Monday, September 08, 2014

Fully Authorized

It looks like I'm officially an author now. After my dad, Brad Kauzlaric, passed away in 2007 I started making a visual record of his artwork. He was an artist for many years, but there weren't good quality images of most of his work. That naturally enough lead to compiling all the images in a book along with a biography, plus notes sketches and details about how he created and worked.
You can find it up on Amazon. I'll probably have a reception and signing wingding over in my home county soon.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Is This Thing On?

Sooo... this blog was a complete wash for 2013 and most of 2014. Amazing. I can misplace a year or two in my couch cushions now and barely notice it. That's not surprising given my job, family and way too many side projects. Here's a quick update on some stuff I've been doing.
I'm keeping busy at Microsoft Studios. I work on an awesome team with some really talented people.

My indie/homebrew projects took a turn for the piratical in 2013 and 2014. Ron Gilbert and I got up to no good with Scurvy Scallywags in The Voyage to Discover The Ultimate Sea Shanty, a mobile game for iOS. The game builds on a mechanic Ron and explored with a previous puzzle game called Realms of Gold. The central idea is that you make matches of 3 or more pieces, but you do that to move a character around the game board to fight (or keep away from) monsters and collect treasure.
Here's the official trailer:


Long story short: The game got some really good reviews and was almost worth the effort it took to create it. Almost.
I still make the occasional piece of art, mostly for fun. I added some new pieces to my series of Northwestern urban myth stories on my Clayorama blog. I might turn those into a book once I get around to creating a few more.
I also tried my hand at stitching together historic photos with images from Google Street View. Some of these turned out pretty well. These were in a Facebook album but after someone scraped those into an Imgur gallery and shared them on Reddit (with credit, thankfully) I decided to put them in a more public place, leading to yet another blog.
For the people who ask, I'm working on the final post in my TA-ncient History series about the making (and eventual release) of Total Annihilation. I promise I won't let two whole years slip by this time.