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Journal Entry: Fri Mar 27, 2015, 10:48 AM



...This is a hard thing to share.


Typically I like to keep my posts on Deviant Art fairly light. "Airing ones closet" in such a public manner is something I typically don't do. I don't want to go burdening those around me with issues, as we all have problems that we face on a daily basis. But I also don't want things like pride to stand in the way of me asking for help (oddly enough, of all things, watching "Breaking Bad" kind of drove that home).  Don't worry, not looking to be the next drug lord.

So below you will find a link to a "GoFundMe" page.  It's focused on helping me with my student loan debt. All of the details will be on the website, so I won't repeat what you can read, if interested. Bottom line; this Christmas I got hit with my wages being garnished for 15%. This on top of the $775 already being paid on a monthly basis, basically comes down to $1,225 dollars we're paying in student loan debt a month. Those that know me, know I wouldn't be posting this if I didn't try other avenues.  Also know, I wouldn't post something like this lightly.

I openly admit, this does hurt my pride, and I do feel ashamed to have to come out like this. The reason I talk openly about this in such a public way? My wife and I would love nothing more than to start a family. This *sigh*, this makes it very hard to do that. But it's that ideal, to start a family of our own, that passion, I would do anything for my wife and our future kids. It's why I work as hard as I do.  It's why I find myself making this very public request for help.

I thank you all for taking the time to read, listen, understand. It means a lot.  Donations, sharing the GoFundMe page, advice, prayers, hugs, high fives, and just being friends...it all helps.  Every little to large thing helps!

Thank you everyone for your time and your kindness, it means everything to me.




Vi et animo,
Best regards,
~Ryann



  • Mood: Distracted
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Watching: TFTB Playthroughs
  • Playing: Game of Thrones Ep.3
  • Eating: Bagel
  • Drinking: Coffee

Tales From The Borderlands Ep. 2!

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 17, 2015, 8:00 AM



clover Sláinte to you and yours on this awesome St. Patrick's day!
...Oh and...

get that hyperion face on Episode 2 "Atlas Mugged" is out today!!!:woo: 



After all our hard work I'm just so happy that it's out today and you get a chance to play it!  Working on the Borderlands franchise has been a total passion for me as I was already a huge fan of the Borderlands games beforehand.  I feel very blessed to get to work on something like this!  So far, this is what people are saying about it:


IGN


GAMESPOT - 8

HARDCORE GAMER - 4/5

KOTAKU
"...Tales from the Borderlands episode two is, on the whole, a solid entry in what's becoming a darkhorse contender for my favorite Telltale series..."

POLYGON - (8.5)

GAMING AGE - (A-)

DESTRUCTOID - (8)


More incoming as we see them!
And I can't wait to hear what you guys think of the episode!
 :PassBertie:

Have an amazing day my friends!



:irishman: Vi et animo,
~Ryann





  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Watching: TFTB Playthroughs
  • Playing: Ori And The Blind Forest
  • Eating: Sammich
  • Drinking: EsspressOoooh YEAH!

Telltale Games is still Hiring! Apply Now!

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 23, 2015, 1:49 PM



:hooray: We're still hiring here at Telltale Games!


...and I want to try to reach as many talented people here on Deviant Art as I can.  The Deviant Art community has helped me a lot in the past, I just want to try and return the favor.  Here's a more specific breakdown list:

1st Page of Jobs we're Hiring for!

Cinematic Artist
Cinematic Tech Engineer
QA Compliance Lead
Episodic Game Writer
Senior Character Modeler
Environment Artist
QA Compliance Specialist
HR Representative
HR Coordinator
VFX Artist
Voice Director
Game UI Programmer
Community and Video Manager
Lead Animator
Client Network Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
Automation and Build Engineer
Platform Engineer - Audio
Tools Engineer


2nd Page of Jobs we're Hiring for!

