What's Cheese Up To These Days?

Winter's Wake

Involvement: November 2014 - Present

Status: Unreleased, ongoing development

URL: http://winterswake.com

For the third 7 Day First Person Challenge, I prototyped a first person interpretation of a text adventure, attempting to re-create the kind of player-imagined experiences I recall from text adventures and books in a new and interesting way.

The result is a single verb point and click adventure with "mouselook" controls and text descriptions rather than graphics. Positional audio and background tinting provide additional orientation cues and help instill a sense of presence.

I am currently aiming for a 2016 release on Linux, Mac OS and Windows.

  • Game design
  • Engine programming
  • Cross platform programming
  • Writing
  • Initial sound design

Bat Egg

Involvement: March 2021 - Present

Status: Released

URL: http://bategg.twolofbees.com

URL: https://cheeseness.itch.io/bat-egg

Fulfilling promises from 2019, I created a long-planned flapformer game in which players must manage momentum, gravity, and stamina as a cute bat egg searching for its family.

  • Game design
  • Programming
  • Writing
  • 2D art
  • 3D art
  • Foley recording
  • Initial music
  • Trailer and promotional materials

Hive Time

Involvement: May 2019 - Present

Status: Released

URL: http://hivetime.twolofbees.com

URL: https://cheeseness.itch.io/hive-time

URL: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL57oGW0nMcYOJ3Uvu3es3zSDbWj7edirn

Hive Time started development as a 10 day game jam project created in collaboration with Mim at the end of April 2019. Following a positive reception to the jam prototype, I continued to work on the game until its eventual release in December 2019.

In addition to to general development summaries and a stream per month, I also kept a dev blog during development talking about additions/changes and the intent behind them.

In the year following release, I shipped a bunch of maintenance patches and content updates.

  • Game design
  • Programming
  • Writing
  • 2D art
  • 3D art
  • Foley recording
  • Promotional materials
  • Post-release content updates

Ruben the Claw Troll

Involvement: March 2018 - May 2018

Status: Released

URL: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1329533230

URL: https://cheeseness.itch.io/ruben-the-claw-troll

URL: https://www.patreon.com/posts/19378255

While working with Defiant on getting mod support ready for public consumption, I created an encounter chain exploring feelings and reflections on sharing life with a pet. Ruben The Claw Troll reimagines and reframes some of the real-life adventures of a labrador named Frodo.

  • Encounter design
  • Card art
  • Writing
  • 2D art

The Away Team

Involvement: July 2017 - Present

Status: Released

URL: http://awayteam.space/

URL: https://underflow-studios.itch.io/the-away-team

URL: https://store.steampowered.com/app/426290/The_Away_Team_Lost_Exodus/

URL: https://underflowstudios.com/the-away-team-lost-exodus-redesigning-the-argo/

URL: https://www.underflowstudios.com/the-away-team-lost-exodus-making-memories/

In 2017, I discovered a text-focused sci-fi game that I really liked. Eager to assist with resolving some Linux issues, I approached the game's lead developer about helping out, and eventually made an expansion-scale update aimed at solidifying and enhancing the game's existing identity.

  • Mac port
  • Game design
  • Programming
  • Writing
  • 2D art
  • Foley recording
  • Promotional materials

Bonesweeper

Involvement: February 2021 - Present

Status: Prototype released

URL: https://cheeseness.itch.io/bonesweeper

Early in February, I prototyped a game that reframes classic Minesweeper gameplay as excavating fossils of mesozoic animals, and exposes some progression via being able to assemble fossils into skeletons.

  • Game design
  • Programming
  • 3D art
  • Foley
  • Music

Cloud Courier

Involvement: September 2021 - Present

Status: Prototype released

URL: https://cheeseness.itch.io/cloud-courier

In Setpember 2021, I participated in the Stop Waiting For Godot Jam, creating a small game about delivering packages in a hot air balloon for villagers who live on floating islands in the sky.

After some time to reflect following the jam, my collaborators and I decided that we'd like to expand Cloud Courier into a slightly larger project, which we expect to grow slowly over time.

  • Game design
  • Programming
  • Additional 2D art
  • Foley

Honeycomb CRUNCH

Involvement: May 2019

Status: Released

URL: https://cheeseness.itch.io/honeycomb-crunch

URL: https://gitlab.com/Cheeseness/honeycomb-crunch

Sources Available: LGPL3, CC BY 4.0 Assets

For the May 2017 Tasmanian Linux User Group meeting, I gave a talk/demonstration on making games with the then-recently released Godot 3.1 engine. In preparation, I created a small avoid-the-obstacles game that I could do a code walkthrough of, and did a public release of sources.

