Xmas coolness!

   Sweet! For christmas my dad got me the most crucial tool I have been missing for my woodworking, a band saw!  Between that and all the other tools I have gotten lately, I think I’m going to be able to pump out some nice stuff!  I have also been going over my sword designs and looking into getting more of them into Poser and selling them on Renderosity.  Im hoping to work on it starting this week or so, but I dont know if Ill be able to.  Im hoping to enlist a couple of people for texturing, or at least poking their brain for some ideas.  I also hope that the 3d versions will translate well into wooden versions (which I wont sell, but will look really cool!).  Keep an eye out, because I’m really hoping 2009 will be the year I can get a lot of stuff done.

The monster was concealing a treasure casket!

   Woo hoo!  One my my biggest issues with trying to create wooden things is my distinct lack of tools, which (as any fool will tell you) are required for any high level woodworking!  Problem solved!  Went down to Lowes a few weeks ago and they were clearancing out their stock of Black and Decker ‘Firestorm’ tools!  Picked up a treasure trove of tools for mere pennies!  I also fixed my garage door and cleaned out the mess so my work area is nearly ready to go.  I’m hoping to kind of document my creation of a ‘test’ Slash (see previous blog entries), and then my creation of a ‘real’ Slash.  I’m probably going to go with poplar for my test and red or white oak for the finshed product.  I’ll try to keep everyone up to date!
   Also working on lots of DT stuff lately, so hopefully in a few weeks I’ll have some real, solid stuff to put on the website!  Keep an eye out!

Renewed DT effort!

   Looking back over the past few years, I find myself thinking that I probably could have finished DT several times over, had I taken just a few minutes a day to complete something, ANYTHING related to the project.  Failure to do so on my part has lead to what I have now, which is basically a large framework that changes on a constant basis.  I am hoping, with the new year approaching, that I can complete DT in 2009 and make it available to download as a complete game!
   For those of you new to the site, Destructive Tendencies (DT) is a paper based RPG I have been working on for several years now, and has a format loosely based on the game ‘Final Fantasy Tactics’.  It didn’t start that way, but I really enjoyed the system used in FFT, and felt it would be of good use if I could translate that to paper.  I would love to, eventually, translate the paper rules into some type of online or flash based game, but that is probably a long way off.  Anyhow, we will see what happens, just keep an eye out for updates, which should be coming soon.

Moving back to Windows Live??

It’s been a while since I have posted an update here, since I had recently decided to move everything back to my original website RGdev.NET, however, recent happenings have caused me to rethink this issue.  If anyone still reads this, tell me what you think!  My current web site is hosted on Doteasy.com, and they have been really good.  I only pay 25$ a year to keep my domain name, and they give me the web space for free!  However, Im limited to 100 megs of storage space and 1 gig of data transfer per month.  On many occasions the site has simply shut down due to over-usage.  Windows Live, however, has just expanded Skydrive to 25 gigs of space FREE, which means I never have to worry about that again if I move here, but I lose my domain name and Email addresses, etc.  Also, Live Spaces makes for some slightly difficult navigation, if you know what I mean.  I want my files to be readily accessible, but unless they are placed just right, they can be tough to track down in the messiness of a blog.  Anyway, drop me a line and let me know what you think!  Thanks

Tek Sword for Poser

     So I haven’t had time to work on any big projects lately, but I did manage to wrap up this little tidbit I had been working on a while back.  Just a simple sword with a ‘space pirate’ type of flair!  No morphs, but it does have a large UV map for anyone who wants to make a texture for it.  Though the blade is metallic, if you change it over to a clear, colored material, it gives it a laser blade kind of look.   Download it by clicking on the Public Folder link at the bottom of this entry.


Sampler Files Available

For anyone coming over from my other site http://www.rgdev.net, you can now download the two free sampler files from here, instead of there.  I dont think there is a download limit here, so that should mean the files will be available all month long, instead of being unavailable when the site goes down due to excessive bandwith usage.  Also, drop me a line and tell me what you think of me using this format instead of a page at Doteasy.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my Doteasy page, but I can’t afford to upgrade it and I’m tired of it always going offline.
Here is a description of the available files, which are down at the bottom of the page under the Files section!
RG Sampler Pack
A set of three weapons for your assassin or ninja characters.  Comes with a set of katar claws, a katar blade and a ‘razor ring’ prop.  Each is smart propped to the hands, but may need some tweaking to fit right.  They have no morphs and no UV mapping.  You can buy the Katar Pro package from my store page on Renderosity for a of claws with different morphs and UV maps, as well as a few different razor rings.  Strangely enough, I didnt put the katar blade in there (??).
  bladesample  clawsample  rringsample
Blade Pods 2.0
These are some cool, Wolverine style blade pods that have a morph to retract them back into the hand.  They also have no UV mapping, but the Katar Pro package comes with a set of blade pods that have several different positioning morphs, and are UV mappable!  Don’t miss out on them!
Again, get these by following the Files link down below to my PUBLIC folder.  Happy modelling!