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()The Mechanical Maniacs http://themechanicalmaniacs.com Mon, 14 Oct 2019 02:29:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 71484457 God Squad! http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2680 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2680#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 02:29:30 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2680 Continue reading ]]>

An epilogue by Snakeman!? Yes, it’s true! The slithery serpent has reared his head and crafted a follow up to the AXE crossover Starcrossed! Have the Mechs finally found religion! Has Diveman’s ramblings finally hit home for our intrepid crew of heroes? You can only find out by reading this adventure!

I’ve also updated the Megaman Soccer Conversion Project with several recolors based off recently revealed artwork. Namely the Wonderswan crew and the Mother Computer from Ariga’s manga. Yes! This is still a thing!

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“Ice” ta meecha! http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2665 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2665#respond Mon, 09 Sep 2019 17:27:15 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2665 Continue reading ]]>

Yowza. I can hardly believe the last sign of life from us five months ago. Time break that rut!

This time, we got a brand new ep to spice things up, not just a remake. Featuring a brand new Comrade, no less? Yep, the Comrades discover their long lost brother, Tundraman in the new ep, Icebreaker! Because it’s high time more of the Mega Man 11 boys find their way into our fiction, not just Torchman! Though more importantly, is this new addition a friend or foe? Though knowing the Comrades, that question works both ways.

Will they hit it off? Go check it out and see!

-St. Diveman

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The Dream Disciples http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2658 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2658#respond Thu, 01 Aug 2019 04:13:52 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2658 Continue reading ]]>

Spark! You missed another update! And now look at what’s happened! Half the team has been corralled by Quint along with half the Megaman 2 Dream Team to form an all-new team of their own! It’s a stupid time travel adventure again and it’s all your fault!

We’ve finally caught up to the Cossacks as this epilogue takes place at the same time as the quasi crossover the quasi epic Ballade’s Battlers! Witness the Dream Disciples! The mashup team of the past – TODAY!

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Mechtale. Yes, Really. http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2642 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2642#respond Fri, 07 Jun 2019 02:31:29 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2642 Continue reading ]]>

"Would anyone still care about a story like this being posted anymore?"

"Of course! I mean … there are all sorts of people out there, right?"

So this story’s finally getting posted!

This is the Undertale homage story written a year after the game’s popularity was at it’s height and it’s been several years since it’s completion. So it’s timely! The majority of this was thought up during a Mechs Meet, which is always fun. And now behold a tale featuring the Mechs version of Sans and Papyrus as they bother Magnetman for some reason.

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Arching the Androids Part 3, Megaman Soccer Revival http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2633 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2633#respond Thu, 09 May 2019 03:56:41 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2633 Continue reading ]]>

The Ascendant Androids’ kinda sorta crossover with Darkman’s Robot Warriors concludes! At last things come to a head in this penultimate adventure branching two generations of Megaman 5 teams!

Care to follow the Ascendant Androids a bit more closely, but are totally unable to since they’ve been sort of scattered everywhere? Well, I’ve updated their epilogues page to include links to their adventures during the Business of War, their latest retro story with the Cossacks and several more recent appearances with the Mechs.

 

It’s a little late, but the Megaman Soccer Conversion Revival has also been updated with the original characters from Megaman 11 and Rockman Ability! This once again makes this project complete … until the next game! Or until someone convinces me Fully Charged should count as an iteration of the Classic series.

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Silence of the Red Hannibal http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2624 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2624#respond Tue, 02 Apr 2019 01:37:58 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2624 Continue reading ]]>
No, it’s no April Fool’s gag. We have an new ep to kick off the new month. Well, sort of. Like “Wraith and Skull: Brothers?!?”before it, Silence of the Red Hannibal was all but lost after we moved hosts. While the ep itself can’t be recovered, we built a new ep that embodies the same spirit.

Set just before Business of War, the Comrades try to track down one of their missing friends with the help of…Wraithman?? What could go wrong? On April Fool’s no less? This ep serves as a prelude for the Comrades’ end to BOW, while a send off for another team altogether.

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Arching the Androids Part 2, Articles, and Art http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2613 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2613#respond Sun, 03 Mar 2019 06:37:48 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2613 Continue reading ]]>

The Ascendant Androids’ adventures with Arch of Darkman’s Robot Warriors continues! Can Arch continue to survive the Androids? An even better question – can the Androids survive the madness Arch brings with him?

