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Featured in GeekyJuegos.com
Awarded by GeekyJuegos
on May 3, 2016
The Epic Voice Award
Awarded by Zi
on December 10, 2014
The IndieGoGo Emblem - For a Successful Campaign
Awarded by r2d2upgrade
on April 9, 2014

JaviCepa's Archive

Carrot Stories

Posted by (twitter: @JaviCepa)
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 12:45 pm

We decided stick to “Growing” only because the other one sounded more like a constraint. With a focus on aesthetics, storytelling and AI, we decided to make a game about the growth of a rabbit family.
CarrotStories

After three days of glory, development and pain, “Carrot Stories” was born…

Play it here (for either 1 or 2 players)

Very Dungeon: Postmortem

Posted by (twitter: @JaviCepa)
Monday, December 8th, 2014 9:47 am

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As tradition demands, here goes my entry postmortem:

Tools used:

  • Programming: Unity 4.6
  • Graphics: Pickle Editor, Photoshop
  • Tiles: AutoTileGen
  • Sound: Mixcraft 6.0, Wavosaur

What went good:

  • The concept came up quite easily. I wanted to make a roguelike since long.
  • I really liked the theme as it will give a lot of game variety.
  • I made it on time and still got a few extra hours to add a lot of sugar (player thoughts, hints, more unlocks…)
  • The procedural level generation looks gorgeous and gives a lot of variety. I may work further on this…

What went bad:

  • The procedural generation took almost the 1st day complete.
  • Because of that: I thought I wasn’t going to have time for the music/sound.
  • I didn’t give a lot of time to design.
  • Ultimately, I had to relief on the skills to make the generated levels solvable enough.
  • I started using Unity 5.0 beta but had to switch to 4.6 when I found out that the webgl & webplayer sound DID NOT WORK.
  • Because of that: I had to manually remake all the scene, prefabs, values…

Progress!

Posted by (twitter: @JaviCepa)
Saturday, December 6th, 2014 8:03 am

LD31-1

I’ve been working for 7 hours now on a level generator and I’m quite happy with the progress so far.

Hope I’m not aiming too high with all this procedural stuff…

“The Roots Of Evil” – Postmortem

Posted by (twitter: @JaviCepa)
Monday, April 28th, 2014 3:45 am

TheRootsOfEvil

 

This time I only had 12 hours available, but I’m really happy with how them turned out.

THE GOOD

  • Solid design from the beginning – I knew this was the only way to get the game in time
  • Gameboy graphics – I was able to get the graphics up in a record time.
  • Simple graphics – A 4 color pallete and 8×8 sprites means a lot more content.
  • Discrete mechanics – The root mechanics gave the game a mixed feel between realtime and a turn based game.
  • The theme – I was juggling with miner and swimmer ideas but I finally came up with this and I’m really happy because now I’m seeing a lot of those kind of games. Extra innovation points!

THE BAD

  • Sound – I have to play around more with pxTone. The music I made was quite similar to the one in my last LD entry.
  • Preparation – I wasn’t prepared for this LD, I was on a new computer, with Windows 8…
  • Windows 8 – I can’t fit in this entry how much I hate this OS. Unity crashed way more often and I had to install an old version of .net framework to get something as basic as lists working on C#.
  • Internet connection – I did this LD from a friend’s house and his connection sucks. No need to explain what that means when you are developing.

That’s most of it. Take a look the result!

Play “The Roots of Evil”

 

 

“The Roots of Evil” is DONE

Posted by (twitter: @JaviCepa)
Sunday, April 27th, 2014 6:34 pm

I only had 12 hours this time so I decided to go for a Gameboy aesthetic to save time and focus on testing gameplay.

I really surprised myself with the result, specially with such a hardcore deadline. I got enough time for music, FX, polished mechanics, animations… but then again, I guess that’s part of the awesomeness of ludumdare: learn that you are capable of more than you think of.

You can play “The Roots Of Evil” here. Just try to survive for 3 mins…

Last 24h for AutoTileGen crowdfunding

Posted by (twitter: @JaviCepa)
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 12:23 am

@AutoTileGenScreenshot

AutoTileGen is now less than 24h from ending its crowdfunding.  Im posting here because I made this with game jams in mind and wanted to give you all a reminder.
If you don’t know the tool yet, check this out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTre4OwWN6o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqHKCjzCjqA

I know a lot of the contributors came from the wonderful LD community and I want to thank them all.
Also, special thanks to @legacycrono for posting it into the tools section.

Go grab your copy before #LD48!

Auto Tile Gen

Posted by (twitter: @JaviCepa)
Saturday, February 8th, 2014 1:23 am

Hi all LudumDarers!

