My name is Stephen Elder
I am currently working on an RPG demo with the ultimate goal of applying to Kickstarter for funding to complete the project.

The demo's official Facebook page.
Likes and comments very much appreciated.

I am available for commission in drawing sprites, battlers and making tilesets for RPG Maker.

All inquiries at:



+ Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing

+ Capable, part-time artist
(pencil sketching, watercolour, digital art, pixel art)

+ Self taught in Photoshop Elements 10 and G.I.M.P 2.0
(and, by proxy, MS Paint..)

+ General understanding of programming principles
(self taught the basics of C++ - made a functioning calculator and "guess the number" game..)

+ Excellent familiarity with Microsoft Office and general computer skills
(though by no means a qualified or even experienced computer technician, I am as au fait as 8 hours a day at my laptop can get me)

+ 24 years of being distracted by daydreams

+ Professional experience in teamwork and team leading within a civil service post


= Fantasy/ Science Fiction/ New Weird/ Cyberpunk

= World building
(map design, location description and detailing, a fascination for weird architecture and nature's more bizarre creations)

= Story writing
(short stories, concept outlines, character descriptions and bios, weapons, vehicles, items, romances, plot structures, rivalries, dreamscapes, lore, armours, magic systems)

= Video Game design
(script, character design, original concept, level design and layout - generally all creative elements)

= Tabletop RPGs
(avid Dungeons and Dragons DM, currently working on the lore and game mechanics for an original tabletop RPG with another writer and an artist. So far it's just a hobby, but serious thought and efforts are planned.)

= Modding
(specifically an old Sierra game called "Empire Earth", I redesign the game textures (.SST, .TGA) and swap model files (.CEM) for my own designs)

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Erias Line: the Solis maglev train

   Here's a shot of a Solis maglev carriage interior. Because Solis provide luxuries for any citizen leaving Verdamm City, this train has nothing but luxury private cabins. Despite being both being member cities of the Exclave under the rule of the King Elect, Solis and Verdamm greatly resent each other. Solis likes to show off its abundant wealth and fine living by having all of its trains that go to and from Verdamm decked out with luxuries for dignitaries and regular citizens alike.

   The cabins are separated by a glass partition wall, which sprites can walk in front of and behind.

   In RPG Maker, walls turning transparent when sprites walk behind them isn't a default option. It takes some minor trickery with tileset swapping. So this image is a monument to my latest achievement in understanding the programme that I'm working with.

   Should only be a few more weeks until the demo is ready to spread.


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