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  • jaeluxxgamedev 7:58 pm on July 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    My indie game development setup! (updated) 

    I am currently creating a new indie game from scratch using only #opensource application and my imagination.

    COMPUTER: Toshiba Satellite A8 laptop (AMD A8-6410 CPU with AMD Radeon R5 Graphics × 4, 4GB DDR3L memory / 750GB Hard Drive). Nothing fancy whatsoever, just has a great keyboard and display. Is fast enough for the way that I work.

    OS: My current operating system of choice is Ubuntu 16.10 LTS (http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop). I’ve found that this Linux distro has the most game development apps and the large majority are free and open source.  It’s based on Debian and is very easy to install & manage.

    Mango Saur by Jeremy Light

    PIXEL ART/TILESETS: I am generating sprite/pixel art and tile sets for the characters and environment using ASEPRITE exclusively (http://www.aseprite.org/). This is a sophisticated and feature-rich pixel art editor that is fun and easy to use. Bonus: even the menus and tool bars have that jagged eighties pixel look. I still use GIMP for some tasks.

    SCRIPT: I am writing the script (as in story, not C++ or Python) in Libre Office Writer 5 (http://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/). I would have selected an even simpler text editor, but I need to be able to throw graphics in here and there (a la storyboard) to make sense of what I write. I am actually having a lot of fun writing for my game, my other passion is writing fiction. I have been published in magazines and literary journals five times so far this year (It’s July of 2016).

    GAME ENGINE: I sometimes wish that I had the skills and time to make a 3d game and if I ever do, I’ll use Leadwerks Game Engine – Indie Edition (https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/leadwerks-indie/). Just looking at all of it’s features makes me salivate. For the 2d RPG that I am working on, I have several options and plan to try a few more out. LÖVE (https://love2d.org/) is by far the coolest looking though it doesn’t use the Python programming language. Two more that I have my eye on: Flare (http://flarerpg.org/), PyGame (http://www.pygame.org/wiki/about). You’ll probably be hearing a lot more about PyGame if you keep reading my posts.

    INSPIRATIONS (commercial only, I’ll save indie inspirations for a dedicated post): Phantasy Star II, Final Fantasy, Dragon Warrior, Zelda, WoW, Heroes of the Storm, Vampire The Masquerade, any Gameboy or NES-era RPG, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Warcraft 3, etc.

    P.S. To explain my featured image: I began making a heavily pixelated Charmander and then decided halfway though just to make it a mango-colored dinosaur with his tongue hanging out (aka Mangosaur).





  • jaeluxxgamedev 11:24 pm on July 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , fedora 24, , , Inkscape, Krita, , , , , , ,   

    My favorite pixel art tools… 

    Linux (I use Fedora 24 Workstation for everything!): GiMP 2.8, mtPaint, Krita and Inkscape.

    The ridiculously powerful and graphic design-friendly Fedora 24 Workstation OS itself can be found at https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/. Spoiler alert: it’s completely 100% free of charge and there are exactly 0 (zero!) viruses for it. You won’t miss Windows 10.

    Online: http://pixelart.jvrpath.com/, Google Chrome Apps such as: Pixel Art Creator, Blue Pixel Art and PixelEddy.

    My favorite online pixel editing tool is PixelArt.jvrpath.com. It has many quality features and allows direct sharing to social networking sites as well.

    Windows: Pyxel Edit is a true masterpiece for pixel art (though I despise Microsoft) and it is all one could ever need.



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