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18th March 2010  
August 26th 2009
That's the last time I did a Mailbag post!
Blinkin' eck!
Over the past 6/7 months, I've occasionally dipped into the mailbag and plucked out little snippets, but I figured it was about time I did a proper one.
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Daily Blog
17th March 2010  
I've been meaning to start mentioning McCoy's AGameAWeek games for a few weeks, now, but am usually too busy on a Wednesday to think about it. D'oh!!
No matter... Today I'm at work, and have incredibly managed to remember, so here's this weeks.
(URL "http://nmccoy.net/2010/03/10/game-07-avoid-spikes/">Avoid Spikes) is one of those "uhoh!" games that regulars here will be all too familiar with.
They usually occur when you've spent too long on a project, and would rather it wasn't rushe...
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16th March 2010  
A great little platformer, this week, albeit one without an end!
Well, there is an end, but I'm not 100% sure anyone will reach it. Having said that, I'm probably not the world's best person to ask about that. I suck at playing!
<a href="http://AGameAWeek.com/complete/Munky_in_a_Mario_Costume_20100316A.png"><img src="http://AGameAWeek.com/complete/Munky_in_a_Mario_Costume_20100316A_thumb.png"></a>

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15th March 2010  
On Tuesday I'll be posting the last of my planned Mar10 games, and it's going to be a wild ride to see what oddities appear for the next couple of weeks.
After that I've got the whole JNKPlat10 to do, but that'll probably be more of a background thing.
In the meantime, I'd like your game ideas, and what better place to pop them, than into our ever-present Suggestion Box, over on the right.
I'll peek inside the spam filled mass of suggestions once I've posted this game, and try to dig out a...
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15th March 2010  
As most of you know, I'm a bit crap at designing levels. I tend to leave that kind of thing to random generators, or other people!
Today I'm designing a level, and it's taking AGES!
It's already 10 o'clock, I've been at it for about 2 hours, and I've managed to make about 1/8th of a level.
That's 1/4 of it done, for those counting!
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14th March 2010  
I've got the basics down, and am now working on getting a nice big level to play.
At first I was going to build a bunch of levels.. But.. um.. Time is of the essence, and all!
<a href="http://socoder.net/uploads/1/Space_Munky_in_a_Mario_Costume_(Screenshot_14_Mar_2010_163953).png"><img src="http://socoder.net/uploads/1/Space_Munky_in_a_Mario_Costume_(Screenshot_14_Mar_2010_163953)_thumb.png"></a>
This little screen resembles about 1% of the total level area, and it&...
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12th March 2010  
It's already the fourth day of making Munky Mario, and yet I've hardly got anything going. Yikes!
Munky runs and jumps and falls around the level, but there are no real obstacles or other gameplay elements yet.
Lots to do, and with the realisation that Sunday is Mother's Day, I've one day less to get it all done.
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10th March 2010  
This week, Munky in a Mario Costume.
Next week, possibly Blockman in a Mario Costume.
Third week, I should probably do Greenie in a Mario Costume, but that's more 'cos he'd look funny, than for any gameplay reasons!
That brings us to April, and with my head spinning with ideas about "The BIG JNKPlat game", I'm not sure if I really want to attempt that.

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10th March 2010  
Ever since I came up with this whole MAR10 Costume idea, I've had three games in mind.
1. Ted Bob was a great game, and needed an update. By making it More Mario, I could easily add extra bits into the mix.
Job done, turned out nicely.
2. "Monsters Upside Your Head" played bizarrely, but nicely! Redoing that in DK style seemed obvious, but didn't quite turn out exactly as expected.
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9th March 2010  
<a href="http://AGameAWeek.com/GameList.php?ShowJust=192">Download Ace Paceman here.</a>
Week two of our fantastic little MAR10 quest sees an old obscure character, <a href="http://AGameAWeek.com/GameList.php?ShowJust=76">from This game</a>, whose name was quickly thought up by Spinal, over at Socoder. (He's the guy that made DSision, for the DS!)
Thanks Spinal!!
From this...
<a href="http://AGameAWeek.com/complete/Ace_Paceman_in_a_Mario_Costume_201003...
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8th March 2010  
A bit of a chore, this week, to be honest.
I started on a game, expecting it to be nice and fun, but it's not really been all that great.
Instead it's been one of those "By the numbers" type things, and there's not really anything special about it, at all..
Aww well, not to worry, it's still a game!
<a href="http://socoder.net/uploads/1/Ace_Paceman_in_a_Mario_Costume_(Screenshot_08_Mar_2010_092927).png"><img src="http://socoder.net/uploads/1/Ace_Paceman_in_a_...
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7th March 2010  
Moving from DS to iPod Touch has been a decent improvement, but.. boy, do I miss having buttons!!
There's also a fair few other little bits and pieces that aren't quite right.
WordJong, for starters, is only about 1/10th of the game it was on the DS, And, what's up with the audio, it's like something keeps messing with the sounds on the thing.
I dunno..
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5th March 2010  
I don't usually repost this here, but. What the hey!<br>
(URL "http://groups.google.com/group/socoder-newsletter">Sign up, it's fun, and weekly, and written!!)<br>
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4th March 2010  
Oh dear, I'm WAY behind, this week.
I spent most of yesterday doing odd little bits of behind-the-scene Socoder stuff, so I'm a wee bit behind.
Then, today, something that should've been a 10 minute job ended up taking AGES to do!
I hate things like that!
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2nd March 2010  
And so it begins.... A whole month of MAR10 games, featuring your favourite (or not) Jayenkai characters, all dressed up like Mario! Hurray!

