31 Days on Acorn Island

Acorn Island was a simple, hand-drawn game I ran on Twitter in October 2017 (also as part of #inktober2017). The idea was to draw something in pen and ink and then post it to Twitter where players could choose what to do / where to go next. I’m sure it’s been done before, but I wanted to make a game out of relatively simple tools such as a pen, paper and a smartphone. Maybe it’s more an ‘interactive story’ than a game. I don’t know. You decide.

It was good to be forced to invent something new everyday while attempting to carry along a story. I didn’t impose any rules on myself, beyond not being allowed to think or plan things too much. The game contains all the usual silly animals in hats, trees and pirates.  I’m amazed at how much my drawing style changed over the month. I definitely wanted a looser feel by the end. Anyway, below are the 31 different images that came out of the game. Below the images is a link to the Twitter thread (where most of the posts are, but not all. It took me time to figure out that I could just keep replying to myself).

https://twitter.com/SirTimofFrost/status/915863341087813632

Sir John Vanbird of the Kit-Kat Club circa 1705

This is simply a daft doodle made after I was reminded over on Twitter of the Kit-Kat Club. It was an 18th Century London club for the Whigs of the day. I have very fond memories of working as a designer on the National Portrait Gallery’s website years ago (almost 20 years in fact) while at Cogapp. I filled up the pages of my sketchbook with inky drawings of Gentlemen Whigs in Wigs.

Here’s the Kit-Kat Club on Wikipedia, if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

Acorn Island: Day One

 

Here we are at the start of our 31 day adventure. Something seems amiss on Acorn Island, and maybe you could find out what is going on. Simply take a look at today’s drawing and then head over to my Twitter stream to vote on what to do (or click in the embedded tweet below):

It’s going to be fun!

This is all part of my Inktober project for 2017. Hope you join in and enjoy.

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