2018 wrap-up


Ok, let’s do this, by now you know the drill.

 

Plan A

 

The Game. Further development of the game. Let’s pinpoint: merging two engines into one, thus creating final base of development. Evaluating the main character of the game. Creating side characters, and lots of them. Sketching out locations. Creating environmental puzzles, as well as classic point and click ones. Trying to find final “look and feel” of the game. And so on. Do you feel it coming? I do.

Yes, I still feel it coming, even more so than a year ago. Merging two engines – done, you’ll walk around and interact as in ordinary point and click. Evaluating the main character – yes, we have the Seaweed, his story, his character arc, everything. Even though you might have seen him in action already – his graphics and animations will be completely redone to match the style of the game. Creating characters – yes, you’ll encounter different creatures from Daymare Town and my comic book – Morphs, of which there are tons of them, as well as Revolutions. Sketching out locations – well, kind of. They’re sketched inside my head. Does it count? Creating puzzles – those are also inside my head. But it’s a good place, don’t worry.  Trying to find final look and feel – well, still working on it. This one is tricky, because with this game I’m going not only with something I’ve never done before, I also want to change the workflow a bit. Creating locations and then adding more to them, more layers of interactivity and animation. Previously I was drawing games the same way I drew my comics – once the drawing is done, it’s done. This time – not so much. Things will be perfected over time.

Revolutions 11: Apocrypha. The series marches on, strong as ever, into it’s second phase. This time it’ll be a round up of older stories released in different magazines and anthologies, put together for closure reasons as well as new stories written by Polish best comic book writers that I managed to deceive into thinking writing for me was worth their time. All those new stories will be painted and streamed on twitch.tv this year as Ink Companion season 2.

This one was more time consuming then I expected. You see, the ‘older stories’ part of it had around 40 pages. I thought I’d add few new stories from my fellow authors and be done with it. However, I kind went overboard a little bit with gathering those additional stories. There were just too many good authors I wanted to invite. All in all, I ended up creating additional 100 pages for the book. Which is good and bad. Good – because you got a bigger, better book, bad – because it took too long to finish. But that created another piece of big news for you, more on that below. The book is here.

 

Plan B

 

10 Gnomes in Paris. Yes, Paris. It’s already shot and partly done. I want to release it before summer break, so expect it late June. Let’s say… June 20th. This time I can make that prediction with a certainty. Let’s see what will happen now that I’ve said this. Stupid, stupid me…

And June 20th it was! I wasn’t so stupid afterall… Ok, I’ll share a little secret with you. The game was ready long before that. Just sitting there on my drive waiting to be released. I know, I know, I’m a cheeky bastard. That’s a first, by the way. The fact that one of my games were finished long before the release. That actually never happened before. You can find this game here.

Where is 2019? Well, what a surprise, right? As I still want to make it a bigger game than before, let’s shoot for… let me think… 12 screens of content, ok? Let’s not overthink it for now. Santa returns, as he’s the character where it all started 10 years ago.

Sure, of course, you just played it like a week ago, right? And, uhm… 12 screens of content? It’s actually bigger than that! Pwned, me from a year ago. Take that! How big is this game? Well, you can count all the screens here.

VormkfasA #60, the final issue. [This is the festival xerox zine that I give away to people who meet me during comic festivals]. Yes, all things must end. I seem to be killing more and more of my old projects each year. Last time it was the Morphs, now this. I’m ending it here because I wanted this run to last for as long as the first run lasted, seven issues. And as it rounds up nicely to overall 60 issues, this is the good point to let it go.

Yes, that’s done now. After finishing all side game development projects, I moved to wrapping up my comic book side projects. Between this and that Rewolucje anthology I was talking about just now things are pretty wrapped up by now. More on this below. You can take a look at the final isue of VormkfasA here.

 

Plan C

 

streaming on twitch.tv. As I mentioned before, I found a new home on twitch. A new little corner where I can sit and share my things with you. I’m not expecting it to bring any money or fame as I am realistic about how many people might be interested in watching some old-fart draw live, but I genuinely just like doing it. And that’s a good sign. I’ll create my new comic book here and also parts of the game, those not-spoilery ones. Let’s shoot for, I dunno, 200 followers in 2018. And I promise to talk more.

