About Frimkron (twitter: @frimkron)


Frimkron's Trophies

The Disapproving Cat Disapproves This Theme Award
Awarded by GBGames
on August 21, 2010
The Black Badge of Zorkitude
Awarded by nilsf
on September 3, 2009
The Dwarf Award for the best Use Dwarf command
Awarded by Ariel Yust
on August 31, 2009
The Patented Safety Spike Award
Awarded by Hamumu
on August 23, 2008
Game Most Likely To Give You Motion Sickness Award
Awarded by dstrysnd
on August 13, 2008
The Stair Wars Memorial Trophy
Awarded by toasty mofo
on August 12, 2008



Doches says ...

It's a shame that you ran into such difficulties -- the tech demo as it is is rather fun. Car physics could use some improvement, and the world could have...I don't know, stuff in it, but it's fast and responsive. I feel like there was pretty good potential in here for a top-down classic GTA-style thing. And the procedural city generation is a cool idea.

Hamumu says ...

An ambitious project which went the way ambitious projects do! Looks pretty good, too bad you couldn't have objects and things and stuff and whatnot.

Gilvado says ...

The car feels neat, moving around. Too bad you didn't go with a smaller scale.

PsySal says ...

Really liked the control of the car, with skid marks and some squealing sound effects it would be awesome! I can see this as a smashup-derby car battler.

Pretty far from being a game (or maybe not!) but what is there is good!

demonpants says ...

It's fun to drive around, and the terrain generation is cool. But not much else to it, obviously.

ondrew says ...

Shame you couldn't finish, there is no gameplay in your demo at all and yet I found myself driving the car around for quite a while.

swergas says ...

respectable graphics, the control of the car is quite good, it has no major problem in it, but the content is really not enough for a game :/ too bad that you could'nt get as far as you wanted... maybe next time ^^

Archive for the ‘LD #13 – Roads – 2008’ Category

I Give Up

Posted by (twitter: @frimkron)
Sunday, December 7th, 2008 11:16 am

I’m giving up, I’m afraid. My game just wasn’t going anywhere. I’ll be writing a full post-mortem at some point in the near future, but it boils down to the fact that I bit off more than I could chew with the decision to try and create a city procedurally.

This is a shot of it in its final state:

Very much as it was this morning – just a car in a field full of random road segments and paving flags.

And here’s a download link in case anyone’s interested. Source included of course.


Oh well – I’ll keep it simple next time :)


Posted by (twitter: @frimkron)
Sunday, December 7th, 2008 4:27 am

Here we have a procedurally-generated motorway. Its intersecting another one (drawn with the wrong tiles), which really isn’t the best design for a 6-lane highway when you think about it, but oh well.

End of Day 1

Posted by (twitter: @frimkron)
Saturday, December 6th, 2008 3:19 pm

Well I’m going to call it a day and pick things up again tomorrow. I’m way behind but I know exactly what I’ve got to get cracking on with tomorrow morning. Here’s a shot of the current version:

There are some pavement tiles now! The reason its taking so long is because I had a crazy idea to generate a tile-based city procedurally on the fly, so currently my time is taken up with getting that to work. Here’s one of the many debug image dumps I’ve made of the tile map:

Its actually just a snapshot of part of the map, which is technically infinite in size. Each pixel is a 4×4 block of tiles. As you  can see, all I’m generating procedurally so far is the fact that there’s more pavement the closer to the centre of the city you get. There aren’t any roads yet (note to self: must actually get the damn ROADS in at some point…). The red and yellow pixels in a grid which you might just be able to make out – they’re marking the areas that the map is broken up into. The idea is that the game only needs to hold the player’s current area and the 8 surrounding areas in memory at the same time, allowing me  to have an infinite map.

So, on tomorrow I’ve got my work cut out for me. Procedural roads… collisions… traffic?!… I may have to revise my plan if I’m going to get something finished on time.

By the way, the other entries are looking totally awesome. I can’t wait to play them all!

Slow Progress

Posted by (twitter: @frimkron)
Saturday, December 6th, 2008 11:30 am

Well I think I’m loooong overdue a status update on my entry, so here I go with my first post for LD13.


I’m using python and pyGame this time, with other tools of choice including the Eclipse IDE, Graphics Gale and GIMP.

I was hoping to get some kind of Grand-Theft-Auto-style engine working for my game, but I think I’ll have to pick up the pace if I’m going to get there. My game currently consists of a red car driving around in a fields full of red dots, with some questionable from-scratch-written physics. I hope to get some actual roads in there soon :)

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