Do You Like Awesome?

Here’s some stuff you should pay attention to…

1. Sarah Darkmagic is kicking off a project to fund some diverse art illustrations outside the standard norm. I don’t think this is needed everywhere and in every game and I’m a fan of pinup and cheesecake but more choice is awesome and this is a resource I would use the fuck out of. You can read more HERE and HERE and contact Sarah HERE if you’re an artist that might like to contribute.

The only thing that sticks in my craw is the emphasis on ethnic and female artists rather than art, but I’m willing to let that slide for now.

2. Lego? Robots? Game? Kickstarter? FUCK YEAH! This is a project deserving of your attention and hell, with that combination of awesome, how can you go wrong?

3. Your assistance in kicking economic censorship in the arse would be appreciated. You can add your voice HERE.

Censorship & Future Projects

It’s been a tough couple of weeks in my personal life as those who follow me more closely will know. I’m not going to be able to do a great deal of work for some time while I recover, but there’s at least one thing I wanted to talk to you about.

If you’re not already aware from other sources Paypal has decided (perhaps under pressure from credit card companies) to use its financial pressure to censor the publication of certain erotica.

This has not yet impacted on games and comics material, but it can only be a matter of time before it does. As a producer of games that include adult material and themes I am at risk of being censored.

This is already having an impact on many small press authors of erotic material and while you may not have a taste for such material it is setting a dangerous and disturbing precedent where you potentially can’t spend your own money on what you  want.

This is now directly affecting me. One project I wanted to do this year (health permitting) was a Science Fiction/BDSM game which would touch on a lot of transhuman themes and the boundaries of human sexuality enhanced/perverted/changed by technology.

In this current environment, with margins being what they are and with the risk looming of being unable to sell this material I don’t think I can take the risk at this time.

This means:

  • You don’t get your game.
  • I don’t get to make an experimental game.
  • The artist I was going to employ doesn’t get her money.

Needless to say, this all fucking sucks.

I’m looking into other ways to go about it, such as crowdsourcing funding and releasing it for free, but to do it justice and be worth the effort I’d need to get something like £2,000. So we’ll see if that’s remotely possible.

Meanwhile, the art in this post is taken from Satine Phoenix’s portfolio, give her some work, admire the pretties and here’s hoping this problem goes away in the near future and freedom of expression wins out.

Please support Satine and please think about getting involved in the fight against financial censorship.