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Well, Jason and Chris have continued to poke and prod me down this path I never thought I'd find myself on. I don't know how this contest is going to turn out, but I know if the talk continues like it was today, it's going to be one fun journey.

Here's a little screenshot of the download and install for Visual Studio 2005 Express.


It was a fairly painless task and registering was a cinch. I was even feeling friendly toward Microsoft and left the report anonymous statistics checkbox checked. So far I haven't noticed any incompatibilities between my other installations of Visual Basic (6.0, 2003, 2005 and now Express), so that's making me feel pretty good too.

I was also pretty excited to see this things called "starter kits" being offered by the download site for a few different arcade games. That's a pretty awesome thing in the opinion of this hobbyist and I'm excited to poke around at the code they're offering to see just what these starter kits have to offer.

I also fired up one of my older MDX projects in Express just to see what kind of changes have been made since I last updated my dlls. Not too many, but enough that I'm going to have to do some catching up to see what the new functions are that replaced the old ones I was using and what parameters some of the other functions now expect or don't expect. (DrawText, SpriteFlags and PreloadCharacters where a few that caught my eye as I was browsing the project error list)

All in all a pretty good night and oh, here's my design document as promised. It contains the basic rough sketch of the game design and some simple gameplay mechanics and basic story arc. It's not a complete design by far, but I just like to have my original thoughts and ideas down so I can start somewhere. Have a good read, I'm not hiding anything here and plan on sharing everything I do with the community. I might lose the element of surprise, but I can live with that.

I'm hoping to get some actual coding started this weekend on the first level of the game, so we'll see how well my plans coincide with that of my wife and kids ;)

Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2006 3:20 AM GWB Game Design Challenge | Back to top


Comments on this post: Design document completed. VS Express downloaded and installed. I must be serious.

# re: Design document completed. VS Express downloaded and installed. I must be serious.
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Okay, I'm going to take a break from trash talking. Awesome! Your game looks like it's going to be quite fun. This is going to be one heck of a fun time. I really look forward to seeing if you can get this all done in that amount of time. It seems fairly ambicious. Still, if you're able to pull it off, I think you have a great chance of winning that 360. I look forward to seeing your progress :).
Left by Jason Olson on May 20, 2006 3:36 AM

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Thanks Jason! Yeah, I know it's a pretty large project in the time frame, but the brain got a thinking today and that's what I came up with.

The rational part of myself says that I can just cut levels as time goes on and it looks like I'm not going to make it. So as long as I get one level done, at least I'll have something playable to submit.

Man, I'm having too much fun already! Wifey's already brewed me a pot of coffee so I can play around with express some more tonight. Life is good.
Left by George on May 20, 2006 3:44 AM

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Sweet! So, wifey's on board, eh? Good for you :). Mine too! One piece of advice I have for you is not to be afraid of "programmer graphics". Try to do a "tracer bullet" and get the game completely functional. That way you can focus on gameplay. Graphics can always be spruced up later.
Left by Jason Olson on May 20, 2006 4:21 AM

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developer graphics? do you mean like this?

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/2726/671/1600/Goblin.jpg

;)
Left by George on May 20, 2006 4:37 AM

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Nicely done George!! I look forward to checking out your game (when I'm not playing on my new 360 of course) Seriously though, good design doc, reasonable goals. Did you draw that goblin? If so, we need to talk.
Left by Blogus Maximus on May 20, 2006 9:58 AM

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Yep, that goblin was all me. I just recently started learning how to use drawing apps on the computer (specifically Gimp) but I've been drawing (mostly fantasy) my whole life.

That goblin was one of the first ones I did that on the computer that I actually felt was decent enough to share with others.

When Chris talks people should listen. That's one of my lifes mottos ;)
Left by George on May 20, 2006 12:00 PM

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