Posts Tagged ‘unity’
Cosmic Conga is a fast paced strategy game that may… or may not be, balanced
Most of the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive (thanks everyone!) with the one exception of a psychotically insane AI difficulty.
Fancy a challenge? Try and beat the original LD submission Play [Web]
Sick of that stupid AI? Try our brand spanking new ‘balanced’ version Play Balanced [Web]
I stress ‘balanced’ as I’ve spent so much time testing this build I’m not entirely sure what constitutes ‘difficult’ anymore
Thanks to everyone who helps make Ludum Dare possible,
And congrats to everyone who submitted, the entries keep getting better every time.
It’s done! Since the last update, I’ve added a goal (buy all the planets), rebalanced everything to be more interesting, and added a bunch of quality-of-life improvements. (Windows stay on screen, you can rename lorries, etc.) It feels like an actual game now, and I’m really happy with it.
I appear to be afraid of making games.
My LD26 submission was an immersive world with graphics and audio, interactions and special effects, challenge and progress. It was clunky, confusing, cheesy, and short, but it was a game.
When LD27 rolled around, I looked through my feedback and made a plan. Graphics and interface were the biggest complaints I received, so I focused on a clean interface and smooth graphics. In that, I succeeded… but at the loss of a complex goal, and immersive interaction. The comments indicated such, but I didn’t get the hint.
LD28 added back some of that interaction, and gave the player a means to manipulate the ways they interacted with the game. It added back a challenge and goal, but lost the graphical and auditory polish, and it required content to really shine. Most of my time was spent on the upgrade interface, which was lauded, but the game suffered for it.
I didn’t feel too bad about my LD30 submission. I mean, it was missing 90% of my desired features, the graphics got skipped again, and I didn’t have enough time to playtest it well, so it’s statistically unlikely you’ll complete even a single objective… but that’s Ludum Dare right? 600 lines of code later, the inventory system works, the random goal and automatic goal-checking works, the random resource generation and base-color modification works, and the entire backend ties together in a bug-free manner. There are simple particle effects, some moody ambient audio, and a few hurried attempts at humor… It’s still a moderately successful submission.
The comment that really kicked me in the gut was, “Nice GUI Demo”. I know they didn’t mean it maliciously, but really? The worst part is, I can’t argue with it. I watched my timelapse, and I spent almost the entirety of the Compo mucking with the GUI. You don’t interact with the planets (yes, those were supposed to be planets), you push buttons. Everything is a button. You don’t live in this world at all. It worked for Adventure Games, but I guess we grew out of those in the late 90’s.
Immersion is hard. And evidently important.
Amidst the complaints Elder Scrolls Online receives (yes, random neuron firing here), one is how they focused on a nearly GUI-free experience. I’m beginning to understand their decision.
My goal for Ludum Dare 30 was to make a game that didn’t disappoint me. Instead, I think I discovered one of the issues holding me back. Just as good, I’d say.
Today I learned how to make the chat with AppWarp and the animation transitions with animator.
This is a great day, I have finished the basic game mechanics, but still need how to synch network objects like rigid bodies shared between players. In PhotonCloud is easier, I was searching in google but only found the old way to do it, like we did with socket messages, and i dont like it, so i opened a ticket in appwarp support service to learn how to sync rigidbodies using network views as easy as photoncloud does.
Anyway, so tired, i need to eat XD
Last weekend I participated in my second Ludum Dare ever. Completely different from last time, I knew what engine to use and what to expect. Does that mean everything went smoothly? No, not really. Am I unhappy? No, not really.
Engine choice: as opposed to last time, I actually decided on my engine beforehand. After seeing what some people could do with Unity, I decided to put myself over the fact that Unity uses the worst naming conventions ever (well… not really, but you get my point if you are a frequent C# programmer and know the Unity conventions) and give it a try. I only had time to do a simple tutorial and play a little bit around myself before the compo to refresh my Unity experience, so I knew in advance I would spend a lot of time figuring out trivial things. In the end, it did not turn out as bad as I expected. I got to know Unity a lot better, have learned to appreciate how it works and will most likely use it again next time.
Concept: I came up with several concepts that would cover most themes in advance. ‘Connected worlds’ was not one of them. This meant the first step was to come up with one. To prevent a situation like last time where it took a long time before coming up with a concept, I made a decision fairly simple. The concept I chose was fairly ambitious, but I deemed it possible. However, in my hurry to get started, I did not work out the concept far enough. I came across a lot of not-yet-made decisions during the implementation. I lost some time in that, which I could have prevented by thinking through the concept better. Deciding how the game should feel and where it should go to should preferably be done before the first line of code is written.
