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.