Games Creation Philosphy

I am highly interested in creating and enjoying play, and so I have taken to spending a lot of time making various games, most often digital! Many different things inspire me for each game, as I will try to get at in each one featured below. I also primarily like to make ridiculous write-ups for everything I post on Glorious Trainwrecks, which you will find on the page of the majority of these games.


Index Of Selected Games

A Dual-Purpose Celebration

Scramble The Eggnog

The Spiko the Hedgehog 2016 Saga

Learn 100 Words: Each One At A Time

Duplicate

You Can Only Die 80 Times

Aerofighting Champions of 2016

STOCKRUE

World Of Explore

Arthur's Dream of the Dragon and the Bear

Defense Sheng Castle 2 - Bride of the Gator

Pipes Generator 2013

Chip's Challenge

The Five Zones

FANTASY/REALITY

Ghost Mumps

Mdickie Illegal Fun Fun Serious

Mr Babbo

GUU STTOB

Scramble The Eggs


My Past Year For Glorious Trainwrecks

A dingo wanders the landscape of clipart and hazy palettes.

I celebrated GT's 9th and 10th anniversaries with a year long event, open for anybody to submit games to for both prolonged visibility, and cheer towards the longetivity of the website. I can't even, honestly, believe it's ten years old- much less comprehensible, that I have been present for almost half of that! But it is true, and I am so grateful for this community! If it hasn't become clear, the existence of GT is THE reason I make games!! Or, truthfully, most anything!

So, how to show thanks? Well, I figured it was time for another self-reflection sort of game! Although I have become variously embaressed about my previous efforts (and thus quielty delinked them over time), this one is much more personally focused to avoid that problem. (And plus, I think it's a pleasent experience that I wouldn't want to be ignored.) Thus, I made a game about making a game for GT's anniversary. The story doesn't end there, of course- it's really more of a collage of variously obscure Clickteam kliparts, with my own reactions to them in the form of both talking about my own life and non-sequentier jokes.

However, this is very "on the surface" material, so I'd like to try to say some more. I made this because I have recently become reunited with The Games Factory 1, quite possibly my favourite version of Clickteam's products. It is obscure, not nearly as featureful or user-friendly as the famous Multimedia Fusion 2. But at the same time, it's much more managable than the painfully (if hilariously) tight Klik'n'Play (for instance- there is now a shortcut to save your game, meaning much less lost progress!).

Thus, TGF1 manages to offer intense constraints (I had to use a text file to figure out the algorithm for sorting through all the text without far too much effort, because every object value in it is "A", "B", or "C") that promote 'glorious trainwrecks' (there is a glitch where the player can somehow gain gravity and fall through the bottom of the textbox), while still being advanced enough to not make me cry in trying to make a game with ~75 unique, hand-entered lines of text. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it!


Scramble That Eggnog

Can you scramble the scrambled eggnog before your eggnog gets scrambled?

Scramble The Eggnog is a remake of my fairly old game, Scramble The Eggs. I made it since I wanted both to have yet another Chistmas-themed remodel of an older game, as well as to make it more accessible to people, since Scramble The Eggs can be fiendishly hard. I had a lot of fun making it, although the development suffered considerably by my learning that HTML5 with Clickteam is very, very limited. I was hoping that this would be the start of me making games for *everyone*, but unfortunately that is not yet to be.


Spiko the Hedgehog 2016: Demo & Retail

Spiko the Hedgehog on the move!

What's the deal with Spiko (DEMO)? It's not really meant to be a parody of Sonic- I think the existence of the Spiko clipart already does that. Rather, it's a product of a few things: my desire to finally release another game (almost a year since my last one!), no matter how small; a re-realization of how constrained creating meaningful games in Clickteam tools are (you have to design it perfectly in one scene, then copy the code for each new scene!); and I just meant to use all the Spiko tiles and present the image as a joke but decided to make something more out of it.

So, this is in two parts (kudos to you for reading this ahead of time!): the first being the "demo", which, as detailed above, is somewhat making fun of game demos made in Clickteam. I'll talk more about the second part once I actually make it...


Learn 100 Words: Express Edition

Welcome To Learn 100 Words: One At A Time!

Learn 100 Words is the first real game I've made by myself since Aerofighter Championship, which was like, 10 months before this. That's pretty long, compared to my usual pace! It was made in a few jam-packed weeks, so I'm very glad for the creative "burst"! In a way, it represents all the skills I've picked up in my years, both as a game creator and everything else. I hope you have a good time!


Duplicate

duplicate

Duplicate is.


