100 Experience Points
An Adventure in Indie Game Development

Day 42: 16 March 2013

11:54: So I got up in the morning, all ready to program, but after only a few minutes, I realized that I was still way too tired to function well enough to write code. Or at least, code that did something useful. So I went back to sleep. Next thing I knew, it was 11:30. Now on to game making.

14:01: Well… I got my ship to save and load completely now. That means you can build a ship, quit, and return to right where you were. The next step is to start integrating all of this into the fleet command screen, where you can manage all of your ships.

16:23: There’s been a lot of infrastructure type code involved in what I’m doing, to get fleets and their ships set up right. This is taking a bit of time to make sure I get the design right, but I think it looks like things are moving forward.

21:45: Ah crap. Don’t play Kerbal Space Program. Ever. It’s seriously addicting. I think I’ve just wasted the rest of my day playing this game, and the worst part is, I just got something into a stable orbit, and now I’m hooked. Didn’t I say that one of the things I wasn’t going to do was play video and computer games while I was making this game? I think I’ve made a mistake. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better…




17 March 2013 at 10:17 pm

Heeheehee. v0.19 of KSP just got released, BTW.

RB Whitaker

18 March 2013 at 09:44 am

Lexusjjss… this is YOUR fault! I played that game for like half the weekend!

I’m kidding of course. It’s not your fault, but somebody (I think it was you, but I’m not sure right now, without going back to the earlier comments/emails) pointed this game out to me, and I had to try it to see how it worked. For comparison purposes only.

It’s my fault I got hooked. (Well.. and the game developers’ fault too. For, you know… making a great game.) Now I have to find a way to put the game aside for the next 56 days.

Version 0.19 pretty much makes this impossible… 😀


18 March 2013 at 08:47 pm

You think this game is fun now? Wait till you land on the Mun for your first time. Wait till you make it to your first other planet. Wait till you’re setting up bases and refueling stations in orbit of your distant body of choice. No, really. This game is great. If you’re still playing the demo, I highly recommend buying it.

Anyway, continuing on. Was it this? http://100experiencepoints.com/sprint-5-review/#comments

RB Whitaker

19 March 2013 at 12:47 pm

I seriously need to put the game aside and not play it until the 100 days are up. I keep thinking about all of the cool things that I want to try. All of those things you just listed. I tried rendezvousing with another ship, just to see what it was like. I think I finally got it figured out, but then I ran out of RCS fuel, which stunk. I’m excited to build a space station. I’m excited to land on the Mun. I’m excited to rescue a stranded Kerbonaut, which is pretty much guaranteed to happen when I land on the Mun. I’m looking forward to going to Duna and Jool’s moons.

But I need to make a game! Not play a game!

I can only hope that perhaps some day, my game will be as addicting as this game is.

I bought the game, but something went wrong in the purchase process. So I’m out of money, but I can’t play the full game. I sent them an email, but no response yet. It’s been a couple of days, and I’m not so happy about that. But on the bright side, less distractions, right?

So you provided the evidence to prove this is your fault. Isn’t that self-incrimination? 😀

It was partly that, but then they showed up on my Twitter feed as well. I decided to follow them, and then a couple of hours later, I decided to figure out what the game was about. As soon as I hit their website, I was pretty much hooked.

Seriously. If only some day I could build a game like that.


19 March 2013 at 01:24 pm

Then just consider playing the game as ship design UI research! 😛

Anyway, try logging into the KSP Store on their website (if it’s not down from massive 0.19 downloading) with the account you used to buy it. Hit Profile in the upper right corner and scroll all the way down; is there a Download link? If not, I guess you could try making a post at http://www.reddit.com/r/KerbalSpaceProgram/ (if you don’t mind reddit), some of the devs frequent it quite often.

RB Whitaker

19 March 2013 at 03:03 pm

That’s pretty much what I was going to do. Call it research. I mean, after all, I’m making a game in my spare time. After a full day’s work, I can’t spend all of my time just making a game. There does have to be a bit of relaxation in there somewhere.

And the reality is, there’s a lot that I have learned about my own game from that game. I plan on writing a post about it some time. (Remind me if I forget.)

I tried looking the game up in my store account. Nothing is listed there under purchased products. I sent them a follow up email. I’m pretty confident they’ll get it all straightened out eventually. As long as I get it eventually, it’s OK.