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Playing With Letters

2015-06-09 12:13:22 by LucidShadowDreamer
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Hello.

 

As some of you may have noticed, I didn't upload a game for Stencyl Jam 2015 this year. I had an idea for a game, but I was already working on another game that I wanted to finish first. At the time I finished it, making a game for the Jam would've been far too rushed, so I decided to save my idea for the next year :)

That said, I just uploaded the other game I was speaking of, after a long wait. It is a text-based adventure game, even if it may be a bit different than most other games of the same genre. I actually wasn't even planning on making this game to start with, but one night when I was trying to fall asleep, an interesting idea just suddenly popped into my head. That was the seed which inspired me to create this game!

I don't want to spoil too much, but the game is based on word puzzles/games of different kinds. It also features a riddle created by my sister. I asked her to create a slightly morbid riddle, and about 5 minutes later, she had one for me. Scarily impressive...

The game might be difficult, and then again, it might not be. It will be much easier for those who speak fluent English; that much is for certain. The first real level especially may be confusing, as the concept requires some getting used to. But I'll say it here like I said in the game description. Look at the title of the letter for hints, and seek after meaning behind some words and sentences in the text. That is as much as I am willing to give away :D

The music for the game was, naturally, made by myself. All of the "programming" was also made by me, in Stencyl, as well as the story and design.

I also want to thank my two faithful beta testers, @LunacyEcho & @absoluteDETH, who also created the credits screen in the end.

If there's anything you want to ask, please do so in the comments. Just remember, I won't spoil too much! ;)

That's pretty much it. Enjoy playing with letters, everyone!

 

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//LucidShadowDreamer



The title sounds deep, but in reality, it holds no meaning, other than... Well. I think it's pretty clear. I just don't like to have "Small Update" as the title XD

I just thought I'd share three of my latest creations.

Well, all of them aren't as recently created, as they are uploaded. The first track is a cover that was recorded in 2012:

 

 

The second one is a piratey track made with only Cubase and EWQL SO Silver Edition.

 

 

And the third track, is the longest improvisation that I've recorded and uploaded, even if it's far from the longest I've played. It has a very apt name as well.

 

 

I'd be happy if you took some time to listen to one or more of the tracks, and perhaps even leave a review. Especially for the middle one, as it's the most reviewable track, as well as the one that is the most in need of one.

 

Have a wonderful second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade, life; eternity.

 

//LucidShadowDreamer


20 Years of Awesomness

2015-04-26 00:18:05 by LucidShadowDreamer
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Happy Pico Day everyone!!! :'D

To think that Newgrounds is actually that old (as old as me, now that I  think about it) :)

Most people probably don't know this, as this account was made around the later part of 2013, but I've actually been lurking around Newgrounds for 11 or 12 years, hiding in the shadows, without ever making an account. Until one and a half year ago that is, when I actually began submitting content of my own.

We all know that it was prefectly heatlhy for 9 year olds to visit Newgrounds in its old days, like I did. I cleeearly turned out to grow up as a perfectly normal human being. Yup. Totally.

 

Anyway. It's great that this site has been able to hang on for so long, and here's to another 20 years!

 

Originally, I wasn't actually going to submit anything for Pico Day this year. But today, after seing everything that has been going on, I decided to make something small anyway :)

In most cases, I would've composed some music, but for some reason that didn't feel quite right today.

So I gathered my poor artistical skills, and used the mousepad on my laptop to draw a weird adaptation of Pico himself. A.K.A. The one below this sentence, in case I've made the character completely unrecognizable.

 

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Maybe one day, I'll pick up a pen and pencil, and decide to actually put some hard effort into learning how to actually draw skillfully. But that day, is not today.

 

Other than that, I've uploaded a few noteworthy tracks since my last entry.

The first one, is the first track I've ever made using EWQL, check it out:

 

 

 

The second one, is the track of mine that currently holds my personal record for the most views on Newgrounds thus far (out of music, that is). Is it because it's just that awesome, or is it because it got featured for a long time, for being an April Fools joke? Find out for yourself!

 

Best Song Ever Made

 

(Is this truly what I am to be remembered by?)

