Ludum Dare 31
December 5th-8th, 2014

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About Henry McLaughlin (twitter: @henrythescot)

I'm a bit of a nerd and a bit of a geek. I like RPGs and platformers.

I mainly code in C# and will be distributing my games for free on GameJolt, which is a great site for freeware games; it even has some open source games!

I'm not a professional in the game industry. In fact, my only technology work aside from a few paid support jobs for family members is a slow-moving career as a programming contractor.

I took a break from game development in mid-2012, but I'm back and better than ever!

Party hard, everybody! :D

- Henry

Entries

 
Ludum Dare 22 Warmup
 
MiniLD 25
 
Ludum Dare 19
 
MiniLD #20
 
Mini LD #19
 
MiniLD #16
 
Ludum Dare 16
 
Ludum Dare 15

Henry McLaughlin's Trophies

The *MODERN* Machine Carers' Award
Awarded by asiekierka
on December 16, 2010
The Netbook of Valor Award
Awarded by Martoon
on August 23, 2010
The 'You saw me on IRC' Award
Awarded by Folis
on August 20, 2010
The 180 degree rotation makes Toad sad award of internet boredom
Awarded by jplur
on August 19, 2010
pants12 approval that will eat you!
Awarded by pants
on August 19, 2010

Henry McLaughlin's Archive

My Idea: Powerup Panic!

Posted by (twitter: @henrythescot)
Saturday, December 14th, 2013 12:26 am

So I have my game idea.

It’s a platformer where the gimmick is that you get a single ability in each level and it can only be used once.

That’s right! You will have one of a few different abilities in each level, but you can only use it once! :D

I’m going to use a GameBoy-like style for the graphics along with a GameBoy palette that I got from the internet. (I’d link to it, but I honestly forget where I got it from. :P )

So there’s a thing. It’s almost 2:30 AM where I am and I’ll be getting to work at around 4:00 AM.

Peace, love, and high hopes,

– Henry

I’m in! Booyah!

Posted by (twitter: @henrythescot)
Friday, December 13th, 2013 9:25 am

Wow, LD already? I lost track of time!

Well, I’m definitely in for this one. I’m pretty sure I missed one or two LDs, but this time I’m in!

Here are my tools:

  • OpenFL/Flash – Platform
  • HaxePunk – Library
  • GIMP or Inkscape – Graphics
  • bfxr – Sound
  • FlashDevelop – IDE

I’m not sure what kind of game I’ll make. Perhaps a shmup or something simple like that.

I’m very, very excited! I just found out that LD is starting tonight! Like, I found out a few minutes before I’m writing this. Did I mention that I lost track of time?

Well, I’m in. Let’s do this! LEEEERRROOYYY JEENKIINNSSS!!! (It’s an old joke, but I like it.)

Motivation and Finishing – How Do You Handle It?

Posted by (twitter: @henrythescot)
Friday, June 7th, 2013 11:49 am

I’ve been having trouble with motivation lately. Like, trouble working at all.

I’ve decided to do some super-small projects in a sprint style to try to get me back into the habit of working on games.

I have a question for my fellow LDers, though.

How do you folks handle the problem of motivation? What do you do to help yourself finish things?

I want to hear some ideas and maybe have some useful methods out there.

More about this after the page break! :D

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I had an interesting time this LD. I made two demos of different games and completed neither.

First, “Catch the Apples” was a remake of one of the microgames from the original WarioWare, but expanded into its own game. For reasons that should be obvious, this turned out to not really be worth the kind of lovely art I had in mind for it.

The other game was “Plink”, a shmup with geometric graphics and very simple gameplay. I wound up running into my natural weekend laziness and then technical problems (my laptop has been freezing randomly lately :( ) so I couldn’t finish it in time for the jam.

I gained something, though. I gained the knowledge that I can get something working, and that doing so is the most important part of this process. I have a habit of getting lost in boilerplate and features that I don’t need yet. Part of that is a tendency to put off making artwork. I’m starting to make artwork much more promptly and actually get the thing working in a timely manner now.

