A small blog post on our 7drl
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 09:07
Hey, everyone, I made a small blog post on WordPress about the do's and don'ts of how we made the game, give it a read and let me know what you think.
the 7 day do's and don'ts
Our 7drl for 2017
Posted on March 16, 2017 at 13:39
My wife and I participated in the 7drl this year and finished the project just in time, feel free to check it out here at itch.io https://littlebear.itch.io/derelict
and tell us what you think.
She wanted to work on her drawing skills and I wanted to write more than code this year so we did something a bit different, we made a text-based roguelike. Here is some of the art, any comments welcome.
Any comments welcome.
From third world to first in 1mbps
Posted on August 07, 2016 at 21:46
So I haven't blogged in a long while (theres a good reason for that comming up), it's now 03h21 in the morning and I'm all awake and ready to burp my new little baby boy. It's been two weeks in and about 4 hours sleep each night so I feel paranoid and sleep deprived, at least the hallucinations haven't started yet, Frodo says the hallucinations only starts when I put the ring on.
We got 1mbps uncapped Internet installed this week so you guys will be hearing(reading allot more from me), sucks to be in your shoes but looks like I'm here to stay lol. That said I'm looking forward to socialise with you guys a bit more.
On the game making front everything has ground to a halt for now(with above mentioned bany and all), I'm still desperately working on Void dungeon to release end of this year and hopping to get back into the grove asap.
Ok guys that's all there is from me, stay safe and enjoy all you do.
Tldr; Got a new baby boy, got new slow internet and still working on Void dungeon.
Ps. Sorry no pics or vids for this post.
My first story post.... The solar winds
Posted on May 16, 2016 at 02:07
So I have posted only game related things since I came to this site but like most of you I don't do just games I like writing allot a well, for this reason I now wish to post a little something I've been working on. But before I do here's some info on it, I like technical sifi stories and this is only a very short bit of the story that I would like to share so long.. Ok ok here it is.
The Solar Winds
"You know this isn't going to work out well" Ardos whisper came from behind, Edward knew the likelihood of his plan working was slim to none but he had to try, "I'm open to any better plan that won't get us killed" he replied in a low constricted voice. The thin hiss of air came from the door as it slid open, Edward pulling his upper body from the maintenence panel in the wall and turned to the door.
His hand sliding down to his lower back and his palm softly restting on the bud of his Vector 9mm, 'Funny how people still clung to the old naming conventions for guns even though the round was now a solid tungsten round proppelled to rougly seven times the speed of sound by a magnet powered by a carbon super capasitor'. The bright light flooding through the doorway blinding them for a second, as thier eyes adjusted to the light thier prize came into view.
There in the middle of the room stood the medical transport vat used to transfer high risk patients, Edward slowly walking up to the view window a face came into view. A young red haired woman with ligt freckles dotting her cheeks, a single thin scar atop her left cheek.
"Lets get her to the transport" Edward muttered not taking his eyes of the young woman. Ardo disapearing through the doorway without a sound, Edward looking at his wrist watch. The count down hitting the twelve minute mark, as the count down timer hit the eleventh minute Ardo returned with the trolly. As the medical vat was lowered onto the simple hover troly the clasps on the bottom locking into place.
Walking behind the Medi Vat secured to the hover troly they made thier way to the loading bay the count down timer standing on nine minutes. Turning the the last corner a shout to stop from behind made cold shivers run up Edwards spine, looking back two security guards where making thier way towards them at a brisk pace.
"We don't have any one on the schedule to be moved today" the slender security guard said in a flat tone while shifting his weight from side to side tapping at his tablet. "Scan the vat" the other guard said while pulling out his anti riot gun and taking a step back from them, "Let's see those hands guys" he continued in a seeming calm voice. Edward heard the whisper of fear behind his command, the years of training for ops like this weeded out those with the same fear as this guy was showing.
Edward and Ardo complied slowly lifting thier hands away and upward from thier sides, both men sharing a glance of understanding that the whole plan may just have become one giant shit storm. Edward started mentally calculating the distances from himself to the closest guard and setting the appropriate release of his military adrinal implants.
The other guard approached the Medi Vat, taped out the vat ID code and established a remote conection to it. Unbeknownst to the guard he had just given the virus access to the private network the base was running, as the data was loaded from the network the virus was already hard at work changing the outputted data. At the same time the virus was creating sevral back doors into the system al the while stealing data as it went through the system.
A flash of irritation went over the guards face as his tablet seem to slow down from network lag, "Ok, S. Williams, Female, transport date set for today." the guard said. A scowl comming over the guards face, "This is why I hate the lab guys, they just update the transport schedule without feeling the need to let anyone know. Ok Jef thier good to go".
The guard holstered his stun gun and while looking at the other guard motioned for them to leave, as they turned a low beeping sound stated to eminate from Ewards watch. The count down timer had reached zero, the hacker they had hired a few weeks ago could only keep the face recognition software busy until the systems forced reboot.
As the system rebooted it ran through all the faces in the base one by one, as it loaded Edward and Ardos faces and compared it to the faces in the local database no match could be found. A simple intruder alert message was sent from the server to the security guards closest to the threat to be dealt with. As the message arrived on the guards tablets red lights and an intruder alert alarm triggering.
The calmness drifted over Edward as he released the artificial adrinalin, cold calculation taking over as time slowed to a crawl. The guards face rising up from the tablet, recognition and the fear flashing over his face. The muscles in Edwards legs growing to the size of a body builders and burning twice as much oxygen as a hundred meter sprinter would in one run.
