Ludum Dare 31
December 5th-8th, 2014

About Tim Bumpus (twitter: @theBumpus)

Sixteen-year-old Christian trying to be a storyteller and a game developer. I'm here to make my dreams become reality.

The artist formerly known as Puzzlem00n.

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What Has Become of Puzzlem00n?

Posted by (twitter: @theBumpus)
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 4:27 pm

Good question, title. Well, here are my goals so far as to what I’m going to do next.

MY GAME RATING-

This is basically all I’ve been doing lately around here. So far I’m at 47. My goal is to reach 100 so I can get a gold medal of coolness. I would be a lot farther along, but I started rating a bit late, and I don’t always have time, blah blah blah, excuses excuses, ect. So yeah, maybe I’ll make another post of my favorites later on.

MY GAME-

I see a lot of people around continuing development on their games to turn them into a full release. I have to say that my game, Empty, will not have it’s development continued directly. It’s far to glitchy to build upon, it’s sort of annoying to play, and I don’t think I can do much more to it’s current engine to make a better game. What may occur in the future is that the game’s core mechanic ideas will be taken, balanced out into a more full game design, and then completely rebuilt from the ground up. I am really much more attached to the idea of the game then the game itself, so I feel this is the next logical step.

MY CAREER-

To be honest, I feel that I can barely say I have a career at all. I know this sounds like I’m being down on myself, but trust me, I’m not. Empty, to me, does not feel enough like a game to me for me to call myself a game developer. If I wanted to, I could probably call myself one and get away with it, but I don’t want to lie to myself. There’s nothing anyone can say to change my mind on this. I will not be a developer until I feel I can truly call myself one. And when will that be? When I make a game that feels like me.

MY FUTURE-

I’m definitely going to start a blog up soon to post my games on and just write (I’m sort of into writing). I’m also going to do the next MiniLD, and all the ones after if I can. So0n, hopefully I’ll have a game that I can be proud of.

I suppose that sums everything up. Well, back to rating!

My Favorites

Posted by (twitter: @theBumpus)
Sunday, April 29th, 2012 4:46 pm

Hey, everybody, I’ve seen quite a few people reviewing games, and I figured, hey, why not? Here’s a list of the best games I’ve played:

Tiny Religion- A game where you’re in charge of a civilization that needs to find out how to please their picky god. The tasks he likes and doesn’t like is different each time. It’s pretty sweet.

Extensionism- Probably the moodiest game I’ve played. It’s got some glitches, but not as many as mine, that’s for sure. You have to move the lamp like things to expand your world and shrink those of others. It’s kind of evil sounding now that I’m writing it…

Disregard All Humans- Short, but fun. Who hasn’t wanted to possess control of an ever-growing, jumping lizard?

Nina Nueve- Very innovative. Involves mechanics where losing brings you back a level, which you sometimes need to do to go forward. Leave it to Jonathan Whiting, am I right?

T in Y World- Anyone seen this? Epic ASCII game where rules can be edited in the level design.

Petri- A game where you star some bacteria thingy… It needs some ratings, it’s actually quite interesting.

Tiny Civilization- One of the only simulation games that doesn’t bore me to death. Very immersive.

Aether- My favorite thusfar, very nice game that seamlessly intertwines a missile shooting game and a platformer. The graphics are nice, and it feels really balanced.

Well, that’s that. Back to playing!

A Quick Post-Mortem

Posted by (twitter: @theBumpus)
Thursday, April 26th, 2012 6:07 pm

I wasn’t going to do one, but I’ve decided to write a short little thing on it. My game was titled Empty, and it’s bugs make it impossible to beat, but it’s got some good stuff going on.

Progression-

The idea I first had was a man inside a small screen that could only jump around in his world. It would be mainly story based, about how pointless it is to be alone with no one to share your ideas. After going a bit less than a day working on that, I realized it needed something more. My first idea was to transform the whole game into a scrolling world, where you started in the window I created, but then escaped against the will of your creator. I started working in Tiled, but after a while, I realized I had no idea what I was doing, and I liked my old story idea much better. So, I went back to that. I realized it needed puzzles, something else to illustrate how worthless it all was. I really wanted something that felt like the puzzles in Jonathan Whiting’s Craequ. I didn’t have time to come up with something cool like that, though, so I decided to go with something already invented: the sliding puzzle. It seemed like a great idea, where the man could reflect on how pointless his purpose is. Plus, the puzzles could be made harder through the fact the blocks aren’t always reachable, giving it a nice fresh feel, or at least that’s what I’d hoped. You can be the judge of that.

Pros-

  • The mechanic idea was pretty sweet, I think. Puzzle Platformers can be the gateway to loads of awesomeness. My idea of sliding puzzles controlled by jumping was pretty original (as far as I know) and it worked pretty well. It could have had some more smooth transitions to it, but hey, this is the pros section.
  • The graphics were pretty nice by my standards, to. The noise effect was something I accidentally discovered during the competition in paint.net that I thought just completed the feel of emptiness. The title screen was cool looking, if I do say so myself. I do wish I had time to give the player a human look with full animations, but the square ended up kind of complementing the aesthetic I had going on, so it was cool.
  • The music was something I can’t believe worked out so well, but it did. I wanted to compose something original, but by the time I got around to it, their was an hour left, so I simply generated something in Otomata. It ended up really complementing the puzzley thing, and despite being repetitive, it was not very obtrusive and does not get too annoying.

