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Black Hole [Apr. 13th, 2019|01:50 pm]
So, I can't be the only person who saw the black hole,


and thought what would be really fun is if they panned over a bit more, and it was actually this:


And then it blinked.
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Mornings [Apr. 12th, 2019|09:19 am]

Working from home can be such a trap, especially the mornings where Nate takes Eleanor to preschool instead of me. Those mornings I'm like, "But the assets are going to get drawn and the bugs are going to get fixed, and I certainly don't need to change out of my pajamas for those things to happen."

But Civilized Brain and its hype-man, Coffee, have to jump up and down and go, "Annie! Just take like 15 minutes and make yourself feel 500% more human! Just do it! You'll feel so much better!"

And so I do. And then I do. And then we do the whole inertia/hype-dance over again the next morning.
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PossumSketch [Mar. 26th, 2019|07:13 pm]

Possum has a brilliant new idea for trash bin design that he'd love to share with you.
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Circular Thrixl [Mar. 21st, 2019|12:20 pm]

Another doodle based on Wildermyth enemy.
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Hoarse [Mar. 10th, 2019|07:02 pm]
When I was younger, losing my voice was actually kinda fun. It was dramatic, didn't hurt much, and everybody was so sympathetic all day.

Now that I'm an adult, especially an adult with kids, losing my voice is just a pain in the butt. The toddler wants me to sing Happy Birthday over and over to every family member and fictional character that she knows, and I don't know how many more rounds I have in me. I can't get the six-year-old to listen to me because hey, Mom's whispering, so whatever it is, it can't be that important. We were going to try to record a play session for the game, but Annie sounds like an old screen door that's maybe possessed by a demon, so that's not happening 'til next week at the earliest.

And I know I'm dragging out the laryngitis with every forceful croak at somebody to put that down, give that back to her, your basketball's on the porch, okay fine here's another graham cracker. But just not talking for a day isn't an option.
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Acting out those toddler social skills. [Mar. 4th, 2019|09:21 am]
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Wildermyth Beta Launch! [Mar. 1st, 2019|01:06 pm]
Heyyy, if you want to get the game that's been getting all of my Art Love instead of this blog, it's available now!

Get it here, on itch.io!
(itch.io is a platform for games, like Steam, but more geared towards indie games. They're cool)



It's a tactical strategy/RPG game (lead a group of heroes fighting monsters on a grid), but more than that, it's our attempt to get really deep with the character customization and storytelling.

We're in Beta right now, which means that we'll be improving the balance, adding content, and bug-fixing for the foreseeable future.

It also means that you can get Wildermyth at a discount, and once you've bought the beta, you own the whole game and will get all updates & new versions from here on out.
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Thanks, Photoshop, I got this. [Feb. 22nd, 2019|09:50 am]

What do you think the last year of my life has consisted of, Photoshop? Remember when we decided to make a bank of character heads with dozens of head shapes, faces, hairstyles, expressions, tattoos, hair-color dependent animal head replacements and aging/wrinkle layers?

Remember Layer 1,612? We made that one recently. We named it "Flame tattoo forehead F outline." Or something.

It's a little late to warn me about large documents that take a long time. We're in too deep now. We're riding this party-bus all the way to hell.
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Thought of the Day: Language [Feb. 13th, 2019|08:53 am]
Thesaurus.com won't give me synonyms for "clusterfuck" and come on, what is even the point, then?
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That's How This Works, Right? [Feb. 7th, 2019|11:31 am]
Me: Wait, so... I hear people talk about nervous breakdowns. What constitutes a "nervous breakdown," anyway?

(Looking up definition)

Me: Oh, huh. Well, I've never had one of those.

Me: Clearly I am not working hard enough. :(
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Thought of the Day [Feb. 2nd, 2019|08:51 am]
Today I learned that chipotlé peppers are just ripened and dried jalapeños. How did I go so many years without knowing this? I feel lied to even though nobody ever actually lied to me.
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January [Jan. 21st, 2019|08:04 am]
We took the kids to both sides of the family for the holidays—California and Ohio—and while traveling with small children is its own realm of Stressful, it's actually way better than having them stuck in the house for two weeks straight, slowly driving you and your spouse crazy.

