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  Broom Handler Esmerelda Braves Hauntley's Estate! 11:42 PM -- Mon October 31, 2011  

Danger: work-in-progress, unfinished, crappy shot below.

When my dungeon game petered out, I thought I'd just make a quickie platformer for Halloween, a real simple concept I've had for years and always wanted to do. The idea is pretty simple: you're a witch, and you run and jump and all that, but the unique mechanic is that you can throw your broom, and call it back to you once thrown. At its basic level, this is your attack. But as you see in the screen above, it has more exciting uses - stick it into the floor, and you can stand on the bristles. Stick it in a wall and you can stand on the stick. Stick it in a ceiling and you can hang from it. So you need to employ those techniques (and a couple others) to platform your way around. Simple enough.

But as I started coding, I really got into the way it played and the Ghouls n' Ghosts type of look. So I went one step further! This game is going to bridge the gap between my big adventure/RPGs of yore and my action platformers of recent times. What it is, is my homage to Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night. Normally these games that feature a specific new mechanic are nothing more than that mechanic. But I thought, why? Why can't you have a fun and new mechanic attached to all the usual RPG/collection/exploration/upgrade elements? So it's an epic adventure, all in one giant castle (and the graveyard out front, the caves underneath, etc). It's got lots of juicy RPG elements (very minimally implemented so far):

What I have implemented is the random item generator, and it's way cool. Diablo-style random items with various stats and procs. I'll be sharing more info on all this stuff in the near future, because I'm gonna talk about this game a lot! I'm very excited about it.

Oh, and I don't know what the title is. I have one idea, but I feel like it's the world's most narrow parody that nobody will ever recognize. Let's just say it's the witch game for now. I'm gonna talk more about plans and things in the coming days, so stay tuned. For now, I go to sleep.
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  Battle Hogs Electronically 06:24 PM -- Mon October 31, 2011  

I attempted to make a really special BHE game this year. I failed. But it's still here in very-partial working order, and I'm not done working. You can't try it, though, because I never implemented the lobby that lets you join the game. It currently plays with a group of people who are all Jamul, instead (and only on my local PC).

So as you can guess from what I said, it's an online game! It's kind of the next step up for the Great Pumpkin's Field. More accurately, it's a top-down rendition (using your website avatars) of a WoW dungeon run. Up to five people can team up to head into a dungeon and slay monsters. Each one has a few special abilities, and you need to employ them to keep everybody alive and make the monsters dead. You click to move (that's what the green circle is, I've clicked there), and there are keys for your different abilities (the numeric keypad, or the QWEASDZXC if you prefer that side of the keyboard).

What you see in the screenshot is of course a bunch of temp art. I drew the pigs especially for it, and they're even animated, but I have no idea why I made pigs. I just didn't know what kind of monsters I wanted.

What's the future of The Hamumu Dungeon Game Adventure Experience? I really intend to make it, but I had major major issues getting it working. Not so much technical problems as motivational ones. Dealing with all-new code problems in an all-new language, with massive painful restrictions (no global variables allowed!), and making gameplay that is an entirely new style, and having to spend several hours a day on B.H.E. events... it was all more than a little overwhelming. So I stopped working on that a couple weeks ago, and moved on to something more appropriate. But I intend to come back to this project, in small bits. I don't want to commit to getting anything particularly done on it, but it's a project I've long wanted to do, and so I want to keep giving it a shot until it's either a miserable failure, or it gets its hooks in me and drives me to finish it up. I think I'll fire it up for a couple weeks in December and see if I get anywhere. In the meantime, I have other things to do...

What else did I work on? Well, that's not done either, but tune in later today to hear all about it.
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  Beaten, Horses Escape. 06:09 PM -- Mon October 31, 2011  

The Great Pumpkin's Field was exciting as always (you can still enjoy it for the next twelve hours or so!). But this year, there was a prize! Every pony defeated earned a raffle ticket for everybody who helped destroy it. The top ticket-holder was Redbone, with 55 victories under his belt (10% of all the tickets!). SpaceManiac was a close second with 50. Most people had just one or two tickets. Yet, in the end I ran a raffle, and they didn't win it... the winning Ponyslayer this year was...


