Another preview cause I finished Saraii's sketch today!

Now I only have one more character to sketch and then I can do the flat colors/design their color scheme!

Also I forgot to post the first sketches of these characters here so here they are.

This character batch are marine guard and astronaut sentinel teammates for Sanrowe and Mercedes, with Saraii also being their wife.

Done in a slightly chibified style.

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Since pillowfort is down I guess I'll just have to post the previews here only.

I've been slowly working my way through the portraits of the newest characters. So far none of them have ended up looking much like their first sketch, though I like how they turned out.

I'm now working on the third, Saraii, and I'm having some issues with it but gonna let it rest for a bit and come back to it later...

Anyway, I think the new paranormal stuff pack looks quite fresh and exciting and something right down my alley ^^,

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When the Snowy Escape expansion came out at the end of last year, people where similarily loosing their shit because they reused the rock wall climbing animation for the new mountain climbing feature.

which makes me wonder how these people think making games work.

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Anyway it made me remember why I've generally avoided the sims community like the plague despite having played the series since the first installment.

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in other news, I just checked my alt supposed-to-be-drama-free game news twitter account and the sims community is apparently loosing their absolute minds because.... they reused the human sim rig for bonehilda the skeleton maid.....? .______.

An update on the horse genetics simulator: I've succesfully implemented both KIT and frame overo, which took me awhile and was a total headache, but I think that accounts for most of the "special case" color traits so hopefully it's smoother sailing from now on ;n;

Anyway, on the topic of the horse breeding sim tool I actually started implementing a system for "vague" colors so that'll def be a thing!

for those who don't know; genetic linkage is when two loci are close together and their genes become linked in pairs that are always inherited together, aka why tobianos, roans and sabinos might only pass down their white pattern to black offspring and never chestnut ones.

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confession: I have not yet decided if I should attempt to simulate KIT and extension linkage in my horse breeding sim tool

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Today I briefly did a double check on the inheritance of the manchado pattern (a very rare pinto pattern!) and instead came across a blog post from the Equine Tapestry (a great horse color genetics blog I've followed for years) about how seal brown probably isn't an Agouti allele which I'd totally missed.

So anyway now I gotta change the seal brown genetics in my horse breeding tool I guess.

I have a more far-fetched idea of adding the possibility for some vagueness. Like adding more specific descriptors, like say a sunbleached black or a vague brown/black where you cant tell if its a smoky black, a seal bay or just a sunbleach-prone black.

Just gotta figure out a way to do that in practice though...

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The main feature of this little tool is that while it hides the generated genetics, it also calculates and shows the visible color.

Of course the only loci in the tool so far is extension and agouti, but still :p

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Either way, my only problem was that one of the things i enjoy with horse breeding games is that little level of not knowing what genes a certain horse could carry, but obviously thats basically impossible to simulate with an arpg...

...unless, of course, you're a big fucking nerd like me who decides to go and make an entire horse breeding simulator tool

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See my very silly idea which i have absolutely no idea if i'll actually realise is to do like a solo horse arpg on the side, just a fun stress-free super-indulgent side project on my terms.

I kinda do find drawing horses very de-stressing

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On an unrelated note: yesterday or so (I think, my sleep routine is kinda messed up right now) I had the silly idea to make a little... idk what to call it, a horse color genetics/breeding simulator tool in construct 3, after I've been sorta wistfully remembering the horse browser sims and arpg's i used to play as a kid.

I've got a working prototype for random horse generation, breeding and genetic testing so its going pretty well so far

Mouse update: still around, but since last night Nala have now discovered and she's certainly not getting much sleep now.
She's currently intermittently searching for and chasing it across the room.

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