2138: FNG – Chapter Two, Part Two (But it’s actually Chapter One, Part Two)

Title: FNG
Author: Richie23
Media: Video Game
Topic: Rainbow Six: Siege
Genre: Suspense/Adventure
URL: Chapter One
Critiqued by SC and Operative SC

Hello, and welcome back to “FNG,” by Richie23! I’m your host, SC, joined by myself, and last time, we officially recruited Jonathan to “the Rainbow,” who are a counter-terrorism organization which answers to “the NATO.” It was a clusterfuck of bad grammar and even worse military know-how on the author’s end, and even Jon, himself, is shocked that they considered him worth the time of day.

This week, it’s the TWENTY-ONETH OF APRIL at Rainbow HQ, and we’re gonna finish off chapter one (even though I have it listed as chapter two because laziness), so let’s go ahead and jump back in.

…These intros get shorter and shorter all the time anymore. What is happening to me?

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2132: FNG – Chapter Two, Part One

Title: FNG
Author: Richie23
Media: Video Game
Topic: Rainbow Six: Siege
Genre: Suspense/Adventure
URL: Chapter One
Critiqued by SC and Operative SC

Hello, and welcome back to “FNG,” by Richie23! I’m your host, SC, joined by myself, and last time, we met our two OC protagonists for this fic – one, a rich boy with the personality of a rock who apparently got caught up in a four-way land war between the UK, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia straight out of boot camp (but he was only there for the first part of it), then used his soopur kool gun to shoot at some terrorists during the Battle of Malawi and had Indonesian special forces fawning over him as a result; and the other, an immature hothead cop gal who developed a hallucinogenic gas grenade out of a compound previously used for torture, who uses this grenade in drug busts, and who still somehow has her badge in spite of the PR nightmares that must spring up from the deployment of this particular weapon.

We come now to chapter two, which is actually chapter one (fuckin’ fanfiction got me again), but I don’t feel like changing my titles, so fuck it, chaos reigns.

Operative SC: And what is this chapter called, pray tell?

*SC grabs a megaphone*

CHAPTER 1 – EYE FOR THE TALENT!!!

*Operative SC starts bleeding from his ears*

Operative SC: …Still not as bad as glass exploding in my face.

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2126: FNG – Chapter One, Part Two

Title: FNG
Author: Richie23
Media: Video Game
Topic: Rainbow Six: Siege
Genre: Suspense/Adventure
URL: Character Bios
Critiqued by SC and Operative SC

Hello, and welcome back to “FNG,” by Richie23! I’m your host, SC, joined by myself, and last time, we were introduced to a guy named Jon who was top of the grade in school, had a lot of money, and made it to special forces in quickest amount of time of any soldier in any military ever, which is probably why Rainbow took a look at his file, because what fresh bullshit is this?

This week, we’ll be finishing off chapter one by being introduced to the second of the two OC operators who will be our protagonists.

Operative SC: Jon’s profile was bad, I have low hopes for this one.

I choose to remain optimistic on the matter.

Operative SC: Even though we know better?

It keeps me from beating my head into a wall.

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2120: FNG – Chapter One, Part One

Title: FNG
Author: Richie23
Media: Video Game
Topic: Rainbow Six: Siege
Genre: Suspense/Adventure
URL: Character Bios
Critiqued by SC and Operative SC

Hello, and welcome back to the Library of the Damned! I’m your host, SC, and I’m here with a new riff – and this one, if I’m not mistaken, is our very first foray into Rainbow Six!

Y’all know what that means.

Rainbow Six is a series of tactical shooter games developed and published for just about every major console of the last two decades by Ubisoft (back before they became obsessed with open world sandbox games that have way too fucking many collectibles) and Red Storm Entertainment, born from a novel by the same name written in August 1998 by Tom Clancy. The first Rainbow Six game was adapted from the novel in the same month, and between then and 2015, there have been a metric assload of games – the full list is Rainbow Six, Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear, Rainbow Six: Take-Down – Missions in Korea (South Korea release only), Rainbow Six: Lone Wolf, Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, Rainbow Six: Lockdown, Rainbow Six: Critical Hour, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard (mobile release only), and Rainbow Six: Siege, the most recent game in the series. The original game had an expansion pack called Eagle Watch, Rogue Spear and Raven Shield have had a heap of expansion packs (respectively: Urban Operations, Covert Ops Essentials and Black Thorn for Rogue Spear, Athena Sword, Black Arrow and Iron Wrath for Raven Shield), and there was a canceled game called Rainbow Six: Patriots. However, the mainline games are only Rainbow Six, Rogue Spear, Lone Wolf, Raven Shield, Lockdown, Critical Hour, Vegas/Vegas 2, and Siege. Every other game is either a standalone or, as mentioned, an expansion pack.