Character Concept Artist
Senior Graphics Engineer
Designer
Build Producer
Customer Service Representative/QA
QA Tester
Video Editor
Creative Admin Assistant



:excited: We are hiring in 28 possible positions!  Going through Jobvite is primarily how we sort through our applications.  As you can see, we are hiring in all different kinds of departments.
       Side note; if you're interested in doing what I do as a Cinematic Artist (which is a very creative and awesome job), then I'd highly recommend reading a journal I wrote. It was a point of discussion around this GDC time focused on cinematics in games:
Working on Game of Thrones/BorderlandsBlue Square Bullet  This is an opinion piece by me as an artist  Blue Square Bullet 
Thoughts / open discussion on cinematography in video games:
Specifically when working on different video game titles. With GDC around the corner, it's inspired talks such as this. :highfive:
One is a continuous story of a lands and houses, a deep sense of history, a mental game of words, actions, perceived loyalties, death is a mistress to be avoided at all costs, and all eyes are on a throne made from battles past.
The other is a world of dark humor, where death rarely gives way to pause, guns are the next best thing to currency, companies make or break lives, and greed...well, greed is a driving force that defines the population as a whole.
As someone who focuses on story an



If you have ANY questions please don't hesitate to ask my friends! :highfive:




:irishman: Vi et animo,
~Ryann


  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Watching: Teen Titans
  • Playing: The Evil Within
  • Eating: Yogurt
  • Drinking: Surge

Working on Game of Thrones/Borderlands

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 18, 2015, 2:09 PM



Blue Square Bullet  This is an opinion piece by me as an artist  Blue Square Bullet 



Thoughts / open discussion on cinematography in video games:
Specifically when working on different video game titles. With GDC around the corner, it's inspired talks such as this. :highfive:

One is a continuous story of a lands and houses, a deep sense of history, a mental game of words, actions, perceived loyalties, death is a mistress to be avoided at all costs, and all eyes are on a throne made from battles past.
The other is a world of dark humor, where death rarely gives way to pause, guns are the next best thing to currency, companies make or break lives, and greed...well, greed is a driving force that defines the population as a whole.

As someone who focuses on story and cinematics, it's interesting to go back and forth on two projects who couldn't be more different.

Seeing we make games episodically here at Telltale, a lot of us can find ourselves working on one episode for one series, and then another episode for a different series, back-to-back.  When that happens, it's important to have those IP's down.

As an artist, there are a number of different ways you can research your medium.  For Game of Thrones, the footage from the TV show is something I constantly watch.  There are certain things the TV show has set by the Director and the DP (Director of Photography).
       Some examples; the camera appears to be locked into place a lot of the time, with some panning and tilting from that fixed point.  Dolly/Trucking can happen, but only to typically drive a point home, expand on an important moment, or when the characters are traveling (more often than not, it's going from side to side). Crane shots do happen, but are mainly used during an epic moment or wide shots of a new location.  Normally the only time it breaks these rules is when a fight scene happens.  That's when the camera goes handheld and follows the ebb and flow of action.

For Borderlands and a huge fan of the game series, there are a lot of different places I've found inspiration.  The game itself being one of them to be sure. But there are actually very few "cut scenes" in the game itself.  A lot of those moments happen right in front of you from your perspective (to make sure you feel a part of that moment).  Then there's YouTube for the game/DLC trailers and Claptrap webisodes.
One of my personal favorites:


In this Krieg video alone; we get to see the sense of humor, a bit of the serious side, how Gearbox uses their cameras in relation to their characters.  This was already a huge help to me when I worked on the Borderlands stuff for Poker Night 2.
       Aside from that, there are certain movies that can help inspire as well depending on the situation/scene.  I've looked at "The Good, The Bad, The Weird," "Hot Fuzz," "The Raid," "Mad Max," and even "Trigun."  All have moments that could be plucked and put into a Borderlands game.
       The camera moves a lot more freely in Borderlands.  A lot more hand held and a lot more dolly and trucking.  Extreme zooms (something you'd never see in Game of Thrones), can happen here depending on the action or what needs to be focused on.

All this I try to keep in mind when working on these games.  Aside from these things, I also keep all three volumes of "Master Shots" at my desk.  These books really help break down wonderfully made scenes in a wide array of movies.  From character placement, pacing, FOV (Field Of View)/DOF (Depth Of Field), camera movements, etc.
       Aside from the tools in how you shoot a scene/inspiration, you then go through a mental list, asking yourself; Do I have a fight scene?  A scene with a lot of dialog?  Where is this happening?  Inside?  Outside?  How many characters are there?  Who's in control in the scene itself?  Who has the power?  Does that power shift?  What's the pacing?  The tone?  Where does my scene fit into the overall story?
       You try to take all of this; the inspiration from the subject matter, the rules of cinematography, what the writer/designer intended for the scene, what the director's vision is, and you start to build your scene.
    The interesting thing is, it doesn't even stop there.  If you want to delve a touch deeper, you also have to keep in mind you're making a game.  Because creating a scene for a film is different than creating one for a game.  There's a different layer to character and camera work when you add the extra element of a person in control of someone.  Right down to what side are characters placed in the camera at the end of a cut-scene? This can matter for when we hand control of the character to the player.  Another instance that can come up; what do we show the player but not a certain character?  Or vice versa? Do you want to separate the two?
       I learned a lot when I went to film college, but it's that player element you don't learn until you start working at a game studio.  Because it does change things.

