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  29th October, 2009
Sometimes you have really productive days.
Occasionally, though, those really productive days seem to drag on and on, and not actually produce much at all!

Here's what I've done today.

1. We're up to 5 skins, since I added a plain rock+lava one.
Plenty of graphical variety, but only as much as it's still a bunch of squares making up a maze!

2. Added the nice filter down level drop effect back into the game.
It's a nice enough effect. No need to jazz it up, nor remove it.
It worked, that's good enough for me.
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Blog
  28th October, 2009

Poor Blockman, all alone in a gigantic maze.
If only there were a way to zoom into the action..

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Blog
  27th October, 2009
A nice and simple game, this week, inspired by this week's Wednesday Workshop (#224) Board Game challenge.
Rather than having plain Questions and Answers, I've taken all the results from Socoder's daily polls, and rounded them up into the game.
Can you select the option that the most people at Socoder did?!


Pick the best to gain points, pick the least to lose points, and with any luck you'll have a decent score by the time you get to the other side.


This game was written entirely on Wednesday, with the audio plonked in, this morning, whilst full of Swine Flu! Hopefully I feel good enough to actually finish things off, on Blockman Gets More, this week!!

You can Download Guesstimates here and try to pick the popular answers.
Meanwhile, I'm off to lie down some more!!


AGAW Score : 11 weeks, 11 games, phew!!
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  24th October, 2009
Blockman Gets More is coming along nicely, with one slight issue to be aware of.
I've got the bloomin' Swine Flu, so don't expect a miracle super game by Tuesday.
Dangit..

I should have a game done by Tuesday, but it won't be Blockman Gets More, that's currently waiting until such a time that I can actually think straight, and not struggle to type!
Flu sucks, especially once it's got into your head.
Bah!

This week's game will be probably be the poll-based board game that I started on Wednesday.
Release, Tuesday.
Sleep, Mostly..
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Blog
  20th October, 2009
This week, due to popular demand, Blockman's Getting More.
As you may have read, I attempted a new art style (fweeDee!!) last week, which really didn't work out at all.
So, this week I'm aiming for the Pseudo popped-out-a-bit art style, and all seems happy in the world of Blockman.

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Blog
  20th October, 2009
Prepare for disappointment!

This week's been a bit of a disaster, really.
I started with Arcade Slots, and actually managed to get quite far into it, but eventually realised there wasn't anything new to add to the mix. So that got scrapped.
After that came a brand new Blockman graphic style, which was far too angled, and resulted in the maze being completely obscured. No good!

So, after those two, you'd think I'd suddenly come up gold. Third time lucky, right?

Nope.


Yip consists of a little dog. Run along and catch all the frisbies, then pop your best score onto the highscore table.
And that's about it.

Oh well.
Never mind.

Better game next week!

You can Download Yip Here.

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AGAW Scoring
10 weeks, 10 games, still on top but hopefully a better game next week! You can't win 'em all.
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  19th October, 2009
If you're currently coping with a bad bout of depression, it's probably not a great idea to download this week's AGameAWeek game, because.. quite frankly.. it sucks!

As I type this, the game currently consists of a badly drawn dog, a badly drawn bit of grass, and a few badly drawn birds.
I've hit a dead end as far as this game goes.
I also hit a dead end with Arcade Slots, and I even hit a major blockage with Blockman Gets More.
All in all, this week has sucked!

I've got practically nothing imaginative done, nothing's worked out, and it's all been a great big cock-up.

Dang.

Let's hope next week will be better.

Meanwhile, I'll carry on trying to make the dog game (currently titled "Yip") into a better game.
It probably won't work.

Tomorrow will be disappointing!!

--> Stick some stuff into the Suggestion box, ta muchly -->
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Blog
  16th October, 2009
I got the basic slot machine reels working.
A couple of nice functions. 1 to fill them up, 1 to draw them.
Nudges work, Holds work.
Everything vaguely important works..

