Joseph Hewitt

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  1. GearHead 1 v1.300 — 23 comments
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  3. Lancemate Switching from Backpack — 16 comments
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Improving GearHead Caramel’s Combat Interface

GearHead Caramel has been out for a week and a half, gotten its first update, and so far I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about it. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported GearHead development whether through code contributions and bug reports, itch.io and Patreon, or just sending me encouraging messages. One …

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The Inevitable Bugfix Release: v0.510

As I should have expected, as soon as I released GearHead Caramel v0.500 last week a whole lot of bugs that had been hiding for months suddenly made themselves known. So this week I present to you v0.510, a release with far fewer bugs but one extra crab mecha. You can download it from the …

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GearHead Caramel is now Public

I’ve just made the first public non-demo release of GearHead Caramel. Character creation is working. Mecha engineering and design is working. There is a lengthy playable campaign with an endpoint. You can import your characters from GearHead1. Obviously there’s still a lot of work to do, but the next game in the GearHead series is …

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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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