Ughhh...According to my stats, I've spent at least 22 hours this week reading user comments and emails, and watching let's play videos... that and another 20 hours debugging and making last minute changes....This doesn't feel as rewarding as I thought it would...Here's some of the most annoying types of comments I get, paraphrased a bit:"EBF4 is good enough to be a "real" game! herp derp""I can't find item x, this must be a bug. plz fix.""I found an actual bug, but I'm not going to describe it at all.""make the tips go away, I don't want to play the game properly!""make this work on my iPod/kindle/other-crappy-device plz""the game isn't loading. fix my internet connection plz.""plz give me some tips that will instantly make me an awesome game developer like you.""this game has tits. I think I'm the only person to notice this. I better tell everyone."Sorry to everyone I've just offended!I just needed to get those out there.
Copyrights, patents, piracy etcHay guys, to what extent do you think it's okay to steal/copy stuff?I'm really undecided about many of these issues myself, so I made myself a wee questionaire and filled it in with my opinions.Keep in mind I'm not a lawyer, and don't really care about what the actual laws are.Do you think it's okay to pirate software, movies, music and books?I support piracy because I see it as free advertising and believe that most people who would have paid for it still will.I make a point to buy stuff I really like, though I'm more likely to support poorer developers or projects that just didn't pay off.How about pirating really old stuff (NES games, The Beatles etc)?It really bothers me how Nintendo are still trying to sell their old games, but then again they'd lose sales on their new games if they gave away those old ones for free. So *shrugs*. I've never felt bad about not paying for old stuff though, it's more important to support those who are actually
Black MarchHay guys, remember SOPA and PIPA and all that?Well the music and film industries keep pushing for new laws, so it doesn't look like anyone's getting a break yet.The assclown that came up with SOPA has now written up PCIPA, or "Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers".Yup, preventing piracy wasn't a good enough excuse apparently, so now they're using child porn as an excuse to censor the internet and monitor everyone.At least ACTA looks like it's gonna get kicked out by the EU pretty soon, due to all the protests and petitions.Politicians may be corrupted and senile as fuck, but if enough people threaten to get them voted out of power, well they can't really argue with that. So keep spreading the word, join protests and at least sign some petitions.Finally, to fight back against the music, film and other industries that are pushing these laws, you should join Black March and not buy any media for the rest of this month. Don't go see any movies, don't buy any CDs, DVDs or v
EBF4 on Steam?!So, I was playing The Binding of Isaac, and thought;"Hmm, people talk about this as if it were a real game, even though it's just a Flash game! I want my games to be real games too..."And then I realized, neither Steam nor Kongregate require exclusivity for their games.I could release EBF4 the traditional way, for free on websites, but with microtransactions for bonus content, and also on Steam for a price, but with all content included.Plus, there's quite a few advantages to having EBF4 on Steam:The game won't need to have any advertisements or branding in it, so interfaces will be a bit less cluttered in general.Since file size won't be a huge issue, I won't have to compress any music or bitmaps.You'll have the option to play full-screen, which you don't have in a browser.It would also be a convenient chance to sell the soundtrack, and I see a lot of games are doing quite well with that.Overall, it would be a better experience for the player, but it would clearly b
Goodbye Pirate Bay!So The Pirate Bay got blocked in the UK!!!!Except it literally takes only a few seconds to get around that.Example: http://www.pirateproxy.net/Not only that, but TPB has gotten a lot of attention due to this; apparently an extra 12 million visitors.It's a good thing the government doesn't know anything about the internet, otherwise we'd all be in trouble.
