The Daily Click ::. Forums ::. Daily Click ::. TDC Community Project Survey
 

Post Reply  Post Oekaki 
 

Posted By Message

OMC

What a goofball

Registered
  21/05/2007
Points
  3539

KlikCast Musician! Guy with a HatSomewhat CrazyARGH SignLikes TDCHas Donated, Thank You!Retired Admin
15th July, 2010 at 21:22:59 -

We want to relaunch the TDC Community Project. Last time there wasn't enough structure, so we're doing it a bit differently this time around.

If you would be so kind, please fill out the survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9GB3GC7 Your submission will be anonymous unless you share your name in the survey.

Once we have some results we can sort out a plan. We hope that if we get some enthusiastic and skilled members, the game will be a serious contender for internet gamers' time. Comments and ideas are welcome by DC Mail or the last section of the survey!

At this time, we haven't even decided who the leaders of the project will be. It might be you! We'll keep you posted.

Thanks!


INFORMATION FOR NEWCOMERS
Don't want to read the whole thread? Here's a current summary.


Current Status as of Sep. 26:
-Prototype engine up and running.
-Sprite artists needed.


Edited by OMC

 

  		
  		

Yami



Registered
  23/12/2003
Points
  608
16th July, 2010 at 04:19:03 -

I just finished the survey. I'm quite the busy guy, but where I can't help I can easily give great advice on what works and doesn't. The best thing to do is come up with a simple idea that's fun. Then build upon that simple idea. Perhaps online is too ambitious other than presenting it in Flash. I will say this though. If you can make the game first and it's good. Then I think that's when you start to think about online features. Otherwise you can easily get too caught up with figuring out the online features and the game never be completed.

 
Image

Smirnoff



Registered
  14/05/2009
Points
  356

VIP MemberI am an April Fool
16th July, 2010 at 04:25:08 -

I am very interested. I don't know how much I can contribute with coding as there are so many skilled people here, but I'd like to think my design ideas are of note. We'll see how that goes.

 
Image

Sgamer8t88

Coding Freak

Registered
  11/09/2009
Points
  134

VIP Member
16th July, 2010 at 05:59:09 -

This looks like it is definitely something i would be willing to help out with filled out the survey

 
n/a

Strife

Administrator
Der Dairy Crick

Registered
  21/11/2002
Points
  2305

VIP MemberGOTW AWARD! -Astro Dude - part 1 GOTM JULY - 2009 - 3RD PLACE!It's-a me, Mario!Has Donated, Thank You!I donated an open source project
16th July, 2010 at 09:50:11 -

Alright, filled it out. We'll see what happens then.

 

Disthron



Registered
  08/02/2005
Points
  1101

VIP Member
16th July, 2010 at 11:01:25 -

I think I confused this with an application form to enter the project. O.o

 
"Oh, my god! A lightning monster just ripped out this poor woman's eyes, and your mocking her shrubbery!" - The Spoony One

OMC

What a goofball

Registered
  21/05/2007
Points
  3539

KlikCast Musician! Guy with a HatSomewhat CrazyARGH SignLikes TDCHas Donated, Thank You!Retired Admin
16th July, 2010 at 12:21:24 -

Thanks to everyone who's filled it out so far. After a good wait, I'll probably post a tally of the answers.

I'll go ahead and say that a platformer has been the most checked genre. 81%! Also, every skill has been checked at least once.

 

  		
  		

nim



Registered
  17/05/2002
Points
  7232
16th July, 2010 at 14:52:24 -

I voted for an Adventure game. Platformer would be good, too. Whatever it is, don't make an RPG or directionless online chat lobby because it'll never get done.

I think the community project has a chance now. OMC is organised enough to pull it off. If it doesn't work this time...

 
//

zonacas



Registered
  06/09/2003
Points
  1604

VIP Member
16th July, 2010 at 15:54:27 -

I think, encourage development groups is a very good idea, is something that I imagined it, because all the work is difficult for a person

 


Sephirenn

Possibly Insane

Registered
  15/01/2002
Points
  2343

360 OwnerPS3 OwnerWii OwnerI am an April FoolVIP MemberGOTW JUNE 2010 WINNER!
16th July, 2010 at 17:18:00 -

I just filled it out.

I think we should lean towards a mini-game collection, which is supported by an overworld that uses the winning genre. So, for example with the current votes for platformer, we'd have a platformer overworld, and as you move around and progress in the game, you play the mini-games.

What this allows is for many people to create games for the project, but still have a co-hesive full game. The MAIN reason for doing this is that if the project starts to fall apart because tis draggign on or something, we will still have a minigame collection that we can create a quick UI for and end up with a final DC game.

