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Submission Post!

Posted by
Sunday, August 26th, 2012 5:56 pm

FINISHED!

Wow, I still cannot believe I actually finished something! I was sure I won’t make it on time! Anyway, here it is:

Click here to play “Meow for MUTATION!”

An intelligent race of feline-like creatures has just learned about the upcoming attack of ALIENS. Having no choice, they must defend by all means possible. The problem is, until now, they had no use for weapons and war machines, being the peace-loving folk they are. So they figured they will use Crossover Accelerating Technology (C.A.T.!) to speed up their evolution – that’s the only chance for them to survive!

Yeah, it’s not really finished. I can actually prove there was more to it when I started, because I made a Game Design Document (a very simple one). Feel free to grab it. Well, at least GA I packed inside works (this was actually the easy part).

Timelapse and postmortem posts are on the way!

Long live FP+TweenMax!

Posted by
Sunday, August 26th, 2012 10:12 am

I freaking LOVE flashpunk, in the sense that I can easily dive into its bowels and do things just as I please. I might have said before that its code structure is kinda messy, but I must also add that it’s very, very versatile. This piece of art, combined with TweenMax, is a freaking awesome doomsday machine, especially when it comes to creating smaller games.

I worked all day – that’s why I didn’t even have time to make a foodphoto post, but I feel it pays off: the game DOES look better and I MIGHT even finish something playable before the deadline!

So yeah, I will strive to submit it as a compo entry, but no sounds yet. Any. Also, the general concept I had before had to be cut in a lot of ways, so the game will be really, really simple (and probably a little boring).

There are still some bugs I must get rid of, so audio is not a priority right now.

More than 7 hours left, people! Good luck!

Some kind of progress, I guess

Posted by
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 6:23 am

Very basic things done, some GUI elements and stub graphics. I’m taking a break now. Need to think about gameplay.

I’m not really happy with what I’ve done so far. Oh well, at least the cats are smiling. :)

Probably jam then.

Posted by
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 4:40 am

I have a great idea, really – but there’s so much to do, I probably won’t be able to finish on time. My only hope might be the jam (though I will work alone anyway). For now, I can say that there will be felines and that I will be using this (that’s why all of this WILL take some time).

I wasted a horrible amount of time on designing (that’s good!) and even more on thinking about how to structure my code (that’s bad!). It’s the first time I’ve actually made some design document, but I should probably just start working on it already. The only thing I really managed to finish right now is my breakfast:

I can already see what is my main issue here: I completely forgot how to code in AS3/FP. I get stuck on many stupid things, and after reading “Game Coding Complete” (damn you, McShaffry!) the code structure kinda bothers me (because now I would do a lot of things in a different way, but there’s no time to write this, and sticking to FP architecture is better right now).

Wish me luck. 😛

The obligatory “I’m in” post!

Posted by
Friday, August 24th, 2012 3:08 pm

Okay, so I’m not really sure I will pull this one off, but I will try!

Things I will use:

  • Language & libs: AS3/Flashpunk, TweenMax
  • IDE: FlashDevelop
  • Graphics: GraphicsGale, maybe Pyxel, Paint.NET
  • Sounds: bfxr, Audacity
  • Level design: (if any) Tiled
  • Music: don’t know yet, but I WILL try to get some
  • Timelapse: chronolapse

No base code, just project generated by FlashDevelop & base directory structure.

Additional constraints

  • put “1000 Kittens” inside somehow (I know it won’t win:P)
  • learn and use Google Analytics event statistics on the fly! (something simple though)
  • use component-based game model and anything to make code more readable

 

Finished – or did I? ;)

Posted by
Monday, May 21st, 2012 6:26 pm

Okay, enough. I am done. You can see Micro Beat’em Up here. It’s far from finished, but I won’t have more time now to spend on this. I will definitely try to explore the general idea of beat’em up mechanic in the near future, but for MiniLD#34, this is it.

I consider this a nice progress, because along with some new things I tried (specific coordinates system, camera movement, parallax background), I AM REALLY SATISFIED WITH THE ART. Ironically, implementing general game mechanic was rather easy – I spent most time on things like pause screen (push ‘P’ to SEE it) and problems connected with low resolution graphics.

Unfortunately, it’s not that fun, as there’s not that much gameplay. Also, the AI is kinda simple, but it should be easy to create something more out of the code I currently use later.

Go on, check it out:

Oh, yeah – this was my first MiniLD! Woohoo! I had a lot of fun! \o/

Progress – or is it?