Ted Bob in a Mario Costume

<a href="http://AGameAWeek.com/complete/Ted_Bob_in_a_Mario_Costume_20100302B.png"><img src="http://AGameAWeek.com/complete/Ted_Bob_in_a_Mario_Costume_20100302B_thumb.png"></a>
Taking the character, and the gameplay, straight from Three French Hens, I've upped the stakes, upped the hens, and ...
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28th February 2010  
We're about to enter MAR10, here in the UK, so I might as well show off a screenshot for Tuesday.
<a href="http://socoder.net/uploads/1/Ted_Bob_in_a_Mario_Costume_(Screenshot_28_Feb_2010_221304).png"><img src="http://socoder.net/uploads/1/Ted_Bob_in_a_Mario_Costume_(Screenshot_28_Feb_2010_221304)_thumb.png"></a>
First game in MAR10 will be "Ted Bob in a Mario Costume"
Ted Bob, of course, being the character in the 12 Games of Christmas's "Three French ...
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25th February 2010  
*Very ranty, and quite wordy!*

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24th February 2010  
Since mid-December, when I stupidly came up with the idea to make 12 games over the course of Xmas, I've been lagging behind.
So, So, SOOO far behind.
And I've been trying desperately to catch up with loads of stuff.
This week, I released my framework.
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24th February 2010  
I've been trying to come up with a neat idea for MAR10 month for ages, and no matter what I think of, it's usually a case of "But I already did that!"
So, instead of worrying about the fact that I've already done things, I'm wondering what would happen if I took the things that I've already done, and added a Mario element to them.
This brings a few nice elements.
1. I can add stuff to older games.
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23rd February 2010  
Okeydokey, here we go!
If you've got BlitzMax, prepare to see the insane chaos of Jay's coding style!!
The framework, as it is, at this moment in time.
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2018 Framework
23rd February 2010  
Part one of today's awesomeness is a huge update to last week's game.
I was going to do a seperate game, but I've had no time, what with working on the music stuff all week.
And, wouldn't you know, I even forgot to make any music for this, too!
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20th February 2010  
I'd love to get a game done, but finishing the music thing, and sorting out the last bits of the Framework ready for first release? Well, that's going to take some time. And with only 2 days to get it all done.
So, instead, we'll try something a little different, this week.
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19th February 2010  
1. The AngryBirds thing. I'm not about 80% convinced that all was just a co-incidence.
My iPod played up whilst Angry Birds was on, the game went away, the problem went away, the game came back, a different issue occurred.
So, perhaps it was just some odd occurrence.
Who knows.
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18th February 2010  
Today's updates.
1. A change of instruments
2. An accompaniment
3. More channel-specific so as to stop instrument overlap.
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18th February 2010  
When I first started to think of "A game that uses Badges" the name "Dungeon Badges" stuck in my head, and slowly but surely evolved into Dungeon Badgers.
Over the course of the week (during which I was finishing off Centipong 2) the idea had evolved to include a garden, a house, a cat, and of course.. mushrooms and... arrghh! A snake!
Today's post is a brief description of the game that was in my head, before it got thrown out and replaced with an idea that could be drawn a wee bit quicker!
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17th February 2010  
A full day's work, and this is the result.

It should be noted that this is very early stages, and that I really oughta try and find some nice instruments, but this is the first proper test of my new Framework Music Engine.
That is, I shove in a few bits of melody, chord, bass and drums, and the framework fiddles about, and plays with the tune, creating a constantly evolving background tune that'll continue to sound nice and playful throughout the entire game.
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17th February 2010  
This has all been checked, rechecked, and triple checked.
It appears to have been nothing more than a coincidence.
.. That tried to steal my password.. And then another coincidence that caused me to reset my iPod for the first time since Xmas.
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