iOS indie developers writing every day about their stuff.

Switching gears to get unstuck

Will Culpepper
eliolhan.com

Last week I finished a long-overdue upgrade to Lion, Xcode 4 and the latest cocos2d. After I got THE OCTOBER GAME running again, I turned to updating the artwork that I talked about last time. The work wasn’t hard, but I just couldn’t bring myself to focus on it. I think I’d worn a dent […]

GameOver, man

Will Culpepper
eliolhan.com

Feature evolution: The Game Over Display I build art for THE OCTOBER GAME in stages: Sketchy art – just as a placeholder Draft art – ties in with the game theme somehow. There are multiple cycles as the style evolves Final art – polished versions plus high-res for the iPhone Retina display Originally the game […]

The Game Deadline Problem, part 3

Will Culpepper
eliolhan.com

THE OCTOBER GAME was taking longer to finish than expected. Since I was unwilling to abandon it after some arbitrary date (that is, set a true deadline), I had to improve my development process. Why was the game taking longer? What made my predictions so unreliable? What could I change? Scope creep I added game […]

The Game Deadline Problem, part 2

Will Culpepper
eliolhan.com

The deadline problem is, unless a project has a hard limit (like a fixed budget or a client milestone) or a willingness to halt work, it’s pointless to even call it a deadline. And a due date is more a wish than a prediction, given my track record, so I’m not even going there. Right […]

The Game Deadline Problem, part 1

Will Culpepper
eliolhan.com

This is another guest post by Ferenc, here about how LaunchRock was modified to show up nicely on a UIWebView. If you’ve ever wanted built a landing page or had the need for one, you’ve provably heard of LaunchRock. If not, have a quick look. LaunchRock makes an extremely good job at making it super easy […]

On The Dangers of High Self-Esteem

Will Culpepper
eliolhan.com

This is another guest post by Ferenc, here about how LaunchRock was modified to show up nicely on a UIWebView. If you’ve ever wanted built a landing page or had the need for one, you’ve provably heard of LaunchRock. If not, have a quick look. LaunchRock makes an extremely good job at making it super easy […]

Fatal Distractions

Will Culpepper
eliolhan.com

This is another guest post by Ferenc, here about how LaunchRock was modified to show up nicely on a UIWebView. If you’ve ever wanted built a landing page or had the need for one, you’ve provably heard of LaunchRock. If not, have a quick look. LaunchRock makes an extremely good job at making it super easy […]