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Markus Glanzer

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I've enjoyed this game an awful lot. The minimalist colour-palette does a great job in abstracting the environment to facilitate path-finding, and the way the city-generator tends to throw buildings into each other produces some mesmerising results.

This is a really great proof-of-concept.

Some minor gripes / polish issues:

  • The FOV feels tiny, which probably isn't a problem in itself, but since the game relies heavily on one's navigation skill, a higher one could improve gameplay a lot.
  • It feels like there's no proper debouncing on the jump, which can be frustrating. On the other hand, I might just be rubbish at platforming.
  • Lots of Z-fighting, which is probably due to randomness. I'm unsure if giving the single pieces tiny offsets wouldn't fix that problem without causing new ones. It's weirdly atmospheric, tho.

Hey! I'm on Arch (which is sort-of related to Manjaro), and it seems that there's something weird with the fidelity-settings.

It should be running fine as long as you don't set it to "Beautiful" or "Fantastic".

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Man, I would love to try this one. Do you need/want help porting it to Linux?

Thanks a lot for the try.

Yes, currently, Blender still comes with it's own little game engine onboard - which usually isn't even a bad tool. Unfortunately, they probably are going to phase it out around the 2.8 release, since they're replacing the OpenGL part with a Vulkan based solution, that's rumored to be Unreal-compatible.

In the end, it's a great opportunity to learn something new. I'm just a little undecided between using Godot and Unreal in the future.

Ultimately, there isn't much of a game to speak of in there yet, but I plan on remedying this in the near(ish) future. I've got a decent amount of free time coming up as well ;)

I updated it to be Windows10 compatible. Unfortunately, the Windows version seems to handle animations somewhat differently, keeping the "Hall of the Dwarven" most likely crashing. I could only test it on a TabPro, so ymmv. Interestingly, I've never encountered this particular bug before (armatures used to work on windows previously), so maybe it's just a sign of Blender's Game Engine being phased out.

For what it's worth - the mechanics prototype should work.

I've got it to run through Wine on Linux, but it's really sluggish that way. Multiplatform export shouldn't be all that much of a problem with Unity, tho.

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Interesting. Might be a side-effect of having too many browser tabs open at once on my side.
It's essentially W and D to move, and Tab to switch the "mode" of the Mirror, and Right-Mouse to teleport in "bounce mode".

Thanks a lot for the heads-up.

Edit: should be fixed as of now.

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The information you're looking for (the one thing being a "rollercoaster" and how to control the other thing) is on the game's page itself, along with an explanation why there wasn't any "improvement" for most of the jam's timeframe.

Thanks for trying, anyway. I guess, that means it runs at least.

Also thanks for the feedback, I guess. Now I have reason to believe that this probably is an issue with all of my similar projects, which I couldn't have noticed, due to a complete lack of someone telling me.

Yeah, I was lazy and used the standard-exporter. (deadline was 5AM around here, and honestly - I threw all the modules I had built together, and disabled functions until it stopped crashing).
That error is curious too- 3.5 shouldn't even be a dependency.

I'll package it properly, once I'm at my machine again.

now with lighting

And a little scenery, including modular pillars and floor tiles.

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Some boilerplate-dwarves with interchangeable heads, also here's a flat-shaded one.
I might be giving the theme, I'm going for away here. ;)

Yeah, and imgur-links

Awesome Tiki!

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First status-report: Mechanics are down, now I'll have to make it not look terrible. At least there's still plenty of time.

Created a new topic So, it's almost a year.

With about 300 downloads and absolutely no feedback.

If anybody cares about me, revisiting the concept, please leave a reply here, and I will do so.

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Just to clarify - this is a gamejam for a single static animation… or did I read that wrong?

That's a good question. I didn't remember I joined this, until I got the announcement, so I'm caught a bit off-guard.

It's pretty useful to have a list of Ideas you want to try, but haven't got around to yet - regarding the BGE and Blender as a whole, mine involves:

  • implement a game-of-life style simulation, and make use of it in some way
  • improve pathfinding solutions
  • figure out blender's GLSL pipeline, and make use of it in some way
  • build a proper IK system, along with dynamically figuring out hotspots
  • use Blender as a vector-animation tool for 2D
  • find a proper use for compound collision meshes that's not Katamari Damacy.
  • compile game-functions via Cython for performance reasons
  • figure out a proper way of packaging Blenderplayer and it's dependencies, ideally in a multi-platform kind of way
  • find an efficient way to re-map controls on-demand
  • utilize a hardware-camera (or video-streaming in general) in the BGE in some useful way.
  • dynamically generate and modulate sound according to gamestates
  • use sound to drive animation
  • build efficient lightmaps, for renderbaking without having to ditch realtime shadows
  • multilayered 360 videos could be really impressive for a lot of things
  • something using sockets for the achievement of having used sockets
  • a clever way of utilising that HTML-parser, I've written
  • write a dictionary-parser, and use it… ideally not with a chatbot
  • make use of that renderbuffer, because it's there and nobody seems to know about it.
  • find an entertaining use for a virtual-filesystem within a game
  • make use of some economy models to simulate things

I guess, my entry will involve two or more things from that list, but atm, I have no Idea which make sense. It could be fun picking some at random, tho.

well, that's why the current snappy/flatpack discussion is going on. Because someone finally realized that increasing platform fragmentation causes issues.

