Comments for Stencyl Tutorial: First Game

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DKC10000

Dec. 27, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Thanks a million for making this. I used to code for game maker and then when I decided to transition to stencyl it was all very confusing, but you've shined a new light on it!. Better then any stupid youtube tutorial I've seen yet!

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Developer response from Abigayl

I'm glad to have helped :). BTW, I think I saw you in the stream... if there is something further I can help you with, please let me know (was sleeping when you posted).

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deltian

Dec. 26, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Well ABIGAYL The Movement part kinda confused me. Being totally new to flash, the functions seem so foreign. Mainly, I used the = thing.instead of the is down. Im not sure how to relay my message but it would be awesome if you could make an updated version as i am interested in flash games. I am at a complete loss and you must forgive my negligence. I seek your kind understanding.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Deltian, the coding for each arrow being down is still naturally in the coding in the updated version. I think at this point it might be easier to directly show you how to do the coding. Feel free to stop by stream (livestream.com/poweredbyflowers), and if I am on, I can walk you through the tutorial myself.

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deltian

Dec. 26, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Dear developer. My stencil version looks nothing like yours. I am confused and now, my game doesnt work. I dont blame you/ I blame myself. Now may i pls haz halp?

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Developer response from Abigayl

I was using the original Stencyl version to make the tutorials. What part confused you? There isn't too much that changed (I now have the updated version as well).

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Abigayl

Dec. 22, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Please note: Do not move your player out of bounds. To keep this tutorial simple, I did not explain that coding. It will be covered in tutorial 5. Thank you for your patience :)

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Developer response from Abigayl

Tutorial 5 can be found here: http://www.kongregate.com/games/Abigayl/stencyl-tutorial-5-music-powerups-more (While it is best to do the tutorials in order, can skip there to see how to do it or take the shortcut of finding my "8 way" behavior on StencylForge with the edge detection already in place.)

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Chargeit

Dec. 20, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Not sure if any ones mentioned this but I'd like to see how to have score adjusted based off of time.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Chargeit, the idea is to start with a simple idea and expand on it. To see time-based score, please advance to tutorial 2 :) http://www.kongregate.com/games/Abigayl/stencyl-tutorial-2-attributes-etc

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farook24

Dec. 20, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) It's really funny that this Stencyl tutorial is made in Stencyl

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Developer response from Abigayl

Why is that funny Farook?

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jfly99

Dec. 20, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Best stencyl works tutorial I've seen so far. I like that you actually get a finished product and the steps are not overly confindent. Its also the first avoider game I've ever played. Thank you for your time and efforts.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Thank you :). One of the goals I have in making these is to show users how to start with something basic that is playable and continue to expand on it until it becomes more of a normal, higher-quality game.

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AerolandGames

Dec. 17, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) I love the simplicity of this tutorial and how much it explains. Thank you for making this, it was VERY helpful!

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Developer response from Abigayl

Thanks! Be sure to check out the other ones too :D

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luqui01

Dec. 15, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Can you make a tutorial where it shows how to add aiming at the game? (You click and the character shoots at the mouse)

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Developer response from Abigayl

Just wait two days and it should be up :P. That is what tutorial 4 is about.

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WaitingPatiently

Dec. 13, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) I never would have thought a 12 year old could make a simple shooter from scratch. 5/5! Please make more advance tutorials like this one!

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Developer response from Abigayl

There are already 2 more uploaded and 3 more in preparation :). The fourth does turn the game into a shooter ;). Thanks for the 5!

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leukill8

Dec. 11, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) hey what progam did u use please my drawing progams are inuselles

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Developer response from Abigayl

I use Paint NET: http://www.getpaint.net/download.html In the fifth tutorial, I will briefly go over one of the key features in it: clouds.

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leukill8

Dec. 11, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) the best game making tutorial ever thank you for doing this

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Developer response from Abigayl

Well thank you for your kind comment :)

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acedragon64

Dec. 10, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) What charity?

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Developer response from Abigayl

Compassion International. It's a Christian organization that tries to help poor children all over the world get food, water, education, etc. http://www.compassion.com/

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purerock100

Dec. 10, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Not saying this is a bad tutorial, but this dosn't help me at all. I wish it was more " In-depth " you seem to skip quiet a few scenes that appears on stencyl.

