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3D Plok from 1994?

Blog posted by Ste Pickford on Mon, 23 Feb 2015

3D Plok from 1994?Here's a fascinating little curio, a photo from the back page of a Software Creations (the studio where we developed Plok on the SNES) corporate brochure, from around 1994 or 1995. The page is describing how high tech and cutting-edge Creations were. P...

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Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint goes ...

Blog posted by JPickford

Wed, 04 Sep 2013

As of today, our iOS game Magnetic Billiards is now free for the main game (20+ levels). We've also dropped the price of in-app purchases to the lowest tier (69p / $1) for level packs and the Skeleton Key which gives you all the content plus access to pr...

Poposity #15

Blog posted by JPickford

Sun, 30 Dec 2012

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Poposity #13

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Fri, 28 Dec 2012

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Poposity #11

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Wed, 26 Dec 2012

Poposity #11

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Poposity #9

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Mon, 24 Dec 2012

Poposity #9

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Poposity #7

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Sat, 22 Dec 2012

Poposity #7

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Poposity #5

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Thu, 20 Dec 2012

Poposity #5

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Poposity #3

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Tue, 18 Dec 2012

Poposity #3

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Poposity #1

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Sun, 16 Dec 2012

Poposity #1

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Is fairness the first casualty of b...

Blog posted by JPickford

Tue, 01 May 2012

Over the last few weeks I've heard of a business practice amongst indie developers that I found quite shockingly unfair. This lead me to thinking about the concept of fairness in business. I suppose, along with my brother Ste, I've been a businessman ...

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DRM cover prints

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Tue, 27 Jan 2015

DRM cover prints

We've had several requests for prints of the DRM cover painting I posted last week, so we've had some made and set up a BigCartel shop to handle payments and delivery details etc. The link to the shop is at the bottom of this post. The prints are A3,...

64 episodes, 256 panels!

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Thu, 22 Jan 2015

64 episodes, 256 panels!

Last week we reached the milestone of 64 episodes of the weekly Plok comic strip. Being a computer nerd, any power of 2 is way more significant than a puny multiple of 10, so 64 episodes is massive for us. We've flipped over to 7 bits now for the episo...

Death Ray Manta cover painting

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Tue, 20 Jan 2015

Death Ray Manta cover painting

This is the cover art I've just painted for DRM (Death Ray Manta), a new game by Rob Fearon (and friends), coming to Steam and Vita early this year. I've never done cover art for anyone else before. In fact I've only really done it for our own games in...

Plok frustration source

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Tue, 20 Jan 2015

Plok frustration source

Aha! I've realised what the source of the brilliant Game Grumps Plok animation video I posted yesterday was. It's the audio from this video where they play through Plok and get really frustration. Brilliant stuff! NOTE: A bit sweary, so still NSFW.

Plok frustration animation

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Mon, 19 Jan 2015

Plok frustration animation

I love this video by the Game Grumps all about Plok's frustrations, especially Plok going home to his wife, and a big steak. NOTE: Plok's wife is definitely NOT CANON. NOTE2: The video is a bit sweary, so NSFW.

Vol 2 cover - Final

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Sun, 09 Nov 2014

Vol 2 cover - Final

Here's the finished cover for 'Plok Volume 2: Boom'. We hope to release this as an ebook, and a paperback volume, before the end of November, which will make this perfect companion to 'Plok Volume 1: Awake' for anyone Christmas shopping for a comics or ...

Vol 2 cover - combined!

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Sun, 09 Nov 2014

Vol 2 cover - combined!

And now that wondrous moment when everything gets combined together, and I add the title logo and text, and it all looks... urgh. I did't like it. It's too busy and the background is fighting for attention with the foreground, and the composition is a b...

Vol 2 cover - Plok 2

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Sun, 09 Nov 2014

Vol 2 cover - Plok 2

Now I added the shading to the Plok layer. Straightforward again, using the same technique of two adjustment layers between the colour and ink layers. I also added a subtle white 'glow' effect to the colour layer, which I hoped would help the Plok limb...

Vol 2 cover - Plok 1

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Sun, 09 Nov 2014

Vol 2 cover - Plok 1

I finally decided that I might as well try and finish it off, as I'd done most of the work. I coloured in the Plok inks, which was totally straightforward, although I did move them about a bit compared to the layout in the pencils, as I tried out differ...

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