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David Fulton @JackSmack

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Posted by JackSmack - April 18th, 2011


Howdy everypeoples!

So first off my Plunger Snake idea is up for sale on Quirky.com

http://www.quirky.com/products/100-Nau tilus-Toilet-Plunger

You might notice that it no longer has a snake in it and it costs 50 bucks... Can't say I'm overly pleased with the process but from the demos that I have seen this thing will shove a watermelon through a tailpipe.

If you have a credit card you can pledge to buy one and help me get it closer to the threshold. When you pledge you don't get charged and you won't get charged until you CONFIRM that you want the item after it gets past threshold.

So pledge to buy as many as you can, cause the more you actually buy the more money you earn from sales from this point on.

Also if you can like it on facebook and tell your friends I would appreciate it.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nautilus -Plunger-by-Quirky/101752813245137

In other news.... I made a game for the game jam called Catch 51. Play it!

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/
567719

My product on Quirky is up for sale!  Pledge to buy one! AND A NEW GAME!


Posted by JackSmack - April 9th, 2011


Howdy everypeoples! I'm still looking for awesome stuff to put on the walls of my new office. I don't have any money though and I have a Wacom tablet that I don't use so I'm holding a little contest.

Send me a picture of the stuff that you are willing to send me and if I like it I'll give you an address to send it to. One lucky person who sends me something will get a free Wacom Graphire3 tablet. It's a bit dated but still works great! And you can't beat the price!

I did wind up putting something on the wall though... A rear view mirror so I can see people sneaking up on me when I'm wearing my headphones.

As far as game development goes... I'm making some serious strides with the level I'm working on for the upcoming Abobo's Big Adventure game. Should be able to get it into the game and test it soon I think.

My plunger through Quirky.com is nearing the end of the development process and is getting ready to go on presale. I plan on making a game to try to get some extra sales of the plunger once it is done if it isn't to expensive.

And... My birthday is this week... the big 30. I will more than likely be working since I don't have enough friends in the area to party with. No biggy though I suppose.

Here is a pic of my rear view mirror. Thus far the ONLY thing on the walls of my office.

Win a FREE Wacom tablet from ME!  I need stuff for my office!


Posted by JackSmack - March 30th, 2011


Hello there! So yeah I am renting out an office for the next few months to see how that effects my productivity. I've been hit or miss working at home so hopefully getting out of the house will help me get better control over my mojo. Hopefully I will be more diligent and productive with this new space at my disposal.

As you can see from the picture below it's pretty bland in there... it's basically a large white box that I'm sitting in by myself. I posted on twitter about it and some people have been nice enough to offer to send me some stuff to put on the walls which is nice!

I thought I would just say that I am totally open to being sent swag or drawings to put up. I'll be posting updates when I get something new.

If you would like to send me some stuff for the office let me know what it is and who you are and if I think I can trust you I will give you my address. Please no dead cats in a box or anything... after the first 3 times you find those in your mailbox it's not that funny any more.

I'm pretty sure I will get several pictures of dicks or something... I wonder how my landlord will take that if I put them up...

Just to sweeten the pot if I get something really cool I will give away my old wacom tablet that I don't use anymore. It's a bit dated (graphire 3) but still works really well and I've made quite a few projects with it. It's a wonderful starter tablet and it's in great shape!

I've got a dull office! Send me something cool and you might win a Wacom tablet!


Posted by JackSmack - February 16th, 2011


So in the last game jam I made BearBound with TurkeyOnAStick and ChartsOverHearts. I'm torn on whether or not to sign up for this game jam.

I have other things I should be working on but it's tempting. I really don't care for the random word theme generator though. That makes the theme of the game way to narrow in my opinion, and doesn't leave me much room for exploring the idea since it pretty much spells it out.

I've gotten a few people asking me if I was going to participate or not apparently they are allowing people to team up before they start the Jam... kinda changing the entire formula of the NG game jam but it's cool I guess. Should I enter the Jam guys or should I just let this one slide?

OTHER COOL STUFF:

I've been making waves over at Quirky.com. I already have one product that won and is going to be made, and now I'm in the finals again with a cool water pitcher design, and I think I'm in another final for a back to college design competition. If you had told me at Christmas that I would be an inventor by Valentine's Day I would have laughed in your face but I might just have 3 products on shelves by the end of the year. Funny how that works.

