I created become a game developer in 60 seconds for the Ludum Dare compo this weekend. There were two themes, "growing," and "two button controls." I focused on "two button controls" and figured that making a game was sort of like growing a game. It became very meta.
I think the game speaks pretty well for itself.
I somehow already got a lot of awesome comments.
My changelog was pretty tame:
2015-12-12 10:26:27 Initial commit. Here we go. 2015-12-12 10:53:06 Image editor? 2015-12-12 11:13:34 A primitive menu. 2015-12-12 11:21:59 What am I doing? 2015-12-12 12:17:19 Added game.js, so it's like it's done. 2015-12-12 12:35:54 Some input changes and image editor suggestions. 2015-12-12 13:03:54 Almost a game. 2015-12-12 13:35:44 Shooting. 2015-12-12 13:46:41 Some endgame business. 2015-12-12 14:05:14 We're going to make some sounds. 2015-12-12 14:54:51 Sound editor. 2015-12-12 15:23:44 This is almost really a game. 2015-12-12 15:35:27 Fix fix fix. 2015-12-12 16:15:06 I'm now in the 'what have I done' phase of the day. 2015-12-12 16:29:56 All of the parts are there. 2015-12-12 16:45:33 Added a timer. 2015-12-12 17:23:38 Got rid of the collectible editor. Made sharing work. 2015-12-12 17:29:09 Title screen. 2015-12-12 17:40:18 Last minute thought. 2015-12-13 10:15:27 Added random bleeps and bloops all the time. Toned down the volume. Added a tiny bit more helper text. Changed the +1 now that it's configurable. 2015-12-13 10:16:52 Oops, you should always be able to get points. 2015-12-13 10:23:12 Even quieter, just because.
Thanks to the Tech Valley Game Space for giving me a place to hang out while doing this, and the Tech Valley Center of Gravity for being that space and being located in a great place for post-jam food, the center of downtown Troy, NY.
Here are some of the first things I have created with a table saw.
Small Table Saw Sled
Not much to say about it. I need to redo most of it with hardwood.
This was the first proper thing I made. It is all made of tongue and groove joints.
Things I would do better next time:
- I did a lousy job gluing and clamping. Taping the outside of the top and bottom during a dry fit and then gluing and "rolling" it back up seems like the easiest way to do it better without any more investment.
- One of the panels has its grain pattern oriented differently, as a result of the sizes of scraps I had.
- The handles are too close to the top, uneven, and too big. I should have just spent more time planning, there.
It's currently full of scrap wood, so it works.
Screw Advance Box Joint Jig
Derived mostly from these plans, I made a screw advance box joint jig out of relatively cheap plywood, and with it I have made my first good-fitting box joints.
The covert that was on my outdoor air conditioning unit had completely deteriorated in just a few years, so I made a slightly beefier one by making a frame out of 2x4s using box joints and gluing some old scrap plywood on top. The whole thing is sealed in probably half a dozen layers of paint, so the box/finger joints are not even visible.
I am pretty sure the old plywood I used is going to be the first thing to go, and common advice seems to be that just a scrap of plywood with a brick on it is when you want, but I had to try out my new jig.
Wood Cube/Robot Toys
I made these as gifts. I saw images of something similar and wanted to try my hand at making them. It ended up being a lot of work (mostly the sanding)!
I made too many mistakes to list. My plan going in was to make more than I need and put the ugliest pieces on one(s) that I would not be giving away. That generally worked out.
I like how they turned out. If I do it again, I will get more creative with the design.