I have been working on opening up Pimps Quest 2 codebase to the public, however during this time I found a much bigger issue.
its hard as hell to make levels
The reason for this is a mixture of the way items are placed (you have to define its X, Y position in code as well as what it is, attach animations and any functions to it) along with some weird issues like technically having 2 games scenes at all time.
this is all standard practice if your a programmer, however I want to make the game a little bit more accessible to people who are game designers and come from a more traditional flash background.
so what I’ve done is started work on making a very robust level/scene editor. I hope is to make it easier for people to simply drag and drop what they want in the scene and define the object interaction type with a GUI interface. This will also open up the yes way dialogue is added (which is all embedded in code)
I decided to do this after listening to a talk by John Romero (of doom fame) and two things I took away is;
- when making games, polish as you go
- make an amazing level editor.
Hopefully if I can achieve this it will open up more contributors to the game and intern lead to some great and fun funny stuff!