium of fanfiction.

Title: Worth Something
Fandom: Danganronpa 3 (Despair Arc)
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 1,400
Summary: After the Twilight Syndrome events, Hinata tried to speak to Koizumi. Maybe he managed it.

Worth Something )
rionaleonhart: red dead redemption: john marston reloads sexily (debatable). (just gonna reload while talkin' to you)
The Danganronpa 3 anime continues! Beneath the cut: very spoilery thoughts on the second and third episodes of both arcs. I wrote these thoughts down after each episode, so some of my notes on the second episodes were later nullified by the third episodes.

Danganronpa 3: second and third episodes of both arcs. )

Why did I ever get into Dangan Ronpa? It's nothing but stress and pain. My nails are in a terrible state and it's all the Future Arc's fault.
rionaleonhart: harry potter: extremely poorly-drawn dumbledore fleeing and yelling NOOOOOOOOO. (NOOOOOOOOO)
Hey, I wrote something that isn't for Assassin's Creed!

Nobody's reading this on AO3, and I'm weirdly sad about it even though it really shouldn't be a surprise at all. It's a crossover between a niche American sitcom and an obscure Japanese videogame. There's probably not a huge overlap between fans of those two things.

Title: Despair 101
Fandom: Community/Dangan Ronpa
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 3,200
Summary: Being told to shoot each other with paintball guns ends badly enough at Greendale. Being told to actually kill each other probably isn't going to go much better.

Despair 101 )
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: lisbon, afraid but brave, makes an important call. (it's been an honour)
A new Dangan Ronpa anime has just started! (Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy, divided confusingly into two alternating series: Future Arc (set after the second game) and Despair Arc (set before).) It's actual new canon, rather than an adaptation! And it looks potentially extremely interesting! And it features my favourite character!

This sounds like good news but is actually terrible.

Danganronpa 3: notes on the first episodes of both arcs. )

Something that delights me: Kuzuryuu may have his angry don't-care rebel façade, but he's one of the few students who diligently shows up for lessons. You're not fooling anyone, Kuzuryuu.
rionaleonhart: red dead redemption: john marston reloads sexily (debatable). (just gonna reload while talkin' to you)
Troubling consequence of writing Slaughterhouse: I now feel really, really bad about using the hallucinogenic darts in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. They're a very useful tool! But they're also a bit horrible.

A delightful bit of apparent miscommunication between people working on this game: in the final murder mystery, you come across a plan of a building on a wall. The clue description, when you inspect it, says that the study has been circled in black. On the plan itself, though, it's very clear that there's no circle; the study has a black X through it instead. Whoever writes the player character's internal observations (which hover in the air next to clues) evidently picked up on this, because, rather than just saying 'study circled', it says 'study ...circled...'

I've now completed Assassin's Creed: Syndicate! My spoilery notes on the game are below the cut. Non-spoilery verdict: this game is great fun and the Frye twins are the best. Maybe my favourite Assassin's Creed?

(I wrote these notes as I went along, so they might be a bit disjointed.)

Spoilers up to the end of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. )

Back in 2014, when I was writing my Naegi sibling reunion fic for Dangan Ronpa, I actually made the mistake of consulting [ profile] th_esaurus on it:

Riona: This thing I'm writing is literally just 'the Naegi siblings hug'. Where can I go with this fic?
RD: ...
RD: You know what my answer will be.
Riona: I know! That's why I'm telling you not to answer!
RD: Then why did you ask?
Riona: It was a momentary lapse in judgement!
RD: Look, they don't have to have sex or anything! They can just cuddle creepily! Just make it creepy!

After that brief and possibly confusing excursion outside the cut tags, we're jumping back in to talk in detail about one of the late-game assassinations. [personal profile] wolfy_writing, if you're reading this entry, you should watch this video of the assassination in question before reading on. Spoilers for the end of Sequence 8.

More spoilers for Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. )

In conclusion: excellent game. I'm sad it's over, but I'm happy with the way it ended. And I love the Frye twins. I really wish they'd had more missions together.

I must write a Pokémon crossover immediately.
rionaleonhart: final fantasy viii: found a draw point! no one can draw... (you're a terrible artist)
In the past month, I have written over twenty thousand words of Assassin's Creed fanfiction. This is my life now. This is what I do.

