Winter Olympics Game Jam

I decided to challenge myself this weekend, with a faux-game-jam. I came up with a theme on Friday (Winter Olympics), and built Sled Drifter! over the course of the long weekend.

Steer the sled with LEFT and RIGHT. Give yourself boosts by hitting A and D, back and forth, rapidly.

A new track is randomly generated every time you visit the page. Enjoy!

Click here to play Sled Drifter!

Please use Chrome!

Also, I’ve kept a short log during development, below:

2014-02-16 05:30PM

Been slacking off a little bit… have sled physics somewhat working. Have (shitty) AI!

Click here to play (steer with LEFT/RIGHT, boost by rapidly hitting A/D back and forth).

2014-02-16 11:00AM

Got some crude sled physics. Use SPACE to start/stop the sled. Use J and L to steer the sled. Hold SHIFT to slow down for tighter turns. No collision detection, so feel free to tunnel through the mountain :-).

Click here to PLAY (SPACE, J, L, and SHIFT)!

2014-02-15 09:30PM

Got trees displaying. Would really like if it could snow, but I think I’ll save that until after I have actual gameplay.

Click here to watch (no controls… F5 for a new track).

2014-02-15 07:00PM

Generating pretty good base terrain, with textures, and a sky box. Should probably add more scenery, like trees.

Click here to watch (no controls… F5 for a new track).

2014-02-15 03:30PM

Animating going down a randomly generated track…

Click here to watch (no controls… F5 for a new track).

2014-02-15 02:30PM

I have the skeleton of a track being generated randomly:

Click here to see

Controls to move camera: W, S, A, D, R, F, Up, Down

2014-02-15 12:00PM

Decided to do a self-inflicted game jam this weekend. Theme: Winter Olympics. Time limit: 56 hours (game published by 8pm on Monday).


Let’s start with the events in the Winter Olympics (according to Google), sorted by things I know:

  • Ice Hockey
  • Snowboard
  • Figure Skating
  • Luge
  • Skeleton
  • Ski Jumping
  • Bobsleigh
  • Speed Skating
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Freestyle Skiing
  • Cross-Country
  • Biathalon
  • Curling
  • Short Track
  • Nordic Combined

Based on a few clips I watched on YouTube, Curling is definitely the most ridiculous, Skeleton is the most insane, Hockey is the most mainstream…

I’m gravitating towards Skeleton, but now I’m thinking: there’s no reason to stick to the strict rules – why not have Skeleton with more than one person on the track? Ram them off, have power-ups, etc. Sort of like Mario Kart, but much faster.

I like it! Now just need a name… “Skeleton” is a bit esoteric. And I might want different types of sleds, with different trade-offs… Let’s go with Sled Drifter!

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posted 17 Feb 2014 by Sean
tags: sports, live blog, game, game jam

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