I've worked on creating skills for the game for the last week, I'm done with designing almost all of them and still need to implement them. I've decided to go that route since most of Gacha Hell is pure content. 

  • Time spent on the project so far: 81 hours
  • Currently working on: Creating skills
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

I've been working on the battle system for the last two weeks and now I think I have a good rhythm and I'll just need to keep pushing and add new mechanics and content to the game. The core gameplay is there and I'll be able to refine it as I iterate during my own playtesting.

  • Time spent on the project so far: 76 hours
  • Currently working on: Battle Screen
  • Screenshot: The soldier won!
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

The last week was kinda low-productivity since I was watching the RPG Limit Break Speedrun Marathon, but I still managed to get some stuff done, now enemies have 'proper' 'AI' and will attack players with various moves depending on some small fuzzy logic rules. I still have some more pieces of battle logic to code, mainly the formula for damage dealt by attacks and then I'll have to code player action selection and the use of player skills.

  • Time spent on the project so far: 66 hours
  • Currently working on: Battle Screen
  • Screenshot: A soldier still fighting some pens
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

I'm now working on the battle systems of GACHA HELL, right now I have to define enemy stats and skills based on their locations, so this week will see a fair bit of game design, which might start getting implemented later on.

  • Time spent on the project so far: 61 hours
  • Currently working on: Battle Screen
  • Screenshot: A soldier fighting some pens
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

I've been working on the map screen of GACHA HELL for the past day and it's almost done for now. I still have to code stuff for events and quests, but right now this is all I need. Only a few tweaks are left, but I should start working on enemy stats and stuff like that tomorrow!

  • Time spent on the project so far: 58 hours
  • Currently working on: Map screen
  • Screenshot: Map screen!
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

This weekend I've completed the 'Character Edit Screen' where you equip various weapons and armors. It's a bit similar to the 'Party Edit' screen, but it has some slight differences. Now I'm working on the map screen and after that is the battle screen! The main loop of the game is almost done!

  • Time spent on the project so far: 55 hours
  • Currently working on: Map screen
  • Screenshot: Character edit screen
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

This week was all about skills. How they're implemented, what they are, how they're shown in the game. I still have a few tweaks to do here and there, but the basis for my skill system is more or less done. Next up is the character edit screen where you can change gear and stuff like that (which should be easy) then I'll move on to the map screen. Maybe with some luck we'll have some gameplay by the end of next week?

  • Time spent on the project so far: 50 hours
  • Currently working on: Skill system
  • Screenshot: Some different skills
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

This week I've mostly worked on the gear system; Creating weapons, armors and starting the bases for accessories. I haven't done much work in implementing these things, but the party select screen is continuing to progress. There are still a ton of things to do before I can actually show some 'gameplay', but I'm getting there! (I guess that technically building your party and choosing gear is part of gameplay, but ya know what I mean)

  • Time spent on the project so far: 45 hours
  • Currently working on: Character/Gear systems
  • Screenshot: Party edit screen (still a WIP)
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

For the last week I've worked on the Moon Gacha and made some (bad) placeholder art assets for each map location and each enemy. Everything is going smoothly on that end and the intro tutorial is -somewhat- done. Now I'm working on the party edit screen where you select which characters are in your party, you can also see their equipped gear and skills there. Then I'll do the character edit screen (where you can change gear and stuff like that) then is the Map Screen where you select where you go and fight, and finally the battle scene proper. Maybe this week, but I doubt it.

  • Time spent on the project so far: 40 hours
  • Currently working on: Character systems
  • Screenshot: Party edit screen
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

These last few days I've worked on the randomness to get items from the Moon Gacha and all the UI around that. I've also worked on the sprites for each of the ten character classes. They're pretty bad, but that's about the level of what I can do!

  • Time spent on the project so far: 30 hours
  • Currently working on: Moon Gacha systems
  • Screenshot: You Got A Thing!
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

I've been working on the initial visit to the Moon Gacha for the past few days, both regarding currency and the odds to acquire all the items contained in it. The numbers aren't final, but I'm somewhat happy with the curve I'm getting right now (the secret was to raise numbers to powers of other numbers). Now I just need to code the actual gacha item acquisition and I'll move on to party edit; the map of the world and the battle system!

  • Time spent on the project so far: 25 hours
  • Currently working on: Moon Gacha systems
  • Screenshot: The Devil isn't giving you good maths, I think.
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

Today I worked on the intro process a bit more; the Moon Gacha screen and I started working on the screen where you see the odds for the gacha. I have a few bits of technical decisions to take before I can start working on that part proper, but since my design doc is pretty solid (I'm not deviating from it too much so far), it's smooth sailing!

