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Of the free ones on that list:

Opentoonz is for traditional 2D cel animation. Apparently it can do split-pin animation, but I've never tried it or seen it. It's very idiosyncratic and can be unstable, but it's got some great features. I'm using it for this WIP: https://twitter.com/MisterABK/status/1057956817404379136

I used Synfig briefly a few years ago, and it messed up my save (or did some other unforgivable thing) and so I uninstalled it.

I have my eye on Dragonbones, but I'm not sure whether it's oriented towards games or standalone animation: http://dragonbones.com/en/index.html

Adventure Related Talk & Chat / Re: Left/Right clicking
« on: 19 Nov 2018, 13:12 »
As several AGS authors have discovered, numerous players will not realize that the right mouse button does anything, unless you make this abundantly clear in a tutorial

Seconded. Even if you do, they will still never right-click and then complain that puzzles don't make sense. The kids don't right-click!

I would add:

Mazes - unfortunately.

Code Breaking - of course.

Ludicrous Lock - whereby a puzzle or minigame kind prevents progress, usually quite unreasonably.

And I'm not sure how to define this one, but something to do with Cultural Understanding? Like learning the numbering system in Riven or Fez? Or working out the purpose for which a machine was designed and taking action accordingly.

(The page above says that the livestream will be live on 11th and 12th. I’m guessing that’s a hangover from last year. It would say 10th and 11th.)

Well, last year it said "2016" for the whole weekend. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME!?


The Rumpus Room / Re: Group hug!
« on: 29 Oct 2018, 13:23 »
Can we at least hug your beard? Just a little?

Maybe a little.

Can I put pleats in your beard, LIKE THIS:kiss:

This has gone too far. MODERATORS, HELP US!

The Rumpus Room / Re: Group hug!
« on: 25 Oct 2018, 21:45 »
Can we at least hug your beard? Just a little?

Maybe a little.

The Rumpus Room / Re: Group hug!
« on: 25 Oct 2018, 13:51 »
Obviously, I would never hug someone in real life. But good hug work everyone.

Agreed, Peder's contributed loads to the community over the years. Even so, I never thought he'd be the basis of a truther movement.

I have very fond memories of the first two games. A good line in hardboiled nonsense. I still remember:

He's dead. Deader than Pauly Shore's career.

This sucks...

Much like Pauly Shore himself.

I backed as soon as I saw the campaign. Good luck!

General Discussion / Re: the blender 3D thread
« on: 23 Sep 2018, 01:28 »
I think some of the tension in this thread derives from two meanings of the word "hack". A hack is a bad writer, or a bad artist (from hackneyed). That's what KyriakosCH seems to have understood.

Cassiebsg used "hack" in the programming sense of "an effective but inelegant solution", which is not usually intended to be insulting.

Completed Game Announcements / Re: Lamplight City
« on: 16 Sep 2018, 20:06 »
Congratulations on the release! I got a chance to play a beta version and even though the voices weren't all there it was obviously an extremely polished, well plotted detective game. As a big fan of whodunnits, it was refreshing not to be investigating the murder of a 16 year old blonde girl for once.

I'm posting because I want to disagree with Kyriakos...

Spoiler: ShowHide
I don't agree that the game is "PC". I saw a comment elsewhere from someone who "doesn't like politics" in their games. Which is a silly thing to say, because any game that depicts societal structures is going to have politics in it. "Keep politics out of games" just means "keep the kind of politics I'm uncomfortable with out of games."

Rather than being unsubtle, my only criticism is that the game is too subtle, almost coy, when dealing with racism. I can imagine why Francisco avoided using racial slurs. But I think having the characters deal with race through euphemism and allusion doesn't reflect the way people thought or spoke in the 19th century. Of course, this is steampunk, so it gets a pass.

Amazingly, we've already sold out apart from a few Sunday tickets. Sorry you can't make it cat, hopefully we'll see you on the livestream!

It's written in ink, so I think it's more interactive fiction than visual novel. I don't know if there's a clear distinction, but I get the impression it's a lit less linear than "novel" implies.

Quadruple bump. (Do let me know if you want me to stop bumping, but in the past people have complained that AdventureX info was late to arrive on the AGS forums.)

If you missed the Kickstarter, but still want a ticket, tomorrow is the big day. The remaining tickets go on sale from the British Library on Monday: https://www.bl.uk/events/adventurex-weekend-ticket

If the Kickstarter is anything to go by, there's a decent chance the tickets will sell-out. The full schedule will be announced soon, but Ragnar Tornquist (of The Longest Journey) and Dave Gilbert (of this parish) will both be sharing their wisdom. That seems like a good enough endorsement to me.

I suppose, but Gloucester and Carlisle are both in England, so it seems like a lot of effort.

That's very close. I think it could be Arcventure: The Romans. However, the only screenshots I can find are from the PC remake and are too modern. Also, the game takes place in Gloucester, and I specifically remember my game taking place in Carlisle...

I know we don't do abandonware around here, but I'd love a tip off of anyone knows where roms and emulators for this era of game can be found.

Hello! I've been searching for a game I probably played on the Acorn Archimedes, or possibly BBC microcomputer.

All I can remember is that it was an archaeology based game where you drove around Carlisle (North West England) digging up Roman settlements. It was probably educationally, and I remember digging trenches and choosing where to travel on a map.

Does this ring a bell with anyone?

Adventure Related Talk & Chat / Re: Picking up objects..
« on: 20 Jul 2018, 11:23 »
My view is that nothing that is easy or boring in real life should be a puzzle in an adventure game. Not walking off the edges of cliffs is easy, so it shouldn't be something the players have to avoid. Finding your keys before you leave the house is boring, so you shouldn't make a player do it (Unforeseen Incidents, what I worked on, does do that, of course!). I don't see why players shouldn't be able to pick up random, useless objects. But if they can pick them up, they should also be able to drop them - like in an RPG. This could massively complicate puzzle design, without necessarily adding much. And even RPGs cheat by giving you Quest Items, which can't be dropped.

In an ideal world, the player wouldn't pick up an item unless it was either generally or specifically useful. But that's not the way we play. The worst crime in adventure games is having a hotspot which doesn't become active until the object is deemed useful by the game. So the player has forgotten all about it by the time they need it.

So the solution must be mostly "A, Pick up all objects whether you need them or not." But I'm aware of a handful of tricks for giving the player the right item at the wrong time:

1) The item seems generally useful.
e.g. Why wouldn't you pick up today's newspaper?

2) One item contains another.
e.g. The item the player wants is wrapped in foil. They unwrap the foil, and it stays in the inventory for when they need foil later.

3) Prevent the player from taking the item, but make it obviously desirable so they remember it later.
Not very satisfying but sometimes necessary.

4) Have the PC explain their reasoning and/or make a joke.
e.g. In Unforeseen Incidents one click on a dumpster reveals your elderly neighbour's pantyhose, which you probably don't need yet. If you click again, Harper says with disgust, "I'm not going to take the pantyhose... am I?" Then he takes the pantyhose. Not a hugely elegant solution, but since Harper is a dumpster-diving hoarder it's not out of character.

5) Another character gives the item.
Helpful, because the other character can be aware of things the player and PC aren't.

For background speech you would have to do this anyway, since playing a speech clip is always blocking. So I'm not quite sure I follow what Ali is doing.

I can't believe I hadn't noticed that SayBackground doesn't allow audio! In that case there's all the more reason to want to call a particular speech clip from script. I only have a handful though, so I'll just workaround.

Just bumping this, because I want to know the same thing - for background speech using a speech bubble module.

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