21 August 2019
At the Datastorm 2019 party, Atlantis presented a demo which was in works for quite some time now. The most fabled 'Two Sided' was finally released, featuring two sides of demonic|angelic code, music & gfx to possess your C64 in style. ❤
Atlantis was also at a beer & bbq party at Atwoods 2019 and set on display Atlantis co-op demo with Delysid called 'ASOA 2019' which is rather brilliant and even has a little playable game hidden in there (which Qzerow of Atl and yours truly shall expand to more levels soon)!
My gfx entry for Atwoods was this mc titled 'Let's drink and worship cats'!
Then there was Gubbdata 2019 and ATL had an entry called 'Thera' featuring the world famous Atlantian Snail and my last minute gfx entry titled 'Gubba Gubba Hey'.
Older news but goodies still, the Vandalism #69 news was released at Flashback party in Sydney with 6 sides of C64 goodies, I did the disk covers with more skulls and tigers as usual.
While at Flashback, I had two gfx entries, first one was for Amiga, cunningly titled 'Amicat'.
And the second entry was a C64 mc called 'Invasion', of course based on a true story as usual.
At Forever Party 2019, which was about Aliens, I had an aptly named mc entry called 'Alien'.
Some games are next, made a bit of graphics for Horace World Tour, a free Tetris game with multiple modes for ZX Spectrum Next by Rusty Pixels, released together with a 'print it yourself' dvd style cover for the game.
Also, Sebastian Braunert and his chaps are back with more crazy games featuring Moritz of course. I was happy to provide some covers for tapes/posters and similar goodies. The games in question are 'Moritz to the Moon', 'Moritz on the Autobahn' and the most strangest game in the universe as yet, 'PI-Dentity'!
26 February 2019
Party time first! Atlantis did a demo for the BCC Party in Berlin (Feb 22-24), called 'BEEzarro'. It was nice to work on some wonky stuff as usual so congrats to the gang (Tsurugi, Qzer0W, Doc Science, Divertigo, DMD) for frolicking fung ku. You can check the demo right here.
Beside the demo, Snabel blasted a cool SID and I had a petscii entry as well called 'A small Riddle'.
While at parties, I also had this mc called 'BlueJay' released at Compusphere party last November, featuring one of the characters from Space Moguls C64 game.
And while at Space Moguls, which is one of the most richest strategy games on C64, a reminder that it has been released by Protovision and it packs some awesome goodies to assist you in digging some rare materials on Alia Terra!
The box lid art is dedicated to the memory of Jean Giraud aka Gir/Moebius.
Digital Talk 104 came out in December as usual with various news covering all sorts of events on Commodore scene. It also has an interview with those SNAQZ guys about that Dredd game, an interview with Carl about Space Moguls and Tony talks about l'Abbaye des Morts game among many other things, just make sure to grab your favourite German speaking person for the occasion. ;)
The newest 2019 8bit annual is kickstartering but in meantime I have illustrated two winner entries for the compo held by these chaps some time ago. The winning games in question are Space Phantom (cpc) and Chibi Akumas:Tragical Chase (cpc, enterprise, msx), now turned into posters as a part of the winners award, besides some other goodies.
And while at crazy games, I've also drawn some posters/tape inlays for 4 games, two for zx spectrum and two for both cpc/zx - 'Moritz and the meds', 'Mike the guitar', 'Moritz strikes back' and 'Mike the guitar: the shooter!' all games done by the same team - Sebastian Braunert and Uwe Geiken.
Gotta say, these are some brilliant concepts. When someone throws a request for a drawing of a dog with a gatling gun shooting down the medication, then by George (of Vermont) ~ Let's Dance!
For the end, currently working on a C64 game with Antonio Savona , called 'Demonyo'. The game is inspired with something we both like in olde crime/giallo movies and comics of the yesteryear. Something part Fantomas part Diabolik and all Kriminal/Satanik! To be visualised in hires glory with music/sfx by Ald.
More information about this game next time...
11 November 2018
C64 news all the way for this update with a few more or less related kung fu, as a lot of things have piled up recently so its time to sort it all out.
Looong ago, a demo which Atlantis was preparing for Datastorm was not released but instead a cunningly titled short demo called '@' was produced on the spot. However, the actual demo we were working on was not ready for X party neither as everyone got busy with beer tasting season. Instead another demo called 'Xcusemo' was finished at the last moment and presented at the party. Congrats to all involved for actually seeing this one till the end and doing such a great work in a rather short time frame as well.
Between us, I think it rocks socks off and other stuff too.
For those C64unready - watch the video here
Meanwhile at 'X Party', ATL guys have sneaked in and presented my hi-res c64 entry called 'Sabotage', imagining it to be a loading screen for some game where sharp objects are used a plenty.
Also, I had an mc submission for the Arok party some months ago called 'Blue Eyes'.
More recently, I did a PETSCII called 'Alcools' for a Petscii Disk Cover compo . All the works from this compo are on display at the Finnish Museum of Gaming until January next year so these cool cats went a long way to scratch that record. Awesome compo btw, with many great entries, definitely check it out as it is one of the best PETSCII collections in one place that I've seen in a long time.
...and while we're at Syntax, I have illustrated disk covers for issue #68 of the Vandalism news which was presented at the party, courtesy of Onslaught/Offence with thy latest news coverage/party reports and all sorts of goodies from ye olde C64 scene (6 disk sides edition spiffy!). Catch them all!
Other C64 related news; I've finished the manual design/illustrations for a game called 'Outrage' , soon to be published by both Protovision & Psytronik, another box/manual and related goodies for a MULE like strategy game called 'Space Moguls' (Protovision) and also a box for yet another awesome C64 game called 'Guy in a vest' by Antonio Savona, creator of Planet Golf and a coder behind a recent port of l'Abbaye des Morts. This guy and his vest will be published by Psytronik and RGCD. Since these games are not out yet I won't spoil much. here's just a smallest billboard possible. More words or pictures about these three as soon as they are released.
After some good dose of pixel things and all sorts of limit this and that, it was nice to paint something without restrictions for a change so here's my favorite pastime called 'Swamp Surfing', also sent to 'Demosplash' party.
For more paint, point yer olde eyeballs in general direction of a piratey illustration protecting the lair of Onslaught. Arrrr.
Now some printing news, the next installment of 8BIT Annual series, being 2019 edition, is already planned and I'm done with the cover illustration but I won't spoil it much (again), just a little skull to peep at as skulls are a peeping must!
As for the 2018 edition of this magazine, it is finally straight outta print house so here's a pic of that, courtesy of 8bitannual chaps. I'm still waiting to put my grubby tentacles around this issue, could take a whole year to read all that with 200+ pages or so.
And the last bit of news is very important to me as I knew this game would happen one day as the prophecy have foretold looong time ago. Well, maybe you noticed a little web game here called 'Judge Dredd in the House of Death', a simple dice throwing adventure game based on the old 'dicemen' series from the late 80s. I always felt that this game would be perfect on C64 so the graphics were always drawn in this fashion (actually 0xpaint then more recently Pixcen). After talking with ATL/SNAQZ chaps, namely Snabel (music) and QzeroW (code) about working on some C64 game(s) in the future, I briefly mentioned this game also as something that could work nicely and to my surprise they loved the idea!
So now that the X Party is over, we can slowly *judge* this one out so more news about it next time...
to be continued...