AdventureKit Image Naming Conventions

I’m going to be generating a lot of images over the coming months and I’ll be using many different apps to generate them.

So far, for my example adventure game, I’ve used Procreate, Adobe Comp, and Affinity Designer on the iPad and Photoshop on the Mac. I’ve also developed an asset management app on the Mac that I use to create the animation JSON data for my engine and that moves the assets into the asset catalog within the game bundle

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AdventureKit Icons and UI

I’ve been working on my AdventureKit engine and it turns out there are a lot of little drawings like UI buttons and inventory icons that need to be done for an adventure game

In some ways, they’re easier as there’s less pressure to make them stunning.

They’re not as splashy and exciting as rooms and characters but also players won’t be looking at them nearly as much.

They’re good to do when I’m feeling insecure or less inspired about my drawing—stick on some music and just start bashing ‘em out!

Justifying a Code Rewrite

I have a sketchy, working version of AdventureKit:

An animated gif showing AdventureKit in action. In it, we see a square from Lecce, Puglia. To the left, a man in a trench coat walks towards a bunny in a box in the middle of the square. As he approaches, the bunny shies away from him and the man says 'He seems a little afraid of me.'

Since I announced that I was working on it last year, it has grown considerably.

After taking a hard look at what I’ve done so far, I realised that there are some fundamental problems with it. It has become more complicated and the interactions between components have gotten messy.

It also has a few key things missing that would be tricky to add at this stage:

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Developing a Jigsaw Puzzle Game Part 1: Planning

I was recently playing The Black Mirror and one of the earlier challenges is a jigsaw puzzle where you have to reconstruct a torn up photograph.

The player clicks on a piece to activate it, then they can move it around using the mouse or right-click on it to rotate it to one of four preset rotations. They click again to release it. When a piece has the correct rotation and is near the correct position, it snaps into place, which works as visual feedback that it has been placed correctly.

A screenshot from The Black Mirror. It's a pile a torn up pieces from a black and white photograph

The beginning state of the puzzle from The Black Mirror.

It was an enjoyable break from the exploring and it got me thinking about how I might add it as an optional mini-game type in my adventure game engine.

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AdventureKit: Development Mode

Since my last update, we have settled in Lecce, Italy for four weeks and I am back in the saddle and racing that horse as hard as I can towards the bright and glorious sunset that is AdventureKit 1.0.

Tortured metaphors aside, I have made some significant progress in the last two weeks. All of the Development tasks in my roadmap are just about complete which means I can now edit scenes directly on the iPad and have the changes appear in running scenes!

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AdventureKit Roadmap

I’ve now admitted to the insanity of building my own engine and come up with a broad idea of how I’d like it to work. The next stage is to come up with a plan for how I might go about implementing it without getting myself stuck in rabbit holes of complicated esoteric features (as I am wont to do).

For Version 1 of AdventureKit, I will focus on three broad categories: UI, Scenes, and Development:

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