Of course you can always solve it by shipping the libraries you need… if you do it properly, that is.

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No problem. I'm almost done with something that could pass as a game, but realistically, I still have enough on my plate to warrant an entire second entry. ;)

It's really just a question of how "fluid" you are with the tools you use.

Edit: Also, if you're the Alan Pope, I think you are - then maybe I should ask you for advice. ;)

I've just seen a few who are either trolling (no download, but a price tag, offensive thumbnails), or sport far earlier creation dates.
But some of them disappearing hints at active moderation.

It just struck me as unusual for itch.

Actually, submitting the project beforehand is probably a good Idea. What if your upload 30 minutes before the deadline is slow? I had myself almost not making it last time, because of that.

Hmm, there seem to be some shady entries around, tho.

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Actually, the API is very well documented, but due to the prevalent tutorial-culture, this is often ignored. Also people tend to claim things are "not suported" because they didn't find youtube-tutorials for them. (like realtime IK for example).

Another big problem is that people, attracted by Blender tend to see logic-bricks and fall prey to the Dunning-Kruger effect (and some features are only accessible via the API). I'd claim, it's very much as capable as other engines (I'd consider the editors more powerful, tho), but - very much like using Blender as a video-editor - there are a lot of convenience features missing, that one has to implement first. Of course, if you're comfortable with reading manuals and working with APIs, all that could be considered a bonus to the already decently integrated pipeline. - You could in theory do everything but music without ever leaving blender. (and I'm sure people more inventive than me could use it as a sequencer as well ;) )

Edit: Heck, if you're comfortable with using python's OS library as a bash replacement, you could probably replace a whole desktop environment and most of it's software (save a webbrowser) with just blender. :D

I'm making a "newtonic variant of dwarf fortress", and I am sticking to Blender's game engine. I plan on using the Cython compiler to get my extra-libraries in a decent format, but that's on the far end of the list. (Also my Editor of choice is gedit, and I'm working on a DVORAK vortex pok3r… let's not start a holy war about speed vs. extra keystrokes, ok?)

Aside from that… I've made my concept art in GIMP, and depending on if I get far enough to do actual textures / sprites (AO ftw!), I might enlist Krita or Toonboom.

As for music and sound… once everything else actually works, I'm confident that a solution for this will come along.

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Of course it's splitting hairs. Python can (and probably should) be compiled into a native binary, however. That's why I brought the basic/dosbox example up, which describes the essential problem here better. Another issue could be anything web-based.
"Native" is also a generally problematic as a term, especially on the Unixes.

I don't think technicalities like that will disqualify anyone.

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GCC (or more clearly, GCJ) can be used to compile Java into a native format, although GCJ got discontinued when Sun open-sourced the JDK.

I doubt that this would be required, but it would be interesting where people draw the line on this. (Basic+Dosbox anyone?)

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Given that Linux is the Jam's target, I'd consider it good practice to make Controls rebindable (think customization, also there are probably more users that use layouts such as Dvorak, Azerty or Colemak for example.)

Also it's not that hard to do in most cases, and a big improvement in quality.

If you're anything like me, that's probably a pretty interesting read: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrow_keys

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I hope by "zip" you mean "tar" ;)

(actually, check out itch's "butler" tool)

A little exercise in delivering the minimum expected framework…

actually, terrain-generation is simpler than SC2000's. Round up the whole thing with buildings made up of tetroid-modules, and connect them via pipelines… hopefully there's a game, somewhere in there.

I think it's a tricky thing - humor is hard to do. It's always great when done right, unfortunately there is a very thin line between funny and just dumb.

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Tricky, since it seems to be customary to stay silent if you didn't manage to put a game on this.

I started, knowing that tarot is based on the older taroccos card game. Since there already is a game in there (and it's older than the arcana/oracle part), I wanted to explore this particular angle further (also hey, there's already mechanics, right?). Turns out, it's probably the most complex card game of all time (think fizzbin with much more depth than poker) - anyway, after two days wasted on research (and a visit to the city archives, where they keep honest-to-god 500 year old card decks), the only thing I had come up with was the code for shuffling the deck, drawing and rating cards, with no idea that would fit the jam's criteria, besides just implementing the card game.

Anyway - this is the first game jam I see here that had enough criteria to be interesting. The mystery theme also is great thing.

Next time, I guess. :)