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Reckful Spriting

I managed to do almost all of the graphics of Reckless Abandon. I was actually out of ideas by the time I stopped, but I thankfully got almost everything done there. Other than that, I still have to do the bonus exhibit and a secret or so.

I stopped temporarily because I both wanted to rest and celebrate. I wanted the ideas to come, but that needed me stepping away from the game. Even coding would not give the rest my mind needed in gathering ideas.

I think I got almost all the ideas I needed since then now.

I feel accomplished that I did so much. I hope that I can release both Reckless Abandon and Re-Hoard by the end of this month.

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A Human-Sized Wall

Recently, I started working on Reckless Abandon again. Weirdly, my problem was that I had trouble figuring out how to draw humans in sprite form. I think the reason behind my hesitation was because I am going to do a big number of human-based designs in both Reckless Abandon and Re-Hoard, yet in theory, there are several ways of drawing humans. There is a lot hanging on this base concept.

I decided to take my time in loosening up my human designs.

humans

The one I like the most is the purple design due to its reasonable compactness while still being recognizable and animatable.

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Abandoning a Reckless Pace

Neither Re-Hoard nor Reckless Abandon are going to be released by Comi-Con this year.

Ever since my last post, I took my time both recovering and considering my needs. I realized that I would not be able to deliver a good product (or maybe any product) by that deadline. My health and other kinds of energy trump any business opportunities.

That does not mean that I would stop. I just needed to recover from the deadly pace I took. In fact, a couple of days ago, I reoriented myself on listing what both games still needed.

However, I fear that, given that this is my second delay, I am setting up an image of lazy unreliability.

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Reckless with my Energy

Yesterday, I was stuck on how to represent the countries when designing the exhibits. Thankfully, I got the ideas going at night. I think I just needed to let my brain work out this stuff by itself and respect the time my brain needs on working on stuff in general.

The problem is that I had little energy for working on the game today. I do not have the will of working on stuff immediately after I wake up; I need to “buffer”. I only start getting that will at noon, but, even after 1:00 PM, I still had no desire to work on this. I played some electronic games, thus recovering my emotional energy. I then slept, yet, 3 hours later, I still felt tired. I decided to just work anyways. I added enough notes and started drawing the props. However, I just… want to sleep more. Besides, I am typing this sentence at 10:33 PM.

I want to get this game out before Comi-Con, but my health may require me to postpone those plans.

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Recklessly Stuck

I am surprised and embarrassed on being stuck in this game. The coding itself did not give me problems this time, but the content did. Worse, I thought that I had developed the idea thoroughly, but I have problems finding out how I should do the exhibits. I got a general idea, but I got trouble turning that idea into specific exhibits.

…I do not like stopping here, especially since I want to have both games done by Comi-Con, but I feel that I need to do more research beforehand. Besides, this is just a temporary detour.

…at least I hope that this is just a temporary detour…

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Not Recklessly Abandoned

I owe you some explanation.

I actually worked on Reckless Abandon today and yesterday.

After I took my time taking a better look at how the API and Collide demonstration cartridges worked, I started yesterday. That day, I experimented with some code and did a couple of dummy tiles while adding to my notes. Today, I made the iguana character, a key, and a few tiles, the carpet tile replacing a dummy tile (that was a light green that had a dark-green outline). I also got down the rhythm and length of the main song.

I am surprised at how much I have progressed already… especially in the coding part. Then again, the Pico-8 was meant for this quick stuff.

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72 hours…

I earlier mentioned that, because both Re-Hoard and Reckless Abandon are half-developed, I can follow eevee’s lead on developing these Pico-8 games in 72 hours.

The issue is that eevee developed her game in 72 dedicated hours (save necessities, of course).

…I can dedicate myself that much, though, to some extent, but this is a flash of perspective that I missed when I wrote my last post.

I should get to playing around with the demos today.

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I was so reckless…

You are probably wondering why I had not made any updates to this blog in a shockingly long time.

The first issue was my current computer. After the keyboard appearing to work not properly, I decided to switch its operating system. Because my laptop computer was meant to use Windows 8 and 10, I spent weeks figuring out which operating system worked until Fedora seemed to be the solution.

The second issue was my knowledge of the Pico-8. Because I did not have that familiarity needed in working with the Pico-8, I spent my time studying the API and using a cheat sheet. After that, though, I need to play around with the Pico-8, then practice that knowledge in a more relaxed way before I can get to working on Re-Hoard again.

That is right; I am not working on Re-Hoard right away. Though I did get an answer to my question, the game proved to require knowledge that exceeds the knowledge I currently have or knowledge I can use directly after just playing around. I need to make an easier game before I can tackle Re-Hoard again.

This easier game is called Reckless Abandon.

On a different take from Re-Hoard, Reckless Abandon is more realistic and contemporary in one way, yet more mysterious in another way. The game has a raccoon explore an abandoned amusement park and discover what gadgets and history this place has. Instead of relying on “arcade action”, Reckless Abandon focus on the mood and setting. The gameplay is very simple where the raccoon just moves around and “uses” a few objects, therefore making a game that becomes (in theory) far easier to program.

I hope to release both Re-Hoard and Reckless Abandon before the Puerto Rico Comi-Con because that convention would make a great networking opportunity. I would also need to update the site and make some beautiful art, which means that I would have to go back to practicing art. In fact, I am worried that I would not release the games on time.

…then again, eevee made a game in the Pico-8 during a 72-hour Ludum Dare. More on that, we both have the advantage of having the games half-done already; eevee already had a fully-developed game engine while I already have fully-developed game concepts. (In fact, developing the concept of Reckless Abandon was part of the reason of my inactivity here!)

2 games in 3 days each… let me see if I could reach that goal…

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Banjo Laylee

Recently, Yooka-Laylee got a rolling release.

While the game had a very successful Kixkstarter campaign, a big following, and successful delivery, Yooka-Laylee got some controversy over not only being too far a clone of the original Banjo Kazooie games but also copying the flaws of 3D collection/platformer games.

I am worried that Wuu Shyng would end up the same way.

While I plan on writting a more proper post on this idea, suffice to say that, from Telefang to Mino Monsters, clones of Pokémon did not really connect with audiences and, in fact, had even gotten controversy over this matter. I want Wuu Shyng to be a spiritual successor and a “love letter” of some sorts to Pokémon, but I do not want to blatanty clone the game, especially not its flaws. In fact, part of the reason why I am making Wuu Shying is because I want to fix flaws that the original Pokémon had! If this game does not go right…