UnSummoning Greenlit!

So, my first game, UnSummoning: the Spectral Horde, has been Greenlit for Steam!  Right now, I'm working on polishing the game a bit before the Steam release, which will hopefully come about later this Spring or early Summer. 

The current version is still available on IndieGameStand, the Humble Store, and Desura.  Steam keys will be available to previous customers once the game goes live.

More details forthcoming as things develop...

Development over the Holidays

I continue to explore and develop my ideas for my next game.  Much of my exploration has resulted in dead ends, followed by back-tracking and course correction. 

Over the holidays I returned to my previous conception of the game as revolving around exobiologists studying alien life.  I moved the setting back down to a planet surface and fiddled with my terrain-generation algorithms...a lot (possibly too much).

On a related note, a Gamasutra article has got me thinking about clarifying my goals and methods, since my vision has been pretty muddled and nebulous over the last few months.  The article is specifically about what makes team projects successful, but I think there are some interesting lessons for solo developers as well.  I will expound upon this soon in another blog post.

Meanwhile, here's a screenshot from the holiday work:


Did you know Unity can do real-time ambient occlusion?  Are you as excited about that as I am?  You should be.

Anyway, my new game experiment continues a pace.  Ideas have developed and been discarded, exobiologists have given way to their more terrestrial counterparts, and the spaceship has been replaced with a forest.  Why not?

Til next time, enjoy the low-poly goodness of these landscapes:

Fractal Painting

Tonight I decided to learn to make fractals. You know, kind of as a palette cleanser after a tough project. Started out simple enough, followed a nice tutorial. Code was written. Cubes were made. Then things started to loosen up a bit. Cubes began to stretch and bend. Twists were formed. Kinks were created. Finally, inhibitions were thrown to the wind, Photoshop was opened, layers were blended and mingled, textures were thrown about with reckless abandon! When the dust settled, there was this:

The Wreck of the Opaline Star

The Wreck of the Opaline Star is a game I made for the recent, 2-week, space-cowboy game jam over at itch.io.  It's the short (5-10 min) story of an emergency maintenance bots efforts to save a space train from crashing into a gas giant.  I handled the game design, art, programming, and...voice acting, while musician Jeff McMillen handled the sound track.  

You can play the game in your browser.  Just follow the widget below to the itch.io page: