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Nanowrimo 2016

November 1, 2016

I’m doing Nanowrimo again, which, if anyone doesn’t know what that is, is a thing where you write a book in a month.  This year, just for fun, I am going to be posting each day of writing to this here blog.  So expect a post every day approximately 2000 words in length, and part of a continuing story.  See you on the other side.

Post Rate Drop

August 1, 2016

While it was super fun posting every day, for sleep reasons I am dropping down to two posts a week, likly on the weekends.  No particular topics, and these posts might appear on either blog.

Return of the Blogger

July 1, 2016

Greetings.  I have not posted in quite a while, which seems like a bit of a pattern for me, but similar to my long blast of posting I did a few years ago, I am planning on posting every day for the month of July.  I may continue after July if I am having fun, but for the month of July I will be posting every day.

As you may or may not be aware, I currently live in Tanzania, on the island of Pemba.  I am currently a Peace Corps Volunteer who teaches Math and Computer Studies to the students of a local government school in Tanzania.  I started a separate blog for the purposes of documenting and discussing that part of my life, which can be found here.  Blog posts related to my service and to the country of Tanzania in general will be going on that blog, so if I don’t post on here one day, I probably posted over there.

My current plan is to post different sorts of posts depending on the day of the week.  On Mondays I will be posting on my other blog about philisophical stuff about living in anohter country and adapting to another culture.  On Tuesdays, I will be posting something informative or instructive concerning tabletop role playing games.  On Wednesday I will be posting on my other blog about the language I use in my every day life here.  On Thursday I will be posting something about programming or computer science.  On Friday I will be telling some form of anecdote about my time in Tanzania,  On Saturday, I will be posting something creative, like a short story or a poem or something.  Finally, on Sundays I will post something, no idea what currently, could be anything.  These are of course subject to change.

Hope this goes well and you enjoy my content.  Talk to you soon.

New Download Link

March 20, 2014

Got some complaints over the way I had the files uploaded, so here is a new link to a different website to download the files.

Day 7 and Download Links

March 16, 2014

I did not get everything done that I wanted, but I got all the menu things nice, I got the stats actually doing stuff and I made it possible for you to hold more ammo.  I fine tuned a good bit of stuff and caught an error that had been in my code for days but only rarely occurred.  I actually managed to beat the game, something I had not done in testing since I added zombies to the game on the third day.  Anyways, here is a screenshot of the finished game, and after that links to the source code, as well as a .exe version.




When downloading from either folder, you need all of the files in the folders in order to make the program run.

Day 6

March 15, 2014

Well, I got a game menu set up, and the fundaments of a stat system done today, as well as having gotten the text output box done last night.  The menu took forever and a half, but it works pretty nicely I think.  Tomorrow is the last day, and there are still a few things I want to add.  I want to get the stat system to the point that the stats actually do something, I want to add the Alpha Trooper as a wield-able gun, and I want to do some touch ups on the menu and the game end.  I expect to get all of that done tomorrow, and then work on the zombie ai if I still have time after I get that done.

Day 5

March 14, 2014

I may update another time today, but I am taking a break at least from programming today.  I did a fair bit today, most of what was on my to do list from yesterday.  Running is implemented, and the zombies are a bit smarter, though not as much as I want.  You can hear zombies that are running, so they show up on the map even if they are out of your line of sight.  Still to do, is more nerf guns, a text output system and a stat system, as well as a nice game start and game end menu sort of thing.  Might work on the text output later tonight, but for now I am off to update my neglected pokemon tabletop forum.

Day 4

March 13, 2014

With today’s additions, I feel that I could call this game complete.  It now provides a mildly enjoyable experience based on resource management, running away from zombies and shooting them.  Basically what I implemented today was a targetting system in which you choose which zombie to shoot at, a nerf gun and the nerf darts.  It is now possible for you to fight the zombies by stunning them with Darts.  There is a finite supply of darts, and so in order for you to keep shooting zombies, you need to keep picking up your darts.   Another change that occured today was the way that movement works.  You now pivot with the left and right arrows and move forward or backward with the up or down arrows.  The num pad meanwhile lets you look in a direction that you are not facing. 

Here is a screenshot of my newest version.  The zombie with a purple square is currently targeted.  The little blue and orange specks on the ground are nerf bullets, and the menu area keeps track of which barrels have what kinds of bullets loaded, and which barrel is currently the active one.


While the game is sort of complete, there are still many features that I want to implement before I feel like it will be acceptable.  I would like to add in three or four more kinds of nerf guns to the game. I would like to implement a stat system.  I would like to implement running as something being different than walking.  I would like to improve the zombie ai.  I would like to add a hearing system.  I would like to add a way to generate text in the menu that is not dumb.  Anyways, I still have several more days, so I should be able to get a lot of that done.  

Done with Day 3

March 12, 2014

I got the basic things that I wanted to get done today done.  The vision system is more or less complete.  This took the most time of anything so far and implementing it helped me learn a fair bit.  I also implemented zombies today, that will try and chase and kill you.  All in all the game is shaping up nicely and I hope that I will be able to add in some of the features I did not expect to get done in the coming days.  Tomorrow will focus on the nerf guns and darts, and after that is implemented the game will be a complete game, with the rest after that just frosting.  Of course a lot of that frosting is some of the most interesting and innovative parts of the game, so hopefully it is not sucky frosting.  Screen shot of being chased inside a building and my pretty vision system below.

2nd Day Update

March 11, 2014

Did not get a whole lot done today.  Last night I got the map generator done and then got a quest generator finished that tells you where your classes are and lets you win the game after you have been to all of them.  

Today I did some bug fixes on what I got done yesterday, implemented the ability to move diagonally and made it so that the game keeps track of the direction you are facing.  Little actual work got done, but I finished a tvshow I had been watching today and also just got the last expansion to Twilight Imperium in the mail, so I was a bit distracted.  Tomorrow I hope to implement both the vision system, making it so you can only see in the direction you are looking, and a basic zombie and nerf gun system done so the game will have a bit of a challenge to it.  Some of what I did today lays the framework for the vision system, and I got a good bit of structural work done so hopefully tomorrow will be more successful.