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Floor it!

Hey guys! Sorry about the lack of a post last week. We were doing quite a lot and it just wasn't in the cards, I guess. With Memorial Day yesterday, I guess this means we've been 8 whole days without a blog post. Yikes! Hey, remember when we'd go whole months without a post? Heck, we pretty much skipped all of 2013. Dark times, dark times. I'll make sure that won't happen again and I'll also try to make sure this article doesn't disappoint!

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Let's Talk About That Mural

Hey all! Happy Monday! For today's blog post, I had wanted to either talk about more of Wraith past,(most notably our early history and really old prototypes and scrapped projects) especially since those kind of posts tend to be our most popular OR talking about the plans for the new mural in the studio (since it's really fresh on all of our minds). It looks like the mural article won out! Don't worry, though, we'll do the other article some time here soon (hopefully after the release of Radarkanoid).

Murals seem pretty topical as of late because of the news that The Hamilton Mill (the building where our studio is located) has been selected to be one of several places Hamilton has decided to place a big 'ol mural! It'll be right above the parking lot. It's pretty awesome, especially since most of us have mentioned that one would look great right there. 




Here's an article taking about it further: http://www.journal-news.com/news/news/local/murals-to-beautify-hamilton-this-summer/np7t2/ Hamilton's been all about art and urban renewal for the past few years and the results really show!

On top of that, on the inside of The Mill in the front entrance way is a super sweet new mural done by the kids at the Butler Tech School for the Arts (which is, oddly enough, where I went to school. I'm so proud!)



With all these cool murals at The Mill, it's really time we get ours started! Here's a quick shout of the unpainted wall followed by it painted (well, it's a shot of most of the wall, anyway).



So, you can see it's a pretty big, blank canvas just begging for something awesome! Well awesome is something we're going to give it! The first think you may notice, however is the big conduits running through the wall, breaking up the usable space. That's actually fine, believe it or not. See, as you may have noticed, the studio is painted with our brand colors (mostly) and we've taken the pipes, radiator and conduits and painted them, orange to match the orange in our logo (yes, it's there, go check... I'll wait).  

It's a pretty striking look, to say the least. We're even getting that faucet-shaped coat rack we talked about in a previous post and painting it orange just to go with the look. Those orange pipes are pretty bold, but what if I told you they didn't just come out of nowhere...



BAM! This is an early screenshot for some sprite art on one of our smaller projects, Jet Pack Hero. It's pretty old actually. We've had it up on social media for at least a year, if not two. JPH, is a pretty cool game, but we're not really returning to it until more of Collapsus is done (and maybe even Physix). 

So what does that have to do with anything? Well look at this mock-up from before we painted the wall:



And now look at this (rough, incomplete) of a mock-up our friend (and amazing artist) Lance Miller (of Lance Miller Decks) did to prep our mural:



And this other (very WIP) Jet Pack Hero screenshot:



Now it comes full circle! 

The entire idea behind this mural is to play homage to Wraith's past, present, and future. Right now, we've mapped out how it's going to play homage to JPH and Fly Guy, but we also have plans to incorporate elements from our other current projects; Collapsus, Physix, Radarkanoid, AAAAH!!! A GIANT FREAKIN' CAVEWORM, RUN!, as well as other projects from our past and even future games we haven't let you guys know about yet. It'll be pretty sweet to see up on that wall... and who knows: maybe, just maybe it will fuel our creativity and inspire us enough so we can actually get finished with one of them...

Nah.

Initiating Phase 2!

Hey all! Lets start today's blog post off with some smaller news. Kristy, our current lead programmer (and my fiancée) is a college student. Her new semester starts in a couple weeks on the 25th. As such, Collapsus programming will be slowing down a bit while she handles school. Don't worry, though, it won't grind to a halt or anything, just slow down. If any of you are programmers, though, and would like to help us get it out quicker, drop us a line either on our contact form on the site, or on one of our social media pages.

That being said, today, I want to talk about more studio remodeling! Any time we post about remodeling, we get tons of people mentioning how awesome what we're doing is. That was just Phase 1 (if you remember our blog post from a few months back). Now on to Phase 2!





What you're seeing right here is our new logo decal above our green screen! Pretty slick, huh? Well, it took several hours to put up, so it better look good. For some reason, they shipped it to us in pieces! Weird. It also didn't really like cooperating with our new wall paint. No big. We got it up and we're all pretty happy with it!

As for what's next for the remodel, we're going to start by getting a standing desk. We're thinking about the larger Skarsta from Ikea.
We're getting the larger one because A. There are never more than half of our team members in the studio at one time, and B. Sitting around the game work station encourages cooperation. It also doesn't hurt that the studio is tiny! We currently have a big ol' vintage tanker desk in there, but it's a bit smaller than this and we feel a standing desk would be better for us anyway (especially since I pace... a lot!) We had originally thought about making a pipe desk, but this seems to be a better fit for the space (and the price sure is right).

