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Jen-Fan Notice!

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 22, 2015, 9:46 AM

Jen-Fan Notice!


Today I have an important notice regarding the Jen-Fan club.

As you are well aware, the Jen comic has stopped. This has happened before, and I gave it a new kick twice to bring more new chapters to it... but finally, after a total of 30 chapters, I closed it down for good, leaving only the stand-alone JTC comic pages in its wake.

The final 'wrap up' of the comic dates from October 2012 and so that's almost 3 years ago now. I have kept the 'Jen-Fan' group open ever since on fan requests. It contains a few pages you won't find on my illionore account and then a bunch of fan art and fan fiction.

Now I am going to close the group after all. I no longer want to maintain it. I would like to thank everyone who created fun stories and artwork revolving Jen and her friends. They aren't really going anywhere, of course, unless their artists remove them from their own galleries. But they will no longer be collected in that one single place.

I will not be closing the page right away... Until the end of this month you can still browse it and grab unique art/stories from there if you like. But then the curtain will fall.


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emetsarah Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
nice channel
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illionore Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you =) Nice to hear you like it!
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emetsarah Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
and also added you to my watch list
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illionore Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015   Traditional Artist
=) Thank you. Enjoy!
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HumiliatedGamer95 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  New Deviant
Bawk! Bawk!
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ChristopherJogen Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
Where's a good place to start if I was interested in making flash games like yours?
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illionore Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015   Traditional Artist
I can't find the tutorial videos that I went through when learning AS3... but they were a good place for ME to start. And that is with taken into consideration that I already had a good amount of programming experience (in other languages) and game making. Despite of that, WITH those tutorials, it was quite a steep learning curve still. But practice makes mastery.

The things that you're going to need (and need to do) are the following:
- First, the tool. Get Adobe Flash Pro (I got CS5.5, they may have later versions out by now but I didn't pay attention to that). These day they have the tool on 'rental' over the cloud, rather than purchase... which is cheaper if you just want to play around with it for a month or two... but the 'pay-when-you-use' subscription model isn't something I like... I am happy it was still 'purchase once' when I bought mine. You need the tool to do anything, and that goes from practicing to making stuff. There ARE other programs for free, which you can use to make flash, but really, you're going to be looking at a MUCH more complicated process of creating flash and end up with very poor compression (so huge files), to name two very clear drawbacks. Go for Flash Pro or don't do it. That's my advice.
- Then, STUDY the language. Do NOT try to make a game right away! You'll want to look for flash tutorials, and make sure you look for those that are using the same LANGUAGE you are learning. I am using the language known as 'ActionScript 3' (or for short 'AS3'). It is possible to use 'AS2' (which foregoes that version) in Flash Pro, but AS3 is more powerful, has more features, etc. It's newer! Also, there's a bunch of differences between the two... so in order to NOT make your learning process unnecessarily more difficult and confuse yourself just more along the way... pick one and stick with it. If you decide to learn AS2, use only that. If you go for AS3, use only that. And then, as I said, STUDY the language. Look for a good place where they have good tutorials for beginners (e.g. AS3 tutorials for beginners) and take everything ONE step at a time. Make a so called 'movie clip' (i.e. 'object') and learn how to put it on the stage, make it move, allow clicking on it, rotate, resize, etc. Learn the basics and practice with them. My first flash looks like this: My first flash by illionore
The 'smile boxes' are movie clips (objects) and clicking on them toggles between rotating left and right. 
- If you want to make games, you have to have a good amount of knowledge and practice already with various concepts, such as: movie clips and their properties, mouse input, timers, frames, maybe collision (if you want to use that). But in addition to that, you're going to need a DESIGN. You need to know what your game is going to do, and how to accomplish that with your code. This is a skill that's totally separate from learning actionScript and if you don't know this yet, it may be another big challenge! However... some games are much easier to do than others. If you want to make a pac-man game with a maze and complete with a computer AI... you're going to be looking at really advanced stuff and formulas and whatnot. You really MUST not attempt to create such a game for your first game. Start with 'hello world' and make something a little more challenging/complex each time you make a game, until you're ready to face something that big and complex.
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ChristopherJogen Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
Well all I can say is thank you very much for taking the time to respond with such an informative response. It's very resourceful and clear. I may not get very far, but I will at least be looking into some of the things you wrote about. Thanks again.
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illionore Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015   Traditional Artist
You're welcome. Don't think you won't get very far... set your expectations realistically. Play around with the objects first, learn how to scale them, move them around, rotate, etc. Try to make simple things first and then see if you can take it a small step further. Don't put too lofty game plans to start with. Something that doesn't demand much from you (both coding wise and in complexity) are definitely attainable. Here's an example:

Put a question on the stage (e.g. "What is Nora's favourite colour?"). Then make three objects which are pretty much like squares with a colour on it... so you make e.g. a blue, a red and yellow one. Then, make them clickable... and as a result, show the animation/picture (another 'movie-clip' object, basically) as reward. And then you show the chosen artwork for a 'correct or wrong' answer given. This is about as simple as it gets and achievable in a very short time (without needing to learn too much). If at this kind of stage you need help, just send me a PM and if I have time I'll try to help a bit.
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