The ghastly death of Radus is a platformer in which you are a mentally ill person. You suffer of serious paranoia and hallucinations so much that you are closed to your world. In this illusionary universe you will have to face many events before the delicate hand of death takes you away from this living nightmare, but not so simply. Everything around will try to fool you while it falls apart and looses all sense and logic.

dimanche 20 novembre 2011

Desura publishing request sent

DesuraI just sent my request to Desura to have a game page, any to clarify many other details about our future publishing.

I don't know if this link works, but if it does, you'll be able to have a preview of TGDOR on Desura:

So here's a new briefing of where we are:
• Online Demo in 7 days (hopefully)
• Buy C2 license
• Possibility to publish a .exe file with C2? (If not, it is certainly possible to compile html5 files to exe or app through external compilers)
• Work until Xmas

Things are becoming serious!

samedi 19 novembre 2011


The game won't have any music, or it will have a special one. Let me explain you.
The first key element is the health displayed in BPM (beats per minute), as a heart beat. This will create a continuous rhythm in the game.
The second element is the surfaces: walking on some surfaces will launch a sound (a complex-toned note) that will create an atmosphere.
The last element is perhaps the most linked with music. The shapes (leafs, rorschach clouds, etc.) will produce a short and atmospheric melody (not more than 5 notes). These shapes will be triggered only once.

So the game will always "produce" sounds, no need of music!

vendredi 18 novembre 2011

"Introducing the Xmas club"

I'm quite busy these times, working for my studies, but never forgetting TGDOR, I saw THIS great news. It's a 2nd "october challenge", for those who weren't able to finish their game (TGDOR!!!). It has already started and will end the 15th of December 2011, 10 days before Xmas!
The game was in a kind of pause (still thinking of design, but stopped creating assets) for serval reasons (exams), but the next week-end we'll start again working seriously on it.

This IS what our game needed!

Our first objective is to have our 2 or 3 demo levels online.

dimanche 6 novembre 2011

Design vs Enemies

In a previous blogpost I said that I'll be doing some enemies but I redesigned what we call the DevDoc (for normal games it's a 50 pages doc in which you find everything about the game, it is a sort of GameBible). Instead of having my fancy lists a bit everywhere I put all my ideas into The interest of doing this is that now I can have an overall look of the game in just one time. I can also check what's done and what needs to be done. But this is only possible because we are only two looking at this "bubble draw", a big team needs more descriptions and guidelines to be kept on the same game idea. Anyway, the assets looks clear to me now. Here is how i'll proceed before creating them: have an idea of the chapter (design), make a prototype of the chapter (with the app Tiled), make it look good (art phase), add the details and the assets (polish). So you can see that the enemies that I was talking about previously are a non sense in this phase of the developement.
I have actually designed all the 12 chapters, and made 5 with Tiled that waits to be tested.

Buy a license? And other publishing questions... (read the last sentence)

The team is thinking about buying a Standard license of Construct 2.
Here are the arguments for this question.

• have an unlimited use of the product
• sell games
• it's still under development so it can only be better
• useful tool to have (for fast prototyping for example)
• HTML5 = cross platform?
• it's cheaper now (23€ instead of 47€, early adopter)

And unfortunately the cons:
• it's still under development so we haven't got the full product
• we do not really know the product for the moment
• no big game or successful game used it (it's new!)

You may have understood that we are likely going to buy it but a bit of hesitation remains...

This brings a new question, will TGDOR be free? I think that we might make both, a free working version and a paid version (not more that 5$). The free version would have a limit (introduction levels) or just an online free demo (but more complete than usual demos), or a working alpha or beta (as desktop dungeons did), and naturally the full version would include everything!

Infact that free version, as I see things for the moment, would be a couple of online novel levels (they won't be in the game). It would be like a trailer by introducing the player to the world, giving him a taste of it but keeping the game content secret!

The game would be sold on Desura and maybe other downloading platforms. But I'm not really confident about having it on direct download. We might also make a Boxed version...
And maybe join an Humble Bundle (not for profit, just to get known and reviewed, that's for me the most important point)
A first version of the game's icon, or even splash screen...

