I copied this sketch a few years ago from a book about the Dutch masters. I don’t remember the name of the book or the artist, but I do remember he sketched the original while traveling in Italy.
I’m not sure if this scene is real or imagined. It has a fantastic quality to it, like something out of Lord of the Rings. I love the bridge and the houses and trees perched precariously on the cliffs.
Zlatoosk the Terrible, god of war and llamas, was in a foul mood.
He cursed the thieves who had stolen him from the king’s grave.
He cursed the merchant who had imprisoned him in a water-and-flake-infested globe.
He cursed the tourist who had bought him in the marketplace, the woman who wore flowered mumus and talked to her cats.
But his most vicious curse he saved for the baby now rolling him about on the floor and slathering his glass prison with saliva. Channeling his rage, he willed that a lightning bolt might fall from heaven and smite the vile infant.
Merry Christmas from von Lehe Creative.
This Little Babe
Words by Robert Southwell (1561-1595)
Music by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
This little Babe so few days old, Is come to rifle Satan’s fold;
All hell doth at his presence quake, though he himself for cold do shake;
For in this weak unarmed wise The gates of hell he will surprise.
With tears he fights and wins the field, His naked breast stands for a shield;
His battring shot are babish cries, His arrows looks of weeping eyes,
His martial ensigns Cold and Need; And feeble Flesh his warrior’s steed.
His camp is pitched in a stall, His bulwark but a broken wall;
The crib his trench, haystalks his stakes; Of shepherds he his muster makes;
And thus, as sure his foe to wound, The angels’ trumps alarum sound.
My soul, with Christ join thou in fight; Stick to the tents that he hath pight.
Within his crib is surest ward; This little Babe will be thy guard.
If thou wilt foil thy foes with joy, then flit not from this heavenly Boy.
Many people have told me how much they like the 8-bit music featured in Langman.
All of the songs listed in the game’s credits can be found on 8bitcollective.
Here they are in order of appearance:
- Cloud Caller by Ookami
- Dancing 0n the M%n by FearOfDark
- Moonlit Memory by xaimus and malmen
- C0N51GR4 by Ookami
- Tiny Tunes by FantomenK
For those of you who just want a simple download, I’ve posted a zip file containing all the songs from the game.
While developing Langman, much of my time was spent tweaking the PlatformerController script from the 2D Lerpz tutorial. I made some changes to how it works, and along the way I encountered (and fixed) a number of bugs in the original script. I’m sharing my changes in the hope that others will find them useful.