Archive for May, 2009

ActionChess Update 1.1.5

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

A new ActionChess update (1.1.5) is in review. Here are the changes in the update:
– Minor changes to help text across the board.
– New scheme for saved games. One save per game mode is allowed. You can return to the menu to save your game, so when you unlock a new game mode, go try it out right away!

If you’ve been paying attention, (and I don’t know why you would be), you’ll notice that the version numbers should all match now also. There was a discrepancy between all the various versions because I wanted to number things 0.1.x, but I’d launched with 1.0 (by default, I just hadn’t changed the string in my plist project file), and since apple only allows upward version number changes, I had been trying to mirror the “real” version number, but with one instead of zero. This is a silly little discrepancy, but I’ve given up and moved everything to 1.1.x to avoid confusion.

As I mentioned in an update to a previous post, I wanted to get “global high scores” and a new “Puzzle Mode” into this update, but both features are proving to be fairly time consuming endeavors. I do have some progress into both tasks. So far, I’ve finished most of the shell for puzzle mode (still needs some UI love, and there are a couple of bugs). I’ve also programmed enough puzzles in to figure out that this mode is totally worth the effort. It is harder to make puzzles than it is to solve them, but I should have some more progress made by this weekend. I’d like to launch the feature with 100 puzzles. I don’t know how realistic that is, but that’s my goal for now.

Social Networking Links

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Here is an extremely belated note to let everyone who reads this website know about my twitter account. I’m username livingtech over there.

In related social networking news, I also started a page for ActionChess on Facebook. You can become a fan! (At present, this serves no purpose, but I may do contests or something with it in the future.)

ActionChess IGDA Presentation

Friday, May 8th, 2009

I made this short presentation for my 15 minutes of fame at the local IGDA meeting last night. Enjoy.

Gameplay Video for ActionChess

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

I’ve finally gotten around to creating a gameplay video for ActionChess. It stars the finger (and iPhone) of my lovely wife Florence.

ActionChess Demo from Martin Grider on Vimeo.