One of the side-projects I’ve been working on is a "useable phone", where you can call a phone interface and select its apps to toggle certain settings ON or OFF (such as Party Train) and call certain functions (such as the Save Menu) from within SMILE GAME BUILDER.
Development HistoryWhile development initially began more as an experiment for a unique icon-driven custom menu, I quickly realised how much it resembled a cellphone layout, with all its apps neatly laid out on-screen.
So I began redesigning the layout and interface to look more like a typical cellphone. And I began planning which features could be used as apps.
Although it’s still a work-in-progress, I will continue work on it over time. There are plenty of bugs and some of the routines don’t quite function as intended, so I still have a long way to go before a fully functioning phone custom menu.
Some app functions, such as the Equipment and Jukebox, may not be viable or achievable, so they might need removing or replacing.
Custom Menu Online Classes/Tutorials
At the end of July to the beginning of August, I’m going to start work on a series of courses or online classes dedicated to creating custom menus for SMILE GAME BUILDER, which will be available on the Gnome Treasure store.
During the course, you’ll learn how to create unique custom menus from start to finish, from a simple "settings menu" to something more complex like the phone custom menu.
I’m not sure of pricing or format yet, but that’ll develop over time, and I’ll make the announcements here and on Twitter.
The SMILE GAME BUILDER Tutorials Extra X03: Marie’s Flowers focuses on fetching Marie’s roses so she will join you. There’s a neat feature – MMORPG style – where the flowers have a "particle effect" that’ll disappear when you collect a rose.
Tutorials Extra Part #X04
The next part of the Tutorials Extra series will focus on Ignaz, who (in the original tutorial) requested money before he would join. He wanted a fixed amount, but this time he’ll request a random amount.
The SMILE GAME BUILDER Tutorials Extra #X02: Recruiting Marie video is up on YouTube.
Marie requires flowers before she will join the party. This tutorial sets her conditions up and, when you have her flowers, her name gets crossed off the recruitment note (from Part 1) after she joined.
Tutorials Extra Part #X03
The next part of the Tutorials Extra series focuses on the flowers "fetch quest" for Marie, with an additional particle effect indicating where the flowers are (in the same style as many MMORPGs).
The Tutorials Extra X01: Recruitment Note for SMILE GAME BUILDER has been published on YouTube.
In this video, the player can view a note listing the party members’ requirements before joining. Their names are then crossed off the list when they’ve joined the party.
What Is the Tutorials Extra Series?
The Tutorials Extra is a series of videos comprising short bite-sized videos aiming to update my older tutorials, each following on from its predecessor. Each video also contains additional methods and enhancements, building on the original tutorials on which they’re based.
The latest tutorial in Mottzy Minutes demonstrates how to create and implement a character select menu system in SMILE GAME BUILDER.
Character Select Menu Video
Parts 1 & 2
Part 1 covers the rendering the menu and the select box to select characters.
In Part 2, he’ll deal with the character selection and camera rendering process!
It will become part of the MakerBaseSGB project.
You can also check out Mottzy’s blog for more news on his projects and his for more tutorials.
Mottzy’s latest video in his Mottzy Minutes YouTube series demonstrates the basic idea behind key inputs.
Handling Key Inputs Video
This is more an introductory video on key inputs, with plans for follow-up tutorials on key inputs and image placements for things like character or object menus.
As always, you can also check out Mottzy’s blog for updates on all of his projects and his for more tutorials.
Following on from his previous tutorial, Smooth Status Bars, Mottzy demonstrates advanced techniques for a dynamically moving HUD without the need for an additional overlay.
Advanced Bars & Gauges Video Tutorial
The video below is a two part tutorial. The first part shows how to set up the HUD and the second part provides a neat method for easily importing the assets and event scripts he’s used in his tutorials into your own projects via his MakerBaseSGB.
For the next video in the Mottzy Minutes tutorials series, Mottzy demonstrates something I’m sure many of us can use in our games.
Smooth Status Bars
It’s a simple but effective method for implementing a dynamic HUD for, in this case, an Insanity stat, but it can be adapted easily for other things.
Here’s another video in the growing Mottzy Minutes tutorials series.
Hunger Tutorial Video
If you ever want to have a hunger system in your games, this is one way to do it. Kind of has that "grim reaper" vibe to it when hunger reaches zero.