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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar Weekly Update Mon 4th Jan 2010 8:03pm

Category: Weekly Updates

I meant to write this yesterday but forgot, I suppose!

Unfortunately, I've not got a lot of work done in the last few days... I was going really WELL for a week or two, getting loads done, but maybe I go through cycles of doing a lot, then doing nothing?
Though the main reason I've not done much recently is because I've been messing around with my sleeping times!
I was going to bed at ludicrous times and waking up at equally ludicrous times - sleeping at 7am and waking at 3pm - and I hated it and wanted to get out of it, SO I did so by just staying up all night one night and sleeping at hopefully 10pm the next night. I didn't last past 5pm though, and, uh, since then (it was two days ago... or three? Four?) my sleeping has been relatively erratic and it's affected my productivity a lot. Hopefully I'll be properly readjusted in a day or two though.

I've also come across another 'wall', of sorts.
I'm working on a secret dungeon, and have been for the last week (maybe more), which I was originally just going to use some generic Dungeon piece of music for. But I decided that it would be far more appealing if I composed some Secret Dungeon music, since one of the main appeals about new areas in games to me is the background music. If I find some fancy-looking secret dungeon but it just has a generic music track that was used in multiple other places, I'd find it dull, or something.
But I've been attempting to compose such a piece without satisfactory success! I've actually FINISHED two possible pieces, but neither give the right sort of MOOD, and I'm picky about it.
I'm also trying to compose a Secret Boss piece of music for the same reason; I'd consider a secret boss FAR more worth finding if it had its own music! Or rather, the 'secret boss battle' music rather than just 'boss battle' (which would be used for every secret boss in every chapter, including Chapter 2's Zombie Dragon).
But I've been having even LESS success with that and don't even know where to start; I lack inspiration...
I want to get both finished before making the boss of the dungeon, but at least I've finished the rest of the dungeon.

There's little left to do though:
[✓] There's the Secret Dungeon music...
[✓] ...and Secret Boss Battle.
[✓] I need to finish that boss, which means drawing and animating the battle model and probably giving it unique attacks...
[✓] I'll need to make the tileset of the SECOND secret dungeon!
[ ] Then the areas...
[ ] And the boss of that, too.
[ ] Then there's that huge chunk of writing that I needed to do earlier but DIDN'T, and went on to doing this other stuff instead...
[ ] Then another sort of short boss battle thing somewhere which I haven't done yet...
[ ] There are probably a load of other minor things, but they're trivial in comparison and I could probably work on them during beta testing.

So yes! Nearly there now! I'll tick these boxes here off if I get any of these done this week.
February is still a possible FINISH date, but I've no idea how long testing and sponsorship will take. (I'll probably work on another game during those...)

In the last news post, I mentioned games that I intended to work on this year, but they weren't exactly in chronological order. I like making lists, and feel the need to write a list here of the order in which I am planning to do things:

  • First, I'll finish MARDEK 3, obviously... I keep having desires to work on other stuff, but I prevent myself from doing so because I really NEED to just focus on this. It's so close to being done now!

  • Then, I think I may finish Raider 3, 4 and 5. I don't know whether I'd release them all soon after, but it'd be good to have them done anyway. I don't have a whole lot of motivation to finish the series, but I really SHOULD and I might get stuff out of it, and it won't be especially hard, I hope...
    Maybe I can get all three done in a month? Or two? Hmm...

  • I'll then start on the Figimon.
    I'd estimate it'll take a couple of weeks if I focus on it, so it'll likely take three months!!!1

  • Then I'll maybe consider doing Chimaera, the simple version, since it'll be relatively low on complex features and will get me accustomed to ActionScript 3.
    I would try to set myself a strict timetable so then I could finish it in a month, or two at most, and I'd work on my next project WHILE it was being sponsored. If I want to do this professionally, I need to do things like that.

