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Been a while, huh?

The last few months here at Shamoozal have been… uhh depressing to say the least. It’s been ages since there has been a new short, I’ve cut content from the Nerdlog essentially killing it, and the only decent thing we did have I moved over to

Last time I did one of these updates I mentioned how I was calling a time out on my Contra short and switching over to a new Zelda one. I supplied some concept sketches I did for the short in that post and since then you guys haven’t heard a peep from me regarding shorts. I wish I could tell you that I have secretly worked on the short all along, but the fact is I haven’t. I haven’t worked on it since that night, which was at the end of July.

The fact is, over the summer I came pretty close to calling it quits on this whole Shamoozal thing. It’s been a very long road since we’re started this site, and not to sound like a baby, but I just haven’t met the “goals” I set up for myself when starting this site all those years ago. I know a lot of that is my fault, it truly is, but it is what it is.

But I’ve said it before in the past and I’ll say it again, Shamoozal will probably never truly ever die. I’ll always keep this site around because it’s just my creative outlet. Unfortunately this year I’ve been in a serious creative rut. Brutally bad creative rut. My desire to create just hasn’t been there and I can’t really tell you why, it just isn’t. Sometimes I’ll sit down to do work and before I know it I’ve spent an hour dicking around on the net with nothing accomplished.

I spent the summer on more of a personal journey. I’ve been learning some different aspects of web design and internet stuff in general as opposed to working on my animation and art. Of course I’ve also helped Steve in developing the Elder-Geek Game Club, but that’s not a huge time taker. Oddly enough, I’ve also spent what would have been Shamoozal time doing lots of exercises. Heck, I dropped about 10 pounds this summer and can fit into clothes I thought were completely out of the question. So I’ve been keeping busy, just in other areas of my life.

So I wanted to put a little something up here to tell you that there is life still in this thing. I’d still like to attend MAGFest in January of 2012, and if I do that it means I need to gear up for it. I need to have a new short finished. I need to come up with a whole idea for my table. January is actually right around the corner, so this is kind of the moment where I really need to commit. Being at MAGFest isn’t going to be free, so if I go I really need to make it worth my time and worth it for this site. I can’t go there with the same old show I had two years ago.

What does this mean? I’m hoping it’s the kick start I need to move forward with this site. I’m feeling slightly recharged about it the last few days and I’m hoping that once I sit down to work on the short things just feel right. I’m still very confident in my Zelda cartoon idea, and I’ve been mulling over exactly how it’ll play out in my head over the last week. Now I just need to sit down and physically plan the thing. I need to get that short done before Skyward Sword comes out, because I’m not going to lie, but shit aint getting done when that game hits. Plus, I’d really like to time the release of the short around the time Skyward Sword’s release. I *think* it’s doable. It seems doable.

So with that, I’m out for now. If you’re reading this, thanks for hanging in there with me, I know it’s been a bumpy road.

Game Club moves to

As you most likely already know, I’ve recently decided to switch gears here on the site. It also happened to be at a time where we had just started doing the Shamoozal Game Club podcast.

We’ve been partnering with on this podcast for the last few episodes now and with the change in focus on this site we’ve decided to bring it over to completely. So what does this mean? It means this podcast will not have any new episodes appearing on our feed here on the site. Hopefully it also means we’ll get more people participating and of course we can still discuss it on our own forum. Also, it’ll still be Steve, Randy and I taking part in the episodes.

I’m very hopeful that we’ll have a nice transition from here to and I’m looking forward to having a new home for Game Club.

Shamoozal’s Game Club #5 – Cybernator


On this episode of Shamoozal’s Game Club we’re talking about Cybernator, a side-scroller from Konami for the Super Nintendo. We break it down in the way that we are now known to do. We also play three songs from the Cybernator original soundtrack: “We’ve gotta do it”, “Asteroid Run” and “Till the Crack of Doom”. There are going to be some changes to the show in the near future, but I will let Phil elaborate for you.

Next time we’re going to be playing Shatterhand or Shadow of the Ninja. Vote for your choice at the bottom of this post!

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Shamoozal’s Game Club #4 – Cthulu Saves the World

Cthulu Saves the World

On this episode of Shamoozal’s Game Club we dug into the retro-style RPG Cthulhu Saves the World from Zeboyd Games. We break it down in the way that we are now known to do. We also feature three fine tracks from the CStW original soundtrack by Gordon McNiel, if you like what you hear we suggest you head over to their site and download a copy (FREE) for yourself.

Next time we’re going to be playing one of two Konami classics Axelay or Cybernator. These are both available on the Wii’s Virtual Console. Vote for your choice at the bottom of this post!

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Next Time on SGC – Cthulhu Saves the World


Next time we’re going to be playing Cthulhu Saves the World from Zeboyd Games You can buy it as part of a 2-Pack for $2.99 on Steam, or you can get a 4-pack to share with your friends on Gamersgate. Its also available through the XBL Indie store for 240 msp. Grab the game, play it and send us your comments so we can read them during the next episode! We’re recording #4 on August 9th, so theres plenty of time to play along and get your feedback in! In the meantime, check out Game Club #3:

ROM Contra Put On Hold, ROM Zelda Bumped

ROM Zelda Character Roughs - Link and Aquamentis

ROM Zelda Character Roughs - Link and Aquamentis

If you follow us on Facebook, a few days ago I casually mentioned that the next Read Only Memory short about Contra was being put on hold. In it’s place, I’ll be picking up production on a new Legend of Zelda related short.

