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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar Weekly Update Sun 26th Jul 2009 1:07pm

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This time, I'm not just writing this for the sake of it and then trying to think of what I can say after I start; I've actually had things in mind that I can write here for the last few days! Now let's see if I can remember what they were...

Firstly, I'll mention what I've been doing with my time. I've been working on CARDECK, this new card-based RPG thing. And I've actually been having FUN working on it! I thought it would be tedious because I was starting another new engine, but apparently doing the new engine was great because it was based on concepts I'd already done many times before, so I was able to make things delightfully quickly.
In fact, most of the game is DONE now; it just needs card art, music, areas... basically *content*, but the mechanics all work. Well, mostly. Except for AI; the opponent in duels can act, but is like a blind moron, casting cure spells on you and attacking monsters with elements that they'd absorb, etc...

I was going to release an open alpha version of sorts here to show you all what I've been doing and see if you like it enough, but I think I'll delay for a few days to sort out some things like the AI. Otherwise I can imagine people complaining that the game is no fun because there's not really any challenge in it... or something.

Apparently working on the game put me in a really motivated mood though, and I was even able to finish two new pieces of music (which I uploaded to the Music section for those who didn't hear them), and a digital painting, which is amazing since it's been like MONTHS now since I've done either of those things. I've wanted to, but I've lacked the motivation.
It feels like now, I've finally got out of a several-months-long slump, and I hope that's the case. At last. Though maybe I've said that before... hmm.
(I think also though that this time, moving my computer from one location to another has made me feel a whole lot better! Just because it's a change from the usual or something, and also I'm right in front of a window now which just makes everything feel so much BRIGHTER in general...
So, uh, remember, childrens! If you ever feel down in the dumps, just move your computer to a completely new place! Like the roof! Or the middle of the floor! Or the kitchen sink! Or whatever!)

Anyway, with this newfound motivation, I want to actually do something that, uh, I don't know how people will feel about!
I want to completely restart Beast Signer from scratch.
There was a thread a while ago going over suggestions for new mechanics, etc, particularly for battles, and I've been wanting to start on that since that thread got active.
I've already got a version of a new Beast Signer engine that I started ages ago, but I didn't get very far on it and now returning to it seems unappealing... I think the mere idea of restarting the engine motivates me to work on the game.

I should finish MARDEK 3 though, so I may try to work on that alongside CARDECK... I probably could still finish it before September; I have a schedule that I've mentioned before, with tasks assigned for each day, and there's a huge empty GAP this month which could be filled with anything and I'd still be on time. Sort of.
(Hmm... Maybe I should assign different projects to different days... That might work! MARDEK on Mondays and Thursdays, CARDECK on Tuesdays and Fridays, something else on Wednesdays?)

Also, something that I want to do is make something that would involve people in this site more...
I've been considering doing something with the Figimon, and making it more like MyBrute instead of a Tamagotchi/Digimon. I mentioned the idea with Dragons that I wanted to do as a MyBrute-like thing before, and maybe I'd go with that, but I'm unsure.
Instead, I could just make the Figimon have forms and such, but it wouldn't need feeding, and instead its forms would be based on, uh... what it battles...? I don't know. Battles would be one-on-one against other players, but controlled rather than random, and, uh... Oh, I'm probably too vague in my ideas here to really talk about it. Maybe I should start planning that sort of thing on Wednesdays.

Is there anything that you would want to see from this site that would make you visit more often though (other than my full games)? Suggestions are welcome!

Finally, Raider 2... It's not got very good sponsorship offers at the moment and I don't know if it will get any better ones. It seems like sort of a lost cause to me at the moment, because I've read a few articles about what to do and what NOT to do in Flash games, and it seems I did a LOT of things that should not be done in Raider... o_O
And now there'll be five episodes of a not-brilliant game? Hmm... I probably could still get SOME money from them even though they're not the best games in the world though.
I may try, uh, 'aggressively' contacting sponsors one last time to see if I can get any better offers, but if I've not got any by the end of next week, I'll just go for the highest at the time and release it then.