I have a game in the works which I will sell on Flash Game License. I’m more confident than ever that I can finish since I’ve been reminded that I can actually make a working game.

I might have failed to finish this LD, but I got the knowledge that I can actually do this. I proved to myself that this doesn’t have to be a pipe dream.

I wish I had finished, of course. However, I can finish my current project instead. It’s a pretty nice project that will hopefully work out well for me.

Peace, love, and hope,

– Henry

Last Minute Plans – Here’s What I Expect to Do

Posted by (twitter: @henrythescot)
Friday, April 26th, 2013 10:05 am

I have had HaxePunk recommended to me by a few people here and there, and now that I’ve done enough to get it (seemingly) working, it seems like I should use it.

So, I’m going back to my roots of having no idea what I’m doing.

That’s right! I’m going in with minimal experience. Ludum Dare is at its best (for me at least) as a trial-by-fire. The struggle of learning under that kind of pressure keeps it fun for me.

I’m not completely without knowledge, though. I’ve done plenty of things with FlashPunk (which HaxePunk is a port of) and I’ve used Haxe a little bit before (though it’s certainly been a while since I last used it), so I kind of have some idea. Kind of.

As for the type of game…

I want to make a shmup. I love shmups. They are probably my favorite genre of game. Kenta Cho’s shmups are some of my favorites. I also like Danmaku (aka “bullet hell”) shmups since they are nice and challenging. I also love to destroy lots of stuff, and shmups are generally pretty good for that. :D

So, with all that said…

i-have-no-idea-what-im-doing-dog

– Henry

(Edit: Put some tags on this post, that’s all.)

Change of Tools

Posted by (twitter: @henrythescot)
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 1:56 pm

Y’know, Flixel hasn’t updated in quite a while. It seems kinda dead.

I’m thinking of using Axel instead.

I’m going to be playing with Unity in the coming days, but I definitely don’t think that I can do something with it in the 72h of the jam.

So… yeah, I’m switching to Axel.

I also might use Gimp for my graphics since I can’t get anti-aliasing to work in Stage3D so my vector art looks really bad when it rotates. After all, when you export an SVG into a PNG, you end up with a raster image with smoothing baked into it, not a vector image in PNG format.

Anyway, good luck to all entrants!

Also, potato is not a good theme. Just wanted to point that out.

Warmup Game #1 – Tank Defense

Posted by (twitter: @henrythescot)
Friday, April 19th, 2013 4:17 am

I have the concept for the first game of Warmup Weekend Madness. It’s a tower defense game where instead of towers, you have tanks that you can order to move around.

There will be nine types of tanks and about that many types of enemies.

I might take time after the development deadline to polish it up a bit, but otherwise I am giving myself only twelve hours.

This game will be the one that I submit as my formal warmup game.

I will be posting demos as I make progress! :D

Tower defense with tanks? Sounds good to me!

– Henry

Edit!

Hey, I forgot to say when I’m starting and finishing this!

I’m starting at 10AM EDT (2PM GMT) and finishing at 10PM EDT (2AM GMT). If I feel that I need more time to polish before putting it on Kongregate, well, I’ll take that time! :D

Warmup Weekend Madness – Some Changes in Plans

Posted by (twitter: @henrythescot)
Thursday, April 18th, 2013 7:45 pm

I’ve calmed down a bit since my last post and have decided to amend my rules slightly.

Firstly, I’m going to lengthen my time limit for my games. I’ve realized that six hours isn’t enough to do most ideas justice, so I’m going to give myself twelve hours instead. I know that’s kind of wimping out of doing this “hardcore style”, but I have realized that I would definitely burn myself out if I tried to do six-hour sprints.

Also, I will settle for one game each day, since twelve hours is only enough for that if I sleep during each night. This means that I’ll have at most three or four games for this weekend. I think I can live with that.

That being said, the games will still be submitted to Kongregate and I’ll still provide updates on each game’s progress.

