J.K. Riki

Weekend Panda

Learning Good Stewardship

I thought up a bunch of click-bait-style titles for today’s post. “What I Learned from Below the Poverty Line” or “Three Cheers for No Income” certainly grab the eye. But they’re bad titles, as most click-bait titles are, because they exaggerate a point just for attention. If you hadn’t heard, poverty sucks. Not having enough to get by is one of the worst feelings of dread and stress that we…
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New Adventures for May 2019

I have done a poor job keeping the ol’ blog updated this year, but rather than lament that let’s just jump into some news about what’s been going on, and the future! Fred Wrote a Book! If you follow Fred the Monkey on Facebook you may have heard he finished the Murder Mystery Novel he started writing many moons ago. Now, when it comes to Fred’s posts on Facebook it’s…
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Looking at Goals in 2018 and 2019

As has been a long standing tradition, it is the dawn of a new year and time to review some goals! I do not make traditional New Years Resolutions but instead try to consider things I’d like to accomplish every time January rolls around again. Last year the list was quite extensive. It included categories like More personal growth Healthy-ness Art Writing Weekend Panda Supporting others Overall I did alright…
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The Morning After The Despair

It has been a long time since I wrote a blog post. Rather than dwell on that, let me jump right to what I want to share today. Yesterday I decided to be a responsible adult and begin monitoring the statistical data of our first three Weekend Panda apps. I’ve checked in now and then as we’ve produced games during this past year, but for the best results in business…
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3 GameDev Lessons from Panda and Penguin’s Puzzle Adventure

Our next game Panda and Penguin’s Puzzle Adventure is set for a July 2018 release. Today I want to talk about a few big lessons I learned from the project that I will try to keep in mind going forward with future game development. Lessons like these help a ton as we are gaining more and more experience with each new game. #1. Don’t do “Reward Art” At the end…
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New Game Coming!

Our next game is officially announced! It’s called Panda and Penguin’s Puzzle Adventure, and you can read all the details at WeekendPanda.com. I’ll also talk a little about it for today’s blog post. In PnP’s Puzzle Adventure, formally codenamed “Pandas and Penguins,” you draw lines and platforms so that gravity brings the two friends back together again in each level. Some levels, like the one in the example gif above,…
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The Hard Parts of GameDev: Failed Design

Today I am going to share a lament, for I am feeling disappointed. (There is a lesson to learn here, though, and so a silver lining glistens on the cloud hovering over me.) As I mentioned in a previous post, our second Weekend Panda game is a big departure from our first (The Death of Mr. Fishy). It has a completely different audience in mind. Unfortunately yesterday I presented an…
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It’s our First Game Release!

I am on Twitter, both as myself at JK_Riki and our game studio Weekend Panda at WeekendPanda. There’s also Instagram, Facebook, the Weekend Panda site, Twitch, and smaller spots like Deviant Art and random forums. So chances are good you probably heard that we released our first Mobile game a little while ago! But egads, somehow I missed posting it here on my own blog! Sorry about that. Here, officially,…
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Art and some Art-Stream Video Links

Today I’m sharing a bunch of things that came from efforts since last Monday! From adorable NES characters to links to live art streams you may have missed, here you’ll find the fruits of last week’s labor. I would also add that I’m still enjoying my new job working full time with my wife on Indie Game Development, though I must admit it’s harder work than I’ve done in years.…
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Live Art Stream(s) on Twitch

As work begins on Weekend Panda’s second game, I thought I would stream some of the art-creation-process on Twitch since I’ll be sitting here doing the art anyway! You can come by and check it out if you’d like. The first one will be tomorrow, April 3rd at 5PM EST but if all goes well I’ll do it again in the coming days/weeks. I’m guessing I’ll stream for about an…
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