Posted by Martin on 1st January 2013

Great Expectations

So begins another year, the time where plans and unrealistic resolutions are made that fail almost as soon as they’ve been thought up, yet this year I feel more positive than I ever have before, having accomplished so many life changing things in the last year and having finally put many things to rest, although I know this year won’t be an easy one, I’m confident that 2013 will be the start of many ventures and hopefully the true beginning of my new life down south.

Having started this decade with great expectations and plans for a positive future (as mentioned in previous posts), after the last decade ended in a way that I never expected at the time I couldn’t see anything positive in the changes that were about to take place, but it turned out to be the start of something better than I’d ever imagined and a journey I would never have dreamed of.

Sadly due to this massive shift in what I knew to be ‘normality’, the changes to my life meant that pretty much everything I’d planned on doing from the start of 2011, even the normal things I’d done the previous years had to be put on hold while I completely changed everything I’d ever known, but now thankfully all these changes are behind me and I can finally start looking forward to what I’d wanted to do with even more determination than I had before, but with the added bonus of having someone who not only supports me in my ventures but who also believes in me and in my plans.

Creative ventures

Having spent some 20+ years as a graphic designer, for all I have big plans to finally make something of Horizon Studios on the games side of things and finally fulfill a life long dream to make computer games, I still want to be a graphic designer and so, to realise that goal I’m currently working on making Creative Ink Design a reality, while trying to avoid as many of the mistakes I made with Broadening Horizons as I can.


Fashion with Character

When I first met Kevin, long before he introduced me to his wonderful sister who last year became my wife, we came up with a game called Galoop, featuring some loveable little liquid filled cubes with a personality of their own. As a team, Kevin, Mike, Justin and myself breathed life, sound and interaction into these characters, developing a free to play PC demo that received rave reviews from all who played it and for all there are still games to be made with these characters, at this exact moment in time they are just sitting there somewhat dormant and while trying to come up with a company name or brand for an offshoot T-shirt printing company, Kevin, Dawn and I bounced many names around before Kevin came up with the idea of calling it Galoop, after all it was the game name and idea that brought us all together, with two of the characters later featured on my wedding cake when I married Dawn, so it seemed only fitting to use the name and characters as a brand and general image, as well as giving us plenty of marketing potential in the future for both the tshirts and any games we make in the future.

and of course

2013 will see Horizon Studios finally start to publish games. I’ve already wrote about a number of positive progressions over the past year and having already invested massively (for a small team) in GM:Studio with iOS and Windows Phone 8 export modules and Unity3D Pro with iOS Pro, games like Purgatory, the original planned Galoop and the prequel that made the PC demo can finally see the light of day and start to appear on various mobile devices with the potential to make it onto bigger screens at a later date.


Of course none of this will be possible without some proper organisation, some form of routine that is realistic and that I can stick to and of course the biggest problem is primarily working from home. Although I have a potential workspace (which needs a MASSIVE overhaul in order to be turned into a workroom), being your own boss is one thing, sticking to a routine when you work from home is another, especially when you have so many distractions and other ‘family related’ things you need to do during the course of the day so trying to balance everything, school runs, housework, clearing the workspace, setting everything up so that I can start working efficiently etc. is my first task at hand. I’m no stranger to ‘To Do Lists’, I used to have To Do Lists to keep track of my To Do Lists, what I need to do is start working on a proper schedule, set times where things are done so that I can hopefully manage things, instead of my usual way of doing something, pushing things back to later, then the next day, the next and eventually never.

So let the fun and games begin, it’s time for me to start working on making 2013 the year I turn myself around as I’ve been intending on doing since January 1st 2011.