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I saw the movie It. (no spoilers) + Halloween Plans

2017-09-11 14:09:20 by hotdogtopus

So, I saw It (the movie) today and I thought it was good. It wasn't really scary. There were a few parts where my eyes ballooned, but I don't think I jumped at any point. I expected to, so that was disappointing. However, the girl with her boyfriend in front of me was squirming around in her seat and jumping around like a fish. That was probably scarier than the actual movie.

It was a good movie. I wouldn't see it again, but I generally don't watch the same movie twice unless it's on TV and I've completely forgotten it. It will not "disturb me for days". I saw a lot of mainstream press posting stuff like truly terrifying, but for me – I'm old – it was not. Obviously, there is good suspense in it, but scary ... ? There are things in real life that are definitely scarier.

All that being said, I thought it might be fun to do a parody game with 3D me in a clown costume running around in an anime-style dungeon crawler with children to save and some jump scares. Think Jason + It + 2.5/3D dungeon crawler.

But! I'm having trouble getting large animations to play across HTML5 devices. Either the device people use is too slow to play the animation, so it just skips it, framerate crashes, etc. So, I'm going to have some quality issues if I manage to release before Halloween.

I'm a little disappointed with the feedback for Seer and Castle. I did manage to get 17,000 views and it's just a preview, but I don't know ... I kind of expected more enthusiasm, so that project will probably get dropped.

Hey guys,

I added an update to Seer and Castle to fix the frequent hangs. If you have a chance please try again:

If it still doesn't work, change your web browser and please let me know what the game did and didn't work on.


Seer and Castle WIP

2017-08-01 15:09:09 by hotdogtopus


DENZI Room's pixel art (published at is free material under the Creative Commons license (CC-BY-SA attribution, share alike)

Hey guys,

Thanks to everyone who tried playing Seer and Castle. It looks like some people are having trouble getting the HTML5 version to work while others aren't having any problems at all. I started working on a little map -- above -- and wanted to let everyone know that I'm going to continue working on the game, so stay tuned and make sure to "fan" me to get updates!

I am surprised by how many people have already played it, especially since I've never gotten so many views so quickly. I have a few ideas as to why:

1) Boobs and a Bimbo

I don't think I've used breasts in my icon before. Even though they aren't so clear, I would imagine the increase in clicks has a lot to do with that.

2) The genre (RPG) is a popular niche and the title and icon quickly and clearly reflect it.

3) Timing

Perhaps there was not a lot of other content released at the same time.

4) Initially Launched with HTML5

In the past, I've always launched with Flash and then followed up with HTML5. However, because of the bugs, the overall score is lower. Discerning whether or not there were bugs was the point of releasing the prototype, though. Out of 5,000+ plays, there have been few reports, so I'm still not sure what the non-play rate actually is.

Anyway, I'm going to keep going and try to adjust some things, plus release a Flash version, so that should help with bugs in the future.





Don't Forget the Bard! 2

2017-07-22 04:39:12 by hotdogtopus

Hey guys,

Thanks to everyone who bought the Don't Forget the Bard! e-book. The current game is shelved. Nor further updates will be provided. Good Little NEET also has some narrative issues that I'm still thinking about how to fix, so it's also on the back burner while I pursue a larger version of Don't Forget the Bard.

The next game is going to be about recruiting an army and rebuilding a falling castle. There will be various allies to choose from and enemies to make, a one-on-one battle system, an army-against-army battle system, detective work, larger inventory, and various strategy elements in play. There will be dozens of recruitable characters.

Don't Forget the Bard II, will have a different name because it's going to be less text-based and really won't look anything much like the first game.

For some reason, text is still displaying slightly higher and lower depending on the browser, especially on mobile. The next game will have larger hotspots (I don't think I ever intended to port to HTML5 for mobile), so the issue of clicking on text should be resolved in DFTB 2.

I will need beta testers. I'm hoping to finish in January, but these things always take longer than I expect. The planning is mostly finished and I am starting to build. If you would like to help beta test, please comment or PM me.

If you'd like to support me, Don't Forget the Bard is $0.99 or free through Kindle Unlimited.


Some of you might remember that I covered the Taipei Game Developers Conference for 2016. You can see those posts here:

But, it looks like I won't be going this year. The main reason is because there are only two talks officially in English. There might be a few more (I think Somi will be in English since he posts in English on Twitter), but the English schedule didn't specify language this year and it was put together quite late. I sent an e-mail to TGDF (by replying to their marketing e-mail), but they didn't reply. Their using Facebook as a primary means of communication is a problem for longer communication.