Anyway if you guys can help me with my newest idea that would be awesome, it's called the Breezy Broom, it's a broom that you hook a can of compressed air up to. You pull the trigger and it shoots air at the hard to reach dirt and gets it out in the open.

http://www.quirky.com/ideations/55309

To Jam or Not to Jam that is the question...


Posted by JackSmack - January 31st, 2011


Howdy! I have some exciting news. I had an idea and posted it to quirky.com which is a product development website, and it was chosen to be developed! That means I will see residual income from it for a long long time which is awesome.

I have a new idea up right now for a big ass water gun but I need you to help me out by voting for it here...
http://www.quirky.com/ideations/53434

If you have any way to improve the idea please share it. Thanks!

I also participated in the Global Game Jam this weekend it was pretty fun but it was hard since my team had never made games before. It was exciting and I learned a lot though!

Help me make a kick ass water gun!


Posted by JackSmack - January 19th, 2011


Howdy folks, I've been over on another site called Quirky and I've put up an invention idea that I need to get some votes for. It could mean me making a few extra bucks to have more time to put toward making games if I win so if you could please help me out by voting for my invention over there I would really appreciate it.

Here is a link
http://www.quirky.com/ideations/52688

I appreciate your help with this project. Currently I'm working on a freelance job so I can make some extra money but I really want to focus more on games and if this design gets your vote you might help me make more and better games.

I need your votes for this project.


Posted by JackSmack - January 10th, 2011


Hey everypeoples, this is odd...

So I saw Tom's post saying we should help out some guy making a locking pen design on Quirky.com. I did my dilligence and checked it out. Turns out Quirky is pretty cool so I submitted some ideas. One of them is doing rather well and it's something that I've wanted to see in stores for a while.

My idea is a plunger that has a toilet snake type rod hidden in the handle for those really stubborn clogs. I don't know why this idea caught on there but it has and it's currently in the top ten most popular on the site.

Here is a link. http://www.quirky.com/ideations/52051 If you can help me out and go vote for it I would appreciate it.

Help me with a new toilet plunger design on Quirky.com please.


Posted by JackSmack - January 7th, 2011


Ok, so first off. I'm trying to use Twitter a bit more this year.... I know, I know I've got my finger on the pulse of the internet jumping on this bandwagon about 6 years late... but hey I'm an old fart.

Follow me and I will lead you home. Twittah Linky

Moving on. BearBound has been a good success! I'm glad that some of you liked it, some of you played it and thought it was to easy, and some of you accidentally clicked on it while trying to get to some mature content.

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/
557910

It was made in just a few days with TurkeyOnAStick and just in case you didn't know already it was his first game! So BRAVO to him. Also to ChartsOverHearts for the swell music. It really gave the game a good feeling and set the tone we were going for with the game.

I recommend game jams to anyone who is stuck in the middle of a huge project, take a break and work your ass off. It's not nearly as big a commitment as the big game you are working on and you might end up in the featured box apparently. (Way to surprise us with the featured box Tom... nearly wet myself giggling about it.)

Tom is getting on the Game Jam bandwagon in a big way, and the Global Game Jam is at the end of this month. So Game Jams are going to be huge this year. Don't be a puss, try one you will like it.

A few bits of advice though... I've done a couple of them now.

Keep your scope small yet expandable. I can sit down for 30 seconds and come up with a brand new game design that would take me years to complete. It took us 3 hours of diliberation to narrow down our scope to what BearBound finally became.

Remember an hour of planning saves 3 hours of development. Every team is different, when you get your team don't just rush in. Your first objective is to assess your teams strengths and weaknesses. And come up with a game design you are all confident you can complete.

If a team leader doesn't just happen naturally someone needs to step up. This will usually be the main designer or the programmer, sometimes that's the same person. This doesn't mean they shouldn't listen to any ideas, their job is to listen to the best ideas and work to make sure everyone is making progress toward making those ideas functional.

DON'T PANIC! Try to get some sleep. You will actually accomplish more and it will be better work. If the game doesn't get completed it's not a problem, you learned from the process. Just don't make yourself sick. You should work every waking moment you are able to but rest is an important part of working.

A member or two of your team doesn't show up sometimes. Ya it happens. Both of my NG Jams have had this trouble. We still made a good game each time, it just took a bit more creativity and adjustments to the scope of the game to accommodate the amount of man hours we had available.

