Sorry about being gone for so long! I was away for family obligations (and a little R&R) for over a month in Europe! It was great to get away for a while and reset my mind; I spent a great deal of time just writing and doing small sketches for various projects, both current and distant.
I am back however! It’s been slow but I have been getting back into the development schedule churning out art assets. I’ve also been in talks with the musician for ‘Management IN SPACE’ and we’ve got some drafts in the works!
Unfortunately I don’t have much to talk about, though I will show-off some lovely little assets I’ve whipped up for M.I.S. (one Ship image, one Debris image) but I will also discuss time-frames. M.I.S. is not a major project for me, it’s a fun little side-project that spawned from a game jam. While it is heavily unbalanced and still in Alpha, the game runs and plays quite fine with a series of random events. At the moment, I am giving myself till the end of August to finish M.I.S. with two results; either as a full game for maybe $1 or as an Alpha/Beta proof-of-concept game for free. This is because I do not wish to commit too much time to this game. I really must return to the primary project, it is very important it gets completed and I have distracted myself with this fun little space game for much longer than I expected.
Anyways, as I’ll be back to our regular Dev-Diary posting next month! Till next time, all the best~!
So these past couple of weeks have been a bit all-over the place with work and obligations, but I have been able to keep working on the regular event pools, especially balancing. The regular events still have a bit to go to be balanced, but it’s getting there. I do hope I can start working on story events and unique encounters soon, but I would like to build those from a stable balanced ground first.
Some nice progress was definitely made in the art-assets! After a number of redo’s in various styles, I found a visual aesthetic for the ship and module visuals that I am happy with; fine single-colour pixel-art. Definitely not my forté but I am quite happy with how they are turning out so-far. Unfortunately, they take a while to make, but I’d like to think the results are worth it. Check out the screen-shot combo down below to see for yourself!
Because of the time it takes to balance and produce the art (and the fact I once-again have the flu…), I doubt I will be getting the game released this month. Double-unfortunately is that I am away for a month coming up soon to visit family. I’ll be doing concept work while I am gone, but I won’t be able to do updates or directly work on assets. At this point in time, all I can say is this “mini” project and my primary project will be done when they are done. Hopefully sooner rather than later, but as I have said in the past I would rather release a good project rather than a fast one. I guess we’ll just see won’t we.
Ah-wells, enjoy the screenshots and till next time, all the best! ^,,^
Honestly, production-wise the past two weeks haven’t been super interesting. I’ve mostly been building event lists/pools to allow the game to generate random events and actions. I’m super close to finishing off the generic ones, minus a few special features, before moving on to more story-based events. Where it stands, the game is actually playable though, with ships coming and going from your sector, some looking to trade or relax, many looking to pick a fight! Of course it needs to be balanced out a bit; I was doing a test run and a small horde of aliens absolutely shredded my station, despite only being low-level enemies…
At this point, I don’t know if I’ll finish by my already extended deadline, but I’ll keep working hard and pushing myself. I would really like to get back to my larger project and keep working on that one sometime~
I am pleased to say that my Management In Space is coming along wonderfully~! Definitely behind schedule, but I guess I’m either not too great at time estimation, or over-ambitious once again and putting in too much content. Or both.
M.I.S. is now base-level playable, which is great! You start off in your little section of space managing your station, and various traders will stop off to say hi and do some buying and selling. Very peaceful! Of course I’ve also tested the game in massive combat scenarios featuring swarms of various ships circling the station fighting you and each-other! (Check out the screenshot below!)
My main focus now is two-fold; set-up events for combat and story to happen naturally, and set-up the game’s wrapper to handle and manage the game, including saving progress and managing options. The game will also need to start designing/importing art and audio assets, which will happen naturally as well.
Being more realistic, I imagine the game probably won’t release till late March/early-April. I’m going to try my best and work hard! Till next time, all the best~! ^,,^
I’m posting early for once! That’s because today is the 10 year anniversary of the start of ‘The Series Of Colour’! Beginning with ‘Colour My Heart’ all those years ago, the series grew over the space of a year as I constructed the adorable and monochromatic world. Since then the series has had over 14 million tracked hits and, to this day, I still receive wonderful messages from the kindest people who have enjoyed my works.
Without both this series, and the support from my fans (and friends and family) over the years, I would not have made the choice to pursue game development as a career. As such, I owe so much of the person I am today to this series and all it has been to me.
While the series has been long concluded, a look-back through some of my previous draft projects on this site would easily reveal that I am still in love with that world and style. Hopefully one day I will have both the resources and the pleasure of constructing a new world inspired by my original creation.
