“Ghet’Kabael” Game Proposal


In the land of Ghet’Kabael, spaghetti is as precious as water is to Earth. So precious, in fact, that it’s the source of all life in the land. Some races need more to survive; others need less.

Ghet’Kabael is similar in nature to that of the land of Azeroth (World of Warcraft) in that it’s a fantasy world full of magic, combat, alliances, factions, and many a terrible foe. The peoples of the land lack a unifying force, so war is unending. Giant tapeworms ravage the land, their destruction rampant. They don’t listen to reason; all will be consumed until nothing remains but the tapeworm race.

That is, of course, unless a hero or two step in and put an end to their conquest. But the devout servants of the worms will arise to silence the heroes of the people and help to put an end to the land of Ghet’Kabael once and for all. Two sides will clash, and the fate of all of the land rests on the shoulders of your choice: preservation or a new world order.

But, if you aren’t careful, you won’t even get the chance to decide because all you know is that you’ve woken up in a dark forest, the leaves on the trees a wondrous blue. Overhead, three moons loom; one yellow, one beige, and the third, notably smaller than the others, blood red. Your head snaps to the right as you hear the rustle of the underbrush. Something is there; watching. Waiting. A brisk wind pricks the nape of your neck…

The Creed of the Remnant

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We all have words we live by, but how many can say those words are worth dying for? Not metaphorically; actually facing physical death and leaving the world we know. The words of this creed may very well lead to this, but I’m not afraid. If I die, the next time I open my eyes, I’ll find that it was all worth it in the end.

How many people can say that?

Installatron’s Free Offers

Looking around on Installatron, I found a number of various apps and tools that I could download onto my domain and play with besides WordPress. Let’s give some of ‘em a try! (They’re probably free for a reason…)

1. Known (CMS)

I had never heard of Known before looking around on Installatron, and there’s a reason why: it’s boring. There’s nothing special about it; just another basic content management system/crappy blog system. You can post audio, picture, and text posts, check analytics, and install a number of social media plugins. Just like a blog. And, unlike WordPress, I can’t find any access to the HTML of the site or any useful support. Minus two points.

All of it’s themes are basic, but they manage to beat WordPress’s themes in aesthetics. And that’s only because there aren’t any! I hate default themes no matter the platform, so no points off here. That’s just my personal bias.

One good thing I can say about it is that it has a comic uploading platform, which is nice for cartoonists like me. But no other comic host can beat ComicFury, no matter how hard it tries. Especially when ComicFury gives me unlimited bandwidth, 5 urls, fast support, and full HTML and CSS access.

Ultimately, it works for a basic blog site, but since I require access to HTML and since I hate cookie-cutter web design and templates, I’ll never touch it again. Honestly, Tumblr works a whole lot better with a LOT more possibilities.

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The Wonderful World of Webcomics

People often make fun of cartoonists or people who enjoy cartoons for being childish, yet they all love superhero movies. This may come as a surprise to some, but all of those superheroes started out as cartoons (Egad!). I’m not going to talk about those today, but I constantly feel bamboozled when cartoon enthusiasts are shamed for liking relatable, deep characters while the shamers cheer for shallow superhumans in colorful spandex.

Anyway, cartoons are booming today thanks to this newfangled interweb-thing we have in the form of webcomics. A webcomic is nothing more than a comic published somewhere online. It’s easy, it’s free, and, since there’s no content-approval or editing required before publication, anything can become a webcomic. And since there’re so many, you’re sure to find something, somewhere that speaks to you. Continue reading

The Crap Stop that Grew Up

Remember that one strip of highway that has everything you could ever imagine on it? A Walmart, Kmart, Kroger, almost every gas station and fast food chain imaginable, every phone carrier, countless body shops, and a Dunkin’ Donuts? And then, after all of that, there’s still more, like a Goodwill, Gamestop and retro game store, book stores, hair cutteries, Petsmart, Sams, and still after all of this you’re not even halfway down the strip yet? I lived in the subdivision twenty feet behind it for 15 years.

Shopping Center

One of the many shopping centers on the Hiram Strip.

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Hmm, let see now…I need to come up with a topic for a standalone, interactive feature article, but what to do, what to do? I could:

  • show the wonderful yet far too stressful world of independent webcomic development
  • reveal the truths of indie game development
  • shed some light on the competitive Smash Bros. scene

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Paradigm Shift

“Good golly gosh, that was such a great movie/literary work of indeterminate title! I would love to tell people about how enjoyable it was, but alas, I can’t: there isn’t a new medium.”  Person Guy

Fret not, Person Guy, there is hope! In my travels, I have heard of such a medium, something that breaks the century-old tradition of “take my work and end it there.” No longer do we have to only consume content made by those who have big names or budgets. No longer do we have to be like Hedgehog the Sonic:

Old Media

Original image © Tyson Hesse.

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Obligatory Introductory Pleasantries

Some people know me as Waffles. NPCs refer to me as Fluffles. But you may call me Joseph. Clawing my way through a New Media Arts degree, certain discreet circles might refer to me as a junior. Instead of boring you with the details of why I’m taking a writing class (obviously not to improve my skills or complete a degree requirement by any stretch of the imagination (that’s preposterous!)), allow me to regale you with an advertisement of the shameless variety for a webcomic of slightly less than epic proportions:

Elmer the Eccentric

His name is Elmer, and he has a cat. When not farting up a storm during quiet meetings or tests and not being the most random person you’ve ever met, Elmer is just like you and me. This means, of course, that he’s like the majority of Southern Poly students: single. If he can find a girl that doesn’t find him insufferable, there may just be hope for us all.