This is super articulate and well written!!! I have never really thought about how pervasive hit points are in video games but you make a ton of great points!
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These are all really great and insightful, I really appreciate that you have to download them one by one, it makes each one feel like it's own special experience. As someone with ADHD the pomodoro manifesto was super helpful and the ending of the ROADS MANIFESTO is metal as heck 10/10 thank you for making these
"- if a skeleton has long since forgotten why they fight, raised as they were by a long-dead tyrant, defending a long-since worthless treasure, that's good as hell"
extremely good manifesto, now I have a bunch of ideas on how to incorporate skeletons into gamez. thank u skeleton master
I've been looking at the thumbnail of this game for months and finally got around to playing it and I am so glad it's even cooler than it looks! The sprite work is so good and the eavesdropping method of delivering narrative is so well done!
Also, the soundtrack for this rules!!!
Concept: "The Sequel" jam. Build a second game as a tie-in to another one of your games, bitsy or otherwise. Or, for bonus community points, build a sequel off of someone else's game (after asking permission, of course :^) )
I think someone in the moth jam made a game that was a tie-in to another one of their games and it was super rad, that's what gave me this idea originally.
This is super great and it's 2000% greater with the music behind it! Playing it while listening to the song made me realize some stuff about the song I never noticed before!!!! Great work!!!
Bet you thought this project was dead, well
Anyway we're back after a 5 day hiatus due to me having to move out of my house, although we should have plenty of time to finish this thing u-
Alright, anyway, here's what we've got so far. Most of the stuff has been boring-to-look at coding-y stuff, but we're gonna look at it anyway.
ART, BASIC UI MOCKUP FOR EXPLORATION MODE
So, I'm not a very technically skilled artist by any means, but I was getting tired of looking at a black screen so I got some (LEGAL OPEN SOURCE ROYALTY FREE) images and messed about a bit in photoshop, and got a bit of an art direction going on here. This screen here is basically a mockup of the "Exploration/Dialogue" mode of the game. The bottom-left compass with the totally rad placeholder art is used as navigation through the rooms. There will also be objects and characters which you can click on to chat with, interact with, or FIGHT with (when the whole fighting bit is implemented). I decided to go with click navigation as I thought a point and click type game would be a lot easier than a real-time physics platformer, or something like that. Boy was I wrong. Which brings us to...
BUTTONS, MATH, AND WHY I HAVEN'T POSTED IN FIVE DAYS
So. Buttons. Whew. It wasn't until after I had finished drawing up almost all my design work that I realized I had no idea how to code buttons. There's no built in function (that I could find) for implementing buttons in LÖVE2d, so I had to make one up myself. As someone with pretty much 0 math and coding experience, this was really difficult.
The solution I decided to go with was to
steal borrow a very basic bit of collision detection code I'd used for a previous space-invaders project and use it here. What was once used to detect spaceships smashing into each other now manages if the mouse is "colliding" with a button.
The problem with this system was that I used it as a sort of copy+paste solution for my space-invaders project without fully understanding how it worked. This caused me to run into some problems with the whole button situation. When I first jammed it in there, it seemed like everything was working fine, when I clicked the buttons, they worked! However, I then decided to implement a mouseover text feature - since my art was a little weird it might not be immediately apparent what you could click and what was just the background.
The problem was, once I put this in, the mouseover text would appear, but it wouldn't just appear when the mouse was over a button, but also whenever the mouse was within the same general area as the button. It was like the mouseover text was too excited to do it's job so it was just popping up all over the place. I tried all sorts of things to fix this - added new variables to specify where the mouse was, removing code, adding code, etc. However to problem was actually just a dumb math error from me not understanding the collision equation.
So, the way the code worked was it would check the x and y of an object and then get the width and height of the image of the object and then use those four values to create a "box" around the object. In the spaceship game, this worked great, as everything colliding had an x, a y, and an image. However here I was using just the position of the mouse, which had no image attached to it. Not knowing how the equation worked or what to put in for the last two variables, I just entered the mouse x and y a second time. This was causing the 'collisions' of the buttons to trigger in twice of large a box than intended, as the position of the mouse was it's current location plus it's current location. Basically I was creating some imaginary box that made no sense when I intended to create a single 1-unit point where the mouse was.
So the fix was actually pretty easy! Since it was just a single point, I put in 0s for the second two values, and it worked perfectly! At least, for now. :)
Well, I'm pretty behind, so I'm really trying to bust out a playable prototype as soon as possible. I forgot to bring my notebook to the coffeeshop where I'm writing this right now, so I can't post pictures of the combat system design I've been doing. I'll probably post later today explaining how combat works, and try to get a mockup of combat working.
