The last couple of weeks I’ve been in Lanzarote on holiday with family, so I haven’t got any work done! So rather than a dev log, here’s an update on how my 2015 goals are going. Overall, pretty well I think.
I ran a couple of times in the first week, then faltered a little, not helped by going away. I’ll be starting over tomorrow morning, despite it being very cold at the moment. Need to break through and make it regular.
I actually began my game for this month, Spacelunky, a bit early because I couldn’t concentrate on the work I was supposed to be doing. It’s intended to be a very basic version of Spelunky, but set in space, hence the awkward placeholder title. What that means is it’s a 2D platformer with generated levels, lots of hazards, and when you lose you start from scratch. I have definitely bitten off more than I can chew, so we’ll see how complete it ends up being. Here’s a screenshot from where I left off, with a basic tilemap, some art, and you can jump around:
— Sam Atkins (@AtkinsSJ) January 8, 2015
Music-wise, I’ve picked up FL Studio, and have found it massively easier to understand than LMMS. So technically, I’ve already completed my goal to be competent in it! However, making the music itself is really hard. I’m not sure what I was expecting really. I’ve created a short song, embedded below, where I basically worked on it for 1:30 hours and then ran out of ideas. I’m planning on entering February Album Writing Month, a contest where you have to create 14 songs in the 28 days of February. Right now, it looks like it’ll be really tough, but I’m still hopeful I can do it.
A couple of Sundays ago I worked through an introductory Blender tutorial, and then created a model of a barrel on my own. It’s certainly not the best barrel or anything, but I’m still pleased with it.
Wheee, I made a barrel! This 3d lark isn't as hard as I was expecting, though admittedly barrels are pretty simple. pic.twitter.com/yrvGE4GZ0e
— Sam Atkins (@AtkinsSJ) January 4, 2015
I didn’t take my drawing calendar with me, so I’m now working through it a few pages a day until I catch up. I’ve rather lost my enthusiasm for it, but I’ll try to keep on regardless.
Tomorrow, work on Spacelunky begins properly! Looking forward to it, I should probably be more organised for it than I actually am though.