Friday, May 30, 2014

Indie Game Night

Last night was Indie Game Night.  Those are always fun, and Peter and I stayed very busy showing off three different games.

Peter was showing Raiders of Elduurn and Spirits of Elduurn.  Both of these games are small spin-offs of Siphon Spirit, which takes place in the world of Elduurn.

Raiders of Elduurn is a card game where you team up with friends to defeat a demon.  Each player gets a team of heroes together and they try to find a strategy for taking down the boss before he takes them out.  It takes place 20 years before Siphon Spirit does.  For more art and gameplay instructions, take a peek at his Deviant Art page!

I got a lot of feedback on my Japanese Match-3 game.  First thing I learned is that even people who like games enough to make games don't know what a match-3 is.  Guess I'll just be calling it a puzzle game from now on.  This also makes me realize that I can't just put a match-3 in front of someone and expect them to figure out.  I guess I'll need a tutorial even for something like this.  Even more so since about half the people who tried it got confused and were trying to switch tiles from one side of the board to the other.

The other feedback that I got was that it was really hard to read.  All the images at the back of the tiles were making it too hard to really see everything that was going on.  I think I've fixed most of the issues now, but it's a strong reminder that Peter is the artist on this team!

Peter's hoping to launch Raiders of Elduurn as a free, printable black and white version sometime next week.  Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 2, 2014

I didn't make it

Yeah, long story short, I did not finish the Japanese Match-3 game.  I have been making progress on it, but my family and I spent a week sick so I'm behind.  Also, every time I sit down to get something done, Terraria somehow starts up.  Then I end up playing late and don't get enough rest to function well enough to work on complicated stuff during my development the next day and I end up playing Terraria and ... well.  It's a viscous cycle.

I did get a number of things done though.  I've got most of the icons done, and I've updated the web page to export words in a format that I can read in and pull vocab from.  It's now selecting a word and pulling the tiles from that.  I don't think I'll be doing too much gaming over the weekend since all my computer parts have arrived and it's time to rebuild my computer!  Looking forward to finally getting off of XP.

Peter's been having some issues with his computer.  He's taken to referring to it as his "zombie".  While it's down he's doing storyboarding and getting the story for Siphon Spirit completely nailed down.

Not too much to say, but hopefully there will be a lot more next week if I can just convince myself to get to bed at a decent time!