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Hey kids

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:05
by StupidBunny
God damn it's been a while. Not sure how many of you pups will remember me.

I think the last time I was active on the PCKF was in like...2014? Early 2015 maybe? So much has happened in my life and the larger world since then that I won't bother to delve into it.

I saw that a new (official) Commander Keen game came and went. Can't say it looked very interesting to me.

I wish I had some new mod or something to share with everybody but unfortunately Keen modding was not one of the things I've been busy with the last 6 years :'( However if any of you happen to own an Atari 2600 I have a modest homebrew project I'll be able to throw you in hopefully the next couple weeks ;) There's also those Doom maps I started back in 2010 and still occasionally work on, but...damn, those still aren't done either.

What's been happening in Keen World in my absence? It looks like people are still modding and that some real cool projects have come through in that time.

Re: Hey kids

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 13:28
by Roobar
Aah, always a pleasure seeing someone coming back (from the dead) after a long time! WB!

Re: Hey kids

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 14:41
by DarkAle
StupidBunny wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:05
What's been happening in Keen World in my absence? It looks like people are still modding and that some real cool projects have come through in that time.

Now there are new modders like Nisaba, 55Aavenue, Awesome-Keener and me, DarkAle.
Atroxian Realm was finally released in 2016 and Nisaba is now working on Foray in the Forest. 55Aavenue is working on a new trilogy, Goodbye Galaxy Rebooted and I'm continuing Keen's story with the Robot Attack trilogy. I'm now working on the 2nd episode

Re: Hey kids

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 16:18
by Nisaba
oh yes! another Atari 2600 homebrew project. so what is all about? what's the premise of your game?
there are some neat Atari 2600 homebrews out there. I had the chance to get my fingers on a couple of them and enjoyed most of them. so I'm curious to hear/see in which direction your project is heading

Re: Hey kids

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 17:26
by Benvolio
Hi StupidBunny! Thanks for stopping by! It always brightens my day to have one of the previous frequent contributors make a reappearance - really validates the importance at a personal level of what we're all celebrating here on pckf. Others with similar previous history of being a mainstay of the community have made appearances of late (for instance Xky always pops up once in a blue moon and Levellass made a keenwiki update just a couple of months back).
StupidBunny wrote:some new mod or something to share with everybody
New projects are cool but the sense of community we still have after decades is also really cool! So don't worry about feeling the need to have something to bring to the table in order to say hello! We all have hiatuses - nobody has been producing mods continually for decades. Even artists who express themselves in financially profitable ways and/or live off their creative work (e.g. recording albums) have extensive hiatuses.

I'm eager to see your 2600 project. My awareness of platforms other than the IBM PC compatible was almost zero until a year or two back but my curiosity has been piqued and I may soon start acquiring some old pieces of kit.

Re: Hey kids

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 21:30
by StupidBunny
Roobar wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 13:28
Aah, always a pleasure seeing someone coming back (from the dead) after a long time! WB!
Thanks! I just gave your Cloudius IX project a peek and it's beautiful. The Keengine looks amazing to begin with. I can't wait to play more of it. (By the way, that wrist computer looks reeeaaaaal familiar... ;) )

@Nisaba and Benvolio it's a super simple arcade style game, honestly when I have the manual all done it'll probably be more memorable than the game itself (which is essentially done, but I'll share it once I have the whole package complete.) It's just an endless-running/jumping type game, with a handful of enemy and obstacle types that randomly generate as you go. Not much more to say about it, but I enjoy the mind-numbing sanity-bending challenge of programming for the VCS enough that I'm already thinking about trying something more ambitious once I finish this one. Although I also have a fun idea for a roguelike I want to attempt as well, and I also want to finish aforementioned Doom maps at some point before I die so who knows.
DarkAle wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 14:41
Now there are new modders like Nisaba, 55Aavenue, Awesome-Keener and me, DarkAle.
Atroxian Realm was finally released in 2016 and Nisaba is now working on Foray in the Forest. 55Aavenue is working on a new trilogy, Goodbye Galaxy Rebooted and I'm continuing Keen's story with the Robot Attack trilogy. I'm now working on the 2nd episode
Oooh sounds interesting. All of that. I can't even imagine what a GG reboot trilogy would look like.

Re: Hey kids

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:40
by Keening_Product
Oh yay, glad to see you back StupidBunny! Hope you've been keeping and Keening well in the centre of the moon :helmet