Hi, I'm Stoney, I'm a twenty-something full-time indie developer from Germany. (Probably most generic bio info ever, but I'm not sure what else to write. :D )
About Stoney (twitter: @Stoney_FD)
Ludum Dare 17
Ludum Dare 16
Ludum Dare 15
So, Christmas is practically around the corner, right? Well anyway, I’m going to making a Christmas-themed game. It’s going to be called “Christmas Market Manager” where you get build your very own christmas market, build booths, get customers ,get rich and build the very best christmas market in the whole world. (Sorry, this sounds more like a marketing pitch than anything else.)
From a gameplay point of view it’s going to be like a very much stripped-down version of “Theme Park”, you have simple grid where you can build your booths on and you can use buffs (like some kind of Santa Clause who attracts new visitors) to attract new visitors. You do have some loose goals in the game like “Get 100 visitors”, “Make X amount of money” and so on.
It’s acutally something I’ve been prototyping for a long time and I’ve always tried to release a few weeks before christmas, but either real life got in the way or I totally forgot about it. I already do have a few graphics and some music available, so this should make the job a lot easier.
Here are some screenshots of the earlier prototypes:
This is another prototype for iDevices which I made with Objective-C with the excellent Sparrow Framework
From the technical perspective, I’m going to use CoffeeScript and my own game framework for
For the moment I’m concentrating on making it work on browsers, putting it up on Kongregate by the end of month and getting $1 through ads.
Today I woke up around 4:00 AM to see what the theme was, then back to sleep to let my brain work and get some game ideas.
The game idea I’m going for is something similar to a turn-based strategy game. A few years ago, some friends on mine and myself had a Battle for Wesnoth game session at university. Waiting for everyone to end their turn was pretty boring as you can’t actually do anything while someone else it’s their turn. So I changed the turn limit to 30 seconds, which is pretty low if you have about a dozen units on the field. It was definitely more action-packed, but in the end you couldn’t move or attack with a few units because the time just ran out. One of my buddies then totally lost it and began to rant on for a couple of minutes how that’s not a strategy game any more.
So I’m building on that experience and going for a turn-based tower defense. The defender has 10 seconds for planing his or her defenses while the attacker has 10 seconds to attack the base. First, it’s the defenders’ turn, then the attackers’ and so on.
As for graphics style, there will isometric graphics of course (as that’s pretty much the only thing I’m good at art-wise) and I’m thinking of having the game look like a tabletop/board game.
As for tech, I’ll be using:
- Lyria game framwork (homegrown)
- A bunch of third party-libraries like jQuery, Handlebars, Grunt, Stylus, etc.
- Blender for 3D art, GIMP for 2D art (which mostly breaks down to cropping and/or resizing images )
- There probably won’t be any sound or music, but if there is, I’ll be using SFXR and GarageBand
I’m curious to see how it’ll work out in the end. I’m not really working at full capacity at moment as I’m currently in Cologne at gamescom and have a very limited time slot to make the game in between the drive home, finding some time to work at the game in the hotel and dodging spotty wifi connections.
Well, to be honest, I’m not really happy with the theme. The obvious thing would be to do minimalistic graphics, which I’m not really a fan of, so I’ll be going the route of minimalistic gameplay.
So far my ideas are:
- The Quest of The Minimalist: You control someone who wants to be less minimalistic and you constantly have to juggle with his materialistic possessions.
- A strategy-like minimalistic game: You can only build a few buildings where each has a different purpose and you have to rebuild your whole settlement depending on different situations
- RPG-like minimalistic game: Something similar to Canabalt, but instead of jumping you have to fight monsters.
Well, it’s Ludum Dare time again, which means I’m in, naturally.
My weapons of choice:
- Language: CoffeeScript
- IDE: Aptana
- Framework: My self-made Lyria framework
- Graphics (2D): GIMP
- Graphics (3D): Blender
- Sounds: Garage Band, Audacity, sfxr
- Other tools: Stylus, Require.js, Node.js, Grunt, Handlebars or Jade templating engine, TexturePacker
I’m hoping for enough time this week-end to actually complete a game, no interruptions and me not getting sucked in by trying to constantly improve my framework.
I has been a bit since I competed in Ludum Dare and even longer since I last completed a game during a week-end. I’m actually really looking forward to this now.
