MYSTIC'S CAVE


Welcome to my site!

Here you can find my art, nature photos, anime and game reviews, and find out about the development of my game "Divine Awakening". At the moment I'm trying to update the site at least once a week.


18/09/21 I went a bit overboard compressing the thumbnails in my last nature post...oh well, have to save space somehow.
23/08/21 I'm getting too many spam emails (more than none!) so my contact details are now in an image...
14/08/21 Added 88x31 buttons to the homepage. Feel free to link mine.
31/07/2021 I didn't make much progress on my game this month...honestly I don't know where the time went. I also forgot what I had planned for this week's update.
26/05/2021 Until I can get a real job, I've decided to open up pixel art commissions. Hopefully the commission info isn't too obnoxious in the sidebar.
25/05/2021 I've cleaned up the home page a bit. Less big text and a space for short updates.
15/05/2021 So I forgot to take decent screenshots while I was playing Ys. Which means no review, I won't use other people's screenshots. Instead, I wrote a review about a different game, hope you like it.

Blog Posts

Spring update

6/09/21

Spring is finally here...sort of, it's a bit cold today. I recently splurged on a PS Vita, and I love the thing. It's quite a jump from my DSi, to say the least. Having a new handheld means more games actually finished, which also means more reviews. I'm currently playing Lords of the Fallen, Metal Gear Solid, Dragon Quest Builders, Star Ocean, Moon, and Princess Minerva. The last two will actually get reviews. It's hard to write them though! I didn't think it was, but obviously there is an art to making them entertaining. I'll have to work on it and try and find something to actually offer besides either gushing over style or turning mundane dot points into paragraphs. Actually, because of this I have decided to start playing....garbage, basically. There's not much point in writing reviews for games discovered via "top 10 X" lists.

Sadly, I have had to butcher the nature page somewhat. The "permission" I had to set foot on some of the properties around here is a little dodgy, and I'd rather not have problems with new and unacquainted neighbours. I'll be sticking to public places and my own home from now on. But on the bright side, I'm moving out soon so there will be somewhere new to explore.

Also I haven't watched anime in months and I'm having withdrawals...

Things to Look Forward to

11/06/2021

I've been sick for the past week, not much fun. I'm looking forward to getting over it (although I almost have). Since there's some things going on in my life, there are quite a few things to look forward to actually. First of all, I can take my driving lessons again (hooray), so hopefully soon I'll be able to get my license, and then after that, apart from getting a job, I'll be able to poke around in town by myself again. I've missed that for a long time now. For this site, that means photos. Sometime I've also really got to visit one of the unused roads through the forests around here, it's one of the few closeby that I have yet to explore.

Other things to look forward to include a review for Genocyber, which so far seems a bit trashy, but with a strong vibe that I think makes it worth watching, and of course it's incredibly gory. I also keep telling myself I'm going to build a mud hut, maybe mentioning it here will help me actually stick to it. Besides that, I think it'd be cool to add a recommendations list to the review page, might help keep it interesting in between reviews. Eventually there will also be recommendations for other websites on neocities. Still sorting out who's who in the zoo of course...it is harder to seperate the work from the creator when personal websites are so personal.

Frustration

13/05/21

How does a person stay humble? This has been bothering me. In a sea of idiots, a person who isn't particularly smart might start to think of themselves as some kind of genius, and it's certainly a sea of idiots out there on the net. Don't get the wrong idea, idiots have every right to exist, many of them are harmless enough. This is no criticism of them. But trying to avoid gaining an overinflated idea of oneself is a tough thing. "You need to go out more" is on point, but what if the real world only masks the stupidity a little better? I think the reasonable thing to do is keep these thoughts under control, we're all only human (at least I hope so).

Here is another source of frustration: Hating stereotypes. I'm tempted to think that very few people actually do this because of any thinking they've done themselves, but that's besides the point. Why do people have to insist that stereotypes are a bad thing? They are very useful. Imagine what your knowledge of cultures you haven't observed would be like without stereotypes. I think for many people, that's all they know, and in some cases that's better than nothing. Australians cling to Australian stereotypes because it gives them a national identity they might not have otherwise. There's often a grain of truth in the stereotypes too, and they are useful. For example, stereotypes about people at the bottom of society might be harsh, but that's because a significant proportion of people deserve them (emphasis on significant), so the stereotypes act as a warning or a protection against dangerous people. They also act as models, for what to do or not do. Again, this is something considered terrible, but guides for behaviour are very important to people who don't know how to behave. People will think thoughts involving the phrase "not everyone is like that...", but those are exceptions, and exceptions are...exceptional. We won't say that strawberries aren't red, because some exceptional varieties are white. I should add that I don't think it's appropriate to cling to stereotypes in the face of contradictions. That would be stupid. Better to throw away the stereotypes when you actually meet and interact with a person, although I can speak from experience when I say that this can be something you will regret. I've given people the benefit of the doubt only to have it backfire horribly, but that kind of story would hit sore spots for too many neocities visitors.

Well that was long rant. I'll try to keep negative posts like this to a minimum. I actually made this site as an escape from the rest of the internet. My own little island where I can keep things drama-free and fun. Soon to come will be that review I keep promising, and some character art for my game.

News and site updates

14/04/2021

Hello hello. Quite a few pages recieved some updates today. I've added a few artworks, and prettied up the about page. The DA screenshots page will be coming soon (as soon as I have the screenshots!). I've had a lot more time for games lately, so the reviews page may be getting some content at last, in the coming weeks. In other news...a 30 minute attempt was made at 3d game development. I seriously need to brush up on my maths knowledge, I cannot remember a thing about vectors in 3 dimensions. Still, it's surprisingly easy to implement mouse-look and forward motion (at least in Godot). Also, I neglected to mention buying a 3d printer a few months back, I will definitely be posting about that at some point.

About the Arrows

30/03/2021

Looks like I've accidentally been copying in download arrows left by a browser extension into my pages. Well now my site is blacklisted in the extension so that won't be happening again.

Style changes and an art tutorial

16/03/2021

Hello readers! The last two weeks have been a good time for me, I've had a lot of time to work on my projects, including this site. Today I've added a small tutorial on how I make game sprites, it's linked in the sidebar. The sprite turned out to be one of my best, so do check it out. Since I'm adding longer pages, it's time to change the site navigation, so expect a little shuffle around in the near future (and hopefully a stylish one). Suggestions and feedback are welcome! Especially now that there's a guestbook.

Watch this space?

9/02/2021

Haven't got much time to update the site, even though it's only new, but hopefully I'll add a bit more 'interactivity' here soon. I'll see if I can get a guest book or a comments section soon. I also need to finish putting all my artworks on here. This post is more or less just because I wanted to add something :')

Designing webpages based on old games

24/01/2021

Whilst I'm preparing the pages in this site (making templates mostly), I've been trying to model them (not copy!) off different game covers and box arts. For example, this front page is somewhat modelled after the cover of a game called "Dragon Master Silk", and the Nature pages are modelled after the cover of a game called Taboo. It turns out many old "adult" games have really nice box art, although the actual games aren't always at the same standard. But if you like 90's design, you should definitely check them out. In the meantime, I'll be filling up the art archive pages and finishing off the templates.