Game Making Drive

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  1. Archeia

    Archeia Level 99 Demi-fiend Staff Member Developer

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    What is this?

    If you're reading this, you're probably, most likely are making a game. We all read articles on game design, discuss game design, post our screenshots, and so on. However, the big issue with all of us is how much time we are working on our games and how much we get done in a certain time. A lot of us don't get as much done in our games as we like, and we end up chipping away at our games, sure, we get stuff over time, but a lot of the time, it may not be substantial, and it doesn't add up to quite enough.

    What if there was a way for us to band together to give inspiration and support for the sake of a common issue and work together towards it?

    This topic is inspired by a topic back in 2008 in RMN and posted by MOG.

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    How does this work?

    What I need you guys to do think of a time every day where you get at least a half hour to work on your game. It can be more of course. I can be flexible. I'd like it to be around the same time every day. If this is utterly impossible, try to spring for something at least consistent, like every Tuesday and Thursday or something like that. A schedule, if you will. Hell, you can even have weekends not count.

    Now, every day (or whenever you assign yourself) on that time, get something done on your game and post about what you accomplished. Now, it has to be somewhat substantial, it can't be something like "9:00-9:30, I imported a backdrop." I'll use discretion for what's substantial and what's bullcr*p. I'm going to make a signup sheet for this purpose, and I'll go first.

    Got it? If not, feel free to ask me to clarify. Keep in mind, this is an ongoing thing (which means it's a commitment/schedule) and you have to live up to it! Of course, feel free to post if you want to change your daily time. Of course more people are free to join, just post your time!

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    • Archeia_Nessiah 7:00 PM - Midnight UTC+8, Daily
    • Elements Midnight, Daily
    • Indinera Midnight - 6 am, Daily
    • VideoWizard Midnight -7 am (???), Daily
    • NeonBlack Noon, Daily || Midnight, Weekends
    • Hirei 12 AM, Thursday and Sunday
    • Kilim 1 AM - 3 AM, Saturday
    • Jeneeus Guruman 8 PM - 1 AM, GMT+8, Daily
    • Monobear 4 PM and 8 PM GMT -7, Daily
    • Kaelan 11 PM - 1 AM GMT+4, Daily except Mondays and Fridays
    • Lunarea Weekly
    • Ravenith Daily, GMT+2, Daily except Fridays and Saturdays
    • Bassfire 7 PM to 8 PM EST (11 PM - Midnight GMT), Monday to Friday
    • Delsh 5 PM - 9 PM EST, Daily

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    • Liberty 8:00 PM - Midnight, Daily
    • Indrah 8:00 PM - 10 Pm or more, Daily
    • Fomar0153, 6 PM-Midnight (GMT+1 or GMT), Daily except Friday or Saturday
    • Shaz 12 PM - 2 PM (GMT+10), Monday to Friday
    • Jonnie91 7PM - 11PM GMT, Daily
    • Lowell 7 PM - 2 AM, Thursday
    • Deckiller (12 AM or 10 PM) - 11:59 PM , Daily
    • Ruby 3 pm - 5 pm Daily except Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
    • Drago453 4 PM - 5 PM, Daily
    • Hotfirelegend 1 PM - 10 PM GMT+0, Saturday
    • Chaos Avian 8 PM - 9PM GMT+0, Daily
    • Salam Donowelani/Solomon 9 PM - 12 Midnight, Daily

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    • Deenos 12 PM - 6 PM, Daily(?)
    • Avvy 5:30 PM to 7 PM Weekdays, All Day Weekends
    • Gigglemoo 2 PM - 4 PM , Daily (Not Available)
    • Levi 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM MST, Monday-Friday || Before Midnight Weekends,
    • Reynard Frost 8:00 PM - Midnight, Daily
    • Vindictive Personality 7 PM - 9 PM, Monday to Friday || All day, Weekends
    • Dezz 7 PM - 10 PM , Tuesday|Thursday|Sunday
    • Regigliak 7 PM - 2 AM , Daily
    • Mouser, 4 AM - 1 PM, Daily (Except Sundays/Doctor's Appointment)
    • Espon 4pm to 4am CST, Daily
    • Elise-Chan 1 AM - 3 AM UTC, Daily (Not Available)
    • McTricky 12 Midnight - 3 AM || 2 PM - Midnight, Daily

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    • EvilEagles
    • Scinaya Midnight, GMT+2, Daily except Tuesday and Wednesday

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    • Mr. Bukashi 3 PM, Daily except Sundays or Late Shifts (Unclear)
    • Jomarcenter 1 PM - Midnight, GMT+8, Weekends
    • RyanA, Wednesday night at 9pm-10pm, GMT

    To make things interesting, you can also make use of your Member+ blogs/Game Development Blogs and link it here! Let's all be active!

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    EXAMPLE

    What I did today?

    I did some serious planning for a certain game mechanic of my game. It's called the Magia Matrix. But after talking to Yanfly, we discussed about how to go on about it. The plan end up being too big for the game as it is now and is reserved for a future project. But for now, I thought of incorporating the elements of the Magia Matrix, Robin's Idea and my old Magia Saturation Idea. In the end, it became similar to Valkyrie Profile's Soul Purification.

    The Idea is that if you manage to do a series of critical hits against the enemy, the Magia Matrix will activate and you can perform team combos. Once a team combo is performed and the enemy is overkilled, they turn into Fragras. These fragras can be used to trade for Sairen's alchemic services, skill cost usage, changing the field effect of the Magia Saturation.

    I also finished a new battle transition thanks to Fomar!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCkZO4neBh4
    THIS IS THE FIRST POST, BUT ALSO LET THIS BE YOUR EXAMPLE. THIS IS ABOUT HOW LONG YOUR DAILY ENTRY SHOULD BE, AT LEAST MORE THAN A SENTENCE OR TWO

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    *The winning team that didn't break their chain by the end of the month gets a banner for bragging rights!

