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Free DragonRuby Game Toolkit License for Jammers

A topic by DragonRuby created Nov 02, 2019 Views: 1,056 Replies: 3
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Blessings from Jam Coordinators to make this post (hopefully it gets stickied too).

The link below contains a free “Game Jam” License to DragonRuby Game Toolkit. Yes, you can use the engine for the jam AND commercial games. There are no limitations or restrictions.

This zip file includes the engine and a sample platformer starting point. We’ll keep updating it throughout the jam with features to specifically support Leaps and Bounds.

For notifications of when the zip is updated, I’ll post here and in the DragonRuby official Discord channel. The channel has lots of devs there to help if you get stuck.

Super Easy Setup Guide:

  1. Unzip file.
  2. Go to the directory that represents your operating system.
  3. Run dragonruby.exe. A platformer game will load up.
  4. Open mygame/app/main.rb in the code editor of your choosing.
  5. Change the code.
  6. Save the file.
  7. Watch the game change live/hot-loaded.

How to Publish Your Game:

  1. Done coding your game? Cool!
  2. Create an page for your game and fill out mygame/metadata/metadata.txt.
  3. Double click dragonruby-publish.exe.
  4. A folder will appear called “build” that includes Windows, Mac, Linux, and Web versions of your game.
  5. Upload to Itch.
Jam Host

Very cool - thanks DragonRuby! Added to the front page :)

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This is a presentation Amir gave at RubyKaigi 2019 about building games using Ruby for the Nintendo Switch.

The value prop is that jammers will be able to use this platform to go from a small jam prototype, all the way to a console game, and never feel painted in a corner. The industry is sorely in need of something to challenge the status quo.

Here’s a quick demonstration of what DragonRuby can do (this is the game Amir is working on for the jam): animated gif