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Dustin
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Location: Erlangen, Germany

PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Announcement: Dustin's BD15 - Xpert Remix!
DBD15 is almost finished! For the first time in the series, this game is not 5-level-based. Instead, it contains 16+4 caves from all my GDash games (RockFort 1-3, BD1+2 expert levels, DBD1-14). In these caves, ways were found (mostly by the players at Krissz's site) to get way more diamonds than originally intended by me. Now those diamonds are no longer bonus, but required!
There are four chapters with 4+1 caves each:
Chapter 1 - Grab 'em all: warm-up caves where I didn't require the max diamond amount in the original.
Chapter 2 - A good strategy: caves where success mainly depends on a good plan.
Chapter 3: Tricky tricks: in these caves, tricks were discovered to get more diamonds!
Chapter 4 - Insanity: caves which are too hard for me with the max amount of diamonds, even after I watched the demos on Krissz's site/ Arno's Youtube channel.
I think I'll be done with the game this month - I hope you'll have fun with chapter 1, be challenged by chapters 2-3 and don't throw your PC out of the window while trying chapter 4! Very Happy
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Boulder Dash X Rock, Paper, Scissors:
ROCKFORD collects DIAMOND, digs DIRT
DIAMOND outvalues DIRT & BOULDER
DIRT carries BOULDER, blocks FIREFLY
BOULDER kills FIREFLY & ROCKFORD
FIREFLY kills ROCKFORD, guards DIAMOND
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Dustin
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's released! Have fun with those super-easy caves! Twisted Evil Very Happy
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Boulder Dash X Rock, Paper, Scissors:
ROCKFORD collects DIAMOND, digs DIRT
DIAMOND outvalues DIRT & BOULDER
DIRT carries BOULDER, blocks FIREFLY
BOULDER kills FIREFLY & ROCKFORD
FIREFLY kills ROCKFORD, guards DIAMOND
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Dustin
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Announcement: Dustin's BD 16!
This will be the first game from me in 2021! After DBD8-Arno Remix and DBD12-Don Pedro Remix, this will be another game where I chose my favourite caves of a famous Boulder Dasher and made a five-level remake game out of them! I'm not sure whether I have already given away who it is, but in case I haven't, here's a clue: it's no coincidence that I chose DBD 16 to be "his" caveset! Very Happy
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Boulder Dash X Rock, Paper, Scissors:
ROCKFORD collects DIAMOND, digs DIRT
DIAMOND outvalues DIRT & BOULDER
DIRT carries BOULDER, blocks FIREFLY
BOULDER kills FIREFLY & ROCKFORD
FIREFLY kills ROCKFORD, guards DIAMOND
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Dustin
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The game is finished and will be released very soon!
Here's the solution of the little puzzle - Dustin's BD16 has the subtitle "No1 Remix" because all the caves are taken from the big No1 Boulder series! Similar to DBD8 - Arno Remix and DBD 12 - Don Pedro Remix, I studied the old caves from the BD legend No1 and took the ones I liked best for this remake game. Furthermore, as usual in the series, I made working 5-level versions out of the caves!

I hope you'll enjoy the game and it brings back some memories to those who already played No1's BD games in the '80s!

Ah, and of course it's no coincidence that I waited until DBD16 for this remake project - of course it's a reference to No1's 16BD game Wink

Here are the cave names as a little appertizer:
A- Intro
B- Millipede
C- Demolition Dash
D- Distant Noise
E- Old Patrol
F- Pirate Island
G- Martial Concert
H- Wiggly Lines
I- Robots
J- Consonance
K- Deserted Desert
L- Firefly Painting
M- No One's Combination
N- Adventure Playground
O- Underground Patrol
P- Boulder Clash
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Boulder Dash X Rock, Paper, Scissors:
ROCKFORD collects DIAMOND, digs DIRT
DIAMOND outvalues DIRT & BOULDER
DIRT carries BOULDER, blocks FIREFLY
BOULDER kills FIREFLY & ROCKFORD
FIREFLY kills ROCKFORD, guards DIAMOND
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Dustin
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's out! See Game Base for download Smile
I wish everyone lots of joyful hours with the game! Very Happy
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Boulder Dash X Rock, Paper, Scissors:
ROCKFORD collects DIAMOND, digs DIRT
DIAMOND outvalues DIRT & BOULDER
DIRT carries BOULDER, blocks FIREFLY
BOULDER kills FIREFLY & ROCKFORD
FIREFLY kills ROCKFORD, guards DIAMOND
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Dustin
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2021 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time to announce Dustin's BD 17 is coming out soon! Very Happy

After the last two remix games, this one has completely new caves again - as always in classical 5-level style, where level 1 introduces the main idea(s) of each cave Idea and level 5 is the hardcore challenge where almost every mistake is a fail! Evil or Very Mad

