raw dev notes : 5 Fingers of Mephisto – Gristlemas

some quick notes I jotted down at lunch today. I write shit like this down a couple times each month. for 2 years now? jeez. Been thinking about writing more (anything) in this blog, so. figured. why not dump this here instead of in a private storage spot.

(how do i put a “break” in here? damnit. i haven’t used wordpress in … years?)

1) There should 3 rivers in level 2 – murky water, green magic slime from house/roots, red lava from hell

  • bridge like bloodborne yarnham “passage”. crazy overwraught
  • construction workers are devo, chins swap out. hats evoke dwarves/gnomes in lev 4? more about goggles?
    hats are kinda pthumerian skull shells with white bone and brown red in between?

2) each level has 5 steps.
you progress slightly through the space with each new wave. so you feel slow progress.

  • perhaps based on blood collected in circle/reservoir, you place the phase on pentagram, using blood from circle rim to drive the next spot. in this way each level lets you choose route. a puzzle, to unlock proper route. can only reach as far as blood stored. like yoshi/kirby paint.

lev1: like you need van to escape to unlock level 2. start there? get there?
lev2: you save dog to unlock lev4. you move to 5th step to get off main road and go to cabin (lev3).
maybe this level is linear?phase3 is always the dog part?
lev4: you can accidentally open portals to send animals back to earlier levels as more enemies. which makes them harder.

  • level 5 has largest steps. only place where you can’t see last stop. as if you are moving through it quickly?
  • level 3 has cutscenes at each step. front porch greeting. entry room settling and refreshments. retire to bedroom for the night, then screams for help. back porch no running away everyone infected with ink. main rom seance to cleanse ink (create necronomicon book).

3) fromSoft concept art for each level.

  • level 1 has duck tape ribbons on piled boxes. thingshanging. subtle. rotting shredded tires like wreaths. socks and other clothes hang. long underwear. plastic bags have santa hat fluff edge. filthy rotting slightly crushed carboard boxes have bows.
  • lev 4 is about god rays into dusty mine. bright holes to fantastic overwrought evil dead cabin rooms (angelic./ bloodborne over design) above you, and piles of coal around you. light shining down and through like the hardwick charnel lane witch houses. plus clusters of candles nestled in the coal (dangerous!). mine carts are curled like santa sleigh. tracks run past you? keep an eye on the rails for when they vibrate??. goose wings nailed up like, angelic altars. bear traps as halos (also on gnome heads? with mistle toe). like it’s raining black snow. shiny black snow flake crystals fall.
  • lev2 has tree houses strapped together like blair witch. shaped like snowflakes. construction workers are like deep sea divers extending shiny metal and lights into this creepy old decrepit ewok society. taken over by trees and roots. glass ornaments hang. poison spore sacks? epiglottis (uvula?)? dangerous wicket barbwire trip lines with holly mixed in. and christmas lights. satanic star ornaments on top like meta helmet. the trees come for you.
  • level 3 has dark souls library feel. german toy shop? pages nailed to walls. gepetto the furniture maker. no toys. carpentry for alchemy. wrought iron and tubes. for lights, not chemisty. ink pots. large quills. huge christmas dinner laid out and rotting (like The Platform movie). Quills in inkpots instead of candels.
  • level5 is baroque buildings. blue marble in hell. with bells. bells within bells. broken fallen bells. yarnham. the glow of fire deep within. dark metal ribbon shapes twirl.

limbo “other levels” main menu room is… subtle about revealing it is 5 fingers? at first it’s just lonely pathway. tire tracks like skid marks cross the level2 entry area with spot lit lost highway road lines extending from middle?
mohrbacher geomtric circles and lines connect all through the air. highlighting connection possibilities.

plus maybe a sense of spinning cyclone? maybe save that for the pause screen? like evil dead vortex… with totems flying out to give you options. sense that chaos is on hold, but about to pounce.

4) each level introduces a new baddie type, with 2 stages.
1- deermon (horns fly open)
+gas god boss (gingerbread cooked man?)
2- trees and holly sprouts. sprout tongues and teeth instead of flowers. spittle spores.
+christmas tree boss
3- book ghosts (book as collar below ghostly head, like haunted mansion. pages flutter below as particles). exudes inky lines like veins in a monstrous muscled beast body we can’t perceive?.
+necronomicon? (partially written in snow with piss? frost damage? snowflakes flying around sharp with pages?)
4- jumping burrowing gnomes with bloodborne helmets (spikey pyramid head style). sweaty buff little hairy dwarves, emergine from snowy ash shells. friends to the animals? arms pop off and helmet clamps down, making them into small flying missles that hurt you? … bones? slime?
(like puddle beasts in dark souls, they become hard to kill if melted into thick slime maceration?)
+screaming snowman made of coal, with whistle inside
(shift end contraption. upturned mine cart foot. canary in cage is rarely revealed weakspot – to free)
5- classic red imps, as adorable elves. plus all previous baddies are there for the big party. crawl over every surface. no gravity.
+satan wears the gas station guy’s skin as santa suit. dances and marches the baddies around. candycane inverted pitchfork.

