About awe6

For this project, I decided to use awe6 as an underlying framework to the game.

It’s a mashup of many different design patterns I was unfamiliar with when I began, and it served as a very good excuse to learn about that.

Other than that, it makes almost 0 assumptions about what your game looks like. Theoretically, it could even be used for 2d and 3d games, but I have yet not found a concrete example of the latter on the web. Who needs 3d anyways, right?

I looked at haxeflixel and haxepunk, but those frameworks are heavily slanted towards making arcade-y games. If you choose another path, you will have all that leftover code lying around doing nothing.

Yes, I’ve had to reinvent the wheel with awe6 a couple of times (I’m looking at YOU, drag&drop!), with the benefit of having learnt something about wheels along the way.

Anyways, I can already predict there will be a point in the future where I will curse myself for going with that framework for X or Y reasons. The most important thing for me to remember when I hit that rough patch is not to give up so easily!

Devlog: Droitwich

Droitwich (n)
A street dance. The two partners approach from opposite directions and try politely to get out of each other’s way. They step to the left, step to the right, apologize, step to the left again, bump into each other, and repeat as often as unnecessary.

Back at the 2010 GDC, I had the chance of attending Jason Rohrer’s presentation of his DS game, Diamond Trust of London, where he exposed upon his view of Knowledge Chains and how they might create interesting gameplay.

Right off the bat I had one big idea related to that, which I may pursue in the future. What motivates me at the moment is an offshoot game of that initial concept, related to the Droitwich definition reproduced above.

In a nutshell, what I’ve set out building is a simultaneous turn based game where you can see which actions your opponent can play (and viceversa), but do not know their order.

From what the paper prototypes I’ve tested with my relatives seem to imply, this might be one of those cases where adding information actually makes decisions harder, not easier, because the player becomes entangled in the “If I do this then he’ll do that but then I’ll do this and he’ll do that and…” loop.

I’m programming the client in Haxe, using the awe6 and OpenFL libraries. While the game will require a basic server to be coded before i can think of releasing a demo, that’s still a long way down the road. After all, I’m programming this in my spare time after the kids have gone to sleep, so it’s not like I’m on a schedule or anything.

Also this is the first time I try to keep a devlog of one of my personal projects. My goal is to just log my daily progress, no matter how slow :)

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Google closing off Reader and asking users to move to G+ is perhaps the best proof that RSS is the only social network we ever needed. But why have something free and democratic when you can lock users in your little proprietary walled garden?