Ludum Dare 36
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Simple UI/GUI App creator [ Random Game Development Question ]

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Thursday, April 21st, 2016 5:05 pm

Hello :) ! So my game uses a lot of buttons and other UI features. However I’m not such a good artist when I try using a editor the Images sometimes come out too small or to outlined or the words aren’t aligned correctly.  So I’m searching for a program which you can download and create button, banners, icons, logos etc.  All these can be created simply by filping the switches. The closest thing I found to what I was looking for is Kenney Studio. Kenney says he plans to add in the feature but I don’t know how long it will take (https://itch.io/t/17078/a-button-creator).  Of course their are a few online programs but I have no clue where these people are getting their resources and are  they legal or not. So I continue my search, any suggestion ?

Maze Runner – Play, Rate, Review!

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Monday, April 18th, 2016 11:58 am

Maze Runner

 

 

Check it out! Go on,  do it.

 

Ignore this

Posted by (twitter: @theMercerBox)
Sunday, April 17th, 2016 9:18 pm

huh?

Themes

Posted by
Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 7:58 am

I’m not sure about other people, but personally I’m not a big fan of the theme system.  I love having a jumping point, and feeling like I’m having a similar struggle to other people.  However the current implementation of the theme system is a bit limited.  Personally I like the more narrative themes (like “growing” from the last dare) however, other people often suggest themes such as “a city in the sky” or “two button controls.”  I’m all for including these but I think we can make the system a little better for everyone.

What if we had a system where there were three “themes.”  One was a narrative theme (growing) another was a setting (a city in the sky) and another was a limitation (two button).  You could opt in to which of the three you wanted to participate in, and when submitting your ideas for theme you would submit them under one of the three categories.  That way I could always have a narrative theme, and others could have a setting and a limitation.

One problem that I felt from last dare (when we had a narrative theme and a limitation because of a tie), is that some of the community was lost.  Just from the fact that everyone wasn’t doing the same thing, and when looking through the games some people didn’t use the growing theme, and some didn’t use the two button theme.  As a way to counteract this we could have a filter feature on the games list when judging and after the fact so you can see the games that want to be judged on the narrative theme, the limitation, or the setting, or any combination.

I think that this would allow people to have a bit more freedom in choosing a topic for their game, and might preserve the aspect of community that I felt was a little lacking last dare.

 

If you have suggestions, counter arguments, I’d love to hear them!

Our page for LD35

Posted by (twitter: @ToastedGames)
Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 2:24 pm

Hey participants, it’s Ben here. I wanted to say that I’m super hyped for Ludum Dare, and have set up some things on our website. I have made a page on our website where I’ll be  putting links to all of the posts and info that were gonna be making for this Ludum Dare. This is the page: www.toasted-games.com/LD35. This won’t be the only place that we upload our info, though. Everything we write will also be put up on this blog, and our personal blog on our website. We only made the webpage for the people who want to see everything we post right away. So basically, no one.

Ah whatever, if I get 1 view on that page, it’ll be worth it. So make my dreams come true and go there, you monster! (Heh, just kidding. But really though, look at it.) It contains important information about stream times (because we’ll be streaming as much as we can), and updates!

That’s all,

Ben.

PUNT: Rebirth is now on Steam Greenlight!

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Saturday, April 9th, 2016 8:52 pm

PUNT: Rebirth, the project which my team and I have been working on for the past year, is live on Steam Greenlight! Please vote for us and share the page at: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=394046362

Please express your thoughts and feedback in the comments of this post or on the greenlight page.

Thanks!

BoxandRocks

A tip for Platformer Developers!

Posted by (twitter: @ToastedGames)
Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 3:26 pm

Platformers have been a fairly difficult genre for beginner programmers to design. Most of the problems I’ve encountered come from the physics engine that has to be built. Generally, people don’t know how to program collisions with tiles and end up with players hovering over the ground, falling through the ground, or some other equally annoying glitch. I want to show you how to issues like this, with a script I made. Well, I won’t give you the exact script, because you won’t be using the same program as me, but here’s the basics:


(make 'i' equal 'velocity', if 'i' is greater than 0, repeat this loop until it equals 0, subtracting 1 every time)

//Run the script below for every pixel the player would move.
{
if there's an object at 'x', 'y'+'i' and it's a platform,
subtract 1 from 'velocity' //Lower how far down to go.
}
'y' = 'y' + 'velocity' //Go to the new velocity.

