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Title: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Stupot on 18 Aug 2020, 01:42
Here it is, a little earlier than usual.


Topic: Cloak and Dagger.
Chosen by Slasher

A private investigator game. Either based on a film / tv private investigator or original. 'Cat and mouse' game, escape death, solve the case and win over the girl....

Previous assets may be used....

(https://i.imgur.com/8XmAn8I.png)


What is MAGS?
Started in 2001, MAGS is a competition for amateur adventure game makers. The idea is to create a game in under a month, following the rules set by the previous winner. It aims to help you work to a deadline, improve your skills, and provide a kick-start into making adventure games. Regardless of skill, MAGS is for everyone. Voting is based on "favourite" games, and not the most artistic, or the best coded. If you have bad art skills, use it as a chance to do some graphic work. If you're sub-standard at coding, use it as a chance to give scripting a go. Ultimately, people will vote for the most enjoyable entry.

Rules
Entering MAGS is simple. First, conceptualize your game following the month's criteria (see above). Second, create your game fuelled only by coffee. Finally, post your game in this thread, including:

* A working download link
* The title of your game
* A suitable in-game screenshot

At the end of the month, voting will begin, usually lasting for fourteen days, and the winner chooses the next month's theme.


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Need a little help with graphics? Perhaps The AGS Trove (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=55998.0) has something you can use.
Don't want to go it alone? Try the Recruitment board (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?board=20.0).
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Title: Re: MAGS September “???” (To Be Announced - get ready)
Post by: Stupot on 18 Aug 2020, 04:00
Whoops, I posted this in the wrong forum. Could a mod please move it to the competitions board?

Cheers :-)
Title: Re: MAGS September “???” (To Be Announced - get ready)
Post by: VampireWombat on 18 Aug 2020, 13:13
Maybe. Depends on the theme. September is going to be a fairly full month as it is since it will hopefully finally be lower temperatures and I plan to start working on things that got pushed back due to heat. But maybe I could find someone to work with? So, yeah. Put me down as as a possible.
Title: Re: MAGS September “???” (To Be Announced - get ready)
Post by: Stupot on 28 Aug 2020, 02:41
Anyone else in?

I’m planning to open September’s jam tomorrow, two whole days early.

Watch this space.
Title: Re: MAGS September “???” (To Be Announced - get ready)
Post by: Slasher on 28 Aug 2020, 06:41
Well, I like a challenge so I guess I'll be in.....  (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS September “???” (To Be Announced - get ready)
Post by: Cassiebsg on 28 Aug 2020, 10:43
Maybe, if I get a decent idea that motivates me into doing anything. My first MAGS was also in September, so... maybe...  ;) (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS September “???” (To Be Announced - get ready)
Post by: Mandle on 28 Aug 2020, 14:52
I have an experimental idea I'd like to try out so, if the theme fits, I'll give it a try maybe.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Stupot on 30 Aug 2020, 10:38
MAGS September is now officially open.

The theme chosen by Slasher is:

Cloak and Dagger

Check the first post for details.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 30 Aug 2020, 11:36
Almost exactly the kind of theme I was hoping for. I'm in most likely!
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: VampireWombat on 30 Aug 2020, 15:44
I'm still only a maybe. I'd have to think of a fairly good idea to do a game on my own.

But if someone wants to work together....
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 30 Aug 2020, 15:48
I'm still only a maybe. I'd have to think of a fairly good idea to do a game on my own.

But if someone wants to work together....
I can help with some ideas and maybe some scripting..
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: VampireWombat on 30 Aug 2020, 15:56
I can help with some ideas and maybe some scripting..
Thanks, but I was hoping for something more like a mutual partnership.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 31 Aug 2020, 07:16
So anyway, I am going to start work on my entry tomorrow.

"Mythos Busters"

You control a team of private investigators in the 1920s who get caught up in investigating strange goings-on in the city of (naturally) Arkham.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Stupot on 31 Aug 2020, 07:52
Fucking hell, it’s not even September yet.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 31 Aug 2020, 08:44
Fucking hell, it’s not even September yet.

