Author Topic: Cross Stitch Casper  (Read 7300 times)

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Cross Stitch Casper
« on: 01 Jul 2013, 16:50 »
Most likely the only cross stitched adventure game in existence.

Cross Stitch Casper is a game that focuses on story and characters.
The homely embroidered graphics are in contrast to the bleak home of main protagonist.

As player you control little Casper. But you're not him. You're just observing the world he's living in and the struggles he has to endure.
How will he manage to get through his daily live's struggles? Will he at all?

The only person sympathizing with him seems to be his grandmother. Then again, how much can an old woman do?



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« Last Edit: 14 Jul 2013, 10:12 by san.daniele »

Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #1 on: 01 Jul 2013, 16:55 »
Congrats on the release! Downloading now :)

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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #2 on: 01 Jul 2013, 18:28 »
That was a cute little game in a really unique "dress".
Sad story, but with nice effects (especially at the end) (nod)

Well done, good work! 
Congratulations for the release!

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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #3 on: 01 Jul 2013, 18:44 »
This is such a sad story...  :(
Fantastic work Daniel, I just love the unique style. The cross stitched animations are simple, but very effective. This must have been a lot of work. The puzzles were too easy for my taste, but the story progresses nicely. This is very impressive for a first game! ;-D

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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #4 on: 01 Jul 2013, 18:49 »
Congrats on the release!  Looks really interesting.  :)

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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #5 on: 04 Jul 2013, 08:51 »
Hooray for release :)
This is a very charming little game and the cross-stitch effect works brilliantly.

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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #6 on: 04 Jul 2013, 17:33 »
Innovative to say the least! Very nice.
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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #7 on: 05 Jul 2013, 04:27 »
Almost through (I think), but it's already one of the most memorable AGS games in my book. The mood is downright eerie and the "cross-stich" theme is both fitting and well executed. Amazing how the sparse look fires the imagination; together with the explicit hints of Casper's less-than-perfect home I really could see the world. Almost wished I couldn't...

I think my favourite moment was
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Casper asking for a minute to stay at his mother's grave. Touching, really.

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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #8 on: 06 Jul 2013, 21:31 »
Thank you for the comments. Especially Ghost's made me a very happy man.

I think my favourite moment was
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Casper asking for a minute to stay at his mother's grave. Touching, really.
Glad to see that someone found this. There's only a tiny window of opportunity to play that scene.

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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #9 on: 07 Jul 2013, 16:48 »
Good game, very touching. And the art style just complements the mood of the story very well.

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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #10 on: 10 Jul 2013, 07:06 »
I once started a fighting game with cross stitching. Based on Desperate Housewives series. Didn't know how to make games at all then and it wen't too slow so left unfinished. My approach was doing it by hand and then scanning the sprite animations. This made it align all wrong.
I have a question about aligment as well, wanted to post it inprogress thread but i was closed already.
Would you mind giving me a solution on this perfect dridbased walking. I have something in works that's based on famicom spritesheets and needs to step over every 8 pixels.

Very nice to see this stitching stuff come alive. Thankyou!

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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #11 on: 10 Jul 2013, 09:45 »
[…]fighting game with cross stitching. Based on Desperate Housewives […] doing it by hand and then scanning the sprite animations.

that sounds so crazy I want to see it! :D I doubt we would start a trend, but would be nice to see another cross stitching game out there (maybe there is already).
I thought about doing it by hand as well. But A) I have absolutely no experience in cross stitching (or any other garnment/embroidery related work) and B) it just seemed too difficult to pull of if not done extremely careful/perfect.

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I have a question about aligment as well, wanted to post it inprogress thread but i was closed already.

Not that hard actually. I think the most simple method is to use Modulo (modulo basically divides something and looks if there is any leftover. The value it returns is the leftover. I use this line in repeatedly_execute_always() of my global script

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  1. if (player.x%(8) != 0) player.x -=player.x%(8);
(thanks go to Selmiak for giving me the Modulo-hint)

what it does is: divide player.x by 8. if leftover != 0, move the player by the leftover amount.

I only needed that code for the free walking. Everything else I did manually. i.e. all Waypoints/WalkTo's are a multiple of 8, as is the Character Movement Speed (Movement has to be linked to Animation if you don't use modulo and be careful about the animation delay, I'm not going into it right now, just tell me if you need more input).

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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #12 on: 10 Jul 2013, 20:38 »
Thanks for the hints on coding.

About the stitching: in my case it wouldhave been (also was, because i finished kind of half the characters) reasonable amount of work doing them in matter because limited spriteset (had in mind grabbing a sewing machine for backgrounds maybe). In Your case it'd been a freakjob. But one could argue that a rewarding one: these kinds on artefacts that remain are a touchable proofs of Your hard virtual work and may, for example, finance your work in kickstarter scenario. Share the hardborn (bleeding fingers) sprites for gold supporters as attachable emblems or whatelse. All kinds of scraps, sideproducts of development could become sweet reminders of a wellspent gametime when outside a virtuality. Im fond of anime and inlove with concept art books and other memorabilia. And in favour of all kind of recycling in general. As seen in the following poster - custom made could use some help of readymade if one is in a hurry.

Im not updated with the latest western franchises, Despareate HW may be out of fashion in 2013. Have to be two steps ahead always (devTime).


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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #13 on: 11 Jul 2013, 10:50 »
Haha. That looks ridiculously awesome! Or was it awesomely ridiculous? Either way, I hope to see this turning into something. I don't know much about desperate housewives, but the concept of combining it with cross stitching and a fighting game seems to fit perfect.

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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #14 on: 15 Jul 2013, 18:46 »
finally gotten around to play and complete it, I like those kind of stories and the visuals are also cool and unique, a really nice but short game!

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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #15 on: 02 Aug 2013, 17:28 »
I liked it a lot. 
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What a sad ending though, too much for me  :undecided:
 
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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #16 on: 03 Aug 2013, 15:59 »
Daniel, you have a serious problem in your game when it is run with Direct3d renderer. Many objects are not visible.
This is how the first scene looks like:
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I do not know what techniques do you use in game, but I suppose one of the possible reasons may be the DrawingSurface problem, as described here:
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=48709.0

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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #17 on: 03 Aug 2013, 23:22 »
thanks again everyone for your feedback.

@Cleanic: while I like to hear that people feel uncomfortable after playing through the game, your comment made me think about that opinion. So thank you for that (I'm still processing my thoughts around it).

@Crimson: oh wow! I remember it worked at some point during the creation of the game (confirmed by checking a random backup of the game file). It's not just 'many objects'. The only thing you can see is the background and GUIs. No objects, no chars.
I'm fairly sure that all my programming/techniques can be considered 'very basic'. One thing I can rule out is DrawingSurface. Never touched that topic. I'm actually quite sure that this is not related to any scripting. Going to hunt it down right now (my first random thought was blaming it on the 'FadingThingsNotBlocking' module. Well, I was wrong there :) ).
Any other ideas are more than welcome, I'm not really sure what I'm looking for.

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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #18 on: 04 Aug 2013, 11:29 »
What does this "FadingThingsNotBlocking" modules does? Err, I assume I can find it on forums? I am going to look at that too.
Do you use any other modules?

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Re: Cross Stitch Casper
« Reply #19 on: 04 Aug 2013, 16:01 »
I found an error too:
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in the end, when there are those guys standing in front of the saloon, when I open the menu and close it, the granny is suddenly small size. This also persists when I entered the house.

That aside, great game!  :)