So yes! Isn't this all so very exciting?!/1
126 comments

 

126 Commentson 45 roots

beining`s Avatar
Rating Orb beining 12 Afghanistan Sanguine 4C 12F
8 years ago | (2)
pseudolonewolf,can you add more monsters to the game????Like hydras,serpents,and stuff?

here are some opinions on games.
MARDEK:Im thanking you for a fun rpg even if I cant beat the bandit boss.
Beast Signer:am all over it even if I cant find VR dugon.
other:???
SavageWolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb β SavageWolf 17 United Kingdom CholericMelancholic 533C 105F
8 years ago | (0)
The VR dungeon is in the real world through the door with the warning sign.
Rupenis`s Avatar
Rating Orb ! Rupenis 14 New Zealand MelancholicCholeric 26C 12F
8 years ago | (0)
What is your new avatar
digimon or beast signer beast
SavageWolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb β SavageWolf 17 United Kingdom CholericMelancholic 533C 105F
8 years ago | (0)
Beast signer.
Aweman`s Avatar
Rating Orb Aweman 20 United States PhlegmaticMelancholic 116C 195F
8 years ago | (0)
An avatar change?
weirdguy`s Avatar
Rating Orb weirdguy 20 Madagascar MelancholicPhlegmatic 40C 1F
8 years ago | (0)
Lawlers. You win some, you lose some. Raider 2 was never meant to be in today's world.

Damn, I gotta go look at the forums for BS. I hope you don't change this game to being more heavily technical, because I can't deal with that kinda thing.
Yikole`s Avatar
Rating Orb Yikole 14 United States SanguinePhlegmatic 23C 7F
8 years ago | (0)
Whoa. Nice new figs.
kodyjay`s Avatar
Rating Orb kodyjay 16 United States PhlegmaticMelancholic 16C 0F
8 years ago | (1)
you always forget stuf, you need to get a nout pad or somthing.
TRICKSTR KING`s Avatar
Rating Orb TRICKSTR KING 13 United States CholericSanguine 255C 12F
8 years ago | (0)
Sounds like some very signifigant progress was made. I would attempt to comment some ideas to try and help, but I'm no good with with this since I'm not very knowladgable of how much effort would have to be put into it. So anyway seems like alot of work got done thanks to CARDECK.
Interation`s Avatar
Rating Orb Interation 15 United Kingdom PhlegmaticCholeric 116C 56F
8 years ago | (0)
I think that the "what to do and what not to do in flash games" thing that you read must be a total reverse of reality! Raider is my favourite game that you made! I think what you said about Raider being a not quite so awesome game isn't correct. It's so awesome! How can sponsors not be willing to pay much?! ... silly sponsors ...

Figimon sugestions: Maybe you should get some money after you beat someone and with it you can buy stuff from a store that sells "type enhancements". The Type Enhancements would be a type e.g Water, Fire, Light, etc and when given to your Figimon it will be more likely to grow into that type. You could also obtain Type Enhancements at the end of battles or randomly get them over a random period of time. Your Figimons grow or evolve over a lenth of time and which ever type is enhanced most it gets. It could evolve more than once to get more than one type or to increase the level of that same type. You could have other items like Growth Enhancers (increase growth speed) or Type unenhacers to reduce the likely-hood of evolving to a type you don't want or maybe Health enhancers so that next time you grow you gain a bit more health.
Eleanor Rigby`s Avatar
Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby 15 United States PhlegmaticCholeric 1184C 365F
8 years ago | (0)
Many people (like me) don't actually like Raider all that much. Many seem to be turned off by the high difficulty. Or, at least, I am.
Interation`s Avatar
Rating Orb Interation 15 United Kingdom PhlegmaticCholeric 116C 56F
8 years ago | (0)
That's what easy mode is for (although I admit the boss is just ridiculous on all modes but tolerable on easy mode).
SavageWolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb β SavageWolf 17 United Kingdom CholericMelancholic 533C 105F
8 years ago | (0)
As for user involvement, maybe you should use this blog system to allow users to make their own blogs. And maybe split the user page into tabs like "Stats", "Bio", "Comments". That may not seem useful now but what about when you get the tutorials and FHO online.
Aurelia F`s Avatar
Rating Orb Aurelia F 14 10C 1F
8 years ago | (0)
Who are you SavageWolf? How come you know a lot of stuff behind the scenes? Just curious, not really criticizing you or anything like that....
Interation`s Avatar
Rating Orb Interation 15 United Kingdom PhlegmaticCholeric 116C 56F
8 years ago | (0)
He doesn't know any more than most by the looks of it. I know about the tutorial submission thing and FHO (Fig Hunter Online)
Esoto`s Avatar
Rating Orb β Esoto 20 Brazil 192C 27F
8 years ago | (0)
I wonder if you could make an online mode on Cardeck.
Not like Sonny's "Put a code, then battle against your opponent, but you guys have to be at the same computer" or some kind of "Battle against your friend's deck, but you are actually fighting against the AI", but more like Castlewars or Platform Racing or <a href=http://www.kongregate.com/games/ChessHotel/chess>Chess Hotel</a>.
SavageWolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb β SavageWolf 17 United Kingdom CholericMelancholic 533C 105F
8 years ago | (0)
That would take a while, this is only a short project.
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