  • Time spent on the project so far: 22 hours
  • Currently working on: Moon Gacha screen
  • Screenshot: The Moon Gacha screen
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

I worked on the flow of the intro cutscene this weekend and today and I almost started working on the Moon Gacha screen proper, I was a bit frozen by indecision since there are plenty of ways I could go about this. Ultimately I think I'll have to defer to my design doc, where I already laid down the core idea of how the game would work. I'll get on that tomorrow!

  • Time spent on the project so far: 20 hours
  • Currently working on: Intro cutscene, Moon Gacha screen
  • Screenshot: A little bit of the intro
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

Today I decided how I was gonna implement sprites in the game. I had a few options, I could code almost nothing and do sprite sheet animations, I could animate using unity's animator but have different sprites for each character, or (what I chose to do) was to split characters into different parts (heads, legs, bodies, etc.) and build a character using a generic template using these assets. Now I don't have to create 11 crappy walk cycles, one is enough, and the unity animations do the rest of the job!

  • Time spent on the project so far: 16 hours
  • Currently working on: Main screen, base character system
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

Hello everyone! I'm starting a new project, named Gacha Hell, which will be a RPG featuring Gacha elements, obviously. I've started working on the design doc a few months ago, and now I'm ready to start production on the game, with my usual horizontal development methods. It'll be a small while before I have assets to show, but I aim for this game to be sold on iOS and android (and maybe steam as well, who knows) and while I'm not sure if it's going to be freemium or premium, I have plenty of good ideas! Look forward to it!

  • Time spent on the project so far: 15 hours
  • Currently working on: Main screen, sprite art, initial story bits
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

Here's the release for Target 0 - Angel of my Killer7 fangame, Killer2017. If you haven't been following this site, Killer2017 is a remake of the original that turns the on-rails shooter into a turn-based RPG with adventure game elements akin to Shadowgate and Déja Vu. It took me about 170 hours to create this first level - but I had to create all systems from scratch - so making the full game, which is 7 levels would take about another 400-500 hours easily. 

Right now, this is missing a few things, like balance; Much like the original game, you can play as Dan Smith and destroy more or less everything easily. Other characters have mixed results in certain situations, so that would need to be overhauled. There is also only one rank of purchasable skills - but you get so little thick blood that you might not get further than that - and you can't 'LOOK' at most things, since I would need to write text for each room you could explore.

Besides that, the core of the game is in there! Please spread this around if you like the idea or would like to see the rest of the game! Depending on how much interest there is around this project, I might continue and create another level or two, or just stop here altogether. I really don't want to repeat past mistakes of working 700 hours on something just to realize that it was in vain and in any case I was a good exercise for me to re-create the first level of Killer7 in my own style. No hard feelings!

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AuthorJérémie Tessier

I'm almost done with my #GiftJam entry! It wasn't supposed to be a very long project anyways and all the ideas I had are almost implemented. I'll just need to add the three remaining mechanics (some of which are very simple), playtest the game a bit, and my gift will be completed!

  • Time spent on the project so far: 8 hours
  • Screenshots: Various activities
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

I realized yesterday that the itch.io Gift Jam started and is ending on Sunday. I really messed that up, because I thought it would be later than that, but it makes sense for a gamejam about creating a gift for someone to end on Christmas. I'll still do it, but I have to hurry because I'm leaving on Sunday and won't be able to work much on the game.

My idea for this GiftJam is called 'Game Design And Other Things', it's a game where you're hired as a game designer and you need to accomplish tasks to fill daily quotas. As the game progresses you'll have more things to do, and you need to keep going as far as you can without losing all your motivation. This is a gift for a game designer colleague of mine. I usually would buy Steam games for my work buddies, but I'm not sure if this one has a Steam account or a wishlist at all! A gamejam game it is!

  • Time spent on the project so far: 3 hours
  • Screenshot: Main hub of the game
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

Today was all about testing the game, fixing a few bugs, and working on the intro cutscene to the Angel boss fight.

  • Time spent on the project so far: 166 hours
  • Currently working on: The sixth floor
  • Screenshot: A cutscene on the sixth floor
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AuthorJérémie Tessier

Today I worked on the sixth floor, adding the hallways and the cutscenes up to the big room where you switch to Harman. I still have to think about how the boss fight will work, but I'll figure something out, I'm sure!

  • Time spent on the project so far: 165 hours
  • Currently working on: The sixth floor
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AuthorJérémie Tessier