Linux games now available!

Hi there, Linux / Ubuntu users!
Today is your day. I finally managed to harness the knowledge of creating virtual machine, installing Ubuntu on it and connecting it to my good ol’ PC work station. Thus, linux versions are now a reality. Get them all here:

10 Gnomes in Trstenik
The Peter Navarre Crecy Evaluation
Where is 2018?
the Ravine

These builds were created to the exact specifications of Game Maker Studio 2.
I used Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS (Trusty Tahr) as instructed by the how-to page.
They say it’s the only version of Ubuntu they support right now that creates stable builds of games.

If you run into problems while trying to run those games (missing libraries etc), read this troubleshoot article written by Edwin Vigneau.

Believe me, connecting Ubuntu Virtual Machine to Game Maker Studio 2 on my PC is kind of a peak of my tech-savviness when it comes to Linux. The process is then automated, therefore tweaking it by me myself is out of the question for me.

However, I hope majority of you will be able to open and play these games! A side note: this only concerns games from 2017, which were created in Game Maker Studio 2. Games from 2016 were done in a previous version of the studio without access to Linux versions. Buying that access on a defunct and unused engine now seems a bit redundant, doesn’t it?

(Yes, that also means that all my future releases will be available on Linux on premiere day as well).

Happy days ahead!

10 Years of 10 Gnomes

Lately I found this small article from 5 years ago. I noticed that the time span in that article was also 5 years. Which means 10 Gnomes were created as a concept 10 years ago. Somehow that fact hit me more than when Submachine turned 10. Somehow I was ready for Submachine being this old, but Gnomes?… Well, time flies, as usual. Now’s the moment to time stamp this occasion.

Also: a quick study on how to completely destroy a city skyline by building skyscrapers without proper urban design. Sheesh.

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Morfolaki 4, recenzja w Ziniolu

Świat Morfołaków jest tak rozbudowany, że można o nim czytać na okrągło i nie odnieść wrażenia, że coś się powtarza. Po zamknięciu komiksu długo trzeba się zastanawiać, co właśnie przed chwilą nas trafiło i czy to było naprawdę? Mateusz Skutnik narysował teraz to, co istniało pod postacią scenariuszy już w momencie wydania zbiorczego z 2007 i to, co Nikodem Skrodzki dopisał. Niezwykła to frajda czytać tamten stary zapis scenarzysty, a potem porównywać z narysowaną na jego podstawie do Nowego Testamentuhistoryjką. Ale frajda jest też z odkrywania tego bardzo namacalnego świata, którego istnienie czuje się pod skórą, z odkrywania jego mechanizmów i poszukiwania w nim logiki. Morfołaki robią coś takiego z głową, że wielu rzeczy pozornie się nie zapamiętuje, ale potrafią się one wryć w podświadomość i powrócić przy każdej kolejnej lekturze z siłą huraganu Katrina. Mistrz.


Subnet Final Flash Update and why it had to end…

Listen… I know. I know there’s too much reading as of late about the Submachine here. This is the last article about the Flash era Submachines, ok? I promise. Just let me do this, and it’ll be done for. Next time we’ll be talking Submachine it will be about new game created in Game Maker to be released on Steam. Hopefully that will be in two or three years from now.


Submachine Universe Q&A; January 2018

1. At the ends of Submachine 10 and Submachine Universe, the Player ends up in a desert. What is the significance of this place for people like Murtaugh and Elizabeth, and where is it located with respect to the rest of the Submachine? Is it a foreign planet, as it appears, or is this an alternate Earth?

The desert is located on Earth, it’s just another layer of reality, as those layers span over entire universe, so you can get a planet set in different layers having different characteristics, like atmosphere or number of moons. This explains green hue and two moons in this particular instance.

2. Where is the Edge located exactly? Is it a wall between the Core and the Outer Rim, or is it surrounding the Outer Rim? Or both things are true, and we travel to the outer part to disable the inner part’s defences? How does one explain the human infestation map in Submachine 6?

The Edge was evolving with the expansion of the subnet. It was firstly created as a measure of defence for the core, but then was expanded to cover more and more ground regarding expanding nature of the entire subnet. Yes, we travel between different parts / rings of defences. Infestation map was created by artificial intelligence.


Wszystkie zagadki Subnetu

Ok, o submaszynie wspominałem już wielokrotnie. Ok, pisywałem już jak mnie wciągała niejednokrotnie na długie chwile. Ale akurat ta gra jest warta każdego poświęconego jej słowa. Tym bardziej, że jest pewna okazja.

Grudniowy update Subnetu.

No to trochę jakby się świat przeładował raz jeszcze i się bugi wyprostowały. (Nie mam nic przeciw meandrom Bugu).

Ale co to jest Subnet i co oznacza jego update? Cóż nie zamierzam odpowiadać na to pytanie wprost. Opowiem zamiast tego o submaszynie. Seria gier Submachine opowiada historię (w zasadzie historie) ludzi zagubionych w Subnecie. Nie opowiada przy tym za bardzo, czym jest sam Subnet, albo dlaczego ci ludzie tam się zagubili. Gra polega na ucieczce z tegoż. To taki escape game jakich wiele w sieci, tylko że… nie. Jest całkiem inny.


2017 wrap-up


Well, here we are again.

I feel we’ve been doing this for so long, you already know what I’m going to say here. First wrap-up was, uhm, 5 years ago, a simpler time before we were all basically connected by the hip by social media. Nevertheless, let’s dig into this list for the sake of preserving the process. Let me open last year’s wrap-up in another tab, and see…


Yearly comic page efficiency record: 134/2017

134 comic book pages in 2017. Previous record, 118, stood for 5 years.

Where is 2018? Top Popular game on

Wednesday, January 3rd 2018 – Friday, January 5th 2018.


Where is 2018? Nic Reuben review

Where is 2018? It’s Here, and it’s Already Weird AF

What have they done to you, Santa? Why are you so thin, and so smol? Why have you been forcefully awoken from your slumber and made to travel through time and space to bring in another hellish twelve months? Why can’t pop culture dredge up another character from European folklore to sort this shit out so you can get back to banging reindeer or whatever it is you do for the rest of the year? Where is 2018? What is Where is 2018? Who is what is Where is 2018? No, no, I should have stopped at the last one. Sorry.

Where is 2018 is a hand drawn, extremely short but impeccably designed vignette platformer from designer and graphic novel artist Mateusz Skutnik. It’s got some incredibly tight platforming, and some neat, simple puzzles. He’s been making these yearly games since 2009, along with a whole host of others, including the Submachine series of adventure games. He’s also worked on a stack of graphic novels. Great, it’s been 2018 for less than a day and I already feel like a colossal failure in comparison. No, wait. That was there last year, too. And also forever.

Time Marches On

Where is 2018, along with Mateusz’s other games, feature some incredibly detailed, personal-feeling hand-drawn backgrounds. If you’re interested in seeing how the artist achieves what he does, Mateusz has several live streams on his YouTube channel, where you’ll be able to watch him draw his games in real time. I’ve been waiting for some of that talent to rub off on me, but no luck so far.

As well as his website, you can find Mateusz’s games on itch here. Personally, I’m happy to have discovered a one-man auteur with a distinct style, and can’t wait to dive into more of Mateusz’s work. Even if it does make me extremely depressed.

written by Nic Reuben

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