I’m not too ashamed about backing down from some of the extreme things with this self-challenge. I think it’s better for me to be more reasonable than for me to wear myself out before LD even starts.

Okay, maybe not too hardcore

– Henry

Warmup Weekend Madness! How Many Can I Make?

Posted by (twitter: @henrythescot)
Thursday, April 18th, 2013 12:48 pm

So, warmup weekend, eh? It’s that time of three-times-a-year again, everybody!

So let’s see here…

I know what I can do! I can try to make lots of games really quickly and put them on Kongregate!

I once made a game in six hours, after all. Hell, I once made a game in less than that! I can do this!

So here’s the plan for me:

  • Make multiple games each day
  • Each game must take at most six hours to make
  • Between games, I will take an hour-long break and will make a progress post with links to some of the games
  • Most games will be submitted to Kongregate
  • I will keep a separate count for games completed and games submitted to Kongregate and will post both numbers in progress posts
  • I will start at noon EDT (4PM GMT) on Friday, April 19
  • I will stop when I feel like it and not a moment sooner

Going in hardcore style, yo!

– Henry

Thoughts on Being Indie: We Get to do Weird Stuff

Posted by (twitter: @henrythescot)
Sunday, April 7th, 2013 9:02 pm

So here’s a realization that I had about being an indie game developer, and it hit me when I was about to open up a project that I had no strong feelings for and wished I hadn’t started.

We indies get to make games that AAA developers don’t.

Stuff about quirky indie games and why we get to do them follows the break!

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Oh, right, my tools!

Posted by (twitter: @henrythescot)
Thursday, April 4th, 2013 11:50 am

In my “I’m in” post, I forgot to talk about my tools. :P

Well, here ya go:

  • IDE: FlashDevelop
  • Libraries: Just Flixel
  • Graphics: Inkscape or GIMP, depending on what I make
  • Sound: BFXR or Audacity, depending on my willingness to make noises
  • Music: Haha! Maybe after the crazy deadline!
  • Platform: Adobe Flash Player version 10+

Yep, I’m still rocking Flash, even as HTML5 slowly rises to be its rival. Flash is still the most viable option at the moment, with Unity being overkill for many games and HTML5 having issues with inconsistency between browsers. Flash’s days are numbered, but it has lots of them left. :)

As far as the type of game I want to make, well…

I want to make a non-violent game. I’ve sort of been fascinated by the idea of games with mechanics other than combat, especially when they don’t have combat at all. So, I’m going to make a game without combat if I can make one fit the theme.

That being said, I’m looking forward to this jam. Oh, yeah, I’m doing the jam (72h) instead of the compo (48h), like I usually do.

This is going to be fun. I hope so, anyway. :D

Y’know, it might be early in the month, but…

Posted by (twitter: @henrythescot)
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 11:21 am

I’m definitely in for this LD.

If I remember correctly, I sat the last one (December 2012) out, but I’m ready this time.

I went through a time where I was emotionally exhausted. I couldn’t get myself to work. But…

Well, now I’m ready again. I took some time to rest. The thing that has me ready again, though…

My family has been going through tough times and needs me to have an income to support the household. I have yet to actually make any money, but I’m motivated again. It forced me to find the will to work again.

I’m not going to talk about what I’m doing at the moment (I usually do, but not this time), but I will say that I’m in for Ludum Dare this month.

I’m excited about this again. I’m excited about game development again. It’s hard to explain. I want to do this again.

I’ve been passionate about games for a long time, and I’m ready to get back into making them. Not only is it my (self-employed) job, but it’s my craft, my trade, my profession, my freakin’ passion in life.

Trying again, and again, and again. We can only succeed if we keep trying and never give up. I guess this is a weird place to say that, but it’s something I want to communicate. It’s easy for some of us (myself included) to lose hope and feel like there is no way to accomplish our goals. To succeed, we must believe that there is hope.

I’m starting to ramble a bit here, and I apologize for that.

That said, good luck to everyone who is entering Ludum Dare this month. I think we could all use some now and then. :)

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