In the end though, you do start to develop a "wheel house" of sorts.  I find I love scenes that are one on one, two characters interacting, moments to let a scene breathe, where you can see the gears of someone's mind working.  Like the scene with Clementine and the dog in season 2 episode 1 of "The Walking Dead" (even though the end to that scene crushes me).  Or Episode 2 of Game of Thrones, where Talia is there with Rodrik when he wakes up from surgery.
       On the flip side I also love Borderlands action scenes.  The quick whip cams, zooming in/out, showing a moment of decision on a characters face, camera following the action of a weapon, large groups converging on each other, explosions, all screaming; "Bad ass!"
       So you start to find you have a knack for certain things, a certain style.  Stuff that can almost be like a finger print. That's where I start asking for different scenes sometimes, different scenarios.  It's nice to be comfortable in certain settings, and I do relish those moments, but I also want to keep on learning, to keep on growing.  As fellow artists, I think you can all understand that desire.
       So when I get those different scenes, I go back to the drawing board. More examples, more reading, learning what I can from different scenes, movies, other video games. That wonderful cycle continues. :D

If anything, there is one saying that I try to always remember as I go from game to game;

"For every one thing I get good at,
                              there are two more things to learn."



I'm coming up to 4 years here at Telltale and I feel like I'm still learning something new everyday.  Video games are a wonderfully made collaboration of people and ideas.  No place for ego or pride of a singular ownership.  It's amazing to work with so many people from so many different backgrounds, because it's helped me grow as an artist and as a person.

If you've read all of this, I appreciate it.
It's a subject I find myself very passionate about!
Heh, clearly ;P

I hope you enjoyed my keyboard clatterings.
Feel free to discuss more below, I'd love to hear more thoughts, ideas, questions on the subject!




:irishman: Vi et animo,
~Ryann




  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: MonsterCat
  • Watching: Skull Buster Challenge
  • Playing: Alien Isolation
  • Eating: Yogurt
  • Drinking: Coffee

UPDATE: Gaming For Charity

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 7, 2015, 2:04 PM



Just wanted to remind everyone that I'll be jumping back into Alien Isolation come friday night!
(02/13 around 10-11pm)
From what I've been told I'm starting to near the end of the game!
So come watch the #GirlyManScreams and lets have some fun! :scream 

:sniper Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; Black 

Thank you to everyone who joined me the other night!
It was so much fun and so far we've raised $215 dollars for charity!!! :w00t:
Alien Isolation had me screaming left and right.
For those that missed it, this is what a full grown man looks like
screaming like a wee' babe...


Thanks again everyone!




Who DOESN'T want to see a 6'5 grown man scream like a little girl? :ohnoes:
I'm going to safely assume, a lot of you do...you evil evil people you.

Well, thankfully, you can see me not only get scared out of my mind,
but help raise money for #charity !

The Only Ryann Banner by IMAGINeye
Link to Channel Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U!  The Only Ryann Twitch


Every weekend I've been streaming live on #twitch ,
currently I'm playing Alien Isolation I has Alien
4 ohnoes' project It of course freaked me out as a kid, and this game captures the first movie waaaay too well.


Dedicated Streaming Times:
Bullet; Red  Saturday Afternoons / Evenings 
Bullet; Red  Sunday Day Time


Exact times I'll be on can be found through my Twitter Feed.


I do this because those who know me, know I love games.  It's why I work in the industry and why I love to play them.  Seeing I'm going to play them during my free time regardless, I thought I could try to do some good and raise money for charity!  If you pop on by to watch, enjoy yourself, give me a shout, and if you have some change to spare, pass it on to those that are in need! :highfive:

Let's have some fun!!! :la:






:irishman: Vi et animo,
~Ryann


  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: MonsterCat
  • Watching: Skull Buster Challenge
  • Playing: Alien Isolation
  • Eating: Yogurt
  • Drinking: Coffee

Telltale Games Is Hiring! Apply Now!

