I’ve wrapped up the next instalment of The Telwynium! Just in time for Christmas!
Looking back on the year, we’ve still mostly been working on The Drifter and Acid Knife. Both are slowly but steadily coming together (still). The Drifter’s been play-tested through from start to finish by testers now, so that was a big milestone! Lots of art and sound to do but it’s happening! And Barney actually let me play Acid Knife last week for the first time since the early combat demo, it’s got an amazing level of depth and detail to all the mechanics, and a huge amount of interesting ideas, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of it so far!
Ok, I guess I’ve done enough of these that it’s worth sharing! Been doing these dev diaries on youtube the last couple of months, I just record them at the start of a dev stream, so they don’t take a bunch of time away from development. (You can also check the stream out at https://twitch.tv/duzzondrums)
In each entry, I say what I’ve been working on, and then briefly chat about a topic, related to what I’m working on, or to adventure game development in general.
I posted here aaaages ago about PowerQuest in it’s early stages, but haven’t really mentioned it since. However, I’ve been working on it steadily, alongside The Drifter, and it’s pretty fully featured now. It even has its own itch page!
There’s a bunch of others using it now, hanging out on our Discord. So if you have the urge to make your own point ‘n clicker, now’s the time!
I’ve been putting together some tools for making point and click games in Unity, and wanted to share how I’ve done things and how I’d use them to make adventure games
So I’ve made a 3 part series showing it off:
It covers my history with using tools like Adventure Game Studio, and how they work, and then shows how I use the tools I’ve made in unity to set up a scene and script some dialog and puzzles.
I’m not planning on making the tools public, they’re too specific to our workflow to be generally useful without loads more work. But if you’re curious to try anyway, or have a gander at any parts of the code let me know (contact @ powerhoof.com), or feel free to tweet questions (@DuzzOnDrums) at me too .
Quite a few times I’ve found myself writing code to mash together a few strings randomly for games. Inspired by some sweet generated text stuff @eigenbom‘s been doing for his game Moon Man, I thought I’d write a tool to make this easy to do.
Quick and simple way of generating a randomized lines of text for a variety of purposes.
Chuck some simple rules in a text file and use PowerText to generate random lines.
Lightweight, easy to use code. Just 2 function calls really.
Automatically handles some simple language things like capitalizing first letter of sentence, and converting “a” to “an” where necessary.
Simple handling of plurals– mark numbers in your text with [#], and then plurals of words like so: “cat[s], leech[es], goose[/geese]”.
Add weighting for certain options by adding [weight] at the start of a line (eg: “common housefly”, “[0.1] rare dodo”).
Insert variables from code eg “You have [numLives] life[/lives] remaining.”
There’s fancier things out there that do the same thing and more, but if you want something really quick, lightweight and easy to use this might do the trick!
I made a Unity Extension for editing sprite animations
We do a lot of sprite animation (well… Barney does) so I made a swanky tool to make it nicer to edit them in Unity!
It means we can edit animations without having to fiddle around with unity’s convoluted animation system that’s built for much more complicated 3d games. Also I realised making tools like this is really pretty fun!