Building a game for my sick mother (COPD Stage 4).

So if you go to my book section you can download a few books I’ve written, (some are edited and others are not because it just takes too long to get it done alone) and if you’ve followed along with my posts you’ll find snippets of other books I’ve started.

I sent them to my mother back home in New Zealand from here in the US once I saved up enough money. I’m not a wealthy person and they were expensive but it was my hope the rest of the family might read them too.

She read them and asked that I make her a game to pass the time. She’s attached to her iPad and Computer for Facebook, so I’m more than happy to combine my writing and art making skills, as well as simple music I can figure out to make her an adventure game based on a book she hasn’t read. So she sent me a small Mac mini model to get work done on, which I’m grateful for and I’ve been working since it arrived to learn what goes into making a basic game that will be downloadable for her at some point.

It’s going to be a lot of work and I have a time window, because the next time she’s hospitalized (it would be her third time/she’s almost died twice) she would need a lung transplant, and she’s assuming she wouldn’t make it–which while dark, is a possible outcome. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen someone intubated but it’s horrible. About as bad as seeing your other parents corpse on the table once they’ve tried and were unable to save them either. But that was when I was 23. I just remember trying to close his eyes and watching them open again. So when it happens to you, please be quick about it, because you never stop seeing it.

So here’s what I’ve been doing so far.
Watching and completing Godot tutorials, at least one per day for a rpgs or whatever I can find that might be useful later on.
Animation practice with small gifs that help me get ready to lead to a the beginning cut scene and ending cut scene, and if needed (if I can’t script them with sprites which I think I can learn to do since Godot is python-like) other cinematics.
Looking for game design help to get started, as I’ve learned last night that it’s better to have the entire gameplay experience done before starting anything else, including mechanics and all that then you add in the story and drop in the sound effects and music and then it’s just a bunch of testing.

So I was luckily able to afford a sprite maker for a few dollars last night and started learning how to make sprites. They’re not that good yet but it’s at least a start.

I’ll also have time with my wife when she visits to help once we’re done making masks for those in need for her charity run, and I’ll be documenting the entire thing with vlogging and blogging to

I have a name for the project GO (Game One): Mole City.

Below are two sprites I designed last night. One is a City elder, and the other would be my wife’s character in a victorian dress.

Oh and here’s a Llama in case you’re having a bad day.
Have a wonderful day/night folks. -J.

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