Sunday, July 25, 2010

Eversion, except with a different plot

If you've played the game Eversion, you'd understand that the game has different 'layers' of reality that you can everse to, which is the most interesting point of that game despite being a simple, 2D side-scrolling Mario-esque platformer game. Anyways, that aspect, the ability to 'everse' seems to be the cornerstone of this dream. I had the ability to 'everse' layers at will.

Date: July 24th-25th, 2010
Category: Almost Nightmare
Genre: Slice-of-life/Fantasy-Scifi
POV: Myself
Time-Span (Dream): Several Hours
Time-Span (Reality): 8 Hours (4 AM - 12 PM)
Memorable Taglines: Eversion
Summary:
The dream takes place in what I first assumed was a fantasy world, but I was later informed that I was on an exotic, untouched-by-humans planet that was inhabited by creatures that resembled many of the animals from our own planet. A small group of people, myself included, have landed here to investigate and integrate our civilization onto this planet peacefully. The group of people consisted of young, intelligent people but had an adventurous and bold spirit, which apparently what it took to qualify for this mission. The place we landed in was a beautiful, venerable forest, full of greens and yellows, very tall growths, twisting, gnarled branches and oversized vines, covered with moss and grasses. There was sunlight filtered through the branches and entanglement of the canopy, and I excitedly explored the lush forest with three other people, who were young adults. I remember running through a grassy field of tiny butterflies and climbing onto large roots to advance further through the forest. There was even an elevated potion of the roots where it enclosed a lot of water, and I had to take a rowboat with my partners into the vine crossed tunnels. There was a waterway portion where it was blocked by excess roots, and that's when I discovered that I could 'everse' so I can get past the obstacles. Once I everted into layer 2, the vines were receded and the atmosphere became turquoise, and everything was slightly darker- and we were able to bypass that layer.

I remember continuing into the turquoise lighted forest until we emerged from the vine tunnel and came upon a place with a more plainish appearance with much less trees. The only trees that were there were all fallen or uprooted, and the most significant occupant was the herd of elephants that occupied those areas. However, these elephants were not ordinary, because we discovered that they could understand human speech. In layer 2's timeline, people had already tried to 'educate' and befriend the elephants with our language so they could actually try to speak it. When I everted back to layer 1, which was the original yellow-green lush forest timeline, the people were not present and the elephants were minding their own business. Out of a deeper curiousity, I everted back to layer 2 with the people educating elephants, then went onto layer 3, which was even a darker, and duller blue. The plants were noticeably beginning to wilt and darken, drooping in stature, and I watched the elephants being used as cargo slaves to transport human loads. The furthest I went was layer 4 for the time being, because I was beginning to fear what would ultimately happen. The atmophere was a dull grayish yellow, the plants had become brown and decayed, and the rocks began to turn alive, and began to attack me, while I saw armed humanoid alien soldiers riding the elephants as war machines across the fallen trees, so had to remain in hiding, and run back. I everted back to layer 2, where things were still safe. I decided not to evert too far for the fear of being defenseless and ending up getting myself killed unless I really needed to.

Later on down the line, I traversed across the fallen-tree plain into a high quarry of rocks and trees with my partners, and gradually went downhill through the dirt and rock inclines. We ended up some sort of strange pool at the bottom and one of the people I was travelling with got caught into a whirlpool, and got sucked in. He was a guy called Jack, and my friend Mike tried to save him, but ended up ripping his finger off from the force and lost him. I remember Jack saying something along the lines of "Hey, don't worry, if i'm lucky, maybe this thing isn't that lethal and I'll only be warped somewhere else...." I was going to save him, but he simply said "See you." in the calmest voice, taking me by surprise, before he vanished.

I remember that the only female of our group said that she wanted to go and try to find Jack herself in deeper portions of the forest that followed up to that strange pool, (I don't remember her name, it was probably Veronica though) so she split off and went off on her own, leaving me alone with Mike. He told me that they had built a new mine shaft down the road, and that we should check out the place because it seemed to have the lowest elevations. I agreed, and we went to a cliff where a wooden structure had been already established and we went down the elevator. Since we seemed to be safe in there, I curiously everted to layer 3, furthermore noticing that humans had moderately populated the planet in the near future and built houses and establishments, and had even decided to celebrate by having a costume party. I everted back to layer 2 before the elevator opened at the bottom, leading to a sparse, hilly grassland full of evergreen trees, with a mine cart and track in the distance. I saw my pet Siberian Husky, Dusty, frolicking around with another husky, and I tried to call him over, but he wouldn't listen, and there were more wild huskies that appeared in the arboreal forest, running around and playing with each other. I decided he would be happier being with his own kind, and decided to let him be and leave him alone, as saddening as it is to separate with my dog.

