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Location: Saint Paul, MN
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I'm a nerd, otaku, and firearms fanatic, but not in that order. I also love writing and anime conventions. What more do you need?
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May 11 2016, 02:57 AM
Well guys, I think it's time that I take my leave.



The short of it is, my life's gotten so crazy especially with all my creative projects and pursuits, that I simply don't have time for GZ anymore, sadly. I've since stepped down from being a moderator, and will be bidding my farewell here on GZ. This also means that I'll no longer be involved with the Z-Cast, and that any GZ-based stories I was working on are now cancelled as I'm focused on my web-manga Yawara Hunters and my series of stories to be self-published as e-books, Moonlit Knights (which is my final reboot of Halloween Nights). It's been fun though, and meeting some GZ members IRL was always fun. But alas, it's time for me to go to bigger and better things. Thanks Ryu and Ty for everything, and thank you GZ for literally being here for some rough patches and for pushing me to improve myself creatively.

And hopefully, maybe one day, you all might see me on TV or at a nerdy convention, who knows.
Apr 15 2015, 10:37 PM
So, for those of you on my Facebook friends, you'll know about a little comic I threw together right before going on tour. After I got back, I decided to continue it as a little easy side project. It'll show my more comedic side. So, here's Part 1 or Nyachi & Chance.


Stay tuned for more and let me know what you all think!

Oh, and I would like to point out that these will be nowhere near as long as my written series. All pages will be quick reads since they're comics. Also, they read like a traditional manga (as in right-to-left and top down). If in doubt, just read the dialogue boxes top-to-bottom. I'll arrange the speech bubbles in such a way to be easy to read. I'll work on the next bit later. Already, a friend of mine found it quite funny.
Apr 3 2015, 01:33 PM
In 2007 there was a film released starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman called "The Bucket List", but we're not going to talk about the movie. We're going to talk about your bucket list, as in what do GZ member want to do before they "kick the bucket"?

We've all got things we want to do before we die, and some goals are easily met, or easy enough to meet with enough work, or some are just outlandish, like Austin Powers' bucket list (of which "Being Cryogenically Frozen" and "Threesom with Japanese Twins" was on it). So, GZ, what's yours? And better yet, if you already have one, what have you already crossed off?

Here's my very long and lofty list, all of which are legitimate goals:
  • Go on tour as a musician/musical artist. DONE! Got another one next week!
  • Attend an anime con. DONE!
  • Start a gaming, music and comedy YouTube Channel. Well, yeah!
  • Write a manga series. (WIP)
  • Get that manga series adapted as an anime/animated series, voice act for it, and be responsible for the soundtrack for it. (This WILL NOT be easy. Then again, since 50 Shades of Grey got a movie and it originally started as a Twilight fan-fic, I figure I at least have a fighting chance once it's published.)
  • Start and host a podcast of some sort. YAY Z-CAST!
  • Have a featured video on YouTube. Let's Play MMPR SNES is still my most popular video and was on YT's front page before they changed the layout.
  • Publish an original story that I would love to tell. (WIP, Moonlit Knights, a further reboot of my Nights series of stories, will be self-published online.)
  • Be a featured guest of honor at an Anime Con in some form or another (whether it be from being a YouTuber, Writer, Musician/Musical Artist, notable cosplayer, being involved in the anime or media industry, or just being a contributor to the anime/otaku fandom).
  • Be a SUCCESSFUL YouTuber (le sigh).
  • Be a guest of honor at a MAJOR gaming or nerd fandom convention somewhere in the world (such as San Diego Comic Con, PAX Prime/PAX East, GoPlay Northwest, Anime Expo, etc.)
  • Speaking of Anime Expo, attend Anime Expo in LA! (This may actually happen within the next two years if I build a fanbase as a cosplay repair guy and get enough money to get out to LA for that weekend).
  • And go to A-Kon too! laugh.gif
  • DJ for/with an artist from Reach Records, Clear Sight, RMG, or X-Hustla music (I got REALLY close once).
  • Become a Christian Nerdcore Artist (WIP)
  • Develop a game of some sort (this is getting easier as time goes on).
  • Start a solo webcomic of some sort (almost happened with GZ Manga, but ended up scrapping the project in favor of Zyberspace. However, given the success of homestuck, I might try again later down the road).
  • Get a cat. (Preferably, either a Maine Coon, Aegean, or Birman)
  • Find real local otaku friends. And, if I ever decide to date again, an Otaku/Gamer girlfriend.
  • Compose music (even if just one song) that's featured in an anime or something related to anime culture.
  • Learn Vocaloid and UTAU.
  • Make at least one original Vocaloid/UTAU song to be featured on an album.
  • Make an original song using a looper.
  • Perform an original song LIVE using a looper.
  • Fire an honest-to-goodness AK-47 or AKM (at full auto).
  • Be interviewed for a major blog, magazine, or show of some sort (involved with nerdom, of course).
  • Watch RWBY, especially now that my fellow Khmer brotha Monty Oum is gone. RIP Monty Oum.
  • Cosplay as Rude from FFVII (bonus points if someone does Reno with me)
  • Cosplay as a Hitman Agent.
  • Cosplay as Maes Hughes from Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Write a mecha-based story.
  • Adapt Moonlit Knights into some sort of visual medium (whether it be film, tv show, web series, comic, manga, light novel, or animated series).
  • Do a song cover on YouTube.
  • Do a split-screen multi-instrumentalist song cover on YouTube.
  • Do an original song related to gaming, anime, etc. on YouTube and build a fanbase.
  • Cover Senbonzakura by Hatsune Miku (Guitar, Bass, Piano, and possibly violin and drums, with Miku sticking on vocals).
  • Cover Again by YUI (the FMA: Brotherhood opening theme, all guitar parts, bass guitar part, piano, with drum machine and Miku on vocals)
  • Cover TANK! by The Seatbelts (Bass guitar only)
  • Cover Motteke! Sailor Fuku (The opening to Lucky*Star, bass guitar only and integrating DJ techniques)
  • Cover Tinny Waltz (a song within Get Backers, consisting of a violin duet, acoustic guitar, and classical drums, all of which I'll do)
  • Cover Raspberry Heaven by Oranges and Lemons (the ending theme to Azumanga Daioh, with an Ocarina for the flute part, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, and Miku AND Teto on vocals)
  • Cover Resonance by T.M. Revolution (opening theme for Soul Eater. It would be a vocal cover, likely the only one I'd ever do).
  • Perform at a convention as a musician (as more people hear of my talents, people are beginning to talk to me about it)
  • Don't have kids. (I HATE kids.)
  • Get good enough at Weiss Schwarz to compete.
  • Meet the Yogscast (not just for Kim, just in general).
  • Meet the folks of ScrewAttack!
  • Get a first or second generation Mazda MX-5 and tune it and use it in an AutoX race.
  • Meet Jason David Frank
  • Meet Johnny Yong Bosch
  • Meet Steve Blum
  • Meet Bruce Campbell
  • Do a major performance at a music festival.
  • Profoundly affect someone in a positive way at a con.
  • Lead a panel at a convention (will likely happen at AniMinneapolis in five weeks).
  • Do a vocal performance of some sort using a Shure 55SH (the Shure 55 Series is the most iconic microphone of all time).
  • Get featured in a YouTube Rewind one year.
  • Own an anime shop in the US (optional.)
  • Learn Nihongo (Japanese).
  • Take a long visit to Nippon (Japan).
  • Meet Lindsey Stirling.
  • Perform with Lindsey Stirling.
  • Watch every Studio Ghibli movie ever at least twice. (It's easier to remember a movie obviously if you see it more than once).
  • Meet Ryan Higa.
  • Meet Freddie Wong.
  • Be featured in a Freddie Wong video (I had a dream once where we were actually planning a video out during filming).
  • Be a guest on a late-night talk show (preferably with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, or Jimmy Fallon)
  • Help raise money for treatment for a cancer patient (GO CHECK OUT TORI VOGEL'S GO FUND ME! SHE'S FIGHTING EWING SARCOMA!)

