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    Roads to Nowhere – Post Mortem

    Posted by
    Sunday, December 28th, 2008 5:10 pm

    Roads to Nowhere Post Mortem

    Post Compo Food Photo

    Posted by
    Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 9:21 pm

    My Significant Other was disappointed to discover that the fancy salad she made me for lunch on the Sunday of the competition didn’t make it into my food journal because even though I took the photo, I was too busy implementing last minute game play to write the post.

    So, here it is.  Pears soaked in craberry juice, roasted almonds and brie cheese with mixed greens.  Very tasty.

    Roads to Nowhere Final

    Posted by
    Sunday, December 7th, 2008 7:46 pm

    In the end I did get my pathfinding working to the point that I was happy with it.  However I spent so much time on debugging that I had to simplify my game play significantly.  Painfully, the game play that is included barely requires any pathfinding at all.  Another downside to so much time wasted bug hunting is that I didn’t take the time to improve the graphics.

    On the plus side, I got a few levels made, and I think you can call this a fairly complete game.

    Follow the link to play online:


    Click here to download the source and .SWF:


    Progress, or lack thereof

    Posted by
    Sunday, December 7th, 2008 12:09 am

    I’ve spent a lot of time today fighting with buggy path finding.  The code is supposed to find the shortest path from any road tile to the city.  It’s mostly working, but it occasionally produces incorrect results when there are loops in the graph.  Frustrating.  I haven’t implemented any game play yet because I’ve been trying to get this right.  In the future I think I will need to take a more planned approach to this sort of thing, and work out my algorithm in advance instead of just hacking together the first idea that comes to mind.  Either that or modify my game play idea so it doesn’t require any path finding more advanced than a flood fill.

    Dinner this evening involved hors d’oeuvres at a Christmas party.  There always seems to be something else going on during LD48 weekends.

    Taking a picture of my food in the middle of a crowded room in a formal setting was a bit weird.

    Traditional Lunch

    Posted by
    Saturday, December 6th, 2008 8:20 pm

    Deep dish pepperoni and mushroom pizza has become a bit of a ld48 tradition for me.


    Posted by
    Saturday, December 6th, 2008 9:23 am

    Eating Cinnabon cereal is easier than working on path finding.

    Evenings progress

    Posted by
    Saturday, December 6th, 2008 12:02 am

    Be amazed by the glory of placeholder art!

    Of course I’ve had placeholder art become final art too many times in the past.  Lets hope not this time.

    Very late Mini-ld #3 entry.

    Posted by
    Friday, September 19th, 2008 8:01 pm

    In the min-LD3 theme description, one of the suggestions was to write an article.  I decided to spend my 48 hours figuring out how to use free tools to build flash applications.  I didn’t actually get the article written over the weekend.  But now, two weeks later, I finally finished it.  Here is the link if you are interested:

    Actionscript and mxmlc

    dots final.

    Posted by
    Sunday, April 20th, 2008 5:50 pm

    Windows binary: http://disruption.ca/dl/dots/erik-ld48_11-dots-Win32.zip

    Python source: http://disruption.ca/dl/dots/dotsSrc.zip

    dots final


    Posted by
    Sunday, April 20th, 2008 1:06 am

    Tonight a social obligation cut into precious coding time.  This did involve dinner at an Indian restaurant though.



    Posted by
    Saturday, April 19th, 2008 2:47 pm

    mmm… greasy, greasy pizza.


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