A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups

A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198085)
I will very soon be laying out the back of the fold-out poster which will be included with the CIB copies of A53v3. The games receive enough focus elsewhere. Instead, for this foldout, I would like to focus on the contributors, developers, and others responsible for A53.

So, I am asking each contributor to provide a brief write-up that follows these guidelines:
  • Is written in 3rd person.
  • Is 3-5 sentences long. (flexible)
  • Includes your contributions to or involvement with Action 53 (current and past volumes)
  • Includes a brief background or personal history in NES or game dev, etc. (such as a list of games released or worked on, etc.)
  • A method of contact and / or web address (If neither is desired, nesdev user id would suffice.)

If desired, you may also include:
  • A logo, photo, or other image (otherwise, I may use a screenshot or character sprite from your game)
  • Anything else you feel the need to include. (I will use my best discretion for space / appropriateness, but ultimately, I want this to provide or open up as much information as possible for buyers, fans, etc.)
Please provide your write-ups as responses to this thread. (It will be much easier for me to keep track of than PMs).

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We have about 16 x 10 inches of space to fill. I may edit any write-ups provided for grammatical or spelling purposes or to fit the space we have provided. However, the final poster will be posted here with enough time before printing for anyone to proofread or request changes, etc.

If any other significant collaborator (graphics, music, etc.) would like to provide their own write-up, they are welcome to do so.

I will likely organize the write-ups by...
  • Placement order of winners
  • Alphabetical order of runner-ups
  • Other contributors that did not enter the contest - or - entrants who chose not to provide an additional write-up (using whatever minimal credits are listed publicly)
  • Key members involved in A53 (NEShomebrew, INL, myself for box and layout, etc.)
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198092)
Quote:
"The Mojon Twins is a group of friends which formed circa 2006. They also make games for old systems, with more than 60 releases for several platforms. They were contacted to fill up space in Action 53 vol2, which features their Sir Ababol and Sgt. Helmet: Training Day games. This vol3 contains their games Cheril the Goddess, Lala the Magical and Wo Xiang Niao Niao, made for the compo, plus Zombie Calavera Prologue. You can find them and their games at http://www.mojontwins.com


And this logo:
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(It can be scaled to fit, as it designed to be low res)

Hope this is what you need :) Maybe it can be condensed, but I'm not good at it (specially on a language that's not my first)
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198104)
Quote:
Finding his childhood's game system gathering dust in a storeroom marked the beginning of Sylvain's NES development journey. As a first project, Super Tilt Bro was expected to be too big, simply a coding exercise, but endless love for the NES brought it to life. Super Tilt Bro, present in Action53 vol. 3, will continue to be improved, you can follow Sylvain's project on Twitter: @RogerBidon.
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198108)
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Sinking Feeling is Lauri's first entry in the A53 compos. Having made games on modern platforms, he moved to older consoles a few years ago, now working with Mega Cat. You can find him at NesDev under the nick calima.
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198150)
Hopefully, this isn't too long:

Damian Yerrick developed the Action 53 menu software and created the spec for its memory controller. In addition, he developed several games and toys appearing on all three volumes so far, including Concentration Room, Russian Roulette, Thwaite, Zap Ruder (ZapPing, Axe, and Zapper Calibration), RHDE: Furniture Fight, and NES ports of robotfindskitten and Artemio Urbina's 240p Test Suite. He was also lead programmer for Haunted: Halloween '85 and The Curse of Possum Hollow, published by Retrotainment Games. He has years of 6502 assembly language experience but just doesn't get the Z80.

Web: pineight.com
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Twitter: @PinoBatch
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(larger | vector)
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198152)
Brad Bateman (NESHomebrew) creates games under the name Strange Brew Games. He has helped develop the NESDev Compo from a random idea in a forum thread to an increasingly successful competition. As more of an administrating role, he maintains the website and helps organize the submissions and judging. His major contributions to the homebrew community include graphic work on 8-bit Xmas 2011 (retrousb), Larry (KHan Games), as well as beta testing on 10+ cartridge releases. You can contact him by emailing NESHomebrew@gmail.com or sending direct messages via NESDev, Nintendoage, or Twitter.
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198222)
Nathan Tolbert has developed a small handful of games for various systems (notably including Anguna: an adventure game for Gameboy Advance, Nintendo DS, and Atari 2600), and decided to make a first foray into NES development with Spacey McRacey for the 2016 NesDev competition. You can find his games at http://www.bitethechili.com
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198274)
Antoine Gohin / glutock, started coding for the NES in 2015, and created "Pair the Pets" his first game as a project to learn how the system works. Learning about the NESdev coding competition, he used his platformer prototype and Surt's artwork as an entry in October 2016. Twin Dragons was born. After getting cool feedback and winning the competition, he decided to expand the project to release a full version of the game on cartridge. He asked two friends for help, and they created Broke Studio, an independent retro game studio. Finally, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, they're working hard on Twin Dragons again, and they hope to release more games after that !

http://www.brokestudio.fr
contact@brokestudio.fr
twitter : @pixels_kitchen

PSD zipped in attachement (Broke Studio logo - use is as you want, with or without text)

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Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198436)
Ralph 4 and Lunar Limit are hand-crafted artisanal programs made by the user Pubby. All music is certified free-trade, imported from a Norwegian note-smith called MovieMovies1.

