20 Jul

New Toy

in art, VNs

Drafting TableDrafting Table

Recently, I acquired a pretty cool new toy - a drafting table nearly a metre wide, with an illuminated centre section, parallel motion ruler and perspective peg slots all around the sides. It was actually cheaper than my previous drawing board - one of those awful plastic-sheet-with-metal-clips things - since it was a fortunate eBay find from a seller just up the road from me which nobody else bid on at all. I felt a bit guilty taking the thing in the end, the charming old guy I picked it up from - an ex-illustrator, apparently - insisted on bringing me in to demonstrate how best to use it, and seemed a bit wistful when he explained that he's having to get rid of half the things in his studio as him and his wife were moving into a small bungalow for their retirement...

17 Jul

Decktet

in boardgames

DecktetDecktet

I recently invested in a Decktet, which is an interesting alternative deck of cards. It has 36 cards in the default deck, in six suits of ten cards each - which is accomplished by way of the regular rank cards having two suits each. As can be seen in the above image, each card also has a name and an illustration in a similar manner to a tarot deck; there is in fact an interpretation guide on the website for people so inclined. Additionally, each card (apart from the aces [ones] and crowns [often but not always tens]) is categorised as either a 'personality', 'location' or 'event' (or sometimes more than one). There's an extended Decktet, which includes pawns and courts (each with three suits) and a single wildcard, the illustration for which contains elements from each of the six suits.

28 May

Tristan and Iseult v1.4 - New Features

in nano, videogames, VNs

The latest version of Tristan and Iseult - 1.4 - is now available from the downloads page. As previously mentioned, this release contains the following new features:

23 May

L.A. Noire Game Aid

in design, lanoire, videogames

L.A. Noire Overlay360 Overlay

Are you the recent proud owner of a copy of Rockstar/Team Bondi's latest blockbuster videogame, L.A. Noire? Are you thinking that your game experience has been lacking something, that there's some kind of disconnect between the controls and the action, but you're not entirely sure what it is?

25 Apr

Vote 'YES' to the Alternative Vote

in design, politics

Vote YES

I spent half an hour this afternoon pretending I was a graphic designer... I don't like any of the 'official' Yes-to-AV posters, so I made some of my own. Here, print them out and put them in your front windows:

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