Hachoo! is my game for the Ludum Dare
48-hour game programming contest. When there is progress, it will be
Time left: 10hrs 47mins 43secs
Well, even if I don't finish, I've hammered out an awesome game framework
that I can reuse. I've been spending probably well over a year designing
a framework in my head, and so many of those concepts got introduced here,
in places where I really should've been rushing through =D Ah, well. I'm
pretty sure I'll have a game, but it'll be really ugly and have terrible
I suppose I should explain my concept really quick: You are a bacterium
who is trying to find his way out of an office building and into the world
at large. The inhabitants of this building are rather mindless; they just
wander back and forth, toiling away at their boring jobs. You can cause
the person you are infecting to either cough, which slows them down
briefly, or sneeze, in which case, you are expelled along with your host's
excess mucous. If your sneeze lands on another person, you'll infect
them; if you miss, you'll have to start all over.
It's really too bad that I'm going to have to end early; I've got a family
gathering this afternoon. (Contest ends at 8:00 my time.) So I've got,
at most, 6 hours left; probably closer to four.
Best get cracking!
Time left: 7hrs 51mins 51secs
Argh, I am going to beat MINGW/GDB into a bloody pulp right about now =P
I can't do any reasonable debugging because "this" is apparently nearly
always an incomplete type. Thanks a lot. Not to mention the fact that
breakpoints don't always stick.
So, I'm almost at a stage where (good Lord) I have a simple tilemap up =P
But, I've also got all of my game logic written, so once my framework
stops crashing on me, I simply write level-loading code and I'm good to
go. Oh, and make some levels.
An hour or two left for me. I think there is internet at the family
gathering, but it isn't wireless, and my iBook's ethernet port is busted.
And my battery only lasts like a half hour (it's been neatly halving its
capacity for a while now), so working on it in the car is out anyway.
And it's going to be ugly, too!
Time left: 7hrs 32mins 20secs
Oh, man. Been so long since I touched Allegro that I forgot RLE sprites
were different from BITMAPs. My face = red.
The First Screenshot!
Time left: 6hrs 18mins 40secs
So, I imagine I'll be whisked away to my family gathering any moment now.
I'm so close to playable, though! I just wrote a level loader and I've
already got the game logic in, so I'm very close indeed. Of course,
no time for actual levels, which means the game itself will suck.
Still, check out... The Second Screenshot!
Real time left: 30mins
My brother just called - they will be here in half an hour. My fate,
therefore, is sealed! Whatever I can make work in the next half hour is
what my game is going to be!
Crazy bug right now -- three blocks which are clearly marked as walls are
being interpreted as infected people; but only when I'm not running the
program in the debugger. Waaaugh.
Oh, just fixed it -- was reading some random garbage past the end of the
Real time left: 15mins
So, I guess I'm not gonna make it in time. My timers are broken --
Okay, writing things here really helps. I wasn't scheduling my timer
task. Fixed. Lesse -- collision detection is broken -- hah, <= instead
of >=. Fixed. It crashes when you switch between the title screen and
the game screen too much. People don't start back up after you make them
cough. (Oh, timers are still actually broken. Fuck.)
It would be neat if I got home before 8:00.
Time left: -1hr 30mins
I think my concept has some merit, though, so I'll finish it up
eventually. Plus, my framework is great. All the code I wrote is clean.
That's why I didn't finish =]
Time left: -12hrs 19mins
Just poked at it for another 45 minutes. My timer problems were due to
problems that I was having with the STL. I decided to use the STL to save
on development time, neglecting to factor in the fact that I haven't
really much used the STL before.