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Hello Everyone,

For the number #3 I would like to propose to you a theme:
LOCAL MULTIPLAYER GAME (co-op or collaborative, with or without A.I.)

This game should ideally be with a detail commented code,( but we will not have to explain what's already has been explained in the fanzine number 1 and 2.)

The game can be technically more advanced, and maybe talk a little bit more about game design choice and code structure/pattern.

But the most important it's to try to make this little game super fun and easy to code ( the code should not be longer than 2500 token! )

some example of game : Gang Beast, Bomberman, lode runner, Work for fun, tenya wanya teens, Nidhogg, MarioKart, Sportsfriends, Starwhal, Towerfall, Pico park, TENNNES , speed chess etc...

Pico-8 will soon support until 8 local player, so don't be shy. ( and soon http://superhappyfuntimes.net/about/)

If you want to be part of the adventure send me your idea/concept asap( to avoid redondant game, and make it as educative as possible) and I'll give you all the technical detail and try to help you to create the best article as possible.

Drop me an email at : [email protected]

I was thinking to take submissions until the 1 of October.( and release the fanzine at the beginning of November).

Thanks a lot!

P#13423 2015-08-31 17:38 ( Edited 2015-11-28 16:15)

Looks interesting, I'd like to reserve making a bomberman-like game. ;)

P#13433 2015-08-31 18:11 ( Edited 2015-08-31 22:18)

@Rhys You got the reservation for the Bomberman-like game! Can wait for BIGGG explosions!!!!

P#13435 2015-08-31 18:19 ( Edited 2015-08-31 22:19)

I'd love to take part, I'm sort of imagining a little top-down co-op action defend-the-base game :)

P#13438 2015-08-31 18:40 ( Edited 2015-08-31 22:40)

I would really love to contribute to this! I've made quite a few local mp games myself and feel like I have something to offer in teaching some theory (or at least, my theory) behind them as well.

P#13439 2015-08-31 18:41 ( Edited 2015-08-31 22:41)

Remember that we have already some multi games around here, maybe we could ask their author to make a simplified version with explanations.

P#13464 2015-09-01 05:08 ( Edited 2015-09-01 09:08)

@3 Please send me an email with a little bit more od details, but sounds great!

@lulublululu I would really love to have some theory ! Please send me an email with more details.

@winglesslittlpeople I have already contact some of them, I'll write to the one I got missing asap.

P#13489 2015-09-01 11:07 ( Edited 2015-09-01 15:07)

Ooh, nice. You can get a lot of game out of not much code if the focus is on keeping it simple, though I didn't really do either of my existing 2-player games with minimalism in mind. I'll think about what a super-streamlined heads-up game might look like.

P#13618 2015-09-03 10:51 ( Edited 2015-09-03 14:51)

@joshmillard I'm sure you will find a really nice idea!
Make the game than you will like to play with your friends!

P#13619 2015-09-03 11:01 ( Edited 2015-09-03 15:01)

After a nostalgia-filled N64 evening with my friends last week, I'm putting together a collection of dumb mashing/memory/timing games inspired by the Pokémon Stadium mini-games. I'm trying to design the games with 4 players in mind, though afaik only two people can currently play. 8 players would be amazing!

I'll hopefully have a few good examples by the end of the month, if that seems like something of interest!

P#13682 2015-09-04 09:24 ( Edited 2015-09-04 13:24)

Trying to concieve a Marvel vs Capcom demake; have an idea for the controls... but the limited sprite space is challenging, and the cast may feature plenty of recolors? ~.~'

Also, not sure how long that will take, but hopefully not too long.

P#13683 2015-09-04 09:44 ( Edited 2015-09-04 13:44)

@jhrrsn that's sound like a good idea!

@TonyTheTGR for the fanzine, a small/simple version with good explanation will be enough, try to focus on the core
Mechanics, more than the aesthetic. You could in parrale have a more advanced game, but for the fanzine the main focus is educational( take a look to the fanzine number 1 as a reference)

P#13705 2015-09-05 03:35 ( Edited 2015-09-05 07:35)

Just find duplicade jam

It could be a good excuse to do a nice local multiplayer game and in the same time prepare a nice game for the Pico-zine 3 :)

P#14239 2015-09-16 05:22 ( Edited 2015-09-16 09:22)

That looks awesome! Is there a way to make Pico-8 games quit automatically though?