Wildermyth has completely taken over our brains. I'm writing "hero recruit" events in the corner hours before the house gets going and when the kids are occupied. Did I ever show you the editor that we use to make our comic-ish events in the game?


You create these panels by throwing a bunch of art in, picking a background, having the game automatically "cast" characters for the different roles you specify, and then posing them & giving them dialogue for each panel.

(What it looks like when you go in to edit the layout of a panel.)

So anyway, we're getting reaaall close to having this thing out in beta. We're planning to go on an indie-focused platform first (itch.io) for a reduced price, do a bunch of what is essentially beta testing and polishing, and then do a bigger release once the feedback that we're getting is solidly positive.

Nate and I are having dark-night-of-the-soul oh-god-how-is-this-all-going-to-go what-are-we-doing-with-our-lives discussions almost daily at this point. And I know it'll get worse until we launch. And then probably worse after we launch. And on and on until we're hugging each other in a corner chewing off our own knuckles.
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FB Thoughts [Dec. 21st, 2018|10:12 am]
I never thought this would be the case, but one of my favorite parts of facebook has become the old people who clearly aren't used to social media getting REALLY EXCITED IN ALL CAPS about things that their friends and relatives have accomplished.

Also, I'm not a big picture-poster, but there's something about the idea of posting inane photos of your family on facebook that I kind of like now. It's a thing that means a lot to you and the people closest to you, but it has to be one of the least interesting things out there to marketers and their ilk. It feels almost like... I dunno, "taking back the platform" a little bit.

This is as close as I get to the holiday spirit, so enjoy it while it lasts.
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Surveys [Dec. 18th, 2018|07:55 am]
Questions on surveys that involve really subjective psyhological things are hard to answer.

"In the final analysis, I'm not so sure that my life adds up to much."

Like... how final are we talking here?

"I can handle feelings like anger, stress, and sadness."

What does "handle" mean? Handle like, I'm here, alive and taking the survey, so obviously I have handled them in some way? Handle like, I manage to not get myself arrested every time I get angry? Or handle like, on the Buddhist monk level of feelings not even bothering me anymore?

Maybe the fact that I try to get all specific about these things would tell them all they need to know.
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Envelopes [Dec. 9th, 2018|08:38 am]
When I'm doing holiday cards, I'm never sure what to put on the outside of the envelope to Ben's teachers. He's got the regular kindergarten teacher, the special ed teacher, and one or two aides who work those classrooms? Maybe? And a school speech therapist, but he only sees her for like half an hour a week right now, I dunno.

So I stick in a bunch of smaller gift cards instead of one big one, one big thank you/Happy Holidays note, and then I write "To: Ben's Educational Team" on the outside of it, since I don't want to exclude the people who aren't officially teachers but still do a lot for him.

But then since "Educational Team" sounds super stuffy and dorky, I draw a penguin wearing a goofy hat on the envelope too in a desperate attempt to signal that I'm not the type of person who goes around using terms like "Educational Team" unless I really have to.

I think they'll get it.
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Wildermyth Minotaur [Dec. 8th, 2018|10:10 am]


In our game, Minotaurs run an underground army of cultists who sorta worship them? Also it's less of an army and more of a... pyramid scheme. Where you get life extension from unsavory sacrifices instead of money for selling inane crap.

It's deliberately left unclear.
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Latest Wildermyth Monster [Dec. 5th, 2018|03:24 pm]

One of the top-tier monsters in our "clockwork undead" class.
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Discarded Holiday Card Messages [Nov. 14th, 2018|01:37 pm]
I often make holiday cards, and I've got the front nailed down for this year, but then Vistaprint asks me what message I want to put on the back. I kept trying to come up with ones, but they were not great.

Front (with image):
Happy Holidays!

-Hope you got more sleep than I did last night!
-If you're reading this, you're still alive and you can read, congratulations!
-I used to draw cute holiday cards where everything was under control, remember those?
-May your house be warm, your baked goods fresh, and your wifi always at full strength.
-May you emerge from the season relatively unscathed!

