“Reset”

Soon I will be recreating this site, and in the process I’ll most likely remove these older posts. Why? Because they suck. Most of them are poorly written, and I know I can do much better.

Here are the projects I will be working on:

  • Compendia (Name Pending) – An iOS card game that focuses on recognizing patterns.
  • Maiden Days – An action/casual strategy game for iOS.
  • Personal Website – Pretty self explanatory.
  • PhoneTree – A social networking solution to managing contact information.

Those are the projects I’m “zero-ing” in on. There are a few that have been placed on the back burner as well:

  • Ultra Troopers – Action top-down shooter for OSX.
  • The Misadventures of Mayoskin – Metroidvania style game for the Xbox.
  • “Syntropy” – Platformer (my favorite type of game) for an unknown platform.

And some projects that have been cut out:

  • DigiSync – Facebook contact syncing app for iOS.
  • Facepalm – Facebook novelty app.
  • Dragon Fierce – A top-down arcade game for iOS.

Looking forward to posting updates on these projects!


New Web Address, Expired License… and Syntr-(ahem)-Cintropy

I registered http://www.ignatiusCore.com, which is currently being redirected here. Hoping to get a full web site up and running in the coming months. The sites content will include a full list of projects, personal anecdotes, and networking information. I was thinking about how excellent it would be if everyone had a personal website, not too similar to facebook/myspace but have that social networking aspect, while being able to share things the way you’d like to share them. I’d make it more about presentation and something that can uniquely represent an individual. Imagining the complexity of being able to create a full fledge site and have it hosted on one social network seems like quite the task and would need well crafted tools to make that a reality.

Note to self: iOS developer license has officially expired! So my apps are no longer on the app store. ūüė¶¬†I would renew it, but I figured I could wait until I’m done working on my next couple apps then re-release the older ones when I’m ready.

Speaking of older apps, I looked through Ultra Troopers‘ code the other night. I haven’t touched it since the competition ended. I was doing some graphic work on it, but now I feel like working on a smaller project. I’m actually revisiting an older idea for this one and with my new found OSX-cocos2d combo knowledge, I’m feelin pretty good about it.


udevgames 2011: 2 1/2 Weeks Left

Procrastination is really hitting me hard right now. Ultra Troopers isn’t even close to being finished. Some severe changes have to be made, but that’s okay. The plan is to focus more on core gameplay than narrative at this point anyway. Oh and Facepalm is officially¬†on the app store with a new version 1.1 on the way. (sorry to the early adopters who had to deal with some bugs) Hopefully the negative reviews won’t hurt too bad once the next version hits.

In better news, some trooper sprites for the 1st and 2nd player:

I’m pretty pleased with how these guys turned out. (although, the side views could use some improvement)

Link to Facepalm: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/facepalm-for-facebook/id460313459?mt=8

Link to udevgames Entry: http://udevgames.com/entries/196


*ugh* Facepalm!

Hopefully coming to the app store soon! (I submitted it not too long ago)
What is it, you ask? Just the ultimate anti-social networking app!
Jokes aside, it finds people who have removed you from their facebook among other things. (like who stalks you the most) So far it’s the only one that does this retro-actively (AFAIK), which it does by parsing old wall posts and inbox messages in a convenient algorithm I wrote.
Now I can get back to work on Ultra Troopers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mmm… tasty unfinished trooper sprite

New App, A Bit Of Conflict, Site Redesign?

I’ve been completely bailing on both Ultra Troopers and Maiden Days, so I figured writing about it might motivate me back to work!

I have utterly failed in moving forward with any of the intended designs for either game, and have decided to down scale Ultra Troopers quite a bit so I can finish it by the competition deadline. As for Maiden Days, it’s been put on the back burner for now, and for good reason. Maybe finishing Ultra Troopers will humble me into down sizing Maiden Days. (cause right now, it definitely suffers from feature creep, although I still feel it’s doable within the next couple months)

Anyway, to the root of the problem. I’ve been working on another app, which may have some financial promise. I don’t enjoy postponing work on the games (I enjoy working on games much more than other apps) but I’m feeling pretty broke right now, and I’m feelin’ this idea quite a bit. The best part for me is the specific behavior of this program is not in other applications. (although, functional similarities are) Oh, and most importantly it doesn’t involve anything illegal and can go on the app store without being taken down.

In other news I’m considering a redesign of this site. I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to do considering this is a free wordpress account, but we’ll see!


udevgames Blog part duex

So it’s been a while since the last progress update on my projects. I’m already one month into the udevgames contest, and I have a basic engine working. I’d say I’ll have to work extra hard for the remainder of the competition if I intend to win. I figured I’d also throw in the links to both my forum devlog and the games page here:

Dev Log

uDG Entry Page

P.S. Still working hard on Maiden Days as well!


uDevGames Blogathon: A Prologue

First off, I need to bring to your attention that work on Maiden Days has progressed slowly over the past couple days. This is mainly due to my entering in the uDevGames MacOS game developer competition which started about ten days ago. Why would I enter a mac game developer competition you ask? Is that a rhetorical question? In all seriousness, rediscovering this competition was too serendipitous for me to pass up. I had last entered this contest in 2008, which happened to be the last time the competition was held. Upon revisiting iDevGames.com two weeks ago- on a whim- (keep in mind I hadn’t been to the site in about two years) I discovered the contest (normally an annual ordeal) was back on. It’s destiny I tell you… DESTINY!!!

So I have until October 2nd to finish the game for the contest. What will happen to Maiden Days? I’ll still blog about it in post script form. I’m sure working on both games simultaneously will require lots of effort, blood, sweat, and tears… we’ll see what happens. After reading Justin Fic’s survival guide I’m pumped up and good to go.