A lot of stuff has been going on, preventing me from dedicating much time into Fagerman. Dedication is needed to make real progress at this point, so that’s a shame. But hej, I’m still trying. : )
Above you can see some of the base work for the Antiman stage (a tower rising into space) and the Psychoman stage (a spooky mental sanatorium which blinks in and out of reality and a fantasy land). Below are some tiles for the ice of the Vikingman stage.
Pushing hard to put more time into this project now, I’ll keep updating and make things happen!
Haven’t been able to put that many hours into the project recently, but I have done some things. My current strategy is to work out the level layouts and base graphics for all components for each stage. That means a lot of pixel art, and it’s as fun as I remembered it.
It’s been a while since I posted anything so I think a little update is in order. Except ordering 4 more of my beloved 8bitdo zero controllers and a bunch of arcade buttons and sticks (for general purpose use but also an upcoming jam) I have also done some porper work on Fagerman of course. Mostly, I have been working with the Bioman stage sketching the general level design, prototyping new components and user testing. However, I now feel that it’s time to move on to the general layout of the next stage, working on the width of the game. This gives me a better understanding for how everthing will fit together without focusing too much on one single aspect of the game.
The next stage is Reaperman’s, the last stage that I did some actual work on seven years ago when I started with this project. I only did a small corridor and some general movement to two enemies as well as a boat though, so there is much to do. For the upcoming work I have drawn some inspiration from Airman’s stage in Megaman 2. I made my own, gothic interpretation of those blocky devils with moving horns and cows coming out their ears.
I’m pretty happy with the result so far, we’ll see if it stays in. : )
(ps. Bea är bäst)
So I played around with the possibilities to play Fagerman on my phone using a mini bluetooth controller. I got some nasty compression on both sound and graphics (Fusion 2.5 not really delivering) but otherwise it worked fairly well. Sad thing is that Fusion has very poor support for gamepads on Android, so I had to set the gamepad in its keyboard mode, which led to all sorts of issues, and also makes it impossible to have multiple controllers with unique input. Still fun though. : )
It seems I only have a few hours here and there in the evenings to work on this now, but I’m making progress from time to time. I revisited the Bioman stage design again and decided to go for a more distinct inside-body theme as this is what really can set it apart from the other stages. Purple rooms have been replaced for fleshy, veinous parts and mushrooms for organic openings (taking inspiration from the forest background in the official Plantman stage).
Every other Tuesday there is an afterwork with the local game dev (and game dev interested) community here i Gothenburg. Our current bar of favor is GG bar with a distinct E-sports and gamer theme. Last Tuesday I joined, as one does, and brought a laptop and gamepad for some testing. The first person to finish the somewhat full level of Fagerman would get a beer. I can only conclude that Armoryman’s stage is really tough and that the victor was very deserving of their drink.
Spent this weekend working on the general layout of some levels and fixing some minor bugs that seem to have come from the update of the game engine (I think it’s all the way from MMF2 to Fusion). So there is Bioman and Reaperman that I already had some progress on since seven years ago. I made a full plan and general layout for both of them, and then focused on implementing Bioman in some detail (sprites and enemy position but not working code). At a point I felt like added a jungle session to Bioman, but I realized that’s what I want Voodooman to be all about. I put the jungle part away for future use and tweaked Biomans part to more of a mushroomy, inside-body style.
I also begun changing the Megaman sprite into Fagerman. : )
So I recently came to think of this project again as I was attending this year’s global game jam (where me and said person made Enbarr mac Lir). I just so happens that my friend liked the project and tested it a lot for me. As a result I though I should rename it to something that is copyright infringement, change all borrowed sprites and sounds and honor my friend by letting him pick or inspire the new name. : )
As usual, this project has eventually fallen out of my workflow due to having too many other things to work on. I though I should post some images from the stages of Armoryman, Bioman and Reaperman anyway. Is suppose I could upload the game as is if someone would be interested in trying it out… we’ll see. : )
Here are the candidates for the robot masters of my Megaman-esque fan remix. The previously considered “Slamman” has been replaced by the conceptually stronger “Psychoman”. From top left: Armoryman, Chefman, Bioman, Psychoman, Voodooman, Reaperman, Vikingman and finally Anti-man.