I went onto a minecart with Mike, and we started up the operations. It was motor-operated and the tracks reminded me of a rollercoaster, which gave me a BIG clue off to it being a dream. While the minecart was running, I remember it going downhill in a steep incline through barren, rocky structures and winding through a firey/magma filled tunnel. Somehow I came to the conclusion that this was a 'cellphone game' (WHAT? No cellphone could support something as elaborate as this shit!) instead of a 'dream', imparting this dream's reality into something that was actually supposed to be a videogame of sorts. As soon as I came to that conclusion, though, the Mine cart tracks had stopped construction and we went flying off from the sheer force of terminal velocity onto the largest freakin cairns structure ever. There was a huge pile of rocks, underneath an enormous arch, and the minecart had landed on a higher portion of the cairns. Mike ended up landing higher than I did, and he told me to go back to tell people to finish the goddamned mine cart track construction while he tried to retrieve the cart.

I remember going back up to the level where there were elephants and had the guts to evert to the 5th layer, which revealed the elephants being government-level security systems with visors on their heads. The forest was basically all gone and the space was enclosed by a black plexiglass prism, covered by motion detector lasers everywhere.

I broke the reality of the dream by removing the virtual reality goggles i was wearing, because I remember getting pursued by the elephants. I remember going onto some sort of popular game review website to find the ratings for this game, (which was also called Eversion, but it was completely different from the ACTUAL Eversion plotwise. The system was some virtual reality deal) and the overall rating was low (4??), while the graphics rating were really high (10), playability and controls was high (9), Entertainment was (5) but it got the low rating it did because it was too complicated to figure out according to the review, especially since you could evert layers freely anywhere you wanted.


Subtle Lucidity

21st - 22nd and 22nd-23rd dream I can't remember.

Date:
July 23rd-24th, 2010
Category: Converted, Semi-Lucid Nightmare
Genre: Slice-of-life
POV: Myself
Time-Span (Dream): A Few Hours
Time-Span (Reality): 10 Hours (5 AM - 3 PM)
Memorable Taglines: China
Summary:
The nightmare consisted of my dad returning... but he ended up acting like a complete asshole to me. He told me my artwork sucked and he refused to help me find an apartment. Instead of me going to college, he sent me back to China to attend some middle schools so I can catch up on my Chinese skills (since its not like I actually look like my age) and I was forced into going through reading/writing marathons... Except it was physical- I remember running through some oriental structures and cobblestone pathways and rock walls. Also circular/cylindrical nondescript structures.
So somewhere down the line.. I'm pretty sure I 'warped' the dream in some way where I actually ended up in my apartment, because I remember making myself 'poof' into an apartment and 'picking' the design of my sofa, which was a white segmented one with a thin fur throw, then laying down and talking to my friend Mike via phone, who had some flight difficulties to visit me in person.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Theatrical Tension

Since the 16th, can't really remember any dream clearly enough to recall coherently.

Date: July 20th-21st, 2010
Category: Strange Dream
Genre: Slice of Life/Dystopia
POV: Myself
Time-Span (Dream): Several Hours
Time-Span (Reality): 10 Hours (2 AM - 12 PM)
Memorable Taglines: Drama, Performance, Zombies, Mech
Summary: This dream was weird because it started off pretty normal, I was enrolled in a school play to play a somewhat major role and got into a retarded arguement with a small girl playing a lead role. She was screaming at me at how much more important she was for being the MAINEST character in the play. I don't even remember what my role was exactly, but a clown-ghost comes to mind. Her role was like.. some daughter of some king, but she was missing throughout the entire play, and the plot of the play was to look for the missing daughter.
Later on I remember visiting an arcade at a diner to just chillax from all the drama/tension and some employee was fixing up a broken arcade machine, and I remember watching him and telling him I could help him fix it, since he was doing something wrong with the wires. Then before I was able to help him, something happened and I got time-warped into the future from the machine.
It just got weirder from there, since the future looked medieval, as stone walls were everywhere, but I remember pilotting a military mech, and got thrust into the 'real version' of the play I was performing. There were zombies that someone was barricading using a overturned cargo cart from a stone archway and they were of familiar people that I had seen or talked to from earlier in the play, then the zombies broke through and I had to fly away with the mech since I didn't have much ammo.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Episodic

July 13-14, July 14-15, Very cloudy details. Cannot remember much.

July 15-16, I had a dream of some weird conglomeration of what felt like a video-game and my life, very scattered. It had included a strict aunt of mines. I remember a vividly colored casino, a drama-llama fest between me and my brother (except my brother wasn't my brother), some sort of dilemma where I was accused for something I did not do and I had to run across a large resort-mansion pursued by an old lady/man (can't remember) and some disciples. I remember hiding in an out of order elevator that slowly descended down the shaft as i waited, and I remember working in an office-like environment sorting spreadsheets and whatnot.