Then I added the Pacman sprites.


and started to get that "I've already done this, there's nothing new I can add..." feeling.

I think I'm done with Arcade Slots.
I've already done it..
There's nothing new to add.

:sad face:
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Blog
  16th October, 2009
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     ; No More Super Show
          RIP, Captain Lou Albano, the wrestler who once
          played Mario before Bob Hoskins completely destroyed
          the role.
     socoder.net/?topic=1737

     ; Loving the Code!
          What keeps you coding? Is it the feeling of
          accomplishment, the desire to do something
          functional, or the withdrawls when you aren't doing
          any coding?
     socoder.net/?topic=1736

     ; Redo From Start
          If something works, why would you break it?
          Do you recode something just to make it neater, or
          do you try to make your program run a little faster?
     socoder.net/?topic=1733
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Blog
  13th October, 2009
Thursday 8th of October 2009 01:46:19 PM
Name : Nam
Idea : May I suggest a "Tower of Druaga" mode for Arcade Slots?

It's been a long while since I played inside the Arcade Slots source.
If I remember rightly, there was some odd little issue in the code that made adding more stuff a little difficult. Can't remember entirely.
Who knows..

I do remember trying to come up with drastically different gameplay styles for each game, so that the player wouldn't just get bored. Not sure if that worked or not, though.

Meanwhile, there's a PC version that I intended to create, but never really bothered to do.
I wonder if now is the right time to start that?

I'll leave it up to the comments section.
Have a good natter in the comments, and try to come up with as many Game -> Slot combinations as you can.
I'll also have a good think over the next day or so, and we'll all come together to see what comes out of it.

Windows or DS? Who knows!

..
In fact, given my collection, I could just create a JNKSlots, with entirely JNK based characters...

*incase you're wondering, there's no weekly mailbag anymore, because there's nothing being posted into the suggestion box. .. unless you count all the spam!
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Blog
  13th October, 2009
The last time we tried Munky Blocks we had 1 munky and many blocks. Munky had to collect the blocks, piece them together to form coloured areas, and blammo, they vanished.
This time, we only have one block.
Munky needs to pick up that block, and place it on top of the red button, to open up the red exit, and then he can leave.
A simple enough concept, but one that took so long to build I didn't really have time to build a decent set of levels.
A shame.

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  11th October, 2009

Munky's Block is graphically coming along nicely, but unfortunately I've yet to actually start making levels.

So far it's all been "Niceness" stuff, and as a result things are lacking a bit.

Probably should've stuck to the blocky background like last time.
Oh well, no matter.

With only one day remaining, I'll be spending tomorrow messing around with the blocks, and trying to come up with some nice puzzle, and if I've some time adding music into the mix.
I should probably add a level editor, too, but that'd be horribly rushed at this stage, so you might have to start ascii-tweaking to do any form of editing!

Make sure you've got notepad on standby!

And wish me luck!!
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Blog
  9th October, 2009
Ok, let's try that Munky thing again, shall we!?

I've scrapped the "Portal" style stuff, and am instead focusing on a Munky Blocks styled affair.
Munky's Block seems an apt title, so we'll stick with that.

Currently I have only 1 setpiece, and 1 silly simple test level.
Woo!


But the engine's up and running, and Munky's hopping around about the same as he did in the last game. So, yeah, things are definitely coming together.

My biggest challenge over the next couple of days will be to try and come up with a batch of complex puzzles to keep you entertained.
And then add a batch of setpieces, and maybe add a level editor if I get time.
But otherwise, it's a good start.
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Blog
  6th October, 2009
Same game, different system.
I started working on the Munky Portal thing this week, but it didn't really happen.
A shame.
No matter, because it gave me just enough time to remake Blockman Gets and pop it onto the DS.



(Note, those are two different levels! Screenshots are single-screen so that they fit in the archive better!!)

I've removed the boulder. It didn't do enough, apparently, so now there's a ghost in there.
It just kinda wanders aimlessly but it's enough to put you off doing what you're doing.

