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The Crimson Diamond Gazette #34

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Lockdown Con II "The Indie Games Revolution" Panel (first panel of the day)'s Geek's Guide to the Galaxy article

Pixelles BIPOC Creator Program grant recipient

usesthis interview (interview about my hardware and software set-up)

8-bit Ninja interview about The Crimson Diamond (in German)

CAAD52 magazine article about The Crimson Diamond (in Spanish)

Cabel Sasser's Photoshop Revelation clip

HomeTeam GameDev Podcast -- Guest Julia Minamata

CityNews - Canada Showcased Through Video Games

CBC Thunder Bay - Superior Morning Radio Interview

TVOntario article

Retro 'Rents Podcast episode

PAX East 2020 "What's Next for Adventure Games" Panel

Adventure Games Podcast episode

Big Boss Battle -- Featured

Escapist Magazine article

Classic Adventurer, Issue 07 -- Featured

Adventure Gamers AdventureX Round-up, part II

Scarborough Mirror Article

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PC GAMER Article

Adventure Gamers Announcement Article

Adventure Corner Article (German)

YouTube LP Playlist

The CGG Podcast: # 44 Third appearance, updates since April 2019!

The CGG Podcast: #20 The Crimson Diamond updates & The Colonel's Bequest

The CGG Podcast: #1 Episode featuring me discussing The Crimson Diamond



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Wordplay showcase

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I help admin a thriving classic gaming community called the Classic Gamers Guild on Facebook. We host plenty of events during the week, as well as contests and a bunch of other great stuff. We even have a podcast and I was the first guest!




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August 2021

Hello, dear readers! Happy August! Summer is well and truly here -- With hot, muggy days and cooling thunder showers. I hope you've been able to stay cool and dry!

Playdate pre-orders are now open! The first batch of 20,000 units (shipping late 2021) sold out in 17 minutes! If you pre-order at the time of this gazette's e-publication date (mid-August 2021), you'll get your Playdate (and possibly the cute, magnetically attached cover) some time in 2022.

playdate link to website


The Playdate costs $179 USD and includes 24 games that will be delivered via wi-fi, 2 per week for 12 weeks! Here's what the first season looks like:

playdate season 1 games


I've been art directing a game for the Playdate with Sweet Baby Inc. and Xalavier Nelson Jr. of Strange Scaffold! It's called "Recommendation Dog!!" and it's very very cute :). It's not part of the first season of games, but will be coming out some time in the future!

Recommendation Dog!! animated gif


Francisco Gonzalez on stream

Francisco González was my second guest on stream! Francisco is the amazing inde dev behind A Golden Wake and Lamplight City, and is currently working on Rosewater, a thrilling Western adventure set in the same alternate 19th century world as Lamplight City!

I've been a huge fan of Francisco's since his days developing his Ben Jordan series. It was a pleasure to be able to hang out with him on stream and chat about making games, creativity, and our feelings about puns :). Check out the video here!

Lamplight City link to Steam store page

Rosewater link to Steam store page


Dan the Band livestream

Dan the Band is back and streaming with me! Dan is composing all of the music for The Crimson Diamond. Music streams (which happen just about every other Tuesday at 8pm Eastern) are a great way to watch and hear music made from scratch, using a real Roland MT-32! In the latest music stream video, we reviewed all of the music he's composed for TCD so far -- And happily, he re-discovered a demo track he meant to send John Romero for the Empire of Sin soundtrack (Dan composed a lot of music for EoS, you can hear it in the game)! Dan played the demo track on stream for us. Maybe we'll hear it in new Empire of Sin content in the future!

Empire of Sin link to Steam store page


I'm still hard at work on the art streams, upgrading the pixel art in The Crimson Diamond's introductory sequence! Thanks to helpful suggestions from Twitch chat, I'm been able to make a lot of improvements to this nighttime scene. Thanks so much!

Art stream image




my diamond necklace

I made myself a diamond necklace! With real diamonds! They're tiny, the strand of them cost about $80 USD, but I'm a huge fan of minerals and I couldn't help myself. These chip diamonds are tiny and the holes that have been drilled into them are even tinier, if you do end up ordering something similar I recommend 30 gauge wire (or thinner) for stringing! I got my chip diamonds from Fire Mountain Gems.

Here's a close-up of some of my tiny little diamonds, photographed using my loupe and phone camera:

Diamonds close-up


My hand, for scale!

Chip diamonds to scale


And here are some crafts I shared recently on stream!


My EGA polymer clay bracelet:

EGA polymer clay bracelet


My EGA seed bead kumihimo necklaces!

EGA Kumihimo necklaces


And my 3D printed Nancy Maples! The one on the left is coloured sandstone, printed by Shapeways. The one on the right is from a home 3D printer, made of a wood substrate, that I painted!

EGA 3D Nancys



Closeup image of chip diamonds


DID YOU KNOW: It has been theorized for many years that Canada may have diamonds, but it's only fairly recently (1991) that their existence has been confirmed! All of the world's diamond deposits have been found in ancient shield areas. Canada is famous for its Canadian Shield, which is such a region!


Boathouse Day and Night animated gif


Check the sidebar for links to my Patreon and PayPal! Or visit The Crimson Diamond's Steam page follow the game, and add it to your wishlist! There's a FREE playable demo too, for Windows PC and Mac! <3


Thanks for reading! Happy August!

-- JM