I’m in!

Posted by (twitter: @Pitzik4)
August 3rd, 2014 12:55 am

Looking at some past LD’s, the I’m In posts probably won’t start naturally for several more days. I’m going to see if that’s because a lot of people don’t start visiting the website until close to LD or because they’d rather write their post when there are other people writing theirs by seeing if this post triggers an early start for the flow of “I’m in”s. It’s not a perfect experiment, but we’ll see what happens.

Anyway, this is my, what? Eighth LD? Wow, it is. I’ve participated in every single LD since #23, I wouldn’t miss one for anything. Almost. I guess I’d miss one for a million dollars, or for immortality, as long as it comes with eternal youth and health and a guarantee that humans won’t blow themselves up and leave me all alone. But I’m probably not going to be offered either of those things in the next 20 days.

Here are the tools I’ll be using:

  • Platform: Haxe with OpenFL yet again! I just don’t see how anything could be better. I like the language, it runs well on all of the platforms I export to and a lot of ones I don’t, and it’s got good libraries. Such as…
  • Engine: HaxePunk. HaxePunk has served me excellently in the past, and I’m actually making Spanner in the Works, my first large-scale game, with it, which has vector graphics. Go figure!
  • Sprite editor: Aseprite. Buy the $10 version. The only reason I didn’t is because I’m a cheapskate. You don’t want to be like me, do you?
  • Tilesetting: GoTile. I made this one! Whoopee! It’s totally free and stuff. Go get it, it’s sort of like AutoTileGen if it had been made in 2 days.
  • Text editor: Sublime Text 2. You know, this list is starting to look suspiciously… identical… to the one I posted last Ludum Dare.
  • Timelapse: gLapse again. But this time, I’ll turn the quality up higher. My last timelapse looked, well, disgusting. Because that’s what JPEG artifacts look like! Disgusting! Blech.
  • Streaming: Not doing it this time. Nope.
  • Sound: jfxr, made by our own Frozen Fractal and announced in the post right before this one! Let’s give him a round of applause for bringing us the third generation of Ludum Dare low-tech sound synthesizer software that really blows away both of the previous ones. Oh, and I’ll also possibly use Audacity. And maybe even LMMS, if I’m feeling bold.

So, best of luck to everyone! I don’t expect to get another medal (certainly not another gold one), but I do expect this to be a lot of fun, because that’s what prior experience would suggest. I’ll have to start going to bed at midnight and getting up at 8 a.m. by then, though, because going to bed at 1:30 a.m. and getting up at 11 won’t work for several reasons. So, let’s all make some games! (In 20 days.) Wahoo!

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