Dev-Diary: 79

Hey everyone, hope everybody is staying safe!

Sadly I don’t have as much as normal to report this month as I had to take some personal time. I did still manage to get some coding and general game-dev work done, but nothing really worth discussing here. Beyond that, I’ve continued my video work for LMBS, and of course rotated the One-Page-One-Shots around!

This month the Ko-Fi one-shot is a more serious one called Runners Edge; a free-running RPG, while the new free one to release is Goblin Gang; a silly reverse-dungeon-crawler all about setting traps and protecting your treasure! It’s a bit of fun and should even be enjoyably playable with smaller numbers (unlike many of my previous OPOS’s) so go check it out over at itchio!

Sadly that is all for this month’s post. I’ll be running back into my work this coming month so hopefully I have more to report back on! Till next time, stay safe and all the best~!

Dev-Diary: 78

Hey y’all, hope everyone is staying safe~

This past month I was quite productive! I’ve been able to take more steps to increasing my productivity while also being careful to manage my time safely. I’m rather proud of some of the progress I’ve made! I’ve still been doing work for Lab Muffin Beauty Science which has been an occasional enjoyable break from my game work, as I quite like doing video work! I have also made some fantastic steps with Management IN SPACE!

Something I wanted to achieve for M.I.S. was a proper visual aesthetic, reminiscent of a classic CRT monitor. This look is rather common throughout games trying to achieve similar aesthetics, and there are a good handful of free resources available to quickly getting the results, but I wanted to make it my own and not just drop in the same effect I had seen before. To this end, I did some study of Unity’s shader and render language ShaderLab. It took a bit of time and experimenting, but I ended up with a result I really like and, when applied, adds a fantastic feel to the entire game. The values are also scriptable and controllable so I hope to implement some scripted animation to the effects down the line. Here is a side-by-side comparison of the standard effect in action!

I’ve also laid the ground-work and made some solid progress on the reworking of the core mechanics. While chaos is still the name of the game, I’ve tried to deviate from the idea of just playing round after round with a disjointed story and focused on allowing the player to directly control (or “manage“~) certain aspects of the game while also giving them a more hands-on approach to the variable progress of the story and game-play! It still has a ways to go before it has been written-in and the original layout adjusted to suit the new system, but this will definitely make the game more enjoyable in the long-run. I’m both happy and excited to see these new mechanic finalise!

In addition to my project and commission work, I’ve continued my monthly tradition of producing O.P.O.S games! ‘The Gang Does A Ritual’ is now freely available on, and the new O.P.O.S. is available on Ko-Fi! ‘Goblin Gang’ is a reverse dungeon-crawler where everyone plays as Goblins defending their treasure against thieving Adventurers! The game is a little experimental and runs a bit of a fine line between stats and freeform role-play, but the premise is quite enjoyable so I hope people have fun with it!

Also quickly, a bit of house-keeping; it should be obvious I’ve been trialing monthly posts as opposed to fortnightly. I’ve found that not only has this reduced some of the stress of managing posts as often, but it has also meant that when I do post I feel I have a lot more to talk about, creating more interesting reads. As such, I will be sticking to the monthly posts from now on. Additionally, I will no-longer be doing monthly posts on Newgrounds or DeviantArt, however I will still post special announcements to my Newgrounds account as I hold that community in a special place in my heart. <3

Talking about Newgrounds; a visual-article was recently recently published talking about Flash History, and I was fortunate enough to have my work included! It’s a fantastic little dive into the old-era that introduced the work to indie game development, so go support the creator and check it out!

That’s it from me for this month! I hope everyone is staying safe, keep loving and supporting one-another, and till next time all the best~!

Dev-Diary: 73

Hello everyone! Sorry for the delay!

March has been a real cluster of different work for me! I’ve managed to continue my art production for Management IN SPACE!! with a batch of Xeno art, which is nearly complete now! One or two more and I’ll have the majority of standard ship assets completed, which are among the common sights in the game! Here is one of the assets that I’m quite happy with, one of the Xeno creatures!

Alien Screenshot

Additionally I’ve been continuing my work with commissions! It’s nice to be able to make a little bit of extra money for my work, and I’m getting in some fantastic practice with 3D modelling, texturing and materially, and scene building as a whole! Here’s a screenshot of something I’ve been working on for a client!

Commission Screenshot

As always, thank you very much and, especially with the situation in the world right now, till next time all the best~!

Dev-Diary: 72

Hey everyone!

The past couple of weeks I have been powering through commissions; focusing on a lot of 3D modelling, texture editing, and world-building in Unity. While I was still able to get some M.I.S. work done, commissions took up most of my working hours, so as a slight change of pace I’m going to show off my modelling work! When I first started out 3D modelling I showed off some of my pieces; they were simple, but I was quite proud of my work. While I am far from a professional level, I have come quite a long way and am very happy with my progress! Below you will see shots from two commissions that are currently in-progress.

