Tardis Time Trap

Was talking to a writer friend the other day and they asked “if you were to come up with a doctor who game, what would the mechanic be” and honestly it popped in to my head fully formed, so here it is:

You’re trapped in the Tardis, it is malfunctioning and you have to both repair it and solve the mystery. You do so by walking round the tardis rooms and figuring out what you need, but, when you leave a room it becomes locked in a time loop. Meaning, if you re-enter the room, you encounter yourself from your previous play through of that room. You can’t change that time-locked version of you, but you CAN touch them/move them/time lock them for that moment (and if you reneter the room again, now there are two other versions of you stuck in that loop, and same rules apply – no theoreitcally upper limit…). So, for example, you enter a room, there’s a high shelf you need something there, you can’t reach. So you stand beside it for a minute, you leave and you renter, now you see yourself standing in the corner, you go over, timelock your old self (SONIC SCREWDRIVER TO RESCUE!) climb up on yourself and get the thing, then leave with it.

Anyway, that’s my fun tardis time trap mechanic, do with it what you will (but pay me a lot of money) thank you, bye!

Folklore Thursday

I’m having to revisit folklore thursday strips for a collection (hurrah!) and oen of the things I’m doing is a brand new strip. Except… I don’t remember how to do it any more! So I’m sitting staring at the John’s tweet (remember, John Reppion would write a folklore tweet and I’d make up a comic using it) and thinking “how did I do this for a year?”

Four page days

I’m scheduling the pencils I’ve got to do this week for four page a day. Absolutely bonkers, but very doable. I mean, for a start my pencils are super rough (a guide for my later inking). Hoping I can get 21 pages completed, then start inking next week. One annoying thing about that schedule is when you have a hard crash in the middle of it (for whatever reason) suddenly, you’ve missed two days and you’re eight pages behind. Horrible.

Eat my Shorts

I woke up this morning and thought, I should really be trying to do something beyond just sitting in the house and drawing comics, and LO! I booked myself a course on making short films at our local arts community centre. (if you’re in Belfast, it’s the Crescent Arts Centre)

I did think “I should do something totally outside my wheel house” – but I’ve wanted for years to make short films and never done anything beyond a couple of little goofy shorts for my son (who was the main driving force – when he was about 8) and my mate (years and years ago, again, he was the main driving force). I have all the kit, I just lacked time and a way to remove the barriers you construct around yourself.

I’d like to do this, then maybe a course on writing, but we’ll see how we go…