Professional software developer. Still uses Game Maker for hobbyist (FOR NOW) purposes. PC Master Race (Switch and PS4 are alright too) gamer without much free time. Queer, Christian, pronouns: She/Her

Joined on August 8, 2006, 4:32 AM Visited on July 10, 2019, 10:02 PM

Nighthawk posted on March 18, 2019 at 5:12 PM

Talking about my latest MMORPG

Hey all,

I was just going through my old posts and remembered that this was a site about game dev, wasn't it? Most of my posts here were shamelessly promoting things I was working on, so for old timesies sake, here's what I'm working on right now.

The idea is primarily that I really like making MMOs, but my ambitions usually outgrow my ability to produce, so I've tried to keep the scope of this one small and add features as I come up with them. The result has been a semi-functional game that's a heck of a lot of fun to work on. :3

It's a top-down RPG with cell-based movement. Right now the only method of attack you have is to swing a sword repeatedly, but there'll be additional classes and abilities added over time. The online engine works decently well and I've been able to leave the server running for a week at a time without rebooting it and it seems really stable. Anyway sorry for the thin details but I'll probably make more posts about it in the near future as I'll be adding account management and the first dungeon in the game soon. 

Hit me up in the comments if you'd like a link to the Discord server for more regular info and the latest demo version. :D

Nighthawk posted on July 22, 2018 at 4:55 PM

Welcome to 2018

Hey everybody, what's good? It's been a while. I occasionally peek in and see what's changed here for nostalgic reasons. Found the discord server, joined that, said hi, figured I'd make a post here though for good measure. 

Life's pretty different these days. I moved out of my parents' place almost two years ago, I've had three developer jobs now and I'm hoping this new one sticks for a while. It's not my dream job but the pay is good, the work is manageable and the people are chill. (Albeit significantly older than me.) I'm still hoping that next game I finish is going to help propel me into a career as an indie game developer, we'll see if I actually finish one of them though first haha. Latest foray is like an online co-op slay the spire with a 2D final fantasy aesthetic. (I'll share more details another day if I feel like it.)

Also, I'm a girl now, welcome to 2018! I've been transitioning for about a year, on hormone replacement for about nine months, and I'm out basically everywhere but work at this point. (It'll be a bit of an HR thing when I do come out there and I'd rather wait until my "new hire probation" finishes up first.) I didn't make many people's most-likely-to-come-out-as-queer lists, partially due to my being pretty openly religious, but that's also part of the reason it took me so long to finally get it out there. Either way I feel a huge sense of relief in being able to speak openly about it these days and it feels so much more honest. That, and watching my appearance change over time, wearing whatever the heck I like, and finally being addressed the way I've wanted for years is just 👌.

Aaaanyways I'm really interested to hear about where people are and what they're doing these days. I'm kinda overly sentimental and it'd be really cool to reminisce with folks here who remember me from way back when.

Nighthawk posted on March 20, 2016 at 7:14 PM

Finally a bachelor!

Actually I've never not been a bachelor. However, I am now the proud owner of a bachelor's degree! It took me more than seven years of college and 25 years of student loan debt, but we can sweat the details later. Was just browsing through to find some of my old projects to potentially put on my portfolio and I noticed that a few people I remember still post here, so I figured I'd give you guys some kind of update.

Now that I'm done with school I am on the job hunt. Got an in-person interview coming up this week so my fingers are crossed. The only person I met here who I still stay in regular contact with would have to be SteveKB (meow44) who I play League with and talk about life and programming with. I've still been working on games on and off, the biggest project of which would be this castlevania-esque game which will be finished...

Anyway I'm mostly curious what you guys are up to. I'm surprised this site still seems to be kind-of active.