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 27, 2015, 1:32 PM



We are currently hiring in all sorts of positions here at Telltale Games!  Ranging from Production, to Engineering, to Art.  Heck, if you feel like you have a strong cinematic eye, you can even apply to do what I do as a Cinematic Artist!



Telltale Games Apply Now!



If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! :highfive:



:irishman: Vi et animo,
~Ryann

  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: MonsterCat
  • Watching: Markiplier
  • Playing: Alien Isolation
  • Eating: Soup
  • Drinking: Coffee

Twitch And Raising Money For Charity

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 22, 2015, 1:37 PM



:CameraGlomp: So my Twitch channel is fully up and running! Yay! Eddsworld 


UPDATE: Already surpassed our goal and have raise $185!!! Thank You Hug


Currently my wife and I are in the works getting our new YouTube channel up off the ground.  We're about a month away from launching.  At this moment though I've been focused on getting my Twitch account moving forward.  Hence why I'm so happy to find the time to get my banner finished:

The Only Ryann Banner by IMAGINeye
My TWITCH Profile


The great thing about my channel is as it grows, one of its main focuses is charity.  I love games, I mean, it's the main reason I work in the industry.  So it's nice when I can mesh my love for games to also supporting others.

Can everyone do me a HUGE favor?


:bulletred:  If you're a gamer, you watch Twitch from time to time, pop on over and follow me
:bulletblue:  If you're not a gamer, could you share with others at least?


I want to try to reach out, meet others, try to make this a successful gaming channel that can help support donations and charities!


:linkplz:  TWITCH Channel - TheOnlyRyann




:irishman: Vi et animo,
Thanks everyone for the love and support,
~Ryann


  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: MonsterCat
  • Watching: Markiplier
  • Playing: Alien Isolation
  • Eating: Soup
  • Drinking: Coffee

Games Played In 2014 - The List

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 12, 2015, 2:23 PM



Happy New Year everyone! :wave: I'm back from vacation and getting back to work.  But before I get to that, I wanted to post a list I've been working on this past year.

Like any film maker to cinema, I'm constantly trying to understand games better as a developer.  To that end I try to make time to play games in as many different genres.  Here's the list of games I played during 2014.


{F} = Finished

JANUARY:
X1 - Dead Rising 3 {F}
X1 - Killer Instinct
X1 - Battlefield 4
X1 - Ryse Son of Rome {F}
X1 - Forza Motorsports
X360 - Borderlands Tiny Tina DLC {F}
X1 - Zumba Fitness
X1 - Xbox Fitness
X1 - Madden NFL 25
X1 - Assassins Creed 4 {F}
iOS - The Room {F}
X360 - Ascend: Hand of Kul
iOS - Tiny Death Star
X1 - Just Dance 2014
X1 - Titan Fall Alpha

FEBRUARY:
X1 - Titan Fall Beta
iOS - Ticket To Ride
iOS - Fetch
PC - Nidhogg
iOS - Final Fantasy 6
PC - Guacamelee

MARCH:
X360 - Skyrim
X360 - Walking Dead season 2 E. 1, 2 {F}
X360 - South Park The Stick Of Truth {F}
X1 - Titan Fall {F}

APRIL:
iOS - Hearthstone
PC - Gang Beasts
PC - Broforce {F}

MAY:
X1 - Spider-Man 2 {F}
X1 - Kinect Sports Rivals {F}
PC - Samurai Gunn
PC - Kentucky Route Zero Ep. 1 {F}
PC - Kentucky Route Zero Ep. 2 {F}
PC - Kentucky Route Zero Ep. 3 {F}
X360 - The Deadpool Game {F}
PC - Gone Home {F}
X1 - Watch Dogs {F}
X360 - Wolf Among Us Ep. 4 {F}
PC - Cry of Fear {F}

JUNE:
PC - The Banner Saga
PC - Dreadout
X1 - Halo Spartan Assault
X1 - Max: Curse of the Brotherhood {F}
X360 - Young Justice
PC - Awesomenauts
X1 - Tomb Raider {F}

JULY:
PC - Broken Age: Episode 1 {F}
PC - The Stanley Parable {F}
X1 - Guacamelee STCE {F}
X360 - Game of Thrones {F}
PC - Bone: Out from Boneville
X1 - Destiny Beta

