This weekend was pretty lame, really. Aside from surviving yet another end of the world, I played a little Worms Reloaded and Terraria, and got started on my “inspired by” Terraria texture pack for Minecraft. I also worked a bit on my new site design, but I didn’t really get anywhere with it, so it’s not worth mentioning.
This was officially my last weekend of slacking for a bit. I promise. I didn’t even really do anything cool.
I played a bit more Terraria, but nothing eventful. I did farm up a lava lake worth 1100+ obsidian if anyone wants any. 😉 I have screenshots too that I was hoping to post (of the farming process),
but I forgot to push them up to the site.
Fun, yes, but zomfg… have you ever seen a game with a more complicated control system for gamers?! Me and K played this for about an hour until she just finally got tired of the controls being a tougher opponent than I was. I played solo for about another hour, but after completely remapping the input to suit a WASD-gamer, it was still a pretty sad layout.
I started working on this as I said on Friday that I would, and while I wish I had some awesome shots to show, it’s just not the case.
I did see (after I committed and started the project) that someone had started on one a few days prior. I would have simply left it to them at that point, but the start that I already have is worth continuing, IMO.
Since the guy/gal that started the other pack chose the name “Terrariacraft”, I’ve decided to call this one “Skeletron” since his/hers was started prior to mine, and that is only fair. 😉
To be honest, going through this and trying to show off the Terraria in cubes really does show you how different the two games really are.
This weekend was about the slowest I’ve had in months from a productivity standpoint. I basically evaluated some software and then played games the rest of the weekend.
I can’t really say anything good, to be honest. I have been so far disappointed in the software all around. I plan to evaluate a bit further, but at this point, it’s looking like I will not be keeping it.
There isn’t really much I can say about this other than that the pattern rolling brushes are kind of cute. Aside from that, the simple fact that it lacks the basic vector tools found even in free software really astounds me.
I can’t draw, but I was really hoping for a utility that would make “cartooning” a little simpler than it is with my current tools, but honestly, other than page layouts (which are completely irrelevant to me), the “Debut” (~$50) version of this software is as gimped as I could possibly imagine the “novice” software to be. In order to really get an advantage over the drawing, you appear to need the “EX” (~$300) version. Sorry, folks. I don’t have that much money to simply try to draw my new logo.
I hadn’t used Steam in quite a while, and all I had on it was CS2 and some rando space-ploitation game from Steam’s infancy, so I just rerolled. You can hit me up at “Nekoyoubi” on steam. Man, I bet you could have never guessed that one, huh?
Thanks Steam! Great indie game, here. No joke. Killer fun. It has an XNA 3.1 requirement that caused it to crash right off the bat, but a little Steam (forum) power, and I was off and digging in no time. This game was entirely too easy to kill time in. Pro-tip: Play in the rush mode zoomed out while holding “S” the entire time… dare you.
No, not UT3 or even UT2k4, but good ol’ fashioned Unreal Tournament. So Friday, K queues her mic and says “Hey, Blake… come play UT with me.” Famous last words of a productive weekend. 😉 Eventually, there were a few of us off and playing on our shiny new server. P.S. Be sure to hit me up if you want to play with us. It’s “private”, but not closed. We <3 new people, and trust me - no matter who you are... you can beat us at least.
Okay, so while not technically the weekend, we’ll pretend it’s a WoW-weekend and give a day or two of padding. I just bought four copies of Terraria on Steam (thanks again, Steam!), and will for sure be playing that all over the place tonight. I’m trying to talk the game server host I’m thinking of moving some of our other servers to into hosting Terraria servers too. If so, we’ll probably have one up very soon. If not, then I can honestly say they’ll be missing out on a ton of money from what I’ve read of comments around the intarwebs in people wanting servers.
This weekend was somewhat divided. I actually played a bit, and I worked on Fizzle. ;Þ
The gang got together and played some Minecraft on our server a bit this weekend, which is really only development related because it pushed me to update my texture pack. Yeah… it had been a bit, and a few things since 1.5 hadn’t been implemented so I needed to get to it. Here are a few of the changes I recently made to the pack:
You can check out the post about it here: http://nekoyoubi.com/2011/05/08/my-minecraft-texture-pack/
You can download the Nekoyoubi texture pack here: http://bit.ly/nekoyoubitp
I worked a bit more with the RageSpline resources in Fizzle this weekend. Specifically, I drew some of the spell icons (fireball, iceblock, levitate, heal, and vines). I would show a screenshot here, I think it may be too soon for that, as they may be better to show off once they are mechanically written into the game.
I also converted Fizzle back to a side-scroll platformer (from a third-person platformer) for mechanical reasons. To be completely honest, I just think it will play more fun this way.
I am working on a training level at the moment, but as soon as I have it playing through in its solid mechanical form, I will screenshot and create the “official” page for it.
No… Not Legos; Logos! I’ve been trying my damnedest to create the logo that I actually see in my head – which amazingly has remained the same for many months now, but having no artistic skill (drawing, that is) is making it impossible for me to bring it out of my dome and immortalize it in pixel.
So now I look for the in between. ;(
If I can’t create my ideal logo very soon, I’ll need something to hold me over. What should it be? I’m not asking because I think anyone’s really reading this and cares. I’m asking because maybe it will keep nagging at me until something springs out at me.
If you do care though and want to throw an idea (or design if you’re really bored), please feel free. I would love to hear some IMOs, as I could really use a nudge on this one! 😉