Play Expo Glasgow

I’m almost two weeks late making this blog, but I went to the Play Expo in Glasgow over the weekend and it was cool. It was my first time going to a gaming convention of any sort, so I didn’t know what to expect. They had lots of arcade machines, pinball tables, retro consoles, cosplay and other stuff. While the place was super crowded at first, it emptied out a lot later on in the day, giving me the chance to actually try out quite a few things.

Highlights for me were:

  • Briefly playing old Doom on the Oculus. It worked well, and the parts with moving platforms hit me really hard. I continue to look forward to seeing what comes out of VR in the coming years. It’s a shame there was only one Vive setup there, and almost no one got a chance to try it out.
  • Playing the Vectrex, an ancient console with a vector based screen instead of pixels. The games on it were super simple but actually a lot of fun – most of them just involved shooting at spaceships, which is my sort of thing.
  • Playing some arcade machines! I’ve got a thing for Defender, so I played that a lot. Some of the games had very weird controls - Marble Madness just has a trackball instead of any buttons, which was fun but awkward.
  • Playing some pinball! I don’t think I’ve ever played any real pinball before. Most of my experience comes from playing Pokemon Pinball on the Gameboy Color, so that was a fun experience.
  • Talking to some other indie devs briefly! There wasn’t any well known devs there, but it was nice to see what others were working on, and I’ve got a few more people to follow on Twitter now.
  • Seeing cosplays of some characters from Ed, Edd and Eddie. Didn’t expect that at all.

So it was a lot of fun, and I think I’ll be looking around for similar events in future. It was pleasant seeing so many nerds together, people from my own tribe. I felt right at home being socially awkward and almost not talking to anyone.

In other news, the UK is gonna leave the EU, and everyone is panicking. I’m just gonna walk it off and see what happens.


EBF5: Second Boss

Finished another boss, and his helpers. He’s quite a traditional EBF enemy. I think he ended up looking pretty cool, so let me know what you think.
But then again, this is a big-ish spoiler, so maybe you don’t want to see it.

I think I’ll reupload the first boss later, since I’ve made quite a few changes to it since I posted it.

EBF5 Current Foe Count: 118

Closing the Foe Competition

Hey guys, I’m calling off the EBF5 foe competition. I’ve got enough foes planned out now and I don’t think I’ll be needing any more from fans.

In case you missed them, the winners were:
Haunted Mirrors - The Fallen - Voodoo Dolls - Creeps

You can browse most of the stuff submitted in this DeviantArt collection.
There’s a lot of good ideas in there. Super big thanks to everyone who contributed!

Finally, here’s a few more foes that I strongly considered, but didn’t quite fit in. Maybe I’ll use some of these in future games or something. I might feature them in EBF5′s gallery.

By Locust-Swarm:


By Hellsniper01:
By ErgotthVonHoehnheim:ebf5_spider_by_ergotthvonhohenheim-d9wgylb

By Super-Green-Ray:

EBF5: Golems

New golems!

I counted up all the foes I’ve done so far, and there was a disproportionately large number of fire and ice enemies, and too little wind, poison, and water enemies. So expect to see more of the rarer elements coming up. These golems already have some unusual elemental mixes in them.

EBF5 Current Foe Count: 106