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The future of Voyage of Discovery

December 21, 2010 Leave a comment

As a personal goal, I really want the game to make it on Indie Games or another popular site. It would be so awesome. =]

I’ve already started to clean up the code and fix small bugs here and there. Plus I’ve been adding more notifications of certain events and cleaning up the interface. I’ve gotten a few comments about the screen being small, so I might make it a bit larger.  Anyways, everyone loves lists! Here’s the list of things to come:

-Support for custom sprites and item stats
-Options for game play (number of pirates, starting money, etc)
-More starting conditions
-New items to be bought from colonies.
—buoys, fishing boats, defenses…
-Negative events when exploring
-Weather conditions
-Different types of pirates
-and hopefully more. =]

Ludum Dare Post Mortem

December 21, 2010 Leave a comment

I finally have my first complete game available on the internet. I’m happy. =] I’ve always been better at getting things done when the end product got a grade, or in this case, a rating. The first 5-6 hours into the compo was pretty easy, but the following day was a bit of a struggle with the lack of sleep. All the coffee helped keep me awake but didn’t do so well for an empty stomach. Empty stomach you ask? Yeah, I kept forgetting to eat. I’d go say “I’m hungry, but I need to finish this script before I get some food” and of course that led to “Wait, one more” then I’d eventually forget I was hungry. Horrible, I know, but I was so focused and motivated on my game. It was such a great feeling and the fact that it actually turned out fun was an even better reward. Like I said in my previous post, this isn’t the end of Voyage of Discovery. I am really proud with how it turned out and I want to push it to its full potential. Now that I’m not under a deadline, I will be rolling out new versions with new features within a few days. I’m just taking a break now and getting things in order.

Not to mention cleaning up the rushed code, though I do feel like I did a much better job and modulating the code.

Ludum Dare #19 – Voyage of Discovery

December 19, 2010 6 comments

[Sorry! Don’t know why wordpress uploaded the screenshots so small]

Download Voyage of Discovery | Ludum Dare Entry | Timelapse

To be honest, I was not expecting  this little game to turn out so well or to finish at all even. But hey, I did it! And I even finished 4 hours early. I have also learned how far I have come with my programming skills; a year ago a rouge-like was far from my capabilities to even think about doing. More importantly, I know what it feels like to finish a game…and it feels damn good.

I’ve only slept roughly nine hours over the course of this compo so I’m very tired at the time of writing this. I can’t even remember what I’ve eaten which isn’t very good at all. I had loads of fun and I’m very surprised I stayed focused and motivated throughout the entire thing.

I will most definitely be revisiting this project soon to expand on the features a bit. I will also be taking this general concept to another project I had been working on before the compo.

Special thanks to the LD community for inspiration and assistance.

Please let me know if you find any bugs. =]

Humble Bundle 2 [game sales]

December 14, 2010 1 comment

My morning has been sabotaged by microscopic bacteria and the invading titian horde! The Humble Bundle 2 is now available for [insert your price here]. It contains Braid, Machinarium, Cortex Command, Osmos, and Revenge of the Titians. Most of the developer’s websites are down are ridiculously slow at the moment due the attention the humble bundle is receiving. Also note that it may take some time for your key to be sent to you, so don’t unload a bunch of emails asking where it is. All are great games well worth more than you’ll probably pay for them. ;] And remember part of your money goes to charity!

On a side note: Puppy Games still has their bundle going (just visit their website and the offer should pop up) so you can have a complete Puppy Games collection by buying both bundles!

Rouge Survivor

December 12, 2010 1 comment

Recently I stumbled across a rouge-like that I didn’t get a chance to play until today. When I did, oh boy, I was hooked. Rouge Survivor contains many of the classic features of a rouge-like and more. You start the game as a random survivor in a randomly generated city infested with zombies. Survive the ever evolving horde by barricading rooms and gaining followers. Beware, this is no easy game. For something more casual, try the before mentioned Desktop Dungeons.

Ludum Dare

December 12, 2010 Leave a comment

I will be participating in the Ludum Dare compo this weekend! I am very excited to be part of this event and wish the best of luck to all of the other participants. I’ve set up a website at googlesites to host my entry and possible future entries.

https://sites.google.com/site/alexanderlarioza/

[edit] Scratch that, I will be using MediaFire instead.

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Humble Bundle

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

I mentioned the humble bundle a few months back, just a few days ago I received an email letting me know the bundle is now available on steam! Now your friends will know when you are playing awesome games like World of Goo or Aquaria. Thats not all; the email also mentioned a second humble bundle coming soon!