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The plan

Posted by
Friday, December 16th, 2011 8:26 pm

This time around, I think I’m going to take it easy on the graphics and sound. Instead, I’ll focus on pure story. My plan: a multiplayer, online puzzle game. I’ll be working in PHP, with a bit of JS front-end. Maybe some html and css as a template. I have some interesting ideas for something atmospheric, and connected to the theme :) Hope to start serving things up to outside users in short order!

Insane Idea

Posted by (twitter: @bob_george33)
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 1:47 am

So I’m entering Ludum Dare 22. So’s my brother and friend. The plan is to live stream our desktops (or the primary screen of them at least) , take a photo every 5 seconds for a time lapse, and record the information we place on out whiteboards. And here’s where I’m insane, I’m coding in a language I only decided to start learning today: Java. In about half an hour I set up a development environment, scripts to compile and run and a base program to do my logic loop (which I won’t be using come this weekend).
My set up is as follows:

  • Intel Core i7 950
  • 10GB DDR3 RAM
  • 2 x 22″ 1080p LED Monitors
  • 1 x 19″ 1440×900 LCD Screen in Portrait.
  • Windows 7 Ultimate x64

And here’s a pretty picture of it all.

Home Desk Space


  • Java (Main Client)
  • PHP (High Scores or anything web based I want to implement)
  • Game Maker (Fall back if Java ends up being insanely hard)


  • Paint.Net (Pixel Art and Touch Ups)
  • Fireworks/Photoshop (Vectorising Drawn Art)
  • Notepad ++ (Programming)
  • Open Office (Documentation)
  • Game Maker (Fall Back Programming)
  • VirtuaWin (Desktop Management, 3 Screens isn’t enough)
  • pixie (Colour Selection)

Plan is to use mainly black and white, and maybe a red or two for colours.  I’m going to be drawing and scanning my menu systems in, and then vectorising them. As for game ideas, I have a few, some that I won’t be able to do easily due to the lack of knowledge of Java, and some that would look epic and take virtually no time. Worst comes to worst I’ll make a text based adventure game and make a single nice piece of art for it.



Wikiventure Post-Mortem

Posted by (twitter: @AtkinsSJ)
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 4:12 pm

Wikiventure went far better than I was expecting. Mainly because I wasn’t expecting anything remotely interesting. I’m still working on it, in fact, adding new things – just today I added user-input via a text-box and tags which react to that input, and score and cash variables that can be checked and modified. I’m really enjoying it, and plan to add a basic battle system like in proper game books. 😛

What went well

  • The basic game, taking pages from the wiki and letting you travel between them, was very quick and easy to set-up. Then it was just a case of feature-creep for the rest of the weekend, which was perfect for me!
  • People took an interest and wrote some content for me! 😛

What went badly

  • Spent rather a long time at the start battling with C++ libraries before moving to PHP. Though that did help me come-up with an idea.
  • Also spent rather a long time at the end trying to fix an infinite loop, but managed to do so before the deadline, so no real bad points. 😀

What I would do differently

  • Plan-out code structure before writing it. I spent quite a while on the Sunday rewriting all the tag-parsers to remove a lot of repeated code. There’s still a lot now.
  • Put time into writing content! I only actually created two areas, as a test right at the start before I’d added any tags, and then I kind-of expected people to write my content for me. Which some people did, but it was horribly lazy of me.

Things I’d like to add

  • Cookies or some other way of keeping things persistent between sessions. Could tie it to user-accounts on my site.
  • Combat system, mentioned already.
  • More levels of persistence than ‘IFVISITED’ and ‘IFNVISITED’, so that the player wouldn’t necessarily have to follow the same set of actions multiple times.
  • Any other stuff I happen to think-up.
  • Content!1!1!!1!!!

So yeah, it went pretty well. I’ll keep working on it and maybe it’ll become something really interesting.

Gah, infinite loops!

Posted by (twitter: @AtkinsSJ)
Sunday, September 13th, 2009 4:09 pm

Less than an hour until the deadline. It’s gone midnight. I am rather tired. The most complicated tags so far have just gone in, (SPEECH and TALK, for enabling conversation trees. And probably anything that needs a choice actually. Whee!) and I have an infinite loop somewhere. Oh goody.