We are still getting chairs, for when we want to sit, however. We're modifying these with casters!


We're also moving the Collapsus Arcade Edition cabinet to a place where we can do more wood work on it. Going in its place is a spiffy new drafting table!


In addition, we're also getting a couple other accessories for Phase 2. A new clock and a pipe/faucet coat hanger (to be painted orange, of course)!


We've also gotten the go-ahead from The Hamilton Mill to replace our carpet with wood laminate and the wooden door behind the Collapsus cabinet with a spiffy new security door like on the other side! Our good friend, artist Lance Miller (of Lance Miller Decks) is also putting up a mural on the big, blank wall on the other side of the room! It's gonna look awesome when it's all done!

We want to be able to take pride in our work space. We're so proud of what we've made of it so far and we can't wait to do so much more with it! Next week... Actual game development talk (oh, my!)



Oh... and for the few of you that are interested, we do have an Amazon Wish List for some of this stuff (and other studio supplies) if you want to help us out: http://amzn.com/w/3QIF7FT7PEYLR


Business as Usual

Hey guys! For this week's blog, I wanted to talk about the business side of Wraith for once. Up until now, we've been what's called a "sole proprietorship". A sole proprietorship is literally the simplest form of business one can have. It's basically just saying that the business and the business's owner are one and the same. While a sole proprietorship can have employees (like we do), any and all legal responsibilities fall to the business owner (in this case, me). Yikes! That's a lot of big responsibility when you think about it! What if an employee gets inured or the company (who is, again, indistinguishable from me!) gets sued? What about taxes?! Tons of crazy stuff can go wrong when it's just you acting as the whole company. Heck, we here at Wraith already act like a democracy when it comes to projects and business matters anyway, so why should I be the one with all of that burden? Luckily there is another way...

"Well duh", I can practically hear you saying. Well, yes, of course there is, but now is the right time for us to actually take those steps. As of this week, we've filed to become an LLC (Limited Liability Company). This is a pretty standard type of company; in fact, it's pretty much the most common type of business out there. A great big thanks to The Hamilton Mill for not only housing our studio, but for helping us get this paperwork out the door!

The Hamilton Mill, home of our the Wraith Games Studio.

See, the reason we feel the time is now is because this past year has seen a lot of changes for us. Even though we started way back in the dark ages of 2005, this is really the first year we started operating like a true "business" rather than just a group of friends with a really time-consuming hobby. Heck, we just got our studio space in February and started remodeling it in October. We launched our re-brand in September as well! We even have business insurance ever since we moved into the studio. Now with OGDE over, Collapsus being wrapped up, Physix being worked on again, and t-shirts soon to come, it just seems right to launch into this new era for us! In 2015, a whole decade after we started this crazy journey, we are the business we always hoped we could be! 

We're so glad you guys have been along for the ride and hope you stay on with us as we continue to grow! 

Studio Remodel - End of Phase 1

Hey! How's it going? Tell you what, it's going great over here! Over the past week, we've been hitting the remodel of our studio hard and heavy (as you've probably already seen over our social media).

After taking what seemed like a miniature eternity to get the greenscreen painted on the wall to a point where it functions as, well, a greenscreen and all of this massive rebranding we've been doing, we finally started in on the true studio remodel to fit with our new rebranded look (and we couldn't be happier with the results)! Just in time to start shooting the Colalpsus Kickstarter video and head off to OGDE, too!

Why not take a look at what we've done? Let's start at the very beginning (I hear it's a very good place for this sort of thing). Come on, I'll give you the tour:




 Here, in what we call "Day 0", we took pictures of what the studio looked like, so we could mock up how we wanted it to look! It was a bland, crappy beige color that no one liked (including the directors of the Hamilton Mill, who gave us full reign to paint if whatever colors we wanted) from pretty much floor to ceiling... Yuck!




After that (on Day 1) you can see us lay down a layer of French Silver... Classy!





Day 2 was spent putting down a layer of Charcoal to help divide the walls! Oh là là!






Day 3 gave us the gift of Wraith Games Orange! Do the orange pipes remind you of anything we may be working on?





And with that, we cleaned up, took down the painter's tape and moved everything back in! Pretty sharp, right? We still have to go back in and clean parts of the carpet and take a detail brush to some of the finer spots, but for the most part, we can call this a wrap!

Now, the remodel isn't actually "done" (in the strictest of senses), but instead we consider this the end of "Remodel Phase 1". What does that mean exactly? Well, I'm glad you asked! We have several new things in the works to make this space even more awesome! We have a new desk, chairs and drafting table planned for next month (or so) as well as a huge surprise from one of our very talented friends that we can't wait to show off...