The basic premise of the Rainbow Six series is as follows:

A terrorist organization decides that they want to do a thing, and as is the norm, it’s not great. Planned assassinations of major political figures, large-scale coups, hostage scenarios, nuclear threat, biochemical weapons development, you know how it goes. Due to these terrorists hiding among civilians, usually in non-warzone countries, sending in the military is a no-go, so instead, a multinational counter-terrorism task force known as Rainbow is called upon to investigate and hunt down the perpetrators before they can cause harm.

In Siege, however, the story is a little bit different – Rainbow has been deactivated since 2010, and terrorist groups have been springing up all over the place. Most notable among them is a group known as the White Masks, who attack anywhere and everywhere indiscriminately, with their ultimate objectives unknown. Finally, a woman codenamed “Six” decides, “enough of this shit,” and reactivates Rainbow, recruiting operators from all over the world, from several different agencies, to try and curb the White Masks’ chaos.

I do have some experience with the Rainbow Six series – I’ve played vanilla Rogue Spear and Raven Shield on PC, and have plans to try my hand at the Vegas games at some point – but since this fic is about Siege, I’m walking in blind, save for the basics, so everything I infodump here is going to be ripped straight from a wiki.

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2113: A Branch of Burden – Chapter Seven, Part Two – FINALE

Title: A Branch of Burden
Author: Ravager Animas
Media: Video Game
Topic: Etrian Odyssey
Genre: Adventure/Friendship
URL: Chapter Seven
Critiqued by SC

Hello, and welcome back to “A Branch of Burden,” by Ravager Animas! I’m your host, SC, and last time, we had a relatively uneventful post focused on Little Miss Runemaster. Well, and we learned that the Asshole Guild Sniper is actually not part of that guild in the first place, but that wasn’t all that eventful either.

In fact… no offense to Ravager Animas, but I’m just gonna take my own advice from last week and nix the rest of this chapter, in favor of a blanket overview of what happens. Because unfortunately, even though the action picks up a bit in part two, here, it’s still just a whole lot of nothing really going on. This entire chapter is literally just introducing us to a new protagonist, and there are parts where even the narration seems to just be droning on in boredom. I read through this part of the chapter and realized that if I tried to actually riff anything, all I’d be able to say is, “wow, look how boring this all is.”

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2107: A Branch of Burden – Chapter Seven, Part One

Title: A Branch of Burden
Author: Ravager Animas
Media: Video Game
Topic: Etrian Odyssey
Genre: Adventure/Friendship
URL: Chapter Seven
Critiqued by SC and Scarlet of Mesyth

Hello, and welcome back to “A Branch of Burden,” by Ravager Amimas! I’m your host, SC, and last time, Falahein sprung a Cunning Trap™ on the Asshole Guild, successfully incapacitating their members… save for that fucking Sniper who got away in spite of being atomic punched the fuck out by Little Miss Landsknecht. In spite of this, the mission was considered complete, and everybody went back to the inn to take a well-earned rest day (except for Vaseline, who went to get hammered).

This week, we’ve reached the last chapter of the fic: “Sisters”. This might end up being two parts, or it might not, but that remains to be seen. Important to note, however, is that this chapter is from Little Miss Runemaster’s point of view, so sayeth Ravager Animas. So that should be interesting.

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How to Not End Up in the Library: On Research and Doing Your Homework

Well, patrons, it’s another week that someone (probably me) screwed the pooch and didn’t get their riff in on time (or perhaps decided to be lame and post this instead of actually finishing his riff, but shhh), so I figure it’s an ample opportunity to revisit BatJamags’ idea of offering some helpful advice on how not to end up here in the Library – well, as the author being riffed, I mean. You guys can totally still hang out, that’s fine. I don’t run this site, I ain’t no bouncer.

Since I’m the resident Giant Fucking Nerd when it comes to infodumps, I figure it’s only fitting that I be the one to talk at length about a crucial piece of any writing process: Research.

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