Projects between projects

bosca2

Boo, getting a little out of the habit of making blog posts again. Well, here’s what I’ve been up to!

My main project right now is my untitled stealthy action roguelike, which started for 7DRL and then got seriously out of hand.

I needed a break to do other stuff, but I’m trying to avoid my usual trap of starting lots of stuff that I never finish – so, I’m finishing stuff. I made a list of non-game stuff, and I’m working through it!

Bosca Ceoil Update:

Been adding some cool new features to this over the past week or so! Things to look forward to include: new file format support, performance increases, some nice interface additions like transpose buttons. I’m also hoping to include a built in tutorial, to replace the out of date online one and make it that bit more accessible to beginners.

Elizascript:

DONE! This was a pretty fun thing to work on! I guess at some point I might do a little more work on it so that chatbots can face off against each other…

Super Hexagon Update:

Since it was getting pretty obvious I wasn’t going to get around to this myself, I put out a call for help. That’s going great!

A Programming Library:

I’ve been very won over by Haxe and OpenFL, which is what I’ve used for every game I’ve worked on this year. I wanna make a tiny programming library in it, aimed at beginners, which gives you a simple, BASIC like starting point for making games. That’s almost done! It’s actually part of another project I’ve been working on lately, namely:

A Programming Tutorial:

I’m thinking of calling it “Learn to Program Badly with Terry“. Or something else, probably.

There’s this message out there right now: “you can make video games even if you’re not a programmer!“. Which is very true! But it implies something about programming: that it’s a lot of work. That’s it too hard. That it’s somehow in the way of you and the game that you want to make.

I think this message, without intending to, scares people away from programming – people who might really enjoy it! Programming can be a lot of fun, and can give you a lot of freedom to approach things in new and unique ways. The problem is just that it’s really inaccessible. Getting started from nothing is tough, and it’s getting tougher.

Programming is a big subject, for sure, but the amount of it that you actually need to know to make stuff is surprisingly small, and isn’t as scary as a lot people make it out to be. So, I thought I’d have a go at making that case – a total beginners guide to game programming. Coming soon!

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  1. gallerdude on May 22nd, 2015

    Awesome! I might try a bit of Terryscript later, I do need some sort of intro to Haxe.

  2. albatros on May 22nd, 2015

    Please do make your programming tutorial. Nothing like a tutorial made by someone who actually made games.

  3. Sergio on May 23rd, 2015

    “You can program even if you’re not a programmer!” It sounds like a worthy message.

  4. onekanaka on May 23rd, 2015

    Amazing tool, thank you so much! I forked it yesterday, and made a batch file for easier compiling and executing.

    If anyone is on Windows, and you don’t want to mess around with the command line, you can check it out here:

    https://github.com/onekanaka/boscaceoil/blob/master/RUN.bat

  5. Florian on June 12th, 2015

    A programming tutorial by you would be amazing.

  6. G. on June 16th, 2015

    “a total beginners guide to game programming.”

    Oh god, do it and ruin my life <3

  7. Shadow on July 22nd, 2015

    Please do the tutorial!

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