Monthly Archives: January 2020

Fanart: Pixel Swords

Hiya Folks!

The weather’s been pretty miserable, but were starting to see some veeery early signs of spring in the garden which is a surefire way to lift spirits in the damp dark winter. Plans are starting up for what projects we’ll be focusing on in the garden this year, and we are starting with early preparations so that as soon as we start getting warmer and dryer weather we can dive into it head first. In the meantime EBF5 being launched on the web has inspired us to catch up on a lot of browser games we’ve missed in the past few months.

Here are a bunch of cool pixel swords from Leaf.

Lego: Kirbys

I added a UFO Kirby to the family.
I’m very happy with the supports – you can barely see them!

I’ll probably update the EBF5 beta on wednesday. Don’t expect much though, it’s mostly just updates to the Steam store page, translation fixes, and other minor changes. I’m still not sure when V2 will be 100% finished, but it’s getting close.

Looking for Advice on PC Hardware

Hey guys, my current PC is 8 years old, and it’s time for me to buy a new one. Technology has obviously changed a lot in that time, so I was hoping that any PC experts could chime in with some tips for me. I plan to spend as much as I need to before I run into obviously diminishing returns – I’m thinking that’ll be around £2,000, which I think is similar to $2,300 after factoring in sales tax. I’ll mainly be using this PC for programming/animation/indie game dev, and VR games. I’m still researching, but here’s my thoughts so far:

CPU: I currently have an i5-3570K, and it looks like any mid-range CPU I get today should be a decent upgrade. I’m concerned that a lot of my software might not take full advantage of all the CPU cores. But if it’s worth it, I’m prepared to go all out on an overclocked i9 with liquid cooling.

The slowest task for me is compiling game code/assets – Adobe Flash uses all 4 of my CPU cores to do this, but only at around 30-60% each. Does that mean something else is the bottleneck? My CPU never seems to reach max usage unless multiple apps are running. I’m not sure what to make of this.

SSD: Looks like the new PCIe SSDs are WAY faster than the SATA ones from a few years ago. I’ll be getting enough space to put all of my work and applications on one of those 3,500Mbps PCIe SSDs.

RAM: I’m currently on 16GB, and I’ve rarely come close to using all of it. But maybe I’ll add some more so I’m future-proof. From what I understand, RAM speeds haven’t changed much over the years?

GPU: My current Radeon HD 6870 card barely runs Doom 2016 at minimum settings, so that’s definitely the part most in need of an upgrade. I won’t be doing a lot of AAA gaming, and I’m not too picky about playing games on max settings, BUT I would like to buy a Valve Index and play a bunch of VR stuff, so maybe it’s worth spending a bit more. It looks like there’s a lot of brands and options here… and it’s kind of overwhelming. The PC I was looking at has a 8GB EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER. Something like that? Gamers will tell me I should spend as much as I can afford… but that sounds like overkill.

The most I’ve ever spent on a PC is £1,000, and it’s always felt like a worthwhile purchase (especially if it serves me for 8 years). So I’m sure I’ll be impressed no matter what I go with.

Here’s what I’ve been considering. Thoughts?

Project Roadmap

Hey guys, I figured I’d do an update about what I’ll be working on next. So here’s a list, roughly in order of priority…

Publishing EBF5 on Armor Games – almost done!
Finishing EBF5 version 2.0 – This has been delayed slightly because of several small issues, including Windows 7 being discontinued, Phyrnna being quite busy with exams, and some translations needing a bit of extra time. It may still be finished by the end of the month, but it could take a bit longer. We’ll see.
New PC – My current PC is 8 years old, and I’ve mostly been keeping it around so I can keep using Windows 7. So now that I’ve been forced to upgrade, it’s time for me to do some research and drop some big money on a new workstation (and VR setup).
Publishing EBF5 on more PC stores – When version 2.0 is done, I’ll put EBF5 on more storefronts, probably including GOG and Humble Store. I’d love to do Epic Games Store, but I don’t have much control over that unless they contact me.
Publishing EBF5 on mobile – The game already runs on my phone, just not very well. This one is a question about whether or not I can optimize it enough to run well on most phones. I’ll give it a try, but I’m not promising that this will be successful.
Publishing my old games on Steam – Sometime before Flash is killed off in browsers, I’ll put my old game library up on Steam as a single application. I’ll need to remove some copyrighted content and make a few minor changes, but the games will otherwise be the same as before. This includes: EBF1, EBF2, Adventure Story, Bullet Heaven, Brawl Royale, Mecha Dress Up, The Kitten Game, and Cat Cafe.
YouTube Livestreams – I’m gonna finish up the EBF5 livestreams, and stream other Flash games that I like. I’m not sticking to any sort of schedule since this is just a hobby.