Friday, November 28, 2008

Just in time for 2009


I have put together a calendar of fractals for 2009. I rendered each fractal in the color of the birthstone for each month of the year and have listed the name of that months birthstone. The calendar costs $15.99 plus shipping and can be purchased on lulu.com. Each calendar purchase will help support this site and new wallpapers in the future. I thank each of you for visiting grandgravey.com and hope to continue providing quality content well into the future.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

New Wallpapers in the Gallery

I finally had the time to post some new wallpapers. I have more rendered and will try to find the time this weekend to get them all processed and posted. I am changing the images I am posting here on the blog from individual thumbnails to a close up screenshot of the gallery. Hopefully it will not be too much of a problem, if you like it better the old way post a comment and let me know. Anyhow, here it is:


This batch of wallpapers was created using Apophysis. You can just go directly to the Free Wallpaper Gallery if you like or click on the image to go directly to the gallery page. Please feel free to use these wallpapers on your desktop for the PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360, Sony PSP, Iphone, Zune, etc. All images are in JPEG format and the files sizes are 800k or less I believe.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

New Game: Halloween Ghost Busters

Halloween Ghost Busters is a "mashup" game. I did not create the game play, instead I changed the Archery game the Popfly Team created by adding Halloween graphics. To play this game you shoot ghosts by pointing and clicking with your mouse. Try to hit the white ghosts and avoid hitting the "invisible" ghosts. Hitting invisible ghosts will decrease your score as does each arrow you shoot. You must clear 200 points to win this game. You can check out Halloween Ghost Busters in the Free Online Games Gallery.

New Game: Invasion Defense

Invasion Defense is a basic tower defense game. This was an ambitious project for my second game. I spent a few weeks learning my way around the Popfly Game Creator trying to get this game to work the way I intended it to. I ran into many limitations that kept me from making it a better defense game. I have since thought of ways to make it work as I intended it originally but I am reluctant to make the changes due to the amount of time it would take. Instead I have started a different version with custom graphics and a better thought out game design.

To play Invasion Defense you deploy turrets to protect your base by dragging them from your control panel and dropping them on the play field. Every round you are given a clean play field and need to redeploy your turrets. Each turret has a different function and I plan on updating the how to play screen in the future with what each turret does. This game has four levels total and the last level features a boss to do battle with. You can play Invasion Defense by going to the Free Online Games Gallery.

New Game: Falling Blocks 2

The first game I created using Microsoft's Popfly.com Game Creator was called Falling Blocks. I did not put this game in the Free Games Gallery because it is a bit too simple and needed some work. So, from that game comes Falling Blocks 2. I know, real inspirational name ;) Falling Blocks 2 has a few more advanced concepts than Falling Blocks does, such as: Needing to catch at least one of each color to win. A small graphical displaying tracking which colors you have already caught. And, a more natural, faster, movement. You can check Falling Blocks 2 out in the Free Online Games Gallery.

Grand Gravey Games Gallery

For the past month or so I have been playing with Microsoft's Popfly.com Game Creator. While learning my way around the controls I created some games. I have decided to share my games on my site here by creating a Game Gallery. As I create a new game I will post about it here and add it to the gallery. I don't know how often I will create a game nor what kinds of games I will work on. I do hope to post a game every month or two but if you follow my blog you know I can vanish for months at a time due to personal life issues and not get back to posting or working on these hobbies until there is time for them. Anyhow, without further ado, check out the Free Games Gallery. I will be posting more about the games, using Popfly.com, and other things of this nature in the near future. If you have any requests or ideas for types of games you would like to see in the gallery, please leave it in a comment.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Not Dead...

I am still alive and well, even though the ol' blog looks like I might be ;) Anyhow, I have so many things to post about it is unreal. I literally have a list sitting on my desk. My problem, as always, is time. I will make time this weekend to make a few posts about different topics and to post some new images. Until then, happy gaming.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Gallery Back Up

The server problems have been fixed, hopefully for a long time. Anyhow, once again apologies for the downtime.

Gallery Down

Due to my server once again acting up the Gallery is down. I will have it restored tomorrow sometime. Sorry for the inconvenience. I will post again once it is up and running again.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Gallery is back up.

The gallery is back up. The downtime was due to a bad power supply on the server. Apologies for the downtime and any inconvenience it may have caused you.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Gallery Down

Due to server problems, the gallery is down. I am working on getting everything restored, it is just taking longer than I anticipated. Please be patient and accept my apologies.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Recent Happenings 4-12-08

The day after my last post of new wallpapers we had an electrical storm and it knocked out my network. In fact, it damaged my router. So I spent a couple of days trying to figure out what was going on, which turned out to be all the free time I had for making posts in the past couple of weeks. I have spent the time since getting everything fixed and replaced. I am now busy working on a new series of maps for work. I have quite a few wallpapers to post and hope to get at least one set posted by Monday and the rest will follow sometime next week.

