Review: Gurk – A Retro Medieval Fantasy RPG for mobile

Gurk 8 Bit Rpg Screenshot Titlescreen

Gurk is my favorite mobile game. It is a retro medieval fantasy RPG. If that sounds good to you, and you’re not put off by these graphics, then you will probably love gurk.

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How To Make Pixel Fonts Tutorial

I have searched high and low for a way to make pixel fonts, and let me tell you, it’s a cold, unpixelated world out there. People are making the tools, but they either aren’t meant for pixel fonts, or aren’t worth the price. So after searching for long time, here is everything I’ve learned.

FontStruct

The first pixel font creator is FontStruct. It is a free, easy to use, online font creator. With this tool you create your fonts out of blocks of all different shapes on a grid. The default shape is a square, which just happens to be what shape pixels are! How convenient!

The interface is easy to understand, and while it may not be as high powered as Photoshop, I think it will give you everything you need.

Making A Pixel Font In FontstructThey support every character set you could imagine, and once you’re done, you can either publish it to their website or download the font as a .TTF TrueType Font file, and do whatever you want with it.

I created my pixel font called Renew using FontStruct a couple years ago, and it has fives of thousands of downloads. You could be famous like me!

http://fontstruct.com/

BitFontMaker 2

Now the one tiny downside to FontStruct is that you need to sign up. If you are better than everyone, or that’s just too much for you, luckily this tool has you covered. Just click the link, and you’re making a font.

Making A Pixel Font In Bitfontmaker2The interface is a tad less feature complete, but you can’t beat the simplicity.

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Knight Fall: A New Flash Game by Pixel Artist fool

Today Yuriy Gusev, also known as fool within the pixel art community, announced the release of a new flash game called Knight Fall featuring his pixel art.

We’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Fool is well known as one of the most talented pixel artists on the scene, and his art has been viciously spread around the internet. If you haven’t seen his art, prepare to be amazed.

Fool has teased games in the past, posting sprites, animations and even title screens, but we’re finally able to see his work in a finished game.

Knight Fall

Knight Fall Title Screen Logo

In Knight Fall you play as a knight who is free-falling down the side of a castle, using a hang glider.

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SamKeddy.com 2015 Web Design Case Study

So here is just a quick case study going over everything that went into making this site. The goal of this website was to create something very simple and professional, where I can practice my blogging and SEO techniques, while having an outlet for all my projects.

WordPress

I decided to build the site as a WordPress site. The reason for this is to have an easier management of SEO’d content that would require less coding. I wanted to focus on content, and not rolling my own PHP backend.

And while it makes getting everything set up semi-nightmarish, once it is, writing new content is a breeze, and there are many invaluable plugins. It also makes quick changes to the design much easier.

Mobile Responsive

This was my first attempt at building a responsive site. I didn’t build mobile first, just because it would have been harder to visualize, but I may try that the next time. It’s done mostly by css media queries. It uses a little javascript on the mobile version where it has a menu that you can open and close.

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Old Endings (And One New Beginning)

I have once again redone my website, hopefully the last redesign for a while. Each time there’s a slightly different purpose. I could write a wall of text telling you about it, but instead I’ll just show you every past website design I’ve gone through, so we can laugh at them together.

freewebs.com/skeddles (2007)

That’s right, before I had my own website, I started on freewebs. Which was quite fitting for the quality of the site. Keep in mind I was a sophomore in high school at this time.

There was essentially no useful information or reason to go there. And check out the design:

freewebs.com/skeddles Website Layout 2007

Yup, it was just that, on a white background. I had just started learning to use Photoshop CS2, so I whipped up this flashy design and put together a website. Yes, the font on the buttons is the one from Yahoo’s logo.

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