|I added a lot of Scaffolder configuration improvements,|
like configurable key-value HUD displays.
I changed email subscription services for my devlog this week, so hopefully this email is reaching you OK!
tl;dr: I made post-game-jam fixes to Momma Duck, and lots of follow-up fixes to my Scaffolder and Surfacer frameworks.
What happened last week?
During the game-jam, I thought of lots of things that I thought were missing or that weren't working as well as they should have in my Scaffolder and Surfacer frameworks. So a lot of my work last week week—and this next week—relates to these improvements.
- Post-game-jam upkeep:
- Rated other game-jam submissions.
- Responded to comments on my game-jam submission.
- Responded to reviews on my Godot-documentation PRs.
- Wrote a devlog post on my GMTK game jam experience.
- Created a post on my portfolio website for my game-jam game.
- Added new cards to snoringcat.games:
- Squirrel Away, Momma Duck, Surfacer, and Scaffolder.
- Replacing subscribe-via-email:
- :( Google is killing support for email subscriptions in Blogger in two weeks.
- So I needed to figure out how to replace it.
- In order to replace the easy Blogger-built-in feature, it sounds like I essentially have to do something heavy-handed like use https://mailchimp.com with a bunch of custom configuration.
- So I went with Mailchimp:
- I can exported a CSV with the emails of all the current subscribers to my blog (from Feedburner).
- I setup an automated campaign in Mailchimp based on the RSS feed from my blog.
- I can a subscribe-to-my-list landing page with Mailchimp.
- I then set up all sorts of other complex configuration details with Mailchimp.
- :( I apparently must include my mailing address in every email I send with Mailchimp (in order to comply with anti-spam law).
- Fortunately, I have a virtual mailbox I can use for this!
- :/ Apparently, I also have to include a Mailchimp ad in the footer of my emails.
- This is probably a consequence of using the free tier.
- This subscribe button should look just like the previous Feedburner-based subscribe button.
- I then verified that every step of this process worked!
- You all probably saw an email about a test blog post I made on Thursday.
- Sorry about the noise!
- I imported my old subscriber contacts into Mailchimp.
- I deactivated my old Feedburner email system.
- I then discovered that when I disable the subscribe widget, some styles are no longer included.
- So I re-enabled the widget, scraped all relevant style rules from my site, copied them into the custom styles that I include, and then re-disabled the widget.
- Post-game-jam fixes to Momma Duck:
- Make various improvements to the momma and duckling animations.
- Make the quack and peep sounds sound more like what they are.
- Add a splash sound.
- Add throttling to exclamation marks.
- Add some margin to momma-duck-with-enemy collisions, so that Momma can more easily sit still and guard ducklings.
- Show enemy exclamation mark even if they are already moving away.
- Tween camera out slightly at level-end.
- Hopefully fix a music pitch glitch in HMTL.
- Add displays for counts: HUD (heads-up display) and pause menu.
- Create a separate repository for all of these post-jam-submission changes, so that I can easily distinguish between what the game looked like before and after.
- I created this separate repository under the SnoringCatGames account.
- I then setup data collection stuff for the non-jam version of Momma Duck.
- Terms and conditions doc
- Google Analytics property
- Google Cloud Storage bucket for automatic crash-log reporting
- Momma Duck in-app configuration
- Snoringcat.games URLs
- Lots of improvements to Scaffolder and Surfacer, for things that I noticed while using these frameworks for another game during the game jam.
- Make the HUD key-value items (like a current-level-time display, or a current-number-of-ducklings-in-tow display) generally configuble with Scaffolder.
- Refactor how HUD content is configured and stored.
- Split-apart settings screen into multiple groups: main, annotations, HUD, misc.
- Restructure various types of configuration to be more consolidated.
- Audio, GUI, Surfacer, app metadata.
- My top-level configuration class was becoming _very_ long, so I needed to break it apart into smaller, easier-to-search-through pieces.
- Create a handy method for setting up configs that are likely to change between runs.
- Break long lines.
- Add auto-populated settings-screen enablement items for the new key-value-list items shown in the HUD.
- Refactor pause, game-over, level-select item-class configurations to just specify the whole list instead of specifying separate inclusions and exclusions, which were based on default values from the framework.
- Save whether a level has been finished.
- Move fastest-time save-state to Scaffolder.
- Fix Scaffolder to not record scores or times unless actually finishing the level.
- Add a level-not-finished game-over cadence configuration.
|Added new groupings within the settings screen.|
- Continue adding various post-game-jam fixes to both my frameworks and to Momma Duck.
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