Monday, December 31, 2012

Ashes of Babel - Intro Stage

Some concept art for the intro stage to Ashes of Babel.

Since the game’s primary theme is “climbing”, the intro area begins by placing the player in a hole. Hopefully the single light at the top is enough for players to instinctively seek it. The partially collapsed bits will need to be carefully arranged to force players to utilize all the basic climbing and platforming mechanics, but the intro area will at least provide a safe place for the player to experiment with the controls.

I really want to avoid “set piece” areas like this, but I feel that it’s necessary to have a little control over the player’s experience at least in the first few moments. Once players step outside; they’ll be in the harsh world and need to figure out the rest on their own.

I’ll have to also put in a “skip tutorial” feature for multiple playthroughs/restarts, but players should go through the intro at least once without feeling as if the game is "preaching" to them. The goal with this section is primarily to teach the player the controls as intuitively as possible and secondarily to provide a contrast with the harsher outside environment.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas at Babel

A little Christmas themed illustration for Ashes of Babel.
Shina making a little friend out of the snow that gathers near a big glowing box.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tentacle Bento: Double Major - Card List

All cards have been planned out, but many card illustrations are still being created.
Some place-holders are being used for now. This list will be updated as cards are completed.

Tentacle Bento: Double Major is a fan-made, free, print-to-play expansion to Soda Pop Miniature's "Tentacle Bento".
Double Major expands upon the core set by introducing the titular "Double Major" cards that can be played as one of two possible suits. Additionally the set adds new noble bonus effects, all-stars, and characters that help accelerate play and create tactical opportunities for disadvantaged players to regain advantage.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tentacle Bento: Double Major

I'm happy to announce the a new fan-made print-to-play expansion to Soda Pop's "Tentacle Bento" is currently in development:

This expansion features 30 brand new cards that add a variety of hair-raising locations, coy captures, and flexible students to the already outrageous collection in the base set.

Are you interested in doing a guest illustration for one of the cards? If so check the available cards below for a list of cards currently available for illustrating. You can then download a useful PSD template here! Grab this reference for the Takoashi Uniform! You can even check out the style-notes if you want to attempt to style-match the existing cards.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Vitamin See 2012

Vitamin See 2012 - Now Available!
24 FULL COLOR pages packed with illustrations of cute and sexy girls for just $10! (+$5 for international shipping (Outside the USA))

Friday, October 5, 2012

Kingdom on Fire

Armor is hard, yo. A commission for wonderfully friendly Nationmaker, featuring his interpretations of Cao Cao and Xun Yu of "Romance of the 3 Kingdoms" fame.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Commissions OPEN

I'm currently taking commissions for month of October. Order are first come, first served, so be sure to place your order now to reserve a spot!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ashes of Babel

More concept work. Platforming up procedurally generated towers while searching for supplies to survive and climb even higher. Will you find paradise? Will you die of hypothermia trying to get there?

Partially an experiment in thinking of ways to incorporate rogue-like elements into other genres. I also seem to be really fascinated with the idea of the environment and weather being the primary antagonist to the player's goals.