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Tiny Cave: a Twine game by me

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Tiny Cave was originally started for a short Twine jam, in both senses of that phrase. You couldn't use more than 1,000 words, which is why everything's so laconic. Anyway, I didn't even get started on this before the jam-thing ended, so this is mostly for my own benefit than anything else. I hope folks enjoy this!

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The Star Festival, and other Winter Excitements

Hey guys! It's been a while. I sorta lost my game-making mojo this month, but I still managed to finish up a pretty short Knytt Stories level. It's called The Star Festival, and it's about a Yuletide Knytt festival suspiciously similar to Christmas. It was originally made for a level competition on the Nifflas forums, but I ran way late with it. No screenshots because I'm feeling lazy.

ALSO: I submitted a game to the 7th Annual New Years Mini-comp, called You Have to Put the Baby New Year in the Champagne Bottle. It's pretty much what you would expect. Hope to see you guys again soon!

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Happy Birthday to You: a Knytt Story to be played on one's borthday

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Happy Birthday to You is a game I was meaning to submit to the big Birthday Trainwreck Jam but didn't finish until quite recently. I was checking out some of my unfinished Knytt levels and realized my birthday was coming up soon, so I made the three screens it needed to be done, did some spit and polish, and voila! I consider the starting screens to be some of my best work, so much so I picked a screenshot from a later point in the level so as not to ruin the surprise. Somehow contains two endings despite being short as hell. Enjoy!

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Good Comics Journalism and Robin will Never Die: Comics Alliance is being shut down

Dunno how many of you keep up with the funnybooks, but word spread out on Monday that AOL is shutting down Comics Alliance. I don't really count myself as part of the comics "scene" anymore, but the news was still just an absolute shock for me. I mean, earlier this year 1Up was shut down and my reaction was pretty meh, but they close Comics Alliance and I'm all HOLY MOTHER OF GOD SHIT SHIT NO

That must say something about me, I think.

Anyway, because I am mad autistic and don't want to see the whole site just up and disappear one day, I'm making a personal archive of the site, mostly my favorite articles and junk. Attached is part one of the Remedial Batmanology series, covering the Burton films; they're are some of my favorite comics writing (even though it's mostly just two nerds gettin' mad about Batman, go figure). This is pretty grey market, so I'd suggest you read the articles on Comics Alliance's website while it's still up.

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You Can Watch Me Watching the Oscars

Over here. Also expect a game about this experience in the next couple of days.

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Birthday Trainwreck Surprise!

September 25 is my birthday, and I thought I'd celebrate by making another hit game in the "You Have to Put the Noun in the Other Noun" series! Turns out I was an hour late with it (over here, anyway), but whatever. Comes with the source code for the original "You Have to Put the Ball in the Cup" game, which is the template for nearly all of SoftSoft's incredible games! I am going to stipulate that it is alright for non-commercial derivative use (but why would you want to sell this?!?), as long as you clearly mark that it is a fangame.

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OH MAN GO TIME GAIDEN: SECOND DEMO!!!

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It's been about 5 months since I released the first demo for Oh Man Go Time: Gaiden, so I figured it was overdue for a new one. There's actually a lot of new content that wasn't in the old demo; in fact, the game goes right up to the very beginning of Drugs' evil lair.

I'd also like to announce that I'm taking bit of a break from working on this. Now don't worry, I'm still planning on completing this (someday), it's just that for the time being I'd like to focus on smaller Knytt projects. Making stuff for Sergio's one-room competition has made me realize that I work better with smaller, concentrated levels than bigger, sprawling levels like this one. This doesn't mean I won't try to make more epic-sized levels in the future, just that I'll work in a couple bite-sized levels in between them.

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Awful Mountain Climber Restaurant: A Knytt Story

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Here is another one of my dumb Knytt Stories. This time it's a challenging level, though? I was supposed to release this for the Video Game Name Generator jam, but I kept getting distracted by other things. Anyway, it's a pretty standard collect-the-key hunt with a few twists here and there. Let me know if you come across any bugs or anything.

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You Have to Put the Post in the Forum: A new SoftSoft game

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I made this game to celebrate my 1,000th post on some message board I frequent too much. It's basically just a dumb in-joke, but maybe you guys will like it as well?

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Wildcard, an RPGMaker game made by Ace Mercury

Wildcard is a pretty fun game that I first learned about by reading this review. I checked it out and had a lot of fun with it, although I found a fatal error near the end of the game (I think it had something to do with the ultimate sword? I'm not sure) and never picked it back up, because I'm a huge wuss. ANYWAY errors aside it's a pretty fun game, if a little generic. It's an RPGMaker game, but I'm pretty sure you don't need an RTP file to play it (at least, I didn't have one when I played it) but you might need to install a font patch, else all the text looks wonky. It's not really very trainwreck-y at all, but given that it used to be hosted on Geocities I think it could fall under GT's game preservation philosophy.

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