Author: Brad

You probably know me for my Flash game series, The Fancy Pants Adventure.

Fancy Pants Experiments

Sup Internet! Yup, Brad again, popping my head out to say hi yet again. I know things have been even quieter than usual around here, I put a lot of things on hold while working on World 3 / FPA on consoles, and so I’ve been spending a lot of time catching up on those things recently (fixing up the house taking up the most time lately).

But, not to worry! There’s still plenty going on behind the scenes, even if there’s no new big game announcements at this moment.

– Cornell Tour Pack for the Grateful Dead: Epic Tour online game

Play online here

I posted about the Epic Tour a few months back, but now there’s a new tour available online for 99 cents. Various enhancements have made it back to the original levels, and there’s a few levels leading up to the station that are new (and still free!). You’re able to collect 6 multitrack recordings and mix them how you like in the Cornell levels, so I think that’s a really good deal.

The Fancy Box

I’ve been getting the itch to work on something Fancy Pants related lately, so I wanted to start experimenting with features that weren’t able to make it into the FPA console game. I have a 2 player battle mode (Smash Bros. influenced, of course) up and running, but keep an eye out for something that hasn’t been seen by the public yet that I’m very excited about.

Oh, and I’ve made a package available for download that allows anyone to build their own Fancy Pants levels.

No clue where this is going, but I’m not above making an excuse to play with Fancy Pants Adventures a bit more!

Check out the Fancy Box here. Click on 2 players and ‘custom: Level4’ for a ‘smashing’ battle! 2 players could certainly use some beta testing. Normal baddies are a bit broken at the moment, though.

a s and tfgh for player 2, ; ‘ and arrows for player 1.

Check out this thread in the forum to try your hand at creating levels.

That’s it for now, now go make some awesome levels so I can play them and highlight them on the site!

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Ack, Halp!

Just another quick update, I don’t want anyone to think that I’m posting to make anyone worried. We’re in a place that doesn’t flood too much, and in a house that as been through its share of hurricanes. Just wanted you guys to know what was going on down here! Now excuse me while I sit on my porch and wave my fist at the stupid thing! (after some sleep, obviously)

Soo, where have I been? That lost post was supposed to jump start a bunch of posts and videos, but I ended up getting sick a week or so ago. I’m feeling better, but my ears are all stuffed up, and I’m really getting mad that I can’t record a video until I can hear and talk right again.

Just when I start to feel better, there’s a stupid hurricane headed my way. Trying to evacuate last time was way more of a pain than it was worth (though playing four player Castle Crashers on a generator is always fun), so we’re just going to be lazy and sit back and hope that the levees actually work this time.

I’ll try to post an update sometime later. Maybe now I’ll have time to write that blog post that I’ve been meaning to, heh.

[Wed 3:00 am]: Well, power’s still on, but Isaac should be hitting full force tomorrow, so we’ll see how long that lasts. Rain isn’t too bad but the wind is picking up. Looks like it shouldn’t be too bad (famous last words…). Should be right over us in about 10 hours, so we’ll see how that goes.

Got every single portable game system we could find powered up to brave the storm!

[Wed 6:00 pm]: Very good news, power didn’t go out! Looks like there’s some outages nearby, but things seem to be fine over here. I’m seeing some other places in Louisiana didn’t fair as well, though.

I read over the last hurricane post I made almost exactly 4 years ago (it’s been that long??), and I forgot how scared I was then. Not really about the damage, but since it was only a few years after Katrina, I didn’t think the economy could take another pounding. Guess we’re all, though.

Now if only I could find some more game developers around here…

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Oh Game Industry

Phew, now that this post is out of my system, I’m going to try to keep up a string of posts, what I’ve been up to, what I’m games I’m thinking of making in the future, more complaining about video games (except Gravity Rush, amazing game), that sort of thing. Later, everyone.

I keep wanting to write more simple blog type posts about games I’m playing and my thoughts in general (remember my that one time I wrote an angry post about the Too Human demo??), but the longer I wait to post something, the more epic I feel the post should be, and the more epic I feel the next post should be, the longer I take to write something… Doesn’t help that I was writing this from my phone and the WordPress app crashed and killed most of the content of this post, so it ended up taking even longer to finish.