AUGUST:
X1 - Thief
X1 - Strike Suit Zero
X1 - Crimson Dragon
PC - Mount Your Friends
X360 - The Witcher 2
PC - Civilization 5 {F}
iOS - Fates Forever

SEPTEMBER:
iOS - Monster Love {F}
iOS - Stargate SG-1
iOS - Threes
X1 - Destiny {F}
iOS - Superhero
iOS - Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
X1 - Worms Battlegrounds

OCTOBER:
X360 - Borderlands The Pre-Sequel
X1 - EvolVe Alpha
X1 - Sunset Overdrive
iOS - Plague INC.

NOVEMBER:
X1 - Sherlock Holmes: Crime & Punishment
iOS - Back To The Future The Game Ep. 1 {F}
X1 - Dragon Age Inquisition
X1 - Shape Up
X1 - Rayman Legends {F}

DECEMBER:
iOS - Plants VS. Zombies 2
iOS - Small World 2
X1 - Super Time Force


Definitely learned a lot this year! Seeing how games have changed/stayed the same depending on the genre/platform.  If you have any questions on any of these titles, feel free to ask! :highfive:




:irishman: Vi et animo,
~Ryann




  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Pre-Sequel soundtrack
  • Watching: Game Grumps
  • Playing: Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Eating: Non-pasta Pasta
  • Drinking: Coffee

I...I was tagged. So many questions...

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 7, 2014, 5:30 PM



So, normally I don't do these.  But seeing one of the rules is you HAVE to do this, my hands are tied. :shrug:

Here are some rules:
1. You must posts these rules
2.. Each person has to share 10 things about them
3. Answer the 10 questions asked to you and invent 10 questions the people you tag will have to answer
4. Choose 10 people and put their icons on your journal
5. Go to their page to inform them they are tagged (we have mentions now, using that)
6. Not something like " you are tagged if you read that"
7. You have to legitimately tag 10 people
8. No tag-backs
9. You can't say that you don't do tags
10. You MUST MAKE A JOURNAL ENTRY

:suck: Questions brought to you by Bhryn
...and my God have mercy on your soul.



1.  Shuffle your music list, whats the first song that you come to? Post the first four lines.
All Along The Watchtower - Bear McCreary
"There must be some way out of here,
said the Joker to the thief.
There is too much confusion,
I can't get no relief."

2. What's the worst prank you've ever pulled on anyone?
I used to love green mochi ice cream.  But my roommates would always eat it without my permission and deny it.  So one day I took the top layer of ice cream off and replaced it with wasabi (the kind you eat with sushi).  Late into the night I hear a roommate screaming bloody murder because he took a large bite. :evillaugh:  Needless to say, they didn't steal my ice cream anymore.

3. What scent of candle do you enjoy?
Manly scents!  The kind Paul Bunion would have worn and chop down trees with.
...
...okay, truth?  Probably some kind of fruity one. :paranoid:

4. If you could be either a dog or a cat, which would you be and why?
Dog.  Because chasing a ball on an endless loop sounds wonderfully simple.

5. Have you ever been hospitalised/in hospital for treatment and what was it?
Had my tonsils taken out.  First time I have ever been put to sleep medically.  Was weird because you have no sense of time while knocked out.  I woke up and asked, "So are we going to do the surgery or what?"

6. What is your favourite movie and why? Quote something from it!

To be honest, there really isn't this amazing movie quote.  It's more about the humor, it also makes me cry every time I see it.  Reminds me a bit of old cinema, good wholesome movies, it has a good heart to it, a good message.

7. Left handed or right handed?
*raises right hand*

8. What is your most disgusting personal habit?
Biting my finger nails I guess? :nailbiter: 

9. Name three things that you're afraid of (and try to tell us a story behind each!)
A.)  Spiders.  But when it comes to the fight or flight response, I fight.  Meaning, I see a spider, it's instantly dead.  Like, Al Pacino in Scarface style.  Their creepy, do I need a better reason?
Why do you think I did this comic?: Bugz - 44: Heebie Jeebies by IMAGINeye
B.)  Flying.  I get cold nervous sweats whenever I fly.  Doesn't mean I won't.  Just not a fan.  When I was a kid, my Mom would do finger puppets to distract me.  Doing finger puppets by myself just doesn't have the same effect.

