Hey there, I’m late but not by much!
I’d like to say that I missed posting on Sunday because I was just so immersed in work but the truth is I was immersed in… v i d e o g a m e s!
Gasp! How dare!?
I decided to play Stacklands a bit to try “The Dark Forest” Update and just like that… I lost 20 hours of my week, I have no idea how, other than it has an incredibly satisfying game play loop.
For those in the dark, Stacklands is a village builder where you stack cards to collect food, build structures, and fight creatures.
Basically it’s Age of Empires but with cards. Placing a villager card on a tree will have them chop down the tree to get wood, place the wood on a villager and you get a stick, stick and some flint, now you’re cooking with a campfire.
Defo recommend giving the game a go, plus it’s only 4 quid!!
Firing Adobe into space
Now I think I speak for everyone when I say that Photoshop maker Adobe are pretty trash, I’ve wanted to move away from Photoshop for a longgg time, but through sheer laziness I’ve carried on paying £10 a month, I only use it for very small things so I thought I should swap to something better / cheaper.
Affinity released their Designer 2 software recently so I gave it a go this week, I only did a small style study to see if I could get along with the paint brushes in it and I’m pretty much sold, I was gonna wait for a sale but I think I’ll just switch this month when the trial runs out.
I’ve wanted to do a study of Anna Hollinrake’s work for the longest time, She’s got an extremely strong grasp of colour and lighting, I managed to paint 2 little studies of one of her foliage pieces and it was enough for me to know that I’m comfortable painting in the Designer software.
I also get access to a bunch of vector graphics tools which will make UI much easier to create, so maybe Wunderwurld will get a big UI overhaul soon, it’s okay for now but as I add more things I’ll want to make a clean interface for the game like a day / night clock in the corner.
What I did last week
I didn’t do many of the work things I planned last week, I’ll refocus and make progress for next week… or I won’t, we’ll see.
Played too much Stacklands!!
Painted some fun studies
Worked on some procedural leg animation for creatures, too early to show but it’s already very promising, I’m hopeful I can keep dabbling for the next few weeks on it every now and then until Caterbee and run all over the island
Played an amazing online escape room with family called Hallows Hill, 5 stars from me!
Antman did indeed go small on the big screen!
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What I plan to do next week
Hopefully I can get the things I planned last week done, creature eating and a twitch stream of Wunderwurld dev, nothing else really planned, I’ll be cat-sitting with Emily so there will be no weekend work, will have to see how much I can feasibly do on evenings / lunches.
Thanks so much for reading these little posts. I hope you have had, and/or will have another great week!