 

Finally, of course, is a simple piano piece, which I composed while under the influence of Post Anime Depression Syndrome. It's not really my usual style, but I still like it:

 

A Song for Someone Else

 

I've also been working on a mystery project, which I will upload after working out a few things. Look forward to it!

 

And finally, if you want to hear more passionate babbling about anime, which will most likely bore you to death (disclaimer: possibly, litrerally; be warned), you could always try reading my latest blog entry over at blogspot.

 

 

See the length of this? That is why I should update this little thingy more often.

Have a great day, all of you, and try not to die!!!

 

//LucidShadowDreamer



 

Cool.

 

I've got some projects going on at the moment.

I'm working on a collab with the awesome Newgrounds musician known as @dem0lecule at the moment.

I'm also working on a brand new game. It will probably take a month or so at least until I'm finished, as I have so many other things to do.

I also make small musical projects in between just for fun. Like this one!

 

 

If someone wants to risk a track turning out either great or horrible for their project, I'll gladly try composing something upon request, as long as it's not too big (like if I am asked to create an entire soundtrack of 15 tracks for free, that'd probably be a "no thanks" from me :3).

 

Finally, if you want to read about the absurdity of life seen from the perspective of a soon to be 20-year-old who thinks he knows something about the world, you should totally check out my latest blog entry

Keep on being as amazing as you are, you guys ;)

 

//LucidShadowDreamer


The Somewhat Near Future

2015-02-12 22:24:43 by LucidShadowDreamer
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Hello, how have you been?

I've been great ;)

The cruise was a blast, and since then I've had some time to relax and work on several of my projects.

 

Speaking of projects, I actually had a great new game idea very recently! Well, whether it's great or not will be up to those who play it, but I really like it. I won't spoil much more about it, but I hope to have it finished before the end of April. I won't promise anything though!

That said, I already composed the background music for the game :p

I sure would appreciate it if you could take a listen to it!

 

I reeeeeeaaaaally screwed up the cover art for this one. I think I'll redo it before the game is finished, just because I can, and because it takes less than 10 minutes. I've had my due of productivity today though, as I've vacuum cleaned my house (and recorded the vacuum cleaner...), played lots of piano, finished that song you're hopefully listening to at the moment, and written two blog posts, this one being the much smaller of the two.

Speaking of which, you can read the longer one featuring late night thoughts about death, here...

(Pssst! It also features nice pictures from the cruise I was on).

 

(EDIT: I have now created a slightly better version of the cover art)

 

That is all I have to say for now. Hope you're having a wonderful time ;)

 

//LucidShadowDreamer


Cruising on a Cruise

2015-01-31 18:53:21 by LucidShadowDreamer
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Yay!

Tomorrow I'm going on a cruise just for fun! :D

 

Well, also there's the fact that it costs but 3€... Seriously. And it's not a small boat or anything...

It's just 24 hours on the boat, but it'll still be a blast! (Remember, you won't be able to reach me in like two days or so, not that I would know why anyone would be in a hurry to talk to me...)

 

In other news, I haven't been doing nor making much at all lately o.O If you want to read more about me not doing anything, but planning to do stuff, this is the place to go.

Well, I have done one thing! I uploaded yet another older piano composition of mine, and I believe this one to be really good!

 

 

Anyhow. I didn't really have anything to say. I just thought I'd update this thingy :p

 

//LucidShadowDreamer


New song, and such...

2015-01-20 17:04:39 by LucidShadowDreamer

Why hi ya'll.

I'd love it if you'd go and check out this track o' mine, as I put some work into it, and stuff. It's pretty much my first somewhat okay DAW work that's actually longer than 16 seconds [3:10]. I've tried a lot of new interesting things, and I'm meaning to develop my skills as a musician. Thus, I'd love it if you could go and leave me a small review, maybe a nudge in the right direction or somthing cool like that :3

 

Other than such, I guess I've been doing some small projects here and there, though I probably won't publish any of it. I also temporarily joined a small orchestra of 28 people. The songs we play aren't too much to my liking (though they ain't bad), but it's good practice.

Now I feel as the next thing I do will be writing in my blog. After that, I'll probably re-learn two old piano compositions of mine and post them to Newgrounds. After that, it should be time to make a new game... I'm hoping that if I write these things out, I'll actually make them happen. That, we will only know in the future. Follow me, if you want to take part in the interesting continuation to this story; will I ever do the things I said I would?

