A new game? Could it be?

Maybe, if everything goes well. I’m certainly seriously contemplating o get started on a new game. A musical.

A big inspiration is Deirdra Kiai, and her upcoming game Dominique Pamplemousse. Do check it out! It’s quite original, and looks as if it will be great. It also needs your help. It’s only halfway founded, with only eight days to go. For only $5 you’ll get a copy of the game, but if after looking at it (there’s a demo you can try out, too) you’re as excited about it as me, you’ll pick one of the higher support levels. Go there now and pledge your support! You can come back here and read the rest of the post when you’re done with that.

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Making a game in two weeks

I’m going to try and make a game in two weeks. Not only that, I’m going to make it in a programming language I’ve never used before. The reason for that is a challenge by Jacqueline A. Lott (a name you may recognise from the list of beta testers in Frasse): Indigo New Language Speed IF. The rules require, among other things, that the game is made in a language new to the author, and I’m going with Inform 7.

Games are to be finished by the end of the month, and will be played through at Club Floyd. (I can recommend a visit to Club Floyd in general if you like playing Interactive Fiction. It’s fun.)

…and now it’s fixed properly

Oops. I messed up a bit when I fixed that bug I talked about in my last post, so it was still slightly broken. (It would work sometimes, but sometimes not.) Now it should work fine every time. I’m uploading new files right now. (The torrent downloads are already updated, so you can download the new files there immediately. If you prefer the traditional download, you should wait an hour or so and it too should be updated.)

Bug fixed

I’ve fixed a bug in Frasse that would cause some saved games to become impossible to load. Big thanks to Isabelle for letting me know about it! The updated version is being uploaded as I’m typing this. (Please use the torrent download if you can.) Unfortunately, saved games from the old version of the game can’t be read by the new version, but if you’ve encountered the bug and send me an e-mail I’ll mail you a new save game so that you won’t have to play through the whole thing again.

Sequel Time (No Collaboration Happened)

It turns out that nothing came out of the call for a collaboration. Five people replied, and showed interest. Two of those never got further than saying “I’m interested”, but then they never got the time to write an actual proposal and backed out. (I waited more than a month.) A third person sent me two ideas, one of which could be interesting, but when I asked that he put some more detail into his (very undeveloped) idea, I eventually got the reply that he too didn’t have any time. Continue reading

What’s next?

Now that the Special Edition of Frasse is done, I’m (finally!) getting ready to start on my next game. Two years ago I announced that my next game would be a sequel. I did some more design of that game after that announcement, but its design is still very loose. (I got sidetracked by the work on the SLUDGE engine, and then I started on the Special Edition.) Now might be a good time to start working on it properly. If I do that, my next game will be the sequel.

But my thoughts keep drifting back to the topic of a collaboration… I would like to do a collaboration project, and as I’m currently between projects I’ll throw the question out there: Do you want to design a game for me to make? Continue reading

Frasse – Special Edition is here!

Yes! It’s done. Frasse and the Peas of Kejick – Special Edition is now available for download.

The new version of the game runs on Mac OS X as well as Windows (and even Linux, but then you’ll have to get the game engine separately). It also has added voices, improved music and some improved graphics. It still isn’t perfect, but it’s good enough for me to be proud of what I’ve made, and now I can move on to make my next game. (Unless someone finds any bugs in this one.)

Enjoy, and please let me know what you think of it!