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~!
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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 itch.io, 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!
www.flashgamehistory.com

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~!
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Dev-Diary: 77

Hey y’all, hope everyone is staying safe!

This month has been transitional slowly back into my regular work-load, however while still juggling different projects. I’ve made some head-way on M.I.S., getting some more UI art done and continuing work on the updated menus and new mechanics, while also continuing with some video commissions for Lab Muffin Beauty Science! Hopefully over the next month will continue to see increasing productivity in both endeavours.

I’ll be returning to posting my monthly O.P.O.S. this month as well. ‘Isolation’, a social conversation and deception game, will be moving from Ko-Fi to itch.io [Available Here], and a new game, ‘The Gang Does A Ritual’ will be uploaded into Ko-Fi [Available Here]! Ritual is an interesting game where I tried to merge ‘Werewolf’ with a personal favourite of mine, ‘Betrayal At House On The Hill’ resulting in a social deception, role-play, exploration game. While adhering the the exercise’s guidelines, the rules page is a single page, but it also comes with a few pages of printable tokens/cards. The game is fast-paced with constant twists and turns; if I wasn’t already working on other projects I would probably put the effort into actually publishing it haha! But alas, it will sit behind a paywall for one month before being freely released.

Another small update, with the Internet in Australia *slowly* improving, I’ve started working on plans to do Twitch streaming, focusing on doing challenge runs/speedruns of old favourites. I’ll be continuing to post about it as that develops, but it isn’t at the top of my list right now~

That’s it from me for this month. All the best to everyone fighting hard, and I hope everybody is staying safe~ <3
Till next time, all the best!
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Dev-Diary: 76

Hello all. This one will be different.

Firstly, I haven’t been posting as frequently; once a month as opposed to fortnightly. This is two-fold, partly due to adjusting to new work-loads (working on the video editing mentioned in the last post) as well as managing myself and my work capacity, particularly during these difficult times. This is also why my work output has slowed down and I have not updated the CYO Adventure in about a month; I am trying to ensure I do not start engaging in burn-out again as I had previously. Hopefully over the next few months, my work output will return to normal along with a more careful accompanying workflow.

This isn’t to say I have not done any work of course! I have fully implemented a new “emailing” system into M.I.S.. I noticed the in-game chat-log was not the most ideal method for story-telling as it rolled out at quite a fast pace. The new emailing system allows me to deliver story updates, as well as background quirks, in a more detailed manner that the player can approach in their own time. I have also been doing my regular dabbling in various small, non-committal projects to keep my mind creative and sharp.

Additionally, this month I will be taking a break from releasing my monthly One Page One Shot, with the current OPOS remaining at ko-fi for another month, as opposed to uploading it to itch.io. While I do have the next OPOS ready for upload, I do not believe now is the time to be releasing entertainment content. Even with the Covid predicament still very much an issue, the recent uprising to give voice and equality to those in America is incredibly important and one that I believe deserves dominance in online spaces right now.

For everyone fighting everywhere, whether outside or at home, please stay safe and care for one-another. Hopefully, after the dust has settled, we will have won a new system that supports all people, both overseas and here in Australia as well.

Till next time, all the best.
#blacklivesmatter
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Dev-Diary: 75

Hey everyone! Hope you are all safe and caring during this time!

Sorry about the delay, as well as the missed mid-month post. The combination of commissions, projects, and the global situation have all been rather intense lately. As such, I’ve been actively trying to reduce my work-load and take things slower. During this time, I’ve heard a lot of talk of people “needing to achieve new goals” or “learn new skills” or “take care of old business” while we are all locked-down. For some this is a fantastic way to self-develop while also distracting from the world outside, and I wholly support those who use their time productively! However, it should be stressed that, even if you are safe or even comfortable, the tension of the world is still real. Now, more than ever, is when we should be taking care of both ourselves, and one-another.

At the start of the year, I tried to push myself quite hard, taking on new mini-projects, opening up to commissions, and continuing my game work. When the added stress of the pandemic slid-in, it became very difficult to mentally keep up. Fortunately, I’ve managed to complete most of my commissions, and slow down my extra mini-projects a bit, specifically the CYO Adventure, from bi-daily to weekly. I’ve also been taking it slower with the progress on Management IN SPACE! and allowing the correct time to make both the recent adjustments to the core game, as well as continue the scheduled progress. M.I.S. was originally looking at a mid-year release, however I will be pushing it back to later in the year for now to better accommodate the situation, and so that I can do it proper justice. 🙂

Additionally, I have also been fortunate enough to pick up some casual video editing work (Fun-Tip: I studied film at university and I’m actually not too bad haha~) doing the editing for Lab Muffin Beauty Science! It’s infrequent enough to be able to slot it in among my other work, and different enough from my other work to be a good, yet still productive, distraction.

As with every month, I’ve cycled the One-Page-One-Shot games around! This month the new game on my [Ko-Fi] page is ‘Isolation’; a very fast social-deception game about figuring out who is sick, and distancing yourselves! The previous OPOS, “Secret Space” is now freely available over at itch.io, link [Here]!

Thank-you everyone for your continuing support! I hope you are all staying safe, looking after yourselves and others. Till next time, all the best~!
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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 itch.io, so go check it out with the following link:

https://silverstitch.itch.io/zombocraft

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~!
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Dev-Diary: 70

Happy 2020 everyone! ^,,^

I’ve started the new year with a different twist, trying to re-organise myself and my endeavors. I’ve been doing some work on some commissions, both in audio and 3D modelling (which I have had a lot of practice with lately~)! I’ve also been working on a new direction for SilStiPro; as anyone who has been following me may know, I usually work on large-scale projects. Even when I intend to work on smaller projects, I still end up putting in the extra effort to make them a worthwhile experience, and they get quite big! I definitely don’t regret this, I love making big things that people love! But unfortunately it also means my income is quite low, as it takes so long to release anything or I just release smaller projects for free.

In an attempt to fix this issue, I have dedicated myself to a little side-project. For the next 12 months (Feb2020 – Feb2021) I will be releasing ‘One-Page-One-Shots’ that I have designed! An OPOS is a pen-and-paper role-play game, usually with dice-rolling and conversation, but all the rules are written up on a single piece of paper! They are designed to be fast (few minutes to a couple of hours) and simple to pick-up, and to be played with a handful of people, occasionally with a host guiding the game. I’ve already been working on a few in my spare time, writing and testing them, and they have been well received!

Each OPOS will be released on the 1st of every month (which means there is one available RIGHT NOW!), however they will be released behind a donation/subscription paywall, which I am running through Ko-Fi. This is intended to be perk for people that have spare money who wish to contribute to and support me; if you like my work you get a little bonus while you wait for me to release my bigger projects! But don’t worry, because after a month I will release the OPOS to the world for free via Itchio, so that everyone can enjoy them! There may also be additional benefits to donors/subscribers, such as credits in future games, but we shall see~

Aside from that, I’ve had the latest version of ‘Management IN SPACE!!’ out for testing for a little while now, and I am very happy with all the feedback! I’m going to continue to dedicate myself to working on MIS, focusing on getting the artwork done, filling in more early and mid content, and patching out bugs and what-not! At the moment I guesstimate a mid-2020 release. 🙂

If you would like to donate to my Ko-Fi, follow the link below, or press the Donate button on the side panel! Only donate if you have spare money, always ensure you have enough money to support yourself first!! <3

That’s it for me now! Going back to regular twice-a-month posts, so until next time, all the best~! ^,,^

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/silsti