Plans for 2023

Here’s roughly what I plan to do this year.

Remaster of Spamocalypse: Aftermath

I released this almost 6 years ago, and lately, I’ve been thinking of remaking or remastering it. I honestly think this was one of my best projects – bloated codebase and mediocre art skills and all – and from my admittedly quick testing this morning, a lot of the old mechanics still work! Some improved textures, models, sounds and possibly a new level would breath some new life into it.

Here’s the old trailer. If you want to try it, it’s up on Gamejolt.

Connacht Disaster Zone

Still more stories to come here, I think. I haven’t really focussed so much on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-esque “reality going out to lunch” side of it, so I’d like to do more here. The current work-in-progress there is tentatively titled “Seeing Through the Wire Skin”.

I’ve noticed recently that I’ve been leaning towards video game glitches or silliness switches (such as Big Head Mode) as the source of the weirdness. Screwing around with the ragdolls in Garry’s Mod might give me some more ideas…

Remittance Witch

It’s slow going, but I’ll try to have a draft done by the end of the year.

Stop Poking Meee!

Aidan slowly reached for the cup and saucer that lay about a foot away from him on his left, well within the field of vision provided by his remaining eye. He wasn’t sure of the exact distance any more, not since the last month.

Just as his left hand was about to close around the teacup’s handle, or at least looked like it was,he felt it again. Not the cold, wet sensation of water dripping, nor the tap of somebody trying to get his attention in a most unwise manner, but…

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Posters for download on BuyMeACoffee

Something that popped into my head on Friday while I was in a pub saying goodbye to some former colleagues: some of my art might make good posters.

Here’s one that I had printed on canvas a few months ago, with some LEDs behind it on the wall of my home office.

The other three are a single panel of my St Patrick’s Day comic, a terror bird lancer, and a recent image of Draugr relaxing in their local hot springs.

Fomorians In Their Own Words: Ms S.

I will not tell where I was born – let the fact that it was a surface village of the League be enough. As a citizen of the League, I sat through the endless classes on being a good citizen. We were taught that everyone must pull their weight in the League for the common good. To Leave No Feartollán Behind. I went to Mass like everyone else. I attended the Civil Defence training sessions, even as my parents struggled to pay the levies and tithes to support the militias. I planned to become a nurse.

None of it made the slightest difference. One of Connacht Trading’s security guardsmen accused me of being a thief and a Fomorian sympathiser, and everybody I knew turned a blind eye as he removed me from my home without a trial. Just like that.

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Spycrabs & Warbirds now available

Now available from BuyMeACoffee!

Upcoming collection: Spycrabs & Warbirds

Above is the cover for my next collection, focussing on the containment efforts around the Connacht Disaster Zone and other countries’ efforts to exploit it. I haven’t settled on the release date yet, but as usual, it will be available from BuyMeACoffee (pay what you want).

Fomorians In Their Own Words: SOB

I am of the Brotherhood, and I don’t care who hears it. I’m told you think we’re bandits. That we live just to steal babies and…turn them into us. Make them stronger.

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New secondary site: basic version ready

Well, after my first holiday to Dublin in a few years – almost three years to the day – I came down with Covid. After managing to dodge the dreaded lurgy for over two years, I finally got it. Yay.

I had got the secondary site uploaded before that, and managed to get it mostly working. So, you can find the backup on GitHub Pages here. There are some caveats:

  • I have only linked 3 stories so far
  • Mobile browsers won’t be able to view the full PDF in the browser, but you’ll be able to download then.
  • The styling doesn’t match between mobile or desktop browsers.

I could probably put Vue on my CV now, if I think frontend development might be worth going back to. I’m still not sure about that.

Tales From A Fomorian Detention Centre is now available!

My second short story collection is now live, both on this site and on Buy Me A Coffee.

New artwork, upcoming story collection

I never got around to filling out the sketch of Kergioo/Debraa that I used as the feature image for Serpentoid Site Scouts, so that is finally filled out and uploaded.

A pair of snakes with arms, lurking in the grass. One holds a telescope.
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