- Code: CoffeeScript, LESS
- IDE: Aptana
- Framework: My self-made Lyria.js framework and the same concept converted to CoffeeScript
- Graphics (2D): GIMP
- Graphics (3D): Blender
- Sounds: Garage Band, Audacity, sfxr
- Other Tools: CodeKit, Node.js, TexturePacker
So far I have following game ideas:
- A fighting game where you control a creature and have to other creature, to ensure the survival of the fittest
- A RPG, where you evolve into a cyborg by choosing different implants and you have different interactions with NPCs depending on your implants (and/or your perception of the world changes depending on the implants)
- A strategy game, where you help evolving a town into a big metropole (Or some devation of this, evolving from a town from the Stone Ages to the near future)
Even though I probably don’t have enough time this week-end, Ludum Dare is something I can’t miss. Well, I haven’t been able to finish a game for at least the last five times, but hey, the past is the past.
Graphics: Blender 2.6 as usual, with some GIMP
Sound/Audio: GarageBand + sfxr + Microphone if needed
Other tools: TexturePacker, ImageOptim
I have to say I really like this theme. So many game ideas, so much room for interpretation.
So the idea I came up with is a sandbox strategy simulation where you are the god of a tiny world. (See how elegantly I put the theme into this sentence.) You can’t influence the world directly, you have to give the villagers resources and control the weather for the world to grow and flourish. (So my game will be very similar to Grow.)
And here is the obligatory desk photo:
I didn’t do very well the last few times at Ludum Dare, but I have high hopes this time.
I’m switching things up a little and I’m doing a HTML5 game. While I’ve been doing web projects and HTML5 stuff in the past, I never did something like that for Ludum Dare before:
After spending half the night with some Horde3D issues, I have decided to start over. While I’m being able to render the 3D scene, the 2D stuff on top of that is rendered without textures. It’s probably something trivial I missed and I’m still baffled why it doesn’t work now, because it did work in the past.
Two lessons learned so far during this LD:
- Don’t consume too much alcohol the day before LD starts
- Be absolutely certain that your tech works (Also I’m kinda kicking myself now that I didn’t do a warm-up game)
Anyhow, I’m now doing a game about an adventurer who is exploring a pyramid and he is alone of course. I’m back to making a 2D game and for that I’m using my typical 2D iso look.
Here is a what I ate:
Self-made wraps with some salad, onions, olives, cheese, kidney beans, corn, pepper and a spicy paprika dip. I can’t cook really, but I’m quite good at making wraps and sandwiches. (Maybe that means I should work at Subway if being a full-time indie doesn’t pan out. )
I was at a party when Ludum Dare started, so I checked a friend’s phone for the theme. I personally was hoping for territory, I had an idea for that, something like a turn-based hexagon-based strategy game. But I’m quite satisfied with the theme. On the way home from the party I came up with three ideas:
- An experimental art game about a guy who wants to be left alone, but his friends don’t let him only to found out he can never be alone.
- An RPG where you lose points/coins if you accept any help which forces the player to do things (kill monsters, etc.) alone on their own. This would go as far as losing points if you read the in-game tutorial.
- The player is sent to a deserted village to find out what happened there (some kind of wild west ghost town)
What I want to do for this Ludum Dare is to create something 3D and graphically impressive, that’s why I choose Horde3D as a 3D graphics engine. With that in mind, I chose the third idea.
The atmosphere I would like to have in my game would be something similar to Amnesia or Bioshock. (But I’m pretty sure my skills won’t suffice for that.)
I began modeling and just finished the Sheriff’s office:
And by that I mean, I just moved all the stuff from my desk to somewhere else so my desk looks clean enough.
I originally thought about using some kind of “Double desk” joke, but it didn’t feel right.
The practical thing about having two desks is, while one of the computers is busy compiling or doing whatever, I can still be productive on the other machine. My white macbook on desk #2 isn’t good enough to run Horde3D, but I’ll find some use for it like posting status updates or tweeting.
I’m planning on participating this week-end. The last LD game I finished was for LD #17, so that has been a while ago. I’m not quite sure yet if I should join the compo or the jam, I guess I’ll cross that bridge when LD #22 starts. I’m not completely decided on my tools either.