Until next time! ;)

 

//Lucid Shadow Dreamer


FEATURED ON THE FRONT PAGE o.O!!!???

2015-01-10 19:09:22 by LucidShadowDreamer
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Whaaaa???

 

How did this happen :s?

Thanks for this insane boost Tom, I don't know how to thank you enough; I owe you!

I want to thank all the people that recommended me on the forums as well, you're awesome ;)

I didn't really have much else to say. I currently have a lot of free time, so in the somewhat new future, I'll make sure to upload some cool stuff. To begin with, I'm going to focus on music. Now I finally have free time to learn how to use Cubase properly >:D

I'm also going to make a new game, eventually. Most likely, I'll wait until the next Stencyl Jam (I hope one is arranged this year too, but I'm sure there will be one). I might do something small for a Ludum Dare though, you never know!

If I feel really productive, I might even try to make some more serious - albeit weird - art. Maybe 2015 is the year when I get myself accepted into the art portal?

Anywho... I literally just gained 17 fans in an instant (EDIT: and many more are rolling in :O EDIT-2: All in all, precisely 77 new fans :0), so thanks a lot for the support you guys!

 

While you're waiting for more updates, here's a picture of me looking fabulos. For a musical... Of course...

 

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New Beginnings

2014-12-30 11:25:15 by LucidShadowDreamer

 

Howdy.

 

The year of 2014 is coming to an end. It has been the first whole year that I've spent as a registered user on Newgrounds. The year has been very giving in many ways. I've uploaded lots of music, and my final piece of the year will be uploaded tomorrow. That will make the 52nd track I've uploaded this year, which means I have pretty much one composition for each week of the year (some of which are FAR better and longer than others...) XD

Apart from music, I also uploaded a game for a competition, which turned out to be quite well received, which I'm happy about :3

I want to thank all you guys who are fans of mine for checking out my stuff, and for becoming fans in the first place! Seriously. I've gained like 90 fans this years, which is much more than I could've ever expected. I've tried to check most of you out too, and have left some reviews here and there, but I also know I've missed out on some of you. I blame this on myself, but also on the fact that I had to spend almost half a year in the Finnish army. Without that experience, 2014 would've been one of the best years in my life. Now however, I am finally back in business. I've procrastinated a lot - as I haven't even been free for 2 weeks yet - but I'm sure I'll get back to doing stuff eventually, when all the holiday celebrations have calmed down (Christmas as well as the New Years are always busy times). Despite all my slacking, I managed to finish a version of my Xmas piece this year, which I'm pretty content with.

 

I'm hoping that I'll manage to get myself to work on interesting projects this coming year as well, including everything from music and games to writing and such. I also hope that you'll be there to stick around, as I like seeing what other people are up to too.

As there is a new year coming, and I've gained a few listeners/players, I'm thinking about doing something about that horribly unprofessional profile icon I created in 1 minute in mspaint previous year. Now, the plan is to create something almost as unprofessional, and almost as horrible looking!!!

Maybe something like this? I'm not sure yet :/

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If you are interested in reading some more, you could always read my latest blog post on blogspot. That blog hasn't undergone a spellcheck in more than half a year. I'm sure you will notice... Best be prepared.

 

Anyhow. It's great to be back, and it'll be most interesting to see what this new year is bringing with it.

Cya next year ;)



//LucidShadowDreamer


The Final War

2014-11-23 08:49:47 by LucidShadowDreamer

 

Not much left.

Especially of my motivation...

Luckily, there's not that much left of my time in the army.

There's just this final thingy which means I have to spend 10 nights or so in the woods.

That would be very cold, wet, and sleepless nights, not to speak of the strenuous and miserable days...

 

 

Aaaaaaannndd after that there are but two weeks of not doing much left. Only 25 days at the moment.

Still, it will be a very tough time. If you want to read some more (not much though) about this, and see a massive collection of candy, go read my latest (yet very short) blog post.

 

 

As for other stuff, I've made a couple of songs and such. I'm sure you know how to find them, but here's a picture/link leading to one of the shorter ones.

 

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Not much else to say really...

Thus I will shut up.

 

 

//LucidShadowDreamer