  • BE-a-St will follow, which will hopefully also be relatively simple.
    Again, I'll try to get it done in a month, or two at most, gradually trying to structure my work more like a job. Any features that I WANT to add but which will slow development just won't be added.

  • I'll try that simple RPG at this point, in three chapters... I might make all three at once but release them separately...?
    It'll be shortish, story-wise, rather than huge like MARDEK, and its battles will most likely be bland and unoriginal. It'll mainly be made just to get used to making RPGs in AS3.
    This one may take longer than Chimaera and BE-a-St, BUT I'd also want to use it as a test of discipline, to see if I could force myself to make short games which weren't overly complex...

  • Once I'm used to that, I'll get started on FHO, which I'll try to get up and running quickly, but I won't rush it since it'll be an important part of the site.

  • When I finish that, I suppose I'll get to Beast Signer...

I don't know where MARDEK 4 would end up coming on this list. I might just work on it in the background when I lack inspiration for other games? Or maybe I could do it after BE-a-St? We'll see; it depends a lot on how long other stuff takes and how strong my motivation is to make it. I might even start it directly after finishing MARDEK 3, then find it so easy to work on that I'll get it done quickly afterwards... o_O

Uh... Now I should get back to trying to compose stuff though... There's already more music than is sensible in MARDEK 3 - FAR more than any other Flash game, surely - but I still keep adding more! Which is getting concerning since each one boosts the filesize quite a bit, but, uh... it does add appeal? Maybe?
I'll probably end up removing some of the unnecessary tracks before release ANYWAY...


105 Commentson 42 roots

Chuckwest`s Avatar
Rating Orb Chuckwest 13 SanguineCholeric 5C 0F
8 years ago | (1)
Does anyone know how long the game will be? I hope its as long as the second one.
Alarconte`s Avatar
Rating Orb Alarconte 25 Spain MelancholicSanguine 9C 0F
8 years ago | (4)
Raider saga is cool! The ambientation rocks, sprites rocks, playability rocks about 75%!

And of course you can get something about it: Making a Half-free action RPG world in a Raider setting... Selecting missions to do in different planets hunting treasures or merc missions... Included random maze generation to make new planets.

Well.. Imagination is free!
LUKK3`s Avatar
Rating Orb LUKK3 16 United States PhlegmaticMelancholic 14C 33F
8 years ago | (4)
Don't you need to make a weekly update soon? Or are you waiting to check off another box on the list first or something.
shadow`s Avatar
Rating Orb shadow 15 United States MelancholicCholeric 40C 5F
8 years ago | (7)
you're doing beast signer last? That's your best game, in my opinion. Couldn't it get bumped up, just a little bit?
Xskill`s Avatar
Rating Orb Xskill 17 Ireland PhlegmaticCholeric 145C 43F
8 years ago | (7)
Well glad your gettin stuff done Pseudo...On the part where you sleep times are off, you have the right idea, you just gotta keep staying up as long as you can...It will work itself out...That's how I fixed it...I slept from dawn to dusk, not dusk to dawn :D.

Though I am a bit disappointed in a way because you decided to put Beast Signer at the bottom, and to me that was one of your most anticipated works...To me anyway. Guess I just like the whole Pokemon sorta games, but the whole fusion thing made it even more interesting...Combined with your artwork and witty dialogue...Guess I just gotta wait.

Well anyway...Keep at it, our little game making slave :D.
Ferdin01`s Avatar
Rating Orb ! Ferdin01 16 Romania MelancholicCholeric 16C 27F
8 years ago | (15)
I would wish so much to play as soon as a beta tester.
altotigress`s Avatar
Rating Orb altotigress 23 United States SanguineMelancholic 2C 0F
8 years ago | (6)
ditto to all the good things hassanico said! we're rooting for you, pseudolonewolf!

sleep schedules are so pesky. speaking of which, have you heard of the uberman sleep schedule? now THERE'S an insane way to get extra time out of one's day...

sheepish admission: i'm pretty excited for the Mardek 3 soundtrack! i personally love the soundtracks of Mardek 1 & 2. just getting to the title page and listening to that opening riff puts a grin on my face. the music ties the whole experience together... which is really unfortunate... because it makes it THAT much harder to stop playing!
Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb A β Pseudolonewolf 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 2257C 559F
8 years ago | (4)
Why does everyone know of this Uberman sleep schedule except me?!? o_O
You're the third or fourth person to mention it now, seemingly independently... It's certainly something I wanted to try, I thought, when the first person mentioned it, though I dread the time it'd take to adjust to it.

