Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Support Ziggyware

I’m currently a bit out of action at the mo which is hampering my efforts to get the next tutorial up but I’m doing what I can to finalise it. I’m desperate to get past the initial mud of this course and get on to the fun stuff, but softly softly.

It seems even my good friend Charles from Dark Omen games has been plundering on without my help now and created some interesting Blender results with his own hands and imagination, check it out here on his blog, there is another video on the same concept which just freaks me out.

Anyway, back to the main thread. is one of the best sites for XNA resources and has been around since the beginning. It including Articles, Tutorials, News and even an Image of The Day section where you can look at what other people are doing.

But that’s not all. One of the things that sets Ziggyware apart from others is that about two or three times each year, it holds a “XNA Articles Competition”. The result of this competition usually takes form in lots of top-quality tutorials and articles about stuff you can do with XNA. Ziggyware wants to repay the talented people that make these tutorials, so he gives them prizes. Because of this, from time to time, there’s a call for donations, and now is such a time.

If you like to use the articles on Ziggyware, and if you want to help the site grow, prosper and continue to provide a constant stream of good XNA articles, you now have the chance to do so, by going on Ziggy’s site, and seeing how you can help.


Thursday, 4 June 2009

Nebulon In Play Test

Not quiet part of the 3D tutorial, but I got a shout it here.


So,as I have mentioned before, I am part of a group called Dark Omen Games, and we have finally got around to getting a Creators Club Premium membership so we can start to release our games on the Xbox Live Creators Games.

As my post title suggests, the first game we are putting up is Nebulon, the brain child of Dave Bonner.

Nebulon is a 2D top down shooter, you fly your ship around looking for alien “photons” to warp in so you can shoot them. You have to be quick though, they like to gang up and if to many get together there is the chance of a wormhole opening up and something nasty coming out..

Here are a few screen shots:

Nebulon 2009-06-02 22-34-26-59 Nebulon 2009-06-02 22-31-16-64 Nebulon 2009-06-02 22-32-36-56 Nebulon 2009-06-02 22-32-56-59 Nebulon 2009-06-02 22-33-21-60 Nebulon 2009-06-02 22-33-56-59

As you can see it can get pretty funky.

Here is a clip (pre play test drop):


If you have a Creators Club Premium account, please get on a give it a play test, we really would love to hear your feed back on it so we have a solid, robust game going into peer review.

You can leave your comments here, on the play test forum for Nebulon or on our blog.

So get your trigger fingers at the ready and start blasting some photons!