Month: November 2016

PRE-SPRINT 8 – DAWN OF MEGA-MONTH – PLANNING

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DAWN OF MEGA-MONTH

November 27th, 2017

WARP DOGS’ CORP LOGS

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The state of our WARP CORP is strong, and also largely unchanged from last week. I’ve decided to change the “Estimated” line from black to dark gray.

I am unsure of the tax ramifications of such a change, but my team of highly respected accountants are on the task

Like many people, my dayjob pays out once every two weeks. The result is that most months you get two paychecks – except for the two months, each year, in which you get three.

I’m not going to pretend I have some inate skill in finances, but I know enough to realize this isn’t “bonus money” and I treat it like any other paycheck – into the budget and out of sight, out of mind

Except for this coming month…

Mega-Month.

Mega-Month is a truly remarkable month in which a bunch of unrelated financial windfalls somehow sync up. They include:

  • A 3 paycheck month
  • Birthday & Christmas
  • Potential Christmas bonus at work
  • Various otherwise small payout from PayPal, Chase, and – of all things – fantasy football

Wow! That’s a lot.

If all goes to plan, December will also be the last month we can earn money, so it couldn’t come at a better time

Sprint Goals

Last sprint had a few issues related to time – to be expected when I’m still working and there’s holidays to contend with

However, I really enjoyed focusing on more specific Power Goals, and this trend will continue. I want to focus largely on visual-related power goals this time around

  • An inn full of strange regulars. This work will encompass a few areas – new monsters, new “inn” tileset, music, tweaks to dialog, and an overall attempt to get a vertical slice of “feel”
  • The hero of this title has a cool style. I’ve been using open art for long enough – it’s time to create an actual protagonist!
  • An unexplored world full of possibility. This is my first stab at making maps for both the world and our main town.

Time to get to it. The hope is to have some visuals to share before the end of this.

PRE-SPRINT 7 – Happy Cranksgiving – Planning

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Happy Cranksgiving

November 20th, 2016

WARP DOGS’ CORP LOGS

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The state of our Warp Corp is strong. Since the last update I was able to stockpile another $1,000 or so. We’re still in the earning period, so no spending yet.

Sprint Goals

This sprint will have a fairly specific goal for once – dialogue, and everything surrounding it. I’ve decided to write my own dialogue library as well, which will be good practice!

  • A better dialogue system. Let’s display text in a cool way, that’s easy to add onto, where you can change colors and sizes easily, and more
  • Basic responses and choices. Nothing fancy, but you should be able to ‘respond’ to a question
  • Bonus flavor features. Text boxes that shake when scared, that try to fly away, that bounce around, that spin in circles

Dialogue is going to be a big part of this game, so it’s important to dedicate some time to it. Hope to have a good amount to share at the end

Pre-Sprint 6: Retrospective

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No One Goal Should Have All That Power

Week of November 13th

Overview

I took a hard left turn this week – new operating system and almost a new language altogether. I then took a soft right turn as I switched back to Love2d but stayed on windows.

Now I’m bearing left slightly, I guess? I don’t know. This analogy is getting away from me, and I’m also incredibly late on posting this up, so I’m going to cut right to the “demo” and move on

Demo

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Pre-Sprint #6 Planning: No One Goal Should Have All That Power

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No One Goal Should Have All That Power

November 13th, 2016

WARP DOGS’ CORP LOGS

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The state of our corporation is strong, mostly because we aren’t spending anything yet. We currently have enough cash to sustain us for 8 weeks once we take the plunge – a good amount, but not nearly enough.

November’s cash is being largely spent on the future so that anything in December (henceforth known as Mega Month) can be deposited directly into the company coffers

Sprint Power Goals

Last sprint I had a mini-revelation for how I prefer to work. Instead of epics and features and stories, I’ve decided instead to use something I’m calling Power Goals. The 1-week sprint structure allows me to make changes quickly and, uh, with agility, so that’s just what I plan to do

  • The tired dog makes his way to the warmest spot in the room and, with a sigh, plops down and falls asleep
  • The player throws a ball. It bounces. The dog fetches it – but to where?
  • An inn full of strange regulars
  • Stalk, chase, and catch a sea fly
  • The player enters the room, plops down a chair, and sits in it

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Pre-Sprint #5: Retrospective

The Lost Week

Week of November 6th

Overview

Well. This wasn’t a great week.

Lots of nonsense happened – from sudden manager departures to a very distracting election and much else beyond that.

I’m calling this a lost week. Not necessarily a bad week, but one in which much of my time was spent not working on my games or my business or really much of anything.

Still, I got quite a bit done. I’m really hopeful that this will be the week I finally get into a flow of sharing my thoughts on here and elsewhere, but it’s been over 5 weeks now of absolute failure so why should this be any different? We’ll see.

Highlights

+ Sold a camera! +$60 in the escape fund

+ May have found an extra $1,000 just “laying around” – fingers crossed it pans out

+ Added the concept of Power Goals – more to come on that in a later post

+ Added simple dog fetching, simple dog snoozing, and some cool stuff regarding zooming

+ Lots of ideas put to paper and then stored safe and sound in TFS

Lowlights

— Distracting election

— Distracting work

— Distracting housework

— Wore a bad pair of socks 🙁

Demo

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Pre-Sprint 5 Planning: The Lost Week

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Pre-Sprint 5: The 5th Wheel

Wow, has it really been 5 weeks already? That is pretty nuts. What’s even crazier is that I’m actually filled with pride – not self-loathing! – at the work I’ve been able to do in that time.

I’m starting to think this might actually work.

Anyway, let’s take a look at the week coming up.

Sprint Goals

  • Work on ‘Power Goals’. My favorite developer of one of many favorite games – Tarn Adams of the wonderful Dwarf Fortress – used to have a dev page where he outlined the various core features and ideas he wanted in his game. He also had this other type of item he called Power Goals which were essentially little vignettes that tied together multiple features and ideas. I’ve reached the stage of game design where I can begin making some power goals of my own. Make sense? Probably not! But I’ll explain more a bit later
  • Make money. We’re at that stage where I need to just keep making money. I’m currently selling as much as I can while also working other angles to bring in cash into the bank. Looks like I have about 68 days left, which is at once terrifyingly short and maddeningly long!
  • Refactor & Iterate. I love refactoring an awful lot – it scratches a really specific itch that’s hard to describe. It’s time to take my hacked together and poorly written code and really put a shining to it

I’m optimistic in how things are going thus far. Let’s keep it up.