Cons-

  • The game probably should have the option to, you know, win…
  • For a game inspired by story, the story could have been much, much better. I should have found a better way to convey the feelings of your character, but the length of the screen limited the length of the messages, and thus, I had to hope for a kind of “narrative subtlety” feel. Yeah… didn’t work.
  • The collision detection is scrapped together terribly. It’s possible to get inside blocks in more ways than I can count. This wouldn’t have been as hard if I could make the blocks tween from place to place, but yeah…
  • The controls were kind of annoying in the end. The sometimes impossibility of moving the inside block turned from an interesting twist to an annoying limitation. Plus, the clinging on the walls was slightly awkward, and the middle of the character had to be touching the block for the move to register. Very annoying.
  • Finally, the game had an awful interest to hardness ratio. It was all difficulty, with no learning curve at all. There was nothing to convince people to play more.

Well, I learned a lot this LD, and I look forward to the next time I can show you all what I can do!

Fixed My Unplayable Game

Posted by (twitter: @theBumpus)
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 4:02 pm

Hey, guys, I decided to take a couple of hours to fix the typo in my game that made it impossible to beat. Of course, this opened the gateway to discovering more and more glitches, and eventually, I realized the whole thing was severely messed up. So, I suppose I’m saying that you shouldn’t even consider rating it based off of the Post-Compo version because it’s got lots and lots of fixes. Of course, you probably weren’t going to anyway.

Changes Include: That one Typo Fix, Detecting Wins Works Correctly, Messages appear in the right order, Game Quits At the End, And (for testing purposes) Secret Skip Level Button Added.

So yeah, basically, this LD was a failure for me. Oh, well. http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-23/?action=preview&uid=11003

Hey, turns out, the first level of my game is unsolvable.

Bummer.

It’s true, though. I ran it through an 8 puzzle solver and found out there was no solution. I just made one typo, apparently, that broke the entire thing apart.

If I could, I would fix it, but it’s too late for that. Basically, the game can not be beaten in it’s current state. I apologize for wasting anyone’s time (although not many people have played it, anyway.) It’s ridiculous that just mixing up two numbers in an array can cause this. I could plead for a special competition exemption to fix it, but I don’t see the point. So, go check out my game, and face off with the odds (0:1) by trying to beat it! I mean, hey, Chuck Norris can! http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-23/?action=preview&uid=11003

P.s. If anyone right now is thinking about giving me an “Epic Fail” award for this, you have my approval.

Mistake #2: Submitting My Entry

Posted by (twitter: @theBumpus)
Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 6:18 pm

I’m kidding, no mistake, I’m actually quite proud of myself. You know, other than the fact I haven’t even  beat it…

http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-23/?action=preview&uid=11003

There you go. All the info’s on the page.

End Of Day 1

Posted by (twitter: @theBumpus)
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 7:37 pm

Okay, I am waaaaay behind schedule, but I don’t really care. I’ll finish it tomorrow for sure, I just may have to cut some things.

Aside from today’s forum post dilemma which I’ve been trying to make up for, today also made me realize doing a timelapse was not in my interest, because A: it makes me kind of nervous and B: I don’t feel like it. Also, three hours today ended up being scrapped when I changed my mind on whether or not to use a scrolling tiled map. Ah, well, the damage is done.

I’m not very good at this thing, am I? To bask in my failure (needs love.exe to run):

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/74538317/empty.love

Mistake #1: Turning the Internet Against You Through Terrible Wording

Posted by (twitter: @theBumpus)
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 6:12 pm

Updates!

Posted by (twitter: @theBumpus)
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 3:56 pm

All right, so, my game is now called “Empty.” It’s about you, just a single physical being, who has just been conceived, along with your static 125×125 universe. You long for a purpose in the empty place, when you discover the puzzles…

Title Screen

Here's my fancy little title screen.

At A Crossroads

Posted by (twitter: @theBumpus)
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 11:56 am

Right now, I have two different ideas, and two different games that I have in my files. (One of them is a backup copy of the engine before I thought of my second idea.) They both involve a small screen, but one has a scrolling world and the other a static one. I can’t decide which I like better. I know that I’ll end up submitting something, though, because both concepts are very basic. I just have to pick one.

Concept

Posted by (twitter: @theBumpus)
Friday, April 20th, 2012 7:07 pm

I know it’s probably already been conceived, but I’m definitely doing a game within a small window. Why? Because it makes my job much easier in the art category, for one, and for two, I think I can put some nice twists on it.

More to come.

Alright, Let’s Get it On!

Posted by (twitter: @theBumpus)
Friday, April 20th, 2012 5:54 pm

I just wanted to make sure my hastily written personal library was posted so I could use it. It includes the advanced tiled loader by Kadoba.

As of now, my tools are…

PROGRAMMING- Love2D
ART- Pickle, Paint.net, PyxelEdit
SOUND- Musagi, SFXR, Aria Maestosa, Otomata
TIMELAPSE- Chronolapse
TILING- Tiled, Advanced Tiled Loader

I’m not very good with tiled, but we’ll see.

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