MONTHLY ROUND UP – MARCH

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Wow, this has been a crazy busy (and productive) month! I managed to get the demo of Cowgirls Vs Cthonimon into a reasonably non-buggy, playable Alpha state, finished off all the KickStarter page promo imagery and text, and Jack Oatley is now properly on board the project, rewriting a lot of the code and generally making the source file cleaner and a whole lot easier to deal with.

Right now, the Kickstarter project is in a ready to go state. I’m just waiting for the submission process to complete before I can hit launch. Should be live any day now, so to those who have been waiting patiently – the wait is just about over!

Japanese-magazines

On the font front, my fonts were featured in two Japanese design magazines this month. With “Chalk Dash” being used on a full page splash. It’s a small thing, but every little bit of exposure I can get in Japan is a good thing.

And finally, I created 4 new fonts this month. You can find these under Darrell Flood on dafont and fontspace. I’m starting to feel somewhat burnt out on the hand-drawn fonts at this stage, so next month I think I’ll go back to my roots and crank out a few more angular/ modern/ clean fonts again.

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MONTHLY ROUND UP – FEBRUARY

February was a good month for Cowgirls Vs Cthonimon. There were many art adjustments to sprites and tiles, and visual effects added that improve player feedback a lot. The UI has also finally been finalized – with everything where it should be. New music tracks and sound effects have been added to improve the mood, and that will hopefully give Alpha players a much better idea about how the game will feel in the end.

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On the font side, things have been fairly quiet with (almost) the entirety of my focus on Cowgirls. Having said that, this month saw a few milestones reached on dafont that I’d been wanting to crack for some time. I now have:

1. 100+ fonts up on dafont (the biggest font distribution site)
2. 10,000+ daily downloads
3. 2 million+ total font downloads (and rising fast!)

A font of mine was also used in Astotel’s recent advertising campaign – which was neat when I recognised it after it appeared in my inbox.

dafont-milestones

Just one new font for this month. I tried something a little different this time, by including a solid color underlay font along with the main hollow font, giving users a clean fast route to “coloring in” their work. As always, you can find the font under Darrell Flood on dafont.

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MONTHLY ROUND UP – JANUARY

January was an odd month, and a strange start to the year! Mostly spent in Ireland celebrating New Year with family and hopping between fonts and Cowgirls Vs Cthonimon, but ending in Japan (where I plan to live from here on in).

Font-wise I was a busy bee this month.

New font release – 3D Hand Drawns

Another outline font today, this time with a thicker 3D look and with more refined characters. This one also has shadow scribbles running through each characters “depth”. I felt that the font lent itself well to being drawn with chalk, so ran with colored chalk on chalkboard for the sample image.

3D Hand Drawns

Cowgirls Vs Cthonimon – The Mines

I spent most of today working out kinks in the “Dungeon” generation and ensuring each dungeon feels interesting, with unique features every time. In Cowgirls vs Cthonimon, the “dungeons” are technically either Mines or Caves, tho functionally they are the same as dungeons in any action RPG. It is here where the player must go to defeat Bosses, rescue people, sort out bandits and get the best loot (and all important progression items).

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I also completed the hollow version of the Cartoon Instrokes font and revamped it’s sample image. Use “regular” for solid & “bold” for hollow/outline.

Cartoon Inkstrokes Hollow

Cowgirls Vs Cthonimon – The Outside World

Today’s focus has been on further developing content for the “Overworld” section of Cowgirls Vs Cthonimon. Though you can hop from planet to planet during your adventure, it is important to us that *each* world can stand on it’s own and make sense in and of itself. Our primary concern here is to avoid anything that feels “just random” – because worlds or sections that are entirely (or almost entirely) random tend to feel chaotic and lead to boredom and/or a sense of repetition or pointlessness as you play. So, we have a lot of rules going on behind the scenes that determine placement of area locks and keys, dungeon entrances, mission NPCs and progression items that we are constantly tweaking. Everything rests on those core elements, so we are doing everything we can to get those feeling as natural and as “designed by hand” as possible at the moment.

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Dafont update, revamps and beyond!

Dafont, the biggest (& best in my humble opinion) font site out there recently did a large font pass and all of my recent fonts can now be downloaded directly from there. I also revamped some of the promotional sample images for some of those fonts in order to make the characters clearer & the images themselves more crisp:

Darrell Flood’s fonts on dafont

Dafont pass

Additonally, I finalized the “hollow” version of the “Taped Up Tight” font. All characters are now available in “hollow” form. Just switch between “regular” & “bold” to choose the solid or hollow versions.

Taped Up Tight Hollow

Beyond that, expect a big refocus now away from fonts and on to our big Kickstarter project: Cowgirls Vs Cthonimon! We plan to have the Kickstarter live before this month is out, so now it’s time to really burn the midnight oil! Check back here often for daily updates!

Deep into the caves of forgotten worlds we go, hunting otherworldly horrors and seeking fame and fortune!…..

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New font release – Taped Up Tight

I went for a graphic-novel-ish look this time. Somewhat inspired by Sin City’s visuals – with it’s hard solid whites against pitch black (& those glowing white bandages!) The letters could be read as bandages or tape or even wooden panels at a stretch. Another one that looks nice being outlined, so expect a follow up version that does exactly that.

Download & donate (once approved) on dafont:
Darrell Flood’s fonts on dafont

Taped Up Tight

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