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Developer response from Abigayl

What do you mean? This tutorial is supposed to be basic; the later ones go more in-depth (2-5). The few scenes I do not cover, I still write about. If you could send me a PM with more details as to what the issue was, I'd appreciate it. You can also come to the stream: livestream.com/poweredbyflowers

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Listerine

Dec. 9, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) I meant add those to the navigation of this game. That was it's easier to go through the game.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Ah, that was the original plan but it was quickly nixxed when I decided to make these tutorials interactive. In this tutorial, I already used the arrows for game movement and later use WASD for the game too.

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samster09

Dec. 6, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Im refering to... behaviors and AI

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Developer response from Abigayl

I cover some of that in this tutorial, more in the third one. True AI programming is rather complex and beyond the scope of my first set of tutorials (might be future sets down the road).

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samster09

Dec. 6, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) This will help a lot! Is there one that tells you codes?

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Developer response from Abigayl

What codes are you referring to?

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Listerine

Dec. 6, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) I think it'd help navigation if you were to put A/D or Left Arrow/Right Arrow as controls as well, A/Left to go back and D/Right to go fowards. Perhaps W/S and Up Arrow/Down Arrow as well, W/Up back and Down/S fowards.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Listerine, have you looked at tutorial 3? ;) This is a basic game. I kept it as simple as possible. Later on (in #3) I show how to include WASD keys AND how to avoid the ctrl+key issue that crops up with using them ;)

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daniegloy

Dec. 5, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) why am i only spawning 1 emeny.. and it doesnt kill?.. i double checked the tutorial... what am i doing wrong?

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Developer response from Abigayl

Dan, if you can upload your coding pics to imageshack.us or something and send me a PM with the links, I can try to see what is going wrong. :(

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daniegloy

Dec. 5, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) wow.... now i get it... Thanks :)

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Developer response from Abigayl

Glad to be of help :)

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Thepenguinking2

Dec. 5, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) can you show us how to make an NPC helper?

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Developer response from Abigayl

Do you mean like in an RPG? If so, the coding is a bit complicated. If you can tell me exactly what you are looking for though, I may be able to make it into a tutorial or just show it in a livestream for you.

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GeniusSpark

Dec. 3, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Are multiplayer games too complex to start off with? And if so, is it possible to make one with Stency? Because, when I cover the basics I want to make my own bird view's multiplayer game.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Stencyl is not designed for handling multiplayer games. It can do anything you would normally use AS3 to do (which is just about everything), but multiplayer games are far more complex. I personally don't see myself doing multiplayer games for probably at least year from now... one player is much simpler. Even 2-player local can be trickier (although definitely manageable).

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GeniusSpark

Dec. 3, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) I was looking for new Kongregate games when I stumbled upon this... recently I've been finding it extremely hard to use the game engine Unity3D, where as it consists to look pretty easy: but for someone as young and inexperienced as my self anything that involves code is unyielding! I've decided to give Stencyl which I've never heard of before a go. I'll be following your tutorial series now. :) Thank you very much!!

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Developer response from Abigayl

I'm glad to be of assistance :). I have not tried Unity3D myself yet, so I am not familiar with that coding.

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Cancerclaw02

Dec. 1, 2011

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tsimpson

Dec. 1, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Very well done, and fun as well! I am a middle school teacher who has been teaching Scratch programming for a while. After they have a good grounding in Scratch, I want to move my kids up to Stencyl, but I have been a little intimidated by all the added complexity of Stencyl. Your tutorials have given me a good starting point to dive into Stencyl with confidence. Thanks for all your hard work! Tom Simpson Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Columbia, SC

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Developer response from Abigayl

Wow, glad to be of assistance! Please feel free to PM me with any specific questions (or just join in the livestream when I am on) :)

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Hotshot2k4

Nov. 30, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Looks like you've made it to the 'hot new games' list, congrats :D

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Developer response from Abigayl

Thanks :)

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Rielly987

Nov. 30, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Can you show a Rpg Hack and Slash Tutorial

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Developer response from Abigayl

Tutorial 4 will go over cursor-based shooting. You can use some of the ideas there and expand on them to make an action RPG game, but I strongly advise against it for a first game. RPGs are generally much more complex than other games you can make instead and then build your way up to making an RPG. Just like the platformer though, if there is enough interest, I will try to make a tutorial for it later on. :)

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bsmash

Nov. 30, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Is there a library of public domain graphics? Like backgrounds and maybe even sprites?