I’m not sure what happened with the Contra project to be quite honest. I was really giving it my all a few months ago, and for whatever reason things fell apart and production has seemingly come to a halt. I’ve attempted several times to pick up where I left off, only becoming frustrated with it. I have one really nice shot that’s mostly done, but I think what happened was that I let that shot get the best of me. However, one nice shot can’t save what is arguably a disaster of a short at the moment. I just feel stuck with it, in very much the same way I was with Pizza Links. I’ve combed through my storyboard boards countless times, completely redoing them multiple times. I’ve tried to paint some important backgrounds only to come away from them not feeling happy about what I produced. I still don’t have an actual script hammered down. Essentially, it’s gotten to the point where I need to distance myself from it, but still need to move on creatively. I’ve spent MONTHS dwelling over it. Months dwelling over a 30 second short isn’t healthy, and it’s not getting me anywhere. I’ve fallen behind on ROM because of this, and now I fear Vol 2 may not even be finished by the years end. It’s a bummer. Like, an absolutely huge fucking bummer.

I still think there’s a good short inside the Contra episode. Like I said, Pizza Links had problems too and look how that turned out in the end (I mean, unless you hated it of course). I can get there with Contra, I just think that maybe I need to switch gears a bit. I need to do something that’s very much different from what I’ve created for ROM before.

So that’s where this new short, tentatively titled Link’s Confidence, comes into play. Early on I decided that I didn’t want to revisit games I already covered, but I had this idea for what could be a cool Zelda short that I needed to just abandon that rule. I feel pretty good about this idea, and it’s different enough from something like Pizza Links that it’s worth visiting this idea. What I can tell you is that it’s not going to be a comedic short, though that’s not to say it’s going to be completely dead serious. The goal here is to capture a great moment from Zelda that always stuck with me through the years. Being that I want ROM Vol 2 to really focus on that whole “Memory” aspect of this era of gaming, I’m thinking it’s safe to do something that doesn’t quite end with a gag. The short, I think, is going to be very much in line with something like Ninja. Hopefully exciting to watch, but with that bit of Shamoozal charm (at least, I think we have some charm).

Above are some of sketches and designs I’ve done thus far which you can click to get a better view of. Yeah, that’s how early into development this thing is that the only stuff that exists are sketches and ideas I jotted down in a notebook. As you can see, there are a lot of Link poses, and the dragon is the Aquamentis boss from the first Legend of Zelda. I think you can pretty much fill in the blanks from there, and if you can make sense of these sketches probably get an idea for the direction I’m headed with this.

So there it is. I’ll hopefully update this blog with progress as I move forward. I’m really excited about working on this and I’m hoping that excitement lasts and will carry through the duration of this project. Wish me luck!

Shamoozal’s Game Club #3 – A Game About My Cat

A Game About My Cat

On our most challenging episode yet, we welcome Randy from Elder-Geek to the show as our new ‘3rd Chair’. This time the Game Club played ‘A Game About My Cat‘ an Xbox Live Indie title developed by thelostone. We hope you enjoy our dissection of the game, we tried to be fair and balanced. Clocking in at 52 minutes, Shamoozal Game Club has now become the most comprehensive source of information on ‘A Game About My Cat’…. hands down. You can follow thelostone on twitter to get more information about his upcoming game ‘Phase Runner‘.

Next time we’re going to be playing one of two Indie titles from Zeboyd Games: Cthulhu Saves the World vs Breath of Death VII You can buy BOTH of these titles in a 2-Pack for $2.99 on Steam, or you can get a 4-pack to share with your friends on Gamersgate. They’re also available through the XBL Indie store for 240 msp each. Scroll down to vote!

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End of an Era – Nerdlog Shifts its Priorities


I never really wanted to write this post, but after thinking it over for months I’ve finally decided to go ahead and do it. From this day forth the Nerdlog will no longer focus on various geek culture related subjects. Instead it will only follow the work that we put into our projects. You’ll no longer find the occasional game review, featured write ups like the Harry Potter favorite moments article, movie news, or music posts. What you can expect to see are posts about the shorts, hopefully my weekly sketches, our podcasts and of course anything pertaining to our work. It’s going to become a strictly Shamoozal related blog.

The truth is, the Nerdlog hasn’t grown in the last few years. While some of our features have gone onto become great evergreen posts for us (who would have thought my post about the movie The Wizard would still be doing well, along with a handful of others), but the simple fact is that this blog has remained fairly stagnant. Lately I’ve been questioning exactly what this website is supposed to be about. I mean, what is it supposed to be? I always say it’s about our shorts, but the shorts are buried here. We lack focus, and we also lack the time to really make a blog worth caring about, something which would require multiple updates per day. Currently we’re lucky to have a week with four new posts let alone multiple posts per day.

There isn’t much more for me to say other than it was a fun ride. I’m sorry that I slowly let the Nerdlog die a bit of a painful death towards the end. I really owe John a lot of thanks for being the one that was always timely with his movie posts. Sometimes he single handedly kept the cobwebs off of this place. So a big thank you to you John.

With that said, if you’re a regular blog reader, our staff and community are generally posting lots of stuff in our forums. Do come over and say “hi” at some point. Thanks for reading.