Hahaha, you think that's bad? I went to a job two weeks ago, a lesson I teach every Friday morning. It's about an hour's bicycle ride there (and another hour back) and it was 39 degrees that day.
I got there are the staff was like "Ummmm, Ross-Sensei, it's Thursday today."
So easy to lose track of what day and date it is these days.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: VampireWombat on 31 Aug 2020, 13:04
So... anyway.

I might try to make a game this month after all. The theme works well for Urban Fantasy, so maybe I'll finally get around to making one. But first I need to finish this month's game.

If anyone is interested in making an urban fantasy game, let me know. If you're unsure what Urban Fantasy is, the Blackwell series and Unavowed are the best game examples and as well as the Dresden Files and Constantine books/comics.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 31 Aug 2020, 15:11
The theme works well for Urban Fantasy

I was actually considering the name "Mythology Busters" and doing an Urban Fantasy theme, but didn't love the idea as much as a Call Of Cthulhu RPG kinda thing.

I think I've also solved the issue of the Lovecraftian monsters never looking as insanity-inducing in onscreen graphics as they are supposed to be in the mythos world...
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: VampireWombat on 31 Aug 2020, 15:43
I think I've also solved the issue of the Lovecraftian monsters never looking as insanity-inducing in onscreen graphics as they are supposed to be in the mythos world...
Sounds interesting. Hopefully it's not a method which can cause seizures.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Gilbert on 31 Aug 2020, 20:18
I've removed a number of posts from this thread.
This thread is about making games and please don't kill the thread by creating dramas based on some very specific wordings.
These kind of discussions about social problems can be place elsewhere, such as the General forum.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Racoon on 31 Aug 2020, 21:31
I will participate this month as well  :) After some stressfull times I finally have free time again and can't wait to start something.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 01 Sep 2020, 11:20
I will participate this month as well  :) After some stressfull times I finally have free time again and can't wait to start something.
I do hope so  (nod)

Meanwhile, my game is planned out...
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: brewton on 01 Sep 2020, 19:40
I'm in.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Stupot on 02 Sep 2020, 01:55
Good to hear it.

Anyone else?
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Reiter on 02 Sep 2020, 03:54
Note me down under a 'perhaps', would you? I have an idea. Possibly.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 02 Sep 2020, 07:57
Great to hear we may have more entry's  (nod)

Meanwhile, I have done most of the mechanics and have got a few rooms ready and sorted out a few characters..

The game takes place in a theater where murders have been committed..

"Did the sandbag fall or was it thrown?"
"Who was the shadowy figure on the roof?"
"Maybe a bit of Paganini is called for?"

Play as Dick Casey.....

I am using a variation of my Slasher Template.....

Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: VampireWombat on 02 Sep 2020, 13:26
Dick Casey with his iconic bright orange trench coat and telegram capable watch?

I'm still a maybe. I've thought about it some, but I haven't come up with anything useful yet.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 02 Sep 2020, 18:24
Splash image for The Spider's Web

(https://i.imgur.com/RAyQkvW.png)

Got 2 rooms set up....
Title: Re: MAGS September %u201CCloak and Dagger%u201D (OPEN)
Post by: Racoon on 02 Sep 2020, 22:18
I have come up with an idea now, too. It will be a story about a mouse detective. When a mouse from the community is murdered, he has to overcome prejudice to prove the innocence of a cat thats under suspicion. It may sound a bit weird, but I hope I can make it work :D
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: VampireWombat on 02 Sep 2020, 22:53
I'm now actually a little confused by the theme. I realized and confirmed that Cloak and Dagger refers to spies, secret organizations, etc. So does this mean that both interpretations are equally valid? Or does the P.I. have to investigate some kind of secret organization?
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: HanaIndiana on 03 Sep 2020, 00:51
I love mysteries! But I don't have a game idea... yet. I love the topic, so I'm going to try to figure something out.  :P
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Stupot on 03 Sep 2020, 02:57
I'm now actually a little confused by the theme. I realized and confirmed that Cloak and Dagger refers to spies, secret organizations, etc. So does this mean that both interpretations are equally valid? Or does the P.I. have to investigate some kind of secret organization?
I don’t think it necessarily entails espionage or secret societies. I think it can be used quite broadly. We use it in business, politics, maybe even a family context. Any situation involving a web of lies and backstabbing (metaphorical or otherwise).
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 03 Sep 2020, 07:00
I don’t think it necessarily entails espionage or secret societies. I think it can be used quite broadly. We use it in business, politics, maybe even a family context. Any situation involving a web of lies and backstabbing (metaphorical or otherwise).
The term 'cloak and dagger', as Stupot says can be broadly used and spying and espionage is just one way to conceive it but is may also reflect murder, mystery and suspense like Columbo or Miss Marple etc etc

