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Back to rychan's Blog ( Created 04 November 2014 | Last Edited 04 November 2014)
Development Diary : Scaling Back
Smaller Games = More Games!
So far this year has been very productive, lots of projects have gotten off the ground, lots of websites have been built and I'm learning more everyday and feeling like I'm gradually getting better at making games.

But, as you've probably noticed, I've not released a single game so far this year and seem to keep starting new, exciting projects almost on a whim when I should really be focussed on finishing off the games I've already got 75-90% of the way completed!

There's a long list of them now (roughly 6 or 7 games) and I'm sure that they should turn out to be fun games but, no-one is going to be able to enjoy them unless I release them fully! It's so frustrating at times that my urge to simply move on to something new becomes overwhelming.

I still would love to make making games become my main thing at some point in the future, but that's just not going to happen unless I release something. I mean, at least a game a year should be achievable

I think game jams appeal to me more than game making does, primarily because I will tend to look at a game and end up working on extra polish / extending the size of the game when it's not really something you have time of in a game jam set-up.

So, what should I do? I've got to finish these older games off at some point and stop starting new ones off. It's obvious, just need to get more disciplined with this side of things probably.

Wow, that went a bit inward there didn't it.

Still need to post it to get it off my back a bit though.

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Posted : Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 02:58
rychan


Cheers Kuron, hoping to add a few more lil bits tonight. Have slyly left the OUYA on at home today so hopefully Triston will pop back from school and have a play before I get home from work. He'll have some cool ideas for it I'm sure

Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
Posted : Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 16:27
rychan


Got some basic avoidance routines in. They work fairly well, as in I've been beaten by the A.I. on a couple of occasions.

Just need to target their firing times a bit then I reckon I'll have a hard mode going on there.

|update| Got the targetted firing going on but I'm still worried that it's a bit too easy to manipulate the A.I. Ahh well. It's been a while since I've done any sort of A.I. aside from simple path fining anyhoo.

Oh crap, it's past midnight already....
|update|


Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
Posted : Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 02:43
rychan


Yup, gonna have to change the A.I. firing code again tonight.

This morning Triston beat it on tough setting with ease! I can't have that

Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
Posted : Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 15:48
rychan


Okie dokie, boosted up the A.I. again so they have more memory of shots fired an enemy locations, mean they're a tad tougher than before.

Still, I can beat them fairly easily on normal settings. Sooo, what's the only solution?

MAKE THE GAME FASTER! AND FASTER.... AND FASTER YET AGAIN!

So it actually becomes tough as hell to dodge all the bullets on screen. At that point, it becomes about 50/50 whether the cpu wins or not for me. That, I think, will have to suffice.



Left to do:

Add looping mode (move from top to appear at the bottom, etc) - DONE

Sort out the music per screen - DONE

Add in Tournament Mode

Visible scoring, when you hit something it should flash add show the points briefly

Display the player number on screen in multiplayer (otherwise it gets too confusing)

Here goes....me to the kitchen to make a coffee or something, then return to code.

All going well I might port this onto ipad / android tablets for multiplayer and single player. Orr I might enhance it some more on the OUYA before doing so.

Anyhoo, too the kettle.

Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
Posted : Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 16:10
Jayenkai


LOL! Sounds like one of my solutions.. Dumb enemy * (speed + frequency) = Harder!!!!

Homepage : http://AGameAWeek.com
Posted : Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 16:26
rychan


Hahaa, pretty much, works though

|update| Yup, lost a few fights again 3 computer opponents on tough mode, and a bunch of time too! Tomorrow night's gonna be busy.

I mean, I guess I kinda have friday night too as saturday's the last day of the week but, I'd like to stick to my own deadline somewhat

Musics done though, think that leaves only 5 bits left.
|update|


Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
Posted : Thursday, 13 November 2014, 17:47
rychan


Gahh, still a couple of things to do for tomorrow night now. Still, friday is in the same week Think I did the original code me do a couple of saturdays ago sooo, yeah. It's come along a bit!

Reworked the border art and some other smaller bits tonight as well as some bug fixing.

Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
Posted : Friday, 14 November 2014, 18:39
rychan


Sweet, finished coding it up just now.

