So Sir Sapo(actually a real person*) and I had to attend our high school's NHS induction. National Honor Society is a high school organization for students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and was founded to honor students with high scholastic... whatever. Sir Sapo and I are Officers of the club(Parliamentarian and Publicist, respectively) and were required to attend and take part in the induction of new members, which involves this moderately elaborate ceremony.
One of our adult sponsors is kind of a dick, being one of those unfortunate individuals who think they are more itelligent than they actually are, and end up seeming kind of retarded to people who are actually smart(like Sir Sapo and I). For a variety of reasons he doesn't like me very much, and I really don't care for him at all(something to do with him being sorta dumb).
Back to the ceremony: there was a podium down from the stage where the officer's sit, where we were working before the ceremony, and it had a live microphone. To prevent the sound of rustling papers and discontent from being broadcast over the whole room, Sir Sapo tried to turn it off, but settled instead for unplugging the speaker cord from the back. He then proceeded to completely forget to plug it back in.
Now, the opening segment of the ceremony involved the club president reading this speech from the aforementioned podium, which couldn't be heard without amplification. She tried to figure out what was wrong, but even though I was whispering to her "plug in the mic" from above, she didn't see the cord. After a few seconds, that sponsor I was talking about walked down, but even though he knew how the setup worked, didn't get what was wrong. In fact, in one of the most brilliant moments of trouble-shooting I have ever seen, he proceeded to follow the unplugged end of the mic-cord back to the wall.
After giving the guy a chance(he's our sub-par CS/computer repair teacher), I went into action, politely walking down from the stage(by which time he had given up and started leaving) and plugged the cord back in in about 3 seconds, which made me look like a goddamn hyper-genius.
I didn't really realize what this meant until after my Dad's boss(An Air Force Colonel) praised me for my performance(I like, plugged in a Microphone), and it turns out I completely showed up that bastard...
Also, during the actual induction of members, all the officers have to shake all the new member's hands as they walk by(for about 80 students). Sir Sapo and I were standing next to eachother and it was crazy, girls were eyeing us hardcore as they walked by and shook our hands. I mean, Sir Sapo(I guess?) and I are two lookers to be sure, but it's an odd sensation to be stared at. Bizarre.
All in all, I declared a Total Victory for the night.
*He's actually kind of a baby sometimes
I haven't done too much this week, with me being kinda sick and tons of induction practices, but I've written out a few mission scenarios, and I have an interesting example skill progression.
First thing, I've planned most of the missions for Angels 22, up to about mission 15, out of a little greater than 20. Here's the first three(not counting training) in my arbritary format:
Type: Ship interdiction
Where: Somewhere in the Ionian Sea
Enemies: Tankers, Container ships w/flak mountings, some gunboats prehaps. A cruiser at the end
Description: Your carrier encounters a small enemy convoy comprised of a couple container ships and a tanker or two, some with light AA armament and a Kirov cruiser at the end
Story: More detailed story background, like more detail about the situation in the Balkans and Turkey
Notes: have cruiser move in from edge of map
Newsradio1 Deploy to Adriatic, taiwan pocket)
Type: (B)Ship interdiction
Where: Somewhere in the Adriatic Sea
Enemies:Tankers and Container ships
Description: Your carrier intercepts an enemy convoy comprised of several armed container and tanker ships, another Kirov(at beginning), with a Kutznetsov carrier providing helicopter cover and some Yaks at the end.
Newsradio2: Balkans Invasion, miracle of Taiwan(like Dunkirk)
Notes: We may want to introduce a boss-type introduction sequence
Type: Island clearing
Where: Hvar Is.
Enemies: Light, Medium flak, trucks, helicopters
Description: An island off the Balkan coast has been lightly fortified by the Soviets in preparation for use as a base for anti-shipping units
Newsradio3 First mention of the General Arnold(Crazy one) and invasion plans
From these I can roll out levels, once we are there technically. I am the level designer in addition to being the artist, BTW.
The Lucifer's Hammer from Angels 20, about a year and a half ago,
...and the Lucifer's Hammer from today:
You don't know what this actually is, but I think the contrast is pretty cool.
Hopefully this entry was full of anticipation-inducing foreshadowing for guys,