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Calling All Artists!

The Painter's Playground is a mashup of utility paint program with RPG-leveling up and clicker-inspired gameplay. While there is no fail state, there are certainly measures of success such as creating a painting that commands a high price in the online community, or owning a gallery of coveted works. Whether you are just someone who wants to doodle with a mouse or already have years of experience creating masterpieces with a drawing tablet - there is fun to be had creating and collecting in the zen coastal town of Painter's Port.

Come visit Painter's Port. Stay awhile. You'll be glad you did.

  • With slow-burning clicker-inspired progress, you will be peeling away layers for dozens of hours.
  • Create works of digital 2D art using a multitude of tools, paints, and canvases. Gain recognition for your efforts through the online community through ‘thumbs up’ artwork appreciation votes and/or selling your work.
  • Manage your own gallery to ensure you have the most coveted collection of curated works; buy, sell, and vote on community-created works of art.
  • Earn Renown (XP) through painting idle clicker-style, and Bits (money) from gallery sales. Spend these currencies on permanent upgrades, a variety of canvases, new painting tools, paint colors, custom in-game menus, votes on your favorite paintings in The Community Harbor, and much more.
  • Invest Renown into progressing through 15 levels as a career artist. The unlock system caters to creative gamers that enjoy a slow-burning ‘lifestyle’ game.
  • Vie for the top spot in a multitude of categories on the leaderboards.
  • Enjoy the beautiful IRL hand-crafted oil painted world by renowned artist Russell Murray.
  • Unlock Oyster Mode to paint with absolutely no limitations.
  • Supports Wacom drawing tablets out of the box.
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1.0 Launch! And Contests!!!


…And we’re off! Thank you again to all of our beta testers and supporters for making this game a reality. We are forever grateful.

To all newcomers experiencing The Painter’s Playground for the first time – WELCOME! We hope you enjoy your stay here in Painter’s Port. The community so far has been *wonderful* in every way possible. Bob and I will be quite active in addressing any issues, questions, comments, or concerns through the Steam forum.

Alright, now onto our two launch contests!


Create a LetsPlay video of The Painter’s Playground, and post it here on the Steam video tab in the community hub. It can be anything you want, as long as it’s at least 5 minutes long. Ideas for videos could include a tutorial, tips and tricks, or just you doodling. Once you’ve posted the video, either friend me on here (you can unfriend after I give you the key, if you would like, no worries), or email the evidence to Dorkoski at ohio.edu.


I will buy and send this Huion Tablet to the first player who reaches Artist Level 50. This contest will require some serious work – you’ve been warned haha :D


The only caveat is that I have to be able to ship it to you through Amazon. If by some reason I cannot (or the shipping is insane), I'll send you $20.00 USD through a Steam Gift Card instead.

Now we said we weren't going to do save wipes - and we aren't. BUT if you plan on going for level 50, we ask that you in-good-faith delete your current artist and start over to be fair to newcomers. Thank you!

Post your level 50 screen shot here on Steam and also email the link to Dorkoski at ohio.edu. We get an email when someone reaches level 50, but this will nudge me.

Thank you all for reading. Happy Painting!

Ryan and Bob

Next Zen Mechanics Limited

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