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2020-04-05 13:50:10
You can get it from here:

RE:Turn Your Tokens Into Comic Strips

2020-04-03 22:01:06
I should note that the comic strips are not pre-rendered and are instead rendered in your own browser at runtime. This is so that they could be higher-resolution without having to store a bunch of larger image files. Additionally, if I make improvements to the comic rendering engine, all existing comic strips will also be upgraded.

Turn Your Tokens Into Comic Strips

2020-04-03 21:58:58
So sometimes when I'm working I end up getting sidetracked and start developing something that's just completely random. Well, today was one of those days. When you are browsing inside of a forum thread, instead of clicking on the New Reply button, you can click on the little "three dots" drop-down menu to find a brand new option, New Comic Strip.

So what is this madness? Well, if you have used the app My Tokens and have saved some token characters to your account, you can now use them as characters for your very own comic strip, using the new Comic Strip post type on the forum! The end result gets you something like this:

So where did this weirdness come from? Well, back in 2001 (my first year of college), some friends and I worked at a call center where we took technical support calls for the soon to be released original Xbox console. Since the console was not released yet, we barely got any calls, other than random pranks from PS2 and Gamecube fans.

So to pass the time, we spend a lot of hours on the internet. One of the sites we went to, which still exists today, was the Red Meat Construction Set, a website which let you make your own custom comic strip in the style of Max Cannon's Red Meat comics.

Anyway, we were recently reminiscing about the "old days," as old friends often do, and the topic of those old custom Red Meat comics came up, which we generally used to troll each other with. So this morning before starting work, I just searched the net to see if the old Construction Set website still existed, and it did! Of course, it seems barely functional now, and feels a lot more basic than it did back in 2001.

Then I got to thinking, maybe I could just whip out something similar real quick, using My Tokens characters? Then I thought even further, what if I just baked it right into my forums software? So that's exactly what I did, and now here we are a few hours later, and you can use the Ape Apps website to make My Tokens comic strips!

So anyway, there you have it. It's just a fun little toy to play around with on the site. If it gets any usage, I can add more features to it. I also thought I might create My Tokens for all of the Deimos characters from Deimos 1, 2, and 3 (which all take place in the My Colony universe), and put together a little downloadable PDF "comic book" of the full Deimos story using this new feature, although I would have to add a few things to it first to make it properly.

But yeah, enjoy the new feature, let me know if you like it, and let me know if you want me to add anything to it! Or if you want me to just stop putzing around and get back to My Colony updates, let me know that too! 😄

RE:EP16: Suggestions Box and Livestream Fail

2020-04-03 21:12:21
Sobeirannovaocc said:Livestreams, nice! How can we be notified when you go live ? And couldn't you use the livestreaming feature integrated into the game ?

Yeah, I think the in-game method might have to be the way to go. I was trying to test out using OBS software wired into YouTube, but kept running into issues.

RE:comics test

2020-04-03 21:04:34
here is another test of embedding:

How to they embed into containers? Will there be tiny little comics?

RE:comics test

2020-04-03 20:57:17
test of an embedded comic:

lets see what happens

RE:comics test

2020-04-03 20:48:49
@Sobeirannovaocc coming in a few minutes, lol (hopefully)

RE:First Comic Test

2020-04-03 20:30:46
Testing a comment for a comic strip

Comic Test #2

2020-04-03 20:09:07

First Comic Test

2020-04-03 19:50:52

comics test

2020-04-03 19:47:34
this is a test topic for the new comic strip reply type

EP16: Suggestions Box and Livestream Fail

2020-04-02 21:02:08
In this earth shattering edition of the My Colony Podcast, Brandon was attempting to do a My Colony livestream and got hit with a copyright complaint! He instead goes over suggestions from the My Colony forums.

What's that you say, you haven't downloaded My Colony yet? Well what are you waiting for? It's available on every device. Find download links here:

Try Antiquitas, the Roman themed "sister" game to My Colony:

Want epic My Colony merchandise? Check out the new My Colony online store:

Contact Information:

Attn: Brandon Stecklein
Ape Apps
PO Box 382
Spring Hill, KS 66083
United States of America

EP2 - Frameworks, My Land, and My Empire

2020-04-01 23:12:17
In today's riveting episode of the Ape Show, Brandon Stecklein discusses what development frameworks are used at Ape Apps, the game My Land, and the upcoming Civilization clone called My Empire.

Please subscribe and find all episodes of the Ape Show here:

Something new...

2020-03-30 14:58:22
Will be detailed in the next edition of the Ape Show:

It's a game I've been wanting to make for a while now!

EP1 - My Office and the Ape Apps Launcher

2020-03-25 21:56:53
In the first actual episode of the Ape Show, I give a quick look at my home office, some of the tools I use for development, and show the Ape Apps Launcher for Windows, Linux, and macOS.

RE:API for avalaible sectors

2020-03-25 15:51:16
Here you go @Sobeirannovaocc

[API] Populated Sectors Overview

2020-03-25 15:50:33

Returns a JSON formatted array of all populated sectors on the server, including total number of planets and total population.


Field names and values are self explanatory.

RE:My Colony v1.4.0 Released

2020-03-23 17:15:46
Luker124 said:Hey Bast, do you think it would be possible for an Xbox Series X release of My Colony?

I originally had My Colony on the Xbox One, but Microsoft made me take it down when I added multiplayer :-/

Indie developers aren't allowed to publish multiplayer games sadly, and I'm not big enough to get a license from MSFT in order to do so.

You can probably play the game on the Xbox using the built-in web browser app though, as the game is fully gamepad capable.

EP0 - Welcome to The Ape Show

2020-03-21 19:56:11
In this short first episode, Brandon Stecklein introduces the brand new Ape Show.

EP15: Playing Around With v1.4.0

2020-03-21 16:58:06
In this electrifying edition of the My Colony Podcast, game creator Brandon Stecklein tours new features added for each civilization in My Colony v1.4.0.

What's that you say, you haven't downloaded My Colony yet? Well what are you waiting for? It's available on every device. Find download links here:

Try Antiquitas, the Roman themed "sister" game to My Colony:

Want epic My Colony merchandise? Check out the new My Colony online store:

Contact Information:

Attn: Brandon Stecklein
Ape Apps
PO Box 382
Spring Hill, KS 66083
United States of America


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Brandon Stecklein (bastecklein) is the creator, owner, and principal developer of Ape Apps. He started the business back in 2010 and operates it out of Spring Hill, Kansas.
Ape Apps is an independent software development company founded in 2010 by Brandon Stecklein. Over the years, Ape Apps has published over 400 apps and games across various platforms. You can get in touch with Brandon on Twitter or by leaving a post on his wall @bastecklein
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