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First Critter Character Design Tightened

Prior to character designing the critters I had already started games background. Once I decided on the concept for the my mobile game I began researching artwork that inspired me as well as what I felt the look of the game should look like. Once I pulled together several pieces of artwork and other inspirations I narrowed down the samples to images that best conveyed my desired concept for the game. Drawing from these inspirations I started with loose sketch. Once I had a good batch of loose sketches I picked one to tighten up.

After tightening up the the sketch I dropped some color on it. Unfortunately once adding color and defining some shapes I wasn’t the happiest with the look of this critter. Once I was done I felt this critter looked a little too mean. My original intent for the critter to design characters that looked very alien, strange, and weird, but as I continued their illustration I felt making these character designs look more like actual bugs or varmint would be more benificial. Still I wanted each critter to be identifiable with the bug or varment it was to represent but in a unique style.

Indie Mobile Game Story and Scope

Great storytelling is the heart of all my endeavors. With any story my brain immediately goes to work imagining what is and what could be and where all the possibilities could lead. When delving into storytelling for me, the art is the easy part. It is what I have been doing since I was a kid. The hard part was get what my imagination could see out and on to a, a, a, Mobile Device that everyone in the world could interact with was mind blowing and a challenge I happily wanted to pursue.

Probably, as with any artist one is going to look for the easiest means to accomplish a task as possible. After years of experience I had already given into the fact that for what I wanted to create I was not going to find some magic app or software that simply put everything I dreamt directly into a mobile device. So, my first challenge was to decide which game engine I should choose to develop my game. I had already dabbled with several but the one I truly had the most experience with was Unity 3D. Unity has changed immensely since I first started using it, but in a good way.

By deciding to go with Unity 3D, this decision intuitively helped me decide which programing language I was going to learn as well, C-Shap, since it is native to the Unity Software.

I really enjoy many aspects of programming. Yet, the hardest part of learning the programing language is “learning the language!” A better way of saying it is learning the, “syntax.” Understanding the concepts for loops, arrays, dictionaries, namespaces, etc. is really easy, however knowing the syntax in order to call these concepts is like trying to find the holy grail.


Prior to choosing a language to learn for game development I had to Between all the

Today Unity has several game developer programs and tutorial paths that help introductory developers get started as well as help develop a for seeable path for ones game development dreams.

First Character Design Sketches for Mobile Game

After many, many, tutorials and practice game applications I felt ready to start working on my own game. Unfortunately, one doesn’t really realize all the aspects of what goes in to making an indie game from sitting on the side lines. As I considered the scope of my personal game I needed to focus on one of my favorite parts of game design is developing an idea. The root, the source, the foundation, the canonized story from which all other ideas spring.

To help eliminate some aspects of over scoping I wanted to make the character and setting relativly simple yet tapping into what I enjoy, Halloween.

Everyone loves Christmas and I do as well but Halloween is probably one of my favorite times of year. Though I may enjoy the some of the aspects of horror the real joy derives from all them magical and fantastical creatures, monsters, and stories which surround this holiday.

Reviewing what resources I already had at my disposal along with a possible story and scope Candy Corn Sticker and had success getting them into the App Store.

As I consider the possibilities for my game which now included Candy Corns, I finally arrived at the idea all humans are all to familiar with fear. And, uniquely some of the strangest fears derive from simple harmless bugs. So using the already used Candy Corn assets, which you really should go purchase now, here, I jumped into doing some character design sketches of creatures or bugs for this newly developed world.

My first course of action as it always is, is to develop something completely new but something you feel like you have always seen.

Please follow the Social media Links and Like, Follow, Subscribe and share and comment on what you think of this work, process and journey. I would love to hear from you!

Candy Corn Critter Icon Development

I hope everyone enjoys this TikTok video. The purpose of this TikTok is to ask the public which icon they like the best for the Candy Corn Critters mobile game.

For the development of Candy Corn Critters I needed a variety of several new characters designed as opponents for my game. In the development of Candy Corn Critters I was needing some fun looking little bad guys. As I designed these characters I did not want to make these little Critters look mean, bad, evil, or nasty. These little critters are just as guilty as anyone, we like them love Candy Corn and will stop at nothing to get our hands on some.

When designing the Critters I wanted to use very vibrant colors with diverse amounts of colors coming together in harmony in one character. Also the values and colors must pop of the screen and not blend into an already busy background.

With so much concern in to these characters I began liking all of them the same. As the icon was being developed I used the spider as a place holder for game development however with each critter character I found something else that could contribute to a nice icon.

So I am now calling on the game loving public to help me decide which icon is the strongest. Remember this little icon with have to compete for your attention amongst all the other icons on your iPhone or Android phone.

Please leave your choice on one of the social media platforms:
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Pinterest, LinkedIn, BrianLindahl.com, Deviant Art, Art Station, Contact.

“So chose wisely…”

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Limiting Username Attacks in WordPress

Recently, my webpages has been getting inundated with hacker attacks. The attacks are coming in the form of attacks attempting to login with fictitious login attempts.

I am going to try implement a restriction to username logins and see if this helps the matter. You can learn more from WpDynamic here.

Good Luck!

Games We are wanting to Play

As of late there are several games that we have been seeing and wanting to play. I decide to you our humble blog to share those games with you. This blog post will also hopefully help us keep track of small indie games and there development as well as share news and upcoming events.

The below list isn’t going to be put in any order. In fact it may change from time to time. Also to add I would love to add a comments feature but I am still to dumb to manage one. I the past when I allowed comments I was crushed under tons of daily spam. This doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear from you. Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas, games and feedback here in out Contact page. We would love to get to know you better.


SABLE

I am such a sucker for Mobius Artwork that the artwork of Sable has me sucked in. But can it live up to the Mobieus hype his artwork invoked.


THE WILD AT HEART

The Wild at Heart game by Moonlight Kids.

Idiot’s Indie Game Development Cheat Sheet

I have been working diligently with GitHub, Unity 3D, WordPress, Google Site Kit, Apple Developer, App Store connect and as for the past couple days Google’s Google Play Console.

I want to use this blog post to offer quick links to other topics and resource. Hopefully doing so will help bring all the quagmire of techno clutter all together on two just one page… Maybe?

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Getting your Mobile Game up and Running on Your Friends Borrowed Android Phone.

Turning on Samsung Developer Options described but this was a great youtube video by WorldofTech on a

Running into the wall because my borrowed android phone won’t connect to my iOS Mac Monterey Computer.

Disconnect the USB cable from your android device, go to Settings > Developer Options and turn off and on the USB Debugging . Also tap on “Revoke USB Debugging Access”. Now, connect the USB cable. When prompted tap “Yes”.