Yahoo! He had 20 tickets, so not a major upset there. Darkguyhades, send me an email with shipping information and enjoy your new Loonyland CD!
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  Best Halloween Entries 10:17 AM -- Mon October 31, 2011  

First off, let me remind everybody that today is at last the Best Halloween Ever, so share your surprises!

But mainly this post is here to lay down results for the many assorted contests which end today!

Bite Here, Enjoy had three entries, so they all win! In first place, it's .Blue Dwarf. with his Pumpkin Goo! Second place is Happystikbeaver with Mallow-Mushrooms. Third place is Megadog's Marzipan Ghost. Congratulations + yum.

Behold Hamumians Enrobed is also over! The top costume of the year by far was The Red Baron by Happystikbeaver:

In second place was Megadog's Punk Bunny, and third place was Boneheads1999's Bouapha!

And now we know who the Best Hamumian Ever is (scores are at the bottom of that page, yeah kind of awkward and I should've added an anchor for them)! Wouldn't you know it, it's ME! But anyway, in terms of people who aren't me, first place goes to BryanSNK who just barely edged out Cheeselord in second, and third place is Megadog. Congratulations folks, and monster cards are coming your way today.

Now that's not all, because I still have to run the raffle for The Great Pumpkin's Field, so let me go get that set up, among many other things, and get back to you! From this moment on, the field no longer awards raffle tickets, so enjoy it in fun! The ponies are super scary for Halloween. You will need your friends, as well as the enormous amount of firepower the field is currently dishing out (you are welcome to idle on the page today, it gives out a weapon every 30 seconds).
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  Braggarts Handled, Everybody! 10:50 AM -- Sun October 30, 2011  

Brag Here, Everybody is now over, and after a quick randomizing, the prize has been raffled off. The winner is Cheeselord, netting him the most amazing Monster Card of them all, the Microfish. Enjoy!
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  Barked, Howled, Etc.! 10:38 AM -- Sun October 30, 2011  

BryanSNK is the winner of the coolest Monster Card sound in our Bark, Howl, Etc. contest, with his Happy Stick Man sound!

He is now the proud (or not, I haven't checked) owner of a Bok Bok monster card! Happy Stick Man would've been a classier prize, but it was random.
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  Built Halloween Environments, Builders Handed Emblems! 10:58 AM -- Sat October 29, 2011  

Aaaand the results are in! The winners of Build Haunted Environments are...

Blackduck in first place,
Moltanem2000 in second place, and
Kerma in third place!

Congratulations to the top builders, and remember, tomorrow is the raffle for Brag Here, Everybody, as well as the results for Bark, Howl, Etc. so get your stories in for the former and your votes in for the latter! It's almost Halloween!
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  Brainy Humans ________ (Win!) 03:31 PM -- Fri October 28, 2011  

It is time for the winners of "Brainy Humans _______", the Dumbwords tournament! And without further ado, the aforementioned winners are:

BryanSNK in first,
Davedude in second,
and Trex one point behind him!

Congratulations to them, and to them and everyone else, keep on playing Dumbwords and the other games, because you want to win Best Hamumian Ever! Good luck!
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  Best Hamumian Ever! 10:19 AM -- Wed October 26, 2011  

Just like I warned you every time a contest ended... we now have the Best Hamumian Ever Tournament Of Champions! This is not a new contest, it's just a combination of your scores on the existing contests (adjusted based on how many points can reasonably be scored in each game, so that they all contribute about equally to the score). So go forth and do as well as you can on all four games in the contests! You can check the current rankings at the bottom of the BHE page.

On October 31st, the winners will be announced. First place receives 3 random Monster Cards, second place gets 2, and third place gets 1. These monster cards are totally random, except that they are guaranteed to be ones you don't own yet.

If you are curious about the exact calculation for this, it's ((dumbwordsScore*500)/200)+((tagScore*500)/30)+((wordSearchScore*500)/40000)+((pirateScore*500)/40000).

In other news, today is the last day to send in Halloween Horror worlds! So get to it!
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  Vote Here, Enjoy! 11:58 AM -- Tue October 25, 2011  

It's time to vote for your favorite Halloween treat... Vote Here, Enjoy! We've only got three recipes entered, so everybody will win. Now go pick which one will win first place!
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