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demize says ...

Nice effort. With work, this could become a lot better.

Notch says ...

Keeping space pressed means you win the game. And waste arrows.

Deepflame says ...

Unleash the arrow swarm!

I just kept space pressed and won the game. :P

matrin says ...

Nicely done, like the art. Too bad it's not finished.

Endurion says ...

I love the graphic style. Too bad there is not much of a challenge once you figure keep-spacebar-pressed out.

kai says ...

I like how the arrows act like you would expect. The controls are a bit hard to remember. Perhaps using the spacebar to control power (holding for more) would alleviate the control confusion. Very nice, though.

Frimkron says ...

There isn't really any need to change angle or power as long as you can keep killing the soldiers in the same place. Maybe something like random wind speed would shake things up a bit. I like the way you can move up and down the tower.

jolle says ...

Machine bow. No challenge.

Hamumu says ...

My favorite thing was walking up and down the tower. Beautifully implemented. Then my next favorite was to be at the bottom of the tower with a really low angle and max power. Of course, when the arrows hit the ground from that angle it's quite odd.

And that looks suspiciously like Panda Express!

Codexus says ...

It's a bit unfinished. The controls are way too complicated for that kind of simple gameplay why not use the mouse to aim?

pansapiens says ...

I like the hand-drawn graphical style. Mouse control for angles/power would have been better. Good enemy death sound.

Morre says ...

Didn't work, and doesn't give me any useful crash logs or console output. Sorry - I've really tried my best to get this to start.

Will be judging the food and journal categories only.

EDIT: Works on my laptop. Graphics are okay, I kind of like the style. Gameplay needs a bit of polish (@see AkinTower).

nilsf says ...

The graphics were really nice and sounds were pretty good too. The game wasn't really much fun to play. Bonus humor points for "You can't die, sorry." :D

Archive for the ‘LD #12 – The Tower – 2008’ Category

Tower Postmortem

Posted by of LoneStranger Designs (twitter: @lnstrngr)
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 6:06 pm

Here’s the postmortum I promised last week.  I haven’t read the comments on my entry yet and I wanted to get my thoughts down before I did.

THis LD48 was my third, if you don’t count the two that I intended to enter and never did.  My number one goal was to finish, and the number two goal was to do something fun.  I’m happy that I completed goal number one, but failed on goal number two.

Technically, I didn’t really even submit a game.  There is no real end condition or repeatable system that goes until you fail.  I never got a chance to actually implement the “monster at the gates” scenario, as I fought with a stupid bug at the end brought on by stupid changes on my stupid part.

What did I do wrong in the LD12?  I didn’t spend enough time on it.  I should have squeezed three or four more quality hours in.  My mother-in-law was visiting, and that led to the normal distractions as she visited with us and our newborn.  I probably could have completed something that resembled a game with a little more time, and I know that the time existed.  I just didn’t use it well.

I didn’t get any real animation done with the monsters or the dude.  It would have been nice, but time didn’t allow it.  I also used some sound, and while it wasn’t nearly to the level that I wanted it, I thought it was neat to hear the monsters gargle when they died and the arrow whisp away from the dude on the tower. 

I think my usage of the angle/power aiming mechanism was a bad idea.  I think I should have gone with the “point-and-click” method, which would have been easier for the user and fits better with the action oriented design.  The arrow was made up of separate graphics rotated to the closest 15 degree mark.  I could have implemented a rotation transformation, but that would have taken longer and probably been more CPU intensive.   

So what did I do right?

I met the theme of the Tower by simply having a tower in which the dude fired from.  I didn’t stop there, and created a middle floor from him to fire from and also made the doors at the bottom open and close.  The tower isn’t just a pretty graphic.  It’s functional and strategic.

The part I liked the most about my entry was the graphics.  Most of them were sketches from my initial game idea sheet.  I scanned it into the computer and photoshopped color into it and cut it into separate parts and images.  I think it gave my entry a unique style that I’d like to use again in a future competition.  I’m not a great artist, but I think if I don’t try to make everything perfect, it comes off better.  Reminds me a little of the original South Park or other ‘construction paper’ style.

Another thing that I really think I did well was keeping the coding distractions to a minimum.  By this, I mean that I didn’t get sidetracked coding something that wasn’t important ‘right now.’  In the past, I will start to code something that may come in handy later, but doesn’t really help me too much in completing more important foundation pieces.

So all in all, I think I did ok.  I can see that I learned some things from the last time around and I really look forward to taking the things I learned here for LD13 in December.  Same goals, but I will try to think through the game for a little while before coding to make sure that it is actually a game and hopefully fun. 

Final Entry – Tower

Posted by of LoneStranger Designs (twitter: @lnstrngr)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008 7:51 pm

Final Entry SS

So this is ‘Tower’ since I didn’t bother to come up with a better name.  (I did all my naming duty with Fiona’s Purple Reign.)

The object, of course, is to defend your tower from the onslaught of baddies.  Unfortunately, there is only one type of monster, but each wave has it’s own speed and interval.  Use the arrows to move the guy up and down the tower, or left and right across the top.  A/D change the angle and W/S changes the power of your arrows.

I’ll probably write a post-mortum later, but you can download Tower.

Counting down the minutes….

Posted by of LoneStranger Designs (twitter: @lnstrngr)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008 5:21 pm

I haven’t had any chances to really post anything today, so I thought I would do so as I begin my final push.

Here’s a screenshot.  So far, you can fire arrows at wave after wave of baddies.  I haven’t figured out how to give you more arrows, so I’ll probably just make them infinite and limit you to a couple.

Anyway, back to the salt mines.

