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Happy Birthday Gamedev!

Posted by , 15 June 2011 - - - - - - · 437 views

In honor of Gamedev's 12th birthday, I'm gonna release the design document for my latest game, Dice-A-Rama. Basically it's a game I tried to write in ten days to address the lack of a Yatzy ("Yahtzee" is trademarked) game on the Playbook. Actually it ended up taking about 20 days because I was still building a lot of cross-platform stuff. On the good side, it's now available on the Playbook App Store here and on the iPhone App Store here.

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The big ZYNGA logos are because it's a pad of free sticky-notes I got at a game conference a couple of years ago. Stickies and pencils are the only design tools you need.

And yeah, this is kind of a joke. But it does give you a bit of a feel for design. If you're a one-man shop and you have a simple design and you're confident in your ability to implement it, then don't spend much time on design. I wrote my first computer game almost 30 years ago, so design documents come second to getting an idea working while it's still fresh in your mind.

My bug-fixing process is the same. I am never more than two feet from a pad of stickies, and when I find ANYTHING, I quickly write it down. You'll be surprised how many ideas are lost between the time you switch from the game running on the screen back to your text editor.

BTW, "Kismet" is also trademarked, so I went with "Destino". "Kismet" is the Turkish word for "Fate", so I went with the Italian word for "Fate". Get it?

And I ended up dumping the three-column mode. Made the game too long and it also made the cells too small for dinky iPhone and Android screens.

Now with Google +1

  Posted by , 07 June 2011 - - - - - - · 289 views

Well I haven't had any substantial updates to the site since November. And that's both good and bad. It's good in that there haven't been any site emergencies in six months. We're nice and stable.

But it's not good in that there haven't been any other site updates of note.

But I haven't been sitting on my mini-empire of puzzles. Blackberry Playbook Bulldozer, Duck Tiles, and Pop Pies Portable (based on Pop Pies 3) are shipping. Brain Bones and an all-new game called Dice-A-Rama are also getting ready for release on Playbook, Android, and iOS.

As for this site, I've just added yet-again-still-another social networking widget, I have now added Google +1 buttons on all of thecodezone.com's pages! Excitement!

The way it works is simple. If you have a particular game you like (ConFusebox, for example), click the little Google "+1" button at the bottom. That way the page gets a little boost on Google's search results. This will hopefully drive a few more people to the site, giving me another dollar or two of ad revenue and financing more puzzles.

Big thanks for your support!https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5927544581291786949-6176849538216127994?l=thecodezone.blogspot.com