Soft Beta Party!

Well we had our first public sharing event. It was wonderful! Great company, food, and fun. The still life contest really helped keep things focus and was just oh-so fun to watch on the television. We actually managed to get enough screen capture footage to build a teaser trailer (coming soon).

Here is the still life:


…And our winner was Michelle!! Fantastic job:)


Everyone seemed to have a good time giving a-go at painting the still life. The Wacom tablet proved to be a hit. We were glad to have had that there to test out.

…And we had such a glorious cake!!! A very very big thank you to Brandan Gray for once again pulling out all the stops to deliver such a special custom cake for the event. Absolutely beautiful. While there were eight highly detailed mini canvases surrounding the painting (all with video game art), I’ve showcased a couple that were from previous posts of actual art from the community database in The Painter’s Playground.

All-in-all, I don’t think we could have asked for a better experience. We got great feedback and some fantastic ideas, too. Thank you all who participated, and we will see you at full launch!


Bob recently got the frame-work laid out for our ‘character sheet’ or ‘career stats’. Now this is just the early work, and much more is planned – but it’s neat to see it finally coming together.

In the end this will be the go-to page to track achievements and a whole slew of lifetime stats. Yay!

Still Life Contest

We are gonna try something kind of interesting for the live soft beta (actually alpha 9) party. We will have a contest of sorts. A  still-life will be set up and people will be given 30 minutes to do their best.

I’m going to record/screen capture them doing this, and will try to create a trailer with the sped-up footage. We’ll see! I think it’ll be cool. Or at least it sounds like a good idea in my head.

And the winner will get to keep the still life.

Early Art Work


With the soft beta release just around the corner, I thought I’d share some of the very early user-created artwork hanging out on the database.








Hopefully all the artwork that gets added this weekend puts our efforts (shown here) to shame! Yay!