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  12th November, 2010
Ooops, THAT's what I'm supposed to do on Thursdays!
No matter, a day late, not to worry!

Here's this week's suggestion box.
Fill the comments with your ideas/suggestions for future AGameAWeek stuffs.
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Blog
  9th November, 2010
Right now, we'll call this version 0.5.
The tool is at a working version, and most of the bugs are ironed out.
I'll update it as the weeks go by, and hopefully we'll have something Most Excellent by the end.


Sliders, menus, buttons, etc.
Fiddle about, you might figure it out!

There's a bunch of presets on the left. Click one, and a sprite appears bottom right.
If you click "New" the sprite will change, but still based on the same sprite-building parameters. This means that, even through the sprite is different, it also kindof looks the same'ish.


You can then click the Build menu (top right) to trigger a sprite building event, which creates a 512x512 pixel spritesheet filled with approximately random versions of the sprite created in the parameters.

There's also a size menu, and a palette menu, and if you open up the .png images you can also have a play around, adding more filters and shapes and palettes.

Go crazy!
There's LOADS you can do with this, and I'll try to add more to it later, too.

Download it here for Win/Lin/Mac!

Sourcecode coming later.


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AGAW Scoring : 4 weeks, 3 games, 1 utility. That still counts, right!?
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  7th November, 2010
As I've already mentioned, the MiniRPG's on hold whilst I build the sprite maker doohickey. The doohickey's coming along nicely, and make quite a large leap today, but I'm still fiddling about trying to get it to feel "Just Right"
The thing is, although my old sprite maker seemed to come up with nice blobs, the new one appears to be much more random.
Either they're preset shapes, or they're crazily splodged messes.

I'm not really sure why that's happening, but I'm bashing ahead, and seeing if I can smooth things out a little.

Should be here on Tuesday, although I'm not sure how good it'll end up being.

Gah!
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Blog
  6th November, 2010
I'm in too deep.
I can't stop!
And yet I also didn't plan ahead far enough, and will be spending most of this morning removing a bunch of stuff, and redoing it all.
Gah!


Tuesday's little sprite buildey bobby will be all nice and super, and with any luck, should build some nice sprites and tiles and things like that.
I'll pop in some nice presets for making tiles, floors, walls, baddies and whatever.
Assuming I can get it all working in time!

It's getting there, but I'll first need to redo most of those sliders/checkboxes, because having attempted to use them, I've realised I probably should've done them in a completely different way.

Aw well, lesson learned.
Captain Hindsight will be shouting at me for this one.

Currently the sprites have no shape forming, so the sprawling mass of purely random pixels on the bottom right looks pretty damn ugly. I'll be working on that today, along with the color sliders which aren't quite the way they're meant to be. .. Needs more base, and planning ahead!

I did get the color palettes working, though, and it can render sprites in "Any colour/No Palette" or one of the included retro system's colour palettes! The sprite on this screenshot is rendered in ZX Spectrum colours.
Adding a palette is as simple as making a 16x16 pixel image of color (which you can see loaded on the top left of the screen) and popping it into the palette folder.
I haven't, though, accounted for quirky retro display rules, so all are pixel based, not block/otherwise based.. That probably doesn't mean a lot to some of the folk who visit here, though, so! Whatever!!
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Blog
  4th November, 2010
It's time for our weekly "Post anything in your head" topic!
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Blog
  1st November, 2010
Keeping with the classic retro theme, here's a nice and simple little 15-screen jumping platform game!


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  1st November, 2010
Oops, forgot to post this, yesterday! No matter.

After last week's retro styled "random" game, I decided to go for something similarly retro, but much less random.
I've drawn some supercheap gameboy style sprites, and have been building a batch of quick and easy jumpy platform levels.
I've done 11 levels so far, and am going to go the "Start from level 1, see how far you can get" route, so theres no checkpoints or anything. Just start, and hope you don't die..
9 lives seems adequate, so far, but I might up it if I build too much into the engine!



Tuesday : GeeBee Hop (Nothing to do with the russian photographer!)
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Blog
  27th October, 2010
I've no idea what I'll be tackling this week, again, so pop a random thought or two below!
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Blog
  25th October, 2010
A game cram packed into the space of only a day!


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  25th October, 2010
This isn't important..

I just sent off a nice lengthy reply to PixelProspector.com's Authentic Kaizen, all about plans for the future of the site, the possibility of me wrapping my head around Flash, thoughts about new new new new newer NeonPlat, and some kind of unpondered random top down maze thing.
None of that's really important, just yet. It's all forward planning, and it all requires bits of learning all over the place.

Less importantly, halfway through the email, I used the term "WiLMa" when describing the types of games I'm doing, and it suddenly occurred to me that I don't think I've ever actually mentioned WiLMa, before..

So, just to clarify, incase you see it randomly dotted about the site, WiLMa is...

(Wi)ndows(L)inux(Ma)c
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I started using it as a quickcode when compiling the Archive.

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Told you it wasn't important..

