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4th October, 2011
If you've been paying attention to this blog, or my Tweets, you'll have probably noticed a strange increase in Hat mentions, with no real purpose.
Around about Day 3 of NeonPlat Adventure coding, I realised the need to do something new with the spheres.
The Ice-thing would freeze a baddy, and then you could smash it.
If that was all that the spheres did, then they'd be nothing special.
The spheres needed to be special.
Today, I finally got around to making some Hats!
3rd October, 2011
Back to NeonPlat Adventures today, and I spent a good 6 hours doodling away in Paintshop Pro, trying to get some nice new graphics for the game sorted.
In all that time, I managed to draw (and integrate) 2 new World Themes, and 2 new Baddies.
6 hours for THAT?!
Still, the baddies are in, the worlds look fairly decent, and the game's still ticking away like it should.
.. more to come!
and no screenies, 'cos that'd be giving things away!
2nd October, 2011
On September 30th, I had one game to cope with.
Today I was juggling 4!!
2nd October, 2011
One at a time.
Get the task done, finish the game entirely, move onto the next.
Our current task is NeonPlat Adventures.
Let's see how much I added today..
30th September, 2011
NeonPlat Stats So Far
Throwables : 3 (still the same 3!?)
Objects : 8
Baddies : 9
Bosses : 1
Background styles : 1.5! (first complete, 2nd half done but needs tweaked so everything isn't dodgy looking blue squares!)
Level types : 3'ish (depending on how I tweak the numbers)
Music : 2'ish (2 very similar tunes, and a separate "Boss Time" tune.)
26th September, 2011
Had another Migraine day, today, and thus managed to accomplish bog all.
'tis a bit of a downpoint, considering how productive I've been over the past couple of weeks, but I pretty much ended up reading forums, messing about on Twitter, and.. .. Relaxing a bit.
Because, apparently that's important, even when you're kicking ass making a really great platformer. Go figure!
25th September, 2011
Apologies for the lack of daily blog/rant lately. Work schedule is crazy, sleep schedule is crazy, and AGameAWeek schedule is also all messed up.
Well... I say that..
23rd September, 2011
A quick and simple Boulderdash clone, written using PlayMyCode.com
PlayMyCode games no longer work
Reason : I asked for PMC-Based Boulderdash clones in this week's Socoder Newsletter, so figured I'd best do one, just incase nobody else did..
If you make one, let me know!
21st September, 2011
Over a year and a half ago, I made a Music Framework thing to go in my BlitzMax framework.
It achieved a fairly modest passable amount of music, and was used in both JNKPlat2010 and NeonPlat2.
I stick in a few melodies, it goes twiddle-dee-dee, and out pops a bunch of pseudo random music.
20th September, 2011
The Demo, already!!!?
This is nice and playable, so I thought I'd spout out a nice demo for everyone.
19th September, 2011
Another day, and still lots of back-n-forth on NeonPlat decisions.
There's a lot of gameplay emerging, and it'll be fun trying to pull it all off.
Even without a working editor, and still having everything be pseudo random, things are playable, enemy are spawning, and NeonPlat keeps enjoying himself!
19th September, 2011
Much as I expected, the initial burst of NeonPlat Adventure building, has now dropped to a stupidly slow rate.
I'm currently flicking through all the possibilities for standard baddies, and super-evil-mega-boss baddies.
Will the boss baddies be entirely seperate entities?
Or will they, like previous NeonPlat games, be the same baddies, but megasized!?
And what enemy types will work!?
I've already cut out the unpopular "squishy" baddy.
People didn't like him, because he wasn't catchable in spheres. Silly moaning people
So, he's gone. All* enemy (*cough*) will be catchable.
I've added 2 new enemies so far.
1 is a little wandering guy, made to test the "turn around at the end of a floor!" function. .. that works!
2 is a spike.
The spike was originally going to be a bog-standard floor tile, but in NeonWorld, with lots of NeonBlur, the spike inexplicably looked like a mushroom!!!!
Given the platformy style of the game, I kept wanting to eat the mushrooms, so .. obviously, that had to go!
Instead, the spike is now looking more like the Sheep Goes Left one, and is a nice big rotating splodge with spikes, spinning around and around in a stationary position.
... But you can't catch it in a sphere!
Backgrounds for worlds 1 and 2 are half done, in that I've kinda figured out how the tiles will be laid out, but haven't yet done all the different tiles, nor have I decided on all the possible variations. Lots to be done!
As for the editor.
I'm still playing the game without edited levels.
It's kinda messy, though, when giant walls block your path, and you have to wait out the scrolling enough that the wall kills you.
That's the current pseudo-random issue, and kinda the reason I want to build the editor.
It's odd, though, how much I'm already learning the paths of the random levels.
With that in mind, I'm starting to consider the possibility of a half/half editor. Something that starts with a random level, then lets you tweak it until it's just right.
That could work, right?!
16th September, 2011
I've been mulling over this post for a few days, now, but the guy at work mentioned them being super cheap, and I found myself in a more pressed position.
Would I, or wouldn't I?
14th September, 2011
For the past few weeks, I've gotten myself into a schedule on Wednesdays.
Worklog posting on Socoder,
iDev on the Mac,
and now NNI Game of the Week, too.
Today, all those things didn't happen.
13th September, 2011
Make a Font
Add a Baddy
How much of the plan did I manage to actually bother to do?!?
11th September, 2011
Fuck game developers, and Fuck their publishers, too..
9th September, 2011
My boss is about to go on his hols, and I'm more or less at a nice "Not too much" level of codey work.
7th September, 2011
Sheep Goes Left now has two versions of it's soundtrack!
Disc One : The iOS Soundtrack : 20 tracks, plus the opening jingle!
Disc Two : The DS Homebrew Soundtrack : 20 tracks, all rearranged into little mods, then oddly upscaled back to MP3s to be playable at www.archive.org!.
I'll be posting the mod files in a few days, once the latest game release is finished..
Sheepy'll see you soon!
6th September, 2011