Posts Tagged ‘Dark Acre’


Posted by (twitter: @DarkAcreJack)
Sunday, December 8th, 2013 11:21 pm

Like I’ve got anything better to do.

Unity, FL Studio, & assorted super-expensive Adobe/Autodesk products.


Gettin’ That Community Dollar – Pt. 2

Posted by (twitter: @DarkAcreJack)
Saturday, December 15th, 2012 11:48 pm

You shouldn’t be reading this. You should either be sleeping or working on your game. Unless you gave up.

No pictures of my food, for I sustain myself on the tears of the competitors who couldn’t make it. Every “I’m out” is like a fine morsel of filet mignon.

Here’s a screenshot:


Hell yeah it’s dark. Dark like the Acre.

My ambition is becoming a reality. This has been the best attempt so far, and this is the seventh attempt in a row. Will he finish? Will it suck? All questions shall be answered in due time.

Detailed updates live here. There’s a link to a “playable” build on that page.

Follow me on Twitter, Friend me on Facebook, Subscribe to me on YouTube. The usual crap.

Dark Acre Jack, signing off for the night.

Gettin’ That Community Dollar

Posted by (twitter: @DarkAcreJack)
Friday, December 14th, 2012 11:10 pm

I don’t usually post progress reports on here, not really sure if anyone actually reads them they fly by so fast during compo, but whatever. Gotta get that mad “Community” mark by at least pooping out something up in this here piece, amirite?

Here’s a picture of an empty glass that held 3 liberal rum & eggnogs:

Fill this with the tears you cried over how terrible you thought the theme was.

And here’s the latest screenshot:


Not really sure what I’m going for aside from my most ambitious entry to date. I guess we’ll see if it all comes together in time. Track it here. There’s a link to a “playable” build on that page.

Follow me on Twitter, Friend me on Facebook, Subscribe to me on YouTube. The usual crap.

Dark Acre Jack, signing off for the night.


Posted by (twitter: @DarkAcreJack)
Friday, December 7th, 2012 11:10 am

Seven times you’ve called. Seven times I’ve answered.

It’s no longer a question. The rest of the time I’m not doing LD I’m Conan the Barbarian. Pushing on the Wheel of Pain. Preparing.

Once again the copy-paste from the previous “I’m in’s”. The more things change, the more they don’t. Or something like that.

Primary Tools

  • Unity3D 4.0 Pro
  • Autodesk 3D Studio Max
  • FL Studio 10.x

Secondary Tools

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • NGUI
  • Substance Designer
  • nDo
  • dDo
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • Autodesk Motionbuilder

Tertiary Tools

  • Propellerhead Figure
  • KORG iMS-20
  • Animoog
  • SampleWiz


The Darkade template contains copywritten material. Anything related to Dark Acre, iTween, Owlchemy’s Texture scaling or Strumpy Shader are property of their owners. Refer to various licenses for details.

Let’s have a good time and REMEMBER! If you must quit, give up, or bitch about the theme please carefully write down all your issues in a well-worded document, go into the bathroom, and hang yourself. Because no one else gives a toss.


Let’s Play “Alone”

Posted by (twitter: @DarkAcreJack)
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 8:03 am

Happy 2012, and thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to rate my (and everyone else’s) entry.

Don’t have the time/patience to actually play the game, but still want to justify a 5/5 Theme rating? Check out the walkthrough:

Also, if you can figure out why I apologize to Stephen King, Tweet at me and I’ll give you a prize.

If I can.

Now, back to trying to win this pot of gold

Not Enough Kitteh

Posted by (twitter: @DarkAcreJack)
Sunday, August 14th, 2011 9:33 am

Scary image that would haunt your nightmares.

It seems that my chief problem with getting rank on my LD entries has been the distinct lack of kittens. Hope to rectify that this time around.

I’ll be using:

  • Unity 3D for the vroom vroom.
  • FL Studio 10 for the boom boom.
  • Photoshop/Illustrator CS5 for the pixel pushing.
  • 3D Studio Max for the polygons and shadows.
  • pixelplacement‘s iTween for the bits that move.
  • Still standing!

I really should assemble a basic code library but it’s more stressful fun to do it all from scratch.

Best of luck to everyone, let’s make some killer games!

‘the Child’, a Post-Mortem

Posted by (twitter: @DarkAcreJack)
Saturday, May 21st, 2011 2:08 pm

Here’s the last push for a bit of attention to my LD submission, if you have a second and haven’t already done so, please check it out and toss me whatever rating you feel it’s worth.

This whole experience has been absolutely fantastic. Thanks and much love to the organizers and participants for making this such a great ride to be on!

There’s a walk-through video, a time-lapse, and a self-hosted project page if you’re interested.

Here I present the “edited and abridged for LD’ers” version of the post-mortem:

What Went Right

1. Leveraging the Power of Unity Prefabs

All of my past projects up to this one had been done almost exclusively in C#, with almost no special use of the Unity environment. They were done that way to help me come to grips with coding in C#.

