My “side” project

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been feeling a little down recently. I guess after recording almost 230 podcasts, you begin to wonder exactly how long you can keep telling people how crappy religion is.

Luckily, my broodiness has passed, and it’s been replaced with jubilation at a recent side project I’ve decided to take on. As some of you may know, I’m a huge gamer, and one of my goals in life is to make my very own old school video game. I was recently watching a documentary on Alexander the Great, and I’ve also been playing a shit-ton of older Genesis games, most particularly “Shining Force“. It made me want to draw again, and over the weekend I’ve been feverishly doodling concept drawing for what I hope will be my own Tactical RPG called “Alexander”. The plot centers around the Greek gods¬†commissioning¬†Alexander the Great to destroy the Persian God, Ahura Mazda.

I’m also planning on making a graphic novel companion, but as you can guess, this is all in the distant future. Nothing fundamental is changing with TGA, of course. All that I’m doing is adding a labor of love to the list of ¬†projects I want to do, and I’m inviting people interested in helping out to message me (a love of old school gaming is a must). In a few weeks I’ll be putting up a website dedicated entirely to the project where people can offer either their labor, or their cash for the project. In the meantime, enjoy some of the artwork I drew!

Comments (9)

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    In Utah

    Those are pretty good. You should keep it up! I really love the old-school 2D games.

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    Brennan

    Congratulations, Jacob.

    From you meticulous concept sketches this will have the personal flare of TGA that we all appreciate. I have faith that you will persevere and complete this odyssey.

    Cheers

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    Joey3264

    YES! I love Shining force! it really sucks that it only lasted three games before sega abandoned it :(

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    Danny Pope

    Bring back my low framerate 2D games goddamit!

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    Curt

    Nice! I am a major gamer as well, been playing continuously since I was 5 years old on my Atari 2600! I’ll be following this project with great interest.

    I like the mixing of mythologies as well, that always makes for interesting stories.

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    GA_Wolf

    I have a few friends that work with Pinnacle. (My buddy Clint does a lot with their Savage Worlds system.) Might be worth approaching them to see if you can break into game testing and doing some writing.

    http://www.peginc.com/

    They’ve used freelancers in the past, not sure of their current policies.

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    tc

    i hope you do not become discouraged. I just discovered the website & podcast and think it’s great. A few hundred podcasts surely just scratches the surface–I for one hope to hear the ‘bible stories’ treatment of Ezekiel 23 for instance! :)

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    Jarrod Smith

    Mate you are an incredible drawer, keep it up, I love this stuff.

    I actually work in video games as a graphics programmer. I’d love to hear more about what you have in mind – maybe go into some more detail on the next podcast.

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    Stephen Orlando

    This is great stuff. I can’t wait to see how this game shapes up. I’m also working independently on a old-school style game. Be aware that even a simple game can get pretty complex quickly – I suggest doing a lot of research – the forums at http://www.tigsource.com/ are a great place to start. Good luck!

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