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Sep 29, 2013

KnightmareGames logo

I'm in a design class right now. It's required for my major; otherwise, I might not have taken it. Still, I'm glad I was able to learn about certain tactics in alignment, contrast, etc., which I may not have figured out on my own. It's always satisfying to learn more about something that you've always known about innately, finding out there's a science to it.
Anyway, if I ever market Corridor, Epic Chess, or any of the other board games I'm coming up with ideas for, this is definitely a pretty good looking logo and name for a company.

This is just the first draft, so obviously it'll get better, but I really think the logo picture itself is very aesthetically pleasing. It's drawn with vectors, as well, so the curves are perfect and scaleable. If I change anything it'll probably be the arrangement of the text or something.
Speaking of board games, I've been making great progress on Corridor's new look of cards. I've hit a snag, however, and need to further playtest the game to see how I can expand the skill sets and balance stats with monsters. I'll also need to figure out how I'm going to procure the art needed for the new cards. The items are easy, obviously, but skills and creatures... yeah. Those'll either take a lot of time or a lot of money to make.

Sep 24, 2013

The Year

January is like the Monday of the year. The year’s weekend holidays are over, and it’s kind of a bummer, but you’re relaxed and energetic and ready to get back to work. For a while. But the weather is gloomy, new annual reports need to be filed, New Year’s resolutions and goals need to be made, numbers need to be crunched. And the early months’ saturated Mondayness make the weeks drag on and on and on until you find yourself thinking “If I can just make it past February, I can survive.”
Finally the drippy Tuesday of the year begins. It’s a lot better than Monday, of course. The goals are made and many of them forgotten; the spring weather is starting to melt the snow. Since you’ve made your big push since the holidays, the future looks as bright as the sun on the glistening silver world. But the year’s work is still just beginning. There are meetings to go to and errands to run, and the yearend is still more of a memory than an anticipation.
The Wednesday of the year—more or less late April to early June—seems to come pretty fast. Despite the long drag through the winter, summer seems to have pierced through the fog of time headlong and met you halfway. It’s Hump Day, and you’re halfway through the year on a roll. These are the months and weeks when you marvel at time, and how fast summer has come once again, how you can remember last summer’s music hits as if they came out last week. One-half of the year down, and one-half to go!
Thursdays are great. You’re past all the dreary parts of the week slash year, and you have a lot to look forward to. This is when you loosen your tie and replace goals for work results with plans for recreation. You congratulate yourself at all the work you’ve done so far, and spend quite a bit of time relaxing. You’ve made it this far, and you can make it the rest of the way.
The Friday of the year has come at last! There is still work to be done before the yearend holidays, but it seems like it isn’t as daunting or tedious as before. The big, crystalline obstacles that seemed unsurpassable on Monday have thawed, and the spring in your step lets you soar over them and see vistas of color on the horizon. Even the leaves change color in festive anticipation. The muggy weather is replaced by cool, crisp breezes. There’s no energy for homework now. What you need is some revitalization!
At last, the yearend has come—the Saturday of the year! This is a time of parties and celebrating traditions. You dress up in a costume just for fun; special foods designed for this time of the year are plentiful; you let loose on your diet goals and enjoy extra sweets. Relatives and friends come over to visit, and you only do enough homework to keep your guilt and procrastination in check. This is the time of the year you look forward to, and the time that makes the most memories.
The year’s Sunday arrives, and the party of yestermonth has calmed down somewhat. It is now the time of year for relaxation, TV, religious contemplation, and football. You think of how many things you have to be grateful for, and to celebrate you eat as much as possible. You watch the falling snow as the year’s eyelids flutter and begin to close. You go to church and learn about Him who created the seasons and who made the earth spin in the first place. Your family surrounds you. Gentle songs that bring memories of past Sundays play on the radio.
A few pounds heavier, you yawn and savor the moment. The year has ended, just like it always has. You think of all the times you have stayed up till midnight to scream “Happy New Year!” and bang on pots and pans. Those times seem to be lined up all in a row, and yet vastly different from one another. You were a different person in each of those memories, just as now you are more different still. Tomorrow is yet another year. Soon the pure white snow will be too dirty, too icy, and too cold. But right now, napping in the warm glow of a Christmas hearth, none of that matters. 

Sep 6, 2013

Argaenothruzil Classic

Today I stumbled upon an old email in my archives that was a message to myself containing a single link: http://pub45.bravenet.com/forum/static/show.php?usernum=3860195469&frmid=6335.

This link leads to Argaenothruzil Classic, the original forum that my friends and I used to start our stories. It's been really fun for me to look over how the somewhat vast mythos of Argaenothruzil began as the simplest of universes. The races seem cliché simply because they began that way as meaningless lists of adjectives. Now at least they have backstories, cultures, and geographic locations.

The gameplay of the forum was a lot different back then, too. It was a lot more like a typed form of Dungeons and Dragons. Now it's a lot more story-based, complex, and time-consuming. Sometimes I miss the simple, stat-based factor. The story moved a lot faster, the characters interacted with each other a lot more, and we had a lot of fun. Of course, we were high school students at the time anyway, so we had more time to write.

I guess this is what I've called in the past a "bookmark" in life. Some point where you are forced to look back at an aspect of your life and see how far you've come. Argae is probably the longest-running project on my list, so it's been a fun ride. It's interesting to see how something like a project evolves over the course of years when it's allowed to.

Would I have done things differently if I could start over? Definitely. Now that I know so much about different languages and cultures, I would have made up my own races instead of just hijacking overdone trope races. But at the same time, it has been fun to see my own interpretations of how I think they should be. I also would have eliminated certain plot elements, such as the Civil Elf-Wood Elf conflict. There even used to be a third elf race, Magic Elves, which were merged into Civil Elves.

Anyway, this probably means nothing to you if you haven't been to the Argaenothruzil forum. If you're ever interested in creating a character and practicing your creative writing skills, go to the forum here, read up on some of the lore, and follow the guidelines!

Sep 4, 2013

Dustin better feel honored to be featured twice in a row on my blog!

Dustin, the antagonist of the last post's comic strip, is currently coming up with ideas for movies. I YTP'd this home video of his to show him my (and Adobe Premier Pro's), so it was a fun little YouTube Poop exercise.

Sep 2, 2013

Comic: Cupid

This comic is dedicated completely to my best friend Dustin.
This is the longest comic I've ever lettered and colored digitally! It took me a lot longer than I thought, especially given that I didn't care at all about the panel shapes and did a half-bummed job on the shading/coloring. But either way, it was fun to make. and really fun to have something long enough to have to organize and outline. If ideas like this grew on trees, I'd plant an orchard and actually have a full-out comic blog! I'd also have a lot less free time. :D