Finally out of Alpha

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I have been working on the chain broke steadily for just about 8 months and I have finally made it ou of alpha!!!

What does that mean?

well, it means that I have a finished game. A buggy, narratively broke, kinda boring game, certainly, but a finished game none the less. I could release this game tomorrow, if I wanted to, I don’t though.

I am going to be spending the next 5 months, getting the game into BETA and polishing it to near perfection.

does it fit

I have been working on the game for a while and I have finally reached the final chapter of the development, which means I have to figure out what the inside of a massive AI looks like.

This is turning out to be more challenging than I thought it would be, as I have match something glossy with the rest of the game.

I am still working on it, trying to make the game make visual sense, but it is not as easy as one might think it would be.

The Monsters of NGC

Last week I had the pleasure of going to the Nordic Game conference (NGC) and I had a great time.

I have been going to NGC for almost 5 years running and every time I have fun, so that it was a great experience did not surprise.

However, most of what you end up doing at these conferences is listening to talks or networking. So, when I was not networking (which was most of what I did while there) I was fidgeting with my notebook while listening to a talk.

I drew these monster for each talk that I attended, for what reason I cannot say. This was something to do while the talk was going on and honestly, it was pretty fun while I was doing it.

So I hope you enjoy these moster that were roaming around my head as I was roaming around NGC.

Nordic Game jam

So, for those of you who have been following this dev blog, you will know that I went to Nordic game jam a couple of weeks back.

At the time I made myself a promise that I would put the game on the shelf for a couple of weeks before I played it again. I made the deal with myself that I would share the game if I found merit in the game when I played it once more and luckily I played it again and through “This is pretty OK”

So here is the game finally, I hope you enjoy it: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/693008

need a pick me up?

 

So, I have reached the middle part of development, the part where I have s much development in front of me as I have left behind.

This is the part where the project is more or less in tatters and social engagement or just life have caused me to have less time fixing the mess that I have made.

At times like these you really only have you conviction and your commitment to the project to keep you going and that can lead to a feeling of general malaise.

I have something that eases the unease at times like these; a small tool which temporarily makes me feel a bit better. it is my emo playlist.

These are songs that help me feel better and let me know that it’s going to be ok, even if the whole project seems a bit hopeless.

These are some of the tracks:

The challenge of simplicity

When I started The chain broke, I did so, knowing that I wanted to make something simple and easy to work with. Little did I know that simplicity is one of the most difficult thing to attain.

This is the problem with projects that are done well, they make everything seem effortless. I looked at projects like “Lara croft: go” or “Grow home” and thought, how hard can it be to get that style…

very hard as it turns out.

This mini rant on the complexities of simplicity comes on the back of a week where I have been doing nothing but trying to build a cantina for the game and failing miserably.

All of this griping should however not reflect on my want to finish the game. I am in this until the bitter end, sometimes it is just nice to vent.

Working on the enemies

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I have been revamping the designs of the antagonists of my game. I needed to give them some kind of common denominator, something that let the player know that they were part of the same organism.

Well, I think I might have found that thing: creepy Japanese inspired masks.

I got the idea from watching the movie “spirited away” in which there is a character called “No face”. No Face is this odd character who is neither wholly good nor totally bad, he does some terrible things but finds redemption in the end.

The reason that I chose this character as my main inspiration for the antagonist of my game, is that he wars this eery mask throughout the movie that is ultimately expressionless.

I loved the fact that this mask is terrible and I wanted to pay homage to just how creeped out I was by that character, so I created these masks.