So let’s break the vicious cycle, here goes:

Recently I slapped a new (okay, now old) GTX 570 in my now ancient Mac Pro, sick of waiting for the new generation of consoles to emerge (don’t get me wrong, I’m hyped as hell for the Wii U, but Nintendo isn’t giving me nearly enough info to go on at this point). I picked up the PC versions of a few games that were in my need-to-play list (and even more during the Steam summer sale, arg!), and finally got around to playing the first Crysis and Crysis Warhead again.

There’s been a lot bugging me about the video game industry lately (DLC, online passes, DRM…), but there’s no better way to illustrate the absolute worst of video games right now than to go between Crysis 1 and Crysis 2.

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And We’re Back

Finally, after the long, exhausting, almost three year long journey that was The Fancy Pants Adventures: World 3, I had to disappear from the internet a bit to regain some of my lost sanity. But I’m back, and more ready than ever to, I dunno, attempt to do awesome things at the Internet?

So what’s been going on these past few months? Lots, actually. First and foremost, I celebrated my first Fathers Day (:D) last Sunday, I’ve also been working on the Grateful Dead online game with Curious Sense. The first part of it is out now, and there’s some really awesome additions coming soon. Just make sure to register and create your own avatar, a lot of code went into making those little guys customizable! Disappear for awhile, come back with a launched game, not too bad, eh?

TommyLM and I have begun discussing Fraser’s Ride again, so expect to see some updates on that, finally! I can say, though, it looks WAY more awesome right now than it did the last time you saw it. I’ve also learned a bunch of code while working on W3 that should help make that development far easier.

I’ve also finally upgraded my audio / video equipment, so I’m itching to get back on YouTube and talk about teh gamez again. Anything you guys would like me to address, relating to W3 development, perhaps?

Been playing a lot of games recently, I’ll make a post later so I can go more in detail about the games I’m playing, since those usually have a pretty big influence on the games I’m working on.

And last but not least, I’ve got some cool ideas on how to get the Borne Games community more involved in some game making, so check out our forums for my latest hair-brained schemes.

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World 3 is live!

World 3 is currently live around the internet on all your favorite sites! Armor Games, Kongregate, and Newgrounds, to name a few (I’ll post links when I get home).

I’m still updating the game, but there’s two major bugs that I keep reading about. One is, if a stunned baddie hits a scratch shot from a mouse, it’ll break. Shouldn’t be too hard to fix when I get a chance.

The other is, FPM becomes invincible at some point. I haven’t been able to reproduce this one, maybe you guys can help me out. Anyone have this happen to them? Any idea what could be causing it? Are you hitting anything specific before becoming incincible? Halp!

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Where’s World 3?

Here!

Well, most of it, at least. The public beta is live! Play through the entire game and help me get World 3 ready for its full release.

A few menus and such still need to be added later, but World 3’s been in development for long enough, amirite??

Oh, and like always, let me know what’s broken.

Fixed so far:

0.16

– Changed how the challenge scores work, which should fix the Beach (no idea why it was like that, thought I already fixed it).
– Bottle was missing from Misplaced.
– Fixed the pants menu.
– Adjusted the reset controls button in the menus.

0.15

– Biggest change is the pants color selector from the pause menu
– Option to reset controls from the main menu, in case something goes wrong (and I forgot that the game’s background is white, not grey, whoops)
– There was an extra star or something in Misplaced? Weird.
– Fixed Bat Spider’s congrats
– NPCs now only change your pants automatically the first time they congratulate you after beating their challenge.

0.14:

– Ducks and Parrots fixed
– Music overlapping fixed

0.12:

– Manly Beard fixed
– Music tweaks
– ‘quick sounds’ fixed (swimming, sand and puddle footsteps)
– rest of the dialog fixed (fingers crossed)
– Attacking ‘beard shockwaves’

0.11:

– Factory and Cave Plats fixed
– I broke some controls earlier, fixed them
– NPCs change your pants color after victory message
– Moved Mountain Goat Course finish line

0.10:

– Falling off the level while rolling
– Sliding into crabs
– Quitting from Beach scoreboard glitch
– Bumper tweaks

0.9:

– Beach fix
– QTP on throne fix
– Beta is now certified beatable!

