A Potato-Growing, Farm-Defense Adventure. Defend your farm using any means necessary, whether it be lethal or non-lethal.

Following an inital web-release, featuring the 30-day farm-defense scenario, Potato Farmer will have a desktop release, expanding the world and the gameplay further.

Story:

Fresh out of agriculture school, you are surprised to receive a letter notifying you of your Grandfather's passing. You are to inherit his farm, should you succeed in running it for thirty days. What starts as simple farm-management becomes much more serious as nearly everything in the area seems focused on stopping you.

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0 comments by LaughingLeader on Feb 15th, 2014

Greetings, IndieDB! I'm LaughingLeader, the sole developer of Potato Farmer. Let's jump right in, shall we?

Web Release - April 2014

First off, as with any game developed by a small number people (or just one, like me), this is really an estimation and a goal. I'm eager to get the web release version finished. Doing so will allow me to focus on finishing the full release version while building an audience through the web version. 

I'll have more details on the release version down the road, but the gist of it is that the release version will feature a bigger world to walk around, a town to visit, and deeper mechanics.

Alpha Screenshot 08 - New Time System

Some History

I've been developing Potato Farmer for around 7-9 months now. A great deal of that time has been the development of my own game framework, built upon HaxeFlixel and OpenFL, in the Haxe programming language. 

At this point, my use of HaxeFlixel has really been for the essentials - rendering, collision, and physics. All important stuff. Everything else has been extended or rewritten to fit my own personal tastes.

Conceptualization

The original idea for Potato Farmer was conceptualized and started for a Ludum Dare competition. The "unofficial" theme was potatoes, with the main theme being minimalism. As I progressed through development, I realized I didn't really like the minimalism aspect of it, but I liked the idea that came from joining the competition. So I decided to turn it into a bit more complex web game.

The basic ideas was to create a 30-day invasion/farming survival game that takes place all in one screen/area. You farm potatoes to gather food to eat and "currency" you can spend with the local merchant to upgrade/buy equipment. Enemies want those potatoes too, so it turns into sort of a "tower defense" kind of thing.

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Why release a web version?

As I developed my ideas and implemented them into the game, I had visions of a game that ventured away from being one single screen.  How cool would it be to add more areas to the game, where you can walk around and explore? Have a living world that reflects changing weather, time, and seasons?

These are all ideas I want to explore, yet I feel it's important to finish the initial idea first. Hence, the web version.
 

Devlog

I have a devlog (developer log) started here on the Tigsource forums:
LaughingLeader's Three Game Trifecta

I'll be making regular updates on specific game changes there.
Bigger, more generalized updates will be on here and on my personal blog.

I try to keep all these things connected, so it'll be simple to figure out where I'm at in development during these next two months.

Alpha Screenshot 06

My Game Developer Origins

Just to give you some background, I started working on creating games about three years ago. Fresh out of animation school, I realized I wanted to do more than just animation.

I never thought of myself of a programmer. I actually hated the very idea of programming. But, I wanted to make games, and have a large part in their creation process. So I decided to learn programming. It took me about a month of banging my head against a wall, but I eventually learned how to do what I wanted to do, and I've been working on creating my own games ever since.

I've been working on three game projects for three years now. Unfinished projects. I want to change that.

My developer abilities and game frameworks have really leveled up since I started, to a place where I find it fun to figure out ways to build systems behind worlds, solve problems, and challenge myself to do better. It's time to finish my games. This brings me to my next point.

The Crowdsourcing Campaign

Ah, yes. The expected indie-developer crowdsourcing campaign. I've taken a bit of a different approach to it, using GoFundMe to host my campaign.

GoFundMe campaigns are primarily funded through friends and family through Facebook, but can be funded by anyone willing to donate a few bucks. I've opened my games up to this by offering rewards for various levels of donations. Everything from pre-ordering a game (or all of them) to have a hand in some of the content decisions. 

Being mostly an unknown, GoFundMe seemed like the best decision for now, as it will remain open while I push through updates and people can see what I'm working on.

I'm the kind of person that has a hard time asking others for help. Unfortunately, I'm not where I was three years ago. Asking for help is necessary to devote this next year towards finishing my three games.

We'll see how it goes.

You can view the campaign here, and watch the video below or on youtube:


Next

Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be pushing out some pretty big changes for Potato Farmer. These things are vital before I start pumping out more content (enemies, weapons, items, and so on).

Keep an eye out for that. Thanks for reading.

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Potato Farmer
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Happy Equation
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I always take way too long to create menus. Would be so much easier if I had a simple visual editor that'd write the code for me.

Apr 17 2014, 1:01pm

This game looks amazing. Wonderful art/animation. T.co

Apr 16 2014, 9:01am

We've got a Facebook group now! Feel free to join and follow campaign progress... T.co

Feb 24 2014, 3:22pm

Tutorial: Using Perl to Embed Assets & Speed Up Game Development Workflow T.co #gamedev #tutorial #Perl #Haxe #HaxeFlixel

Feb 17 2014, 10:03am

Spent the majority of today doing web design/coding. I'll be writing a gamedev-centered PERL tutorial when I have some time. PERL is magic.

Feb 15 2014, 11:17pm

I started a "DevLog" (Development Log) of each of the three games at tigsource... T.co

Feb 14 2014, 4:32pm

I'm backing this out of pure love for Final Fantasy Tactics. Hope they reach their goal. T.co

Feb 13 2014, 10:41pm

Started a Developer Log on @tigsource for PF/SP/S:FC. T.co

Feb 7 2014, 7:34pm

If the stars align and I somehow win this, I'll buy some pants. #EsuranceSave30

Feb 3 2014, 4:57pm

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Feb 2 2014, 2:02pm

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