A good thing about the concept is that it is very scalable. It needs some critical mass to be playable and fun, but it is fairly open-ended and the critical mass is relatively easy to reach. As opposed to my previous Ludum Dare, this game’s fun-factor does not rely solely on level design, which means a lot less time has to be spent on generating content for the game.
Graphics: the graphics of the game suck. However, this time I knew in advance they would. I need a lot more practice to be able to make acceptable programmer art, and thus to justify spending time on making the game pretty. That is why this time I decided in advance to not spend a lot on time of graphics. Last time I spent a few hours on making sucky graphics, this time I spent a few minutes on making sucky graphics. Sounds like a fair deal to me.
Audio: while the music isn’t great, audible-music.com is a great way of getting rid of the silence and using some default drum loops in Garageband I can very easily flesh the music out a bit. I might consider practicing a bit with Garageband to make very simple tunes, as I think Garageband is a very understandable program and allows for not-so-bad-music to be made in a short timespan.
Overall: there are probably a lot of things I forgot to talk about, but I am sure the weekend as a whole counts as a very good experience. Considering it is only my second Ludum Dare, and my first time using Unity for real, I am not too unhappy about the result. I have definitely shown myself capable of applying my experience of the previous Ludum Dare to improve myself. From what I can tell, I have not made the same mistakes again. My goal is to participate in every Ludum Dare from now on — circumstances allowing. I am definitely looking forward improving my skills even more, and hopefully one day I will be able to participate competitively.
I just love to see what other people create as well. I feel very encouraged by all the people making a game in the same timespan, and the short period makes it an ideal distraction from the daily #gamedev obligations. Only by looking at livestreams and reading the updates I can enjoy myself and learn a lot of things, but participating adds another layer on top of that. Thanks guys, for being awesome.
If you are interested in my entry, you can check it out over here. Any feedback is of course much appreciated. If you wish to follow my other projects, you can follow me on Twitter as well.
Our team for the LD 30 Jam is still going strong, 15 hours to go. The game is about – you guessed it – connecting worlds by building bridges. The cultures that live on the worlds evolve based on the resources you provide them access with. Simultaneously, the evil enemy culture is growing without your influence, and your goal is to nurture the friendly cultures to a level where they can defeat it.
Can’t wait to see what everyone else has done with the topic! But first, the UI and controls have to be finished and the game be balanced. Also we encountered some interesting ideas and techniques which might make it into a postmortem.
- I only had 24 hours so I went sleepless. Too excited to sleep.
- The physics of the bird was the hardest to tweak. It still needs a lot of work
- Procedurally generated world.
- Fart poo noises was done by my mouth, not my bottom.
- Music was done with garage band
Playable here http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-30/?uid=34676
The first night,since theme annuncied, here in Spain is really late, 2:30 am approx, i spent like 8h creating a mongodb server with php api rest to realise next day that it would take another two days to be implemented.
So, I moved to appwarp server for Unity for the first time after analyze all the other options like photon cloud, smartfoxserver etc
The demo was working, i added all the assets, and did some coding all the day until now, barely sleeped, the project got corrupted in a physics online loop in the editor and i was in pain, lucky me i recovered the files this morning and now the only part left is to finish some online mechanics and scores ,etc
Hud is done, also character motor and cool rendering with mirroring fx.
My first ever Ludum Dare! I was dared by a coworker to enter and make a game on Friday!
Enjoy playing Jacob’s Ladder here!
Jacob’s Ladder is an attempt at meeting my goals here.
I have had many successes through the last two days!
[x] Intro Splashes / Animations
[x] learned to make materials / textures / normal maps
[x] GUI Buttons
[x] city maze : Jacobs Ladder level
[x] Audio, Music, Sounds
[x] Secondary Main Menu / SubMenu
[x] how-to-play / controls / input
[x] footstep sounds triggered when walking
Didn’t get around to adding :
[ ] skybox
[ ] Cross Maze Level (from brainstorming session at start of LD30)
I surprised even myself on what could be done it such a limited amount of time. I learned a lot and can now add the scripts I created to a personal script library to use in other game dev projects!
Ludum Dare For The Win!
First Ludum Dare complete! WOOHOO! Still didn’t have the whole 48 hours for this but did the best with what I had. I did have a single player mode in but had to yank that out at the last minute.
Hope you all enjoy!
that was really hard work… but i finished it. Im so happy now <3
this time I focused more on the presentation, so the actual gameplay is not very complex.
its also very short… you can play through it in 2 minutes. but if you want more score you must play longer.
its a bit arcade like..
The World Connector Club is waiting for you
and again the game is a bit strange…XD