Here are lessons 1 - 5 of the new tutorials: http://www.box.net/shared/1nls24ni8d
Here are lessons 1 - 9 of the old outdated tutorials: http://www.box.net/shared/1zzgt8pov4
I will not be working on these any more, but I invite anyone who would like to continue the series to feel free. You may use my Platform School sprites and tiles, for tutorial purposes only, either new Platform School tutorials, or other tutorials as you see fit.
The long version:
It became apparent to me some time ago that I would never finish the Platform School tutorials. I started the project (over two years ago!) with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Then the rewrites came. As Construct continued updating with new features, my tutorials would suddenly become obsolete. So I would rewrite the tutorials to show the new changes, and then Construct would make more changes, requiring more rewrites, and so on. I believe I have re-written them three times total.
That was enough to sap my enthusiasm for the project, but I tried to keep at it. A lot of people were waiting on them and I didn't want to let folks down. I was actively working on them as recently as January 12th
, but I hit a snag. The Lesson 6 file I am referring to in that post had somehow apparently become corrupt. Copy/pasting water sprites would cause other objects in the level editor window to disappear. As near as I can tell this corruption happened some time previous in an earlier lesson and simply didn't become an issue until lesson 6, because I tried remaking lesson 6 from a new copy of lesson 5 and ran into the same copy/paste problem as before.
And... that was that. The final straw. To continue making the tutorials I would have to create lesson 6 from scratch with a fresh .cap, re-importing all the assets and rewriting all the events, and that's something I just will not do again. I don't have the time or energy, and if we're being perfectly honest I just plain can't stand the thought of working on Platform School any more.
But I've had five finished lessons just sitting around gathering dust for a while now. So, for what it's worth, here they are: http://www.box.net/shared/1nls24ni8d
I'm providing these as-is. If there are any errors or bugs or whatever, so be it! If you have questions, they will likely go unanswered! I wash my hands of Platform School.
And with that, I'm offering an open invitation to anyone who is willing to continue working on the tutorials. I give you all permission to use the sprites and tiles and code I've made for PS so far and continue the lessons from here, or to use the sprites and tiles in other tutorial projects (but tutorials only please! I don't want to see Charlie running around in your game, okay? Okay.)
Oh, and in case you're wondering where the buggy Lesson 6 went... well, so am I actually. I have a million backups of the old lessons, and a half-million of the new lessons 1-5, but for some odd reason 6 is just gone. I thought I had it backed up when I reinstalled Win7 a couple weeks ago, but I can't find it anywhere now.
I got as far as lesson 9 (of 12 or 13) in the old tutorials. If you want to use them as reference, or you need to rip sprites out of them or something, then here they are: http://www.box.net/shared/1zzgt8pov4
And to those of you who were waiting so patiently for me to finish these up, I apologize. I know I've made all sorts of promises to continue working on them no matter what, but I just really can't any more. Hopefully someone will pick up the reigns from here and make something cool out of this mess.