I think I'll just leave the back blank.
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(no subject) [Nov. 2nd, 2018|01:00 pm]
Illustrator did its annual big update, and now when I open it, it shows me this at the top of the screen:


And what the heck, Illustrator.

I don't need my arm telling me how we're going to lift great things today. I don't need my coffee maker telling me we're going to make great coffee today. I don't need my browser telling me we're going to waste time on some great websites today.

You are a tool and an extension of my very brain at this point and I don't need you patronizing me with a little pep talk. I need you to sit down, shut up, and do what I tell you because that is how this relationship works.

It is a very healthy relationship too. As I'm sure all the folks at home are aware by now.
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Thought of the Day [Nov. 1st, 2018|07:08 pm]
Caramelizing onions always takes longer than I think it will.

The trees will return to the ground and the Final Night will fall upon the earth before these goddamn onions caramelize.

(FYI, the recipe was like "25 minutes," and it took over 2 hours to caramelize those things)
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Bread of the Month [Oct. 31st, 2018|12:12 pm]
I was looking at one of those catalogues where you can mail people food made by other people who are better at baking than you, and they had a "Bread of the Month" thingy. Which sounded fun until you did the math and realized that each loaf of bread was something like twenty-six dollars.

That made me so indignant that I briefly thought of starting my own thingy where I would send bread to my friends as gifts every month for a while, because I can.

It would be "Annie and Nate's Just-As-Good-As-Fancy-Bakers' Bread of the Month" club. It might have a brochure:


One day Annie was looking at a Bread of the Month club that charged like $26 per loaf and it pissed her off a little bit, and now she is sending bread to you.

Q. Is your bread vegan?
A. Yes, unless you count yeast as people.
Q. Is your bread gluten-free?
A. No, it is bread, it is very gluten-full.
Q. What flavors are you thinking?
A. I've got a kick-ass sourdough, and a big rosemary plant out back so probably something with rosemary at some point.

Join our thriving social media presence! aka Send me a facebook message if the bread turned out bad or anything.


I was super pumped about this, until I figured out how much it cost to send a loaf of bread through the mail fast enough that it wouldn't come out stale on the other side. Then I figured out where that $26/loaf number was actually coming from, and maybe shipping bread loaves individually through the mail just isn't the best use of people's time and money.
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Language Arts [Oct. 25th, 2018|03:59 pm]
Nine-year-old neighbor kid: Do you know what Language Arts is?

Me: Reading and writing and stuff, isn't it?

Neighbor Kid: (shrug)

Me: Anything to do with language.

Neighbor Kid: Oh. Is that why it's called Language Arts?

Me: Right.

Neighbor Kid: ...Well, whatever it is, I got a C in it.
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Fwwoooo [Oct. 11th, 2018|08:05 pm]
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Wildermyth: Biome-Specific Ruins [Oct. 4th, 2018|10:50 am]

(PS (pre-script?) - I don't know if anyone else is having this problem, but a lot of the images here sometimes show up as broken links even though they're not. Reload the page and see if that helps.)

We want some of our mission maps to include ruins, because ruins are like the chocolate sprinkles of fantasy worlds, you just sprinkle them everywhere and they make everything more fun.

So I drew up a bunch of ruin-y pieces of scenery in a big Photoshop file, and they can appear on the maps that are tagged with "ruins." And we wanted to try something new, where we make different versions of a piece of architecture for the different biomes that your missions can take place in (forest, field, swamp, foothills, & cave). So above the base group of super-boring-general stone ruins, there are a bunch of layers that mess with colors and add vegetation/fungi for each biome.






The result is a lot more separate files to save out, but I think the extra flavor will be worth it.

We may end up doing the same thing with missions that take place in towns, because:
1.) a house in a swamp may look totally different from a house in the mountains, and
2.) I like to make more work for myself.
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Another Wildermyth Biome-Guardian-Friend [Oct. 1st, 2018|09:17 am]


Someday I will learn what the heck the deal is with Photoshop color profiles.

(This one kept becoming super desaturated when I saved him out as a png, and I know it had something to do with color profiles, and I can fix the problem, but I have no idea if I'm ultimately making things worse by mucking around with powers far greater than myself.)
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