Hi there! You've probably reached this page from the Freeplay website in search of the elusive 'Up Down Ready' which took Best Design in this year's awards.

UPDATE: Hello! If you've arrived here from StumbleUpon, why not go play the game now on Kongregate! With high scores and EVERYTHING.

The versions of the game that were on this page were hosted on Dropbox. Since the recent spike in traffic, Dropbox has cut off access to my public folder. I will hopefully be migrating this stuff across to an actual server, but the version on Kongregate is the official release.

I'm Delia, the Sword Lady half of Sword Lady and the Viking. You can find my teammate over here. We are third year students in the Games Design course at Griffith University, and Up Down Ready (previously known as Horse) is our first semester project from this year, made using Adam Atomic's free Flixel library.

We entered it in the Freeplay Awards for a lark, and were incredibly surprised and excited to make it to the finals and take away an award. We hope you enjoy playing the game as much as we enjoyed making it!

- Delia

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A horse by any other name...

Hello the internet!

I have not been great about updating this. THINGS have been HECTIC.

Yes, Henrik and I went to Freeplay, and as you can gather from the sticky post at the top of the page, we WON a thing. The good fairy Freeplay Awards saw fit to turn our little Horse into a Real Game with the magical (rather hefty) wand of Best Design in a Game trophy.

And now that we've gotten through that rather strained metaphor - what is on the cards for me this semester?

Priority number 1: Get the newly christened Up Down Ready onto its feet (hooves?). I am, as we speak, spitting and polishing and integrating with the Kongregate API. We have also bought a domain and hosting, so UDR will be up there as well, with a separate mySQL highscore database.

The 'official' release will happen in the next week, so expect shameless and constant plugging of the game around then.

Then the Viking and I will be moving on to another little game currently known as Snowball. More on that when we get up to it, since we'll need to scope down and just build something as fast and tight as we can. I'm hoping to continue work on the Unity sound handler thing, too, since this semester we have an actual for reals sound designer.

First, though, we gotta get Up Down Ready ready.

In the meantime, be hoopy and stuff.

- your friendly neighbourhood sword lady