You Can Die 80 Times At Most

80 Times Is The Number Of Times You Can Die

You Can Only Die 80 Times is a game by John Bujalski I was a collaborater on, along with decky coss. It all started coming together when I encouraged John to start using more and more effects in the game, to great result. The programming, art, and quite a lot of the design was by John; I ran a laundry list of suggestions for ridiculous things to do, gathered sound effects, and "wrote" the in-game music; decky was our first playtester, remixed/composed the main menu theme, as well acted as a third point of ideas.


Aerofighter Championship 2016 (for syawqy)

No. Thumbnail Speakers (Realtek High Definition Comments Which Warrior Woman Are You? Take Our Quiz Start Up Sound of     2

Aerofighter Championship 2016 has my longest development time (in pure hours) of any game of depth yet! Started 5-6 months before release, the main idea was there from the start: you control 9 quite different planes simultaneously, though at any time only one of them is your friend- namely, your chosen plane to pilot! Everything in the game is based around this, forwards and backwards and sideways, layering detail after ridiculous detail and making sure everything fits together nicely- or amusingly, when they don't work as they could have.

I earnestly think that there is some depth to playing it, as the information overload can be sorted to focus on the things only interesting to how /you/ want to play it. And different ways to play it, there are! With 10 significant controls and 9 different planes, different strategies will come up for how to deftly succeed with each of them. Maybe with the Sideways Trajectory you'll use the quick turning (in opposition to slow maximum speed) to fire bullets in every direction away from you. Or you'll coast up to your opponents in the 262 Pitiful Gains, as it has slower deceleration than most planes- letting you stop them in your tracks while you still move on! Truly, a game of trainwrecks Aero Championship is.


StockRue: Dawn Of Chistmas

Chistmas is Coming soon...

STOCKRUE is a quick remake (mostly a reskin) of my very first video game, SOCKRUNE. You might be able to tell where the name of the new one comes from! Namely, it being changed from being about soccer runners to being about those who are rueful of (Chistmas) stockings. A couple notes: I'm very glad I can feel like my first video game can now "be something" (my third was right away!) with this re-make- I completely forgot about it until making this, and I feel like the original was pretty dang enthusing considering my entire lack of experience! Also, I feel confident in saying the story I wrote for this one is at the least the most absurd collection of things I've put together for a game yet.


World Of Explore

Cast of and many landmarks to be found in World Of Explore!

World Of Explore was an old project of mine based on some ridiculous idea, I can't even remember it now, that blossomed into a bigger project. Most of it is built from designing klipart worlds and then coming up with what the denizens inside would talk like. WoE has the most thoughtful sound design of any project of mine, featuring dozens of sound effects, some of them edited myself. It was recently, about a week before the time of release, brought up again to my forefront to be cleaned up and sent out into the world.


Arthur's Dream of the Dragon and the Bear

Cast of and many landmarks to be found in World Of Explore!

This is a Twine conversion of a poem, intentionally made to use nothing but text, links, and Twine nodes. The text is taken from a recently modern translation by Brian Stone of a very old and long alliterative poem about King Arthur. This dream sequence is, according to research, unique to this particular story in all of the often cross-informed King Arthur tales. I find it much more intriguing and rewarding of the constant alliteration than the rest of the poem, so I wanted to share it as a self-contained excerpt. There's another, and even more involved, dream sequence later in the story that I might make another Twine out of, if I can understand it!


Defense Sheng Castle 2 - Bride of the Gator

The whole cast of characters starring in this game!

...Bride of the Gator was my entry for 2013's Secret Santa Gift Game exchange program at Glorious Trainwrecks, and my biggest work so far! I spent two weeks working on it furiously, and then another week working on it slowly until it was done- and not a moment too soon! This is my final release for 2013, and a very accomplished one at that! Also, I had some "critical feedback" on it! I hadn't, if you've noticed, put out much anything since my Chip's Challenge levels- working on "Bride" gave me great room to let out all of my pent up creativity and ideas in a project that was *new* and had a set deadline to make sure I actually finished it- and finish it did I ever! I'm quite proud of how much I've packed in here, including inspiration for following it up with a soundtrack release of a sorts.

Pipes Generator 2013 + New! in 2015

Various unicode pipe-like formations flashing randomly in glaring colours.

Pipes Generator is a program that started from me wanting to make a somewhat interactable display that shows the reader completely randomized (within somewhat controllable parameters) arrangements of unicode pipe characters! This was later updated into "UniMazeGenEX DingoMode 2015"


Chip's Challenge Levels

A layout of Chip's Challenge showing many deadly bouncing balls. Many levels await to be explored by you! Showcase of every (?) level in the pack.

I currently have three releases of custom maps for the game Chip's Challenge (CC), which I will detail here!