10. Do you believe in the power of science?
Hmmm...this question perplexes me.  I'm perplexed.  Are you asking if I believe in science?  Is science a belief?  Confused Yeah, I believe in science.  I mean, I'm a Christian, so I believe in God as well.  When God made all of this, he didn't just snap his fingers and 'poof' everything magically appeared.  He's the ultimate scientist one could say.  He had to know the science of how to make all of this.  So yeah, I most definitely believe in the power of science. :spocknoid:


Sooooo...my questions:

1.) What made you want to be on Deviant Art?
2.) If you could have any super power, what would it be and how would you use it?
3.) In the eventual zombie apocalypse, what role/trade/ability would you fill in a group?
4.) You can play only one video game for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
5.) If you had to use a favorite food as a piece of clothing, how would you wear it?
6.) What is your favorite TV show?  Also, what is your favorite character from that show?
7.) Who was the first person you followed here on Deviant Art and why?
8.) What are the three places you want to travel to in the world before you die?
9.) Who would be your top pick for most annoying character in a movie...ever.
10.) How much do you hate me for tagging you? (use any measure system to your liking)



:rabies:  I tag:

:iconyzarc: :icon1skygodess: :iconshadow-people: :iconkopanitsak:
:iconmattwilson83: :iconsomefriggnidiot: :iconevil-niltiak: :iconlittle-katydid:
:iconlaemiri: :iconaish89:

  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Pre-Sequel soundtrack
  • Watching: Game Grumps
  • Playing: EvolVe
  • Eating: Sol Food
  • Drinking: Coffee

Want to make Video Games?

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 4, 2014, 8:21 PM



...Well, Telltale Games is hiring! :happy: 




We have 15 positions open and available.
Click on the link below and apply!


APPLY HERE OMG - Watch that 




If you have any questions, feel free to ask!





  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Pre-Sequel soundtrack
  • Watching: Game Grumps
  • Playing: EvolVe
  • Eating: Sol Food
  • Drinking: Coffee

Needing the support and power of DA!

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 22, 2014, 7:49 AM



:la: Last day to vote one more time! :la:
Thank you for all your support!!!

Super High Five  If you watch me here on DA, please read and support!



My wife is in the running for the Truvia Baking Contest and has made it to the final 10! 
It's now down to a public vote, and we could really use the help of everyone on Deviant Art!!!


Please click on the link below; register either using your e-mail address or Facebook login (takes maybe 10 seconds).  Click on "Yohanna W." video and click on "Vote For This Video" under the description.  Come back once a day (if you can), as you can vote daily!



YOHANNA W.

Voting goes from Oct. 22nd to Oct. 29th


Vote, Twitter tweet, write, share, Fav Whore favorite, anything would be greatly appreciated.
I have always been floored by the passionate and helpful response of DA. 
It's why I'm a part of this community and so very thankful for it, and you. :hug:
And please let me know if there's a way I can help support you!!! :relapsefive: 

Thanks everyone for your help and support!  Doing this is a stepping stone, so Yohanna can follow her dream and start her own cooking show with the proceeds!

 

:irishman: Vi et animo,
~Ryann


  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Pre-Sequel soundtrack
  • Watching: Angry Joe Show
  • Playing: Destiny
  • Eating: MMmm'Bagels
  • Drinking: Coffee

Destiny: Live on Twitch TV

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 18, 2014, 6:12 PM



Going to be streaming live on Twitch TV at 9:30pm pacific time to do a run through Vault of Glass #destinyraid on #twitch

www.twitch.tv/theonlyryann

Come watch!

  • Mood: Zest
  • Listening to: Pre-Sequel soundtrack
  • Playing: Destiny
  • Eating: Juice
  • Drinking: Juice

Video Editing A New YouTube Show!

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 10, 2014, 10:47 AM



UPDATE:
New episode finale 5 just got posted!
THANKS FOR WATCHING!!!

:lahaw: 
Rambo AUS VS The World by IMAGINeye :bazooka: + plz 

I love "Let's Plays" on YouTube.  Would make sense right? :shrug: A gamer and a developer, video games are both my livelihood and how I relax.  Not too long ago when I worked in the film industry though, I loved doing storyboards and video editing.  So I decided to combine all of that into 5 episodes with The Girl From AUS.


