My game Recurrence made the top 20 in IGMC, and won 2nd place on NeoGAF!

October 21st, 2014 by Tommy Gun

They emailed me the scores for Recurrence in the Indie Game Maker Contest:

Thanks for reaching out! Sorry for our delay. The game Recurrence scored quite highly for both judges (15 Presentation, 15 Gameplay, 17 Fun Factor from one judge; 13, 15, 13 from the other). The game did place in the top 20 for one judge and the top 30 for the other judge. Thanks for your participation and best of luck in the future!

Not too bad, considering there were 800 entries! I also found out last month that I came in second place in the NeoGAF RPG Maker contest! You can download Recurrence for free.

I started putting up iOS Rhythm Game Roundup videos

October 20th, 2014 by Tommy Gun

I’m going to do quick reviews for a lot of the rhythm games on iOS (and Android). I have a page up with most of the games, and have started putting up videos. More will be added. You can view them all in this playlist:

Recurrence – A “Groundhog Day” type game I made is now available!

July 1st, 2014 by Tommy Gun

Recurrence is a game I made over the last ~30 days for the 2014 Indie Game Maker Contest! I worked incredibly hard on it, and I’m really proud that it’s finished and available to download! I will have smaller versions available soon, as well as a trailer, but for now it’s up on the IGMC contest page!

Please “like” it / tweet it here: http://contest.rpgmakerweb.com/game/view/id/558

You can find all the information about it on a new page I created, here:

http://crackedrabbitgaming.com/recurrence-igmc/

On the day of your brother’s kidnapping, a malfunctioning wrist teleporter sends you into a time loop, forcing you to repeat the same day over and over again (in the vein of “Groundhog Day” or “Source Code”). Master skills, gather information, and socially engineer your way to his location. Can you break the cycle and save your brother’s life?

Title Screen

Title Screen

RPG Maker VX Ace Video Tutorials

May 22nd, 2014 by Tommy Gun

I’ve started making some video tutorials for RPG Maker VX Ace. You can find the whole playlist here, along with scripts and things that I use:

RPG Maker VX Ace Tutorials

I am working on my own game, so there will be much more information to come!

Just Tested My New Video Card

January 1st, 2014 by Tommy Gun

new-video-card-testing

Here’s a silly image I made. It made it to the front page of /r/gaming on Reddit!

How to Get Joystiq’s Full Text RSS Feed

December 19th, 2013 by Tommy Gun

Joystiq recently switched their RSS feed to a truncated version, which means you only see the first couple sentences, and then you need to click to see the rest. This is super annoying and takes way longer if you just want to skim through the articles. It kind of defeats the whole purpose of an RSS feed, in fact. There are services you can use to get the full text version of any feed, but they either cost money, or they’re limited to 5-10 items at a time, which means you’ll miss a lot of posts. Plus, they don’t refresh right away.

I found a Yahoo Pipe someone created to fix Joystiq’s feed, but it was outdated. I’ve updated it for Dec 2013, which you can view here, and even modify if you need to:

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=2e9bc51d129b7df903761587960c73a9

This is the RSS link, or you can go to the above page for more links. So far it works perfectly, and updates at the same rate as the real Joystiq feed (I have them running side-by-side as a test).

“Tommy Gun Rock Band Drumming” DVD out now!

July 16th, 2013 by Tommy Gun
From Easy to Expert, Tommy Gun covers everything you need to know to be a pro Rock Band drummer!

From Easy to Expert, Tommy Gun covers everything you need to know to be a pro Rock Band drummer!

Click Image for Large Version – Huge iPad Version Here 

I kept cracking up at Ricky Gervais’s “Learn Guitar with David Brent” image, so I decided to do one for drumming. I looked at a bunch of dvd covers and tried a bunch of poses, but was ultimately inspired by this:

express-yourself-drumming

One thing I learned while working on this is that there’s a very fine line between a good parody of a bad cover, and a just-plain-bad photoshop job. So this ended up looking a lot nicer than I ever intended, although I kept the hardcore drumming font, and so on. The Rock Band logo just looked way too good on a really bad cover, so it was kind of jarring.

hmxhenry commented on this!:

Ha! Great way to start the day. Nice job!

:D

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Machine

June 13th, 2013 by Tommy Gun

Everyone was thinking it, so I had to make an image (click for large version):

CRG-donkey-kong-country-tropical-freeze-machine

Fez is amazing! But everyone has translated the alphabet sideways. SPOILERS!

April 23rd, 2012 by Tommy Gun

Fez is a really great game! I had no idea it had so many puzzles and riddles…I thought it was just a quirky platformer puzzle game. So you should totally buy it, not read anything else about it, and try to figure it out yourself. You can “beat” the game without solving too much, but it’s the rest of the game that has all the mysteries. It has a whole alphabet you need to decipher, and that’s the main reason for this post. So MAJOR SPOILERS ahead!

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Iron Brigade “Settlement Savior” Achievement Tips (Survival mode)

February 17th, 2012 by Tommy Gun

I just got the achievement for this (make it to wave 30 on Settlement); it was pretty tough! Thanks to rabies for the basic loadout/strategy.

You can do this solo, but I played with a friend of mine. The difficulty scales, but I figured with both of us being fairly good players this was the best bet. The beginning is the hardest — once you get some sniper turrets set up, you’ll be gaining tons of scrap and won’t have to run all over the place, so don’t worry if it feels like you’re getting slaughtered at the start. By wave 15 our green base had only a sliver of health left, but we made it!

Trench loadout:

At least one person should have:

Core: HoneyChurch IV with Sprint+ Legs
Weapon: Albert Sniper Rifle (Pierce+)
Emplacements: Dampening Generator, Repair Crane, Sniper Turret, Shredder Turret

My friend used a bigger Trench with heavy weapons. Use whatever you’re comfortable with. He had a collection pod. If you’re playing solo, you should probably swap the repair crane for the collection pod. I mostly stayed up near the green base, and my friend stayed down near orange. Because I had the sniper rifle, I was able to help him out from up there.

Tips:

  • Start with all shredder turrets. They’re cheap, and at the beginning you need all the help you can get. More is better. Don’t waste scrap on other stuff yet (maybe a collection pod after a few waves).
  • Scrap disappears after a while, so grab it when you can, and eventually build collection pods.
  • Put emplacements on top of “trees.” I think you need to be on the lowest level for this to work (don’t be on a peninsula). Knobs shouldn’t be able to kill them this way, but watch for Burst Transmitters.
  • Build lots of sniper turrets once you start getting more scrap, and protect them from knobs with shredder turrets. Place some snipers at the end of the peninsulas, and up by the green decoy.
  • Focus all your fire on the Volt Dropper if you can! They do a lot of damage and ignore dampening generators, so you need to take them out as quickly as possible. Sniper turrets are what you need here, so I hope you’ve built a few by this point. When you fire at the Volt be sure to lead the target (aim a little in front of it when you fire).
  • Save the decoys for waves 25+ (as long as you can wait, basically).
  • Eventually build a repair crane somewhere in the middle, but not until you have plenty of scrap.
  • Turrets are dumb, so kill Jacobs first, as soon as you can.
  • If you’re using the Albert sniper rifle, try to line up multiple enemies when you can because of the pierce ability. If Jacobs are protecting an enemy, shoot through the enemy to hit the Jacobs; don’t wait for a clear shot.

We made it to wave 42 with this method, and would have gotten further if we had tried. After we got the achievement we relaxed and mostly let the turrets do the work, so eventually some enemies slipped by.