Yes, stream I did. Even somewhat regularly. But by now I feel that I’ve shown everything that I could show you on my streams, different styles of drawing, painting and what not. The career of a streamer didn’t take off and therefore it’s on a hold for now. Mostly because of me focusing on the development of the big game, which can’t be streamed, because spoilers. You can check my entire 2018 twitch adventure here.

Linux versions of my games. Last year I tackled OS X, Linux MUST be simpler, right? Right?… Guys?…

Sure, simple enough. It however was a completely new beehive to kick and stir up. You see, at least OS X is complicated but a single endeavour. With Linux? There are so many versions, and Game Maker covers only one of them. But yes, Linux versions of my games are somewhat available, arguably, not sure, but you can find them here. And here’s the troubleshoot.

I think this is it. This to-do list seems shorter than before, but hey, we’re focusing here on the game. Joking around is over. Now is the time to shut up and just DO IT.

Oh lol. You thought this to-do list was short, me from a year ago? Wait until you see this year’s list. Speaking of…

 

 

Plan A

 

the – Big – Game

I think there’s nothing more to say here. I don’t want to dwelve on the specifics and milestones, but the plan is to actually finish and release the game this year. Oh, and I also plan to reveal the actual name of the game this year as we go along. Not sure how to do it yet, I’ll probbaly create a video with the reveal. But not sure when to do it. I think I’ll keep it secret until I have a feature-complete build on my hands. I’m also falling into the feature creep a bit, which is scary. I’ll just have to say “enough!” at some point, and I’m bad at it. The same thing happened with ‘Where is 2019?’. If not for the December deadline I’d just be adding more and more to this game. But here it is, THE plan for 2019. There’s almost nothing else on my mind right now. The focus is set, engines are being revved and the countdown to liftoff already begun.

 

Plan B

 

Please note that I’m doing these two projects only because they’re the only recurring series left. Me, being kind of obsessively addicted to completing unfinished projects, I just can’t let them go. At least 10 Gnomes have a proper finish line on the horizon, so there’s a light at the end of this tunnel.

  • 10 Gnomes in Oristano. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking: Hold on now, you cheeky bastard, is the game already done and you’re just witholding it from us? Like the one in Paris? Well, not entirely. It’s like 85% ready. The locations are done, the gnomes are not. I’m shooting for June or July release. Probably July.
  • Where is 2020? We’ll continue the adventure of Santa, we’ll find out what happens after he met Seaweed and move forward the narrative. Some of you are asking for a point and click gameplay to return in this series. We’ll see.

 

Plan C

 

So here’s the thing. There is no plan C. And this is kind of big news. It’s also the testament of how much I want to focus on the big game. This year, for the first time since… Let me think… 2003?… So for the first time since 16 years I’m not doing a new comic book. The streak ends here. I’m diving straight into the big game right now in January and don’t expect to surface until the release. There’s just no time to be spared for a comic book. Here we loop back to the issue of Rewolucje 11 being too big and taking too long to finish in 2018. It took away some of that precious development time. Too much of it to be honest. At this point, I don’t care much about keeping the streak of publishing one book per year alive anymore. All that matters is the big game. Nothing else. Maybe I’m just hyper-focusing on the game, or maybe I’m just getting old and a bit tired of comic books. Who knows. Let’s get back to this subject next January.

And with that I leave you.

See you next year for another wrap-up, which will be completely different if everything goes according to plan. Fingers crossed.

We’ll finally have answers to some big questions that I dare not to ask at this point.

Anyway, back to work.

 

 



the Tuning




the Big Game pre-alpha


Platform + pnc engines combined.



Linux Install Troubleshoot


Written by Edwin Vigneau.

The following are instructions to run the linux versions on certain linux distributions in which they do not run out of the box.
All commands are to be entered in a terminal.

A 64-bit linux distribution is required.

Debian 9 (“Stretch”)

libssl1.0.0 is missing and it is not in the repositories. Install it from the “Jessie” repositories or download it from https://packages.debian.org/jessie/amd64/libssl1.0.0/download

Fedora 27

openal is missing, install it with:
su -c ‘dnf install openal-soft.x86_64’

libGLU is missing, install it with:
su -c ‘dnf install mesa-libGLU.x86_64’

libssl1.0.0 and libcrypto.so.1.0.0 are missing, but they are not in the repositories or even available as a package. We need to compile them from the source code.

