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Stuff is on the screen

Posted by (twitter: @roguax)
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 8:14 am

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It’s going to be a platform game on a tiny planet. (Mario Galaxy? Never heard of it.)

I’m planning to spend Day 1 on the engine and Day 2 on the content, as usual. It generally works out well. The engine does the nice circular rendering but it only supports one map and one sprite! Time to get back to it!

List of all compo web games

Posted by (twitter: @roguax)
Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 4:29 pm

I made a list of all web-games submitted to the compo.

These are all the games you can play in your browser without a download.


BOSS ROOM is ready!

Posted by (twitter: @roguax)
Sunday, December 11th, 2016 11:22 am


I’m basically done. I might add a bit more polish if I can. I couldn’t find the new submit page; I guess it’s not open yet?

Play in your browser here!

BOSS ROOM begins

Posted by (twitter: @roguax)
Saturday, December 10th, 2016 1:04 pm

I’m busy for most of tomorrow so I won’t have very much time this LD. But I have an idea for this theme so I’ll give it a shot.

My game will be called BOSS ROOM, and you’ll be trapped in an evil room that’s trying to kill you. You have to gradually destroy bits of the room until you can get out.

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For once I’m not starting with the graphics.


Posted by (twitter: @roguax)
Saturday, December 12th, 2015 11:15 am


Current mood: Tricking a physics engine into letting me enlarge objects (Click to play gif)


Posted by (twitter: @roguax)
Saturday, December 12th, 2015 6:35 am


Good morning! Theme was announced 2AM UK time and having slept on it I’m going to go with a grow-ray as your weapon.

Possible grow puns:

  1. Grow Away
  2. Grow Large
  3. Josh Grow-ban
  4. Do not grow gentle into that good night

Two button controls was also picked, but as the clearly inferior theme I’m going to interpret it creatively. More to come…

I’m In

Posted by (twitter: @roguax)
Thursday, December 10th, 2015 2:41 pm

CHALLENGE TIME: How many final-round themes can you find in this picture?


First person to get them all, I’ll play your game first. Update: Prizes go to Viking Games and Evannex!

Timelapse is up!

Posted by (twitter: @roguax)
Monday, August 24th, 2015 12:05 am


Posted by (twitter: @roguax)
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 5:45 pm

Not much time left! Do I replace the remaining placeholder graphics or do some music? Ahhh! I don’t know!
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Player sprite

Posted by (twitter: @roguax)
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 1:06 pm



With and without monster costume.

Getting there

Posted by (twitter: @roguax)
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 12:13 pm

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Gameplay is actually mostly done. Now I just need some graphics!

Still no graphics, so here’s some code

Posted by (twitter: @roguax)
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 1:57 pm


I’ve decided you don’t play an actor in this game, you play a runner who needs to act at short notice. When you arrive the producer tells you why the regular actor can’t act tonight.

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Game Over Screen

Posted by (twitter: @roguax)
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 11:43 am

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For once I’m not starting with the graphics, which is pretty nerve-wracking because it means you’re developing this game that looks like utter garbage, and you’re just praying you’ll have time to do it up later. But, on the flipside, you know the gameplay will at least be solid.

So, in my game, you’re an actor playing a monster in a local play. You have to come on stage at the right time and say your lines, and at the end you get to see your review in the local paper.


  • Moving around
  • All rooms (backstage, stage, smoking room, etc.)
  • NPCs moving on their own
  • Game over screen

To do:

  • Talking
  • Review logic
  • Items, maybe?

Progress Report

Posted by (twitter: @roguax)
Friday, August 21st, 2015 9:11 pm

☑ Complain about theme

☑ Think of idea

☐ Make game

2/3rds done!


Posted by (twitter: @roguax)
Friday, August 21st, 2015 10:16 am

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For this LD I will be using:

  • My half-finished JS game library, Ace
  • My half-finished music app, JackDAW, which as far as I know is the only DAW in the world that exports to JavaScript.

You are welcome to use my tools! But be warned, they are both bug-ridden pieces of shit.


Posted by (twitter: @roguax)
Thursday, August 20th, 2015 10:13 am

One idea per theme, feel free to steal :)

“A Band o’ Ned” — Four guys named Ned get together to play bluegrass
on Friday nights. Can you keep up with the toe-tapping rhythms?

Alone in the World
You are the sole human on an alien planet. You’ll need to integrate
into the alien society and not piss anyone off, while you try and find
water for your water-powered spacecraft.

A Map Will Be Useful
You find maps with an X telling you
where to perform the sacred ritual, then you have to go there and
perform it, and you get a thing. The maps start off straightforward,
with pictures of the level scenery in a certain area,
but the later ones are things like elevation maps, and after that,
things like maps of magnetic field density where you have to get
instruments to measure stuff before you even know where you are
on the map.

Top-down Zeld-alike. Fight your way through the Forest of Denial.
You have two weapons: your fists, and the Stone of K’mere. When you
use the stone, loose objects nearby zoom towards you. When you use
your fists, things get punched. Use these powers together to advance
through the Forest until you reach the final showdown with your
arch-nemesis, who has acquired a strange weapon of his own: the
Orb of Bugroff.

