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  • Weekly progress post #47: Slime

    Today’s stream saw the return of an old friend, made in the very beginning of the game but taken out due to changes in plans. I’ll have to tweak said entity to make it fit its new home, but I think things’ll be fine. Also spent time on making slime feel more slimy and adjusting the area currently in the works, as seen above! Next week we’ll get into some even more slimy areas, though!

    (Aaghh this game has been in development for 2 years soon)

    (Also toyed around with the procedural generation algorithm! It’s been a fun little sideproject and I’ll try to utilize the results in a roguelike or something (inspiration from Caves of Qud, which successfully uses the actual WFC algorithm for dungeon generation, as far as I know. I think my homebrew algorithm could manage something similar, even if not equally consistently!)

    Weekly progress post #46: Lasers

    I wonder if a progress post is already called that? Whatever. I’ll try to reduce the amount of gifs I post for a bit so that I don’t end up revealing everything about the game before release!!

    Today’s stream was fairly laid-back, but I managed to add 2 new enemies, a new trap, a new room, some decoratives and a new platforming element. The aforementioned platforming element is kind of an odd one and it’ll be interesting to see if it’ll be fun to utilize, but at least it shouldn’t be overly frustrating(?) There’s again a bunch of behind-the-scenes work that needs doing and I’m dreading that, but hopefully I’ll manage to muster the motivation to tackle it. Last week I didn’t have time to stream at all, so I’ll try to make up for that sometime in the future with an extra stream.

    Procedural generation, yay!!! Also Ludum Dare results

    After seeing the developer of Caves of Qud utilize the Wave-function collapse generation algorithm successfully for generating roguelike environments, I felt like it’d be fun to try to implement something akin to that in Multimedia Fusion 2. The original algorithm (You can find it here!) was written in C# and after trying to parse the code for a while I gave up and thought up how to approach the algorithm based on the general description of it on the git repository. The result isn’t nearly as nice and tidy, but it was fun to dabble with and it just might be useful for something if I can get it optimized a bit.

    First try:
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    After some tweaks:
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    Current state:
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    As you can see, the algorithm suffers from slight misalignments here and there, making the results less neat, as well as small holes that are technically ‘handled’ by the algorithm but for one reason or another don’t get assigned anything. The generation is also very slow, something that can’t be seen in the gifs.

    Anyway!! Ludum Dare #37 results arrived! Sadly, Salvage Star didn’t fare very well – it got in the top50 in the Graphics category, but that’s it. Very much understandable since the game ended up being really hard and frustrating + I guess people have kind of seen the ‘singular huge enemy you climb’ -thing already at this point. Still, I of course kinda wish it had fared better! Maybe next time. At least the game gave me some good data on how to get moving platforms to play nice.

    Download Salvage Star

     

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    Weekly progress post #45: Drill beetles!

    In today’s stream I finished a new trap/hazard, added a new enemy, started working on a new area and drew some new tilesets. Also worked a bit on the space portion of the map, along with implementing some new powerup functionality and fixing a couple bugs. I’m pretty happy with the progress tonight, to be honest, even though it initially felt like I had accomplished relatively little. Still lots to do, of course, but the fact that I’m now actually “surrounding” the various space stations is making everything feel way more ‘final’ in manageable, it’s sweet!

    Weekly progress post #44: New powerup and lotsa tweaks

    Today I started of kinda slow due to not feeling too well; however, the pace kinda picked up over time and I ended up implementing some nice little things. Among these were 1 new room, adjusting several others, fixing many bugs, scrapping an old powerup and implementing another, decorating some areas and discussing about certain design things with the chat. The reaper enemies shown here were made earlier, though.

    There are multiple large things looming in the future that I’ll have to re-implement; this’ll be fairly annoying but the results will hopefully be worth it! Biggest of these is reverting the collision code back to what it originally was – I already re-implemented it once to allow for better moving platforms, but now that my knowledge of lua is better I can return to the old, simpler system and handle the moving platforms via lua code. As a result, several other things will become easier to implement while the moving platforms will hopefully end up being way less buggy!

    Salvage Star!

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    So, Ludum Dare #37 came and went; the theme, One room, didn’t inspire me much and at first I didn’t think I’d finish anything this time around; however, eventually I just decided to ignore the theme altogether and make an idea that came to my mind after reading about the release of The Last Guardian and discussion about the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I streamed the whole development process, which was pretty interesting! The result isn’t quite as polished as I’d have hoped, but it gave me new opportunities to add to my knowledge on how to implement moving platforms, and I feel I learned some stuff that could come in handy with, say, the Snake Game. Unfortunately this also means that I’d kinda like to continue this project!!

    Anyway! The game’s very difficult but hopefully feels interesting nonetheless! I didn’t have time to add proper sounds and, since I don’t want to be a jerk anymore, left the entry like that.

    Salvage Star on Ludum Dare

    Post-compo version

    (The post-compo version has various bugfixes and some more sounds. Maybe slightly easier?)

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    Weekly progress post #43: traps and scary ghosts!

    A fairly productive stream, yay! I added two new rooms, an important mechanic for the ruins area, two new traps (or one trap and one map feature that behaves similarly), and a new enemy. Also some decorative tiles, woo!! I’ll have to up my room design game a bit soon because I’ve been working on the ruins area for several weeks now; the good thing is, though, that I think I’m really starting to get a good feel to the area! The next area to work on will be very very different and located kind of awkwardly, so I’ll have to do some plans regarding that before tackling it.

    I was informed by ZenSoturi in the stream chat about the upcoming Ludum Dare! Despite my earlier regrets, I feel like it might be fun to join this time around. However, whether I’ll actually join or not remains to be seen.

    Two small winter doodles

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    Took some time to doodle after talking about cold, snowy winter scenery with my girlfriend; it was good fun and resulted in two little scenes I liked. Also resulted in me using coloured pencils for the first (or at least nearly the first) time in years! I should doodle more(?)

    Weekly progress post #42: Charge shot!

    I felt like I got a good amount of things done tonight, although in truth the total amount of added content wasn’t that high. Highlights include finally adding a flood fill tool for the level editor while also cleaning up the code somewhat, as well as finally implementing a proper projectile for this game’s equivalent of the charge shot. It’ll need finetuning, but the basis I have now is fairly promising. Also I’m very happy with those crackling electricity things shown in the gif!

    Weekly progress #41: Ruins

    Today I worked a bit on the ruins area. I’ve got to admit that there’s currently such a huge amount of little glitches, bugs etc along with unfinished content that it’s starting to tax on my motivation. I guess I should take a couple days just fixing all the bugs I currently have on my todo list along with polishing stuff I’m not content with; however, that doesn’t sound very motivating in itself so we’ll see what happens.

    Anyway, a new enemy got added along with a new room! Also some bugs were fixed and certain earlier areas got a bit more polish. The chat was fairly active and that was great! :)