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[Bug-freedink] Re: [OT] Made a small blog post about GNU Freedink

From: shirish
Subject: [Bug-freedink] Re: [OT] Made a small blog post about GNU Freedink
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2009 00:45:32 +0530

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On Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 11:42, Sylvain Beucler<address@hidden> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 07:35:06PM +0530, shirish wrote:
>> Hi Sylvain,
>>  Made a small blog post about the game and game engine called
>> Freedink. http://flossexperiences.wordpress.com/2009/08/27/gnu-freedink/
>> . Please check it out . If you have any queries or feedback would be
>> much appreciated.
>> This is the first time I'm reviewing a game so I'm not at all
>> experienced in the art. Its a just a personal look at where it stands
>> now.
> It's great when people talk about FreeDink - and even greater when
> it's mentioned to this list :)


> You are raising a few valid concerns, including the fact that the GNU
> webpage needs to be refreshed and integrated with freedink.org.


> Let's have a look at the wishlist:
>> a. Implement autosave
> Sounds like a good idea.

Should look at a game like Aveyond. They have an excellent auto-save mechanism.

>> b. Why can’t Dink smallwood have a girlfriend or group of
>> friends. It becomes pretty lonely on the journeys/quests.
> For the girlfriend, you'll want to check the Quest For Dorinthia D-Mod
> series :)

Thanx for the up. Will check it out.

>> c. Dfarc AFAIC tell seems to be an archiver/de-archiver. This
>> doesn’t seem to be given as much importance as the game engine. That
>> is quite important to automate proper filings of the dmods.
> It's automatically installed, with an entry menu, and mentioned in the
> freedink.org frontpage.  Do you have suggestions on how to make it
> more visible?

Couple of things you could do.

a. Make the font for Dfarc a bit bigger on both the sites and perhaps
have same versioning system so if you release firedink 2009.08.28 then
also release Dfarc 2009.08.28 so people know these are together.

b. Write about what Dfarc actually does which 7-zip doesn't do for
this specific program.

>> d. Lastly, the developer should blog a bit about releases, about
>> issues he is having and ask the community, the GNU page is more than
>> a year old, has anything changed in-between, no idea.
> The freedink.org page has a "News" link:
> http://savannah.gnu.org/news/?group=freedink
> which is also aggregated at http://planet.gnu.org/ .
> I'm trying to make more announcements at the Dink Network, which was
> lacking :)


I have one query more.

Most of the images in the dmods as well as the original dink smallwood
are stored in .bmp format (see specifically the dink/tiles directory
as well as /Addmods/int/graphics directory)

Wouldn't it be space and performance efficient if instead of .bmp you
used .png ?

There have been discussions on bmp vs png and while everybody has
their opinion on it. Here's one of the discussions


Having said that, I'm no programmer just an ideas guy :)
> Thanks for the post!

welcome :)

> --
> Sylvain

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