Which is to say that I've written another few thousand words of Visitors (Gratuitous Wish-Fulfilment Edition) and edited them into the original post! It's slightly veered away from the 'wish-fulfilment' theme and become a more general 'scenes that didn't fit into the original Visitors' collection, though. Most of these scenes involve Desmond's life being ruined for my amusement. Sorry, Desmond.

(Unlike the AO3 version, where I just post new scenes as they're written, I've tried to marshal the version here into... something approaching a chronological order, even though the time-travel concept makes a sensible chronology completely unachievable. I've mainly rearranged things so I can keep the platonic bedsharing scene at the end.

'Riona,' you may say, frowning, 'that makes no chronological sense, no matter how you interpret the passage of time.' This is an excellent point, to which my response is 'screw you'.)

Astonishingly, I've also written a couple of ficlets that aren't for Assassin's Creed recently, so I'm going to post them here!

Along with, er. Along with an Assassin's Creed ficlet. Sorry. (Actually the first thing I wrote for this fandom, before Visitors took over my life.)

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood: Desmond and Ezio. Originally written for [ profile] classics_lover at [ profile] comment_fic, here.

Brotherhood: Desmond and Ezio )

Super Dangan Ronpa 2: Hinata and Koizumi, pre-canon. Originally written for [ profile] naekusaba101. Full-game spoilers. (Incidentally, last night I had a dream about Hinata and Koizumi sleeping curled up together and it was adorable.)

Super Dangan Ronpa 2: Hinata and Koizumi )

Animorphs: Marco and Rachel, Hunger Games AU. I can't believe I've never actually written anything involving the Animorphs characters before; I've loved these books for so long! Originally written for [ profile] streussal at [ profile] comment_fic, here.

Animorphs: Hunger Games AU )

I keep thinking about this Animorphs 'victors of the Hunger Games' AU. I don't go into detail here about how Marco won his Games, but I imagine it was with some sort of trap.

Presumably Jake won as a Career, like Rachel; I imagine they'd live in the same district, and only volunteers get into the arena in the Career districts. The Career pack cleared most of the field under Jake's leadership before eventually turning on each other, and he was the one who emerged alive.

Cassie hid and hunted for food and just outsurvived her fellow tributes. The Capitol admires her for winning without a drop of blood on her hands, and she's often depicted with angel wings in merchandise, but she very much thinks of herself as a killer. Surviving is an act of violence when only one person can live.

Tobias is selected as a tribute the year after Marco. He dies in the initial scramble for the Cornucopia.

This is a horrible crossover.
rionaleonhart: friendship is magic: rarity looks horrified. (oh no no no)
I don't often post audience participation entries these days, simply because there's not much of an audience left to participate; Livejournal and Dreamwidth are very quiet places! But I'm fretting about various things at the moment (nothing insurmountable, things are probably going to be fine), and I could do with a distraction, so it's worth a try:

Ask any fictional character you think I might be able to manage a question, and I'll reply in-character as them with an answer (or possibly reply as myself going 'WHAT THE HELL, I CAN'T DO THIS'). Feel free to ask either as yourself or as another character.

You may, if you wish, ask multiple questions (perhaps of multiple characters) or attempt to engage the characters in extended conversation. I've attempted to answer as real people in the past, but I'm specifying fictional characters this time, I'm afraid!

(Alternatively, or in addition: name a canon you know I have at some point enjoyed, and I'll dig up and post an extract from the unfinished fanfiction I've almost certainly got lying around.)

Feel free to comment even if we haven't talked in six years! If you're not sure of my fandoms (I have approximately a billion fandoms), my tag list should give you an idea. Although for some reason I have a 'buffy' tag? Don't ask for Buffy; I've seen about four episodes and you'll be disappointed.