 

But, wait! There more! Wait, really? Yes, really! Thanks to Tyree_Cooper I’ve revised me old Asian PC article to include more information on Rockman 123 and the Rockman Collection! I have to admit I was disinterested in this when I first happened upon it, dismissing it as a knockoff collection of the NES games and nothing more. But there are some (very) minor changes.

 

Finally, we have some pictures Riajin made a few years ago. Above is the original idea for Cossack’s Creations, before the Comrades reformed. Rich had a notion he’d make a communist-era version of the team complete with sprites, but that never panned out. Raijin made this character sheet based off that abandoned idea. We also now present his character art of the MM6 team – World’s Strongest!

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Wraith and Skull, Brothers?! http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2601 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2601#respond Mon, 04 Feb 2019 04:45:53 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2601 Continue reading ]]>

It’s the Comrades’ first update of the year! And better way to start off something new with…Something old? Well, sort of. Remember Wraith and Skull, Brothers?! One of the two Season 3 eps that’s lost to the sands of time? We haven’t been able to recover it, exactly. So we did the next best thing: Remake it from the ground up. For all intents and purposes, it’s pretty much a whole new ep, with stronger ties to the MM Team Community, and delightful call backs.

But the hits keep coming! Somehow, some way, Shadowman was able to dredge up old Season 2 classic The Sith Arrival from the forgotten corners of the internet, in all its original glory! And as one last blast from the past, Gauntlet also dug up some of Keba’s (our original Brightbabe’s) old art, which now has its own page. Much thanks to him and his plucky use of Internet Archive!

That’s a lot accomplished for one update, huh?

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Arching the Androids Part 1 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2593 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2593#respond Sat, 05 Jan 2019 07:38:59 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2593 Continue reading ]]>

The Ascendant Androids have always kicked ass and taken names … along with spleens, spines, and other vital organs. But now these fiends face the ultimate adversary …. the one and only Arch Nemesis! Wait, who!? Don’t tell me you didn’t read the adventures of Darkman’s Robot Warriors a few weeks ago and learn all about the fun filled, innocent adventures taken place right at the beginning of the Team Scene!

Wait … the innocent and dimwitted Arch Nemesis is going to stumble across the ultra violent Ascendant Androids? Oh no!

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Old CC Eps! http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2581 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2581#respond Tue, 18 Dec 2018 03:54:54 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2581 Continue reading ]]>

What the? Two updates in one month? Not exactly. Our latest ep touches over a few old eps that hadn’t been posted yet. No sense leaving them collecting dust in the site’s archives where nobody can see them. Now as a good a time as any to bring them back!

So without further adieu, I give you Once and Future Drill and A Short Sendoff to the CC, restored to their former glory!

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Cossackachnical Maniarades! http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2573 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2573#respond Fri, 14 Dec 2018 05:20:53 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2573 Continue reading ]]>

Well, it’s a late update. So that can only mean one thing: The Comrades are up to bat!

But Cossackachna-wha?? With half the Comrades swept up in a mix-and-match team, you didn’t think the remaining Comrades were just going to sit on the sidelines, did you? Not while there’s suzies and old conspiracies bounding about!

While half the Comrades under Ballade’s sterling leadership, the remaining Comrades are hard at work tackling the jobs they handle best. And it’s up to their on and off buddies, The Mechanical Maniacs (at least half of them) and Punk to pick up the slack! The out-of-control suzies are the least of their problems. The mismatched team finds themselves delving into an old mystery that may be best left unsolved. But their greatest enemies could very well turn out to be themselves thanks to a lousy sense of team dynamic, and old bad habits. What kind of mischief will our boys get into? Only one way to know!

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Retro Rewind: Old stories return! And The Mechs Meet 2018! http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2554 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2554#respond Fri, 02 Nov 2018 04:17:52 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2554 Continue reading ]]>

The past is present as old stories return! First up is SanityisOverRated’s Darkman’s Robot Warriors series! This was quite the hit right at the beginning of the Team Scene, but hasn’t been seen online in years. Back in the day the Mechs were briefly hosts for these stories while Stoneman switched servers.

These are posted without permission, which gave me pause. But I don’t think he’d be TOO mad about my desire to unearth his old work. So if I’ve misjudged apologies in advance.

