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Revival of a Dead Planet finished!

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Monday, August 29th, 2016 12:06 pm

I’m done with my Jam game.  You can play it here:

>Revival of a Dead Planet<

The game is a 3D action-adventure game where you play an explorer visiting an alien world.  On that world, you find an ancient alien facility. In order to operate the doors, you’re going to have to restore power to the energy circuits.  However, doing so will also power up the facility’s security systems.

Screenshot 2016-08-28 16.51.45

This was a really fun project to work on.  Something that is very interesting to me in games is making the player the agent of their own hardship.  The last time I did Ludum Dare (4 years ago!), I made basically a “reverse metroidvania” game where you have to give up your powerups in order to progress.  In this game, in order to progress you must make your environment more dangerous.  There are also a few points where I give the player a choice of how they make their environment more dangerous.  And, of course, I worked some verticality into the game (Once you enter the facility, look down.  You can see the final room all the way from the top floor).  I didn’t fit all my initial ideas into the game, but all in all, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.


Revival of a Dead Planet Progress

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Saturday, August 27th, 2016 5:39 pm

Progress has been going pretty smoothly and steadily for my project.  The core mechanics are in place, I’ve added a few varieties of enemies, and the level design is about half-way done.

Screenshot 2016-08-27 14.27.07 Screenshot 2016-08-27 14.34.27

I’m in

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Saturday, August 27th, 2016 12:20 am

A few hours into my second Ludum Dare.  First one was back in 2012.

Using Unity (and a fairly significant code base, so this is definitely in the “Jam” category and not the “Compo” category) and Blender.

Planning on calling it “Revival of a Dead World”


The Spaceman Post-Mortem

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Friday, April 27th, 2012 10:44 am

As you may have seen, I recently participated in the 23rd Ludum Dare 48 hour game competition.  Out of it came a game called The Spaceman.  I’d like to take a moment to talk a bit about the process of making the game during the 48 hours of the competition, as well as the design process behind the decisions I made in the game.

I originally wasn’t going to enter Ludum Dare #23.  Ludum Dare was a thing I had meant to do many times in the past, but had always passed, thinking to myself “oh, I’ll do the next one”.  This LD was going to be no different, particularly as my weekend was already fairly busy.  However, after being inspired by the venerable Chevy Ray’s keynote presentation and seeing that this was the 10th anniversary Ludum Dare, I started to consider entering.  After all, if I skipped sleep, I would have a solid 24 free hours to work during the 48 hour period.  Surely I could make a game within 24 hours.

I immediately began formulating ideas of the sort of game I could make in 24 hours.  The idea I had was a zelda-like (of course) where you play as an Indiana Jones type character searching for an ancient treasure in a temple.  Not the most original idea, especially in the indie game community, but it seemed like something I could make in 24 hours.

Of course, when the time actually came to start working on the game, I was faced with the theme “Tiny Worlds”.  Well shit.  No mental acrobatics I could manage would make the idea I had fit that theme.  Doing a zelda-like fit, but it would have to be about something other than Jungle Harry and the Temple of Surprises.

So I had to come up with a new idea.  I was still going to make a zelda-like.  I knew I wanted to make something like the original Zelda where you could do things in pretty much any order and had free reign in exploring the world.  “Tiny worlds” suggested the idea of making the world loop around. Go off the west side of the game world and you end up back on the east, go off the north side and you end up on the south.  This could lead to some interesting navigation where you see a treasure blocked by mountains to the east, and have to travel west to get it.

The original plan was thus:  5×5 game map, 3 small dungeons, each containing a gem and a weapon.  The weapons would be optional and harder to come by, but you needed all 3 gems to beat the game.  Pretty standard Zelda-like, although the weapons being optional was a bit of a twist.  I still wasn’t entirely satisfied with the plan, but I had to get to work.

(Continued after the break)


The Spaceman Finished

Posted by
Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 4:17 pm

Alright, finally done:  http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-23/?action=preview&uid=12895

I’m pretty proud of what I managed to pull together for this, especially considering I wasn’t able to work on this for the first day of the compo.

I decided to experiment with a progression system where you lose power over time rather than gain it.  You start the game with two shields, one for each color of enemy projectile.  You have to give up these shields in order to progress in the game.

Anyway, I had a great time making this, and I’ll probably expand on it post-compo.

And here I go

Posted by
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 9:27 pm

Well, I wasn’t able to start working until today, so I got a late start, but I’ve been plugging away at an entry.  I’m currently calling it The Spaceman and I’m using Flashpunk.  So far I’ve programmed in basic movement and map-loading, and I’ve made a first pass at the tileset.  Net up I’ve got to come up with and implement some enemy designs.


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