Hurray!

So, if you've got a DS, you can Download Blockman Gets DS here, give it a whirl, and then complain about all the missing features!


AGAW Ratio, 8 weeks, 8 games, 6 PC, 1 DS, 1 J2ME.
Not bad! (But if I were one up, I could take a week off!!)
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  5th October, 2009
I think that's everything!!

hmmm..

I added the last (earliest!) stuff into the archive today, and I think I've pretty much done all the PC stuff, now.


JNK Fruit



JNK Car



Green's 8-bit Tiny Collection


And a few more, besides...

Other than now having a kick ass PC collection, it amazingly brings us up to OVER 250 GAMES!!!
250!! WTF!?!
Heck, it's nearly up to 300!

And more stuff is yet to come!

I've got DS games to add, those should be easy.

I've stumbled across my old MS Windows Smartphone games, and have NO IDEA how to emulate those!

I've also got a few DarkBasic games that refuse to run.. I think we'll call those a lost cause. Blitz games from the exact same time are still quite happy to run. You want a good reason to use Blitz.. There it is, right there!


Then after that, it's time to get the Amiga going, probably buy it a new Mouse and then try to transfer things over.
Boy, that's going to take a while!

..
Don't worry, we'll hit 300!

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Blog
  4th October, 2009
I've tried to come up with an interesting gameplay method, but nothing's immediately apparent.
I've still got a couple of ideas to try, but with only a day and a bit left to try it, it's not worth trying it now.

So, what else?
Well, I've not done a DS game for a while, let's try that.
And what better game to try than Blockman Gets!

Tuesday's release will be exactly that.
Nothing special, nothing magical, just a port of last week's game onto a different system.

In fact, whilst still on the subject of Blockman Gets, I might even take next week to build up a few extra chunks to both games.
I'll get this week's port up to about the same as the PC one, then kick 'em both up a notch until they're both a wee bit chunkier.

That's the plan..
Not sure whether it's a good plan, but it's a plan either way!
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Blog
  1st October, 2009
Friday 25th of September 2009 12:15:21 AM
Name : Thunderskull 4024
Idea : Sokoban-like game with hex-based grid.

OK, first off, not really sure what all the loving of Hexagons is about, but the word Hex is in the suggestion bag about 20-odd times!
People appear to really like Hexagons!
The Hexagonal Maze is in the archive. It's a half assed game, but I like it.

Sokoban kinda needs specific controls, since you have to be able to move exactly where you want to, when you need to..

Unless I make the controls something like this, then it's going to be hard to control.
And even then, it's still going to be hard to control!


So, probably not.
If I can come up with something, I will do.
Onto the next thought.
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Blog
  30th September, 2009


Simple enough idea, not sure why it's not happened sooner.

There's a handful of little t-shirts online right now, and I'll be adding plenty more as time goes on.
And, maybe not just T-Shirts!!

Any requests?
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Blog
  29th September, 2009
And so another week trundles by.
I had hoped to finish off the ever elusive games, this week, (the RPG and the Patent Wars), but that doesn't appear to be happening at all.
Oh well.
If they happen, they happen. If not, carry on.

Instead I started a whole new game on Friday morning.


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  25th September, 2009
This week's Wednesday Workshop suggests we should make a Pacman game.

I've already done "Blockman Forever" this year, so I'm going to avoid retreading old ground.

Instead I'm going the Puzzle route.
Already I've got a lovely little set of graphics going, and am obviously reusing Blockman because.. .. well, why not!!!

A few mazes are set up, ready to go, as well as the first of the neat little puzzle mechanics...
I'm now trying to come up with a nice batch of extra puzzle elements that I can add into the mix.


OMG!WTF!NO GHOSTS!!

Should probably be done over the weekend, with a final day to play around with the game and balance it all out.

I'm quite happy with this week's game!

No doubt some sort of really nasty bug will spring up out of nowhere, and destroy all the lovely work I've done!
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