Blogs

20 Nov

Boats!

in art, boardgames, game

Boat!Boat!

I've recently been getting back into digital painting after a long time away from the tablet; BoardGameGeek is running a contest in a similar mould to the Assemblee event/contest that TIGSource ran a while back. In the first half (until halfway through December) artists provide graphics and art intended to be turned into board games, but while they can position elements on the board and decide what pictures are available for cards, tokens, player pawns and so on, they don't have any say on the game itself. In the second half, game designers take the assets produced by one of the artists, and design a game which uses the images the artist provided.

05 Sep

Battle Engine - Alpha 6 Released: Experience, Events, and more!

in programming, videogames, VNs

Alpha 6 of my CC-licensed work-in-progress RPG Battle Engine for Ren'Py has now been released, adding experience, levelling up, a new condition/result event system, improvements to scenery-drawing and UI, and a load of bug-fixes. The rocks below are the newest addition! ;-)

Rocks!Rocks!

14 Aug

Battle Engine Update

in programming, videogames, VNs

I recently wrote an update on the status of the Ren'Py RPG Battle Engine I've been working on for a while; you can find it here:

http://www.eviscerate.net/content/update-alpha-6-nearly-done

13 Aug

Dungeon in a Tin - Six Months Later

in boardgames

A little over six months ago, I created a little solo/co-op board game - Dungeon in a Tin - for a contest over at BoardGameGeek.com. I've played around with board and card game rules a number of times in the past, sometimes keeping them to myself and sometimes showing them to friends and family, but this is the first time I've ever actually released a full package into the wild for any old random person to play with.

Naturally, after I released it and it got a page on BGG, I subscribed to the page so I could get notified whenever people posted stuff related to the game. I'd done a fair amount of play-testing, but I was expecting a load of "this is too hard/easy/boring" comments and maybe some questions. And there were those, but there were also a load of pictures uploaded. And I have to say, there's something particularly cool about seeing other people's interpretations, customisations and additions to something you've made like this.

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...

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