If you scroll just a bit down you’ll notice a new banner – one leading to the Sinister Six! That’s right, the Sinister Six is now a part of the Mechanical Maniacs, retaining it’s own layout and all it’s content. It’s stories along with those of the X-Force and Darkman’s Robot Warriors can all be found on the Fiction page. It’s looking … really crowded, actually.

You see, a few weeks ago the Sinister6.com domain has expired and it took me over two weeks to even notice it was gone. After talking about it with Rich and Ben we felt we no longer really needed that domain, especially since the Mechs and the Sinister Six have shared the same site since the Planet Megaman days. So instead of buying it up again the decision was made to let it go and merge the Sinister Six with the Mechs. I’ve also taken the time to reorganize and rename a few folders to, hopefully, make a bit more sense internally.

As for as epilogues go you may think it nearly impossible to make sense of it all, given the sheer amount of content. Well, I’ve got you covered. I’ve created and greatly revised the Epilogue Timeline which contains the adventures of the Mechanical Maniacs, Sinister Six, X-Force, Cossack’s Comrades, AND Wily’s Warriors in a comprehensive, chronological list detailing points of convergence and filters! This list has been and will continue to be updated.

And, last but not least, the real life adventures of the mechanical Maniacs have been posted detailing this year’s photos and log! This has been ready for quite some time, actually, but just hasn’t been posted yet. So have fun reading up on our latest trip to Montreal!

We haven’t had n update this substantial in quite some time, so I hope you enjoy it.

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Ballade’s Battlers! The Finale! http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2545 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2545#respond Fri, 05 Oct 2018 02:48:11 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2545 Continue reading ]]>

All good things are worth waiting for. Including the conclusion to Ballade’s Battlers! It’s our heroes, Androids and Ballade against the world, as they’re beset by suzies, RPD, and a darker force that intends to consume them all. But will this shaky team destroy themselves before their foes have a chance? Tune in to find out!

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By Any Other Name http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2537 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2537#respond Sun, 02 Sep 2018 04:51:43 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2537 Continue reading ]]>

Capcom shocks the world by announcing that Torchman is now an official Robot Master! Wait, it’s not the Torchman we know and love? Oh no. This can only spell trouble!

This ep was made by Spark, Snake and I during the Mechs Meet just a few weeks ago. We’re going a little out of order here, but we wanted to get this up ASAP, while everyone’s still hyped about Megaman 11. Hope you all enjoy it!

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The Rise of a New Team! http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2522 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2522#respond Sun, 05 Aug 2018 07:19:23 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2522 Continue reading ]]>

Well, I dunno who this ‘Spaaaaaaaaaark’ is who blew the July update. But he (or she) really let things slide and should be ashamed him (or her)self.

But finger pointing aside, it would be a little disingenuous to say this is a Cossack’s Comrades update. For that team is no more! There is only…Ballade’s Battlers!

Yes, half the Comrades and half the Ascendant Androids have joined forces with Ballade to form a new MM4 Gameboy team that will change everything! What exactly is in store for this new team? Only Ballade knows for sure. Let’s just hope a brewing suzy rebellion doesn’t crush Ballade’s lifelong dream before can get off the ground!

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New Fan Art http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2513 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2513#respond Sat, 04 Aug 2018 04:40:18 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2513

We missed a July update! Spaaaaaaaaaark!!!!!! Well, to tide you over, here’s some cool fanart submitted by IvoRobotnikSBZ. Thanks!

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Ballade’s Battlers?! http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2502 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2502#respond Sat, 30 Jun 2018 05:27:03 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2502 Continue reading ]]>

The Mechs had a chance to shine the last couple months. Now it’s our turn!

You know your archenemy has worn out his welcome when he’s outlasted all but one or two members of your team. But the only thing sadder is when you realize you don’t even know why he hates your guts so much. Our heroes along with the Ascendant Androids of all people try to get to the bottom of Ballade’s irrational prejudice in the game-changing Ballade’s Battlers!

Old bonds will be shattered! New alliances will be forged! And nothing will be the same!

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How the Mighty Have Fallen Part 2 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2482 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2482#respond Wed, 02 May 2018 04:00:32 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2482

Out Mighty adventure continues! Can the Mechanical Maniacs save their new lives as the all-new Mighty Numbers!? And, more importantly … will they even want to!? Geoff’s long-awaited story / commentary reaches it’s conclusion!

