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So it may be my last Ludum Dare meal…or maybe not? It all depends on these last five hours. I’m busy working away on the art after having made a simple but tasty baked bean pie
Which may look a little sloppy but I can assure you its tasty, and I’ve still got two thirds of it left so I can guess what’ll be reheated for tomorrow!
Anwyho the game, I ironed out a lot of the code related issues I had, I still have about 4 code issues I need to work on, three bugs and a lot of art. In the meantime here’s a puddle for your enjoyment!
The chances of another update before the compo is ended is slim, however if I don’t get everything finished my work shall leak into the Jam to make sure I have something finished
And thanks to some bodge fixes they’re biting me in the bum as they’re causing other issues I still really need to start on my art for the game too! Plus I should start showing my game more as currently it’s all food, food, food.
At least my lunch is tasty, some of my homemade pulled pork accompanied by some beans from my soup and a crusty roll
Wasn’t needed but I wanted both so I won’t need to eat until late lunchtime
My game is going ok but at a bit of a slow pace, I had tooo much sleep last night as I got a headache in the evening and wanted to go sleep it off. Plus to top it off after getting up this morning I spent three hours trying to fix a bug that had a super simple fix Oh and my game only works as an exe not in html5 which is annoying.
I’m hoping soon all the scripting will be there so I can spend time on the art which I haven’t really touched yet except for making super quick placeholders. I’d really like it finished for the compo though and not the Jam
So while working away (not done any art yet so there isn’t really much I can show that looks nice) I had a spot of dinner which is a five bean soup that’s been bubbling away in the slow cooker since yesterday evening with a nice crusty bread roll.
Followed by a naughty massive London cheesecake and with that I’m about to explode while writing up lots of different variable combinations
I’ll probably be snacking on the soup for the rest of LD.
Well actually now it’s a bit late for lunch as it’s almost 2, but it was still my lunch as it’s a Saturday I thought I’d pop to the market in town and get some nice warm food from the thai food market stall and be a bit lazy I haven’t tried their big meals yet with noodles and rice but their spring rolls and satay chicken are yummy!
Plus I popped by the bread stall too and bought some naughty cakes, just look at the size of this one!
But I just can’t resist cakes with a custard filling, also got a london cheesecake and eccles cake for munching on at some other point over the weekend
Although now lunch is over and I’ve managed to eat nearly half the cake I’ll get back onto work
So I’ve been spending my time since the theme was announced sleeping a little on and off as it gets announced at 2am over here. While also trying to come up with an idea. I’m not a huge fan of the theme of evolution but I’ve got a few ideas I’m thinking about and wondering if they’ll be able to turn into something plausible for being created in 48 hours.
In the meantime here’s my desk, which if people have seen my desk shots before may notice it’s one monitor down ¬__¬ thanks to my partner who pinched my monitor after I came back from E3 and he still hasn’t given it back, meaning I have to try and do work with one monitor…I swear it’s impossible, especially as my monitor isn’t large at all, it only displays at 1280×1024
At least I’ve got my laptop to help me out.
I am intending on taking part again as usual It’ll be my 7th Ludum Dare I’ve taken part in and I hope to do something different I was looking forward to developing something on Gameboy however I don’t believe my coding is up to scratch. I’ll have a play around with it tomorrow before LD starts and see what happens, but it’d be nice to get something displaying on the screen
Otherwise due to my lack of pure coding skills I shall be using the usual…
Scripting – Game Maker
Art – Photoshop
Sound – Audacity.
I look forward to making some soup over the weekend to keep me going while also being tempted to pop a lamb shank in the slow cooker and see what happens with that. Along with some rice pudding that will last throughout the compo. Plus it’s a bank holiday on Monday in the UK so I can have as little sleep as possible without worrying about being sleepy at work! YAY!
So I never posted my dinner, mainly because I forgot to take a picture but it was naughty chinese takeaway so I shouldn’t of really had it. However after that I scooped out some of the rice pudding I made earlier in the day and popped it in the oven, it’s come out very nice for my first attempt at rice pudding
Also my game is coming along ok, I need to make sure to get all the mechanics/code related things nailed down so I’ve got tomorrow to spend on the art & sounds, as currently everything is placeholder and I haven’t touched anything arty yet.
Coming up with a few ideas, trying to figure out the best one of the lot currently.
Although it’s slightly annoying that I’ve got Diablo III in the back of my mind as my partner is currently playing it due to the open beta weekend, and I don’t have the time to play it because of LD23
However my weekend is more eventful if I make a game over sitting at my PC all day, oh wait
I have just cleaned up my desk a bit too so I can see it and start working
Sadly I didn’t manage to finish my game in time last night, so I’m entering myself in the Jam instead as I really wanted to finish off a couple of screens that I didn’t have time to do this morning, and I didn’t want to submit it without them.
With 20 minutes left to go I realised I couldn’t draw out 3/4 menu screens as well as record and put in sound effects.
Which is a shame as I really wanted to get my game finished, but it’s not like entering the Jam is a bad thing at all It just means I didn’t manage to complete it in 48 hours, although with the amount of time I spent sleeping over the weekend added to the amount of time I’ll get to work on my entry today, it’ll probably total about 48 hours
My entry will probably be submitted later this evening.
So I’ve almost finished all the background stuff to get the game working, meaning I may be able to start on the art for it all soon *yay*
After feeling a bit peckish though I decided to heat up the left over beans and hot dogs from last night and have some yummy beans on toast.
From the sounds of it, it isn’t as epic as Cptalbertwesker’s incoming breakfast, but you can’t beat some good beans on buttery toast