A World in the Skies
Literally anything, just add clouds.

Beyond the Wall
You’re a spy who’s got into some hermit kingdom. You’ll need to
integrate into society and not piss anyone off, while you try and
find evidence of nuclear weapons.

Build Your Way Out
RTS where the goal is to build the most expensive unit, a spaceship,
and get all your people off the planet, all while under siege
by poisonous worms with Rod Stewart’s face.

Can’t Stop Moving
You’re hurtling along inside a pipe, and you can rotate the pipe to
move obstacles out of the way, and you can jump, but you can’t stop.

Chain Reaction
Venture into a world made entirely out of reaction GIFs armed only
with a chain.

You are an intrepid vigilante, armed to the teeth, out to hunt
down and destroy the person who thought ‘companion’ would be
a good theme.

Day and Night
Navigate through a dangerous world where the day-night cycle is
only about a minute long. You face different challenges during the
day and the night, so you have to be prepared for what’s coming next.
For example, some monsters are nocturnal and sleep during the day,
but super deadly and hard to kill at night.

Death is Not the End
Platformer. When you die, you enter a new world, depending on
how you died and how you lived.

Immediately after you die, you go to the BARDO. This is configured
based on how you lived. Everything you killed in life is there trying
to kill you. Each bug you stepped on becomes 10 feet tall here.

Also, the bardo changes based on how you died. A big picture of your
mode of death hangs in the background.

If you pass the bardo, you are reborn into the world as either a
screaming baby in one of the possible families, or as one of the
possible animals, DEPENDING on your path through the bardo. Some paths
are open and some are closed, depending on your life. For example, if
you went to the church and prayed a lot, the path to become the priest
is easier to follow.

If you are killed in the bardo, you go to HELL! To get out of hell you
need to find the HELL CHAPEL and be absolved there. In hell there are
demons and flaming skulls, and if you die in hell you go to HELL 2. There
are several levels of hell. Dying sends you down; absolution sends you up.

When you’re playing you think the levels of hell go down forever, but
actually if you die in Hell 20, you just become an office worker in a
meeting that goes on forever, and you can’t escape.

Oh, how to win. You win when you close the tab.

Destroying Yourself
You are the least popular girl at school. One evening while surfing
the internet, you discover a website about witchcraft.
You try it out, and manage to control the mind of the
meanest girl in school for one evening; now, you have to make her
commit social suicide.

Expanding World
Vertical scroller where you need to get down to the center of the
Earth. The world is very tall but only one screen wide, and it
wraps around side-to-side. It’s projected onto the screen using a
rectangular-to-polar coordinate transform, giving the appearance
of a circular world that expands as you descend.

Growing Things
Physics side-scroller game where you navigate a town trying to collect
the Twelve Whatevers, your only weapon being a ray-gun that slowly
enlarges whatever you point it at.

Limited Capacity
Game: “Village Idiot”
Side-scroller set in a village; emphasis on dialogue. You are trying
to help the various villagers but unfortunately you are a stupid moron.
Your dialogue choices are things like “DUH” and “What’s money?”

Sometimes people try to teach you skills:

> The wise man tried to teach you MAGIC MISSILE!
> …but all you learned was how to wave your arms around and say

No Enemies
You find a spell that grants untold wishes, but it needs a hair from
an enemy’s head to work. The only problem is, you’re the nicest guy
in town and you don’t have any enemies! It’s the solstice tomorrow,
so you have one day to make an enemy.

One Rule

– Master Satoshi, thank you for coming to our aid. Please find
out who is embezzling funds from the treasury, and bring him
to justice!
– Your wish is my command.
– Oh, by the way, you’re from the Order of the Bumblebee, are
you not? What is the sacred vow that you have taken?
– Well, it’s…

…and then you get to choose:

  • I’ve vowed never to touch…
    • …running water
    • …a woman
    • …an animal
  • never to enter…
    • …the same door twice
    • …a shop
  • never to use…
    • …violence
    • …healing kits
    • …the letter e
  • never to face…
    • …left for more than one second
    • …an elephant statue
    • …a stone wall

Power Supply
On Moon Base Zappa, you are the sole survivor of a devastating
invasion. Having barricaded yourself inside the control room,
you must strategically allocate your limited electricity to various
base defenses to hold off the moon men until reinforcements arrive.

You are the Monster
Side-scroller set near a village. YOU are an eldritch monstrosity that
has resided near the village for aeons. But these days the villagers
are inventing things like steel armor and explosives, and they’re getting
some funny ideas about who’s in charge round here. Time to settle things
once and for all.

As an eldritch monstrosity, you have lots of powers, and the key is
figuring out how and when to use them. Each key on the keyboard does
something weird: spit fire, grow extra heads, call down lightning, etc.
You win when the villagers are all dead or fled, but be careful not to
burn yourself down.

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