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I just wanted to say, I played all of these, tho some I may have skimmed... a little bit... and I never found Holly. Not even close >_<

I enjoyed your variety of variety of genres a lot -- probably the one easiest for me to appreciate personally was Nine Big Moods. The short descriptions felt really haphazardly evocative, and that was great. I don't know if this was intentional, but I thought they were procedurally generated. They felt like extremely good procedural generation and the disconnectedness of the statements pushed at that angle for me.

Congrats on making it to 7!

Also, thanks you 4 for joining! Curious to see if there will be any submissions this yr...

Created a new topic Next year's Variety Megajam...

wait, why was this one called "2018"? does it think it's a car?

I'm gonna do this again with more warning and more time next year, I swear!

When should I do it though?

Created a new topic How to release the game

I don't know how to release the game.

It feels like such a weird little thing to charge money for.

But the idea of putting a game out for free that I've worked on for a long time feels weird now

and I'm stuck in the limbo of wanting the game to be worth money so I can charge money for it, but not wanting to delay release until I have time & mind to work on it. After all, the game is sort of already 'out there', in its own way. People have played it.

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I want to see if I can get this started by next year. Look forward to it: open signups as early as Holiday 2017, first mailing out by Jan 1...

that's the dream. we'll see.

Created a new topic Mail-in Forms & Keepable Mail
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I was thinking about this again today. Some things I'd like to focus on are the joys of physical objects, the joy of receiving things in the mail, and the joy of... anticipation. I, personally, like typing more than I like writing but I do like writing -- the feel of pen or pencil or whatever scratching (or sliding) on paper. I've been thinking about mail-in forms as the primary mode of interaction. I don't know if others get as much enjoyment out of those as I do.

... uh, now, before you call me weird, I need to be clear. Mail-in forms suck because they're always for sucky and boring things. But for interacting with a game, I think that filling out a form with your intentions, with your guesses, would actually be really fun! Consider filling out character sheets, or ticking off boxes in Clue if you ever did that.

And everything that you receive in the mail should be a wonderful physical artifact so that if you're at all inclined to treasure flat paper or card objects, you will be able to treasure it. I can slack a bit on the mail-in form because otherwise you'll be sad to send it right back to me, but every other monthly thing you receive should be a small piece of art, something that feels tangible and solid and keepable.

edit :: It's not something I mentioned at first but, naturally, I want to bury depth in the game. I do it out of habit and responsibility and personal need. Keeping the reports, even a copy of your mail-in form... these things should and will allow you a glimpse at some deeper systems. But I think being able to enjoy the game month-to-month without needing to worry about how many of these deeper systems you understand is actually ideal.

I will make it available here at some point! Iā€™m not sure the best way to do that, as the game is somewhat built for showing at events... But I certainly want it to be accessible to those who want to access it.

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I think it has become less deep, but that's for the better... for the environment this game is going to be played at the sessions have to be short! I'll make another deep game eventually >.>

I'm using Unity. I've gone through a lot to get myself into a comfortable place, though, where I mostly deal in 2d pixel stuff and don't need to worry about all the 3d crap and colliders and events I never want to think about :)

It's $$$. Which is, you know, a sort of RL score system.

I'm actually reworking how exactly to display that UI... I think I'd like an icon that represents money but nothing as literal as a $ sign. Currently testing out a solid circle (like a coin)...

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I've never been hungry for an extended period of time, and I don't know how that affects a person. Does the pain stop? Does the weakness stop? Or do you just learn to ignore it, live with it?

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I said this on twitter too, but... If you're willing to share your experience of being hungry, very hungry, or extremely hungry, I'd love to hear it.

For me: hunger comes in waves, sometimes I don't notice how weak it's making me, and sometimes I can ignore it for quite a long time before I really feel like I have to solve it. I once forgot to eat or drink anything before biking to a restaurant in the morning, and I sort of fainted when I got there. It was fine. It could have been a lot more unpleasant if I hadn't been with my family.

Created a new topic Got any questions?

I'll answer 'em.

I might be cryptic and weird because I'm trying to keep things secret, or I might do it because I have no idea what I'm doing yet.

Thank you :) I loved filegame.

I don't think the bundle works the way I thought it did... I bought the bundle a month or so but I didn't get access to this game when it came out & was added to the bundle.

(The description of your bundle makes me think this was not your intent and you thought

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Ooooh

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I'd be really interested in a sandboxy mode that lets me play around with weird city compositions a bit more

Which, now that I think about it, may run parallel to a desire to design levels for it...

What's it made in?