  • Game design
  • Programming
  • 2D art
  • 3D art

The Spicy Meatball Saves The Day

Involvement: March 2017 - September 2017

Status: Released

URL: https://cheeseness.itch.io/spicy-meatball

Early in 2017, I created a lightly comedic superhero adventure game in the Icicle Engine for the Linux Game Jam.

Later in the year, I shipped a slightly more polished version along with a trailer.

  • Game design
  • Programming
  • Writing
  • 2D art
  • Additional sounds
  • Promotional materials

Supply Chain

Involvement: March 2020 - June 2020

Status: Released

URL: https://cheeseness.itch.io/supply-chain

URL: https://gitlab.com/Cheeseness/supply-chain

Sources Available: MIT, CC0 Assets

As part of introducing a friend to game development and the Godot engine, I pulled out a minimalist management sim game concept and went through the process of creating it together. In addition to releasing the game itself, we also released its sources and assets.

  • Game design
  • Programming
  • 2D art

Colossal Cave Adventure - Icicle Edition

Involvement: October 2016 - Present

Status: In development, demo builds available

URL: http://adventure.icicle-engine.org

URL: https://cheeseness.itch.io/colossal-cave

Colossal Cave Adventure - Icicle Edition is an Icicle engine remake of the 1976/7 terminal based text adventure game Adventure (also known as ADVENT, Colossal Cave and Colossal Cave Adventure), originally developed by Will Crowther and expanded by Don Woods.

This iteration of Adventure is being created as part of The Year of Adventure to celebrate Adventure's 40th anniversary. The Icicle engine exposes text oriented content through first person mouselook style controls and provides single verb point-and-click adventure style mechanics in place of a text parser. Colossal Cave Adventure - Icicle Edition aims to hold true to the spirit and atmosphere of the original game, but does make some content and puzzle concessions in order to fit better with the Icicle engine's interface and structure.

  • Engine development
  • Tools development
  • Additional writing
  • Website development
  • Packaging

Hidden Star

Involvement: April 2016 - Present

Status: In development, prototype builds available

URL: https://cheeseness.itch.io/hidden-star

URL: https://github.com/Cheeseness/hidden-star

Source Available: GPL3

Initially created for LOWREZJAM 2016, Hidden Star is a space exploration/trading/combat game presented at 64x64px.

  • Concept art
  • Created visual assets
  • Writing
  • Programming
  • Platform specific packaging

FLAT

Involvement: June 2012 - Present

Status: Released, ongoing development

URL: http://flat.jbushproductions.com

Source Available: GPL3

FLAT began as a game created for the 7 Day First Person Challenge in June 2012, a week long event in which I attempted to create a game from scratch with a team consisting of two other developers. During the event, I focused primarily on creating art assets in Blender and then batch rendering out to 2D sprite sequences using an array of cameras at set angles.

In the week following the 7DFPS event, I added additional features, art assets and gameplay fixes to make a more polished "post-7DFPS" build available. I also worked with composer Anton Riehl, who had offered to write a score for the game, and implemented a simple context sensitive music system.

In July 2012, we decided to release FLAT under the GPL in order to give others the opportunity to learn from or improve the game.

  • Created art assets for enemy skaters, pulse dragon, player weapons, environment crystals, and background elements
  • Voiced player and enemy pain sounds
  • Implemented music system
  • Game design, testing and balancing
  • Packaged Linux release builds
  • Ongoing maintenance

Crab Lab

Status: Concept

Crab Lab will be a small scale 2D puzzle game.

Unannounced Portal 2 Mod

Status: Concept

During 2012, I wrote a treatment and produced storyboards for a short Portal 2 mod which follows the experiences of a trapped Aperture Science employee around the time of GLaDOS' neurotoxin incident in a manner that pays homage to Valve's style of storytelling.

It's my intention to collaborate with a small team of other artists/developers, and the schedule for this project will depend on the convergence of availability.

Unannounced First/Third Person Exploration Game

Status: Concept, ongoing development

In 2012, I began concept work on a multiplayer first/third person exploration/puzzle game with another developer with whom I've previously collaborated.

At this stage in development, we are anticipating using Unity 4 and targeting Windows, MacOS and Linux.

  • Game design
  • Concept art
  • Story treatment

Fotham

Status: Unreleased, ongoing development

Fotham is the codename for a small scope mutliplayer top-down shooter developed by Valiant Systems.

Currently I am the only active developer on project Fotham.

  • Game design
  • Concept art
  • Initial prototyping

Unannounced Linux Release

Status: Unreleased, ongoing development

Involvement: December 2012 - Present

Towards the end of 2012, I was invited to assist with publishing a Linux verion of an existing indie game.

  • Packaging
  • Testing

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