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Ludum Dare 23
Ludum Dare 21
Ludum Dare 15
The S. J. Connor Commemorative Ribbon for Enthusiastic Prophesy
Awarded by Doches on September 14, 2009
The 'My Girlfriend Does Not Approve' award of excellence
Awarded by jplur on September 1, 2009
Slept alright last night, I’d say I’m still on target for delivering most of what I want by end of day tomorrow.
And I wrote some title screen music!
Other than TITLING the game also has RANDOM DUNGEONS:
AND THE DOG CAN USE HIS BARK
AND THERE IS A NONFUNCTIONAL INVENTORY
OK so I have a ton to do, see you guys around 8pm tomorrow!
I missed out on LD22 but here was my entry from LD21. And Just Like That, I Was Free.
Personal goal from this LD would be to use Unity instead of my old standby flash. Also would love to take whatever I make and turn it into a mobile game. I will also be writing the music using my ever-growing army of synths and hardware.
Also I donated to The Cause over on the right. Ludum Dare is easily my favorite event out of all recurring events, and I want very much for it to continue forever.
I’ve decided to look into Axel this time. It runs at a decent clip on my phone and iPad, so it’s got what I really wanted out of Unity anyway. So, my final toolset:
- CODE: AS3 with Axel (compiling in Flash Builder on my mac and Flash Develop on my PC)
- MUSIC: LSDJ for Gameboy + some sweet synths in Logic like nLog and quadraSID.
- ART: Photoshop
Also I’ve been informed that I have to watch my kids on Sunday while my wife goes out of town, which may greatly hamper my ability to finish any lofty goal. Better to participate than not, though!
ELL DEE TWENTY ONE LET ME HEAR YOU SAY UWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
This was my first LD proper since LD15 (which had a baker’s dozen entries (144)). I love love love Ludum Dare as an event (it feels like THE WHOLE WORLD is building and learning and having fun together), and I’m pleasantly shocked to see 4x as many submissions just two years since my last one. I promise to not let two years pass again my next one! I’ve always been building small games, but my spare time for a FULL WEEKEND of something has been so limited that it’s been challenging to get my Compo Wind back. BUT HERE I AM! Despite having a new baby in the house (my second kid), I was able to carve enough of a weekend away that I got a completed game done ON TIME WOOOOOOOYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHhhhwwwmmm.
I had an absolute blast building this little thing (here’s a link to rate it, bros!)
So v1 of my game was done at like 6pm EST on Sunday, 4 hours before the deadline, and I was shocked. I actually got to submit before the site exploded! Here’s my somewhat standard Post-Mortem-formatted Thingie!
What Went Right
- FLIXELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL is always fantastic to use. I was there when @adamatomic put out the first release, and I’ve kept up with it since the beginning. The version I use now is an ever so slightly modified version of 2.4.3 as well as the FlxBitmapFont add-on. I had just used Flixel for something quick a few months ago when I quit my job at EA, and although I now use Push Button Engine on a daily basis for my Make Money Doing Things part of the day, I had to go back to my old friend.
- MUSIC / GARAGEBAND YEAH! Part of my responsibilities at my new job include composing music, and it’s been great to keep that part of my life alive (a long, long time ago, I started college as a classical saxophone major). I use logic for work, but I don’t have that at home so I booted up another tool that I’ve loved since v1. I have a simple MIDI keyboard hooked up that I’ve used for years, and man nothing relaxes me more than getting to lay down some melodies. I wanted the music in this game to be kind of sad, and kind of melancholy like the ticking of a clock (there’s a line in the dialogue that says “You’re only getting older.” and I really wanted to have that feeling of climbing some monotonous, mechanical wasteland).
- Tiled: simply the best map editor around. For making maps in flixel I’ve used DAME in the past, and FLAN before it (I own a FLAN license!), but I really love the file-format for Tiled. Even if as an editor it’s not as good as DAME for sidescrollers, I have to use it on a daily basis for building isometric maps (again at the Make Money Place) and I’ve grown super-used to it. If you want to figure out how to load a Tiled map in flixel, there’s a really good example out there.
- I liked the story of the game, and I liked the setting, mood, and dialogue. However…
- I really wanted to spend a lot of time on art, and I just couldn’t. I had a lot of pixel work started but unused, and too many maps to apply it all to. I wanted to have more than just clouds on blue for the backgrounds (to give a sense of a giant world that’s sort of collapsing around you), but it just didn’t get finished. I’m happy with the way the game looks, but I know I can do better.
