DevBlog – Jail Cells & Achievements

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There was no development blog post in a while now. That’s mostly because I’m updating the game constantly and you can see all the updates & changes through the updates. There will be a bigger pause until the next update so I’m going to talk more about the next map and achievements – both will see the light in the next content update :)

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DevBlog – main menu preview (video)

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In the last few days I was working on the main menu for the first time next to some other stuff. I’ve always wanted to have a menu with great ambient where players can get immersed instantly. It was a tough call what to make for the first thing the player will see but after few sketches and mockups I came up with this idea.

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Wednesday Recap #30

I’m back with regular Wednesday Recap! I hope you all enjoyed the new teaser trailer and thank you so much for the patience. You did watch the trailer right? No? What are you waiting for then?

New website
newwebsiteAs you might know I’ve also released a new website that beats the old one 9000 times. If you happen to be a writer for the gaming site then I invite you to visit press part and get yourself some press-kit goodies and learn more about the game. There is also a support part of the page where everyone can help me out be clicking the social buttons and sharing the game around your circles via facebook, google+ and twitter. I’ll add more options over time including.

News

KickstarterIn last few days including right now I’m thinking about the Kickstarter campaign date and it’s hard. I would like to do it asap but I need the demo ready first. I’m working on it and at the best it will be done in 2 weeks. If that works out then I’ll be starting the campaign on November. This is what I’m discussing with myself so nothing is final. I’ll let you know when I decide for good.

Courier of the Crypts mentions

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IndieGameMagazine (IGM) did a coverage on the game and I can’t tell you how honered I am to be on their site.

 

Game was also featured on the ConsoleFun.fr. If you understand french or if you trust uncle google then you’ll understand what they say about it.

Contacting gaming sites

I was sending some emails to the gaming sites to see if they would do some coverage for the game. I was featured on few sites without contacting anyone so this is my first time writing to them and I’m nervous about it. We’ll see what happens but so far it was a nice experience.

Development

  • Tutorial
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    I always disliked lots of text and pauses and whatnot in the tutorials so after some brainstorming I implemented key tutorial for starters. Eg. key for interaction will show two times in a row then I’ll let player figure it out for the third and fourth time. After a while I’ll show it again and that’s it. I plan to introduce mechanics slowly, step by step from interaction to torch handling.
  • Bugs bugs bugs
    I had lots of fun with bugs in last two days…no, not really. FMOD was causing me some troubles with 3D sounds, animations weren’t playing correctly at some points and hud was popping up even when I didn’t want it to. That and few more stuff with linking objects and triggers. But everything is solved.
  • Polishing
    I did a polishing run on the first map of the demo. Adding details to the map like objects on the ground / wall to the smoke particles in the air, sounds, lights etc. That’s the best part of the map design for me.
  • Adding and editing components to the map editor
    This takes quite some time but it’s worth it and again worthy it. When I’m talking about map editor components I’m talking about those silly objects that I’m placing around in the map editor. More components I have more stuff I can make. One component consists of the object with functionalities and triggers. For example, doors are 1 component – I have to draw those doors, then I have to program them to open and after that I have to set the trigger which tells you when will it activate other objects. You see, every component can be activated by the others or it can activate them. I was thinking to make a new blog post just to explain that system because it’s dynamic and powerful – interesting enough to read about I take it.

Health / Torch bar  <— big changes

It might came to your attention that there is no health bar / hearts in the game. That’s because there wasn’t anything like that – one hit and you’re gone. Through the history of the game people were dying like crazy on simple traps. Maybe I introduced traps in a lame sort of way but anyhow I needed some kind of system that won’t insta kill you.

Torch bar & Health bar

1. Idea – Torch bar serves as a health bar as well. If you’re walking, the light is decreasing but it would also cut it down if an arrow hit you. I was playing with this but then I couldn’t accept it since torch is deadly important and I can’t allow players to lose light just like that –> 2nd idea.

2. Idea (accepted) – Let’s have a health bar…and the torch bar. When your torch is turned off, health bar would be active. This means that enemies can’t get your flame but they can lower your health. If you’ll have flame active and something hurts you, magic flame will defend you at the cost of the light. What’s more important to you, light or health? It’s your choice! Switching between the two will have a cooldown timer so you can’t use the system to trick some enemies.

That’s it for the week. I’m sure there’s much more I forgot to mention but I can’t help it. There’s just so many thing going on right now. Thanks for taking your time and please, if you like what you see, please, share the game with others.

