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Green glow award of good gameplay
Awarded by Hempuli
on September 1, 2009
30 Pixel Points
Awarded by DrPetter
on December 16, 2007

noonat's Archive

Refuge Timelapse

Posted by (twitter: @noonat)
Monday, August 31st, 2009 9:58 am

Like many, I did a timelapse this weekend! I did a webcam capture as well, for the first time. It was funny seeing snapshots of my pain and/or elation at different points throughout the weekend. Here it is:


A refuge it is not…

Posted by (twitter: @noonat)
Sunday, August 30th, 2009 8:21 pm


So, here it is, my entry for Caverns:

Refuge puts you in a turret defending one of the last cities of humanity from the alien invasion.

There is soo much more I wanted to do with this, and didn’t have time… but isn’t that always the story? It was a mad rush for the finish line, but I think I got it to a playable state.

Now I must go eat, because my stomach has begun consuming itself. Timelapse and postmortem to come later!

Now is time for sleep

Posted by (twitter: @noonat)
Sunday, August 30th, 2009 1:09 am

Not nearly as far along as I should be, but getting there. I’m definitely not going to have time for art tomorrow. I’m just crossing my fingers and hoping I’ll be able to get the gameplay done. In its current form:


Biggest wastes of time today: trying to figure out how to do inversed masking in Flash (to draw a black rectangle everywhere except where there is light), and tracking down a slight error in my matrix math that was throwing off all the scaling. Doh. :(

Strange brew

Posted by (twitter: @noonat)
Saturday, August 29th, 2009 3:22 pm

I am at another coffee shop… and I am drinking cucumber soda. It is strange and delicious. Also, battery is almost gone. Heading back home to recharge and get some quiet.

I’ve made some progress, but not as much as I would like. Having a hard time getting gameplay down. I like where the current version is going, though it’s nothing to look at.


Caverns, eh?

Posted by (twitter: @noonat)
Friday, August 28th, 2009 8:43 pm

Time to get started… If only I had an idea.

I’m going to attempt a roaming Ludum Dare this time around. I’ve got the laptop, might as well put it to use. At the coffee shop next to work right now. There’s someone playing on guitar and there’s a really old guy to my left that is really into it. STOP DANCING OLD MAN! I’M TRYING TO MAKE A GAME!


Posted by (twitter: @noonat)
Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 3:24 am

Better late than never! Took me a little under 72-hours, but finally managed to finish this to a point where I’m happy to release it. It’s a flash game, so you can play it here:


Thoughts before I crash:

  • Flixel is awesome.
  • Not having a level editor to use with Flixel is not so awesome. I am now very competent at adding and subtracting multiples of 32 for manually typing in levels. -cry-
  • Pixen… ah, pixen. Also not so awesome. Only good pixel editor I could find on Mac (I normally dev on my Windows box), and it had a ton of issues. Wouldn’t export sprite sheets correctly, kept crashing. I ended up having to patch the src for it multiple times over the weekend.
  • Someday I will learn to finish gameplay before art.



Posted by (twitter: @noonat)
Saturday, June 27th, 2009 3:54 pm

Making decent progress on the mini-LD. I asked the actors to pose for a quick photo:

Deathbeam Timelapse

Posted by (twitter: @noonat)
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 8:05 am


I can’t believe how long it took me to reboot to get rid of that Windows Update dialog, hahaha.

Next compo I’ll get the webcam going, too… much more interesting when you can see the person I think.

Deathbeam Postmortem

Posted by (twitter: @noonat)
Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 3:52 pm

Long post, more after the jump, but the headlines in summary:

  • Learning from past mistakes
  • Step #1: Add tile mapping
  • Step #2: Add collision detection
  • Step #3: Add physics
  • Step #4: Evolve game concept
  • Step #5: Iterate gameplay
  • Step #6: Build-out and polish
  • Step #7: PAAAANIC!
  • Step #8: Deep sigh of relief… followed by panic


Deathbeam patch

Posted by (twitter: @noonat)
Monday, April 20th, 2009 9:44 am

I’ve uploaded a patched version of Deathbeam! It offers a big performance boost, rendering and collision fixes, and tweaked scoring. After I released it I found that it got horribly chuggy on pretty much any computer but the one I developed on (except when I was in OS X… weird).