I won’t talk about my current project (though it is coming along very nicely~), but I will leave you with thanks, because if you are reading this then you are supporting me, regardless of if you are a new-comer or have been here since the very beginning. I will also leave you with a commemorative sketch I’ve drawn up for the occasion. It’s a little rough (I had to speed through it to get it done on time), but it was a delight to again draw the in classic style, revisiting that story one last time.
Thank-you again to everybody, and till next time, all the best~ ^,,^
Been busy lately with numerous things, but I have made some steady progress on my current mini-game. The game structure is progressing well, after-which I’ll be working on the art, audio, and story/events. Hopefully it won’t take longer than February has to offer~
I’ve got a lot more of the station management side set-up which is nice! And AI interaction is coming along well; ships fly in-and-out of the sector and interact with the station! Still has a bit to go but it is getting there!
Not much to talk about, but have a dual screenshot! One is an updated shot from the previous post, and the other is an image of one of the other screens.
Fingers crossed it goes well!
Till next time, all the best~!
So I’ve been trying to power through this new project as much as I can in-between my paid work. It’s coming along! Getting there! Kinda slow but definitely making steady progress. The only thing slowing me down is actual available time to work on this project, but despite that I have still managed to rebuild about 80% of the original game-jam game in a much cleaner way, as well as expanded in numerous areas, including a total UI redesign from the original layout!
I’m keen to see how it goes. It will almost certainly take longer than just the end of January to complete, but I also see this project not consuming much of this year at all (hopefully, as I would like to get back to my primary project!)
Anyways, I’m going back to work, so to tie this update off I’ve left a screenshot below of one of the game screens in it’s current bare-bones form!
Boom! New Year! Happy 2019! Hope everyone is doing well!
So let’s start with the end of last year. As seems to be the tradition, December was mostly full of family events, work, and general insanity. It was very busy to say the least. I did manage to get some dev work done, but it was mostly small updates, readjusting my schedule, and preparing for the new year. Progress was made.
So now that is out of the way, what’s coming up? Well the primary project is on hold for about a month while I work on something new(-ish). Remember I mentioned a game jam last dev-diary? Well last month I was also figuring out how to turn that into a releasable project. And so I am! I’ve already re-written a lot of the original functions, and I’ve been revising a lot of the concepts and mechanics. It’s not a big game, quite small actually, and is hopefully achievable in the time-frame I am setting myself.
So what is it? Well unlike my larger work which is super-duper secretive, this one is just a fun little resource management game full of chaos, stress, and space pirates~ Nothing to show for it right now as I am still writing all the delicious code, but hopefully later this month. Or just wait and see it completed hopefully next month! Or later, who knows! Time is an illusion and I am constantly super busy!
Oh what 50 Dev-Diaries on this site go me! I have been doing this for over 2 years! (not to mention the monthly Dev-Diaries I have been doing on Newgrounds and DeviantArt).
So! What has happened lately? The primary project has been making progress; I’ve been assembling the main world which is taking time but going well! All the large models are done (minus finalising textures), and most of the collision set-up has been done as well. I’m also about half-way through setting up the overworld base-scripts. Getting there! However a combination of delays and other-things have forced my hand to delay the originally intended release date of this work. This came at a combination of maintaining my mental health, as I have been pushing myself way too hard, and not wanting to cut corners. When I originally undertook this project I wasn’t too sure what I was getting into, but it has really taken over me (in a good way!) and I want to do it justice. It deserves to be done right, so that everyone can share in the experience and enjoy it; the way it was originally meant to be enjoyed!
Side-note for those of you paying attention; the game-jam went well! I whipped up a little stress-filled resource-management game. I’m happy with how much I was able to achieve in such a short time! I want to touch back on it one week and upgrade it into a releasable version one day and just throw it out there, but we shall see how that goes!
Anyways, it is the end of the year almost! Hopefully I will be able to do my usual mid-month update as well, but considering how busy it is this time of year, who knows! But, to celebrate the 50th Dev-Diary on this website, I’ll leave you with not one, but TWO screenshots from the current build of the game. The world is still very empty, but at least you can see things coming together now. Till next time, all the best~! ^,,^
So far November has been pretty full-on; I took some time to chill after releasing ‘core_ailtt.exe’ and then jumped right back into working on the primary project. Been busying assembling the game world! Hopefully I can get *all* the modelling done by the end of this month, minus clutter, so that next month I can get working on all the world scripts and start setting up all the character scripts! Fingers crossed I stay on target! I have a deadline after-all… ^^”
Despite that, I am taking this weekend away from my main work to participate in a small local game-jam (that I am actually co-hosting) just to work on something different for a change so I can come back to my main work with fresh eyes, so hopefully that goes well! 🙂
As always, till next time all the best~!
I'm Matthew, known as Silver Stitch.
I love to creating stories, and am currently working on some games and animations.