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Boredom + Nerddom = Fandom - June 13th, 2008

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Since 98.2% of you are new visitors, this might be a good time to mention that I’m also an indie games developer, and I’ve got a new freeware adventure game coming out in the next week or so. It’s called “Nanobots” and it’s about puzzle-solving robots. Y’all come back now, y’hear? Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

A Very Psychic Christmas - December 13th, 2007

I should really know better.

I heard about a Psychonauts-themed Christmas ornament contest, and the next thing I knew a day had gone by and there were a bunch of empty Red Bull cans around me. The creative bug costs me more work days than the flu.

Anyway, here’s what happened:

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Raz and Lili share a festive moment under the mistletoe and…is that bacon?

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Raz is two inches tall from head to toe. Made from Fimo, earring wire, speaker wire, and an old necklace.

The winner of the contest gets to send their ornament to Double Fine for the company Christmas tree, where it will be visible to the earthbound gods who made Psychonauts. Fingers are officially crossed. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Edit: Here are some photos of the construction process.

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Raz and Lili?

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Speaker wire I found in the basement. I hope no one misses it.

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Poked some holes in the base and baked it for 10 minutes. My sketches in the background.

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Earring wires left over from when I worked at a jewelry store.

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Adding handles and back to the bench.

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Baked bench and snow for 10 minutes, then set up the little guys. Unfortunately there are no more construction pictures because I was working up until the deadline.

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Edit: Okay, so I didn’t win. I did send the ornament off to Double Fine anyway, though. ‘Tis the season for that sort of thing.

Fan Art! - November 12th, 2007

Hooray! This makes me so happy. BioJ a.k.a. Mutajon has made me some Spooks fan art out of Fimo clay:

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Mortia & Spooks

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Bug’s eye view.

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Mortia’s new haircut (she only had four curls in the game, but this is probably how she looked in the 80s). Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

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Too artsy for this blog!

This makes me want to do more creative things. I really should’ve majored in arts and crafts.

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Diorama-Rama - November 6th, 2007

Sit back and be amazed by the following:

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QUESTS CHESS! Made by BioJ, one of my readers/personal heroes.

Edit: You may also know him from the Adventure Gamers forums as “The Mutajon.”

Here are the good guys:

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And the forces of evil:

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All painstakingly rendered in Fimo clay. Speaking as someone who wasted their childhood both playing adventure games and making tiny things out of clay, I totally wish I’d thought of this. Instead I just put my talent to use making dioramas.

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I did these a couple years ago for a science fair held in a local bar. Like how grade 5 should have been.

The first diorama I did was about the dangers of “global cooling.” Think murderous penguins.

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I made the hill out of a Tim Horton’s cup. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

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Oh ho…so politically incorrect.

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In case you can’t tell that’s a hapless victim sprawled on some “ice.”

I ended up winning almost $100 in gift certificates, certainly not because I sold the penguins for audience votes. Nope.

This was the one I made the next year. I apologize for the webcam-quality photos. It’s a diorama…of a science fair!

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Last but not least, here are the original Nanobots that led to the game idea. They were a birthday gift for my friend Kevbot, just like the game was supposed to be his Christmas present last year. Heh…oops.

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Notice the quarter.