It started with a trip to Singapore.
This was a natural deadline to get AdventureKit to 1.0.
It was going so well. In the last week, I had added my first animated walk cycle and even included some reach animations for my main character.
I have a trigger component that can cause things to happen in my games as a response to other events. Each trigger has various properties (animation, sound, movement) that the trigger component uses to update other components.
I’m using Scrivener to draft the puzzle document for my first adventure game and I’m using Grim Fandango’s document as a template.
Initially, I created the room layout in Affinity Designer on the iPad and exported it as an image which was then embedded into a Scrivener document.
One of the things that I got stuck on last year while developing AdventureKit was tracking state. After coming back to it again this year I realise I was coming at it from the wrong direction.
As I start animating, I’ll be using apps like After Effects and Adobe Animate that don’t have the same kind of asset generation abilities of apps like Photoshop and Sketch.
These animation apps do have the ability to export the animation as a sequence of PNG files and it is possible with these apps to export the files at the different sizes required for Xcode.
In one of my many previous posts on screen sizes I mentioned that I have decided to use points and asset catalogs with scaled assets for AdventureKit.
Now that I’ve resigned myself to creating assets for all the different devices, I am looking for ways to automate this process as much as possible.
TL; DR: I made a Mac app that asks you a bunch of questions about your game and then tells you how to set up your SpriteKit scene and asset documents.