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2016 - 5 - 17 / 3:50 pm / tools

Visual Studio and Itch.io Refinery

Visual Studio and Itch.io Refinery

Itch.io just released their brand new Refinery tools to the public and I immediately jumped into them head first. After just a little bit of set up I was able to get their new magic up and running for Super Sky Sisters. I have a set up now in Visual Studio in which I can select "Itch" as my build target and push F6 to build and deploy the game to my beta testers on Itch.

So using Visual Studio 2013 (and probably other versions can do this as well) here's how to set up your game to publish on Itch with just the push of a button! read more

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2016 - 5 - 16 / 3:30 pm / general

Dev Log: Health Pick Ups

Dev Log: Health Pick Ups

Whoops I have been totally neglecting my blog this month. I've got a lot of posts to catch up on! I think when I stream a few times a week that actually gives me the same feeling as making a blog post, so I end up just totally forgetting to make a post about what I've been up to.

One of the things I'm playing with to make the demon sisters boss fight a little bit more fair is having the demon sisters drop health whenever they're knocked out by the players. Basically the demon sisters obey the same rules that the players do so they can be temporarily disabled by damaging them enough. Eventually they will revive though and continue their assault.

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Sometimes the best course of action in this fight is to try to knock one of them out before they unleash one of their crazier attacks. Right now this boss fight is incredibly tough but most of their attacks are a lot easier to deal with if one of them can't join in. I think I'm actually approaching the end of this boss fight and that just leaves a few things left on the list (until I add more stuff but I actually don't see that happening again for real this time.)

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2016 - 5 - 12 / 9:45 pm / general

Dev Log: Damage Numbers

Dev Log: Damage Numbers

This week I did a quick experiment with Super Sky Sisters. I didn't really think it would work out, but it I was proven wrong, I think! I ended up adding damage numbers to the game. Check it out!

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One problem in the game (and in any game I think) is letting the player know how effective their attacks are. In a game as fast as this one it can be pretty tough. There are a lot of objects that don't actually take damage from your bullets, but they still react. Some players end up continuously attacking things that don't take any damage, so hopefully this will help with that.

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Not only is it useful for communication with players, but it also looks super cool. Why do numbers flying off of things make everything better? I'm pretty sure it's some sort of fundamental rule of game design.

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2016 - 4 - 27 / 10:57 am / general

Dev Log: Star Pads

Dev Log: Star Pads

One of the issues I'm trying to solve in Super Sky Sisters right now is keeping both players engaged. After some playtesting and feedback some players end up in scenarios where one player becomes the "dominant" player and the other just follows that player's lead. This can be somewhat effective for playing the game, but the non-dominant player ends up just kinda tailing along and isn't really having that great of a time.

One of the things I'm playing around with is the idea of having these "star pad" type things that appear on the map every 30 seconds. When one angel is in the star pad, the other angel will get a big boost of power. This has two effects that I'm hoping will shine through.

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The first one is that in the situation where one player can't get a good shot on an enemy or a boss, that player can now try to position themselves on a star pad to give the other player a big boost in weapon power. I'm hoping this will give the non-shooting player an option to not feel like they're doing nothing.

The second is that it gives the players another reason to move and to end up in positions they wouldn't otherwise approach. I believe the game plays really well when the players are actually going for points, but a lot of players wont do that their first few times playing. Most players are just interested in survival for the first few times they play.

Probably more thoughts and changes regarding this soon!

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2016 - 4 - 19 / 11:20 am / general

Dev Log: Shield Effects

Dev Log: Shield Effects

Chipping away at some of the new work I've created for myself with Super Sky Sisters. So far it's been going pretty well! I'm trying to get the new boss's look and feel to a certain level of quality before pushing into the actual fight too much. Here's some of the effects for their shield!

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And regaining the shield

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The basic idea is that you'll have to use both sisters to take down their shield and then you can go crazy on their orb. After dealing a set amount of damage their shield will turn back on and the fight will most likely be separated into different phases based on how many times their shield was brought down.

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2016 - 4 - 7 / 7:04 pm / general

Dev Log: Runes n More

Dev Log: Runes n More

Warning! This is now mega spoilers for Super Sky Sisters if you ever want to play it without knowing the most secret of secrets.

The latest developments on Sky Sisters have been working on the super secrets that will be in the game! The basic idea of it is that the players can activate these secret rune things that trigger based on different game play events. The events are things like taking no damage for a certain amount of time, beating all the bosses, getting all the power ups, and all that kinda stuff. Whenever one of these events is triggered a game event appears that is unlocking one of the runes.

This is all still pretty work in progress stuff!

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When the players complete the unlock sequence they add the rune to their collection.

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What happens when they get all of them?! Well it's going to be a big secret boss fight. I'll be working on that next week, and then cleaning up all the effects and art for all of this nonsense... and then I think the game will actually be content complete except for audio. Yeah!

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