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An adventure game based on Homestuck, by Andrew Hussie.
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It’s time to kick off our interviews with the talented folks making Hiveswap!

Posted by MS Paint Adventures (Creator)

Hey there everyone! I’m Ash Paulsen, the associate producer of Hiveswap here at What Pumpkin. I’m a relatively newer addition to the team, and while I’ve been working on the game behind-the-scenes for a little while now, this is my first appearance on our blog.

It’s far from my last, though, as I’ll be the one heading up the thrilling team member interviews Cohen teased in his recent update post! We’re kicking things off today with Rah, our environment art director, whose excellent work you can see in the images peppered throughout this post. So without further ado, let’s get things started!

Introduce yourself to the fans! What is your specific role on the Hiveswap team?

I’m Rah. I’m the environmental art director. The environmental art team is responsible for all of the backgrounds and scenery in the game. I draw some of them, but a large part of my job is coordinating with everyone to make sure the game has a consistent look and has the art it needs to support the characters and plot.

When and how did you get your start on the Hiveswap project?

A year and a half ago I started as a production artist, drawing backgrounds. I still do that, but now I also tell other people to draw backgrounds.

Tell us a little bit about your career background! How did you get your start in art and graphic design? Do you have any advice for others looking to enter this field?

I have been working in the games industry for ten years. On more than one occasion, I was hired because I did fan art of games I liked and then the studio hired me to keep doing it. It happens more often than you think!

We’re making a video game, so of course the question must be asked: what’s your favorite game of all time, and what games are you playing currently (if any)?

My favorite game is Shadow of the Colossus, but I also really love open-world games like Skyrim. Right now Final Fantasy XV is eating me alive. I sneak in some playtime here and there, but work is keeping me too busy to play more than one game at a time right now.

Are there any games that you currently use or have used as inspiration for your own art and graphic design work here on Hiveswap, or just in general?

Not on Hiveswap specifically, but I hope someday I can make game art as glorious as what can be seen in Bastion or Wakfu. I can’t get enough of that colorful, squishy style!

What are your preferred programs and applications as an artist and graphic designer? What are the tools of your trade?

I primarily use Photoshop and Paint Tool Sai.



What’s your workstation like? Do you like to listen to any particular kinds of music while you work? If so, tell us about it!

As I work I usually alternate between news podcasts and video game soundtracks. As for my workstation, I can reach approximately 70 plastic dinosaurs from where I’m sitting right now.

Favorite Homestuck character?

Karkat, Rose, Meenah, and Her Imperial Condescension (who, I guess, is also Meenah).

Favorite Homestuck ship?

I’m not really into shipping, but I can’t get enough Rosemary.

Favorite Homestuck flash?

That’s really hard to pick. Terezi: Remem8er is very important to me, but I think I liked Game Over the best for the huge reaction it gave me. I screamed for a solid nine minutes. It was great.

Do you have a personal message you’d like to relay to all the Homestuck and Hiveswap fans out there?

It’s been a real journey. Thanks for hanging in.

Where can people find more of your work? Link us to your own little corner(s) of the Internet!

My portfolio is at I’m also fairly active on tumblr.

Thanks for giving us some insight into your work here on Hiveswap, Rah! In the meantime, you all have been waiting for updates very patiently for quite awhile, so I’ll be back with another interview later this week, on Thursday, May 25th!

See you then, Hiveswap fans!

Wendel Scardua, Georgia Saroj, and 37 more people like this update.


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    1. Rick Terr on

      @Sofia Salt ...they are posted on tumbler?..really....ugh, well i guess if they are being posted thats....something...i many have been posted since this one?

    2. Sofia Salt on

      These are cool interviews, it is a pity you started only posting them to tumblr though, they would be easier to keep track of on here

    3. Hussie Zahhak on

      ........('(...´...´.... ¯~/'...')
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      starkaat on

      These are interesting to read, and anything that holds the radio channels open on the kickstarter page is super appreciated. Please keep at it. �

    5. Stephanie Rainey on

      Come on you guys, is it really that hard to prep the posts at the same time? Can you throw us some backers at least a couple scraps? Pretend like you care about us now that you have our money already?

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      Rhiannon Coleman on

      "I’ll be back with another interview later this week, on Thursday, May 25th!"
      Yet another deadline missed, what a surprise

    7. Rick Terr on

      Us: What about the release date of the game?

      You HEY HEY look at these shiny keys over here aren't these keys shiny

      Us: woooooow pretty colors

    8. Brian Denning on

      Ok, but when is the game coming out?

    9. Jason on

      I do not care. This is not interesting. The majority of people do not care anymore. It has been 5 years and you have not delivered time and time again. Enough is Enough. No more BS updates. The only update we want now is one that says "the game releases tomorrow, here is the download code".

    10. Psycat on

      Thanks for the interview, that was interesting to read about one of the game team members! (Artwork is incredible cute btw)

    11. Brandon Chevalier on

      Hey guys, thanks for updating even if it's not much, maybe eventually someone could elaborate on the lack of communication or some gameplay aspects sometime?

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      Gabriel Rodriguez on

      Pretty good stuff here, I like it. I don't know if I'm imagining things but it feels like a few details in Jude's treehouse have changed? I'll have to check that now. Excited to see what we get on Thursday :D

      Man it'd be pretty cool if we got interviews at about this pace for a little while.

    13. Thedude3445 on

      I love the background art. It is gorgeous and pretty much the only thing keeping me engaged with the game at this point. Keep up the good work, er, well, keep up showing us the good work you did!

    14. Danni Hone on

      I'd rather get a game update.

    15. Edgar Mauricio Lemos on

      After waiting for years, waiting a few more months doesn't make a difference. The stuff in the second trailer seems amazing so still looking forward to it. In the meantime, interviews are better than nothing and it's a good window into the process to see that the team is still there, chugging.

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      Fer Darkstrike on

      TBH I don't know what to think anymore. This project and team has left me with a sour taste in the mouth. You guys are already behind a lot of time that was the game release, just taking in account this YEAR. I just feel now completely ripped off. I understand what happened but not giving UPDATES of the game time by time is just insulting.

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      Kyle on

      We don't want interviews, we want updates. This is insulting.