Pwimfeff

Nearly forgot about this one!

Pwimfeff is a one minute long silent animation. It’s a battle between the evil witch who can turn things into frogs with her magic, and the princess with the power to undo it.

It was made in 2018 (I think) for the Got A Minute Film Festival. Wasn’t even accepted! Oh well. Learning experience.

Fumble Realm

On the way to the optometrist
My sunglasses fall below the seat
I reach, but am grabbed
Pulled into another world

Fumble Realm is the world’s first text-based action game, and a pretty solid argument against the creation of any new ones.

Take control of a person who has just tumbled into the Fumble Realm. You can’t see anything. You are told in text how far away walls are from each of your sides, your front and back, as well as the general direction of nearby objects of interest. It is up to you to fumble through the four (five? I don’t remember,) levels looking for the portal to the next one.

I made this game as part of a text-only game jam. I don’t think anybody played it. I didn’t win. It’s a hard sell. BUT. If you’re into puzzles, if you’ve got a strong visual mind’s-eye, and if you’re ready to do some pen-and-paper cartography, I believe its a pretty clever little puzzle to untangle. I’m proud of it enough to post about it here, anyways.

Available on itch.io! Free! Runs on windows!

 

Teddykaboom Kaboom

TeddyKaboom Kaboom is an adaptation of the classic Atari 2600 game “Kaboom” from 1981. Use your mouse to move Diffusely the Bomb Disarming Robot side to side to catch the bombs that I, for some reason, am hurling at the street.

It’s a free download for everyone who signs up to my newsletter! It runs on most Windows machines. There will probably be a Mac version after the completion of Bif Borf.

I wanted to make a quick, dumb game to give away in exchange for subscribers. I almost did Atari Combat, a game I remembered enjoying a lot with friends a long time ago, but unfortunately, that game is still really good. I needed my fun, dumb game that I’m making in a few hours to be at least as good as something that ran on a toaster thirty years ago. looking at Atari Combat, I dunno, I wasn’t 100% sure I could pull that off. I set off looking for a new game that’d better suit my purposes, and that’s when I remembered Kaboom! It’s half my name! it’s meant to be!

Now sure, the rights for Kaboom are held by the only company from that era that’s still going around suing people, but I figure I’m under the radar enough to get away with it. Plus, Kaboom was already a knock-off anyways.

Trash Master

The Trash Master is a 1″ enamel pin of a raccoon sticking out of a garbage can. They aren’t a nuisance in Edmonton, so they don’t make me angry. They just seem like cute little monkey-rats. 

Available on etsy

Great for the person in your life who has a love of smart rodents and delicious trash.

Space Monkeys

Space Monkeys is the pilot episode of an Anthology podcast I had pitched to OnSpec Magazine.

It’s an audio drama adaptation of Ryan M. Williams’ short story, Space Monkeys, about a boy who has trouble communicating with his family but learns to bond over a toy similar to sea monkeys that happens to be an otherworldly creature.

Tonerlands

Games from the Tonerlands is a collection of 13 small board games that can be printed out and played. Each one consists of one sheet of paper containing the rules and board, and each can be played with simple items lying around the house, and a couple six-sided die.

tonerlands.com

They are easy to learn, fast to play, easily adaptable into drinking games, and fold up into dandy little game nuggets as seen below.

This came about one afternoon a few years ago when I was musing about a childhood game I used to play with a couple friends: we’d make “video games” by drawing mazes and monsters on sheets of paper, folding them up into little “cartridges”, drawing a label on them, and then trading them around. It was the next best thing to learning how to play the game our Pokemon cards were for. I try not to be a curmudgeon, but this is what we had to put up with before Roblox, kids.