The music is the bit of my games I care the most about, and it could be said that I make my games just so then I have something to compose music for. So comments and compliments about the music are the type that I appreciate most of all! It seems from your name and avatar that you're likely some kind of musician, too, or at least interested in music, so it means even more when you're positive about my music; since I lack formal training or school education about music, I always worry that anyone who DOES have 'proper knowledge' of music would only see mine as naive or something.
Hassanico`s Avatar
Rating Orb E β Hassanico 18 Lebanon PhlegmaticMelancholic 96C 104F
8 years ago | (8)
It's nice to see the progress in such a detailed and ordered way. The whole check-box system is a nice thing to keep track of what you're doing (other than the news feed on the front page).
And you've already got 4 out of nine tasks done! That's great. Although one of the tasks is huge, and the other might take a while, the other three (bosses and areas) probably won't take longer than the time you took to do these four things. So good luck with those!
Also, the chronological game making order you chose to adopt seems perfect! Not only are the fans and you satisfied for a while, but you also get to learn nice and slow as well as release (hopefully) a few nice games which can become much more enjoyable later. Of course there's still MARDEK 4 and the Beast Signer remake, but those will just have to wait I guess...
Otherwise, who do you think you're going to ask to sponsor the game first (if you've got somebody on your mind that is)? Might that be covered in today's blog post?
Anyway, good luck and have a nice day,!
Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb A β Pseudolonewolf 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 2257C 559F
8 years ago | (5)
I'd prefer Kongregate to sponsor MARDEK since it's the only sponsor I actually LIKE and whose site I visit, but that's only if they give the best deal.
I'll generally be contacting a bunch of sponsors though, and perhaps uploading the game to this sort of... sponsor auction site, where sponsors can play the game and try to publically outbid eachother, which often results in higher prices and quicker offers if any two sponsors REALLY want the game.
I just hope that the built-up hype for MARDEK 3 results in quick, high offers and great ratings on release, rather than the 'lukewarm' reception and slow sponsorship of Raider...
DetroitLionsFan`s Avatar
Rating Orb DetroitLionsFan 16 United States PhlegmaticSanguine 188C 99F
8 years ago | (7)
WOW! Two Tasks done in two days! At this rate, MARDEK might be done this month! I mean, I don't EXPECT it to be done this month, but it WOULD be nice and is definitely possible!
Deathscout`s Avatar
Rating Orb Deathscout 15 United States MelancholicSanguine 117C 16F
8 years ago | (5)
As my topic points to, you are forgetting the sponsorship time, which for Psuedo might take days, or more likely, months *sigh* kind of sad that he almost has out the game we've been looking forward to for two years, and we have to wait for the retarded people at newgrounds and kongregrate, and wherever else he decides to search for sponsorships to decide on the game.
Raider Zero fan`s Avatar
Rating Orb Raider Zero fan 15 United States CholericSanguine 498C 371F
8 years ago | (4)
Retarded? I wouldn't say that, personally. Do YOU know the responsibilities involved running a giant game site like that? They probably have hundreds of game submissions, and dozens of sponsorship requests. They have to check each game they sponsor to make sure it's good, and will get them their money back. Yes, sponsorship does take a while, but it's worth it.
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shadowgokustar`s Avatar
Rating Orb shadowgokustar 16 United States PhlegmaticCholeric 134C 38F
8 years ago | (5)
-- Huzzah! You've almost gotten to 1/2 your checklist finished!
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