The Right Moves

Tips and tricks for using the Popfly Game Creator

May, 2008

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About The Right Moves

Hi!  This is my space for blogging about Popfly Game Creator - a tool designed so anyone can create their own web based game.  I'll post news, tips, tricks and tweaks that will help you create your own games.

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    Happy Mother's Day! (Games for Mom)

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    Look Mom, I made you something: Happy Mother's Day! For those of you who are not my mom, the above game is my take on Plato's Allegory of the Cave (my Mom is a Philosophy and Religious Studies professor at the University of Idaho ).  I made the game...
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    One week of Popfly Game Creator

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    It’s now been one week since we first released Popfly Game Creator to the public at Maker Faire and on the web on May 2nd.  I thought I’d take today to point out some of the cool games that people have made.  User zbuff001 made this challenging...
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    Rainbow Duckies - Great post on creating games with grandchildren

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    Michael Leonard is another engineer on the Popfly team and just posted a great entry on the experience he had testing the Popfly Game Creator with his granddaughters. It really is a great example of the interactions you can have when you're not just playing...
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    Capping your actor’s speed

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    If you’ve been playing around with Popfly Game Creator long enough, you’ve probably noticed that if actors get going fast enough, they can sometimes manage to fly right through a wall.  There are some things you can do to get around this like making...
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    Mailbag: Even Easier Music

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    Reader Michael Sterling pointed out today (or rather late last night) a neat tool that lets you create music even more easily than with Finale: For people who want even easier music creation so are willing to give up some of the nuance that Finale offers...
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    Creating Music for Popfly Game Creator

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    Sound and music is probably one of the most overlooked areas of new hobbyist game developers. Just adding a cheesy soundtrack and cute hopping and squishing noises subtly changes a boring, simple game into one that feels professional and complete . The...
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    Editing the appearance of Actors, Scenes etc…

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    One thing you’ll probably notice in our UI is that most of the options for editing the appearance of an item in PGC are grayed out (because we haven’t implemented them yet…). Luckily, all the visual elements in PGC are Silverlight 1.0 XAML and there are...
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    Popfly Game Creator Alpha Goes Live!

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    Today we went live with the Popfly Game Creator Alpha!  What’s the Popfly Game Creator?  It’s an online tool for creating web based games similar to the casual games you’ve probably wasted hours playing when you should have been studying/working...
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    Introduction

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    Hi, I’m Ben Anderson, a developer on the Microsoft Non-Professional Tools team. I recently joined the team to work on the newly released Popfly Game Creator . Prior to that I worked on the Visual C++ team and before that, I went to Carleton College ....
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