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Friday, 14 September 2018

Getting Twitchy!


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To go with the new YouTube gaming channel, I thought I'd dust off the old Twitch account as well. I'm a huge fan of fantasy role playing and strategy video games, specifically ones based on Dungeons and Dragons and Warhammer, so I'm going to be streaming some gameplay from stuff like Tomb of Annihilation, Total War Warhammer, Blood Bowl, Space Hulk Ascension, Battletech and some other lesser known and retro RPG's based on a fantasy setting. I may even get round to doing some live games development on there as well.

The streaming schedule is limited at the moment, but I've included a list of when I'll be on live below and I'll be looking to add more live sessions soon.


If you'd like to check out what I've been streaming so far, you can catch up with the live stream re-runs on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhUDT-VAMts&list=PLxMb4V540gz9ystpRk6z9WIH0JnfyjcI2

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Dungeons and Dragons and other such things!


I've been saying for a while that I'd like to do some sort of video series on YouTube. I rather wanted it to be something to do with games development, but I've been a bit behind with that recently and thought I'd try something a bit different.

Ever since I was a kid, I've always been very much into Dungeons and Dragons. Up until around 5 years ago I was a regular visitor to my local gaming shop and would get together with a regular group to play D&D Encounters. However, with my ongoing role as a full-time carer, I wasn't always able to get to the group and my involvement eventually dropped off completely.

Just recently, I've been busy working on my little dungeon crawler game, and this has started to rekindle my interest in D&D. Well, it never really went away but working on the game has given me the idea to do something inspired by my love of RPG's both tabletop and video game based. So, I came up with The Hopeless Adventurer.

This is my brand new YouTube channel for D&D and other RPG video game playthroughs. I chose the name because, even though I really enjoy playing RPG's, most of the time my characters meet some sort of horrible fate before the adventure is completed. I'm also not the best gamer in the world (aside from racing games) so the name sort of fits.

I'm currently running through a let's play series of Tales From Candlekeep Tomb of Annihilation. You can find the first video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK7fjeIcUL0 (the sound is a little bit off on this one as I'd not configured my microphone properly, but that will be rectified in the later videos) and the second video will be available sometime this evening.

Check out my new channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4F_aI3niuyVGwQT_Kch-MA and if you like what I'm doing, subscribe and like so you can keep up with my new uploads. I'm going to be uploading regularly because I can fit recording the gameplay in the afternoons when my mother goes for her afternoon nap, and it gives me a chance to enjoy some gaming.

So, what about "Tiny Dungeon"? I'm working on it, but I'm not in any rush to get it finished. It's going to be a little ongoing project that I can experiment with alongside doing the YouTube thing. I'll be posting new updates soon!

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Anyone fancy a dungeon crawl?



Retroids has kind of been abandoned for the moment, as has Cult of Monsters and Asteroid Mining Company. With everything that's been going on here, with my mothers cancer and other issues, I've developed a habit of starting projects but not finishing them. I had a feeling that this is probably down to shooter fatigue (I do tend to make a lot of shooting games), so I thought I'd try something new.

My new game is called Tiny Dungeon, and as you can see it's a sort of dungeon crawler. The game is very early in development, so I don't expect it to be released for some time, but it's coming on quite well. I can only work on it in the afternoons when my mother goes for her nap, but it's progressing quite quickly and I'm hoping to get back to more regular updates on the development. It might not be back to my usual post per week, but it might be a post per fortnight or something along those lines.

I'm not going to go into too much detail as to how the game plays yet, as the mechanics are still quite basic and could be subject to change, but as it grows I should be able to share some more details.

Watch this space for further updates!

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Really small stuff!

I've just learned that my mother has got breast cancer, so I can't spend lots of time working on games at the moment, but I've been looking at some really simple game ideas that I can put together quickly for fun. Being really simple ideas, I should be able to get most of them done in a short amount of time and still be able to do everything I need to do to continue my mothers care. This will enable me to keep a slow but steady stream of content coming to the blog and itch.io and ensure that I'm not spending too much time on the computer.

I'll post an update soon!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Super Retroids XD Plus Development (sort of)


I've put The Diabolical Cult of Monsters on hold for a little while while I work on Super Retroids XD Plus. 

I actually lost the source code for the original version of Retr0ids, because I didn't make a backup of it, so I'm having to start development from scratch. This is actually a pretty good thing because it's enabled me to make a much more polished game and do a few things better than they were before. The eagle-eyed among you might notice that the .GIF above is not of Retroids, this is a little game I have in development called Asteroid Mining Company, some of the code from which will be used to create the basis for Super Retroids. 

Retr0ids has always been an Asteroids clone at heart, but with some gameplay ideas from Robotron added to mix things up a little bit, so I thought I'd make a more traditional asteroid shooter first to give me the base code for the new version of Retroids later. I'm not sure exactly how or if I'll release Asteroid Mining Company yet, but I'm thinking I'll bundle it together with Super Retroids as a freebie.