Also, for adventure mode, I need to implement dialogue boxes, and multiple areas. I'd also like to make a title screen.
Since I'm so behind, I'm gonna try to do 2-3 devlog posts a day, to catch up. Hopefully I can follow through with that.
Thanks for reading! :^)
This is so cool! I can't wait to see you go more in-depth with how your gameplay works. I'm already thinking about how interesting it'll be to have the player also be the puck - lots of complicated tactic choices for offense/defense. Also I could see a 2-player mode of this being a hit at parties (especially after a few drinks :^))
It really seems like you have this thing planned out pretty well - don't get discouraged about starting late or not being able to work on it every day. Gamedev is hard stuff and then when you add life and work on top of it it's a miracle any of us get anything done!!!!
Excited to see where this goes!
It looks like you are already getting so close to a playable prototype on day three!!!! Nice! I also dig the hot magenta color you've got going on for your dishes. Very tasteful placeholder art.
DAY 2/3 TINY DEVLOG UPDATE:
I forgot to mention in the first devlog, but I'm also moving to another country during the duration of this jam. Irresponsible? Maybe. But video games waits for no-one.
I've been working on programming, which like always is taking way longer than I expected it to. I'll post screenshots when I have something more interesting to show you than crash reports. I'm also finishing up on the card-combat design, so expect some more notebook pages probably tomorrow-ish.
Sorry for the short update, I promise cool content soon!!! ^^;
oh my god this is so dumb i can't believe i'm running with this idea.
Your DAD is dying. DEATH has come to claim his immortal soul. HOWEVER Death will spare your father's soul if you help her win the LESSER DEITY CHILI COOKOFF CHALLENGE by bringing her THE TEARS OF THE FOUR GREAT DREAM-WHALES. Are you ready to embark on an adventure into the dream realm with exciting card-based combat, puzzles, and probably dialogue boxes? I sure hope so, because Death just smacked you on the back of the head with a frying pan so you're in dreamland now, kiddo.
So, the whole idea behind this idea is whenever I enter a game jam I spend way too much time planning and stressing about whether or not my idea for a game is good or not, and I never end up making or submitting anything. So I'm just running with the first idea that came to mind. Which is this. Whatever this is.
Today was mostly spent sketching out ideas for what the game is going to entail, and what sort of programming stuff I'm going to have to learn (because my programming skills are very weak.) So, here's what we've got: The game is a short little adventure where you wander around dreamland talking to weird dream creatures in a VN-style sorta style (Like ace attorney, maybe?) and there's also a point and click puzzler-y mode, as well. Finally, there's COMBAT ENCOUNTERS in which you get into card fights with dream monsters. The rational behind card battles is 1. I'm hoping they're easier to code than real-time physics-y battles, 2. I've been reading a book on tabletop game design and I really want to make some sort of tabletop system, and 3. I have a bunch of colored index cards laying around so it'll be easy to prototype. So let's check out my beautiful game designer notebook:
(also these are totally huge and I don't know how to make them not huge, sorry about that)
So yeah, tomorrow I'll start prototyping FIGHTS, and give a run down on how the combat system works, like what the hell life sauce is.
Anyway, thanks for reading all that!!!
From your notebooking drawing, I'm super excited to see what style your unity assets look like! This is also such a cool concept, especially with the dreams theme! I am actually moving right now in real life so I can totally relate to this game in a funny way. Looking forward to see your progress!!
Wow I am reading your design document and I am LOVING the game design for this!!! It looks so well thought out and fun! Also, a cooking card game is such an original idea! The world needs more cooking games!
i feel so personally attacked this seems to so perfectly describe the crushing anxiety i feel at all times about frantically not doing enough and being restless but also doing way too much and being exhausted all the time. This feels so personal but also so relatable.
I also like the calming music in the background. Thanks so much for making this.
1. Hi there! What's your name? Want to introduce yourself?
Hi! I'm Nic. I'm currently a university student with dreams of being a game design someday!!
2. Did you participate in the last jam we held? If so, what
do you plan on doing better this time? If not, what's your reason for
I did! I didn't end up submitting a game, though. This time I'm going to try to actually submit a game.
3. What games are your favorites? Did any of them inspire you, or made you want to make your own?
I really love the Dark Souls-es and Undertale because of their themes about friendships/relationships. I also really love games like Hotline Miami and 30 Flights of Loving for how stylish they are (and how wonderful their soundtracks are!)
