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Hi there! I'm MeanderBot. I enjoy video games. My video game playing history begins like many others: I was lucky enough to have an early computer to play games on, someone across the street got an NES, then I stumbled across a used stack of Nintendo Power at a swap meet, and soon enough I was spending more time with a controller in my hand then lying in my bed.

Aside from that, I am a visual artist desperately trying to be successful. I consider myself to be the visual art equivalent of a bard. Won't you tell me your tales of whimsy so I may illustrate and add them to the annals of time?
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I grew up with first person shooters.  I'm old enough to have had access to Wolfenstein 3D as a young child.  I played the shareware version to exhaustion, running alongside the walls while mashing the space bar looking for secrets.  But it was Doom, and later Duke Nukem, that really solidified my love for first person shooters.  And while I adored the more fantastic settings of demonic and alien invasions, what I loved most about these games were the weapons.

The keystone of a great FPS, in my opinion, is fun weapons.  Doom had a few of these.  The plasma rifle was always a blast to use when I could spare the sparse ammo.  But this is where Duke Nukem excelled.  Past the pistol and shotgun, Duke had a wide arsenal of unique weapons that became a standard to which I judged future games.

But, alas, after the golden age of the 90s, first person shooters seemed to become more mundane.  As computers became more powerful, the simulation shooter became a genre, stealing market share from my beloved arcade shooter, which was suffering enough from the proliferation of WW2 shooters.  Occasionally I would be introduced to something to sate my appetite: Time Splitters, Perfect Dark.  But it took a special game to get me excited for a first person shooter.

Metro 2033 is a special game.

Before this game came out, I must admit I was interested.  Science fiction themed, spiritual successor to STALKER.  All good points.  But the second I saw the commercial for this game, peddling that damnable exclusive DLC of a light machine SHOTGUN, I knew this game needed to be part of my life.  And it didn't disappoint.  Despite still having the regular machine guns, shotguns and pistols, they all had unique designs and almost reinvented each weapon.  It was enough to make me abandon my typically stealthy playing style.  How the hell hadn't anyone thought of a machine shotgun before?  WHY ISN'T IT IN EVERY GAME?  Because it ridiculous, that's why.  But everything can benefit from being a little bit ridiculous.  And what's more ridiculous than belt fed automatic shotguns and silenced revolvers?

(PSST!  Did you like this comic?  Perhaps consider purchasing a print here!  You'll be supporting me and I'll have more incentive to make more comics!)








MeanderBot
1:51 PM on 09.13.2014

 

Hi chums!  If you know you want a print, jump down to the bottom and follow the instructions as I ONLY HAVE TWELVE PRINTS.  Otherwise, stick around for a story.

So as you may know, I started Printoid several months ago.  Hell, they've been DONE for several months.  The idea was to support a charity that Niero and a few others were going to be a part of, and that my prints would be sold during a live stream.

However, that never happened and I eventually got around to asking Niero about it.  He confirmed that sadly the whole thing never got off the ground, and he told me to just go ahead with the sell.  Which left me without a charity.  

As I've said before, being the ignorant gamer I am, the first thought is to send it to Child's Play.  But that's boring.  Which brings me to today.  A few days ago, I became aware that another Dtoider, PhilKenSebben, was in a tough spot after after the unfortunate death in his family left him with some steep funeral bills.  I can't think of a better beneficiary for a community charity drive than someone from that community.

So here's the deal: 100% of the proceeds will go to help PhilKenSebben with his step-father's burial.  Prints will be $30 dollars + $5 shipping (international shipping will be decided for each individual).  Seem like a lot?  These aren't your typical made by the thousands printed on newsprint kind of posters.  I hand printed each one of these on thick art paper using professional ink.  SHIT IS MADE TO LAST.  Ask Max and Niero how sweet these things look.  Maybe we'll both get lucky, my art degree won't end up being a $50000 mistake, I'll become a successful artist and that print will be worth a million dollars some day.  Also, it's for charity. So there.

Want one?  Here's the rub.  I don't have a store front or anything like that, so this is how it's going to work: send an email to meanderbot (at) gmail (dot) com.  The first twelve people I hear from can work out payment with me via Paypal or an appropriate analog. Anyone after that will get placed on a waiting list in case someone falls through.

Also, I plan on painting one with watercolors, which will then be put on ebay in the hopes of raising a bit more.  That one is still in the works, so stay tuned!











New to Printoid?

Hey fellas!  Just thought I should check in considering recent events.  As you may have seen on Farts 'N Crafts a few weeks ago, and in the header image above I suppose, I finished the prints!  Right now I have about 14 good ones, with a few I don't feel comfortable selling due to some minor flaws.  I plan on making more, but that requires me to not be lazy so we'll see how that goes.  Right now I'm still just waiting for the Dtoid charity event to happen.  Until then, how about a fancy t-shirt?



Again, as you may have heard Niero, Grimecraft and crew were impressed enough with the image that they decided to put it on a t-shirt!  If you were waiting on a print, might I suggest these fancy duds?  Each t-shirt comes with a lifetime supply of free hugs when you wear it in my presence at conventions!  But you need to hurry!  You only have until Thursday at 11 PM PST to order one!

But wait!  THERE'S MORE!  Do you want a print now?  Are you okay with slight imperfections?  I'll give one of my flawed prints away to a random person who comments in the specified comment thread below.  And if you want to be awesome, maybe, you know, tweet a link to the shirt?  Throw in a #printoid perhaps?  That would be great.  Thanks!








New to Printoid?

Hey all!  So in the time since my last post, I worked on the image more and came up with something completely different.



