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loren schmidt

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Posted in road map

dungeon decorator v. 1 update

things are coming along! i've done most of the heavy lifting, and am working on integrating the new text tools into the editor and adding a couple of much requested features. as soon as everything's working i'll post the new version publicly!

estimated release date: later this week.

text tools

  • signs - working! still need some editor tools
  • characters with dialogue
  • environmental text - working!

expanded character roster

  • platformer character (moves along ground + jumps) - working!
  • crawly (moves along ground) - working!
  • bat (flies, ricochets off of walls) - working!
  • shuttle (nongravitational, path guided by environment) - working!
  • chicken imp (flaps to fly short distances, like flywrench / birds in joust) - working!
  • all characters can either be autonomous, or player controlled - on the to do list

additional features

  • revamped save format (more human readable, also can store environmental text)
  • pushing tiles (can be used for water currents / wind / one way passages / gravity zones) - working!
  • ladders - in progress
Replied to loren schmidt in road map

i just wrapped up a few other features, and have started working on ladders! they'll be in the v. 1 release

neat, this has such a rambling, mazelike quality. i enjoyed wandering around in it. thanks for sharing!

if it's not too much trouble, i'd love to see the link you used when you ran into the garbling today.

thanks so much for your help testing.

Posted in bug reports

i'm pleased to report that i found a fix for the partial map load error! if you had a map in progress which was affected by this issue, your map file will now work with the editor here:

http://vacuumflowers.com/dd/editor.html

and the player works as well.

if it's the bug where only the upper part of the map loads, my hope and suspicion is that it'll load correctly after the fix. the bug is likely caused by a tile with weird data in it which somehow breaks the rest of the load process. if so, once i add a proper error handler for that it will be able to read past the erroneous tile with no issues.

it works in chrome on my end (windows 8). this is neat! i found the invisible platform maze pot and the waterfall pot. i'll have to give it another go later. do you mind if i retweet this? i bet other folks would like to play it.

this is so neat. are the tile garbling issues still present? my attempted fix is in the verison here:

vacuumflowers.com/dd/editor.html

thanks for sharing! i like the part where you drop down the waterfall.

Replied to alek214 in road map

good point!

(p. s.- there is an animated water top sprite above the white square which is functionally identical)

Replied to Benal in road map

ladders:

i'm planning on adding ladders! i have the same feeling about vertical movement. i plan on adding at least one character who can't jump at all (something in the vein of lode runner) and i think ladders would be useful both for that character and for the other characters.

i think the way i'll implement it is by adding a ladder to the entity palette. any tiles you paint ladders in will be climbable. ladders will have a default appearance, but you'll be able to swap in any sprite you desire, so you could make climbable vines, bones, etc. if you desire.

i'm also currently implementing tiles which push you, which can be used in various ways to move upward.

Replied to Benal in road map

i'll file the mushroom growth beam idea for future reference

Posted in bug reports

hello folks- i've been fixing various bugs, such as the focus issues, tile garbling, etc., and i'm working on a fix for the bug where part of the map doesn't load. i'll be uploading a build shortly (to both itch and my own site) which contains all of these fixes. i'll post here as soon as i upload!

Replied to diplo in bug reports

thanks for letting me know about the avatar issue. did you place a player when you were in the editor, or were you playing using the one automatically placed?

re: differences-

yes, i've been updating the version at vacuumflowers.com/dd/editor.html quite frequently, and i've been updating the one here on itch.io only when i have more major builds.

thanks again for the bug report!

Posted in EXE?

i believe it would be possible to build an offline version! i'm actually about to learn how to do that for another project. i could make an exe of this while i'm at it.

thanks for the suggestion!

Replied to roguewombat in bug reports

thanks for your response. agreed- for a while i was planning to incorporate new tiles as i added them, but i've decided to keep versions separate so as not to mangle people's creations. so i've reverted the version at vacuumflowers.com/gardener to the original tileset, and the next version will be at a separate url.

it will always be possible to take your save files from an older editor and open them in a new one (and then manually tweak whatever is necessary due to changes between versions)

i hope that makes dealing with a pre-beta tool more pleasant and predictable.

Posted in bug reports

i've fixed several bugs (including the nasty tile garbling bug) and i've rolled out a new version at vacuumflowers.com/gardener which incorporates these fixes!

apologies, i rolled out some changes to the tileset prematurely! i've reverted the player + editor to the original tileset

the v. 0 editor here will work with the current player

vacuumflowers.com/gardener

when v. 1 comes out later this week i'll put it at a new address so as not to break anything folks made with v. 0!

Replied to loren schmidt in road map
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dungeon decorator v. 1 (out later this week)

text tools

  • signs
  • characters with dialogue
  • environmental text

expanded character roster

  • platformer character (moves along ground + jumps)
  • crawly (moves along ground)
  • bat (flies, ricochets off of walls)
  • shuttle (nongravitational, path guided by environment)
  • chicken imp (flaps to fly short distances, like flywrench / birds in joust)
  • all characters can either be autonomous, or player controlled
Posted in road map

dungeon decorator v. 0 (out now)

vacuumflowers.com/gardener

groundwork on engine + editor programs

live edit

platformer character

tile editor

  • flip + rotate tiles freely
sharing, save + load
  • share easily via datauri
  • save offline to .png file
Created a new topic road map

if you're curious about upcoming features or what dungeon decorator will look like on down the road, i've laid out a road map for future development!

