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Monday, March 19, 2018

This Week in Game-Guru - 3/19/2018

Welcome to another weekly wrap-up on all things Game-Guru.  Things continue to shape up post-public preview v2 and we're seeing most of the artists develop a workflow around PBR assets which really add a level of depth and dimension pretty far beyond what Game-Guru has been known to do.

Official Game-Guru News:

Game-Guru now has a donation link for 3rd party development.  It's about time!  Remember, these monies won't go towards Lee & Company.  It will actually go for people who are doing contracted work outside of TheGameCreators to fix up long-standing issues in Game-Guru.  I've already put a few bucks towards it and encourage you to do the same to help reward those who are really getting this project moving again!

In other news, the Easter DLC is also free so grab it while it lasts!
It's also got some new models added so existing owners of it who bought it last year should have that in their inventory as well.

Beyond that, work continues on the pending 'regular' release of Game-Guru.  Bear in mind beyond public preview editions, we have seen NO real updates to Game-Guru since May of last year.  That's quite a long time to wait.  So I think a lot of us are really hoping to see something magical though I think it's fair to expect we'll run into some snags as well.  Hopefully Lee and team are agile after the fact and fix whatever whack-a-mole bugs pop up.

New Products on the Store:

This week we're starting to see the current crop of PBR related assets coming forward as more and more artists get used to working with the new medium.  Some of this stuff looks really great!

Most, if not all of these are PBR enabled.
I noticed Mad Lobster Workshop's Mad Scientist Lair now has a second 'kit' to it which is an 'essentials/lite' pack.

I love this brain in a jar, Mad Lobster!

This is a good idea to corral the ever-expanding inventory and help break it out though I still would have made pack 1, 2, 3 instead of his method.  To each their own though. 

Graphix's work on a playground set is really turning out nice, about time for us to get an updated one.  I have been using an older one for years and it's about time to update.

Finally there's this way, way, way overpriced toilet from newcomer HomeWreckers Studio.  I mean I get it, everyone needs a good quality toilet for their games.  For the price though he's going to find it a struggle to sell this piece.  Probably.  My recommendation would be to offer it significantly reduced by itself (say $3.50) or include it much reduced as part of a pack.

Free Stuff:

This week there's not a lot going on.  I will say though Bod has been working on updating his assets for PBR and they look phenomenal.

Though word in the winds is that a fix is coming to PP that will render a lot of his updates unnecessary.

Beyond that we see some new stuff from Graphix (notably a cabinet) and  some free music from the probably very-hard to pronounce "eluukkanen".

Third Party Tools:

This week we got to see a glimpse of something REALLY cool.  A third party tool called "Game Launcher Creator".  This program really allows some impressive things such as live updates, notifications, a WYSIWYG editor, and more.   You can find info on it here: ... lots of potential in this one.

Someone found a new PBR tool:

Random Acts of Creativity:

This week Bugsy put up some new screenies of 'Direct Action 2' and it looks great.
He's really getting a handle on GG's lighting and it shows:
Great use of a dynamic (RED) light with lots of soft blue static lights.
Also it's nice to see 'Len the Man' still working on his cowboy shooter game.

In my own works:

Sort of a lazy week for me.  I have a lot of life stuff going on.  Lately I've been playing Galaxy on Fire 3 on iphone, World of Tanks Blitz (iphone) and also Tera had an event for Male Brawler classes this weekend .. and I've been a founder in that since the dawn of time.  So not much going on.  Pounded out a few thousand words on the book.  Books are a process of constantly grinding out more material.  I did obtain licensure for a few more assets so that's coming along nicely.  I now have some custom models worth noting and am looking forward to revealing them as time goes on!

Eventually the book will come with:
A full set of level-building supplies (buildings, clutter objects)
A custom character (enemy/npc)
Custom Character Creator assets
Custom weapons and more!

I'm still looking for qualified artists.  Let me know if you have an interest in having some of your work included!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Game-Guru and Female Gamers

My wife is a hardcore female gamer.  She maintains a fairly popular YouTube channel (  While I cannot speak for her directly, I will note some observations about her experiences with gaming, being a woman, and gamedev.

You see, she's been a long time horror fan.  I mean long time; as long or longer than I've known her.
She loves Silent Hill; she maintained a pretty high traffic website back in the early 2000's on it.  It crushed her to see Silent Hills (she's not a Koijima fangirl).  It reduced her to rubble when she saw him quit, destroy all existing progress on it, and essentially cause a hard reset for the franchise.  The look in her eyes when I told her it'd be 4 more years from that point before she'd see another SH game was difficult indeed.

So in her mind, she wants to make her OWN horror game.  To her credit (reasons like this are why I married the woman) she put her money where her mouth was and started learning Unity and Unreal.  She's made some impressive stuff for someone with no training in any formal capacity and no real background in GameDev.

She however sees my work in Game-Guru and is interested.  Unfortunately there are literally almost no female models to work with on the store.  She knows I'm writing a book on Game-Guru and have tons of experience with the system - but there's simply nothing there to pull her in for her own projects.

So .. just a little suggestion for developers reading this - please add some female-friendly stuff to the store - it might help attract at least one new buyer I can think of!

Monday, March 12, 2018

This Week in Game-Guru: 03/12/2018

I'm going to condense my weekly report this week significantly as there's not a lot going on currently. I'm also renaming "Engine Update Progress Report" to "Official Game-Guru News"

Official Game-Guru News:

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New products in the store:

More trees  from M2design... interestingly they are PBR assets.
More clutter items (batteries) from Teabone
A completely modular house kit of.. very similar looking houses from a new guy named 'homewrecker studios'.  Anyone else see the irony of him selling houses on the store?
More PBR assets from Mad Lobster
A pretty clever Ricochet script kit from Mstockton

Free Stuff:

Graphix put together a nice punching bag: here
Nothing else going on, seriously.

Third Party Tools:

There's a inventory system here that I missed last week: here
Looks like a solid WIP.

Random Acts of Creativity:

The bizarre but intriguing title "Visit to Murmia" is getting some new updates.  I'm curious about this one but without a plot (by the creators own admission) it's going to be a hard sell as a completed work.

In my own works:

Still grinding out this book.  I'm about 1/3rd through the first rough draft and not quite to the territory where it's a slog.  Life is hitting me hard right now though so I'm having trouble putting words to paper when I'm dealing with the constant difficulty of living in my own head.  Soon enough though the fog will clear and I'll move forward again with my usual aplomb.  For now, I'm sitting just over 40,000 words of a projected 120,000.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Some forward progress worth reporting!

Just a quick little update post:
I've got a source for my Legal, Marketing and Distribution catch-all chapter that's been very forthcoming.  He's one of the premier artists and creators in the Game-Guru community who has actually had good success so it's important to me to get his details on how he was able to achieve that.

I also contacted a former artist in the Game Guru community who has been kind enough to provide me with my first batch of art for my book.  This custom art is something he had already created but since he's done with Game-Guru he'll allow me to distribute it with the book freely :).   So thanks Mio!

I am still looking for more artists and providers.  I don't have a lot to offer at this point so if you're interested in helping out (and a place in the acknowledgements section) let me know!