Just need to add a snazzy graphic, get some screenshots ready and a quickie vidja then It's good to go.

Soo, probably tomorrow night then. Still the same week though

Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
Posted : Saturday, 15 November 2014, 18:42
rychan


Cool, all shipped off to OUYA for review (fingers crossed)

Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
Posted : Saturday, 15 November 2014, 19:05
Jayenkai


\o/yeay\o/


... But you'll have to wait until Monday.. They don't do weekends. (Lazy buggers!)

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Posted : Saturday, 15 November 2014, 19:39
rychan


Ahh, that's fine, I didn't get my video sorted out tonight anyways.

Looking forward to having a paly with the family on this one, even Wifey says she'll actually play this one, which is nice



Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
Posted : Monday, 17 November 2014, 14:23
rychan


And It's approved by OUYA, yay!

But... I noticed a frame rate issue on my OUYA so I'm fixing that and re-submitting it. Becuase..yeah, framerates 'n' stuff

Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
Posted : Monday, 17 November 2014, 14:26
Jayenkai


Woohoo

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Posted : Monday, 17 November 2014, 15:00
rychan


All fixed up, Also, looks like their review time is more like under a day currently.

That's on a monday, after I'm guessing they've recieved more games to review over the weekend. Soo, you may have an extra day or so available?

Will be glad to push the publish button fo sho

Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
Posted : Monday, 17 November 2014, 15:52
rychan


devs.ouya.tv/gamers/queued_downloads/new?uuid=com.RefreshCreations.InvasionVS

YAY! It's finished!

Time to port me do. Well, in a few days anyway

Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
Posted : Monday, 17 November 2014, 16:47
Jayenkai


Woot!

https://www.ouya.tv/game/Invasion-VS/

Will give it a go in the morning.. I may very well have overdone it, tonight!!!

Homepage : http://AGameAWeek.com
Posted : Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 16:59
rychan


Quickie Update, the port is coming along well.

Making a few GUI alterations to accomodate for touch screens on tablets and probably smaller screens too.

Then it'll be the PC port, then onto finishing off that lil Maths Racer probably just before chrimbo.

Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
Posted : Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 17:01
Jayenkai


Apologies that I've not yet played.. Keep meaning to, but .. Focussing on Advent, atm. I'll be booting up the OUYA on Friday for test purposes, so will try it out, then.

Homepage : http://AGameAWeek.com
Posted : Thursday, 20 November 2014, 02:08
Jayenkai


Initial Reaction : "That sounds like the Sonic 4 theme.."

Gameplay wise, love it. Crackin' concept and well presented.
Also, works really well on the landscape screen, too!
I've been struggling a lot to come up with nice ideas for landscape, but yours works wonderfully.

Whinger's Gripe : O to start, Y to actually start, then after a game, A to continue. Seems a lot of jumping around for "push to continue"

Homepage : http://AGameAWeek.com
Posted : Thursday, 20 November 2014, 03:55
rychan


It does? I'll be honest, I haven't played Sonic 4 yet and the bgm was from the asset store

I've always loved the music in the Sonic games so that may have been a sub-concious draw for me

Glad you like it, the tablet / mobile version should be ready for testing this weekend. Could be interesting having two players leaning over the same tablet
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Might finish it tonight if things go well and I don't end up falling asleep at work today! Soo sleepy!

Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
Posted : Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 07:53
rychan


Number Racer should be on the OUYA by this coming Monday, maybe for Friday.

Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
Posted : Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 07:59
Jayenkai


Awesome!
More!! More!!! Mooooore!!!!

Homepage : http://AGameAWeek.com
Posted : Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 08:06
rychan


Ohh, yes, Someone has requested for Network play on Invasion VS which I'll be looking into in a little while also. But yeah, one thing at a time ( at least, with games anyway )

Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
Posted : Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 13:48
Jayenkai


Hurray!!

Obligatory OtakuPunk video!

View on YouTube

Homepage : http://AGameAWeek.com
Posted : Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 14:33
rychan


Yay! Looks like he had fun playing it, although, yeah, it's a bit easy on slow settings

Homepage : http://www.refreshgames.co.uk/
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