About Devlin (twitter: @magic_bane)

I'm a little teapot, short and stout,
here is my handle, here is my spout,
when I get all steamed up hear me shout!
"turn that damned heat off or you'll burn my ass out!"


October Challenge 2012
Ludum Dare 17
Ludum Dare 16
Ludum Dare 15

Devlin's Trophies

The Most Frustrating Game Award
Awarded by KavuDX
on April 28, 2010

Devlin's Archive

Will you be the Monster CHAMP? yes, you probably will.

Posted by (twitter: @magic_bane)
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 9:06 am


Bones are in, now for the meat!

Sup! I am In.

Posted by (twitter: @magic_bane)
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 5:56 am

It’s been a long time, but it’s on like donkey kong!

I want a nice clean jam, now, let’s get it on!


Posted by (twitter: @magic_bane)
Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 4:10 pm



down with kittens

The Wizard’s Lair (blessed LD entry from three years ago+1)

Posted by (twitter: @magic_bane)
Monday, October 22nd, 2012 1:02 pm

So after just over two years of development, a beta of my continued expansion of one of my LD entries from nearly three years ago was finally released for sale (buy now, get it cheaper and updates and a copy when it’s done) It’s been such a long time! Here’s a few screenshots from the game:

And some video:


It’s been a long process, with a bunch of stuff detailed in my blog (http://magicbane.tumblr.com/) and I’ll be happy when the game is completed and I have all the experiences associated with developing and releasing my own game 😀

That, and the fact TWL has been in development since the first October Challenge, I guess third time really is the charm 😀

If you want to purchase the preview, you can get it via my Sellbox link!

[stextbox id=”download” caption=”Buy from here!”]http://sellboxhq.com/l/AB7N/The-Wizard-s-Lair[/stextbox]


I’m in!

Posted by (twitter: @magic_bane)
Thursday, April 28th, 2011 1:49 pm


This is a real long shot…..

Posted by (twitter: @magic_bane)
Saturday, January 15th, 2011 12:03 am

Are there any file hoarders about? I’m looking for the download of the timelapse video I had available in this post (I foolishly removed it from my webspace some 6 months ago thinking I wouldn’t need it)

Now PoV is building this new database of timelapses, I’d love to be able to hand a nice high-rez version of it over :)

If you know what i’m talking about, and have the file – please either leave a comment (and a link), or contact me by email (david AT wizardslair DOT co DOT uk)

Thanks for reading, and I hope you can help,
David/Devlin @ The Wizard’s Lair.

LD gift exchange GET

Posted by (twitter: @magic_bane)
Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 5:45 am

more goodies

woo :) thankyou, mystery santa!

LD19 – Declaration of Intent

Posted by (twitter: @magic_bane)
Sunday, December 12th, 2010 6:43 am

am I getting married?

I’m in this time round – Hopefully I’ll not lose my mojo halfway through and quit like last time, but that theme just didn’t motivate me at all…

Anyway, moving swiftly on…

My weapons will be as follows :
BlitzMax (windows / linux) – code
The GNU Image Manipulation Program (windows / linux) – graphics
MS Paint (windows) – graphics
KolourPaint (linux) – graphics
sfxr – sound
ModPlug Tracker – sound

Seeing a lot of new faces around here, too.

All burned out and nowhere to go…

Posted by (twitter: @magic_bane)
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 6:05 pm

An absolute void in the way of motivation today has killed my game.

It’s not really in a state to release – and it’s not something that can be done timely for the jam..

Dudes and dudettes, I am out :(

bandwagon jumping (my screens of LD’s past)

Posted by (twitter: @magic_bane)
Friday, August 20th, 2010 5:44 am

Here’s the three entries I made from the past :

LD montage pic

LD15 pic – Cavern Chase – my first ever entry into LD. Came out quite well for a first entry.
LD16 pic – Explore Quest – This was a dream to make. there’s a Timelapse too.
LD17 pic – Mad Hatter Island – This was a nuts idea for an entry in the last hours of LD#17. Made in 2 hours start to finish.

