Design Notes

Rocking Out the Ludum Dare (Updated!)

Posted by on 22 comments

What do we do on the weekend? Make more games!

It takes a lot of guts to make a videogame!  This weekend, a group of AE staff members and guests (like One-Eyed Doll!) are rocking out in the Ludum Dare Game Jam* to create an all-new, functional game in 48 hours! Last night, all of the game teams got the theme, "tiny world," and our brainstorming began!

Now showing: The Sick or the Dead

We're going to explore one of the most important, but smallest, worlds - the universe of a virus! In this infectiously-entertaining top-down shooter, called "Kitty.coli"** for this weekend's prototype, the player IS the virus on a journey into intestinal exploration... and total cellular annihilation is its goal!

Presenting the Jammers!

Weeks ago, Rolith started recruiting for this weekend's jam. With some tricksy schedule-shuffling, promises of home-cooked curry, and a LOT of caffeine, we've got an all-star team gathered! Here's who's doing what:

Programmers: Rolith, Rabblefroth, Warlic and Garrett (a friend of the team)

Art, Animation, Design: Cysero, Thyton, and Samba

Sound: One-Eyed Doll and Artix

Doctored art: monsters on unfinished background


Did you say One-Eyed Doll?!

I sure did! Kimberly and Jason of OED were in town this weekend; Artix and some friends went to their show last night and Artix, in a fit of feverish inspiration, managed to drag them back to do sound effects for our game! All the squelches, squishes, and screams you hear are the work of Kimberly and Jason!

OED's sound effects are SICK!

We want to send a HUGE thank you to OED for fitting in an FX recording session ONE HOUR before they had to leave for the airport! (And to Artix, for masterminding their assistance!)

How much progress have you made so far?

We're 22 hours in and so far we are working on:

  • All the player/monster art DONE
  • Player/monster art animation IN-PROGRESS
  • Shooting mechanics IN-PROGRESS
  • Backgrounds IN-PROGRESS
  • User Interface DESIGNED
  • Currently curing engine bugs
  • Doctoring sound FX begins soon

We’ve ranked up our coding, art, animation, and sound skills; we are fully prepared to do battle with malicious code, tech gremlins, and instances of friendly DOT*** insistences (standard fare for any true Dare)! Armed with Flash, we’ve also got chests full energy drinks and an inventory full of nerf weaponry ready to /equip (note: to be used only while waiting for code to compile).

Wish us luck as we battle through the night in our game-making quest! We'll be tweeting throughout the rest of the Jam, so keep an eye out for progress reports!

* Ludum Dare is an international game-making competition. We're in it for fun and to see if we can beat last year's AE Game Challenge time limit. Then, we had one week to make a game. NOW we have 48 hours!
**First draft of the name "Journey to the Center of the Cat"

**Deadline Over Testing

Progress Update, 10:30PM!

  • Background maps are done, thanks to Cysero. Inside the game, the maps will scroll, so you will not see the entire background at once.
  • Monsters drawn by Thyton, colored/animated by Samba.
  • Warlic has all of One-Eyed Doll's sound effects working. Each virus makes a different SQUISH! noise when it dies. (That must have been a really interesting recording session!)

There is the Healthy background:


And the Sick!!! background:

As of 10:00pm, the only remaining Jammers left in the Lab are Rolith, Warlic, and me. Everyone else has gone home to rest before putting in a bit more time tomorrow. Keep an eye on Twitter for random updates!

Sorry Comments are now closed for this post.
rysox
rysox: Good luck. I hope we can play this awesome fun game
Reply 
Delete  Reply
pukim_lord
pukim_lord: good, event?
Reply 
Delete  Reply
A T R I X
A T R I X: hope you guys make the game in time
Reply 
Delete  Reply
Black Moes
Black Moes: Lol
Reply 
Delete  Reply
Solec
Solec: FIRST, sorry. Had to do that looks like its gonna be a great game jam this time around! cant wait to devour the insides of my enemy!
Reply 
Delete  Reply
Athysin
Athysin: Another Ludum Dare? This is madness!
Well, uhh, good luck I guess
Yes, coffee. Coffee is good

Aww, why'd you change the name? I like Journey to the Center of the Cat XD
And I may be wrong but I'm pretty sure germs don't have teeth O.o
Well, whatever works >.>
Reply 
Delete  Reply
Soma Cruz
Soma Cruz: Hey good luck AQworlds team and Battleon!
Reply 
Delete  Reply
dooooooom lord
dooooooom lord: Cool
Reply 
Delete  Reply
Seale0
Seale0: v
Reply 
Delete  Reply
Kodix 101
Kodix 101: Shouldn't Artix be helping with the programming instead the sound. And shouldn't Warlic be helping with the sound effects and not the programming. Anyway, Cysero and Thyton in charge of the artwork sounds good. And since, Samba makes his animations run smoothly, I bet you are glad you have a good artwork team. BATTLEON!
Reply 
Delete  Reply
pkmnmastah
pkmnmastah: Looks fun. Maybe next year you guys could try making a game in 24 hours.
Reply 
Delete  Reply
redpanda2016
redpanda2016: The backgrounds are awesome! Will we get to see and play the finished products? Can't wait! :D
Reply 
Delete  Reply
The Save Chuckles! Movement
The Save Chuckles! Movement: Poor OED... Making fart noises before going onto a plane.

Tell me you paid them.
Reply 
Delete  Reply
IAP3TUS
IAP3TUS: Love all the AE names and then.... Garrett. Must be a cool guy to be working with the team :)
Sounds like Artix has mastered the Jedi mind trick O_o
Good LUCK!!!!

Will the game be added to the AE mini- games?
Reply 
Delete  Reply
Entidadpunk-Chan
Entidadpunk-Chan: this will be a minigame (like ebil games) or a Battleon.com game (like PonyVsPony or bladeheaven)
Reply 
Delete  Reply
sigma 7
sigma 7: is this a new game ? AE pls speed up AQ3D pls and for playing alpha just use any upgrade purchase cuz i haven't been mem for any game and many ppls can only afford coins
Reply 
Delete  Reply
rob360
rob360: I have been...inspired...
Reply 
Delete  Reply
Dr dread
Dr dread: I think its looking great and its coming along guy why is trying to rush them below me!! I'm so hoping for oversoul!! :D
Reply 
Delete  Reply
SamX
SamX: I think you guys should make more mini games. Oh, and BTW, are there any place so that a player could ask questions and that you guys would answer? If you have something like that, I'm pleased that you guys would answer this comment in the next update, or design notes.
Reply 
Delete  Reply
Alithia
Alithia: Can we play it?
Reply 
Delete  Reply
lostral
lostral: aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh why aqw is lagggingggg when i turning in the quest its not working :/
Reply 
Delete  Reply