Fancy Goldfish: An artwork post-mortem

December 14th, 2016 2:43 pm

Finally caught up on some sleep so now it’s the customary  post mortem brain dump for Fancy Goldfish!

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Original Fancy Lad

The Artwork Plan

So we came up with our idea pretty quickly, a sort of slow exploratory, pseudo idle game where you are just a super dumb, super fancy goldfish in One Tank.  Like if BBC were to make a documentary but…it’s just a goldfish.  So I knew I wanted the art to look kind of cinematic, based in real life, but off.  Came up with the world’s derpiest goldfish, then had states of hunger as development went along.

What went right

I don’t think I’ve ever stayed so true to my friday night sketches as I did this time, which was huge in helping

Real friends take your Pooping Achievements seriously

Real friends take your Pooping Achievements seriously

me to achieve a “look” that I liked.  There were times when I thought I was going the wrong way, but I decided instead of changing course to just swim down.  (heh)  It worked.

But the real MVP award goes to my teammates for putting up with me shouting “THERE NEEDS TO BE AN ACHIEVEMENT FOR POOPING” or “IS THE POOPING IN THE GAME YET” and “MOR POOPING PLZ” and then not murdering me and also putting pooping into the game. Poop away, young Poopers.

What went wrong

The style I liked took so much tiiiiime.  I really really wanted to do fancy scientific labels for the characters and a David Attenborough voice over but that just never happened. Ugh, think of the additional fancifities that could have been and weep.  Other things that did not happen: bubble treasure chest, super nervous introvert fish, tank shark, getting ground up in the filter death, THE ICK death, fish costumes like tophat + monocle, flame painted fish, and retro 80’s fish.

Moving forward, I’d love to add more idle achievements, a Fancyton Store, and more silly things to make

Also known as the "why did I do this to myself" style

Also known as the “why did I do this to myself” style

this game more weird and also stupid.  As you can tell, I’m not done with this LD idea. :)  We would super appreciate if you played Fancy Goldfish and gave us some feedback on what we could improve!

Now to rate more excellent games!

-Jodi, Artist, Mortem Poster, Lord of the Fance…y


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