If you check out the Topic's sub-heading it is referring to a Detective/P.I...  but you could be a spy solving a case detective style.....
Title: Re: MAGS September %u201CCloak and Dagger%u201D (OPEN)
Post by: heltenjon on 03 Sep 2020, 09:17
I have come up with an idea now, too. It will be a story about a mouse detective. When a mouse from the community is murdered, he has to overcome prejudice to prove the innocence of a cat thats under suspicion. It may sound a bit weird, but I hope I can make it work :D

I'm getting Mord im Laufrad vibes here! Sounds fun! EDIT: (The English title was Murder in a Wheel.)
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 03 Sep 2020, 11:35
Still working on GUIs, which is taking a lot of thought and time in this case, but still in!
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: VampireWombat on 03 Sep 2020, 14:24
I guess I probably shouldn't rely on Tvtropes to clarify genres.

I have vague ideas, but still no main idea.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: heltenjon on 03 Sep 2020, 17:46
I guess I probably shouldn't rely on Tvtropes to clarify genres.

I have vague ideas, but still no main idea.

I'm not qualified for mutual partnership, but if you want to play ball with your ideas, feel free to drop me a PM.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: VampireWombat on 03 Sep 2020, 21:41
Actually, I just got an idea a few minutes ago that takes it in a completely different direction. A kid detective.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: milkanannan on 04 Sep 2020, 04:36
Splash image for The Spider's Web

(https://i.imgur.com/RAyQkvW.png)

Got 2 rooms set up....

This already looks good :-D
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 04 Sep 2020, 07:04
This is the final splash screen..

(https://i.imgur.com/STR78dM.png)
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Skeevy Wonder on 04 Sep 2020, 08:17
Maybe! I have an idea and could actually complete a side project now that I've got an established routine. Would aim to be done within two weeks.

VampireWombat: what's your main focus (story, art, coding)? Did you wind up settling on the kid detective?
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: VampireWombat on 04 Sep 2020, 14:00
VampireWombat: what's your main focus (story, art, coding)? Did you wind up settling on the kid detective?
Generally the art ends up being what gets most focused on. Story almost always ends up less than I want. I'm not great at coding, but I have always been able to get what I need done.

Probably. Maybe. Perhaps. Unless a better idea comes up or someone wants to work with me on a game.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: DBoyWheeler on 04 Sep 2020, 23:56
@Slasher
The title screen makes me think of a Case Closed (JP: Detective Conan) episode.  Still cool, though.

Starting to look like a cool competition so far.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 07 Sep 2020, 07:48
Hi

The Spider's Web

My game entry is split into 2 parts... Part 1 is almost complete.

Who was the shadowy figure on the theater rooftop you saw climbing down the ladder?
(https://i.imgur.com/6suMLOf.png)
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 07 Sep 2020, 13:55
Who was the shadowy figure on the theater rooftop you saw climbing down the ladder?

Oops, sorry, that was just me. i was up on the roof sneaking a cig because I promised my wife I would quit. Excuse me for causing all the bother with people thinking there was a mysterious villain around and all...
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 07 Sep 2020, 14:29
Oops, sorry, that was just me. i was up on the roof sneaking a cig because I promised my wife I would quit. Excuse me for causing all the bother with people thinking there was a mysterious villain around and all...
Dick Casey: "I should arrest you Mandle for leaving fag butts on the roof and being sneaky behind your wife's back, you villain (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Stupot on 07 Sep 2020, 15:49
Disclaimer for non-Brits: “Fag butts” has a totally innocent meaning in the UK.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: JackPutter on 07 Sep 2020, 16:38
I'm delighted to see so much activity in a MAGS thread! I have a simple enough idea that I might try to get together, but I'm experimenting with a completely new style of graphics so it might not work out. Plus it's been MONTHS since I coded anything, so I might have lost my AGS scripting abilities! We'll see how it turns out...
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: VampireWombat on 07 Sep 2020, 17:04
No one saw anything.  8-)