Well, that’s all for now. Hope this helps! Bye :)

(This post was a snip from my post on the Toasted Games website. Here’s the full post.)
-Ben

Need a Musician for Your Game?

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Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 10:43 pm

We’re in for Ludum Dare 35!

Posted by (twitter: @ToastedGames)
Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 3:10 pm

Hey there! This is Ben from Toasted Games, and I just woke up and don’t really know what’s going on! I’m pretty sure this is a Game Jam, though, right? Ok good. Erik Larson and I (Ben Collings) are going to be participating! Can we do that? I’m not sure how this works… I see a lot of people listing tools that they’re going to be using and writing that they’re gonna be participating in the title, so here:

We will be using (maybe)

  • Gamemaker 8.1
  • Photoshop CC
  • Paint.NET
  • Famitracker
  • Audacity

UPDATE: thanks to Ilseroth for answering my question about participating :)

-Ben, Toasted Games

Great showing of Splody Ludum Dare / GitHub GDC Party!

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Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 1:55 pm

Last night I attended the Ludum Dare / GitHub GDC party in San Francisco at the fantastic offices of GitHub.  I have no idea where their employees work (perhaps another floor?) but their gathering space was fantastic, and they even had a nice big TV with a dangling HDMI cable set up which I was able to snag for an hour or two of showing off my game, Splody.  I turned the TV over to Shnipers for the latter half of the night, as that was also a fantastic local multiplayer game, and had a chance to play a bunch of other indie games around the room as well.

Splody

Splody is basically Bomberman taken to the extreme, optimized for larger numbers of local players (though also has online multiplayer).  The showing of Splody went quite well, often had 6 or more people playing at once, everyone seemed to be having fun, and quite a few were really excited about the game.  It was great to have so much positive feedback!  Everyone unanimously enjoyed my simultaneous multiplayer character customization/control test screen.

Simultaneous multiplayer character customization and control test screen

Now, I just need to channel as much attention as possible into getting Greenlit on Steam, so, if you have a Steam account, please go vote on my Steam Greenlight Campaign, every vote helps!

I did learn a few things that hadn’t came up with my previous demos – as this demo was to a bunch of random people at varying frequencies, and most of my previous demos have been to larger captive audiences.  I need a good way to show the game to just a single demoer – playing a 1v1 match against me, a tournament-winning Bomberman player, either doesn’t go well for them, or feels like I’m just committing suicide.  I think I’ll throw in an option to pad out a match to a fixed number with AIs, so if there’s just one person demoing, AIs can fill in so there is at least 4-6 players on screen for a better feeling of what a party game can be, though obviously playing against AIs isn’t as fun as stomping your friends.  The other thing was with one particular game mode, Mount Control, which currently has a bit of randomness in it which can lead to rather long matches, and I think I can do a little tuning so that the expected match time is a lot more constrained which would lead to much better conference-floor demo experiences.

Oh, and the other thing I learned, or, rather, already knew, but keep forgetting, is that I really shouldn’t play against a set of people and win 3 to 0 to 0 to 0 to 0 to 0… but some people playing the demo get really competitive and I have to give it my all to give them a fair fight, and the I forget to tone it down a notch for the next group.  Best solution is probably to continue talking about the game constantly, as me paying half attention is probably the right skill level for most people ;).

In conclusion, please vote on my Steam Greenlight Campaign, and also follow me on Facebook if you want updates on the development of Splody (and my other projects).

What is Ludum Dare?