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Developer response from Abigayl

You might be able to find some ideas here: http://community.stencyl.com/index.php/board,17.0.html I personally use Paint NET for all of the simple graphics and hire help from DeviantArt for anything more major.

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6wreel

Nov. 29, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Thanks for the tutorial i needed some knowledge and tools on how to create my first game in flash and didnt how to start, i will try this for sure :D

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Developer response from Abigayl

Glad that I was able to help out :)

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akiko01

Nov. 29, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Amazing tutorial, this is a great way for me to try out new game developing software without having to read an entire book or go forum surfing. 5/5

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Developer response from Abigayl

I'm glad you liked it. I am trying to make them so that you can do each tutorial in about 30 minutes to an hour (depending on in if you have to make the graphics, etc.). Thanks for the 5!

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Halagaz

Nov. 29, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) thanks for tutorial! I now can (at least start)) to make my own game! I'd like to see more tutorials made by you (i can't stand those developers program tutorials)). Thanks again!

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Developer response from Abigayl

I'm glad to be of assistance :). Tutorials 3 & 4 will be up as soon as I can, but life is very busy right now, so might be a bit.

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aronzei

Nov. 29, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Now I don't have to read through long forums trying to know how I can make games. Thanks. I can feel my first game coming up. :D

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Developer response from Abigayl

So I'm not the only one who hates searching through forums for answers, ey? :D Glad to be of help to ya!

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poponana

Nov. 29, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) I freakin' love you abigayl!!!!!! You bomb!! it worked and it was so easy!!!! You are my favorite person right now!

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Developer response from Abigayl

It's good to be loved :D. I look forward to seeing what you can create :). Can always PM me or join my livestream if you need additional help (when I have livestream going that is).

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docskull

Nov. 28, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Congratulations for your patience and care teaching things to beginners. I was wondering about using stencil and watching your tutorial made me want to take the first shot at it. Please keep up the good work and do not get disappointed if people do not rate accordingly (it happens A LOT on kong). By the way lemme know if you ever need artwork for your tutorials and games. Best of luck to you.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Aye doc, I have gotten used to that unfortunately (can see the first comment here by "SteelTroll"). Will be sending you a PM about the art since I always could use help. Thanks!

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Huwonk

Nov. 28, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) One issue I see with the initial code is that if I hold up or down first, I'm able to go right and left without releasing up or down. If I hold left or right first, I am unable to go up and down without first releasing left or right. Is this an error in the "if" logic for the player actor?

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Developer response from Abigayl

This is not an "error" so to speak. I kept things as simple as possible for this tutorial. All of tutorial 3 (work-in-progress right now) is about improving the controls to be more responsive, 8-way, and using WASD keys.

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WaitingPatiently

Nov. 27, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) There is one glitch in the game maker, it keeps losing my actors (it says there's none there, and when I go to upload new ones it still shows the ones I should still have on the upload screen)

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Developer response from Abigayl

This sounds like a problem with Stencyl. If you post the issue with screenshots and error messages to the forums, someone can likely help you out. http://community.stencyl.com/index.php/board,3.0.html

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WaitingPatiently

Nov. 27, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) At the end with the collision editing, it didnt work for me, but, awesome tutorial, 5/5

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Developer response from Abigayl

Could you please give me more details. What is not working with the collision detection? If there's an error, I want to fix it! EDIT: I just tried again to follow the tutorial to make the example game and it is still working for me. I don't know why you (and the others rating your comment up) are having issues. Please send me more information so that I can figure out what is going on for you.

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bambi42

Nov. 27, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) I wondered how much of your tutorial is done, maybe a processbar could help ;)

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Developer response from Abigayl

If you can figure out where there is room, let me know! I would love to have something like that (or page numbers was another suggestion), but I use up basically all the room. EDIT: There is now a progress bar across the bottom (in Tutorial 2 now too). :)

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Rulis88

Nov. 27, 2011

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Developer response from Abigayl

Rulis, it depends on your level of experience. For experienced programmers, I totally agree with you. Stencyl is not designed for them. It's designed for people just starting out in programming. For them, Stencyl is a great tool to learn how to program with. Besides, this is a tutorial for helping people learn how to program, not a question of which program is better for programming.