I still haven't come up with much for my game. But maybe I will do some programming this afternoon using stand in graphics...
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 08 Sep 2020, 06:22
No one saw anything.  8-)
I saw it  (roll)

How can Dick the 'Tec  avoid certain death from the deadly, Golden scorpion's sting?
(https://i.imgur.com/EYSXe9w.png)

Part 1 of 2 is complete and i am well into part 2.....

Uses a variation of my Slasher Template....

Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: milkanannan on 08 Sep 2020, 08:06
Slasher do you do your art from scratch? Or is it created using a photo? It’s a cool style. Very unique.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 08 Sep 2020, 08:26
Slasher do you do your art from scratch? Or is it created using a photo? It’s a cool style. Very unique.
Well, more often than not, I take my existing backgrounds (not photos) and manipulate them to the way I want.. I'm no drawing artist ;)

Some are from blank room templates that I amend to my liking like shape, colors etc.

Whatever it takes to make a game instead of whining about my lack of skills in that department...

Thanks for your comments.....
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Racoon on 08 Sep 2020, 14:54
Hey guys, I am also working on my game. After a few days of procrastination, I started by making a walk cycle for my main character. He kind of looks like he is walking a bit too energetic, but I will take it as it is now.
 
(https://i.imgur.com/cW0P0Fz.gif)
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 08 Sep 2020, 15:34
Hey guys, I am also working on my game. After a few days of procrastination, I started by making a walk cycle for my main character. He kind of looks like he is walking a bit too energetic, but I will take it as it is now.
 (https://i.imgur.com/cW0P0Fz.gif)
Looks great to me mate ;)... any progress on your idea?

Meanwhile...........

Dick the 'Tec: The Spider's Web

Can Madame la Merre of the Follies La Rouge help Dick the 'Tec?
(https://i.imgur.com/zQQg9wQ.png)

Meeting the girls on stage at the Follies La Rouge.
(https://i.imgur.com/DMAM9UD.png)

Edit: Game progress now 80%...

Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 09 Sep 2020, 16:11
Whatever it takes to make a game instead of whining about my lack of skills in that department...

That's why you get games finished!!! You and Ed Wood will have a lot to talk about in heaven, and that is in no way a bad thing.

Much better than obsessing over a game for years and then getting bummed out when the reception did not equal the effort.

GO SLASHER!!!

EDIT: I had an inspiration to work on my own game today, and I will tomorrow maybe, and everything I said about it so far may have changed.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: VampireWombat on 09 Sep 2020, 17:03
Things for the $104 Adventure Game Challenge have ballooned where I'm not likely to work much, if at all, on my game until the 28th. So, I'm still a maybe.
I have enough figured out that I can make the game in 3 days. I just don't know if I'll have the energy and motivation by then.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 10 Sep 2020, 08:22
Hi Mandle,  Me and Ed Wood may well have a lot in common  (laugh)

Hope you complete an entry  (nod)

VampireWombat: I hope you do find the energy and motivation  (nod)
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 11 Sep 2020, 07:58
Hi

Dick the 'Tec: The Spider's Web

Game is 100%, now testing...

The first part of this game is not linear as rooms can be done in any order.

Sometimes there is more than one solution to a problem...

Left Click: Interact/Use Inv...  Right Click: Look/Use Inv

Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: VampireWombat on 11 Sep 2020, 20:14
I did get some foundations done at least. I'll probably end up using modified versions of Maniac Mansion Mania stuff to be able to get the game done. I plan to work on it some today. Hopefully I will actually finish the game this time.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 12 Sep 2020, 08:38
Dick the 'tec: The Spider's Web

A game of cat and mouse as you investigate deaths at the Follies la Rouge theater and end up walking into a Spiders's Web of sin and murder... and confronting your nemesis, Henretty!

You are Dick the 'tec, the best Dick in town....

This game is in two parts... Part one can be done in any order...and sometimes there is more than one solution to a problem.

