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“Shadow of the Rose-Croix”

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This has been a long time in the works, but finally I can tick “make a fully 3-D game” off my bucket list. 🙂 I began this project back in 2015, lost heart repeatedly, and finally cracked on with it this year to completion. It was programmed in Visual Basic – certainly not the ideal code for work of this nature, but the only one I know on PC. Thankfully, the tutorials of programmer Jack Hoxley (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) gave me most of what I needed to get my head around the essentials, and trial and error did the rest.

This is a Gothic-style puzzles-and-platforms adventure game, much like the object-collecting and puzzle-solving games popular on 8-bit computers in the 1980s and 1990s except the various rooms it covers are in 3-D, dynamically lit (and, hopefully, artistically), and both player character and viewing camera can be controlled. Also, it features a bit of plot-justified gender-bending. Couldn’t really resist including that …

This game features an original music score composed and performed by Cardiff Punk / Goth band “Clusterfuck” who very kindly donated it for nothing other than the tiny bit of promotion I can give them, and with that in mind …

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For complete story, instructions, and download links …

SHADOW OF THE ROSE-CROIX (DOWNLOAD)

Do please let me know if you have any problems downloading or playing this game. Hope you enjoy. 🙂

 

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Feel lucky, punk?

Just a quick visual post for today, as I have now received and resized the photos from my latest shoot with Jason Marsh. I love this photographer more than any I have ever worked with for various reasons…

1. He only works with vintage cameras and film – none of that boring DSLR stuff – in spite of which he develops, scans, and sends his images to me within a few days or even hours of taking them. I have known digital photographers taking months to send me even a single image.

2. He actually pays me an artist’s fee. You would be surprised how few photographers even think of such a thing…

3. He is full of interesting ideas, and willing to experiment.

4. Most importantly, he is totally respectful, never misgenders or mocks me, and even succeeds in making me feel feminine and beautiful. After every shoot with him I feel validated and empowered again. I would happily shoot with him for free, were he not so conscientious. The world needs more…

Anyway, back to the shoot itself. We had planned to shoot at Penarth, using the substructure of the pier as a backdrop. Sadly, neither of us thought to check the tides… Having thus decided against a sub-aqua shoot, we returned to Cardiff Bay and made the most of the locations there, picking some backdrops we had not used in the “Imago” shoot (such as Ianto’s Shrine, the carousel, and the Lightship).

I had feared my flowly, elegant look might get a little samey, so I decided to be a badass punk for the day. I do hope I got away with it. 🙂 If nothing else, I think I have finally learned how to use my kohl pencil in creative ways, though I did nearly put my eye out with a mascara brush. I guess we can always revisit the pirate theme if that goes to extremes. At least with an eyepatch I could make my makeup last twice as long…

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