Spielsalon Kassel And Other Things

As you might have noticed I’ve once again been criminally neglecting this blog. It’s not something I am happy about, but I work best if I can concentrate on one thing and stick with it, and the blog unfortunately had a lower priority than some other projects recently.

What projects, I hear someone calling from the cheap seats. Yes, you, the gentleman in the polka dot shirt and the monkey mask. Well, strange sir, let me see.

  • I’ve been wondering about Kindle a lot these past few days. And about coal drawings. The two are connected and that’s all I’ll say for now. More on that soon, I hope.
  • We’re also beginning to think about the graphics for both the Troll game and our upcoming children’s book. (Which is a pompous way of saying that I spent half an afternoon doing graphics tests and looking at possible techniques, but we’re getting there.) Both projects will be similar, though not identical, in style and my fingers are already itching to get started in earnest.
  • The most exciting and by far most time-consuming project is Jonas’s next flash game Catroidvania: Communist Space Cats Of Venus, for which I’m just wrapping up the graphics. Yes, it’s about kittens… in space. What could possibly be more awesome?
  • When I’m not knee-deep in either pixels or discarded coal sketches I am nursing Jonas back to health. He’s had two of his wisdom teeth removed and is, as of today, on the fifth day of a liquid diet. It is, as far as I can tell, not a lot of fun. There are, after all, only that many ways to make potato puree interesting. (Suggestions are welcome, btw.)

That’s it from the creative front for now. If you’re interested in what we’ve been up to in July, here’s a link to my Flickr set with pictures from the Spielsalon Kassel, where Jonas’s game Alphaland was exhibited recently. It’s taken a long time, but finally he’s getting some recognition for his work, and seeing Alphaland exhibited in one of the oldest public museums of Europe was just awe-inspiring.

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