Uses a variation of my Slasher Template ..

Left Click: Interact/Use Inventory/Walk
Right Click: Look/Use Inventory/Walk

Please report to me of any issues and I will rectify...thanks...

Small issues resolved.. 13th/14th Sept....

https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2467-the-spider-s-web (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2467-the-spider-s-web)

Can Madame la Merre of the Follies La Rouge help Dick the 'tec?
(https://i.imgur.com/zQQg9wQ.png)

Meeting the girls on stage at the Follies La Rouge.
(https://i.imgur.com/DMAM9UD.png)

Who was the shadowy figure on the theater rooftop you saw climbing down the ladder?
(https://i.imgur.com/6suMLOf.png)

How can Dick the 'tec  avoid certain death from the deadly, Golden scorpion's sting?
(https://i.imgur.com/EYSXe9w.png)

https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2467-the-spider-s-web (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2467-the-spider-s-web)

Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: JackPutter on 12 Sep 2020, 14:36
I got a promotion at work which is great because it means twice the hours and twice the wonga, but unfortunately it seriously cuts down my free time. I'll still try to complete my entry but it may be much more simple than I initially intended.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Cassiebsg on 12 Sep 2020, 14:43
I'm not sure twice the hours is a good thing, but twice the "wonga" is definitely a good thing. So congrats on the promotion! :D
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: HanaIndiana on 12 Sep 2020, 20:17
My state is on fire, and without going into detail... I've been having an insane week. Smoke is keeping me indoors pretty much, so I am very very grateful to have MAGS to keep my mind off things. Love what's been done by everyone so far!  :)
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: heltenjon on 12 Sep 2020, 23:49
I got a promotion at work which is great because it means twice the hours and twice the wonga, but unfortunately it seriously cuts down my free time. I'll still try to complete my entry but it may be much more simple than I initially intended.

Dude, that isn't a promotion. You got cloned.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 13 Sep 2020, 05:15
HanaIndiana: Hope the fires/smoke don't affect you too much and you are ok....

Dick the 'tec: The Spider's Web

Please report to me of any issues and I will rectify...thanks...

A small issue resolved.. 13th Sept....

https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2467-the-spider-s-web

PS... People are asked to add some feedback on a game's database page for people to see and to encourage and help developers.....
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 13 Sep 2020, 09:46
Opened up the game and got a bit of work done on it today. Not sure if it was positive work or not, but at least it is work....
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 13 Sep 2020, 10:45
Opened up the game and got a bit of work done on it today. Not sure if it was positive work or not, but at least it is work....
I'm sure it was positive and at least you are working on it....GO MANDLE GO  (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: HanaIndiana on 13 Sep 2020, 18:16
Thanks @slasher! I played your game and really like it  :grin:

I got stuck though, and I don't know what I'm missing. I'm assuming its me and not a bug:

Spoiler: ShowHide
I found enough clues where I can only go to the stage and the basement. The stage is empty (though he does say Hi to the girls, but they aren't visible). And I can't seem to do anything in the basement. I recently grabbed the broom.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 13 Sep 2020, 18:51
Thanks @slasher! I played your game and really like it  :grin:

I got stuck though, and I don't know what I'm missing. I'm assuming its me and not a bug:

Spoiler: ShowHide
I found enough clues where I can only go to the stage and the basement. The stage is empty (though he does say Hi to the girls, but they aren't visible). And I can't seem to do anything in the basement. I recently grabbed the broom.

Ah,i need to disable stage talk if girls not there., in fact you should not go there if they are gone (new upload).. what places can you now go to?

You will auto go to basement when you have all the clues etc etc

Did you check out the face? Can you go Madame's?

That's the trouble with randomness.


Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: HanaIndiana on 13 Sep 2020, 19:25
I downloaded it again. I'm not talking to missing girls on stage anymore.  :smiley:
Still stuck though, is it me?

Spoiler: ShowHide
I talked to everyone and have the broom. I'm able to go to the Madam's office and the Basement. Madam left to call police, so her office is empty. I can't figure out how to move along.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 13 Sep 2020, 19:31
I downloaded it again. I'm not talking to missing girls on stage anymore.  :smiley:
Still stuck though, is it me?

