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We move to Game Maker Studio

December 21, 2015 DevBlog

GameMaker

Why?

After making several 3D games like this, I realized that 2D games were more attractive and accessible.

To this end Game Maker is a great choice for many reasons. Among others:

- Easily portable to Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, Linux …

- Full sprite management, also setting which sprites will be stored into the video card memory.

- Thousands of useful and efficient built-in functions.

- Opt...

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Settling doubts: territorial organization in ‘Hispania: Saints & Warriors’.

September 26, 2014 Hispania  No comments

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One of the chapters that usually arouses the curiosity of people who know ‘Hispania: Saints & Warriors’ is the territorial division that they will experience during the game. In order to get closer to a medieval territorial organization, ours is a bit more complex than in other games, but it is no big deal. Let’s see:

The map of Hispania is divided during the game on two types of territorial division: the dominion, which would be the representation of the countryside; on the other hand, the site, space physically located on the dominions, but politically and legally independent of them...

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An interesting project: History and Videogames.

July 23, 2014 Hispania  No comments

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These days I have had the pleasant experience: to contact with the professor of the University of Murcia, Dr. Juan F. Jiménez Alcázar, and to find a project that he leads: the History and videogames website (also has Facebook group). In this corner of the web history lovers, or video games, or both, like Professor Jiménez Alcázar and us, can find an initiative launched with support from the Ministry of Economy of Spain, promoting something that is unstoppable: the game as a cultural event and an educational tool.

Professor Jimenez Alcázar is a pioneer in highlight and promote the importanc...

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On coronation and abdication: two medieval examples.

June 8, 2014 Historia  No comments

Ramiro II de León, tumbo A de la Catedral de Santiago

These days people in Spain are talking about the abdication of Juan Carlos I, and the coronation of Philip of Bourbon. There has been much talk about abdication and monarchy, but the way this institution works today has very little to do with how these things were done in the Middle Ages. So I would like to talk a little about these procedures at the time of our game.

We are going to discuss two striking cases in medieval Spain: Ramiro II’s abdication in 951, and the coronation of Ferdinand I in 1038.

Ramiro II (931-951) was a great warrior king, son of another prominent Leonese monarch, Ordoñ...

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The making of Hispania’s map: the result.

June 4, 2014 Hispania  No comments

Hispania: overall picture

I wanted to write this post just to provide a comprehensive picture of how it turned out the map. This scenario will be the main stage of the game, where your king and the rest of the Peninsula characters are going to move and interact.

But it is not the only mapping in ‘Hispania: Saints & Warriors’...

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The making of Hispania’s map: undergrowth.

May 14, 2014 Hispania  No comments

Gredos mountains - Hispania

The static part of the map is now complete. We have textures, rivers, roads and Roman roads, mountains and forests. Now, we need to add depth and detail to the forests: undergrowth and bushes.

The undergrowth is that shadow we see adding an extra detail to the forest map. Its function is purely decorative, it will serve to enhance the visual appearance of the main game screen, on which the map appears. We have added three kinds of undergrowth: a green one for the Atlantic Forest; another dark brown, to the mainland; and the forth between yellow and light green for the Mediterranean area.

But w...

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732 years since the birth of Don Juan Manuel

May 4, 2014 Hispania  No comments

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Today I wanted to write something about one of the main writers of medieval Spanish narrative, Don Juan Manuel (1282-1348), for May 5 is the 732 anniversary of his birth at Castle Escalona in Toledo, in a family of the Spanish aristocracy (the son of a royal prince).

Speaking of Don Juan Manuel, author celebrated by Hispanic literature (especially for his work The Count Lucanor) is especially appropriate now for two reasons: the first is that it never hurts to remind the old classics of literature; the second is related to the functioning of the game Hispania: Saints and Warriors, as discussed...

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Averroes: 888 years later.

April 14, 2014 Hispania  No comments

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Today I had a pleasant surprise. The Cordobese philosopher Averroes was in the Spanish Doodle of Google today! It turns out that today it makes 888 years since his birth in 1126, when the Almoravids, a warlike North African tribe, were still ruling Al Andalus.

Averroes, as the Christians called him, is actually Abu Al Walid Ibn Rashid, former character of Andalusian roots, master in most disciplines practiced Islam in the twelfth century: medicine, astrology, philosophy, theology, law...

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Notebook: Clarifying Ideas

March 9, 2014 DevBlogHispania  No comments

Notepad Hispania

Once we have written or even documented the ideas, it’s time to delve into them. To do this, one of the recommendations I make is doing it on paper. That is, pencil in hand and begin to develop the ideas.

In addition, this allows us to take advantage of any time and place to move forward with our game. In my opinion, a tablet is not versatile enough. I prefer pencil and paper.

In my case, I use a notebook, among other things, to further develop the following:

Development
This is a very important point.
The aim is to solve all the problems that we encounter on paper: How we will paint the grap...

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The making of Hispania’s map: mountains.

March 2, 2014 Hispania  No comments

pirineos

Greetings to all! If you’ve been following us you’ve witnessed the evolution of the map of Hispania in recent months. We already have a form, textures, rivers, roads and driveways. Now it’s time to put something more ‘heavy’ in our map: the mountains.

The mountains are of crucial importance, especially in a map of the Iberian Peninsula. The cause of this importance of orographic factor is that the territory of Hispania is very hilly . The rugged relief has always decisively influenced the history of the territory, until it becomes an essential factor in its development over the centuries .

The...

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