P#14240 2015-09-16 05:35 ( Edited 2015-09-16 09:35)

@jhrrsn you can call shutdown() from your code

P#14241 2015-09-16 05:39 ( Edited 2015-09-16 09:39)

Hello Everyone,
I'll push the deadline to the 15 of october.
Il finishing the fanzine #2 now, I'll released it at the begining of october.

@impbox @TonyTheTGR @joshmillard @j @ rhys Have you start to do something?
If yes, could you send me a draft to sectordub at gmail dot com

If you need some inspiration take a look to "Work Time Fun".

Let me
Know If you got any question, doubt. Thanks for your help.

P#14368 2015-09-19 17:42 ( Edited 2015-09-19 21:42)

Some more idea of articles :

  • Implementation of simple A.I. in a strategy game
  • Fighting games
  • Coop games human players against the cpu
  • Nintendo land wacky game
  • a super short game for 8 players ( a winner each 10 seconde)

Ideally I would love to organize a night in London where people could try to code thanks to the fanzine some multiplayer game, and in a second time, play with them.

If you think it's a good idea, we could try to synchronize a night in December or January , in different cities around the world.

A kind a international Pico night/party ???

P#14374 2015-09-19 18:25 ( Edited 2015-09-19 22:25)

Hey, this is kinda late or whatever, but I have some (beginner) code:
Multiple States System
I don't mind if you use it.

P#14925 2015-10-03 12:51 ( Edited 2015-10-03 16:51)

I'm working on 2 player chess but I'm not sure it would be a good fit for the magazine though. The code is looking kind of long.

P#14927 2015-10-03 13:26 ( Edited 2015-10-03 17:26)

@Skyrunner65 I think I already got something similar done by jhrrsn, but I need to double check in detail your code.

@mrh It could be interesting to explain how to handle the local 2player game logic in chess. How you swap from one player to the other. Another thing who could be interesting could be to explain the grid and pieces movement. I think it could be a really good tutorial. Let me know if you are agree to give it a try.

The deadline as been push to the 15 th of october, and I could probably push it a little bit more if needed.

P#14945 2015-10-03 19:36 ( Edited 2015-10-03 23:36)

The PICO ZINE #2 as been released, and lot's of people already download or order it.
It's time now for me to ask you again for your participation.

I'll push a last time the deadline to the 20th of October to participate in the PICO ZINE #3 LOCAL MULTIPLAYER.

Thanks !

P#15151 2015-10-08 17:04 ( Edited 2015-10-08 21:04)

@arnaud_debock I started working on a fighting game, but got an idea for a game which I think will be much more fun. It's a 4-players versus game, right now called Piconinjas.


I hope I'll be able to finish a playable version before the deadline!

P#15175 2015-10-09 04:26 ( Edited 2015-10-09 08:26)

@MaikelOrtega PicoNinjas look super cool ! Good luck

P#15177 2015-10-09 05:32 ( Edited 2015-10-09 09:32)

I've got as far as spriting, but life got stupid out-of-control and I haven't had a lot of sit-down time this month. :/

It's still on my to-do list, but I gots nuffin. :(

P#15412 2015-10-15 19:02 ( Edited 2015-10-15 23:02)

I loved the first and second picozines and although I do not have any carts ready to share I made a little sketch (based on your line drawing) with the pico8 palette and resolution. I don't know if it would fit into the zine anywhere but thought I would share it.

P#15435 2015-10-16 12:11 ( Edited 2015-10-16 16:11)

@jctwood Please send me the drawing in high resolution 1024x1024 to [email protected] .

The fanzine number 3 is going to be really nice, already got some really good material!!!

P#15449 2015-10-16 15:05 ( Edited 2015-10-16 19:05)

Hi Everyone,
I got some nice articles for the number 3!

