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Monday, December 8th, 2014 5:37 pm

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DIDN’T MAKE COMPO – > ENTER JAM. FINALLY DONE! EXPECT A GREAT MULTIPLAYER GAME IN THE FUTURE.

Going for the Jam

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Monday, December 8th, 2014 4:34 am

As you can see, I wasn’t able to finish in time for the compo, I was sick the whole saturday and wasn’t happy with my game by yesterday evening, so I decided to just enter it on the Jam.

Here’s a screenshot, just polishing up and thinking of a name!

 

Ludum31 screenshot

I guess I have to announce I’m in.

Posted by (twitter: @@ExGenesis)
Saturday, December 6th, 2014 2:11 am

I just woke up exhausted, but let’s see if can get anything done, after all, I voted for this theme.

 

Anyway, I’ll be using Unity 3D, Gimp, Blender and Audacity. Good luvk everyone!

drINK the Ink on itchi.io!

Posted by (twitter: @@ExGenesis)
Friday, August 29th, 2014 4:08 am

Play it mofos!

Screenshot3

 

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drINK Post-mortem

Posted by (twitter: @@ExGenesis)
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 6:27 am

LOGO

Hello fellow LD’ers, looks like it’s time for a post mortem of my game, drink the Ink / drInk / drINK. ( They’re all good names )

I just want I didn’t want this theme, I think it’s pretty bland. IMO, Isolation or most of the themes in the last vote would have been far more exciting. But anyway, it was 2AM here when it was announced and I woke up in the middle of the night to check itAt first I thought about making some kind of planetary rythm game where you played a satellite that jumped from world to world if you pressed a button at the right time in the orbit. I even made a mockup:

LD30 mockup

It quickly dawned on me that this kind of aesthetic would be the single most overused one in all of Ludum Dare. So I scratched that. Instead, I took a less literal approach to the theme and went with connecting the worlds of visible and text. The initial vision was of having full 2D world that the player could control through the choices in the text world, but as per use, it was too ambitious. So I just opted to have this top-hatted scribe guy on the top half of the screen,  just writing the story the player’s playing and interacting with him once in a while. ( I spend a ridiculous amount of time on animations for this)

Anyway, I went with the plan and drew this mockup:

LD30 option 2 mockup

as you can see, most of it ended up on the final game.

The tools I used:

– Gimp 2 for all the sprites,

– Audacity to record the music on my Cort X2 guitar,

– My white board to plan out the story and its branches,

– And Unity in 2D mode, of course.

 

code shot.

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What went wrong:

. Unpolished pixel art was used because I started animating too soon.

. Too much time spent brainstorming / changing my mind on what the story would be, very little writing it.

. The whole text adventure architecture was half-assed and brute-forcish in approach. I could’ve done it much more elegantly, but time constraints and all… The user end is still fully functioning, with the exception of trying to put the ink away. What should take you back to the previous screen just restarts the text adventure. Oh well…

. A lot of my time was wasted on googling, not finding, and proceeding to despair for answers I’d find roughly 1 hour later. Several times.

. My unfamiliarity with unity didn’t help me be as productive as I wanted to. I spent way too much time figuring out how to use 2-dimensional arrays to store all my text and references between sections, as well as learning about ways to customize the Unity UI

. I devoted a lot of time to small details like the timing of all the Scribe’s animations and sound effect cues like the writing, or flipping the pages.

 

Screenshot3

. It turned out fine :3

What went right:

. Even though the pixel art wasn’t the best it could’ve been, I’m very happy with all the little quirks and animations I managed to print on the Scribe, as well as the whole mood of the game;

. The music was surprisingly fast to finish ( although crappy );

. Best name(s) ever. (drInk)

. The story’s concept :

I really, really like this. Being trapped in a dungeon is classic game 101. Escaping the dungeon is classic game expectation 101, so I wanted to make it impossible to escape. Paired with the image of the Scribe inking away at the book of fate, sealing the player’s tighter with each page, I think it makes for a powerful experience. Which is exactly what I wanted, a game about determinism, the inevitability of one’s fate and breaking the illusion of hope and success. To make the player feel the obligation to succeed and at the same time powerless in such a way that they resort to killing themselves to escape.  The game is too short to fully convey the intensity I was going for, so I’ll have to redo this, perhaps in 3D, with little text. But this Ludum Dare I stumbled upon an experience I’d very much like to make.