We decided to play a game called "Bro Force."  A fun 16-bit game where all your favorite action heroes from the 80's, 90's, and a few from the turn of the century, are bro-ed up and ready to kick ass!  You have Brobocop, Conan The Brobarian, Rambro, and many many more.  It even spawned a sequel that I haven't played yet called "The Expendabros."  Even from the names you can tell it doesn't take itself seriously at all.

It's just over the top action and it only gets better the more people you play with!  Here's the first two episodes that we've released.  We did have a few lag issues during the first episode, but that happens when you play a game during its beta stage.  HAVE FUN!


Episode - 1


Episode - 2


Episode - 3


Episode - 4


NEW!!! - Episode - 5


In this show I took over video editing everything together and doing the artwork/FX.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Thanks for watching! Bro Fist





  • Mood: Zest
  • Listening to: Pre-Sequel soundtrack
  • Playing: Destiny
  • Eating: Juice
  • Drinking: Juice

PLEASE WATCH: Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 7, 2014, 2:00 PM



Hungry hungry LA 
So my wife is entering into this Truvia baking contest with her
amazing Bacon Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Coffee Glaze!




Give it a look and let me know what you think! (every "like" is greatly appreciated!)  We shot it using a friends DSLR and then I edited it down.  That part was actually harder than I thought, as it couldn't be longer than 2 minutes. :phew:

Check back here when I update this journal (in a week or so) as I'll be looking to everyone's support during the voting phase of the contest! :highfive:

High Fave 

Thanks everyone!!!






  • Mood: Zest
  • Listening to: Piano Guys
  • Playing: Destiny
  • Eating: Juice
  • Drinking: Juice

Update - My Opinion: Destiny

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 1, 2014, 10:29 AM



A game I LOVE and a game that makes me grit my teeth as I roll my eyes.



Spartan Assault As a game, it's freaking fantastic. :stickyhead:  The combat is Bungie at its best.  I've sunk 40+ hours into it over my busy schedule.  It's so slick, so fun, whether you're doing PvE or PvP, it's a blast to blast others.

Story wise though, I'm just floored at how bad it is. :grump: There are AMAZING concepts, things and places and characters that are just begging for a story.  Sadly, all you get are vague references and exposition.  As a gamer who normally gets sucked in by story first and gameplay second, Destiny is an anomaly.  As it was the gameplay that gets me to come back day after day after day.


Bottom line, should you play Destiny?
Yes fella ( Message )
It's faster paced than the Halo series (combat wise), fun to play with your friends, just don't do it under the impression you're going to get a fleshed out story/universe.


Destiny:
Star Star Star Star Half Star Grey






:irishman: Vi et animo,
~Ryann



P.S. "New" Loot Cave hotness -



UPDATE:




So if you know about Destiny, you've probably heard the game gets really good once you get past level 20. :grumppat:  Anywhooo, so I got to level 27 and had a chance to try out the uber hard "Vault of Glass."  I won't lie, it was amazing.  Insanely hard, but amazing.
:Adventure Time: 2 Oh, and it was through playing with random strangers too.  Would highly recommend going to www.Destinylfg.com if you're looking to group up with people for specific missions, etc.

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Piano Guys
  • Watching: Sword Art Online
  • Playing: Destiny
  • Eating: Juice
  • Drinking: Juice

Yaaaar! Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 19, 2014, 11:06 AM



Pirate Arrr  Ye talk like a pirate today, OR YE WALK TH' PLANK!




The e-mail I sent out to me work place today...







  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Piano Guys
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Playing: Destiny
  • Eating: Juice
  • Drinking: Juice

You HAVE to surprise your Mom!

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 17, 2014, 3:42 PM



Lily Wishing a Happy Birthday My Mom's birthday came up and I just HAD to surprise her! 
Flying from California, to Utah, to Oregon, starting at 3:30am in the morning!
Here's the only slightly hilarious time it took to surprise her:


Down Arrow CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE VIDEO Down Arrow 
Operation Surprise Mom

(because as far as I know, Deviant Art can't post Facebook videos)




  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Piano Guys
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Playing: Destiny
  • Eating: Juice
  • Drinking: Juice

REVIEW: Walking Dead finale trailer!

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 21, 2014, 11:19 AM



UPDATE:

IGN's Review of season 2 episode 5:


:wow: Absolutely floored and so very proud of everyone!!! :highfive:

:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:

Here is the brand new trailer for the Walking Dead Season 2 finale!
#MyClementine will lead with her heart, what will yours do?




