Thursday, January 17, 2013

End of 2012

A little late, but I figured I'd do a sort of end of year summary. Listing what I learned this year, and what my goals are for 2013 are.

What I learned
I learned a lot this year, but here are a couple things that stuck with me in terms of game development. Some may be applicable to everyone, whilst others are answers to more personal issues.

Think in sequels:
All too often, a simple idea turns into a massive project. Equipable clothing, leveling up, skills, branching story paths, tons of content, etc. The idea goes from being practical, to being a mish-mash of ideas you want to see in every game you play.

For me, the best way to prevent this from happening is to think of the game you're working on as if it were going to be the first in a trilogy. Decide which features are absolutely necessary to the game's design, the ones that define it's gameplay, and than simply consider how the rest would factor into the next games. Best case scenario, you end up actually making the sequel, building on what you've already established. Worst case scenario, you've completed a solid game and can move on to something else.

Get what you dislike doing out of the way:
I'm always the most enthusiastic about a project in the beginning. I get tons of work done in an extremely short amount of time because I have plenty of ideas for the game, and I tend to start off by working on all the things I enjoy doing.

However, 30% of the way through development, there's this stand still you reach where you've created a good chunk of content, but you slowly become less enthusiastic than you were in the beginning. Suddenly, you have to do a bunch of stuff you don't enjoy as much, and your lack of enthusiasm slows down your progress. What I should be doing is getting all the things I dislike out of the way while I'm still enthusiastic, so that when I hit that stand still, I can look forward to doing all the things I love most and push on.

Game Flow:
There are certain kinds of games that thrive on movement and flow. Mario World is a good example. In this game, objects are placed around the level with the goal of giving every player the best experience based on what they choose to do. For instance if there's a row of three enemies, you can try and jump on all of them in succession, but if you jump over them there just happens to be an enemy in the air you can land on instead, which you can bounce off of to reach another enemy, and so on.

The idea here is to make everything seem ideal for the player. Playtest your game, and play it in different ways. If you find it fun to speed through and jump off of a particular enemy, but doing so causes you to hit a wall, remove the wall so that the action feels natural. Or put a powerup that you couldn't normally reach at the end. Every action should feel like the beginning of a natural chain of events that occur because of the player's skill, each with it's own rewards. If you can combine this feeling with a degree of difficulty, you're good to go.

Don't playtest too much.
All too often I'll start the game, test what I need to, but then stay in-game for a couple minutes and fiddle around, or go through a section of the game again. The longer you spend in your game, the more it can get stale. This happens a lot at that "stand still" I mentioned earlier, because you've usually created a single, complete level, but you've played through it so many times that the game's basic concepts don't seem interesting anymore, and you want to work on something totally different.

Goals for 2013

Now, here's a basic outline of my long term and daily goals for 2013.

Game development
- Finish the current game in less than a month from now. (the small one)
- Create 3-4 two-month games afterwards.
- Optimize the development process, and increase the quality and consistency of what I can do in a short amount of time.

- Do a manga page daily, or at least draw every day. (right now I don't draw at all anymore.)
- Begin actually studying anatomy.
- Improve consistency.

Now that that's out of the way,

I'm still a bit busy at the moment, moving what's left and buying things I need. It doesn't help that I've been sick with the flu and then a cold for the past two weeks, so I haven't got as much done on the game as I'd like. However at the very least, I'm finally working on it again. Now if this damn cold will just go away, I'll be golden.

Also, thanks for all your input on Mario games. Rest assured I read everything, and I'll be sure to keep it all in mind when I start such a game (which I will, this year).


  1. Sorry for your sickness, hope it goes away. :<

    And good luck on completing your goals! Kyri-kun, ganbare!

  2. For the Flu and Cold , You should've move to tropical Island:D
    And move to the country that has low rates of Living.
    That way You can save a lot of moneyyy~

  3. You forgot you are realy bad at estimate something. You allways say, the end this month, next week or in the next month and it doesnt happen =)

    Like my coworker would say: "Thats not a german work Attitude"

    And hope you get well soon and please dont cancel your games, you are a great artist =)

    1. I think he released Kurovadis pretty much in schedule. This time he missed his expected tiem because he had to move to another apartment and also got sick, those kind of things cannot be expected so it's forgiving

    2. Yeah You're rite
      End of this month?
      What month?

      Well I hope it will be out sometime in Feb
      Otherwise , back to "this month" rule. :(

    3. As in a month from yesterday. Finishing the "game" will take less than half that time, but then doing the CGs and final testing is what will take up the rest of it.

      I'm only fast enough to do one completed color CG per day at most, so depending on how many I do, that gives you an idea as to why it takes so long.

  4. If you're going to draw a manga page every day, do you think you could post some of them occasionally? I think they'd be nice to see :^)

  5. If you run out of love for what you're doing, then learn to love to hate it. Love what you fail at. You'll remember it for next time.

  6. Hi, I just bought the game from dlsite and got the "crash on enter key" thing, and decided to check your modded version.

    However for some reason Norton Internet security seems to think that the modded version contains the virus "WS.Reputation.1".

    I'm going with the assumption that it is a false positive for now though and hope for the best.
    also am i going to have to pay again to unlock the game since I first got it from dlsite?

    1. Sorry for the late response.

      Just email me at, and I'll send you the correct file.

    2. Actually, nevermind.

      I just PM'd it to you on ulmf.

  7. is there are anyway i can send money to you ?

    i want send 100$ for to thanks you for game if you have paypal pls PMs

    1. I appreciate it, but to be honest, buying the games is more than enough support at this point.

      Plus, I don't think I've done enough to deserve donations like that anyway.

    2. this is my way to thanks who make this game and i really buy it this game its best game ever, i hope see more game from you.

  8. Check out InCase's blog, he tends to do pages of figure drawings and experiments. He recently changed his approach to how he tackles proportion and baseline sketching to a more geometric approach so you can check out some of his studies a few pages back on his blog.

    His studies like this:


    and this:

    are very helpful to any artist, not just the kind who want to draw well hung hermaphrodites jerking off on top of wonder woman getting taken anally by a tentacle monster.

    1. -sigh-

      If I were only half as good at anatomy as him I'd be in good shape, haha. Thanks for the link.

    2. I'd like to chip in some stuff too. is a great place for quick gesture practice on anatomy. It's not bad for detail either if you have a decent grasp of anatomy. Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavier is an unexpectedly ridiculously good anatomy reference book meant for fitness but it tells you everything muscles and bones should be doing when pulled or pushed.

      Also this blog has a pretty great series of simple and practical posts on anatomy plus a lot of other great posts

      You might also benefit by studying certain Japanese animators

      Look up in youtube or google for any of the following animators and you can't go wrong:

      He's not listed in there but I'm a fan of one animator/character designer who's an ex-ghibli, occasional animator and currently character designer (Eureka Seven)

      Most importantly this is probably unnecessary advice, but it will help in the long run that you find your own visual language to solve problems over time. The last thing you want is to unintentionally inherit the worst parts of an artist you admire as opposed to taking away the best parts that adds to your own personality as an artist.

      Hope this helps you!

    3. Thanks for the links.

      To be honest, the only real hurdle for me is finding a method to stick with and practising enough to retain it. Too many times I'll learn a bunch, and then not draw for a month and lose it all.