3mil Damage!I was wondering how hard it would be to hit 3 million damage (for the achievement) without the Newgame+ feature.I managed to do it at level 40, but it's possible to do it at level 35 or lower.Here's how!:•Give Natalie all the Cake (x1.6~ damage)•Give Natalie the equips with the highest magic attack (x2.7~ damage)•Give Natalie Hela's Staff to boost Dark skills (1.5x damage)•Give Natalie Black Hole (500 power)•Find a foe that's really weak against Dark (x1.8~ damage)•Buff Natalie's magic attack to 70% (x1.7 damage)•Debuff foe's magic defence to -50% (2x damage)•Give Foe weakness status (x1.5 damage)•Use Black Hole with Natalie•Get a critical hit (either stagger the foe or use brave status) (1.5x damage)I hit 4 million damage like this against a Chimera Bear at level 40.If I had managed to freeze the foe (x2 damage), it would have been 8 million!Since player damage roughly doubles every 5 levels, 3 million damage should be possible at level 34! (with some luck and lots of p
StuffI haven't written about what I've been doing in my free time lately, so here's a list:• I've given up on softdrinks and sugary food. It took 3 or 4 weeks for the cravings to stop. I don't really feel any healthier yet, but I guess it will pay off eventually. I'm also phasing out pigs and cows, and replacing them with more birds and fish.• My plants are getting huge. 4 of them are half a meter tall now, and can still grow a bunch. I've got 19 plants in total, but I'll probably give away some of the tomatoes. I got a Venus Flytrap too! Can't wait for the wasps to come back. Also ordered another Moruga Scorpion, since my first one died. ):• I've started watching Adventure Time, and quickly got through the first 4 seasons. It's amazing. But I wish there were more story episodes about the main characters, and less filler episodes.• Watched through the second season of Game of Thrones again, in preparation for the third season.• Got a collection of the first 5 Heroes of Might and Magic
EBF4 progress report.Game's almost done!All that's left to do is implement premium content and test the last few features, such as the intro animation, links, API integration and all that.Speaking of which, I should probably go over the plans for the premium content, so I can get all of the backlash and complaints out of the way.The premium pack includes 20 equips, 4 skills, and 3 summons. (You'll have seen the equips already if you cheated.)Originally, I made these a bit overpowered, but I've changed them now, so they're only a tiny bit better than regular stuff.Kongregate have also recommended that I make the Newgame+ feature part of the premium pack, and I pretty much agree with them on this one.Anyone who finishes the game has already been playing for around 20 hours, and therefor can't really complain that they haven't had a full experience.And the long-term players are the guys I should really be targeting with this stuff.The pack will probably cost $7.50.This figure is based on sales scienc
A GoodbyeIt’s hard for me to fully realize that we founded PMD-E over two years ago. It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long at all! I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun.This place has changed quite a bit since it began! Take a look at the first couple of missions and events and compare them to the current ones. It’s almost an entirely different being now! Whether that’s a good or a bad thing is completely up to you guys, but I personally think it was good.Running PMD-E has taught Mel and I a lot about a great deal of things, and although it was fun, we’ve learned some hard lessons during the course of this group. We’ve learned that while you may have a really good friend that you enjoy talking to a lot, they may just be really bad at helping you run large projects. Or maybe their ideas aren’t very workable with your own ideas. Or maybe they can’t handle responsibility in the slightest.This doesn’t mean they ca
Hello! - UpdatedHello, everyone! As you might have noticed, PMD-E has been in a bit of a lull and a bit of flux as of late: the tasks haven’t been ready, for example. As it happens, PK and Marl have decided that it’s necessary to pass the baton to the rest of the staff, and to let us run the group and work on the story.What does this mean for all of you? Practically speaking, not much: you’ll still be able to use your teams to write stories and draw comics. At worst, we’ll be changing formats to something with a lighter workload -- pure tasks, for example -- but at best, you’ll only notice the difference by how we work and how we tell the story. There will be changes -- it’s impossible to deny that -- but it’s not the end of this little world, either.I’m a writer, not an artist; I’ll be working with the story, for the most part, and I will probably also be doing a lot of dialogue writing and story writing. If it would help to know what my writing