That's what we project for the future in terms of publishing, oh and the game SHOULD be released before Christmas!!!!

Submitted the game to IndieDB

The game is now waiting for activation on IndieDB.
link to our (NEW!!!) indieDB page:

samedi 5 novembre 2011

The Brainstorming online tool is really useful, as it eases mind mapping through its ease of use. All the game is now in bubbles. Check by yourself:

vendredi 4 novembre 2011

Levels, enemies and events

The levels, or the chapters should I say, will follow the 12 "stages" of the Hero in Joseph Campbell's "The Hero With a Thousand Faces". As there are only twelve parts in the game I think it is better to avoid repetition, and it's not a game of challenge so unique details and visible "sotry" seduces me more. This induces me to create and invent more elements and thus more work! But I'm getting used to this workflow so it souldn't be a big deal.
So the 12 chapters are listed on the link above (this is Campbell's titles; TGDOR won't use the same). We will try to reverse the heroic adventure to fit more with the hero's death (being his "objective", his release). The first one will be the intro. No interaction at all, just to understand what's going on.

Let's move on to the enemies. Following my above rule, the player souldn't be able to meet too many times the same enemy. Ah, and Radus is not able to fight. So the player will have to find a way to do not die. For the moment I have about 6 or 7 enemies in mind. I shoud draw them properly and maybe animate a few of them tomorrow. Follow the blog to have more details tomorrow!

Ah events! Under this goes two categories: unique events that immerges the player into this strange world AND platformer events, like jumping and other dexterity demanding things. This last categorie is the most hard: I try to avoid linear and basic platforming but the game shoud still be a game, so I must ipmlement these things. I have not really thought about that for the moment.

lundi 31 octobre 2011


I am designing the twelve levels of the game. It is a hard work to get them done. I try to make them really atmospheric and even depressive, while respecting the evolution of the game. Unity is the key!

I first use Tiled to make a tiled level and then I make a picture from it when the raw shape looks good. (I am actually here) From that picture I add non-tiled details and many other things. And then I should quickly assemble them in Construct 2 to try them. And certainly go back to the previous steps because everything wasn't perfect!

Cool inspiring cloud animations in Braid

Th game Braid has some cool animated cloud. They have an obvious painted look and feel but here comes the interesting point: the animation. Considering a change of color tones, they might work for TGDOR. I'll try to get my clouds such animations. I also invite you to play to this game to see those clouds but also because it's a great game.

dimanche 30 octobre 2011

Continuing, after a deserved small pause!

We are taking a short break (until tomorrow). We really need it - in the good way: we worked a lot so we are a bit tired now! Creation is energy consuming, and don't have enough energy to support this work cadence. Just a few hours before returning to the process!

Just a message about what we said a few days ago about Stencyl: It is certainly a great tool but we had no real experience of it so we lost our temper with the number of problems and the pressure of time. All Stencyl users: we apologize.

vendredi 28 octobre 2011

Team name!

We are proud to announce you that we have a "work" name:
Jambon Frites means Ham & Chips in French

JambonFrites Games blog - JambonFrites Games Facebook page

Early Postmortem

This is the postmortem for the October Challenge, not for the game itself. After two days of full work, we can now take a look back at what we've done, what was good or bad.

What went right

 - Appealing idea
The earl ideas and concept art were appreciated by the other people. It helps a lot to start a project to be encouraged by others!
- Workflow
In two days we created a lot of things. Far more that I imagined. It is certain that Stencyl bugs slowed us but nevertheless we went really fast (we worked 12h+ a day!)

- Powerful tools
We used tools that are really efficient and that we knowed before. This makes a huge difference in the overall developpement. It does not only speeds up the creation process but it kind of motivates more due to the rarity of problems.

What went wrong

- No prototype
Seriously, we had no prototype! This should be easy with the engine(s) that we used, but we never got one. I know how important it is to always have a "working" thing during the developement but we never had something that looked playable.

- Lack of time
On the whole October month we started on the 26th. Looks a bit suicidal, given that we never participated to a Ludum Dare! We started the Design earlier but it's only about 10% of the work!

