Hope everyone is finding a way to stay happy and healthy as we continue this whole coronavirus lockdown! Today is Day 11 for me, having started on Friday the 13th when they closed the schools in our township. A lot more has shut down since and we’ll likely be home schooling the kids for the rest of the year but everything is going well enough so far. I’m really grateful to everyone who continues to go out and provide food and healthcare during these times, especially the people delivering things to everyone's homes.
Have you been managing to get the things you need? There are various grocery and meal delivery services so let me know if you think a post about that would be helpful.
In Newgrounds land, @PsychoGoldfish updated the private messaging system last week and it is now mobile friendly! We also deployed some back-end hardware and software updates that should keep things running smoothly, although the Internet itself is having trouble this week due to so many people streaming content at home. How has NG been running on your end?
@IvanAlmighty announced a Shelter In Place Art Jam with $50 prizes each for our three favorites. The theme is to draw yourself sheltered in place, doing whatever you do to pass the time, in an isometric cube format.
Been loving the entries so far!
HaxeFlixel Game Jam Upcoming
@squidly suggested we host a HaxeFlixel game jam and is making a tutorial, after which we’ll announce the theme and start the jam. @squidly and @LarsiusPrime have each offered to chip in $250 towards prize money to help promote HaxeFlixel, so we’ll be kicking off the jam with at least $500 in prizes!
If you’re open for commissions, be sure to make a posting here on NG! For anyone with money to spare, now would be a great time to commission some artists. I’ve been reaching out to some artists to commission art promoting some of the games on NG, so we can feature cool art that raises awareness for the games here.
If you’re looking for general inspiration for things to draw, consider making fan art for the original games and animation here on NG! We love seeing it and it brings new fans to other independent artists and developers. If you make just one thing you could also save it for Pico Day and be eligible for a prize.
Art Inspired Music Contest
The Art Inspired Music Contest submissions period will be from Friday, April 17, up until Monday, June 22. The theme of this contest is to make a song inspired by a piece of art here on Newgrounds. Reminder: If you want to link to NG content in the forums, blogs, author commentary or private messages, paste the URL for the entry on it’s own line and it will become a rich content link with thumbnail when the post is published. This is useful for things like the Art Inspired Music Contest but also if you’ve made fan art of a game or movie on NG, or want to promote a song alongside your art.
I’ve been listening to the Latest Audio while writing this and everyone is on a roll today. Wherever you see a list of audio, click the thumbnail art to play a song in-page and it will work its way down the list.
What are YOU up to today? Working from home? School from home? Playing Animal Crossing all day? Let us know! It's interesting to peak into peoples' lives during times like this.