To avoid duplicates on the 'unfinished fanfiction' question, below are links to the different versions of this entry (and the list of fandoms I've thus far posted snippets for in each one):

Livejournal: The Mentalist, My Little Pony, Harry Potter
Dreamwidth: The Last of Us, Uncharted, Top Gear, Assassin's Creed, The World Ends With You, Dangan Ronpa, Ghost Trick, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Prison Break
rionaleonhart: final fantasy versus xiii: a young woman at night, her back to you, the moon high above. (nor women neither)
I'd forgotten that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a really messed-up, horrible book. I've always thought of it as the bridge between the 'light' and the 'dark' Harry Potter books, leaning towards the light side, but there's an awful lot of darkness in here. Watching Crouch sentence his son to Azkaban in the Pensieve flashback is distressing enough, and then you find out what happened to Neville's parents, and then there's the ending.

And... all right, I feel strange talking about this outside a spoiler cut, even if the book's been out for fifteen years, so my notes on the ending are below:

Spoilers for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. )

When Moody is bringing the horribly traumatised Harry back to the castle after the events in the graveyard, he's described as 'half pulling, half carrying him' and later as 'helping him walk'. I'm startled and oddly sad to realise that the image of this scene I've carried since childhood was incorrect; I always thought that Moody was actually carrying Harry in his arms, like a child (with Harry mostly curled up into himself on account of aforementioned horrible trauma).

Back when I signed up for Pottermore, I was a little frustrated that I was Sorted into Hufflepuff when I'd always thought of myself as a Ravenclaw. I wondered whether perhaps it was because the Sorting quiz only pulled seven questions from a larger pool, so, when a quiz popped up elsewhere online with the entire pool of official Sorting questions, I tried that out.

The full quiz basically said 'you are the biggest Hufflepuff we've ever seen'.

I've come to realise that the Sorting Hat was absolutely right. I've always been a capable student rather than a brilliant one. If I can call myself intelligent, it's not inherent; it's something I've tried to work towards. And I do value the pursuit of knowledge, but I value kindness and fair play more. I think being in Hufflepuff would bring out the best in me.

There aren't many prominent Hufflepuffs in the Harry Potter series, but I think I can be proud of being in the same house as Cedric Diggory. And Makoto Naegi, who is not technically a Harry Potter character but is absolutely, unquestionably in Hufflepuff. He might as well be the Hufflepuff mascot. I will fight anyone who tries to say otherwise.

Newt Scamander was a Hufflepuff as well, wasn't he? I keep forgetting we're getting a trilogy of films about him! It's going to be so strange to have new Harry Potter canon.

I was going to say 'it's a shame that none of the book characters are going to show up, as the films are set seventy years earlier', but then I remembered that we could absolutely see Dumbledore in his late thirties. I'm up for this.
rionaleonhart: final fantasy versus xiii: a young woman at night, her back to you, the moon high above. (nor women neither)
This is perhaps the most ridiculously self-indulgent thing I've ever written, but I hope you enjoy it if you share my fondness for characters having extended psychological meltdowns.

(This fic, it may not surprise you to learn, came about as a direct result of playing far too much Assassin's Creed. The games weren't giving me enough about the Bleeding Effect! What was I supposed to do? Meandering, self-indulgent Dangan Ronpa fanfiction was clearly the only route available.)

Title: Blur
Fandom: Super Dangan Ronpa 2
Rating: R
Wordcount: 4,000
Summary: He thinks he might be Hinata. He's Hinata, isn't he? But he has fourteen other sets of memories trapped in his mind.
Warning: Spoilers for the entirety of Super Dangan Ronpa 2.

Blur )
rionaleonhart: red dead redemption: john marston reloads sexily (debatable). (just gonna reload while talkin' to you)
Finished Assassin's Creed! I wasn't entirely happy with the ending - they may as well have scrawled 'NOW PLAY THE SEQUEL' across the wall (and I intend to, don't get me wrong, but I'd have liked a slightly more definite wrapping-up) - but I can forgive this game, because it fulfilled all my romantic murder needs.

Rafiq: Is everything all right, my friend? You seem distant.
Altaïr: It's nothing, Rafiq. Just a lot on my mind.
Rafiq: It is the men you kill, isn't it? You feel something for them.
Altaïr: How...?

And I thought I couldn't hope for more than my targets intimately dying in my arms! I'm so happy. Please stop looking at me like that.

One night I forgot to check the computers for new e-mails before sending Desmond to bed, and it made me realise that it's probably possible to play through this game without checking the Abstergo e-mails at all.

