January 2019: Jumping off Roofs

Happy New Years! My resolutions this year are to get better at recycling and maybe play “Mass Effect: Andromeda” and see how bad it really is. Those are more feasible than “try to lose weight” anyway. That one never works.

I think it’s been a good career year and a heavy-duty parenting year. I tested my mettle against a two year-old on a 13-hour flight to Croatia, I took up a lead position on a major Disney franchise, and I still managed to squeeze some gameDev, Netflix and playtime into my after-hours. A lot of my focus has been on mental health and trying to patiently stay connected to the world without relying on Facebook or Twitter. I sometimes feel like a wandering space probe, making slow steady progress on my journey through the cosmos, but forever waiting to send or receive a signal. Although I might only be making that analogy because I just read New Horizons discovered a giant snowman in space and it makes me happy.

The rest of the world is still in an awful place. It’s been three years of that jackass and I’m still checking the news every day to see how he’s going to start World War 3. Canada has a nuclear warning system that comes straight to my phone now, so I know of three places between work and home to use as bomb shelters.

On a more positive note, there’s some nice stuff out there. I’m enjoying discovering “Mystery Science Theatre 3000” (new seasons only, I’m afraid), and Netflix has a great little cartoon called “Hilda” that’s a little bit like Gravity Falls that I’m really into (more than my son is, anyway). I’m blasting through the “My Brother, My Brother, and Me” podcast on Maximum Fun, and their D&D podcast “The Adventure Zone” is one of the greatest things ever performed period. And that Steam sale came and went and I treated myself to a few more Nancy Drew games because I always need more cheesy joy in my life.

I’m halfway through completion on Do-Gooders’ 2nd chapter. I’ve discovered a drawback to making a superhero-themed adventure game is that almost every rooftop scene needs a customized entry/exit animation (real heroes don’t use stairs.) I made a short roof-hopping sizzle-gif as an example. But one of my key goals with this game is to put more work into the gameplay sprites rather than the videos (unlike SQInc, where almost all the animation was put in pre-rendered videos.)

I’m laying down a lot of the game’s groundwork in the game’s first few chapters, so with luck, the last half will be “smoother” sailing. Right now, I’m in more of an uphill battle against the script, where I keep coming up with new ideas, shooting down old ideas, and trying to make things less cinematic and more interactive. I’m also switching out the game’s quick-time events for “choice-time events”, which look like QTEs, but are untimed and provide more options for navigating action sequences. I’m trying for more of a “choose-your-own-adventure” vibe than a “press-X-or-die” thing. (I hope that’ll sit better with streamers). Still a long way to go, though. I’ve updated the progress report in the “Dev” section, and while it doesn’t look like much, I still made good time, baby and all.

And since I’m running out of non-baby things to post about, my next couple posts may or may not be reviews of baby songs and baby shows (because I pretty much need to vent already). We’ll see how I feel about that next month. Until then, take care!

January 04 2019 03:43 am | Daily Life, Holidays, Stuff I Made, Stuff Other People Made

6 Responses to “January 2019: Jumping off Roofs”

  1. Diane Gillespie on 16 Jan 2019 at 7:40 pm #

    Easily the worst baby show I had to endure was Color Crew, the show about how crayons are fun but using the wrong color for things is forbidden. Looking forward to your reviews!

  2. Chris on 21 Feb 2019 at 3:56 am #

    I shouldn’t have looked up “Color Crew”, but I did, and now I’m certain YouTube will recommend more episodes to my son when I’m not around.

    Also, your name looks suspiciously familiar to an East Coaster I once knew. Are you a coincidence? A clever spambot? Or are we getting the old band back together?

  3. Diane Gillespie on 14 Mar 2019 at 6:54 pm #

    Yeah, it’s me. My son keeps loading Monkey Island from my Steam library and I got waxing nostalgic. What’s up?

  4. Chris on 27 Mar 2019 at 4:40 pm #

    Taking care of a two year-old, animating for Disney’s Elena. Waiting on our second child come August. I’m largely on autopilot mode these days. Yourself?

  5. Diane Gillespie on 02 Apr 2019 at 7:27 pm #

    Wow, congratulations! 😀

    I’m home with my six-year-old. Now that he’s in kindergarten I have time for hobbies again, just nothing that demands a regular schedule or a late bedtime. Hubby likes his job and they let him telecommute.

    Or, as I like to sum it up, my life is boring and it rules.

  6. Chris on 22 Jun 2019 at 7:23 pm #

    Sorry for a delayed response.

    A boring life must be nice. As we barrel down towards #2’s due date, things are getting crazy and I’m desperate to finish as much hobbies as possible within the remaining months.

    Our boy is still in daycare, but his grandmother is here to help take care of him most days. He’s getting very creative. I take him on mini-D&D campaigns with his stuffed toys, and now he’s designing his own dungeon maps using Legos. Just the other day, we went on a quest into “robot cave” where we helped a giant robot fix his TV.

    Hope all is going well otherwise. Take care!

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