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15/1/2020 · sketches

Mario Maker 2 - First Three Created Levels

I made ten levels in the first Mario Maker, and I’ll likely make more than that in the second. The community in this game is much bigger, and it’s a lot more fun to make the levels.

Multiplayer is where I think people will have the most fun. I made my second level with that in mind, and it’ll definitely inform my designs going forward.

In playtesting these levels with people, I quickly realized that most folks aren’t all that good at Mario. I know that probably seems obvious, but it’s a good idea to make levels easier than you think. Even if you’re not that skilled a player, you know the layout of the level you’re making, but the player doesn’t. I think Mario Maker 2 has enough insanely difficult levels as it is, and it’s grown a reputation for being a sadistic playground. More nice levels!

My first level, Water Shells, is probably too hard. You can play it at B9Y-P0D-QYG, but it’s not that great. Mostly, I used it to familiarize myself with the Switch’s control scheme. It does, however, follow my Mario level design aesthetic, which is one enemy, one obstacle, and one power-up.

My second level, Snow Pokey Fire Hops, is definitely more fun. You can play it here: 8LD-V0W-MWF, and you can watch it below:

I learned something in playtesting the second level, though, which is that lots of people seem to not automatically run with Mario. This is definitely a habit I’ve picked up over the years. My thumb is rarely not on the run button while playing. But other players are much more cautious. So I thought I’d make a level where running wasn’t actually necessary or even encouraged. That made me make Spin Jump Piranha Plants, which you can find at GT4-71D-BB6. You can watch the level below:

Of course, if you don’t run, you might also not know about the spin jump in Super Mario World. But that’s okay. By the end of this level you’ll get pretty good at it. I hope you like these. More coming soon!

14/1/2020 · video games · Mario Maker 2

january 13, 2020january 13, 2020
13/1/2020 · sketches

Logbook, January 6–12, 2020

Articles

Podcasts

Movies

TV Shows

Progress made on Oresuki S1, Seinfeld S5, Year of the Rabbit S1, My Hero Academia S3.

Video Games

Made some Mario Maker levels. I’ll blog about that.

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13/1/2020 · Logbook

Logbook, December 30, 2019–January 5, 2020

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Oresuki S1, My Hero Academia S2, Fleabag S2, and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2019. Always a good time. Also, finally finished Hanna on Amazon Prime. Not bad!

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6/1/2020 · Logbook

Fran’s Not Here 46 - Clapback for Catholics

Listen to or download episode 46

Recorded live at the Free Times Cafe on December 10, 2019.

Eat a roast beef sandwich in a tub or whatever.

Fran’s Not Here is a show about Toronto, co-hosted by Sawyer Paul and Robert Pilgrim. Read blog posts about each episode. Subscribe via

4/1/2020 · podcasts · fransnothere

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2/1/2020 · sketches

December 2019 in photos

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30/12/2019 · sketches

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Logbook, December 23-29, 2019

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Finished up Mandalorian. Binged the entirety of Letterkenny Season 8.

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Began playing Zelda and Baba is You. Both are great date games.

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30/12/2019 · Logbook

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Sketches

I’ve been thinking of doing a sketch series. Once a day, draw something and post it, with a number. It’s an old idea but I’ve heard it works. But I reserve the right to put them all in a neat folder in my Dropbox so that I can very easily delete them all at a moments notice. I’ll probably start in the new year.

28/12/2019 · sketches

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