This is something that fascinates me about videogames: a videogame will generally have a central story, the thing you'll see every time you play through it, but often there will be bits of story that are completely optional. The e-mails in Assassin's Creed, the Voxophone recordings in Bioshock Infinite, the hidden graffiti-filled chambers in Portal, the optional conversations in The Last of Us, the sidequests in RPGs. If you're engaged with the story or the world, you can hunt down backstory and interactions and other details that you might not see on a straightforward playthrough. It's not something you tend to see in other means of storytelling. I suppose the appendices in the Lord of the Rings books might be an equivalent.

I can fall in love with characters in any medium, but the worlds I fall in love with tend to be videogame worlds (although there will, of course, always be a place in my heart for Hogwarts). I suspect it's because, in a videogame, you explore the world and come to know it yourself. Not only can you poke around the place physically, but often you can also unearth details about its people or its history that aren't necessarily relevant to the story at hand.

In case I haven't made this clear, I really like videogames.

The other thing I always did before sending Desmond to bed, aside from checking for e-mails, was walk him into the shower. Even though he never actually took a shower. This troubled me increasingly as the game went on. Please shower, Desmond. Please at least change out of your clothes before you go to bed. Please, Desmond. It's been six days.

I was a bit unsettled by the way the camera switched to a CCTV feed whenever Desmond entered the shower. Maybe Desmond was similarly unsettled by his surveillance, and that's why he never washed or changed? But seriously, Desmond. Six days.

In news unrelated to Assassin's Creed: I knew that repeated patterns were cropping up in my Dangan Ronpa stories, but I didn't realise exactly how bad it was until my terrible revelation earlier today. I have now written three Dangan Ronpa fics in which the protagonist has an intense conversation on a bed with a girl who has low self-esteem and a terrible past. No sex. Just beds. Three.

Apparently this is how you can tell when I 'ship something. I don't write kissing; I write redemptive bed conversations.
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: lisbon, afraid but brave, makes an important call. (it's been an honour)
Hello! Here is a Super Dangan Ronpa 2 fic. It's set post-canon and I can't come up with a summary that doesn't at least imply spoilers, so the heading is under the cut. 3,400 words.

I'm noticing some weirdly specific patterns cropping up in my Dangan Ronpa fanfiction.

Flashbulb )
rionaleonhart: final fantasy xii: fran glares; tremble with fear! (don't cross me)
[personal profile] ruuger is currently hosting the annual Multifandom Friendship Fic Fest; it's over here, if you're interested in participating!

Speaking of fanfiction: it's that time again, by which I mean 'the time when I post another instalment of alphabet ficsnippets' (a ficlet for each letter of the alphabet, each concerning two characters whose names begin with that letter). I've been writing these things since 2012 and I still haven't completed the alphabet. I am hopeless.

Previous instalments are here, here and here. Fandoms represented in this instalment are Final Fantasy VII (and Crisis Core), Final Fantasy XIII, Dangan Ronpa, Super Dangan Ronpa 2, Homestuck, Supernatural, The Wolf Among Us, The World Ends With You and Death Note.

Same-letter alphabet ficsnippets: C, N, V, W and Y. )

Only five more letters to go! Maybe I'll actually finish this one day.

While I'm here, I'm also going to post a couple more ficlets I wrote for Project Komaeda Makes Everyone Uncomfortable and Possibly Sleeps With Them All. Spoilers for the first two chapters of Dangan Ronpa.

Komaeda/Fujisaki and Komaeda/Maizono within. )

That's all for now! I hope you find something to enjoy amongst these many little snippets.
rionaleonhart: twewy: joshua kiryu is being fabulously obnoxious and he knows it. (is that so?)
It's Christmas Eve, and that means it's time for the traditional stupid Christmas manip! I was wondering which character would be the subject this year, and then I discovered that Christmas Eve is actually a birthday in Dangan Ronpa. Could I resist? Of course I couldn't.

I couldn't just Christmas up one of Junko's magazine covers, so here's a picture of the unPhotoshopped birthday girl as well ('unPhotoshopped' meaning 'unPhotoshopped by magazine cover designers'; I cannot promise that this image is otherwise unaltered):

(Next Christmas, I'm probably going to go for a character with less inconvenient hair.)

Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate it!