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So it looks like there are no exploding Kittens for today, but I will get them sometime.
Well we chose to use crafty.js (which neither of us has ever seen) to try a reverse tower defense game. We started writing our own AI controller but had troubles hooking in the components (just a lack of understanding of the js lang I presume). We are both chalking this one up to bad planning, but I think we are going to try and dev it in another language that we are more familiar with.
As of now the game is scrapped, which means this is my(
Zdolshin) 2nd failed attempt at LD. I’ll be back again and hopefully next time I’ll have a better knowledge of a system I can use to build within time constraints.
You can view my attempt as it is now at the test bed location.
I am building in a game Jam architecture with a local friend @DevChagrins. Together, we have decided to build a canvas game with the use of Crafty JS. It will be a reverse tower defense game with a twist. In fact an awesome fun little twist, details later.
We’re currently moving past the loading screen and into the start menu. Once that is finally finished we’ll begin with the different types of characters and towers. As the villian you are using persuasion to turn friends and family against each other as the masses wade in against a fortified fortress. It will be your job as the overlord villian to pick and manage the types of individuals you send in against the towers and which order they must go in.
Once we get some sort of progress with a static level we will try to add sound and then, if we are satisfied with sound and functionality, build a random level generator. If we finish all of that we’ll try to polish the sprites and look of the game itself.
Looking forward to working with a local friend to build some sort of game this weekend. I am pretty positive it will be small since the two of us can’t dedicate the full 48 hours to the game, but we will be having fun making something anyway.
Taking the liberty to cross out the ones I am not fond of and highlight my favs. The final themes are:
End of the World
- Night and Day
- Parallel Worlds
- You Are The Villain
What are you serious???
For over 6 hours I have been fighting to figure out why I’m getting NOTHING displayed on my tiles. I mean the arrays are right on spot, so what gives. I am also being thrown off since I have never built a “game” before in flash and I have NEVER EVER USED CLASSES. Yeah you heard me. No classes. Ok so that was completely lame, but I found that I was setting the tile back one frame too many. There is no freakin 0 frame. What they hell, such a stupid noob mistake. The only reason I found it is because I decided to push past it and keep working blind as if I knew that it should actually work. Well it was working EXACTLY as I programmed it to work.
So I most likely wont meet the deadline, but I am obviously learning tons and tons that I wouldn’t have had I not participated. Which to me is efffing awesome. Having a blast with my primary level game and happy that I am getting somewhere with it.
Piss in my grits
So… yeah… I know that my skills LAG far behind many of the guys and gals here, but gessh power supply and HD troubles on top of it all. Good nite this is ludacrsipy-cream-donut-loving-anarchy. I am frustrated and I am not going to quit, but I did want to vent a little if anyone cares. I am trying to keep a log of progress (which isn’t s#!+ at the moment) through camtasia. However everytime I load my game and it’s assets one of my HD’s fails. I think it’s been traced back to a power supply issue. Can’t get one big enough to fix the issue in time, but I’ll just keep trying to power through and see if I can make due on my due date. If not I will still try to finish the game.
The decision on the game is to make a tile game that has 49 pieces. The lone hero only need make it to the door on a “randomly generated” side. Up to 10 tiles will be randomly “decayed” at game start. The hero will then score by picking up artifacts (up to 5 per level) and getting to the door. A 15s timer will count down for each level. This timer will decay random tiles increasing with time until 15sec is up. If the player doesn’t make it to the door or the 15s timer runs out the player DIES! As in Rougelike. As in not to come back or start a new game type. No save game bs. Each level boosts the score by it’s level number times the type of artifact gathered during that level. So if you get a 700 point artifact on level 3 you score 2100 points for the level.
By the way I am still in basic build time due to the issues so far. So nothing is even working at this point (LAME) .
2. Randomly generated+206
4. Parallel dimension+14
5. Forgotten places-29
Just a title for fun
I just set up my very basic flash file in flash cs5.5 and documented with camtasia, now it’s time plan the game. The theme was announced as “Alone”, thank God it wasn’t freakin kittens. Once I figure out how to Rougelike an alone game then tomorrow it’s off to start building some classes and coding in the basic game.
- The main character dies for good and we start over.
- No ASCII characters in final game. Hopefully 2d graphics.
- The theme is alone, but others were randomly generated, anti-hero, dream and decay. I hope to incorporate these as well in the concept
- Plan game tonite Dec 16
- Begin Coding tomorrow Dec 17 after Motorcycle ride.
- Work out bugs Dec 18
- I hope to random generate the worlds (last item).
- Build any graphics and turn in Dec 19
My first LD is LD #22
Just to really get started on how confusing this is to begin even before a competition I’d have to say geesh. Now that that is out of the way there are about 5 hours left before the theme is announced. I’m really hoping for “dreams”, but can deal with quite a few of the themes especially “falling”, “random generation”, “underground”, “teleport”. The one that I think is just plain no fun is kittens. Sorry just hate that as a theme. Looking forward to making one an easter egg. I am also hoping to keep the style very rougelike sans ASCII +1 graphical. We’ll see.
So I am thinking flash AS3 as the development platform and black and white silhouette as the atmosphere.
5 hours till theme announcement and beginning of code writting