Posted by
Saturday, May 19th, 2012 8:02 am

I’m still not really sure if I’m going to participate in MiniLD#34. The 18×64 64×18 resolution feels very tempting (and proves to be quite a challenge) – so far I couldn’t resist and had to try something, and this is what I came up with:

(it’s scaled x2, but the general idea is that it would have to run in said 64×18 resolution, no cheating here)

The mechanics is something I was thinking of for some time now because I’ve never done anything like that before. So, if I’m going to enter, this is going to be an experiment on my part and I’m quite sure this won’t be finished by tomorrow, as I’m pretty tired right now. If you didn’t guess yet, working title is “Micro Beat’em Up”. 😉

I’m probably going to work on this a little bit more after the weekend, but don’t know if this will take me anywhere. I wonder if the submissions will still be open after Sunday.

All chemical compounds of “Synthesis”!

Posted by
Saturday, April 28th, 2012 2:08 am

Here the list of ALL 44 chemical compounds you can assemble while playing my LD entry,  Synthesis – with the points you’ll get for assembling them:

  1. hydrogen: H2 – 4 points
  2. oxygen: O2 – 4 points
  3. chloride: Cl2 – 4 points
  4. nitrogen: N2 – 4 points (more…)

Synthesis Postmortem!

Posted by
Monday, April 23rd, 2012 5:53 pm

Synthesis is finished and it’s about time for a postmortem! Let’s do this!

Here’s my game’s entry page, so if you didn’t – play it & rate it:
http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-23/?action=preview&uid=5431

There’s also a timelapse, if you’re interested.

What went right

I’m guilty of being a little pleased with what I’ve done during the weekend. Not in terms of a perfect game – rather in terms of my personal progress during the compo. I didn’t really like the theme, but I did manage to finish, learn a lot of new things and have a lot of fun.

  • Picking Flashpunk as a library. Flashpunk is awesome. It’s very intuitive, quite well documented, and has many great features. I kinda prefer Flashpunk a little over Flixel (which I used in my last entry) because it feels more code-oriented, but I’m not that sure if this is a good thing – the best games I’ve seen so far were done in Game Maker, Multimedia Fusion, AGS, Stencyl, where the workflow seems more assets-oriented (though I admit I’ve never used any of these – probably should give them a try).
  • Community help. Flashpunk tutorials (mostly those by Zachary Lewis, examples from Chevy Ray’s keynote) helped me remember stuff, and I even managed to find some preloader example on Flaspunk forums, as well as a nice Kongregate API wrapper class. Wow, Kongregate! I’ve never done that before! The community help was crucial here. Thanks to all who helped me!
  • Physics. I aimed for asteroids-like movement with some friction. Attraction and repulsion mechanics seemed fairly complicated, but I spent a lot of time tweaking it, so it’s probably the best I could do with area-based meachanics. Interatomic attraction works quite fine and is even flexible enough to modify in possible future versions. I feel controls may still be too hard for many people, though – just like in my other games.
  • Graphics. From the start I decided on something very simple and that was a very good idea. I did waste some time on placeholder graphics I didn’t want to use in the final game – see “things to consider” section. I think the text bubble thing – done in last few hours of development – bears a really nice effect, and I’m really glad I decided to add it. Also, particles! Wow, I did particles! I’ve never done them before!
  • Sound and music. Wow, autotracker-bu is SO, SO, SO awesome and easy to use! I love that there IS freaking music in my game (without the generator tool, I couldn’t make it if my life depended on it)!
  • Food. You can see it in my journal. During saturday I ate many good things – mostly because I didn’t have to prepare them myself. On sunday I just ordered pizza.

What went wrong

Besides being so horribly tired after the compo, I don’t feel that I did anything different from the last time, and this seems to be my main problem – dealing with the same issues over and over. Damn, I must try harder to do something about these next time.

  • Performance. There’s a reason for having only about 20-30 atoms at most on the screen – with about 70, the game becomes unplayable due to computing too many atomic interactions. There some space for optimisation here, but I didn’t have time to think about it. Now I can just hope it works on every older machine.
  • One level, hi-score based gameplay. Yeah, that’s cheap. Next time I will try to make something with a story an more than one level.
  • No programming preparation. Picking AS3 without any preparation. Dammit, it’s the same mistake I did before! I don’t write in AS3 for other occasions than Ludum Dare (mostly C/C++), so it’s very painful to try and remember how that cursed variable scope works in this goddamn abomination of language! 😉
  • Working without any pre-compo framework. I didn’t have anything prepared so my code looks awful – again. On the other hand, preparing too much code before the compo could mean that I’m constrained to a specific type of game… However, I feel I should do this at least once – I wonder if preparing some initial framework would make my games any better.
  • No plan, no schedule. This one went actually worse than the last time, but partial knowledge of Flashpunk did save me this time. If I were to learn everything from the beginning (like I sometimes do), I would fail miserably. I think I might try to prepare some easy to edit list of “todo” things, to maintain priorities when developing a game. This time I was lucky, I guess.
  • Rusty chemistry knowledge. I had to look up many chemical compounds on the web – especially their English names. I missed a few simple ones, and many complicated ones. This is also connected to the point below.
  • Theme. After some brainstorming, I got some general idea for the mechanics, but during the development, it turned out that I was wrong about how chemical bonds work and had to think about some other solution. I decided on a list of possible molecules – there are 45 of them in the compo version (I will probably make another post about this).
  • No coffee on Saturday and I didn’t expect that. WTF? Oh well, I had to drink tea.
  • Too much coffee on Sunday. Too little sleep. I had to rest for another day just to get into some kind of shape.