    *Click on the individual icons to see the updates!

    Game Making Drive Week One

    Game Making Drive Week Two

    Game Making Drive Week Three
     
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  2. Elements

    Elements 7th Stratum Veteran

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    Sign me up for this :D

    Updates Everyday at midnight my time.
     
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  3. Ksi

    Ksi ~RTP Princess~ Moderator

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    Time - maybe 8pm - Midnight, daily.

    I'll post in my blog, too, since it's not being used. Do we just post here afterwards or what?
     
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  4. Archeia

    Archeia Level 99 Demi-fiend Staff Member Developer

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    Just post it here afterwards! (The link to your update)

    Remember it has to be substantial and post your update for that day depending on the schedule :D
     
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  5. Indrah

    Indrah Megane Berserker Veteran

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    Derp, why not, I'll sign myself in. Will have update tonight with this evening's progress.
     
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    Indinera Indie Dev Veteran

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    That can be a funny way to see our progress, sort of a dev diary. Well I'll try to post too, then. Around midnight my time. :lol:
     
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  7. Archeia

    Archeia Level 99 Demi-fiend Staff Member Developer

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    Please post if they're daily or specific weekends/weekdays :D

    And remember guys! This is ongoing and a commitment @_@
     
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    Indinera Indie Dev Veteran

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    Guess it can be daily. If it's too much of a commitment, I'll let you know. :)
     
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  9. ディーノス

    ディーノス Make a new destiny! Veteran

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    i would love to...

    i'm only at 12 PM - 6 PM (Indonesian Time)
     
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  10. VideoWizard

    VideoWizard Dragon Kingdoms Series producer Veteran

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    It's the busiest time of year for me, but I figured I'd try it anyway. Time: Midnight to 7am, Daily.(Nightly?)
     
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    Archeia Level 99 Demi-fiend Staff Member Developer

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    Deenos, is it everyday?
     
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    Welp, might as well start right away, eh?

    This is today: 23rd October, 2012

    Short version? I worked on a CMS, had a few problems, but finally got it working. Also did some sprite work for the main character and made a map.

    For the lazy~

    Today I worked on Forest Map Madness - a collaborative game that I have going for the Halloween contest on RMN. It's basically just a lot of maps done by everyone who signed up and 'sewn' together into a cohesive game by myself. I add story and most eventing to make an atmospheric adventure game.So I started the evening spriting a backpack for Emi, the main character, to carry around. It ended up looking pretty good, but it also reminded me that I needed to start working on a Custom Menu System.

    http://rpgmaker.net/...mi_backpack.avi

    I tried to brainstorm a few ideas of what I might need. I was originally thinking something along the lines of a four item carry limit, but the coding would get too troublesome, so I instead decided to just have all the slots already open at the start.

    I ended up with eight slots and a whole lot of space. I then worried about whether I wanted items to be auto-placed or player-affected in that aspect, but since I'm working on a deadline, I decided to go with auto-placement. It makes eventing it a lot easier. It took a while to figure out the colour scheme and type of style I wanted the menu to look like, before deciding to stick with the colours used in the sprited back-pack. I then realised there was far too much empty space, and remembering that some of the maps had codes and hints, decided it might be a good idea to add a notepad.

    Took me a while to get it looking like I wanted, and I ended up re-designing a few times before I got something I was happy with. I asked for some opinions on it from a few friends and juggled the placement a bit before I decided it was perfect. Then came the eventing.

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    Went fine until I tried it out. I realised that for some reason the pictures weren't showing up for when the cursor moved. It took me a while to realise that it wasn't really the event code that was an issue, so much as I had set the pictures to 100% transparency. >.<;

    But I was kinda glad I did forget, since I managed to catch an issue that would have had me using more pictures than I needed. :D

    Ended the session with a play test to check that everything worked okay, set up dummy pictures that I can fill in when I have sorted out all the items I'll need to add and found another bug that didn't let me scroll from the last spot of the bag to the first. It's now all working perfectly~ I just have to add in the text parts of the notebook, which shouldn't be too hard as I already set up some dummy pictures. I'll just need to know what needs adding for that too, and the menu will be completed. ^.^

    Oh, and I did a fast mock-up map that turned out to look pretty good, so I'll have to join it up somewhere along the way. Tomorrow I'll probably start eventing and mapping some of the maps that will join contributed maps together.
     
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  13. Archeia

    Archeia Level 99 Demi-fiend Staff Member Developer

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    Before I also forget, if you did more progress that day than you anticipated, just edit your post on that day with the new information!
     
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    Indinera Indie Dev Veteran

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    I should edit my time from midnight to anywhere between midnight and 6AM... too big a "risk" I'm actually out at midnight lol
     
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    Archeia Level 99 Demi-fiend Staff Member Developer

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    gotcha :>

    Updated the schedule and added progress list!
     
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    Sure, I'll join.

    I'm really busy because of school (I'm taking a sick day today),

    but I'm usually available to work from 5:30 to 7 on the weekdays, and virtually

    all day on the weekends. :p
     
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    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa this is so great.

    i wanna join, but secrecy and incompetence on my and is taking me aback.

    maybe ill go rogue @_@
     
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  18. Fomar0153

    Fomar0153 All wrapped up for winter. Restaff

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    I should be able to do 6PM-Midnight every day except Friday or Saturday (but not both).
     
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    Since I'm in my final year of school and do practically nothing on my projects except fiddle around, this may motivate me even more to work on it. If the cards are right for me I should be able to do 5pm EST to 9pmEST daily.
     
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    Sign me up. :)

    2-4pm, Daily
     
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