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Theme Should Be Pirates???

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Saturday, February 15th, 2014 8:10 am
Pirates????

I made a mock up poster for ludum dare 29 for a pirate theme

You know you all want pirates as the theme

SimpleShips

Posted by (twitter: @LukeofRamsden)
Friday, February 14th, 2014 9:12 pm

You are stuck in a universe full of war, terror and hazard. You have been sent on a mission of Recon, to see if you can find any survivors. You jump into hyperspace but something goes wrong. The dials and buttons are flashing red…

 

Read more & play the game here.

Progress on Helsing’s hunt.

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Thursday, February 13th, 2014 1:53 pm

EDIT 19-2: I made a pre-alpha version (with loads of bugs, placeholder music etc.) available online. You can view it with the Java applet or download the .prg to run with an Commodore 64 emulator.

A long time ago I made a commmodore 64 game for the Mini Ludum Dare 45.

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click to go to the Ludum Dare Game

I liked the result and thought it would be a nice idea to expand on the game and maybe release it commercially (yes for the C64!).
A sort of personal October challenge.
It will have to be sent by post, with a sturdy package containing a 5 1/4” disk, so to break even I will have to charge at least 7,50 euro.
Of course a C64 game would not be able to compete for other games with the same price, so I think I’ll try to make it a nice package with some cartoons.  A sort of collectors edition.

I did some work on it the past few months, but there was not much progress. This week and the coming week I’m trying to make some progress by working in an Agile kind of way.

I think I’m making progress but sometimes it’s hard to tell. The sticky notes with ‘user stories’(just small units of work really) are not moving as fast as I hoped (and sometimes they get pulled down by my cat, I think he’s an Agile perfectionist: ‘that’s not a user story!’). There also new notes appearing, but that’s to be expected.

There are other reasons for the lack of obvious progress. Before this week my game was still largely based on what I made for the Ludum Dare. It had a pretty good structure if you only have one level. If you want more levels and texts between levels you need something that is more flexible, some sort of game states. I think I have  a much better structure now to accommodate an easy flow of the program. I have lots more constants, variables and there are now also more macro’s so the code becomes more readable.

For instance: the transition from the Help-screen to an introscreen that will exit to level 1 is now two lines:
1. “showscreen LVL1IntroScreen,continueWithLevel1″
2. “SetState StateInfo”

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Each level now starts with a screen with text to explain what you are supposed to do.
The border is made automatically, which took some time to get right!

I hope to see this progress reflected in  a higher speed with the realisation of other stories.

Another way to measure progress is how big the program is:
It’s now about 80 blocks on loading (approx. 20k). It’s uncompressed but after loading all kinds of stuff is moved around, so after playing a game the program will have left its impression on about half of all the 64k of memory. This can be optimised a lot, so no need to worry yet.

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my memory map

I think I have done an overhaul of between 30 and 50% of the code (not including data). So there’s a lot of progress.

And lastly progress can be measured best in a more enjoyable game experience.
Sadly that  is not the case. I break the game several times a day. It can sometimes take several hours to get it working again (and I use the word ‘working’ in a very broad sense).
I think my main goal for this and coming week will be to have a game with three levels that can be played till their (happy or tragic) conclusion. Polishing of text and graphics and creation of music will have to come after that. But it means that hopefully within two weeks playtesting can begin.
I know it’s not best practice to have something playable so late in the process, but I think I had to do the refactoring to be able to make changes without drowning in bugs.

I’ll end this lengthy post (TL;DNR) with a screenshot of the second level I’m working on. The end product will have 3 or 4 levels.

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The yellow sprite is for debug purposes and is the position of the invisible vampire. You can see the shadow on the wall, cast by the candle (which at the moment has a flame that’s not attached to the candlestick)

Oh: the bar you see on the side is an indication of how much screentime my program uses: it changes to grey, when my interrupt starts (where now everything happens) and changes back to red after that. The maximum now lies at 20-25%. That sounds like a lot but there are not many forseeable processor-intensive tasks to add.
If I have to, I can probably get it down to 15% by using double buffering for the scroll.