Just remembering those pieces of advice should get you through a Game Jam unscathed.\

In other news, my Dad is doing very well, they are going to keep an eye on him to make sure the cancer doesn't come back but things look very good for him. So if your parents are over 50 and you give a rat's ass about them make sure they get a colonoscopy as often as their doctor recommends. It saved my Dad's life.

ALSO to anyone down in the San Franscisco area, I'm wanting to come out to FGS and possibly GDC this year but I'm awfully strapped for cash. If anyone has some space I could crash on or would like to donate to my "Go to that frickin' hilly place that gave me blisters the size of watermelons" fund I'm accepting your pity, I mean donations.

I'm already planning on heading out and working on a Habitat for Humanity house the weekend before FGS to save money on the ticket and do a little good. So I just need to fund the rest of the trip somehow, hopefully someone famous saw BearBound and loves my games and wants to give me some dough or something. Heck I don't care.

Here is some more random crap:

For new years, I was eating a leftover dry tasteless ham sandwich while my wife danced exuberantly to the second time she watched the New kids/Backstreet boys concert that aired that night... Exuberantly isn't a good thing sadly, she looked kinda well... yeah, I don't like the backstreet boys or new kids so I guess I'm jaded.

Jacksmack.com is now incorporated! That's big news, just got the letters in the mail this week. Jacksmack Inc. is official. Woo hoo!

Oh, also mortgage companies are dicks... remember that. Get that tattooed on your body somewhere, like that freak in Memento. On your thumb or something so you see it when you sign any papers they give you.

Oh and check out this lady who eats toilet paper. She wants to stop her odd addiction... well national celebrity for eating toilet paper has gotta do it I think.

Anyway I love you guys and please remember... It's dangerous to go alone, follow me... on twittah!

Got the Twittah... I think it's contagious.  How to Game Jam, and other news.


Posted by JackSmack - December 25th, 2010


I got a great gift. My Dad was diagnosed with colon cancer this November. He just happened to request a colonoscopy and they found it. This was his first colonoscopy, so if your parents are over 50 remind them to get one... When they found the cancer they preformed surgery and took out 13 inches of his large intestine.

It turns out that he had the most aggressive form of cancer and they needed to check if the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. So they took 42 of them out and tested them. Every one of them came back negative. So he doesn't need chemotherapy.

I got my Dad's health this Christmas, and little else. This year has made me realize how important family is since I live 500 miles away from them. I hope that no one takes family for granted and that you all had a great Christmas.

I got my Dad's health for Christmas!


Posted by JackSmack - November 30th, 2010


Howdy everypeoples!

I'm looking for a solid background artist and animator who is willing to work with me on a rather large project. I'm wanting to put together a team and some solid concept art for the game I'm writing and do a Kickstarter campaign to fund the development. I would like to have an artist in mind to work with me before trying kickstarter so I know how much money is needed for us to stay afloat while developing the game.

The game will have the humorous feel of the old Lucas Arts games Day of the Tentacle, or Sam and Max Hit the Road. If you don't have any clue what I'm talking about when I give you those titles well... do some research if you want to be taken seriously.

The goal with this game will be to sell it as a downloadable game like Mechinarium. NOT a free online flash game, though there will more than likely be a demo that will be released. I'm currently writing the script and plotting out all the puzzles.

I have a rough story arc that spans several games (episodes), and if the first game does well then it would grow from there.

I have just incorporated my company and I'm really taking this seriously. Money will of course be tight but being a productive part of the team would entitle you to a percentage of the revenue from game sales.

So if you are a fantastic artist who isn't in high school, or going to college soon or whatever, and you are willing to help me with a project that will take several months of work and doesn't pay very well up front let me know. I would love to take a look at your artwork here on Newgrounds or Deviant art and let you know what I think.

I have a few other projects that I'm finishing up soon and the first thing that will be needed is some concept art to show in the Kickstarter campaign. Also having the ability to record a bit of video of yourself and send it to me would be awesome. SUPER DUPER EXTRA bonus points if you live near Chicago.

As a sample of what I'm looking for here is some concept art from a game called Torchlight. I find that this style, perhaps a bit more simplified will be what we will be going after. I didn't draw this art, I just don't want to post to much about the game online yet if I can help it so I'm using this as an example of the style I would prefer.

I hope to hear from you.

Here is a link to a larger version of this image.

Looking for a background artist to join my team. (Hopefully a paid job.)