It was weird.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mind's Dividend

Date: July 12th-13th, 2010
Category: Strange Dream
Genre: Slice of Life/Surreal
POV: Myself
Time-Span (Dream): A Few Hours
Time-Span (Reality): 11 Hours (1 AM - 12 PM)
Memorable Taglines: Japanese Restaurant, Fine Art, Lodging
Summary:

Monday, July 12, 2010

Service Endowment

The July 9th-10th dream was entirely forgotten due to drama between me and a friend, and the July 10th-11th dream I had no time to recall, due to a Comic Battle Cycle on WFA.

Date: July 11th-12th, 2010
Category: ???
Genre: Action/Drama
POV: Robert
Time-Span (Dream): Several Hours
Time-Span (Reality): 5 Hours (3 AM - 8 AM)
Memorable Taglines: Butler, Murderer
Summary:
This is one of the rare dreams where I was enacting as my character, Robert. (Probably the 2nd time I had a dream from his POV since I made him.) However, for whatever reason in the dream, I completely forgot that his occupation was supposed to be a barber, which is understandable, because I hardly place emphasis on his occupation. In the dream, I had mistakenly thought he was a waiter of some sort.

The dream goes as following; It begins in a metropolis during the evening-time, resembling something of a clean city with medium skyscrapers and apartment complexes, with significantly little cars and people, and way more plant life. I remember strolling through a winding pathway in a grassy park, going through a tunnel, contemplating how I lost my previous occupation as a waiter and wondering what I can do to get by.

I strolled around town, and noticed that one of the doors leading to a house was open, indicated by the warm glow heavily contrasting the cool outdoors lighting. I made my way into the house and noticed a woman with a young boy. She immediately looked into my direction and asked if I could help look after and take care of her son as a butler, and she would pay alot of money for my services. Since I happened to be looking for a job, I accepted the offer.

The dream skipped ahead to where I started my job, dressed up in a suit, and I was looking after the boy. He was sitting on his bed, and looking frustrated with one of his toys. I asked him what was wrong, and he told me that he's been trying to think of a plan to murder someone that's been bothering his family for awhile. I tucked him in to bed and told him I would help him out.

The next day, I served breakfast for him and we were discussing plans in privacy about how to murder him. On the outside, whenever his mother was around, we'd pretend to play a game together, or I'd put on a professional attitude. I can't recall any details of the target person, but I do distinctively remember sharpening a dagger and freerunning/parkouring around the city, looking for the location of the target.

That's about it.


Friday, July 9, 2010

Nuclear Thermodynamics

Date: July 8th-9th, 2010
Category: Good Dream
Genre: Slice of Life (Sci-Fi?)
POV: Myself
Time-Span (Dream): Several Hours
Time-Span (Reality): 9 Hours (4 AM - 1 PM)
Memorable Taglines: Resort, Alaska
Summary:
Upon the completion of my Entertainment Design college track, I went on vacation, and traveled via helicopter to a new hi-tech, hot springs resort in Alaska with some of my classmates. Nuclear Fusion/Thermonuclear energy is a eco-friendly, efficient, and hi-powered technology that has been implemented into this resort, and has not been figured out on terms of being harnessed yet in this present day and age. The architecture looked something like a suspended dark spaceship on high curved beam supports, and looked beautiful with blue and red lights on the exterior. There were crazy waterslides and large hot pools visible from the top.

The evening seemed to be in some sort of perpetual state of bright red sunset as I entered the facility, which consisted of roughly 4 large floors with curving, wavy designs and a warm wooden floor panel covering. All of them had some sort of spa or hot spring design. The windows were towering and let in the sunlight, and allowed you to see the scenic views of the looming mountains and icebergs. They were one-way glass, so people or objects from the outside could not see the interior. One of the spa employees escorted me to the dressing rooms and I changed into my swimming trunks and explored the facility.

I remember getting a cool glass of juice and some big head director of a gaming company spotted me, and told me he recognized my artwork. We had a conversation about him hiring me to be the lead designer/artist for his next big title, and I was stoked. He showed me a video games console and we played against each other in one of his action/fighting titles (I definitely lost against him) and I enjoyed myself and relaxed in one of the spa pools for a time...

Then one of my friends escorted me up to the rooftop of the facility. There was a snowstorm going on outside and night has fallen pretty heavily, obscuring alot of the view of outside save the clouds in the air, but the heat from the hot springs and spas counteracted against any snow that flung itself at the guests, so no one had to go back inside. I remembered going up to one of the craziest water slides, and upon reaching the bottom, I woke up.