Posted by
Monday, March 14th, 2016 3:42 pm

Is this just like a monthly game jam? It seems really cool but so far the site is a little hard to navigate. Some tips from people who’ve been here for a while would be super appreciated. 😀

 

(I can’t find a reply button in the comment section so thank you to the two of you that explained the site! :) )

tinypalace

Posted by
Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 5:13 am
Click on this pretty image to watch our trailer :3

Click on this pretty image to watch our trailer :3

 

Hey darers,

I’ve got some news and hope that some of you might be interested. It’s about something called tinypalace – it’s an alternative games festival taking place from the 20th to 22nd May in Germany. We’re planing a colorful program, and exhibiton, food and best of all, entry to the festival is pay-what-you-want based.

We recently launched our website (tinypalace.de) and our crowdfunding campaign (startnext.com/tinypalace).

We also just started our Open Call for submissions for the exhibition and also for talks/workshops/performances. If you have a game that you would like us to include in the exhibiton, please head on over to our website and submit it! We’re looking for all kinds of weird, small and experimental games and are open to anything.

Thanks for reading, I hope we can see some of you in May!

<3

Howdy

Posted by
Thursday, February 25th, 2016 9:03 pm

Hello, so I am new here. Professional in game development.

So what should I do to get started?

A gift for creators, MultiGame for Unity

Posted by (twitter: @whendricso)
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 5:59 pm

I’ve made something useful, and I want to share it with you :)

MultiGame

Click for the free version!

Unity is powerful, but hard to use for non-programmers. So, a drag-and-drop framework that eliminates the need for coding or visual logic editors, MultiGame is a comprehensive game development framework for Unity.

It’s easy. Want health? Add it. Inventory? Click. Combine objects and components together to control Unity itself directly. Full documentation is built in to the editor! Just click “help” on any MultiGame component, or hover your mouse over field names for a helpful hint. The full version of MultiGame includes over 130 components, and growing every week. Powerful Managed Message functionality lets MultiGame command any script component even if it’s not included with MultiGame! This free evaluation version contains a few dozen of the most useful components in MultiGame. You can even use this in commercial projects, free of charge! But, if you like MultiGame please send feedback!

MultiGame is intuitive. Use it’s robust Interaction system to receive events such as player input, triggers and collisions, broken joints and send Managed Messages using an intuitive and consistent interface.

MultiGame has an ever-expanding feature set and the full version already contains over 150 components including:

-Interaction system
-Robust Message Manager that can send commands to any script
-Motion for transforms and rigidbodies
-General game functionalities and scripts
-Modular AI system
-User created content and construction/destruction systems
-Animation systems
-Combat system including health, damage, projectiles, and melee with combos
-Inventory system
-Save/load preferences
-Save/load entire game to binary
-Multiplayer support with Photon Cloud
-Mecanim state machine behaviors (state machine visual scripting with Mecanim editor)
-Level and prefab generator (beta)

MultiGame is great for adventure, physics, tower defense, RTS, RPG, FPS, MMO, open world, action, racing, arcade, or really any real-time genre or combination of genres you can imagine.

I would appreciate your feedback before I go for the full release so please:

Get the free version now!

Quick post to make my profile less buggy

Posted by (twitter: @taro_omiya)
Saturday, January 9th, 2016 2:02 am

Before this post, link http://ludumdare.com/compo/author/japtar/ is not working, but apparently posting on this account once should fix it.

Edit: in reality, though, I’m using the Omiya Games account, and occasionally use this one as backup if I have more than one game to submit.

I’m in!

Posted by (twitter: @https://twitter.com/tivec)
Thursday, January 7th, 2016 10:01 am

14 weeks, 1 day until Ludum Dare 35. Ok. No need to panic yet.

A bit about myself – Henrik “Tivec” Bergvin is my name, currently living in Norway where I work with security in an airport administration. I’m of the ’82 vintage, living with my girlfriend and 3 dogs. I love programming and gaming, so Ludum Dare should be right up my alley. I haven’t participated before, so this is my first competition – thus why I start out early. The goal is to spend as much time as possible working on refining my skills so that I am ready for the weekend.

I’ll try to post about my progress every so often – once per week is the goal. Stay tuned for more!

Dog tax: My Australian Shepherd Scott :)

 

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