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Journal Entry: Sun Jul 12, 2015, 8:26 AM

ZERO ART WEEK


The Kelsey comic already closed for the holiday stop a few weeks ago... but I haven't been sitting still since... AT ALL. I started the Summer Special comic (Chocolate Girl Melany), brought an all new game (Black versus White) AND right after that (head to tail) I started and published the Story book puzzle game. So I have been busy... but now I'm putting the pen down for a week, literally. There's going to be zero art created this week, so you also don't need to expect anything new from me for a week. I MIGHT start a little again in the next weekend, but that is only a small IF. The week after that you probably see some artwork again... probably the next page of the Chocolate Girl comic. 

Story book 'help'


In case you missed it... there's now a 'word help' feature in the new 'Story book' puzzle game. If the 2nd page was giving you a headache and nightmares... fear no more... if you give it some time, you will get words for free. That should help everyone who gets completely stuck and frustrated at least the chance to get through with it and have a go at the final page, where the reward picture is only a small rebux away!

Non-Canonical Event


Another thing that expires after a week is the 'Non-Canonical Event'. I'm not sure yet if there are going to be submissions for this. I've seen one person being quite interested, but I don't know if she has managed to find the time to actually write something. If nobody submits anything it's a 'no harm done' situation. Missed chance of course on your sides, but no time wasted on mine, either. That's how I like to set up my contests these days. ;)

KELSEY 3.0


And, last but not least, news about Kelsey. As I have already told you, at the end of the Summer (or beginning of the Autumn, it depends a little) the all new 3rd comic album of the Kelsey comic is scheduled to start. What is new, is that it will feature a new GUEST CHARACTER who practically will live with Amanda and Kelsey for the duration of the 3rd album... but she is a guest character and not permanently going to stay. What is probably even more doomful (that's a word I made up on the spot) is that at the end of this upcoming album one character is also PERMANENTLY leaving the comic. And this is a pretty big thing, because the character in question (I'm not saying who it is) made quite a big impact altogether. So there you are... some things you can expect to unveil later this year...


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emetsarah Featured By Owner 6 days ago
nice channel
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illionore Featured By Owner 6 days ago   Traditional Artist
Thank you =) Nice to hear you like it!
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emetsarah Featured By Owner 6 days ago
and also added you to my watch list
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illionore Featured By Owner 6 days ago   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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collegegirlAlicia Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
Keep up the good work ^^.  Thanks for providing us with an amamzing comic series and games . 
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