If you don’t have gcc, install it with:
su -c ‘dnf install gcc’

Download the source code from:
https://www.openssl.org/source/old/1.0.0/openssl-1.0.0s.tar.gz

Extract the archive

Open a terminal in the extracted directory

compile it with:
./config shared
make

Move the compiled libraries to their proper place with:
sudo cp libssl.so.1.0.0 /lib64/libssl.so.1.0.0
sudo cp libcrypto.so.1.0.0 /lib64/libcrypto.so.1.0.0

The game should run now.

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If your distribution is not mentioned here and the game does not run, start the game from a terminal.
If there are missing libraries, their name will be shown so that you can install them.
They may not be in your distribution’s repositories however, since some are quite outdated.
You may have to compile them from source.



Linux games now available!


Hi there, Linux / Ubuntu users!
Today is your day. I finally managed to harness the knowledge of creating virtual machine, installing Ubuntu on it and connecting it to my good ol’ PC work station. Thus, linux versions are now a reality. Get them all here:

10 Gnomes in Trstenik
The Peter Navarre Crecy Evaluation
Where is 2018?
the Ravine

These builds were created to the exact specifications of Game Maker Studio 2.
I used Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS (Trusty Tahr) as instructed by the how-to page.
They say it’s the only version of Ubuntu they support right now that creates stable builds of games.

If you run into problems while trying to run those games (missing libraries etc), read this troubleshoot article written by Edwin Vigneau.

Believe me, connecting Ubuntu Virtual Machine to Game Maker Studio 2 on my PC is kind of a peak of my tech-savviness when it comes to Linux. The process is then automated, therefore tweaking it by me myself is out of the question for me.

However, I hope majority of you will be able to open and play these games! A side note: this only concerns games from 2017, which were created in Game Maker Studio 2. Games from 2016 were done in a previous version of the studio without access to Linux versions. Buying that access on a defunct and unused engine now seems a bit redundant, doesn’t it?

(Yes, that also means that all my future releases will be available on Linux on premiere day as well).

Happy days ahead!



10 Years of 10 Gnomes


Lately I found this small article from 5 years ago. I noticed that the time span in that article was also 5 years. Which means 10 Gnomes were created as a concept 10 years ago. Somehow that fact hit me more than when Submachine turned 10. Somehow I was ready for Submachine being this old, but Gnomes?… Well, time flies, as usual. Now’s the moment to time stamp this occasion.

Also: a quick study on how to completely destroy a city skyline by building skyscrapers without proper urban design. Sheesh.

[  click on pictures to zoom in  ]



Submachine Universe Q&A; January 2018


1. At the ends of Submachine 10 and Submachine Universe, the Player ends up in a desert. What is the significance of this place for people like Murtaugh and Elizabeth, and where is it located with respect to the rest of the Submachine? Is it a foreign planet, as it appears, or is this an alternate Earth?

The desert is located on Earth, it’s just another layer of reality, as those layers span over entire universe, so you can get a planet set in different layers having different characteristics, like atmosphere or number of moons. This explains green hue and two moons in this particular instance.

2. Where is the Edge located exactly? Is it a wall between the Core and the Outer Rim, or is it surrounding the Outer Rim? Or both things are true, and we travel to the outer part to disable the inner part’s defences? How does one explain the human infestation map in Submachine 6?

The Edge was evolving with the expansion of the subnet. It was firstly created as a measure of defence for the core, but then was expanded to cover more and more ground regarding expanding nature of the entire subnet. Yes, we travel between different parts / rings of defences. Infestation map was created by artificial intelligence.

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2017 wrap-up


 

Well, here we are again.

I feel we’ve been doing this for so long, you already know what I’m going to say here. First wrap-up was, uhm, 5 years ago, a simpler time before we were all basically connected by the hip by social media. Nevertheless, let’s dig into this list for the sake of preserving the process. Let me open last year’s wrap-up in another tab, and see…

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Yearly comic page efficiency record: 134/2017


134 comic book pages in 2017. Previous record, 118, stood for 5 years.



Where is 2018? Top Popular game on itch.io


Wednesday, January 3rd 2018 – Friday, January 5th 2018.

:D


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