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Journals / Mini Monster Maker - First Game
« on: July 13, 2016, 05:04:41 pm »
Hi all,

I'm new here, and I'm pretty excited to discover how easy it is to make games with Stencyl. I'm an artist and frontend web developer, but I've never made a game (yet). Just played them. I won't bore you with my history...

Mini Monster Maker is an idea that I came up with as a practice for a larger game I'd like to make someday down the road when I'm more experienced. The idea behind this mini game is to build a creature using preset options in a menu/builder. I always enjoy making my own personalized characters in RPG games, and so I figured this would be a nice prototype for any future game where I wanted this feature.

I spent two evenings after work doodling - so here's my very rough sketches for a basic type of gameflow/selection process. Obviously I could add more options and items later, once the first working version is complete.

What do you think? Is this a silly idea I should just build for myself as practice, or does it have any merit here? FYI, I know I'm horrible at writing copy - the pretzel joke is one between my sister and I, and just placeholder (most likely) for now until I get something better together. Same with the art - will be updated later. At this point the graphics are just enough for me to knock some code blocks together.

Thanks for any and all suggestions - I'm not married to this concept, and open to constructive input.

Hi all,

Apologies if I'm posting in the wrong spot (I'm new around here, and making my first simple game)... and of course, I already run into an issue...

• I'm on a Mac OSX 10.11.5 El Capitan
 • I have the latest JDK installed (I double-checked on oracle's site)
• I downloaded Stencyl 3.4.0 a few days ago for the first time, and have made one minor adjustment to the memory restriction (I kept getting that 90% memory error and increased the limit to 3GB - now it works nicely and runs faster). Other than that, it's out of the box new.
• I've made a rough prototype of a simple quiz game and I'd like to test how it ships out into the browser.

Ideally, I'd like to run this as a HTML5 game (I know it's experimental... but if it works in the few spots I need it to, then it will be a great experiment) but I can't even get it to publish -  I get an error. The preview looks pretty great, so I'm excited to see if the published result looks good and if it works on the browsers I need it to (it's for a tradeshow booth display - if it works on those tablets and computers it will work for my needs!).

Incidentally, this project for work also sparked an interest for me to start building my own doodle games - so I began making my first personal project as well. This is also experiencing the great preview/unable to publish issue.


PS - Log files and screenshots attached... any help is much appreciated!

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