Back in the Saddle

After a few month hiatus Rachel and I are back to Game Deving! HUZZAH!!! It’s been kind of interesting (for me at least) because writing code and such isn’t something I do on a normal everyday basis. Everything I figured out how to do before our break, I’m having to go back and refresh my memory on how to do it. Even stupid little things like indenting the lines correctly so the game doesn’t crash or putting pauses in between words. Besides that I feel like I’m getting some things done. I’m almost done with the Captain’s Errand Event!

Though I don’t have school this Summer I am working full time, so despite not having to study I still don’t have a lot of free time. BUT on the bright side having a full time gig has made me SUPER motivated to do this game so we can start making other games so eventually I’ll never have to work a full time job again!!! And other crazy delusions I have, but at least it pushes me to do more work on our game when I do have the time!

Hopefully as I do more work on the stories and things I’ll have more to write about regarding the development of the game.

Published: 29. 07. 2014 | Comments: 0

Out of the Box / Rachel Rambles

"Project Doggie" running on Android

“Project Doggie” running on Android

I am very pleased when something works more-or-less out of the box.  The latest version of RenPy has options in the launcher menu for building your Visual Novel for Android. I had to do a small amount of tweaking to get my own keystore set up (edit a properties file and copy the keystore over), and I had to locate tools.jar and copy/link it to where RenPy/Ant was expecting it to be. But then it worked – no annoying, horrible, headaches.

Same time, I’ve been trying to see about translating (and therefore rebuilding) the Stendhal MMORPG, but that’s getting annoying. Their suggestion for translating the game is kludgy at best, and while there aren’t many open source online RPGs around to tinker with, so it’s aggravating. I just want some multiplayer games in Esperanto to host a server for! I’m already hosting a Minecraft server! ;P

Oh well. So, here’s a screenshot of Project Doggie running on my Galaxy Note tablet.  I think the default resolution for a RenPy project is 800×600, so when we put in final graphics we may go ahead and up it to something like 1024×768 so it looks better on a tablet.

I’m also watching Jeff Gerstmann play Commodore 64 games… so jealous of 80′s developers, being able to make pretty simple games without tons and tons of polish. Seems like so many independent games these days are just loaded with so much polish, it’s hard to know where I should even start sometimes. Plus I’m usually not using an engine, usually coding in C++ or Lua and building a framework and everything else, it probably just takes more effort in general. P:  I wasn’t alive for much of the 80s, but I appreciate (and admire) old freeware/shareware stuff.

Published: 02. 06. 2014 | Comments: 0


So neither Bekah nor I have updated recently. This is mainly due to Bekah having finals to knock out, and I’ve been moving to a new town and that requires cleaning and repainting our old home. Blergh!


Posting kind of stopped around the time we went to Washington for the Digi Pen Preview Day in April. Rebekah’s looking for colleges to go to for her Bachelors degree. I was actually pretty impressed by the institution (I don’t usually take “game development degrees” all that seriously as a Computer Science major, but this was indeed a technical program). So impressed that “maybe I could get my Masters degree here…” entered my mind. But unless I get a job as a professional developer up in Washington anyway, I wouldn’t be able to afford that place (and the living expenses are higher in WA than KS).

So anyway — I’m still working on getting the old place ready to hand the keys over, Bekah just finished finals recently, so hopefully we’ll get back on-track soon!


Published: 20. 05. 2014 | Comments: 0

The Problem with Inspiration.

Now, i don’t know about Rachel, but I always have the problem of finding inspiration when I am nowhere near my computer and won’t be for several hours. Currently, I am in class listening to my programming teacher and all I can think about is how the Hobo and Doggie relationship should develop after their first encounter. I’m thinking he softens up quite a bit, but anyway. I don’t know if it’s because I’m bored or because I’m just REALLY into the character right at this moment, but I just want to write the idea that’s in my head straight into the game… but I won’t be home until 6:30 tonight and then I have math homework. Hopefully, by that time I’ll be able to remember the oh so brilliant idea I have.

Next Game Dev. Day: Tuesday, March 4th

Things Fyrhino currently working on:

  • Hobo/Dog Relationship developement
  • Teenage Girl background and event list
  • Shopkeeper background
  • Captain storyline – 2nd Meeting
  • Old Lad storyline – editing 1st and 2nd Meeting.
  • Staying awake in class

Published: 03. 03. 2014 | Comments: 0

Game Dev Night!1

BekahRachelSo we moved Game Dev Night from it’s traditional Tuesday night to Friday night this week. Because it’s REALLY cold and we got about 8 inches of snow Tuesday. YAY KANSAS!!!!

Currently working on:

  • Character background stories
  • How to do Mini games using RenPy
  • Event Flow Charts
  • Reference Pictures for emotions and whatnot.



Published: 07. 02. 2014 | Comments: 0


Snow is not a lot of fun as an adult. :P

It is supposed to snow for 24 hours tomorrow in Kansas City, and Tuesdays are Bekah & my gamedev day. This will be the second week we can’t work together because of ice & snow.

I cannot wait for the spring!

Published: 03. 02. 2014 | Comments: 0

Coffee for Creativity


Going to work on games tonight, so OF COURSE we have to use the coffee “for” creativity!

Published: 31. 01. 2014 | Comments: 0