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How the Mighty Have Fallen Part 1 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2474 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2474#respond Sun, 01 Apr 2018 16:49:34 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2474 Continue reading ]]>

No, this isn’t an April Fool’s day joke – it really is an epilogue about Mighty Number 9 – a game’s everyone’s already said their peace about! Geoff pens a tale of madness, hubris, and ambition all rolled into two tidy parts.

Who are the Mighty Numbers and what have they to do with the Mechanical Maniacs? Everyone’s jumping aboard the bandwagon before even really knowing what they’re getting into. What can possibly go wrong?

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Straight From the Headlines! http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2463 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2463#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:51:50 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2463 Continue reading ]]>

We all know that Russians and fake news are (tragically) the in-thing at the moment. So why not have a little fun with it our latest ep, Straight from the Headlines! Actually, the breaking news in that ep isn’t fake. Though as bizarre as some of the headlines are, they should be. Can the Comrades get to the bottom of it? It’s an old ep crafted by our veteran writer Skullman (Hunter) who hasn’t let us down yet. And deserves more than letting hos old stories get locked a dusty old vault.

Just remember, whatever you read here, you read it here first!

And on a sidenote, I’ve been told that some of the sprites in our old ep, Legend of Ringman were busted or even non-existent.  I went through and fixed up all the missing or busted sprites I could find.  Though if there are more, the forum’s one click away.

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Encore Part 2 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2454 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2454#respond Sat, 03 Feb 2018 04:54:04 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2454 Continue reading ]]>

It’s the first new epilogue of a brand new year! And what better way to start things off than to dwell on the distant past? Encore Part 2 is now up! And this one actually contains the long-lost intro to the new Sinister Six (which I re-purposed to fit their current continuity).

But that’s not all! I finally noticed that the old Sinister Six Epilogue Contest was never sprited. Yeah, the winner of that thing has been lost to time along with every single other submission. But now the runner ups can be read as proper epilogues. And, yes. I do, occasionally, preform site maintenance on the old site.

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Cookies Part 2! http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2441 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2441#respond Sun, 24 Dec 2017 18:55:57 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2441 Continue reading ]]>

Is there a better way to spend your holidays than with a bunch of rowdy Commie robots? Let’s hope not. Because Part 2 of Cookies! is open for business! From here on, things get really off-the-wall, in no small part thanks to a power-crazed Toadman, and Pharaoh’s alter ego’s tenuous grasp on reality. And things can only get worse before they get better. But that’s all part of the fun, and we all know it!

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Encore Part 1 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2433 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2433#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:53:06 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2433 Continue reading ]]>

A few years ago, when I was making the long lost origin of the S6 I had totally forgotten this epilogue even existed!

Back in the day Gary really struggled with how to introduce the "new" Sinister Six and went through several ideas. I remember he asked for my help on it once, but I didn’t like some of the ideas presented and couldn’t really think of a good way to get them to work. Years passed by and I made a "filler" story for him as a joke and shortly afterwards he died. And the story went completely forgotten.

And then I rediscovered it right after filling in the gap myself. Welp, it can still be salvaged! Presenting Encore Part 1! This story deals with some of Gary’s old ideas for an S6 revival that just didn’t see the light of day.

Continuity-wise the story takes place shortly after Ice VS Red and at the end of Series 4.

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Comrades New Ep? http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2421 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2421#respond Sat, 04 Nov 2017 05:43:56 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2421 Continue reading ]]> Comrades
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Neither fate, apathy or a bum copy of Dreamweaver can keep a good commie sub down! Here’s an ep a long time coming: Cookies!, penned by our lovable mummy mistress herself, Pharaohwoman!

What do cookies, a senile baker, Met Daddy and a power-crazed Toadman add up to? Short answer: pure madness. Long answer: even more pure madness. But don’t take my word for it. Read it and see for yourself!

Now that I’ve got a steady copy of Dreamweaver once again, I can go back to making monthly updates like I ought to. Believe me, I’ve got enough old unposted eps to keep me going for a while! At least we all have something to look forward to.

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Mechs Meet 2017 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2414 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/?p=2414#respond Sun, 08 Oct 2017 02:23:50 +0000 http://themechanicalmaniacs.com/blog.php/?p=2414 Continue reading ]]>

Our notes on this years Mechs Meets are now up! Read on and look at the photo gallery. Regale yourself with tales of our real life adventures, which consist of finally going to Niagara Falls! I had pitched that for several years, but never got the other Mechs to agree.

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