Have a great week(end), until next time! :)

Wednesday Recap #26

I have everything I’ve promised over all the social medias except one thing – gif animation. I didn’t have anything “cool” to show so I rather left gif-recorder alone. So let’s see what Courier brought to you this time:

Development video – timelapse from the map editor

I’ve made a random room in 12 minutes just to show you how does it look like to make maps for this game. There’s nothing special, no triggers, enemies, pickups, events so you should consider this pure basic – tiles, lights and collision. You can imagine how long does it take to make one long proper map with puzzles, proper enemy and pickup placement next to all the crazy events I can do with the editor. Oh, and there is pencil’n’paper map design before all that. It’s time consuming and yes.

New screenshot – floating stuff

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Didn’t you know that stuff in the crypts float?

That’s still WIP – I like to do nearly ok gfx and map design and leave it for polishing days. Basicly, There are few places that simply float. How and why? I’m not sure yet but I’ll find some reasonble excuse ok? These road-floating-stones will be constructed when you get close to them. Yes, like in Bastion with few minor differences. I’m programming those moving stones tomorrow.

New tiles

Cotc_NewArtLike I said in the previous post, I’m making new tiles for maps in the map creation process. If I miss something, I make while making the map. Here are few new pieces I’ve made for the 2nd episode. And you can see more on the above screesnhots.

Web page progress

Most of the design was finished last week and all other stuff (programming, scripting, css etc.) are proceeding absolutely perfect. Everything is almost done and all I need is to put in some serious content including first official teaser, which still needs to be done.

There are some cool gif animations and mouse-overs on the site which I want to believe are true eyecandies. Don’t worry, you won’t see anything like this there.

Programming

I was doing huge changes on map editor side because it was nasty and I mean it. When I’ve made it I thought “ehh, it’s not perfect but its OK. Why wasting time on it if it’s usable“. When you’re using some tool for a long time you can easily see it’s flaws and my map editor had lots of ’em. Safety belts, shortcuts confusions solved, code more organized etc.

Next week

I’m already working on a small build for Zdravko (composer) which should be done by saturday because I’m leaving for short sea-side vacations because I’m not sure when will be the next time I’ll be able to afford that. I’ll take the laptop with me anyway since I have to prepare some material for first official teaser showing some gameplay and different enviroments – you should look forward to it.

So – programming, art, teaser material. That’s what I’ll be working on with three words :)

I’m afraid I won’t be able to do next week’s recap because of my absence but if I get something good to show I’ll make a post and schedule it for wednesday so I don’t leave you empty handed.

Have fun everyone!

Wednesday Recap #11

Last time I’ve mentioned previews of the light editor and here it is, in video form! The basic idea behind it is getting rid of hardcoded light types and make my life easier. Light editor will do that for me. Also, I can see lighting effects on the fly in map editor, if that’s not just nice.

Here, take a look at the video while listening to my blabbering.

This is ONE thing. Second one is the title screen which I’ve worked on a bit more. Thanks to my brother for reminding me that I haven’t posted any updates about it here. I did only on IndieDB site and Twitter, woops.

As you can see, mummy is up on it’s feet and everything looks much more lively I think. It’s still work in progress of course – original image is much bigger, with spider crawling down the walls and..and more. My goal with the image is to get close the old school games like Commander Keen and Crytal Caves. I always loved those.

Also, I won the Indie Dev Grant @ Bundle in a Box – Official announcment here  :D
I won’t thank you YET for all the great help and support for I have to prepare special thank-you-note first. It has to be at least as cool as you are. Tomorrow then.

Tell me, do you like main menu image so far? What about lighting, do you have any extra suggestions on that? I would love hearing from you, so feel free to comment :)

Development Video: Pixel Particles

I’ve finally managed to put something on the video to show you. And even now, the video quality is far from good (it wasn’t nice after the render and when the video reached youtube it was even messier…I’ll have to learn how to do it the proper way).

Anyhow, I hope you’ll be able to see how these pixel particles look in the game.

 

Courier of the Crypts has first video preview!

There it is as I promised! First official video preview from the crypts is ready for those who were ranting that my screenshots are not enough, that they want to see game in action. Bare in mind that what you see is far from the final product. Now, enjoy the video and feel free to tell what you think.

Development videos will be released regulary now so I invite you to subscribe to my channel if you prefere motion picture over the boring text blocks.

Now, I’m leaving for the gamescom for the first time, I can’t wait!

Have fun everyone :D