The End of March (or: Why I didn't write any blogposts in march)

Beginning of March

Until the 6th of March I was snowboarding/skiing in the Alps, yeah! So I had a little disadvantage, dun duun. Nevertheless, I have decided to learn a new programming language for March:
Click to visit haxe.org
The one who convinced me to use this is my 1GAM partner and mentor @tobiaseriksson
This is the engine I use
So armed with these weapons, I started to learn Haxe, which is quite similar to Java. I think it was fairly simple to adapt this new language and learn the new engine, so thats good!

Progression of March

So first off, I want to tell you something about one of my favourite things in my life. It's a forest youth recreation home of Heilbronn (the city I live in) and I know, that sounds kind of boring. BUT ITS NOT! It's one of the best things happening in my life and I am proud to be part of it. In the past I have attended to it as a kid, in the meantime I am a counselor myself. It's a colorful, loving place, a paradise I would suggest, because it is a very accepting. Passion is what drives everybody there.
So during March there was a ot of stuff going on about this! It takes up alot of time, and I am happy that we barely have electronic devices up there, so I was not able to haxe on my game at all during the time there.

Anyways, during the progression of march I did some progress! The people who follow my tweets have seen all my progress posts and were able to play them hands-on.

But, oh wait, I havn't even told you what kind of game I am making this month, have I?

Crazy Lava Taxi Game Thing

That's the quirky name of my march game. It's a topdown 2D taxi game, where you have to dodge Lava in order to get the people you pick up to the desired destination!
Go ahead an play all the little steps of progress I made, right and simple in your Browser!
March 8
You can read the attached changelog, when you scroll down in the "newer" versions.
Heres the newest version!

End of March

It's a few more days, and I am still not close to finishing the game. But I am getting there! Maybe even with the extended deadline of 4 more days into april. But I am looking forward to finishing this game, it was very fun creating it!


Post Mortem February: What I've learned from Jetpack Pants

This is another Post Mortem blogpost, and it's all about the lessons I have learned from my second game: Jetpack pants! It' a real simple jump'n'runner game (the pants are automatically running, tho) and it was done probably in about a week (stretched out through February).

Less time leads to less game, no quitting, crunch through the end, bugs can be features, testplaying is essential, graphics are not

Less time leads to less game
I knew there was not enough time for the game I was imagining... I was happy for myself that I've learned this fairly early in the progress. I started early and had something playable even before February. But then finals started and I've spent most of my time learning for exams, obviously!
So basically the game wasn't progressing ... at all.
I had to cut down mostly ALL of my features I planned, aka level selecter, different levels, super-mario-like-jumping. But oh well, at that point I knew the product of this month was kinda trashy anyways, so I was okay with it.
I was very close to, but...

I did not quit.
I was super close. Really. At one point late in the month I was going back and forth from putting it down or quitting that month of gamedeving. And I think that in fact is the most important step in a project: Turn around, look for the reasons why you have started the project, and don't give a fuck about time or quality, just get the fuck up and end it properly! Every project deserves to be done, and after you have crunched through, you will be happy and satisfied with it, and you can be proud that you did it. Reeeaaal proud dude. I mean, now I can be all like "dude I've already made two shitty games hell yeah!".

Once I've reached the wall, I just crunched through it.
This was very helping. I was using the OneGameAMoncth Crunchtime to finish my game. I basically had a 48h deadline to have a finished game! And I was not alone. That way it was easy to get motivated and stay focused on my task. You I even had to finish early because I wanted to go to a party that night, and on the next day I was leaving for an awesome vacation, and I simply knew that theres only one way, that I would be going to other places with an awesome feeling: finish that damn game!

Testplaying is essential, graphics are not
The graphics all costed me about... maybe.... one hour in total? Well, they totally look like it as well, I know I know. And I should've put more testplaying time into it. I barely had time for level design tho, so I will use this knowledge for the next game!

Well. Today I wil start to dig into this month's game!
Let's go!