Things to consider

  • Placeholder graphics. I find that using simple squares isn’t enough. At least static, red or green squares, without any animations. If you’re aiming for entities with animation, you should prepare some simple graphics beforehand.
  • If you think that using some game making software is lame, go and look it up. Being a programmer myself, I find that creating a polished game in 48 hours from scratch (even using a wonderful library like Flashpunk) is really hard. Not to say that using such software makes this process easier – it usually depends how innovative gameplay you want to have, and how good you know your library code. But it IS more assets-oriented and I’m tempted to try this once (especially since nowadays such tools make different platforms versions – also mobile – waaay too accessible).
  • See the last round themes? Think about them BEFORE the compo! You don’t have to prepare anything – just think what you could make IF any of these themes got picked.

Okay, now it’s time to rate some games!

Synthesis Timelapse!

Posted by
Monday, April 23rd, 2012 1:59 am

So the compo is over and it’s definitely time for my timelapse!

While a postmortem is being prepared you can check out and rate my game (it’s a WEB entry! :P)

http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-23/?action=preview&uid=5431

“Synthesis” Finished! And sooo tired!

Posted by
Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 4:41 pm

O.M.G.

I finished. I’m pretty sure death will come to me a few years earlier, but goddammit, I’ve done it. “Synthesis” is ready.

I learnt A LOT, and I hope the game will work well on every machine because I didn’t have time to test it, but even if not, it’s beyond me to fix anything now. I am horribly tired, but also very satisfied.

Needless to say, the timelapse and a post-mortem will have to wait at least until tomorrow, but for now you can check out my game:

Link: http://www.kongregate.com/games/marudziik/synthesis

Entry page: http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-23/?action=preview&uid=5431

Putting the game on Kongregate was done in just last minutes. I know that for some of people here this is very simple, but I’m actually satisfied with my effort here (I registered on Kong just today).

Enough. Too. Tired.

Late lunch!

Posted by
Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 5:29 am

Finally, something to eat!

Okay, so the list of chemical compounds that player can obtain is pretty long (even alkanes up to butane)! Currently I’m working on sounds, but there’s a lot more to do, so not much time for eating and stuff!

You can test current version here. Any feedback appreciated! It’s still more a demo than a game, but I can see the end. I think.

OMG! One day left!

Posted by
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 6:35 pm

Yes, I deserved that dessert. It was delicious.

I’m very tired right now, but at least I finished the main mechanic for my game. Player will build chemical components using a set of elements. I spend ridiculous amount of time just working on physics of the system (still not satisfied), so it doesn’t look that good (yeah, I should have prepared a little better – mainly in terms of AS3 language), but it’s mostly working.

The game will be unintentionally educational, as you can see.

I’m going to bed now – after some sleep, I’m going to work on graphics and levels / score system.

Just like I promised, you can play the current version of the code (although there’s not much gameplay yet). A good start would be to try getting two hydrogen atoms into this grey circle around your ship (two hydrogens and nothing else) and pressing ‘C’.

Behind schedule!

Posted by
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 8:41 am

I might be a little behind schedule, but it’s not that bad. A huge portion of game mechanics is still missing, but I’m definitely going to finish something more or less playable.

My main issue now is control difficulty. In my previous entries, controls were usually way too hard, so this time I would like the game to be more forgiving. On the other hand, movement in angstrom scale won’t have gravity and I feel that in such environment players should control acceleration, not speed… With current controls the game is too difficult, so I’m trying to do something about it.

I will probably release some kind of beta version later today – now I need a break.

First screen! And some bread!

Posted by
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 5:15 am

Okay, so I’ve decided on asteroids-like mechanics and this here is my first screen. The initial idea is that you’re a scientist who got shrunk in his ShrinkMachine to make some crazy experiments (I really don’t know yet) and is about 1 angstrom (10^(-10) m) big. This subject may change, however.

I think I will aim for ultra low-res graphics (it seems fitting anyway).

From what I’ve seen, there are many similar projects here (shrunk stuff, micro scale, and so on), but I hope to add a twist or two to the mechanics.

And if you don’t mind me bragging about my super girlfriend, here’s what she’s made while I was thinking about the theme:

 

Off to coding then!

No progress, just breakfast.

Posted by
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 3:02 am

For those of you who love seeing what other people eat…

Other than that, I just woke up and I’m thinking what to do with the theme. Leaning towards some general idea, but no code or assets yet.

I discovered a horrible thing this morning in the kitchen: NO COFFEE! Aaa!

 

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