From the category archives:


On the Roster

by Jaybot7 on March 25, 2014

You may have noticed I’ve been making incremental updates to the site. This will continue.

Some more Upcoming things:

Continue updating the site’s format and look.

Release new Arvale (yup, I told you so)

Publish a bunch of new articles on games, music, Japan (you know, old hat)

Things I want to do, but have no idea when they will happen:

Post a bunch of new music to the archive.

Release a bunch of new music to the free royalty music page.

Arvale Episodes Discontinued.

by Jaybot7 on November 10, 2012

Bin is just as surprised as you!


Long time no post. First, a thank you to everyone who is enjoying the Arvale: Treasure of Memories games. Second, the individual episodes will no longer be available to buy as of December 1st.

Why oh why would you do such a thing?

Honestly, to give everyone who has bought an Episode or two a chance to finish up the series before they are discontinued.

But… why are they being discontinued?

Because… as I’ve hinted about in the past, a special edition of Arvale: Treasure of Memories will be released in the future. And I worked pretty darn hard at it, and it will contain all of the episodes combined into one title… with all of the goodies and extra features that made it into Episode 4, and more!

But… why shouldn’t I just wait until then?

Well, you could, I can’t stop you. In fact I’d be happy if you did! However, as with all things in game development… your save games from any of the individual episodes will not magically work with the special edition coming out. So, that being said, if you’ve already played through Episodes 1 and 2 and you’re ready to continue the story on Episode 3. But you decide to buy the special edition: you’ll have to start from scratch, all the way back at the beginning of the story (Episode 1). You get me? I know you do, you’re smart! In any case, this just seems like the best way to go about things.

So there you have it, you’ve been warned! :)

Wait, wait! One more question!


Um… I’ve played all the Episodes and I want more, more, more! Should I buy this new-fangled special edition when it comes out?

If you do, it would make me smile and it would give me warm tingly feeling inside. But, I’ll be honest: it’s entirely up to you. There are no major changes in the story or the game. If you’ve already played through everything, and you see no reason to do so again, then No, save your pennies. But, if you want to play through the game again as one continuous story, with some neat features, performance improvements, excellent mouse control, new balancing and lots of visual upgrades… then Yes! Do it! Besides, the Wheelbarrows will always be waiting for you…

When will this special edition come out?

Sorry, you said one more question.

But, wait–!

Okay, fine. The answer is: I don’t know.


Sorry, you asked.


Don’t worry, I’ll of course let you know as soon as I know more about when it will come out. In the meantime, enjoy what you have! Remember, December 1st, no more individual episodes.

Oh, okay, I got it now! Thanks!

You’re welcome!

The Great Wheelbarrow Incident Part 4

by Jaybot7 on August 26, 2012

Continuing to unravel the mystery of the Great Wheelbarrow Incident :)

(click on the above comic for a bigger picture)

The Great Wheelbarrow Incident Part 3

by Jaybot7 on August 10, 2012

Continuing to unravel the mystery of the Great Wheelbarrow Incident :)

(click on the above comic for a bigger picture)

The Great Wheelbarrow Incident Part 2

by Jaybot7 on July 28, 2012

Continuing to unravel the mystery of the Great Wheelbarrow Incident :)

(click on the above comic for a bigger picture)

The Great Wheelbarrow Incident

by Jaybot7 on July 21, 2012

I get quite a few questions from people playing Arvale: Treasure of Memories, and one that keeps popping up is people’s burning curiosity to know what actually happened during the Great Wheelbarrow Incident :)

I do plan on explaining it fully someday, but until that day comes… I’ll give a few more clues as to what happened in a series of comics (click on the above comic for a bigger picture).


Arvale: Treasure of Memories IV Video

by Jaybot7 on July 4, 2012

Since I released Arvale: Treasure of Memories, Episode 4, there was a lot of interest in the game (and after such a long time, why wouldn’t there be?). Especially concerning many of the features, story, and controls which are new, different, and awesome.

So, I figured I would make a video showing off the latest additions to the series, some new battles, new characters, new places, new scenes, new wheelbarrows, and of course some new gags :)

So there it is, and for those of you already playing the game (thank you!) you may notice a few hidden features you never noticed before ;)


Oh, and to all my American friends: Happy 4th of July!

It’s times like this where the title really speaks for itself. But just in case, it didn’t:

Arvale: Treasure of Memories, Episode IV is now available!

So click on the pic above, or the link above, or go the the Games page or click on that little badge on the right side of the screen. In any case, go get the game!

If you’re super impatient, here’s a link to buy it immediately!

And, as is a custom with every release: Here is a beautiful 1280×1010 Wallpaper of the title art, by the ridiculously talented Ryan Anspach.

You’re not still reading this, are you? Go play the game!

I’ll just take this opportunity to thank everyone for their infinite patience and kindness during the development of the game. Seriously, I couldn’t have finished it all without you.

I hope that everyone enjoys the game even more than I had making it!

Now, go! Go, play!

Arvale IV Soft Release

by Jaybot7 on June 11, 2012

If this title picture is any indicator of the progress with the game (and it is); historically, that means the game is just about finished!

I’m still not brave enough to give a solid, hard release date because, honestly, I’m scared to. Remember what happened the last two times? Yeah, I ended up in the hospital! So… third times a charm and all that, but I’d prefer to avoid it.

What I will say is this: The game is done. It’s playable. It’s missing a wheelbarrow here and there and some slight tweaking needs to be done to the balance and some random polishing. But other than that, it’s done.

So, gimme a week or two and I’ll work out all the kinks. Then we can play :)


Two More Reasons to Hire a Real Artist

by Jaybot7 on May 7, 2012

Yup, it’s that time again. Time to make fun of my drawing ability… and show what the new title screen for Arvale: TOM, Episode 4 will look like!

Click on the above to see my original layout sketch of the next title screen in all its stick-figure glory :)

Now, you may be wondering, ‘What the heck is it?!’ So I imagine a bit of explanation is in order.

As I have said previously, the game will branch off into three playable stories. Without giving too much away:

The top-left corner, is Duncan and Noko being chased by a Leviathan.

The top-right corner, has Chev working on something and Sakyra looking at the tools he is working with.

The bottom (uh, corner?), has Cyper up against a wall listening in on a conversation at night-time in the city of Garga.

So… perhaps you can ween some information about the upcoming story or gameplay from that bit of info there.

Oh right, and what it looks like when a real artist works on it?

It looks something a bit more like this:



Click on it see it in in all of its not-stick-figure glory… and Enjoy!

Oh, and if any of my previous posts on title screens are an indication… the release is probably coming up soon ;)