This post of an almost-copy of the post on my blog, progress and other stuff will be posted there. Comments, feedback, encouragements are welcome.

One Year

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Thursday, February 13th, 2014 1:21 pm

Lonebot swag Mati

Today, lonebot.net is officially turning one year old!

I wanted to post this here because without Ludum Dare, there wouldn’t be Lonebot. So thanks a lot everybody! I think we’ve come a very long way since we launched our website :)

Here’s a cool video Mati made about our games:

 

So what does the future hold? Hopefully, not potatoes.

Thanks so much for everything, Ludum Dare!

Online tool for making 8-bit retro graphics from PNG

Posted by (twitter: @jacklehamster)
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 5:01 pm

So myself I don’t really make 8-bit games, but I know a lot of you guys do. There’s one thing I would love to see more in your 8-bit retro games: CUTSCENES!

And I found the perfect tool to help you achieve that ;-). It’s an online tool (no download) found here: http://c64.superdefault.com/

I encountered this site when I was looking for a PNG to 8-bit retro converter. The naive approach was to scale a picture down, save it, then scale it up to make it look pixelated. That actually failed big time, simply because the result was too rich in color. It clearly looked like a scaled up photo rather than a retro graphic. There are a few tutorials that showed how to do it right using photoshop, but for the lazy type like me, I found that the online tool works best! Just look at this awesome 8-bit photo of Nicolas Cage below!

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The LootCastle

Posted by (twitter: @StevenColling)
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 7:22 am

Hello everyone!

I just released my very first game The LootCastle, which is based on my LD25 entry from a year ago (Path to Death). The game is about creating your own skill trees with randomized skills. So if you like strategy games where you experiment a lot with finding synergies of skills, you are happily invited. And there is a ton of (epic) loot to discover. I also write this to encourage you: polish your LD game and put it on itch.io – feels so good!

If you are interested, just have a look at my website.

http://the-lootcastle.stevencolling.com

The LootCastle Screenshot

Help the skeletons to fight the invading knights by creating skill trees.

Anyone here experienced with Cocos2D JS

Posted by (twitter: @jacklehamster)
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 12:19 pm

I’m in the process of slowly moving out of my comfort zone, and try to learn to make games without Flash. Flash has had its moments, but the port to mobile is getting really clunky and impractical.

So, the obvious choice would be Unity, as it seems to grow in popularity and has the advantage of being cross platform. But I was also considering another option: Cocos2D JS

I’ve read some tutorials, and it seems like a nice concept: I make a game in JavaScript, make it work within the browser, then port it nicely to iOS and Android. But there some issues with it I could think of:
#1. Well… it’s not clear but… is this developed by Zynga? ;-P
#2. The IDE of choice seems to be cocosbuilder.com, and at the top of the page it says Cocos Builder is no longer maintained. (then it redirects me to SpriteBuider.com). Does it look like a red flag?
#3. Isn’t JavaScript slow?

The reason I’m not completely sold on Unity, is because I’m mostly a 2D game developer, and I would prefer something a little more lightweight. Unity seems to be for the kind of devs who like to incorporate APIs, engines. I’m the kind of dev who’d rather implement basic collision detection than use a physics engine in my game.

Anyway, just looking for other dev’s thoughts about it. Thanks

Two Player Chess

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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 7:46 am

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Hey People , Two Player Chess  is a two player chess game made over last weekend, check it out!!

Gyro Homage

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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 7:36 am

Hey Guys,

Gyro Clone , This  is the clone of the android game Gyro that am working on.Check it out.

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Artificial Mind – Gameplay video

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Monday, February 10th, 2014 2:28 pm

Hello!
We have finally released new gameplay (with dev. commentary) of our new project that was inspired by my  LD27 game called  Project: “Explosion”

You can check it on this link (bottom of the page): LINK
Make sure to let me know what do you think about it!

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NIKRA Blog Update! Things are happening…

Posted by (twitter: @Tacomann13)
Saturday, February 8th, 2014 10:04 pm

The plans for the first major boss of NIKRA are underway!

Check out this weeks blog update HERE

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LIKE NIKRA HERE

 

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