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Building a studio part 1

For about a year and a half I’ve been renting an office and although it’s awesome to have somewhere to go all day I’d much rather work from home. With a two year old running around I can’t really work in the house so I turned to the crappy old shed for inspiration. My partner and son went to Tasmania for a long weekend and my father-in-law and myself got busy with the conversion.  All materials were booked up at the awesome Tonks Hardware in Castlemaine which has generous discounts for early payments. They also delivered all the big bits and pieces.

OK. So when I first started to think about using the shed as an office it had a nice(ish) cement floor. I cleaned it out and it all looked pretty good. Then it rained. Lots of moisture seeped up through the floor and although I cleared drainage paths around the outside it still got quite damp. So we decided to cover the cement and put in a new floor.

We splashed out and got heaps of insulation. Turns out it was too thick for the beams, or whatever they’re called, so we had to trim them down a lot. Not that much fun. Oh, I forgot to mention. I’ve never built anything like this before so we cut a lot of corners and made lots of mistakes.

We plastered the walls and roof and discovered a window behind a board. Plastering was a pain in the arse. Definitely learned a lot from this project. The roof taught us not to be stupid next time. My aching back will remind me to be cleverer and probably research or some-such.

My father-in-law was a glazier , so he fixed the old broken window with ease.

Skipping ahead a bit. I bartered with my neighbour to help out with all the trims. Website work in exchange for all the trims and electrics. There was already one power point but we’ve added a heap more so I can have a long desk set up. I’ve added one layer of undercoat here. The aim isn’t to be a show-house type finish, just cover up the grey a bit and bounce the light around.

All painted. The roof has only one layer because it’s a pain and I’ll get around to it later. I honestly don’t notice. The bits of texture in the room from my awesome plaster joins feels much better than boring old perfect walls. Also, I couldn’t make perfect walls if I tried.

Monster desk is the old work bench that was already in the shed. It’s 10 feet long. I removed one board from it and added an extension so I’ve got a nice area for my mouse and to write notes on. I attached it with a few screws and there’s some large brackets underneath in a few spots. I hand-sanded the old wood back so it’s not quite as grimey from the 70 years worth of wood-working.


And here is a beauty shot from when I first set up my work machine.  I wish it still was as neat as this.

Now I’ve got my iMac, PC and MAME machine all set up. The PC is pretty new and runs games pretty. It’s hooked up to a 32″ Panasonic TV (which will end up being mounted on the wall for the consoles). I’ll be getting some basic carpeting to help cover up the work site floor. I don’t really want to sand it back then seal it. I’m a little tired from the project.

I’ve got a little reverse cycle air-con unit that spits the cold air out the window and blasts hot air into the room. Works really well and I don’t have to have it on all the time to keep warm when working late.

My monitor died that used to be in this machine so I have clean the glass and re-spray to hide the monitor and show all the game screen. This cabinet was another project That took a day to put together. It’s just craft wood and is built to hold an X-Arcade tank stick.

So far it’s cost just over a thousand dollars, maybe $1,500. We did all the work ourselves which kept the price down nicely. It’s already paid for itself in the last few months, taking into account what I used to pay for an office and all the outgoings. I do get interrupted every hour or so for hugs but that aint so bad.


Part 2 as soon as I finish setting up over the next few weeks! :)

Bubble Jets



I’ve released my first iPhone game! It’s based on those old fashioned water games where you shoot water jets to get little rings or balls into baskets.  Check it out here! http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/bubble-jets/id479877548  It’s harder than it looks and is great for that nostalgia kick or to show your kids the types of games we used to play before iPhones and Ds’s and PSPs. Coming soon to android!

I’m in the process of making more games so follow me on twitter @thistler or @socialagogo to get all the latest news! I’ll be porting Puncho Puncho very soon too I think!


Get Bubble Jets for iPhone and iPad now! http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/bubble-jets/id479877548 (iPad3 resolution coming soon!)



Zombie Creator

Happy Halloween everyone :)

My gift to you is Zombie Creator dot com! Turn your usually beautiful face into a decrepit zombie :)

Made with ZombieCreator.com

Also check it out on newgrounds if you’re of the voting type: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/552036

I’ve really enjoyed seeing everyone’s creations in the gallery.  Really cool to see some people use this :)

There’s still lots to be done with the website PHP stuff and adding more zombie features.  I’m hoping to at least commit to adding a few new things each week.  I owe it to the horde.

Commando Drop

A game I worked on has dropped onto newgrounds.  Check it out here: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/552040

It’s like pacman except you pick up guns and knives to take out enemy soldiers and then you steal the gold!  I based the enemy movements on the way the ghosts move in pacman, I can’t find the link to the article right now but I’ll post as soon as I do.  It’s very interesting and simple to achieve.

I made it for cutefreegames.com, a buddies’ site,  check that out here:  http://www.cutefreegames.com

If there’s one thing I’ll definitely do better with the next one it’s the level designs.  It ended up a bit rushed but I’ll make up for it with the next one :)

Sketch Mine

Ack!  Sketch Mine is completely wrecked.  I don’t really have time to stuff around with buddy press so I’m going to slash and burn the site and start it again fresh the way I originally planned it to be.  No signing up for anything, just uploading your sketches without signing up for another website.  I might make it a facebook connect site?  We’ll see how we go with time.

Other news.   We had a baby!  (nine months ago)  It’s a boy!

So not much time to work on any fun projects, but getting better organised every day :)


I’m moving all my art here: http://sketchmine.com/members/thistler/album/

SketchMine is a new website that is especially for lo-fi art.  No photoshopping, no CG at all.

I recommend it :)

Tony Abbott is Iron Man

This will make more sense to people who are from Australia, but if you’re not from Australia, you might still get a laugh from this site:  pollyROFL.com

Tony Abbott is Iron Man

Clown Killer 2

Hit the streets and clear out all the evil clowns!

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Robo Slug 2

Robo Slug 2 Robo Slug 2!  The follow up to the awesome Robo Slug!  Take to the hills and destroy all robots!  There’s more bosses, more weapons, more everything!  Don’t just stand there, jump on in!

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Some Cartoon

What could a man in a rabbit suit and man in a bear suit possibly get up to?

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