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A 12 months in the past I publicly introduced Archmage Rises as a brand new form of RPG.  I’m blissful to report Archmage Rises is now playable.

Type of.  :-)

I used to be invited to be in demo showcase in Portland, OR final week.  Within the two and a half weeks main as much as the convention I scrambled/crunched to take all of the disparate methods and jam it into one thing playable.  Within the wee hours the night time earlier than I flew out, I acquired it working!

The 50ish folks watching the demo had been spellbound.  :-)

(The ability went out in the midst of the demo, however they didn’t depart, so that could be a good signal, proper?!?)

This expertise satisfied me I’ve sufficient of the sport working to indicate a demo to all of you.


Only a slice of the work in progress on fight.  I’ll discuss extra in depth about it later.

Snapshot of labor on the fight. Pre-alpha graphics.





It’s been some time since I’ve achieved an replace and I simply returned from GDC, so it is a good time.

First, in my silence I’m programming lots, generally 12hrs a day, and the sport is de facto coming collectively.  As an artist I spend a lot time making an attempt to make the work of my fingers be nearly as good because the imaginative and prescient in my head.  Elements of Archmage Rises are past what I imagined a 12 months in the past after I began this mission.  It is vitally thrilling!

It was my first GDC and I didn’t know what to anticipate from it.  (extra…)


I used to be on the thirty fifth flooring within the north convention room.  By the window, I might see the grey, wet Toronto skyline.   I used to be right here to find out about authorities funding applications for Digital Media.  At my desk was a tv/documentary producer, a toy producer, and two fits who seemed so uninteresting and cliché that I didn’t even introduce myself.   The panel consisted of a number of authorities company employees, a advisor, and a sport developer.  The knowledge shared over two hours was good, however I loved the spicy rooster wrap from the buffet much more.

As a wrap up, the organizer requested the panel what closing phrases they want to share with the roughly 40 folks in attendance.


Jan. 23, 2015.  That is my objective. My deadline. And I’m going to overlook it.

Let me clarify.  As I write this text, I’m additionally making soup.  Belief me, all of it comes collectively on the finish.

Half I: Software program Estimation 101

I’ve been engaged on Archmage Rises full time for 3 months and half time about 5 months earlier than that.  In spherical numbers, I’m about 1,000 hours in.

You see, I’ve been working with no particular deadline due to slightly factor I do know from enterprise software program referred to as the “Cone of Uncertainty”:


Whereas I obtain and set up Unity 4.6.21 beta, I believe it is a good time to share all of the work that’s going into the music aspect of Archmage Rises.

Music units temper, tone, and really feel.  Maybe I ought to rephrase that: Music reinforces temper, tone, and really feel.  Music bypasses the (rational) thoughts and speaks to the creativeness.

A fast demonstration of music’s true energy is to observe a film trailer (say, Inception) with simply video.  Not fairly the identical with out the music, is it? :-)


I’m comparatively new to artwork appreciation.  An enormous turning level for me was just a few years again after I learn John Milton’s Paradise Misplaced.  Since then, my appreciation for artwork and the artists behind the work has continued to develop.  I even have some Peter Max restricted version prints hanging on my partitions.

I’m an enormous fan of fantasy artwork and just about any sport artwork popping out of TSR within the Nineteen Eighties.  There’s something in regards to the oil on canvas, seeing the stroke of the comb—which for me kind of elevates the work.  I’m not complaining in regards to the perfection present in digital portray—simply that I just like the “handmade” high quality brush strokes carry.

Archmage Rises is a love letter to tabletop role-playing video games.  The artwork model is ’80s TSR for the fashionable space.

Severely superior! (extra…)

“Good artists copy, nice artists steal.” – Pablo Picasso

Sid Meier’s Pirates! is arguably a very powerful sport ever made . . . and it additionally ruined my week.  You see, I’m engaged on Archmage Risesand a part of my elevator pitch is, “It’s like Pirates! however with mages and permadeath.”

“Dwell the Life” is strictly what this Pirate simulator delivers! (extra…)

I’ve some very thrilling information to share!  Not having the ability to discuss it has been killing me for the final 4 weeks—however now the contract is signed, and I can (lastly) scream from the highest of my lungs. Are you prepared?

In my first dev weblog, I shared my private journey and why I used to be shifting from cell to PC sport growth. It form of took off. The article was #1 on Gamasutra for 3 days straight and shortly blew previous 100 feedback. (It now sits at slightly over 200.)

Yeah, I nonetheless can’t imagine I beat out that Blizzard article.  And I LIKED their article.


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