Disqordilicious.So... wow... My inbox has been exploding all week. I've been completely floored by the response to my little graphic story about Disqord.I've gotten so many wonderful, beautiful, comments! I read them all, even if I do not respond to each one. I am so moved that so many people found my little story so interesting! Really, it makes me all glowy to know that I was able to hit the artistic nail on the head. Nothing is more satisfying to an artist than knowing that their work "got to people".Many of you understood exactly what I was aiming for, and that makes me happiest of all!Knowing that I was able to communicate my artistic vision (with a fan comic!) feels so triumphant. As I posted each page, I would read the comments and keep them in mind when painting the next page... I would put extra effort into emphasizing certain points and ideas of mine to help better communicate them. Really, all of your comments truly helped me to hone my idea and inspire me to keep up with the work. So th
Learning and Creating Animation in FlashI've gotten this question a few times, so I guess I'll address it in a journal- how to learn to animate (ponies?) in Flash!First off, I'd recommend reading any of the "How to Cheat in Adobe Flash" series of books by Chris Georgenes- they're really awesome primers on how all the various bits and animation features in Flash work.Here's the CS5 versionAs for animation approach, besides the info you'll get from there, Keith Lango's tutorials are surprisingly relevant for Flash symbol-based animation, despite being written for 3D:Pose to Pose Keyframing and How It Works (2001)Overlapping Motion: Breakdowns Can Be Such A Drag (2006)For general animation know-how, of course you should check out
DISNEY RAPES MY CHILDHOOD'S IMAGINATIONI JUST SAW THE TRAILER FOR "JOHN CARTER" AND I'M FILLED WITH RAGE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Rf55GTEZ_EEdgar Rice Burroughs is TOTALLY spinning in his grave.WTF DISNEY? WHY DID YOU MAKE ALL THE MARS PEOPLE WHITE?! HAVE YOU LEARNED NOTHING FROM AVATAR?AVATAR'S NATIVES WERE BLUE, NEARLY NAKED AND NOBODY QUESTIONED THAT.RED PEOPLE OF MARS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE RED, FIT AND WEARING ONLY JEWELRY!DID YOU HAVE TO SLAP CLOTHES ON EVERYONE? THIS IS BLASPHEMY OF JOHN CARTER! BLASPHEMY I SAY!THIS IS HOW IT'S SUPPOSED ACCURATELY ACCORDING TO THE BOOK: DISNEY? WHY U PICK WHITEST ACTRESS POSSIBLE FOR A MARS PRINCESS?WHY U IGNORE THAT RED PEOPLE OF MARS ARE MEANT TO BE PHYSICALLY AND VISUALLY DIFFERENT FROM WHITE PEOPLE?...OH WELL I'D GO SEE IT ANYWAY BECAUSE IM A CONSUMER WHORE.
-IP FIXED- Grin's reopening his Minecraft server.READ THESE RULES FIRST1.) Generally, no griefing. In the city, just build your house in the Residential or Sand district. Only admins can build in Admin district. Otherwise, you guys can do what you want in the wild.2.) There are some special buildings in the wild that you might encounter. These special buildings are in case you want a change from the regular schedule of surviving and building in Minecraft. Do NOT grief these buildings, or kill the inhabitants unless they attack you. The only exception so far are the stone and sand pyramids in the nearby desert, but trying to find the riches in them comes at a risk! Proceed with caution! (Note: this is still a W.I.P.)3.) This is a faction server. This means you can join or create a faction and claim pieces of the wild. There can be wars between factions, but keep the wars outside the city. If your enemy has a house in the city, leave it alone. If they have a base outside of t
Disney has bought Star Wars...fuck.
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Just a couple of things- Apologies that I haven't been keeping on top of messages, haven't really been on DA last few weeks and kinda let it pile up, so please send me another PM if there's something important I didn't reply to- Questions about permissions: you don't need to ask me for permission to use anything from my DA (creative commons share alike non commercial)!- Thank you very much for all the bday messages!
Devious Journal EntryGood ol' alexiuss has been using my computer all day and forgot to log out of his DA account, so this is him getting trolled.With love, Humon.
Can someone explain "renders" to me?I've been bumping into this more an more so I decided to share my RAEG.So there is this group of people on dA who take some already existing art and cut out the backgrounds. That's all. They find some artwork, usually anime fanart, cut the background out, add their own watermark and BAM post it to their galleries as a free to use stocks without the permission of the original authors.What's most infuriating there is almost always a disclaimer such as this one :Oi, dumbfucks! Yes I'm talking to you. Why should anyone credit you for something that you did not create. You've contributed nothing. You've cut the background out, something that in most cases, can be done basically automatically by a computer program with a little to no human assistance.The whole dA's category for stock renders is flooded with this shit --> http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/stockart/3drenders/I'm sorry but I was under the impression that a render is a 2d image generated from a 3d
EBF4 .fla file corrupted!!I suddenly ran out of harddrive space and Flash crashed while saving and corrupted my main .fla file!!!Good thing I backup my files every day, and my to-do list says I've only made 1 change to the file today.Everyone should learn from me.