Spoiler: ShowHide
I talked to everyone and have the broom. I'm able to go to the Madam's office and the Basement. Madam left to call police, so her office is empty. I can't figure out how to move along.

i have just updated download... couple of tweaks..

Once you have completed all girls dialogs including haunted and stone face you will not need to return to stage after leaving.

Spoiler: ShowHide

Have you checked the rosters and looked at all the files in Madames'?


Can you stay with me for a while?

EDIT: 14th Sept... New version uploaded..

Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: milkanannan on 13 Sep 2020, 20:06
I just finished it. Very nice entry, Slasher. I didn't encounter any bugs. The dialogue and pacing moved along without a hitch.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: HanaIndiana on 13 Sep 2020, 20:11
Yep, no bugs for either! Great game  :-D
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: milkanannan on 14 Sep 2020, 02:46
Still over half a month to go. Slasher, for you that’s enough tine to build a second entry.  (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 14 Sep 2020, 07:00
Cheers guys..

Still over half a month to go. Slasher, for you that’s enough tine to build a second entry.  (laugh)
I need the rest of the time to recoup  (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 15 Sep 2020, 05:30
Dick the 'tec: The Spider's Web

*** Few bits of grammar/spelling fixed...  Basement roof cleaned up... Active inventory x now viewable during close up of stone face...
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: HanaIndiana on 16 Sep 2020, 15:54
I have a shell of a game done (yay!) I'm hoping to have time to go back and add actual walk cycles, animations, cut scenes. So it actually looks like a real game  :grin:
And I'm adding an old-school score element because why not.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Shadow1000 on 16 Sep 2020, 16:13
Dick the 'tec: The Spider's Web


I played this game on Monday. My impression is that this is probably one of the best releases Slasher has done to date and among the best MAGS entries I've seen. A few quirky solutions to puzzles but otherwise well-paced, a good difficulty level, good story and objective and hits the theme on the bullseye. I might have more to add during the vote but really good work, Slasher.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 19 Sep 2020, 16:15
Thank you for your nice comments Shadow1000  (nod)

Hopefully more games to come from people..
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 19 Sep 2020, 17:44
Still a chance I might get my game in as I have a bit of spare time available without work or wife at home over the next few days.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 20 Sep 2020, 07:57
Still a chance I might get my game in as I have a bit of spare time available without work or wife at home over the next few days.
While the wife's away Mandle will be free to make a game  (laugh) Here's hoping... not had a game from you in a while....

Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: VampireWombat on 20 Sep 2020, 18:02
My game is still a maybe. I still have 1 more week of the 104 game jam. When it's over, I'll either be so used to working on game stuff that it won't be a problem, or I'll be too exhausted to even think about it...
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 21 Sep 2020, 07:51
Well, the bad news is that my XCOM: Enemy Within "Classic Ironman" campaign I have been playing for the last two weeks corrupted its save file with no way of recovery. And DAMMIT, because this was the first time it seemed I might actually win the game at that level of play after 4 or 5 previous attempts!!!

The good news is that I'm not going to start again for quite some time, if ever, and this has broken the hypnotic spell the game had me in.

Full speed ahead on my MAGS entry!

I had an issue with a "stack overflow" error today that took an hour to solve. It just seems that you can't have 25 %s string variables formatting into a single string, so I just split the formatting into 2 separate strings and appended them.

Simple solution but it took the hour to figure out what the actual problem was. Google was no help so I wonder if nobody has ever tried to format 25 %s string variables at the same time before, failed, and asked for help...

Seems like a crazy thing to try to do but here's why I wanted to:

It's the label that shows each character's stats at the top of the screen. Each character has a maximum of 12 stats (Well, 6 stats and 6 "values", but there isn't much difference at the moment) and the stat and value names are all definable within the game, which means each stat name must be a %s and each stat amount must be a %s as well. So that's 24 plus the character's name, making 25.

Basically, I'm trying to conserve the amount of GUI elements so I can fit all the gameplay into just one GUI.

I know I could just split everything into separate GUIS but, in my experience at least, that slowly grows out of control and becomes a slippery slope of "What the eff was I doing again?!" and a kind of slider puzzle of where to put each GUI.