I'm leaning toward this image more because it alludes more to the community spirit of Destructoid, of NARPs and con parties in general.   A part of Destructoid I've grown rather found of in the past few years.  More so than a silly meme (that I am admittedly fond of).  Diasgree?  TELL ME.  Think it's better?  TELL ME.

So in addition to sharing this drawing, I again wanted to plead for your input!  Since this harkens to the storied history of Dtoid NARPs, I wanted to put out a call for little things to include.  It's easy enough to put in empty beer bottles, pizza boxes and sleeping bodies everywhere.  Have any references to favorite NARPs or hotel parties?  Inside jokes?  Dump party things like beer can pyramids? I'd like to hear them!  Though keep in mind that the printing process that I'm using keeps me from doing super fine detail, but I'll do what I can.  But still I'd love to hear what you have, if only to hear more crazy NARP stories.  Thanks!








Hey gang!

If you've been following my very silly, very sporadic exploits in the Cblogs you have probably gathered that I have a bit of an art persuasion.  Indeed, I have spent the last twenty years making stupid drawings, and the last several years in art school.  Studying printmaking, as a matter of fact.  Which brings me to the point of this special blog.

For the past several months, I've been toying with the idea of making a small edition of prints sporting Mr Destructoid, selling them and donating the proceeds to charity, similar to Plushtoid from a few years ago.  After learning about a printing process I felt comfortable with, and a little encouragement from a few friends I finally emailed Niero with the idea, and he loved it!  Except instead of being a project that I would finish at a more leisurely pace, he asked if I could finish it in a few months for an upcoming charity event.  Crap.  Well, what's a little more stress?

The Image

I have a sketch of a design that I like, but if you've got a better idea, or something to contribute to my sketch, leave a comment!  If I like it, or enough other people like it, I'll use it. 

So my first (and only) idea involves Mr Destructoid and, of course, corgis.  But not just any corgis.  A CORGI ARMY!



And while I liked this image, and a few others did as well, while I was inking this up I thought of a better composition.



Comments?  Ideas?  Suggestions?  Leave a comment!

The Print

The print will be made with a multiple block linocut relief print.  Multiple blocks will allow me to do multiple colors, but for simplicities sake, I'm going to stick to two at most (plus the color of the paper, probably white).  Here's a picture of a relief print I made earlier this year (click for a high resolution picture):

http://ballpointpenpark.com/images/printmaking/relief_adrift.jpg

Except it won't be that big, and hopefully not that detailed (that took FOREVER).  Right now I'm thinking something around an 8x10 images (10x12 with borders), but we'll see how things turn out.

The Charity

So, being the myopic gamer that I am, I was going to suggest Child's Play, or Extra Life.  But I asked Niero for suggestions, and he indeed had a good one.  So I'll leave it for him to announce when the time comes.

So I think that about covers it!  I will be reporting in every now and then with news and progress updates.  Is this a thing you'd want?  Do you have a better idea?  Or maybe how my idea could be made better?  Please let me know.  Some kind words, or even constructive criticism, helps keep me in check and reassure me that I'm not running around chasing my tail and talking to myself.










Hello faithful reader! It's that time again. What? No, not time for another edition of Because (PHOTO)JOURNALISM. Well, it is that time. But what I meant to say is that it is that time again, where I put off updating this for so long that memories of the days are starting to fade from my memory. Looking at my pictures isn't helping; I've fallen into the habit of only taking pictures at night during the bar scenes. But really, there isn't much to remember. I went to a panel, played a video game, got some free swag, etc etc. The stories of PAX proper are countless and near identical. So let's get to the part where I can actually remember something, once I've stared at the pictures long enough to spark a wispy fragment of a memory. Join me, won't you? As I wander down the rutted and potholed road that is my memory lane, of my third night of PAX. And after that, we see some pretty faces at the Destructoid panel!



Ramminchuck, JJ and Andrew reveling joyously in the glory of the night



Conor being all business and shit



Ben (flintmech) and Beccy chillin' on the lounge's just-above-tolarable chairs



Sam doesn't know either



Addison (Crackity Jones) dons Gobun's hat and does his best Gobun face, a recurring theme throughout the weekend



Darren clearing out his Streetpasses amongst a storm of activity



People gather around to take pictures of Adam sleeping, another recurring theme.



A self-portrait that I disguised as a group photo.


Josh glares through my camera into my very soul. It was cold.



Jacob chats with fellow debauchers



Nicole and David engage in conversation, while a timid Apathy flees from my flash

And that marked the end of the Taphouse. I reluctantly left in order to trudge off to home base to recharge my power cells. The next morning I shook off a hangover in order to make it to the Destructoid panel.



On the way I ran into a vibrant and well dressed Mr. Destructoid



There was quite a turnout!



A placid Mr.D watches on as its subjects gather in



Sam shares some dick pics with Spencer before the panel begins



Niero shares a childhood picture. Not much has changed.



The full panel crew above their sea of admirers



Conrad lying down the truth



My annual attempt at a group photo. Keeping in tradition, I mucked it up.



Mr. Destructoid again finds himself in front of my camera, for not the last time



And finally, I have an awful picture of David and Jack together as they bid their friends adieu. I found out a bit too late, or rather was too overcome with social anxiety, to ask for a proper portrait. Next year!

And that's it for now, but what comes next is the grand ball of Destructoid's PAX. Kareokee night, in which also took place a live Podtoid, and a whole bunch of love. I literally took hundreds of pictures, so prepare for a bit of a wait and one loooooong blog. See you then.