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If you've been following me you know that I've been implementing the new AS3 GameInput API in Super Chibi Knight. I promised I'd make an intro tutorial about getting started with the API, and I finally did, here!

http://pestoforce.com/as3_gameinput.php

You can download a source .fla from that page if you need a FULL example.


Here's the latest Super Chibi Knight Draw Time episode (Psychadelic Rave at 1:50):
 


If you pledged to the SCK Kickstarter at $85 or lower, you should have received your physical rewards by now, higher pledgers will be getting theirs soonish due to a delay in getting the keychains manufactured.

Here are some pics people have posted when they've received their stuff:

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I'm gonna plug my friends' Language Learning interactive game/book here again. Please check it out and spread the word if you know anyone who's trying to learn another language. Oh, and leave them a review with your thoughts on their game. THANKS!

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/639288


Leave me a comment if you have any Qs about game pads and Flash or the GameInput API, I tried to make it as simple and clear as possible with a good example, but it can still be tough to wrap your head around since it works quite differently from keyboard inputs.

 



My good friends who helped make Nephi's Adventure 1 and Nephi's Adventure 2 have started a new business to teach people to speak other languages! It's called Lexikeet Learning!

They recently released an interactive story book here on NG to help get the word out about what they're doing. Play it here:

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/639288

Plz leave them some feedback on what you think of their efforts!

If you want some more info, check out their quick pitch video:

 

In other news, I got game controller input working in Super Chibi Knight using the new as3 GameInput class. I'm considering writing up a quick tutorial on it because it was tough to find simple straightforward implementation examples. Here's an SCK pic to get your mouth watering :-D

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What controller do you use to play Steam/PC Games? Tell me in the comments!


T-shirts yo!

2014-05-12 12:23:29 by BoMToons

I spent the last few days getting stuff sorted, packed, and addressed for the Super Chibi Knight Kickstarter physical rewards. Did you know shipping for posters is really expensive??!! Especially internationally!

If you missed out on the Kickstarter, I'll be offering the leftover t-shirts on my website pretty soon.

Here are some pics of the process!

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And finally, here's a speed paint video of me working on the new "Phoenix Temple" level:

Are you excited for Super Chibi Knight yet?

 


Nega Teimosa

2014-04-29 14:36:10 by BoMToons

I went to visit my in-laws for Easter and made this video one evening with my bro. in law. He wrote and recorded the song, and stars in the video! Silly!

In Super Chibi Knight news, I did a live stream recently. I listen to music, draw bricks and a bird statue, animate some fire, and test a level a bit. Here it is in case you missed it:
 

I also finally got all the ducks in a row for the t-shirt orders from the Kickstarter campaign, they're being printed now! They should be ready to mail out in about 2 weeks!


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I'll have some extra shirts from the print run, would you all be interested in buying a few if I put them up for sale on my website?


Livestream Experiment

2014-04-18 13:22:21 by BoMToons
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I'm going to livestream for a little bit at 10:30pm Pacific Daylight Time (1:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time).

I'll be arting up a new level in Super Chibi Knight and maybe messing around with a logo design for a friend's running team.

This is mostly an experiment to mess with livestream settings and stuff.

Join me here: http://www.twitch.tv/PestoForce

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Update: Stream Over, watch the archive here: http://www.twitch.tv/pestoforce/c/4089817

Update 2: Here's the YouTube version:

 


Saving the hash...

2014-04-09 18:50:26 by BoMToons

UPPPDAAATEEEE on SUPER CHIBI KNIGHT!

1. I have a giant spreadsheet of people's addresses and preferences for SCK t-shirts and keychains and posters and stuff from the Kickstarter campaign... I think I'm ready to actually place an order... trying not to do anything stupid that makes me spend more than I need to.

2. I'm done converting SCK to FlashDevelop! I got save files working again today with the help of PsychoGoldfish. (Pic related)

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3. Feeling pretty pumped about beginning to add more content to the game and inch closer to that finish line! Keep me motivated you encouraging people!

4. If I did a weekly livestream, what day and what time (in Pacific Daylight Time) would you want to tune in?


New Horizons

2014-03-27 14:35:28 by BoMToons

The Super Chibi Knight Kickstarter is now over and ended up 186% funded! Thanks to everyone who helped out! This is a vid of the final countdown before Bella went to school:

I also did a new "Super Chibi Knight" Draw Time episode:

 

I now have to start the process of fulfilling Kickstarter physical rewards (t-shirts, posters, and keychains) but before I can do that I have to wait for all the Kickstarter backers to fill out the survey I emailed them to set their choices. Another interesting note for anyone thinking of doing Kickstarter, about 5% of the total amount didn't come through because of processing errors (expired cards, insufficuent funds, etc.) Some people are correcting the problem, but some are just ignoring it. Some even emailed saying "I thought it would charge me right away, not a month later!" Welcome to Kickstarter! 5% is a significant chunk of cash, even for my small-scale Kickstarter... I can't imagine the people who raise 100k or 1mil on KS.

 

While I'm waiting for that stuff, I started messing around with languages other than Actionscript. I downloaded Microsoft Visual Studio and messed around with c# - It wasn't too bad, but there are a lot of little strict things about it that annoyed me (like requiring you to define an array's length when you create it...).

 

I also downloaded Unity and started messing around:

http://pestoforce.com/unitytest.html

 

Unity's not bad, you can code in c# or Javascript. The Javascript syntax is very similar to Actionscript, but there's still a learning curve to figure out how to target stuff correctly in the 3D environment and how to handle collision detection. Unity has a bunch of built-in stuff for physics, but I don't really trust it and I prefer to be able to tweak things myself in the code until it feels right... this might be a mistake on my part in the long-run, but it's where I'm at now.

