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  1. stu_pidd_cow

    Epistory is now out on Steam!

    I just saw this on steam and thought "Hey, this looks familiar..." Congrats on finally getting to release!
  2. stu_pidd_cow

    If an RPG falls in a forest, but the trees suck, does anyone care?

    I think it looks significantly better. If you want the forest to feel more dense, I'd make the trees 1/3 trunk, 2/3 leaves. But that might make it harder to see the player or whatever is happening on the ground.
  3. stu_pidd_cow

    The Poor Man's Postmortem - Lemma

    Congrats on making a nice chunk of cash!   I'm curious though, do you consider this a success? Are you planning on making another game?   I lost a little faith in the industry after reading the refund reasons and the piracy rate:(
  4. I'm loving the silhouettes.   Out of curiosity, how long does it usually take you to make a single model? I'm doing the same sort of thing right now, but at snail-pace.
  5. stu_pidd_cow

    Avernum 6

    I'm playing through the entire series now and loving it. I'm up to 4 at the moment. Definitely an awesome series.
  6. stu_pidd_cow

    Ouch!

    I hope I get a negative review one day... because that means I actually completed something :(
  7. stu_pidd_cow

    Capsule Inertia Tensor

  8. stu_pidd_cow

    Grappling Hooks in Non-Euclidean-Land

    The first thing that ran through my mind when I saw this in action was "the physics must've been a bitch to implement". Looks crazy awesome though!
  9. stu_pidd_cow

    Week of Awesome II - Post Mortem

    So this is a summary of my feelings about my game "Little Jimmy", or like whatever. So read it and take my bad advice. What Went Right? The Idea Whether you think the idea is "fun" or not is up for debate, but the fact is that the idea was very simple and reasonable to make within one week. Right from the beginning I knew I had to come up with an idea that was almost painfully simple... otherwise I'd be subject to the usual feature creep situation that we're all too familiar with. Unity I feel sorry for, yet envious of, all of the people that entirely coded their games. Unity allowed me to focus on the important parts and have a decent looking game (regardless of my less-than-mediocre art skills). The Art Style (or lack thereof) I chose not to texture unimportant objects in the scenes. This worked in various ways: No time wasted doing UV maps No time wasted texturing in photoshop Directs the players focus to what is important It's not something I would want to repeat for every game I make, but it was a great idea at the time. Reusing Assets I've really got to emphasise this. Not all models in this game were made specifically for this game. Quite a few models were taken from another project I made. I don't think this qualifies as cheating, but it is a huge time saver. It sort of makes me want to build up a big reservoir of models, textures, scripts, sounds, music, etc so then I can reuse everything to make whatever game I want with the least amount of effort and in the least amount of time. Also, I used MakeHuman to make Little Jimmy in 5 minutes. Let me repeat that: Five. Minutes. That includes modelling, texturing and rigging. Five minutes. Working By Myself This is something that some may disagree with, but it depends on the project and who you are working with. I work very well by myself because I am a bit of a jack of all trades (master of nothing). Working in teams works best when you can properly communicate with others and when you can properly delegate tasks among each team member. I'm not suggesting that it would work for you, I'm just saying that it worked quite well for me. Writing Crappy Code Who ever said writing crappy code was a bad thing? Obviously they've never made a game in 7 days. Some of my cutscenes were partially hard coded into core scripts. I would never even consider doing things like this in a large project, but it saved a bucket load of work for this situation. What Went Wrong Too Much Graphics Way too much time was spent on the graphical side. There were too many models that needed to be made, too much animation and too much texturing. This sort of goes against a few other things I have mentioned above, but if I were to make a game with more complex gameplay, I would have to sacrifice this way of dealing with graphics to make up for it. It wasn't a huge issue for this game (because it was a super simple idea), but if I were to do another one of these, I would probably want to make a game that's more fun to play. Unity Free My graphics aren't fantastic, there's no denying it, and I'm not going to blame it on Unity. But I always thought that this style of graphics would've looked much greater with SSAO. But, alas, Unity free only allows access to a forward renderer, meaning that SSAO is out of the question. So why did I go with this art style anyways, you ask? Because I am, obviously, not as smart as you. Testing I probably could've released a prototype earlier than I did which could've easily ironed out some of the design issues and bugs. The Music I recorded the music straight off the piano, which included my awful sense of timing (even with a metronome). It was good in that it saved a lot of time putting each note into a program, but not so well in the final quality. My Health You wouldn't believe it, but getting the flu in the last few days of development doesn't make game development any easier. The moral of the story? Allow time for unexpected interruptions. I was just lucky that I got ill towards the end of the project. Not Enough Time Well duh. The main reason I mention this is because there were a few features I thought up that would've been really cool but just weren't plausible with the given time. So I'll mention some of them here just for the hell of it: Little Jimmy has to get dressed. This would've made for a good level but it would've required more modelling. Tiny Tammy. She was going to be another child that Little Jimmy would have to compete for the toys with. This would've complicated the AI code a lot more. More dynamic music when Little Jimmy sees the toys moving. I had enough trouble with the music already. So that's it. It's all over. Overall it was a quite fun and adrenaline-saturated experience. I'm looking forward to doing another whenever I can. I'd like to try doing a game jam in maybe a 48 hour time-span, which I would expect to be a completely different experience. I'd also like to try working with other people to see how things churn out in comparison.
  10. stu_pidd_cow

    Week of Awesome II - Day 7

    Time's up! I haven't actually done much in the past 24 hours because I'm currently being butchered by the flu. I was going to do a post-mortem for this post but I might do it tomorrow instead. I did fix a few minor problems and I now have (vaguely) written instructions on how to play. I also reduced some texture sizes, and lost litres of boogie in the process... but that last point is probably irrelevant. So if you're game enough to give it a go, I have a web version and a windows version. I'd also like to thank everyone for their comments and suggestions. It seems there has been a lot of surprisingly high-quality games produced from this competition. After I rest a little bit, I hope I'll be alive enough to give them all a go.
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