I have been able to continue working on M.I.S. of course, continuing with the art assets. I’ve also been planning a change to the main story, making it both more obvious and more appealing, in response to some of the tester feedback.

As part of my year-long challenge, I will continue to upload One-Page-One-Shots every month! The first O.P.O.S. has just left my Ko-Fi page and has been publicly uploaded over at, so go check it out with the following link:

The new O.P.O.S. has been uploaded and is available to subscribers/donors via my Ko-Fi page. The game is called ‘One Night With Senpai’; a social deception game/dating simulator game to play with your friends!

That’s it from me for now, I’m going to jump back into work so, till next time, all the best~!

Dev-Diary: 71

Hey all!

So the past two weeks have been just a standard jumble of work and productivity. As far as M.I.S. is concerned, I’ve mostly just been working on art; I now have over 100 different ship assets for the all the different entities you encounter in your sector, and I’ve started importing and connecting them to their respective ships. Hopefully sometime this month I will have most of the base entities (so non-mission entities) connected to artwork, and maybe also some more of the station modules as well!

I’ve also been working on my other work and commissions, particularly 3D modelling. Down the line I may show-off some of the assets I’ve been working on, and possibly even upload some asset packs somewhere!

I’m gonna jump back into my work now, so I’ll share with you one of the ships that gave me a lot of trouble and had to go through several revisions and many hours; the Pirate leader and the first boss in the game, the Galactic Dragoon!

Space Ship

Till next time, all the best~!

Dev-Diary: 67

Even more non-stop coding! I’m gonna keep this one brief.

I’ve started local testing, and hope to move to closed testing within a few days. If you are someone that got approved for closed testing over the previous fortnight, I promise it’s coming! I had to update the bugs discovered in the local test earlier this week, and I also had to implement the final major change to the game; the Ship List update!

The update to the Ship List is a long-time coming, and one that has not only been on my mind for a little while, but also one that has been suggested by multiple people. The old Ship List simply generated a list based on what entities entered you sector based on the order they appeared. That’s it. But NOW!! Entities are organised into folders determined by their type. These folders are sorted by a hard-coded priority, and automatically sort entities into the folders. These folders can be opened and closed, so you can hide-away massive folders of boring space debris or projectiles. The folders will also organise the entities within by priority, ensuring that requests and traders are always readily available at the top for your access. It took a lot of work to recode something that was written so early in the game, and I’m sure there are still some issues with it, but it’s there and it seems to work and I’m so happy!

Anyways, that’s it for now. I’m going to set-up the test version and start powering through art now! Till next time, all the best~!

MIS: Screenshot

Dev-Diary: 66

So I have been coding non-stop basically for the past two weeks, which is in continuation from the non-stop coding from the previous post haha! I did also manage to get sick, but all better now!

The main two things I have been continuing working on is content (story, events, station modules, unlockables) and balancing, optimisation, and general upgrades. After drastically improving the event system last time, I’ve been able to have a lot more control over how events play out. From this, what was once just a series of random events has become… a slightly more structured series of random events! But with a semi-consistent story, of course it requires a lot of work and unlocking to get through it all. I’ve also been producing as many station modules as possible (a station module is an attachable part to upgrade your station). These are the back-bone of the game, allowing players to try different paths and focus on alternate strategies, maybe even ones I didn’t even intend. Of course, a lot of these modules will be locked from the start of the game, and the only way to unlock them will be to play the game and complete missions! Some require luck, some skill, and others just need some perseverance.

The balancing and optimisation has made significant improvements. I’ve drastically improved ship handling in the engine for a more realistic approach, and also added a whole new game mechanic; missile warfare! Entities spawning other entities (eg: larger ships releasing small fighters) was always included, though now drastically improved and automated, but ships are now able to dispatch missiles and utilise other slower-moving attacks. Station weapons have been re-worked to include point-defence to stop incoming attacks, and to retaliate with your own, now being able to release missiles (and other entities) hunt down enemies. It took a bit of work at the core level of the game’s engine, but it’s all working now and adds a whole new dimension to the game which is amazing. This, in combination with being able to assemble drones and summon allies, provides many different options to the player.