Yeah, that's still only a partial list as well. So, GZers, what's yours?
Apr 2 2015, 08:47 PM
So, I have a new sporadic series on my YT channel where I talk about the cons I went to as I go to them, and share stories, swag, and other stuffs. I just talk cons I go to. And thus, the first video in the series is for Anime Detour 2015! Watch below! Next con is AniMinneapolis in five weeks, so GZ member, if you want to join in the video, let me know!

Mar 5 2015, 02:13 PM
Generation Z, being a Nerd forum on the vast internet, you would think we'd have a topic dedicated to tabletop RPG's. Sadly, the reality of it is that up until now, we didn't. So, let's talk tabletop RPG's.

For those unfamiliar with tabletop RPG's, but are familiar with RPG video games, just imaging playing something like Final Fantasy or Skyrim, except instead of a preset character or a created digital character, you create a character with the intent of playing that one (or small number) of characters with a group of friends and a game master who helps move the game along and is in charge of all the game mechanics.

If you're unfamiliar with the concept of an RPG, go here: Wikipedia, Yo!

Most people know of the most famous and equally most nerdy tabletop RPG of all time, Dungeons & Dragons, now in its Fifth Edition book. Of course, that's just the most stereotypical example when people think tabletop RPG's.

So what I want to know is, from you GZers, what tabletop RPG's have you played, want to play, or love to play?

As for me, I've tried D&D but I just hate it. I don't like the dice-heavy mechanics (you roll for everything, and I mean, EVERYTHING) nor do I like the vanilla setting (I never liked high fantasy). However, a co worker-now-friend introduced me into the great world of Shadowrun, a futuristic cyberpunk sci-fi fantasy tabletop RPG that takes place in the not-so-distant future where advanced technology exists alongside a re-emergence of ancient-style magic and mythological creatures. It's fun, and the GM I'm playing with is absolutely hilarious. But, thus far, D&D and Shadowrun are the only ones I've had a chance to dive into. It should also be noted that if you're a gamer, you probably know of the Shadowrun video games, which are based in the same universe.

That being said, I do want to build my own tabletop RPG using the FATE system as a core (the FATE system being a generic system to build your own RPG from). I started trying to get into GURPS, but there's WAY too much in GURPS for it to be usable in 3rd and 4th editions, whereas FATE takes a minimalist approach and instead recommends additional mechanics you can use based on your setting and mechanics. I've had a few ideas floating around, including two ideas from mid-2014 I had (a GZ-based High School rpg done in a similar style to South Park: Stick of Truth, and a WWII rpg where the Allies form a specialized squad of fighters and soldiers from Allied countries and follow that squad as they go through the European theatre).

But, as I've said, there's a couple that caught my eye. First off is Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine, which a warm-hearted modern setting anime themed tabletop RPG's that sounds amazing and doesn't use dice. Sounds like my cup of tea. But, as awesome as that is, one really, REALLY, stood out to me.

That system in question is called Storium. It's still in the early stages and they're still developing it, but as it stands, it basically fuses narrative creative writing with online multiplayer role-playing. Basically, the leader (which instead of being the GM is instead a narrator), controls the story, or the narration can be shared amongst some or all of the players. There's a lot more to it than meets the eye. It sounds awesome, albeit, pricy as it's annually subscription-based (the price varies depending on how much you initially paid for it as they're still in pre-alpha, but you pay it yearly). So that's definitely worth checking out.

Anyways, how about the rest of you?
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