0.8:

– Bunch of fixes, I’ll list them later
– I did break progressing passed the beach, though, and Mochi’s not letting me upload a new build, I’ll have to upload tomorrow. Hopefully, most of you can just skip it for now.

0.7:

– Beach sand effects
– All moving platforms
– Bottles pop up message
– Forest background
– Baddie pile and dialoge
– HUD during pirate ship
– Places where you could jump out the level (sorry, heh)
– Yellow key room
– Disco effects
– All far foreground animations (tub drain, getting pencil, a few others).
– Rainbowbeard’s text size
– Tub music fade in repeat

I’m sure I’ve missed something, check the build and let me know, just make sure that 0.7 is showing in the top right at the first menu screen, otherwise clear your cache and refresh the page.

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FPA on PSN, 50% off!

To celebrate the launch of The Fancy Pants Adventures on iOS, FPA on PSN is currently 50% off! That’s right, you can have FPA on the go AND play 4 player matches online for less than 10 bucks!

Which reminds me, another weekend, another battling event!

Download FPA on PSN (I’ll be playing it on XBLA too, don’t worry) for only five bucks, then come beat me at some King of the Hill!

Here’s how:

Tomorrow (Saturday), at 5:00pm CST

Quick Match -> Player Match

I’ll be switching between the XBLA and PSN versions, like usual.

And for anyone who’s in a different time zone, check here.

Wow, that entire post sounded like an infomercial. That’s CRAAAAAAAZY! 😀

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App Update

So, right behind Apple’s own just released iPhoto, not a bad place to be!

Just wanted to address a few things. Hopefully, this page will come up if you’ve had trouble with the game and you Google around a bit.

Update: Build has been submitted to Apple, no idea how long it’ll take to go through, though.

Game size on phone: There was a slight error in packing up the game, and it expands to 1.1 gigs once installed. This is why the game isn’t installing on devices that have less than 1.1 gigs left, even though the filesize says under 300 megs in the App Store.

Save games disappearing: Apparently, progress is being lost when the game is started up again. Force quitting the game (double tap home, close the icon from the quick launch bar) and starting up the game again may restore the save file.

An update is coming soon that addresses both issues. File size on phone will be only slightly more than the download size. I don’t know if save files can be restored, but I’ll check.

Many apologies for any inconveniences you’re experiencing, I just wanted to let everyone know that Over the Top addressed both problems as soon as we knew about them, and an update is imminent!

Thank you so much, and I hope that you can enjoy the game even more in the future!

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First Fancy Pants League Event!

As is with all online games, it’s far more difficult to get a game going through online matchmaking than it was at launch in FPA on consoles.

Well, let’s fix that. every Saturday, at 5:00pm CST, I declare the first gathering of the Fancy Pants Online Racing / Battling League! The plan is to flood the servers all at once at that time so that matchmaking is able to do it’s thing once more.

So that we’re all in the same matchmaking pool, go to:

Quick Match -> Player Match

If there isn’t a room waiting, go ahead and make one.

I won’t be joining any groups or playing story mode, just going back into matchmaking over and over.

I’ll be switching between the XBLA and PSN versions.

So hop online and bring your a-game, there’s a good chance we’ll be smacking each other around with pencils. In the very least, everyone should finally be able to play a 4 player match again!

Once more:

Saturday, 5:00 CST, Quick Match -> Player Match.

And I’m DrNeroCF on both services, see you online!

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Fancy Pants Racing/Battling League!

Sup everyone? So, FPA on 360 and PS3 has been out for a while now, and as is usually the case with online games, it’s much more difficult to find an online game, much less one with 4 people in it.

So, I propose we pick a day and a time to flood the servers and reach critical mass. I’ll be there, too, so bring your A game!

What day would work best for you guys, what time? (in CST, if you please) Once we have something decided, I’ll announce it on the Facebook/Twitters, and we’ll see what happens!

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The Great Spam Bot Purge!

Update: FLUSH!!!

Alright, if anything has gone wrong don’t hesitate to email me, I made sure to make a backup before running the plugin! But, if you had no posts but wanted to keep your account, just make another account, and, well, post something this time! heh.