. I learned a lot about unity and the workflow in it, so I won’t have to waste this much times on these particular things ever again!

 

In short, I learned a ton about Unity and making games and myself.  Succcessful Ludum Dare is successful.

 

Drink the Ink, won’t you?

Posted by (twitter: @@ExGenesis)
Sunday, August 24th, 2014 7:28 pm

It’s finally finished and uploaded 😀

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I wanted to do way more than I could with the time, so it’s a short game, but let’s hope you guys find it sweet. Lot’s of dark humour and darkness in general.

You will probably finish it in 5 minutes so play it through in one sitting :3

Ahhh the morning!

Posted by (twitter: @@ExGenesis)
Sunday, August 24th, 2014 1:46 am

Time for a fresh start, story design, music making, sfx picking and a lot of manual work introducing the strings into the game 😀

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Obligatory breakfast pic

First day over, have a bit of Pixel art!

Posted by (twitter: @@ExGenesis)
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 7:52 pm

As I end the first day of my text adventure thingy, it’s 4AM over here where I live.  Not much time to properly records GIFs or fancy screenshots, so have a spritesheet!

ScribeFlip4x

Good night, fellow LDers

SHITSHITSHIT

Posted by (twitter: @@ExGenesis)
Friday, August 22nd, 2014 3:46 pm

I’m not sure I can finish this, there’s SO MUCH knowledge about Unity I should have but don’t, I’m starting to question if I can actually finish this….

I am in the Compo!

Posted by (twitter: @@ExGenesis)
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 12:50 am

Let’s do this again! The goal? Hopefully placing  bit higher, while still finishing a game.

My tools:

  • Unity ( Engine )
  • MS Paint ( Graphics )
  • Gimp ( Graphics )
  • Blender ( Graphics)
  • BFXR (Sound Effects )
  • Audacity ( Music )
  • Bosca Ceoil ( Music )
  • My Guitar (Music and Sound Effects )

Finally a port to HTML5!

Posted by (twitter: @@ExGenesis)
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 3:42 pm

the hole thing

Fixed a ridiculous amount of bugs and it finally runs on HTML5 without trouble! This means you can play it on your browser, so no pesky downloads anymoreee! 😀

Working on an HTML5 port!

Posted by (twitter: @@ExGenesis)
Monday, April 28th, 2014 8:55 am

Hopefully it won’t take long…

Oops, almost forgot!

Posted by (twitter: @@ExGenesis)
Monday, April 28th, 2014 8:48 am

My game, finished yesterday! I might do a Post Mortem later if it does any well, we’ll see.

the hole thing

http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-29/?action=preview&uid=34541

Credits Track

Posted by (twitter: @@ExGenesis)
Sunday, April 27th, 2014 6:34 am

 

Hey guys! This time I bring you a piece of music. I spent the whole morning composing and playing and this is the one featured in the credits. Enjoy!

And so ends the first day

Posted by (twitter: @@ExGenesis)
Saturday, April 26th, 2014 7:41 pm

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Here I stand, after nearly 15 hours of work, with what I hope can be called a game by the end of tomorrow. A lot of things could’ve gone much better, and a lot of them could’ve gone worse! I spent WAY too much time bug fixing and tweeking movespeeds and the likes. I spent around 3 hours looking online for solution to problems which turned out to be spelling mistakes, but I’m happy ^^ I was productive today!

What I’ve done so far:

  • Basic movement
  • Gliding
  • Wall grabbing/ Jumping
  • The Title!
  • Fake lighting, although it’s what I want
  • Death
  • The mainlevel design
  • Performance optimization

I had planned to do some sort of modular dungeons with enemies or puzzles in them, but I just settled with the exploration objective. Getting to the bottom without getting hurt so you can escape. I’ve spent way too much time researching how to do things rather than doing them. Guess it’s something that goes away with experience so I’m hoping next time it’ll flow much more easily.

What’s ahead of me:

  • Music
  • Sound effects
  • Proper Tiling
  • Better player sprites
  • Level design tweeking
  • Winning condition
  • Splash screen
  • Logo
  • General graphical improvement
  • Anything I’m not recalling right now, it’s 4am.

Anyway, thanks for reading. See you all tomorrow!

Posted by (twitter: @@ExGenesis)
Saturday, April 26th, 2014 4:47 pm

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I hate level designing under pressure ;_; So much potential wasted… Hopefully I’ll get back to it if I have time left.

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