Developers' Diary

April, 2009

Paraplu: GMS + GMI

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Progress is steady now. I am working pretty much every evening on Plu, and managing to tick off boxes every day. Feels good! We will soon have all the parts required to make a working, fun level, which is a very important step to take, obviously. We are simultaneously slimming down un-needed parts of the […]

Arc

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Visited Julian’s house today, and got to work on our stationary stone idol enemy. It spits magma-veined eggs at you, which explode on impact. Figuring out how to make objects fly in parabolic arcs within our pretty 2-dimensional system was fun.

Item icons in text boxes!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

This was surprisingly difficult to keep from clashing with our line-break-insertion system, because item names can contain spaces. But now, like in so many classic games, we can insert item icons into our boxes, inline with the text! This will work for any Interface object, whether it’s a menu, a dialog box, or a speech […]

Maths

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

My work was canceled this afternoon so that people could go outside and enjoy the first really nice day in Seattle this year, but I only got as far as the lobby. I made an iced soy latte and got to work on improving the main character’s movement in Paraplu. The protagonist (or “Ship”, as […]

We got a whole lot / going on and on and on

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Had really good crack at getting some illustrations done last night and something isn’t right. I’m not sure if it’s just normal “hiatus sickness” or my own sensitivity to the environment I am working in (different computer, different application, different hardware, different location). I am having a hard time feeling comfortable drawing, and the machine […]

Optimization

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Well, today I did some serious drawing engine improvement. We now have a new type of Guy called Scenery, which has a strictly limited functionality consisting of sitting there and doing nothing at all. At the moment they can’t even animate, be transparent, or have a tint. We could add those functions in later if […]

I hope Sofuran isn’t too lonely.

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Poor Sofuran.

Welcome home, big bro.

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Working on character artwork. I haven’t been drawing for a long time so just trying to work out the kinks right now. Ordered a new, smaller tablet (Wacom Bamboo Small), I’ve always found the GIGANTOR one that I’m stealing/borrowing from hachi to be a little cumbersome, and usually just corral a tiny area in the […]

1D Inventory

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Goodness, has it really been 8 months since I posted? We have been very busy with real-life stuff, but the Momo Pax spirit continues. For a while I was working on implementing a 2-dimensional inventory grid like in Diablo, but it turned out to be pretty prohibitively complex. In the *getting something done* spirit that […]