Did some Blockhead. Made a lil' Mastermind. Co-created Madness: Project Nexus. I love you so much!

Michael Swain @The-Swain

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The-Swain's News

Posted by The-Swain - December 18th, 2022

We did it! It's here!

Skel Studios (Hans and Chase) have put nearly the full year of 2022 into creating this absolute work of art: a live action reimagining of the world of MADNESS: Project Nexus released by Krinkels and I in 2021. I couldn't be prouder of what they've built here. We hope it brings more eyes toward the game that took us seven years to create, but more than that, we want Madness to be as real for you as it is for us.

I truly feel the trailer does this, and then some.

Thanks for sticking with us all these years. It's been a wild ride, and it's still far from over. If you're curious, check out the game on Steam and consider picking it up. We've got new free DLC coming into the game all the time!

In the meantime - do what comes natural and watch the Trailer here on Newgrounds!



Posted by The-Swain - July 9th, 2018

Man oh man, have I ever been a bad Newgrounds boy. Most of y'all haven't seen much of me in a while. Even more of you probably forgot about those long gone Mastermind and Blockhead days.

It's mostly been because of a heck of a lot of development on Project Nexus 2, our sequel to...you guessed it...Madness: Project Nexus, somehow one of Newgrounds' most popular Flash games. Don't ask me how that happened. But Krinkels and I have been developing the sequel for going on FIVE FREAKING YEARS now, and we're nearly at the end of production :O

So before I start to go onto this big PR push to get the game out there, I thought I'd instead sort of share how to keep tabs on me. Most days I'm posting to twitter from my personal account. It's mostly cooking photos, but I throw in an occasional PN2 screenshot to keep people on their toes. I'll also make an effort at being more frequent on here, but I AM a compulsive liar so WHO KNOWS.

Catch you kids soon with updates and news! I miss EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU




Posted by The-Swain - April 1st, 2016

I put together a big update about Madness: Project Nexus 2, found here, the game's Kickstarter page. Progress has been SUBSTANTIAL and we can't wait to share it with you!


Posted by The-Swain - March 11th, 2016

pew pew pew

— Krinkels (@MRKrinkels)
March 11, 2016

Hey guys! Coming out of my cave to link a twitter post from fellow game developer Krinkels on our Project Nexus 2 progress.


If anyone is wondering why it's taking so long, have a look at our 120+ skills you can purchase for your Arena character.



Posted by The-Swain - September 22nd, 2015

Happy Madness Day ya goons! 

Boy, do *I* feel like a scumbag for neglecting our Newgrounds friends and enemies. So long without posting, sheesh! I'm a social media cluts, and learning how to....what do they call it..."Tweet"...got my attentions to focus elsewhere.

To any of the old followers of my work, thanks for being there for me back in the day! And to those of you now following Madness: Project Nexus 2, thanks for supporting me and Matt's greatest endeavor to date. We've been at it for over a year now, and we're finally sailing into Alpha territory.


But I'm not here to sell M:PN2 today. Just to enjoy Madness Day, now that I get to be an official part of the series by building the game with Krinkels. I can't wait to see what PRIZES there are for the WINNERS...!


Keep on keepin' on,

-The Swain


Posted by The-Swain - January 17th, 2015

We're running a test Q&A session today, where folks can come in and ask us questions about Project Nexus 2.

Check out the twitch for the next hour, while we play with the system and play Chibi Knight:  http://www.twitch.tv/pn2podcast

After this test, we're gonna revisit this Q&A setup next week. Join in now if ya like, or see you next week for the proper session.

Posted by The-Swain - September 23rd, 2014

How time has flown. And with it, our expectations for what this community can do when they band together have been proven right.

Y'all totally came through for us. We knew you would, and here we are, at the finish line with a game ready to be made. Matt and myself, we are ravenous to get back to work. And it seems like it's actually gonna happen.

So now we come to the final hours. They're ticking down to Z-Day. If you haven't backed the project yet, here's your chance. Send your friends, who may have been holding off. Let the world know we're all counting on them.

Catch you guys in Nevada...maybe sooner than you think.


Posted by The-Swain - September 16th, 2014

I don't think I've posted to the front page of Newgrounds THIS MUCH in my ENTIRE Flash career until this last month. It's been that kind of campaign.

Anyway, we're on the FINAL STRETCH of the Kickstarter campaign! This is the last week, and we need to end this bastard with a bang, in true Madness style. If you haven't seen the rewards we're offering, at least go grab your pre-order of the game. Every pre-order brings us closer to a completed Kickstarter and certain victory.


Today's also the last day to grab the exclusive Hank Winter Valentine outfit pack (resemblance to "Dad" spinoff character may or may not be a coincidence)! After midnight EST, this special outfit will go to our existing 800+ backers and never be unlocked again. EVER. FINITO. ALL GONE!





Posted by The-Swain - September 12th, 2014


So many of you have jump up to help Project Nexus 2 become a real thing that it blows my mind. Whatever happens with this Kickstarter, we want to reward those who have helped us so far with some sweet Red + Black Jesus armor variants.

The only ones getting this unique outfit set are our current backers, and anyone who pre-orders from the Kickstarter before Friday comes to an end. To those of you already on board: you're already getting every Backer Reward Bonus we come up with before the end of the campaign, so just sit back, relax, and watch the goodies come flowing in.


In OTHER NEWS, we've launched our Thunderclap! This is neat new way for people to help us get the word out about Project Nexus 2. Three days before the end of the campaign, everyone on board will automatically post a link to the Kickstarter page automatically and EXPLODE the Madness name across the web. This is just the kind of mega push we need to get noticed right when it's most important. Click here to lend us your help!


Posted by The-Swain - September 9th, 2014

Check out Krinkels' post. He's 'splains a good deal of why we need to make a big push, RIGHT NOW, TODAY, on our Project Nexus 2 Kickstarter campaign.

You can preorder your copy of Project Nexus 2 by backing the Kickstarter, and get alpha/beta/early access to the game. This is exclusive to backers only - everyone else will be waiting until mid 2015 to touch the game ;)

More than anything, the project needs your support! We're going strong, but we need the momentum that only fans of Krinkels' ass-kicking cartoon series can provide.