The excitement of going to TIGJAM is almost overwhelming the anxiety of flying. (Today)
How can it be so difficult to just add an mp3 file to my iPad? (Today)
2013 - 4 - 30 / 4:28 pm / general
The TIGJam 5 site is now live and registrations are open! Make sure to sign up soon if you want to go to one of the coolest jam events of the year.
(Also ignore the glaring typos on that image of the site for now.)
2013 - 4 - 18 / 4:20 pm / events
Just a heads up: TIGJam 5 is happening! Check out the teaser details at the TIGJam website. (I made the site!) I'm 99% going to be there, and you should be too! It's going to be a crazy awesome time.
2013 - 3 - 20 / 7:04 am / games
Hot off the heels of just releasing Super Ninja Slash, I'm releasing another game into the public's hands. Originally available as a bonus game for the Indie Royale bundle back in December, Namiko is a relatively simple wave defense type game that can be played on OSX or Windows. (You can find the downloads on this page.)
When it was originally created, Namiko scored me 1st place at a local game jam held here in Phoenix at the University of Advancing Technology. The goal of the game is to defend your palace against hordes of attacking humanoid enemies that have three different powers. As the protagonist Namiko, you can scan these enemies and absorb their powers to make them your own. The game is about figuring out each enemy's weakness, and maximizing your chances of successfully defending by choosing the right weapon at the right time. I think the theme of the game jam was "adaptation."
Since the jam version I put a few more days work into it and just tried to generally polish up the experience. On a side note, releasing this game into the public officially makes this my 5th release between GDC 2012 and GDC 2013! I'll post more about that later though.
2013 - 3 - 18 / 2:11 pm / games
Over the summer I went to a local game jam. 48 hours to sit down and try and make a game. The theme of that game jam was "stealth" and Super Ninja Slash is the game that I ended up making.
The game is pretty short because I actually didn't add that much to it after the jam. The original version featured some pretty bad music by myself, but luckily DannyB was able to step in and make a way better track for the game.
Super Ninja Slash also features a couple of leaderboards based on time and enemy kills, so if you're fortunate enough to get through the game's 9 brutal levels you can submit your time and compete with other internet people.
This also marks my 5th and final game release before GDC2013! Thus fulfilling my promise to myself to release 5 games in the span of a year. I'll talk more about that later though. For now just swing on over to Super Ninja Slash and give it a whirl!
2013 - 2 - 1 / 2:47 am / games
For the past couple days I've been tinkering around with some stuff in my Global Game Jam game from last weekend. One of the things I'm most stupidly excited about is rendering my game map automagically in code (instead of drawing it by hand.)
I've added on a bunch of features since the original game jam version of the map rendering system. Right now the coolest stuff is the ability for each room to render its exits, and the potential for rooms that aren't square shaped (some rooms can be L shaped, or whatever)
I think I'm going to try and finish this game before GDC and not get too attached to it. I'm curious to see what kind of systems I can build for a future Metroidvania-esque project... so I have to be careful not to start caring too much about this game, otherwise it will take me way too long to finish. I think it's doable, especially if I aim for just maybe a 2 hour total game play experience! (And I can always add to it later.)
2013 - 1 - 29 / 6:51 am / general
Ended up making a game for Global Game Jam 2013. I went to the Phoenix location at University of Advancing Technology (the only location in all of Arizona!) The games were judged locally and I ended up getting first place overall, yay! I won 48 gigs worth of flash drives. Not bad!
The game isn't really in a state where I want to release it just yet. I might want to take this one and make it into something bigger and better... but I say that about all my jam games. This one is different though! ... I think.
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