Author Archives: Matt Roszak

Cat Mosaic

Here’s the last of the mosaics, and that’s me done with all of my arts classes for now.

I’ve finished preparing for the Play Expo. Spent a grand total of £80 on it, including cards, posters, and t-shirts. I made a very restricted version of the Battle Demo for people to play for 10 minutes. I’ll let you know later how that all goes – we’ll see if my cheapo stall ends up looking at all professional.

It’s been quite a chill week with very sunny weather and lots of relaxing.
Also, I own a house now! Me and Ronja are moving in tomorrow!

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New Business Cards Again

I printed 1,000 of the cheapest business cards I could find, and I’m very pleased with them. The edges are a bit rough, but the colors turned out more accurate than on other cards I’ve done. Got them for just £30 off Banana-Print.co.uk.

I probably won’t manage to give these all away at the Play Expo, but at least I have them for later.
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Minecraft Mosaic

Here’s mosaic number 3! This one’s my favourite, and it was also by far the fastest one to make. You can pretty much do this at home if you just stick to glue and skip the cement. So maybe I’ll have to make some more of these later.

Is… Minecraft still cool?
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Goomba Mosaic

Here’s mosaic number 2! This one’s a bit more recognisable than the previous one.
Those black tiles caused me a bit of grief, as they don’t fit in very well and they’re also not very shiny.

After this I learnt not to use grout for pixel art, as it looks better to just glue the tiles right next to each other if you’re only using squares… more on that next time. Also I’ve made one that’s not pixel art (I had to try at least one), but I still need to polish it a bit.

In other news, I’ve just settled into my parents house and it looks like I may be getting my own house soon after all, so it’ll be time to move all over again!

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EBF5 at Play Expo Glasgow

Hey guys, me and Ronja will be exhibiting EBF5 at the Play Expo in Glasgow on the 9th and 10th of June! They’re nice enough to give free tables to small local game devs, so I have to take advantage of that. It’s our first time exhibiting, so we’ll probably embarrass ourselves. I wonder how many fans I have in Glasgow… probably enough for at least a few people to recognise me I hope. Mostly I’m expecting the kinds of comments I get on YouTube: “I remember EBF3, I didn’t know the series was still around!”

The timing is a bit unfortunate, as I’m in the middle of moving and would also need a bit more time to finish the EBF5 beta. I’ll probably just polish the Battle Demo a little bit and make it more presentable. It would have been nice to get feedback on the beta, but oh well!

Anyway, the Play Expo is pretty cool. It’s not as big as some of the events in England, but it’s got a lot of fun stuff to see like classic consoles, arcade games and pinball machines, and can easily keep you entertained for at least a day. If you live near Glasgow, you have no excuse not to go now.
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EBF5: Challenge Runs

Something a lot of people requested for Newgame+ was additional challenges, like perks for monsters or different upgrade options. I’m not going to lock content like that behind a 2nd playthrough. Instead an idea I’ve had for a while is “Challenge Run” settings that you can set at the start of the game and cannot change after that. Ideas I’ve got so far are:

Content Remixes: 
• Randomised locations of equipment.
• Alternative weather throughout the game.
• Different foes appearing in battles.

Added Difficulty:
• Perks for foes such as more resistances.
• Dead players lose their turn, additional cooldowns, or other handicaps.

Basically stuff that will make the game feel fresh if you want to play it again, but you won’t feel like you’re missing out if you only play through it once. It doesn’t involve any new content, just a bit of remixing.

This won’t be a feature at launch though. I’m saving it for a future update if sales are good.
(along with lots of other leftover ideas, such as bringing back old bosses and making some totally new enemies!) 

Also here’s an unrelated video.