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Fancy Goldfish is feelin’ Fanc-aaaaaaay

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 4:44 pm

Super happy to share our LD results for Fancy Goldfish!


I was so excited we made the top 10 that I made the goldfish EXTRA FANCY JUST FOR YOU.


Now he can use all that top 10 money to go to Maximum Fancy Drive.  It’s like Fast and the Furious only it’s starring all goldfish.  Directed by *ahem* Michael Bay.  …cause “bay” is a body of…water…I’ll show myself out.

But really though, I had a ton of fun doing the art for this game, thank you so much to everyone who played and rated our game. Lookin’ forward to more LD’s in 2017.  Grats everyone!

Jodi, Artist, monocular inspector, Fast and/or Furious

Fancy Goldfish: An artwork post-mortem

Wednesday, 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!


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

Fancy Goldfish

Monday, December 12th, 2016 10:52 pm

We do not remember much, being a Fancy Fish of Gold, but there are things we do know.  The flakes will fall.  The crab will pinch.  The suckerfish will…clean the sides of the tank.

What can I achieve in this tank?  The possibilities, we think, are endless.

Play Fancy Goldfish and do what it is you can before you go to the great Toilet in the sky.

…now I’m gonna go sleep for approximately ever.  And rate some of y’alls games too!

Jodi, Artist, Land-mermaid, Magizoologist

Like a documentary only Fancier

Like a documentary only Fancier

Pinches scare us.

Pinches scare us.

The Fate of us all

The Fate of us all

Dis fish...weirds is out

Dis fish…weirds is out

A Betta Day for Fancy Goldfish

Monday, December 12th, 2016 10:18 am

We salute the compo devs, for which victory was sweet but hard-fought.

To the jam dev we gift you this Betta fish, tank companion of the Fancy Goldfish.  He’s totally friendly.  Just look at how he flares up when you approach.  That’s a love flare.

The final day, the final stretch.  What new adventures await us in our tank?

-Jodi, Artist, Aquaculturist, Betta than the rest

He seems like friend. Mebe we should touch.  Yes, certainly touch.

He seems like friend. Mebe we should touch. Yes, certainly touch.

Goodnight sweet Tank

Sunday, December 11th, 2016 2:36 am

As the night slows down, we gaze out our tank and ponder what will come in the next days of LD.  Will we find flakes?  Will the cat try to murder us again?  Will we breathe the same water we poop in?

Yes.  Yes to everything. Yes to life.

-Jodi, Artist, Goldfishologist, Fancy Lady

A room within a room. Some sort of...dream....room.

A room within a room. Some sort of…dream….room.

Fancy Goldfish needs dinner

Saturday, December 10th, 2016 7:42 pm

Time for a dinner break. Of flakes. We love flakes.

Jodi, Artist, googly eyed gardener, flake enthusiast

The search for flakes continues

If I point my eyes in two directions at once, more chance to find flakes

5 second memory: A goldfish simulator

Saturday, December 10th, 2016 12:05 am

Our one room is coming together.  It’s made of glass, generally wet, and it’s entirely centered on flakes.  Flake is life.  Do you love flakes?  Because we. love. flakes

I think we’re doing pretty whale on our game so far.  We’re having a halibut good time. …I’ll see myself out.

Jodi, Artist, agitated beta fish

One room. Look for flakes. Flakes are best in life.

One room. Look for flakes. Flakes are best in life.

Goldfish Sketch 01

Our cast of walleyed …”heroes”

Now with boats and temples!

Sunday, August 28th, 2016 10:31 am

So, we still don’t have a title…oops.  But that’s okay, as it’s coming along fine and dandy.  Our other programmer was out for part of yesterday, but he’s returned and I personally find it refreshing to have two people touching the code again.  Anyway, we added a mechanic where the enemy ships destroy temples (initially they were forts, but our artist realized that that didn’t fit the “Ancient Greece” theme we had going on and suggested we turn them into temples instead) and your job is to protect those templess with your beam cannon created from lenses and mirrors reflecting sunlight (or what we are assuming is sunlight being directed in from outside of the screen).  If the forts are destroyed, game over.

We’re still working on things, but it’s starting to shape into a game, which is always a nice feeling.



Lasers! With mirrors!

Saturday, August 27th, 2016 9:58 am

It’s weird doing these posts myself.  Our artist usually does these, but she’s not available this weekend.  So, hi! I’m John.  I’m one of the programmers at A Flat Miner Studios and you get to deal with me for this LD.

We’ve settled on an idea and have some basics up.  Archimedes “heat ray”-style cannon using mirrors (and lenses) to shoot down ships.  So far, not a ton happens, but it’s early yet.  That’s all I’ve got.  This is a picture of what we have now. Hopefully later today we’ll have some “real” art (the guy who usually does our music and sound effects is helping out with that; he’s better than me at the art stuff, so it’s to everyone’s benefit).