The first (seen on the left above) is a single level I made in a short time span, immediately after opening up a level editor for CC. Because I had no idea what I was doing with any of the mechanics, I think I've made something that will surprise even fans of the original in some points. I spent some time after designing most of it, re-arranging the level to flow better, and I think it is a suitable, enjoyable experience for anybody!

The second (seen on the right above) is a pack of four whole levels, each exploring one or more concepts in different directions. I also designed it to let players skip any level they want, should they find it too difficult, frustrating, or otherwise dull. My intention here is to let players explore what they can and want to of the levels, and provide optional challenges should they wish to experience them.

The third (seen on the middle above) was intended to be a massive (for me) collection of 20 levels, which was in development cut down to about 10 levels to save me a headache or three. To stop people from being frustrated by difficulty of any particular level, I've included a (randomly arranged) list of passwords to each of the levels, allowing players to haphazardly explore the set. I wanted people to be able to see all of it, but with no guidance, because each map is an extension of an idea: sometimes it's a compact idea spread out over a large space; sometimes it's an idea that needs to keep building on itself; and sometimes it just doesn't really work out, but it's still there. It's like a mixtape where when you press play, you get a random track.


The Five Zones

The Blue Computer Zone.

I, a short-time but-big Doom fan have created a handful of maps, which mostly ended in frustration and not understanding how to progress any of them. Eventually, I struck a chord of imagination I greatly enjoyed and was able to execute to satisfaction. In comes The Five Zones, out comes a ridiculous on/off project that just wouldn't quit. This map is a real work of love, for me- many details were quickly thought of and extensively put down and re-worked, re-tested, re-balanced. I wouldn't call myself a perfectionist, but a prettymuchwhatIwantedist, and I hope it shows. The map features full difficulty level implementation, and I hope both inexperienced players and veterans can get a kick out of playing it!


FANTASY/REALITY

What started as a want to create a tribute to a creator I enjoy a lot became a much bigger work, and here we have FANTASY / REALITY! This Twine story features my greatest fulfillment of the RUDE factor (Replayability, Unpredictabilty, Different for Everyone), which you will have to play to see how. Helpful contributions to this were made by several friends, most of whom didn't want any credit, but my thanks goes out to all of them for help!


GHOST MUMPS: EPISODE 1

Ghost Mumps: Episode 1: Game

GHOST MUMPS: EPISODE 1 is the first in a gripping series of adventure, daring, explosions, and, of course, ghost mumps. What is a ghost mump, you may ask? Well, first of all the game will tell you, so you clearly haven't tried to play it yet. Secondly, it is this game. Thirdly, it came from me mis-guessing what a licence plate was supposed to mean, and soon after wanting to try making a game based off of only the title (Ghost Mumps). Also, I recieved much critical attention and praise and lambasting for this work, which I compiled here: here!


Ansi Fun Illegal Serious Xtreme Steve moraff

Chart of variables in this game: attitude, xtreme, secret, illegal, fun, serious, french adventure game, ansi, programmer art, hand-drawn/made things, amateur voice acting, mdickie, steve moraff, love

Made as a secret santa gift, and with titles and themes randomly generated starting from a list of interests, I cobbled together the ridiculous Fun Fun Serious Programmer art Secret, which contains all of the elemants seen in the graph above, as well as a sample of an Underworld song I like. Each scene in the game is an interpretation of a random co-joining of five of the words, (retroactively) shaped into an attempt to make a continuous, humourous story.


Mr Babbo: I'm Going Ape Spit

Mr Babbo Vanquishes Two Foe

MR BABBO MR BABBO BMR BABBOE MR BOBBOB MR BABBO MRBROBB MRBORABBO MR BABB MRBABBO MBRBABOBAB MRB BAROBMMABBABO MR MRRM


GUU STTOB

YOU star in the brand new adveture, thirsting for a new pair of ugg boots! But WHY, you rail, you scream, you whimper, you cry, you ask gently, are ugg boots so expensive? Because, brand name and identity in our post-capitalist society.

GUU STTOB was made for a spambot inspired game jam on Glorious Trainwrecks, which should be read about before playing for greater context. It was made in three days in Python, and I'm very pleased with the results! I don't have much more to say, because it should be experienced by itself.


Scramble The Eggs

Can you scramble the scrambled eggs before your eggs get scrambled?

Scramble The Eggs was my first non-jam game, and my first inspired work! It was loosely based on the best parts of a dream I had recently had, further interpreted by me in trying to turn it into an interactive experience. For anybody who is unable to play it, there is a flash port of it made by my good friend bc__, which can be played here!


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