• Creative Writing

    A Wizard In Need of a Refreshment (Original Flash Fiction)

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    Itโ€™s one thing to florally describe all the astrolabes, dusty old library books, and half-eaten tomato sandwiches in the wizard's quarters. Time is an illusion though, and his mother was calling him for lunch. So, the wizard, tall and messy, consumed by silvery pajamas, descended into the kitchen that morning. He thought this might happen, on this day of all days, such a perplexing dilemma and no simple course of action: there was only one pumpkin ginger beer left. Merlinโ€™s kidney's! What to do. Alas, the grilled cheese sandwiches and stew were epic and, no less, legendary. If only he…

  • How-To

    Character Profile Advice: Writing Believable Characters

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    Making a character seem real is essentially the sport of writing in a nutshell. The irony of it is most people have built into them everything needed to assess the realness of others in the real world. But what you might have in practical people skills, gets filtered into unbalanced gray areas, in the field or on the page. At times, I find myself with a slew of important characters without consistency. Do not worry, that is okay. Or, perhaps, you've mastered this skill. In either case, the aim of this article is to help you apply what you already…

  • How-To

    Writing About Place: Worldbuilding For Games And Stories

    As a matter of urgency, Mr. Dave Pizza--for as long as I muster it--will bear witness to a fusion of game dev stuff and book/writing stuff. It's already begun really, but I'm scrambling to realize this vision. So anyway, this article is going to be a how-to on "writing about place." You guys are going nuts over some of the How-To's, so Joseph M Tapdancing Kwisatz Haderach, I'm gonna deliver the goods. This article is equally accessible to creative writers, visual novel devs, and game devs. The devs are, of course, in the worldbuilding phase, but perhaps there is even…

  • Tips

    Write a Nice Review of an Indie Game: or Any Game!

    So you want to write a nice review? As I glide through a tremendous Steam list full of unique reviews, it's actually pretty awesome that gamers are getting involved and writing thoughtful reviews even though some are, not inaccurately, blunt. Praising reviews and critical reviews both serve a purpose. Even a 5-word sentence that reads something like "Just spins me around infinitely" is actually helpful, because if the game costs $20, you might have a point. But let me tell you how, for me, nice reviews are still the best review.

  • Films and TV

    Best of Ancient Aliens: DVD Review

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    So, I've been wanting to sit down with this show and see what it was all about kind of recently when I was working on my space theme. If you're unfamiliar with the Ancient Aliens program from History Channel, let me explain it a bit--most likely you know of it though. The idea is to take a regular historical documentary, throw in a thesis that aliens actually had a major role in ancient civilizations on Earth, then sit back as an eccentric level ensemble of experts deconstruct your entire reality, and it is epic.

  • How-To

    “The Character Creator:” And Other Generators

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    I talked earlier today about using character creators for game creation, particularly visual novel. I went on a hunt, first on Itch.IO, but then on Google. It took me less than a minute to find a free 2D character creator. I made a video of it being used. I trimmed the video so you didn't have to do a click play to a full Monty scenario. Check it out though, I was able to customize clothing, facial features, facial expressions, and body types.

  • Pizza Post

    Visual Novel Dev Resources (PizzaPost) ๐Ÿ•

    I’ll just share a few moments with you and drop the beat on some visual novel dev stuff. I’m having a lot of fun with these Browser games on Itch.IO. Just open the link and play, it’s a good format. This morning I tried one called “This Is Your Life Now.” It’s a simple sidescroller where you play a character from birth to old age. As you progress along the platform to the right you have opportunities to try or reject new things. Depending on your choice certain outcomes either manifest or do not later on. It’s a little depressing…

  • Indie

    Cloudpunk: A Hardboiled Sci-Fi Game

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    The way games roll out in relation to cult themes these days feel like popping a bean bag chair full of glitter. Shiny and colorful, but spreading everywhere. Cloudpunk IS DEFINITELY a cyberpunk game. Life existing in an oppressively technological Babylon run by criminal overlords and the rebellious underdogs to send it tumbling–not always in an obvious way either. Of course, Cloudpunk is massive, and I have no idea how long it takes to reach the end, or how it ends, or if it ends. Hold on let me look that up. WOW, this game is massive. Get Yourself Connected…

  • Indie

    Art of Rally: First and New Impressions

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    Somewhere in my past, I played an awesome rally game that came fully loaded with mud-flapping corners and virtually no control over anything. I also know that these aren’t a grapevine of hits in the racing genre, but rather a genre unto itself. That said, I had no idea before Art of Rally that rally races have a rich aesthetic history that looks darn fine low-poly rendered on a computer screen. Okay, let’s get meta. Art of Rally: Go I don’t want to bog this down with too much research, because I know there’s some treatise on the themes of…