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Ask a Question / XML Cannot Build Block (or something similar)
« on: April 12, 2019, 03:43:05 pm »
I ran into a problem where after I'd updated a behavior, in a scene, clicking on an actor that had that behavior attached resulted in a 'this shouldn't have happened' error. The error I saw was 'XML Cannot Build Block' or something very like it.

I tried duplicating the behavior and reattaching it,  but that gave the same error. In the end, I copied the code into a new behavior and attached this to all relevant actors, and that solved the problem.

The issue is solved,  but I'm just wondering if anyone has any insight as to what happened so I can avoid it again.

Sorry, I don't have the logs from the time, otherwise, I would post them.

Windows / Mac / Flash / HTML5 / My New Project
« on: December 13, 2018, 12:41:08 pm »
Following on from the relatively successful 'The Strange Disappearance of Eldon Crowe' ( I'm working on a series of games in the same style, in the hope that I can create something better.

Episode 1 (WIP):
Episode 1 (WIP):
Episode 1 (WIP):
Episode 2 (WIP):

I'm actually trying to build this as a kit that I can just reuse, and so far that's going well. I can now just create new scenes and tilesets to make a new episode with very little editing of the code.

I've made lots of improvements based upon feedback. Most are quite minor things, but a few are significant. People didn't like the back tracking in the first one, so now you can carry up to six items at once, and there's a map to quickly navigate between areas, once you've unlocked them.

The object interaction is also now more complex. Previously, you could only interact with objects if you had an item to use, but now you can interact with some objects directly, causing something else to change elsewhere, such as flipping switches. There will also be NPCs that you can interact with. There were a couple of NPCs in the first one, but there wasn't any real interaction, but now NPCs will appear/disappear depending on circumstances, and you can interact with them like you can with objects.

Ask a Question / Getting the URL
« on: October 18, 2018, 11:13:40 am »
How can I get the current URL that a game is playing on? I'd like the option to perform different actions depending on the URL. Any ideas?

Ask a Question / Armor Games
« on: October 11, 2018, 01:55:16 pm »
Does anyone have any experience incorporating third party branding etc. into a Stencyl game?

Ask a Question / Getting the time from a remote source
« on: September 20, 2018, 03:27:00 pm »
I'm aware of the Date Extension and I'm currently tinkering with it. I assume that it gets the device time, and so it could be cheated?

Is there a way to get the time from somewhere else, such as the world clock?

Windows / Mac / Flash / HTML5 / The Horror Game With a Working Title
« on: September 19, 2018, 10:09:02 am »
This was more of an experiment than anything. A long time ago I started work on a massive point & click adventure, but the enormity of the task made me give up.  I started thinking how I could distill it down into a more basic form and this was the result.

Ask a Question / Create Actor On Scene Switch
« on: September 13, 2018, 03:22:49 pm »
I have some code that creates the player actor in the next scene depending on which direction the new scene is approached. For example, if leaving a scene from the top, the actor will appear at the bottom of the next scene. However, this will only work if the actors which trigger the switch are positioned at the edges of the game area.

If I want to create the player actor somewhere else than the edge of the game area, well, I've run into trouble. Maybe I've just been looking at this too long, but I can't figure it out, at least in a way that doesn't mean I have to manually create the coords for each individual scene.

Ask a Question / Any way to add a behaviour to multiple scenes at once?
« on: August 20, 2018, 05:02:10 pm »
I've suddenly realised that I need to create and attach a new behaviour to every scene in my game. Now I can't select multiple scenes when attaching a behaviour, so do I now have to do this one by one for all 150+ scenes?

Windows / Mac / Flash / HTML5 / The Lost Temple 2
« on: July 19, 2018, 05:19:59 pm » - The game is now too big to upload to the Stencyl Arcade, so it's now on gamejolt instead -

It's on newgrounds -

The sequel to the original Lost Temple (

It's still a work-in-progress. It's missing sounds and music, and some graphics (mainly background stuff, and other eye-candy)

Simple controls: ARROWS.

For the most part the controls are LEFT, RIGHT, JUMP

JUMP also functions as enter/start in the relevant situations.

Ask a Question / Collision Bug
« on: July 13, 2018, 01:36:31 pm »
I've encountered a strange bug, and I'm not sure if this has been reported yet or not. I haven't found anything.

I have a tile that acts as a trap using text data to identify it. However it's not detecting collisions correctly. If my actor moves quite quickly towards it, it triggers as though the tile collision shape covers the entire tile, but in reality the shape only covers the bottom 25%.

I can edge my actor slowly over it without triggering it. As you can see from the attached images, my actor is too wide to actually fall into the hole left by the reduced collision shape, but when moving at speed it does.

Hopefully I've explained that clearly. Thanks.

Ask a Question / Non-Exclusive Licensing
« on: June 12, 2018, 04:47:22 am »
Does anyone have experience with non-exclusive licensing? Someone has approached me regarding one of my games and has asked to know the cost for a non-exclusive license. I'm not sure what sort of figures are involved? Anyone know what to charge? Or what needs to be considered? Thanks.

Ask a Question / Stencyl 3.5 and HTML5
« on: June 12, 2018, 04:43:36 am »
Does anyone have any information or idea as to when 3.5 will be released and when HTML5 support is going to be stable? Thanks.

Ask a Question / Get a single or specific collision point
« on: May 18, 2018, 06:45:46 am »
I'm trying to make an object move along a rail. Physics does part of what I want, but I need to be able to retrieve data from tiles. How would I just get the data for a single collision point that's closest to the centre of my actor? Any thoughts?

Chit-Chat / Screen Capture / GIF software for OSX
« on: May 03, 2018, 03:39:06 pm »
I was just wondering if anyone had any software recommendations for capturing screen video/gifs.

Ask a Question / Actors and Lists
« on: April 24, 2018, 04:30:18 am »
Actors and lists have always caused me issues. So much so, that I've always given up, but I really need to crack this.

Here's the problem broken down.

  • I have two types of actors (an unknown number of each)
  • All these need to be added to a list
  • I then need to select a random actor from that list

My main issue is adding the actors to a list in a way that I can refer to that specific actor later. Everything I've tried has caused the game to freeze.

Or is there a better way to select a random actor on screen?

Thanks in advance.

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