It's like a 1960's Summer movie here at Fretshirt HQ this week, well apart from the weather, obviously.
Why's that? You ask. (You did, right?)
Well, you see, it's like this:
I needed something random, and hopefully interesting, to open the blog this week, in order to get all you Fretters intrigued enough to read through to the end of the post.
I wasn't meant to write that bit, was I?
Instead I should have said something about how we were putting the band back together like they always do in those old movies and then lead into talking about our newly expanded Legends series.
Guess I've ruined that now, so let's just get on with it, and pretend that never happened, shall we?
Anyway, a couple of blogs back, I told you we were adding to our ever popular Guitar Legends design, with Vocal Legends and Drum Legends. Well now we've not only completed the band line up with Bass Legends and Keyboard / Piano Legends but we've added a couple more to the range as well.
What's more, for these latest ones, we've even included the full list of names our designer used to make them, to save you having to see if your favourite was included. Mind you, the chances are that they were, as the designer is THAT good at what he does, even if he didn't keep the lists from the earlier designs.
Still, we've tried to include at least one person from every genre of music, so there's people from Rock, Jazz, Heavy Metal, Progressive, Rhythm n Blues, and even some "pop" stars in there going right back to the original days or good old Rock n' Roll.
One musical genre that wasn't represented was Classical Music, so not wanting anyone left out, and seeing there's a lack of guitars in symphonies, sonatas and the like, our designer did what he does, and got all creative to brings us, and you, Composer Legends.
As with the others, all the greats are there. Beethoven, Mozart, and a lot of others I'm not even going to attempt to try spelling.
Guess what? The designer didn't stop there - no, of course he didn't - as he then turned his attention to the world of literature, novels, and authors to came up with the design that heads this blog post. Literature Legends.
Thankfully we've now managed to distract him with something shiny, so he's moved onto other items, or who knows where he'd have ended up doing. Still if anyone has any ideas for a new Legends design, then let us know, and we'll unleash the designer once more.
One of those things we distracted him with was, yet another, set of BREXIT designs, as that continues to roll on, and on. However, with feelings running high on both sides, he came up with something that we've been able to use to celebrate Europe Day, which also happened to be this week, in the Can We Still Be Friends design.
Well, our merchandising friends have been busy with their own updates and expansions.
Following the launch of our merchandise for their new, up and coming game The Riftbreaker [riftbreaker.com] last week, the wonderful team at Exor Studios, unleashed the very first live Riftbreaker stream on Mixer, [mixer.com] and yes, Fretshirt was there. So see if you can guess our usernames in the recorded chat.
Not to be outdone, the solo dev - yes it's just the one of him doing everything - over at Mashinky [official site] released a major update, which takes the game into the long awaited 5th Era of train transport. This adds not just an extended time frame to the game, but new locos, quests, industries, cargoes, sounds and even camera positions.
Only thing is now, we'll have to come up with new Mashinky Merchandise to encapsulate - that's a great word don't you think? - the expanded version of the game. Still it will keep the designer busy, which is what we all want.
Of course, our little Fretshirt Family wasn't the only one welcoming new content, as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor arrived not to far from where Fretshirt is based.
By the way, what's your preferred name for this type of garment? Baby Grow? Onesie? Body Suit? Something else?
And finally - yes I'm going to stop soon - we hope everyone in the UK had a decent Bank Holiday weekend, and managed to get all your little jobs done? Still don't worry if you didn't as there's another Bank Holiday in a couple of weeks.
Personally I made the mistake of buying a new God Game just before the extra day off and then... well, see the screen shot.
Yes, I did indeed, spend thirteen hours, playing Raymond Doerr's (gotta love the solo indie devs of the world) Rise to Ruins, [risetoruins.com] something I've not done since the days of Civilisation II, III & IV (yes I'm old).
Now, wonder if Ray wants any merchandise, as then I can write all that time off as research?
Hey, that's what happen with most of our other Merch Partners!Until We Fret Again