Tuesday, January 20, 2015

My Cold Days 1 and 2

So I thought I would blog my cold progress to remind myself in the future about the signs and what to expect.

Day 1 was yesterday and I felt a little more breethy than normal though my nose - yes I thought "is this a cold?".  By the evening my nose while super clear (more so than normal) started to ache at the back.  By the evening before I went to sleep my left nostril was blocked and all night I was restless with a super dry mouth and blocked left nostril.

Day 2 - woke up feeling really tired - sore throat and phlegmy.  After clearing my throat I felt okay and figured it was just from a snore-fest the night before.  During the day the aching feeling started and by lunch the lethargy set in.  I've started moving slower.  In the afternoon my left nostril started to drip and there is a dull ache in my head with a dull feeling of soreness and fever.  Feel a little poisoned.

How I feel...

Day 2 - Update.  At the end of the day had a face ache behind my left eye, but the nose dripping stopped.  Had some paracetamol and the ache went away.  Nose stopped running for a while then came back with the first sneeze.  Now it seems like it's going away.  I bet it's the tricky part where I think I'm well enough to go to work, then when at work start sneezing and spread the virus.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hong Kong Day 2

Used the awesome public transport system and got over to Ocean Park today - Hong Kong Island, of all places.

We saw the "Massive" Aquarium - can't remember the name.  Anyway it was big.  Then headed up the hill via awesome cable car.

The kids and me got a little wet on the water rafting thing.

Then Andrea decided to pwn us all by going on the fastest rollercoaster ride in the park.  You can see it as we approached on the cable car.

Here she is second row from the front.

Here's some of the action.  Lot's of screams :D (should've had my glasses on as it's out of focus)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Hong Kong Day 1

Got here at night and wandered the streets a bit.  Seems to come alive after dark.  Did the obligatory recce to find the 7/11.

Here's a view from the balcony.  Us in ritzy hotel, with old style digs directly opposite.  Interesting how they use bamboo for scaffolding (building right next to us is being reno'd totally covered in bamboo scaffolding 20 stories high) and also use it for plain old balconies.

Next day went for a stroll down to the Avenue Of The Stars.  Wow!  Big!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

In a sketchy kinda mood.

I used to be able to draw well.  I'm just out of practice.  So I started practising again after I bawxed up a concept for an alien for my new game.

Here's what I started with, and it depressed me a lot to realise I had to practice.

Next I did a concept sketch making it a little more 3d after watching a video on how to do concept painting... and then I realised it was a long way from here to what I wanted.

After that I decided to just practice lighting.  Here's my first attempt at a sphere.
Then attempt number 2.
Finally I felt brave enough to sketch something more adventurous.  I copied this from a book by Marc McBride.  A book on drawing epic monster battles. I'm happy with the result, but the adventure has just begun.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

TRON Space Paranoids Fan project.

I had some problems with my arcade machine of late, and now it's school holidays I've had a chance to fix up the wiring.  As something extra I decided to put on the current build of my fan project that attempts to emulate the game Space Paranoids as played by Kevin in his Flynn's arcade.  Here's the current version running on my low-boy cabinet.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

SuperNova 2012

Just wanted to blog about my experience at SuperNova 2012.  Phew!  First thing that comes to mind is the paperwork and cost.  $330 to get a small space in artist alley, OH&S forms, application for power form, application for booth form, $70 for power, $100 for print material, $100 for insurance, $100 for security cables so people didn't walk off with our ipads, food (ka-ching), coffees (ka-ching), petrol (ka-ching), presents for my kids because I was away from them all weekend (ka-ching) and stuff I bought for myself, Ultimate Spiderman #1 and Vader's Quest comic (ka-ching, ka-ching)... my wallet is smokin'. So I split the costs with BRad from Rockethands and it was a great initiation in the pop-culture event that is SuperNova.

Here's me and Brad behind the desk at our booth.  I scored a deal from BigW for printing and while I wanted a big poster for my new game (secret unless you join up at fearthisgame.com ) I was able to print 16 smaller pics to make the photo montage @ $1 each!!!  The banner cost me $22, other prints were $1 each for Surf Prodigy and Turbo Flick, and 21c a print for the small postcard sized handouts in front of me in the pic.

We stuck the iPads to the table using these security cables I found and they were perfect, though interestingly everyone was afraid to pic up the iPads.  I was running a pitch on my new game and developed my spiel over the two days to get people to signup to become part of an elite community that has a say and an insiders look on the development of a game from pretty much day 1.  
I'm going to put it up on Facebook as well, but unless people join the newsgroup, you don't get "in" on the "goss".  Someone mentioned that what I was doing was like crowd source funding, so I tweaked my spiel to reflect that it has the benefit of crowd sourcing without having the members having to spend a dime.  

We got set up and they opened the doors!  Woah!  What a crowd!  I suddenly realised what SuperNova does for the local business.  Not sure of the numbers but basically we had thousands of people walking past our booth wanting to test our wares.  I had to learn fast on how to attract people and it wasn't too hard.  

They walk past, look at your stuff and if you don't acknowledge them eye to eye they move on because there is so much noise!  Not noise, noise, but visual noise - so much to take in.  The trick was to speak!  Simple enough but it broke the ice.  I made contact and they came closer.
Then I went into salesman mode pitching my new game, and getting them to play some Surf Prodigy (available on the AppStore) but mainly Turbo Flick (also on the AppStore).  I had one guy saying about Turbo Flick, "I would never buy this game, but I like it"  He stayed at the booth for 20 minutes playing the game.  He and others were a valuable source of feedback for Turbo Flick.  I really pushed that game because it's not selling so well and I believe it's a good product.  
I was proven right when lots of people stayed and played.  However I also found people didn't like some of the mechanics of the system such as the help popping up at the start of each level - so I'm going to minimise that.  Also for some reason the Retry button popped up before the next button if you completed a level and people being used to twitch reactions just hit it, having to play the level again - I'll fix that.
Other things I noticed about the game was it was too hard in places, so I unlocked it for others to play.  Then I found my favourite level, an homage to Tron and Bally's Rapid Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDg3G-vcUt4) and discovered if you let it play without firing you get a perfect score.  A bug there :)  
Turbo Flick is available for 99c on the App Store

Anyway I put this level up because the robot space invader things approach the screen making lots of pretty exploding particles and it became an attract mode for people.  It was weird but the sequence did draw them. To some I had to say "it's okay - you can play it" before they would - I think it's because people thought it costs lots of money for an iPad and perhaps they were afraid to take the risk to pick it up in case they dropped it - not really sure.  But more importantly I realised that like the good old arcade days, iPad games in an expo need an attract mode - where if left alone for a minute it plays a demo of the game itself.
So what's in store for DrewFX next year @ SuperNova?  Bigger and better I'm thinking.  Maybe a stand-up arcade machine, perhaps a ride in/on machine and maybe something using Kinect.  Bigger space, more money and I might even dress up :)

All in all a great experience, and I loved the Cosplay aspect - great to see so many people dressing up for the event.  I don't really know what SuperNova is about because if you take a big picture view, it's a bunch of retailers mainly, with choke-points and one big producer stuffing people through tight spaces to buy things at pretty much retail prices, with the option to dress-up to add some colour - is it a festival or a market?  That accounted for the retail part anyway, but as Lindsay Fley put it, "it's like the Royal Show for (urban) Perth (businesses)" - not farmers or carnies, but real local artists and businesses. 

Oh yeah - saw a double rainbow the other day...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Chuffed and all that

While looking for some old references to my Skeleton Pack I found this (also found a torrent - bastards!)

I'm very chuffed at what he had to say about my service.

Indie devs try harder.