Calling it a night

Posted by of LoneStranger Designs (twitter: @lnstrngr)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008 1:18 am

End of Saturday work

I’m calling it a night.  Those energy drinks aren’t doing anything, though I’m sure once my head hits the pillow they’ll kick in. 😉

Things to do tomorrow:

  • Waves of monsters from the MonsterManager
  • Display upcoming monsters in the current wave
  • Add melee weapons
  • Add scoring
  • finish HUD
  • boiling oil?
  • number font object?
  • and a number of other things, I’m sure.

Well, we’ll see how it goes.  See you in the morning!

 

Saturday Night Continues

Posted by of LoneStranger Designs (twitter: @lnstrngr)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008 11:03 pm

Saturday Night ContinuesOh.  Hey. 

It’s time to bust out can number two.  And I’m running dangerously low on Gobstoppers.

Saturday Night Checkup

Posted by of LoneStranger Designs (twitter: @lnstrngr)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008 10:28 pm

LD48_12 Screenshot, Saturday night

I’m not done for the night, but it seemed like a good time to post a screenshot.  There isn’t much gameplay to it right now.  The idea is that monsters will progress from the left to the right towards the tower, where you are the person defending.  At your disposal is arrows that you shoot from one of three places on the tower.  Ok, so the arrows don’t do anything yet, since I didn’t implement the collision routines.  I have spent most of the past couple hours making the game look better than the black and white sketches that I’ve been using.  Now it looks like colored versions of my sketches.  I like the style, so I am going to keep it.  I think they look better than anything pixel pushed. 

Next up is probably the HUD display for the top of the screen to display the game info.

Oh, and the screenshot capturing is done from built-in code that dumps the frame before it displays it.  I think its neat. :)

Saturday Night Begins…

Posted by of LoneStranger Designs (twitter: @lnstrngr)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008 8:12 pm

No Fear

So it’s time to bust out the big guns.

I’m behind, I’m not sure if I have something fun, and we’re down to the last 23 hours.

Saturday Dinner – Chinese

Posted by of LoneStranger Designs (twitter: @lnstrngr)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008 6:45 pm

cheap chinese food

Here’s my dinner for today.  Cheap chinese food; barbeque pork and orange chicken with chowmein noodles.  Oh, and my wife stopped at another chinese food place to get wonton soup because the first place didn’t have any.  She’s such a wonderful woman. 

If you are wondering, my fortune for the evening is “DISCOVER THE TALENTS WITHIN YOURSELF.”

Yea.

Saturday Breakfast

Posted by of LoneStranger Designs (twitter: @lnstrngr)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008 11:18 am

LD48_12 Saturday BreakfastSure, it’s almost lunch time, but I thought I’d post what I ate this morning.

Bacon, Eggs, Hashbrowns, Toast and Biscuits and Gravy.  My wife had blueberry pancakes and helped me eat the B&G.  You can see baby Hunter in the upper corner.

 

First Sketch

Posted by of LoneStranger Designs (twitter: @lnstrngr)
Friday, August 8th, 2008 8:00 pm

My first sketch of a tower game

Here’s my first sketch of a tower game.  You’re the dude on the tower.  The baddies are on the left.  They’ll be working their way to the right to attack your tower.  Not totally original, but it’s something I think I can make fun.  That’s always been the biggest hurdle in any “out there” game idea I come up with.

Now I just need to start working on the Java objects to represent these game objects.

Workspace

Posted by of LoneStranger Designs (twitter: @lnstrngr)
Friday, August 8th, 2008 6:53 pm

LoneStranger\'s Workspace

Here’s where I’ll spend most of my LD48_12

Friday Dinner – Polish Sausages

Posted by of LoneStranger Designs (twitter: @lnstrngr)
Friday, August 8th, 2008 6:40 pm

Friday dinner for LD48_12

Friday dinner waiting for for LD48_12.  Polish sausages with peppers, onions, kraut and a little mustard.  Peas, salad and criss-cut fries as well.

Themes

Posted by of LoneStranger Designs (twitter: @lnstrngr)
Thursday, August 7th, 2008 8:03 pm

Themes - Some are crap but you should come up with an idea anyway

Ludum Dare 48 Hour Challenge #12

Posted by of LoneStranger Designs (twitter: @lnstrngr)
Thursday, August 7th, 2008 6:30 pm

[this is a crosspost from my own blog that is in /planet as well, but I think it needs to be here to declare my intent to enter… and because it’s compo related. :) ]

It’s time again.  Seems like just a short bit ago I was working on LD48 #11, and maybe it was.  The contests are on a much better schedule now which should help in participation. 

I’ve been keeping myself busy working on a reborn and re-imagined project from back in ’03.  I’ll probably release more info on that when I have something good to show off.  If we get a compatible theme, perhaps some of the work on LD48_12 can be reassigned afterward to my other project.  Honestly, working on that project the past week has kept my skills and mind frame in the perfect place for the LD48.

Last time around I had to take time out from the alotted 48 hours to attend a baseball game.  I won’t have that problem this year, though I am in the mood for a good egg and bacon breakfast at a local joint Saturday morning.  I hope to remember to take a picture of that for the food compo.

This time around isn’t going to be much different than last time.  I’m going to use mostly the same tools as before:

  • Java 6 SDK
  • Eclipse 3.3.2 IDE
  • Photoshop CS2
  • HP OfficeJet 6450 All-In-One for scanning doodles
  • No Fear Energy Drink (Go Boris Said #60!)
  • Everlasting Gobstoppers
  • mIRC for chattery
  • Killer Game Programming in Java and the base code I used from last compo.

The only thing we need now is a theme!

Good luck, and see you in 1 day, 9 hours and 48 minutes! 

Update: I can add my Rock Band microphone to the list above.  Maybe sound effects this time!  See you in 1 day and 30 minutes!

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