Joseph Hewitt

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  1. GearHead 1 v1.300 — 23 comments
  2. New Idea: The Story So Far — 17 comments
  3. Lancemate Switching from Backpack — 16 comments
  4. GearHead-1 v1.201: The Inevitable Bugfix — 16 comments
  5. Full Screen Map Working — 16 comments

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Caramel Dialogue: Real Procedural Personalities

In previous GearHead games, dialogue trees had to be constructed manually. Each NPC could have an assigned dialogue tree, and random plots could override this with their own dialogue tree. This worked well but was labor intensive and somewhat inflexible. GearHead Caramel does things a bit differently. When a conversation starts, a list of all …

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Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared

I’m not saying for sure that a new season of Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared is coming up in two weeks, but June 19th is fast approaching, and whatever happens I think Red Guy would want us all to be prepared. For those who have never seen DHMIS, it’s a creepy musical puppet show about …

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The Mechanical Tarot

The last big part of GearHead Caramel that I need to work out before making a release is the mechanical tarot system. It’s sort of but not exactly a random story generator, since the idea is for it to create an interactive situation rather than a sequence of events. Sort of like the difference between …

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Progress Report

GearHead Caramel is getting closer and closer to a first real release. The character generator is working, the shops are working, the skill training interface is working, and missions are working. I’m adding a bit more content so Wujung doesn’t seem so empty; it should be ready to go soon. (Of course, if you want …

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Victory!

The fundraising campaign for GearHead Caramel was successful, and the image recoloring method has been translated to a C extension. The new version is literally 100x faster than the Python one. Changing portrait colors used to cause a noticeable delay, but now it’s instantaneous. Many thanks to A Bunch of Hacks for their good work! …

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Power Level Surging

For the past week and a half I’ve been raising money to hire some C++ programmers for GearHead Caramel, and I’m happy to say that we’re almost there! I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed, ordered art, or bought stuff from my itch.io shop. Another $100 or so is needed before the programmers can …

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The Adventure System

Today I updated GearHead Caramel’s adventure system. This is the bit that allows temporary content to be added to a campaign and then removed later- the same kind of stuff as GearHead 1 and GearHead 2’s random plots. GearHead Caramel inherited its plot system from Dungeon Monkey Eternal, and while DME has the ability to …

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Commissions Open for GearHead Caramel

In order to fund the hiring of some C++ programmers to write an open source PyGame extension for recoloring sprites, I’m opening social media avatar commissions. Want me to turn you into a zombie? Draw your OCs? Show what you’d look like as a post-apocalyptic hamster? Get in touch. And please, spread the word.

Fine Tuning the Portrait Generator

I’ve spent most of today fine tuning the portrait generator bits, moving the anchors around a pixel or two at a time, and I am now so burnt out on faces that I don’t even want to look in a mirror. While researching how other artists draw cartoonish or caricatured faces, I found something that …

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New GearHead Caramel Character Creator

I’ve been working on a new character generator for GearHead Caramel. This one is completely widgetified, and can be accessed using the mouse or the keyboard. Take a look at the video to see everything it can do. I’m hoping to make the first release of DeadZone Drifter, the GHC endless play campaign, before the …

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