The Great Spam Bot Purge is coming! I have like 6k users on my site, and most of them are bots, blech. Any accounts with no posts will be deleted! If you have an account and haven’t posted anything before, comment here to keep your account safe! I don’t know if it counts subscriptions, so please, all subscribers, leave a comment! Forum posts count, but you can leave a comment if you want to make sure. Yay, spam with a purpose!

Of course, if your account gets deleted and there was nothing attached to it, but you still want an account, you can always make another one later…

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Ninja Update

Just a quick upload for the Sneak Peek, fixes a lot of the issues, though baddies getting stuck because you stomped or jumppaded next to them is still in there. Cave plat room is fixed and colored, super backflip fixed, probably a few other things. Oh, I went back to the old root scrolling method, mixed with individual clips for zooming, should be much faster for anyone complaining about performance.

One of the bigger changes is how Ninjas are fought. They’re ninjas, so they have a ton of health, but you can easily overpower them with a strong pencil swing! Taking them head on should be more effective now, instead of cheaper tactics. I’d like everyone to check out Ninsplosion and see how their scores compare to before.

Got a lot of progress done on later World 3 levels, too, which is good news, but you guys can’t see that quite yet 😉

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2012 Update!

Update: another handful of fixes

– Rolling through tunnel problems. Hopefully this addresses previous issues with the tunnels also.
– Hanging: Whoops! Updated hanging to work with the new collision, and tweaked it a big. Finally, you can backflip from ropes!
– Little bug fixes to ground collision while near walls
– Updated the charge in air animation.

Well here we are, the last stretch of development. Finally feels like things are really starting to come together for World 3. I’ve been working on this game forever now, but here’s the push to get the game out of the door!

Got a lot of changes in this update to the Sneak Peek, remember to empty your cache if it’s not updating for you.

– The biggest actual addition is the new air jab. Jabbing felt sort of useless before, it bugged me that there really wasn’t a time to use it over the air spin attack. Now, tapping attack while in the air will perform a powerful jab, a one hit kill against spiders, and a great way to take Ninjas head on! (not to mention jabbing frogs mid jump!)

– I’ve been going over the combat in general, also, trying to make things a bit more fair. It should be harder to get hurt while performing combos on the ground, but the best way to stay alive is still to move around! There’s even a protected time after stomping, so you won’t, say, launch off of a baddie straight into another baddie. Super useful against a swarm of Ninjas.

– 3D camera is finally working properly! Check out the pinball test level, looks awesome 🙂 Spent some time on the tracking for FPM and the shell, should be much better now. Which reminds me, Bats are updated, bob in the air a bit and respawn. Though they probably shouldn’t in the pinball level, oops…

– Tweaked the seesaw platforms in the super hard room, should make them much easier to run up and jump off of.

– Here’s probably the most requested feature: Try hitting the mouse’s bullet now 😀 There’s not really a great place to do it in the Sneak Peek, but it’s great fun in Outer Squiggleville.

– I finally gave up and completely changed how I’m handling rotation and collision. Over the Top did it a much easier way for the console, I’m now doing something similar. So if you see any weird teleportation bugs, please send a replay, they should be much easier to fix now.

A few smaller things:

– I revisited the combo system for smacking baddies around. You’ll get a combo going for jumping on multiple baddies (I think I broke that after World 2), or bouncing around them with the air attack, or sliding into one and bouncing on another, or pretty much anything that you can do without touching the ground, wall jumping is fair game! Hmm, makes me want to make a level with a ton of baddies and walls, floor is lava! or something like that… Still need to add a few things, like a combo for the shell hitting things… Show off by hitting a baddie into a wall, headbutting it, then jabbing it into oblivion!

– Dead baddies now can hit other baddies. Not sure if I’ll leave this one in, but it’s pretty hilarious. I hope it doesn’t eat anyone’s computer alive when there’s a ton of baddies. Let me know if performance drops too much for anyone in the combat arena.

– The uh, shell wobbles a bit when bouncing. Yeah…

– And the pencil’s slightly larger… Totally the most important item on this list! Yep…

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