Replied to roguewombat in bug reports

thank you for the info and the links! someone else seemed to have the same issue and suspected the same thing as you earlier. i have a hunch it is due to rotation- that would make sense. i'm terribly sorry, this is such a tragic bug. i'm working on a fix right now, and i'll upload it tonight. hopefully that will be the end of the tile garbling bugs.

Replied to v21 in bug reports

this is a new bug- thanks so much for reporting it.

i get your "first row only" error 100% of the time on my end, which bodes well for finding a fix quickly. thanks for the file! i'm looking into it.

Replied to roguewombat in bug reports

thanks so much for your feedback. i'll try to make these things more intuitive over the next few releases. in the mean time, i'll try to clarify:

the keys are a partially implemented feature- they will be a multifunction key / collectible in the next release.

there's currently a bug which can cause tiles to be solid (or nonsolid) which shouldn't be by default. i'm working on a fix, but in the mean time, should this happen, you can fix tile solidity by holding the shift key and clicking.

you're correct- signs aren't implemented yet (but will be in v. 1, later this week!)

(your game is coming along nicely, by the way)

Replied to alek214 in bug reports

oh thank you- the clear function predated the tile rotation and didn't reset it! i'll fix that.

i have a lead on a fix for this. i think it may be (at least in part) due to incorrect handling of tile rotation- possibly it ends up with rotation values outside of the 0-4 range (which is fine internally, but won't save correctly). i'm looking into this right now actually, and i'll upload the fix tonight. i sincerely hope that will address all of the save corruption issues. that's such a tragic bug; by far the worst bug on the list. fixing that is my highest priority right now.

oh wow, gamepad control is a lovely idea. thank you so much! i'll integrate this when i get a chance.

Replied to roguewombat in hey guys

i like the areas outside of the playing field filled with mysterious items + an observing demon

if you don't mind, i'd love to repost this on twitter (+ credit you, of course)

Replied to Benal in share your work!

me too. i really enjoy the organic, rambling shapes in the side chambers. this was fun to explore.

by the way, i like your trick of flipping the sprites midway down a chain to add irregularity!

(to clarify, the async issue is still not fixed, but another separate bug which resulted in the same screen of bricks has been fixed)

yeah, i broke the player temporarily while fixing another bug! my apologies. it's fixed now. (i'm sticking my new versions in new folders now to avoid such issues in the future.)

Replied to luser in share your work!

thanks i'm glad you're enjoying the live edit. live edit is tremendously important to me. i think it's wonderful in terms of workflow and encouraging intuitition + spontaneity, so i knew from the beginning that this would have live options.

i'm sorry about those solidity bugs- sometimes if you switch tiles using the keyboard it messes up the solidity (i have a fix inbound for this). did you find the shift key? it lets you directly edit solidity.

i'm curious about your idea of making the effects discoverable-
how do you envision this working?

Replied to Benal in bug reports

yes, the diamond is a separate type of player character.

the toggle idea is good- i'll see if i can work that into my plans. my current thinking is that eventually the rest of that palette will be filled with other types of entities, such as particle emitters, various characters, switches, doors, and the like. the plan is for all of them to be optionally player controlled.

Posted in hey guys
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here is one of my favorite tile sets + color schemes ever. it's from a game called "dandy"

agreed about that transition. yes, i think perhaps that could be addressed via some combination of forced pause and perhaps making the region around the player always transparent? (also the eventual plan is to have multiple transitions available and let folks pick.)

Replied to Benal in bug reports

thanks so much for the bug reports. that's very helpful

  • i'll look into the save button issue. i've seen this myself, but don't have a way of consistently reproducing it yet. i'm sure it will be come apparent- in the meantime, it would be helpful if anyone happens to discover a way of reproducing this.
  • agreed- sorry about that! i have some work to do there.
  • thanks. the teleporting player is definitely confusing. that was originally a feature to ensure there was a playable character present at all times- it's making player characters at a random location when it doesn't detect one. i think i need to move to a more consistent solution though. i'm considering making right click spawn a temporary player character, which would possibly make the random spawns redundant. (all suggestions welcome)
  • yes, while things are solidifying it's definitely a good idea to save your files frequently! also for reference, if you want to remove a diamond or a platformer player character, you can use the x next to them. it deletes entities. (here's a version of that file with the diamond removed: http://goo.gl/TQcb8b )

i'm glad you're enjoying the tool! it's been fun seeing what you make with it.

Replied to alex in bug reports

oh wow, that's exotic! i'll check it out. what browser are you using?

Replied to jonbro in bug reports
  • the scrolling in the embedded itch.io version is a problem- most of the player character controls also scroll the page! i'm not sure yet if there's a way to fix that on itch, but here is a clean version which should auto-resize and solve the problem. folks are welcome to use this offsite version instead: http://vacuumflowers.com/gardener/
  • it's true, i think wasd / q / e (and f) could stand to be explained more fully somewhere. possibly the in-game help file is a decent place for this, or a series of video tutorials.
  • the diamond is a second, nongravitational player character. thanks for the heads up- it seems there are some spawn rules which don't correctly handle having two types of player characters. i've added it to the list and will fix it!
  • solidity can currently be set manually per-tile. you can check solidity by holding shift. it seems there is a bug where switching tiles with wasd ignores the defaults, which can result in some surprising solid / nonsolid tiles. i'll put that at the top of the list.
  • i agree about the need for a help feature + more documentation!

thanks so much for all the helpful feedback. sorry about the bugs! i'll work hard to get this shipshape for the release of v. 1

Replied to mikkop in bug reports

thanks! i think there's an edge wrapping issue with the platformer character. i'll investigate...