Anyway, it’s been an awesome Mini-LD. MUST… FIX… INFINITE… LOOP…


Turns out, it’s because I’d got the position in a string, modified the string, then still used that position. Silly me. All works now! Time to update the documentation, submit, and go to bed, and only 25 minutes to spare. 😀

MiniLD #12: FaerieNet

Posted by
Sunday, September 13th, 2009 2:25 pm

So I had this cool idea about faeries living in the net, and you could browse webpages and recruit them, help them fight off boss critters, etc..

The problem is that I screwed up my time management; I didn’t get started until today, and the deadline is actually much closer than I realized (who uses UTC?!? @_@).  But anyway, I worked up something which is not a game but is still kind of neat.

FaerieNet – Create a Faerie

I probably won’t be able to work on this any more before the official midnight UTC deadline.  So, this is it for me for this MiniLD.  However, I might just continue working on this project in the days ahead…

Items Complete!

Posted by (twitter: @AtkinsSJ)
Sunday, September 13th, 2009 12:04 pm

Items can now be gained and lost, there are IFHAVE and IFNHAVE to conditionally output text, and you can click on items in your inventory to use them: if that area has a [[USE:Foo|Bar]] tag, then it will display Bar if you use Foo. Tags can contain other tags, but not perfectly if there are multiple tags at the same level. eg:

[[IFHAVE:Foo| [[GET:Fish]] [[GET:Chips]] ]]

The Get tags are at the same level here, and so will display oddly. Though I think they might still work.

If anybody has any ideas of other things they’d like in, please comment below! And feel free to use tags in pages: They make it a game rather than a wiki browser. :)


Posted by (twitter: @AtkinsSJ)
Saturday, September 12th, 2009 3:41 pm

I’m in the process of adding in codes you can use in area pages.

First, there’s [[GET:Foo]], which will let the player pick-up an item called ‘Foo’ from that area. The item will only appear there if they do not already own it.

Then there’s [[IFHAVE:Foo|Bar]]. This checks if the player has ‘Foo’ in their inventory. If they do, ‘Bar’ is displayed. Bar can contain formatting, but I think it won’t work if you put anything with ]] inside it. I’ll have a go at changing that.

I’m keeping an up-to-date list of codes and formatting that work here, if anybody wants to start messing around with them! 😀

I think I’ll go to bed soon, so that’s probably it for today. It’s been really fun so far, especially considering how clueless I was to begin with.

Whee! Screenshot!

Posted by (twitter: @AtkinsSJ)
Saturday, September 12th, 2009 9:50 am

OK, so I have a working prototype!

Kind-of pointless screenshot.

Kind-of pointless screenshot.

Not very exciting, but it works. Create and edit pages here (starting with ‘Adventure/’, link them up, and it’ll let you navigate between them. To make it easier, pages that don’t exist will give you a link so you can write them. To jump to a page, simply add ‘p=PAGENAME’ (without the ‘Adventure/’ bit) to the URL. It’s case-sensitive.

Um, not really sure where to go from here. Making ”’ become <b> and ” become <i> would be good. Then maybe some kind of inventory…? I really have no idea. 😛

EDIT: The best bit about this is that other people are already writing the actual game pages for me! 😛


Posted by (twitter: @AtkinsSJ)
Saturday, September 12th, 2009 7:02 am

I wasn’t planning on entering miniLD 12. But the theme was just so interesting that my mind won’t let me not enter it, so here I go.

My original plan was C++, SDL and cURL. However, cURL refuses to work at all, so I’m stuck with PHP, the only other language I know reasonably well. This limits my choices significantly, but since I didn’t have any to start with, this isn’t really a problem.

So, my current plan is a choose-your-own adventure made of wiki pages. First name I could think of is ‘Wikiventure’, which is awful, sounds like a Wiki-based investment company, and is probably going to stay as the name because I can’t think of any others. 😛

It’s located here, and currently just outputs the wiki page, not that exciting.

Maze Of Ludicrosity

Posted by
Sunday, February 24th, 2008 12:03 pm

maze final

All done! Already filled with lots of user submissions. I can already tell that making sure submissions work right is going to be murder. But we shall see! It’s pretty awesome already, with multi-part puzzles made by different people.

Play now:

It requires a Dumb Account to play, but those are free and the most fun thing in the world, so you would be a fool to pass that up.

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