I am proud to present the latest character to be added to Knight Guy, Sir Thomas, The Fist of the King!
Sir Thomas was raised as a Monk and trained in martial arts. As a young adult he left his monastery and became a Knight. He taught the other Knight discipline and spirituality. Sir Thomas preferred to use his unarmed combat skills as opposed to the sword and shield of a knight and earned the title “Fist of the King” as a result of pummeling evil doers with his hands.
During the events of Knight Guy, Sir Thomas is transformed into a terrible monster and Knight Guy must fight against him to save him from becoming a monster forever. Help Knight Guy free Sir Thomas and the other Knights from the evil clutches of the cosmic daemon Wrxlrr, by following my blog or our Facebook page.
Alas the last couple of weeks, progress has come grinding down to an unbearable slog. Making a game, or any other worthwhile piece of art is not easy. Besides all the graphics looking the way you want, or the physics not reacting just perfectly, there is all the nitty-gritty code that allows your game to work on different platforms and with third-party services.
How does one stay motivated while facing these daunting tasks? Below I have listed three ways I stay motivated and I hope to share them so that I can help more people like me. I know not all of you are game developers, but I really think these tips can be applied to a lot of mediums.
Do NOT work yourself into exhaustion!
this is the #1 thing I have to remind myself. If I am stuck I can work on a different aspect of the project or take a break. Being a solo artists you manage your social media, promotions, websites and probably a laundry list of other things related to your project. Take a mental break, and tackle a different aspect of your project. You will continue to make progress which will keep you motivated and you will not exhaust yourself over one blocking point.
It sounds cheesy, but keeping positive is key to staying motivated. Do not lose hope, everyone hits roadblocks and nothing worth doing is easy. Remember the goal, what do you hope to accomplish. My goal is to become independent of my retail job and focus on school, and to build a portfolio in the industry I would one day wish to work. Take everything you want and use that as a force to propel your motivations and in turn your progress on your project.
Make Time for your Project
It’s easy to get busy and let your project sit for long periods of time without any progress. When this happens our ideas and inspiration get lost. You must make time to work on your art, even if it is just for thirty minutes, once a week. Without being involved you distance yourself and your skills will atrophy. Push yourself, the constant contact with your project will show you that progress is possible and keep you pushing forward.
I hope this was helpful to some. Truth be told this is my break away from my project. I will continue work on Knight Guy and we will hopefully see some more progress soon.
Making my way through another week of school, I am starting to come up on my first exams. Namely for Calculus. Luckily the first test is never too bad.
On the game development front, I am managing to make steady progress on Knight Guy. I am currently adding some new levels, and working to fix bugs in existing levels. I hope to start work on the second boss by the end of next week. The above image is a background for the new area.
Let me leave you with a terrible, calculus related dad joke. Hope you all have an awesome week!
“I told a girl she had a nice TAN line, but she didn’t get the Sine… Maybe she’ll give me a Secant chance.”
When I first set out on my journey to make an independent game, I had a very narrow vision in mind. My sights were set on mobile, which is still largely the plan. As I move further along, my thoughts on the matter have changed. Now, that I am trying to get Knight Guy in front of potential players I am offering early access to a closed beta for YouTubers and streamers. Most of the best recording software works best with PC, so based on some feedback from Mr.WobblyFootGamer, I have added key mapping to the PC version, and I plan to continue to cater some features towards this new version. Eventually I hope to release a full fledged PC version of Knight Guy along side his mobile older brother. Let me know what platform you’d love to play Knight Guy on, and check out our two YouTube let’s play videos below, the second one is by Cole 4.0, so big shout out to him. Thanks for reading and have a great week.