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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

New Game: Royal Chaos!

Hey everyone!

Hope you're doing well.



I saw an ad for Royal Chaos and decided to download it (from the app store).  It's strange and unique; kind of like Love Nikki: Dress Up Queen.

You can play as male or female; the game has different goals depending on your gender.  I don't know what the guy aspires for since I chose the girl.  The story goes that your father slighted the emperor's fav concubine (who's at war with the empress for control) and so, as the female MC, dump your love and go to the palace in hopes that His Highness, Emperor Mu, picks you as a consort.  I guess this is to make sure your family is safe?

When you get there, make some friends and build a team to fight off snarky bi-atches and jerks who stand in your way.  As the MC, you can play as a scholar, warrior, healer, sage (I think that was it) with different attributes and engage in combat with others to win gold, etc.  Combat is turned based but it's not like Final Fantasy where you get to choose the moves.  It's auto.  Still kind of funny.  Also, the game is 3D.

The emperor is hot.  Reminds me of Hotohori.  Apparently, with all those women fighting over him, he's pining after someone that he can't have (sounds like Hotohori?).  I guess your role, if you play your cards right, ladies, is to win his heart.  Now, the weird thing is... I thought the MC loved the man she left behind and yet once she sees Emperor Mu on the side quest (where you/player get to touch him *wink wink*) she's acting as if he's so beautiful that he could be "Mr. Right."  Ermm... So, did she not love her bf?  Weird.  Whatever.

I love old Chinese clothing, architectures, landscape, languages... ancient Chinese aesthetics in general, so this game is right up my alley.  I think I must have lived there in another lifetime.

Anyhow, check it out and let me know what you think.

**P.S. Yes, it does take a bit of time to download so get on that wifi to save some data.

Have fun gaming!
~Lenne Penry

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Update: 

The emperor is nothing like Hotohori.  He sleeps with everybody (but he loves you/MC the most *rolls eyes*).  Also, it's like the Bachelorette show mixed with Sister Wives; full of drama, backstabbing, two-faced women vying to be number one.  Even the MC doesn't seem to really like Emperor Mu all that much, she's just faking it to get more favors.  I don't like anyone in this game... except for the MC's old bf/lover.  At least he seems more genuine than all these harpies put together.

So... do I still recommend this game?  Sure, it's interesting game play.  Just... don't expect to get attached to any character.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

Hope you're having fun celebrating.  Careful with the fireworks.

I'm super full from BBQ so I'm watching the Xena: Warrior Princess Marathon on El Rey Network.  I used to watch this in the 90s but back then my English wasn't very good so I pretty much watched it for the fighting.  Now that I can understand the plot, the stories seem really good.  A good series, even now.  Watch it when you get a chance.

Also, how's everyone celebrating today?

~LP

Monday, June 25, 2018

Wizardess Heart: Amelia Niles Spin-off

Hey everyone!


Shall We Date put out a new spin-off for Wizardess Heart.  The extra cool and super nice roommate, Amelia Niles, finally gets a shot at love.  I was hoping it would be Professor Merkulova.  Instead, it looks like two generically drawn characters: Augustus (boy) and Scarlett (girl?).  (Girl?) because Amelia never mentioned that she was into chicks and this could be one of those boy dressed like girl dressed like boy thing... or something.  I haven't gotten far in the spin-off since I ran out of story tickets.

I really was hoping it would be Prof Merkulova.  Yes, I know I already said it but still... Prof Merkulova!  Why?  In one of Liz's route, she mentioned her type of guy is someone like Prof Merkulova.  In another route, it was Headmaster Randolph, if memory serves.  Either way, she likes older guys.  I think Prof Merkulova would be so perfect for Amelia.  He's young, handsome and bookish.  Has some personal issues as revealed by Elias's route, which would have made great conflict for a story.

Someone fanfic this please!

Otherwise, if you're playing the spin-off, let me know what you think of Scarlett and/or Augustus.

For those who have no idea what I'm talking about:
Game: Wizardess Heart
Developer: Shall We Date Apps
Location: App store (android; iOs)
Cost: Free

Have fun otome-ing!

~Lenne Penry

Friday, June 22, 2018

Win His Heart Otome Slot Game?

Hey all,

I logged into Wizardess Heart yesterday and saw an ad for "Win His Heart Slots."  Apparently, it's a new slot game where you can win CGs from the some of popular Shall We Date App otomes such as: Wizardess Heart; Blood in Roses; Guard Me, Sherlock; Love Tangle; Ninja Assassin.

I clicked through the link from Wizardess Heart and got 1,000,000 points after the download.  Also, Klaus Goldstein's slot is available for download for a short time... today is the last day, maybe?

Overall, it's kind of a clunky, slow app.  Not terrible but gets boring awfully fast in my opinion.  I would suggest that you try it out if you're interested.  At least the cute guys have a bit more movement as they cheer you on if you win than the usual static pictures from the otomes.  Randy's slot has Taffy instead of Randy.  I like Taffy so no complaints.

I'm not sure exactly where this concept came from or where it'll go from here so I'll keep the download for now in case something fun develops.

Try it out and let me know what you think!

~Lenne Penry

Saturday, June 16, 2018

As It Turns Out... I'm Not My MC

Hey everyone,

If you've ever written, drawn, crafted or created any sort of artistic works, have you ever put too much of yourself into the pieces?  Often, I wonder if I've made my MC, Bao Lai, too much like myself... or at least, the me I think I am inside my own head.  I discovered recently that isn't so and maybe, I should be more like her.

