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A game in zero hours?

October 27th, 2011 Comments off

Slashie linked me to this post last week:

And I thought well… that sounds fecking impossible. But it’s stuck in my mind, and watching a documentary about arctic wolves has just given me an inspiration for a simple but potentially interesting game. Not sure if I can do it in an hour, even with the wonderful T-Engine, but I’m damn well gonna try!

One potential problem is that the challenge is set at 3am this Saturday, and I’m supposed to be at a house party that night… Can I make in a game in zero hours whilst pissed? Well, I guess there’s only one way to find out…


Starting a 2DRL for ARRP

September 17th, 2011 2 comments

Okay, I really meant to start this months ago, but I’m hopeful I can get a new game made from scratch in the next…. 34 hours. Feck :/ The game shall be called “Run from the Shadow”, and will explore themes of guilt and escapism. Wish me luck!

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Me vs Time

March 10th, 2011 Comments off

Must… stay awake….


Nearly there though! Losing sanity but no pain without gain etc.



October 22nd, 2010 1 comment

As of today I am attempting to make a roguelike in 4 days. I am not alone in this challenge, as there are others on r.g.r.d. mad enough to give it a go too. My entry will be called ‘UNSTOPPABLE’.

Making Trapper in 7 days was very tight, but I have a lot planned on paper this time round and I’m going to keep the scope very limited. Having said that I’ve still set myself a few challenges. UNSTOPPABLE will be a roguelike about a robot with impenetrable armour, who fires an unstoppable weapon. No enemies can harm it, but with looping map edges your weapon suddenly becomes much more dangerous.

Looping map edges will be especially tricky, but I have some thoughts on how to handle it well. I also have a few other interesting ideas I’d like to explore, but we’ll see how much time I’ll have.

Anyway, time to begin. Best of luck to all others trying the 4DRL!


Running out of time…

March 12th, 2010 Comments off

I have 42 hours remaining.  Right now I need sleep, and tomorrow I have a job to attend too.  Have scent-following working quite nicely, though the game did crash on me for no reason just now (and I don’t even know where to start looking for any bugs).  Hopefully it’ll be okay and I can start work on the traps tomorrow.  More from my devnotes:

   Update 21:29: Got the ogres moving randomly and the whole turn and time
      system as I'd like.  Also got messages for bumping into enemies
      (including some hints for bosses).  I'm still unsure of how to get the
      ogres to move in the right direction though.  Needs some hard thought!
   Update 00:47: Scent-tracker is working!  Dear Christ that took a long
      time...  Ended up far more tricksy than I expected.  Also not 100% sure
      it's working as well as I want - need more testing, though I don't really
      have the proper time.  It seems to do what it needs to do, and so now
      it's time for my chocolate reward  :)
      Also Trapper.pas now exceeds the source code length of Gruesome, which
      was previously the longer piece of code I had written (1900 lines or so).
      Still not a proper game though.

Evidence of Life

March 11th, 2010 Comments off

Have monsters added, though they’re quite immobile at the moment.  Still, looking pretty good now – getting ever closer to it being a real game.  Big test tomorrow will be movement and the path-finding by smell (which I’ve never done before).  And of course getting the traps working properly, which are kinda the core of the game.  Development logs I’ve been taking:

   11th March 14:53: Right, time to start again, though I'm in work this
      evening (7DRL is hard to fit in when you have 2 jobs!)  Intend to get
      basic enemies working.  If I have enough time I can maybe even fit in
      their scent-trcking system (which I really hope I've thought through
   Update 16:17: I got message handling working 100%!  It now splits lines
      into separate words before looping them properly round the message bar
      with [more] prompts.  I couldn't get this problem out of my head from
      before and just had to work on it...  Took a lot of trial and error, with
      a little bit of learning about uninitiated ansistrings in Pascal, but
      good god I'm so happy to have that working now.
   Update 17:21: All trap-laying code is in and working easily.  Of course they
      don't actually do anything yet, but it's nice to have the fuller player
      interface worked out.  All that remains is putting in monsters and
      making them do things.  I've now changed the numbering 0.1.0 to
      signify my shift towards a real game.  The 0.1 line will involve getting
      ogres working.  0.2 and higher will signify getting bosses coded.  It's
      all very exciting  :)
   12th March 00:18: Back form my barshift, might do a little coding before
      I hit the hay.  Earlier I got creatures generated and randomly positioned
      - even did the bosses since it was so simple.  Need to give them
      movement and interaction, in particular with traps.  Also thought about
      adding a hardcore difficulty setting where Toby moves twice as slow -
      fairly trivial to add and could add fun.
   Update 00:43: Hardcore mode added.  Really was very simple.  Must get to bed
      now though...  Hopefully will have a decent amount of time available at
      the weekend.