- No knowledge of the tool (the reason that we left the Challenge)
We, or I sould I say decided to use StencylWorks, because it works on Macs (I never used it before but more than that, I am not the programmer!). So when you use a new tool that gives you a lot of problems, there might be some kind of mistake somewhere!

The last words...
Even if we did not submit our game to the Challenge, I think that we learnt a lot from it, and that is the real purpose of Ludum Dare! :)

Day 3

Let's make a statement of the actual situation:
- We left the challenge
- We changed Engine
- We have more time to work on the game
- Some of the assets needs to be remade
- There is still a huge work to do!

Since we left the challenge we slowed down our progression. We must learn the new engine and create, think and design the new elements of the game that were set apart due to Stencyl limits.
This engine offers new possibilities and matches more our objectives. It is simple enough and though it seems more adequate to power our game. TGDOR will look more like the TGDOR that we had in mind with Construct 2. For the moment we encountered no problems, bugs or annoying things with it. The only bad mark is that it has nearly no documentation, wiki or tutorials.

Today we will certainly make a short pause, for two reasons: we haven't got the full day free (we will be absent tonight) and we will prepare the 0h Game Jam.
This Jam will start when the clocks will shift from 02:59:59 a.m. to 02:00:00 a.m., on the 30th October!

jeudi 27 octobre 2011

We officially leave the October challenge.

All the Engine problems delayed us too much, and now we realize that we won't be able to clear the Ludum Dare October Challenge. The project will continue, but unfortunately out of the contest.
The official withdraw post from the contest on Ludum Dare.

StencylWorks Demo

Arrows to move and W to jump.     

This is a demo made with StecylWorks, so it is not representative of the final product, now that we moved to Construct 2. A lot of elements are still missing, but it should give you a feel of what the game will look like. Hope you'll like it!

New Engine!

The is now developed with Construct 2. It looks promising, even if it lacks a bit of documentation. The only point is that we can't sell a game made with it under the Free Version (the Standard version costs 26€). It is no more flash too, it's now HTML5 which I find more elegant. But for now we are stuck with te problem of tiling our level...

Changing Engine

Unfortunately, Stencyl Works is a bad product, we had to much diffuclty, bugs and losts of work so we decided to change engine. I am lurking around Pixel Prospector lists to find a new stable and powerful enough Engine to power our project. We are far from the Ludum Dare objective.

Stencyl Works

Stencyl Works is really deceiving. We encounter a lot of problems with it! We won't probably use it again in the future.

Day 2

The assets are almost done. We have now as objective to make a playable demo as soon as possible.
Will it look like a real game for tonight?

mercredi 26 octobre 2011

The fist animations revealed

Here it is finally. Animated on flash and exported to images.

And as a bonus the first tiles too:

Radus is getting flahed!

One of the 5 projected tilests is done, but for the moment I'm workimg on the animations of Radus.


Just another picture of Radus

Ready to go

The "bible" (aka the big and boring design doc) has been typed on computer, and now the assets are waiting to be created!

mardi 25 octobre 2011

Into design docs!

We have two day to make the game from scratch. Here is the schedule that we plan to do:

A typical design doc (the only proper one infact)
Pre-day 1 (now):
• get to konw the tools and think a bit deeply into the game universe
• make a blog, Facebook page + a Ludum Dare post

Day 1:
• design phase
• get something playable
• make the assets

Day 2:
• make the game (menu, levels, story...)
• correct all the bugs and fill the missing things

Post-day 2:
• correct all the bugs and fill the missing things

Hope it'll work!

Presentation of The ghastly death of Radus

TgdoR is a platformer in which you are a mentally ill person. You suffer of serious paranoia and hallucinations so much that you are closed to your world. In this illusionary universe you will have to face many events before the delicate hand of death takes you away from this living nightmare, but not so simply. Everything around will try to fool you while it falls apart and looses all sense and logic.


Here is the first sketch of Radus:

And the Facebook page:

Game Engine

It will use StencylWorks. It is a flash toolbox for PC and mac.

Hello World

This is the first blog post for THE game "The ghastly death of Radus" which is under development for the Ludum Dare October challenge 2011.

Stay Tuned! <3