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The animation for the Scared Donkey Mine Game I made yesterday – learning



This video clip I did yesterday can be found on YouTube here –


Granny D Countryside Mines CricketDiane 2018 4 w Music – the small somewhat animated piece I did yesterday for Granny D and The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game to learn more about animating and game development – yes, it is very rough, but so cool being able to do it. My music is in the video too. Video animation of Granny D walking through the countryside to the mines is one way we are looking at solving the visual style of the game – may try something else also. Please visit our GoFundMe page raising money to develop the Scared Donkey Mine Game into a video game from its board game version designed and created by Diane C. Phillips, aka CricketDiane and Cricket House Studios Art and Design.


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Granny D Animation to go with The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game by CricketDiane


This video clip is the third of the ones I’ve made recently using animation skills I’m just now learning – and Adobe Spark for the quick clips to share them.

This is the second one –


And the first one –


New game characters for the Scared Donkey Mine Game that I drew by hand and then put into photoshop after photographing them. Learning to use animation techniques in photoshop and other software plus working towards using them in the game development platform – one of the open source platforms.

Also seeing how to present what the game is about, already wrote out most of it, but the scenes need a little more to explain how the characters move in visual ways for me to express what I mean.

These little Adobe Spark goodies are an interesting way to quickly see how the voice and scene look together while explaining about the GoFundMe campaign to raise money to turn the existing board game of the Scared Donkey Mine Money Game I created into an amazing video / online game.

We haven’t had any donations yet which is a little disconcerting but I haven’t put it on many other things yet, while I’m still getting the numbers together of the costs involved to be more specific about how we will use the money and where we will be trying to get some matching funds to go with the campaign funds that will be enough to get the video game made and marketed.

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Working on The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game and Making My Designs Into CricketDiane Products on Zazzle Today

Today, I made this NYC Architecture tote bag on my CricketDiane store / Cricket House Studios and posted it at Zazzle.

The characters that I’m going to create on the Scared Donkey Mine Game were hand drawn by me yesterday early in the a.m. / they were designed by me, with one for Granny D, King Pindick, No Help Hannah, a gem cluster and a chunk of raw ore for the mines. Today, I will be using those drawings to construct them in Photoshop and use them directly on the game development platform to make a little snippet of action with them hopefully.

Here is the tote bag I made today – (you’ll have to wait to see the other things I’m working on, including the game characters but I am working on creating them right now.)


I might make a couple more things over on Zazzle from my saved designs today so my store’s catalog will update and there will be some new designs there.

Will probably use Godot to make the game or Panda3D, both open source. Need to check a couple more things about them first though, like tutorials about them and game developers’ commenting on them in general.

If I can just get a little of this game to show as a video, it will make The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game come to life and start having some of the elements needed for pitching it properly to some companies, if I have a chance to do that.

Have one of the formats for the Game Design Development Document – from a template on the internet which I’m going to use to put the hand-written GDD that I’ve already made about 15 pages of (by hand), into. That will help too.

Checked on a lot of game development blogs and articles that cover how to calculate the costs of developing a game within a more focused and exact set of costs. Tomorrow, or later today, I’m expecting to take those pieces of information and start putting them into a genuine cost-projection for developing the game, hiring some fluent game coders, and putting the equipment together and licenses for software that will be needed, among other things.

That’s it for right now. Painted a little on the oil painting of a still life that I’ve been fiddling with every so often – did that already for a little while today. Might come back and do a video of it – just something short to add to twitter and youtube.

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The current GoFundMe campaign to turn my board game called, The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game into a video game is here, check it out when you get a chance if you haven’t already, and please share it. Thanks so much!



If you haven’t seen my store yet on Zazzle, it is found here – Believe it or not, I designed all of that stuff using my artworks and designs, except for about a dozen things on the store that I designed with others (like grandchildren, or daughters, or friends).