 
*Sephirenn*

Sgamer8t88

Coding Freak

Registered
  11/09/2009
Points
  134

VIP Member
16th July, 2010 at 18:10:20 -

awesome I voted for adventure and platformer on my survey


 
n/a

Neuro

Ludologist

Registered
  29/10/2006
Points
  437

Game of the Week WinnerVIP MemberI'm on a BoatPokemon Ball!
16th July, 2010 at 18:33:13 -

I'm liking that idea a lot, Sephirenn, and it gave me another idea.

I imagine it as a cohesive collection of mini-games (accessed from the overworld hub), with a backbone that ties them all together. I'm totally with the majority vote of platformer, so perhaps there is always this one movement engine that isn't complex, supports the basics like jumping and even moving platforms, and can be easily modified by a pretty wide skill range.

With that basic engine, rather than all collaborating on a single project, everyone can go mini-game style with their own abilities and whatnot added on to that basic movement engine, and their own levels to use those abilities in. For example, one person or team's level could be based on having a jetpack and navigating a more vertical space, another could give the player character the ability to pick up weapons and objects for a shooter or fighting action level. Levels could be as long as the maker desires, and even exist in a series of levels or entire campaigns.

This way, we get a big collection of levels that play wildly differently and each have their own personalities from whoever made them, but the game is also coherent, and forms together as a single game. Makers would not simply be playing around with a level editor, they get an opportunity to add on as little or as much as possible with coding and graphics and all that nice stuff - though I (personally) would encourage to keep it resembling the basic engine at least a little.

Besides the player character base engine, the framework would also have to include basics like a general health/lives system and simple HUD, with room for addition if a mini-game requires it. An overall objective would also be needed as a means to measure progress, like a big Star as the reward for completing each level or series of levels (whatever the mini-game entails). Things like score or tracking the time it takes to complete a mini-game would also be great, encourage a little competition.

Anyway, yeah, those are my thoughts

EDIT: Also, player character would be great if fully customizable. Head shapes, faces, masks, hair, hats, torsos, legs, tails, capes... I'm sure everyone would want to contribute at least one piece for that, we could get a potentially massive selection of stuff, from random bits to full character theme sets.

Edited by Neuro

 
n/a

aphant



Registered
  18/05/2008
Points
  1242
16th July, 2010 at 19:34:35 -

A mini-game collection doesn't sound much different from everyone working on their own project and bundling them all into a single download. I don't see where there would be any collaborative effort involved in that. When I think of a community project, regardless of media, I think of participants working together towards a single, unified vision.

 

Strife

Administrator
Der Dairy Crick

Registered
  21/11/2002
Points
  2305

VIP MemberGOTW AWARD! -Astro Dude - part 1 GOTM JULY - 2009 - 3RD PLACE!It's-a me, Mario!Has Donated, Thank You!I donated an open source project
16th July, 2010 at 19:47:50 -

I agree with Aphant, to an extent. While I do believe that we all should be able to add our own personal touches to the game in some way or another, I think the project would stand a greater chance of success if all of us worked together in a similar way that a professional development team would. We wouldn't need to be as restrictive as a real-life dev team, but we should certainly try to maintain a similar level of organization and communication between team members.

If one of us drops out due to unforeseen circumstances, we have to make sure that we can find a replacement so that the project doesn't fall flat on its face. On a similar note, all of the team members should have a universal method of communication - MSN Messenger or AIM, for example - to allow mass conversations about the project. The easier it is for all of us to communicate and share resources, the greater the chances of success.

Edited by an Administrator

 

Jon Lambert

Administrator
Vaporware Master

Registered
  19/12/2004
Points
  8235

VIP MemberWii OwnerTDC Chat Super UserI am an April FoolSSBB 3265-4741-0937ACCF 3051-1173-8012360 Owner
16th July, 2010 at 20:38:48 -

Strife makes a good point about having the means of communication; we could use Skype, MSN or AIM, and make it easier for everyone to communicate. I would also think that with so many people working together we'd has to establish standards for the different contributions. That is to say that people need to know what format to make graphics in, what size to make tiles, such and such like that, as well as what style to use (if we have one style). On the Sonic Retro forums, where they work on Sonic the Hedgehog 2 HD, they have leads for programming, music, characters, levels, and more, who have to enforce the style of each medium and approve graphics or music or things.

On the platformer vs minigame debate, I think it could be that we make a standalone platformer with story and goals and such, with minigames strewn throughout that may or may not be required to progress. If the standalone part bombs, then we can change it to navigation between minigames or make it Mario Party style something. That is, if we want to do minigames. I don't like the idea of prepping in advance for failure.

 
Sandwich Time!Whoo!

JoyCheck & KeyCheck Widgets
For easy implementation of customizable joystick and keyboard controls.
http://www.create-games.com/download.asp?id=8364
   

Post Reply



 



Advertisement

Worth A Click