4. Do you have experience with game development? What did you do/with what engine?
I am an expert at half finishing games! I have about 4-5 unfinished projects on all sorts of engines - Unity, LÖVElua, Gamemaker, Stencyl, etc.
5. Tell us about something you're passionate about!
Uh, Videogames, of course! Also loving your friends and tipping your waiters!
6. What are your goals for this game jam?
I get hung up a lot on worrying that whatever I'm working is "not good enough". I want to just make something and publish and have some people play it for once!
7. Any advice to new jammers (if you're a veteran)?
Here's one: buy some pens and a notebook! Pen-and-paper game design ahead of time will save you a bunch of headaches in the "what-direction-do-I-take-this" department down the road! ALSO! Don't worry too much if your game is good or bad! Those are subjective categories! Just make something and get it out there!!
Reading you experience with unity, I can totally relate to how it feels trying to learn coding/scripting for the first time. Nothing makes sense and you feel totally dumb. This is totally normal!!! Don't get discouraged! You clearly have a lot of heart and that honestly the most important part (or so I hear.)
Excellent stream-of-consciousness devlog, very fun to read. Looking forward to where your journey to the top of the mountain goes next.
Hey, it's 64 days late, but why not :), If you still need a designer, I am very much down. My discord name is also Plum, feel free to message me there (Or here, but idk if there's pm functionality here)
Well, that makes sense I guess. Thanks for hosting, Ham.
Also, I am a total novice but I specialize in game design. What engine/program do you usually use?
(Also, disclaimer: I'm in the middle of finals week right now, so my ability to contribute might be a little limited)
Hey friends, I'm Plum, an aspiring gamedev from the middle of nowhere.
I don't have much of a development community where I live so this is my attempt at trying to connect to one online. I primarily do game design and level design type stuff, but also I do a bit of programming as well. I'm honestly so early in the learning process though it doesn't really make sense to say I specialize in any one thing.
If you'd like to collaborate, or would like some feedback on a game, please hit me up! I am always looking for new friends/professional videogame colleagues
Excellent game, art is super solid, as are the mechanics. The enemy-triangle deal (blades beat snipers, Snipers beat pyros, pyros beat blades) becomes apparent after the first few waves, but the addition of elite enemies/large mobs of enemies keeps it from getting dull (Which body do you chose when you have 6 blades coming after you AND a bunch of snipers shooting at you?)
Anyways, super fun. ALSO That pixel art in the intro is crazy good.
[BUSTS THROUGH THE DOOR INTO THE GAME JAM SOAKED WITH RAIN, PART OF MY JACKET ON FIRE] I'm not too late, am I?
IT'S RAINING CATS AND DOGS
a First person dodge'em up + exploration + deity shopping simulator.
Hey I've never made a devlog before (I've also never made a game before) so here it goes... This is the devlog for my currently untitled jam entry, which currently has a working title of 'It's raining cats and dogs' because in this game it does, in fact, rain cats and dogs. I also wrote some lore down while brainstorming, so here it is:
In the village of Hundkatze, the village is watched over by two fickle deities: The CAT GOD and the DOG GOD. Both have temples within the town, and it is rumored that one can obtain artifacts of unimaginable power by giving the gods offerings to win their favor. It is also rumored that this is a very bad idea for some reason, but you didn't really listen to that part of the rumors. You have just stepped off the bus station at Hundkatze, and it's time to get some MAD FriCKING ARTIFACTS.
Basically, the gameplay consists of you running around town with a shopping list from dog/cat god trying to find items while being pursued by adorable enemies which you must avoid. Every time you drop off an item a god demands, you get some kind of upgrade (artifact) which helps you better collect artifacts. I'm unsure if I want this to be an infinite process/gameplay loop or if I want to attach some kind story to it so it eventually wraps up. (This being a game jam, I don't want my game to consume too much of people's time - there's so many other jam games they also have to play!)
I've been working on it for a bit, though I am a complete beginner in all aspects of design so the process has been long and hard. Simple things such as picking up objects, running into enemies, and health all take hours for me to figure out. Most of my work has been inside the coding box thing, and there's no fancy art assets to look at. I'll keep posting progress in this thread as the deadline draws near. Most boring code stuff is out of the way, though, so hopefully I'll have something to show you soon! Oh also I'm making this in Unity.
The itch.io forums are really hard to use and I kept messing up the formatting while trying to make this, sorry if it's hard to read. Hope you're all enjoying the jam so far !