Spyder Yardley-Jones in a Nutshell

This is an oldie, but it’s silly to not have it up here.

I graduated from the Design and Motion Image program at MacEwan University in 2013. The final project was to make a documentary. Because my class only had five people in it, (incidentally the last year the program existed,) we weren’t divided into groups. This meant we each pretty much had to make a documentary ourselves, wearing every hat in the production tickle trunk. It was very educational, but also quite stressful.

I had all year to plan it, but the more planning I did, the more work I’d have to do between all my other classwork and jobs and responsibilities. I knew that in order to make the best documentary possible, I would need to come up with something that basically made itself. As the year wore on, and the due date loomed, and nothing was striking me, I decided to just point a camera at the most interesting person I could get my hands on and hope that a story emerged. Thankfully, my first choice was down for it, and way exceeded my expectations.

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Legumi is a retro-styled adventure game about eating beans and finding true happiness. You can purchase it on Steam and at itch.io!

One million years ago I made Bean Caravan, a goofy little ten minute board game, and ever since then I’ve been trying to figure out how to turn that concept into a “real” game. I’ve also wanted to put together a less ambitious video game than Bif Borf so I could prove to myself (and crowdfunding backers) that it’s something I can actually do. I’ve also ALSO wanted to use this one character/ creature design that I’ve been sitting on since I was a wee lad.

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Super Bean Caravan

Here’s a frustrating development:

I’ve been so busy with Footrub (which is nearly finished, by the way!) That I haven’t been working on Bif Borf. I’ve been trying to ween myself off of dreaming about that game too much; if I think too hard about it, I’ll think about stuff I want to add, and then the game will just never get done, so I’ve been letting myself dream up maybe-in-a-bit projects that might be a nice palate cleanser down the road.

I gave in and worked on one for a few hours, and now it’s another damn project.

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