You've heard me complain about my job before (as many working people do) and if you've read Malphas, you'd get the gist of my feelings toward my coworkers... again, afraid I might have put too much of myself into writing.  Anyway, I'm not fond of being a complainer.  I'm more of a doer, so I thought.  Last year, I applied to the JET Program as an assistant language teacher for the 2018 school year.  Well, I was actually short listed and was assigned to a great city called Sapporo (like the beer) in Hokkaido, Japan.  I was really excited except... ultimately, I failed to make the jump.  As we learn from many otomes, an MC is no one special until she either is drawn into some craziness or takes a chance at life.  I actually felt as if I could have been an MC in my own little story if I had taken the chance and started over in Japan.

The idea of starting anew is thrilling and frightening.  I kept thinking, I'm in my thirties... this job is mainly targeted at new graduates.  If this were a decade ago, I wouldn't hesitate.  To give up my safe job and go overseas just to finally come back and... look for another job that will likely pay less, not to mention, lose two years worth of additional savings which I've been working toward in order to afford a house is... madness.  Then there were fears of the language barriers, making social mistakes, not knowing how to get places (because I get lost a lot), horror stories online from JET alums, etc.  There were also some family issues too that added to the weight on my chest.  Even then, ever since I turned down the position (and made someone on the waiting list very happy), a thought has been been gnawing at my psyche.  What if this was my last and only chance to work abroad like I've wanted for a long time?  What if I could have discovered some great sights and made lasting memories?  The 2020 Olympics will be in Tokyo.  I could have gone to the Olympics!  Maybe, I could have met the love of my life.  I didn't walk down that path and now I'll never know.  The what ifs in life are truly daunting.

When I used to hear people quit great jobs to go do crazy things in search of adventure, I thought them bonkers.  I guess I understand now.  Life is short.  Live it while you can because in the end, money can't be taken with you.  Find happiness and live a good life instead of sitting in a dead end job quietly cussing your a-hole coworkers.  That's a heart attack waiting to happen.  Though, that's not to say recklessly quitting a good job is best for everyone.  Still, I am quite the coward, the opposite of my MC.  I was at the last step before going and I withdrew.  She would have just gone even if she were quivering in her boots.  She would have found something great while I merely watch from beyond the covers and dream the same without the gumption to imitate. 

I realized I'm not my MC and I haven't put too much of myself into my pieces.  Instead, I should have let life imitate art, and taken more of Bao Lai's personality into me.  Maybe I write about the person I aspire to be; not perfect, but perfectly capable of speaking her mind and taking chances.  I've thought about this before and now, more than ever, I think I'll take this motto to heart: YOLO.

Good night everyone.  Thanks for visiting.

~Lenne Penry

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Random Post: Pics From My Recent Trip

Hey everyone!

I was out last week on conference by having bummed off another's team trip, and have some pictures to share.  I was in Daytona Beach--pretty swanky, right?  Loved the ocean sounds.  Overall, it was a good trip and I learned a lot.  If you were at the same conference, you might have seen me and not know it, lolz.

Here's a pic of the beach and some seafood I got at Macker's.  And yes, I ate all of that in one seating and had terrible stomach aches... I regret nothing!

Other than fun in the sun, I'm still working on the fourth book to Polaris but keep blanking out because my characters won't act the way I want them to.  Ying will not be bound!  I think I might have to change his personality a little.  More to come.

Thanks for visiting!
~Lenne Penry






Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March Update

Hey everyone,

Hope you're doing well. 

I've been wasting a lot of electricity lately by getting all hyped up, turning on my computer and then staring blankly at the screen for hours.  I have no idea where this story is going and when I manage to get a few sentences out, end up writing my characters into a corner.  The fourth book to Polaris is giving me lot of heartache--or maybe more like heartburn.  I think I'm trying to incorporate too many background stories from side characters that it's taking up space.  Almost 400 pages in and I feel like I need another 500 after rewriting about 150.  These books keep getting longer because the characters have more to say.  Also, I'm not really feeling the "spark" between my MC and the guys, probably because these guys are more the tsundere types, and that spark is hard to create when the MC, despite being hot-headed, isn't particularly a warm character either.  She's kind of a tsundere sometimes so then we have three tsundere characters looking awkwardly at one another (or maybe ignoring each other) at this dull party full of wallflowers.  Oh boy... Needless to say, I don't think this book will be done by July unless I have an epiphany.

I do have some ideas for the CGs though.  I had the image of Mizuki from the Ninja Destiny otome in my mind for Ying but Ying is said to have long tuffs of hair while Mizuki's is short.  Plus, Ying is older (~35 yrs old) and I wanted to go with the realistic art again instead of anime-ish art so he won't end up looking much like Mizuki.  Yue will be even more difficult because he's supposed to be super hunky and um... I'm not sure if I can pull the art off on that but I will try.  Just keep in mind he's supposed to be super hunky ;)

Lastly, I'm wondering if I should be nice and keep the book light and airy or go a little dark and start chopping off characters like a Shakespeare play.  Demons and Demon Slayers were covered in the last full volume while Huang Nu were mentioned in the volume 3.5.  This book is supposed to delve farther into the Huang Nu's bloodline history which is kind of dark and sad.  It is an otome though and not a Romance of the Three Kingdoms type book.  Maybe I'll save the Shakespeare thing for my own version an epic Chinese warring states tale later on.  Who knows?  I'm just throwing out ideas, folks.  Feel free to comment.

Other than working on the book, I just found out my employers approved my request to bum off another team's conference trip and I'll be spending Spring Break somewhere nice... wearing a suit and listening to a 12-hr symposium.  Oh well, better than nothing.  I can still run to the beach afterwards and maybe take a couple of pictures.

One last note, just a reminder that if you would like to do an honest review for one of my books, look me up on Amazon and let me know your email address via Twitter (@lennepenry) along with the book title you'd like to review.  I'll send you a redemption code.  I'd also appreciate it. <3

Thanks for visiting!
~Lenne Penry