Halfway point

March 9th, 2010 Comments off

Well, can’t say the game is half-finished, but in terms of real-time hours I’m around halfway through.  However I anticipate having more time than I’ve had so far on Friday/Saturday/Sunday, so hopefully all will go well.  Some notes I’ve been taking as I go along:

   9th March 18:58: Well, gave up on that message handler at around 2am.  I'm
      sure if I had more time I could get it running, but it was too much for
      my weary head and I don't have the time to sort it out properly.  For
      now I'll stick with the KISS philosophy (Keep It Simple, Stupid) which
      has always served me well.
   Update 19:42: Got my very bsic message looper worker perfectly.  I love it
      when I think up an idea and then I find it works exactly as I had
      planned... it's a rare event.  Next step - test out digging.  After that
      I'll finally get some ogres on the loose.
   10th March 01:27: Added diging and a bunch of other stuff.  Got rather
      sidetracked actually - added in the menu display for traps and the gems
      to be collected to open up new trap types.  Traps can't actually be laid
      yet though, and more importantly there's no enemies to use them on.  I
      will have zero time for coding till Thursday, and not much time even
      then, so I really hope I can get a lot of work done during the last hours
      of the weekend.  Implementing enemies may turn out to biting off more
      than I can chew...

Progress ahoy

March 9th, 2010 Comments off

I have a working cave explorer thingummy going.  I can’t get message handling working well, so I’m giving up on it.  Next up is adding monsters, which will turn it into a proper game.  In my lunch break at work I wrote the following background story:

Gadzooks!  Wuggy the Warlock and his gang of ugly ogres have attacked the
tiny gnomish town of Turgylton and stolen the Gems of Power!  Now it's up
to the town's hero Toby the Trapper to venture into the villain's
cavernous lair and retrieve the holy Gem of Life.  But this is no easy
stroll down the mine - the ogres aren't just ugly, they're also big and
tough, able to squash little Toby with a single swipe!  And deep
within the dark lair Wuggy the Warlock and his fiendish friends guard the
Gem of Life with foul sorceries and terrible powers!!
Still, it's not all doom and gloom.  Toby is much faster than the big
brutes and can see better underground too (the dumb ogres can only sniff
their way around, and it's hard for them to smell anything above the
stench of their own ugly bodies!)  He also still has some Gems of Power to
create traps to use against them, and may find more along the way.  So do
you feel up to helping Toby fight these dastardly villains?!  With
Flashers and Bangers and Boomers and Blinders and much more besides you'll
explore varied random dungeons filled with dread and excitement in your
quest to help Toby defeat the wicked warlock and save his tiny town!  Let
the adventure begin!!!!!

For the curious you may also wish to see my development notes so far:

7th March 23:44: 0.0.1.  Ported code from The Lion King and Gruesome.
Includes dungeon generation of a few cave types, LOS and moving
around.  LOS should work out of the box, rest must be properly
tested and tweaked.  Many worries.
Update 8th March 02:41:  Got everything working after a lot of fiddling
and silly sleep-deprived errors.  Need to make some code adjustment to
how the last level is generated, but otherwise extremely happy with
results.  Also may wish to tweak some colour schemes, but that's not
immediately important.  Next up is message management, wall-digging
and properly implementing enemies, none of which I've done thoroughly
before.  How exciting...
8th March 20:31: No time to work on it today.  Just spent a few minutes
tweaking the map generator so that the final level is more selective
about layouts that are too spartan.  Thinking of adding something to
encourage loops in levels, but no need for it now...  Will try and
find time to get stuck into the real mechanics of the game later.
I've now labelled it 0.0.2 - it's a stable cave explorer with different
level themes, essentially.
8th March 23:55: Gonna play a little with a message handler, but if I don't
get far then I'll just give up.  It's not important enough to waste
much time on.

Anyway, on with the coding…

Back From the Black (for 7 days)

March 7th, 2010 2 comments

So, um, I’ve not been very attentive to my little creation of over a year ago – Gruesome has alas been without any development whatsoever, and my time-deprived lifestyle means that it’s likely to stay that way, alas.  However it’s time for the 7 Day Roguelike competition again and I have what I think is a neat little idea to try out.  Hopefully I’ll have more time to complete it than last year’s effort… but, well, I still have a busy week otherwise so my hopes aren’t too high.

My idea is called “Toby the Trapper”, about a little gnome who must fight some ugly ogres and a wacky warlock.  Unable to harm the ogres he must rely on his superior speed and magical traps.  Like Gruesome this is a one-hit-kill game with little stats and extreme emphasis on careful movement.  With a bit of luck it’ll also be fun.

So, time for me to get dug in – see you in 7 days!

Lost in the Mighty Jungle

March 14th, 2009 4 comments

Well, I’ve failed the 7DRL competition – I simply didn’t have enough time to get a working title out.  Maybe with just a few more hours…  But alas, the hours have been scant this week, and I could only devote around 14 hours to the project (about 5 last sunday and 8 or 9 today).  I managed to get Simba wandering around randomly generated jungles with inert hyenas for him to claw or bite at.  If anyone wants to see you’re welcome to check out the Windows exe and source here – perhaps of use to people learning Pascal, as it has many of the basics of a simple roguelike engine.  Anyone who’d like a simple gander at the failed results can check out this pic:

Many many things missing, but oh well – or Hakuna Matata, I should say.  Will hopefully spend a bit of time getting it finished in future…

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