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Weekly progress post #48: Tutorial

Today’s stream was fairly low; a new enemy was added as well as a new room (although said room contains some special features!) I spent a bunch of time on a tutorial for dynamic tiling I had promised previously; at first I intended to make a video tutorial but that didn’t turn out so great so I went with a more basic tutorial instead. The file is for Multimedia Fusion 2, but should work in Clickteam Fusion 2.5 as well.


I’m pretty happy with the fact that I’m currently working on the penultimate ‘normal’ area of ESA 2; after this and the next one, things are either optional, smaller parts of existing areas or otherwise nonstandard. Gives me hope that this one’ll be actually finished eventually!!!

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.

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!

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.

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! :)

Weekly progress post #40: No, you work on boss today

I didn’t have very clear plans on what to work on tonight as I had spent most of my time working on other things, but the next boss was a very simple candidate and thus I turned my attention towards it. This ended up taking nearly all of the stream, but such is life! I’ll try to work on the boss more off-stream to preserve at least a little bit of surprise. In the end of the stream there was a Very Special sneak peek at a very early mockup of a possible song to be used in the game! More on the audio side of things as I get closer to an official trailer.

Weekly progress post #39: Sealife

Today’s stream went by fairly quickly, but 2 new enemies and 1 new room were added! I’m very happy about both enemies aesthetically. From here onwards I haven’t designed room layouts beforehand at all, so right now I’m a bit uncertain as to what kind of areas should come next. I’ll probably do a bit of planning before the next stream so that progress on the game map wont slow down. I intended to do a bit of work on the next boss & implement some stuff to Snake Game, but neither things happened. Oh well!!

Also the results of the US election are very scary. I hope things wont get too horrifying and that Trump wont destroy too much of the progress in human rights etc. that have accumulated in recent years. :(