 

The newest version of Unity has a bunch of built-in stuff for doing 2D games, which is really nice. I can see myself making the leap fairly easily, but still need to learn how I'd go about loading dynamic levels and dividing menus, levels, gameover screens, etc. Oh and I don't know how music and sound effects work in it yet...

 

Super Chibi Knight might be the last "BIG" game I make in Flash... well, that I make ONLY in Flash. I still think Flash's animation and drawing tools are great!

 

Speaking of SCK, I decided to port everything over to FlashDevelop because Flash was taking too long to compile and navigate around the file. I am now suffering for my past sins of disorganization in Flash. All kinds of reference errors and stuff are popping up because of the new "no frames" structure. I basically have to go through thousands of lines of code and optimize them for the new setup. I think it'll be worth it in the long run.

Oh, did I mention that I got a call from Nintendo and they approved me to be a WiiU developer? So, that's pretty cool!

This post was really long, sorry! In reality, I'm now pretty focused because I know what I need to do for the next 4 months... it's all laid out, just have to hoe the row now.

Leave me a comment to encourage and embolden me!

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Not at GDC, Luck o' th' Irish

2014-03-20 12:17:22 by BoMToons
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The Game Developer's Conference is going on this week. I wish I could have attended, but my stars didn't quite align to make that possible. It's a little intimidating to just start attending something like that on your own. Next year I need some buddies to room with that have been there before or something. I feel like I may have missed an ideal opportunity to go promote Super Chibi Knight and the last few days of the Kickstarter campaign to the kind of people who would want to support it... oh well... next year who wants to go with me?

In Kickstarter news, we met our first stretch goal, and are now chipping away at the 2nd. There are only 3 days left, so if you wanted to help out and haven't yet, here's YOUR LAST REMINDER! ;-)

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Here's a celebration video I posted on St. Patrick's Day when we hit our 1st stretch goal (me and Bella dancing a jig and drinking):

 

And here's a video of me taking Bella's concept art and finalizing it for the game based on this description she typed up for me:

"Story behind:The panda has amneisia because an evil witch controled him to bump his head.The evil witch now has power over him and the amneisia bump is now the witch.You have to kill the witch amneisia bump in order for the panda to become a beast mount and\or gaurdian. looks like:Shaggy black and white fur red eyes.Bump witch is grotesc and unibrow and sgraggly broom.After killed witch smooth black and white fur with aqua blue outfit with silk white socks with black tight laces Chinese shoes."

I don't have an update on the wrestling game this week, Luis is a bit behind on art at the moment because of his latest career transition. Encourage him to get back into gear in the comments below!

I also made this for Pi Day revealing the true Pi Day date.

Next week I get to start fulfilling Kickstarter orders and finally begin the long intense buckle down to finish up Super Chibi Knight. It's an exciting time and an intimidating time, but the Kickstarter money eases a lot of the stress so HUGE THANKS to everyone who has been kind enough to help me out there. Y'all rock and make my feels feel.

My updates for the next few months will all be about finishing Super Chibi Knight for release on Steam. I hope you'll follow my journey and help keep me motivated!

UPDATE!

I was interviewed by the Super Indie Pals and talk about my past in gaming, my influences and inspiration, i-smel, JetGetters, Crawl, Greenlight, and Kickstarter!

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Hupdate

2014-03-12 15:30:26 by BoMToons
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Super Chibi Knight's Kickstarter is still truckin' along, we're trying to reach a stretch goal (or "stretch quest" as I like to call them) to add some cool stuff! Will you join the cause and push us a little closer?

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Luis and I are still picking away at the wrestling game for Pico Day. You can check the progress here!

I'm starting to understand why there aren't very many good wrestling games out there... there's a lot going on and lots of simultaneous things that can interfere with each other (running, rope bouncing, turnbuckle climbing, being inside/outside the ring, picking up chairs, punching, grappling, slamming, air maneuvers etc.) Dealing with different sized characters grappling with each other is also a challenge!

If you have someone nearby (or two someones) bring them over and try playing all at once and see if anything breaks!

P1 - ARROWS + Numpad 0, Numpad Del, Numpad Enter

P2 - AWSD + Z + X + C

P3 - IJKL + , + . + /

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A good day to be a Super Chibi Knight...

2014-03-05 13:02:00 by BoMToons
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Yesterday was a fantastic day! First off, Steam finally Greenlit Super Chibi Knight!

This was after a 9-month-long campaign on Greenlight! Some games go much faster and some not at all. I'm just happy that it finally worked and ready to crunch down and get to work finishing the game. Hopefully this will be enough motivation to push me through to the end after a few more months of work.

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Shortly after getting the news about the Greenlight, the Super Chibi Knight Kickstarter hit its goal! After 2 weeks on Kickstarter, we did it! Once again, THANKS to everyone who has helped out. The double-good news was such a good jolt of energy, my daughter and I were on a high all day long and we actually danced an Irish jig together when we heard it :-D

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Now we're targeting some stretch goals with the Kickstarter campaign. I just posted an update with a new Reward Tier called "True Kickstarter" where, for a $17 pledge you get a CUSTOM version of the game exclusive to Kickstarter backers. It comes with:

  • The DRM-Free digital game download (or Steam key, your choice)
  • The AWESOME soundtrack by Brian Holmes with over 30 minutes of content [click here for a sample]
  • The Kickstarter-exclusive "Kick-Saber" sword
  • A Kickstarter-exclusive Splash Screen
  • Your name in the credits for ALL versions of the game

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Here's the 1st stretch goal we're aiming for:

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High-fives to everyone for helping us out along the way!