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Another month has ended, and December is upon us, which can only mean that the time has come for another Projects of the Month (POTM) article! As always, administrator tifreak8x has selected the most interesting and exciting projects created or updated on Cemetech in the past month for your enjoyment. Without further ado, here's what Cemetech's ingenious members have been working on this month:

  • M-Game CSE: A multi-author project, originally started by KermMartian for the monochrome calculators, is being pushed forward to the CSE by KermMartian, unknownloner, and geekboy. This game is based off a popular Flash game (beware, loss of productivity ahead if you dare try this online game). Currently, they have worked out the map size, and started experimenting with tilemapping, level formats, and a level editor. Check out the beautiful screenshots in the topic for the monochrome version and keep an eye out for updates to the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition version!

  • Portal CSE: Updates continue to Portal CSE, as MateoConLechuga has added some collision detection. New screenshot posted shows off some awesome work thus far, and we can't wait for a playable beta.

  • Dino Puzzle Lua: ldstudios has completed his Dino Puzzle game for the TI-Nspire. This game sports graphics the same as the CSE edition, and overall looks like one that will stay on your Nspire for a long time to come. We're excited about ldstudios' ongoing work to create cool Lua programs for the TI-Nspire.

  • Lime Rick: Lime Rick is another puzzle game by ldstudios, which is based off a Flash game of the same name. ldstudios started and completed this project within a week, which is pretty impressive. Check out this project if you want another puzzle game for your TI-Nspire!

  • Fight Angry Squares: This is an RPG for the fx-9750 and fx-9860 monochrome Casio calculator models where you go around and fight squares to develop skills to reclaim the letters spelling Planete Casio. It was created for a contest held by a community of the same name.

  • Super Smash Bros Open: Hayleia has returned to this project after a month's hiatus, and has wowed and amazed again, with moving platforms for his map. The screenshot shows off the upper platforms moving back and forth and the camera doing its impressive shifting around to keep both characters on the screen. Hayleia also earned quite a bit of publicity around this project from the internet at large, for which we congratulate him.

  • Alien Breed V Episode II: James V has returned and continues to wow and impress by adding little things in his port of this wonderful top-down shooter! Latest additions are fans that will try to suck you into them to kill you, and stompers that will have similarly terminal effects on your character's health.

  • Robot Wars 2: I don't think Dianzi Tian knows where to draw the line. It's been here, there, and waaaay over there. And he keeps blasting right through them by adding cool little features and functions to his game in progress. This sums up nicely all the cool things that has been added in this past month, including new weapons effects, deciphering puzzles, new items, and new types of attacks. Seriously, go check out this topic, if you haven't been keeping track. You have 2 pages of screenshot goodness that will blow your mind.

  • Sign Finder CSE: This TI-84+CSE game created by tifreak8x challenges you to correctly complete arithmetic expressions. Inspired by a mini-game from Brain Age 2, you must pick +, -, /, or * to complete an arithmetic expression as quickly as possible. We are excited about tifreak8x's efforts to combine the educational and the fun on the TI-84+CSE.

  • ArTICam: This is some hardware work by KermMartian, that ties a Gameboy camera to a TI-83 Plus, TI-84 Plus, or TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition via an Arduino! There are a few shots of the setup, and examples of what the pictures look like stored back to the calculators. Definitely go give this one a look up! Kerm has expressed his wishes for teachers to explore these types of calculator programming and electronics projects in the classroom.

  • Derive 5.1: msbmteam has updated his math project from version 4 to 5. This calculus tool uses the power rule to help you differentiate polynomial expressions. We look forward to the author's future work in expanding this to cover other types of equations.

  • TImpire Earth: 123outerme has made some progress with his RTS game for the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition, giving players the ability to choose various types of buildings to put onto the plots. The screenshot shows off the new features, so bounce over and check out the progress!

  • Tetris for TI-Nspire: aeTIos has posted up a Tetris game that he and Streetwalrus worked on, and aeTIos brought to a more playable form. He has posted up a beta of the game for you all to play, along with the source to GitHub. So if you are a TI-Nspire gamer, go check out their project!

  • TI-82 Python linker: Project by CVSoft, and inspired by ArTICL to link the TI-82 via a grey link. It's not 100% ready for general usage, but he's got a good start on it, so check it out if you need alternative ways to talk to your TI-82!

  • Solitaire: Klondike and Freecell: DrDnar has gone through and done some updating to his game, bringing some fixes to bugs and potential bugs. If you hadn't seen the update and this game is one that stays on your CSE, you should update to the latest version ASAP! ticalc.org has also featured this game for their Nomination November.

  • 2048 CSE: 2048 is the puzzle game that knows no end of ports, though this one has made it to assembly for the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition, finally, thanks to UnknownLoner. Which means a super fast port of the game for our color loving eyes. The colors are true to the original version, and apparently goes above and beyond 8192, though the tiles don't display past that point. If you love this game from the browser, or from some of the other interpretations of it on various calculators, then I'm sure you'll enjoy this one just as much.

  • Sudoku 8x+: This is a very lovely looking edition of Sudoku for the TI-83+/TI-84+ graphing calculators. JWinslow is making great use of the screen and greyscale, and use of his own font. Give this project a look over if you have a love of Sudoku like we do.

We hope that you're hard at work on your Cemetech Contest #13: Games with Cats & Space contest entry, and we look forward to bringing you more exciting projects at the end of the year. Who knows; perhaps we'll decided to have a little Program of the Year (POTY) of our own...
Nice news and congratulations to all the authors of these projects!

A few errors/misunderstandings in the comments made on my projects:

KermMartian wrote:

...ldstudios has completed his Dino Puzzle game for the TI-Nspire. This game sports graphics the same as the CSE edition...

The graphics are based on those from the CSE edition, I smoothed edges, changed colors, added detail, and a few of them are completely redone.

KermMartian wrote:

...ldstudios started and completed this project within a week, which is pretty impressive...

I actually started this project a long time ago, but recently returned to it, and finished it up within a week. The basic game engine and level storing was already completed.
ldstudios: Apologies on my errors. Regarding the within a week one, as far as I was aware, it was less than a week, you posted the start on the 2nd, and posted a final on the 8th :p I might have missed any indication of you saying it was long ago when it was started, as I had been busy this month and kind of didn't get these done on schedule like I had wanted.
tifreak8x wrote:
ldstudios: Apologies on my errors. Regarding the within a week one, as far as I was aware, it was less than a week, you posted the start on the 2nd, and posted a final on the 8th :p I might have missed any indication of you saying it was long ago when it was started, as I had been busy this month and kind of didn't get these done on schedule like I had wanted.

Not a problem, I was just clarifying Smile
I was pleasantly surprised about 1. the fact my project was even caught, and 2. the nice description. Thanks, tifreak8x. Smile
Thanks for the mention! There are some cool projects in the works there!
Great article as always tifreak Smile

But what about the public beta release of nKaruga ? :[ http://www.ticalc.org/archives/news/articles/14/148/148696.html
matrefeytontias wrote:
Great article as always tifreak Smile

But what about the public beta release of nKaruga ? :[ http://www.ticalc.org/archives/news/articles/14/148/148696.html
I'm afraid that your update about it slipped under tifreak8x's radar. He had a lot of topics to read through, and I'm sure the omission was accidental. Smile
It's actually this one Razz
Part of my issue the last week or so is very fragile internet. It's been bouncing in and out. I saw there was an update, and hadn't gotten to it before my net dropped for a long period of time and Kerm offered to finalize things. I rightly blame Frontier for that. :<
  
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