Image of the Child's Prefabs

For this LD, I threw that mentality out the window and crafted nearly everything in scene, using prefabs. What an amazing difference it makes! Defining game objects, exposing the variables on them, and using drag-and-drop to configure game play is really what Unity is all about, and I’m glad I had this LD to finally realize that.

2. Scripting Tight

Sort of a knock-on effect of switching over to prefabs, code bloat was immediately reduced to a negligible amount. With all the variables explicitly used and exposed on the game objects in scene, it was far easier to manage what was going on and limit the overall messiness of the scripting process. That’s not to say there’s no kludgy-hacky nonsense going on, but there’s far less than there was when I was in pure code mode.

3. Winning the Theme Roulette

This time I followed the theme selection very closely. I hadn’t before because I didn’t want to set my sights on any one theme before the final was announced, and avoid any kind of disappointment. This time I didn’t really fixate on a theme, but I had a very strong feeling that ‘It’s Dangerous…’ was going to be chosen. The night before the compo I dreamed a fully-formed concept for a game that used this theme, so you can imagine my relief when it turned out to be the one that made the cut. Lucky advantage.

What Went Wrong

1. Uneven Production Process

When tackling any long-term project, I tend to break things down into manageable chunks and then assign levels of ‘completeness required for play’ to them. This means there’s a round of building, and producing passable assets so that I can start to see if a game is going to be fun or not.

For Ludum Dare, though, it seems that one thing that makes games stand out and get recognized is the end quality levels of art. I’ve always envied these 2D wizards that can crank out beautiful pixels for their projects that really make them shine. So, I told myself I was going to push it to the limit with the 3D assets this time out. The problem was I focused so much on making the 3D nice that I had little time for audio and controls polish.

It’s always a trade off, a fine balance of managing just how much to produce in the time given.

2. Not Enough Kitties

Apparently this is also an important thing to producing a popular entry, and I’ll endeavor to add more cute meme-cats to my future entries.

Picture of guy holding like 10 kittens.

3. Not Enough Zelda

Looking back at it now, I probably could have taken the time to insert at least a few nods to the venerable Nintendo classic, but I’m still happy with my interpretation of the theme and glad that it left enough leeway for all the other creative entries that weren’t strictly focused on emulating the Tri-force hunter in one way or another.

It’s really important to note that this LD sparked enough of a creative fire under my butt to finally abandon another project that I wasn’t really having much fun with and shift all of my production over to creating an improved version!

Thanks again and congrats to all that participated in this LD, I’m looking forward to seeing you all and more come the next one.


<click here for Dark Acre Jack’s entry>

Walk-through: ‘the Child’

Posted by (twitter: @DarkAcreJack)
Thursday, May 12th, 2011 1:01 pm

Hey all,

Thanks everyone for the feedback thus far on my entry, most notably Daniel X. Moore’s comment about not being able to run Unity on Linux. I’ve put together the above walkthrough of the game from start to finish.

So, for anyone having issues running it or beating it, you’ll get the whole experience here and hopefully still be able to contribute a rating!

I’ve also prepared a version of the video without commentary. Thanks again for checking out my stuff, I’ve had a blast playing through everyone else’s!

Lapse of Time

Posted by (twitter: @DarkAcreJack)
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 5:56 pm

If you watched the first one I tweeted, this version has a bit of commentary added.

Once More Around the Bend

Posted by (twitter: @DarkAcreJack)
Saturday, April 16th, 2011 10:40 am

Jack’s Back!

How convenient is that that LD20 rolls around just as a break appears in the Dark Acre development cycles? Uncanny, that.

Hoping to bring the improved levels of skills to craft a far better entry than the last one, but mostly just hoping to stay conscious and lucid enough to finish.

Bringing the usual suspects to bear:

  • Unity 3D Pro.
  • C# scripts programmed from scratch, same as before.
  • CS5 Suite, mostly Illustrator/Photoshop.
  • FL Studio 10 Producer Ed.
  • Pixelplacement’s iTween
  • The powers of darkness.

Looking forward to another weekend of madness and torture!

Dark Acre Jack

Another Time-lapse

Posted by (twitter: @DarkAcreJack)
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 2:06 am

For people who like this kind of thing, I tried to keep it light-hearted.  It’s got a stellar cast, a decent script, and a happy ending.


A Challenger Appears!

Posted by (twitter: @DarkAcreJack)
Monday, December 13th, 2010 12:40 pm

This should be good.

I’m Jack, and I’m entering LD #19.

I’m not certain where to put the library declarations?  So I’ll put them here.  I’ll be using:

Unity 3D free version.

Pixelplacement’s iTween.

The powers of darkness.

I’m fairly certain these are all available to all?

I look forward to testing your might!

Christopher ‘Jack’ Nilssen – Dark Acre


Art: Photoshop CS5, 3DS Max 2011, Crazybump.

Sound: FL Studio 9+

Additional “base code”: Pixelplacement’s just-released “Backdrop“, just in case.


Font: Imagine Font.

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