In an instant Edward cleared the distance between him and the guards, his arms already grasping the one guards arm in a break hold. As the sound of the firts guards arm snapping was still being processed by the other guards brain Edward had moved behind him, a flat palm striking behind the head cuasing him to pass out prommising a concusion and massive headache when he woke up.
The one guard lying on the floor passed out and the other in a massive amount of pain grasping his arm. "Lets go before this crap wears off, I don't have the drugs with me to take the edge off the crash" Edward said as he could feel his body already heating up. The implants where the only thing the military couldn't take away from him after his dismissal from the Core. He had to stop taking the gland suppressors weeks before when he stared planning this rescue mission. Without the 'crash' meds he knew there would be some nerve damage left and if he kept using it without the meds he knew he would end up a vegetable or dead but he had to take this his only chance.
Edward got into position behind the med vat transport and started pushing, Ardos pulling from the front making their way to the hanger as bay door as quickly as the could. Entering the hanger bay door they where welcomed back by the sight of a dark brown small transport 'hopper' made for only short trips between ship and planet side.
Ok that's it for today, let me know what you think, does it suck or is it something to continue with.
Posted on March 26, 2016 at 12:59
It's been a while since I last wrote a blog entry and I'm not particularly good at it but I have to practice somewhere and you guys are a good audience so let's start the show...
I entered the 7drl and actually finished it this year! The idea for me this year was to keep it as simple as possible so the only controller you have is left and right mouse clicks, left moves the charecter and right brings up the menu. This was done for the main reason of pronting it to mobile devices.
You can only kill enemies by destroying the tiles underneath them, while you try to make it to the stairway that eventauly leads down to the deepest level of the dungeon where the staff of creation awaits.
I will upload it to the 64 digits site game section later.
Here is a vid and screenshot (the art is borrowed, I still suck at pixel art)
Here is the link to download and play it yourself:
New Site up and.... F#$% it broke again?!
Posted on October 13, 2012 at 06:23
Hey guys hope this blog finds you all well, as the title implies I have been hard at work making my new website. Well the honest answer is actually I have been trying to learn while I create the site, at the same time and I have found that that is the best recipe for breaking you site multiple times!
The worst part of it all is me forgetting to back up the site before making changes (yes I know n00b mistake) and then everything breaks and I have to start over with what I have left.
All the above being said I have learnt allot about HTML, CSS and PHP in the last 3 months but I don't claim to be an expert at all, but it is very interesting how things have changed since the last time I made webpage(s) that being when HTML 3 was still in rotation and PHP and CSS was still a dream.
I don't want to ramble on and en up with a huge blog so without further delay I present www.digimecha.com
PS. There might still be a few bugs, feel free to spam about them if you want and I will fix them when I get time.
PSS. Any suggestions welcome!
First real blog... yippee
Posted on September 15, 2012 at 15:57
So I wanted to write a longish blog now for the past while instead of just lurking the whole time and it seems finally my time has come.
(Just before the real blog starts one question, why is it that when you have this amazing blog planned out the moment you start typing it falls from your thoughts? - 64digits mind altering code maybe?)
The image of the books on top is the main reason for the blog, I ordered them a month ago and about 2 weeks back they arrived, thus I have started studying, I do have a good grasp on C++ but holy crap those books
are advanced o_O who knew.
It is fun learning about game design and architecture but it involves a lot of math witch was not my strongest subject when I was younger, still I haven't hit a snag yet so yippee!
My dream is still to make games for a living and I'm trying my hardest to study and work towards that, sometimes my day job just eats all my time and that frustrates the heck out of me.
On a semi related note I have also started practicing my pixel art but I feel it's not good enough to parade in front of any one yet. does any one else here just get sucked in by truly beautiful pixel art and that just inspires your soul to create some of your own? (maybe its just me though)
And the last tidbit on my mind is my book that I have started writing a while back and then abandoned seems to be coming back to me in strange ways these day, most of my friends want me to continue to write it but I haven't given anyone outside of my group of friends it to read so I'm wondering if it is good or not.
Well those are my most current thoughts and actions, thank you for reading if you did get this far [:P]
My 50 Pixels
Posted on July 09, 2012 at 11:18
So I also want into the pixelated action going on around here, well actually the timing is great I am busy learning how to pixel my art [:D]. So far I have done a little drone ship that will be launched out of a lot bigger mother/hive ship.
Please give you're 50 pixel critique:
Sorry for all the steps but that was my process at work.
Posted on May 04, 2012 at 11:24
So I've had yesterday and today off and was busy programming the whole time, to be honest today was a bit more productive on the visual side of the game and yesterday was more skeleton work lol. So without any further delay here are a few screen shots.
The whole map class was up to shit the first compile -
Then I figured out my whole co ordinate system in OpenGL was up side down -
Yip still trying to figure out the fucking coordinate system SDL and OpenGL don't like each other very much -
Ok got it semi correct lol, top right tiles are markers please ignore -
Then my wife finished some of the housing tiles she has been working on and put them together for an example, I like em [:D] -
Then for now I imported the tiles and did some building
I also got the place holder for the player moving towards the mouse but the mouse isn't visible in the screenshot for now, the map system still has a few big bugs but hopefully that will be sorted tomorrow (still have one day off from work). My wife is still busy making sprites so hopefully more news by Sunday.
PS. I still love this smiley [:D]
Stuck at work
Posted on April 19, 2012 at 02:30
So here is another random thought, I'm stuck at work with no pc acess in site and getting more and more frustrated at people expecting me to like work and stuff. So I was pondering how fessible it would be to make a simple IDE for android phones as I'm using one to write this blog of randomness and use it to program on the phone but then again how would one test the windows app on said android phone. A well back to "work".