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Darren Nelsen, a musician who was working on a fractal music project, about using one of the fractals for a cover for his project. You can check out the finished music (along with the cover) on Darren Nelsen's website. I was surprised by the music he came up with, very meditational and calming, I expected something a bit more chaotic since it is composed using fractals.

I have created a theme for an Xbox 360 for a content creation contest. Disruptive Publishers and N-Gage have a contest going on to get published on Xbox Live. I need some help with the voting though, I am behind in the contest by a few weeks since I did not hear about it till last week. So, if you are willing, would you go by my themes vote page and vote? Just click the image below to be taken directly to the vote page.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

New Batch of Wallpapers, March 29, 2008

Once again, my apologies for being late with uploads this month. It has been one incredibly busy month for me. I will post a new batch every day for the next few until I get all 28 new wallpapers posted. This batch of wallpapers was created using Apophysis. You can just go directly to the Free Wallpaper Gallery if you like or click on the images to go directly to the gallery page for that image. Please feel free to use these wallpapers on your desktop for the PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360, Sony PSP, Iphone, Zune, etc. All images are in JPEG format and the files sizes are 800k or less I believe.



























Each image is watermarked on the bottom and all I ask is that you leave it there. Except for commercial use, permission is given to use these images however you want. For commercial usage rights please contact me, tijir at yahoo.com.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

New Wallpapers Coming Soon

I have been very busy this month with work and have not had time to run the batches of wallpaper I would on a normal schedule. I did manage to finally render a new batch over the past weekend, since I was not working through Easter, I set everything up to make one large batch. I will be posting all of the wallpapers for March before the month ends. I only need to process the images into the different sizes and create the Wallpaper Gallery pages. I hope to have the first batch posted by Friday and will post the rest through the weekend. Thanks for your patience, my apologies for not posting in a more timely manner.

Monday, February 25, 2008

New Wallpapers for February 25, 2008

This batch of wallpapers was created using Apophysis. You can just go directly to the Free Wallpaper Gallery if you like or click on the images to go directly to the gallery page for that image. Please feel free to use these wallpapers on your desktop for the PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360, Sony PSP, Iphone, Zune, etc. All images are in JPEG format and the files sizes are 800k or less I believe.



























Each image is watermarked on the bottom and all I ask is that you leave it there. Except for commercial use, permission is given to use these images however you want. For commercial use or distribution rights please contact me, tijir at yahoo.com.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

New Wallpapers for February 13, 2008

This batch of wallpapers was created using Apophysis. You can just go directly to the Free Wallpaper Gallery if you like or click on the images to go directly to the gallery page for that image. Please feel free to use these wallpapers on your desktop for the PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360, Sony PSP, Iphone, Zune, etc. All images are in JPEG format and the files sizes are 800k or less I believe.





























Each image is watermarked on the bottom and all I ask is that you leave it there. Except for commercial use, permission is given to use these images however you want. For commercial use or redistribution rights please contact me, tijir at yahoo.com.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

New Wallpaper Gallery

With all the different sized wallpapers I am now creating I decided a new gallery was needed instead of the five different galleries. So I created http://gallery.grandgravey.com. I hope it is easier to use than what was passing as a gallery before. As always, comments are welcome, specially if you have an idea you feel would make the gallery better or easier to use. I have a new batch of wallpapers coming in a day or two. From now on I will release nine wallpapers at a time probably three or more times per month. At least that is the plan. I have other things in the works as well and hope to have them ready soon.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Zune and Iphone Wallpapers Added

I took the time to convert the previous wallpaper uploads into the Iphone 320 x 480 size and the Zune 240 x 320 size. You can find those wallpaper uploads in the Free Wallpaper Gallery. I will not be posting thumbnails or links to all those images, you will need to goto the repective galleries and browse the images there.

As always, except for commercial use, permission is given to use these images however you want. For commercial use or redistribution rights please contact me, tijir at yahoo.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

New Wallpapers for January 17, 2008

I am adding new wallpaper sizes this year. Now you will be able to get wallpaper for the Zune sized 240 x 320 and the Iphone sized 320 x 480. I have a Zune, have had for over a year, and when they rolled out the update in he last month or so things got real interesting so I started looking for wallpapers for it and found not many exist that I like. I don't have an Iphone but I got to looking around for wallpapers for it, I was curious, and found not too many that I liked either. So I now have two new galleries.

This batch of wallpapers was created using Apophysis. You can just go directly to the Free Wallpaper Gallery if you like or click on the images to go directly to the gallery page for that image. Please feel free to use these wallpapers on your desktop for the PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360, Sony PSP, Iphone, Zune, etc. All images are in JPEG format and the files sizes are 800k or less I believe.












































Each image is watermarked on the bottom and all I ask is that you leave it there. Except for commercial use, permission is given to use these images however you want. For commercial use or redistribution rights please contact me, tijir at yahoo.