AGAW : iPod/DS/WiLMa
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Blog
  21st October, 2010
Have any thoughts? I'm a bit blank, this week.
But then I was blank last week, too, and that didn't turn out TOO badly.
(did it?!)
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Blog
  19th October, 2010

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Stringy Things is out, for iPhone and iPod.
Slightly annoying that this didn't happen earlier.. That would've let me do a great big "First AGAW of the year, Second iPod release" thing, earlier.
No matter.
It's up, now!
Grab it from the AppStore
Hurray!
Stringy Things!!

And I'll be building it up as I go, so. .. If AGAW suddenly becomes a bit Wordgame biased.. .. um... that's purely co-incidental!
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Blog
  18th October, 2010

An ever so slightly shorter edition of this week's intended game, which almost didn't happen!! Nice and playable, although it's probably much more playable on Hard than on the other two levels!

This week sees the return of silly-name favourite Ted Bob, as he grabs an Amy Rose style hammer, and attacks oncoming crates.


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  18th October, 2010
This week's been super jolly.
First, I couldn't settle back into the AGAW mood, then when I finally started a proper game, my Neck decided to completely screw up again, and I spent the next day and a half doing a kind of "1 line of code, 3 hours sleep" type thing.

Today, I'm coding better.

Which is probably just the right time for my PC to crap it's pants.

The world seems to be throwing everything it's got at me, in an effort to stop me from starting AGameAWeek Year 3!!!

I'm going to attempt to reboot the PC in a jiffy, and will do my best to backup all of today's work over to the other two systems.
Hopefully I get enough time before it detonates, or it's a case of opening the thing up and manually plucking out the HardDrives... I'm really not in the mood for that, right now!

Time : 15:44
AGameAWeek : 10:00
Time remaining : 18 hours, 16 mins.

Gah!!
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Blog
  16th October, 2010

This week I'm working with boxes, animals, and Ted Bob.

Not entirely formulated this game, yet, though, so... Could be anything!!
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Blog
  15th October, 2010
Today's Big News Story is that kids are texting an average of 3000 times a day!
Good gravy, that's HUGE!!!!

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Except, of course, it isn't.

When I was a teen, I was on ICQ, AIM and MSN, ALL DAY!
If you racked up the number of back+forth messages I used to achieve on that, all day, every day, I'm pretty damned sure it'd be a buttload more than 3000 a day.
Except people didn't count them, because they didn't cost me 10p per message.

The news story isn't "Kids send a lot of messages to each other." What it actually should be, is "Kids are getting ripped off, left, right and center."

I'm about 90,000% certain that all these phones, and all the tariffs that Mum&Dad are paying for, would allow them to spend all day, every day using Meebo, or for FREE.. All day, every day!
They don't, and round and round the payments go.

Rip off city.

Report on that, not the fact that they're chatting.

Kids chatting isn't news.
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Blog
  15th October, 2010
Arseholes.
God damned feckin' arseholes.

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A few weeks ago, my sister lost her job. She's currently in the midst of trying to get a new one, and so is hopping around site to site, grabbing Application forms, sending off CVs and all the other "Trying to get a job" types of things.Read More
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  14th October, 2010
"Haniff" emailed me about 4 or 5 weeks ago, just as I was starting my lazyitis month, and asked if I could do a nice big video, showing how I create a game.
I wasn't going to rush a game, there and then, so I figured I'd record my first AGameAWeek once I got around to starting things up again..
Turns out I haven't recorded my first AGameAWeek, because this game's shit!

Still, here's a game.
Linkage (Win only, but BlitzMax source is included)
It doesn't really have a name. I've been calling it "Some Game", since I didn't have a clue what I was going to make, and just kinda plodded along making random things happen, until a vague game appeared.

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For the record, I do that a lot!

Here's a quick 10 minute flash through the whole experience.


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If you hop through to the Youtube page, you can watch it in fullscreen Highdef, and roughly make out a few bits and pieces of text, here and there.

If you want more, Click Here and you'll find a nice juicy 2 hour megathon of silence and boredom!
Same video, in realtime!

I can't imagine anyone would want to watch that, all the way through.
If you do, you probably have enough time to similarly create AGameAWeek for the next year or so!!
Let me know how you get on!
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Blog
  14th October, 2010
As promised, a new weekly feature will be the suggestion box.
No longer will your suggestions be hidden away inside the locked box.
Instead, they'll be readable by all.

The first AGAW game (still unplanned, unless I decide to use the rubbishy game I made today) will be posted on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, suggest away!
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Blog
  13th October, 2010
It's not that I hated the old logo.
In fact, in many ways, the old logo fit my whole game making thing a little better than this one does.
So, maybe, at some point, I'll switch back.

The thing is, though, if you slap the old Recterange logo onto a Tshirt, it looks like a freakin' name badge!
Dumb, unoriginal, and a little childish.

So, a newer logo for a new year, and I've gone with the whole "Just some text with a Platdude on it" style, which I think looks a teensy bit less childish, and name-badgey, compared to the old one.



So, um.. There you have it.

Tuesday 19th Oct 2010 : AGameAWeek Year 3, Week 1 : Still no idea!
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