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Not Able At This Time: Klik N Play

Oh woah, woe, I wish I could play all the nice Klik N Play Games here. I very wish I could make them Klikers. My PC is unable to do it at this time. Instead, I am learning to use Construct2 Free Edition. Browser based games, I will play and make them. Talk about them too!

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A work in progress: Poor Thing


Hello everybody.

It has been a long time. As you may easily check, the last thing I submitted was three years ago. Through this time I have not been dead but had to redirect my priorities somewhat. I was busy, making music and minions.

However, already in 2010 I started working on a project, only this time I wanted to create something gigantic. I have been working on it since, in short bursts of creative passion. It is slowly taking shape. Due to the self-imposed scale of the project, it is going take a long time to complete. It is hard to tell if I am even halfway through.

I intend to use all available levels. Did you know there is a level limit of 255 in KNP? I checked.

There is going to be a backstory, a mystery, a mythology, a bestiary. There is going to be creepiness, solitude, heavy, brooding, melancholic atmosphere.

Since the beginning of this year I made a decision to work on the game at least every other day. The optimistic release date is within 1 year. The pessimistic/more realistic version is 2 years from now.

Although I did not have much time lately, I have been popping by from time to time. I love yous dearly. I hope I will finish the damn thing. It is big and complicated and frightens me sometimes.

Take care!

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The Star Festival, and other Winter Excitements

Hey guys! It's been a while. I sorta lost my game-making mojo this month, but I still managed to finish up a pretty short Knytt Stories level. It's called The Star Festival, and it's about a Yuletide Knytt festival suspiciously similar to Christmas. It was originally made for a level competition on the Nifflas forums, but I ran way late with it. No screenshots because I'm feeling lazy.

ALSO: I submitted a game to the 7th Annual New Years Mini-comp, called You Have to Put the Baby New Year in the Champagne Bottle. It's pretty much what you would expect. Hope to see you guys again soon!



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Tips and Kliks #03: Important Conditions

In order to make sense of how and when conditions are true and to use them to create the behaviors you want, it's good to know some of the most important ones. You'll find these under either the "Special" or "Storyboard Controls" categories when you go to create a new condition.

Always and Never

The simplest conditions are the ones that are either simply true or false: Always is always true, and Never is always false.

Always is extremely important as you need it for actions which should happen continuously. For example, you might always want the screen to scroll with your player character, or you might have a turret that should always point at its target. If you have your own custom movement system you might also want to keep objects moving. These are just a few examples of things which you would want to "always" happen, and for which using the "Always" condition is basically a requirement.

Note that Always only makes sense if you aren't placing it in an event with other conditions. In such cases, Always is unnecessary, because actions will repeat for as long as the conditions are true anyway.

Never is essentially the opposite of Always. Since Never is always false, and an event requires all its conditions to be true before it runs the actions, you might be wondering how the heck Never would ever be useful. Its use is not in running actions, but not running actions. More specifically, you can use Never to disable events for debugging purposes.

Start of frame/Start of level

"Start of frame" is only ever true once: at the very beginning of your level. Therefore, you can use it to perform any kind of setup you need. Common uses include playing music, making certain objects invisible (if you're on something older than MMF2), creating and/or positioning objects according to a set of rules, etc.

Only one action when event loops

An event's actions will keep happening every step of your game as long as the conditions are true, but what if you don't want that to happen? You add "Only one action when event loops" to the event. This condition is only true if the event's conditions were not true in the previous step.

Let's say you are making an arcade game where the player gets an extra life after reaching 50,000 points. Your first attempt at the conditions might look like this:

However, doing this will cause the game to flood the player with a constant stream of extra lives! Not what you want. Now let's add "Only one action when event loops":

This rewards the player with an extra life just once after obtaining enough points.

I should note that if the player's score somehow falls below 50,000 again, the player will become eligible for another extra life. If this isn't what you want, use "Run this event once" instead of "Only one action when event loops".

update i guess



apologies for shilling commercial stuff here but i figured this would be appropriate epilogue to marker games: i finally got around to compiling them and putting together a commerce pack (PC only at the moment, but i plan to buy the html5 exporter with monies from this version). it's at my website here .
The idea of MONETIZE THE PIRATE KART is kind of a dubious achievement but oh well. i really liked making all the games n hope to go back to releasing semi regular things here at some point n hope maybe the idea of weird commercial compilation loaders for trainwreck games catches on. i love multicarts and scrappy stuff so anything that encourages it seems ok to me.

hope ya have a good year in 2014,
stephen XOXOXO

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Tips and Kliks #02: Anatomy of an Event

We will start off by jumping straight into the Event Editor, as that is the heart of Klik's true power, the place where you will spend most of your time designing your game's behaviors. For these next few articles, we will cover the basics you need to know to get the most out of the Event Editor.

In order to become a Klik Ace, you need ACE: Actions, Conditions, and Events. In the Event Editor, these are the building blocks that you use to describe your object behaviors. Understanding the role of each is key to understanding the Event Editor.

Actions are simply things that you can do in your game. Some examples of actions:

- Stop
- Destroy
- Create a new object
- Change animation sequence
- Add to the player's score
- Jump to the next level/frame

Conditions are bits of criteria. Some examples of conditions:

- Start of frame/start of level
- Player pressed Fire 1
- Two objects are overlapping each other
- An object is below a certain Y coordinate
- An animation has finished

Events are units that contain a set of Actions and Conditions. If the conditions for a given event are satisfied, the actions are performed.

Pictured: An event that causes the player to fire a bullet when pressing button 1, as long as there are less than three bullets in play.

Note that conditions actually have two functions. First, a condition may either be true or false. For example, if the player is holding button 1, then the condition "Repeat while Player pressed Fire 1" would be true. If the player's score is only 1000, then the condition "Player's score is greater than 2000" would be false.

An event's actions are only run if all of its conditions are true!

Second, a condition may limit which object(s) an action is applied to. Let's say you have an event with one condition: "Player pressed Fire 1". If we give this event a "Destroy Monster" action, it will destroy every single Monster in the level when you press button 1.

What if we replace that condition with "Collision between Bullet and Monster"? We will keep the "Destroy Monster" action. This time, when the condition is true, only the Monsters that have collided with any Bullets will be destroyed.

Typically, conditions serve to eliminate possible objects. That is, you use conditions to only apply actions to certain objects, and each additional limiting condition further reduces which objects targeted by the actions. There are exceptions, of course. Take the "Pick an object at random" condition. Its first use will eliminate all objects of a given type except for one that has been chosen at random. What happens if you add multiple copies of this condition? Now the actions apply to more objects! If you have "Pick an object at random" three times in an event, three objects will be picked (assuming there are three - if there are less than three, only that many will be picked).

Feel free to play around with different conditions and actions! Next, we will be covering the use of a few specific basic but important conditions.

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teaser #2


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username change and also update on thing i guess

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linhat -> nanosity -> Pilot Ixen

pilot ixen is the full name of my moth character. ix for short.

idk if im making this change permanent or not but for now it is how it is

as for any new posts uhh thats debatable

life is busy and so is life etc etc

i have game maker standard (legitimate and not pirated!!!!!) with all the tutorials with it so i need to go through that at some time and do some things with that becaause its cool

the thing i was working on may be continued at some point maybe, but its doubtful as i just dont have inspiration for klikwrecks at the moment. more interest in making serious games more than anything else right now and its just a case of me getting off my ass and learning things (esp. lua)

other than that nothing else to say apart from i should probably mention that i do not use he/him type pronouns anymore i use they/them and if u could use those when referring to me that would be ~PERFECT~ *w*

see u~

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