Sort of. These ten days were challenging and intense, and i don’ t regret them.
I wasn’t able to complete my game before the end of January.
I made a lot of things on these ten days, let’ s not misunderstand. i made almost all the graphics assets, animations included ( yay!) and the game mechanics are sort of completed at this point. But there are a lot of things missing.
To begin with, too few enemy types. i wanted at least another type of enemy on the game, to make it more interesting. i had no time
Then there was no UI, but that wasn’t t a major problem. making some text based UI isn’ t difficult after all.
I can’ t really say if yesterday i could have done all the sound and music assets. It had to be yesterday, because the other days i was completely packed with coding and drawing.
I even wanted to add a boss, but guess what? no time at all
I could pass these things, true. i could pack what i have, and use it as my January entry. but yesterday night i thought that the game could have a lot of more potential ( at least for me) if done right. so , at 4:00 i am, i gave up the idea to submit the game and went to bed. and man, what a sound sleep i had !
So, why was i on these situation? well, it seems i forgot a bunch of things i learned on my first ludum dare:
first of all, i overestimated how much i could do in ten days. what i did, the isometric graphic, was something to completely new to me. i had a lot of things to learn on the road, like (lol) drawing isometric sprites, make animations make a proper collision detection, etc… the good thing is that i succeeded on the task, and i can use this game as a reference for my future isometric games. the bad thing is that the task of doing while learning was really time consuming.
Lastly i think, i badly managed my work, and how i felt about it. I mean, these days were fulfilling, exciting, interesting , a lot of things, but the adjective i will remember the most will be “stressing”. i wanted to do a lot of things in very few time, so i packed my days just working on it, even at late night. i even did a all nighter.
That was really detrimental. Sure , the first days were pretty ok , but slowly my hype lowered, and left space to stress and nervousness . it was still something i gladly did, but it worked against my focus and my performance.
to anybody reading this. how do you handle this situation? with what mindset do you approach your work?