Winter is setting in. Time to find food and shelter is running out. And with a newborn infant to sustain, walkers are a greater threat than ever. As pressure builds and tensions reach breaking point, your choices will decide Clementine’s fate in the gripping conclusion of The Walking Dead: Season Two.


Good God, even though I helped work on this season, this trailer, it brings a lot of emotions to bare.  Enjoy everyone...


Release Info:
:bulletblack: "No Going Back," will be available on PC, PS3, and PlayStation Vita on August 26
:bulletblack:  Xbox 360 will release on August 28 and on iOS August 29.
:bulletblack:  Europe; the final episode will be available on the PS3 and Vita starting August 27.


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  • Mood: Exhilarated
  • Listening to: Juice
  • Watching: Continuim season 3
  • Playing: Civ 5
  • Eating: Juice
  • Drinking: Juice

Personal: 50 lbs (23 kg) lost so far!

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 1, 2014, 4:09 PM



Tard Eager  I've been on a weight loss journey Pull Ups 




In the last 34 days I have lost 50 lbs (or 23 kg)
by working out and doing what's known as a "juice reboot."



I was first inspired by watching the documentary, "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead."  Thankfully I was neither sick or nearly dead (as far as I knew).  But I definitely was (still am) fat.  Like a lot of Americans, I eat a lot of meat, a bunch of carbs, and not enough veggies.

After the loss of family passing away unexpectedly over 10 years ago, I've been on a slow spiral.  I would have moments of working out, but I just ate and ate and ate.  Eating whatever I felt like to get instant gratification and numb any kind of depression.  34 days ago I tipped the scale at 415 lbs (188 kg).  Now I'm already a big guy standing at 6'5 (198 cm), but I finally looked at myself and realized this isn't who I wanted to be anymore.

I needed something though that was black & white when it comes to what I can and can't do when losing the weight.  Too much wiggle room and I just end up slipping back into my old ways.  That's where this juice reboot came into the picture.

It's a ton of veggies and a little bit of fruit, and it's juicing 100% of the time.  The amount of veggies/nutrients I'm taking in with one 32 oz bottle is enough for 2 full meals I would typically eat.  And you can't cheat.  Once your system gets used to liquids, eating "normal" food right away will cause some pretty bad cramps.  I drink roughly 124 oz a day of juice and water.

:phew: It's been hard, but it has also been amazing at the same time.  I still have 56 days left and I'm hoping I can lose 65 more pounds which will bring me down to 300.  From there, I just have 50 more pounds to lose! :w00t:


I'll soon be updating videos on my channel, to better lay out my progress.
Thanks for reading everyone and feel free to ask me any questions if you have them!
:highfive:





  • Mood: Exhilarated
  • Watching: Mind of a Chef
  • Playing: Thief
  • Eating: Juice
  • Drinking: Juice

LOOT CRATE - Villains Month

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 22, 2014, 2:15 PM





I have a LOOT CRATE subscription and thought I'd share what I got in the mail this month!

This month's theme was "VILLAINS!"

(I know, spooky scary)

"Joki" T-Shirt:

I like the design and the idea of putting two villains together as one.  However, for the month of "villainy," maybe a design that showed off more villains together?  Overall though, a fun t-shirt!

Vader Key Chain:

And who isn't more of a villain than Vader?
Killer of younglings and boss of choke if you disagree with him.

Joker/Harley Poster:

'Cause villains shouldn't have to villain alone, right?

Dead Pool Socks:

I want to be footloose and break the fourth wall killing free!
Plus, who likes cold toes?  Not this guy!

Rocket Raccoon Comic:

To be honest, I haven't really read comics on Rocket Raccoon. But, with a movie on the way featuring him, I might as well get some learn'in in.

DC DVD of VILLAINY:

You want to know about DC Villains?
Well, don't bother with that pesky reading garbage!
We got moving pictures here see!


There you have it! :w00t: That's all the fun stuff I got in this months Loot Crate.  In my opinion, part of the fun of subscribing is not only getting some cool stuff for yourself, but sharing with others!  Already I've shared the villain wealth here at the office.  If you're like me when it comes to buying nerdy trinkets here and there, I would highly recommend getting a subscription and checking it out!





  • Mood: Exhilarated
  • Watching: True Detective
  • Playing: Game of Thrones
  • Eating: Juice
  • Drinking: Juice