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Pixel Art Feature Chest / GR#224 - Castle of the Winds - Gameart Revamp
« on: January 13, 2014, 08:21:19 pm » a fondly remembered shareware roguelike for windows, probably a bit dated looking on launch! (in 1991), 16 colour windows icon palette and quite basic ‘programmer art’ no real detriment to its playability (procedural dungeons help as does a pretty sweet bestiary and breadth of items and magic). The game’s about beating up hordes of monsters, taking their lunch money and exploring the great unknown; pretty addictive.

I think the sprites are an interesting challenge for a remake in terms of presentation: not scaled with size or related in space to the map, (almost) static; potential for playing with perspective and cropping. I'm sticking to approximately the original restrictions here for the authentic experience.

Screens on Mobygames
Youtube playthrough
Pretty great breakdown on Strategywiki
Download (now released in full as freeware, should be fine on XP, not so much Vista+)

Player avatars: not at all tempted to give them any more clothes, I think the blue underwear is quite iconic. Wasn’t sure about the Simpsons skin (also tried dither as the original), but I think it works dampened by the grey midtone, and in context of the colour limitations. I’m trying to avoid outlining everything despite the palette. Thinking now that the female version was supposed to have braids so might try that later.

No animation for the guy because I couldn't settle on a nice anticipatory resting frame at the time, and I’m a bit sick of him right now. I sort of stumbled onto doing the attack frame animations while sketching alternate poses and I’m really glad for it. Quite aside from the characterisation opportunities it really helps to get a better feel of the character in space, and to break out of more obvious solutions on corresponding frames, I’ll be doing this more in future.

First bunch of monsters! (there’s about 60 or so in the game, aka more than I’m realistically going to have a go at). I’m quite pleased with the giant rat and little humanoids (Goblin/Kolbold), despite some suspect footwork goblin wise that I may revisit (it being retroactively designated animation), not quite convinced with the neon snake yet; maybe it needs some markings/colour variety. The bat’s flapping is a poor excuse for an attack I know but I dunno where to go with that; darting forward a bit? A little red mouth would contrast alright. Monsters are only ever seen on the white dungeon background so any colour combo is fair game.

Archived Activities / Secret Santa 2012
« on: December 24, 2012, 02:55:56 am »
A Very Merry Christmas Pixelation!

Many thanks to all that took part, tons of absolutely awesome contributions, go look!

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To Starstew, from a3um


To Raster, from absenter

To Reo, from adcrusher524

To Kren, from Argyle

To absenter, from Ashkin

To numlock, from Basketcase

To Charlieton, from Batzy

To Zccc, from Carnivac

To Batzy, from Charlieton

To Super17, from cirpons

To Lóng, from Crow

 To Harlequin, from crozier

 To Doppleganger, from Cure

 To pistachio, from Dex

 To ilkke, from Doppleganger

To philippejugnet, from Dr D

To Gecimen, from Drazelic

To Dr D, from Dusty

To Riva, from Gecimen

To a3um, from GetYourGoat

To Drazelic, from Gogglecrab

To adcrusher524, from hapiel

To Alanay, from Harlequin

To Jim16, from HughSpectrum

To Argyle, from ilkke

To Juninho, from IvanM

To Opacus, from Jeremy

To Stwelin, from Jim16

To beetlebear, from Juninho

To Dusty, from Kclic

To Carnivac, from Lóng

To VictorRojo, from Lanarky

To Gogglecrab, from Life Person

To cirpons, from makapuf

To Cure, from MashPotato

To HughSpectrum, from miascugh

To miascugh, from Mr. Beast

To Basketcase, from Mr. Fahrenheit

To Photocopier, from numlock, and from Jim16

To Metaru, from Opacus

To Shrike, from Peach

To xhunterko, from Photocopier

To hapiel, from pistachio

To GetYourGoat, from Raster

To Kclic, from Red_Mist

To Dex, from Reo

To Zizka, from Shrike

To Red_Mist, from Stwelin

To Ashkin, from Super17

To alex pang, from tim

To tim, from tomic

To tomic, from xhunterko

To Crow, from Zccc

To Jeremy, from Zizka

To Lanarky, from Riva

To Sherman Gill, from ui

To Peach, from Metaru

To Mr. Fahrenheit, from philippejugnet
Would you pick it up, Mr. Fahrenheit?

To MashPotato, from Kren

To crozier, from Scarab

To Scarab, from Starstew

To Life Person, from beetlebear, and from Mr. Beast

To ui, from Mr. Beast

To makapuf, from Metaru

To Mr. Beast, from Lóng, and from Cyangmou

To IvanM, from Riva


Of course any additional gifts as well as amendments to already submitted ones are well appreciated; finish up obvious WIPs over the holiday to avoid the temp-ban! If you notice anything amiss say so; I don't doubt there's a missing bracket or two somewhere :P

Still waiting on the following to get their gift in, stop reading this and do it already!
  • alex pang
  • Sherman Gill
  • VictorRojo
  • Alanay
The currently gift-deprived, spontaneous gifting-to much appreciated
Thanks Mr. Beast, Metaru, Lóng, Cyangmou, and Riva for being totally rad. :y:

Archived Activities / Secret Santa Sign-Up 2012 - Finished!
« on: November 17, 2012, 08:03:12 pm »
Go tell it on the mountain, deck the halls with boughs of holly: it's Santa time!

So what is this Secret Santa stuff anyway?

