Recent posts by wx3lab on Kongregate

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Topic: Kongregate Multiplayer Games / [Lost Crypts] Beta 1.17 Release Notes

Beta 1.17.0 Release notes:

  • Optimized client performance
  • Reduced peak particle usage for both high and low graphics quality
  • Fixed
  • Various deep balance changes
  • Small increase to self-damage for infernal typo items
  • Poison gas damage scales to depth
 
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Topic: Kongregate Multiplayer Games / [Lost Crypts] Have a question about the game? Post it here!

Originally posted by Magnitudem:

Where the heck are deathslayers supposed to be? or demons for that matter? i’ve done run throughs up to 60+, but yet to get the achievement. if the deathslayer is the reaper/skele dude that first appears on lvl 13, i’ve killed tens of those but no achievement (on adventurer>hero achieves).

as for demons, i’ve yet to find anything that looks like them :)

The death knights and demons are relatively new and rare monsters. They will be easier to find in the next update, with a demon encounter on level 30.

 
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Topic: Kongregate Multiplayer Games / [Lost Crypts] Have a question about the game? Post it here!

Originally posted by IanIanIan:

What makes this game so demanding on flash anyways? Graphics are simple, the amount of enemies on screen doesn’t get too crazy..

I also noticed the forums you host at your website are kind of dead. Have there been changelogs since 1.14?

There are several things that make the game somewhat demanding on flash: dynamic 2d lighting, particle blitting, etc. But what causes the game to be progressively laggier to the point of unplayability for some players is currently unknown and under active investigation. It may be some resource that gradually gets added to and never garbage collected.

I haven’t been posting to the website forums as much due to their lack of traffic and a focus on getting the game launched on Kongregate.

 
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Topic: Kongregate Multiplayer Games / [Lost Crypts] Have a question about the game? Post it here!

Thanks for the feedback.

Fixing the game crashing bugs is the #1 priority. There are two flavors of these: server crashes and flash client crashes. The former is generally easier, because the server logs are detailed enough to show me what happened (for example the max message size error). The latter is more difficult because the error reporting may not make it back to the logs, but I’m trying various techniques to minimize the max memory footprint.

If you get kicked out of a game, please send me a message with: a) what server you were playing on (e.g. North America 1) and what time it happened (e.g. 1:00 PST).

 
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Topic: Kongregate Multiplayer Games / [Lost Crypts] Have a question about the game? Post it here!

Hi, I’m the developer of Lost Crypts. If you have any questions, or have encountered a bug, please post it here and I’ll try to address it.

Thanks!

- Kevin (Wx3 Labs)

 
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Topic: Kongregate APIs / How do multiplayer devs test during local development?

It seems like the Kongregate shadow services don’t do anything when testing locally, making development difficult (for example I can’t get a game auth token, which is necessary for making REST calls).

How are other devs handling this?

 
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Topic: Game Programming / [solved] AS3 noobish: How to pass a reference instead of a value?

In AS3 all objects are passed by reference while primitives (like int and number) are passed by value. So if you changed your example to use an object it would be passed by reference.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Learning AS2 vs AS3

If you plan on switching to AS3 at some point, I would recommend doing it now. If you decide to start your next game in AS2 because you’ve already invested a lot of time learning it, you’ll have an even greater sunk cost when you decide to start the next project.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / New To Flash, Need a Book Suggestion.

I have 3 books, of which Moock’s book was by far the most useful (the other two being AS3 Design Patterns and Flash CS3 for Designers). My only complaint is that the book is completely silent on the topic of, well, sound. There isn’t even an index entry for it.

Given your strong programming background, I would suggest you do NOT do most of your work in CS4. CS4 is a good design tool, but terrible as an IDE. Use either Flex Builder or the free Flash Develop with the Flex SDK for development.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Suggestions

I’d like to see a “biggest time sink” metric on games— the total number of hours that has been spent playing each game. I think it would be more accurate than Gameplays (which I assume just measures the number of page loads for each game?) It also would be interesting to see how many games had sucked a year, a decade or century of game play.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / I need some help with FlashDevelop....

I found Colin Moock’s “Essential Actionscript 3.0” to be an excellent book for learning Actionscript. Do you have any programming background?

 
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Topic: Game Programming / How to test API?

Weird, I just repeated the test and still nothing, then tried logging out and logging back into Kongregate and then it worked.

Thanks for the help.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / How to test API?

I see a line in the trace that says “Kongregate API: IStatServices.submitStat(TEST,1)”. But when I use the ?debug_level=3 parameter in my query to the published version, none of the stats have values (and nothing comes up in the chat window when the game is completed).

Any suggestions on how to troubleshoot?

 
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Topic: Game Programming / How to test API?

I’ve added the Kongregate API to my loader, and it should be submitting two statistics— a test stat when the game is loaded, and a max difficulty stat when the game is won.

But how do I tell if it’s working (i.e., the statistics are really being sent to Kongregate)? Is there a page that lets me view these stats?

 
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Topic: Technical Support / How to enable ads?

I uploaded my first game to Kongregate yesterday (PlanetDefender). It’s getting traffic, but no ads appear when it loads and nothing is listed in my ad revenue report.

Are ads currently unavailable, or is there something I need to do?