web tool idea : Crowd Sourced Criticisms and Summaries

Ok, i’m pretty excited about this idea.
was watching a “Copyright Essentials for Faculty” presentation in Adobe Connect this morning, and trying to think up game ideas. (that is: rinky dink games that would convey and reinforce some of the more complicated parts of the lengthy legislation).

rather than a game, I’ve been obsessing on a “web 2.0 tool” idea, which i’m calling Crowd Sourced Criticisms and Summaries (CS:CaS). (Alternately, maybe it could be called “verbosity squad” or “hyperbole cop”)(or “MMOMU CaSS)(or Summark)

basically, when i see some text like “Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, the following are not infringements of copyright” i often have to read it a few times to make sure I’m sorting out the bullshit language abuse properly.
I wish I could just click a button to read how some friend of mine has summarized it. Continue reading “web tool idea : Crowd Sourced Criticisms and Summaries”

game idea – agin

random game idea. you start off in first person view, controls are razor sharp (high mouse sensitivity). there is no HUD. because you are a baby.

as you age, the camera moves back (slowly, over time/levels) to reveal a third person perspective (because you are becoming more aware of your surroundings), and HUDs are added as you learn how the world works.

at one point though, it is all to overwhelming and you start to decline. Camera zooms back in to FPS (over time again. subtley). and the HUDs start to clutter the screen, until it’s very hard to keep track of it all. controls get very sluggish (takes longer for inputs to translate into onscreen control).

ideally this change occurs during some sort of boss fight. Where you are demoralized and realize your “life failure point.”

that is all.
no clear game here. needs a plot and villian. just daydreaming about the art game aspect/experience.

random idea

Sitting here in my cushy cubicle, animating kanji, daydreaming about a world where we only eat enough to live, and pour the rest of our meal onto our head and shoulders. This way, friends and co-workers can eat and lick off any tasty leftovers – and no one cares if your work-costume really looks fresh and clean. hmm. needs a villain. perhaps one who pours ice cream all over the floor of their cubicle, and sleeps in it at night. ehhhh. hm. maybe not. maybe a horrible idea.


the store is tenatively linked (from solid fuel studios.com).
needs work

this is a funky story about the science of space weather:

work on a new web strip has begun. comedy is out. scifi is the new black.

at home, my computer is still randomly blue screening (locking up), despite a brand new graphics card. sooo. pain. PAIIIN.

recently read the first four books of Scott Pilgrim and was pretty blown away. weoof. more later.

chick app

been enduring mysterious computer failures over the past few days.
ran mem test in safe mode last night. no errors. hmm.

today, i randomly restart and find everything loading fin.
i downloaded and ran GPU-Z (heat noter) and Aida32(system profiler). i find myself strongly suspecting that my graphics card has been overheating. hmm. though i started L4D and noted the CPU maxing out, alongside the GPU heating up. hmmmmmmm.

bleh. fail. fear.


bleh. my computer has been randomly restarting and sometimes just going to a black screen as windows loads.

today it officialyl just goes to blue screen instead of completeing the windows loading. very frustrating. i wish to kill the zombies (Left4Dead).

Running mem tests. but. bleh. need to fix computer. and stop playing video games. and get back to work. somehow.

in other news, i did setup (and am paying for) a shopping cart. just never bothered to link to it from any of the web pages. EEK!. must do this. must… make it look slightly prettier first, and then do this.

in other news, my good friend Maria has her new website uP! go visit! Http://www.mariadeira.com !!!

documenting Zine collection

Woof. i mostly blew off today. was going to at least organize my work space and prepare for a real work day tomorrow. but instead i went to a buffet. and saw tropic thunder (AWESOME). and finished watching Sorcerer (INCREDIBLE). and then rewatched the extended cut of the fellowship of the rings with roommates (it’s finally starting to seem like a little bit of a boring movie. maybe it requires a large tv to appreciate the many “spectacle!” shots.).

So. in the interest of posting something. here is a quick list of the zines i acquired at the zine fest (through trading my own work, or because they were free).

  • “Alan Moore : on the intersection of anarchism & fiction (an interview)” [awesome] -$free
  • “Gingerland” [awesome] -$5
  • “Kitties Don’t Know Anything” [cute but small time] – $?
  • “Burn all the things you have to burn” [haven’t read. but points for wrapping it with a large rope] – $?
  • “Levil Uniform the magazine” [skate zine. well printed. but i dislike the metal head art. half read, but really isn’t my thing. interviews with skaters and such] -$?
  • “If i could sing this would be a record label publishing” [haven’t read. Appears funny, but with painfully bad art/design] – $? (i actually paid for this one. Just to offer support, and since he paid for one of mine. $1)
  • “Consumption Issue 6” [haven’t finished reading. cool cartoon style, and well presented jokes. but i’m not digging the heavy politics] – $4
  • “Bum & Alien” [haven’t read. short mini comic. nice art] – $1
  • “No Conversation #1″[won’t be reading. exactly the kind of zine i’m terrified of. extensive personal rant text only] – $?
  • Bad Breath Comics #1 [haven’t read yet. comic] – $1
  • Zombies and Broken Hearts [haven’t read yet. comic] – $2.95
  • Steampunk Magazine [haven’t read yet. but excited] – $?