- Compiler/IDE: FreePascal 2.6.0 RC1 / Lazarus 0.9.31
- Library/Framework: My own + Horde3D (if I decide to do something fancy 3D)
- Graphics: Blender 2.6 (3D), GIMP (2D), Texture Packer Pro, Horde 3D Scene Editor
- Audio: SFXR (Sounds), GarageBand (Music), Microphone (maybe)
- Development OS: Mac OS Lion
- Other stuff: Xbox 360 Controller
- Food & Drink: Well, it’s almost Christmas, so I’m gonna trade my usual cola and chips diet in for mulled wine and gingerbread
As it turns out, I’m not going to be able finish in time for the October Challenge. My original plan was to sell pre-orders of my game Wolkenwelt by the end of October. Well, in my timezone it’s already November 1st. In hindsight, I didn’t have as much time in October as I hoped I would have. I only had the last two weeks of October for development as I had some important contract work to finish during the first two weeks. It didn’t help that I have been sick since last Thursday.
Anyhow, I have every intention of developing Wolkenwelt further and eventually releasing it. I needed to push back the pre-order date, but I hope to be able to start with pre-orders by next week, even though the first alpha may not be as feature-rich as I want it to be.
I’ve been anxiously awaiting the October Challenge this year. I wanted to join in on the fun last year, but I was way too busy back then. But I’m hoping nothing is getting in the way this year. Also, as of today I’m a full-time indie developer.
Before I get into what my game is all about, here is some back-story: I’ve grown up with strategy and simulation games like Sim City, Caesar or The Settlers and they have been and still are my favorite game genre. What I want to create is a peaceful strategy game which is not too complex for newbies, but not too simple for veterans. I had several prototypes in mind with different gameplay mechanics and what I settled on was a scenario in where the player has to build a settlement on sky islands.
Interestingly enough, I came up with the original sky island idea for LD #20 and after playing around with the idea for a bit, I decided to create a small prototype while I was at BIGJAM in Berlin. While I was not as productive as I hoped to be, I got the basics done and decided to stick with the prototype. All in all, I worked about three weeks on this game so far. If you want to know what happened so far development-wise, click here to be redirected to the development blog.
If you liked the screenshot, I uploaded a very short gameplay video to Youtube last month if are interested in how the game looks like in motion. I also want to mention that I’m not working alone on this: Christian Storcks is doing the music (a short preview of that is in the video I linked in the last sentence) and Jesse, a friend of mine, is helping me with some coding, in particular scripting and some backend stuff.
The game is going to be released for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. I am planning on starting pre-orders by October 21st and I hope someone will buy the game.
Title: Dig, Descend and Dynamite! (Working title. Noticed how I incoporated my themes into the title. Smooth, right?)
Description: Dig down to find a lost dwarven treasure. Gain experience and defeat monsters on the way.
Definition of Done:
- Very long level (~ 20 minutes of gameplay), some parts should be randomly generated
- RPG elements, e.g. you gain experience by fighting monsters, finding treasure and blowing stuff up which then allows you to spend points on these attributes
- One enemy (zombie)
- One NPC (dwarf)
- XBox 360 controller support
- One music track
- A couple of sound effects
What I’m going to be using:
FreePascal 2.5.1, Lazarus 0.9.31 and my Elysion framework. Graphics will be done in Blender and GIMP. Music in GarageBand, sounds with SFXR and my own voice.
So, LD #18 and LD #19 have been not so successful for me as I didn’t finish a game in either one of them. I’m hoping to break the curse this time around. Here are my tools of choice:
What do all of these have in common? At least Mac and Windows support, so most of you should be able to play my game.
GIMP, Paint, Pixelmator and my cheap graphics tablet
Blender and maybe Cinema 4D, if necessary
WolframTunes, Audacity, GarageBand, SFXR and perhaps even LaDiDa, if I feel like me singing is a good idea.
Also here is a current picture of my desk:
Chronolapse is installed and I’m ready. My plan for this time: Go to sleep after the theme is announced (it’s almost 4 AM here), dream about the game I’m going to make, then build it and don’t let it get too stressful.
I didn’t get nearly as much done as I wanted to . There is no way have something playable by the end of the compo, so I’m taking the extra day and I’ll put something together for the jam deadline.
So, I slept 10 hours today. I felt super-refreshed afterwards, but that didn’t really help the progress of my game. Today I finished all the assets of my game but didn’t write one line of code, that all is left for day two. If I won’t finish in time for the compo, I will most probably submit the game for the jam.
My game concept: A science team is sent on an expedition to the north pole where they discover mutated polar bear things and have to defend their base against those things while uncovering more secrets. The game is trying to be funny, so if you liked my style of humor from my LD17 game, you’re gonna like this one as well. Also, I kept the graphics style very similar.
This what I had for dinner earlier:
And here is the obligatory screenshot. As I don’t have any gameplay at the moment, I’m gonna show you guys the main menu: