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Post » Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:22 pm

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TL;DR Version:
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Here are lessons 1 - 9 of the old outdated tutorials: http://www.box.net/shared/1zzgt8pov4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.
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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.
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Post » Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:46 pm

Thanks for the update
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Post » Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:50 pm

Even your old tutorials had many good points. I look forward to looking at these new ones. Many thanks.
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Post » Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:03 pm

Hurray for letting down people who trusted you to deliver!!

no seriously, it makes me feel better about all the plugins and stuff I thought I'd finish! :)
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Post » Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:13 pm

Just like to give my thanks deadeye for these tutorials.

When I started with Construct these helped me so much and hopefully they'll help many more.

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Post » Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:27 pm

Sorry to hear of all your troubles, deadeye, it's a shame it couldn't all work out for you. Even so, thanks a bunch for all the work you did! Even with all the warnings that they're outdated, I learned a lot from the old tutorials a few months back and I'm really grateful for all of it. Sooo, thanks. :D
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Post » Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:34 pm

Pity you can't continue, your tutorials are fun to learn and that's a big plus.
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Post » Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:36 pm

Thanks for all yoru hard work Deadeye. These tutorials are what really got me up and going in Construct.
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Post » Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:54 am

Thank you deadeye I have downloaded 1-5 and I all so got your older ones 1-9 just in case their a hidden gold nugget of wisdom in it that can save me down the road.
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Post » Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:26 am

I still use the lessons learned in your tutorials to this day; they're probably THE tutorial to use to begin learning about the intricacies of Construct. They were and ARE a great help.

I'll check out these sometime soon, when I'm not working on my own projects and trying to actually finish something.
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