Thursday, September 25, 2008

Inside the Secret lab

Well the day seemed to be a good one today which for me is a rare thing lately. I have just posted episode 43 of One of those Weeks on Blazing Games. Only three more episodes left in that series so things are getting quite exciting there. I should, unless something unforeseeable happens, be able to finish the series by the end of this year.

For those of you who enjoy the One of those Weeks series, today's episode is kind of different. The information in this episode will be used in episode 44 and while it is theoretically possible to finish episode 44 without playing episode 43, the odds are quite remote. I was originally going to combine the two episodes together, but I felt that the story worked much better if the events in episode 43 were separated from the events of episode 44.

As for why my day was good, the things I was hoping would happen actually did happen. Of course, these things are part of the family business I was asked not to blog about so I won't. I really do want to write down the things but my family is more important to me so I will honor their wishes.

Finally, for those of you who like having a say in what appears on the Blazing Games site, next week there is going to be a very interesting poll on the home page. You will be able to decide which dozen days of x series will be developed in 2009. Yes, 2009 is getting close. The first week of November and December will also have polls. The amount of responses that the next three polls get will determine if there are more polls in 2009.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

General ready for release

I spent Saturday putting together episode 10 of my Dozen Days of Dice series. This series, as regular readers already know, is a game in a day series where each episode is created in a single day (technically 24 hours, though I only use 16 of those hours, with only about 12 of those hours actually writing code). I do allow myself to use code/assets from earlier episodes which does make the task much more manageable. The episode will be released at the start of next month so I probably will not have any early releases. I will decide this for sure on Thursday. The game is the category based dice game known as General.

The development of this game is the closest that I have ever come to failing a challenge as I only managed to get the final build to compile at 23:30. While there were a few more fine-tuning touches that I would have loved to add to the game, I do not like failing challenges so figured that the game was good enough. Those of you who want sound when rolling dice can feel free to email me and complain about my decision if you wish.

This means that there are only two more dice games left in the series. As regular Blazing Games visitors already should know, I have five different series of 12 games planned. So I am going to have to decide which series will be coming after the dice series. I am thinking that I will put this to vote next month.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


There are a lot of subjects I keep meaning to write about, but I just don't have the time. So I will simply say that Dozen Days of Dice episode 9: Pig is out. Yes, I know this is a really short entry, but hopefully I will have time to write proper entries soon.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Making One of those Weeks Chapter 25 posted

The Blazing Games site has been updated and chapter 25 of Making One of those Weeks has been posted along with the open source version of Episode 25 of One of those Weeks. The family situation continues onward, my deadlines rapidly approach (though I am ahead of schedule so am not overly worried) and today has proven to be a surprisingly productive day.

As promised on Sunday, here is the first half of the Dozen Days of Dice episode 9 development journal. enjoy!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Yesterday was a Pig of a day

The ninth episode of Dozen Days of Dice was completed yesterday. While I had meant to post this news yesterday, it kind of slipped my mind. The game is Pig and is an interesting game as it tests a player's greed and often punishes players who are too greedy. I am going to put up the first half of the development journal next time I update the site and will provide the link to readers of this blog.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

September is here

While the family situation is still going on, I am back and have posted the schedule for September, a new poll, and the Billy Spelchan Senior word set for Circle Word. While I would love to be talking about what the family situation is, I have been asked not to and will respect my families wishes. That said, the month does not look too bad (at least as far as I am concerned) though I still haven't had a chance to create the game in a day game for September.

The poll on the site will run until the eleventh and I urge all my visitors to try out episode 42 of One of those Weeks and let me know if a more elaborate version of Solid Light is desired. In addition to the poll, three sets of words for Ultimate Retro Project's Modern Circle Word have been created. These word sets are dedicated to my Father and are themes based on his interests and life.

One of those Weeks has episode 43 as well as chapter 25 of Making of One of those Weeks coming next month. The rather interesting twist has it's foundations in this episode. The twist might be a bit too obvious after this episode is played, but the twist is actually the whole point I am trying to make with this story.

Finally, Dozen Days of Dice needs a ninth episode. I am hoping to do this episode on the 6th or the 13th but if I am unable to do so then I may do the episode live on the 20th. If that is not possible, then I may reluctantly release the bonus episode that I created but felt was not fun enough to be released.