PRE-SPRINT 10 – 33 DAYS – PLANNING

33 DAYS

Week of December 11th, 2016

WARP DOGS’ CORP LOGS

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The state of our WARP CORP is strong. MEGA-MONTH is halfway over and boy are the results promising already!

The Extinction-Level-Event (ELE) continues to hold at 14 weeks away. Astonishing!

Our team of highly respected accountants are slacking off, but are ready for the call to action later in the week

The astute among you may have realized that despite the rather salient header image Christmas is, in fact, not 33 days away. So what is…?

We shall have to find out together!

Thank you.

SPRINT GOALS

This is likely to be the 3rd week of very little programming, though the hope is to begin to ramp up as the week goes on. As has become typical, lack of time and overall concentration has contributed to a very slow pace. This pace is expected to increase dramatically in, oh, 33 days or so.

Here’s this week’s TOP 3 P O W E R * G O A L S

  • What even is this game? Continued from last week, we’ll be focusing on what this game is and isn’t. I’ve also scoped in work on an actual, real-life, honest-to-goodness pitch that I can start to share people so they can make fun of me
  • Let’s read! a bunch of stuff. I have a huge amount of stuff to read that I’ve bought over the last few months and years. Books on game design, Lua programming, inspirational books, books on self-employment, and a whole lot more. So much, in fact, that it’s become necessary to create an entire POWER GOAL for it so I can begin to actually read the darn things
  • Improve your concentration with these ten easy steps. Well, maybe it’ll be more than 10 steps, but I really need to address this problem, so I’m making an entire goal for it. I must be better at concentrating and minimizing distractions…or I’ll be in some big trouble when I’m eventually on my own

Time to get to it.

PRE-SPRINT 9 – LET IT SNOW – RETROSPECTIVE

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LET IT SNOW

Week of December 4th, 2016

Overview

What is “game”? This question has plagued mankind for generations. Can it be answered here? Answered today? Can it be answered at all? Is answer even the right word? Is answer spelled right? Why the ‘w’? What purpose does it serve in that word?

All good questions.

None of them were answered in this sprint.

Highlights

  • Thought a lot about what my game is and isn’t. Ended up with a nice foundation with which to begin analysis on
  • Continuing to enjoy Evernote. I ended up building a ton more notebooks and stacks of notebooks and tags and all sorts of other crazy words and phrases
  • MEGA-MONTH MARCHES EVER ON

Lowlights

  • Having a hard time concentrating and staying focused. I need to really, uh, not be bad at that
  • A bit worried that I may be spinning my wheels the closer I get to my quit date. It’s easy to do and redo things at this stage, and I’m afraid I’m refactoring too much
  • What is game…?
  • Ate too much

Show & Tell

 

 

 

PRE-SPRINT 9 – LET IT SNOW – PLANNING

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LET IT SNOW

Week of December 4th, 2016

WARP DOGS’ CORP LOGS

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The state of our WARP CORP is strong. MEGA-MONTH has only recently dawned, yet we’ve already been able to put away a lot of cash into the WARP DOGS coffers. Our current extinction-level-event (ELE) is a record-breaking 14 weeks away. Incredible!

Our highly respected accountants are celebrating by taking the rest of the week off.

It’s likely to snow here at WARP DOGS HQ in beautiful, behind-the-Safeway, North Bend, Washington. As Founder, CEO, and Chief Meteorologist of WARP DOGS I have been asked to provide a comment on these situations. My response is thus:

LET IT SNOW.

Thank you.

SPRINT GOALS

The nice thing about sprints is that you can change your mind often. Last sprint was proof of this: I took a break from programming and pivoted to lore and world-building. A fun diversion, and I got a whole lot done.

This sprint is more of the same. One thing that my brainstorming sessions taught me was that I needed more constraints. Before I jump back into programming I plan to take an entire sprint – this sprint – to really narrow down the scope of what I’m working on. I enjoy editing and taking a knife to my own work, so this shouldn’t be too bad.

