About sauronz (twitter: @CaffeineViking)

I am an indie game developer living in viking land, making cool stuff for the web and beyond!


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I’m in!

Posted by (twitter: @CaffeineViking)
Friday, April 26th, 2013 6:00 am

Hello people! This is my 4th (I think?) LD i’m going to do.
My weapons of choice:

Language: Actionscript 3.0 or C++
IDE: FlashDevelop or Visual Studio 2012
Libraries/API: FlashPunk or SFML and GLEW.
Graphics: Paint.NET
Audio: SFXR and Audacity

Good luck to all! Have fun 😀

It’s done!

Posted by (twitter: @CaffeineViking)
Monday, December 17th, 2012 7:44 pm

Click to play!

Results day two

Posted by (twitter: @CaffeineViking)
Sunday, December 16th, 2012 7:31 pm

Day two of three

Got the map editor working and most AI stuff also working (not shown on this image).

The amazing artist (http://saramena.com/) behind the graphics got all the animations in too 😀

Tomorrow (today theoretically!), making levels and polish!

Day one results

Posted by (twitter: @CaffeineViking)
Saturday, December 15th, 2012 6:04 pm
Day one of three

Day one of three

Pretty good progress on the first day :)

I got the map loader working and some basic (but dumb) AI running too! Almost all graphics (not the placeholder character sprites)  are made by the talented artist Sara Mena (https://twitter.com/sara_coisa), go check her website out 😀

What is the game about? Well about goats and other less important stuff… (you will have to wait and see!)

Sprite Sheet Previewer

Posted by (twitter: @CaffeineViking)
Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 11:44 am

I wrote a simple sprite sheet previewer for an artist that is collaborating with me (in LD25), I don’t know if there are a lot of those around but the main idea was to brush up on some programming before Ludum Dare 25 starts :)

Anyway, it’s really simple but quite useful. If you want it, you can get it here: http://sauronzdev.com/downloads.php?id=7


Please don’t sue me Mojang for using your sprite sheet!



Run SSPreviewer.exe (NOT the .swf, it will crash when opening a sprite sheet)
Set the frame width and frame height
Set what frames you want to play (loop)
Set what FPS you want your animation to play
Set background if you are touchy
Press OK! Done!

I’m so in!

Posted by (twitter: @CaffeineViking)
Monday, December 10th, 2012 4:38 am

This will be my 3rd ludum dare I have entered in, and as always it will be a lot of fun 😀

Here are my weapons of choice:

  • Language: ActionScript 3 or C++
  • Libraries: FlashPunk or SFML
  • Graphics: Paint.NET
  • Audio: SFXR
  • Food: Healthy this time around, but some junk food and coffee is present.
  • Timelapse: Chronolapse

Even though this is only my 3rd ludum dare I have a couple tips for people:

    • Eat mostly healthy food, if you only eat junk food chances are that you will start to feel sick later in the jam (happened to me)
    • Drink loads of water or juice, keep coffee and soda to a minimum (really hard to keep myself from drinking coffee though)
    • Sleep, don’t stay awake until 4a.m like I did. If the theme is announced really late (2-3am for me) I would recommend to sleep and look at the theme in the morning.
    • Breakfast, don’t skip it.
    • Loads of alcohol is bad for thinking. Unless you reach the Ballmer Peak:

I wish luck to everyone, and above all have fun!


Posted by (twitter: @CaffeineViking)
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 7:58 am

Just doing some warming up :p

A lot of kittens

What is better than 1000 kittens? 12509 kittens running at 60 fps.













Link for pointless kitten spawner (hold down left mouse for a lot of kittens): Kittens!


Almost forgot!

Posted by (twitter: @CaffeineViking)
Monday, August 20th, 2012 3:45 pm

Wow, I almost forgot that LD was going to be this week! But no harm done :)

Anyway, need to stack up on loads of coffee this time around (it didn’t even last 5 hours last time), I will probably be using the same firepower i used for the previous LD:

  • IDE: FlashDevelop
  • Programming Language: ActionScript 3.0 (if you like as3, download my simple, yet awesome wallpaper: http://sauronzdev.com/lib/public/images/as3_wallpaper.png)
  • Engine: LOL, what engine? (real men don’t need phony engines)
  • Libraries: TweenLite, Hi-ReS Stats and others depending on the game I want to make
  • Graphics: Photoshop for pixel graphics (yup you read that right)
  • Audio: Probably SFXR, but if I have a lot of time left I might go into Fruity Loops

I will also try to stream my pathetic coding:  http://www.twitch.tv/sauronzdev

Good luck too all other game devs out there! But most importantly HAVE FUN 😀

Finally awake!

Posted by (twitter: @CaffeineViking)
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 1:10 am

Just woke up and looked at the theme. Tiny World, that’s an interesting theme, but hard for those with little imagination :(

Anyway, I have started the stream @ http://www.twitch.tv/saur0nz (will start coding and making gfx in about 30 min, need to eat something first)

I wish luck to all the other participants! And hope all of you have a great time :)

I’m in!

Posted by (twitter: @CaffeineViking)
Thursday, April 19th, 2012 10:11 am

This is the second time I am participating in Ludum Dare :)

In the previous Ludum Dare my entry didn’t become as good as I wanted it to be, I was too disorganized (went coding directly).  But this time I know better, and will spend more time planning.


Anyway here are my weapons of choice:

  • Programming Language: ActionScript 3
  • Editor & Compiler: FlashDevelop (awesome)
  • Engine: Probably none, otherwise I will use FlashPunk
  • Libraries: TweenLite and Hi-Res Stats.
  • Graphics: Photoshop CS5.5
  • Sound: Probably SFXR
  • Music: Probably won’t have any, but if I have extra time I will use Fruity Loops 10.0

Finally done :)

Posted by (twitter: @CaffeineViking)
Sunday, December 18th, 2011 5:03 pm

I am finally done with my game, after having to remake it around 2 times :p

Still, I am not fully satisfied with it :( I feel that the gameplay feels empty. I will try to fix it before the timer runs out.

Forever Alone Screenshot

A screenshot from Forever Alone

Play it here: Forever Alone

I’m In! (The Compo)

Posted by (twitter: @CaffeineViking)
Thursday, December 15th, 2011 12:58 pm

I have always wanted to be part of Ludum Dare, but I was either too inexperienced or didn’t have too much free time in my hands.

But now it is different :) I have acquired enough basic programming knowledge to at least make a good game, and I am also free

from extra work in the weekend!


What I use to make games:

  • Programming: FlashDevelop 4.0.0 RC3 (Actionscript 3.0)
  • Graphics: Paint.NET (I only use pixel graphics) & maybe Flash CS5 (for packing animations into .swc)
  • Audio: SFXR
  • Timelapse: Chronolapse
  • Music: Spotify
  • Internet: Google Chrome
  • IRC: XChat
  • System: Intel Core i7 860 2.8Ghz – XFX HD 5870 “XT” – Corsair 8GB DDR3 – Western Digital GreenPower 1TB – HAF 922

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