Sebastian And Buford Save Christmas

This is a rough recording of the story… hopefully you will find it warming your hearts right before Christmas. This is the second chapter.  The first can be purchased for a single buck.  You can find it here. Enjoy the second, and very Christmas, chapter about a boy and his giant lovable scaredy-cat named Buford.

Building Anomalous Ruins Part 2: The Old Town of Origin City

The earliest versions of Anomalous Ruins began at an airship crash.  The player simply walked the protagonist outside the debris and found some ruins.  But the protagonist grew into a character with the name Clo.  She came from somewhere.  This “somewhere” eventually become Origin City. I didn’t need to build the city of her birth. …

Building Anomalous Ruins, part 1: City in the Clouds

My first post on Anomalous Ruins introduced the idea of a a city built in the clouds.  The Minecraft adventure map is almost 1 year old now; it currently has 1,154 downloads.  Not bad for some no-name Joe with too much time on his hands. Download the free Adventure Map for Minecraft Java. I have…

5-Minute Piano Lessons: The Order of Chords

  The Once and Always King The idea of a monarchy influenced the Old World for millennia.  In the ancient West of the Middle Ages, there was one church, one God, and one king.  There were “debates” on who that one king was.  These debates took place on the battlefield and had very little to…

Moonscape Orchestra

Seven years ago I embarked upon a trip to the moon. Not in a practical since but, spiritually.  In other words, I stretched my composition legs out and wrote an orchestration dedicated to the Apollo missions. Moonscape is a symphonic tone poem.  The piece opens with a theme for the moon which seems very distant…

Books vs Gameplay

E Story is a very important element for most modern games.  Do you need one to make it great? In The Art of Touch I pointed out that Gameplay is King.  A game should allow us to touch or affect–via controls–most of what we see.  If you were to simplify the other elements–visuals, music, sound…

The Art of Gameplay

In previous posts, I’ve talked about art’s connection to our 5 senses.  For the past two years, I’ve taught a Fine Arts Survey class.  In my research and prep work for the class, I have come up with a workable definition for art.  I say workable because in all honesty, there are many ways to…