I’m working on something I’ve always wanted whenever I was making a 2D game.

An automated tileset generator!! Check it out:

AutoTileGen

I’m looking for help to develop it further and with more features here and I would really appreciate any help I can get (tweets are gold!).

Get your copy here -> Auto Tile Gen

…and help it become an awesome tool!

LD LevelUp

Posted by (twitter: @JaviCepa)
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 4:10 am

I loved some of the tools you came up during this and other LD events and I was wondering if it whould be possible to gamificate the ludumdare events with adittional statistics. Maybe it can be done with a WordPress plugin or something. The point is to measure your progress as XP points from your scores. Anyone interested?

Here is my progress for example:

Game: “Pixl” -> “The Last Rock” (#LD26 -> #LD28)

Overall #90 ->74 (+16)
Graphics #42 ->108 (-66)
Fun #124->42 (+82)
Mood #173->169 (+4)
Humor #277->142 (+135)
Theme #288->119 (+169)
Innovation #326->356 (-30)
Audio #635->106 (+529)
Coolness 73% -> 67% (-6%)

Best improvement: Audio
Current weak point: Innovation
Earned Exp Points: +839 (sum of all diffs)

“The Last Rock” now available on Android!

Posted by (twitter: @JaviCepa)
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 3:46 pm

Android

I’ve just ported my entry to Android!! Spread the awesomeness of LudumDare to your smartphone!

I know it’s not a long game, but I have plans on update it with more content so…

Get it now!

“The Last Rock” – Timelapse

Posted by (twitter: @JaviCepa)
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 1:22 am

(Click the image to go to the timelapse)
The Last Rock

You can play the game here

 

You can read the post-mortem here

 

“The Last Rock” post mortem

Posted by (twitter: @JaviCepa)
Monday, December 16th, 2013 3:39 am


I have finished!! It’s been a hell of I weekend but I’m glad of the result!!

 

You can play “The Last Rock” here

 

At some point I think I couldn’t make it and that I’ll have to leave the music out but in the end I had time for not one but two themes! Here are some of my thoughts after this Ludum Dare. It’s been a ride!

What went right:

  • I nailed the sleep times. A lot. 10h total. It really paid off.
  • The sprites at a 8×8 resolution where easy to draw in big quantities.
  • I tried the pickle editor showcased in the Ludum Deals and fell in love with it. Bought after using it for a few hours.
  • I was going to use sfxr for the sound effects, but I wasn’t convinced with the sounds I came up with. In the end I recorded the sounds myself and applied some effects to them, all with Wavosaur. Now the zombies sound gooey!
  • Perspective camera with paralax for easy and nice backgrounds and clouds.
  • Unity is awesome.

What went wrong:

  • I was a bit disoriented with the music software. I didn’t know what to use and it took me some time to find & learn a program to make a simple melody. The Ludum Dare tools page really came handy. I finally settled with PxTune which I have to say it’s wonderful and easy to use. I’ll probably use it in future compos.
  • I planned all the design/dev/art times in advance but ignored them completely.
  • I skipped some time in the timelapse recording with Chronolapse :(
  • The new monodevelop version crashed Unity with some of my scene changes unsaved. Fortunately I only lost 1 or 2 hours. Next time I’ll add an auto-save;

What went ???:

  • Game design on the fly. I know it’s not a good practice, but the result was good and I think some original elements appeared because of this.
  • It was the first time I used the unity 2D physics. They are fairly new and I could have run in some trouble but fortunately everything went good. They did a good job there.

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoy the game :)

(here you go another link, just in case 😉

I’m in!

Posted by (twitter: @JaviCepa)
Friday, December 13th, 2013 1:16 pm

Here I go for my 2nd LudumDare!

I’ll be using Unity again (maybe with the new 2D features?) and the new C# tricks I’ve learned :)

I’ll try to keep graphics simple but decent.

Also, I may sleep this time….

Pïxl timelapse

Posted by (twitter: @JaviCepa)
Monday, April 29th, 2013 11:14 am

I really want to thank everyone for the great feedback I’ve received about Pïxl! I was my first time at LD and the experience has been amazing.

Here is a timelapse of how it was made: http://www.youtube.com/embed/nY4SEY_VBN8

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If you haven’t played it yet, you can do it here.

Pïxl is fïnïshed!

Posted by (twitter: @JaviCepa)
Sunday, April 28th, 2013 7:12 pm

Almost out of time!

Pïxl is my 1st game for the LD compo. It is a procedurally-generated-isometric-minimalistic-platformer with stupid quotes.

-Can you find them all?

-Of course not! 😀

You can play it right from your browser here.

(Warning: remember to click inside the game window to give it focus!)

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I hope you like it!

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