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Stadium of the Kernel

by jamiebell-oldtopman - Jam Entry

This is a collaboration between oldtopman and jamiebell.
oldtopman wrote all of the code, providing some rather clever tricks, but ran out of time before he could cure cancer.
Jamie wrote all of the music, and failed to finish recording the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra before our time ran out.

oldtopman: I've been into ascii for almost a year now. There's a certain elegance to be had when there's nothing there but imagination. Not that it looks bad either, lots of information can be said in a small space when you know what corresponds to a letter.

Jamie: I dug making the sound effects and music for this! I made the all of the "in-computer" sound effects exclusively using Pro Tools's signal generator, layering square/sawtooth waves and white noise, which was a super fun exercise in manually doing what sfxr could do in a single click (heh!). The music uses samples from a Final Fantasy 6 soundfont run through Kontakt 5, and I really think when that FF6 timpani comes in, there's an otherwise buried part of my childhood that rushes back with each hit. Pretty cool to have these instruments of mass nostalgia at my fingertips, I love it! I don't really know what else to put here but please enjoy the battles! :)

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Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:38am

I'm going to be working on porting this to windows, and I should have a build up tomorrow or the day after. If anybody can compile C++/SDL/SDL_mixer code for windows/mac, or if you know about the error 0xC0000005, please let me know.

Will Xyen says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:39pm


tumoxep says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:40am

I get the "Segmentation fault (core dumped)" at the fourth boss when I use a speed attack twice (Ubuntu x64).
Anyway, I completed the game. Very nice.
Music is awesome.

MurrayL says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 7:45pm

Any word on the Windows port?

Sep 1, 2012 @ 8:30pm

Fascinating; first ncurses game I've ever played from Ludum Dare. A bit hard to follow, though, and there's a huge curve between the fourth and fifth bosses. Either way, not bad.

goffmog says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 8:55pm

Cool to see a Linux only game - made me boot into Linux for the first time in a while, but if I suddenly become horribly addicted to Angband again it'll be your fault!! Found it too hard near the end but might replay. Anyone running Windows only could just grab the latest Ubuntu windows installer, it installs and uninstalls like a regular program, gives you Linux in a proper dual-boot setup and doesn't require you to partition your hard drive. Do it!!

DaveDobson says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 9:49pm

Can't run this - it looks cool, but I don't have a Linux machine.

Sep 1, 2012 @ 10:13pm

@tumoxep: Thanks a lot! :) I appreciate it! -Jamie

Sep 1, 2012 @ 10:42pm

Just uploaded the soundtrack to Soundcloud, if anyone is interested!

Qaterknan says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 5:57pm

Nice game! But it is too easy to skill on weaker bosses...

brita_ says ...
Sep 3, 2012 @ 11:44am

Nice idea and mood. Had to manually kill your game after entering the credits though :-P

Cipher says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 1:34am

error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Sep 13, 2012 @ 1:45pm

oldtopman: Do you have SDL-mixer installed? It's probably called "libsdlmixer" in your repos, but I compiled mine from source and am not sure on that.

@All the windows people
I'm terribly sorry, but I've don't everything I possibly can to try to get the game to compile on there, but to no avail.

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