John,  programmer ordinaire



Sheep Shift

Sunday, April 17th, 2016 11:16 pm

They do move in herds.

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The sheep are sheeping everywhere, and we’re still on target to jam the rest of Sheep Shift out!  Uh…also our dog won’t move backwards.

-Jodi, Artist, Sleepy Sheepie, pixel pusher

Sheep Shifting, counting sheep

Sunday, April 17th, 2016 12:55 am

Time to call it a night for day one on Sheep Shift.  Obligatory screenshot, go!


You can not handle the Spiral of Doom

The goal is to herd the sheep to create the shape.  Be the best pet.  This pet, specifically:



Run Sideways!





Time to get some…sheep.  ah….haha…hahahahaiamsotired.

-Jodi, Arist, Doom sayer, sheep butt fluffer


Fluffy butts, floppy ears

Saturday, April 16th, 2016 11:23 am

SheepBackRunRotatingSheep SheepFrontRun SheepLRrunWe got sheep!  Teeny fluffer butt sprites running around the screen, programmers have herding behavior…should have some screenshots this afternoon.  Time for dog animations!

More like Sheep Shift

Saturday, April 16th, 2016 12:50 am

Beginning stages of Sheep Shift, a game of herding fluffs into shapes to be top dog.  So there will be dogs in the future.  And probably a crazy farmer dude. And lots of puns. Obviously.

Right now it looks boring as heck…but it’s only night one!

Sheep Shift SS01

-Jodi, Artist, sheep counter, journeyman shepherd


We are in!

Friday, April 15th, 2016 2:01 pm

A-Flat Miner Studios is back for LD 35.  This could not come at a better time for me.  I’ve had a stressful week. Ok, month.  And LD is this awesome, grueling, all-consuming monster with the superpower to make me forget every everything other than making the arts.  Double points go out to all you beautiful mermaids who do this with exams, younglings, busy weekends, and general just human things.  I will view your screenshots and play your games and read your posts and love you for it.

For the Arts:  Photoshop, After Effects, mebe Cinema4D if I’m feelin’ feisty.  And I am so, so feisty.

Go get ’em, Tiger.

-Jodi, Artist, Red-headed Spider-Man lover, Knopetastic

Row Row Row Your Goat: Artwork Post Mortem

Monday, January 4th, 2016 5:39 pm

Last hours of LD 34 ratings, played a lot of really fun, interesting games this time around.  Now time to brain-dump my artwork experience for our jam game, Row Row Row Your Goat!



Our Game

You’re on a boat, a goat-boat, and you’re collecting sandwiches in a river– Stay with me here– because your boat is very hungry. Cause it’s a goat.  You can only go in circles since it already ate your other oar, so you can only use right and left.

This is not our first goat based game.  no, none of us own goats.

What went right
Having a veteran team of friends is the best perk, since we all know our roles. Our goal this time was to have multiple levels, and we did totally nail that one.  And the levels are all named excellently (see: Michael’s Bay, yes it does have explosions), so explore away.

But my favorite visual success story of this LD was actually not something I even did.  One of our programmers did some effects shaders on the water and it is as smooth as Adele’s silky voice. So to all of you who have programming experience: you are beautiful, shiny technomancers, never change.

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Look at that ripply water!  Yeah, my teammates are awesome.
What went wrong
After Effects decided to have a bug for PC where the screen wouldn’t refresh anytime I hit ctrl-z (see: all the time). So for the first day animating I had to Edge of Tomorrow all the artwork, where messing up once meant I had to restart the program.  And, like Tom Cruise, I messed up. a lot. Needless to say it was Photoshop from then on out.

My only other regret was the hot bag of garbage that is the title screen.  I was super obsessed with doing these little splashies on the obstacles in the river (shiny!), so I waited too long.

Don't hit the bears. Obviously.
Take aways
-Goats are awesome
-VFX programmers are Santa’s magical helpers, bringing joy to every non-programmer artist
-Bears + explosions = best decisions
-You can never have too many puns

Play Row Row Row Your Goat here!

Jodi,  Artist, Mortem Poster, Angel of Verdun

Row Row Row Your Goat! The G is silent.

Monday, December 14th, 2015 11:52 pm

Our two button jam is done, Row Row Row Your Goat! Rate it here! You are a monkey riding on a border collie driving a goatboat to sammiches.  And because your boat ate the other oar, you can only go on direction at a time.  Because it’s LD and it does not need to make sense.

Here’s some gameplay!

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Navigate logs, rapids, lilypads and even bears.  That explode.

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That’s a special from our course called “Michael’s Bay.”  …if you know what I mean.  And I think you do.

Congrats everyone on creating awesome things this weekend!

-Jodi, artist, gif maker, BB-8 enthusiast

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