It'll still take a few weeks until the release because unfortunately, my old laptop crushed after >10 years and I hadn't made a back-up of the game Sad But the caves are still in my head and the recreation goes very well Thumbsup

As usual, here's an appertizer in form of the cave names:
A - Star Ter
B - Lack of Space
C - Outrageous Pissed
D - One of us
Q - Sure-fire Success Xyes
E - Firefly Traffic
F - Windows
G - Troubadix Rockband
H - Even Eazier
R - Puzzle for in-between Question
I - Victory Thumbs up
J - Invincible Cocoons
K - Slot Machine (inspired by: Darkstoorm!)
L - Bounty
S - Funny Flies Very Happy
M - Millionaire Mr. Green
N - Cave Scanning Order 2
O - Puzzle Palace Question Question Question
P - Firefly Circus Popcorn
T - Dr. Guru's Travellers World

Coming out soon! Very Happy
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Boulder Dash X Rock, Paper, Scissors:
ROCKFORD collects DIAMOND, digs DIRT
DIAMOND outvalues DIRT & BOULDER
DIRT carries BOULDER, blocks FIREFLY
BOULDER kills FIREFLY & ROCKFORD
FIREFLY kills ROCKFORD, guards DIAMOND
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2021 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, the last cave will be named after me? I feel honored! Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Smile Brain Delicacy is a fantastic puzzle game, and one cave has especially stayed in my memory. The last intermission will be a smaller and simplified version of it, just emphasizing the beauty of the idea! Smile
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Boulder Dash X Rock, Paper, Scissors:
ROCKFORD collects DIAMOND, digs DIRT
DIAMOND outvalues DIRT & BOULDER
DIRT carries BOULDER, blocks FIREFLY
BOULDER kills FIREFLY & ROCKFORD
FIREFLY kills ROCKFORD, guards DIAMOND
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Dustin
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2021 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's on the Game Base! Thank you Arno! And a lot of fun for everyone! Very Happy
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Boulder Dash X Rock, Paper, Scissors:
ROCKFORD collects DIAMOND, digs DIRT
DIAMOND outvalues DIRT & BOULDER
DIRT carries BOULDER, blocks FIREFLY
BOULDER kills FIREFLY & ROCKFORD
FIREFLY kills ROCKFORD, guards DIAMOND
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Dustin
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys,
there's an update available to a very old game, namely Dustin's BD 3 (!)
There was a problem with cave H, which was unsolvable if played with the actual GDash version. For this cave, I had used a very specific trick to combine two different random fills (fireflies in empty space + diamonds in dirt) in different regions of the cave, where these regions were different on each difficulty level.. Unfortunately, a bug in the latest GDash version misreads the data, that's why the cave was unsolvable there.
So I've just made a new version of the cave, replacing the random fireflies by regular objects, which now works perfectly fine.

Luckily, I never used the same trick again, so there should be no further problems in other games.

Also, I want to mention that the bug occurs only if
- "random fill" as an object is used AND
- the "replace only this element" feature is used (i.e. the initial setting "no element" is changed).
In short, the "replace only this element" feature does not work. You can make as many different random fills in a cave as you want, you just have to fill a whole rectangle every time (which you want to do in 99.9% of the cases, anyway).

For those who're interested, here's how I used this feature:
- First, I used the random generator to generate random diamonds in dirt.
- I wanted to make a cave with "islands" and "water areas" around those. The islands should be different (in size and location) on each difficulty level.
- This can be done by using the object "maze without dead-ends" if you interprete the "path" as water and "wall" as islands.
- I chose "space" as path and "no element" as wall element for the maze. Now we have islands made of dirt with random diamonds, and the islands are surrounded by empty space (without diamonds).
- Now comes the trickiest part. I want to have randomly placed fireflies around the islands, and only there. As the islands are located differently on each difficulty level, I just chose the object "random fill" over the whole cave, with random fireflies in space.
- But the islands with the diamonds should not be replaced by the new random fill. That's finally the reason why I set "replace only this element: space" for the new random fill.
- Unfortunately, the actual GDash version misreads the "replace only this element" feature and thinks it is still set to "no element", so it fills the whole cave with random fireflies in space, and that's what you see if you open cave H (of the old DBD3 version) with it.
You see how specific the whole idea was and that the buggy "replace only this element" feature is usually not needed anyway!

Summary: A new version of Dustin's BD3 with playable cave H and no other changes is now downloadable from the Game Base!
Thanks again Arno! Smile
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Boulder Dash X Rock, Paper, Scissors:
ROCKFORD collects DIAMOND, digs DIRT
DIAMOND outvalues DIRT & BOULDER
DIRT carries BOULDER, blocks FIREFLY
BOULDER kills FIREFLY & ROCKFORD
FIREFLY kills ROCKFORD, guards DIAMOND
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