The second problem is that I don't have my student discount this year. Last year I paid $30, but this year it's going to be about $75 without a discount.

So, I'm disappointed because I was interested in seeing the VR and what other people are up to. It's also a bit difficult to cover the developers because of the language barrier. My Chinese is okay. Most of the developers speak some English, but they don't have great soft skills, so it's not easy to get good interviews.

So, I hope they decide to drop the price for next year. They probably will if the attendance happens to drop. If any of the TGDF people are reading this, please get an e-mail for public and press communications. Facebook is not appropriate for longer, private communications. #TGDF2017

Is it just me or is there nothing to watch this season? Maybe I'm old and just outgrowing all of the anime genres. My favorite anime was Shikabane Hime and I haven't seen anything since that which I thought much of. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia was okay. I also liked Outlaw Star and Pilot Candidate or Candidate for Goddess.

Currently, I'm watching Trickster and Scum's Wish, neither of which I really like. I resisted Scum's Wish at first, but got sucked in after a few episodes. Once I hit episode 6, I didn't really like where the series was going. I posted a review of episode 8 on my blog, curious about who's watching it and what they think.


I'm pretty disappointed that the white-haired kid in Trickster ended up with psychic powers. Given the genre, I was expecting a more technological or sci-fi explanation. The series doesn't seem to be going anywhere interesting. Pw. I'm making the farting sound with my mouth,

Hey guys,

My e-book giveaway for Don't Forget the Bard! is currently active. Go and download a free copy between now until March 6. After that, it will be between $.99 and $2.99. If you don't use Amazon or Kindle, PM me and I'll send you a copy in your preferred e-reader format.


Hey guys!

Thanks to all that supported Don't Forget the Bard! It currently has 3.5 stars and 15,220 plays on Newgrounds alone.

I rewrote the story and modified it for the e-book format. It's currently available on Amazon Kindle for $2.99 or free through Kindle Unlimited. It will be free for everyone from March 3 to March 6, 2017. After that, it may be available from time to time for $.99. If you enjoyed the online game, I hope that you'll consider supporting my efforts.

If you'd like a free copy of the book in pdf, mobi, etc, I'm giving away free copies to people who sign up for my newsletter on my main site. Just mention that you'd like a copy of Don't Forget the Bard in the comments and your preferred format.


So, I think I know what I'm doing for Pico Day, but I don't know if I will finish it on time ...It might get pushed to next year.

Basically, I'm working on an @TomFulp Walking Simulator - RPG. The game play/dynamics will be similar to Drakkhen, but you'll only be able to walk forwards and backwards in space and time. Tom will meet various villains and protagonists along the Newgrounds' timeline / history including his brother, his wife, a few people who have no sense of humor, and Google Ads. The point of the game is to send Tom to the future to save Numa 2.0. This will make sense to long-time users when they finish the game. The secondary objective is to teach new users about the history of Newgrounds. There is a tertiary objective that I will not hint at.

However, I am taking requests because I fear that I'll miss the most important Newgrounds' events. If you have any significant events/persons related to Tom or Newgrounds history that you would like to see added, feel free to leave a comment or PM me and I will try to include it. Enemies needed! Tom's enemies have not done a good job of making their opinions about him public, so long time NG users and their input would be appreciated.



Don't Forget the Bard! 2 & E-book + Good Little NEET

2017-02-23 02:10:34 by hotdogtopus

Hey guys!

So, I've been modifying Don't Forget the Bard! so that it can be used in Kindle form without inventory and stats. I've removed some paths while adding others and people can play it without dice or keeping track of stuff on paper, etc. I think that will open it to a larger reading audience. For those who enjoyed it, I hope that they will support it by downloading it for free on Kindle. It will be available for free for 5 days to everyone and I will make a blog post when it is. Make sure to fan me now to get that update in your feed. Afterwards, it will be $2.99 and maybe drop down to $.99 for sales promotions, etc.

Don't Forget the Bard! 2 is in the planning stage. I may change the title, but the story will be set thousands of years in the future when people are so stupid that they're no longer able to code and the sword and bard powers come into rule again. So, it will be sci fi / dystopian / fantasy / humor and maybe some satire. I'm taking requests, so feel free to let me know if you have anything.

Good Little NEET is mostly finished. It's just not playable yet in its current form. I had a few story snags, but I think I've worked them all out and it should be finished by the end of the year. I thought it would be ready before spring, but between editing and publishing, it has just taken a back seat.

Do people read my blog posts? I have no way of knowing unless you leave a comment because I don't get stats for these. If you read this post, leave an "I read this." in the comments and THANKS to all that do.

~ Danny