But we must! It's not done yet and we don't want to spoil everything, now do we? Anyway: This entire experience has been a blast and getting this place painted (and planning for more stuff here soon) has really brought the whole team closer! It will be so awesome to share more with all of you as well. For now, though, I just gotta say, "hang in there"! We have more amazing things lined up to show you soon and I'm sure you'll be seeing way more of the studio now, too!

Gotta blast!



More Than Meets the Eye

Hey, all! Just wanted to give all of you an update on what's going on with the state of both the Collapsus Kickstarter video and the studio remodel. So let's get started...

As many of you probably already know, a couple weeks ago we had mentioned that we were going to start filming the Kickstarter video for Collapsus. We had everything all set: we'd gotten the script done, invited our videographer friend, Calvin and one of our artist friends, Lance (who's no stranger to Kickstarter campaigns himself) down to begin shooting the whole thing... heck, Thorne and I even finished painting the greenscreen and removed the test paint from the portion of the wall where we had planned to start painting the studio. It looked like things were going pretty smoothly.... but everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked!


(Picture 75% related. I mean, come on! Look at that old, unfinished wall!)

Having our lead graphic designer and brand manager, Steven, in the same room with me, Calvin and Lance only served to ignite the creative fires in us! We had pretty much always planned to remodel the studio (especially in reaction to the epic rebrand we just underwent), but we had pretty much always figured that it would be after the Collapsus Kickstarter video. Nope! Not now... and to be honest what a good decision it really was!

We had already put off the Kickstarter video in order to do it after the rebrand, as to more properly represent what we as a team were becoming (and to be closer to us appearing at OGDE) but that's also why we were putting off the studio remodel. So. If we're filming primarily in the studio, why wouldn't we want it to be the new, shiny studio space we had planned that more closely represents the aesthetics and values of the rebranded Wraith? Because that would make too much sense, that's why!

But yeah; that's why we're doing this now. After we start getting more paint on the walls, we can't wait to show you what our studio space has become. Not just here on the blog and social media pages, but on our Collapsus Kickstarter video as well!

Let's Do The Timewarp Again!

Hey guys, Jay here! This is the second week of actually having "regular" weekly posts, and I gotta say, it's not all that bad. Like I hinted at last time, all of this re-branding stuff has really gotten me thinking about the past, so this week I wanted to go into the history of Wraith a little bit in this post (if all of you are willing to indulge me a bit, that is). So here, we go!

Wraith Games started back in 2005 under the name "Mind's Eye Games" when my friends and I thought ourselves how to make small, unpolished video games that we'd give away for free on our Geocities page (on a side note: Wow. Any of you guys remember Geocities?! Good times. Good times). We took a bit of time to grow and mature into more competent developers as we went throughout school. Some people left, we picked up some other people, yet more people left. It was crazy. After a while, though, we ended up settling on a vision for where we wanted to take things. That doesn't mean that the vision didn't evolve though, as you can see below:


(Sorry for the lack of pre-2008 sites. There were a few of them, but with the death of Geocites, there's really no way of showing those off right now).

I remember submitting an early prototype for our game Project Zion to a publisher and being heartbroken when it was turned down. We had all poured our hearts and souls into it and had never even considered the idea that it might be turned down. I mean, they did offer some good constructive criticism, but we were just kids and to us, it might as well have been the end of everything... but luckily it wasn't! We got back up and tried again. We worked on early builds of Physix, which in turn got picked up by Gamepro Labs (though they'd later crumble, that's not really the point), we got invited to our first convention, A&G Ohio, and we even got the first of our loyal fans (most of which are still cheering us on today)!

We've grown so much in the last few years. While most of the team is the same as it has been since 2012, it's almost entirely different from when we started in 2005... but in the end, that doesn't matter! Every member of Wraith has left their mark on who we are now, and who we are is a team made up of more than just hobbyists. We're dedicated to all of you. So, from all of us here at Wraith, let me say thank you. Thank every single one of you for making our dream a reality. Whether you've been cheering us on from the beginning, are just now seeing what we can do, or anything in between: thank you! We wouldn't be here without you!

Total Re-brand of the Heart

Hey guys! Long time, no post! We've been pretty busy the last couple months. Most obvious, is the fact that we've undergone a complete and utter re-brand! We have a sleek new site and blog, amazing logo and brand colors by our graphic designer (and new brand manager) Steve and an increased presence on social media.




It's all pretty exciting stuff, if I'm being honest. We wanted to get this all out before the Collapsus Kickstarter (and before a few more surprises we have planned, but can't quite talk about yet!) At some point, we should put out a post about the evolution of the logo and website (kinda like what we did on Twitter for Collapsus, but with a little background info). That will be in due time, though. There's so much going on here that we want to take it all one at a time, step by step. Hopefully I can have a blog post out every Monday, if possible... but knowing my track record, you shouldn't quote me on it. 

So! What do you guys thing of the site, blog, logo and colors? You should let us know on our FacebookTwitter and/or G+! We'd love to hear from you!


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