game development


Possession 2: Where things stand

Well, still no progress on the “post every week” front. I started working on Possession 2 in November of last year. I’d hoped to get it out in less than a year, but things aren’t looking like that’s going to happen. Of course, January through April I was working 50+ hours […]


Possession 2: Bosses 1

Boss design in games can be difficult. In the original Possession, bosses were pretty basic. They were creatures slightly stronger than most of the regular creatures on the level. None of them had any special abilities, except for the fact you couldn’t possess them. I made them unpossessable for a few reasons: one, […]


Possession 2: Navigating Around Dangers 2

This post is a little more technical, but hopefully someone out there will find it useful if they’re wondering how to face a similar issue. Possession 2 features two basic types of creature behavior, dumb and smart (though there are a lot of complications that can go into them to make […]


Possession 2: Some New Creatures

So I apologize for not really having posted anything recently. There’s been some work going on, but a lot of it has been kind of behind the scenes (probably worth a post, might be of interest to other game dev people), and honestly, there hasn’t been THAT much work done, either. […]


Possession 2 Miscellaneous Devlog 1 2

I’m working two jobs right now, and the past few weeks have been pretty busy for me. I have managed to continue working on Possession 2, just not as much as I’d like. Today’s post isn’t really focusing on any one aspect in particular, just highlighting some of the things […]


Possession 2: Speed Systems in Roguelikes 2

Speed is a problem in turn-based games. It’s much easier to just have everyone move once per turn. Anything else just gets complicated, both from a programming and a gameplay standpoint. But given that the differences between bodies are such a big deal in Possession, I really want there to […]


Possession 2: Special Level, The Tombs

Not only will Possession 2 feature greater variety in its regular levels, but there will also be several “special levels” which you will sometimes visit instead of a regular level. The special levels are themed, featuring special tiles and design, and creatures that fit the theme. More interestingly, they usually […]


Possession 2: Programmer Art, and First New Creature!

As I mentioned earlier, I have someone working on graphics for the game, and hopefully I’ll be seeing what he’s done sometime this weekend. For the time being, though, I’ve made some quick little pixelly sprites on my own, to test the graphics code with (and also to make screenshots […]


Possession 2 Announcement

I am working on a sequel to Possession: Escape from the Nether Regions, the 7-day game I made earlier this year. I’m currently calling it Possession 2: Return to the Nether Regions, because it is a terrible name. Whether it’ll stick or not depends, but it’s growing on me. I’ve […]