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Huggable Melodies Books & Game

I was recently commissioned to illustrate the next installment of the Huggable Melodies series, Sniffly Sandborn in a Trip to the Hospital.

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While we were creating the Amazon/Barnes & Noble versions, we also decided to publish a square format version of Picked-On Poindexter and hard cover versions for each book (coming soon).

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Since Huggable Melodies visits libraries to read the books to children, I thought it might be fun if they had a book-related game to play. I found a site called The Game Crafter that makes custom board games. You just need to supply the artwork, choose what pieces you’ll need and create the project, they’ll do the rest.

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Click the image above if you want to get a copy of the game for yourself. I don’t have any markup set on the game, so the cost reflects the price set by The Game Center just to produce each copy of the game.

Next up…Drowsy Drysdale!

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CartoonSmart: Netflix Style

CartoonSmart recently announced a new subscription plan to their iOS and artwork/animation courses. This is a great way to learn all you want to learn about those topics for a really affordable rate.

Unfortunately, the Construct 2 tutorials aren’t included in the plan, but they’re still offered at a heavily discounted rate compared to Udemy.com.

Thanks to everyone who has already taken the Construct 2 courses. If you haven’t checked them out yet, go to CartoonSmart and have a look!

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Freelance Retirement

Just over a month ago, I decided to accept a full-time position as a technical project manager in a new city. My family and I packed up our house and moved to start a new adventure. This was the first time I would be working in an actual office in almost 5 years, so it was a bit of an adjustment.

After a few weeks of working, it grew apparent that I would no longer have the time to have a healthy work/life balance if I were to continue doing freelance work on the side. I actually did the math, and numerically, there really weren’t enough hours in the day. So I’ve decided to hang up my freelance gloves unless I ever need to pick it back up for financial reasons.

I’ll still try to keep up on mobile technology and write blog posts and tutorials when I have time, but I will no longer be accepting new clients or projects. It’s been a fun decade of always having freelance projects going on the side, but for now, I think I’m just going to focus on one job and my family.

– Greg

Bob’s Burgers: BurgerBoss Fan Game

I’m a huge fan of the cartoon series, Bob’s Burgers. I’ve been following H. Jon Benjamin’s and Loren Bouchard’s work since the debut of Home Movies in 1999. My sister-in-law even got to interview H. Jon Benjamin last year.

In season 2, episode 4 of Bob’s Burgers, Bob becomes obsessed with playing a fictional game called “BurgerBoss.” I thought the 80’s-style artwork was cool, so I figured I’d make a fan game based off of it.

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My gameplay is different than in the show and I’ve only completed level 1 (probably with a few bugs in it), but it’s only taken a few hours so far and it’s been fun to make. They don’t show a ton of gameplay throughout the show, but I tried to get the same basic idea out of it while including some jokes from the show like “BOB SUX”.

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Periodically check the game out to see if/when I’ve added more levels and enemies: http://gpanimations.com/burgerboss.html

Maddie Bear in Space

It’s been quite awhile since I last released a game for myself. The other night, I decided I would try to push out a game in 3 hours or less. The result is Maddie Bear in Space.

It’s available for iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Android and Android TV and requires a simple touch or button tap interface. You collect as many moons as you can and avoid the spikes to gain a high score.

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Construct 2: Space Pinball Tutorial

I’m very pleased to announce that my new video course, Create a Space Pinball Game in Construct 2, is now live on Udemy!

It’s priced at $59, but I want to offer it to my loyal blog followers at a special discounted price of $20. The first 50 readers to use promo code BLOGFOLLOWERS or click this link will save $39 off the normal price.

Thank you for continuing to read my blog and have fun making the pinball game!

Sketch 3

I was recently commissioned by Stone River E-Learning to create a video tutorial series on Sketch 3 software. If you need a lightweight software package to quickly mock-up websites or mobile apps, Sketch 3 is very useful. The learning curve is very small and there’s even a website devoted to templates and artwork specifically for Sketch 3 that you can use.

I didn’t want the tutorials to be a typical “this is how you use the oval drawing tool” course, so the very first lesson is creating an actual Facebook app clone. I figured it’d be more exciting to create working examples and the students would learn how to use all of the tools by actually making something.

If you don’t already own a copy of Sketch 3, get the 30 day free trial here and check out the course here.