LD18 – Who knows? Let’s hope it’s something good :)

Devlin’s Declaration of Intent

Posted by (twitter: @magic_bane)
Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 12:13 am

I’m in like the King
It’s on like Donkey Kong

so now tha knows.

Also, i’ll be using Game Maker with a hint of sfxr and some MS Paint/GraphicsGale worked in there :)

Comment answering time (Devlin style)

Posted by (twitter: @magic_bane)
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 6:03 pm

It’s about that time where I reply to some of the comments :)

Perrin says …
For a 2 hour game it’s a pretty good effort, could desperately use some in-level checkpoints.

That’s a good suggestion, but I think I prefer it to remain challenging :)

Neilo says …
Good effort for 2 hours, however it’s pretty damned frustrating!

Yep, I didn’t have much time to sanity check it before I decided to submit – I cut it really bloody close! 😀

Almost says …
My biggest complaint is that multiple hats do not stack like a tower.
Also, distance jumping off the edge of a platform is hard sometimes.

Hahaha! That’s an ace idea.. But I fear it would have gotten unwieldy(or slow :o) so I decided to allow you to wear the hat after you got them all, so you knew when the exit was open if you couldn’t see the exit itself.

Xylophone Buggery!

Posted by (twitter: @magic_bane)
Sunday, April 25th, 2010 7:07 pm

EDIT :: I found a way and I managed to submit it before the lines closed 😀

If I don’t sleep now, nothing will get done…

Posted by (twitter: @magic_bane)
Friday, April 23rd, 2010 8:11 pm

It’s 4:09am. It’s my birthday(i’m 24, factfans).

I need to sleep, let my brain dream me up a great idea 😀
See you in 8 hours or so!

Declaration of Intent

Posted by (twitter: @magic_bane)
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 8:09 am

So, it’s that time of year when Ludum Dare happens! 😀

BUT on Saturday, it’s also my birthday, so I might not be able to code anything!

But here it is, my Declaration of Intent for LD #17 😀

ld pic

In response to my comments :)

Posted by (twitter: @magic_bane)
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 8:11 am

pythong says …

haha, I have the most evil book in the world, but which is worshipped by mages? i always thought it would be the manual for windows ^^
nice game!

Mages can be evil too :) Just because it has a skull+crossbones cover, doesn’t mean it isn’t a manual for Windows 😉

SonnyBone says …

I thought the skeleton was a villager at first, so I just kept bumping into him. HE MURDERED ME.

Nice use of the theme.

You are indeed surprisingly weak at the beginning of the game. I was hoping to have a whole level-up system but I decided it would have taken too long.

Hamumu says …

I really liked it, except that you have to go past all these guys who are lethal. After reading the walkthrough, I thought I’d give it another shot and when I got to the mountain I got one-shotted by a guy standing in the middle of the passage. I couldn’t have avoided him! I want to see more of the game, but it’s just too vicious.

I really like the graphics.

Would appreciate auto-repeat on the keys!

Thanks! It took me quite a while to get the graphics the way I wanted but at the time it was very much early days :) You should play left handed, your sword is longer :fnarr: it doesn’t affect gameplay though.

It’s possible to get to the top of the mountain without being hit – dodge moar 😉
Auto-repeat was planned but I guess I never got round to it.
A couple of cheats if you want to see more …
Pressing F7 will remove all the fog.
Pressing F8 will give you 40 HP, The Sword, the Lantern, the Book, and enough Skill to kill just about anything before the Dragons.
There comes a great price for such cheatery though…

Frimkron says …

I was killed by a Trogdor 😛 I must come back and finish this one. Really enjoyable!

You’re very near the end! I’d read the walkthrough, it has hints on how to deal with those pesky dragons :)

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