This should not be considered for voting, of course!

You can get it here:
Windows: deathbeam_p3_win32oo.zip Mac: deathbeam_p3_osx.zip

And Python source is here. If you go that route, I recommend running it with python -OO deathbeam.py.

Deathbeam 101

Posted by (twitter: @noonat)
Monday, April 20th, 2009 12:49 am
Aliens are attacking. This is the mothership.
It’s charring humans left and right with its deathbeam. How rude.
This you: Rescue Bot XLD-14Z. You’re the humans’ only hope.
You can pick up humans and use your jets to carry them off to safety and wellness.
left & right arrow to move
space to jet
Drop humans at the teleporters to beam them to safety. Teleporting many at once earns you extra points!
Some humans are worth more than others. This one, however, is boring. He is worth only 50 points.
This is a scientist. Scientists are worth 250 points.
This is Mr. President. The humans’ leader is worth a whopping 1000 points, robot.
Watch out for alien turrets. Your armor protects you, but humans aren’t so lucky. Poor guys.
Rescue as many humans as you can and use the rocket booster to escape to orbit!


Posted by (twitter: @noonat)
Sunday, April 19th, 2009 7:51 pm

Update: For anyone who isn’t judging for the compo, you should get the patched version here with better performance and fixed collision edges.

Windows If you get a “This application has failed to start …” error, you need to install vcredist_x86.exe.

Python source
(python2.6 + pyglet)


Update: Visual instructions here.

Aliens have invaded and are exterminating the humans! Their massive deathbeam is tearing across the world, destroying everything human. It’s up to you to save them.

You are the white dot, and you have a jet pack. Use left-arrow and right-arrow to walk, spacebar to jump.

Grab the other colored pixels and take them to the rescue teleporters to send them to safety. The more people you deliver in one teleport, the more points you get. Some humans are worth more than others!

Getting hit by the beam will kill you and other humans. Your suit protects you against the turret fire, but the civilians aren’t so lucky.

Deathbeam is deathy

Posted by (twitter: @noonat)
Saturday, April 18th, 2009 8:45 pm

Actually it’s not, very… but it’s going to grow up, soon.


Not as friendly as it looks

Making slow progress. Had to throw out my initial stab at a vertically oriented game and ended up going horizontal instead… I’m liking it a lot more this way. Got my moving beam and I can pick up and rescue people. I like the feeling of it so far, but I need to put more pressure on the player. Luckily Entar kicked my imagination and I have some ideas now.

So much to do before I sleep! I’m hoping to get the gameplay ironed out tonight, and focus on art + polish tomorrow.

Jetpacks are go

Posted by (twitter: @noonat)
Saturday, April 18th, 2009 10:38 am

Physics are mostly done, and a jetpack to boot! Gotta work out some weird sticking problems and do better collision response. Added some simple particle effects for the jetpack.

Off to lunch now.

Progress, progress

Posted by (twitter: @noonat)
Saturday, April 18th, 2009 1:29 am

Finally got Pyglet loading tile maps exported from Tile Studio, and doing collision against the edges. Loading a y-down tile map in a y-up coordinate system is surprisingly confusing when you’re tired. ¬_¬

Physics next!

Hullo LD14!

Posted by (twitter: @noonat)
Thursday, April 16th, 2009 4:39 pm

Looking forward to participating again. Learned a lot from LD10. Hopefully I’ll really finish my game this time.

Gonna be using:

  • Ruby + Gosu + Gosub (http://code.google.com/p/gosub/)
  • or Python + Pyglet, not sure yet
  • sfxr (and musagi if I’m lucky)
  • TileStudio (http://tilestudio.sourceforge.net)
  • GraphicsGale (http://www.humanbalance.net/gale/us/)
Can’t waaait!

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