So... Screw that. I'm gonna pack everything into one GUI! (Or maybe two... possibly twelve...)

Now... with that problem solved I just have to decide how this game is actually supposed to be played. I have a few options, but choosing the "funnest" coupled with "possible to actually design" is a tough choice.

But this is MAGS so I will just rush forward blissfully unaware into my instinctive first choice and then look at the game tomorrow and think "WTF WAS I THINKING?!"

Cheerio!
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 21 Sep 2020, 09:15
Mandle, did not realise there was a %s limit!

I know if/else if in a function does or did have a limit..

I hope you manage to sort it out and can make a playable game  (nod)
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 21 Sep 2020, 11:16
I hope you manage to sort it out and can make a playable game  (nod)

Yeah, I described how I sorted it out, but cheers old mate!

And "playable" might be a stretch but I will try!
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: HanaIndiana on 22 Sep 2020, 01:23
Quote
But this is MAGS so I will just rush forward blissfully unaware into my instinctive first choice and then look at the game tomorrow and think "WTF WAS I THINKING?!"

Love this! MAGS in a nutshell. Glad I'm not the only one.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: milkanannan on 22 Sep 2020, 03:07
Has there ever been a competition involving all MAGS winners?
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 22 Sep 2020, 09:31
Has there ever been a competition involving all MAGS winners?
Never to my knowledge...
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: milkanannan on 22 Sep 2020, 10:59
That would be kind of cool, no? Legacy MAGS: The People’s Choice
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: VampireWombat on 22 Sep 2020, 13:04
I can not finish my game if it would help, since I have never won a Mags...
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Stupot on 23 Sep 2020, 02:30
Has there ever been a competition involving all MAGS winners?
Are you talking about bringing past winners back for a new contest or voting on past winning entries. The former would be impossible (it’s hard enough getting the numbers when it’s open to everybody, let alone only past winners.) The latter could be fun. We already have MAGGIES which is a vote for the best winning game of the year. We could have a mega-vote of all the annual MAGGIES winners. Or a mega-mega bracketed tournament of all the past monthly winners. (People would be expected to play (Or have played) the games in order to vote on them though. It wouldn’t be worth it for the 12 people who might turn out vote.)
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: JackPutter on 24 Sep 2020, 19:33
I think it's 50/50 whether I'll get my entry submitted or not. I have put a lot of work in and have a lot of things completed, but I don't have all that much free time coming up so I may not be able to stitch it all together. I'll do my best to streamline things and submit at least a bare-bones version if I can!
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 25 Sep 2020, 07:21
I think it's 50/50 whether I'll get my entry submitted or not. I have put a lot of work in and have a lot of things completed, but I don't have all that much free time coming up so I may not be able to stitch it all together. I'll do my best to streamline things and submit at least a bare-bones version if I can!
As long as you stitch the right parts together I'm sure you'll be fine..

Jump in, the water's lovely  (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Racoon on 25 Sep 2020, 12:29
Good job on getting your game done Slasher! I will try it out later today :)  I am also still working on my game from time to time, but I really lack motivation since I lost some of my progress after my laptop shut down because the charging cable came loose. But I still try to get something done, maybe it will be shorter than I planned before.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 26 Sep 2020, 05:56
Dick the 'tec: The Spider's Web

A few minor issues fixed.. 26th Sept....

https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2467-the-spider-s-web
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Olleh19 on 26 Sep 2020, 13:16
Hey guys, i might enter this. But when does it end? I'm a little stressed out here  (laugh) 30th September?
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 26 Sep 2020, 13:22
Hey guys, i might enter this. But when does it end? I'm a little stressed out here  (laugh) 30th September?
Yes
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: VampireWombat on 26 Sep 2020, 13:54
My game is still a maybe. The game jam ends tomorrow afternoon for me. If I have the energy and motivation, I will start working on the game again Monday or Tuesday.
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 27 Sep 2020, 17:28
Anybody got something to show or are you going straight to the bone?  (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS September “Cloak and Dagger” (OPEN)
Post by: VampireWombat on 27 Sep 2020, 20:50
I do have some stuff finished on my laptop. Maybe I'll share next time I use it. I will try to work on my game at least 1 hour tomorrow too.