I also reworked all the generic ships so that they have a standardised and more balanced strength, though with different factions having different pros and cons. This, in combination with the reworking to the event system, has thus-far proved to not only make the game more enjoyable without sacrificing challenge, but also allowed for more consistent gameplay. We’re getting closer to the point where, if you die, it was more likely due to a failure in strategy or management, and less because the game decided that “you should lose now”. Although, real-quick, would like to point out that this is, at it’s core, an arcade game. You play for points and time, and for the glory of surviving and accomplishing as much as possible on your run. While there is an ‘end-game’, the game itself is built to make that end-game as hard as possible to achieve, but even if you do achieve it, you can keep playing forever to get that sweet high-score. Due to the nature of how station modules interact and support each-other, I don’t doubt it is entirely possible to break this game, and honestly, I’m looking forward to watching people do it and discover crazy strategies and synergies. Something that I have always enjoyed from games that employ a similar style (eg: Binding of Isaac) is when you get that sweet run and you have a winning combination of upgrades that allow you to pull off insane strategies. That’s the feel I’m trying to go for here; fighting for that success by making the most of what you have discovered throughout your journey, trying new things, sometimes failing and sometimes becoming amazingly powerful!

With that all being said, I’m going to be tying up a lot of the ‘to-do list’ over the next week and start-up closed local testing, predominantly with other devs I know and a handful of friends. The game is currently in this weird grey area between alpha and beta; the engine and basically all the features are there and the game is very playable from start to finish, minus a handful of bugs, but there is also good amount of extra non-crucial content not present that I believe is still valuable to the game experience, plus it is missing a massive amount of art and some audio. While I can’t be certain when this game will release, especially with the demand of the holidays coming up, I do hope it can be finished sometime in the start of the new year. I guess we’ll see!

Oh wells! That’s it from me for now! Till next time, all the best~!

MIS: Screenshot

Dev-Diary: 64

Hey everyone!

So I’ve been pretty dang busy. The past month was meant to be focused on more art-assets, but at the start of the month I had a handful of different people have a go at the current build. The feedback was very positive, and aside from the numerous bugs that popped up, there were a lot of suggestions made. Many of these were simple things, usually along the lines of, “Why can’t I do this?” to which my response was always, “You’re right! You should be able to do that!” As such, I’ve been implementing a lot of little upgrades to the game and just going down the list of bugs that needed to be fixed that either didn’t previously know about, or knew about and didn’t want to deal with at the time to keep working on the larger picture.

In addition to this, I’ve been working hard to get all the content into the game; all the stories, events, NPCs, and modules, as well as trying to balance them all out. I’ve been working on art as well, and while I have happily completed plenty, I still have a long way to go. I’ve also implemented a ‘Station Select’ option, which allows you to start the game with different preset module layouts, encouraging players to try different strategies to survive as long as possible. I’ve left a screenshot down below as a little treat, showing off the current Sector screen. Comparing it to an earlier screenshot, you can notice a handful of little updates, a lot of them suggested by players, as well as some of the visuals coming together.

On a much more personal note, something I’ve been trying to work hard on lately is my mental health. Working on a game can be a lot of stress, and while I have a handful of people helping me out with some of the assets and providing feedback and moral support, a lot of the work falls onto my own shoulders to just keep working and trying hard. Mental health, specifically anxiety and depression, is something I have had to deal with throughout my life and the stress of independent game development, in conjunction with other events occurring in my life, it can all get a bit too much sometimes. As such, while I know I need to have this game done by the end of the year, as the primary project still requires my attention, I am not going to be putting a deadline on Management IN SPACE. I’m going to work hard, push myself, and do my absolute best, but I’m also going to ensure that my well-being is safe and secure. I want to become the best person I can possibly be, and will strive for that every day.

Anyways, thanks for listening to my rambles. I hope you are all doing amazingly. Till next time, all the best~


Dev-Diary: 63

Bug-fixes! Optimisation! Story upgrades! Art assets! More bug-fixes! So much happening and I’m stuck with a flu… Gotta work hard though!

Dev-Diary: 60

Hey all!

Continuing from my previous post, I have unfortunately been having to manage numerous personal issues lately which has been time-consuming. However, fortunately things have been improving and I have been able to find time to produce a handful of art-assets! Screenshots below!

This month the aim is to the ‘Management In Space’ to an alpha-release stage. This means finishing up some of the core engine and UI work, updating the story events, and enough balancing to make the game consistently playable. I’ll also continue to try to get art assets done, but they do take time and I’d rather have a functioning project than a pretty one at this point in time. I have also been working with my ever-talented musician who has been producing some wonderful pieces! Fingers crossed I’ll have something to show this time next month. 🙂

Below are a handful of the ship assets for the game. I’ve completed enough of the Civilian ships so along with all the Debris and Minerals, I’m well over half-way through the ship assets! I’ve already roughed-up the designs for the remaining ships, as well as numerous station modules. We’ll see what we can pull off this month; hopefully I’m able to find enough time to achieve my goals.

Till next time, all the best~!