Here’s this week’s P O W E R * G O A L S

  • A logo and name and it’s all good, dog. This PG was from last sprint and continues through this one. It’s related to the company itself – naming, logo, that type of thing
  • What even is this game? Ah, a good question! Is it Animal Crossing meets Zelda, or Zelda meets Animal Crossing? Is it truly inspired by Undertale, or is that game so deeply rooted in my brain that essentially everything I make or think about is inspired by Undertale? Tricky quesitons to answer.
  • An unexplored world full of possibility. I enjoyed this brainstorming quite a bit and think I can provide even more details and context. I’m on a roll, so it’d be crazy to sto now

Time to get to it. The hope is to have some visuals to share before the end of this.

Pre-Sprint 8 – DAWN OF MEGA-MONTH – Retrospective

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DAWN OF MEGA-MONTH

Week of November 27th

Overview

The nice thing about sprints – really, one of the most defining things – is being able to  change gears quickly. After weeks of programming I essentially spent an entire week where I didn’t open up my IDE once…and it was the best decision I’ve made thus far.

An entire world poured out of my head, complete with a map, lore, context, and a whole bunch more. I can’t share a whole ton of it right now as it’s still being shaped into something coherent, but it’s rad.

Highlights

  • Sketched out a map across several mediums + had a bunch of fun
  • Came up with names and backgrounds for a lot of areas in-game
  • Brainstorming sessions went much better than expected
  • Incorporated much into ever-growing Evernote
  • MEGA-MONTH MARCHES EVER ON

Lowlights

  • Spent some more money I probably didn’t need to 🙁
  • Learned I’m still not an artist despite everything – oops
  • Ate too much

Show & Tell

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PRE-SPRINT 8 – DAWN OF MEGA-MONTH – PLANNING

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DAWN OF MEGA-MONTH

November 27th, 2017

WARP DOGS’ CORP LOGS

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The state of our WARP CORP is strong, and also largely unchanged from last week. I’ve decided to change the “Estimated” line from black to dark gray.

I am unsure of the tax ramifications of such a change, but my team of highly respected accountants are on the task

Like many people, my dayjob pays out once every two weeks. The result is that most months you get two paychecks – except for the two months, each year, in which you get three.

I’m not going to pretend I have some inate skill in finances, but I know enough to realize this isn’t “bonus money” and I treat it like any other paycheck – into the budget and out of sight, out of mind

Except for this coming month…

Mega-Month.

Mega-Month is a truly remarkable month in which a bunch of unrelated financial windfalls somehow sync up. They include:

  • A 3 paycheck month
  • Birthday & Christmas
  • Potential Christmas bonus at work
  • Various otherwise small payout from PayPal, Chase, and – of all things – fantasy football

Wow! That’s a lot.

If all goes to plan, December will also be the last month we can earn money, so it couldn’t come at a better time

Sprint Goals

Last sprint had a few issues related to time – to be expected when I’m still working and there’s holidays to contend with

However, I really enjoyed focusing on more specific Power Goals, and this trend will continue. I want to focus largely on visual-related power goals this time around

  • An inn full of strange regulars. This work will encompass a few areas – new monsters, new “inn” tileset, music, tweaks to dialog, and an overall attempt to get a vertical slice of “feel”
  • The hero of this title has a cool style. I’ve been using open art for long enough – it’s time to create an actual protagonist!
  • An unexplored world full of possibility. This is my first stab at making maps for both the world and our main town.

Time to get to it. The hope is to have some visuals to share before the end of this.

PRE-SPRINT 7 – Happy Cranksgiving – Planning

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Happy Cranksgiving

November 20th, 2016

WARP DOGS’ CORP LOGS

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The state of our Warp Corp is strong. Since the last update I was able to stockpile another $1,000 or so. We’re still in the earning period, so no spending yet.

Sprint Goals

This sprint will have a fairly specific goal for once – dialogue, and everything surrounding it. I’ve decided to write my own dialogue library as well, which will be good practice!

  • A better dialogue system. Let’s display text in a cool way, that’s easy to add onto, where you can change colors and sizes easily, and more
  • Basic responses and choices. Nothing fancy, but you should be able to ‘respond’ to a question
  • Bonus flavor features. Text boxes that shake when scared, that try to fly away, that bounce around, that spin in circles

Dialogue is going to be a big part of this game, so it’s important to dedicate some time to it. Hope to have a good amount to share at the end