  • 2 player shooter
  • how to make a party game
  • a Cheat page
  • A combat plaformer game ( bullets, collision)
  • an amazing Cover!!

and maybe :

  • a amazing intro by an amazing Game DEV.
  • a chess game
  • a football/soccer game
  • a micro machine like race game

( I hope some of this maybe will become reality, fingers cross).

P#15552 2015-10-18 18:04 ( Edited 2015-10-18 22:04)

I haven't been here in a few days, just got back from the beach ;D

I'm looking at the list, and I notice my thing isn't on there. Not good enough, huh?

It's perfectly fine, I'm not too proud of the system anyways.

P#15617 2015-10-19 21:27 ( Edited 2015-10-20 01:27)

op says deadline is first of october, that still the case?

P#15630 2015-10-20 08:40 ( Edited 2015-10-20 12:40)

No, he pushed it to today.
Gotta hurry if you've got something under your sleeve.

P#15632 2015-10-20 09:34 ( Edited 2015-10-20 13:34)

@Pizza You got 2 week more !
@Skyrunner65 Sorry , I forget you , will try to fit it in ( but I'm afraid to already have a very similar article, need to double check)

P#15634 2015-10-20 10:50 ( Edited 2015-10-20 14:50)

two weeks from right now or two weeks from the first of october? :v

P#15638 2015-10-20 12:55 ( Edited 2015-10-20 16:55)

2 weeks from right now.
But If you prefer, you can prepare something for the ZIne #4, special Roguelike

P#15646 2015-10-20 14:19 ( Edited 2015-10-20 18:19)

Ah alright, I'll go with #4. Excited to read through #3, though.

P#15647 2015-10-20 14:39 ( Edited 2015-10-20 18:39)

Hello Everyone, I have start today editing the #3 PICO 8 zine.
I already got a great cover by @JUSTIN_CYR and lot's of nice article.
( the cover in the picture is printed with my low quality printer, the final one will look much better).

I'm still waiting for some articles to be finish, but I'm confident that it's going to be a great local Multiplayer article.

If you got a short article, it's still time to send it to me.

Thanks Everyone

P#15863 2015-10-26 13:16 ( Edited 2015-10-26 17:16)

I think it could be a good idea to return later to a beginners difficulty, because you can't maintain a constant progress in difficulty. Maybe you can add a rate to the articles indicating if they hare for beginners or for middle ground, or advances. Some kind of code.

P#15874 2015-10-26 17:07 ( Edited 2015-10-26 21:07)

@winglesslittlepeople I am trying to have a progressive difficulty from the number 1 to the number 4, going in more complex problem in each new number.
I will think in a rating system per article. Bur I know by experience, a problem who could be very hard for somebody, could be really easy for somebody else, depending of his background, it's not a easy problem to solve.
I would also like to have more level design, game design and art articles for the number #4.( because code is not ( the only thing) what make a good game)

P#15877 2015-10-26 17:58 ( Edited 2015-10-26 21:58)

Can't wait for #3 :) the feels of typing in stuff from a mag... just like the C64 days :D

P#15894 2015-10-27 05:01 ( Edited 2015-10-27 09:02)

Hello Everyone I'm going to definitly close the submission for the #3 fanzine this week , If you got something ready, it's time to send it to me :)

P#16128 2015-11-02 16:59 ( Edited 2015-11-02 21:59)

Hello Everyone !
You Can order the third PICO-8 ZINE on big cartel :)

Order it now :)

This is the Third PICO-8 ZINE!

Enter the marvelous world of PICO-8 !

PICO-8 is a fantasy console to make, share and play tiny games and other computer programs.

PICO-8 Zine is a 52-page fanzine made by and for PICO-8 users.

Learn how to make a game (from the code, sprite, music point of view) and discover the history of PICO-8.

Articles and authors :

and the cover has been done by @JUSTIN_CYR

I Really hope you enjoy it .
I'll share the FREE PDF version ASAP.

P#17129 2015-11-28 11:15 ( Edited 2015-11-28 16:15)

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