No One Goal Should Have All That Power
Week of November 13th
I took a hard left turn this week – new operating system and almost a new language altogether. I then took a soft right turn as I switched back to Love2d but stayed on windows.
Now I’m bearing left slightly, I guess? I don’t know. This analogy is getting away from me, and I’m also incredibly late on posting this up, so I’m going to cut right to the “demo” and move on
No One Goal Should Have All That Power
November 13th, 2016
WARP DOGS’ CORP LOGS
The state of our corporation is strong, mostly because we aren’t spending anything yet. We currently have enough cash to sustain us for 8 weeks once we take the plunge – a good amount, but not nearly enough.
November’s cash is being largely spent on the future so that anything in December (henceforth known as Mega Month) can be deposited directly into the company coffers
Sprint Power Goals
Last sprint I had a mini-revelation for how I prefer to work. Instead of epics and features and stories, I’ve decided instead to use something I’m calling Power Goals. The 1-week sprint structure allows me to make changes quickly and, uh, with agility, so that’s just what I plan to do
- The tired dog makes his way to the warmest spot in the room and, with a sigh, plops down and falls asleep
- The player throws a ball. It bounces. The dog fetches it – but to where?
- An inn full of strange regulars
- Stalk, chase, and catch a sea fly
- The player enters the room, plops down a chair, and sits in it
The Lost Week
Week of November 6th
Well. This wasn’t a great week.
Lots of nonsense happened – from sudden manager departures to a very distracting election and much else beyond that.
I’m calling this a lost week. Not necessarily a bad week, but one in which much of my time was spent not working on my games or my business or really much of anything.
Still, I got quite a bit done. I’m really hopeful that this will be the week I finally get into a flow of sharing my thoughts on here and elsewhere, but it’s been over 5 weeks now of absolute failure so why should this be any different? We’ll see.
+ Sold a camera! +$60 in the escape fund
+ May have found an extra $1,000 just “laying around” – fingers crossed it pans out
+ Added the concept of Power Goals – more to come on that in a later post
+ Added simple dog fetching, simple dog snoozing, and some cool stuff regarding zooming
+ Lots of ideas put to paper and then stored safe and sound in TFS
— Distracting election
— Distracting work
— Distracting housework
— Wore a bad pair of socks 🙁
Pre-Sprint 5: The 5th Wheel
Wow, has it really been 5 weeks already? That is pretty nuts. What’s even crazier is that I’m actually filled with pride – not self-loathing! – at the work I’ve been able to do in that time.
I’m starting to think this might actually work.
Anyway, let’s take a look at the week coming up.
- Work on ‘Power Goals’. My favorite developer of one of many favorite games – Tarn Adams of the wonderful Dwarf Fortress – used to have a dev page where he outlined the various core features and ideas he wanted in his game. He also had this other type of item he called Power Goals which were essentially little vignettes that tied together multiple features and ideas. I’ve reached the stage of game design where I can begin making some power goals of my own. Make sense? Probably not! But I’ll explain more a bit later
- Make money. We’re at that stage where I need to just keep making money. I’m currently selling as much as I can while also working other angles to bring in cash into the bank. Looks like I have about 68 days left, which is at once terrifyingly short and maddeningly long!
- Refactor & Iterate. I love refactoring an awful lot – it scratches a really specific itch that’s hard to describe. It’s time to take my hacked together and poorly written code and really put a shining to it
I’m optimistic in how things are going thus far. Let’s keep it up.
Man, I got a *ton* done this sprint. Lots of dev work. Lots of porting previous prototypes into a more finalized design. Refactoring. A whole bunch!
Looking ahead, it seems likely that this sudden increased velocity will continue for a time, but can’t last forever. Still, I’m enjoying it while it lasts
+ Added variable tail wagging animations
+ Created entities for dog and bugs
+ Added bugs. Like, flies, not coding bugs
+ Also added coding bugs
+ Then I added way more bugs
+ Implemented state system
+ Implemented new map
+ Basic physics
+ Created entity for human
+ Lots of refactoring!
+ Rudimentary day/night prototyping
Pre-Sprint 4: I Hate the Seahawks
I’m from Seattle. I love the footballing Seattle Seahawks.
I’m from Seattle. I hate the footballing Seattle Seahawks.
- Public Relations. It is far too early to start any sort of PR campaign – for example, there literally is no game to advertise yet. I’m also an indie dev, so calling it “PR” feels really slimy. Still, I think I’m at the stage where I can begin sharing some of the things I’m working on, even if it’s dumb bugs that we can all laugh at
- Better code. All my code is throwaway – this is on purpose! I even added a state in VSTS called “Makeshift” purely to track the features that are *technically* coded but are actually hardcoded. I want to avoid too much rework and refactoring, but I’m at the stage where I need to sincerely clean things up
- More art. I’ve finally taken a stab at creating pixel art. It’s not the best, but given that I have zero experience in this I can’t help but feel a little bit happy with what I can make. I want to continue.
Heads down, fingers moving. November is a big month. I’m going to make the most of it.