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Homebrew Project Blue - nesdev compo edition Homebrew available for download

Aug 13, 2018 at 8:40:18 AM
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Originally posted by: FrankenGraphics

NEWS UPDATE

The game will have to wait a little bit longer before we can launch it on kickstarter. We're aiming for a launch in February 2019, if nothing unexpected throws itself in our way.
The software itself may very well be more or less complete in time for PRGE, but we want to do everything right. That includes:
-Giving the label, box and manual the amount of design and care they deserve.
-Figuring out the exact logistics (it's our first self-publication of a game, after all).
-Give our manual illustrations and box cover artist M-Tee a better opportunity to evaluate the full contents of the game in action.
-Make the campaign itself as robust as possible.
-Present a finished game right at launch - no loose ends. 
-Not sitting on a pile of other peoples' money for too long. We aim at ordering all of the manufacture as soon as the campaign has successfully ended so you guys will have the game in your hands not long after the fact.

Sounds great! Thanks for the update.  

Oct 17, 2018 at 1:04:34 PM
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Hey guys! 

If you go to PRGE this weekend,  be sure to swing by infiniteNESlives' booth. The second level and maybe a sneak peek on level 3 will be showcased. I won't be able to attend but Toggleswitch (the programmer) will be there. 

It's pretty much functionally in place, give or take some difficulty tune-ups and some room for visual improvements. 
 

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Oct 17, 2018 at 1:07:17 PM
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Man I wish there were things like PRGE here in Toronto. All the cool conventions are in America.  

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Oct 17, 2018 at 11:17:58 PM
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Originally posted by: Gloves

Man I wish there were things like PRGE here in Toronto. All the cool conventions are in America.  
Try being from Saskatchewan  

Feb 02 at 7:46:23 AM
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Good news! All the programming is done, and the feature set thereby locked in. My next update will be in a new thread, and it will contain campaign and release info for sure.

We're still working hard on level design and campaign materials, but it's a downhill slide from here. 

Here's some sneak peeks:


(sprites not shown above, i don't want to spoil too much)


(this last three is from the editor view and last one the room i happened to be working on when posting - the blue thin lines indicate the inWater hitbox variables and are not seen in the game).

There's normal and hard mode. Hard mode actually changes the layout of the levels a bit, not just makes enemies generically harder. It's all about terrain and positions.

 -but wait, there is more! There's also a "custom" game mode slot which loads in a user-created set of up to 4 levels, provided you've patched one such mod in to the ROM file or cartridge. We will release a level editor with a built-in patcher for your convenience.   

That's all for now. 


Ps. 
I think we've got a clear picture on how we want to structure the campaign already, but let me know if there's any add-ons, tiers or whatever that you'd really like to see. I won't promise anything on that front (while we have some things in mind already, the game itself and its viability is the most important thing) but input is always welcome. 




 

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Edited: 02/02/2019 at 08:40 AM by FrankenGraphics

Feb 02 at 8:16:24 AM
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Very neat! Can't wait for the release.

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Feb 02 at 1:09:20 PM
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Ready to mark my calendar for the release!

Feb 08 at 9:25:21 PM
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Looks great, I saw the map shot on instagram..... just wow.

Feb 11 at 9:27:49 PM
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I'm in for this one!

Feb 11 at 9:29:10 PM
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Looks awesome!

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Feb 12 at 8:34:03 AM
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Originally posted by: NESHomebrew

Looks great, I saw the map shot on instagram..... just wow.

Thanks! I've essentially worked full time on the level design for the last months' time, putting my livelyhood on after hours - so i'm glad that it shows, haha. We're using 2 tiers of dictionary compression for the levels which is great for conserving space, but makes the level design and decoration processes unweildy past a certain degree of detail, especially when the maps are big.*

Currently bringing the first map up to snuff with the rest. Halfway through the process. More graphical details are inbound. 


The original levels were made to fit the nesdev compo size restrictions, and the final feature set for the level format was still a bit nebulous when i drew the tiles and mockups and even my first in-game rooms. On top of that, i was not familiar enough with this compression model and thought it showed too much at this point. So i'm fixing that; increasing colour count and detail where i can now that i'm at home with how we ended up defining levels. 


*For any of you interested in adding your own user levels with the level editor we'll provide, i recommend making smaller courses (maybe 10-45 rooms per map, as opposed to the full 64 per map) on your first try as that will provide headroom and freedom of editing one thing without breaking another.   Then again a lot of the time can be shaved away simply by using the current level assets as building blocks and presets to base your designs off on. That should make level design a breeze compared to starting from scratch. 
 

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Edited: 02/12/2019 at 09:47 AM by FrankenGraphics

Feb 19 at 7:25:19 AM
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map 1 retouch is like 98% done.

Just going over the final map and the hard difficulty variant at this point.

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