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Hepna

Nov. 26, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) In the tutorial, did you use paint or some other program to make the player? And do you have any suggestions for a good free graphics maker? Thanks!

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Developer response from Abigayl

I very highly suggest Paint NET. It is free to download and use, and there is a wealth of options in it. It's how I was able to make things like the lava in The Lonely Square. http://www.getpaint.net/

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r41nb0wd45h

Nov. 26, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) when i pull up stencyl, there's just black space with a line.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Have you tried these suggestions: http://www.stencyl.com/help/survivalGuide/

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Espressio

Nov. 24, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Well done. It would be great if we have this game as main overview and other smaller game tutorial to cover more focused topics. Basically, modularize the contents.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Thank you. Two more tutorials are already planned. The next will go over the main ideas on how to use attributes, both local and game-wide ones. The third will go over mouse-based shooting.

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lSWATLLAMA

Nov. 23, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) When I looked at this more closely, I found another great thing you put in. You didn't tell the user anything about stencylforge. Sounds like a bad thing right? No, it's very good! Making your own graphics/sounds/code is much better, and your tutorial gets that into the users head. What charity does the revenue go to?

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Developer response from Abigayl

While I think StencylForge is a good tool, when I tried to use it, I found that I preferred coding myself. I agree with you that doing things yourself is much better. Also, the in-program tutorial goes over using the Forge if I'm not mistaken, and I do not wish to repeat ideas that can be found elsewhere. The charity is Compassion International, an organization that tries to help poor children all over the world get a good education, have their basic needs met, and teach them about Jesus.

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lSWATLLAMA

Nov. 23, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Abigayl, brilliant tutorial! I gave it a 5/5 and favorited it, and I checked it's rating (add /metrics to your games URL), but sadly it's only at around 3.18. I think that's because of people like steeltrollNoHack downrating it, thinking that stencyl is *evil*. steeltrollNoHack, tehre are many erasons some of us use Stencyl. One reason I use it is because i'm busy learning C++ and Unityscript. AS3 (and 2 and 1) are very messy. Many people just cannot understand code, and Stencyl's colorful design blocks are much more user-friendly. Good games can be made,, it just depends on how much time people put into i. You should notice that most flash games are very bad as well. Other people cannot afford Flash. Yes, Flashdevelop is there, but it's harder to use and find tutorials for. Then there are Linux users. And Actionscript 2 is not completely outdated.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Thank you for your 5/5 and your tip (I was checking the rating based on where it fell in the Stenyl-tagged games). With your rating, it no longer needs too look at metrics: 3.33/5, which means it has indeed began its climb back up. Agreed on the time put into the games. TLS took about 3 months to develop. I appreciate your support!

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Rob1221

Nov. 19, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) This is one of the best StencylWorks tutorials I've seen so far, and it's interactive too :)

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Developer response from Abigayl

Thanks :). Anything you would like to see in a future tutorial?

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kirbyofthestars

Nov. 19, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) sorry for posting again right after my other post but is there a way to make a high score?

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Developer response from Abigayl

Yes, making a highscore would be a part of the next tutorial (hence why I didn't do it for this one). If you need specific help with it, can join my programming stream: livestream.com/poweredbyflowers

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kirbyofthestars

Nov. 19, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) cool tutorial im sure lots of people will find it useful if they want to make a game using stencyl :D (especially since it looks really complicated).

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Developer response from Abigayl

Stencyl isn't complicated, at least not compared to the other programming tools. That is the reason I use it ;). There's just some nuances that you gotta get used to. Once you start learning the lingo, the pieces start falling into place.

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andrettyfan

Nov. 19, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) I just completed the tutorial and I found it to be very helpful. Granted, I am a new StencyWorks user, so I do have a lot to learn, but I'm glad for the jump-start the guidance of this tutorial was able to provide as it provided a template from which I was able to gain a much better understanding of how the development environment works.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Glad it helped. It was designed with new programmers like yourself in mind ;).

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Abigayl

Nov. 18, 2011

Under rating threshold (show) Please rate this comment up if you would like to see further tutorials delve into more advanced concepts (just so I know if there is an interest).

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Developer response from Abigayl

Please read the News Post to see the changes to the current Stencyl version! I will do my best to keep it updated for all of you :).

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del6543224

Nov. 18, 2011

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