You don't need to donate to play the game omg

If it doesn't load it's an itch/browser problem. I can't load any of my itch games when I'm in Chrome Incognito mode, but other people have other problems. Check blocked stuff, try other browsers and settings!

Ohh

It's hard for me to tell quite what's going on but it looks/sounds like it could be really cool. Gonna upload more anywhere?

I think the rules are that each colour has a reaction to each other colour:

Red likes green, dislikes red

Blue likes green, likes blue

Green likes green, dislikes red

I think that's all the rules, but I'm not totally sure. Anyway, enjoy!

Created a new topic Tom7's Map (HUGE SPOILERS.)

I don't think I would personally play this game if it was much longer. Although I enjoyed them, levels 5-6 were pushing it a bit -- they didn't offer much different from level 4.

The game is very cute and solid! I liked how trees ended up being a very useful and necessary tool. My gut said they were just gonna be obstacles and I was glad to be wrong.

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neat idea! are you planning to revisit/expand this at all? it's pretty hard to read what's going on right now and there are some little ui changes i'd love to see (for clarifying what's going on, but also -- it'd be really nice to have a tiny queue that at least shows what's coming up next so I don't have to think about my next move from scratch every time. i find it pretty mentally taxing!)

yikes, okay! mac build should function properly. working on a solution.

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Oops, I messed a bunch of stuff up. I set up a system for keeping an in-development & unstable version of fiefs separate from the public-facing one but, silly me, i completely forgot to actually take advantage of it, ha ha ha

This version of fiefs is grossly incomplete, but I have implemented jump code peeking (unlike the passwords of olden times, jump codes are not reset when you look at them... yet. it might be worth making those separate actions.)

One of the largest design changes is that scouty is no longer a separate action & actions don't have their own range score. This may turn out not to be fun? But it makes interacting with the game a lot easier. Hex/node names can take a backseat now.

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2016 June 9th -- fiefs has been reset for new hex-based system. currently wondering: should stored lore (information discovered -- in old fiefs lingo, stuff like passwords) be bound to a home node or to some kind of external player account?

2016 June 13th -- droqen # bliss space smoky expand

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alright. i'll be implementing & experimenting with node relationships - each node keeps track of how much it "likes" or trusts each adjacent node.

when you jump into a node, it gives you a trust rating based on the node you came from.

naturally, there will be progs that affect these trust ratings! i'm thinking of calling the basic one CHARM, letting you improve your trust rating from afar?

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hexagon report:

oh wait i understand what you're saying now!! That sounds neat. Maybe there is some kind of pass codes and knowing more unlocks more capabilities

Maybe little 2x2 groups of nodes? hmm but right now there's no real notion of who controls something or not. I guess it could be a power-channeling thing?

it probably wouldn't be! i just tried and it got on my nerves not being able to make the grid... perfect...

i'll give it a go.

Created a new topic How should i measure DISTANCE?
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I pretty much have three options here:

  • Keep using taxicab geometry (every node has 4 neighbours, and a 'circle' is a sort of weird diamond shape. easy to program and neighbour overlap is easy to understand!)
  • Switch to a hex grid (every node has 6 neighbours, and visually it's quite pretty -- if difficult to program in css)
  • Stay on a square grid, but include diagonal neighbours (every node has 8 neighbours, and a 'circle' is basically a square. neighbours overlap a lot and this makes it very hard to make 'walls'.)

Nodes could potentially have "jump ranges" as well that allow you to jump a longer distance -- rather than only letting you jump to adjacent nodes. Most jump ranges would probably be 1-2, and almost always >0. A node with a jump range of 0 could be interesting, though...

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Parameters

RANGE How far away can your target be?

"0" only hits own node; "1" hits adjacent nodes.

AREA What area does this prog cover? (Originally only used for Scouty)

"0" only hits target node; "1" hits target & adjacent nodes.

POWER Effect varies by prog

ACCURACY % chance of success! Calculated separately for each target. I'm thinking low accuracy is most common on progs with AREA > 0, but I could see it appearing on a very weird / powerful single-target prog

COST How much node energy (how many 'moons') it costs to run the prog

Progs (non-final name, stolen from 868-HACK)

SCOUTY Updates the node's internal map with the current state of whatever nodes it hits.

Not sure what information scouty should learn, but there should definitely be timestamps on the map so you know what's out of date!

BREAKR Reduces target's shield by POWER

MINWAL Increases target's shield to POWER if it's less

GETJMP Learn target's jump code // replaces the old prog whose name i forgot, the one that let you reset a password


New Progs

SETJMP Set target's jump code