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  11th January, 2010

Step 1. (3/4 hours)
After about 3 or 4 hours spent prodding Ubuntu to actually get it to install properly, I finally managed to get it up and running by downloading a different Ubuntu, and installing it onto a thumbstick instead..

Step 2. (10 seconds)
I downloaded BlitzMax and followed these instructions.
Basically I just copy+pasted that topmost line of code into the Terminal, got that to update things, and then made sure the proper drivers were installed. Very swift and easy to do.
BlitzMax didn't even need an install. Downloaded it, popped it on the thumbstick, un"gz"'d it, and clicked the MaxIDE icon.
Blinkin' eck, I really wasn't expecting it to be that easy!!

Step 3. (10 additional seconds)
I ran my test engine, and was surprised by the results.

It actually worked! (screenshot's a bit fooked, mind!!)
Although it will need a few tweaks to keep the speed up and running, and I did have to comment out the DirectX references (2 whole entire lines of code!!!!!) but otherwise it all seems to be quite happy, including the audio which I really didn't expect to actually work at all!


Total length : about 3 hours, mostly the fault of what I'm assuming was a slightly dodgy install DVD.
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2010 Framework
  10th January, 2010

Because there may or may not have been resulting copyright issues, I've left this post on the backburner until the magazine went off the shop shelves. Usually I'd happily scan in a bit of a page if my games are mentioned, but this time it's a whole entire page, and that's a completely different kettle of fish. (Although, to be fair, I've written more than they have, so that probably counts for something!!)

Look inside for the complete text, and scary scary photograph!!!

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Reviewed , Media
  9th January, 2010
For something that just looks like this..

.. I have actually but a heck of a lot of work into the framework, so far!
Take a peek inside to find out some nice nuggets of info, and take a look at the future of AGameAWeek!!

(It's a bit wordy, mind!!)

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2010 Framework
  6th January, 2010
That went as well as could be expected. Xmas intervened, family issues cropped up, all manner of snow based issues, and I pretty much rushed through the last 4 or 5 of those!
Not that it was entirely noticeable. I happen to think the last two were cracking games.
But which were your favourites?

Three Hens a-Laying seemed remake-able, could be something more interest.

OK, back to the world of AGameAWeek.
AGAW Scoring : 21 weeks, 30 games.
Woohoo! Jumped up a wee bit, there!

This means I can quite easily take next week off. Which I need to do, since I'm now WAY behind on getting the whole BlitzMax Framework sorted.

Today I've been doodling some little icons for the new generic menu screen. Not sure how good they'll look when scaled up, but it gives me a chance to play with all the newness that BMax will be bringing. Fullscreen option, Music option, Key Redefining options, they're all coming this way. I've finally joined the 20th century!

After that I'll be faffing about with some sprite engines, and things. Get the whole Counting set up, so it doesn't try to draw too much on older systems, and shove that in the options, too.
Music, sound, volume controls, blimey there's a lot to do.

Once that's all done I'll get working on the next project.
As previously mentioned, it'll be a remake of an old game, just to get things going and up to speed.
Suggestions have been as follows.

1. NeonPlat : Could be bigger, should be bigger, it's a luvly game.
2. Centipong : Could be bigger, should be bigger, it's a luvly game.
3. Munky Train : !!

What do you think?
What are your favourites?
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Daily Blog
  5th January, 2010
Leap as far as you can.
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  4th January, 2010
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  3rd January, 2010
Guide the pipers to their goal.
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  2nd January, 2010
Guide the drummers through the path without hitting any of the ominous patches on the ground!
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  1st January, 2010
Fetch the pails of milk!
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  31st December, 2009
Feed the Swans to guide them away from their doom!
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  30th December, 2009
Catch the eggs, don't let them splat.
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  29th December, 2009
Capture all 5 rings with one roll of the ball. If you miss, pick it up and try again!
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