Everyone involved both gives and receives a gift. Fun! Partners are randomly assigned, and the identity of everyone's benefactor remains a secret until a dramatic reveal on December 24th. Intrigue! Naturally the gifts involved here are pixel art  ;D.

Take a look at previous years' Secret Santa here: 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Taking Part
  • To join this year's Secret Santa post here so I know you want to participate ('count me in' or similar). Please only sign up if you're sure that you'll be to able to complete your gift There are grave consequences for reneging! Specifically, being temporarily banned and not being able to participate in next year's Secret Santa.
  • Double check the information here, specifically the important dates below, so you know to plan in advance if you'll be unable to submit before the deadline.
  • Provide some indication of your likes/dislikes: this is important! you can be very specific or broad as you like, but be aware this is all your Santa has to go by if they don't know you!
  • You'll receive your partner's name via private message (PM), so make sure to check 'em!
  • When you've finished your gift, send it to me by PM also; not in the thread here.
  • Calx, darkgamer, Elk, FierceDeity, Gamecid, Nicko, Partack and Terley may NOT participate this year because they failed to submit a gift last year. Do not let this be you!

Important Dates
  • November 17th~23th - Sign-ups in this period only!
  • November 24th - A PM with your partner's name will be sent out to you, no tellin'!
  • November 25th~December 22nd – Plenty pixellin' time, start early!
  • December 23rd - Very last day to send in your gift!
  • December 24th - Grand unveiling!

PM me if you're confused about anything or have any questions to ask after consulting the FAQ below.


What kind of gift do I make?
-Anything you want, just so long as it involves pixel art! Try to tailor it to your partners listed interests, or to them/their work if you're familiar anyway, but any subject you think will be well received is fair game. You can make them a mockup, animations, sprites, textured low poly models; you name it! If you're worried about time, don't overcomplicate things, relax and do what you do best too, for a great present.

But I'm quite likely to be embroiled in some sort of festive revelry around the end of December; can I still take part?
-You can send your gift in as early as you like! The 23rd is the deadline, but submissions will be accepted from the time you receive your partner's name via PM, up until the 23rd. It's not fun to try and rush this stuff leading up to Christmas, getting it done with time to spare is highly recommended ;)

I'm not going to manage finishing my present in time, will I still be banned?
-WIPs will be OK temporarily, but don't let it come to that, or you will get a strike! It's better to have your WIP under the tree than nothing, but please finish afterwards to avoid untold baroque consequences, If you know you won't be able to finish, for whatever reason, let me know ASAP so that something else can be sorted out for your partner.

I think making a present for so-and-so would be really fun, I wish I was their Santa!
-If you finish your present early, you're more than welcome to make gifts for multiple people. Spread the holiday cheer! Just please concentrate on your partner first :y:.

Gift Wrap!

When you send in your gift (ie. not in the comments here) designate one of these wrappings (A1, B5, etc.) or else it'll be assigned randomly. This gift wrapping is what will be displayed on the 24th linking directly to the gift you made.

Alternatively: for mad bonus props, you can provide a custom wrapping along with your gift; in this way you can have a bit of fun teasing the shape, colour, subject matter etc. within. Posting custom wrappings in the comments is encouraged (without revealing it's intended recipient), but make sure to PM it along with your gift as well, or it may not get used.

Read everything? Great! If you sign up below before the 24th Nov you'll be added to this list (allowing ~24hrs for updates) Those who've submitted gifts will get a little Santa next to 'em, also doubtless a pleasant seasonal sense of good-will.

  • Crow :santastic:
  • adcrusher524 :santastic:
  • Red_Mist :santastic:
  • philippejugnet :santastic:
  • Super17 :santastic:
  • Charlieton :santastic:
  • Juninho :santastic:
  • Drazelic :santastic:
  • Lóng :santastic: :santastic: :santastic:
  • Jeremy :santastic:
  • Carnivac :santastic:
  • Mr. Fahrenheit :santastic: :santastic:
  • hapiel :santastic:
  • Peach :santastic:
  • GetYourGoat :santastic:
  • Basketcase :santastic:
  • beetlebear
  • tomic :santastic:
  • Alanay
  • Mr. Beast :santastic:
  • xhunterko :santastic:
  • Ashkin :santastic:
  • absenter :santastic:
  • Shrike :santastic:
  • ilkke :santastic:
  • MashPotato :santastic:
  • Stwelin :santastic:
  • tim :santastic:
  • Gogglecrab :santastic:
  • Jim16 :santastic: :santastic:
  • Cure :santastic:
  • Opacus :santastic:
  • Sherman Gill
  • Gecimen :santastic:
  • VictorRojo
  • Zizka :santastic:
  • Dex :santastic:
  • Harlequin :santastic:
  • HughSpectrum :santastic:
  • makapuf :santastic:
  • cirpons :santastic:
  • IvanM :santastic:
  • Doppleganger :santastic:
  • crozier :santastic:
  • Batzy :santastic:
  • Riva :santastic:
  • Raster :santastic:
  • Metaru
  • Kcilc :santastic:
  • Argyle :santastic:
  • a3um :santastic:
  • numlock :santastic:
  • Photocopier :santastic:
  • Dr D :santastic:
  • pistachio :santastic:
  • Kren :santastic:
  • Starstew
  • Dusty :santastic:
  • Reo :santastic:
  • Lanarky :santastic:
  • miascugh :santastic:
  • ui :santastic: :santastic: :santastic: :santastic: :santastic:
  • Zccc :santastic:
  • Scarab
  • Life Person :santastic:
  • alex pang

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