My logo:
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Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198504)
Argh, I hate writing about myself :?

Quote:
Mike J Moffitt has recently moved to making games for game consoles. Taking a break from a few larger projects, Karate Kick is a rewrite of an iOS game of the same name as a first experiment in 6502 assembly. You can find games, music, and electronics projects at http://mikejmoffitt.com
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198520)
I hear that on the hating writing about yourself... here goes something:

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cppchriscpp is a relative newcomer to retro game development. His focus tends to be on shorter games for contests such as Ludum Dare. Waddles the Duck was his first completed longer-term project for the NES. He also maintains a quirky networking library for the NES. You can follow his misadventures on twitter: @cppchriscpp.

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Edit as needed, or let me know if anything needs tweaking. I'm not super attached to anything I wrote; just didn't want to leave you with nothing!
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198551)
Chris Cacciatore started procrastinating on making a NES game back in 2009 when he first found the NesDev forums. Chris created both Nebs and Debs as part of a pixel art alphabet series for his daughter, and he liked the pairing so much he made them the titular characters of his A53v3 submission. Look out for continued Nebs n' Debs development at twitter.com/cacciatc. Nebs 'n Debs has been incalculably improved with tracks and SFX by Richard 'kulor' Armijo (twitter.com/CommodoreKulor).
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198583)
Not very sober and also hating to write about oneself but promised to write something so here goes.
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Nin-kuuku is NES/GB/NDS/AtariVCS/C64/PCE (audio) project that started somewhere around 2006. Jupiter Scope 2 was made using Flat Assembler by Tomasz Grysztar and NES Screen Tool by Shiru and NESdev Wiki by nesdev and Jovian pictures by NASA.
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That cat was cool and is the logo.
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198844)
Johnathan Roatch designed the cartridge and box art for Double Action 53 Volume 2, and also happen to make a few things for Action 53 Vol.3 Revenge of the Twins.

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I have not decided what the photo would be, it's definitely not going to be a Bavoom from Meteos (which was imported from my current Steam profile)
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198846)
Quote:
Is written in 3rd person
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Doug is very busy. Doug is going to bed early, because Doug has to work at 7am.

Doug made a logo, but it sucks. (It was an 8th note followed by a forte symbol).

Doug edited this comment.
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198877)
Nesdev members feel sorry for Doug. Doug should totally get a better job :P
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#198885)
Here's a real write up...

Doug Fraker has contributed 2 entries this year: Flappy Jack and Rock Paper Scissors. Besides programming, Doug writes music, and he's in a classic rock cover band. He recently celebrated the completion of Vigilante Ninja 2, and is currently working on other NES titles.

nesdoug.com, blog and NES tutorial
@nesdoug2 on Twitter

I've hidden my email on the 'contact' page of my webpage, where I'm sure nobody will find it. You don't need to include my email anywhere. I'm a hermit, and contact with other humans frightens me.
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#199415)
dougeff wrote:
Here's a real write up...

Doug Fraker has contributed 2 entries this year: Flappy Jack and Rock Paper Scissors. Besides programming, Doug writes music, and he's in a classic rock cover band. He recently celebrated the completion of Vigilante Ninja 2, and is currently working on other NES titles.

nesdoug.com, blog and NES tutorial
@nesdoug2 on Twitter

I've hidden my email on the 'contact' page of my webpage, where I'm sure nobody will find it. You don't need to include my email anywhere. I'm a hermit, and contact with other humans frightens me.

Before a misunderstanding happens, is that last paragraph supposed to be included on the poster?
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#199416)
No.
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#199482)
Aleff Correa is someone who never managed to evolve his projects past the "I made my name appear on the screen" phase. After countless failed attempts he decided he was going to finish a game for once, and the result was Brick Breaker, included on this compilation.

Use my ninja avatar as a logo.

I like the idea even though I hate to write about myself... this reminds me of Enix competition computer games with the author's bio on the back of the box.

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Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#199485)
Quote:
Aleff Correa is someone who never managed to evolve his projects past the "I made my name appear on the screen" phase. After countless failed attempts he decided he was going to finish a game for once, and the result was Brick Breaker, included on this compilation.


Are you feeling ok, buddy?
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#199487)
dougeff wrote:
Quote:
Aleff Correa is someone who never managed to evolve his projects past the "I made my name appear on the screen" phase. After countless failed attempts he decided he was going to finish a game for once, and the result was Brick Breaker, included on this compilation.


