Shading my troubles away

I have been working on the chain broke for a while now and with each new level I stand in front of the same basic issue: how do I make this look somewhat unique, so that it stands out from the rest of the game.

This particular problem reared it’s ugly head once more, as I started making the inside of the machine known as Tau.

At one point in the game, I need my main character 3CS to walk inside of a massive computer and I need to create a look for that. This is my attempt at doing that

The amazingness of Caligari

I am working on allot of things at once, as is my nature.

So, while I am still working on the chain broke (which is nearing its beta), I am also working on creating the world of the next project that i am making: “Frankie and Stein”.

“Frankie and Stein” is a continuation of a project I created in 2015, which at the time was a small visual novel.

This time the project will become a bit more involved, but it will still keep to the same basic principles as the original. Namely, allot of love for classic horror movies of the 1920’s.

I have started to watch some classic horror with that in mind and I have started with the classic “The cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, which is a surprisingly watchable movie for being almost 100 years old.

Update on development

one of the major problems with development, is the amount fo work that is required to make anything work.

Truly any and all things take a herculean amount of effort and no matter how many games you have made previously, you always end up under estimating the kind of work that is required of you.

That is why I have not been updating the blog in a couple of months, not because I have not been working (believe me, I have been working), but because the amount of work that I had ahead of me was kind of staggering.

I am happy to announce that I am almost ready with the beta of the game and while it is still somewhat boring, the game is looking up.

I have given myself 5 months to get from somewhat boring beta to amazing and fun release.

for now though, I just have to work and work and work until I have a finished game.

The Monsters of NGC

Last week I had the pleasure of going to the Nordic Game conference (NGC) and I had a great time.

I have been going to NGC for almost 5 years running and every time I have fun, so that it was a great experience did not surprise.

However, most of what you end up doing at these conferences is listening to talks or networking. So, when I was not networking (which was most of what I did while there) I was fidgeting with my notebook while listening to a talk.

I drew these monster for each talk that I attended, for what reason I cannot say. This was something to do while the talk was going on and honestly, it was pretty fun while I was doing it.

So I hope you enjoy these moster that were roaming around my head as I was roaming around NGC.

In preparation of Nordic game

I am going to the nordic game cobference in about a week, which is awesome.

Nordic game is Amazing and so much fun, and despite being a totally broke struggling artist, i always make sure to find the time for it.

However Nordic game is still a conference and a conference requires a business card, so i am spending the lazer cutting business cards in Wood.

I hope This will give me a conpetetive edge as people Go through their stash of cards.

Made it to popular

so, a couple of days ago I uploaded the game that I made during the Nordic game jam called “I am Anna” to Newgrounds.com

While I know that this game is not my finest work (it was created during a game-jam), it did somehow end up on their popular games list, which I am kind of proud of.

Situations like this is why I love newgrounds as much as I do, not because they incentivise me to create games through good reviews (though I would be lying if I said that that sort of thing doesn’t help), but because they have such an awesome approach to community.

I have uploaded allot of games to newgrounds and because they make sure that people see the content that is added to the site, you end up with allot of views and some really awesome reviews.

Nordic Game jam

So, for those of you who have been following this dev blog, you will know that I went to Nordic game jam a couple of weeks back.

At the time I made myself a promise that I would put the game on the shelf for a couple of weeks before I played it again. I made the deal with myself that I would share the game if I found merit in the game when I played it once more and luckily I played it again and through “This is pretty OK”

So here is the game finally, I hope you enjoy it: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/693008

need a pick me up?

 

So, I have reached the middle part of development, the part where I have s much development in front of me as I have left behind.

This is the part where the project is more or less in tatters and social engagement or just life have caused me to have less time fixing the mess that I have made.

At times like these you really only have you conviction and your commitment to the project to keep you going and that can lead to a feeling of general malaise.

I have something that eases the unease at times like these; a small tool which temporarily makes me feel a bit better. it is my emo playlist.

These are songs that help me feel better and let me know that it’s going to be ok, even if the whole project seems a bit hopeless.

These are some of the tracks:

the sound of silence

SO I haven’t been updating for a little while, I know.

This is not because I have been slacking off, it is simply because I have been somewhat busy going to and recuperating from a game jam situation.

Last weekend I went to “Nordic game Jam” which is one of the worlds largest game jams held in one single location. The idea at the jam is that you show up, you find a group, you make a game in 48 hours and then you enter it into a competition, to see how well you did.

suffice it to say, I did make a game and it did not win or even place in the top.

still, I had allot of fun and once I check out whether or not my game is worth anything, I will share it.

The creative purge

When you are working on lagrer projects, such as “the chain broke” you can end up with allot of pent up creative energy.

This is where game jams Come in quite handy.

For those of you not in the know, a game jam is a creative sprint where you (usually along with a group) attempt to make a videogame in 48 hours.

Doing these tight bursts of creative ideation can actually do the mind good if you are like me.

I cannot turn my mind off, so while I have been working on “the chain broke” i have been accumulating other potential game ideas that i would love to work on.

I am on my way to Nordic game jam to hopefully get some of These ideas out of my head, so that i can once more focus on “the chain broke”