- I had to cut too many levels, I feel. The game has a decent length for a compo entry now, but it’s not quite as good as I’d like. I hit two problems with them, however: 1) many of these levels were much more difficult, and needed a ton of time for tuning that I didn’t have, and 2) I didn’t have time to build in a save-game system that I would have wanted if the game grew much longer than 10 minutes in length. I know it’s easy to do, but at some point we have to prioritize our TODO.txt guys! That said, I’m going to release a Director’s Cut in the next few days that adds all that content back in!
- About 10 hours into coding (so, roughly 18 hours into the compo), I realized that I really wanted to have built a roguelike and used this same sort of mood and “the world (or an unreliable narrator) talks to you” motif, but I was already kind of deep into this one at that point. At that point I lost a bunch of steam and drive to really make this My Favorite Thing I Ever Made, although it’s still in My Top Ten Things I Ever Made.
- I really didn’t get much sleep; my family kept me up late and got me up early. This isn’t something I would ever trade for more time to program, mind, but it definitely took away time that a Real Super Nerdguy could have used in 48 hours.
- I was done about 4 hours early, and was so tired and the game was tested pretty thoroughly so I just submitted it and started playing other people’s games. It turns out, I just barely beat the rush that took down the site (along with the help of that pesky bug), so at least I was able to go to bed without worry.
What’s happening folks? I have been out of the Ludum Proper since LD15, for which I submitted a game where you exploded bikini babes with spikes and hammers and things. I was previously working all day and most nights making the very best football videogames you could possibly ever want (or from the perspective of the indie-game scene, I had a “day job” where I worked for some folks who you probably don’t like very much). But a few months ago, some of my peers decided to try a startup, and I wanted in, and so I went. When I left EA, I made two postcards, one of them an homage to the game that tipped me over the edge:
Since leaving EA I have been working on small games, and it has been glorious. I compose music, I make art, I write dialogue, I help with marketing, and as always I write some white hot liquid code; it’s been wonderful. And now I work somewhere that allows me to participate in things like Ludum Dare without a hundred thousand layers of red tape blocking the way.
I’ll be building something this time, despite having a new baby in the house! My toolbox (which has several ORs depending on theme):
- art: photoshop OR tilestudio OR graphics gale
- music: garage band or milky tracker
- web: flashdevelop + flixel OR pushbuttonengine
- mobile: corona + lime
Looking forward to it!
I really, really, really shouldn’t be participating this weekend, as it’s my son’s first birthday and there are relatives from all over filling my househole.
But the theme! It’s too good! And worse, games with this theme will probably be LESS good if you just decide to release them later on, because they will require way too much explanation.
I don’t have a lot to show yet, just a title screen really. I’m reading data from the wiki (specifically, from http://www.minild12.sophiehoulden.com/index.php?title=Special:Random ), but that’s not evident here. Game will be a frantic shooter, I guess. Probably smash TV style. Also I looked on the rules wiki for “profanity” and I didn’t see anything preventing it! So!
I’ve updated the babe smashing hit game A CAVE FOR MY BIKINI BABES, making it now on v1.1.
- Added Mochi leaderboards!
- Slightly altered economy and item use counts!
- Fixed a bug that was preventing combo scores from counting (with the version I included in my LD submission, spikes were hands down the most efficient trap)!
- Capped the inventory for each trap at 20!
- Added a prep time of 15 seconds to the beginning of each level!
- Fixed a bug where you could get the player off the map!
- Altered enemy spawning and time limits slightly!
- Cop and babe walk speeds are now switched, to account for economy rebalancing!
My game is coming along! It’s a game where you throw bikini babes into a pit that you have filled with traps. Also there are police. And umm guts everywhere? Core mechanics are in place, going to try and write some music now so I can spend all day tomorrow adding features and polish.
Hey competitioneers I’m going to PARTICIPATE.
I’ll most likely be using Flash (using either APE or Flixel + Flan depending on the game idea), although there are a couple themes where I’d want 3D and would choose Unity. Going with those because they’re cross-platform and web-based which means GOOD TIMES FOR MORE PEOPLE. I’ll be using Milkytracker to make my sounds and music. Photoshop for the artsing. This is my first time laughing in the face of God.
Also I love every one of you.