Are you feeling ok, buddy?


What makes you think I may not be? Be more direct so I can do changes in the text, there's really nothing I can write about myself, at least related to game development.
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#199496)
Quote:
What makes you think I may not be?


From a list of 'signs a person might be depressed'...
-pessimism
-negative thoughts about themselves
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#199675)
dougeff wrote:
Quote:
What makes you think I may not be?


From a list of 'signs a person might be depressed'...
-pessimism
-negative thoughts about themselves


Maybe it's the way I wrote it but I don't see the "pessimism". I'll try to write more straightforward text next time to avoid misinterpretation. In fact it's supposed to be the complete opposite, I meant to say that I would never get off the ground with a game until the competition motivated me to finish one, that's all.
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#200102)
dustmop is a general hacker and game designer. He takes inspiration from the classics, both old and new, with an appreciation for subtle, layered mechanics. This year is his first entry in the nesdev compo: Filthy Kitchen, which he developed and did the art for. Music done by Luke Silas. You can find more of his work, and contact info, at http://dustmop.io
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#203389)
I finally had a weekend free up to sit down with these and pound them out:

Each entrant: please confirm your own (anyone else, if you notice other errors, please point them out as well):

• Everyone that needs to be represented is represented.
• All images, contact info, names, etc. are all correctly matched.
• Final version of text is approved.

Also, for anyone willing, please check for typos, grammatical, or style errors. (Myask, you're always more than helpful in those categories, if you have the time.)

Once approved, I'll convert text to outlines so that I can work on final layout (will be breaking up the grid, tilting these and whatnot to keep them in unison with the box design, and to ensure no rows of text land exactly on creases.)

Links:
First Row
Second Row
Third Row
Fourth Row
Fifth Row

(also, these won't be as blurry, nor will the blacks be so strong, when sent for printing)
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#203413)
jroatch.xyz is a website link and not a username handle. (additionally I'm not even at Nintendo Age)
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#203415)
If you think the light blue background behind my avatar is distracting, you can cut it out if you want. The avatar is a crop of the top center of this SVG. Then you can put in whatever shadow or outline you feel is appropriate.
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#203422)
Kind of minor nitpick of my entire life - my name is spelled Moffitt with two 'F' and 'T' characters each!
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#203461)
Updates:
    • mikejmoffitt's name and nesdev handle spelling changed. (sorry about that)
    • JRoatch's website labeled as such (I made one card first and copied and pasted into it as a template, so that's why it was labeled incorrectly.)
    • Restructured references to remove indefinite article before "NES" (to avoid inner voice conflict when a/an precedes "en ee es" or "ness/nezz"). I didn't want inconsistency within the document, and it's a divisive enough topic that I wouldn't want to make a call on it.
    • Altered A53 write-up so as not to refer to both the games and volumes as "entries" in the same sentence.
    • Fixed formatting and convention errors I made in: glutock, INL, and my own entries.
    • Added glutock's Twitter handle, which I had forgotten to include.

Additional Credits
There's not room for everyone listed from every blurb.txt, but I did try to leave a credit for any musician or artist whose work was used in any of the entries, but I'm not sure if I got all of them. If your game featured music or artwork sourced from someone else or a collaborator not mentioned, please let me know so that I can include it.

Images are now larger for easier reading:
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Second Row
Third Row
Fourth Row
Fifth Row


Oh, and tepples, I think the blue of your image looks fine, especially near the pink of your card.
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#203464)
Also make sure it's consistently spelled "Action 53" with the space.

* Chris Cacciatore and M-Tee profiles say "A53v3" which isn't defined anywhere.
* Sylvain Gadrat's profile says "Action53" with no space.
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#203466)
Thanks. Fixed.

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Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#203487)
I would love to see my screen name with my name: "Sylvain Gadrat aka RogerBidon", like for dustmop and others.
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#203488)
My card is nothing short of perfect - pixellated duck and all! :D

I skimmed the rest of the entries and didn't see anything glaring. Nicely done.
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#203496)
Looks good! Wondering if there is a better wording for the last sentence for Nebs n' Debs since it makes it sound like Kulor joined after the competition when he was actually a part of it.

My brain isn't working atm, so I can't think of an alternate wording....
Re: A53v3 Contributor Write-Ups
by on (#203513)
@RogerBidon
I wasn't sure who all to include the alias for. I tried to make a judgment call based on my knowledge of folks' web presence. I changed yours, and I'll gladly change anyone else's –to include or remove their alias.

Re: Nebs n Debs' Writeup
That's the impression I got from the write-up as well. Now that I checked the blurb.txt, I see that it isn't the case. I've since taken the liberty of rewording it. See if this is better.

I also consistently capitalized Twitter throughout (I think, no ctrl+F on Illustrator to quick check), and tried to improve consistency with the proper nouns that I chose to bold (game titles, non-personal development or publishing entities).

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