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Development / Creating a respawn point on map changed?
« on: February 27, 2018, 04:23:51 pm »
Hi guys!

One thing I dislike about A Link to the Past is that you have to restart at your house or the Pyramid every time you die in the overworld. In the game I'm working on, you spend quite a lot of time in the overworld doing side-quests, and I don't want to set the player back so far if they're killed. I'd like to make it so if you die, you can be taken back whatever map you're currently on.

I know if the player is transported to a new map via a destination, you can save that location for restarting. However, if you use the side of the map scrolling feature, there is no destination to go back to, so one workaround is to design my overworld so there's never any side of the map teletransporters, but I'd like to avoid that if possible.

I also tried dynamically creating a destination using game:on_map_changed() and map:create_destination(), however it seems like the game erases this destination when a gameover happens, because the hero isn't taken back to it. I had this function in my game_manager script. This was my code that doesn't seem to work:

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--Set Respawn point whenver map changes
function game:on_map_changed()
  local map = game:get_map()
  local hero = game:get_hero()
  local x, y, layer = hero:get_position()
    name = "respawn",
    x = x, y = y, layer = layer,
    direction = hero:get_direction(),
    save_location = "yes",
    default = true,

But yeah, it seems like that destination is erased whenever a gameover happens, which makes it kind of pointless. Any ideas?

Your projects / Re: Ocean's Heart
« on: February 27, 2018, 04:14:18 pm »
Oh, thanks guys! I'm glad you like the look of it. All the graphics are something I've made myself for this project. It's been a great exercise to teach myself to do pixel art better, I've come a long way since I started a year and a half ago. I've also composed all the music, and I'm in the process of creating all the sound effects. I just recorded my dog last week to turn into a monster-damage sound.

My plan is to, at some point, re-format my tileset and release many of the graphics I'm creating under a creative commons license, similar to what Diarandor is doing. I figure it seems like the Solarus team has their scripts included under the GPL v3, right? I've been looking over those and taking them apart and using them and modifying them for this game, so I figure the least I can do in return is contribute many of my graphics the same way.

With that said, the way I've been working is adding onto the tilesets as I go and they're a hot mess. I know how to use them, but they'll take some modification before they'll really be ready to release. Besides that, I know I'm still going to be creating a lot more graphics for this game's later areas. If there's any interest though, I could throw together a very basic tileset if anyone wants to use these graphics right now.

And Christopho, thanks for the game-sharing advice. I've got a couple more music tracks to write and record for some areas, and then I'll be following that to share this game. Thanks : )

Development / Re: Activating a switch from a script?
« on: February 27, 2018, 03:59:13 pm »
Oh! I think I get it! Yeah, I thought events were special functions that were only called when certain requirements were met.

So I think my code should look like this, which seems to work:

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  elseif entity_type == "switch" then
    --activate the switch you hit if it's solid or arrow-type
    local switch = entity
    local sprite = switch:get_sprite()
    --check if the switch's sprite is the right type for activating
    if flying and sprite ~= nil and
    (sprite:get_animation_set() == "entities/switch_solid" or "entities/switch_lever_1" or "entities/switch_arrow") then
      --if it's off, turn it on. Or vice-versa.
      if not switch:is_activated() then"switch")

Development / Activating a switch from a script?
« on: February 27, 2018, 02:15:30 am »

I've been looking over the Solarus Team's bow/arrows script, which is super cool, and developed a script using it that shoots fire arrows. But one problem I'm encountering is that it uses switch:set-activated() to allow arrows to interact with switches. However, this method doesn't trigger the switch:on_activated() event.

I've found a workaround with setting a timer that checks to see if the switch has been activated ever 100ms or so and acts accordingly, but is there a better way to do this? Is there a way to trigger the event from a script?


Your projects / Ocean's Heart
« on: February 27, 2018, 01:59:34 am »
Hello! I'm regularly updating this post to reflect progress on this game. Ocean's Heart is a game I started in about March of 2017 in order to teach myself to use the Solarus Engine and learn some coding. The most recent update was October 11th, 2018.
I've been using twitter to regularly post screenshots and news about my game, so follow me there for frequent news!:

The game follows the journey of a girl whose father left their town six months ago to defeat pirates that attacked and kidnapped another girl. She spends most of the game following his trail and uncovering the plot that's kept him away for so long. I'm aiming for a cross between Zelda: The Wind Waker, and the Witcher 3:Wild Hunt, emphasizing exploration and interesting side-plots. I'm not trying to emulate Zelda in its entirety, so there's a few differences in my approach to dungeons, player power progression, depth of sidequests, etc. The final game is on track to be 5-8 hours long depending on how much exploration the player is interested in.

The game, rough estimate, is about 70% complete. There are currently several islands to explore, a small handful of dungeons (some larger, some smaller), items and abilities to find, many sidequests, and a main quest that I'm estimating might take a few hours to get as far as you currently can. You could reasonably sink 3-5 hours into the game right now if you wanted to exhaust every side quest and find every hidden power-up and treasure. At the moment, I'd like to release Ocean's Heart in 2019, but you know how video game releases go.

I've decided to take down the demo I had for now, since much about the game has changed and it was starting to become less than representative. It's just confusing for the both of us when people ask questions and I've already changed a lot. I'm planning another small demo sometime in the next few months that is a better vertical slice and will stand alone. If you're interested in testing or doing a let's play, send me a message or email and I might be able to hook you up with a playable build!

Here's a short, low-quality trailer of some areas:
(there's no way to embed youtube videos on this forum, is there?)

And some screenshots:

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