That can only mean more Pettyland cards! Its been a while since I've had a chance to do another set. The biggest challenge with this batch was figuring out how to illustrate something like Blue Balls...tastefully. I looked to Franz Kline for inspiration.
Also, if you're into that sort of thing, I set up a Facebook page for all things Pettyland: https://www.facebook.com/PettylandGame
Monday, April 28, 2014
Sunday, March 09, 2014
The Pancreas is one of the two "neutral" characters in Pettyland, owing allegiance to neither the conscious or subconscious mind. The Pancreas has been the character that has changed the most over the years. Originally, its goal was random, but this meant that the other characters didn't have a specific, meaningful way of interacting with it, so that goal changed. Its goal then became to "eat" face-up cards on the board, which caused interesting conflict with the other players, but slowed the game down too much. So here it is again, with a brand new ability and goal -- simply to fight the other characters using standard combat (also known as a "Balls Brawl" in Pettyland).
No other character in the game specifically focuses on this task, so it should be interesting to explore. Also, its new Bi-Polarity special ability can be used to help or hurt many of the other characters, so it should create some interesting potential for alliances/enemies.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
This is a lil' painting I did for the Moonslyvania show at Van Eaton Galleries, which opened last night. Its small (8.5"x11"); gouache and pencil on printmaking paper. Its a tribute show to Jay Ward, so I did a Super Chicken image! Check all of the pieces out here: http://www.vegalleries.com/moosylvania.html
Monday, February 17, 2014
Another Pettyland character card. The Clone is the first of three characters associated with the conscious mind. The Clone is a great beginning player character to play, with a very straight forward goal. Object cards are generally very easy to come by, so the Clone's starting Sanity score is a bit low to balance that out (The Clone uses his Sanity score to pickpocket other players).
Thursday, January 02, 2014
Another character from Pettyland. Like the Experienced Thinker, this character is aligned with the Subconscious Mind. Dots is a strange character to play, as he is trying to "kill himself", so he tends to run around the board and happily jump on the most dangerous creatures and fight the most powerful players.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
I'm finally getting around to working on the revised Pettyland Character Cards. There are 8 playable characters in all. Three of them are aligned with the subconscious mind, three of them are aligned with the conscious mind, and two of them are "neutral", having interests in both areas of the mind.
This first character -- The Experienced Thinker, is aligned with the subconscious mind. He was always trouble to to balance in the past, because his goal of gaining 15 in 3 out 4 of his characteristics at one time can be quite challenging, because most of the cards in Pettyland manipulate characteristics in some way. However, a change to his abilities and a change to the way in which most cards work in Pettyland should make this more achievable.
In most cases, when a player draws a card in Pettyland, they can choose which player is affected by the result, whereas in the past, it was nearly always the card-drawer. I changed this because this was punishing the player for drawing cards, which is the primary means that the each character's personal goal is advanced. By allowing the card drawer to choose which player is affected by the cards (not in all cases -- there is still some risk/reward to drawing cards), it is not only less punishing, but also places more emphasis on player interaction, and player alliances, which are major elements of the game.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
...means that its time for a few more Pettyland cards. As usual, these cards continue to exemplify Pettyland's core themes of nuclear holocaust, 80's culture and bad taste.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
I did this painting for a show called "Troublesome Houses:An Art Exhibit Inspired by the Music of Will Oldham". One of my favorite albums of his is "I See a Darkness", and in particular the song "Today I was an Evil One". This is an acrylic on canvas painting (18"x24"). I think this is first painting on canvas that I've done in about 20 years!
Check out details about the show here:Troublesome Houses
Monday, October 07, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Found these while backing up my hard drive this weekend. These are a few creature sketches that I did during the early pre-production phase of an unreleased game. They were supposed to be vaguely humanoid, so that from a distance their silhouettes might be mistaken for a person.